The Evolution of Casinos


Today’s casinos have elaborate security systems, which keep an eye on every patron. Security personnel are equipped with cameras positioned throughout the casino. These cameras can be adjusted to follow a particular patron and record video feeds for later review. In the United Kingdom, gambling clubs have been running since the 1960s. However, membership is required to play at these clubs. France, which legalized casinos in 1933, is home to some of the most recognizable European casinos.

Unemployment rates can be directly affected by a casino’s operation, so local officials should consider the potential effect on the area’s unemployment rate. In urban areas, the work force is likely to come from the area, but in a rural setting, it may come from outside. Regardless, the tax revenue generated by a casino benefits the local economy. And because casinos provide jobs for local residents, the local economy will benefit. However, the promise of higher employment may not be realized if the work force is made up of people from the local area.

The first casino opened in Italy in the 16th century. The concept of a casino began as a public hall for dancing and music. In 1863, the Monte-Carlo casino opened and soon became one of the principal revenue sources for the principality of Monaco. However, despite its history, the casino still remains a popular, exciting place to play cards. So much so that it is the oldest casino still in operation. This is a great example of a casino’s evolution.