Canada’s Casino Resorts
The haze of smoke, the flashing lights and blaring music of casinos are a magnet for many people, drawing them into its doors. The attraction is more than gambling, however. Casinos offer restaurants, bars, shops, spas and museums all under one roof. Some are gleaming glass and steel temples of excess; others are grand old-world buildings with plenty of character.
Casinos make their money by taking advantage of a built in statistical edge in all games, which is known as the house edge. That edge may be very small – less than two percent in most cases – but it can add up to enough money over time to finance elaborate hotels, fountains, towers and replicas of famous landmarks. The house also takes a cut of each bet, called the vig or rake.
Some casinos use techniques to keep gamblers happy, such as free food and drink. This may keep them on the casino floor longer, but it won’t reduce the house’s advantage. In addition, the casinos use chips instead of actual money to avoid any issues with security or counterfeit currency. This method also helps them track how much money is coming in and out of the facility, although some states regulate the number of ATM machines allowed on the premises.
Canada offers a few large casino resorts, but one of the best is Dakota Dunes in North Dakota. This resort is smaller than some of the bigger ones, with a 155-room hotel and 18 casino tables. However, it does have a contemporary art gallery and three restaurants as well.