A Casino is a popular place to try your luck at gambling and win money. Many casinos are combined with hotels, restaurants, shopping areas and cruise ships. The Bellagio is known for its elegant dancing fountains and luxury rooms and has been featured in movies such as Ocean’s 11.
Although musical shows, lighted fountains, swank hotel rooms and elaborate themes help to draw visitors, casinos would not exist without games of chance. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette, poker and craps are the games that produce the billions in profits raked in by casinos every year.
Because the odds of winning a game at a casino are always in favor of the house, casinos make their money by charging a small percentage on each bet placed by patrons. This advantage is usually less than two percent and over time it can add up to enormous profits for a casino.
Because of the large amounts of cash handled within a casino, patrons may be tempted to cheat or steal, either in collusion with staff or independently. Therefore, casinos employ a variety of security measures. These include a sophisticated camera system that provides a “eye-in-the-sky” view of the entire casino floor, and cameras mounted in the ceilings that can be adjusted to focus on specific suspicious patrons. In addition, casino security personnel continuously monitor patrons through one-way glass and can immediately call for police assistance if necessary. These cameras and security systems are essential to the success of a casino business and provide the public with a safe, clean and exciting gambling environment.