We visited Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino this month to chat with Ralph Piccirilli, the table games manager who oversees the poker room. Piccirilli is 60 years old. He grew up in Clifton, New Jersey, went to the New York School of Gambling and moved to Las Vegas in 1981. He has worked for Boyd Gaming since 1981, in casino operations, with several years spent in marketing.
He started as a dice merchant in Sam’s Town but also worked at several other Boyd Las Vegas properties. While studying the casino business, Piccirilli received an AAS degree in casino management from CSN and later a BS in hotel administration from UNLV. On April 1, 2017, he was promoted to the table game manager position at Sam’s Town.
GT: What is your current position / position and how did you get into poker?
RP: “I’m the table game manager. Apart from overseeing the table games department, I oversee our poker room. Even though I have nearly 37 years of gaming experience, I’ve only been involved in poker since returning to Sam’s Town last April. Luckily for me, I was surrounded by very poker savvy men and women who helped me make our poker room a success. ”
GT: Tell me about your room in Sam’s Town. How many tables, games you spread, tournaments, facilities etc.
RP: “The poker room in Sam’s Town is non-smoking with between nine and eleven tables, depending on what events are happening in that room. We offer free fresh coffee all day long. We have cell phone chargers attached to the visit poker88 table. We spread any game the players want. With such a diverse group of players at one time we can have Omaha, Hold ‘Em, and Stud play at the same time.
“Our basic rule is, the players decide what they want to play and we don’t tell them what they have to play. We offer three tournaments every Sunday-Thursday (10am, 1pm and 7pm) and on Fridays and Saturdays we also have 10 night tournaments. Additionally, every Saturday we run a deep stack bounty tournament at 7pm. This has become one of the most popular tournaments we offer.