What do Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners Do?
Gaming and sports book writers and runners help with betting on different events including horse races, car races, sports, and casino games like bingo and keno. You will draw numbers, record bets for patrons, and scan and process winning tickets for payouts.
Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners Skills and Abilities
You need a range of skills and abilities to be a gaming and sports book writer and runner. You need to have good listening skills to make sure that you give full attention to the people who are betting. You need to make sure that you record their bets properly so people receive their proper winnings. You have to have good people skills. You will deal with a lot of different people who come from different walks of life. In casinos, you will have to deal with people who are inebriated and possibly angry.
Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners Duties
As a gaming and sports book writer and runner, you will work directly with the public. You can possibly work at horse racing tracks, car race tracks, casinos and restaurants. You will keep track of the bets that people take and make sure that their winnings are correct. If customers have disputes about their winnings, you may be in charge of mediating them. You need to make sure that you get people excited about betting. You have to be persuasive and vivacious to get people to keep bringing in the bets. It’s also your job to make sure that everything is legal. Gambling has strict rules, so you have to keep track that everyone is of legal age and not doing anything illegal. On top of checking people’s age on their identification, you have to make sure that the same people who are placing the bets are the ones claiming their winnings.
Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners Tools and Technology
There are a few different tools and technology used by gaming and sports book writers and runners. You need to use a barcode scanner to scan winning tickets. You will also scan cards at casinos and tracks for people who are frequent gamblers. You will work with different character displays such as betting boards. You night need to work with different types of lottery machines such as random number equipment and bingo blowers.There are different types of technologies that you need to keep track of customers and winnings. There are a huge clash flow constantly going in and out, and if you don’t keep track properly then you can end up in serious trouble. You want to have software to process credit cards, along with high-end accounting software.
Education and Training Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners
You generally need at least a high school diploma or GED in order to be a gaming and sports book writer and runner. More than 33% if people in the profession have never been to college. Another 34% people have been to college, but they didn’t obtain a degree. While only 9% have an Associate’s degree, 13% have a Bachelor’s degree. It’s important to have at least some education because you deal with numbers and mathematics all day long.
Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners Salary
Gaming and sports book writers and runners in the United States have an average salary of $22,600 per year, which is nearly $11 per hour. The highest average is in New York with just over $14 per hour and almost $30,000 per year. The lowest amount is in New Mexico at $8.71 per hour and $18,000 per year.
Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners Jobs by Geography
There are 14,700 gaming and sports writers and runners. Texas has the most with 1,950. Nevada has the second most with 1,530. Other than Minnesota with just over 1,100, the rest of the states all have less than 1,000.