While visiting a casino as a valued customer is fun, being on the other side of the table as a live dealer (or croupier) has more than its fair share of perks. The growth of online and land-based casinos in destinations like Las Vegas, London, Macau and Ontario mean that there are more reasons than ever to become a live casino dealer.
1. The Growth of Live Internet Casinos is a Hot Market
Online gaming continues to thrive, with figures from 2018 already suggesting that the number of players and revenue is growing rapidly all over the world. Amazingly, the global gaming industry is now estimated to be worth in excess of $110 billion US per year, with around 2.2 billion casino players. Industry experts predict these figures will continue to rise over the next decade, which will increase the opportunities for live dealers in online casinos.
2. Personal Development
Training to become a live dealer is an enriching experience. It develops one's personality, people skills, confidence, card skills, body language, communication, integrity – the list goes on and on. Whether your long-term future lies as a croupier, in another casino-based role, or in another industry altogether, becoming a live dealer will look good on your CV and help you grow as a person.
3. Meet Interesting People
If you're a 'people person', then you'll love becoming a live dealer. Not many other jobs give you the opportunity to meet all sorts of interesting individuals from a range of backgrounds every day. You never know who'll walk to your table next – it could be a celebrity, a gambling pro, or just the guy or girl next door who fancies their chances of getting lucky. If you're lucky you can also pick up generous tips from your favourite players.
4. You Always 'Win'
'The house always wins' is the cliché that emanates from the casino world. While that's clearly not always true and live dealers can find themselves playing against a lucky or highly skilled player, in the long-term the house has the edge. That means you're likely to be on the winning side most times you deal live, making it a great job for competitive people who love to win. And of course, you'll always get paid your wage either way!
5. Play in Exotic Casino Locations
Being a live dealer can see you work in some of the world's most exotic locations. You could be dealing in the Fallsview Casino next to Niagara Falls, the MGM Grand Las Vegas, Wynn Palace in Macau, or the majestic Casino de Monte-Carlo in France.
Alternatively, you could become a live dealer on a cruise ship, work the roulette table at VIP parties, or deal from a plush online casino suite. While the exclusive glamour isn't guaranteed, live dealers with skill and ambition can find themselves working in some very high-end environments, opening-up all sorts of career prospects.
6. Because You're a Night Owl
While some casinos are open during the day, the real gaming tends to happen at night – making live dealing an enticing career option for those who like to stay up late. The benefits of working at night include day time freedom and no early mornings. You'll have time to lie in, have a relaxing brunch, hit the gym and watch the world go by before enjoying a fun evening work shift.
7. Always Find Work – Even During Recessions
Casino gaming is a robust industry. Indeed, during economic downturns, gambling spend actually tends to increase, both online and in bricks-and-mortar casinos. This makes live dealing a career path that can offer a good level of security, assuming you have a good skill set. No need to worry about getting laid off when your employer is raking in the bucks.
8. Global Career Options
The expansion of the casino market across the world opens up the career prospects for live dealers, whether you're based in Ontario or Oslo, Asia or Africa. As an example, the Canadian Gaming Association recently revealed that annual revenue had hit $31 billion, with the numbers expected to grow extensively in 2018 and beyond.
Mobile gaming was cited as a growing market in the country, with live dealer games featuring strongly. As countries like Canada relax gambling in their legislation, the job opportunities for live croupiers will correspondingly rise.
Ultimately, becoming a high quality live casino dealer is a challenging career path – but for the right person it's fun, lucrative, exciting, and comes with an array of potential benefits.