The casino hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, with all their glitzy delights, are not just entertainment palaces. These are miniature monitoring states.
A typical installation could be armed with thousands of cameras, which monitor players as they enter, while playing and when they leave. The images are stored as potential evidence and are monitored by internal security forces who are ready to send a timely response in case of problems.
“In Las Vegas, everyone has to see everyone,” said Robert De Niro in the 1995 drama “Casino.” Dealers look at the players, bosses look at people looking at sellers and “eyes in the sky,” the camera around.
The idea of hitting this eye in the sky inspired a generation of glam holdem movies, beginning with “Ocean’s 11”. But now questions are rising in a very different type of crime drifting scams – the October 1 shooting, on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay.
It turns out that a place where the cameras of the casino do not have eyes is the network of corridors inside the Hotel Mandalay Bay. This is where shooter Stephen Paddock, 64, Mesquite, Nevada, fired a guard at Mandalay Bay, Jesus Campos, at 21:59, approximately six minutes before Paddock did not draw a crowd of thousands of spectators met killed 58 people and injured another 500 more.
As precious minutes passed, Paddock turned to a rush of quick shots into the crowd, it was not until 10:17 p.m. that police were able to identify Paddock’s location and reach the ground where he mounted the attack. But they were too late. The damage had been done. For reasons unknown, Paddock had already stopped his attack.
Where was the hotel security?
The police and hotel management refused to answer questions about whether the hotel had informed the police that the security guard had been killed. And the victims’ representatives are already asking questions.
“Get your iPhone, put it on the timer,” said Chad Pinkerton, a Houston-based lawyer who represents 21-year shooting victim in the first of what should be many lawsuits. “Run six minutes, look how long it’s been, I’ve done it.
For most of the 20th century, casino security was visible and personal. The guards entered the catwalk overlooking the gaming tables and players, keeping their eyes on the huge amount of money and chips that circulates daily in the company – a rich, literally white.
“Back in the day, security was armed,” said George Joseph, president of World Casino Consulting and former chief security officer at Bally’s. “Now they have a smaller number of people carrying guns, simply because of liability issues. During the day, we follow someone … Now, you worry if it starts to run and that hits a client, an old woman who plays a slot machine, you are responsible.
Nowadays, casinos are rare, but they are not unknown at all. In 2010, a Bellagio thief spent $ 1.5 million on casino chips, including 25,000 chips known as “blueberries,” and fled on a motorcycle.