"It's a really fun atmosphere. You get to meet a lot of interesting people and I enjoy being around people."
In Alberta, a casino dealer earns approximately $15/hour with tips.
A career in gaming was not originally in the cards for Dianna Schwanke, a dealer and floor supervisor at Casino Yellowhead in Edmonton, Alberta. While taking psychology at university, she decided to earn some part-time money at a casino and loved the work. Dianna completed her studies, but continued full time in the gaming business. As luck would have it, the psychology degree still comes in handy.
Dianna knows how to deal all games at Casino Yellowhead: craps, roulette, blackjack, baccarat and poker. The most difficult game to deal is craps because it requires 3 dealers and 1 floor supervisor. The easiest game to deal is blackjack which is what all young dealers learn first.
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As a floor supervisor, Dianna observes the gaming process, making sure that everything is done according to government standards and laws.
When training to become a dealer, you learn games, casino rules and security procedures. There are no minimum educational requirements, although casinos prefer well rounded individuals with at least a high school diploma. After all, there is more to casinos than just gambling.
Education: In-house casino training; BA in psychology.
Hobbies: Playing cards, but not gambling, skiing, cycling, spending time outdoors in summer, horseback riding.