New Orleans, Louisiana – I love dealing blackjack. Specifically on BJ 5, which has lately become my second home or “Muster Station”. It gets a game more often than not and it’s nearly always an interesting one. I also like the fact that it’s dealt from a ‘shoe’ and uses a manual shuffle at end of each run through of the eight decks of cards, as opposed to the automatic machine shufflers that continually churn out cards until time ends, with no respite.
The downside is of course the number of blasted “China Shores” Pandas that can watch me from my position, but I’m working on getting a restraining order put in place against them.
It’s kind of wrong how much pleasure I get from dealing cards. I actually have a feeling of disappointment when the next dealer arrives to change me and send me on a break. I keep waiting for the buzz to fade, and although it’s not galloping racehorses on the turf, I genuinely do get an adrenaline buzz from dealing some of the exciting games.
After work I went to the crew bar to join my supervisor Keegan who’s going on vacation today. I’m gutted he’s leaving as he’s a great guy and will be sorely missed, but the good news is that he’s coming back in only 5 weeks, so yay for us, even if it’s only a short break for him!
In the crew bar it seemed like every other person there is signing off in the next 2 weeks. Of the 10 of us at the table, 8 are departing imminently, leaving only myself and Jimmy, who started just 2 weeks ago. Jimmy and I hatched on a plan how to man the ship with everyone gone, which ended up with him doing the steering and me doing the cooking. Eventually we scrapped that far fetched plan and decided to leave the ship tied up somewhere permanently, so no one had to drive it and we could order take away from the land to feed the guests, whilst we still worked in the casino.
Thankfully, as sad as it is to see the suitcases in the hallways each week, we do get replacements every 7 days also, and this week’s 3 new casino staff include one new dealer, who’s name is Zoltan. What a cool name!!! It conjures up images of the machine Tom Hanks wishes on in the film BIG, and unless this new guy looks like that, I’m going to be severely disappointed!
Right now is time for sleep for me as I’ve to be up early sanitising, embarking guests, providing demonstrations at assembly station X to the passengers and then a whole night at my real job as a croupier. Oh the joys of directional duty. It’s like your ‘weekend on’ in horseracing, and we all love that old chestnut!!