“I just want to be a dealer here,” Tioga Downs career candidate, Jeremy Johnson said. “I think it would be cool.”
People from all over the Twin Tiers headed to Tioga Downs today looking to win big with a new career as the casino plans to expand and as race season kicks off in a little more than a month.
“It’s something different,” Tioga Downs career candidate, David Williams said. “I figured it’s entertaining and I would get to meet people. I’ve heard it’s a good profession.”
Williams wants to become a Blackjack dealer as soon as Tioga Downs can secure the full casino style gaming license.
“We don’t have a license yet,” Tioga Downs Human Resources Director, Karen Shelp said. “We are waiting for that to actually start more construction for the table games.”
“I’ve been training for the last two weeks,” Williams said. “I have three more weeks of [training.] Then [I have to] go through a live audition and based on that, they’ll tell me if I have the job or not.”
During round one of the job fair on Saturday, about 130 applicants applied for a job. 30 people were hired on the spot. Tuesday was round two.
“So they come in today, hopefully they have an application that they filled out in advance,” Shelp said. “We print it off. Then they get prescreened and then they get an interview. Based on their qualifications, we place them in their best spot. And then hopefully they’re hired today.”
Although Tioga Downs may not have the license in its possession just yet, construction there is underway and it’s on schedule. Virgil’s BBQ is almost complete. It’s slated to open on July first, right in the middle of racing season.
“I think it’s fantastic,” Williams said. “It’s going to bring in more crowds and definitely boom the economy around here.”
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