Colin Hupp relocated to the Lake Tahoe area a few years back, landing his first job at Harvey’s Resort Hotel and Casino. He worked his first six
months there as a pit clerk, then as a blackjack dealer for a year and a half. Duties as a pit clerk included operating computers in gaming areas to track players, cutting markers, entering forms, and issuing comps for the marketing department. As blackjack dealer he was on the frontlines with customers. Responsibilities entailed handling money, dealing blackjack according to house procedures in a high-pressure environment, and monitoring fair play.
I came to Lake Tahoe sight unseen, not knowing really what job I would get. I saw an ad in the paper for pit clerk at Harvey’s and applied. I had a little previous computer experience, but I had never worked in a casino before.
As a pit clerk, a lot of my responsibilities entailed tracking the games, tracking players’ betting history for comps, and printing out markers. The job of pit clerk is really very straightforward. It mainly involves data entry. There are computers at all the pit stands and as a pit clerk, I would go wherever the pit bosses would send me. Like if someone needed a marker in pit six, I’d go over there. Basically you’re an assistant to the pit bosses. You do whatever they tell you. It’s not a hard job. It was easy to learn, and there’s no interaction with the public, not like there is with being a dealer. Of course, being a dealer is where the money’s at. As a pit clerk I was making something like $5.75 an hour with no tips, but working as a dealer, you make so much more because of the tips. Most people …Read More →