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Bell Curve


Amateur Dealer. Salary: $1,000 or less 

Working an underground game at your friend Bethany's house, you have the best time at a poker game you've ever had. You realize that it's because although you're a part of the game, no matter what happens you're not going to lose any money. Suddenly, you start feeling like you should put on a red vest or something.


One-game Novice. Salary: $15,000 

You deal blackjack at a small casino in Laughlin, Nevada, a couple hours outside of Vegas. Your clientele consists mostly of eighty-year-old retirees who take twenty minutes to play a hand. You're afraid one might pass away at the table. At least this job is making you appreciate life more.


Gaming Regular. Salary: $35,000 

You've been dealing at a casino in Atlantic City for the past couple of years. You do a good job and have become a fixture in the establishment. One regular who always calls you "Joey" has won big tonight, and in the process finally figured out that your name is "Brian." You like it here.


Experience Purveyor of Gambling. Salary: $55,000 

You've been dealing on the Strip for years and have earned a solid reputation. Turns out one of your regulars is a producer on The World Series of Poker and says you'd be a swell dealer for the show. You say yes but keep your hands under the table—you don't want him to see that they're shaking.


Top Vegas Cardsmith. Salary: $70,000 

You deal high stakes poker at the Bellagio. One of the high-rollers at your table has an incredible night. He walks away a rich(er) man, but not before dropping a $1,000 chip on the table. That's for you, just so you're aware.