Economic Benefits of Casinos


A casino is a place where people can go to gamble on games of chance. It usually offers a variety of different games, such as blackjack and poker, and is staffed with croupiers to conduct the games. Some casinos also offer restaurants, free drinks, and stage shows. Casinos may be built with other facilities such as hotels, resorts, or even cruise ships.

Some economists argue that casinos increase employment in a local area because their operation requires labor. If the casino is located in a rural area with a less skilled labor force, it will likely draw workers from the surrounding areas. This will decrease unemployment in the region for those with the requisite skills, but it will not lower the overall unemployment rate because the original, less skilled population has remained unchanged and has been replaced by new workers.

In addition to hiring a sufficient number of employees to run the casino, casinos hire gaming mathematicians and computer programmers who analyze game strategies. These professionals are required to know both the house edge and variance of each game. Casinos use this information to make informed decisions about how much money they need in the bank.

In addition to the aforementioned benefits, casinos attract tourists, which in turn can improve local business and increase housing values. However, some economists point out that the cost of treating problem gambling and the loss of productivity from those who are addicted to casino gambling more than offset any economic gains a community might experience as a result of a casino.