Santa Fe's Womer started dealing at Tropicana back in 1978

Santa Fe's Womer started dealing at Tropicana back in 1978

May 30, 2017 3:01 AM


We travel north this month, to Santa Fe Station, one of the only poker rooms in the northwest area and a popular one at that! Wally Womer is the poker room manager and has been at Santa Fe for the past three years. The casino has 14 poker tables, and from my own past observations, is usually very active with players often on a waiting list to join in the games.

Womer is 60 years young and has been married to his wife, Gail, for the past 38 years. They have a son, a daughter and one granddaughter.

GT: How did you get into poker?

WW: “I have been involved in poker my whole life. My grandmother taught me how to play poker when I was eight. She beat me, kept my money and it took me years to get it back from her! (Lol.) When I was finally an adult, I started dealing at the Tropicana in 1978. Then I moved back to Philly (home town) and sold insurance for 15 years. While I was there, I played poker for a living for 10 years, and then I moved back to Las Vegas in 2004. I’ve been working with Station Casinos off and on for the last 13 years.”

GT: Tell me about your room at the Santa Fe. How many tables, games you spread, tournaments, amenities, etc.

WW: “We have 14 tables at Santa Fe, and all of them are equipped with USB chargers. We have two $50 tournaments every day at noon and 7 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays the last tournament is at 6 p.m. On the last Friday of the month we have a big tournament that we’ve been running – it’s a $100 tournament and this month we are running it at $200.

“We spread a nice variety of games at the 2-4 limit, 3-6 limit, 3-6 Omaha hi/low and 1-2 no limit with a buy-in from $100-$500.”

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

WW: “I believe with my whole heart that we have the friendliest staff and dealers in Las Vegas. Most of our business is our local market and we know almost all of our players on a first name basis. As I said before, I have been involved in poker my entire life so I want our guests to feel like they are sitting inside someone’s house who invited them over to play poker and have fun!”

GT: Any special events, tournaments or promotions coming up?

WW: “We have special promotions for our guests at Santa Fe. For example, we have a high hand promotion to get our games started on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 6 a.m. until noon, which starts at $50 and carries over each hour until it hits. We have a drawing every Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. that right now has a prize pool of $5,300, and every 10 minutes of play gets you a virtual ticket. Because we are part of Station Casinos, we are included in a bad beat jackpot, and with our famous progressive “Quad Flopper” you can win thousands, just by flopping specific quads.”

GT: What are your interests, hobbies, family life like outside of the poker room?

WW: “I spend most of my time off with my wife and family, just going to a park or watching a movie with them is what I love.”

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