A Casino is a public place where gamblers play a variety of games of chance. They often add a variety of amenities, such as restaurants, free drinks and stage shows, to attract customers.
Modern casinos use elaborate surveillance systems to keep an eye on their guests and detect any criminal activity that may occur. The system usually includes cameras in the ceiling that watch each table, changing windows and doorways, and a security staff working in a separate room filled with banks of security monitors.
Elaborate security also includes a physical security force, usually on hand to patrol the premises and respond to calls for help or reports of suspicious or definite crime. In addition to the physical forces, specialized casino security departments monitor closed circuit television and operate a high-tech “eye in the sky” that allows them to view casino activities from a great distance.
Slot machines are the economic mainstay of American casinos, generating income from high volume, rapid play at sums as small as five cents. The machines are controlled for optimal profits, with a percentage of the total bets that are returned as winnings set by the house.
Roulette and Craps
The most popular casino games in the world are roulette and craps, which appeal to both small and large bettors alike. In the United States, most casinos reduce their advantage to less than 1 percent to entice big bettors, while in France most allow large bets with an advantage of over 1.4 percent.