Blackjack dealer hopefuls are busy learning how to cut, shuffle and deal a split, but dealers for blackjack and other tables game jobs comprise less than half of the jobs available at Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Wharton Township.

The first session of dealer school, which lasts five to 11 weeks, is under way, and the second is scheduled to begin on March 25, said Jill Alexander, a spokeswoman for Isle of Capri Casinos of St. Louis., Mo., which is Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s partner in the casino.

Dealers and other jobs associated with table games will account for about 130 of the 400 jobs at the casino, which is scheduled to open this summer.

In addition to the 28 table games, the casino will have 600 slot machines and two restaurants.

Employment and dealer school applications can be submitted through Isle of Capri’s website. Postings for all jobs are added to the site when those positions have to be filled, Alexander said.

The casino’s vice president and general manager, Rich Laudon, and senior managers have been hired, and most of the 18 jobs currently posted on the site are supervisory positions.

“We’ve received about 1,500 applications so far. The bulk of our job openings have not been posted yet,” Alexander said.

A good way to learn about the jobs available at Lady Luck is to attend one of the casino’s job information meetings, she said. Two upcoming local meetings are being held in the Uniontown Holiday Inn from 3 to 7 p.m. April 17 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27.

“If you think you want to apply for a casino job, but don’t know if it’s the right fit, come to one of the information sessions. There are people there that can answer your questions,” Alexander said.

The hiring schedule, she said, is tied to the progress of the construction of the $60 million casino.

Steel for the two-story addition to the former Wildside, which is being converted into the casino, has been erected, and interior remodeling is moving forward, Alexander said.

The slot machines and gaming tables have been ordered, and their delivery also is tied to construction

“Delivery dates are tied to the construction schedule. Delivery dates for slot machines and tables will coincide with construction milestones,” Alexander said.

The state Gaming Control Board awarded Nemacolin and Isle of Capri a Category 3, or resort, slot operator license in April 2011 and a certificate to operate table games in February.

One of the competitors for the slots license, Mason-Dixon Resorts, which operates the Eisenhower Hotel in Gettysburg, appealed the award of the license, but the application process for the table games certificate went without a hiccup.

“There were no surprises. The process ran smoothly,” Alexander said. “The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board process for table games is thorough. We are pleased to have completed it and are looking forward to bringing table games to Nemacolin. We are pleased and excited.”

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