A casino (also called a gaming house, gambling house, or gaming establishment) is an establishment wherein a person may gamble for money or other items of value. Some casinos also offer dining, entertainment, and other amenities. The term is derived from the Latin word for “house”. Casinos are most commonly found in America, Europe, and South Africa. In the United States, the most famous casino is in Las Vegas. Other well-known casinos include the Mirage, Caesars Palace, and Bally‚Äôs. Many American states have legalized casinos, and in the 1980s they began appearing on Indian reservations.

A modern casino is a large facility wherein the playing of certain gambling games is the primary activity, such as roulette, baccarat, blackjack, poker, and slot machines. A casino can also have a sports book where horse racing and football betting is offered. Some casinos are built near or combined with hotels and resorts. In some cases, these facilities are run by a single operator.

Casinos often have security measures such as cameras and staff. They also enforce rules of conduct and behavior. They may prohibit players from making bets that exceed a predetermined amount. They also may restrict play to people on a state or casino self-exclusion list.

In the United States, the minimum age to gamble at a casino depends on the type of gambling and the venue. Most casinos require players to be at least 21 years old. Some states have a lower minimum age for gambling.