When you love your job, the house always wins.
Do you love the atmosphere of a casino? The sounds of the buzzing fast-paced slot machines or the screams of the roulette table when the patrons hit it big? Can’t get enough of the suspense at the poker tables? There are plenty of casino jobs that put you right in the action, from helping the players as they walk through the door to dealing blackjack.
The jobs can be full-time permanent or part-time seasonal or anything in between, depending on the casino or resort. Which means you can work in one casino on a warm tropical island for a period of time, then jet over to another casino in the mountains for your next gig.
Here is a breakdown of the most common types of casino jobs and what experience and skills you need to apply:
Bingo Caller: B-4! An entry level position that typically makes under $30,000 a bingo caller is an easy way to break into the business. You need good communication skills, but no degree is typically necessary. You need the ability to speak up so that the players can hear you and be aware when players say they’ve won.
Cocktail server/waitress: Another entry level position that takes orders and serves clients their food and beverages while they are playing slots or card games, so if you’re a people person this might be a great way to break in. You’ll be on your feet throughout your shift and, depending on the casino you might be in a costume and heels. Other cocktail jobs include being a barback (a bartender assistant), as well as a bartender.
Card dealer: Are you bonkers for blackjack? Are you passionate for poker? Why not become a dealer? When you first start out, the starting salary might begin at minimum wage, but many dealers make tips as well. Card dealers must be over 18 years old and must have a high school diploma or equivalent, and completed dealer training or have previous casino dealing experience. You must have the ability to handle cash and do basic math.
Pit manager: A pit manager is the person who looks after the employees who work in a casino pit, such as the dealers at the table games. In addition to being a supervisor, there are also paperwork responsibilities as well.
Casino runner: A runner makes sure everything is up and running, so the position requires exceptional customer service, cash handling and accounting, stocking, pricing, rotating, and displaying of bar inventories. Efficiency mixing and completing drink orders. Assisting casino cashiers.
Hotel managers: On the higher end of the pay scale is a hotel manager. Most casinos have accompanying hotels and hotel managers are needed to run the place. A typical salary of a hotel manager can run between $70,000 and $100,000. A job at this level typically requires hotel experience but some hotels offer management training programs. The responsibilities include setting budgets, managing staff, overseeing the building maintenance, dealing with customers and more. Depending on the hotel, other managers report to you.
There are many other casino-related positions too, including slot shift supervisors as well as VIP hosts. VIP hosts provide exceptional customer service to high-end players. In addition to computer skills, VIP hosts have great communication and interpersonal skills.