Whether your Grandma enjoys taking weekend bus trips to the casino with friends, or you prefer to play online poker from home in your pajamas while on the go, there’s something about gambling that’s unlike any other thrill. The excitement of a possible win, the champagne glasses clinking in the background and the people who mingle make casinos an unforgettable experience.

Despite the thrill of winning, casinos aren’t foolproof. There’s a certain level of risk with any type of bet, and casino employees work hard to reduce the chance that someone cheats or scams their way into a jackpot. Elaborate surveillance systems provide an eye-in-the-sky view of every table, change window and doorway with cameras that can be adjusted to focus on suspicious patrons by security workers in a separate room filled with banks of security monitors.

To make sure that they don’t lose more than they can afford to pay, most casinos accept all bets within an established limit and only lose money when a patron wins. Because of this virtual assurance of gross profit, casinos often offer big bettors extravagant inducements such as free spectacular entertainment and transportation and elegant living quarters. Even smaller bettors can receive free hotel rooms, food and drinks while gambling, limo service or airline tickets if they’re good enough. This is known as comping.