The figure of the dealer is indispensable to
understand how poker works. His presence is not exclusive to this game, but it
is where he enjoys the most popularity.
Although he is one of the most important
pillars of poker and almost everyone identifies him at first glance, one does
not realize the dimension he has and how important a dealer is until he is not
immersed in a poker game.
If you want to know more about the figure of
the dealer, what is his training and what is the caliber of the retribution he gets
for his services, keep reading: we are going to tell you everything about this
poker professional and the importance he has.
Although almost everyone thinks that the job of
a dealer is to deal cards, the truth is that his work goes much further. He is
the one who directs the game and controls all the phases of the game.
It is he who welcomes the players, who is
responsible for maintaining at all times a good treatment of the participants
at the table and who ensures compliance with all the rules of action and
exposure of the casino, supervising, in addition, the application of
the rules of the game.
You probably now have an idea of how important
a dealer is in a poker game. He is not only the one who deals the cards, but
also the one who ensures that all players comply with the rules and who is in
charge of maintaining a close and direct relationship with all the
participants at the table.
Despite the apparent simplicity, running a
poker game can be extremely complex due to the enormity of the stakes and the
variety with which each player can make his choice. It is your job to ensure
that all players make correct bets and that consistency is maintained
during the game, so it is essential to know where the limits are and what
practices are forbidden during the games.
For that, it is essential to be trained
and to have enough theoretical background to be able to master all these
aspects. But what exactly does it take to become a croupier?
In order to become a croupier, two basic
requirements must be met: enroll in a specific specialized course for this professional
career (of which there are very few in Spain, although it is possible to be
trained), and present a series of mental aptitudes that guarantee a correct
performance in practical assumptions.
It is important to know that the training of a
croupier is continuous, since it is necessary to keep the mind trained, perpetuating its
agility and its multitasking character to be able to analyze several fronts
simultaneously at the table during the game.
But also because you must be sure that you
are always up to date in terms of regulations, since it is the croupier's
responsibility to ensure compliance with all the rules during the game, and
these may be modified or adjusted.
In addition to studying and having a natural
interest in issues related to the game and the rules that regulate it, it
is essential to have a series of mental skills to be a good croupier.
A croupier must be, above all, a good
communicator. Not because of the way he treats the player, which is also
true, but because he must keep the action going at all times.
An inactive table is a table without
that goes against the nature of the casino. That is why a dealer's salary, in
Spain and in most casinos, includes bonuses for table performance.
He must also have great mental agility. He must
know how to think, in an agile and 100% analytical way, the solutions to each
move that is raised at the table to ensure that the bets are carried out in
accordance with the rules. The game must be dynamic and the bets must be
fair, which is precisely what the croupier is in charge of corroborating.
But it is not until a conflict arises at the
table that one realizes how important a dealer is at the table. In fact,
all problems arising from the game that occur at the table must be solved by
him, who has the last word to give the best possible solution to the conflict.
Although most of the requirements are mental, a
croupier must be in good physical shape. It should not be forgotten that the
job of a croupier is also very demanding from a physical point of view,
since most of the time a croupier must stand and carry out a series of
identical movements in a mechanical way throughout his working day.
Therefore, what you need to do to become a
croupier is not only to train your mind to maintain mental agility and
problem-solving skills, but also your body to be able to reach a high degree of
endurance that allows the croupier to perform his job normally at the table.
Languages are also important, as well as good
looks. A croupier is a professional, a business card that must attract
the player and welcome him at his table, so his appearance must be impeccable.
Although the salary of a croupier in Spain is
not particularly high, the bonuses and certain salary complements can allow
the croupier to have a comfortable salary to be able to invest part of that
money in activities or services that have a professional utility.
But is it the same outside our borders? How
much does a croupier earn in Las Vegas or Monaco? As in other sectors, it depends
on the purchasing power of the country's business and labor sector and the
relevance of gambling in the national economy.
Take, for example, the case of Las Vegas. It is
a city that is inconceivable without poker and other games, and many even consider
this city to be the world's casino. This is important to take into account,
because it influences the croupier's remuneration, depending not only on
his performance, but also on the consideration of his work.
In Las Vegas, being a dealer is as necessary as
it is glamorous, but it's almost a staple job to keep the casinos and
gaming tables running. But how much does a dealer in Las Vegas make, exactly?
Without being stratospheric, it is estimated
that salaries range on average between 15,000 and 17,000 dollars a year,
a figure that is not far from the average salary of a dealer in Spain, which is
in a range of between 13,000 and 15,000 euros a year.
In other cities around the world, the salary is
higher due to the cost of living in the country itself. In some
countries in the Middle East or Northern Europe, salaries are well above the
aforementioned ranges because the standard of living is higher, which affects
salaries in the sector.
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