Casinos in one form or another have been around since the time of the ancient Greeks. The popularity of casinos really expanded in the 17th century with the establishment of the Ridotto in Venice.
In America the popularity of saloons further established the growth and popularity of casinos. Casinos are institutions that house a variety of gambling activities that span card games, lottery style games, dice games, roulette and video slot machines. They are often on the same premises as hotels, shopping centres or tourist attractions.