How casinos work

Author: OldGoose | Date: Jan. 2, 2020, 6:17 p.m.

A modern casino is like an indoor adult amusement park, where most of the provided services are related to gambling. This is just a public place where you can play various gambling games and where it is the main activity.

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How offline casinos attract customers

While music shows, illuminated fountains, shopping malls, luxury hotels help attract guests, a casino would not exist without gambling. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps, keno, baccarat brought Las Vegas casino $ 12 billion in 2018. A typical casino has plenty of luxuries to attract players, including restaurants, free drinks, stage shows, and dramatic landscapes.

The casino provides "good" players with free goods and services. Keep in mind that from the point of view of the casino, a good player is the one who spends a lot of money. People who make big bets or spend hours at slot machines often get free hotel rooms, dinners, tickets to shows. Ask a casino employee about the bonuses that it provides to regular visitors. If you are rated high enough, you can get privileges. Casino experts point out that making larger bets than you can afford or staying in a casino longer to earn a winning bet using a casino special offer is a trick. The money you spend on games is practically always much more than the amount of money you would have spent just buying what you want.

The interior design of the casino has several very specific goals - to keep visitors satisfied and to make them feel that they are getting a unique experience. To minimize customers’ understanding of time. The decor of the casino can vary greatly, but they try to create an atmosphere of expensive taste. Lush carpets or richly tiled hallways are complemented by carefully thought-out, slightly dim lighting. A large prize of any kind is often exhibited in a visible location, for example, a sports car on carousel-like pedestal. Casino on the legendary strip in Las Vegas offers players a perfect service. One casino can cost $ 1 billion or more and can include several luxury hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, huge fountains or even giant copies of Egyptian pyramids and volcanoes.



Casinos have taken a number of steps to keep the players. Free food and drinks keep visitors and can even throw them into ecstasy, which certainly does not reduce the advantage of the casino. One of the reasons why the casinos use chips instead of real money lies in the fact that the chips turn money into abstraction (chips also help the casino keep track of how much money comes in and out of the casinos). Players are less likely to worry about lost money, as the chips do not look like real money. The casino can place cash machines in strategically important places. Windows and wall clocks are extremely rare in casinos. The lack of natural light and chiming clock allows players to play for hours, not realizing how much time they have spent (or, more importantly, how much money they’ve spent).

You might think that a simple wristwatch will make this strategy useless, but casino designers continue to use it. Special offers provided by casinos are another way to keep a player.


How online casinos attract customers

Traditional ways of the gaming industry. Online casinos can’t provide free drinks? Well, here’s a bonus on your first deposit. You don’t need a free hotel room? Here you have free spins on slot machines. Some customers spend time on the casino website for entertainment, while others want to win big money. Excellent. The jackpot size will be shown in every available place. Side panels, banners - everything will be used to show possible winnings and photos of winners. A report prepared by Regulus Partners for the charity organization Gamble Aware shows that the marketing expenses of gambling operators are constantly increasing and reached £ 1.5 billion in 2018. 48% was used for direct Internet marketing, 19% received affiliates for advertising, 10% accounted for the cost of promotion in social networking sites.


Edge and casino games

Gambling games provided by the casino have a different mathematical expectation of winning. The result of the game in the first place is governed by chance.


American Roulette ( exc. 5-number bet) 5.26%
American Roulette 7.89%
French Roulette (one zero) 2.70%
Keno 27.00%
Slots 4-8%
Video poker 0.5-3%
Blackjack 0.5%
Craps 0.6-16.67%
Sic Bo 2.78-18.98%
Baccarat 1.06%
Caribbean Stud 5.2%



Popularity casino games


Black Jack

It’s one of the easiest table-top games. The goal is to get a combination of cards which values are as close as possible to 21 and don’t exceed 21 and to win in comparison with the dealer’s hand. A hand that exceeds 21 immediately loses. Only card values are taken into account, not suits - numerical cards have a value equal to their face value, cards with pictures cost ten, and an ace can cost 11 or 1, depending on which is more beneficial. The advantage of the casino can be minimized by strategy or card counting, but if the casino staff suspects that you keep count, they may forbid you to play. To enter the game, take an empty seat at the table for blackjack and make a bet in the marked area. The place can be noisy, so learn the gestures. A finger strike on the table means that you want another card, a wave of the hand means that you have enough cards and don’t want more.


Slots, slot machines

Slot machines are the most popular casino game, and casinos earn most of their money from them. Part of the attractiveness of slots is their simplicity: a player gives money, pulls a pen or presses a button and waits for the result of the reels spinning. Player’s skills or strategies cannot influence the outcome. Various lines with colored figures spin on the reels. If a player gets the correct set of images, he wins a predetermined amount of money. Slot machines used to be mechanical devices, but today all slots are controlled by computer chips. Modern "one-armed bandits" come in a variety of colors and themes. There are laws governing the minimum payout frequency of a slot machine. The online casino can be represented by more than 1000 slot naming from 50 software companies.


American roulette

This is a classic casino game invented by the French. The spinning wheel is divided into 38 cells, each of which contains a number from one to 36. The other two cells are 0 and 00. The numbers are also divided between red and black colors (numbers 0 and 00 are green), the ball falls onto the wheel when it spins, rolls and settles in one of the cells. Players bet on which cell the ball will be in. Bets can be made as separate numbers, various combinations of two or more numbers, odd or even numbers, red or black, spaces or sets of a dozen numbers at the same time.



Craps is a type of dice game that is often considered to be the most difficult game in a casino. Players bet on the outcome of a throw of two hex dice or a series of sequent throws.



This is a lottery held in a casino. Players buy a card and choose a series of numbers. The casino picks randomly numbered balls at the appointed time. If the numbers of the player coincide with the numbers of picked balls, the player wins. Almost every casino expert recommends staying away from keno - the chances against the players are even stronger than in other games.



A card game that is often played in a separate casino room. It is characterized by minimum and maximum bet limits, which are usually higher than in other table-top games. In fact, some winnings are taxed at five percent by the casino to make money on the game. As for the game itself, two hands are distributed, one representing the Banker, the other representing the Player. The value of the hand is reduced to one digit, and the highest hand wins.


Video poker

Video poker machines are similar to slot machines as a player can play alone and he doesn’t need other players or a dealer - all actions are controlled by a computer. However, video poker does give the player a chance to influence the outcome of the game. In a typical version, the player sees five cards. Then he selects which cards to keep, and the computer replaces the rest with new cards randomly selected from the virtual deck. The payout is determined by the quality of the poker hand that the player managed to collect. Many machines are “jacks or better” machines, which means that a pair of jacks is the lowest hand that pays money to a player. The best combination pays the jackpot. Video poker slot machines may offer various additional double games. In an additional risk game, it will be suggested to guess the color of the suit of the face-down card. And if desired, the suit itself, increasing the winning by 4 times. Also, casinos can modify the conditions of bonus games. In the most popular games, there can be more than a dozen different payout tables.



The advantage of a casino consists of a rake, a small percentage of each bank that the casino takes at the end of each hand. Furthermore, the casino may charge the poker players depending on the amount of time they spend at the table. Without a high gaming skill and observance of important rules, poker is one of the most disappointing games for a casino visitor.


Casino Security

It seems that something in gambling (perhaps large sums of money) encourages people to steal or cheat in order to get a jackpot, instead of trying to win by accident. That is why casinos spend a lot of time, effort and money on security. Dealers are largely focused on their own game and can easily detect a fraud, such as marking or changing cards, replacing dice. Managers monitor table-top games from a broader perspective, making sure that visitors do not steal from each other. They observe the betting patterns that may indicate fraud. Each employee in the casino also has a senior person who monitors him, watches over his work and notes how much money his table wins or loses. Sophisticated surveillance systems offer a high-tech “eye-in-the-sky”, which allows security personnel to monitor the entire casino simultaneously. Cameras in the ceiling monitor every table. They can be set up in such a way that security personnel can focus on specific suspicious visitors in a separate room filled with banks of security monitors. The video is recorded, that is why after the crime is committed, the casino can watch the records and find out who was responsible for it. Please note that payouts in slot machines are randomly determined by computer chips inside the slot machines. No one monitors slots and doesn’t control payments. There is a more sophisticated aspect of casino security - the way dealers shuffle and handle cards, the location of places for bets on the table and the expected reactions and movements of players follow certain patterns. When someone does something unusual, it is much easier for security professionals to detect this because of consistent patterns.


What you can’t do in an offline casino

Here are a few casino rules that will help you have a great time:

  • never touch gaming equipment (such as cards or dice) with two hands. Try not to touch things at all, if possible. But if you need to touch the equipment, for example, in a blackjack game where your cards are handled face down, or at a craps table, use only one hand;
  • keep cards or dice above the table and always in sight;
  • do not disturb others;
  • do not touch your chips after you have made your bet, and do not collect your winnings until all bets are paid;
  • don’t try to make a bet across the table, especially if it means that you can tip over the chips of another player. Ask the dealer to bet for you;
  • never place objects other than chips on the gaming table.


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