The Pros & Cons of New Casino Surveillance Technology

When you enter a casino, you see the flashing lights, hear the rousing noises of wins and losses, feel the press of bodies and the tangible excitement, and see the many different games; opportunities to try your luck at a game of chance. What you do not see are the cameras catching every face, the computers computing data about every movement, every bet, and every single teeny tiny event that occurs on the casino floor.

Casino surveillance technology has become incredibly advanced, beyond thugs standing at the doors. Just like every new innovation, there are pros and cons.

Pros

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#1 Makes Gameplay Fair

When you know you’re being watched, you are less likely to cheat. When there are no cheaters at the table, you’re chances of winning increase.

#2 Justice!

Casino surveillance means that people who commit crimes inside or outside the casino are met with punishment.

#3 Safety & Security

When there is an eye in the sky watching over the casino floor, the people who come to play honestly can rest assured that they are much safer inside the casino than they are anywhere else.

Cons

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#1 Big Brother is Watching

Casino surveillance technology takes the surprise and privacy out of gambling in casinos. No, there aren’t any cameras in the bathrooms, but you better believe that the casino security teams have scoped out every person walking into the bathroom and making sure that they leave again. Also, when Big Brother is watching, intimate moments are caught and recorded on camera, embarrassing moments are caught and recorded on camera (don’t pick your nose or scratch any part of your body).

#2 Oops

Despite your best efforts so just act normal and have a good time, you can do something unconsciously that, to the eye in the sky, looks like an attempt to cheat (putting your hand in your inside breast pocket to see if you remembered to bring your room key) and you can end up in the casino basement with a lot of explaining to do. That’s the problem with all of this software designed by imperfect people to catch other imperfect people doing bad things…its imperfect, and you may end up on the wrong end of a casino security snafu.

There are a lot of really cool casino surveillance innovations that will wow you and truly make you feel safe, but they will also leave you feeling exposed. Bottom line: when you park in the casino parking lot you are already on camera. Play responsibly, have fun, win big.

Laura Barton

Laura Barton is a self-declared "adventurer". Highly energetic and unpredictable, you will never find her without something to read on her hands. She loves casinos, after all it's in her blood: her father was a Las Vegas mogul and a former owner of some of the largest casino entertainment chains in the US. Loves rock climbing, surfing and playing drums.