How to Keep a Casino Running Smoothly
A casino is a place for certain types of gambling. While it’s true that a small number of casinos offer non-gambling activities, such as restaurants and bars, most are simply buildings for playing games like blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, keno and more. In the United States, there are now more than 1,000 casinos and most of them generate billions of dollars in profits every year.
Casinos are built around the idea of making money by taking advantage of the fact that people love to gamble. While the precise origin of gambling is unknown, it is widely accepted that humans have been engaging in this activity since ancient times. It’s also popular in many countries outside the United States. For example, the Sun City Resort in Rustenburg, South Africa offers visitors a massive casino and entertainment complex.
While the house always has an edge over patrons, it’s possible to minimize this advantage by keeping the casino running smoothly. This is why casinos are built to look like modern, clean and comfortable hotels with high-tech surveillance systems.
Security starts on the casino floor, where employees keep their eyes on patrons and games to make sure all is as it should be. Dealers watch for blatant cheating such as palming, marking cards and switching dice. Table managers and pit bosses have a broader view of the action, watching for betting patterns that might indicate cheating. In addition, casinos often use cameras on catwalks in the ceiling to give a “eye-in-the-sky” view of everything that’s happening at every table and slot machine.