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Gambling and Sports Book Writers and Runners

Post information enabling patrons to wager on various races and sporting events. Assist in the operation of games such as keno and bingo. May operate random number-generating equipment and announce the numbers for patrons. Receive, verify, and record patrons' wagers. Scan and process winning tickets presented by patrons and pay out winnings for those wagers.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Mathematics

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

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • US Annual Salary 25220/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage 12.13/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    Personality

    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Dependability

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