Job Fair Seeking 600 Casino Employees in Orange County, Indiana

Another job fair is scheduled for August 18-19 to find 600 more people to work at the French Lick Springs Resort and Casino in Indiana.

The first round of training for future poker dealers at the new Orange County casino begins this week. The French Lick Resort and Casino is scheduled to open in November, and officials have already offered jobs to about 350 people.

Training for people who will run craps, roulette and poker tables begins Monday and will last 10-12 weeks, the dealers were hired after a job fair in June, while training for blackjack dealers begins in August.

"We couldn't be happier with the turnout we had for our June job fair," said Scott Spurlock, general manager of the French Lick Springs Resort and Casino. "With the additional job fair in August, we fully expect to have all positions filled before the resort and casino opening in November."

Hourly wages at the French Lick Springs Resort start at $8 an hour for housekeepers, but officials have said casino dealers may earn up to $50,000.

The restoration of the French Lick Resort and Casino is $382 million and casino development project includes the French Lick Springs Resort and the new French Lick Casino - both scheduled to open in November - and the West Baden Springs Hotel, salted to open in June 2007.

The resort and casino will include more than 650 guest rooms and suites, an 84,000-square-foot-casino, 45 holes of golf and two full-service spas.