LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- As some casinos begin to reopen midweek, a casino dealer school is seeing an increase in people who want to learn the trade.

“In terms of our actual occupancy, 25% or whatever has been allowed by the governor, we maxed out. We actually sold out. We had to limit enrollment at the school a number of times,” said David Noll, owner of CEG Dealer School.

Many of those enrolling at CEG Dealer School are “back of house” casino employees, as they're called. 

People who worked in areas of casinos that have not fully recovered from the pandemic like live performances, shuttered casino restaurants or casino nightclubs, now see dealing cards as a more secure option.

Stack of chips on roulette table

Stack of chips on roulette table in casino

“You look out at the casino and you realize that the table game dealers have been able to stay employed for the most part,” said Noll.

He said the rush to enroll could not have come at a better time.

“There are a lot of older legacy dealers who took this opportunity to retire,” said Noll. “In two weeks we are meeting with one of the biggest casino operators here in town that wants to sit down with us and create a sort of a portal for training and hiring.”

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