Team Member Spotlight (July): Keith

Meet Keith, one of our room “founders.” Keith has been dealing in The Venetian Poker Room since its inception in 2006. Prior to becoming a poker dealer, Keith dealt craps for seven years as well. I caught up with him during our frenzied DeepStack Championship Poker Series and got to know him a bit better.

So, where are you from?
Originally, I am from Michigan and moved to Las Vegas 20 years ago.

Did you come to Vegas specifically to deal?
Actually, I was a riverboat dealer for several years. We would go out on three-hour cruises (like Gilligan’s Island I had to ask, to which he laughed and said yes.) Yes, I was originally a dice dealer, but when the Venetian opened the poker room, I moved to poker. (Keith also met his wife—also a poker dealer—here.)

What is your favorite part of your job?
The benefits are outstanding, and I’ve gotten to meet and know some great people; I’ve made a lot of friends over the years.

What is your least favorite part of your job?
I really can’t think of anything. I’ve been here 20 years, so if I was unhappy, I wouldn’t still be here. Probably the uniforms.

Do you have any hobbies?
Yes, I’m an avid golfer and I caddie for my eleven-year-old son who is amazing. He’s got two world events coming up. I probably spend about five days per week on the golf course.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Hopefully retired. Otherwise probably here.

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Team Member Spotlight (June): Bill

This month I had the pleasure of sitting down with one of our full-time swing-shift dealers, Bill, who is one of the most easy-going and friendly guys I have ever met. I asked him a few questions to get to know him better.

How long have you been at the Venetian?
Since day 1.

How long have you been a dealer and where did you work before?
I’ve been dealing for 20 years. I worked at Harrah’s doing table games, and before that I dealt poker at the Orleans. I’ve worked other places too, but the Venetian is my favorite.

What is your favorite part of your job?
It’s nice and easy, everybody’s cool, and management doesn’t give me a hard time. I’m very happy to be here.

What is your least favorite part of your job?
The not nice players, but that’s only once in a while.

Do you have any hobbies?
Yes. Fishing. Where? Lake Mead. What’s the biggest fish you’ve ever caught? An 18-pound catfish (as he takes out his camera and shows me.)

Do you have any other hobbies?
I used to do a lot: shooting, hunting, shooting pool, and camping, but no more since I got married. She doesn’t like to do them. How long have you been married? 17 years. And I have two kids so there’s not a lot of time for hobbies anymore. Except fishing.

What’s the most unique or unusual thing about you?
I can do a lot of things. I can fix stuff around the house. I went to school to be an auto mechanic so I can fix the cars too.

So, if you’re ever around during swing shift and happen to see the always-smiling Bill, ask him to show you his prized 18-pound catfish picture (which he said was delicious) or maybe he can give you some fix-it pointers.

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Team Member Spotlight (May): Terry

This month’s Team Member Spotlight belongs to Terry, one of our outstanding overnight poker coordinators who is, seriously, a Jack, er Jill, or all trades. Take a look at this wonderful and outgoing woman who, literally, everyone loves.

How long have you been at the Venetian? How about in Las Vegas? Where are you originally from?
Well, I’m originally from St. Louis, MO and have been in Las Vegas for 50 years. I’ve been working at the Venetian for eight years now.

What is your favorite part of your job? What about your least favorite?
I absolutely love providing customer service to all of our guests. I also love having fun with my coworkers and making them and our guests laugh. The casino atmosphere is also enjoyable and thrilling. I also enjoy my boys from security who check on me nightly and make me smile. As for least favorite, staying awake can be difficult working overnight.

What is the most unique/unusual thing about you?
I have a kind heart and am always willing to help others. (Anybody who knows Terry knows that this is absolutely true, and we all love her for that.)

Do you have any hobbies?
I love bowling and throwing parties.

Where do you see yourself in five years? 
I will be retired and hopefully be relaxing on a beach somewhere.

Terry

Team Member Spotlight (April): Pete

Meet Pete, one of our highly skilled full-time dealers who has become a fixture in The Venetian Poker Room since it opened back in 2006. Pete has a heavy eastern accent and is quite amiable and easy to talk to. I caught up with him last month and barraged him with questions that—despite the fact that he doesn’t do social media whatsoever and didn’t even know who I was—he had absolutely no problem answering—and then some.

How long have you worked here at The Venetian?
I was one of the “founders” of the room and have been here since it opened on 23 March 2006.

Where are you from, and what brought you to Las Vegas?
I’m originally from New Jersey and have been in Vegas since 1980, so 39 years. I originally went to the New York School of Gaming, but after graduation, we had to find work in Nevada because that was the only option aside from Atlantic City, and I didn’t want to stay in Jersey. I started dealing craps, but eventually learned all the games and was even a dual rate for a while. Here in Vegas, I worked at the Sundance, Sam’s Town, Barbary Coast, and Caesars Palace and was in management with Caesars for 15 years.

What is the most interesting thing about you?
I actually fell into poker. After getting burned out in management, a friend of mine who worked at Bally’s at the time suggested I learn poker. After I finished poker school here in Vegas, I checked out existing and coming soon poker rooms and really liked the Venetian. I said to myself, “This is the place,” and the rest is history.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I work out a lot and really love my old hard rock and disco music from the 60s-80s. I love Donna Summer!

What is your favorite/least favorite part of your job?
The food is great! I also love my insurance, the atmosphere of the poker room, and my schedule. I also appreciate that your days off are your days off and they handle flex time off really well. As for least favorite, there’s not much that I don’t like.

Dogs or cats?
Oh, I’m definitely a dog guy, but I’ve never really had a cat.

So, next time you are playing some poker during the day, take a few minutes to say hi and get to know this quite interesting and friendly man.

Pete