Gambling, Music & Lights
Most modern casinos are like indoor amusement parks for adults. While musical shows, lighted fountains and lavish hotels help attract visitors, the majority of a casino’s profits are generated by games of chance.
Blackjack, Pai Gow poker and tiles, Baccarat, Roulette, Video poker, Craps, Fan-tan and other games are considered beatable. These are the games that the casino can beat with their advantages, called “house edge.”
The House Always Wins
Casinos make money by enticing customers to play their games of chance. They offer a variety of incentives for patrons to play their favorite games, including comps, free meals, discounted lodging and hotel rooms, and special events.
The most popular gambling games include blackjack, baccarat (in the French version of chemin de fer), and roulette. Slot machines, a new economic mainstay of American casinos, pay out a high percentage of the casino’s profit, and have an advantage that can be adjusted to the player’s wishes.
Security in a Casino
A major concern for casino operators is the potential for people to steal or cheat their way to a winning jackpot. Casinos have strict security measures in place to prevent this from happening.
The Dark Side of a Casino
The presence of large amounts of money within a casino encourages people to become tempted to cheat or steal. A casino’s security staff must be able to spot and stop people who are trying to steal money from the machines or table games.