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A casino (sometimes called a gambling house) is an establishment for playing games of chance. These games are often conducted by dealers or other human beings, but they can also be machine-driven. Casinos may also offer other types of entertainment, such as shows or fine dining. Most casinos are heavily regulated and have high security. They may also offer complimentary food and drinks, though alcohol can impair a person’s ability to gamble responsibly.

Gambling has long been a part of many cultures and is practiced in some form or another throughout the world. Some of the earliest recorded gambling activities took place in Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece and Elizabethan England. In modern times, casino gambling has become a major industry and attracts tourists from all over the globe. Many states have legalized casino gaming, with Nevada and Atlantic City being particularly well known for their enormous casinos.

When most people think of a casino, they probably picture one of the Las Vegas megaresorts, which are typically large and full of glitz and lights. However, casinos come in all shapes and sizes, with some being much smaller and defined more by the type of gambling they offer than by their ostentatious decor. In 2005, the average casino patron was a forty-six-year-old female from a household with above-average income. This demographic made up about 23% of all casino gamblers. This age group was characterized by having more leisure time and disposable income than younger adults.