A casino is a gambling establishment, which features games of chance and often also includes restaurants, hotels and entertainment. It can be found in countries around the world and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Some casinos are even known for their live entertainment, such as musical shows and stand-up comedy.

While elaborate themes, dazzling light displays, luxurious rooms and suites, shopping centers and celebrity performers may draw the crowds, most casinos (especially in the United States) would not exist without games of chance like slot machines, poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and other table games. These games provide the billions of dollars in profits that casinos bring in every year.

Unlike home games, where players play against one another, casino table games usually involve multiple people and require strategic thinking and decision-making skills as players try their luck against the house and each other. The money that gamblers place in these games is referred to as chips. In the case of poker, the chips are placed on a table and managed by a croupier who oversees the game.

Casinos rely on technology to supervise the gaming process. For example, betting chips with built-in microcircuitry are used in some casinos to monitor and record the amounts wagered minute by minute. In addition, some casinos use video cameras to monitor their operations remotely and detect any anomalies. These sophisticated technologies are designed to keep casinos safe and fair for customers.