Gaming Dealer

Gaming dealers have a multitude of job responsibilities. Not only must they know all the rules of the games they are officiating but they must also be quick with numbers be able to count money and chips quickly and they must be able to keep an eye on all players at their table. They are also responsible for paying game winners collecting losing bets and explaining game rules to novice players. While there is not a formal educational requirement for gaming dealers most casinos prefer that their dealers have a minimum of a high school diploma. Some employers administer math tests to aspiring gaming dealers to ensure that they have the skills necessary to run games and efficiently handle large amounts of money. According to careers.stateuniversity.com gaming dealers must obtain a certificate from a dealer school and they must also possess a license to work in a casino. Licenses are issued by regulatory agencies and require a background check proof of residency and proof of age. Jobs for gaming dealers are available in all states where gambling is legal and also on cruise ships and riverboats. According to www.bls.gov gaming dealers earn an average salary of $41000 (including tips) per year. However salaries can vary greatly depending on a number of factors which are mostly related to the amount of tips they receive. For example gaming dealers that are assigned to work during non-busy casino hours typically earn less money and gaming dealers that are friendly and conversational with the patrons at their table tend to earn more money.

Education Required: High School Diploma and Certificate/License
Avg Salary: $41000
High Salary: $51000
Low Salary: $31000
Tasks: Asks gamblers to place bets.
Deals cards and conducts games.
Initiates payoffs to winners.
Collects losing bets.
Also Called: Croupier
Blackjack Dealer
Casino Games Dealer
Gambling Dealer
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