Casinos seem like the perfect place to gamble and spend a Saturday night with friends. They’re glitzy, have lots of lighting and are filled with sound effects (like coins clinking or a cheering crowd) to create an intoxicating atmosphere. But how many people know that every aspect of the casino is designed to lead you into spending more money than you intended? That’s right — casinos are full of psychological tricks and design secrets that make them hard to walk away from.

A casino’s goal is to make the gambling experience fun, enjoyable and addictive. This is important because the longer players play, the more profit a casino makes. However, casinos should also keep their guests happy and safe while doing so.

While it is possible to win money at a casino, the odds are stacked against you. Whether it’s the house edge or other mathematical advantages, it is very difficult to walk away from a casino without losing money.

To offset this, casinos provide plenty of perks to their patrons. They offer high-rollers lavish inducements, including free spectacular entertainment and luxurious living quarters. They also offer lower-stakes gamblers drinks and food, discounted hotel rooms and transportation and other amenities to ensure that they feel like they are a valued guest.

But even if you’re a high-roller, the chances of winning at a casino are slim to none. That’s why it’s important to walk around the casino before placing your first bet and to stay clear of booze if you plan on gambling. Booze clouds the judgment and increases the likelihood of making poor decisions that will cost you money.