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Iceni Magazine | May 30, 2024

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The Pros & Cons of Being a Croupier

The Pros & Cons of Being a Croupier

The number of jobs available in casino is huge these days, particularly with the rise of online play over the last decade or so.

It’s a huge industry that more and more of us are beginning to love, making the most of the various offers and different variety of games. Visit a casino website and it’s essentially the pages that are your croupier, allowing you to pick up the likes of Betfred mystery spins before loading up a slot machine or game of roulette.

However, hark back to the good ol’ days, or even visit one of the brick and mortar casinos around the world and much of your interaction will be with the croupier. One of the more intriguing and glamorous jobs on the planet, there’s something very cool about the role of a croupier, particularly at high end casinos like Les Ambassadeurs and The Ritz. But is it as cool as we think, and are there any downsides?

We decided to get the lowdown on the pros and cons of being a croupier

The Pros of Being a Croupier

  • You get to work with people every day. No day is the same and you can meet some real characters.
  • You are the entertainer. It’s your job to make people feel happy…even when they’re losing!
  • If you’re a croupier on a cruise ship, you’re effectively paid to travel the world!
  • In that case pay is tax free. And the tips across all casinos are pretty special.
  • There’s a real path for progression to work your way through up the ladder in the industry.
  • You can pick up some great insight into how the pros play and adapt your strategy when on the other side of the table.
  • It’s a flexible job. Casinos are open 24/7, so you can work at a time to suit you.

The Cons of Being a Croupier

  • You may initially have to start during some pretty ungodly hours. It’s all about working your way up to the prime spots.
  • You need a qualification, which you will have to pay off your own back, and they can run for six to eight weeks. That’s a lot of self funding.
  • Some gamers can be rude to say the least. Especially the losing ones. Just like any role in hospitality, you can meet some relatively unsavoury characters.
  • It’s exhausting. You always have to be welcoming, engaging and fun. There’s no room for down days and you always have to be switched on. Which is tiring.
  • Initial low pay. Like in every hospitality role, wages start slowly, but if you can work your way up there’s good money there. Especially alongside the tips.

So, it’s not all fun and games, particularly with some rude players at your table. It can have a real knock on effect with your day. However, it’s one of the most interactive and engaging jobs on the planet. And in the likes of Las Vegas and on cruise ships, boy, you’ll certainly have some stories to tell!

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