Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Unveils New Dealer School Program | Jeff Kronenfeld

Zen S, a casino dealer who lives in Pinal County.(Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino)

By Jeff Kronenfeld/NewsBreak Pinal County, AZ

(Maricopa, AZ) Amateur card players looking for more reliable action can now learn when to hold and when to fold at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino’s new dealer school program.

Announced by press release on May 19, the course teaches future employees how to run the most popular tabletop games and lasts eight to 10 weeks.

Unlike many trading schools, which cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino program is free.

After an initial two-week blackjack training, students test their mastery.

Those who succeed can be paid to practice blackjack three times a week while learning other games two days a week. These include Texas Hold’em, Mississippi Stud, High Card Flush, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, 3 Card Poker and Roulette.

“Unlike other dealership schools in the valley, our new program provides classroom training and valuable hands-on experience,” Karen White, casino operations manager, said in a press release.

“The program is free, offers individuals the opportunity to earn money while they train, and has the prospect of securing a permanent position with an organization named one of Phoenix Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in The valley.”


Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino dealer Reanna R lives in Pinal County.(Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino)

The professional career of the croupier

The average annual salary for a casino dealer in Arizona is $34,226, about 14% below the national average of $39,777, according to Data from ZipRecruiter.

Hawaii offers the highest annual salary at $44,905, while Mississippi offers the lowest at just $31,028.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino is Arizona’s first and only tribal casino with an international managing partner, Caesars Entertainment.

“Benefits offered to Caesars entertainment team members include affordable health and wellness, 401k with employer, paid time off, professional development, team member discounts, reimbursement tuition fees, tuition reimbursement and much more,” Harrah’s Ak-Chin Beth Amoroso, Director of Human Resources and Total Service at Casino, wrote in an email from the public relations firm of the ‘company.

“In addition to the Dealer’s School, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino offers a culinary development program.”

The casino website showed many open positions for dealers of many different games.

In addition to card handling, dealers’ core duties include inspecting decks of cards, game security, exchanging currency for game chips, assisting guests, and checking that no one is violating the rules. rules.

A high school diploma or GED is preferred. Additionally, applicants must pass auditions where they display an adequate propensity for acting. Preference is given to applicants who are members of the Ak-Chin community or members of other Arizona tribes.

“We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and look forward to welcoming new members to our team,” Michael Kintner, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, wrote in an email. email from the company’s public relations company. .

“Vacancies at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino represent a variety of areas, including cooking, food and beverage, finance, audio visual, security, table games and environmental cleaning services. “

Changing mindsets in the face of a growing industry

Laws and attitudes towards gambling continue to evolve.

In 2018, the United States Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on states allowing sports betting.

This decision paved the way for the adoption of HB 2772 into Arizona law in 2021, which established rules for fantasy sports contests and event betting.

That same year, the state and the tribes renegotiated their compact game. Changes included allowing new casinos, adding more slots to existing casinos, and allowing more table games to be bet on.

Casino winners and employees aren’t the only ones benefiting from the growth of gambling.

Gambling had an economic impact of $4.75 billion on Arizona and supported 38,069 jobs in the state, according to a 2021 economic impact. study by the American Gaming Association. The tribal revenue sharing and tax impact was $691.4 million.

A 2021 investigation of the AGM found the number of Americans who said the industry is committed to responsible gaming increased by almost 40% since 2018.

Collection assistance

Of course, with more gambling comes more risk. In 2017, The Economist reported that adults in the United States lose $100 billion to gambling each year.

The National Council for Problem Gambling estimates that at least one million Americans have a gambling addiction.

A portion of gambling revenue funds the Arizona Problem Gambling Division, which provides information and resources to the public.

It runs a 24-hour helpline and SMS service. The helpline more than tripled from 20 in March 2021 to 62 in March 2022. The number of text messages doubled from 25 to 51 over the same period.

Another program allows people to ban themselves from casinos, called self-exclusion. The division also offers free informational presentations and grants to reduce problem gambling behavior among youth.

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To learn more or apply for the Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Dealer School program, click here.