Casino – the epicenter of emotions, excitement and unstoppable activity. It’s a place that never sleeps and more often than not, your entire experience (irrespective of whether you win or lose) hangs on that one person who assists you through this entire brouhaha; your card dealer. His interaction with you and your counterparts at the table can swing your opinion to either extremes and this is what makes the job of a card dealer all the more important and at the same time challenging. In this post we will have a look at the reasons that can entice you to this profession.
Money – Awesome!: Believe it or not, but some dealers make over $1,00,000 annually, a big chunk of which is based on tips from the customers. In most casinos, dealers get to keep all tips as their own, thus simplifying the money making matra. Be nice, delight your customer and get rewarded for being the reason behind a good experience.
Educational requirement – Minimum: To be a professional card dealer does not require any specific certifications or degrees as such. In fact many casinos train their dealers on job over a period of few days. However, there are a few schools in USA and UK that offer courses in this field e.g. National Gaming Academy, UK.(Note: Even though there are no mandatory requirements of education, it is absolutely crucial to have good people-skills).
Work Conditions – Excellent: This is a profession in the entertainment industry which is strongly based on the quality of service provided and maintained for its customers. It is not surprising that as a thumb rule all casinos go out of their way to make the casino environment as comfortable and pleasurable as possible for their customers. A dealer at all times surrounded by customers who are in a happy mood and are there just to have some fun. More over in a chic environment! Almost all casinos allow flexible shifts, lots of benefits and generous breaks to their card dealers.
Experience – Vibrant: Being a professional card dealer exposes you to an array of experiences both on personal and professional levels. The opportunity to interact with innumerable people from different backgrounds, places and cultures is not something everyone gets to do daily. Sharing experiences with comrades not only gives you an insight into the intricacies of the profession but also helps you to learn and to add to it, once you have made your mark as a competent card dealer, you can also opt for transfers within the same company but different locations or even departments.
If these reasons have already piqued your interest in this profession, you may want to consider a couple of suggestions
Game of Choice: With the number of card games being played daily, you might want to choose a game that you look forward to work with may it be Texas hold’em or Black Jack. It’s best to choose a single card game to begin with. Once you have decided your game, try and learn as much as you can about the game, rules, the dealers role and his responsibilities, where it is played, which casinos have tables (and vacancies) for dealers etc. If possible meet dealers in your area for more information and guidance.
Card shuffling: Though no formal education is required it’ll be an added advantage to know a few shuffling tricks, (USPs to attract customers to your table!) after all, who doesn’t like to be entertained?
Legality: Like all professions, being a card dealer also comes with some mandatory legalities. Make sure you know all of them or at least those that can directly affect you like licenses and related documents. Depending on the country you wish to work in, you may have to provide some documents such as age proof and acquire various licenses required by their governments.