Farone making some big changes at Meadows Casino

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As promised in the last issue of Ante Up, I wanted to share my recent interview with Meadows Casino’s new poker room manager Jim Farone.

What can new players coming to the area expect? Players can expect to meet some of the friendliness dealers in the industry. Our crew is very professional and runs a good game at a comfortable pace. They are also very patient with beginners who may just be learning the rules of the game. This is a great room for experienced players, as well as first-timers. Guests can expect to find a game they will enjoy.

How did you get started in poker? I’ve been working in this industry for almost a decade now, culminating (with this) recent opportunity to serve the Meadows Casino. But to truly answer how I got my start in poker, it goes back 30 years. Cards were a big part of my family growing up.

What changes have you made in the poker room? I restructured our tournament schedule to better meet our customers’ preferences. I also have had several conversations with our valued guests to ask them what promotions they would like to see. After all, it is their poker room. But the biggest change is coming very soon. We are building a new poker room and relocating it on the main floor of the casino.

Do you play the game? Absolutely. I love the game. I’m just glad you didn’t ask if I play the game well.

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Players can win tickets through Sept. 30 by getting a full house or better that wins or loses in any eligible Texas Hold’em game.
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— Email at Mike Owens at anteupowens@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @Holdemag and check out his blog at CheckRaze.com.