A casino is a gambling establishment that accepts money for playing slot machines, blackjack, poker and other games. They are usually built near or combined with hotels, resorts, restaurants, retail shopping and other tourist attractions.
The word “casino” is derived from the Spanish words casino, meaning “house,” and kasino, meaning “room.” In some European languages, the term is used for an officer’s mess or gaming room.
In the United States, casinos were first introduced in Atlantic City and then later on riverboats. Eventually, several American Indian reservations permitted casinos.
Security is a major concern at all casinos. They employ a physical security force and a specialized surveillance department. Both departments work closely with each other and share information to prevent crime and fraud.
Patterns of play in casinos make it easy for security people to identify suspicious behavior. The dealer shuffles and deals the cards, the locations of betting spots on the table and the expected reactions and movements of players are all patterns that can be easily detected by security personnel.
Many modern casinos also employ elaborate surveillance systems. These cameras monitor every table, change window and doorway positions and focus on suspicious patrons. These video feeds are then sent to a special room full of bank of surveillance monitors where security workers can review the tapes for evidence of criminal activity or cheating.
Casinos have become a major part of the economy in Nevada and elsewhere in the United States. These large, luxurious casinos draw in hordes of gamblers from all over the country and world. They also provide tax revenues and employment to the local community.