Do you have what it takes to join the best live poker team?

There's a type of person to whom winning at poker isn't everything (can you believe that?) but to whom spotting the winner is. The same type of person cannot help but watch hands in great detail, but is ambivalent as to who wins or loses. What's more that same person makes money out of poker, and yet doesn't play a single hand, all while having arguably a better view of the game than the players themselves.

Okay, so the picture in this post probably gave this little riddle away before you read all of that, but we're talking poker dealers, particularly EPT dealers, who are among the best dealers in the world. To be honest that's how we like them, and if you have experience of all of the above we'd like to give you an opportunity to join them.


For the first time PokerStars is holding "auditions" for tournament staff, taking place on the final day of the EPT12 Dublin festival next month. If you're a dealer looking to join the best live poker team on the planet, then this opportunity is for you.

Here's the, ahem, deal...

It all takes place in Dublin next month at the end of the EPT12 Dublin festival (find details of that here) at the Royal Dublin Society. Simply come along, sign up at the EPT welcome desk any time before 1.30pm on February 20, 2016 (the desk opens on February 10), and then take your turn showing us what you can do.

Auditions take place that day at 2pm. There's no limit to the number of people we want to see, but if the line stretches onto the street you can expect a bit of a wait. We want to make sure everyone who makes the effort to come along and wants a chance to impress us gets one.

Naturally there are a few conditions, and a few things we need to emphasise.

First of all this doesn't guarantee you a job. But if you impress us it puts you on our radar, and gives you a good reference for future freelance opportunities.

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And if you were thinking you could just drop in and see if you had what it takes to be a dealer, I'm afraid this isn't the slot for you. Dealing is a complicated skill, one that takes time to develop and be good at (it might look easy on EPT Live but that's because those guys are experts and make it look easy), so it's only open to experienced dealers.

So there are a few criteria we have to insist on:

* First, and probably most importantly, you'll need to have a minimum of two years of poker dealing experience
* Then, make sure you've entered your data into and bring your CV to the audition
* You'll need to be able to deal the three basic game forms of Hold'em, Omaha and Stud
* You'll also need to be a European Union citizen with permission to work in all EU countries
* You'll also need good English skills

If you can't make it to Dublin we'll also be holding auditions on the final day of EPT12 Monaco, with the possibility of extending auditions at future EPT stops. So if you can't make it this time don't worry, you'll get another chance at some point in the future.

Does any of this sound like you? Come to Dublin next month and impress us. We can't wait to meet you.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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