- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - Casinos in Deadwood are banding together to uniformly train their employees in advance of a law taking effect this summer that will allow them to offer craps and roulette.

The Deadwood Gaming Association and the South Dakota Commission on Gaming launched a six-week training program last month that has brought together 90 of the town’s gaming employees, from dealers to pit bosses.

The training comes on the heels of a measure passed by the state Legislature this session that legalized roulette, craps and keno in the historic old west town. In November, 57 percent of voters statewide approved a constitutional amendment that gave the Legislature the authority to implement the new games.

The training program, which runs through May, aims to ensure employees are learning proper game techniques, procedures and regulations for before the games become legal on July 1, the Black Hills Pioneer reported (https://bit.ly/1DKFVxG ).

Dave Brogan, one of the two trainers from the Casino Dealers School of Colorado who are leading the program, said the gaming commission was concerned about the integrity of the games. They wanted to make sure players were paid the appropriate amounts and that players were also not taking advantage of inexperienced dealers, he said.

“They also wanted uniformity, as players go from one house to another, everybody’s doing it the same way and doing it right,” he said.

Training participants in the program must complete 120 hours of craps training or 60 hours of roulette training.

Deadwood Gaming Association Executive Director Mike Rodman said so far three casinos have told him they’ll be offering the new games come July.

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Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, https://www.bhpioneer.com

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