WILKES-BARRE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At a time of high unemployment rates, a stagnant economy and little opportunity for career growth, one of Northeast Pennsylvania’s top employers offers a ray of sunlight with the creation of 500 new jobs. Preparing for the 2010 introduction of table games, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs began hiring for various positions in recent weeks. Over half of the 500 jobs are in the table games department with other opportunities in food and beverage, security, cashiering, slots and valet. Postings for lucrative dealer positions have generated immediate interest with residents in the region.
“Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs offers guests an experience unlike any other in the area from gourmet dining to stellar entertainment,” said Bobby Soper, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. “We are excited to be part of the state’s new era of gaming which is sure to not only enhance our guests’ experience but will provide a positive impact to the local economy through new tax generation, the creation of unique career opportunities and advancement of tourism growth in the region.”
Laying the foundation for the introduction of table games at Pocono Downs is newly appointed Vice President of Table Games, Jeff Walker. A valued day-one employee of Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Walker has played a significant role in the success of the flagship property from guidance on basic strategy to gaming analysis to the instruction of hundreds of current table games dealers and supervisors.
Leading the creation of the table games workforce at Pocono Downs, Walker’s first goal is to identify a selection of employees to provide guests with the unparalleled service for which Mohegan Sun is known. With more than twenty years of personal experience in table games, Walker is ready to share his insights with a new community of students in Pennsylvania. He has recruited a team of instructors who are dedicated to developing friendly, knowledgeable and engaging dealers who will far surpass the competition.
“I began my career as a dealer more than twenty years ago in Atlantic City,” said Walker. “I know what it takes to succeed and I am eager to guide those interested in a new, exciting and rewarding career.”
Mid-February will mark the beginning of the first dealer school at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The courses range from eight to 12 weeks depending on the complexity and type of game. During the first few weeks, students will focus on becoming acclimated with the table, cards and chips before beginning to learn the skill set of the individual game. Training in this school will be offered free to all those accepted into the program.
Recruitment efforts for these positions will continue for several months. All those interested in applying for one of these positions or any career at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs are encouraged to apply online at mohegansunpocono.com.
About Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the largest and most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs was the first facility in Pennsylvania to add slot machines and is currently home to 55,000 square feet of gaming space including 2,500 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing eight months out of the year. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.win.inpa (1.888.946.4672) or visiting mohegansunpocono.com.