A casino is a facility where a variety of gambling games can be played. These include gaming machines, table games and random number games. Gaming machines are characterized by the fact that they are played by one player at a time and do not involve interaction with casino employees. Table games, on the other hand, involve interaction with dealers or croupiers and are conducted by a casino employee. Random number games are based on the random selection of numbers by a computerized system or by other means.

Most casino games provide a long-term advantage to the house, known as the house edge or vigorish, while offering players the possibility of a short-term gain. However, some games have a skill element, in which case the player’s decisions can have an impact on the results. Players possessing sufficient skills to eliminate the house edge in these games are known as advantage players.

Many casinos feature restaurants, bars and lounges, where patrons can relax between gaming sessions. In addition, some casinos host live entertainment from popular artists and local acts. Some offer a range of other luxuries, including rooftop pools, karaoke, arcades and spas. New York City, for example, boasts 12 popular land-based casinos and 15 tribal casinos within striking distance of the Big Apple.