Casino Management degrees on offer from College of Southern Nevada for first time

  • Learn how to deal craps games and work out theoretical player wins with the casino management course
  • The classes focus strongly on practical application, not just on theory

Students at the North Las Vegas campus of the College of Southern Nevada can now learn about the inner workings of casino resorts.

College of Southern Nevada
Casino Management degrees on offer from College of Southern Nevada for first time

The course is taught in a laboratory roughly 2,700 square feet in size. It is there that the students enrolled in the class can learn how to deal at craps tables, how to manage roulette games, and other such casino-related skills.

The tale behind the teachings

Mark DiStefano, a professor in the Department of Hospitality Management at the university, has drawn comparisons between what they offer and what is offered by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

He makes it known that the College of Southern Nevada, unlike their rival, puts a strong focus on both “application and theory,” rather than just teaching the theoretical skills associated with casino management.

The former offers casino management as a 2-year associate of applied science degree. The course comprises five related modules: tourism, food and beverage management, convention and event planning, hotel management, and culinary arts.

More broadly, the casino management course will also give an overview of slots, table games, laws and regulations associated with gambling, casino marketing, and race and sports betting.

While the University of Nevada, Las Vegas course offers many of these aspects, it hardly provides its students with opportunity to get practical and deal the games for themselves. But DiStefano knows how vital it is to cover all bases; having caught casino fever at age 18, he eventually landed a job as a craps dealer.

In 2006, he moved to Las Vegas and enrolled on a course offered by the College of Southern Nevada to learn how to deal Pai Gow Poker. The same year, he was offered a position as adjunct instructor and began to teach there himself.

And 3 years later, he found himself working full-time at both the College and the Encore, a casino at which he worked as floor supervisor.

He then started a role overseeing surveillance training at The Cosmopolitan, before eventually becoming department chair at the College of Southern Nevada in 2015.

What can you expect?

Giving examples of the classes he himself now teaches, he describes a typical casino marketing lesson. For instance, a student might be asked to work out what a player would (theoretically) win if they played for 8.5 hours and bet $3,500 on a game wherein the house edge was 1.24.

To keep an eye on the success and effect of the course, a meeting takes place among committee members twice per year in order to discuss the course, successes, failures, and any improvements for the future of the classes.

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