Casino Dealer

How To Become a Casino Dealer
Casino Dealer Job Duties
Skills or Qualities Needed to Become a Casino Dealer
Salaries of Casino Dealers
Influential Professional Casino Dealers
Leading Organizations for Casino Dealers
Top Cities for Casino Dealer Jobs
Other Careers of Interest

How to become a Casino Dealer

Casino dealers are employed in the traveler accommodation and gaming industries. Positions are eclectic, varying by locale: dealers may work in commercial casinos, pari-mutuel racetracks--known as racinos--or be employed on riverboats and hotels.

Each casino establishes its own employment requirements for education, experience and training, but all dealers must obtain a license from a regulatory agency: i.e., a State Casino Control Board or Commission.

To obtain a gaming license, a dealer must have proof of residency in the state where he or she lives. Applicants for a license must provide photo identification, pay a fee and pass both a background investigation and drug test.

For most entry-level dealer positions a high school diploma or GED is all that is required. Some of the major casinos run their own casino schools, and almost all provide some form of in-house training in addition to requiring certification.

Most accredited casino school programs will offer their students the choice to obtain their associate's, bachelor's or master's degree in a hospitality-related field: hospitality management; hospitality administration; or hotel management.

Savvy dealers do not limit themselves to one state or even one country, instead finding employment in the small number of casinos located on luxury cruise liners that travel the world. Individuals employed with cruise ships live and work aboard the vessel.

What does a Casino Dealer do?

Gaming dealers, also known as casino dealers, interact directly with the player as they operate table games: e.g., craps, blackjack and roulette. Standing or sitting behind the table, a dealer will provide the dice, dispense cards to players, or run the game equipment. Some dealers also monitor the patrons for infractions of casino rules.

Dealers must be skilled in customer service and in executing their game. Due to the fast-paced work environment, a casino dealer must be competent in at least two games. Lastly, a dealer determines the winning player(s), calculates and pays the winning bets or collects the losing bets.

What skills or qualities do I need to become a Casino Dealer?

Ambitious individuals acquire skills for this profession by attending courses at a casino college or enrolling in a vocational and technical school. Programs offered through an accredited school train students with the rules and procedures of casino games. Students are taught both local and state laws/regulations. However, graduation from an accredited program does not guarantee instant employment at a casino, as most casinos also require prospective dealers to audition for open positions.

In addition to possessing a license, dealers need superior customer service skills. Casino gaming dealers work in a highly stressful work environment that demands much from their service: Individuals in this profession provide entertainment and hospitality to patrons, and the quality of their service contributes to an establishment's success or failure. Therefore, dealers need good communication skills, an outgoing personality, and the ability to maintain their composure with patrons who are angry or upset. Personal integrity is mandatory since dealers handle large amounts of money.

Dealers who manage money should have some experience handling cash or using calculators and computers. For such positions, most casinos give a test in math to assess an applicant's competency in the subject.

Advancing in casino gaming depends less on a worker's previous casino duties and titles than on his/her ability and eagerness to learn new jobs. An entry-level gaming worker has the opportunity to become a dealer, a card room manager or advance to a supervisory position.

What do Casino Dealers make?

In 2007, The Bureau of Labor Statistics calculated the median annual wage for a dealer to be $15,610. Casino gaming dealers normally earn minimum wage, with the highest paid $17.00 hourly.

Dealers generally receive a considerable amount of their earnings from "tokes," which are tips in the form of tokens. How much they make in tokes can vary greatly, depending on the table games the dealer operates, the personal traits of the dealer, and the pooling policies of the casino. In most situations, a dealer's tips are influenced by location: the more business a casino generates the more tips can be earned.

Most casinos are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and offer three staggered shifts. Most employees work full time and are expected to work weekends and holidays.

Who are some influential professionals in this field?

The most influential person in the history of casinos may be Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, the man who was behind the original development of Las Vegas, Nevada. Siegel was a gangster who saw potential in the deserts of Nevada and helped turn Las Vegas into a gambling mecca.

What are some leading organizations in this field?

The American Gaming Association (AGA) is an organization which regulations and promotes casinos within the United States. It also attempts to educate the public about the gaming industry.

What are the top cities for Casino Dealer jobs?

Predictably, Las Vegas, Nevada is the top city in the United States for casino dealer jobs. Reno, Nevada and Atlantic City, New Jersey are also excellent cities for casino dealers who are looking for employment.

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