Rhode Islander's have been waiting a long time for table games to be allowed at state casinos. Many have been crossing into Connecticut for work at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Now, they finally have their chance to apply at an in-state casino.
One applicant today, Shawn Connors, was there with his wife Leah, so they could both get jobs at Twin River. He says, "I'm here for a job for the new casino games that are opening. I'm originally a Rhode Islander but have been working at Foxwoods for 17 years. I'm looking forward to come back to Rhode Island."
Just last week voters approved table games at Twin River. In a push to get voter approval, Twin River pledged 350 jobs for the state. They are hiring table game dealers and supervisors, cage security, surveillance, and food and beverage positions.
People actually started lining up around 8 AM Tuesday morning. That prompted Twin River to open the job fair an hour early. By the end of the day, over one thousand people were expected to show up for the 350 jobs available.
Patti Doyle, the spokesperson for Twin River explains, "it's a labor intensive process, to be able to identify, recruit, hire and then train these individuals for 350 jobs so we felt it was better to start this process sooner rather than later.
Table games are expected to open by July of next year, but if they are in a position to open sooner, they will.