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Hiring Spree Underway at Arkansas Casinos, With Extra Job Openings to Come


Apr 27, 2021

Posted on: April 26, 2021, 03:48h. 
Final up to date on: April 26, 2021, 04:37h.

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Arkansas’ casinos are in a hiring mode. The three licensed casinos within the state are also increasing their operations, with development initiatives both underway or practically full.

This photograph illustration reveals what the resort tower at Southland On line casino Racing in West Memphis, Ark., will appear to be upon completion in 2022. The resort is anticipating hiring extra workers by subsequent 12 months. (Picture: WATN-TV)

Every of the three casinos just lately put out the phrase that they’re searching for workers. One on line casino provided to rent folks on the spot. One other was handing out $1,500 bonuses to those that wish to be card sellers.
The three casinos are Southland On line casino Racing in West Memphis, Oaklawn On line casino Racing Resort in Scorching Springs, and Saracen On line casino Resort in Pine Bluff. A fourth on line casino has been licensed for Russellville, however is tied up in a authorized dispute.
At Southland, job seekers eager to be sellers started attending a free seller faculty on Monday. A tweet from Southland signifies sellers can earn a $1,500 bonus, along with the free faculty.
Southland is a on line casino and canine observe throughout the Mississippi River from the bigger Memphis, Tenn., metropolitan space. The canine observe will shut subsequent 12 months, however the resort will stay open and is increasing.
Southland additionally just lately bumped up its pay for salaried, non-tipped workers to $15 an hour. These workers embrace these working in safety, meals and beverage, housekeeping, cashiering, and participant service jobs, in response to KREG-TV in Memphis.
Safety officer Tomeka Banis instructed the tv station she referred to as her boss when she heard in regards to the pay increase to verify it was true.
“I’ve been right here seven years and that is highest pay that we now have gotten,” she stated.
Southland Common Supervisor Dave Wolf stated 400 workers will profit from the pay increase now. As operations ramp again up from COVID-19, a pair hundred extra staff will obtain a increase, he stated.
 ‘Come as You Are’
At Saracen, Carlton Saffa, the chief market officer, has tweeted a few notices this month letting potential workers know the Pine Bluff resort has quite a few job openings.
Pine Bluff is about 45 minutes south of centrally positioned Little Rock, the capital metropolis.
Earlier this month, Saffa tweeted, “How about 100 extra new jobs, hiring on the spot.” The openings included wage and hourly jobs, along with administration positions.
He urged job candidates to “Come as you might be.” You could go away with a brand new profession,” he tweeted. 
At Oaklawn, Common Supervisor Wayne Smith just lately instructed KATV-TV that solely about half of 400 current jobs openings had been crammed by mid-April.
“Ever for the reason that stimulus bundle cash got here out in February, we’re simply not getting of us to return in,” Smith instructed the Little Rock tv station.
Development Underway
Oaklawn’s hiring spree has been spurred by its $100 million growth, which incorporates extra gaming house and an eight-story, 198-room resort. Oaklawn is a few hour southwest of Little Rock.
Saracen has been open for six months, however already is increasing its poker site, Saffa famous in a tweet.

At Southland, the resort is planning by 2022 so as to add to its on line casino flooring house and to finish a 21-story resort. It will create much more job openings.

“We’re going to rent a further 4 to 5 hundred folks within the upcoming 12 months,” Wolf instructed the tv station. “So, we’ll most likely begin hiring someday in December or January.”

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