A casino is a place where people can gamble on games of chance. It’s like an indoor amusement park for adults, with the vast majority of profits coming from games such as blackjack, roulette, baccarat and slot machines. Casinos also host many musical shows, lighted fountains, shopping centers and elaborate themes to attract guests and keep them coming back.
While casinos rely on the magic of chance to make money, they also put a lot of time and money into security. With large amounts of money being handled, patrons may be tempted to cheat or steal, either in collusion with other players or on their own. Luckily, there are many security measures in place to prevent this from happening.
The most obvious measure is to have a lot of eyes watching over everything that goes on in the casino. Dealers have a very focused view of the tables and can quickly spot blatant cheating or marking of cards and dice. Table managers and pit bosses have a more expansive view, and can quickly notice betting patterns that might indicate cheating. Casinos also have catwalks over the casino floor that allow surveillance personnel to look down, through one-way glass, on the activities at the table and slot machines.
Something about gambling seems to encourage cheating and theft, and this is why casino operators spend a lot of time and money on security. Despite this, there is no doubt that casinos are not a charitable organization throwing free money at people. They have a business model in place that guarantees them a certain level of gross profit.