House advantage

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House advantage

Nothing says "good fortune" louder than the clatter of coins cascading into the winner's tray of a slot machine. But these days that jangle is nothing more than set dressing. Instead of bucketfuls of quarters, lucky gamblers are rewarded with the pre-recorded sound of falling coins and a printed voucher for their booty.

It's all a part of the modern casino, a computerized institution that depends on layers of technology to keep high rollers rolling. Today's network of systems is made up of high-tech slots, video surveillance technology, and data mining applications tied to magstripe customer loyalty cards to ...

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