Dealing has an allure unmatched in popular culture. Working at the center of the action, dealers appear to enjoy exciting, lucrative work lives. However, most women dealers interviewed, who had long tenures in the casinos, tell a dramatically different story. With rare exception, they ached to escape the casino and had come to detest their jobs. They hated the noise, smoke, and having to work holidays, and even more they hated how the casinos profited from greed and broken lives. But they felt stuck. Dealing cards, the women said, was hardly a transferable skill, and even if they went back to school, the jobs they might get would pay considerably less than they made dealing. Worst of all, they hated themselves for having stayed so long, as if in their staying they had come to be all that they despised. This chapter presents the stories of three women dealers who felt some deeper sense of purpose, but were held back by fear of change, of rejection, of loss, of the unknown.
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