With the number of multimillion casinos growing – full of the services, amenities and extras that make visiting them a luxurious experience that you cannot receive from an online casino, the possibilities for employment are impossible to imagine; especially considering most of them operate 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Have you considered working in a casino? Here are some of the most common casino floor jobs that could spark your career.
Although blackjack is one of the most comfortable casino games for players, this is definitely not the case for dealers, considering you have to stand on your feet for an entire shift whilst wearing the casino uniform – which could range from themed dress or the classic plain white shirt, black pants and apron.
During a game, the dealer has complete control – they are responsible for not only shuffling the cards but also taking losing bets, paying winning hands, changing cash into house chips and even helping the players by answering questions. Blackjack dealers also decide when to reshuffle the cards or break a new deck. The dealer controls the speed each deal, which can help or hinder a player trying to make a strategic decision on their gameplay; meaning excellent communication skills and manual dexterity are essential when faced with troublesome customers.
It is a common misconception that blackjack players maintain continual silence during a game. Typically, blackjack is a social game during which players communicate with the dealer between hands and others around them – this can be a blessing or a curse, for the player can either consider the dealer as their worst enemy or a personal friend. If a players loses, dealers should anticipate aggression…
Unlike blackjack, poker is an incredibly secretive game that is usually segregated away from the rest of a casino – some casinos even provide private rooms for players. The dealer is the only employee involved in a poker game and therefore has several responsibilities, such as changing cash into chips, shuffling the cards, dealing the cards at the beginning of a game, indicating which player bets first and examining the hands to determine the winner. Aside from dealer positions, applicants must possess strong technical skills and knowledge of the game, for poker has a reputation for being a “thinking person’s game” due to its many variations and betting methods.
Fortunately, since players are against each other during poker, they very rarely harass the dealer. Additionally, the tips for poker are higher compared to other casino games, for the odds of winning enormous amounts are significantly higher.
Casino Slot Hosts:
If you want to remain close to the casino games but don’t fancy being a croupier, why not try becoming a casino slot host? Although this position is considered part of the marketing and sales department, it falls under the category of a casino floor job as it involves spending a considerable amount of time on the casino floor.
Slot machine hosts work directly with customers by welcoming and greeting patrons to the casino with special slot club promotions; meaning they are responsible for setting up accounts, issuing comps, coupons and other promotional items. They are also permitted to introduce new promotional strategies, including direct mail campaigns. Proficient computer and communication skills are essential for this position. At some casinos, hosts earn commission bonuses on top of their regular salary, which usually starts around $20,000 a year.
A roulette table is typically serviced by only one casino dealer, who is responsible for changing cash or casino chips into roulette chips, spinning the wheel, dropping the ball, ensuring players aren’t placing late bets, placing the marker on the winning number, and collecting chips and paying off winning bets.Similarly to most dealer positions, a roulette croupier should have strong technical skills and game knowledge whilst also possessing good communication skills and the ability to count chips and cash quickly.
Since roulette is not as popular as blackjack or craps, the daily amount of tips is greatly reduced for roulette dealers – sometimes a dealer can stand an entire shift without a single player. However, most players tip after bin wins or at least before leaving the table if the dealer has been courteous and helpful.
Inevitably, the highest position you can have within a casino is manager – a title that requires years of administrative experience. However, it has been known for several managers to climb the corporate ladder by initially starting as dealers.
The main responsibility for a casino manager is to ensure games are played in accordance with government regulations; although they are permitted to modify game rules as they see fit, or most importantly, to give the casino a higher advantage. They also oversee all casino floor personnel and handle customer complaints and problems.Casino managers are usually paid a salary in excess of $100,000 a year.