Lesson 52: Going to a Casino



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: casinos. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Kevin and Dorothy are talking about going to a casino.

Dorothy, have you ever been to a casino in Las Vegas?
Yes, I was in Las Vegas last year and went gambling at a casino.
Which games do you like to play?
I like slot machines and playing Roulette.
Have you ever won the jackpot on a slot machine?
Lady luck was with me. I won a jackpot of $1 million!
Wow! You were definitely lucky. I never win when I gamble.
Which games of chance do you like?
I like to play poker.
Maybe someday you will win big and the jackpot will be a nice prize such as a sports car.


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

casino (n) a building or room that has games for gambling
The casino has many games to play.
gambling (v -ing) to play a game where someone can win or lose money
Some people enjoy gambling too much.
slot machines (n – plural) a machine used for gambling that starts when you put money in it
You need $5 to play the slot machines.
Roulette (n) a game where a small ball is dropped onto a wheel with numbers and colors; people gamble on which number and/or color the ball will stop on
I like to play Roulette when I go to a casino.
jackpot (n) usually a large amount of money won in a game of chance
The jackpot is $5 million.
lady luck (idiom) a lady bringing luck to someone
Lady luck was with me when I won the jackpot.
games of chance (phrase) a game that is bet on and whose outcome is somewhat random
The games of chance I like to play are poker, slot machines, and Roulette.
poker (n) a card game where the player tries to make a better hand than the other players; a game of chance
When I go to a casino, I like to play poker.
win big (phrase) to win a lot of money in a game of chance
I hope to win big when I go to the casino next week.
prize (n) a reward for winning a contest, game, or lottery
The prize for winning the race is a gold medal.


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. Have you ever won big?
    1. One time I won $200 playing bingo.
    2. I only play the lottery and never won anything higher than $20.
    3. Your answer:
  2. If you were at a casino in Las Vegas, which games of chance would you play?
    1. I would only play the slot machines.
    2. I think I would play poker, Black Jack, and slot machines.
    3. Your answer:
  3. If you would win big, what do you think you would do with the money?
    1. I would put some in the bank, go on a long vacation, and give some to charity.
    2. I would share the jackpot with my family and friends.
    3. Your answer:
  4. Besides money, what other things can people win?
    1. Sometimes the jackpot is a new car.
    2. Some other things people win are vacations, houses, and smaller things like televisions.
    3. Your answer:
  5. Have you ever had lady luck on your side?
    1. As long as I’m alive, lady luck is on my side.
    2. Lady luck was on my side when I was in a car accident. I was not hurt.
    3. Your answer:


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do you like to gamble? Why or why not?
  2. Are there casinos in your country? If so, where?
  3. Why do you think people like to gamble?
  4. Which do you like better, going to a beach resort or a casino? Why?
  5. Can you name some other games of chance?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.



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