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Pechanga Poker & Ponies

by |  Published: Mar 14, 2018


By Brian Robin Tacked to the wall in Richie Lopez’s glorified cubicle of an office are large sheets that resemble those motivational posters you see in a dorm room or cubicle near you. The motivation coming from these, however, all emanates from Lopez. That’s not surprising to anyone familiar with Lopez and how virtually everything in the Pechanga Resort Casino poker room emanates from the fertile mind of a ponytail-sporting poker lifer who found his dream chair as the assistant director of the Temecula, California resort’s poker room and OTB parlor. That is, if things aren’t emanating from the unceasing mind of Lopez’s boss – Pechanga’s Vice President of Table Games, Mike May. Or the creative minds of two of Lopez’s chief lieutenants – shift managers Star Pulver and Adam Baker, architects of Lopez’s new wallpaper, whom he calls the “backbone of the operation.” That’s where the wallpaper in Lopez’s ...

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