Your Job Search – If You Don’t Want to Win, You Won’t

I’ll bet you know someone like this: the person who wants to find the job opportunity…who wants to get the invitation to interview…who wants to get the offer…but who isn’t willing to do what it takes to make it happen.

What he (or she) is willing to do, though, is gripe about how the deck is stacked against him, how there are no jobs, how he’s never going to find anything.

Guess what? He’s probably right, because it’s all lip service. He doesn’t really want to win.

Until he loses this attitude…until he’s willing to roll up his sleeves and do more than search online job boards day after day…until he stops waiting for opportunities to be delivered to him on a silver platter…you bet the deck is stacked against him.

The thing is – he could just as easily be the house. That stacked deck? It could be his cards. Meaning they could be stacked in his favor. Because he hasn’t figured this out, he’s relinquished his role as the dealer, and gives up the advantage he could create for himself.

The house doesn’t win every time, but the house always has the advantage in the end. When it counts.

Even with the advantage, the house doesn’t stop there. It’s always looking for ways to improve its take. Consider blackjack. Many casinos now require dealers to continue play rather than holding on a soft-17 hand (a hand that includes an ace) – a move that slightly increases the table’s winning percentage.

A small factor, to be sure. But add it to many other small tweaks, and the house just increased its take. Significantly.

When it comes to your job search, think like the house.

Human nature is a constant you can count on. A significant percentage of job seekers are unwilling to dig in and work to make things happen. They’re unwilling (or unable) to get creative and figure out what they can do to improve their odds. If it doesn’t come easily, they’re lost.

Always be looking for ways to increase your odds. It takes work and it requires commitment, but you’ll come out ahead in the end.

Poker in Australia – An Overview of the Environment and the Players

The poker boom has swept the world in recent years and Australia, while late to catch on, has gone with it. Poker made initial inroads into the mainstream Down Under when cable television channel Fox8 started screening episodes of the World Poker Tour in 2004. Casinos around the country reported an increase in poker activity and player numbers from Australia also increased online.

The event that catapulted poker into the general public’s eye though was in mid-2005, when Australia Joe Hachem took first place in the World Series of Poker Main Event. It made the front page of the newspapers and everyone was suddenly hailing this ‘family man’ who had made the journey to Vegas and taken down poker’s top honor. Poker was suddenly the latest trend, poker chips were on the shelves of every store, free pub poker took off and celebrities began to play poker on free-to-air television.

In each of the major capital cities of Australia there is a casino, all of which now have a poker room. The biggest poker room in the country is at Melbourne’s Crown Casino. Crown Casino is host to the ‘Aussie Millions’ tournament each January, which attracts the biggest names in poker each year.

Online poker in Australia is legal, but it is illegal for gaming companies to advertise real money gaming. Gambling earnings are taxed only if you are considered a professional; therefore many recreational and semi-professional players are not taxed on their poker income.

The Stars of Australian Poker

Everybody in poker knows about Joe Hachem, and the 2005 world champion has proven he was no one hit wonder. He has made multiple final tables of big $10,000 events and taken down a World Poker Tour title since.

Before Hachem came along, the most famous Australian poker player was ‘Tong G’. A Lithuanian born Australian famous for his trash talking at the table, but he is also an excellent card player. He has multiple World Poker Tour final table appearances and a title, as well as good results all over the world.

Mel Judah, another World Poker Tour champion is a true veteran of the game and a much respected player in the poker community. He has two World Series of Poker bracelets, both in Seven Card Stud.

Jeff Lisandro has over $2,000,000 in career tournament winnings, but is known by many as a cash game specialist. He finished 17th in the 2006 WSOP Main Event, his appearance marred by an ugly incident where he was accused of not posting an ante’ which on video replay was proven to be a misguided acquisition.

In 2006, young-gun Mark Vos won over $800,000 by taking down first place in the $2,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em event. He is Australia most promising poker talent and one to look out for in the coming years.

Working in the Gaming Industry

As time passes, more and more countries legalize gambling, more casinos are opened in new and varied places around the world and more areas become legally approved by the authorities for gambling as a form of social entertainment.

If you ask people outside the business about career opportunities within the gambling industry, they will automatically think about the frontline roles such as dealer, bartender or cocktail waitress as these are the people immediately in the public eye. It is not something that is regularly examined, however the casinos industry holds a vast amount of job opportunities in numerous different areas of the entertainment arena. For example, around the casinos are often built Hotels, entertainment areas, and many more businesses that enjoy the gambling crowd and their business potential. As gambling becomes an increasing popular option for social entertainment, both following the population growth and increased disposable income trend, most of the countries that legalize gambling enjoy an increasingly stable economy around these environments.

A casino is like many other businesses or companies, in that it also has an infrastructure of management members, administrational staff, security officers and artists such as singers, musicians and dancers. If there is a hotel complex attached, then additionally all of these hospitality and catering roles will also need to be filled. Although generally most of these positions do not require any direct interaction with the casino floor, to have a working knowledge of casinos and customers alike is a necessity in order to complete the job roles more competently.
One particularly interesting and challenging role is the casino manager. This role is extremely varied and is responsible for the organization, direction, planning, controlling and coordinating of both the table games and the staff operating them. They are also responsible for recruitment, training and scheduling of all the casino staff. Casino managers also need to know all of the game rules, detecting any game that might put the casinos income at risk. Master Statistical and market analyzing methods are always monitored with regards to the gaming and predicting income growth or decline in the economy both locally and nationally is also a vital part of this role to keep the income of the establishment stable.

Salaries for Casino managers can vary hugely depending on a number of factors including region, however on average, the annual salary is $61000 a year according to a well known journal.
Another challenging role is the casino supervisor. They are responsible for ensuring that all gaming tables and the operating staff in a specified area are running to maximum optimization throughout any given shift. They are also there to support the casino patrons and can sometimes need to interpret the gaming rules and deal with any escalated customer issues. On occasion their role can also extend to organizing activities for casino guests staying in the hotel, outside of the gambling arena.

A gaming supervisor must possess exceptional communication skills, interpersonal skills and charisma in order to be able to both deal effectively with staff and employees alike. They also need these skills to try and maximize return patronage. Supervisor’s almost always gain previous casino experience working in other casino positions for several years before they can apply for promotion into this role.

In charge of the Slot machines area are the Slot key persons, also known as slot attendants or technicians who manage all slot area machines and staff. Their job description includes verifying winning payouts to casino patrons, resetting slot machines after winnings, and slot money refilling. An educational degree is not needed for this position but knowledge in slot machine operation and the games themselves are necessary. Previous work experience in casinos either in other positions or as slot attendant is also considered an advantage or having attended a slot operating course. According to statistics published in 1999 a Slot technician can make on average 12$ an hour.
Casino cage workers; these staff are in charge of all monetary transactions for the casino patrons. The cashier workers will be the people in charge of exchanging real money for chips, tickets or tokens and on occasion credit applications for both deposits and withdrawals within the casino.

The role most commonly associated with a casino is of course the dealer. They manage each game table such as roulette, blackjack, baccarat and poker, dealing out cards, rolling dice, collecting chips and enforcing the game rules. Dealers must master the game rules thoroughly to be able to pick up on inconsistencies. They must also possess very strong customer service skills, a professional look, and sharp calculating abilities as it is the dealer who declares the winner and is in charge of the winning payout or lost money /chip collection. This is a position in a very demanding and fast moving environment and most dealer job requirements demand at least two table games to have been mastered as a minimum.

Most professional dealers are certified. This is achievable through a two to four year course during which the participant will master gaming itself and also customer management fields as well. Experienced dealers are in great demand and it is a highly appreciated job. Dealers practice at first on low limit tables and they move up to high roller tables as they gain more experience. According to statistics published in 1999 a dealer can make on average 7$ an hour.
More general job requirements are also asked on top of these specific points mentioned, such as any gaming position applicant should be above 21 years old and with a high school certificate. In the United States casino workers must also have a specific license issued by the government for a fee each year, which also includes background investigations prior to issue. Almost every casino has its own training process in addition to requiring certification. As with any job, there are both positive and negative sides. Some people love the buzz of the environment which can also be conceived as glamorous and the fact that every day is different, however on the opposite side of the coin the hours can be very unsociable which can put some off but whichever side of the fence you are on there are thousands and thousands of applicants each and every year who cannot wait to join this ever changing and challenging environment.