RecPoker | Episode 489 – Sean McCormack

By Jim Reid
June 12, 2023

This week Jim Reid and the RecPoker RECing Crew interview Sean McCormack, the “Poker Strategist” (great title, Sean) from MGM Resorts! The interview starts with breaking news – this year’s RecPoker WSOP Meet Up Game will be at the MGM Grand on June 28th! More details to come about that soon. In the meantime, Sean talks about his start as a dealer, and goes on to share some stories and thoughts about his time in the industry. He shares details about how poker rooms measure success, the tension between corporate and personal interests in every casino and poker room, the value poker players bring to a casino, and the importance of feedback and the guest experience. He also talks about how to manage difficult situations like the current Real-Time-Assistance issue that some poker rooms in Las Vegas are trying to stay ahead of. Plus we give away a free prize at the end for folks in the YouTube chat. Join us LIVE on YouTube next Monday at 7:30 ET for free to ask our guests questions in real time, and you can win too!

Sean is active on Twitter as https://twitter.com/ThePokerBoss

We also go over this week’s home game results and discuss these topics:
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Time Stamps

00:38Welcome & Introduction
06:28Introduction to Sean MacCormack
07:35Sean shares his story and his role in the poker world
09:28A day in the life of a poker strategist at the MGM
14:33How is the success of a poker room measured?
18:22Feedback from players help staff grow the game
21:18Sean’s experience made him fit into his role at the MGM
31:57What are some of the hard parts of being in the poker industry?
34:16Sean talks about Twitter Space
36:11Sean:  we’re in the digital age, if you don’t embrace it you’ll be left behind
47:54Sean on people having smartphones and RTAs during a game
01:07:38John: Home Game Result updates



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Jim Reid is the host of the RecPoker Podcast and one of the leaders of the free poker learning community at www.rec.poker where you can find an amazing array of training resources and social community activities to help you develop and share your love of this great game we call poker! Learn more about Jim […]

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