The views expressed here are from an ex-poker dealer that could step back into the box at any point in time — or not! Sometimes funny, sometimes cold and cutting, sometimes just tossing out a little bit of wisdom I learned about myself while pitching tickets and playing poker for over 30 years, this is an ongoing walk-through of what it's like to sit in the poker dealer's chair – the box.
I started spouting off about disclosure agreements in “The View from the Box – Disclosure agreements can kiss my…” and this is a continuation. I dealt some of the Andy Beal vs. the Corporation games. I blogged about some of those games, and about Andy Beal, because I found the size of the game and his competitive approach to beating the game fascinating. Everyone that heard even a whisper of that game floating across the card rooms of the world were tuned to the next whisper and wanted to know about it.
I ended up removing the blog posts that were focused on Beal vs. the Corporation and that’s a story that I’ve vowed never to tell the world because it concerns a very well-known poker player telling another very well-known poker player that I would lose my job if I continued to blog about it. The second well-known gave me the news. One of the reasons to never tell the world is that the second well-known was trying to do me a favor and if I spilled the beans and named names, that second well-known would be ratting out the confidence of the first well-known…and it’s hearsay. The way it all came down, I know the first well-known did say it.
Did I really think I would be fired? NO! But I was also aware that I would be dealing to the first well-known until they either died (they’re never giving up poker) or I did, or I quit my job. I’m very aware of how miserable players can make a dealer, I had no desire to face that every time I slid into the box in a high limit game and saw that face at my table. So I gave it up! A few weeks later when I pushed into a high limit game at Bellagio, the first well-known looked up at me and asked, “Did you get any questions about taking down your posts?”
Oh yeah! And thanks for the thought of threatening my job over a little press.
I have blog posts, emails, phone calls, and stories about the big game – and all the players. Some of it will never hit the presses. Some of it…yeah baby! This is how the blog posts began.
2/01 - I looked up to see a new face playing in the high limit area last week. There were 2 other players at the table and judging by the limits they play, my guess would be the game was $500-$1000 or something to that nature.
I dealt to the stranger the following night. A friendly little game of $1,000-$2,000 hold'em. It was 4 handed. The stranger looked up at me and asked me about the area I'm from - our name tags list a city and state. We did a little bit of small talk off and on while I was dealing that set. He was friendly, clean cut, enjoying the game...the fact that he was winning may have had something to do with it.
The Stranger mentioned that he used to play Blackjack and now found out he liked poker. Uhmmmmmm! One of the players told him that if they kept the game going, other players would come in. The stranger said he would only play another hour because his time schedule was 3 hours ahead of ours. The other 3 players were unified as in - hey no problem, that's cool, etc., etc., etc.
The following night I played on shift. No silly, not that limit. I saw the Stranger in the game with the same 3 players and suddenly hawks swooped down out of thin air, heard 1 of them literally flew in from CA when they got wind of the Stranger learning poker.
The game was full in a heartbeat...with a waiting list. The limit $3,000-$6,000. Wonder if the Stranger will ever be back.
3/08/01 - More info on the big game. The game is heads up. $1,000,000 buy-in. Played like a freeze out. The limit today was $20,000-$40,000. Score: Stranger - 0, Pros - 3.
Of course someone won and someone lost...that's the nature of poker. What's next - $1,000,000-$2,000,000?
Andy Beal’s journey through learning the game of poker is fascinating. But before poker hit his life, his background, goals, and accomplishments are pretty damned fascinating too. The en.wikipedia.org article on Beal does not touch the surface of what’s behind the man. PokerWorks ran a “Where Are They Now – Andy Beal” article in 2010 that links to a letter written by Beal on the closing of Beal Aerospace. Follow the links on the left side bar to read even more of what makes Beal tick. Once you get through that information, you may well have a better idea of why he wanted to play the best of the best when he stepped into the poker arena.
Come back for more of the blog posts and my view from the box on Beal vs. the Corporation.
I am soliciting dealers to join me in this great adventure of writing a history of poker from the dealer’s side of the table. A brief sketch of the details are listed in Table Tango, (my blog) in this post, if you would like to find out more information. I would love to share comments from readers but at this time there is no convenient system installed at PokerWorks to handle this. Send me an email – info(at)pokerworks.com — if you want to be one of the contributors to this section, and in the meantime, I’ll work at finding a way to enable a comment section.