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Carrie Snyder, Published January 18 2010

Portraits: Brian Hanson

Brian Hanson is his name, blackjack is his game. The 50-year-old Fargo man deals blackjack at the West Fargo VFW Post 7564 two nights a week. “It’s a fun environment to work in,” Hanson said. He worked for casinos full time for several years, but now it’s something he does on the side to socialize and earn some extra “fun money.” Hanson, who served in the Air Force overseas during peace time from 1978 to 1982, enjoys being around other veterans. He is currently a member of the AMVETS Post 8 and likes the environment at the West Fargo VFW. His wife, Connie, also deals blackjack at the VFW. “Some nights are really slow and some really busy, but there’s always someone to talk to,” Hanson said.