Monday, September 8, 2008

New Poker Room Dealers Want To Be Transferred Out

Feather News

Less than one week after the Mohegan Sun opened its new poker room, about half of the full-time table game dealers that opened the poker room already want to be transferred back to other table games, according to sources.

An estimated twenty dealers aren't satisfied with the tips they've been receiving in the new poker room and want to go back to the other table games that they dealt before moving to the poker room.

"The tips aren't that great," according to one source. "The dealers that worked part-time in the casino before they went to deal in the poker room will probably stay but half of the approximately 40 seasoned, full-time table game dealers that went to the poker room want to go back to their old table games and the management is upset over that."

Some of the staff that worked for the pre-opening tribal event said they haven't paid for that night. Management told them that they will eventually get paid for it but the two dealers interviewed were not happy that their pay is being delayed.

But their major concern was the lower tips. "The tips might get better once we get regular customers but for now it isn't worth it," according to one dealer. Another long-time Mohegan Sun table games dealer who just completed his training in dealing poker decided not to deal poker in the new poker room based on what he was hearing about the low tips from the dealers in the poker room. "They take out about $96 in taxes for each 8-hour shift based on estimated tips but the tips aren't coming close to what the casino estimates they should be so why take that risk?"

"I was making over $8 per hour in base pay (before tips) before I moved to the poker room and had to take a pay cut to $5.16 per hour. I thought it might be worth it, but the tips suck."

Another dealer said he was trained using heavier cards but the poker room is using paper-thin cards and all the dealers are having a hard time getting used to the difference. In part, this results in less hands being dealed which means less tips for the dealers. It also means that decks of cards become damaged faster and need to be replaced more often. "The cards are cheap and they've told us that they will change to better cards but it hasn't happened yet."