A casino is a gambling establishment that attracts customers by offering a variety of games. It also offers drinks and food to its clients. There are many different casinos around the world. Some are large and extravagant, while others are small and intimate. Some are open to the public, while others are only available for a specific clientele.
Whether it’s the flashy casinos of Las Vegas or the illegal pai gow parlors of New York City’s Chinatown, something about the presence of large amounts of money encourages people to cheat and steal, in collusion or on their own. This is why casinos spend a lot of time, effort and money on security.
Most casinos have a number of cameras positioned throughout the facility. The cameras provide a “eye in the sky” that allows security personnel to monitor each table, change, window and doorway. Some of the cameras are adjustable so they can focus on certain suspicious patrons. Other security measures include having a team of people dedicated to emptying the paper money from slot machines and table game drop boxes, counting the money and depositing it in a special room called the Soft Count Room.
Despite all these efforts, some people still manage to cheat and steal, either in collusion or on their own. This may be because of a faulty design, as some traditional casinos have maze-like layouts that encourage patrons to keep gambling and not find their way out. Often, these designs have dark color schemes, low ceilings and no windows near the gaming area, effectively blocking out light and obscuring exits.