Horseshoe seek­ing work­ers as MGM set to open in P.G. County

Baltimore Sun - - HEALTH & STYLE - By Jeff Barker je­barker@balt­ twit­­j­eff­barker

Horseshoe Casino Bal­ti­more will con­duct a hir­ing event on Tues­day, seek­ing to bol­ster its ranks as a new com­peti­tor — MGM Na­tional Har­bor — pre­pares to open next month.

Horseshoe said in pro­mo­tional ma­te­ri­als that it was pre­pared to make “of­fers on the spot” for deal­ers, bar­tenders, su­per­vi­sors, hosts and oth­ers dur­ing the event in the Har­bor Room of the Rus­sell Street casino. MGM was of­fer­ing $500 sign­ing bonuses for ex­pe­ri­enced deal­ers and some other po­si­tions.

The casino al­ready faces com­pe­ti­tion for tal­ent from the $1.4 bil­lion MGM Na­tional Har­bor. Sched­uled to open Dec. 8 on the Po­tomac River in Prince Ge­orge’s County, the casino, Mary­land’s sixth, is hir­ing 3,600 peo­ple.

Horseshoe opened in 2014 with about 1,900 work­ers and said it now has about 1,500.

Horseshoe said it was hold­ing the all-day hir­ing event largely be­cause of “nat­u­ral at­tri­tion.” It said some em­ploy­ees have left the busi­ness, while oth­ers have been pro­moted, leav­ing va­can­cies be­neath them.

“Peo­ple are go­ing to try out the in­dus­try and some­times it’s not a fit,” said Noah Hirsch, Horseshoe’s vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing. “We knew there would be nat­u­ral at­tri­tion as some peo­ple de­cided it’s not the in­dus­try for them.”

The casino did not say how many peo­ple it ex­pected to hire next week, or how many em­ploy­ees had been hired away by MGM Na­tional Har­bor.

“Ob­vi­ously, MGM is open­ing in a cou­ple of weeks and that is a fac­tor,” Hirsch said. “It isn’t un­ex­pected to have some em­ploy­ees go down and kick the tires.”

Horseshoe has held a num­ber of mostly smaller hir­ing pro­mo­tions in the past year, in­clud­ing a hand­ful de­voted to ta­ble games work­ers and one in At­lantic City, N.J., for em­ploy­ees of the re­cently-closed Trump Taj Ma­hal.

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