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Career and Education Opportunities for Card Dealers in Portland, Oregon

Card dealers can find many career and educational opportunities in the Portland, Oregon area. There are currently 570 working card dealers in Oregon; this should grow 53% to 860 working card dealers in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for card dealers are expected to grow by about 19.0%. Card dealers generally operate table games.

The income of a card dealer is about $9 hourly or $20,170 yearly on average in Oregon. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $7 per hour or $16,310 per year on average. Earnings for card dealers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Gaming and Gambling in Oregon and not quite as good as general Gaming and Gambling category earnings nationally.

There are fifty-nine schools of higher education in the Portland area, including one within twenty-five miles of Portland where you can get a degree to start your career 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 training to become a card dealer if you already have a high school diploma.


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 Portland 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.


Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon photo by Fcb981

Portland is located in Multnomah County, Oregon. It has a population of over 557,706, which has grown by 5.4% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 103, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $194,700 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, six hundred forty-eight new homes were constructed in Portland, down from 1,205 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 23 minutes. More than 32.6% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 11.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 10.7%, which is greater than Oregon's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 45.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Charismatic Churches Independent.

Portland is home to the Barnes Yard and the Haig as well as Cottonwood Bay City Park and Wallace City Park. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Shilo Inns & Resorts and Comfort Inn Portland for temporary stays in the area.