How to Reduce the House Edge at the Casino
The modern casino is much like an indoor amusement park for adults, with musical shows, lighted fountains and shopping centers. But the bulk of the profits (and fun) come from gambling on games of chance. Slot machines and table games such as blackjack, roulette and craps provide the billions of dollars casinos rake in each year.
The math behind most games gives the house an expected advantage, or edge. That’s why it’s so hard to win at these games – even the easiest ones require a great deal of luck. Luckily, there are ways to reduce this edge and make your money last longer when you visit the casino.
Most casinos have loyalty programs that reward regular gamblers with rewards such as cash back, gifts and electronics. These programs also often determine VIP status and tiers, which can unlock additional advantages and benefits. Some of these programs are free to join and others have registration deposit limits as low as a few dollars.
Something about the gambling experience seems to encourage people to cheat or steal, and casinos spend a lot of time and money on security. Casino employees keep an eye on all the patrons to watch for blatant actions such as palming, marking or switching cards or dice. In addition, sophisticated surveillance systems provide a high-tech “eye-in-the-sky” view of every table, change window and doorway, with cameras that can be focused to concentrate on suspicious patrons. These cameras are all supervised by security workers in a room filled with banks of monitors.