Casino is a Italian word which means “little house”. The word “casino” originally referred to a small country villa, summerhouse, or social club.
By the 19th century, the term had acquired a secondary meaning of “a gambling establishment”. By the early 20th century, casinos were established all over the world, including in the United States, France, Spain, and Cuba.
The first known casino in the United States was built in New Orleans in 1722. This casino was called The Palais Royal.
The first known European gambling house, not called a casino although meeting the modern definition, was the Ridotto, established in Venice, Italy in 1638 by the Great Council of Venice to provide controlled gambling during carnival season. It was closed in 1774 as the city government felt it was impoverishing the local gentry. .
In military and non-military usage in German and Spanish, a casino or kasino is an officers’ mess.
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.