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

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Bingo Clerk, Casino Attendant, Casino Floor Runner, Casino Runner, Floor Runner, Keno Attendant, Keno Writer / Runner, Keno Writer/Runner, Race and Sports Book Writer, Racebook Writer

Tasks

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

Technology Skills

  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Microsoft Windows
  • Point of sale POS software - Credit card processing software
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Bar code reader equipment - Barcode scanners
  • Cash registers - Electronic cash registers
  • Character displays - Betting boards
  • Computer kiosk - Bingo consoles
  • Desktop calculator - 10-key calculators
  • Laser printers - Keno ticket printers; Ticket printers
  • Liquid crystal display LCD panels or monitors - Liquid crystal display LCD monitors
  • Lottery machine - Bingo blowers; Random number generating equipment
  • Microphones - Handheld microphones
  • Networked wagering games - Keno systems
  • Personal computers
  • Point of sale POS terminal - Point of sale POS computer terminals
  • Portable data input terminals - Electronic bingo handsets
  • Public address systems - Audio communications systems
  • Special purpose telephones - Multi-line telephone systems
  • Sports timer - Digital game pacers
  • Touch screen monitors - Touch screen computer monitors
  • Two way radios - Mobile radios

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Interests

  • Interest code: CER
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 93% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 81% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 75% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 55% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 57% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 54% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 63% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 59% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 59% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 57% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 52% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 31% responded “Moderate results.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 41% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 47% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 50% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 34% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 39% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 31% responded “Important.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 44% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Level of Competition - 44% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 40% responded “Moderate responsibility.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
87%High school diploma or equivalent
7%Some college, no degree
3%Associate's degree

Work Styles

  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $11.55 hourly, $24,030 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 12,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Slower than average (2% to 4%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,800

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