Casinos are places where people play games of chance, such as blackjack, roulette, keno, poker, slots and more. These gambling establishments can be found in many countries, including America and Australia.
The earliest casinos were located on American Indian reservations, but most are now in large cities. These gambling establishments earn millions of dollars each year in tax revenues that fund local schools, roads and hospitals.
Elaborate surveillance systems allow security personnel to watch the entire casino at once. Cameras in the ceiling change windows and doorways to focus on suspicious patrons, and video feeds are recorded.
Security at tables begins with dealers, who focus on their game and are able to spot cheating such as palming and switching cards or dice. Other employees watch the tables from a wider angle, keeping an eye out for betting patterns that may signal cheating.
Another aspect of casino security is the routines and patterns that occur within the casino, such as how dealers shuffle their cards or how the players react to winning. This can make it easier for security staff to spot a cheating dealer, and they can also catch players who are stealing from other patrons at the table.
As with all business establishments, casinos make a positive contribution to the local economy, creating jobs and contributing to economic growth. They are particularly important in areas where unemployment is high or there are economic problems.