Today, casinos have almost uniform character around the world. In the late 20th century, nearly every state legalized the business. The United Kingdom has a casino that is licensed to operate since 1960. In addition, there are many countries in South America with casinos. In fact, in the 1950s, the Havana casino closed after the Cuban Revolution. Today, there are estimated to be more than 3,000 legal casinos in existence around the world. This includes the American state of Nevada, which has a total of ten casinos, and the state of France, which has some of the most famous casino establishments in Europe.
The term “casino” is derived from the Italian word for “little house” referring to the establishment. Casinos can have many amenities, from restaurants to hotels, shopping malls, and entertainment. Some even have live entertainment. In the past, the term “casino” was also used to describe a summer home or villa. It was originally intended to be a place of pleasure, not a place of business. Nowadays, gambling in casinos is a way of life for the rich and famous.
Casinos are equipped with elaborate surveillance systems to monitor the activities of their patrons. These cameras are installed on the ceiling, so that security personnel can keep a watchful eye on every patron and game. Casino security personnel can also watch every table, window, and doorway, and can adjust their focus on any suspicious patrons. Video feeds of every casino game are stored for later review. In addition to video surveillance, slot machines are monitored by computer chips so that the payouts are accurate.