A casino is an establishment for certain types of gambling. Slot machines, black jack, roulette, craps and keno are the games that bring in billions of dollars in profits to casinos each year. Casinos are often called entertainment complexes, and they may have restaurants, bars, theatres and other amenities.
Casinos make money by taking a percentage of every bet that is placed on their games. This is known as the house edge, and it can be very small – lower than two percent – depending on the games and the bets. The house edge is enough to give the casinos an annual gross profit, even if they never win any of their bets.
Like any business, a casino needs to attract customers to survive. This is why the casinos are constantly improving their hotels, building larger buffets and offering more games in their casinos. Some are even racing to be the biggest casino in their region or the world.
As a result, the casinos are becoming more and more glamorous and ostentatious. They now offer free shows and entertainment, free hotel rooms, reduced-fare transportation and luxurious living quarters to their biggest gamblers. They also offer comps to those who spend large amounts of time at the tables or slots. Comps are usually free items but can include meals, limo service and airline tickets. The casinos are able to offer these lavish inducements because they have a virtual assurance of gross profit from each game they play.