A casino is a gambling establishment where customers play games of chance, or in some cases skill, for cash or other valuables. Almost all casino games have mathematically determined odds that ensure the house has an edge over players, and this is usually expressed as a negative expected value (or EV). Casinos also earn money by charging a commission on games like poker, which is known as the rake.

Although gambling probably predates recorded history, the modern casino as a place to find a variety of ways to gamble under one roof first developed in Europe during the 16th century. At the time, a number of rich Italian aristocrats held private parties in locales called ridotti, where they played a variety of gambling-related games and were not bothered by legal authorities.

During the 1990s casinos dramatically increased their use of technology to monitor and oversee their operations. Casinos now routinely use “chip tracking,” in which betting chips have built-in microcircuitry that communicate with electronic systems to oversee the exact amounts wagered minute by minute, and roulette wheels are electronically monitored regularly to discover any statistical deviations from their expected results.

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