A casino, also called a gambling establishment or simply a casino, is a facility where people can gamble using money. It is a type of entertainment and has been in existence for millennia. There are many different games that can be played at a casino, but all of them are based on chance and have a house edge (the mathematical advantage the house has over the player).

Most casinos use a variety of technologies to monitor game play. For example, roulette wheels have built-in microcircuitry that allows the house to oversee each spin minute by minute, and detect any deviation from expected value; video cameras are used for surveillance and can zoom in on the betting chips, which have built-in sensors, to reveal any suspicious activity; and electronic systems can be used to track shuffles, dice rolls, and other data.

Some casinos specialize in certain games, such as Asian-style table games such as sic bo and fan-tan. Others offer a full range of traditional and modern table games, including blackjack and poker. Most casinos offer some form of incentive/rewards program that provides players with things such as bonus chips, free plays, vouchers for dining or hotels and even cash back.

While being polite to dealers is a good idea in any situation, it’s especially important in a casino. Dealers make their living through tips from players, and it’s in your best interest to tip well, particularly if you win. It’s also a good idea to ask for assistance from a dealer before you begin playing, and to be sure to wait to pick up your winning chips until the dealer pushes them toward you.