Croupier

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What's it like?

You would run the gambling games in a casino by throwing dice, spinning the roulette wheel and dealing cards. You’d explain the rules of the game to the players to they understand how to play.

You’d make sure the rules are followed and that people play the games in a fair and friendly way.

You’d deal with several players at once. You’d need to concentrate carefully on the cards, dice and betting chips and quickly calculate numbers to work out how much money a person has won or lost.

You would:

  • Set up the betting table before a game begins
  • Welcome new players to the table
  • Check that all chips are placed on the table before the start of play
  • Explain the rules to players
  • Control the game and make sure players follow the rules
  • Collect chips from losing bets
  • Make fast mental calculations of payouts to winners

The main games played in UK casinos are roulette, blackjack, stud poker, Punto Banco (or Baccarat) and craps.

You’d need to be able to handle the cards and chips quickly and keep up your concentration. You might also need to deal calmly with difficualt situations or complaint when people are upset that they have lost.

You would be supervised by a gaming inspector, who is usually in charge of two tables. The inspector would make sure that the gaming regulations are followed and look out for any suspicious behaviour.

Inspectors work under the direction of a pit boss.

Working conditions

Hours

You will usually work 35 to 40 hours a week with shifts from 2pm to 10pm, and 10pm to 6am, including weekends and bank holidays.

Environment

You will be on your feet a lot of the time. You will be expected to be smart and well-groomed. In most casinos your employer will provide appropriate evening dress or a uniform. Some of your meals may be provided.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

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  • Resilience
  • Positive attitude
  • Concentrating
  • Attention to detail
  • Analysing
  • Verbal communication
  • Observation
  • Working with numbers

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Qualifications

There are no formal qualifications required for entry to this role but most employers value a good general education. 

Training is on the job and usually lasts six to eight weeks.

You will also need

  • To be at least 18 years old
  • To be licenced by the Gambling Commission
  • To pass a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Disclosure check

You may have to pass a test in manual dexterity and in maths.

Helpful to have

 Qualifications and experience that demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the industry
  • Numerical
  • Customer service skills