RecPoker | Ep 285 – John Barrows

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.  

Written By.

Robbie Strazynski

Robbie founded Cardplayerlifestyle.com in 2009. A veteran poker writer and presenter, Robbie hosts The Orbit, a first-of-its-kind roundtable discussion live broadcast on Twitch.tv/poker featuring poker’s biggest names and personalities, as well as the CardsChat Podcast. In 2019, Robbie translated the autobiography of poker legend Eli Elezra (Pulling the Trigger) from Hebrew into English. Robbie’s “Running […]