The croupier is the casino employee that has full responsibility for
and control of the flow of play at the roulette table. Positioned at the
end of the table, the croupier (or dealer) spins the wheel, calls the
numbers, and is basically in charge of the roulette table proceedings.
So what exactly does the croupier do, and how does he go about this business
of managing the action at the roulette table?
- The Croupier announces "Ladies and Gentleman, place your bets"
- After the roulette bets have been
placed, the croupier ensures that any unclear bet placements are properly
verified and adjusted by player so as to avoid later arguments.
- Assuming the croupier has enough room to access the complete table,
and also that a player cannot reach the table (it may be too crowded)
to place a bet, the croupier can place this bet on their behalf.
- After most of the betting is complete or it's filling up, the croupier
picks up the ball and spins the wheel.
- Players can continue to add more bets and the croupier will, using
their best judgment of players betting and table capacity, introduce
the ball. The croupier will place the ball on the outside rim of the
roulette wheel, allowing it to go around a few times
- When the ball starts to fall from the rim of the bowl, the croupier
announces "no more bets" and the players must stop placing
bets and from that point forward cannot adjust or change any bets.
- When the wheel stops and the ball lands and stays in a particular
pocket, the winning number is announced with its color.
- The croupier marks the winning number and collects all losing bets
starting with those places furthest away from him/her.
- The croupier then pays, at appropriate odds, the winning bets again
starting from the furthest working towards him/herself.
- Once the winnings have been cleared the winning marker is taken off
and the croupier is ready to repeat the whole process.