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Details for Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners


Description

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.

Tasks

  • Compute and verify amounts won and lost, then pay out winnings or refer patrons to workers such as gaming cashiers so that winnings can be collected.
  • Collect bets in the form of cash or chips, verifying and recording amounts.
  • Collect cards or tickets from players.
  • Answer questions about game rules and casino policies.
  • Compare the house hand with players' hands in order to determine the winner.
  • Check to ensure that all players have placed their bets before play begins.
  • Conduct gambling tables or games, such as dice, roulette, cards, or keno, and ensure that game rules are followed.
  • Prepare collection reports for submission to supervisors.
  • Pay off or move bets as established by game rules and procedures.
  • Inspect cards and equipment to be used in games to ensure they are in proper condition.
  • Exchange paper currency for playing chips or coins.
  • Open and close cash floats and game tables.
  • Start gaming equipment that randomly selects numbered balls, and announce winning numbers and colors.
  • Record the number of tickets cashed and the amount paid out after each race or event.
  • Operate games in which players bet that a ball will come to rest in a particular slot on a rotating wheel, performing actions such as spinning the wheel and releasing the ball.
  • Supervise staff and games, and mediate disputes.
  • Push dice to shooters and retrieve thrown dice.
  • Deliver tickets, cards, and money to bingo callers.
  • Participate in games for gambling establishments in order to provide the minimum complement of players at a table.
  • Take the house percentage from each pot.
  • Sell food, beverages, and tobacco to players.
  • Seat patrons at gaming tables.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills

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