Over the past few weeks, casinos across the United States have been working towards having enough employees to be able to deal with the influx of customers set to come over the summer season. Many states have allowed casinos to open back up at 100% capacity and to be able to serve guests properly, venues need more employees. In an effort to secure workers quickly, some operators are offering bonuses or high hourly pay rates. The Horseshoe Casino in Maryland has decided to hire 100 table game dealers and will pay at least $25 per hour.
Restrictions regarding COVID-19 have been eased in Baltimore, which opens the Horseshoe to offer its usual services. But to do so, more employees are needed. A dramatic increase has already been seen over the past few weeks when it comes to visitor numbers. The casino needs to be able to provide service as it did pre-pandemic.
To do so, the casino is offering job opportunities to the public and will pay $25 an hour plus offer a benefits package and the option to advance. Potential candidates for the table game positions will be trained in paid dealer academies over the next few months.
Any individual interested in working as a dealer does not have to have previous experience. Training is also not a requirement. All sessions will be provided and those in attendance will be paid $11.75 to learn how to work the position.
The dealer academy classes will run from Monday to Friday in the morning and evening hours. Classes are offered at varying times to accommodate those taking part. Any individual that is hired for a table game position will earn a $500 signup bonus after working for three months. After a year of employment with the Horseshoe, the induvial will receive $1,000 in bonus cash.
The $25 per hour pay guarantee is a combination of wagers paid along with tips and incentive pay that a dealer earns per hour. Anyone interested in taking part needs to register to attend an information session that will take place virtually.
Seeking Out Employees
Casinos are in desperate need of employees now that full-service operations can begin. Experts believe there is a pent-up demand when it comes to casino gaming and that this summer will be busy across the United States. If that is the case, casinos will need full and part-time workers in several areas, from dining and hotel needs to the casino gaming floor.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, casinos shut down and then reopened at a low-capacity percentage. Tens of thousands of people were laid off across the US. For more than a year now, people have been without employment, so many decided to take on a new job, even move from one state to another to work.
Because of the shortage of employees able to come back after being laid off, casinos are now having to pull from job fairs and online applications. To draw in potential employees, operators like Horseshoe in Baltimore are offering bonuses and higher pay rates in the hopes that employees will choose their company over other venues that are also hiring.
It will be interesting to see if the casino gets enough students in dealer school to meet the 100-employee requirement. There will no doubt be interest in the positions due to the many benefits the employer is providing.