Ventnor’s Sally McVey had her share of unusual customers during 32 years of dealing blackjack and other games at Caesars Atlantic City.

McVey, who retired recently, was never bored in all those years of dealing, she said. It was one of the reasons she continued to love her job and never changed properties.

McVey remembers one customer who joined her blackjack game in mid-July while wearing a fur coat. His luck was good and he wanted to double down on a hand, but didn’t have the cash. So he tried to use his wristwatch. She said no.

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Then he opened his coat and “he had at least 130 wristwatches inside,” McVey said. “He asked if anybody wanted to buy one, but there were no takers.”

He couldn’t double down, but won the hand, she remembered.

To mark McVey’s retirement, friend and co-worker Gary Cook, of Galloway Township, held a goodbye roast for her last week at Gourmet Italian Cuisine in Galloway Township. The event was attended by about 50 friends. They made jokes about McVey’s habits, such as dancing and fist pumping at dealer breaks and always saying “hi,” no matter how many times she saw you.

McVey was a first-grade teacher at McGuire Air Force Base in Burlington County for 10 years before moving south with her husband, Richard.

“I said, ‘I’ll come down and if I can’t get a teaching job, I’ll get into the gaming industry,’” she said. “Little did I know I was going to love it.”

For the first couple of years she was told to be less friendly, she said. But that changed over the years and her naturally outgoing personality was allowed to shine.

Accountant visits school

Chandra D. Anaya, a certified public accountant, visited Egg Harbor Township High School last month to discuss career opportunities in accounting. Anaya’s visit was part of the statewide Pay It Forward campaign by the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants to encourage students to enter the field.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 22 percent growth in accounting careers between 2008 and 2018.  For more information, contact Janice Amatucci at 973-226-4494, ext. 209, or

Two join board in Cape

Vicki D. Lachman, of Avalon, and Miles W. Truesdell Jr., of Stone Harbor, have joined the board of the Cape Regional Medical Center Foundation.  

Lachman is chairman of the board of Chestnut Hill Hospital and a clinical professor at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professionals. Truesdell, former co-president of a family-owned company, has served on the Capital Health board of trustees since 1988.

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