A casino is a gambling establishment which offers games of chance. It may also offer dining, entertainment and shopping. It may be located on a riverboat, in the desert, or in a resort town. Casinos are most often found in the United States, but are also found in many other countries around the world. Some casinos specialize in specific games, such as poker or baccarat. Others have a general variety of games, including blackjack and craps. Most casinos have a minimum bet and a maximum winning amount, and they are designed to allow patrons to place bets in a short period of time without depleting their bankrolls too quickly. Casinos are also known for offering extravagant inducements to big bettors, especially in the form of free spectacular entertainment and transportation.

Most casinos feature table games like baccarat, blackjack and roulette, as well as slot machines. They may also offer other types of games, such as tournament poker or standard poker. Table games are games that are played against the house, and the house typically makes a profit by taking a percentage of the pot or charging an hourly fee for play.

A modern casino has a wide range of security measures to prevent cheating and theft by both patrons and employees. These measures include surveillance systems and manned security guards. Some casinos also have a special department that oversees security and compliance with gaming laws. In some cases, casinos employ private security companies to protect their assets and guests.