Casino is the modern indoor amusement park for adults, with lighted fountains, musical shows and shopping centers providing most of the entertainment (and profits for the owner). But casinos would not exist without gambling games: slot machines, poker, blackjack, roulette, craps and baccarat supply the billions in profits raked in by U.S. casinos each year.
While the odds of a particular game may seem to be in favor of the player, the house always comes out ahead in the long run. To compensate for this built-in advantage, casinos offer gamblers many free enticements. Big bettors can receive comped hotel rooms, limo service and airline tickets. Even small bettors are often offered free drinks and cigarette breaks.
The casinos also offer a variety of table games, from baccarat and chemin de fer to blackjack and trente et quarante. Some casinos specialize in the traditional Far Eastern games sic bo and fan-tan. Other casino games include two-up, keno and pai gow. In addition, there are card games such as stud poker and Caribbean stud.
Something about casinos seems to encourage people to cheat, steal or scam their way into a jackpot. For this reason, most casinos spend a lot of time and money on security. A modern casino usually has a physical security force and a specialized surveillance department. The security forces patrol the casino and respond to calls for assistance and reports of suspicious or definite criminal activity. The specialized surveillance department runs the closed-circuit television system that keeps a watchful eye on everything that happens on the casino floor.