Whether you like to spin the slots, throw dice on the craps table, deal cards in poker or just check out the crowd, casinos can satisfy your gambling bug. They’re also great places to eat, drink and see a show. And some, like Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California, are designed to take your gaming experience on another level.
Casinos make money by taking a small percentage of each bet placed on games of chance, in addition to the rake taken by dealers in card games and the commission charged by video poker machines. This house advantage, which can be as low as two percent, adds up over the millions of bets placed in casinos each year.
To encourage gambling and maximize revenue, casinos try to keep customers happy with a variety of perks and incentives. These include free hotel rooms, buffets and show tickets for frequent gamblers. They also use bright and sometimes gaudy floor and wall coverings to stimulate the senses. Red is a popular color, because it makes patrons feel more excited and less aware of the passage of time. Often, there are no clocks on the walls.
In order to prevent cheating and other crimes, most casinos have elaborate surveillance systems. These may include catwalks that overlook the tables and slot machines so security personnel can look down through one-way glass at players’ actions. They may also employ chip tracking, in which betting chips have built-in microcircuitry to allow casinos to monitor and control bets minute by minute.