Rich Golden Nugget talks about Poker Tournament Series – Las Vegas Golden Nugget Hotels and Casinos kicks off its 11th Grand Poker Series today, May 29th. This series runs until July 3.
The event will be held at the Grand Event Center with over 90 poker tournaments spread over 36 days ranging from total buy-ins and poker disciplines. We interviewed Andy Rich, the manager of the Golden Nugget poker room about the event, his background and his views on poker.
AR: “I’m 44 years old, and I’ve been working in poker for 20 years. I have a business degree from Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University. I started playing poker in the mid-nineties and worked in the Midwest.
“I moved to Las Vegas in 2005 and got employed at the Harrah’s poker room on the Las Vegas Strip which is famous for visiting mwpoker. I moved to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino not long after, where I eventually worked my way up to the director of operations for the World Series of Poker and the poker room manager for the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and Caesars Palace. I left Caesars in 2012 and have been in the Golden Nugget Las Vegas since November 2014. “
GT: How did you get into poker?
“I started gambling at a very young age. The first sports bet I remember was $ 5 against my mother in 1985 at the Viking / Eagles game. Mother has Eagles. He wins, but at least there’s no vig if I lose.
“My dad has a weekly home poker game, and my mother has a weekly Mahjong home game. Mom’s games have always had better snacks, but I ended up liking poker more. I’ve always liked gambling, math and psychology not to think about your opponents. “
Tell me about your room at the Golden Nugget. How many tables, games you spread, tournaments, facilities etc.
“The Golden Nugget is one of the most famous poker rooms in Las Vegas. The Nugget is seen by many as the spiritual home of the legendary televised poker show “High Stakes Poker” – with the High Roller Suite bearing witness to some of the biggest and most dramatic pots in TV history. Several NBC’s ‘Poker After Dark’ series have also been filmed here, as well as a head-to-head battle for ‘Face the Ace’ on NBC, so players have a good chance of rubbing shoulders with big name poker pros.
“As the name suggests, the Golden Nugget poker room maintains the gold rush theme of the casino. Our poker room features 13 non-smoking tables, comfortable chairs and luxurious décor. The table is furnished with gold cloth and sits under a spotlight cover that emits a low, filtered golden light. Flat-screen TVs are placed on top of each table and display tournament information at such close range that even short-sighted players can stay on the pulse of the action.
“All desks are equipped with phone chargers too. Various levels of live cash poker games are always available from low limit beginners to Unlimited action as you can see on TV. We have a great bonus promotion for our cash game, where if you make quads or an immediate flush using both cards in your hand you win the bonus of the posted amount (between $ 50 and $ 599.)
“If you peak between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., it pays double! (Except for the Royal Flush, which is never less than a $ 200 bonus). We also feature a progressive Bad Beat Jackpot which pays the entire table if someone loses by Quad Deuces or better. The Bad Beat Jackpot starts at $ 10,000 and grows every day until it is hit and reset.
“24K Select members earn $ 2 an hour playing our cash games. This product can be used in the Golden Nugget Las Vegas restaurant, as well as any Landry restaurant around the country.