Let's go to dealers. What can you do as a dealer? So, first thing for dealers. First and for most thing for dealers, if you're not feeling good, don’t go to work. Like that's pretty obvious. I really hope I don't have to say that, but apparently I do have to say that. So if you're not feeling good, don't go to work. Like take the day off. I know some Casinos still have the points. Oh my gosh believe me I know the points. And sometimes people can't take the day off because if they get one more point they get fired. I understand that but if you are able to please don't go to work if you're sick.
Another thing casinos require, you know, people that wear masks. So as a casino dealer you should be wearing a mask when you go to work. Again every casinos different. Really just depends on your location and the casino you work at. But if you wear a mask and the guest wear a mask, you're going to be more safe from Covid. Same thing as I said for the players, you want to wash your hands of course but also take a shower before you go to work and take a shower when you get home, for the same reasons that I stated for the players. It's all about protecting each other, we have to look out for each other. We have to be a community. We have to think about each others health and safety. We don't want to be careless and because of our carelessness you know someone's grandmother died because of that. You know this covid-19 is scary. So we have to take it seriously.
Next up is wearing masks of course. I don't have a mask right here. I should have brought a mask right here. But wear a mask. When you want to pick it up, you always pick it up by the straps, put it on over your ears. Don't touch the actual face part of it. Then the outside portion of your mask is protecting you from Covid. So if you sit there and you touch the outside portion of the your mask, you're now getting covid-19 germs all over your hands. So when you touch stuff and when you wipe your your head or when you touch your your nose or whatever you're doing, you're spreading the virus. So do not touch the outside of the mask if you can help it. Another thing too, again if they have hand sanitizer on the table, even if you're the dealer you want to use it. Most dealers and most places, you don't have to worry about wearing gloves, thank goodness. Cuz trying to deal with gloves would be annoying. But that means you still want to be safe and sanitary. So if the casino his hand sanitizer on your table make sure you use it. If your Casino doesn't have hand sanitizer on your table, I'm sure they would have no problem with you bringing hand sanitizer in from home and having it on the table. Especially during now what's going on right now.
Okay so next up for dealers, Casino dealers, is physical distance. So we're going over a lot of information right now and is a cliff notes version of this. If you're interested, if you want to know more we have an online course for this. All of the policies and procedures that we talked about today are based off of the Winn policies and procedures that they released, where they spoke to medical professionals and medical consultants and they figured out the best way to open up a casino and do these policies and procedures. Okay so physical distancing again what I was saying with the players the games are going to be open where there’s three people per table first base third base and a person in the center. If you have players who come up to the table and they're standing directly behind your player trying to look at the game and watch the game. As the dealer please let them know to stay six feet away. If we keep physical distancing between each other as well as wear a mask that will cut down on our risk. On a big baccarat table, there will be four chairs Max. On a craps table there'll be a maximum of three players on each side of the craps table. When you're going on break at the dealer when you're going to the dealers lounge or when you're going to EGR some casinos have taken out chairs in order to promote physical distancing. Or they taking out tables in order to promote physical distancing. So there's less places to sit. Again if you wear a mask if you physical distance this cuts down on your risk significantly. That means that when you're clockig in to start a work shift, please don't gather all at once don't crowd together in front of the bus terminal as you wait to clock in and out. Please try to keep physical distance if possible. Don't Gather in groups when you are waiting in line at the EDR or if you're taking a break and the dealers lounge. And try not to Cluster together when changing in the locker room or waiting in line to go to the bathroom. And of course some casinos larger departments have diffused their employees arrival time in order to thin the traffic volume during the shift change. So that was physical distancing. Starting the work day. Now when you're clocking in and out you wanted to be sure to have that hand sanitizer. Some casinos will have hand sanitizer at the clock-in clock-out station so you could do a little spritz of hand sanitizer on you just put it on before and after you clock in. Again you want to protect others as well as protect yourself. When you're tapping in and out of the game don't actually go up to the dealer and tap them out that is no longer acceptable. So what you want to do and again every casinos different but if you can, what you want to do is you want to walk up to the corner edge of the table trying to maintain that physical distancing. And verbally announce that you're topping it or verbally announce that you're there. The out going dealer will finish up what they're doing, hopefully they'll sanitize what they've been working with. So the shoe, the drop paddle, the toak Box anything that they might have touched that hasn't been sanitized. The’ll clean this before they leave in order to protect you from any germs when you come on the table. So doing that when you're tapping in and out of will protect each of the dealers from each other when they're going from game to game. And on your game you’ll have all the cleaning supplies, all the sanitation. If you don't you should be able to have like sanitizing wipes with you. Hopefully your management realizes there's a pandemic going on and they’ll be okay with you having hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes with you at the table. So next up is lots of cleaning, lots and lots of cleaning. We talked a little bit about that with tapping in and out.
But if you are on craps what are some of the cleaning procedures? So on craps the stickman will saitize all five dice between each new shooter. And the base dealers will sanitize the on off button as they are being tapped out and exiting the game. On roulette the roulette dealers when they're being tapped out, the outgoing dealer will sanitize the dolly, both roulette balls and the roulette wheel for the incoming dealer. On Pai Gow before the dealer leaves the table you want to sanitize the pai gow tiles, the dice cup, if you can the dice, depends if you touched it or not. Any buttons on the game such as Banker button, in Envy? button and basically anything you might have touched. Wipe that off, clean that off prior to the New Dealer coming onto the table.
Poker, so for poker every other poker table will be open and a limited number of seats will be available I think they're doing four people to game. Poker dealers will follow the same procedures when verbally tapping in and out of the game. And they’ll also sanitize what they touched on the table before leaving the table. So the toke box, line buttons, the table rating unit, any other equipment that they might handle before they exit.
So if a craps player is currently drinking and smoking Not Unusual then can that person just not wear masks because they have a legit excuse. Unfortunately yes. So the casino does require you to wear a mask. Unless of course there are exceptions, there's always exceptions. If you want to see the exceptions check out my new article on the website Las Vegas Reopening. We actually list all of these exceptions in that article. But one of the things is if you're at a table and you're drinking and you're smoking you don't have to wear a mask for as long as you're drinking and smoking. That's unfortunate but that's what they allow. Same thing with the slot machines. If you're at a slot machine and you don't want to wear masks just continually drink and smoke and you don't have to wear a mask.
So next up for the Dealer's is a break, break time. So when you go on break the very first thing you should do if you weren't doing that already if you weren't doing it before I'm always wash your hands always always always always wash your hands. As soon as you go on break. Try to wash your hands well please wash your hands when you return to the table as well. So against that protects you and protects the players when you go back from break. Washing hands is important. Especially if you're going on break and you're eating, your snacking, your you know...definitely wash your hands. For sure and also when you're in the break room or when you're in the EDR, hopefully you brought hand sanitizing wipes with you wipe down the chairs and wipe down the table before and after you're done using it. So after that comes washing the hands. And in my online course or covid-19 I go over how to properly wash your hands which we won't go over here now but I will say that employees at some casinos are recommended to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer a minimum of once per hour. Or after any of the following activities such as using the restroom, sneezing, touching your face, blowing your nose, cleaning, smoking, eating, drinking and entering and leaving the casino floor. Also when going on break and after starting a new shift. So pretty important. And as always keep in mind that every casino is different. So make sure you know your house way.