In upstate New York, the Del Lago Resort And Casino is holding a series of job fairs next week in search of dealers that want to work at the $40 million development when it opens in February.
According to a report from The Citizen newspaper, the four-story and 205-room venue is currently under construction near the town of Tyre between the cities of Syracuse and Rochester and will require up to 500 dealers to operate its 75 gaming tables and ten-table poker room.
“The growth of our team is starting to match the progress we’re making with the construction of the Del Lago Resort And Casino itself,” Jeff Babinski, Executive Vice-President and General Manager for Del Lago Resort And Casino, told The Citizen. “While we are building a beautiful casino, we are also building the foundation of a great experience, which is always done with people. When we open in February of 2017, we’ll have hired several hundred dealers who will help craft unique experiences for our guests and support our overall goal to increase tourism in the Finger Lakes.”
Babinski revealed that the first jobs fair is scheduled to take place on September 14 at Auburn’s Cayunga Community College before a second is held on Thursday from Finger Lakes Community College in Geneva. The casino stated that it hopes to select up to 480 prospective dealers from these events while suitable applicants will then be required to attend a six to ten-week training course later in the year before auditioning for one of the available spots.
The Del Lago Resort And Casino explained that compensation for its dealers will start from $7.50 an hour while they may also receive tips that could be worth up to an extra $10 per hour. If selected, dealers would additionally be eligible for paid time off and access to a 401(k) plan.
“It is a company that takes into consideration the work force and how they are doing to make it better,” applicant Jon Prosser told local television station WHAM-TV. “That is who I want to work for.”
The 12,407 sq ft Del Lago Resort And Casino was authorized almost three years ago after New York voters approved a referendum supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo that altered the state’s constitution in order to allow for up to seven Las Vegas-style non-aboriginal casinos. It is soon set to be joined by Schenectady’s The Rivers Casino And Resort At Mohawk Harbor, the Montreign Resort Casino in Sullivan County and Tioga County’s Tioga Downs Casino And Racetrack.
“Right now, we have almost 2,000 applications online and within 20 miles outside of the casino’s location,” said Babinski.