Are you curious about what it takes to become a poker dealer? I've been dealing poker in Montana for about 6 years and I'll let you know a little bit about how I got started.
First of all you should find out what the laws are in your state or country regarding licensing and regulations. In Montana you just have to go down to the nearest motor vehicle department and they should have a poker dealer application.
Most of the time as far as filling out an application to obtain any type of gaming or liquor / beer & wine license it takes at least a couple weeks for them to run your background check and make sure you're not a felon or have any outstanding warrants.
After you get your license or even before you are going to need to find either either place or person to help train you how to deal. When I first started out dealing I had a big advantage over most other people that just wanted to learn how to deal poker. I had been playing the game for quite a while and had a lot of knowledge on how everything was done so all I needed to do was get my fundamentals down.
After you learn the game / games you are going to be dealing it's important to master the fundamentals, such as shuffling and your pitch. I was told while I was learning how to deal that a quiet shuffle is a good shuffle because normally when it's quit you've done it with the right amount of pressure and allowed the cards to shuffle together evenly without leaving any blocks of un-shuffed cards.
Your pitch is another thing that's important. You need to make sure you have an accurate pitch so that you are not just tossing the cards all over the place and also so that they are not flipping up and becoming exposed.
Once you have those two thing pretty well handled and feel fairly confident it's time to find a job. I was lucky in the fact that I was a regular player and the card room I frequented needed a poker dealer and I needed a job so not only did I get training for free but I also had a job immediately. You on the other hand probably will not be so lucky.
The best way to get a job dealing poker is to get yourself placed on an extra list in local card rooms as someone that they can call when it gets really busy, someone gets sick or needs a day off. Once you start picking up a few shifts at different poker rooms you will be in line to receive a full time moving shift. It does take some time to acquire gifts normally but you would be surprised at how busy you may be simply filling in at different card rooms.