PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Proposed expansion means that the Rivers Casino is looking for new employees.

Table game dealers make between $40,000 and $50,000 a year, plus tips, and that was enough to attract hundreds to a job fair at Station Square on Wednesday.

“Right now, we are looking for Blackjack dealers and carnival games, three card poker and some of the other – what we call horseshoe table games – that will be out there on the floor,” said Andre Barnabei, of the Rivers Casino. “We are looking for about 100 to 130 to join Rivers Dealers’ School.”

With a proposed expansion, the casino is in need of more dealers to lend a hand to the 1,500 already on staff.

“Everyone has tables. Everyone has cards. It’s the people that bring the guests back,” said Barnabei. “Their ability to entertain, to interact, to smile, to be energetic, that’s what it’s all about.”

The potential employees come from all across the region and from many different backgrounds.

“They asked some questions, filled out a simple math test,” Mandy DiPasquale, of Follansbee, W. Va., said of her experience. “If you can’t really see without your glasses, I recommend wearing them. Some people had some issues without their glasses; the numbers seemed a little small.”

Meanwhile, casino officials say it’s all about personality.

“We are here for the right people for our organization,” said Barnabei.

“After talking to them, I was kind of worried about that, but they reassured me there is a lot of growth in this company,” said Doug Lane, who was offered a spot in the dealers’ school. “That’s my goal is to start small and work my way up to the top.”

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