A casino is an indoor amusement park for adults, where the majority of the entertainment (and the profits for the owner) comes from gambling. Musical shows, lighted fountains, shopping centers and elaborate themes draw in the crowds, but casinos would not exist without games of chance: slot machines, blackjack, poker, roulette, craps, keno and baccarat make up the billions in annual profits that make casinos the most popular form of gambling worldwide.
In the twenty-first century, casinos have become more selective in whom they allow to gamble, focusing on “high rollers.” These people are allowed to play in special rooms with much higher stakes than those found on the main gaming floor and can be given comps worth tens of thousands of dollars. These can include free hotel rooms, food, drinks and show tickets. They may also be given limo service and airline tickets if they spend a lot of money at the casino.
The MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip is arguably one of the most famous casinos in the world, featured in many movies and TV shows. Its luxurious rooms, impressive casino and lavish fountain show make it a must-see for anyone visiting Sin City. However, it is far from the only casino that has made its mark on the world. Other legendary casinos include the Monte Carlo in Monaco, the Casino de Lisboa in Lisbon and the Casino Baden-Baden in Germany. All of these have earned their fame thanks to their glamour, history or a combination of both.