Maybe you have a passion for gaming or love the idea of talking to new people all day, and now you’re starting to consider turning this passion into a career. You are excited by the idea of making a living from something that you love, but what does it really mean to be a professional dealer?
Being a casino dealer might be the right line of work for you. However, there are factors you should consider before diving in too quickly. Keep in mind that some conditions will vary depending on your location and where you are considering working, but there are some general elements of this career path that you will apply no matter where you work.
Personality is a big factor in this line of work, and you need to bring certain traits to the table (literally) to be successful.
Two of the most important personal skills you should possess are communication and socialisation skills. These ensure that you are providing excellent customer service and can perform well and keep the energy and mood of the group high. Being able to communicate well in writing is also important if you are going to be managing games online. You may also be working with a variety of other dealers and casino staff, and having demonstrable teamwork skills is valuable. Go and see for yourself at some of our incredible Live Blackjack tables. All our professional dealers have that flair and passion which really brings the great game to life.
There are also personal skills that you may need to develop if you aren’t already strong in such areas. Examples of key qualities include the ability to make quick decisions, multi-task, and concentrate for long periods of time. If you are working in a live casino, then you will also want to have excellent manual dexterity and probably have a few card tricks up your sleeve. It is also important to be assertive and be able to handle challenging interpersonal situations, as these can easily arise when people are spending (and losing) money. The ability to remain calm, polite and be firm in your stance is something you should already possess or be working on developing if you want to enter this field.
Technical skills that will help you stand out as a potential candidate and be more successful in the job include a keen eye for distinguishing details, such as colours or symbols on a card. The ability to quickly do arithmetic in your head and perform quick mental calculations will also serve you well.
If you are looking for a standard work week with typical hours, then the life of a casino dealer may not be for you. However, if you enjoy variety in your schedule and don’t need routine, then this line of work might be a great fit. Many casinos, both traditional and online, are now operating all hours of each day of the week, which means that your schedule as a dealer could vary widely.
In a more traditional casino environment, your hours might be tiring or unpredictable but the conditions quite comfortable, depending on the establishment. Some casinos offer employee dining rooms, and most include very clean working conditions and a generally pleasant atmosphere. You may also enjoy more comfortable conditions if you are a live dealer for an online casino.
As was mentioned before, you will likely be dealing with a wide range of emotions throughout each shift, and these emotions can be more pronounced at different times of the day, week or year. You will want to prepare yourself to navigate those social circumstances on any given work day. Some people will be emotional for reasons beyond gambling. It is beneficial to prepare yourself to be something of a counsellor for some individuals who park at your station for hours and need a friendly ear to hear them out.
While it isn’t for everyone, if you don’t mind working unusual hours and enjoy socialising with a variety of individuals for long periods of time, then you may find that the lifestyle of a casino dealer is right for you. What's more, with us at Bitcasino, you can connect with players from all over the world at the same time, from Tokyo to New York. What better experience could there be than hosting a diverse group of individuals who are gathered for one reason, to play some excellent casino games and have fun?
This is likely at the top of your mind when you’re considering turning to casino dealing as a career. As with the other aspects of the job, income varies depending on where you are working and how long you have been doing it. It is often akin to minimum wage when you start off and increases with experience. When you start, you may be placed on slower-paced games with less foot traffic. Here, you must prove that you are talented and worth enough to handle the fast-paced and in-demand games that will help you earn more and likely enjoy the work itself more.
However, the real income often comes from tips, which can more than double your salary if you “play your cards right”. When you move up to dealing faster-paced games that are more popular with patrons, you will likely see those tips increase and the work will have greater pay-off.
How to get started
If you’ve determined that the life of a dealer is the one for you, then you will need to work on the aforementioned qualifications and get some education.
Beyond learning the ins and outs of the games that you’ll be dealing for and being exceptionally well-versed in them (which you can also take courses on), there are courses you can take on being a dealer. Some casinos offer programmes, but many courses are available and might be offered nearby in your city. You will need to do the research to find the one that’s right for you and that will get you a job where you want to work.
Once your training is complete, there is usually an audition portion to getting the job that will require you to act as a dealer while being scrutinised by your potential employer. This is your chance to shine and show off those interpersonal, card-handling and facilitation skills. Before you pursue this career, why not register with us at Bitcasino and watch some of our live dealer games to learn some epic tricks from the professionals.
Words: Sean McNulty