Las Vegas is known as the casino capital of the world – and for good reason. There are over 30 casinos on the famous Las Vegas strip alone – with a couple of dozen more nearby. In fact, Vegas is so committed to its casinos (and the big bucks that they bring in from tourists) that there are even gambling schools in the region which train future casino staff and, in this article, we’ll take a peek at the Crescent School of Gaming and Bartending.
Rolling across America
The Crescent School of Gaming and Bartending has branches across America, including Florida and New Orleans but, the jewel in its crown is its two flagship schools in Las Vegas. Proudly proclaiming themselves as the only gambling school in the USA to be approved to accept US financial aid, the Crescent School was first launched in 1983 in New Orleans – just down the road from the famous French Quarter.
A safe bet
The groundbreaking school offers Casino Dealer Training Programs in English, Filipino, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Mandarin languages, and students can choose between day or night classes to fit in with their existing commitments. The programs provide training and instruction on all gaming techniques, including the latest trends and, the school’s founder, Ricky Richards, explains that the learning content is designed around the skills that are in demand by Las Vegas casino employers. Ricky says, “What it takes to be an exceptional dealer in Las Vegas, or anywhere for that matter, is changing. Being able to interact with players is just as important now as knowing all the right techniques and skills. Some larger casinos have responded by requiring panel interviews before an audition to make sure that a potential dealer can show his/her personality on the table. Our curriculum takes this into account. Most students qualify for financial aid and can start our gaming or bartending program for no money down. It’s a great way to begin a new career that’s fun at the same time.” In fact, the school is so confident of its ability to breed casino superstars, that it offers lifetime job placement assistance to its students.
The glass is half full
To put themselves ahead of the competition, the Crescent’s students can also learn to bartend at the school, including the art of mixology and the even more important art of mixing and serving drinks – fast!
A learning curve
As the world begins to open up following the COVID-19 pandemic, customers are, once again, flocking back to their favourite casinos which, for many people, presents a great career opportunity. The Crescent School of Gaming and Bartending is a leading light in offering training for an increasingly popular vocation, both in the United States and across the world. The newest approach for gaming is being a live dealer in an online casino. This is a whole new experience for croupiers to explore and excel in.