A casino, or gambling hall, is a place where people can go to gamble on games of chance. Casinos often offer a variety of entertainment and dining options, and some even host stage shows and dramatic scenery. Some casinos have strict rules and policies in place to prevent gambling addiction. Others focus on promoting responsible gaming and other programs to help players manage their gambling habits.

Casinos are often criticized for their negative economic impact on local communities. Critics argue that casinos drive people away from other forms of local entertainment, and that the cost of treating compulsive gamblers outweighs any economic benefits a casino might bring to the community. In addition, casinos can have a negative impact on housing values in areas surrounding them.

There are more than 40 casinos in Canada, with the majority located in Montreal and Toronto. Each offers a wide variety of slots, table games, and live dealer games. Many of these casinos also offer online versions of their games, making them accessible to Canadians from anywhere in the world.

The concept of a casino as a place to find a variety of gambling activities under one roof first developed in the 16th century, during a European gambling craze. Until then, gambling was often done in private, in secret clubs for the rich known as ridotti. Mob gangsters once ran the gambling business, but federal crackdowns on organized crime and the possibility of losing their casino license at the slightest hint of mob involvement have driven them away from the business.