A Casino is a place where people can gamble and play games of chance. It usually offers a wide variety of luxuries to lure players, including restaurants, free drinks, entertainment, transportation and luxury living quarters.
A casino’s most popular games are slot machines, which pay out based on random patterns on reels that spin past. These are typically mechanical devices with actual reels, but modern machines have on-board computer chips that determine the payouts.
Security measures at casinos are designed to prevent cheating and theft, whether by patrons or staff members. A specialized surveillance department monitors cameras in the ceiling, changing window and doorways to watch for suspicious patrons.
Casino employees also keep an eye on each table game and player as they work, monitoring how much money is being bet and keeping an eye out for blatant cheating like palming cards or switching dice. A pit boss, who is responsible for a specific table, also watches for any betting patterns that could indicate a cheating situation.
A specialized physical security force patrols the casino and responds to calls for help, and a specialized casino surveillance department operates the closed-circuit television system, known as “the eye in the sky” that is used to monitor casino activity. These departments work closely together to ensure the safety of guests and the security of the casino’s assets.