Need A Job? Cripple Creek Is Hiring

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

They need hundreds of workers and they need them by July 2ND, 2009. We're talking about the casinos in Cripple Creek.

Voters, last November, voted yes to allow craps and roulette tables. They also agreed to allow bets up to $100.

So, if you're interested in making at least $40,000 a year, becoming a Professional Casino Dealer might be for you.

"Everybody has a great opportunity to come up and start a whole new career," said Brian Morarie who is Host for Triple Crown Casinos.

You would learn how to become a roulette dealer, craps dealer and black jack dealer.

Table Games Directors say black jack is the easiest game to learn. It only takes 60-hours of training. Roulette on the other hand takes double the time at 120- hours of training. Last, but not least, is craps. Those in the industry say it's by far the most exciting and complicated game and takes 180-hours of training.

"You can take the skills that you learn here and go to any state and deal anywhere in the world," said Gerron Macklin who is a Professional Dealer in Cripple Creek.

There is one skill all dealers need. "You have got to be good with numbers," said Macklin.

So, if you're out of job it would only take nine to eleven weeks to complete all three classes.

Interviews are on Saturday March 28Th, 2009 at Southside Johnny's in downtown Colorado Springs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There, you'll take a test, be interviewed and if you pass you'll be enrolled in classes that are free of charge. Classes will be held in Cripple Creek and at the Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs.

The new law starting in July of 2009 also says that casinos are allowed to stay open 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. That alone could potentially employ more than the 500-workers Cripple Creek casinos already plan on hiring.

Casino owners say the new law means more jobs and better business for them as well. They say the last 5-years has been extremely slow. "We firmly believe that this is the shot in the arm that this industry needs," said Marc Murphy who is Part Owner of Bronco Billy's Casino in Cripple Creek.


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