How Do I Become a Gaming Manager?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

A gaming manager is an employee of a casino or other gaming establishment, and he or she is responsible for overseeing the gaming functions on a day-to-day basis. The job may involve interacting with gamers, managing dealers within a pit or gaming area, managing money coming in and going out, and keeping track of schedules. If you want to become a gaming manager, you will likely need to start by becoming a dealer, server, or even a bartender at a gaming establishment, as most people who become a gaming manager work their way up through the ranks.

Gaming managers must oversee the daily operations of a casino floor.
Gaming managers must oversee the daily operations of a casino floor.

You will also likely need a high school diploma or equivalent qualification in order to become a gaming manager. Basic math and communication skills will be necessary when you become a dealer or other employee, and these skills become even more important when you become a gaming manager. Some gaming establishments, in fact, will require you to earn an associate's or even a bachelor's degree if you want to get a job as a manager, as exceptional organizational skills in addition to math skills will be very important. You should also be prepared to undergo regular background checks both before and during your tenure as an employee of a gaming establishment.

The best way to become a gaming manager is to secure employment at a casino or other gaming institution in any position. While working that job, you will need to exhibit the qualities an employer will look for in a potential gaming manager: you will need to be trustworthy, attentive, organized, and genuinely enthusiastic about the industry. Starting as a dealer will give you some of the skills you need to become a gaming manager, and you will become familiar with the general rules, regulations, and policies of that gaming institution. You will also need to get a license to work in a managerial capacity. This can be done while you are a dealer, or even before.

You may end up working as an assistant manager or other assistant position before you become a gaming manager. This is a good opportunity to learn the necessary skills and hone your ability to manage chips and cash, monitor gaming areas, manage schedules, and undertake any other duty that may fall on the gaming manager. it is important to stay out of trouble, too: regular background checks means your employer will know if you have been arrested or have otherwise gotten into trouble, which may be grounds for firing in many gaming institutions.

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    • Gaming managers must oversee the daily operations of a casino floor.
      Gaming managers must oversee the daily operations of a casino floor.