How can I become a Craps Dealer?

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  1. jeremiahj, Jan 5, 2011

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    I love the casinos and craps so much that I want to become a Craps dealer. Does anyone have advice or tips on how I can become one? Such as: is school necesary? Are they likely to hire me as a craps dealer right off the bat? Or will I need to deal other games first ?
     
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  2. The Midnight Skulker, Jan 5, 2011

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    Up front I have to admit that I have never dealt any casino game. I did consider pursuing such a career when I retired from my "day job" and interviewed at a couple casinos, but I was not hired. I have also gathered some insight into what dealers go through from casual conversations.

    My first piece of advice is to ask yourself if you like being under a microscope, for that is the position dealers are in. The eye in the sky watches everybody. I probably would have had a problem with that being as I like to be given the benefit of doubts.

    Another consideration is that dealers are sometimes put into no-win positions. A dealer is expected to explain the game to a player asking how to play. How do you explain how the Pass Line works without saying "seven" and possibly offending another player at the table?

    What about intoxicated and/or obnoxious players? As a dealer you can't change tables; you have to put up with them.

    OK, so you still want to be a dealer. I gather that there are schools for same -- many years ago I heard a dealer say he had paid $1000 to attend one -- but some casinos also have their own in-house training program. At the houses where I interviewed the trainee attended a six-week course before going to work on the floor. I do not know what game(s) were covered, but I got the impression that craps was not the first game a new dealer learned. A lot of the training is in internal procedures and spotting cheats.

    Working in a casino is a whole lot different than, and not nearly as glamorous as, playing in one. For one thing, it's work! For another, it doesn't pay very well. Even experienced dealers get close to minimum wage, with tips accounting for 2/3 of one's total compensation. Yes, veteran dealers at the high-end joints in Las Vegas can pull in good money, but that's after 20 years in the business, and there are not that many of those positions.

    My last bit of advice is to talk to some dealers about the job. What's it really like? Why did they become a dealer in the first place? Is this a permanent or a temporary vocation? Would they make the same career choice if they had it to do over? With answers to questions like those you can make an informed choice.
     
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  3. Sancho Panza, Jan 5, 2011

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    You might want to start looking on the Web for sites like dicedealer.com
     
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  4. goatcabin, Jan 6, 2011

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    I have a couple of craps-dealing manuals, one of which was written by an instructor at the University of Nevada at Reno, where they have (or at least had) a program in casino management. I have dabbled in dealing; I have a layout, a stick, a set of cheques, etc. I can tell you that dealing craps is quite difficult, involving physical skill and mental. Also, I don't think you can just deal craps, but I'm not sure.

    Good luck,
    Alan Shank
    Woodland, CA
     
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  5. Hardeight, Jan 22, 2011

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    Going to school for a minimum wage job thats just stupid
     
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  6. Hardeight, Jan 24, 2011

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    I agree with Skulker its probably not all its cracked up to be.Its like any job you will get tired of it and want to do something else.Even people who work at Disney World or an amusement park get tired of it.Messing with people's money is the worst job to have because people get angry(like myself).You are expected to work 1st,2nd,3rd shift and that wears you out.Im sure you would get tired of looking at cocktail waitresses as well.Might as well get a job as a waiter if you want tips.
     
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  7. justfewmorerolls, Feb 6, 2011

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    dealing craps is a fun job once you get good at it, and that my take few years. The pay is not great or even good for that matter, compared to a poker dealer. Tips are usually pooled and the pay can be anywhere from low teens to high 20s. The benefits are good and most casino even offer bonuses.
    There are few ways to becoming a dealer. Almost all casinos have an in-house training program for free at certain times throughout the year. You can also pay a fee and go to a training school that teach you many of the games. They do require a background check and they are very thorough about this, so make sure you have a clean record before you consider.
    Almost all dealers knows how to deal more than one game for to be put in a rotation, the more games you know the better. A good dealer is also a good entertainer so you must show a happy face while you're on the floor at all-time.
     
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