HOUSE OF PANE:
$85,000 POT OF GOLD IN THE NORTHWEST
By Joe Pane
Joe Pane is a skilled advantage blackjack player, and an experienced tournament player who has won over a million dollars in blackjack tournaments. Joe is the #1 ranked tournament player in the country and was named 2007 Player of the Year by Las Vegas Advisor publisher Anthony Curtis. In Joe's last 11 tournaments in 2007-2008, he made the final tables eight times and won two of them for an impressive 73% final table appearance rate with just over $225,000 won in the past 12 months. Joe is also the Assistant Director of Tour Operations for the Ultimate Blackjack Tour (UBT), as well as the Team UBT Coordinator. He is co-host of the radio show, "Queens vs. Kings Ė Itís All About Position" onwww.holdemradio.com. His peers consider him to be one of the strongest and most feared blackjack tournament players on the circuit.
As most of you know, Iím not shy about putting the feet of a casino to the fire for actions that are unbecoming when their main product is to serve and entertain their guests. Having said that, Iím also not shy to offer kudos to a casino when they demonstrate excellent service and provide great value for their guests. Being fair when reporting on casinos will always be my goal in my monthly columns that I offer to my readers.
Well the casino adventure Iím about to discuss did not occur in Las Vegas (where most believe the gaming world revolves around) but rather in the North West. In these tough times as a result of the sudden downward spiral of our national economy, most casinos, especially in Las Vegas, are taking perks and offers off the table and away from the players as a way to cut costs and meet their short-term fiscal goals. The corporate suits that run the Vegas casinos ought to take some time off and drive (no corporate jets please) to Oregon (yes, Oregon) to learn how to treat their customers right even in these tough times.
In Pendleton, Oregon stands the Wildhorse Casino, which is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian reservation. The folks that run this casino are doing just the opposite of what the corporate big-wigs in Vegas are doing: they are opening up their pockets and offering their players numerous overlays in their Fall Poker Round up and guess what? Their plan is working, because itís running like a well tuned Ferrari.
I canít forget to mention that the man behind this playerís "Pot of Gold" promotion is none other than...
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