I see this topic posted a lot and some nimrods ALWAYS post replies like "Do it dewd; you can do anything you set your mind to in America, Bro" Well i set my mind on being an NFL quarterback, but something about being 5'9" and 165 lbs. didn't let it work out - "sorry dewd". So I thought i'd give my first hand experience to dispel this mindless crap. i moved here with my girlfriend less than a year ago and the 2 of us are still scraping to get by. Got here on a friday and i was already in dealer school the following tuesday. Dealer schools are a joke but somewhat of a necessary evil i guess. i talked to a lot of people and we all agree that: dealer schools will tell you whatever they need to to get you to sign up for as many classes as possible. 3 classes for $500-$600 "specials" are the norm. The teachers aren't really teachers - they're ex-dealers that sometimes can communicate in a round about way how to deal the game, more or less. You'll get about 20 minutes with one of these guys then they'll tell you to practice and move on. Anytime you need anything else you'll need to get it from one of the other students - and there will be no shortage of "know it alls" ready to tell you "the right way". Remember one thing - you need the certificate from the school to show on your resume. The school also knows this and they'll hold it over your head until they're ready to give it to you. Don't be surprised if you're "in school" for a few months until you talk them out of your certificate, regardless of how well you deal. And forget about "job placement". That just means that they will tell you the name of a pit boss at a certain casino, and guess what - you can go to the casino and ask for this info yourself. Get those "the school will get me an interview" delusions out of your head. You'll need to have a few interviews (with human resources) and auditions (in the pit) before you land a job. Absolutely forget about ANY casino on or near the Strip because they don't take "break-in" dealers (dealers with little or no experience). This is very easy to verify by looking at job descriptions that are posted on their websites. Any of the "good" places will require a year or more experience and Caesars, MGM Grand or Wynn is gonna want 3 or more before they'll even consider you. Instead you'll need to find a "break-in" casino - there aren't many and they are dimly lit, smoky places full of locals trying to take advantage of new dealers. Ever see pics of the slave traders on the pirate ships ? - keep them in mind. Regardless of where or when you get hired, it WILL be part-time or on call. It can take a year or more to get full time work and this opportunity is given on a seniorority basis. This means you'll get less than 32 hours per week; usually 2 or 3 days at minimum wage + tips ("tokes"). Typical tokes at any of the break-in places are currently running $30-$40 per day. Hey - how about getting 2 jobs ? Well, don't think one casino is gonna adjust a "break-in's" schedule just to let you work at a competitors somewhere else. Matter of fact, if some places find out, they will not hire you. My friends have done it quietly on their own and ended up with several 16 hour days per week and exhausted. OK. How's this all stack up for your move ? Well, you can plan on making minimum wage + $35 per day for 3 days or about $270 a week. You can rent a room in a safe neighborhood for about $500 month (including utilities) or a small apartment for about $650 (+utilities). You can get your federal REQUIRED Health insurance through the local welfare office as long as your income is less than a certain amount per month; work too much and plan to add this to your expenses. So, do your math and make your choices. Most of all, do your homework and don't listen to people blowing smoke. Every numnutz in every 3rd world country around the world already had the same idea and you'll be waiting in line behind them.