The Dark Side of Casinos

You’re in a twinkling, noisy casino. You’re psyched about rolling the dice and hoping that Lady Luck is on your side. But gambling is not quite as simple as it looks in the movies. This article will explore the many sides of casinos: how they make money, which games attract players and why, the security measures that keep casino patrons safe and the dark side of the business.

Casino is a borrowing from Italian and means “little castle.” It refers to a building where people can gamble and play games of chance or, in some cases, with a bit of skill. Casinos offer table games such as baccarat and chemin de fer in the United Kingdom and Europe, blackjack and trente et quarante in France, and poker and other card games in America.

Slot machines are the most popular casino game, according to Gemini Research. In fact, half of the people who admitted to gambling in a recent survey said they preferred slots over all other games combined. The other popular casino games are card games, including blackjack and poker, followed by bingo and keno. Table games like roulette and craps are less popular, as are sports betting and gambling on horse racing or sporting events.

People who gamble in casinos often receive comps, or complimentary goods and services, such as hotel rooms, meals and tickets to shows. These are based on how much the player plays and the types of games played. Some casinos even give away limo service and airline tickets to big spenders.