The croupier: game host at the casino table
Croupiers speak to the imagination. They are the nimble-fingered ladies and gentlemen who make sure casino games run smoothly. They shuffle and distribute the cards, spin the roulette wheel, take care of payments and keep an eye out for cheater behavior. Becoming a croupier is not something you do overnight. There’s a great deal of training involved, which you can only complete if you possess the right skills.
Do you think you have what it takes to become a croupier? Hold your horses! You have to go through the Gaming Commission first to have your background checked. Once you have received the all clear, you can apply for in-house training at a casino. Note that most croupier training programs are limited to roulette and blackjack at first. After a year or three, once you’ve got a little more casino experience under your belt, you will be introduced to other games.
What skills do you need to become a croupier?
Croupiers must be mathematically gifted and able to do quick calculations on the spot. Dexterity is a plus, but practice makes perfect when it comes to motor skills. It goes without saying that croupiers also need to have great people skills.
Practice makes perfect
Becoming a croupier requires mastering many different techniques. Giving the right spin on a roulette ball, for example, is an art in itself. Shuffling cards and laying them on the table so everyone can see them perfectly, is also easier said than done. In short, becoming a croupier requires lots of time, hard work and dedication!
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This is what a fun night out with friends looks like
Is going out with friends always the highlight of your week? Then you should definitely give Brussels a try. It has everything you need to spend an evening filled with entertainment. Discover our tips and make the next night out with your friends another one to remember!
5 things you didn’t know about roulette
The classics never go out of style. This is no different with roulette, ‘the king of casino games’, which has always been a crowd pleaser. The ever-popular game appeals both to experienced players and ‘rookies’. But no matter how experienced you may be, we bet you didn’t know these five facts about roulette…
Roulette was originally called ‘roly-poly’
Famous French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal had a lifelong fascination with perpetual motion machines. Inspired by an English game called roly-poly, he invented roulette in the 18th century. The ‘spinning wheel’ thus appears to originate in England.
Roulette became big in Monaco
Monaco used to be one of Europe’s poorest states before the arrival of casinos – and roulette. When brothers Louis and François Blanc opened their casino in Monte-Carlo, they changed Monaco forever. Fun fact: the Blanc brothers didn’t plan to wind up in Monaco at first. They originally targeted Germany, where roulette was already very popular, but had to abandon that idea when Germany banned gambling.
Did you know the Blanc brothers were also the ones to add 0 to the roulette wheel, giving casinos an extra edge over players?
Turning 10 euros into 12,960 euros in two turns
There are different kinds of bet placements in roulette. Each placement has a name derived from French. When you bet ‘en plein’, you place your bets on a single number. When you bet ‘cheval’, you bet on two adjacent numbers, while ‘carré’ means you bet on four numbers that form a square on the playing field.
Roulette is a game of chance designed for quick success. Place 10 euros on a number and then bet all your earnings once more. You just earned more than 11,000 euros in two turns!
4.The ‘European wheel’ was invented in Germany
The European roulette wheel has 36 slots and one zero. The zero is green, the remaining boxes are either black or red. You can bet on one number or try your luck betting on multiple numbers or placements. You can also bet on black or red.
5.European roulette vs. American roulette
European roulette offers a better chance of winning than American roulette, because the American roulette wheel has not one but two zeros. That means your chances of betting on a winning number are 1 in 37 (2.70%) with European roulette and 2 in 38 (5.26%) with American roulette.
Ready to try your luck? Then come visit us and take a seat at one of our roulette tables! Small budget? No problem! You can place bets as low as €2 at our low limit table until 9 p.m.
Ladies for the win! How we celebrate women at Viage
On Tuesday, March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world. The day is dedicated to strong women who stood up for women’s rights and changed the world for the better. Rosa Parks, Kathrine Switzer, Marie Curie … Their incredible accomplishments unite women all over the world to this very day. But there is still work to be done. To support the equal rights cause, Viage puts on a special celebration for women!