Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Sports Book Writer
  • Sports Book Server
  • Sports Book Board Attendant
  • Sheet Writer
  • Runner
  • Racebook Writer
  • Race Board Attendant
  • Race and Sports Book Writer
  • Pari Mutuel Ticket Seller
  • Pari Mutuel Ticket Cashier
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What They Do

  • Supervise staff and games and mediate disputes.
  • Sell food, beverages, or tobacco to players.
  • Participate in games for gambling establishments to provide the minimum complement of players at a table.
  • Deliver tickets, cards, and money to bingo callers.
  • Take the house percentage from each pot.
  • Prepare collection reports for submission to supervisors.
  • Record the number of tickets cashed and the amount paid out after each race or event.
  • Push dice to shooters and retrieve thrown dice.
  • Inspect cards or equipment to be used in games to ensure they are in proper condition.
  • Check to ensure that all players have placed their bets before play begins.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Preparation Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $31,570 with most people making between $20,810 and $47,900

Outlook

0.91%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,100 people in California. It is projected that there will be 1,200 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 10 openings due to growth and about 30 replacement openings for approximately 40 total annual openings.