4 Facts About Casino Dealers
If you’ve spent time at a casino you probably have had a chance to observe the casino dealers at work. Their job seems glamorous and exciting, but is it really? It’s interesting to hear some behind-the-scenes descriptions and comments from the dealers themselves.
Being a casino dealer may seem like the best job in the world, especially if you love to gamble. You get paid for playing games and experience the same sense of competitive interaction as you do as a player, only from the other side of the table. You get paid plus you receive tips from players. Best of all you are at the center of the action. When a player wins the jackpot, you’re the recipient of that player’s grateful thanks. Is there a downside to working as a casino dealer?
As with every job, working as a dealer can be fun and exciting or it can be a grind. It all depends on the casino, your bosses, the patrons and your own expectations.
The salaries and tip potential for dealers varies from one casino to the next. Your take-home compensation will depend on the game that you deal, the locale of your casino and the betting limits at your table. The actual base pay for casino dealers is relatively low at the blackjack, poker, craps, baccarat and roulette tables. At some casinos this may even mean that you’ll be earning minimum wage or, if you’re lucky, a little above minimum wage. As you gain experience that might go up a bit but not much — the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average base pay for a casino dealer is approximately $14,700 a year. That also holds true for Canadian casinos, more or less.
Most of the dealers’ take-home compensation comes in the form of tips. Gamers don’t tip at all casinos but they do in Canada where players are encouraged to tip the dealer to show their appreciation for professional and courteous service. Tipping is, however, at the discretion of the player which means that your tip total will vary from night to night, depending on that night’s clientele and the results of their gaming sessions. If you’re dealing on a night in which your patrons are enjoying a successful casino experience, you’ll probably take home more money because winners give better tips. But if you’re working at a time in which player luck is down, chances are that your luck will be down too.
If you’re good at your job, you could triple or even quadruple your base salary. Chances of this happening are (obviously) best if you’re playing at a casino that caters to tourists (who tend to be enjoying their “entertainment budget”) and, in some cases, high rollers. You should, however, be prepared for periods when you don’t have a lot of work — holiday seasons and summertime are high seasons whereas wintertime tends to be light.
Biggest tips are found at the poker table but you’ll need to keep track of all of the various rules, which vary, depending on the casino and depending on the poker variation being played. The bigger casinos don’t always bring the biggest tips for their dealers but obviously, the bigger the casino, the more players will be there to give you more tips.
In some casinos the dealers pool their tips. So at such a casino, regardless of how much your players like you or how good a job you’re doing, your tips are shared with your co-workers.
Dealers usually smile and give the impression that they’re having a good time but it’s not always easy to work as a dealer. Dealers must stand for hours on end at blackjack, roulette, craps and baccarat tables and must often contend with players who are rude or who blame their bad luck (or bad gaming skills) on the dealer. That can get to you.
You will need to work with large sums of money which is not a suitable job environment for everyone. Most casinos allow smoking which is also not a suitable environment for everyone.
Now that we’ve mentioned some of the reasons that casino dealing isn’t a top job choice for everyone, we’re going to tell you why working as a casino dealer might be the right job for you.
For one thing, casino dealing doesn’t involve a lot of training. There are dealer schools — many of which are affiliated with the casino at which you might want to work — where you can learn to handle games within a few months. Training is generally not expensive and if the training school is affiliated with a casino, you may be able to work something out with the casino, based on your future employment there. Alternately, you can check to see whether the casino in which you wish to work offers in-house training.
There are casinos where you don’t have to worry about dealers at all. The freemarket casinos of Canada offer a wide range of casino games in which you simply click your mouse or run your finger over a touchscreen and make your plays.
The freemarket casinos offer all of the advantages of land-based casinos plus more. Regardless of whether you prefer to play blackjack, poker, roulette, baccarat, craps, scratch card or any other variety games or arcade games, you’ll be able to find them for real money gambling entertainment at the freemarket casinos where you earn a much higher percentage of the win than you do at the land-based casinos.
Many of the freemarket casinos offer live dealer options but if you prefer to just play against the machine you can turn off the live dealer and do everything electronically — including collecting your winnings. Freemarket Canadian casinos are available 24/7 on PC or mobile gambling devices, meaning that you can enjoy these options on your regular smartphone, tablet or home computer console at your leisure.