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The Dark Side of Casinos


A casino is an establishment that houses gambling games like blackjack, poker, roulette and slot machines. It may also offer other luxuries such as food, drinks and stage shows. Although these are important to some patrons, the majority of a casino’s profits come from the games of chance that it features.

Gambling is a popular pastime with people from all walks of life and has been around for centuries. Although there are many reasons to gamble, the most obvious is that it can be very fun. However, there is a darker side to gambling that is important to be aware of.

Casinos make money by offering perks to attract gamblers and reward them for playing. These perks include free hotel rooms, meals and show tickets. This is called “comping.” During the 1970s, Las Vegas casinos grew by offering these perks to gamblers to maximize their revenue.

Because of the large amounts of money involved, casinos are vulnerable to fraud and theft. To prevent this, most casinos have security measures in place. These include cameras throughout the casino that are monitored from a control room. The cameras can be focused on certain suspicious patrons by security workers in the control room. Some casinos even have catwalks in the ceiling that give surveillance personnel a direct view of the table games and slot machines.

Some casinos have a themed décor to add to the experience. For example, some have a Parisian theme or an Asian theme. Others have brightly colored floor and wall coverings to stimulate and cheer the players. Red is a particularly popular color in casino décor, because it is believed to make people lose track of time.