Posted: November 18, 2022, 10:45 a.m.
Last update: November 18, 2022, 11:02 a.m.
It took longer than Melco Resorts and Entertainment expected to complete City of Dreams Mediterranean (CoDM), but the integrated resort in Cyprus is almost ready. As the company begins to wrap up construction, it is offering paid onsite training for those who wish to become professional casino dealers.
CoDM will be the first true IR in Europe, and it took Melco a while to get there. After work began in 2019, the property was expected to be ready to open last year. However, COVID-19 and other issues got in the way.
The Melco Cyprus division of Melco, the operator of Cypriot casinos (C2), announcement earlier this year that it was gaining momentum and the $617 million property would open this year. It’s going to take a little longer than that, but the finish line is in sight.
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CoDM announced on Wednesday the launch of the first in-house dealer school for table games. Prospective resellers must be over 21 years of age, and applicants selected by Melco will participate in a paid three-month program to train with top table game experts.
Successful applicants will receive their salaries when they begin their first training session at the Zavos Pavilion in Limassol on December 5. However, not everyone can apply, as all applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English.
Dealers must demonstrate adaptability, dexterity and a high level of knowledge. Trading is an art form, so we want to make sure Melco dealers are masters of the art by offering a paid three-month training program – learning from the best,” said CoDM Managing Director Grant Johnson.
Melco will host the training in a space that meets professional gaming standards, according to the company’s announcement. This will give candidates direct experience in real work environments so they know what to expect. The second session will begin on January 9, 2023.
Melco Cyprus’ experienced instructors will help candidates acquire the skills necessary to become professional dealers. They will also oversee the smooth running of a wide variety of table games, such as roulette, blackjack, and Texas Hold’em.
Melco also hosts bi-monthly career days for IR. This is part of its ongoing recruitment drive to fill over 1,000 positions and encourage local employment. The next career day will take place on November 22 at Melco’s Career Center at Molos in Limassol from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There is no benchmark on which Melco can build his expectations for the station, but he has a clear goal in mind. It says the property is expected to attract up to 300,000 additional tourists each year as the “biggest and first” IR in all of Europe.
The casino will be just one of the focal points. Its gaming floor will span 7,500 square meters (80,729 square feet), but there will also be 10,000 square meters (107,639 square feet) of convention and exhibition space.
The hotel reaches 16 floors, one of the tallest achievements in recent Cypriot history. There will be 500 rooms and suites designed for visitors of all ages, accompanied by an adventure theme park and an outdoor amphitheater.
A few months ago, the Cypriot authorities started charging local officials they say committed fraud under a “golden passport” scheme. The program is common in many places and automatic residency or citizenship in exchange for large contributions to the state.
It was feared that CoDM would struggle to recruit executives as Cyprus slowed clearances of incoming employees. However, that did not happen and last week a court dismissed charges against nine suspects in the ongoing case.