RecPoker | Ep 285 – John Barrows

By Steve Fredlund
June 22, 2021

John Barrows is the tournament manager for Running Aces Casino, Racetrack, and Hotel, the official sponsor of the RecPoker Podcast. John opens up to give insight about how poker fits into the context of casino profitability, specifically considering how to balance tournament structure and rake. John can be reached at [email protected] with general feedback welcomed at [email protected]

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Time Stamps

02:05Introduction to John Barrows
02:28John’s official title at Running Aces. 
06:27Where does poker fit into the landscape of the casino profitability?
11:22Why cash games are more profitable than tournaments. 
15:07Keeping track of the tournament and its value to the casino.
20:53John on managing the cost of the tournament. 
24:44Maintaining business costs while the rake does not rise. 
28:59How rake structure, number of players, and buy-in all work together.
35:05John Somsky: If we don’t make it so that running aces can make a profitable business, we don’t have a place to play.
59:20Home Game updates.  



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Steve Fredlund is the host of the RecPoker podcast and Rec.Poker website, both of which are committed to building a vibrant and encouraging poker learning community. Steve also works diligently to encourage people live their most fulfilling lives through coaching, speaking and writing; information about that is at stevefredlund.com.

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