Who’s the city’s premier dealer?

Mar 15, 2005 5:22 AM

The race is on for Dealer of the Year in Las Vegas.

As part of the city’s centennial celebration, Las Vegas’ blackjack and craps dealers are eligible for the first-ever Dealer of the Year award.

"The committee decided to give some much needed recognition to the casino dealers, who are the backbone of the gaming industry," said a member of the Centennial Celebration Committee, which is helping to coordinate events. "This event will not only make Las Vegas dealers a part of the Centennial Celebration, but will add some much needed morale in the casinos as well."

In order to be considered for the award, dealers must be nominated by their casino. Then, beginning in May and continuing through September, dealers will be evaluated by judges selected by the Centennial Celebration Committee.

The finalists in the judging will compete for the grand prize in December, which is $10,000 and a trip for two to Hawaii. Runner-up prizes will also be awarded.

The judges, who will include casino executives, human

resources personnel, celebrities and casino players, will evaluate the dealers in four areas: a live interview in front of the judges; a written test formulated by human resource experts; customer interaction at the tables; and skills in a live game.

The criteria for nominating dealers are entirely up to the casinos. But the committee suggests casinos nominate no more than 7 percent to 10 percent of their total number of dealers. For instance, a casino with 150 dealers shouldn’t nominate more than 10 dealers. The fee to sponsor dealers is $200 per dealer.

Las Vegas’ centennial celebration kicks off in earnest in May, which will feature the return of Helldorado Days on May 14.

Also slated in May is a re-creation of the railroad land auction that created the Las Vegas township in 1905 (the city was actually incorporated in 1911), followed by the construction and tasting of the "world’s largest birthday cake," a 300-pound pastry masterpiece that has already been registered in the Guinness Book of World Records.

For more information about the centennial celebration, go to the website, www.lasvegas2005.org. For information and entry forms for Dealer of the Year award, go to www.dealeroftheyear.com.