New Trends in Casino Security
Casino cheating is very rampant nowadays and most operators have now initiated deterrent measures to battle any forms of cheating inside the gambling halls.
In order to deter any attempts to beat the house in an illegal manner, casinos have now set-up video cameras stored inside domes to monitor activities in the card games and slot machines.
Most gambling halls have surveillance rooms where monitors and highly qualified security team pay attention to all the happenings in the casino. Although they may vary from one gambling hall to another, these monitors have the capability to zoom in on the number of coins being slotted in and coming out of the machines. Likewise, they can detect the total amount won and lost.
In addition, these surveillance cameras can detect casino personnel as well as gamblers who are using various cheating techniques such as sleight-of-hand. They serve as the primary means of casino security. These gadgets are designed to protect the casino from rubbernecking. This is a cheating method used in slot machines. Here the perpetrator would check for slot supervisors or security personnel as well as for anyone who they consider a threat.
One of the newest measures for casino security is known as real-time face recognition program. With this device, the camera will zoom in on suspicious individuals. The software will then make a comparison of their facial features to a list of famous cheaters. One of the most popular real-time face recognition software is Biometrica, which is used by more than 150 land-based casinos all over the world. One disadvantage of this technology is that it is not foolproof so everything will still depend on the casino's security personnel to determine whether the suspect is indeed guilty of cheating.
In order to become competent security personnel, training is very important. A novice surveillance executive would require a minimum of six months training to learn the simplest observation skill. Since casino cheaters use the latest technology, it is important for the surveillance personnel to be updated with broad range of subjects, such as spotting someone who is attempting to pull off a cheating activity in the game of craps.
A dealer might not be able to detect potential cheaters all the time, but casino security extends several floors up as surveillance cameras are closely monitoring all the activities in the casino floor. So, gamblers can get an assurance that their money are in good hands.