Innovations in the Casino Industry



There’s a lot to love about casino games: the suspense of waiting for the next card or spin, the rush of winning and the sense of community that comes with playing them with other people. Even if you’re an experienced gambler, there are always new games to try. This is because the casino industry is constantly coming up with innovations and improvements to the old classics.


Although casinos provide a variety of entertainment and attractions such as musical shows, shopping centers and lavish hotels, the billions of dollars in profits they rake in each year primarily come from gambling. Slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and poker are the games of chance that make up the heart of a casino.

The etymology of the word “casino” is traced back to Italy, where it was originally used to denote a small clubhouse for Italians who met to play social games like cards and billiards. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the gambling business became so popular that it outgrew the confines of private clubs.

Unlike legal businesses that are cautious of gambling’s seamy reputation, organized crime figures saw a profitable opportunity. Mobster money flowed steadily into Reno and Las Vegas, helping to fuel the casino boom. In return, many mobster leaders took sole or partial ownership of casinos and exerted influence over the outcomes of various games.

As a result of this, casinos spend a significant amount of time and money on security. Their elaborate surveillance systems are able to track every table, window and doorway from a central control room. These cameras can also be adjusted to focus on specific patrons if the casino thinks something is amiss.