Oxford Casino looks for experienced workers out of state, defends hiring practices

OXFORD — Online job listings asking for casino workers to come to Maine have rankled some, who say The Oxford Casino is putting out-of-state people ahead of Mainers.

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Dennis Bailey

The Oxford Casino says experienced casino workers will be needed to train people who haven't worked in gambling houses before.

In an item on the Public Gaming Research Institute's website, casino General Manager Jack Sours said the Route 26 business has “a variety of positions available, including a significant need for experienced Table Games Dealers.”

“This is a great opportunity for people who moved away from Maine seeking employment, to return to their native state,” Sours is quoted as saying.

Dennis Bailey of CasinosNO said it's evidence of what anti-casino activists have been saying since before the 2010 referendum — that casino jobs will largely go to people from away.

“It looks like the out-of-state investors are now running the show,” Bailey said in an email Monday. “I hate to say I told you so, but it appears that very few jobs at this casino will be going to Maine people.”

Scott Smith, community development director for The Oxford Casino, said that's not the case. The casino is looking for experienced casino workers to train Maine people. While Eastern Maine Community College is training dealers for table games at Hollywood Slots, Smith said The Oxford Casino will train employees in-house.

Smith said the casino still plans to hold job fairs in March or April. On Saturday, The Oxford Casino posted 22 openings on casinocareers.com, including security officers, dealers, a human resources clerk and management positions for purchasing, food and beverage, facilities, marketing, training and other areas.

Silverton Casino, a casino and hotel operator in Las Vegas, has been hired to run The Oxford Casino, which is scheduled to open in June. The Nevada company will be in charge of hiring executives and managers to fill key positions at the facility and determine things such as the mix of slot machines and table games, the surveillance system and even the restaurant menu, Smith has said previously.


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Randall Pond's picture

Oxford Casino looks for experienced workers out of state, defend

Dennis Bailey. GET A LIFE! The article clearly states you need experienced people. What is this place going to do if they don't get out of state people. Do you Seriously Walmart, JC Penny, Sam's Club, Home Depot, Lowe's Rudy Tuesday Outback Steak House and other business don't have people from out of town come train their staff from time to time? Especially when it's a brand new location? Why is it any different for Black Bear Entertainment and others involved in this Casino in Oxford, Maine don't want the best for themselves to have the very best casino in Maine and Run by people knowing what I know?

You don't seriously they want Amateurs in there do you?

GARY SAVARD's picture

My guess is that they will

My guess is that they will bring in experienced people to train and supervise initially, and then promote from their employee base and hire local people to replace turnovers going forward, which makes sense both practically and financially. Dennis Bailey is such a drain...but, he makes money while he's at it!

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Why not follow what Hollywood

Why not follow what Hollywood Slots is doing in Bangor and train the people at CMCC?

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You lost SHUT UP

Bob Deschenes's picture


I don't know what you mean by I lost. We all lost cause the jobs aren,t going to locals. Did you work in putting it up? Are you going to work there when it opens up? No we all lost.

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I wonder...

...how many table game instructors there are in Maine, qualified to teach Mainers their job at the casino. Considering how welcome table game operators have been in this state, I would guess not many. I wonder whose head THAT is on.

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Judging from the sudject line

Judging from the sudject line he meant Dennis Bailey.


Honestly I am not surprised, seen this happen in to many other states. People never seem to "read the warning labels" until it is to late.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Instead of hireing people towork and train

These out of state executives must think we're pretty stupid, or thier incredibly stupid themselves.
What are they going to do when all this training is done, fire the experienced help?
They should be hireing teachers. Someone who would work in a modified classroom, and teach what needs to be taught. The Career centers do it all the time. When I went to work for a high tech company in Portland, even though I had two degrees in the field I still had to go through two weeks in the classroom.
Thier not looking for teachers, thier looking for permanent help.
Anyone in the Oxford area, unless you know your way around a blackjack table can look forward to low paying jobs in the concession stands or janitorial work. Don,t fall for thier lies.

Bob Deschenes's picture


Figures out of state hires. Just about every positions can be said as needing someone with previous experience security, tables, parking. God we have been duped so many times, I'm crippled and stuck in that bent over position. Did ya notice that big coincidence that they found someone ie Silverton Casino is going to go thru all that trouble to come to maine to run it? There goes my job.

On the other hand that would be like ...

Hiring city folk to Guide a wild game hunt! LOL

Wow talk about reading the contract....

Good chance we didn't put 5 of these things in our state like we wanted. The only money that would have been lost was "our own". ! We don't even qualify for the position. How many more casino's do we want NOW?


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