Running Aces Pro Team

A few days ago I joined the pro team at Running Aces card room here in Minnesota. If I could pick any card room in the country to work with, it would be Running Aces, so I’m obviously very happy at how this worked out.

Reasons why I’m happy to be part of the pro team – 

1. Aces is the home of tournament poker in Minnesota. More tournaments, bigger buy-ins, and way better structures than any card room in Minnesota. Probably the best structured weekly tournaments of any card room in the country. I get bored with cash games, but I love playing tournaments, so Aces is definitely the best choice for me.

2. The staff is great. I have made quite a few friends at Running Aces, and the staff are friendly and very good at their jobs. The dealers, floor people, tournament directors, and even the cocktail servers are friendly and efficient. I like the fact that dealers are encouraged to be friendly instead of robotic, and it has given me a chance to get to now some of them pretty well.

3. They have made really good choices with the pro team so far and I’m happy to be part of a solid group. Both of my teammates are excellent players and good people who will represent the room well. Erick Wright was Minnesota Poker Magazine’s Player of the Year in 2012, while Dave Gonia won the Mid-States Poker Tour event at Running Aces in January for $90,000 and final tabled a bracelet event at the WSoP this summer. I’m sure any new additions to the team will be excellent players who represent the room well too.

4. It’s close to home. A twenty minute drive gets me to the card room, and now that I have a VIP parking pass I can park right up front and be inside in moments. The importance of a short commute is often underrated.

Of course there are some negatives – 

1. Wright and Gonia are both going to be in pretty much every tournament now, making the field tougher for me.

2. Talking to friendly dealers and watching beautiful cocktail waitresses walk by are both significant distractions. How am I going to beat Dave Gonia heads up if I have to deal with all of those distractions?

3. I have to behave in a professional manner. I hate behaving myself. I really hate it.

I am going to try to get a mixed game started soon. I’m thinking Monday night, $8/16 HORSE starting around 6 pm. Anyone interested? Aces will start any game we want, which is another great reason to play there.


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  1. #1 by robowolfman on July 26, 2013 - 6:15 pm

    Congrads chris. With your straight forward honest attitude, great poker play, with teaching ability You will be a great addition to running aces. Now try to keep your eyes on the cards and off the waitresses legs and you should have no problems.

    • #2 by Fox on July 26, 2013 - 7:36 pm

      Easier said than done my friend. My only hope is to get a table change into Sean’s section as often as I can.

  2. #3 by PokerGeekMN on July 26, 2013 - 12:43 pm

    You may even have to complain less. Of course you could turn that into a lucrative prop bet business. 🙂

    • #4 by Fox on July 26, 2013 - 12:48 pm

      It’s easier not to complain when I have been in Vegas for a month and have a little perspective on how great Aces really is. Also easier when I can just talk to somebody if there’s an issue and get it fixed. Still willing to take your money any time though John!

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