Rolling the Dice

by | Sep 30, 2020


The future of the gambling industry is looking a lot more feminine.

It’s a common sight to see women dealing cards or serving cocktails on the casino floor–but now they are running four out of the city’s nine casinos. The Tropicana, Borgata, Ocean Casino Resort and Bally’s are all under female leadership.

One gambling historian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas says many of the reasons for male domination was the way casinos were run in Nevada. Women didn’t even deal cards in Vegas until the 1970s, giving them fewer chances to advance.

Debra Nutton was one of the first craps dealers in Las Vegas and says it made her boss so uncomfortable that he called her names in front of co-workers. After a few years, she was named female Pit Boss, which was unheard of at the time.

Now she says, all it takes is for one woman to get a seat at the table to make things better for those waiting in line. Now the woman leading the way in Atlantic City hopes other casinos take the gamble.

Brian Banmiller

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