Security at a Casino


A casino is a place where you can play games of chance for money. While musical shows, lighted fountains, shopping centers and lavish hotels help draw in gamblers, the billions of dollars in profits a year generated by casinos come from the game of chance itself—slot machines, poker, blackjack, roulette, craps and other games of skill and luck.

Although gambling is a game of chance, it’s still a business and a serious one at that. For that reason, casinos spend a great deal of time, effort and money on security. There’s the obvious—police officers patrolling the premises, armed with guns and pepper spray at their disposal—but there’s also the less visible, like elaborate closed circuit television systems that offer a view of every table, window, doorway and hallway. The cameras are wired to a computer in the ceiling that gives security workers a high-tech eye-in-the-sky and can be adjusted to focus on specific patrons.

Gambling has long been a part of human culture, and while it may not be a healthy hobby for everyone, it can provide the thrill of risk-taking and a feeling of accomplishment when you win. It’s not surprising that casinos have become a staple in many popular party cities and that people are always on the lookout for their next big winning streak.