In anticipation of making history as the first legal online poker site in the U.S., Nevada’s South Point Poker has listed various job opportunities at their website directly related to launching and maintaining the Internet poker site.
In addition to a handful of software developers and a graphic artist, the company is also seeking customer service representatives and poker investigators. A total of 17 job openings are listed, whose functions will help develop and operate SouthPointPoker.com. Though not listed on the website, a press release stated that blogger positions are also open.
“We are recruiting the very best talent to join our new online gaming company,” said South Point Hotel Casino and Spa owner Michael Gaughan. “South Point Poker has allowed us to not only create jobs in Las Vegas, but provide new and exciting career opportunities for Nevada’s economy.”
In August, the company was the first in the Silver State to be granted an online poker license in the operator category by gaming officials. South Point has also been approved in the service provider and manufacturing license categories. Of all the companies rubber-stamped for licenses so far—the running total is nearing a dozen—South Point is the only one who will provide online poker services to Nevada residents and tourists without partnering with other companies to bring their offering online.
July figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics showed that Nevada’s rate of unemployment is currently the nation’s highest at 12%, rising from 11.6% in June. New positions in the online poker industry at South Point and other casinos in the future will certainly help, but the total effect of the legalization of Internet poker on the state’s unemployment picture remains to be seen.
“Our marketing, customer service and compliance departments offer new job opportunities to set the tone for the future of online, real-money poker,” said Lawrence Vaughan, South Point Poker’s chief operating officer. “With the constant advancements of technology, the South Point Poker team will have the opportunity to challenge their creativity on a daily basis and develop an evolving product to fully satisfy the emerging online poker community.”
South Point Poker has been operating a free-play site for one year. There is no firm date for the launching of the real-money site—sometime this fall is the latest estimate—but South Point is several months ahead of other potential online poker site operators in Nevada.