Frequently Asked Questions


Do you have what it takes to become a casino dealer? Vegas Gaming Academy can teach you everything you need to know about casino dealing, from the basics of gaming etiquette to advanced strategies for counting cards. We frequently get asked questions by prospective students, so we've compiled this list of the most common inquiries. If you still have questions after reading this FAQ, don't hesitate to contact us!

Do casino dealers make good money?

How much a casino dealer makes depends on state or regional rules and the rules of the house. Where dealers can receive tips, they are often paid a minimal salary. A quality dealer on a popular game during a busy night might be tipped well. However, a dealer on a less popular game during a slow time may not receive much by way of tips. Also, the house rules might require dealers to pool their tips and divide them equally. In places that do not permit tipping, dealers usually receive a higher salary.

Do I need to be good at mathematics to be a casino dealer?

Yes, the numerical ability is a valuable skill for a casino dealer. You don’t need a mathematics degree, but you need to be able to keep track of cards, scores, and wagers. For this, you must be able to perform fast and accurate mental arithmetic.

How long do I need to be in gaming or dealer school before I can be a casino dealer?

To become a casino dealer some schools can train you in simple games such as blackjack within a few months. More complicated games, such as poker, may take longer. You might find a casino that will train you in-house. This is more likely to occur with new houses.

What is a Casino Dealer and what are their job functions?

A Casino Dealer is a person in charge of conducting the course of a specific table game in a casino. The main functions are to deal, change chip denominations, change the currency to chip form, perform inventory functions, and render customer service to players.

What are the games Casino Dealers must know?

Any table game is enough if one is employed in a casino. The more games a Dealer knows, however, the better chances he has of securing a job or maintaining one. Knowledge of any, or all, of the three major casino games of Blackjack, Baccarat, and Roulette will give you the best edge over others.

Can casino dealers gamble where they work?

House rules will govern whether a casino dealer can also gamble at their workplaces. Some houses permit dealers to gamble when they aren’t working. Others restrict them from playing within their area, so, for example, slot machine technicians may not be allowed to play the slots.

Will I have to audition at a casino dealer interview?

Yes, interviewees for a casino dealer are normally required to demonstrate their skills. The best way to approach this is to relax, be friendly to the players and don’t try to show off.

What are the duties and responsibilities of a casino dealer?

Here are some examples of responsibilities you may want to include on your gaming dealer job description:

• Operate gaming tables such as cards, dice, keno and roulette tables, observing compliance to rules and regulations; watch for and report cheaters
• Exchange cash for chips; receive and record cash wagers
• Assist team in games such as baccarat; participate in games as necessary to maintain minimum complement of players
• Determine winners, pay winnings and collect losing bets according to rules of specific games
• Inspect cards and other gaming equipment to ensure good condition and compliance with regulations
• Interact with patients in a friendly manner, calling on wait staff for food or drinks as desired; answer customer questions and concerns

Can a casino dealer work from home?

Casino Dealers are usually required to work in a workplace.

Is being a casino dealer a good job?

Dealers can make as much as $100,000 per year. The average dealing job at a small casino only pays half that much, but many do pay more than $25 per hour. That’s a pretty good starting pay, right? Minimum Education Needed.

What are the requirements to enroll at Vegas Gaming Academy?

You must be at least 18 years old. You must not have any prior felonies or any misdemeanors related to theft. A High School Diploma or GED equivalent is required.

What are the casino requirements to be hired?

– Must have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
– Must not have any prior felonies or any misdemeanors related to theft.
– Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test.
– Must be able to obtain and maintain a Gaming License, which requires fingerprinting
and a background investigation.
– Must be flexible in scheduling to work nights, weekends and holidays.

What is the difference between Dealers that pool their tips and Dealers that keep their own tips?

Casinos where dealers keep their own tips are subject to a tip compliance (an agreed upon contract with the IRS that taxes each dealer at a set dollar amount per hour or that may tax the total amount a dealer makes in tips for that specific day). Generally dealers have their own tip box that they carry from table to table and at the end of their shift, the dealer will go to the casino cashier where their tip box is unlocked and the tips for that day are verified, the amount is taxed and returned in a paycheck.
Most casinos support a system where dealers share their tips. Tips from all dealers are combined or “pooled” and distributed back to each of them based on hours worked during a shift or within a 24 hour day. These tips are then taxed and received in a paycheck.

Why are Blackjack, Baccarat and Roulette classified as the only major casino games?

These three games are the most common and popular games offered by casinos anywhere around the world. Casinos must have all three, or their variations, plus slot machines to be considered complete. Other games will just be additions.

Which casino dealer game is the easiest?

The process of learning all the bits and pieces of a casino game is not an easy task. However, students pick blackjack, as it has less complicated structure and set of rules. That is one of the shortest training programs as well.

What’s the Dealer’s Main Job?

Essentially, the dealer has to balance a whole bunch of different jobs at the same time. First off, they have to follow the rules and make sure that everyone around the table is doing the same. It’s important that the dealers themselves are playing fairly. This means they have to have a deep knowledge and understanding of the gameplay of the particular game that they’re presiding over.
In order to attract players to their games tables, the dealers need to be able to put on a show. They have to bring a happy and optimistic attitude to their work. A bored-looking dealer is going to be a very unattractive prospect on the casino gaming floor. To that end, it’s important that they do that job with flair. That they make the games as engaging as possible. This is because it’s essential for the casino’s business, and for the dealer’s pay packet, that the seats around his table are always full.

Are Casino Games All About Luck?

All casino games are primarily based on luck, and many games are entirely based on luck. In some games, however, there is also an element of strategy involved. Although there is no game where you can use strategy to overcome the house edge, there are games where you can effectively minimize the effect of the edge by playing the “right” way.

What is basic blackjack strategy?

Basic blackjack strategy is essentially about making correct mathematical decisions. There is no need to actually do any math yourself, though, as the correct decisions have all been worked out and turned into a set of rules. These rules effectively tell you what to do based on the information available to you – which is the cards in your hand and the dealer’s up card.
The rules work because there are a fixed number of cards in the deck, and therefore a finite number of possible combinations that can be dealt. It is possible to mathematically determine which decision gives you the best chance of winning a hand in any given situation.

The odds are still against you in the long run, because of the house edge, but if you apply basic strategy, you will keep the casino’s advantage to a minimum.

Is single deck blackjack better than multiple deck blackjack?

With all other rules being equal, a single deck game of blackjack will have a lower house edge than a multiple deck game. However, casinos generally adjust other rules in their favor for single deck games.

For example, they might reduce the payout for blackjack. These rule changes are made to negate the benefits of playing with a single deck and ensure that the house edge is not too low.

You can work out the exact house edge of any blackjack game if you know all the exact rules. However, this is not something most players need to worry about. It is far more important, and easier, to learn basic strategy than it is to try and find a game having the most favorable conditions.