DiGiacomo, the front man of the South Point poker room
December 27, 2016 3:02 AM
by H. Scot Krause
This month, we visit the popular South Point Casino poker room for a chat with poker room manager Joe DiGiacomo. The spry 76-year-old Rhode Island native arrived in Las Vegas in 1990. Leaving his former career as a land surveyor, he attended a poker dealing school and landed his first job as a poker dealer at Whiskey Pete’s in Primm in 1991. He’s a family man, has been married to his wife, Emily, for 52 years and has a son, a daughter and four grandchildren, and actively attends their school activities and events. Joe is also an avid gun collector and enjoys shooting. His favorite poker game is Omaha High Low and he gets out a few times a month to play.
I asked Joe about the poker room at South Point…
Krause: What makes your room popular or unique for players? What are their favorite games?
JD: “The poker room at South Point has 22 tables all with phone charger ports. We spread $2-4 Limit games (the player’s favorite) and $1-2 No-Limit games, and we have daily tournaments at 10 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. as well as Deep-Stack tournaments every Wednesday and Sunday at 6 p.m. We have High Hands ranging from $50 to $2,000. We’re popular because twice per year we offer Freeroll Tournaments averaging $160,000 with only 100 hours to qualify. We have a $175,000 Freeroll coming up in March, 2017.”
Krause: What’s your view on the future popularity of poker?
JD: “Over the past 26 years I have been in the business, I have seen the ups and downs of poker. In the late 1990’s/early 2000’s, poker was very popular. I find in recent years poker has become more competitive. Players want more bang for their buck and are interested in mostly cash giveaways. It’s important to stay on top of the promotions to bring people in.”
Current poker room promotions at South Point include a Pro Football Game of the Week Cash Giveaway during select live-broadcast professional football games throughout December. During a selected game, poker players are randomly selected every time there is a score for the opportunity to win $50 for a field goal, $100 for a touchdown or $200 for a safety. All participants must be present to win.
South Point poker room offers players the chance to win a square every Monday and Tuesday throughout December and January, including the play-offs. During the first, second and third quarters, players can win $1,000 and at the end of the game, players can win $2,000. Win a seat during Random Seat Drawings every Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. After each quarter, guests can win a $200 Random Seat Drawing for unclaimed squares. All participants must be present to win.
South Point Casino hosts daily No-Limit Texas Hold’em Bounty tournaments every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m.; and every Wednesday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Poker players have the opportunity to participate in each Bounty tournament for a $60 buy-in, which includes $4,500 in tournament chips with unlimited re-entry until the first break.
No-Limit Texas Hold’em Deep-Stack tournaments are held every Wednesday and Sunday at 6 p.m. The tournament’s $100 buy-in includes $7,500 in tournament chips. Players can also receive an additional $2,500 in tournament chips for a $10 add-on with unlimited re-entry until the first break.