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Career and Education Opportunities for Card Dealers in Athens, Georgia

Card dealer career and educational opportunities abound in Athens, Georgia. The national trend for card dealers sees this job pool growing by about 19.0% over the next eight years. In general, card dealers operate table games.

The average wage in the general category of Gaming and Gambling jobs is $13 per hour or $26,740 per year nationwide.

The Athens area is home to five schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Athens where you can get a degree as a card dealer. The most common level of education for card dealers is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a card dealer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Card Dealer

Card Dealer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, card dealers operate table games. They also stand or sit behind table and operate games of chance by dispensing the appropriate number of cards or blocks to players, or operating other gaming equipment.

Card dealers check to insure that all players have placed bets before play begins. They also pay winnings or collect losing bets as established by the rules and procedures of a specific game. Equally important, card dealers have to conduct gambling games such as dice or keno, following all applicable rules and regulations. They are often called upon to inspect cards and apparatus to be used in games to insure that they are in good condition. They are expected to answer questions about game rules and casino policies. Finally, card dealers compute amounts of players' wins or losses, or scan winning tickets presented by customers to calculate the amount of money won.

Every day, card dealers are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to speak clearly. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

It is important for card dealers to stand behind a gaming table and deal the appropriate number of cards to each player. They are often called upon to start and control games and gaming equipment, and announce winning numbers or colors. They also refer customers to gaming cashiers to collect winnings. They are sometimes expected to apply rule variations to card games such as poker, in which players bet on the value of their hands. Somewhat less frequently, card dealers are also expected to participate in games for gambling establishments to furnish the minimum complement of players at a table.

Card dealers sometimes are asked to seat customers at gaming tables. And finally, they sometimes have to answer questions about game rules and casino policies.

Like many other jobs, card dealers must have exceptional integrity and have strong self control in the face of challenging situations.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Athens include:

  • Casino Supervisor. Supervise gaming operations and personnel in an assigned area. Circulate among tables and observe operations. Ensure that stations and games are covered for each shift. May explain and interpret operating rules of house to patrons. May plan and organize activities and create friendly atmosphere for guests in hotels/casinos. May adjust service complaints.
  • Slot Machine Floor Person. Coordinate and supervise functions of slot department workers to provide service to patrons. Handle and settle complaints of players. Verify and payoff jackpots. Reset slot machines after payoffs. Make minor repairs or adjustments to slot machines. Recommend removal of slot machines for repair. Report hazards and enforces safety rules.
  • Sports Book Writer. Assist in the operation of games such as keno and bingo. Scan winning tickets presented by patrons, calculate amount of winnings and pay patrons. May operate keno and bingo equipment. May start gaming equipment that randomly selects numbers. May announce number selected until total numbers specified for each game are selected. May pick up tickets from players, collect bets, receive, verify and record patrons' cash wagers.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Card Dealer Training

Athens Technical College - Athens, GA

Athens Technical College, 800 US Hwy 29 N, Athens, GA 30601-1500. Athens Technical College is a small college located in Athens, Georgia. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 4,131 students. Athens Technical College has an associate's degree program in Personal and Culinary Services, Other Specialties which graduated five students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Athens, Georgia

Athens, Georgia
Athens, Georgia photo by Richard Chambers

Athens is situated in Brantley County, Georgia. It has a population of over 113,398, which has grown by 13.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Athens, 87, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Athens cost $146,800 on average, which is above the state average. In 2008, two hundred four new homes were constructed in Athens, down from four hundred seventy-two the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Athens are educational services, accommodation and food services, and health care. For men, it is educational services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average travel time to work is about 19 minutes. More than 40.0% of Athens residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 19.0%, is higher than the state average.

The percentage of Athens residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 55.6%, is more than both the national and state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Church of God (Cleveland and the The Wesleyan Church.