Security at a Casino


A casino is a public place where a wide variety of games of chance can be played. Gambling is the primary activity in most casinos. While many modern casinos add a number of luxuries to appeal to patrons, the concept is essentially the same as that of any other public gaming house: patrons bet on the outcome of a game and win or lose depending on random chance.

Because of the large amounts of money handled within a casino, there is always a temptation for both patrons and staff to cheat, steal or otherwise bend the rules in order to make more profit. As a result, most casinos devote a great deal of time and resources to security.

Today, most casinos use a combination of physical and specialized security forces. The former are responsible for patrolling the property and responding to calls of suspicious or definite criminal activity. The latter operate the casino’s closed circuit television system, known as the eye-in-the-sky. These systems are able to watch every table, window and doorway, and can be adjusted to focus on a particular suspect by casino security workers in a separate room filled with banks of security monitors.

While the term casino is often associated with Las Vegas, America’s biggest casino is actually located in Ledyard, Connecticut. Foxwoods is owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Indian tribe and features 4.7 million square feet of gambling space. Guests at the casino can enjoy luxurious rooms, gourmet restaurants, theaters, shops and entertainment venues.

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