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A casino, also spelled casino, is an establishment where people wager money on games of chance or skill. Most of these businesses are located in resort areas and feature a wide range of entertainment and dining options. People often visit casinos to enjoy the thrill of gambling and the opportunity to win large sums of money. Some people are addicted to gambling and find it hard to quit. Others believe that casinos are harmful to local economies and hurt property values.

Casinos are most often owned and operated by private companies and are licensed and regulated by state governments. In the United States, these businesses are classified by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 713210. Casino hotels, which have a casino on their premises, fall under NAICS code 721120.

Most casinos are staffed by employees who are trained to deal with gamblers in a friendly, courteous manner. They offer a variety of games, such as poker, blackjack, baccarat, and roulette. Most games have mathematically determined odds that ensure that the house has a constant advantage over the players, which is called the house edge. Casinos earn profit from their operations by charging commissions, known as the rake, on these games or by taking a percentage of the money wagered. In addition, they sometimes give out complimentary items to gamblers, called comps.

The most popular casino activities include table games such as baccarat, blackjack, and roulette; slot machines; and horse racing. In addition to these, some casinos have stage shows and other attractions to appeal to a wide audience.