Security at a Casino


Casinos are known for providing a rush and an adrenaline boost, and many people enjoy wagering on games of chance. While the odds of winning vary by game and player, some are more lucrative than others.

Some casinos are equipped with elaborate surveillance systems that offer a high-tech “eye-in-the-sky” that allows security personnel to monitor every table, change window and doorway. These cameras can be adjusted to focus on certain suspicious patrons by security workers in a separate room filled with banks of security monitors. Casinos also use the information from these monitors to verify that slot machine payouts are not altered.

Something about gambling (maybe the presence of large amounts of money) seems to encourage cheating and theft, and casinos spend a great deal of time and effort on security. Casinos feature bright and sometimes gaudy floor and wall coverings that are designed to stimulate and cheer gamblers. Red is a common color for casino decoration because it has been shown to make people lose track of the passing of time. Many casinos even refuse to put clocks on their walls, claiming it would be an extreme fire hazard.

If you’re planning to visit a casino, make sure you bring your budget and stick to it. It’s easy to lose track of time and spend more than you intended to, especially if you’re drinking all those free cocktails. And be sure to leave the gambling area when your allotted amount of money runs out.