Casino Security

Casinos rely on games of chance to generate the billions in profits they rake in each year. While musical shows, lighted fountains and shopping centers help attract visitors, casinos would not exist without the likes of blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and slot machines. But while some people are able to win big, most lose money. Casinos spend a lot of time, effort and money on security to protect their patrons.

Security begins on the floor, where casino employees keep their eyes peeled for cheating or stealing. Table managers and pit bosses have a broader view of the action, watching for betting patterns that could indicate collusion or stealing. And, in some casinos, surveillance cameras offer a high-tech “eye-in-the-sky,” allowing security personnel to watch every table, window and doorway from a room filled with banks of monitors.

While the idea of a casino may date back to primitive protodice and carved six-sided dice, the modern concept didn’t take off until the 16th century when a gambling craze swept Europe. At that time, European aristocrats gathered in private clubs called ridotti to gamble and socialize.

Today, casinos are everywhere and continue to grow in size and scope. Many are built around theme parks or sports arenas and offer a wide variety of games, entertainment and luxury accommodations. In the quest to lure the biggest crowds, casinos are even competing with each other to build the largest and most elaborate casino in their respective regions or even the world.

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