Working in the Casino Field - A Jackpot Job

Ever wonder what it’s like working in the Fabulous Las Vegas at some of the world’s biggest and best casinos? What about dealing cards behind VIP high roller tables among the wealthiest players?

Many people call this dream job their career. Let’s take a look at the most interesting professions in the casino field.

The Casino Dealer

Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when you think of working at the casino, a casino dealer or croupier mans the tables, dealing out cards and officiating the games. Whether blackjack, roulette, craps, or baccarat, any casino will have their croupiers standing by the tables at a casino. The dealer, obviously, deals the cards in table games, but also may provide dice or operate gaming equipment.

A dealer typically requires a certification, and, of course, must know the rules of the different games. They need to know how to call the winner, compare the house hands against the players’, and how to pay out to players or collect chips. It’s not as easy as it sounds!

The job itself has a low base salary, but casino dealers can do exceptionally well when it comes to tips. Dealers interact with the players, making friendly banter or flirting with guests. Players in the casino with some extra cash will certainly share some of their winnings at the end of a good round with their favourite croupier.

With casinos around the world, an experienced croupier can work anywhere really. They can qualify for positions in casinos from Las Vegas to New Zealand casinos and everywhere in between. Some croupiers even join the crew of casino cruise ships, sailing the beautiful seas while earning big bucks in tips.

Gaming Surveillance Officers

In the movie Casino, Robert De Niro calls them the “eye in the sky”. Gaming surveillance offers see everything that goes on in the gambling halls of the casino. From their room, they watch dozens of cameras constantly recording all of the gaming tables and slot machines. The surveillance officers play a crucial role in the casino because they keep an eye out for card cheats and other suspicious behaviour from players and employees.

Working in this position doesn’t require a special degree or certification. People with this job qualify with a high school diploma or prior experience working in security. With a decent pay and benefits, casino surveillance officers have a stable job earning an average of $25,000-$37,000 USD per year. Plus they get to experience the excitement of busting anyone who tries to rip off the house.

Pit Bosses

With a title like pit boss, who wouldn’t feel intrigued to find out what these guys do behind the scenes? The pit bosses (or as many call them today, the pit managers) supervise the gaming tables and staff on the floor. You might see them dressed in suits circulating among the casino tables and slot machines to make sure everything runs smoothly. They also handle customer service and deal with complaints or perhaps even rowdy players. Sometimes, the pit managers also organize activities for players.

As a management position, working as a pit boss requires prior experience working at a casino. Typically, a pit boss has relevant experience working at casinos and has taken special gaming management classes. This position also requires a license from the local gaming commission.

The Professional Gambler

So far, we have only talked about the guys on the inside of the house. While many look at gambling as a fun activity or hobby, professional gamblers do exist. In fact, plenty of people make a good living working as a pro gambler playing games like poker or blackjack or winning in sports betting.

Of course, not everyone has what it takes to make it as a professional gambler. This highly skilled position requires a lot of experience and knowledge of the games so that they consistently turn the odds in their favour. Still, those who have mastered the games can make a huge profit. Take Ryan Riess, for example, the champion of the 2013 World Series of Poker. Reiss won first place and a prize worth $8 million. Not too bad!

A casino has a lot of cogs in the machine working together to make it all happen. In addition to these jobs, casinos need staff of all levels to help keep things running, from chefs, waiters, and bartenders to accountants and slot technicians. Not to mention, casinos hire professional entertainers, DJs, and even famous stars, especially in places like Las Vegas. Working in the casino field makes a great option for those who want to get away from the office and enjoy an outside of the box career path. Who knows?! Maybe we’ll see you there!

Last updated October 26, 2017