Becoming a casino dealer is a dream come true for many! But, few people actually take the big step and try it out! Would you do it? Learn how to now.
Becoming a casino dealer can be a fun and exciting career. Playing cards all day and meeting new people in an often luxurious work environment definitely sounds like a good job. But the benefits of being a casino dealer aren’t limited to that. Apart from the fact that you don’t need a college degree, you also get a decent pay cheque and can earn more than a hundred of dollars in tips during a single shift (potentially thousands if the clients are wealthy enough). A casino dealer is also a position that often offers excellent employment benefits as well as opportunities to work abroad.
If you think that a career as a casino dealer is ideal for you, ave a look through this article to see this profession involves and what kind of training is required to get into the industry.
What Do Casino Dealers Do?
The job duties of a casino dealer vary depending on where they work. But, usually, a casino dealer is responsible for dealing cards for games such as poker or blackjack, operating the roulette wheel or assisting patrons with slot machines. Since the role involves interacting with many people, casino dealers are also responsible for treating visitors fairly and making sure they are having a good time at the casino.
These are some of the job duties and tasks casino dealers are expected to carry out:
- Exchange paper currency for playing chips or coin money.
- Pay winnings or collect losing bets as established by the rules and procedures of a specific game.
- Deal cards to house hands and compare these with players’ hands to determine winners.
- Conduct gambling games such as dice, roulette, cards, or keno, following all applicable rules and regulations.
- Check to ensure that all players have placed bets before play begins.
- Stand behind a gaming table and deal the appropriate number of cards to each player.
- Inspect cards and equipment to be used in games to ensure that they are in good condition.
Casino dealers can work at casino hotels such as those in Las Vegas or any gambling establishment. Since these businesses are often open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, casino dealers are often required to work nights, weekends, and major holidays. Work schedules for casino dealers are relatively flexible, but sometimes they may need to work odd hours that aren’t very convenient.
Working conditions, on the other hand, are usually excellent. Most casinos don’t allow smoking and usually offer a clean environment for casino dealers to work in. Some casinos even provide free employee dining rooms or meals at a small cost of one or two dollars.
To give you an idea of what being a casino dealer involves, a typical work schedule would be one hour of dealing with a 20 minute break followed by 40 minutes of dealing with another 20 minute break. This cycle is repeated until the end of the shift though smaller casinos may want you to stay for a bit longer than 40 minutes if you are running ‘hot’ and getting a lot of player’s money.
There are part-time and full-time casino employment opportunities for dealers. Full-time dealers are usually required to work in 8 hour shifts and have a regular schedule. Depending on the type of employment you get – up to 40 hours of work per week, you may be entitled to various benefits including retirement programs, health insurance plans and flexible time off.
According to Study.com, the median salary for casino dealer positions in 2015 was $19,000. While this may not be considered a high salary, there are additional financial benefits. A casino dealer gets a significant boost from tips (which can be over 100,000 per year) and the harder they work at being nice and friendly to their customers the more they will get at the end of their shift. In the case of a spilt-joint, all tips are shared between dealers, based on how many hours each dealer has worked. In fact, casino dealers can make over $50,000 in their first year if they work full-time – 40 hours per week.
What’s great about becoming a casino dealer is that there are no real entry requirements and only a basic education is needed. In fact, up to six weeks of training may be all that is required depending on where you want to work. Currently, many casinos offer in-house training to existing employees, though some prefer to hire a casino dealer who graduated from a dealing school.
So, to become a casino dealer you can either attend a dealer training program that is provided by a casino or take a vocational course. A qualified dealer school can prepare you to handle games such as blackjack in less than two months, and may cost roughly $500 to $1,000.
There are many training programs available in areas where casinos are based, and there you can learn the rules of casino games and the local laws and regulations that you need to follow. Even after completing your training, casinos may hold auditions for new casino dealers paying special attention to their personality and style as well as technical skills. Once hired, you will need to obtain a gaming license from a regulatory agency so that you can work as a casino dealer.
Here are some of the skills and qualities casino dealers need to possess:
- Be friendly and outgoing
- Strong analytical thinking skills
- Excellent customer service skills
- Good hand-eye coordination
- Ability to do simple math quickly
- Trustworthiness and a clean record
- Physical endurance
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected an average growth of 1 percent for gaming services workers between the years 2014 and 2024. But, since new casinos are constantly being built, opportunities throughout the US will always be available.
Currently on Indeed.com there are about 325 new job opportunities for casino dealer jobs ranging from full-time, part-time to commissioned. Also, from just a search on the site, it looks like the areas in the US with the biggest demand of casino dealers are Las Vegas, Black Hawk, Vicksburg, Tulsa and Reno. So if you aren’t based in any of these main areas, you might want to relocate.
As a casino dealer, there are various opportunities for advancement. If you are working at a casino, you can get a higher position in management and become responsible for supervising or managing game workers and operations. With some more experience, you can advance to floor manager, box person, gaming manager or gaming supervisor. You might even develop an interest in hotel management positions.
Once you become more experienced as a casino dealer, you can work for online casinos as an online games inspector, monitoring the dealing performance of the automated dealer bots, ensuring that the flow of cards is natural and fits within casino standards. Additionally, inspectors can issue a casino bonus to players, to encourage them to continue playing.
If you are dreaming of becoming a casino dealer and working in this exciting and vigorous industry, you can start preparing for it today. Join a gaming program or find a casino that can offer you the training you need, and you are good to go!
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