Uruguay Opens Casino College to Support Gaming Growth

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From Argentines to Brazilians to North Americans, casinos have always been a major attraction for gaming-minded visitors to Uruguay.

Now with some Punta del Este casinos doing more business than their Vegas counterparts and a high-profile Montevideo casino on the verge of opening this year, Uruguay is taking a novel approach to finding and grooming future croupiers.

The Casino College recently opened in Montevideo’s Carrasco Norte neighborhood, and the first class of aspiring dealers are fully immersed in the four-month curriculum. The average student profile is Uruguayan, 20 to 30 years old with no previous gaming experience. The casino courses are being taught at the Center for Local Economic Development (Cedel) by instructors from Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Uruguay.

According to El Pais, many of the graduates will go directly from Blackjack 101 and Advanced Craps to the floor of the new Hotel Casino Carrasco scheduled to open March 2013. Guillermo Arcani, Executive Director of developer Carrasco Nobile says the new casino will employ the majority of the casino school graduates. While 150 of the 250 dealer openings have already been filled, CVs are still coming in for the next semester of casino school. (Full Story in Spanish)