The Casino Experience
From the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas to the historical landmarks of Monaco, casinos provide an exciting and memorable experience. Casino games include everything from table games to slot machines, and from the excitement of winning a jackpot to the thrill of the food and the drinks served in these luxurious settings. While musical shows and lighted fountains help attract gamblers, the billions of dollars in profits that casinos bring in each year come from gambling.
Modern casino technology has increased the speed and accuracy of game play and monitoring, with video cameras covering every inch of the floor and computers that supervise each spin of the wheel or roll of the dice. In addition, some games have special features, such as “chip tracking” in which betting chips contain built-in microcircuitry to enable the casino to monitor the exact amount wagered minute by minute, and roulette wheels are electronically monitored for statistical deviations.
Gambling is a popular pastime that draws people of all ages and income levels to casinos, with older parents and those in their forties accounting for the largest group of casino gamblers in 2005. In general, people gamble because they enjoy the chance of winning, but most understand that they also have a greater risk of losing money than if they had not gambled at all. Something about the presence of large amounts of money seems to encourage cheating, stealing and other bad behavior, so casinos spend a lot of time, effort and money on security.