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A casino is a facility for certain types of gambling. It may be combined with hotels, resorts, restaurants, retail shops, cruise ships or other tourist attractions. In the United States, casinos are usually licensed and regulated by the state in which they are located. The term casino may also refer to a gaming house, especially in the United Kingdom.

Gambling in one form or another has long been a part of human culture. From ancient Mesopotamia to the present, people have sought out games of chance to win money and other prizes. The modern casino is a sophisticated, highly controlled environment where patrons are encouraged to spend freely and engage in activities designed to keep them entertained.

Due to the large amount of money handled within a casino, both patrons and staff members are often tempted to cheat or steal, either in collusion with each other or independently. This is why casinos devote a considerable amount of time, effort and money to security. In addition to the obvious measures such as cameras in every room, elaborate surveillance systems provide a high-tech “eye-in-the-sky” that can be focused on suspicious patrons by security workers in a separate room filled with banks of monitors.

The mathematics of casino gambling are complex, and despite the enticements of free food and drink, most gamblers will not walk away from a table with more money than they brought with them. To compensate for this, casinos try to reduce the awareness of passing time by dimming the lights and introducing music.