The modern casino is like an indoor amusement park for adults, with the vast majority of the entertainment (and profits for the owner) coming from gambling. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and other games of chance help casinos rake in billions of dollars in profits each year. While musical shows, lighted fountains, shopping centers and lavish hotels may draw in the crowds, casinos would not exist without games of chance.
Casinos have a rich history dating back to ancient Mesopotamia and other ancient civilizations. Throughout most of history, gambling was considered taboo, but as the world’s population grew and societies became more complex, people began to seek out entertainment through games of chance.
Modern casinos can be found all over the globe, with some of the most spectacular in the world being located in exotic locations like Monte Carlo, Macau and Las Vegas. While many casinos focus on attracting high rollers, others cater to budget-conscious visitors with amenities like free hotel rooms and discounted restaurant meals.
Casinos are heavily guarded against cheating, and the security staff is trained to spot blatant attempts at cheating. In addition to the casino’s human security forces, sophisticated electronic surveillance systems offer a “eye in the sky” view of the entire gaming floor. Each table, window and doorway are monitored by video cameras that can be adjusted to zoom in on specific patrons. Casinos are also wired to a central computer system that monitors every game and can alert the security team to any statistical deviation from expected results.