What a Poker Croupier does.
For those of you who have visited a casino you will know that a poker croupier is an integral part of the casino system and has various tasks to complete. There are of course many tasks that a croupier performs and it is not just dealing cards and spinning the roulette wheel as you may have thought. In the United Kingdom there are many different types of games played within any of the one hundred and fifty casinos around the country.
These games consist of Blackjack, Poker, Roulette, Craps and Baccarat. The croupier is responsible for the smooth and correct running of these games and is the face of the casino and sits between them and the players themselves. The first of the many jobs of a croupier is to welcome players to any particular table and they must always ensure they are polite and smiling so that the player feels comfortable at the table. At the end of the day the player is there to have a good time and enjoy themselves so a dull and non smiling face does not set the right tone for the evening.
The next job of a croupier is to ensure that all of the bets are laid and placed correctly and neatly around the table and to ensure that players do not interfere with the chips once they have been placed. On occasions you may see players coming to the table who do not understand the rules of the game so it will be up to the croupier to provide a brief explanation of the rules to the player so they fully understand what they are doing. The croupier should never go further than the basic rules such as answering questions on tactics and so on and it is frowned upon for players to ask him questions on this subject.
The key job of a poker croupier is to always ensure that the table they are at is run perfectly so there are no disruptions to the flow of the table. This includes making sure that no players on the table are cheating or taking advantage of other players as well as controlling players who may have had a bit too much to drink. If a croupier feels that a player has had too much alcohol then they have the right to ask you to leave the table and failing this call security to remove you from the club. Please review the How to be a Poker Dealer resource for other additional information on this subject.
Poker Croupiers are also responsible for collecting the chips from losing bets and to award winning chips to people who have placed winning bets. Croupiers are always very numerate as they are required to do quick mental calculations when it comes to working out winning bets and so on so mental focus is an essential part of a croupier’s job. Croupiers generally only tend to work around thirty five hours a week as the management of these clubs like to ensure that their employees are fully focused on their job as if they are not and are tired they could make mistakes that could cost the company large amounts of money. For additional resources please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poker_dealer whereby more details on this area can be found.
These are the general duties of a croupier in any casino in the world but there of course may be other tasks they are required to do along the way depending on the club that they are at.