A casino is a gambling establishment that offers different gambling games to patrons. These casinos are often located near hotels, restaurants, retail shopping, and cruise ships. Some of them even feature world-class entertainment and events to attract more visitors. Some of the largest casinos in the world are incredibly luxurious, featuring stunning decor and an endless array of gaming opportunities. They also have other non-gambling attractions such as bars, swimming pools, and spas.

Originally, the term casino was used to describe a public hall for music and dance, but by the second half of the 19th century it had come to mean a collection of gambling rooms. Among the first and most famous were those at Monte-Carlo, which opened in 1863 and continues to be one of the most prestigious casinos in the world.

Casinos are a major source of revenue for many governments and are legal in some jurisdictions. They are also a major tourist attraction and have been a significant economic driver in places such as Macau, which is now the second largest gambling destination after Las Vegas.

Modern casinos have become highly sophisticated operations using technology to control games and verify wagers. For example, the roulette wheel is electronically monitored to detect statistical deviations. In addition, a player’s betting chips have built-in microcircuitry that interact with electronic systems in the table to reveal his or her total bet minute by minute. Players can also be rewarded for their play with comps, which are free goods or services such as hotel rooms, meals, tickets to shows, and reduced-fare transportation or airline tickets.