Gaming Dealer  What They Do

Just the Facts


Operates table games. Stands or sits behind table and operates games of chance by dispensing the appropriate number of cards or blocks to players, or operating other gaming equipment. Distributes winnings or collects players' money or chips. May compare the house's hand against players' hands.

This career is part of the Hospitality and Tourism cluster Recreation, Amusements and Attractions pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Pays winnings or collects losing bets as established by the rules and procedures of a specific game.
  • Stands behind a gaming table and deals the appropriate number of cards to each player.
  • Deals cards to house hands, and compares these with players' hands to determine winners, as in black jack.
  • Conducts gambling games such as dice, roulette, cards, or keno, following all applicable rules and regulations.
  • Exchanges paper currency for playing chips or coins.
  • Checks to ensure that all players have placed bets before play begins.
  • Starts and controls games and gaming equipment, and announces winning numbers or colors.
  • Inspects cards and equipments to be used in games to ensure that they are in good condition.
  • Applies rule variations to card games such as poker, in which players bet on the value of their hands.
  • Opens and closes cash floats and game tables.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves keeping or regaining your balance more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

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