Exotic Casinos Go Beyond Gambling


When most people think of casinos, they imagine the glitzy gambling havens in Las Vegas that have become synonymous with fun and entertainment. But there are also casinos in exotic locations, from Venice to Monaco, that offer an unforgettable experience to visitors and locals alike. Featuring high-stake games, luxury accommodations and spectacular entertainment, these casinos blend tradition and innovation to provide a complete experience that goes beyond gambling.

Gambling has been part of human culture for millennia. The earliest evidence dates to 2300 BC, with dice showing up around 500 AD and card games appearing in the 1400s. Today, casinos bring in billions each year for the companies, investors and Native American tribes that operate them. But most of the money casinos generate comes from patrons’ aggregate losses at the tables and slot machines.

To keep gamblers coming back, casino operators go to great lengths to lure them in and encourage them to play as long as possible. They use bright and sometimes gaudy floor and wall coverings that are designed to stimulate and cheer up gamblers. Red is especially effective in energizing and motivating players. The absence of clocks on casino walls is also deliberate–it makes it easy for patrons to lose track of time and keep playing.

Many casinos also have player-tracking programs, in which patrons are given a special card that can be swiped at the gaming tables. The cards tally up points that can be exchanged for meals, drinks or show tickets, and they also provide the casinos with valuable demographic information about their customers.

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