Maine gambling board to approve EMCC table game program

Posted Jan. 17, 2012, at 12:57 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s Gambling Control Board is expected to give its approval to a new course at Eastern Maine Community College for table game dealers ahead of the arrival of blackjack and poker games at two casinos.

Hollywood Slots casino in Bangor plans to add 14 table games in the spring, including poker, blackjack, craps and roulette. A casino under construction in Oxford will also offer table games, in addition to slot machines, when it opens this year.

Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor has launched a new program that trains students in all facets of the hospitality industry, including training for jobs such as blackjack and poker dealers, security personnel and other table games-related positions.

The Gambling Control Board meets Tuesday in Augusta.

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