Gaming and Sports Book Writer/Runner  What They Do

Just the Facts


Posts information enabling patrons to wager on various races and sporting events. Assists in the operation of games such as keno and bingo. May operate random number generating equipment and announce the numbers for patrons. Receives, verifies, and records patrons' wagers. Scans and processes winning tickets presented by patrons and pays out winnings for those wagers.

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


A person in this career:

  • Collects bets in the form of cash or chips, verifying and recording amounts.
  • Collects cards or tickets from players.
  • Computes and verifies amounts won or lost, paying out winnings or referring patrons to workers, such as gaming cashiers, so that winnings can be collected.
  • Answers questions about game rules or casino policies.
  • Conducts gambling tables or games, such as dice, roulette, cards, or keno, and ensures that game rules are followed.
  • Operates games in which players bet that a ball will come to rest in a particular slot on a rotating wheel, performing actions such as spinning the wheel and releasing the ball.
  • Exchanges paper currency for playing chips or coins.
  • Compares the house hand with players' hands to determine the winner.
  • Seats patrons at gaming tables.
  • Opens or closes cash floats or game tables.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • 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
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • 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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