A casino is usually a public facility for gaming, most often in a town or city. Casinos can be located near, along or near other hotels, restaurants, hotels, cruise lines, other tourist attractions, and other forms of entertainment. Some casinos also serve live entertainment, including live concerts, stand-up comedy, and live music. The term “casino” comes from the Italian word “caza,” which means house. Casinos resemble houses in that they are usually built in former homes, or on land that is rented out to them.
Most of the world’s gambling facilities are located in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are approximately 880 licensed gambling houses and more than three hundred thousand people who gamble on the Las Vegas strip alone. The United States Justice Department controls the distribution of casino licenses throughout the country. The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a bill that would allow states to expand their legalized gambling across the United States. The House voted to approve H.R. 2410 by a vote of 401 to 5; therefore, it will now head to the Senate for consideration. The House has voted to legalize casino gambling in forty-nine states, allowing people to gamble for real, money in states with regulated poker rooms and video poker machines.
The latest legislation would allow expanded gambling across the fifty states, with all of the available casino slots being available in all state territory. Currently, there are only twenty-one states with regulated gambling; therefore, expansion of gambling will only take place in those states where they currently operate casinos. Expansion will also only take place in states where at least twenty-two percent of the residents use gambling as a source of income. For example, if thirty-five percent of the residents used the Las Vegas slot machines as their main source of income, then the state of Nevada would be one state that could consider expanding its legalized gambling.
In order for gambling to be legalized, it must pass through a three-step process in order for it to become legal. First, the legislature has to determine that gambling is “commerce in commerce” and the law accordingly. Second, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate must jointly approve the final bill. Lastly, it must be placed on the calendar for the final session of the legislative session. If there are changes made within the legislature or the U.S. House and Senate before it is finalized, the bill will need to be resubmitted to the governor for her signature.