Casino Are places that house or accommodate certain types of gambling activities, such as poker, blackjack, slot machines, roulette and craps.
The games will have the odds stacked in favour of the house in the long-run, but there are chances to win big. If you hit the jackpots at the top casinos you can find yourself walking away with life changing sums of money.
As a result they attract tourists in their droves every day of the year as they try to strike it lucky and win their share of the vast wealth of money that is on offer.
Casinos are generally built in combination with hotels and restaurants or near tourist attractions and shopping outlets.
Las Vegas, which is considered the home of gambling, has the most casinos out of any city worldwide, with it currently having 122. Macau, in China, has 33 casinos.
However, the United States is also the country with the most casinos, more than 900 in total, and that number continues to grow as more states legalize casinos.
The Venetian in Macao is considered to be the biggest and best out of all the casinos in the world. It was the first of the giant casinos to open on the Macau strip. It has more than 3,000 gaming machines and 870 table and poker games.
The Bellagio in Las Vegas is perhaps one of the most famous out of the world’s casinos.
Its fountains, which go off at regular intervals throughout the day for the public walking past to see, were featured in the movie Ocean’s Eleven. The resort is one of many casinos in Las Vegas owned by MGM Resorts International.
On the Las Vegas strip MGM own casinos such as the Aria Resort & Casino, The Mirage, The Luxor, Mandalay Bay, the MGM Grand Las Vegas, New York-New York, Excalibur and Circus Circus Las Vegas.
The Stratosphere is another of the Vegas’ casinos and it is famed for its rollercoasters. Its tower reaches 1,149ft into the sky and on top of that tower is a ride called Big Shot, the tallest rollercoaster in the world; emphasising the point that now casinos have evolved into so much more than just places for gambling.
The largest casino is Europe is the Casino Estoril, in Lisbon, Portugal.
The Hippodrome Casino, in London, is the biggest in the UK. It was opened on July 13, 2012, by the then Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
So, what do you find when you go into most standard casinos? Well, when you enter through the door you will generally be greeted by lots of slot machines first. These are quite simple gambling machines to play and just generally involve hitting a button or pulling a leaver to try and win the jackpot.
They are generally quite bright and alluring and some of the bigger casinos will even play the sounds of slot machines paying out to give the allusion that lots of money is being won all the time.
From there you will enter what is known as the floor, where there will be a range of games being dealt by casino employees. Black Jack is the most popular game and all most all casinos will have this.
The object of the game is to get a hand that is a higher total than the dealers, but which does not exceed twenty one. While multiple players can play the game at the same time they are not playing against each other, each player is playing only against the dealer. Each player will be dealt two cards face up.
The dealer will deal himself one card that is face up and one that is face down.
Number cards count for their face value while face cards all count for ten. An ace can count as either a one or an eleven. You can either choose to stick, stay on the total you have, or twist, take another card, at any point after getting dealt your first two cards. However, the dealer must stick on 17 or above and draw on 16 or below.
Roulette is another popular casino game. In the game, players may choose to place bets on either a single number or a range of numbers, the colors red or black, or whether the number is odd or even.
To determine the winning number and colour, a croupier spins a wheel in one direction; then spins a ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular track running. The wheel is numbered one to 38 and the ball eventually loses momentum and falls onto the wheel to determine which bets are successful.
Craps, is less popular, because of its complicated nature.
It is a dice game in which the players make wagers on the outcome of the roll, or a series of rolls, of a pair of dice.
Casinos also offer three-card poker, where gamblers play against the casino rather than other players.
However, generally poker players will play against other gamblers, in tournaments or cash games, to place their wagers. Casinos will take rakes from these games, a small percentage of each pot, from the players for the privilege of playing. However, the games still offer much better odds than playing against the casino itself so the smarter money is gambling against the gambler.
Casino will also offer live entertainment in some cases and are more than happy for their customers to have a few drinks and enjoy themselves. Some casinos will offer alcoholic beverages for free, as long as the customer is gambling. This is because they want to keep them at the table and have worked out that the drunker the gambler becomes the more risky his play can be and therefore it can prove profitable to offer the customer as few free drinks.
Some casinos, in Las Vegas, will even roll out the red carpet for the high stakes gamblers, offering them free accommodation, room service and all the drink and food they can consume.
This is because they have lots of money to gamble
And, if they end up unsuccessful, the cash they lose more than pays for the stuff they have got for free. The trick is how to be successful and win from the casino as well as taking all the things they offer for free, but it is easier said than done.