A casino is a facility which houses and accommodates certain types of gambling activities. The industry that deals in casinos is called the gaming industry.
Casinos are most commonly built near or combined with hotels, restaurants, retail shopping, cruise ships or other tourist attractions.
There is much debate over whether the social and economic consequences of casino gambling outweigh the initial revenue that may be generated. Some casinos are also known for hosting live entertainment events, such as stand-up comedy, concerts, and sporting events.