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The Croupier

The Croupier

The croupier is the casino employee that has full responsibility for and control of the flow of play at the roulette table. Positioned at the end of the table, the croupier (or dealer) spins the wheel, calls the numbers, and is basically in charge of the roulette table proceedings.

So what exactly does the croupier do, and how does he go about this business of managing the action at the roulette table?

  1. The Croupier announces "Ladies and Gentleman, place your bets"
  2. After the roulette bets have been placed, the croupier ensures that any unclear bet placements are properly verified and adjusted by player so as to avoid later arguments.
  3. Assuming the croupier has enough room to access the complete table, and also that a player cannot reach the table (it may be too crowded) to place a bet, the croupier can place this bet on their behalf.
  4. After most of the betting is complete or it's filling up, the croupier picks up the ball and spins the wheel.
  5. Players can continue to add more bets and the croupier will, using their best judgment of players betting and table capacity, introduce the ball. The croupier will place the ball on the outside rim of the roulette wheel, allowing it to go around a few times
  6. When the ball starts to fall from the rim of the bowl, the croupier announces "no more bets" and the players must stop placing bets and from that point forward cannot adjust or change any bets.
  7. When the wheel stops and the ball lands and stays in a particular pocket, the winning number is announced with its color.
  8. The croupier marks the winning number and collects all losing bets starting with those places furthest away from him/her.
  9. The croupier then pays, at appropriate odds, the winning bets again starting from the furthest working towards him/herself.
  10. Once the winnings have been cleared the winning marker is taken off and the croupier is ready to repeat the whole process.

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