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Another Pennsylvania casino recruiting dealers here

By Brian Hallenbeck

Publication: The Day

Published December 05. 2012 4:00AM   Updated December 05. 2012 6:22AM

Dealers trained at southeastern Connecticut's casinos are in demand.

Three weeks ago, Twin River, the Lincoln, R.I., slots parlor that's preparing to introduce table games, hosted the first in a series of job fairs aimed at filling some 350 new positions, many of them for dealers. More than 2,000 hopefuls, including current and former employees of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun, submitted applications.

Last week, Pennsylvania's Rivers Casino Pittsburgh placed display ads in The Day and its weeklies, announcing it was hiring "table games floor supervisors & dealers." The ads, published Nov. 25 in The Day and Thursday in The Times weeklies, which are owned by The Day, say the casino is hiring "enthusiastic, hard working" people "interested in joining one of the most exciting and thriving industries in Pittsburgh."

It's not the first time a Pennsylvania casino has recruited in southeastern Connecticut. In the fall of 2010, weeks after layoffs at Mohegan Sun and a reorganization of Foxwoods' table-games department, the Parx Casino of Bensalem openly recruited in the region.

Parx, which had just introduced table games that summer, hosted a two-day job fair at the Mystic Marriott, searching for experienced dealers.

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh is undoubtedly reacting to the latest downsizing at Connecticut's casinos, Mitchell Etess, chief executive officer of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, said last week. He said Rivers Casino is aware that a number of dealers were among the more than 300 employees Mohegan Sun laid off in late September. The Pittsburgh casino also knows, he said, that dealers who work or used to work at either of the Connecticut casinos are well trained.

It could not readily be determined how many table games openings Rivers Casino is seeking to fill.

"Since table games are still relatively new in Pennsylvania, it's common practice to complement local dealer recruitment efforts with outreach in other gaming markets," Andre Barnabei, vice president of human resources for the casino, said through a spokeswoman.

According to its website, Rivers Casino has more than 100 table games, including a 30-table poker room. The games include blackjack, craps, mini baccarat and roulette.

b.hallenbeck@theday.com

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