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 with general feedback welcomed at

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Time Stamps

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