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Casino


In modern English, a casino is a facility which houses and accommodates certain types of gambling activities. The industry that deals in casinos is called the gaming industry. Casinos are most commonly built near or combined with hotels, restaurants, retail shopping, cruise ships or other tourist attractions. There is much debate over whether or not the social and economic consequences of casino gambling outweigh the initial revenue that may be generated. Some casinos are also known for hosting live entertainment events, such as stand-up comedy, concerts, and sporting events.

The term "casino" is a confusing linguistic false friend for translators.

Casino is of Italian origin; the root casa (house) originally meant a small country villa, summerhouse, or social club. During the 19th century, the term casino came to include other public buildings where pleasurable activities took place; such edifices were usually built on the grounds of a larger Italian villa or palazzo, and were used to host civic town functions, including dancing, gambling, music listening, and sports; examples in Italy include Villa Farnese and Villa Giulia, and in the US the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island. In modern-day Italian, the term casino designates a bordello (also called casa chiusa, literally "closed house"), while the gambling house is spelled casinò with an accent.

Not all casinos were used for gaming. The Catalina Casino, a famous landmark overlooking Avalon Harbor on Santa Catalina Island, California, has never been used for traditional games of chance, which were already outlawed in California by the time it was built. The Copenhagen Casino was a theatre, known for the mass public meetings often held in its hall during the 1848 Revolution, which made Denmark a constitutional monarchy. Until 1937, it was a well-known Danish theatre. The Hanko Casino in Hanko, Finland—one of that town's most conspicuous landmarks—was never used for gambling. Rather, it was a banquet hall for the Russian nobility which frequented this spa resort in the late 19th century and is now used as a restaurant.


Rank Location Casinos Revenue (2009)
US$M
Revenue (2010 Projected)
US$M
Revenue (2011 Projected)
US$M
1 United States 57,240 56,500 58,030
2 Asia Pacific 21,845 32,305 41,259
3 Europe, Middle East, Africa 17,259 16,186 16,452
4 Canada 3,712 3,835 4,045
5 Latin America 425 528 594
Total 100,481 109,354 120,380
Rank Location Casinos Revenue (2009)
US$M
Revenue (2010 Projected)
US$M
Revenue (2011 Projected)
US$M
1 Macau 33 14,955 22,445 28,379
2 Las Vegas, Nevada 122 10,247 9,950 10,300
3 Singapore 2 2,119 2,750 5,479
4 France 189 3,965 3,909 3,957
5 Atlantic City, New Jersey 12 3,943 3,550 3,330
6 Australia 11 2,697 2,769 2,847
7 South Korea 17 2,401 2,430 2,512
8 Germany 76 2,073 2,055 2,081
9 South Africa 36 1,845 1,782 2,012
10 United Kingdom 141 1,212 1,193 1,209
11 Poland 36 1,089 1,091 1,126
12 Niagara Falls, Canada 2 1,102 1,114 1,203

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