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.