Casinos are often multi-million dollar enterprises that attract people from every walk of life. It’s perceived to be a glamorous world where dreams can be made or broken by a single card. One of the main focal points of the casino is the croupier. Usually found at roulette tables, they can also be centre stage in blackjack and baccarat games. The main role of the croupier is to oversee the game and be responsible for the bets being placed and distributing the payouts where they occur. The word croupier derives from the meaning of a person who stood behind a gambler and often had large reserves of cash to back up the bets. Here we take a brief look at what it takes to train to do the job and the typical day at work.
Training to be a croupier at many casinos around the world will usually start off with the game of blackjack. The reason being that blackjack is a relatively simple one and has less risk in terms of cost to the gambling house if mistakes are made. This is because bets are usually a lot smaller than those of other games. Of course training regimes do vary in different continents – whilst blackjack is the entry level in America, in Europe trainee croupiers are introduced immediately to roulette. Games such as craps do not generally include croupiers unless they have substantial experience as the rules and payout structure are far more complicated.
What it Takes:
They are a few obvious requirements in order to be eligible. Obviously you have to be numerical, dextrous and calm under pressure.Croupiers have been known to be dismissed for failing to hold a stack of chips or cut the deck properly in a live game. These are crucial elements of the job. The typical shift starts in the evening around 8pm whereby the croupier has to be down in the table’s area which is known as the pits. There are a lot of downsides as the croupier will be on their feet for long hours with minimal breaks. There is also the health risk as traditionally casinos are smoky environments, though this varies from region to region (as do the games on offer!). A croupier will regularly see people winning large amounts of money as well as those losing. Emotions will often run high and some may find themselves open to abuse. It can be hard to witness a player losing everything at the table exiting in tears.
It’s highly pressurised and mistakes have to be kept to a minimum. Cameras are everywhere so any mistakes you do make will not go unnoticed. So what’s the upside you may ask? Well there is one important one, and that’s tipping. Whilst members of staff should have absolutely no interest in the game’s outcome, a winning player will traditionally tip the croupier. These tips can vary greatly and some of the croupiers have been known to do very well indeed. All in all, if you can handle the pressure and thrive on the buzz then it may be the job for you.