A casino is a gambling establishment where people can play games of chance or skill. It is also a place to socialize and be entertained. The majority of the revenue generated by a casino comes from gambling. Musical shows, lighted fountains and elaborate themes help to draw in visitors, but casinos would not exist without games of chance such as slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps and baccarat. These games are the source of the billions of dollars in profits raked in by casinos every year.
Casinos have long been associated with organized crime. Mafia figures provided funding, took sole or partial ownership of casinos and even influenced the outcome of games by bribing casino personnel. This tainted the image of the industry and, in many cases, made it illegal for legitimate businessmen to get involved.
While the popularity of casino gambling has increased, there are still many questions regarding its legality in America. Some states, such as Nevada and California, allow casinos to operate while others prohibit them or regulate them heavily.
There are hundreds of land-based casinos in the United States. To find one near you, use the map below. It displays all regulated casinos in the US and allows you to zoom in on your location. You can also click on a state to see its specific casinos.