Croupier Job Description
Card dealers collect bets for games such as blackjack and poker.
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Card dealers hand out cards in casinos for games such as blackjack and poker. But knowing the rules of the games is not enough to be successful as a dealer, also called a croupier. Only those who are patient and have strong math and speaking skills enjoy continued success in this field.
Customer Service Duties
Card dealers seat guests and collect their bets, handing out chips before commencing their games. They inform patrons about the rules for games, which may include not touching cards directly, for example. Between games, gaming workers calculate the earnings of winners and give them more chips. They also inspect cards for damage and study guests' gestures for signs of cheating. Card dealers must have outgoing personalities to engage players and know how to work with angry and difficult patrons.
All card dealers reconcile their chips and cash at the end of their shifts. This includes counting their cash and ensuring that it is equal to the monetary values of the chips. They write collection reports, which summarize total earnings from their tables, for supervisors. More experienced card dealers may train new dealers on the operations and procedures for the tables and the gambling establishment.
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Thirty percent of all card dealers worked in casino hotels, and another 21 percent worked at independent casinos or gambling facilities as of 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dealer may work weekends and evenings, as many casinos are open 24 hours a day. They spend significant time on their feet, and they're often subjected to secondhand smoke throughout their shifts. Gaming facilities can also be loud and distracting.
Education and Training
Most card dealers have either high school diplomas or GEDs. Once hired, they must train for four to eight weeks on shuffling and dealing cards. learn the rules of their games. and familiarize themselves with state laws and regulations. They must obtain a state license before working in casinos or other gaming places.
Average Salary and Job Outlook
Gaming dealers, including card dealers, earned average annual salaries of $21, 930 as of May 2011, according to the BLS. The top 10 percent made more than $35, 690 per year. The top-paying states for these workers were Texas, Minnesota and Maryland - $37, 470, $36, 810 and $33, 720 per year, respectively. The BLS reported that jobs for gaming and card dealers are expected to increase 17 percent between 2010 and 2020, which is slightly above the national average of 14 percent for all occupations. The arrival of new electronic table games in casinos may be slowing job growth for card dealers to some extent.
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