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A casino is a gambling establishment where people can play games of chance, or in some cases of skill. It is also a place where people can socialize and eat. Casinos are a source of income for their owners and employees. In the United States, casinos are generally located in cities that have legalized gambling, or on Native American reservations.

Gambling at a casino involves betting against the house, with the odds of winning or losing determined by mathematical probabilities. In a game such as blackjack, the house has a built in advantage of less than two percent, which is called the house edge. In games that have a significant skill element, such as poker, the casino earns money through a commission on bets placed by players, called the rake.

Most casinos offer drinks and food, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic, to their customers for free or at a reduced cost. These perks are known as comps. They are intended to encourage players to spend more than they planned, and to reward those who do so. Casinos also try to attract customers from out of state by offering discounted travel packages, cheap buffets, and free shows.

Something about gambling, probably the presence of large amounts of cash, encourages cheating and theft, either in collusion or independently. For this reason, casinos have high security measures and are heavily regulated and audited by government agencies. They also employ a wide range of security measures, from video surveillance to catwalks in the ceiling and windows that look down on tables and slot machines.