Security at a Casino


A casino is a place where people can gamble and take chances. Almost all nations changed their gambling laws in the latter part of the 20th century and casinos began to pop up all over the world.

Gambling is a huge industry and casinos make large profits. But something about the games encourages a percentage of patrons to cheat, steal or scam their way to a jackpot. As a result, casinos spend a lot of time and money on security.

In addition to a staff of security workers, casinos use high-tech “eyes-in-the-sky” surveillance systems to monitor each table and every window. The cameras can be adjusted by security staff to watch for suspicious behavior. Some casinos also have electronic monitoring systems that can track betting patterns and alert managers to potential cheating.

Besides the traditional poker, blackjack and slots, some casinos offer far eastern games such as sic bo, fan-tan and pai gow. Some casinos also have a section dedicated to horse racing and sports betting. In general, the casinos are crowded with players of all ages and backgrounds, but older adults (especially women) account for a substantial portion of the clientele.

Many casino patrons are rewarded with free rooms, meals and tickets to shows for their regular play. Some casinos even give limo and airline tickets to big spenders. Many of these perks are intended to lure new customers and to keep existing ones coming back. Nevertheless, studies show that casinos do not add to local economies and the costs of treating compulsive gamblers can easily outweigh any financial gains.