Be a Blackjack dealer. MGM is hiring

WASHINGTON — MGM National Harbor will have nearly 1,000 jobs to fill in the resort’s casino table games department when it opens later this year, and MGM has teamed up with Prince George’s Community College for a Dealer School.

Table games dealers will represent about a third of the MGM National Harbor workforce.

Dealers at similar properties make $50,000 to $60,000 a year, plus tips.

The Dealer School will be run by Prince George’s Community College’s Office of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Institute, and will teach blackjack, roulette, craps and baccarat. MGM gaming professionals will lead the classes.

The school will offer a six-week blackjack course, followed by either a 12-week craps course or a combined eight-week roulette and four-week baccarat course.

The classes will be held Mondays through Thursdays for three hours a day, with morning, afternoon or evening schedules available. MGM says tuition starts at $380, and tuition assistance is available.

Classes start May 16.

Graduating doesn’t guarantee a job at MGM. Candidates will compete against experienced dealers for the openings.

The job interviews will be a bit unusual too. Those applying will have to successfully audition on dealing two games, demonstrate “exceptional customer service skills,” consent to a drug test and background check and be eligible for a license from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission.

The $1.3 billion MGM National Casino and Resort is scheduled to open late this year.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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