A casino is a gambling house that provides a variety of games of chance for patrons to play, usually with money. Casinos generally add luxuries like restaurants, free drinks and stage shows to help attract customers. They also have built-in advantages, known as the house edge, that ensure they will make a profit from the millions of bets placed by customers.

The house edge can be very small, but it is enough to give casinos a steady income. Some of that money is used for luxuries, and a portion is returned to the players in the form of jackpots. Casinos must balance the house edge against their desire to attract high rollers, who can spend large sums of money and generate more revenue.

Security is another big part of the casino business. Most casinos have cameras positioned throughout the building to keep an eye on the action and spot cheating. Many tables have a pit boss or table manager who oversees the game and watches for blatant patterns of behavior. Some casinos have more sophisticated systems, with chips that track betting minute-by-minute and roulette wheels that are electronically monitored for statistical deviations from expectations.

The casino industry is regulated by state laws in some countries and by central governments in others. Some states have special licenses for certain kinds of casinos, while others have no licensing requirements at all. Some have a single casino that is the only place to gamble in that state, while others have multiple casinos in different regions.