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Aria’s Adam Altwies and Bellagio’s Craig Lumpp Partner To Offer More In Las Vegas Poker Rooms

From Ohio To Las Vegas, the Two Poker Room Managers Climbed to the Top at MGM

by Diana Cox |  Published: Mar 19, 2014


There have been many memorable moments in Adam Altwies’ career as he rose through the poker ranks from an on-call dealer at the Bellagio to Director of Poker Operations at Aria over the past decade. But the most memorable will likely be his very first day on the job. It was 2002 and he was 28 years old. “My first day working at Bellagio I’m on call and I’m last to get in. There is a spot open on Table 1 and the shift manager comes out and tells one of the full time dealers to go to Table 1. And the dealer says ‘man, I don’t know about that. Send this new kid in there.’” The new kid was Altwies and Table 1 was the Bobby’s Room of the Bellagio before Bobby’s Room existed. The likes of Doyle Brunson and Chip Reese weren’t playing their hands in the glass ...

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