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Gaming school a big hit with would be casino employees

Every gambler knows you've got to bet big to win big.
    
Hoping for a big payoff, dozens of would-be dealers and bartenders put down thousands of dollars to train at a new Tunica County gaming school.

Gaming student Lisa Seward says, "I've always wanted to get into that kind of environment, but I just never dreamed there would be a school this close and able to do this."

New Orleans-based Crescent Schools also bet big when it set up shop across the street from Tunica County's nine casinos.
    
The school's 30 week course covers everything from blackjack, to poker, craps to roulette, even bartending.

Bill Shenesey with Crescent schools says, "We started here and it was a boom from the very first month to the second month to the third month.  It's just exponentially growing."

Four students to nearly 60 students in just the last four months with 100 percent job placement.

Webster Franklin with the Tunica County Convention and Visitors bureau says, "They're offering a good service the casinos seem to like, so it's a win win for both of us."

A win win for a county of just 6000 residents working to create a pool of qualified employees from which casinos can pull.

Franklin says, "The training is definitely needed, and those types of spin off businesses are only the next logical step in the growth of a community like ours."

And with plans for six more casinos over the next several years, Tunica County leaders  expect more casino-supporting businesses to start springing up.

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