THE DAIRY: Top tips: A beginners guide to becoming a croupier

Justin Laycock at Sheffield's casino school run by Genting''7 June 2012'Image � Paul David Drabble
Justin Laycock at Sheffield's casino school run by Genting''7 June 2012'Image � Paul David Drabble
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1. Know your maths

If you can’t remember basic times-tables, you’re going to be paying out more than you should.

Eights, 11s, 17s and - gulp! - 35s are the most important.

And you can’t use a calculator.

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2. Go easy when throwing the roulette ball

Otherwise players end up having to duck.

“I’ve seen the ball go flying off the table before,” says Jo Kinder.

“There’s a technique to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

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3. Be happy

“Customers want to have a good time,” says Mark Ross.

“You need to be vibrant.”

More to the point, the law changed recently meaning croupiers can now earn tips. So smile.

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4. Understand little things matter

There’s a specific method of clearing a table, for example.

“It has to be done in such a way an inspector can see happening at all times,” says Jo. “It’s hugely important.”