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School underway for 860 future dealers in free 12-week course

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Next to an empty building, down an escalator and inside a mall. 860 people are going to school. Dealer School.

"I'm stoked," says student Meghan Myers. "I can't wait to finish up blackjack and move on to roulette. And we also have our carnival games to get to."

In November, Maryland voters approved live dealers instead of the electronic kind. That is why Maryland Live! Casino is sponsoring a 12-week class on learning to be a dealer. They cover lots of games - including blackjack and craps.

What the students see in this class is their future spread out before them.

"I'm a people person," says Myers. "I like to work with people, so it's a perfect environment."

"Watching people gamble and have a good time beats being in a cubicle, getting people coffee," says Jeff Chan of Silver Spring.

With tips, a dealer job pays about $50,000 a year.

"We're standing in a room with no music," says Maryland Live! President Rob Norton. "No real players playing, no money on the table. This is just dealers training and you can hear the hustle, the bustle. You can hear the chips clacking, and the energy just in this room is already overflowing."

He says when you're a dealer, customer service is key.

The free class is run by Anne Arundel Community College.

"The college has a strong interest in serving the needs of our business community, so we go out to businesses to either train their incumbent workforce or, as in this situation, they need new employees," says Dr. Laura Weidner of Anne Arundel Community College.

9,000 people applied for the class. 860 were actually enrolled. Maryland Live! plans to hire 600 new dealers.

There is no guarantee, but some of the students are feeling lucky.

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