When you walk into a casino, it’s hard not to feel the excitement. Champagne glasses clink and music blares, creating a cheery atmosphere where people gather to try their luck at games of chance. Even if the result isn’t always positive, most of the time guests walk out with a smile on their face.
Gambling casinos make their profits by encouraging players to spend money on their chances of winning, while keeping them there for as long as possible. This is accomplished through comps, or complimentary items, offered to “good” players (usually those who spend the most). Free goods or services may include hotel rooms, show tickets, dining and limo service, or airline tickets. The amount you can receive is based on the amount of money you gamble, the length of time you play and the stakes you place.
Something about gambling just seems to encourage cheating and scheming. That’s why casino security is often so tight. Elaborate surveillance systems are used to keep an eye on every table, window and doorway from a room filled with banks of video monitors. Some casinos even use a high-tech “eye in the sky” that can be adjusted to focus on suspicious patrons by security personnel.
Ultimately, the goal of casino design is to create an environment that’s so stimulating and exciting that people are drawn to it, whether or not they win. That’s why they’re so bright and sometimes gaudy, with colors like red being chosen because it stimulates the senses and makes people lose track of time.