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Dealing Blackjack in a Job Interview


Blackjack is a card game in which players try to score a hand with a value of 21 or as close to it as possible without going over. The game is played using one or more decks of 52 cards, with each card having a numerical value ranging from 2-10 and also a face value for the Jack, Queen, King or Ace. The goal of the game is to beat the dealer, and a player who achieves this wins the hand. The dealer must then either stand (refrain from taking more cards) or draw (request more cards) according to a set of pre-defined rules.

The game is dealt on a semicircular table that can accommodate varying numbers of players, or “spots.” Each player places their bet in front of them and the dealer takes their cards. Players can then choose to ‘HIT,’ or take another card, or ‘STAND,’ and the cards are compared to the dealer. If the dealer’s cards total more than 21, then all players who didn’t bust lose their bet. However, if the dealer’s cards equal the player’s hand then the hand is called a ‘push’ and the player gets their original bet back.

Many players use strategy to help them win the game. For example, if a player has 16 and the dealer’s up-card is a 10, it is generally best to stand because of the high probability that the dealer will bust with 17 or higher. However, some players feel it is more beneficial to ‘HIT,’ or take an additional card, in order to improve their odds of beating the dealer.

Aside from making good decisions based on probability, the success of a player also depends on their ability to read the dealer and understand how to respond to their actions. Some dealers are particularly skilled at balancing speed and accuracy, while still ensuring the correct moves are made. This is a skill that is often tested when hiring new dealers.

In the casino industry, it is important to follow a strict protocol in all situations. This includes when dealing blackjack. A question that may come up in a job interview is, “Have you ever dealt with a customer who did not follow rules or etiquette?” This can be a challenging situation for the dealer to handle.

Aside from avoiding rules violations, casino blackjack dealers must be skilled at balancing speed and accuracy. Blackjack is a fast-paced game, but it must be played accurately in order to maintain the integrity of the game. This is a skill that is honed over time, and casino managers often ask this question to gauge the candidate’s ability to deal the game effectively. If a dealer deals inaccurately, the game can quickly become unruly and chaotic. This is why casinos are so selective in choosing new blackjack dealers.

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