The modern casino is like an indoor amusement park for adults. It’s attached to prime dining and drinking facilities, as well as venues for performances by pop, jazz, rock and other artists. But the billions of dollars in profits casinos earn each year are primarily generated by games of chance such as slot machines, blackjack, craps and baccarat.
Historically, gambling was a mafia affair, but the mob lost power in the 1980s as real estate investors and hotel chains bought out mobsters and began running their own casinos. Today’s casinos use sophisticated technology to monitor every aspect of the gaming process. For example, the chips used for betting have built-in microcircuitry that interconnects with electronic systems that allow casinos to oversee and monitor the exact amounts wagered minute by minute; roulette wheels are electronically monitored to discover any statistical deviation from their expected results.
In addition, casinos use surveillance cameras to keep an eye on everyone on the casino floor. The cameras are wired to a bank of monitors in a room where security workers can adjust the view to focus on specific suspicious patrons. Security personnel also monitor video feeds from camera positioned in the ceiling of every doorway and window to spot any cheating or criminal activity.
Many casinos also offer free goods or services to “good” players, who are often referred to as comps. These perks can include free hotel rooms, dinners, show tickets and even limousine service or airline tickets for high rollers.