Casinos once had to rely on people to do everything for them and that worked well, for a time. People prone to cheating were usually one step ahead, sometimes more, with devices which ended up costing the casinos more than it did the cheaters to build them.
But, casinos and sportsbooks have a lot of money so purchasing expensive equipment to safeguard against potential cheaters or any kinds of unwanted attacks or attention was not an issue for them. Technology did change the casino and sports betting industry and here is how.
Random Number Generators – Making Everything a True Gamble
For the most part, casinos used to be mechanical, which means that someone had to tune the mechanisms of the devices. That tuning could be misused and someone might win a bit more or bit less, sometimes on demand.
Once casinos went digital, things changed for everyone. Random number generators were built into already existing slot machines or the machines were redesigned from the ground up, with odds tune so that the house always has the edge. These machines often need special tools to be accessed, meaning that you can always trace the people who made the changes. Casino staff is usually well-organized and watched closely.
The Internet – A New Global Marketplace
The internet enabled casinos and sportsbooks to become global markets. Either large casinos or already existing sportsbooks spun off new brands or people with knowledge of where the world is heading created the first online casinos and sportsbooks in the mid 90s. They didn’t really take off until the mid 2000s, gaining lots of popularity after 2010.
Today, there are plenty of casinos and sportsbooks, though not all of them have the same reputation. Some are blacklisted on review sites due to far too many customer complaints and frankly, being a bad business.
Even with the bad apples, there are plenty of secure and fair casinos and sportsbooks which offer bonuses and promotional codes and even ban customers on their own demand, to stop them from becoming problem gamblers.
Increased Security and Safety
Outfitting devices in casinos is just the start of security in casinos. They can also get better security cameras and even AIs to spot card counters and other possible cheaters. Though, with good surveillance and experts on card counting, cheaters today do not stand a chance.
In the online world, casinos and sportsbooks can have extra protection via encryption and geolocation. Two or three step authentication helps the users stay safe while the site has added protection of cloud-based antivirus and anti-malware software. People can gamble safely knowing that their data will be safe. Casinos can also rely on new technology to do a better job with less effort and human interaction.
Casinos and sportsbooks both have gained a lot from the development of technology. Security, safety features, new devices and better odds (for the house), not to mention an entire new global marketplace, made the betting and gambling industry have an even higher presence.