As a society, we've had a complicated history with gambling. It's still a common view to see this business as sordid and seedy, so it's no surprise that industry leaders and regulators prefer to use the term "gaming" to shake off the negative associations we have with the word "gambling."
It doesn't help, of course, that the America's de facto gaming capital, Las Vegas, has a history intertwined with organized crime. Funnily enough, some Vegas residents are nostalgic for the days before the mob's old casinos were bought out by major corporations but nonetheless, movies like Casino have done a lot to shape our image of Sin City.
Worse yet is the issue of gambling addiction where victims can risk financial ruin and intense family strain so quickly that they may not even realize what they've been lured into before it's too late.
Yet despite what some of us may feel about it, the fact remains that gambling is a multi-billion dollar industry with total revenues from commercial casinos alone reaching $37.3 billion back in 2012. Clearly, many of us are still playing and in some cases, our incentives to continue are built into the casinos themselves.
While promises of big money are often able to hook customers, casino owners and designers will also employ some sophisticated tactics to keep them in the house and to keep them coming back.
With that in mind, we're going to let you in on 13 casino secrets that researchers and gaming employees alike have let slip about the mammoth industry.
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1. The more money you spend, the more interested casinos are in keeping you happy.
2. Casino employees also know when you're trying to get free drinks.
3. You're not likely to see a window or clock from the casino floor.
4. The lights and sounds of a casino are intentionally chaotic.
Yet there's an even subtler way that casinos will try to disorient you.
5. Casino carpets are ugly on purpose.
6. Casino owners often don't care if banned players come back.
7. Some casinos hire undercover cops to pretend to be players.
And there's another important fact to remember when dealing with casino security.
8. Vegas security guards aren't allowed to do as much as you might think.
9. Some gamblers won't leave their seats for anything, even the bathroom.
10. That feeling of almost winning is the biggest moneymaker a casino can have.
11. Casinos are often designed to be as maze-like as possible.
12. Keno is the worst game you can play if you're trying to win money.
13. Many casinos will cash personal checks.
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