Security at a Casino


A casino is a place where people go to gamble and play games of chance. While casinos add other luxuries to lure in customers, such as restaurants, free drinks and stage shows, they would not exist without gambling. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps and keno are among the games that provide the billions of dollars in profits that casinos rake in every year.

Modern casinos use elaborate security systems to prevent crime. A physical security force patrols the premises, and a specialized surveillance department monitors video feeds from cameras throughout the casino. Using a high-tech “eye in the sky” system, the casino’s cameras can follow patrons from room to room and table to table. The cameras can be adjusted to focus on suspicious patrons, and security workers can review tapes after a theft or other incident.

Many casino employees are trained to spot cheating. Casino dealers watch for blatant moves by players, such as marking or switching cards or dice. They also notice betting patterns and other anomalies at the tables. Table managers and pit bosses look at the bigger picture, making sure table games are fair and keeping track of how much each table is winning or losing.

Casinos have become increasingly popular. But some economists say their effect on local economies is negative. They say that casino revenue pulls money away from other forms of entertainment and that problems caused by compulsive gambling can reverse any economic gains a casino brings. In addition, casinos can harm local property values and create a glut of gambling establishments.

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