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A longtime nurse, Ms. Harbourt, 51, of North Potomac said she has no plans to give up her nursing career but decided to give dealing a try after hearing about it on the radio.

Dressed in a bright red sweater dress, Ms. Harbourt dealt cards and collected chips for her blackjack games, while listening to constructive criticism from her fellow students.

The school is a good place to make mistakes — though the chips are real gambling chips, no money is actually exchanged during the classes.

“It’s a little nerve-wracking. It’s completely different from anything I’ve done before,” she said. “But confidence breeds confidence.”