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Career Profile: Gambling Dealers

Operate table games. Stand or sit behind table and operate games of chance by dispensing the appropriate number of cards or blocks to players, or operating other gambling equipment. Distribute winnings or collect players' money or chips. May compare the house's hand against players' hands.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 74,100 people employed as gambling dealers in the United States. The median annual salary is $23,700. Entry level employees earn approximately $17,480 per year and senior employees earn approximately $40,230 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Work as part of a team of dealers in games, such as baccarat or craps.
  • Start and control games and gaming equipment, and announce winning numbers or colors.
  • Compute amounts of players' wins or losses, or scan winning tickets presented by patrons to calculate the amount of money won.
  • Open and close cash floats and game tables.
  • Answer questions about game rules and casino policies.
  • Refer patrons to gaming cashiers to collect winnings.
  • Supervise staff and monitor gambling tables to ensure security of the game.
  • Seat patrons at gaming tables.
  • Train new dealers.
  • Prepare collection reports for submission to supervisors.
  • Participate in games for gambling establishments to provide the minimum complement of players at a table.
  • Receive, verify, and record patrons' cash wagers.
  • Conduct gambling games, such as dice, roulette, cards, or keno, following all applicable rules and regulations.
  • Pay winnings or collect losing bets as established by the rules and procedures of a specific game.
  • Greet customers and make them feel welcome.
  • Exchange paper currency for playing chips or coin money.
  • Check to ensure that all players have placed bets before play begins.
  • Inspect cards and equipment to be used in games to ensure that they are in good condition.
  • Deal cards to house hands, and compare these with players' hands to determine winners, as in black jack.
  • Stand behind a gaming table and deal the appropriate number of cards to each player.
  • Apply rule variations to card games such as poker, in which players bet on the value of their hands.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
74,100
Annual Openings:
13,800
Increase in Openings by 2030:
24%
Annual Salary Range:
$17,480 - $40,230
Education Requirements:
High school diploma