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Friday, November 16, 2007

1 of 12

I've completed week one of my 12 week dealer schooling. Its pretty intensive and there's so much to learn including book study and personal time practice but at least 4 three and one half hour classes are past me.

This week we worked on our shuffling (riffling) and the procedures for blending the 8 decks used at Foxwoods as well as chip (cheque) sizing, which is the art of using the finger as a guide to pay out stacks of chips. Finally, we did quite a bit of rudimentary dealing last night and I'm definitely finding that my experiences as a casino patron are helping and I feel, with the exception of my riffling, I'm pretty natural (read as "good") at it .

Having said that, there are so many nuances that the trained eye looks for in a dealer that others would never notice. In a lot of ways, things are almost like a dance in how sequential thinigs are and how easy it seems when one is doing it perfectly. I'm finding myself fascinated and anxious to learn more which can only be a good thing.

So far, so good with the hours. I've slept a total of 20 hours since Monday morning but I feel I'm holding up well. My main concern was the hour-long midnight commute home and the possibility of falling asleep at the wheel. But I'm pretty wired up when I leave and I sip a Mountain Dew as I crank up some Sirius radio or Howard Stern repeats to keep me occupied.

They gave us 8 decks with which to practice and I found a steal at Dick's for some 11.5 gram casino cheques so I am all set up to practice this weekend.

And practice I shall.

8 kind commenters:

Sheila said...

I suck at dealing, shuffling, and anything else that has to do with gambling. I love playing though, it's fun.

NouveauBlogger said...

lol Sheila

radioactive girl said...

How fun! It definitely sounds like hard work, but seriously sounds so fascinating that it probably doesn't even seem as difficult as it is.

Congratulations on being part way done!

NouveauBlogger said...

It is difficult and there's a long, long way to go. Thanks.

minijonb said...

that sounds like a really gruelling course. but you sound like you're having a blast. you can make it. we'll celebrate with you when you graduate.

NouveauBlogger said...

Cool Jon. I'll look forward to it.

Kahnee said...

Congratulations for completing your first week! Make sure you save your strength for the next eleven. Good luck!

NouveauBlogger said...

No kidding Kahnee - and thanks!