Casinos are places where champagne glasses clink, tourists and locals mingle, and people try their luck at tables and slot machines. But there’s more to a casino than just a place where you can try your hand at blind chance.

Something about the presence of large amounts of money seems to encourage people to cheat, steal and scam their way into a jackpot, but that’s why casinos spend so much time, effort and money on security. Security personnel are trained to spot anomalies in a gamer’s behavior by analyzing patterns, including the way dealers shuffle and deal cards, where players place their bets, and expected reactions and motions during games. The pattern-recognition aspect of a casino’s security is why it is so difficult to beat the house.

The good news is that casinos do bring in a lot of revenue for the communities they serve. Local governments rely on the tax revenues from gaming establishments to fund essential services and infrastructure projects. Plus, casino revenues can help reduce unemployment and increase average wages in the surrounding areas.

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