Atlantis Casino Spa Resort in Reno has an All In Poker Series coming March 15-25, presenting the $ 200,000 Significant Event collateral. So we interviewed Keith Dames, the outdoor poker manager of Atlantis, attending a major and ongoing event in Atlantis.
GT: Say a little about yourself.
KD: “I’m Keith Dames, poker manager and also a visiting poker player at poker88, gone 39 years. I grew up in California, and entered the Army in 1999. I worked as a tv studio technician, working with electronics for six years in places including Seoul, South Korea and Baghdad, Iraq. After Troop, I moved back to California and learned to tackle table games, busting into the tribal casinos in Coachella Valley. “
GT: How did you get into poker?
KD: “Overcoming table games, I taught school at the dealer. When I ask my students to do repetitive work, I will consider poker classes. One day my boss got a call from the poker room. They have bought one more table for their daily competition from the dealer.
“I started working several times in the poker room and also several times in the holes. When opening up if the hole dealer will start collecting guides, I ask the poker manager to pass me tackle poker full time.
“I moved to Reno nine years ago and started trading at the Atlantis Casino Spa Resort. I was watched for many years and was promoted to be assistant poker manager under Mike Gainey. When he retired, I was a poker manager
GT: Tell me about your room in Atlantis.
KD: “The poker room at Atlantis has eight tables in a beautifully decorated, smoke-free room. We spread some limit as well as daily Hold’em games as well as unlimited specials on specific days of the week. Drawmaha $ 6/12 is a new favorite for some of our players.
“On Monday, we’re rolling out a $ 1/2 Pot Limit Dealerer’s Choice game unlike any other game you’ve played. We do a small morning buy competition every day as well as two 11 day series in March and August. Our upcoming March event brings in a $ 1,100 buy-in Important Event with $ 200,000 collateral.
“During our big event, we added 25 tables to our convention room. Outside this room features floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains throughout. I said, ‘#PokerWithAView.’ Our poker tables are equipped with a shuffle engine, Bravo player search, and USB ports on each bench. We have a self-service drink station and cocktail and food service. Our Sports Bar offers 16 draft beers and more than forty Whiskeys of the World. us to play live poker is $ 4 / hour.