What Is a Casino?


Casino is a gambling establishment offering a variety of games of chance and, in some cases, skill. Most casinos offer table games such as blackjack and roulette, and some have sports books. The games are conducted by employees known as croupiers or dealers. Some casinos also offer poker and other card games. The games are played with chips that have built-in microcircuitry that interact with the tables, allowing the casino to track the exact amounts wagered minute by minute and warn customers of any anomalies. In addition to traditional games of chance, many casinos feature far Eastern games such as sic bo, fan-tan, and pai gow.

Due to the large amount of money handled within a casino, both patrons and staff may be tempted to cheat or steal, either in collusion or independently; for this reason, most casinos have security measures in place. Cameras are the most common, although some casinos have other means of ensuring that all bets and payouts are made fairly. Casinos often employ professional mathematicians and computer programmers who analyze game data and design mathematically optimal strategies to maximize the house’s profit.

In New York City, the city-licensed Casino at Yonkers Raceway is a modern casino with over 3,000 slot machines and 80 table games. The casino’s interiors are designed in a refined tropical motif and feature several dining options, from chef Mario Carbone’s glamorous mid-century Italian American restaurant to PF Chang’s creative Asian-influenced cuisine. The casino also hosts a variety of live entertainment, from elaborate magic shows to celebrity headliners.