A casino is a building that houses games of chance, such as poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, and baccarat. It might also have stage shows, restaurants and shopping centers to draw in patrons, but a casino would not exist without gambling, which provides the billions of dollars in profits the industry generates each year.
To encourage patrons to keep playing, casinos often use bright and gaudy décor. Red is a popular color for carpets and wall coverings because it is believed to make people feel happy and excited. There are no clocks in a casino, which is also by design; it’s thought that seeing the passage of time might disrupt concentration.
Security is another concern for casinos. Each slot machine has a computer that keeps track of its statistics, and any statistical deviation from normal is cause for alarm. Observers watch the game floor and patrons closely, looking for signs of cheating such as palming or marking cards or dice. Table managers and pit bosses oversee the table games, observing betting patterns for suspicious patterns that might signal cheating or collusion.
Many casinos have a rewards program to encourage repeat business, with players earning “comps” for the money they spend at the casino. The comps might include free hotel rooms, dinners or tickets to a show; the higher the amount spent, the more the player earns. Some casinos even give limo service and airline tickets to big-spending players.