Security Measures at a Casino
A Casino is a place where people gamble by playing games of chance or skill. Many casinos add other entertainment elements to appeal to a wider audience, such as restaurants and stage shows. Casinos may also offer complimentary items or comps to encourage patrons to spend more money.
In modern times, most casinos use a combination of methods to ensure the integrity of their gambling activities. Security staff monitor the floor to watch for blatant cheating and to catch other forms of fraud, such as card-switching and dice-rigging. Other measures include using “chip tracking,” where betting chips have built-in microcircuitry that enables the casinos to oversee the amounts wagered minute by minute; and monitoring roulette wheels electronically for any statistical deviations from expected results.
Something about the glitz and glamour of casino gambling attracts both employees and customers who may be tempted to cheat, steal or lie in collusion or independently. Consequently, most casinos have stringent security measures to prevent such activity. The most basic measure is security cameras located throughout the casino.
Casinos are a major source of revenue for some states, but critics argue that the money spent by addicts and lost productivity due to gambling addiction more than offset any economic benefits they bring to a community. Some state governments are investigating ways to limit the growth of casinos. Others have passed laws requiring that they share profits with local communities. Despite these efforts, the number of casinos in the United States continues to grow, with most in Nevada and a smaller number in New Jersey and Illinois.