Horseshoe Baltimore to hold hiring event, offer free dealer courses
By KEVIN RECTOR and The Baltimore Sun
Apr 17, 2014 | 6:48 PM
Horseshoe Baltimore Casino will host a hiring event at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday and Tuesday for local residents interested in becoming table games dealers.
Those selected as potential employees will be offered a free course in card dealing through a partnership with Baltimore City Community College, said Alex Dixon, the casino's vice president and assistant general manager.
"Really, what we're looking for is attitude — people with an upbeat and positive attitude. That's the most important thing," Dixon said. "We will teach you all the skills you need. We hire for attitude, and we train for aptitude."
The offer of free training — successful applicants will be enrolled in a 12-week college course at BCCC at no cost — comes a month after Horseshoe's biggest competitor, Maryland Live Casino at Arundel Mills, announced it will reimburse hires who enroll in and successfully complete similar courses at Anne Arundel Community College.
Dixon said Horseshoe takes "great pride" in the fact that its free courses mean there will be "no up front cost and no barriers to people who are looking to work," and credited BCCC officials with "helping to make sure we're bringing this opportunity to folks within the Baltimore community."
Applicants, who must be 21 years old by the time Horseshoe is expected to open in late summer, will be screened by Horseshoe officials at the hiring event.
The event, which is open to the public, will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at M&T Bank Stadium. Attendees are asked to use the stadium's southeast suite entrance and to budget four or five hours to move through the process, Dixon said.
Applicants who pass the screening will meet with BCCC officials, who will help them enroll in the training courses for craps, roulette, baccarat, poker and other games, Dixon said.
The courses will begin April 28 at the casino's offices on West Ostend Street, Dixon said. Applicants will also have to become licensed to deal cards by the state.
Table games dealers work on a base pay and tips, and can make up to $50,000, Dixon said — though that salary is not guaranteed.