Casinos Training Dealers For BlackJack - Tuesday 12th of July 2005

Looking forward to playing BlackJack? Voters made it possible for Oklahoma casinos to offer the game. But, its taking a lot of work for Oklahomans to actually deal and play. NewsChannel 8s Teri Bowers takes us behind the tables for the training.

It may seem like its simple enough. But, dealing BlackJack is more than adding up to 21.

"Theres a lot of stuff behind the scenes," says instructor Eva Bennett. "People think you just get BlackJack. But, there are a lot of rules and regulations."

And, BlackJack varies from state to state. So, even the dealers in training who know the game dont know every rule laid out in Oklahoma.

"They can only hold them with one hand. They cannot take them off the table. There are rules like that, the dealers have to enforce. But, in enforcing them, they need to do it in a courteous manner, because people dont know."

And, while this is practice, the stakes are very high -- jobs at the Million Dollar Elm Casinos in Tulsa and Sand Springs. Of the 70 people going through the training, 55 will become dealers. Others will become managers. So, this is not just job training, its job placement.

"Im hoping Ill be able to work at the casino and I enjoy the atmosphere of a casino," says Darrell Paden.

But, the bottom line of this training is to make sure casino customers enjoy the atmosphere, too, by seeing new games dealt in smoothly without a bad hand.

The Million Dollar Elm casinos in Sand Springs and Hominy will add BlackJack on July 29th. The Tulsa location will start August third.

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