Becoming a Poker Dealer
Sat 12 August 2017
If you”ve spent any amount of time around a poker room before, sooner or later you”ve wondered about those wonderful folks who sit across from us at the poker table dealing hands to us. Becoming a poker dealer can be a great career move for motivated dealers who are good with the players and can get tips.
So if you”ve ever entertained the thought of becoming a poker dealer, here”s a quick introduction to the subject.
A poker dealer is the one who manages what’s going on in a poker table and distributes the cards. The dealers are usually paid the minimum wage and only earn more through tips. There are players who are abusive and sometimes undermine the dealer. Though, there are also those clients if taken care properly give huge amount of tips. A dealer’s schedule usually require them to work late nights and at holidays since this is the time when casinos are usually busy. If you want to be in the gaming industry, here are important things you should on how to be a poker dealer.
To be able to acquire a poker dealer position or any job at a casino one must usually have previous experience working in a casino. If it is your first time you are required to undergo a 4-6 weeks training at a dealing school where you will receive all sorts of advice on how to be a poker dealer.
At a dealing school you are taught different kinds of games since being a dealer requires one to know at least two games. A good dealing school will have instructors with good credentials. This is the first thing you should know and they must be able to teach you all the details of a game.
If you are hired by a casino then most likely the training is already paid for. If not, look for dealing schools that have job placements after you graduate. After graduation you are provided with a certification. This will be a huge advantage on your part since most casinos require certification from a reputable dealing school.
Though, you”ll have to put in the effort to earn that certification. After knowing all the basic rules, watching your instructor perform some common deals, you should be able to do it yourself. But dealing out the cards isn”t the only job you have as a poker dealer.
The best training for a poker dealer is a hands-on training. Watching instructional videos are not an efficient way to learn poker dealing. You will be doing this repeatedly until you perfect it.
Before you are handed that certificate, you will have an actual exam where you will deal the cards and communicate with a player. This scenario is the same with an audition at a real casino since you are not only dealing cards but you are also required to interact with the players.
Having good rapport with the clients and good people skills in general will be an advantage on your part. So make sure to make small talks, make them laugh but don’t distract them too much. Casinos prefer a dealer who knows how to make a game fun and takes care of the players.
When it comes to salary, as mentioned earlier, a poker dealer earns minimum wage which is around $6-$8 per hour. If you want to earn more, make your players happy. Although some players never tip under any circumstances, most poker players will tell you that a good dealer who knows when to mingle with the players and when to stay quiet is worth a good tip.
Players usually either tip when they have won a good sized pot or at the end of the session. Though, most do tip with every won pot rather than the end of the session considering that dealers change regularly during a player”s session. Though, in casinos where all of the dealer tips are pooled this is less of an issue.
After you”ve served your dues dealing in smaller poker rooms for a few years, it would not be uncommon for a good poker dealer who has a good rapport with the players to take home $200 – $300 a night when dealing in the bigger poker rooms in Vegas, Los Angeles, or Atlantic City.