September 2, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Forget the firm handshake and networking chit chat. Business students who want a job at Caesars Entertainment are working on their poker faces.
The casino giant held its annual MBA tournament on the Las Vegas Strip to screen potential hires last weekend. Nearly 300 students and alumni anted up for the three-day Texas Hold 'em contest, where hiring managers and corporate execs schmoozed with candidates during breaks.
Caesar's human resources executive Tijuana Plant says the festive atmosphere and real-money stakes help the company screen for the critical thinking ability and social aptitude needed in the gambling industry.
After the long weekend, 20 lucky MBAs were invited to interview with casino bigwigs.
Some would-be moguls who didn't score interviews still got to take home winnings that of nearly $8,000.
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