Facts on Casino Dealing

By Henry Tamburin

 

 

To get some basic facts of how to become a casino dealer, I interviewed Nick Kallos, owner of Casino Gaming Schools of Nevada.

 

Are there any requirements to be a dealer?

The minimum age to deal in a casino in Nevada is 21. Before dealers are hired they will undergo a background check, which varies from one casino to another. Generally they expect the prospective dealer to be drug free (they will be tested), no jail time and their finances in order (no major debts). Once a dealer is hired he or she applies for a gaming card, which costs $75 and is valid for 7 years.

 

How long does it take to complete a course in your school?

It depends on the game. Blackjack, for example, is one of the easiest games to deal, and typically students complete their training (100 hours) in 3 to 6 weeks or less. Craps and roulette are more complicated games and it usually takes a student 6 weeks to complete the training. Poker is very popular and we teach a 5-week course (100 hours) on how to deal poker that includes Omaha High/Low, Stud and Hold’Em.

 

What does it cost to go to dealer’s school?

Our tuition is $299 for blackjack or roulette, $349 for craps, and $799 for poker. If a student wants to learn any two table games, excluding poker, the cost is $500.

 

Once a student completes his training, how does he or she get a job?

The student has to audition with a casino that has an opening. How the student performs during the audition is what determines whether or not they get the job. That’s why I conduct two live, mock auditions with all my students– one with their lead instructor and if the student passes, a final audition with me. I also give students feedback on their performance to better prepare them for the real world.

 

How much money does a dealer earn?

New dealers earn $5.25 per hour in wages plus tips, which can vary depending upon where they work. At a break-in casino they can expect to earn about $300 per week at their first job. After a short while, they should be able to audition for a dealing job at a larger casino where they can earn as much as $400-$450 per week. After a year or more of experience they can apply for jobs that pay as much as $600-$700 per week or more. Dealers who work the plush casinos in Las Vegas that cater to high rollers (Venetian, Caesar’s Palace, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Palms, and the Hard Rock) can get $200+ per day in tips. The hourly wage for dealers in some casinos increases over time up to $7.40 per hour (based on longevity on the job and job performance). Dealers also get excellent benefits including medical, dental and 401K plans. The potential is there to make a good living but of course it depends on the dealer’s personality, attitude, and dealing skills.

 

Are the stories about high rollers occasionally tipping dealers thousands of dollars true?

Yes. For example, just last week a player tipped as much as $250,000 per day over the three days he stayed at a high-end Strip casino. Dealers call players who tip large amounts of money “King Georges.”

 

What makes a person a successful casino dealer?

Their personality and attitude are the keys. Successful dealers are well groomed in their appearance, friendly, helpful, have a positive attitude, interact well with players, and are happy to be a dealer. Casinos figure that dealer’s skills at dealing will always improve. What they look for is the package: a pleasant individual with a good attitude and the ability to deal. If they have these characteristics it will show in their job performance and result in a positive playing experience for players.

 

How can someone get more information about your school?

They can go to our web site at www.learn2deal.com or call me at 1-702-893-1788, from 9 am to 9 pm (PST), seven days a week

 

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