Security Measures at a Casino


A casino is a place where people can gamble and play games of chance. In modern times casinos have a lot of fancy things to offer such as restaurants, free drinks and stage shows to attract customers but the real money is made from gambling. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps and keno are just some of the games that bring in billions in profits to casinos every year.

In the United States, “table game” refers to a casino game played against a live dealer, such as baccarat, chemin de fer, or poker. This contrasts with other popular American casino games, such as slots and video poker, which are operated by a computer. Some casinos have both table games and machine games, while others specialize in one or the other.

Besides cameras, casinos use other security measures to make sure nobody cheats or steals. The patterns and routines of the different casino games are watched closely by security personnel, so any deviation from the norm can be quickly spotted. For example, the way a dealer shuffles and deals cards follows certain patterns, so any sudden change from this routine can be easily spotted by a security person.

Casinos are also choosy about the players they accept. They reward the best and biggest spenders with “comps” (free goods or services) such as free hotel rooms, dinners, tickets to shows or even limo service and airline tickets. The casinos figure that if these big spenders keep coming back and winning, they’ll eventually break even or turn a profit.

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