What Do Gaming Dealers Do?
As a Gaming Dealer, you operate table games in gambling establishments. You will either stand or sit behind a table and operate games of chance by dispensing the appropriate number of cards or blocks to players. You might operate other gaming equipment. You will also distribute winnings or collect players’ money or chips. Some games might require you to compare the house’s hand against players’ hands.As a national average, this job category is expected to increase in need by 11 percent in the next decade.
Gaming Dealers Skills and Abilities
To effectively do this job, you will need to have specific skills like:
- Active listening, which is giving full attention to what others are saying, making an effort to understand their points, asking questions if needed and not interrupting
- Being aware of how and why people react the way they do
- Being able to communicate information effectively to others through speech
- English language knowledge including the meaning and spelling of words as well as composition and grammar rules
- Monitoring and assessing yourself, others and organizations in order to take corrective action or make improvements
- Customer service skills like possessing the knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes assessing customer needs, meeting quality standards for services and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Math knowledge in arithmetic, geometry, algebra, statistics, calculus and their applications
- Public safety and security knowledge relating to equipment, procedures, policies and strategies of the establishment in order to promote effective and safe operations that will protect people, property, data and institutions
One of the most interesting qualities expected of a Gaming Dealer is some knowledge of psychology. This involves knowing human behavior and performance, the individual differences in abilities, personalities and interests of people. It helps to know psychological research methods and how to assess behavioral and affective disorders.You must also have the ability to see at close range.
Gaming Dealers Duties
Gaming Dealers have many duties, some of which are:
- Paying out winnings or collecting losing bets
- Dealing cards to players
- Conducting other games like roulette, dice or Keno and following all rules of each game
- Exchanging chips for currency
- Starting and controlling games and their equipment
- Announcing winning numbers or colors
- Applying rule variations to different games
- Answering questions about games
- Seating patrons, calculate their winnings and prepare collection reports
- Training new dealers
Gaming Dealers Tools and Technology
Some tools and technologies you might use in your job might include:
- Gaming tables for Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps and Poker
- Cash or ticket boxes such as Imprest banks, table banks and table game drop boxes
- Coin banks or table chip trays
- Desktop computers
- Table Gaming Management software like Progressive Gaming Chip Inventory System, table game management system software, Tangam Gaming TableEye21 and Tangam Gaming TableEyeBacc
- Presentation software like Microsoft PowerPoint
- Spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software like Microsoft Word
Education and Training for Gaming Dealers
In order to be hired as a Gaming Dealer, you will be required to have a high school diploma or its equivalent. You don’t need any specific work experience beforehand and your job training will be fairly short.
Gaming Dealers Salary
Gaming Dealers have a median salary of $8.93 per hour, which calculates to $18,600 per year. 90 percent of workers receive a salary at approximately $32,200 per year.
Gaming Dealers Jobs by Geography
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are slightly over 100,000 Gaming Dealers in the United States. Nevada employs almost a quarter of the entire number of Gaming Dealers in the nation at almost 23,000. California comes in second at a little over 15,000 jobs. Puerto Rico is expected to increase their workforce in the next decade by 28 percent.