Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners
SOC: 39-3012.00

Description:

Post information enabling patrons to wager on various races and sporting events. Assist in the operation of games such as keno and bingo. May operate random number generating equipment and announce the numbers for patrons. Receive, verify, and record patrons' wagers. Scan and process winning tickets presented by patrons and payout winnings for those wagers.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
11,500 employed

Projected (2024):
11,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Bet Taker
  • Betting Clerk
  • Bingo Caller
  • Bingo Clerk
  • Bingo Floater
  • Bookie
  • Bookmaker
  • Cardroom Attendant
  • Casino Attendant
  • Casino Floor Runner
  • Casino Gaming Worker
  • Casino Runner
  • Casino Worker
  • Floor Runner
  • Keno Attendant
  • Keno Writer / Runner
  • Keno Writer/Runner
  • Mutuel Cashier
  • Mutuel Machine Operator
  • Pari Mutuel Clerk
  • Pari Mutuel Ticket Cashier
  • Pari Mutuel Ticket Seller
  • Race and Sports Book Writer
  • Race Board Attendant
  • Racebook Writer
  • Runner
  • Sheet Writer
  • Sports Book Board Attendant
  • Sports Book Server
  • Sports Book Writer


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Collect bets in the form of cash or chips, verifying and recording amounts.
  • Collect cards or tickets from players.
  • Answer questions about game rules or casino policies.
  • Compare the house hand with players' hands to determine the winner.
  • Check to ensure that all players have placed their bets before play begins.
  • Conduct gambling tables or games, such as dice, roulette, cards, or keno, and ensure that game rules are followed.
  • Prepare collection reports for submission to supervisors.
  • Pay off or move bets as established by game rules and procedures.
  • Inspect cards or equipment to be used in games to ensure they are in proper condition.
  • Exchange paper currency for playing chips or coins.
  • Open or close cash floats or game tables.
  • Start gaming equipment that randomly selects numbered balls and announce winning numbers and colors.
  • Record the number of tickets cashed and the amount paid out after each race or event.
  • Operate games in which players bet that a ball will come to rest in a particular slot on a rotating wheel, performing actions such as spinning the wheel and releasing the ball.
  • Supervise staff and games and mediate disputes.
  • Push dice to shooters and retrieve thrown dice.
  • Deliver tickets, cards, and money to bingo callers.
  • Participate in games for gambling establishments to provide the minimum complement of players at a table.
  • Take the house percentage from each pot.
  • Sell food, beverages, or tobacco to players.
  • Seat patrons at gaming tables.
  • Compute and verify amounts won or lost, paying out winnings or referring patrons to workers, such as gaming cashiers, so that winnings can be collected.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 10-key calculators
  • Audio communications systems
  • Barcode scanners
  • Betting boards
  • Bingo blowers
  • Bingo consoles
  • Digital game pacers
  • Electronic bingo handsets
  • Electronic cash registers
  • Handheld microphones
  • Keno systems
  • Keno ticket printers
  • Liquid crystal display LCD monitors
  • Mobile radios
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Personal computers
  • Point of sale POS computer terminals
  • Random number generating equipment
  • Ticket printers
  • Touch screen computer monitors
  • Credit card processing software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Web browser software


  • personal care and service


    industry stats

    SOC: 39-0000

    Total Employed: 4,307,500

    Average Annual Salary: $25,650