What Is a Casino?
A casino is a place where people play gambling games. The modern casino is like an indoor amusement park for adults, with the vast majority of the entertainment (and profits for the owners) coming from gambling. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps and keno are all popular casino games that help bring in billions of dollars in profit each year.
Although casinos are primarily places for gambling, they usually combine other amenities to appeal to all types of visitors. For example, some casinos have nightclubs and other venues for live entertainment. Others have restaurants and shopping areas. Some even have resorts attached, making them full-fledged vacation destinations.
In the past, organized crime mobs controlled the casino business in many states. They used their own money and shrewd business practices to make a living off the casino industry. But as the mob’s wealth dwindled, legitimate businessmen bought out their interests and began to run their own casinos. They hired managers with experience in gambling and other businesses to help them get their foot in the door.
Casino security starts on the floor, where employees keep their eyes on everyone playing a game and spot blatant cheating, such as palming cards or marking dice. Higher-ups also have a bird’s eye view of the entire casino, looking for patterns that might indicate cheating. Those same patterns can be detected by computerized systems that track the results of each bet. That’s why casinos spend so much time and effort on security.