Just One More Hand: Life in the Casino Economy

By Ellen Mutari, Deborah M. Figart

Just yet one more Hand tells a narrative that staff far and wide can relate to: an that promised a pretty good and strong livelihood is being reworked through aggressive pressures, inflicting staff to lose their fiscal footing. What looked like a superb task at some point turns into a foul activity the subsequent. Incorporating the genuine reviews of on line casino staff, the e-book demonstrates the problems for neighborhood groups which are development new casinos within the hopes of luring travelers. neighborhood groups putting all their chips on casinos as an financial improvement procedure face more and more lengthy odds.

Life tales of person employees in Atlantic urban are explored within the context of the heritage of town and the now-global gaming undefined. With increasingly more casinos competing for purchasers, staff are feeling the brunt of cost-cutting measures, together with the wholesale closure of a few casinos. whereas long-time staff are combating opposed to concessions and salary stagnation, more youthful employees juggle a number of part-time and seasonal jobs at a number of casinos. coverage makers hoping to offset those traits are attempting to rebrand Atlantic urban for a more youthful, hipper, and extra well-to-do purchasers utilizing public-private partnerships. regrettably, scant cognizance is being paid to the middle factor in fiscal development—the want for sustainable livelihoods and significant paintings. the following, Ellen Mutari and Deborah Figart discover the realities of the and the lives and demanding situations the staff inside of it are dealing with.

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28 SUEBEE ’ S tale whilst requested approximately moments at the task while she felt proud, she comes up with a striking act of bravery: “It’s particularly challenging in that company to, for me in my view besides, it used to be a truly, there has been not anything socially redeeming concerning the job—nothing! i assume after approximately ten years it quite began to get to me so far as what I did for a living—how i used to be not likely contributing to the betterment of humanity, how i used to be relatively operating the entire time with the dregs of the earth. And gosh, my proudest second used to be most likely, oh boy, I hate to assert, whilst I raised my hand in a gathering and stated i might take a retirement package deal and began to development to truly depart my task. simply because as tricky as that used to be to do, I’ll always remember it. ” As SueBee describes her final day at paintings, she starts to choke up— in regards to the coworkers she used to be sorry to go away and the recent managers that she wasn’t going to overlook: “But the day that I, the final day i used to be there, that used to be particularly emotional. It used to be very—and it used to be so humorous to observe humans round me. The purchasers and the floorpeople, a few of them may simply stroll through the pit crying they usually, like, wouldn’t are available in. Others may are available in and hug me and provides me offers. (I’m getting emotional. ) I suggest, I walked out, there has been such a lot of appealing presents and heartfelt playing cards and phrases and many disbelief. actually, humans couldn’t converse to me. but if I left, I didn’t—everyone was once like, ah you want to cross round to the entire pits. And, i used to be like, ‘Aw, please, it’s all i will be able to do to get out the door! ’ there has been now not a shift supervisor, there has been no longer a on line casino supervisor: not anyone in higher administration to assert so long. I simply walked out the door. I be mindful I obtained out the door and that i was once status at Boston and Pacific [Avenues] and that i proposal, oh my God I’ve performed it [laughing]. And it simply, I took the inner most breath and that i commit it to memory was once a stunning day. It was once a September day and it used to be simply so appealing. and that i stood at the nook and waited for the Jitney to hurry in entrance of me and check out to kill me with its rear-view reflect. and that i simply laughed and crossed the road, went to my specified parking spot . . . and pulled out and left and simply breathed an exhale and that i by no means seemed again. I’ve by no means regretted it and that i don’t imagine I ever will. ” 2 A urban equipped ON SAND in contrast to many previously commercial towns of the northeastern and midwestern usa, Atlantic urban has carrier in its bones. positioned on a comparatively skinny strip of barrier island—Absecon Island—off the coast of southern New Jersey, the so-called Queen of motels was once created and advertised as a seashore hotel. The Philadelphia–Atlantic urban Railway corporation begun bringing Philadelphians to the shore after the Civil battle, again whilst “seabathing” was once an intensive new hobby. Tourism has been on the center of the commercial health and wellbeing of Atlantic urban ever in view that. In 1870, an innovation in publically funded infrastructure was once born with the install of a mile-long walkway of wood planks at the sand for visitors—the first U.

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