Colorado casinos in need of dealers

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DENVER — Casino dealers are cool, calm and collected.

They need to be. You can’t mess around with other people’s money.

But how did they get there? Who are these people? Where did they learn the skills necessary to become a casino dealer?

Well, a lot of them started at the Casino Dealers School of Colorado in Denver owned by David Brogan.

“We teach anybody from 21 to 70 how to deal blackjack and roulette, craps and poker,” Brogan said.

For 25 years, Brogan’s school has taught more than 5,000 dealers the skills they must possess to toss cards in Colorado.

“You have to count, you you have to learn basic procedures, how the games are being played, anticipate what the players are going to do,” Brogan said.

Like any job, not everyone is cut out to cut those cards.

“You’ve got to be friendly, outgoing, effervescent. Not intimidated by people,” Brogan said.

Tiffany Frank from Monument thinks she might have what it takes. She’s been a teacher for 18 years.

“I’m looking for a job that’s fun. That I don’t have to take home the stress every night of worrying about the kids and lesson planning,” she said.

For Brogan, he said he’s been a lucky guy choosing the career path of a dealer, now a teacher.

“I knew that when I went out to Las Vegas for the first time, I wanted to do this and I never looked back,” he said.

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