I have just about completed my dealer training. Enough so, that I went for a dealing audition at the local poker room. I passed,
Now on to the next stage of being able to deal in the great state of New Hampshire.
First, I need to arrange to be fingerprinted. Next, sign off on a criminal records search. This is standard for all persons seeking employment with a poker room or a casino. I also have to submit my picture in passport photo format – no smiling with the gaming commission. The fee is approximately $100, which is a great price. For each poker room I would like to deal at, I would need an additional license. This is still a small price to pay as an experienced dealer can make at least $20-25 an hour in tips. More if you are employed in a casino.
Last month, the poker room I spoke to said that they were not currently hiring. This month, I got an audition with the possibility of employment by next month.
Why the change? Well, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts just passed a casino bill and will be opening at least three casinos. They will need hundred of dealers. Many of the current New Hampshire dealers will probably cross the border to earn in excess of four or five times a day at a casino as opposed to their salary at the poker room. Capitalism at work.
All I need to do for the next thirty days is to practice, practice, practice. You know … it makes perfect.