South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa welcomes Jason Sanborn to the team as poker room manager. With more than 20 years spent in poker rooms both in Las Vegas and Michigan, Sanborn brings his knowledge and skills to keep South Point’s poker room top of mind for both locals and visitors alike. In his new role, Sanborn will oversee all poker room operations, promotions and security.
Sanborn, 42, was born and raised in Michigan, but moved to Las Vegas in 1998 to become a poker dealer. Since then, he’s served in many positions including floor supervisor and shift manager at a variety of casino properties in Las Vegas. As poker room manager at South Point, Sanborn will work to grow the room’s popularity through promotions, giveaways, freerolls, tournaments and more, while offering a one-of-a-kind gambling experience that will keep guests coming back for more.
GT: How did you get into poker?
JS: “I grew up in Michigan and was very involved in sports and games throughout my childhood, which made it a natural transition for me to take a job at an Indian casino dealing blackjack when I was 18.
“I came to Las Vegas in 1998 and worked for many years as a dealer before moving up to a floor position and eventually to being a shift manager.
“While I was dealing blackjack in Michigan, a memo was put up in the break room offering lessons in dealing poker.
“I was looking to expand my knowledge base and I had noticed the poker dealers always seemed more relaxed and enjoyed their jobs more than the blackjack dealers seemed to.
“Once I started dealing poker, I found the players to be much more laid back and it wasn’t so confrontational. It was the players against the players instead of the players against the dealer, like it is in blackjack. When the opportunity to be the room manager at the South Point poker room came up, it felt like a culmination of all my hard work in the industry.”
Tell me about your room. How many tables, games you spread, tournaments, amenities, etc.
“We are fortunate at the South Point poker room to have 22 tables and plenty of room for players around each one. At any given time, there is a 1-2 No Limit Hold’em game and a 2-4 Limit Hold’em game going. Our players like our room because there generally is a very short wait before you are able to get into a game or we start a new one at a new table. We run three tournaments daily at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
“The $75 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. tournaments feature an escalating tournament guarantee that starts at $900 and goes up $50 every time the guarantee is met.
“We also run a $100 tournament on Wednesday and Sunday each week that has a similar guarantee, starting at $3,000 and $5,000 respectively, which goes up $100 every time the guarantee is met.
“We also offer a food menu for our players to enjoy, which is available for table-side service and cocktails are conveniently located close to the poker room.”
Any special events, tournaments or promotions coming up?
“The cornerstone of our promotions are our Freerolls. The latest was a $185,000 freeroll that will pay out over 300 individual players, with the potential of $35,000 for one winner. Recently we have added a promotion for when the date and the month line up. For instance, 10’s on 10/10. If a player had pocket 10’s improved with more 10’s, they got a payout based on how much the hand improved. We will be running this one any time the date and month match.”
What are your interests, hobbies, family life like outside of the poker room?
“I am happily married with two girls who are about to graduate from high school. I also like to golf and bowl whenever I can. I follow most professional sports, but with the new Golden Knights franchise in Las Vegas, I am becoming a big hockey fan.”