Who Needs a Job?

By , November 3, 2003

I am an event planner by trade, but I offer a couple services in-house, one of which is casino game rentals. That means my staff and I show up at a venue, set up casino-style gaming tables, and turn a party into Las Vegas for a night. It also means I need to keep 50 or so people on call who are trained to run blackjack, poker, craps roulette, or baccarat tables. Not that I ever need that many in a night, but not everyone can work every time, so I need to make sure I’m never short-staffed.

Early November is when I find out which members of my staff have moved away or found “real” jobs, for during the 11 months not named December most of my casino events are small, and there is seldom more then one on any given night. When casino events pop up, I’m able to work with the same handful of dealers at each of them. Then December arrives, and my calendar is filled to capacity with company holiday parties, and I suddenly find myself with 30 spots to fill on multiple nights. To make matters worse, many of my dealers are college students, and my busy season coincides with finals time.

In case you are concerned, this is completely legal. I have permits, insurance, licenses, and so forth. The games are not played for money, and the job is relatively stress-free. The parties are typically for adults, usually at a company holiday party, but not always– later this month a family is hiring me to set up a casino for their son’s bar mitzvah, so all the gamblers will be 12 to 13 year-old kids.

If anyone reading this is in the San Francisco metro area and looking for part-time work next month, contact me. I may have a job for you. I’ll provide all the training you need to run a gaming table. It’s a plus if you are charismatic and out-going, but taciturn dealers are fine, too. In short, this can be a fun, easy way to earn money; clients often offer free food and liquor to the staff, and cash tips are somewhat common.

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15 Responses to “Who Needs a Job?”

  1. YukiTonbo says:

    May GOD grant me that power…..(tee hee hee…)

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  2. Hybrid_girl says:

    What the heck? You run a casino? If you do, I might know some people interested in playing or even working…

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  3. blondbedhead says:

    Nope, but I wish I did…those tables in Vegas or at the reservations always look like the most fun! I can do blackjack though . . .:)

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  4. am I even allowed to be in a casino?? I’m 20… :P

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  5. ca1b0y says:

    Sometimes my crap runs down violently. Does that count? :p

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  6. Peasprout says:

    What the hell does that last comment even mean??

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  7. blacksesame says:

    i’d like to deal, but i feel like my fingers are the stiffest, fattest fingers to have ever touched a deck of cards. =) not that they are actually stiff or fat – they just FEEL like it…

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  8. shadowluv says:

    If only I was in the area….

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  9. You know, when I first read “Who needs a job?” I got a completely different meaning than the one you were going for. {chuckle} It’s a little far to commute, anyway, even though I can run craps like nobody’s business. Plus I love separating 12 year olds from their allowances.

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  10. mortsci3 says:

    I have never ever gambled in my whole life. I’d like to try it, but i know I would loose everything.

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  11. jazmineXu says:

    Not a casino person, but I did enjoy reading about New York. I’d love to go there someday. Hope you’re doing good.

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  12. wow. thats fun. you can hire a bunch of “temps” through craigslist probably??

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  13. JaDedAnGeL17 says:

    i don’t even know how to play craps…always willing to learn though…

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    Peasprout Reply:

    @JaDedAnGeL17, Sweet! You’re hired. Wait, are you anywhere near the Bay Area?

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    JaDedAnGeL17 Reply:

    @Peasprout, yes i’m from the bay area..

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