If you love gambling, becoming a casino dealer may seem like the ideal job for you. Not only do you get to enjoy the games you love (and get some insider tips), but you get paid for doing it! Not only will you be in the heart of the action, but you will also be able to score some valuable tips from grateful and generous players, whether in the form of advice or money. With the gambling market getting more and more competitive, casinos may require the services of a qualified dealer, but before you join the lively world of casino dealing, here are some things you need to know.
How Much Money Will You Make?
When applying for any job, the salary offered is usually the big question. Unless the money you make is not a factor, individuals applying for jobs as casino dealers should know that the salary varies, although the general rule of thumb is that the basic pay is pretty slim, especially when starting out. That being said, most people know that most of a dealer’s money comes from tips. That being said, some countries do not allow tips but will offer the dealer a higher basic salary. The amount you make through tips vary tremendously depending on the time of day, the season, how busy the dealer is and the generosity of the players. The biggest tips received usually come from dealing poker, although all games that are skill-intensive and challenging usually come with experienced and generous players.
When a new dealer first joins a new casino, they usually start at games that are slower-paced, less popular and generate fewer tips. As with every job, you will have to start small and work your way up to start earning more lucrative tips. Also, keep in mind that the demand for dealers may also be seasonal, and when times are slow, a casino may not need as many tables open, which results in fewer hours worked and fewer opportunities to earn tips. Another thing to consider is that dealers at upscale Vegas casinos don’t necessarily earn more than those at smaller, regional casinos, although dealing for high-rollers in the VIP room of a top casino does bring extra financial rewards. As an ‘average’ dealer, the amount of money you make will depend on what games you’re dealing and your popularity amongst the players. That means that while more skilled dealers will deal at more high-profile tables, those with an approachable, friendly attitude may also reap the rewards. If you are not a people’s person, then being a casino dealer is not the job for you! Another interesting point to bear in mind is that high rollers are not necessarily big tippers, and you may come across an instance where players have won massive pots and kept it all to themselves, while low rollers are more relaxed and willing to share their found money.
The Lows of Casino Dealing
While there are some perks to dealing at a casino, there are some downsides as well. One of the most obvious is that dealer’s work unconventional hours and are on their feet for the most part of the day. While you are allowed breaks while on your shift, the majority of your day will be spent standing at your table so it could be mentally and physically exhausting. Another downside is dealing with players all day, many of whom can be unkind, arrogant, rude, angry, and just plain irritating. As a dealer who is representing the casino, it is your job to remain composed at all times and deal with rude customers in the most professional way. You will also be under the watchful eye of casino surveillance, as you will be dealing with huge sums of money, so there is no room for error.
How to Become a Casino Dealer
There are some many benefits to becoming a casino dealer as well. Becoming a dealer is easily achievable and doesn’t require too much training and experience. Dealer schools are available to help you become a qualified dealer and handle at least some games like Blackjack or Roulette in as little as two months. Additionally, many casinos offer in-house, on-site training to casino dealers. Another positive can be the scheduling arrangement, as many individuals do not conform to the regular 9-5 office hours. The schedule usually fits the dealer’s lifestyle and availability because casinos are usually open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, which means there is a need for more dealers and a flexible schedule. If you are working for a top-rated casino, you will also be surprised by the benefits included as many casinos offer retirement programs and health plans, as well as annual leave and personal days, etc. This makes casino dealing a good option if you need some flexibility but also appreciate stability in terms of benefits.
As with every job, casino dealing is not for everyone. As you will notice from the above findings, there are both positives and negatives to taking on the role as a casino dealer. It can be a good opportunity to develop your skills and earn some extra money, but if you are looking for a high salary without depending on tips, then this may not be the right job for you. That being said, casino dealing is a good opportunity for those working towards their dream job or as a way to get into the gaming industry.
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