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A casino is a gambling establishment. It offers table games and slot machines, as well as restaurants, hotels, and other forms of entertainment. These are often located near or combined with resorts and other tourist attractions, but can also be found in towns, airports, and even ships and racetracks. Some casinos offer live entertainment, such as stand-up comedy or concerts.

Gambling in one form or another is believed to have been present in every society throughout history. Today casino gambling is a multibillion-dollar industry with operations in many countries and cultures. It is the primary source of revenue for companies, investors, and Native American tribes that own and operate casinos, as well as for governments that regulate and tax them. In addition, compulsive gamblers create a significant economic drain by diverting spending away from other forms of local entertainment and reducing worker productivity.

Something about casino gambling encourages people to cheat, steal, and scam their way into a jackpot. Elaborate security systems include a high-tech “eye-in-the-sky” that watches every table, window, and doorway and can be adjusted to focus on suspicious patrons.

Some of the biggest casino operators in the world are known for their lavish decorations, including fountains and replicas of famous monuments. Others are renowned for their spectacular locations. The elegant spa town of Baden-Baden, for example, first became a playground for Europe’s royalty and aristocracy 150 years ago; it is now home to some of the best-outfitted casinos in the world.