I'm not surprised by those comments. You are working in an environment where you are surrounded by money and you are being watched every second by a number of people. I would compare it almost to the banking industry, except that in banking, you are performing the transaction of taking and giving money that rightfully belongs to them. But the casino is games of chance and with dealers seeing big winners (and big losers), I think that dealers would be polarized on their views of gambling: either they NEVER gamble or they are CRAZY gamblers.
I could see the high pressure and stress also leading to risky behavior (alcohol, drug abuse, affairs).
I've always thought bartenders have a larger percentage of alcoholics and teetotalers than average. You are attracted to the life, or in some cases you are repelled by the after effects.
Since many gamblers tend to increase their bets to keep their level of excitement up, I imagine that being a dealer would get you jaded to tiny bets.
How does closing on Christmas Day work? Is it midnight-midnight or some other arrangement? Is there still a hotel attached?
I heard years ago one Las Vegas Casino opened and they threw the keys to the doors into the crowd since they would never be needed again.
I have now clarified the points you raised. Thanks for bringing that up.
Closed Christmas? Even though I'm Jewish, and tend to go to a casino every Christmas for the mast 10+ years, I think that's a nice idea. But they stay open right till midnight in 12/24? THAT'S crazy!
So what casino is it, and where?
Please tell me that they will allow you to dress as Santa Claus on Dec. 24 and when it nears closing at midnight you will say "Well, guess I'll head to the OTHER job now".
Can't you tell us the name of the casino where you work?
I would prefer not to name the casino where I work. I will say that it is for one of the two major UK casino operators and is located just outside manchester.
Rats--thought I would be first. Never guessed you were only 24.
As I finish my dealing school and (hopefully!) work in the casino perhaps we can team up a little here and jointly answer some questions.
I look forward to reading your posts.
Boymimbo - thanks, I hope you find them interesting.
AZ - would be more than happy to team up for some articles. We could give the differing responses to scenarios from both sides of the pond.
I would love to hear your thoughts about books/music. Although, I guess if that's what I'm really after I should be at another site :P
Good luck with the writing!
I suppose small casinos (almost betting parlors) are still holding sway in Europe. Years ago I went to one in Austria and it was strictly a coat and tie affair, and it was off limits to locals (only tourists).
A fellow from Riga, Latvia contacted me once to ask some questions. He was spearheading a campaign to build a Vegas style casino on the waterfront to cater to Baltic cruise ships, and for Russians to drive to from Moscow. He said there was a lot of community resistance. People were comfortable with the mini-casinos, but they didn't like the idea of one becoming a major fixture of the city.