A Casino is a gambling establishment that offers players a variety of games of chance to win money. While a casino’s elaborate themes, musical shows and shopping centers help attract customers, the vast majority of its profits are generated by games of chance such as blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and slot machines.
Most casinos are run by people who have deep pockets, and the mob once owned many. However, with federal crackdowns on even the slightest hint of mafia involvement and real estate investors and hotel chains having much deeper pockets than the mobsters, legitimate businesses took over many casinos, turning them away from their old gangster-run ways.
Because of the large amounts of money handled within a casino, patrons and staff may be tempted to cheat or steal — in collusion with others or on their own. As such, casinos spend a lot of time and money on security measures.
In addition to surveillance cameras in every corner of the casino, there are also eye-in-the-sky systems that allow security workers to watch all tables, change windows and doorways from a control room filled with banks of monitors. This allows for more detailed analysis of suspicious patrons and also lets the workers adjust cameras to focus on particular areas or individuals if they think something is amiss.
In order to encourage gamblers to spend more money, casinos often offer comps. These perks are usually in the form of free items such as food and drinks, room service or tickets to shows or events. They can also include discounted transportation, limo service and airline tickets for high rollers.