A casino is an entertainment venue with the primary attraction being gambling. While musical shows, lighted fountains, shopping centers and hotels may draw in customers, the billions of dollars in profits are largely due to games of chance. Slot machines, roulette, blackjack, craps, keno and baccarat are some of the most popular casino games. There are also a number of traditional Far Eastern games such as sic bo, fan-tan and pai gow.
Because casinos deal with large sums of money, security is a top priority. There are several measures to prevent cheating and stealing by both patrons and staff. Most casinos have security cameras throughout the facility. Some casinos have security personnel on the floor, watching for blatant cheating such as palming and marking cards or rolling dice that are not where they should be. In addition, the routines of each game follow certain patterns that make it easier for security to spot deviations from these normal activities.
Something about gambling (and maybe the presence of large amounts of money) seems to encourage people to try to cheat, steal or scam their way into winning a jackpot, regardless of the odds of winning or losing. As a result, casinos spend a lot of time and money on security.
Although Las Vegas has the largest concentration of casinos, there are many other excellent places to gamble. Most of the best casinos are close to the Tennessee border, so your grandmother could easily take a weekend bus trip and visit one.