A casino is a place where gambling takes place, and a wide variety of games are offered. These include table games like blackjack, poker, and roulette, as well as slot machines, video games, and bingo. Many casinos also offer live entertainment and top-notch hotels, spas, and restaurants.

Unlike land-based casinos, which are usually small and have limited seating, many modern casinos feature multi-level layouts, high ceilings, and elaborate light fixtures. They are designed to be visually stimulating, and to entice patrons into spending more money. This is accomplished by using psychology and design to make the casino experience as appealing as possible, even though the house always wins in the long run.

Some casinos have catwalks in the ceiling that allow surveillance personnel to look down, through one-way glass, on activities at the tables and slots. They also have security measures, including cameras and metal detectors. The large amounts of cash handled in casinos often make them a target for cheating and theft, either by employees or by patrons. To prevent these occurrences, some casinos have cameras that monitor all the games and their participants.

The most famous casinos are in Las Vegas, but there are some great ones around the world. For instance, the elegant spa town of Baden-Baden first became a playground for royalty and aristocracy 150 years ago, and it still attracts them today, as well as celebrities, athletes, and upscale visitors. Its casino is decorated in opulent black and gold, and features red-and-gold poker rooms and numerous blackjack and roulette tables.