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A Brief History of Casinos


To protect the public from criminals, casinos have implemented elaborate surveillance systems. For example, video cameras on every table and doorway of the casino monitor patrons at all times. Security officials can adjust the cameras to focus on suspicious patrons and record video feeds for later review. Slot machines are computerized, so the payouts are determined by computer chips inside the machines. No one on the casino floor is allowed to watch the game floor, making surveillance of unauthorized activity much easier.

Unlike Internet and lottery gambling, casinos are social institutions, and the players interact with other people. For instance, when playing slot machines, you are surrounded by people, and alcohol is readily available. The casino atmosphere is designed to create an environment of noise, light, and excitement. As a result, it’s no wonder that a majority of European casinos are in France. Here’s a brief history of the different types of casinos around the world.

Gambling was legalized in Nevada in the 1950s, but the establishment of casinos was controversial. Legitimate businessmen were reluctant to get involved, and many states only allowed casinos on riverboats. Native American gaming also drove the development of casinos outside of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. However, the Havana casino was closed following the 1959 Cuban Revolution. In addition to American Indian reservations, there are many other countries with casinos, including Puerto Rico and South America.