Rohnert Park casino training potential dealers

Vince Rooks stood in the dealer's spot and released two stacks of blue-backed playing cards into each other, the cards whirring faintly as they found places in the opposite deck.

"The key is not making too much sound, though," said the Santa Rosa man behind the six-deck shuffle.

"Otherwise, you're bending the cards," said Almira Bausley, who was role-playing three customers at the blackjack table.

Both Rooks and Bausley are Santa Rosa residents. He is 41 and works in catering and as a valet; she is 33and a stay-at-home mom. They are casino-floor novices, although Bausley said she has gambled a few times.

But on Wednesday, they were in a school being run in overlapping 12-week sessions by Station Casinos ahead of the scheduled opening late this year of the Graton Resort & Casino outside Rohnert Park. It is to last until the doors open and perhaps longer.

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