Becoming A Sweet Poker Dealer

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This is a guest post by Quinn W.  She is a promotional spokes model for Sweet Deal who has gone through our casino training programs for our craps, poker, and blackjack teams in Southern California.  

If you are interested in becoming a Sweet Deal poker dealer, we are setting up a new training class soon.  Email molly@sweetdealin.com for more information on starting your journey towards become a Sweet Casino Dealer!! 

“Little old me… a poker dealer?  I’ll never remember the suits, the winning hands, or the payouts.  Actually, I don’t even know what those terms mean!!”

Here is me dealing at a tournament in San Diego!

This was me: completely and utterly clueless when it came to the game of poker.  Aside from my beginner’s luck when I won the only poker game I ever played (I was 10 years old so I wouldn’t exactly call it skill), I didn’t know a thing other than what I learned from James Bond in Casino Royale. 

But here I found myself working for a company called Sweet Deal as a spokes model, and I’m asked to join their trained roster of Sweet Deal poker dealers.  I had worked as a hostess at a few of their charity casino tournaments in the past, and I was amazed by the skill and professionalism of the dealers.  The guests always seemed to have a blast too! 

I decided I had nothing to lose so I pushed my chips “all-in” and I joined the Sweet Deal poker training program.  The management at Sweet Deal had a whole program set up for their new dealers, so when it came time to “shuffle up and deal” at their casino events, I felt completely prepared.  The Sweet Deal poker dealer training program was informative, comprehensive, and fun!!  Jim Fitzgerald is the main instructor, and he is a very clear teacher of the techniques and tools a dealer will need throughout a tournament. 

Taide at a corporate casino night in Palm Springs

Here is a little rundown of the training so you know what you are committing to if you are interested in becoming a dealer:

Intro Class: A class for girls (and guys!) who are interested in the training.  The instructor, Jim Fitzgerald, talks you through the basics of the game and you get a chance to sit in the dealer chair for a few hands.

Training Sessions: You will attend weekly training sessions until you are approved to move forward.  The duration of these sessions really depends on how quickly you progress.  You are taught the ins and outs of the game from both the dealer’s and player’s perspective, and then you put the techniques into practice. 

Practice Games:  Once Sweet Deal and Jim feel you are ready to move on, you are thrown into a practice game!  10 players gather around the table and you act as if this is a real deal.  The pace is quick and you must stay on your toes.  Jim is always there to offer tips and advice, so there is no need to be nervous.  This is the best training you can have in preparation for Sweet Deal’s casino events.

Simone at the Playboy Mansion Pre-ESPY Charity Tournament

All in all, I enjoyed my time in the Sweet Deal training program and have had so much fun working the events.  I’ve been able to deal at Sweet Deal’s casino events all across Southern California: school fundraisers, golf tournaments, Hollywood parties, and the Playboy Mansion!  It’s good to be a Sweet Dealin’ lady!

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