They come flocking, some travelling hundreds of miles, in order to apply for dealing jobs with the Seminole Tribe in Florida. Of course, the weather is much of the attraction for those working in casinos in the colder north. In preparation for the addition of table games at the Hard Rock and other casinos later this year, the Seminoles are seeking 3,650 dealers with a minimum two years experience and skills in popular Asian games such as Pai Gow.
Job Fairs have been arranged in Connecticut, Mississippi, Atlantic City and maybe later in Las Vegas. Itís nothing new, big gaming companies have long recruited from the training grounds of rival operators. Of more concern is that the advent of card games in Florida could have an adverse effect on gaming revenue in areas such as Mississippi, where the closest competition will come from the Tampa Hard Rock Casino.
According to a recent study, about 18.6% of customers at the Mississippi Coast casinos come from Florida. The potential impact on state gaming tax revenue could be considerable. Mississippi legislators are already considering the possibility of offering tax breaks and other incentives to casino operators who invest over US$10 million in non-gaming tourist attractions or over US$40 million in hotel development. (E-04.02.08)
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