Why Do Casinos Have Clocks?


Most casinos do not have clocks, which would be an extreme fire hazard. Instead, they use gaudy wall coverings and bright floor coverings to generate a cheering and stimulating atmosphere. They also use red, which is believed to make people lose track of time. So how can a casino make money without a clock? By using special lighting, high-tech computer systems and special dealers. Here are some of the advantages of casinos with clocks:

They have elaborate surveillance systems that allow security personnel to monitor the casino 24/7. Cameras in the ceiling monitor each table, window, and doorway, and their video feeds are recorded for later review. The casinos’ computers determine the payouts on slot machines. Therefore, no one is watching the slot floor. This prevents people from taking advantage of machines that do not pay out according to the rules of the casino. Therefore, there is no reason to worry that an unauthorized person might be tampering with slot machine payouts.

In the U.S., more people than ever visit casinos. According to research published by Harrah’s Entertainment, 24% of American adults visited a casino in the last year. In 1989, 24% of adults had graduate degrees, and 28% had some college credits or an associate’s degree. But nearly half of Americans had never attended college, indicating that they do not have much extra money to spend. These statistics have implications for determining whether or not casinos are safe.

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