Industry Insiders: Andy Rich Presents PokerNews Cup at Golden Nugget Las Vegas

Andy Rich's Gold Nugget

Today the PokerNews The cut returns with a $1,100 buy-in, $1,000,000 GTD Main Event at Golden Nuggets Las Vegas. The man responsible for its realization, in addition to giving 100 places to the tournament, was Director of Poker Operations Andy Richa longtime veteran of the poker industry.

The PokerNews The cup is part of the gold nugget 14th Annual Grand Poker Serieswhich features 81 events and offers more than $3 million in guaranteed prizes from May 31 through July 3. The tournament, which takes place June 24-28will be reported live here on PokerNewsand there will also be a live streamed feature table on Day 2 as well as final table action in Tuesday’s Day 3 Finals.

As part of PokerNews‘ Continue Industry Insiders series, we caught up with Andy Rich to find out more about the man who’s shaking things up in downtown Vegas’ newest poker room.

Rich’s Origin Story

“I had an amazing childhood and I’ve always been in the game for as long as I can remember,” Rich said when asked about learning poker. “My dad had a weekly poker game and taught me blackjack card counting in my early teens. My mom had a weekly Mahjong match and won just about every football handicap contest she entered. His game night always had better snacks. Always Coke, never Pepsi.

He continued, “I love the game, the math, and the psychology of outplaying your opponents. The first sports bet I remember was $5 against my mother in 1985 on a Vikings vs. Eagles game. My mom had the Eagles. She won, but at least no vig on the bet.

Before getting into poker, Rich founded his own record label, Initial Records, in 1992 in Louisville, Kentucky, then earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University in 1996.

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Andy Rich at his Grand Poker Series!

Rich, who loves fantasy sports and spending time with his wife and two children, fell in love with poker more than two decades ago.

“The thing is, I don’t just love poker, I’m obsessed with it. I love to play poker. I love reading about poker, talking about poker, writing about poker, and watching poker online and on TV,” he explained. “My passion for the game led me to get my first job at a poker room almost 20 years ago, and I was eventually blessed with becoming an industry leader.”

Eventually, Rich found his way to Sin City.

“My career in Las Vegas began in 2005 when I was hired by Harrah’s to work in their poker room as a cashier and poker dealer on the famous Las Vegas Strip. Within a year, I ran a shift at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and worked my way up from there, running several poker rooms in the Harrah’s portfolio (now Caesars ), then I was appointed Director of Operations for the WSOP at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, a role I held until 2012.”

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Finding your way to Golden Nugget

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The Las Vegas Golden Nugget

In November 2014, Rich joined Golden Nugget as Director of Poker Operations, a role he holds to this day.

“I am responsible for the overall operation, supervision and administration of the poker room, where I led the growth of the annual Grand Poker Series from 7,000 participants in 2013 to over 32,000 tournament prospects in 2019. “, did he declare. “That was a few years ago, but it’s been a spell since we’ve been able to run a full series of tournaments due to the COVID derailment for several years. We’re excited to be back in action with a program loaded with 81 events again in 2022.”

Arriving on board at the Golden Nugget. Rich wanted to make his poker room both a great place to work and a great place to play.

“I also wanted to use my WSOP experience to make the Grand Poker Series a global brand,” he added. “It is truly a pleasure to be at the helm of one of the most legendary and iconic poker rooms of all time.”

As far as memorable moments from his tenure go, the one that stood out happened fairly recently.

“That $16,000 pot where Rampage folded pocket kings in April 2021 was pretty crazy. Has there ever been a bigger pot recorded in a $1-$2 No Limit game? Rich called back.

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The only game downtown

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The PokerNews Cup is coming to town!

Even though the annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) started across the street at Binion’s Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas, the Golden Nugget is currently the only poker game downtown.

“When it comes to poker, I think a rising tide lifts all boats and would welcome another poker room to downtown Las Vegas,” Rich said of his room. “I really miss being able to play poker at Binion after a day of work at the Golden Nugget.”

He continued, “The Golden Nugget is one of the most famous poker rooms on the planet. ‘The Nugget’ is considered by many to be the spiritual home of the legendary television poker show High Stakes Poker – with its High Roller Suite witnessing some of the largest and most spectacular pots in television history. Several series of NBC’s Poker After Dark have also been taped here, as well as Face the Ace one-on-one battles on NBC.

The Golden Nugget has earned a reputation as a fun place to play thanks in large part to several popular features, including:

  • Freehand double jackpots. $3-$6 limit players who hit the quads have a chance to win up to $1,198 in bonuses.
  • No-limit cash games have no cap on the buy-in, which creates fantastic action.
  • This is the last poker room in Las Vegas where $100 bills are still playing on the table.
  • They have a progressive Bad Beat Jackpot which pays out the whole table if someone loses with 1uad deuces or better. The Bad Beat Jackpot starts at $10,000 and increases daily until hit and reset.

For more information on Golden Nugget, check out the PokerNews room review here.

Check the BRAVO app or call the poker room directly for the current Bad Beat Jackpot amount at (702) 386-8383. As a 24K Select member, you’ll earn $2 per hour in bonuses while you play our cash games. Comps can be used at any Golden Nugget Las Vegas restaurant, as well as any Landry’s restaurant nationwide.

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