Blackjack for Community College

If you love blackjack there just might be a program at community colleges that would be right up your alley.

Remember earlier this year when Pennsylvania approved their casinos to have table games like blackjack? With all those new tables and casino patrons wanting to sit down to play some blackjack, those casinos are in need of something: blackjack dealers.

Northampton Community College purchased the blackjack dealer training course from a community college in southern New Jersey. This way Northampton could offer the course to those who were interested in becoming blackjack dealers.

Imagine going to school and only studying blackjack.

The training is necessary if those who are interested in becoming dealers really want to be blackjack dealers. By the end of the course dealers in training have studied the game of blackjack, all the rules that apply to it, card and chip handling and CPR. Yes, CPR too.

But becoming a blackjack isn’t as simple as taking a course. Students will be tested with written and performance tests. Their potential employer, which is the Mount Airy casino, will also be judging them on their overall performance as students. Mount Airy wants to see what their work ethics, dedication and motivation are like. Judging their overall performance in the class also allows the casino to see how well they interact with people.

Mount Airy is looking to hire these blackjack students right away, at least those that pass their written and performance tests. But for those students who they feel don’t quite measure up, they won’t be hired right away and will be encouraged to practice more in hopes that they can hire those students at a later date.

And finally before they can be hired all blackjack students need to pass license requirements in order to be declared blackjack dealers.

It sounds like a lot but if you have that much love of the game it’s well worth the effort. When Pennsylvania was debating on whether to make blackjack tables legal or not, one of the pro points was that it would create jobs. Of the eighty seven who took the blackjack course, it is believed that they will all pass and that Mount Airy is interested in hiring them…or at least those who need no further training. It’s good to see the actual jobs being created and to see the community benefiting from legalizing blackjack tables.

Hey, Florida, those of you who are opposed to the Seminole blackjack tables, take note—that community in Pennsylvania is benefiting from blackjack through job creation. The same could happen for Florida.

Tip or Not to Tip—When and How to Tip Your Blackjack Dealer

You would tip for good service at a restaurant right? Yes, you would. Or you should. They are providing you with the service of bringing you food and drink and making sure you have a clean steak knife. When they’re nice you tend to give them more of a tip, yes? And when they’re first rate jerks to you, you leave them next to nothing right? I’ll own up to it. I remember years ago in high school, a group of friends and I went to a Steak n’ Shake after bowling. The waitress never brought us enough glasses of water, we had to share, and she forgot to bring us our food when it came up. So pooled together our change and left it in the bottom of a water glass. Bad service deserves a bad tip. But good service deserves a good tip. And the same applies for blackjack dealers.

Just like how you tip for good service, you should be tipping for good dealer service. But why should you? It’s not like they’re bringing you steak and the best baked potato of your life. They are serving you your cards after all. And if you’ve asked for their advice or for help that defiantly counts as a service. If your dealer has been pleasant and helpful go ahead and tip them. But how do you do so?

There are a couple of ways in which you can tip a good blackjack dealer. The first is the easiest and is most often seen when a player is ready to leave the table. He or she will place a chip on the table, and tell the dealer, “That is for you.”

The other way is to make a bet for the dealer. And this way is actually more fun than just handing out a chip or two. This gives the dealer a stake in the game and will cause them to root for you. Do not think that by making a bet on their behalf will cause them to throw the game or cheat—that is not what tipping is for.

But there are a couple of ways even to place a bet for the dealer. If you place the tip bet outside of the betting area the dealer has control of the dealer—meaning that if you win the dealer will pay himself. That’s like a waitress taking her tip out of your change before handing your change back to you.

The other way to make tip bet, and by far the more suave way to do so, is to place the tip bet inside the betting area. In this way, if you win, the dealer will pay you and then you can hand over a tip to the dealer. If you made a tip bet by the first method, say with a $5 tip bet, and you won, the dealer would pay themselves $10. If you make a tip bet the second way, you give the dealer a $5 chip. It’s up to you but you can leave the other $5 chip in the betting space to make a second tip bet. In this way you appear to be a more consistent tipper. Also, as far as the casino is concerned, you are betting $5 more since the tip is inside your betting area rather than inside. It’s kind of like making a second bet and paying leaving the outcome won for the dealer—kind of like combining the very first method of tipping with making a bet for the dealer.

Only tip what you are comfortable with. And only tip for good service. Tipping a disgruntled blackjack dealer would be like me and my high school friends giving that Steak n’ Shake waitress a decent tip for her complete lack of service.