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Croupiers run the games in casinos and make sure the games take place in a fair and friendly manner.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £25,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You must be at least 18 years old and hold a licence from the Gambling Commission.

You’ll need to apply to a casino company as a trainee croupier, where you’ll receive on-the-job training. 

It will help if you have: 

  • at least 3 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths
  •  experience of working with the public and handling money
You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • a polite, tactful and friendly manner
  • a clear speaking voice
  • the ability to think quickly and make fast mental calculations
  • the ability to concentrate for long periods
  • the ability to handle complaints and difficult situations

3. What you'll do

You’ll explain the rules of the games played in a casino to players at the table, and make sure the rules are followed.

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • setting up the betting table before a game begins
  • welcoming new players to the table
  • checking that all chips are placed on the table before the start of play
  • collecting chips from losing bets
  • making mental calculations of payouts to winners
You’ll work under the supervision of a gaming inspector.

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £18,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000

You could receive tips in addition to your salary.

Croupiers working on cruise ships can earn more, as their earnings are tax-free.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week. You’ll often work shifts from 2pm to 10pm, and 10pm to 6am, including weekends and bank holidays. 

You’ll be on your feet a lot of the time.

You’ll be expected to be smart and well-groomed. Your employer will provide you with an evening dress or uniform. 

Some of your meals may be provided.

6. Career path and progression

With experience you could progress to inspector or pit boss, and then on to manager.
You could also work on a cruise ship or overseas.

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Last updated: 12 September 2018