CRB Dictionary - Casino:
|A casino is a house of gambling. It is a building or structure where gambling activities and games are held. Commonly, casinos are built within or nearby a hotel, resort or some sort of accommodation. Restaurants, shopping hubs, and other tourist spots are usually at striking distance from casinos as well. In recent years, casinos are also used as venues for entertainment where shows, stand-up comedies, concerts, and sporting events are held.
A Brief History
Casino dates back to ancient times. It cannot be as old as gambling, however. Gambling came earlier than a casino.
As opposed to the common impression, casino’s roots are planted in Italy and not in Las Vegas. The word casino is rooted from an Italian word “casa”, which means “house” or “cottage”. During the early times, a casino is a house that is used for social gatherings. It is where social dancing, conventions, and some other town functions are held, including gambling. When the gambling element took over the other purposes of a casino, casino meant more a gambling establishment than simply a party venue.
The first known casino ever built was the Casino de Venezia. It was established in 1638 in Venice, Italy. Interestingly, Casino de Venezia is still in operation today. Not all casinos built in early times are used for gambling. Since “casino” used to mean as a “cottage” or a “house” and later it was identified as a place for social affairs, early casinos could be anything from a theater to a restaurant to a meeting hall.
It was in 1851 when the American language first stumbled upon the word casino. At that time, casino is known for its original Italian definition. As people became more into gambling, the word casino was associated to its current meaning.
Casinos during the early times in the United States are known as saloons. A saloon is a place where travelers could stop by and spend some time drinking, talking to people, and gambling.
It was not easy for gambling to penetrate the American scene. In fact, gambling was outlawed in most parts of the country during the early 1900s. When it was legalized in 1931 in the state of Nevada, casinos take the forefront seat among the establishments built, especially in Las Vegas. That’s how the city of lights became the casino central of America and probably the world over.
The legalization of casinos is a huge issue in many territories. It is not surprising, therefore, to find that casinos go by strict rules and regulations.
For one, only persons of age, 18 or 21 years old and above, are allowed to gamble inside casinos. Some countries, which have more lenient guidelines, consider 16 as of age to enter the world of gambling.
Security is another major concern. Since large amounts of money are involved, casinos are also often associated with crimes. Strict line of security is then imposed to keep the temptations for both the staff and patrons to commit crimes in check. Casino security is often characterized by physical and surveillance forces. There’s a team of trained men and women who patrols the area 24/7 to ensure the security on the floor while a surveillance department is watching over through CCTVs or security cameras.