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Making a living as a traveling poker dealer
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Hello all,

I was asked to add an update here as I am just starting out with this 'poker dealing for work' idea.

I used to deal blackjack/table games some years ago and enjoyed the job itself but not the way table games is run. It's usually a completely different department from the poker room. Even then I followed the poker dealers to learn more about the game and liked what I saw so I was tickled to learn that this might be a way to make a living on the road.

So, here I am in Sacramento taking the poker dealer class at The Casino College in Sacramento, CA
http://www.ideal21.com/sacramento_califo...chool.html
They are very, very flexible and helpful with logistics/hours/etc for class. The teacher, Ron, was in the industry 40+ years

They don't teach all the crazy games for WSOP so I will be taking the online class listed in another post. This class is for the main games played in the vast majority of card rooms and small tournaments.

Not much to add at this point. Planning to finish my class here, return to NM for a while and try to get a little PT dealer job to get my resume started before the major WSOP event next year.
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Keep us informed, I'm really curious to know how it works out for you!
Bob
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I won't be able to make it to the RTR so I thought I'd post a quick update. Things went well at the last WSOP. My hourly went back up to $35.71 and I made $10.5k overall. I could have made more but I got to liking sleep a little too much and didn't work as much as I could have.

One bit of bad news - they eliminated the chip runner position so there are fewer non-skilled jobs available. Last year they seemed to fold a lot of tasks into the "clerk" position. Some tasks are simple like escorting players to the payout desk when they win money in a tournament, others are more complicated like running the satellite section, deciding what new games go up and announcing where players can go to find them. It's all on the job training and I'm not sure what the pay is but it should be reasonable. They still do need cashiers as well.

If you want to give dealing at the WSOP a shot, now is a good time to find a school. Weather is great in many poker hotspots like Vegas, Florida, and Southern California. You'll get out in time to audition in Vegas before it gets too hot. They did auditions elsewhere in the country as well last year and probably will again this year but I don't have any details on that yet. Florida will definitely have some.
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(11-15-2016, 10:25 PM)Reducto Wrote: I won't be able to make it to the RTR so I thought I'd post a quick update. Things went well at the last WSOP. My hourly went back up to $35.71 and I made $10.5k overall. I could have made more but I got to liking sleep a little too much and didn't work as much as I could have.

One bit of bad news - they eliminated the chip runner position so there are fewer non-skilled jobs available. Last year they seemed to fold a lot of tasks into the "clerk" position. Some tasks are simple like escorting players to the payout desk when they win money in a tournament, others are more complicated like running the satellite section, deciding what new games go up and announcing where players can go to find them. It's all on the job training and I'm not sure what the pay is but it should be reasonable. They still do need cashiers as well.

If you want to give dealing at the WSOP a shot, now is a good time to find a school. Weather is great in many poker hotspots like Vegas, Florida, and Southern California. You'll get out in time to audition in Vegas before it gets too hot. They did auditions elsewhere in the country as well last year and probably will again this year but I don't have any details on that yet. Florida will definitely have some.

Thank you for the update.  Glad to hear the rate increased.  I just completed my poker class a few weeks ago.  It included NL, Limit, holdem, Omaha, & 7 stud.  I have also been practicing pot limit.  Been working a few casino night parties just for some experience.   

I am thinking about the online advanced course or the in-person WSOP class for the additional games.
http://www.abccasinocollege.com/advanced...er-dealer/
or
http://www.wsopdealeracademy.com/shop/

Maybe see you there one day!
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(11-15-2016, 10:25 PM)Reducto Wrote: I won't be able to make it to the RTR so I thought I'd post a quick update. Things went well at the last WSOP. My hourly went back up to $35.71 and I made $10.5k overall. I could have made more but I got to liking sleep a little too much and didn't work as much as I could have.

One bit of bad news - they eliminated the chip runner position so there are fewer non-skilled jobs available. Last year they seemed to fold a lot of tasks into the "clerk" position. Some tasks are simple like escorting players to the payout desk when they win money in a tournament, others are more complicated like running the satellite section, deciding what new games go up and announcing where players can go to find them. It's all on the job training and I'm not sure what the pay is but it should be reasonable. They still do need cashiers as well.

If you want to give dealing at the WSOP a shot, now is a good time to find a school. Weather is great in many poker hotspots like Vegas, Florida, and Southern California. You'll get out in time to audition in Vegas before it gets too hot. They did auditions elsewhere in the country as well last year and probably will again this year but I don't have any details on that yet. Florida will definitely have some.
How long did you work to make that?  June 1 - July17?  50 hours/week?  60? 

How do you set up a shared room if you don't know anyone?  Is there a FB group or forum for dealers?

Thanks!
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(11-16-2016, 12:24 PM)Paisley777 Wrote: Thank you for the update.  Glad to hear the rate increased.  I just completed my poker class a few weeks ago.  It included NL, Limit, holdem, Omaha, & 7 stud.  I have also been practicing pot limit.  Been working a few casino night parties just for some experience.   

I am thinking about the online advanced course or the in-person WSOP class for the additional games.
Congratulations! The only things I see missing are draw and Chinese, which are the easiest to deal. A little practice before your audition should be enough. Stud has a bunch of variations but it's mostly the same from the dealer's perspective. You just have to be aware of the high and low cards, and be able to read the hands at the end.
The more practice you can get the better.
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(11-16-2016, 01:05 PM)Paisley777 Wrote: How long did you work to make that?  June 1 - July17?  50 hours/week?  60? 

How do you set up a shared room if you don't know anyone?  Is there a FB group or forum for dealers?

Thanks!

Actually looking back I was just over 40 hours per week from May 31-July 16. I could have done 50+ if I said "yes" every time they asked me if I wanted to stay or go.

There is a FB group and plenty of dealers looking for roommates.
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(11-16-2016, 06:55 PM)Reducto Wrote: Actually looking back I was just over 40 hours per week from May 31-July 16. I could have done 50+ if I said "yes" every time they asked me if I wanted to stay or go.

There is a FB group and plenty of dealers looking for roommates.

Is it this group?
2016 WSOP Dealers And Staff
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Yes, that's the group. They create a new one each year.
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With my luck, I'd end up getting fired for peeking at the cards.  Angel

Nah, sounds like fun....I'd have to wear something or watch what I drank so as to not wet the seat.  Tongue


Who knows? I just sent an email to my office manager ripping into a prick of a tech (shift lead tech) who
ticked off me and another worker, but he also made my sister (I got her this job) cry and brother, he
avoided me beating the shit out of him for that.

(I'll be chatting with her today at medical insurance meeting)

May need a new job soon....What with my bad hip, this may just very well be a good thing....!!!
"Today, most of the good people are afraid to be good. They strive to be broadminded and tolerant. It is fashionable to be tolerant but mostly tolerant of evil and this new code has reached the proportions of demanding intolerance of good."
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