Ron Saccavino, publisher of The Dealer’s News since 1997, started out as a dealer in Las Vegas in 1971, where he worked his way up to casino manager. Now he owns Dealer’s Employment Agency, The Dealer’s News and Dealer’s Party Agency.
Like the old days
A dealer e-mailed me and told me that the Western casino (downtown) maybe looks small and grungy but, the floors were clean, the bathrooms were clean, it had wood floors (if it had carpet, it might stink) and it brought back memories of the Castaways and Silver Slipper. They have old machines that go clink, clink, clink. The writer also explained that even though it had a homey feel to it, it might not be a place to bring a date. Hmm!
Not too bad
For a three day week-end at the Las Vegas Hilton, the dealers averaged over $252 a day in tokes.
Last year dealers at Bellagio made $81,000, Red Rock $76,000, Wynn $75,000, Hard Rock $68,000, Golden Nugget $54,400, Sunset Station $52,000, Southpoint $51,000, Luxor $49,500, Suncoast $49,000, Ballys $42,500, Texas $32,200 and Hooters $32,000. Now don’t forget, all the dealers are a little different depending on their days off.
Not like the old days
On Christmas Eve at the Bellagio, they had 46 call-ins by dealers. I can just imagine what casino managers in the old days would say about that!
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