In the eyes of most people, casinos have always been glamourous places. That’s why you see them in so many James Bond movies where the rich and powerful play for huge stakes – and not just monetary ones. While these depictions may be exaggerations on the reality, there’s no doubt that casinos are exciting places both to play in and to work at – and one of the most common ways for people to start working in this sector is as a casino dealer.

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It’s a job that features real variety and flexibility in terms of working hours, which can be very important when you’re trying to juggle different aspects of your life. It can also be a starting point for a career in an industry that’s growing fast.

But, before you commit to becoming a casino dealer, consider that there are certain qualities that you’ll need to have. 

Maths skills

It goes without saying that you’ll need to be able to do simple calculations quickly and accurately to work out the winnings that players are due. There are also all the rules of the games and their many variations to be remembered. But once you get accepted to a casino’s training programme, you should have plenty of time to learn these. The casino will also give you all the opportunities you need to get the skills together before you’re sent out to run games on your own. After all, it’s vital for them that everything goes smoothly for the players – and having fully-trained and competent dealers is key to this.

An outgoing personality

For most players, it’s not just a question of aiming to win at the casino, though this is undoubtedly important. They also want it to be a lively and social activity. It’s often up to the dealer to set the tone for this. So, while it’s definitely a case of keeping things professional, a certain level of banter and chat is needed. This is just as true in the very popular live casino games that are played online, on major casino websites, which have really taken off in the last few years as it is in a so-called bricks and mortar casino. That’s because live chat is an essential element of the live online experience for many players whether they’re playing roulette, blackjack, baccarat or even dice.

A true sense of empathy

As well as being essentially an extrovert, the successful dealer also has to be truly empathetic so they can both share in a player’s success and commiserate when things may not be going quite so well. This is a special social skill that some of us are born with but which can also be learned. Even if you feel that this isn’t a natural strong point of yours, you should be able to pick it up with some practice.

So, hopefully, this has given you an idea of the skills required to become a good casino dealer. And, if the signs are all positive, why not go for it now?

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