When Brad Thomte got the call to come over from Binion’s to run the newly designed poker room at the Palms, he didn’t hesitate.
“It’s very exciting to open a room with a brand new concept,” said Thomte, who spent nine years at Binion’s, one of downtown’s most famous poker rooms.
“Having a poker room built next to the sports book is an absolute no brainer,” he said. “Poker players are sports bettors and sports bettors are poker players. Easy to be both at the same time.
“Right now we are cash focused,” Thomte continued. “We’re trying to build up some of the large cash games that the Palms had prior to us being here. Our no limits are larger and we plan on having bigger games as well.”
While there are no definite plans for hosting a pro tournament or having a world class player represent the Palms, Thomte said management is open to those ideas.
“We are always willing to look for new opportunities,” he said. “Right now we are concentrating on making our book better. Our room opened at noon last Friday with active tables that will go 24/7.”
Thomte was also excited about being handed the ability to run the room his way.
“I was given a lot of leeway and allowed to bring in a staff that was the best of the best,” he said. “Me, I’m a 2 to 4 limit grinder.”
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The Miami Herald building, although still standing, no longer houses the newspaper operation. As of last week, the Miami Herald building is now owned by Malaysia-based Genting Group, the company that paid $236 million for the right to tear it down.
After paying an $11 million advance to a struggling Atlantic City casino it intended to buy, the parent company of the world’s largest online poker website was left with nothing for its troubles Friday when a judge ruled the casino had the right to scrap the deal.
New Jersey moved forward Friday with its plans to offer Internet gambling, issuing regulations on how the new online bets are to be handled. The state still has not set a date when Atlantic City’s 12 casinos may begin offering Internet bets.
Nevada regulators have approved Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.’s buyout of rival Ameristar Casinos Inc. The $869 million deal will more than double Pinnacle’s size.
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