Being a casino dealer has many appealing aspects. It certainly sounds like a glamorous occupation, one that’s performed at luxurious casino resorts. Nevertheless, a dealer’s life is not all fun and games and generous tips. One needs to boast relevant skills and attributes to be able to operate the tables.
In Canadian casinos, according to statistics, the average base pay for a casino dealer is approximately C$14,700 a year. A large part of their compensation is generated through tips. Canadian casino patrons are encouraged to tip the dealer. This is a token of their appreciation for the professional and courteous service they’ve received. Now, if a dealer is exceptional at his/her job, the salary can be tripled or even quadrupled.
Before they are seated at the table, most dealers need to go through extensive training in-house. If you’re pursuing a career in this noble profession, you need to be able to add, subtract, and multiply quickly in your head. In other words, basic high school math shouldn’t be a problem. A dealer must have a license from the state gaming board, good communication skills, a clean record and perfect colour vision.
Canada’s Tax Law on Gambling Winnings
One of the most sought-after facts about gambling in Canada deals with taxation laws on winnings from gambling. If you are wondering whether you should pay any taxes on what you’ve won at a casino, the answer is most likely no. In the majority of cases, gambling winnings are exempt from taxes in Canada. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) doesn’t require paying taxes on lottery winnings and casino winnings (as long as you are not a pro gambler and make a living this way). Winnings from bookmakers are treated as income, and therefore taxed.
Interesting Casino Superstitions
Even today, many casino players are subject to certain superstitions. They want to have luck on their side and will do everything to secure that. It is arguable whether superstition can benefit gamblers or not. Some believe it can, but not because any superstitious ritual will actually influence the outcome of a casino game. It’s because it will give the player extra confidence and a sense of control of the situation. Think about it – without control, we may get anxious. In skill-driven games, our ability to think may be compromised. So, from that angle, an innocent superstitious act may increase our performance.
Some of the most common superstitions include believing in lucky and unlucky numbers, lucky and unlucky colours, wearing the same clothes and carrying lucky charms. There are some quirky examples too, like “don’t wash your hands before you play”, “don’t touch another gambler’s shoulder” or “don’t enter a gambling establishment through the back door”.