Meoni a Green Valley Ranch fixture for the past decade

Feb 28, 2017 3:03 AM

Frank Meoni is the poker room manager at Green Valley Ranch Resort, a Station Casinos owned property in Henderson. The new poker room at Green Valley Ranch (GVR) is located next to the race and sportsbook. It is one of the premiere poker facilities in Las Vegas. It has 22 non-smoking tables and offers daily tournaments.

I took my interview questions to Frank this month and here’s what he had to say.

GT: Frank, what’s your background? Tell me about yourself and your family.

FM: “I’m 65 years old; I’ve been a poker manager for 12 years – one year at Palace Station and 11 years at Green Valley Ranch Resort. I’ve been with the company almost 23 years, first as a dealer for six months then as a supervisor for approximately 11 years at Boulder Station.

“Before that I was a firefighter with the city of Hialeah in Florida for 20 years before I retired.

“I have two children, Michael and Frank Jr., and four grandchildren. Michael resides in Louisville, Kentucky, and Frank Jr. lives in Coral Springs, Florida. My wife and I enjoy traveling, so any chance we get, we’re off to a beautiful beach in Costa Rica, Tahiti, Fiji, or wherever there’s white sand and blue water.

“My children and grandchildren are a tremendous sense of pride and although they don’t live close by, the time we have spent with them has always been very special.”

How did you get into poker?

“I was divorced shortly before I retired as a firefighter and I was vacationing in Las Vegas and stayed at the old Maxim Hotel. I started playing poker while on vacation and decided the casino business might be a good fit for me. I always enjoyed interacting with people and I just wasn’t cut out to be a guy that worked in an office 9 to 5.

“I actually asked the Maxim if they would hire me and they said learn how to deal and they’ll give me a shot, and so it started and I’ve never looked back.”

Tell me about your room at GVR. What games you spread, tournaments, amenities, etc.

“We have daily morning tournaments at 10 a.m. – No Limit Hold’em, a $45 buy in. We will be extending our tournament play to Monday evenings starting in March and if they are as successful as our morning tournaments, we will add more evening events.

“We also have a nice variety of live poker 1-2 no limit, 2-4 limit, 3-6 limit, Omaha 4-8, and on weekends 2-5 no limit and 4-8 limit Hold’em. We also occasionally spread a 10-25 no limit game during the week in the afternoons.

“We also have Wi-Fi and charging stations for cell phones at each table.”

What makes your room popular or unique for players? What are their favorite games?

“Our most popular games are 1-2 no limit, 2-4 limit and 3-6 limit. One of the reasons we are so unique is the tables are separated by a good margin and it’s a large room, but still has a very comfortable feel to it.”

Any special events, tournaments or promotions coming up?

“We have special events all the time. Some include special tournaments for team members, of which our general manager, Carol Thompson, is a big advocate and participant. We do charity tournaments all the time, and as a matter of fact the Kiwanis Club has a big event in our room later on this month. We also have some exciting jackpots for our guests, including a Bad Beat Jackpot, and some really popular four-of-a-kind hi hands where guests can win anywhere from $500 to thousands of dollars in our exclusive Race to the Ace promotion.”

He concluded our interview with these final comments: “I’m going to be 66 soon and I won’t be doing this forever but right now as long as I can, I hope I make a difference in the lives of the people I work with and the people that stop by and play a few hands of poker.”