How to Survive a Casino Audition

Maybe you’ll find yourself later in life looking for a job in a state that has legal casinos, and you might want to try to get a job dealing there. You will have to go through an audition in addition to an interview. Here are some things that you need to know about casino auditions.


The appearance factor is very important. Obviously don’t show up with baggy pants, a Harley belt, and a short sleeve shirt. Wear black shoes, black socks, and a crisp and clean, freshly laundered long-sleeve white shirt. Ladies should have modest makeup and men should be clean shaven. Hair should be cut with a nice neat look. I suggest that you draw your hair back in a bun, as you don’t want hair falling in your face while you’re dealing, and you don’t want anything at the table blocked to your eyes.

Background Checks

The company will run background checks on you- don’t lie on your job application because they will find out. Be honest, put everything down and accept the fact that it will be checked. You might also have a financial background check. If you have financial problems it may affect your chances of getting the job. But again, tell the truth on the application, as them finding out themselves through the check will automatically look bad, regardless of your reasons.

How to Get an Audition

If you walk into a casino to ask about auditioning, always be in your “black & whites” because they may give you an audition on the spot. Always use eye contact when you introduce yourself to the floor person. Say something like “Hi, my name is ________. I’m a dealer with X years of experience, I can deal _________, and I’d like to get an interview and an audition.” Note that you aren’t asking for a “job”. Even if they don’t have an opening, they may make an opening for you if you are very good.

Dealing in a Live Game

The floor person may audition you, but sometimes the floor person will ask you to tap into a live game as your audition. They’ll walk you into the pit and you’ll tap out a dealer. The dealer will step off to one side to be out of your way but available if you have a problem. You’re taking over a live game with real cards, real players and real money. And it’s in real time.

If you make a mistake you must to ask the dealer or your floor person for help. If you don’t know how to pay something, don’t fumble with the chips or make a guess. Pause a moment and think about it, or if you simply don’t know, ask the dealer or floor person. If you make a mistake on the table there can be a snowball effect, especially if you’re trying to deal faster than your mind and hands can work together. Take a deep breath and correct the mistake before moving on to the next hand. Never make a payment or any financial move unless you are confident that you are doing it correctly.

The Importance of Personality

The casinos like dealers who are outgoing because part of your dealing job will involve a little sales and marketing. There are always things like player’s cards, shows and events to promote. The casinos want their players to have a good overall experience at the table. Talking and being friendly is part of the game.

If you’re really too nervous to talk and deal during your audition, don’t try it. Just approach the table and say something like, “It’s my first audition and I’m a little nervous but we’ll have some fun and hopefully you’re all going to win some money. Good luck.” Smile and be friendly. The players will probably be extra nice to you, and the floor person will be impressed that you introduced yourself and wished everyone good luck.

If you are comfortable talking, that’s great but never slow down or stop the game to talk. The game has to keep flowing, otherwise the casino isn’t making any money.

After the floor person has observed you for a few minutes he’ll ask the dealer to tap you out. As you leave, thank the players and wish them good luck.

How You Are Evaluated

The really great pit bosses will evaluate you for accuracy, personality and attitude. The critical issue is not speed at that point. The floor people don’t expect magic. They know you’re nervous. They’ll look at the shuffle, the strip, the pitch, the turn and the spread to be neat and clean. They’re looking for a dealer that doesn’t make mistakes, especially with the casino’s money.

The floor person will usually give you some feedback on your performance. If it’s positive but you don’t get hired, they may just want you to clean up your game a bit and they know you have potential. There’s a good chance you’ll get hired on your next audition. On the other hand, they might just tell you they don’t need you. You’ll do better next time. You’ll also feel more confident on your next audition because you’ll know what to expect.

Thanks for the Audition

After your audition, regardless of how it went, extend your hand and say something like, “Thank you for taking the time to audition me. I appreciate it very much.”



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