Dania poker room names Famiano manager

March 25, 2011, Chris  

Frank Famiano was named poker room manager at Dania Jai-Alai. Famiano, a Palm Beach native, brings a wealth of poker knowledge to the Dania Beach facility.

His past experience includes dealing and managing cardrooms from Indiana to Nevada.
“I have done every job in a poker room, including sweeping the floor,” he said jokingly.

He comes to Dania from one of the most exclusive cardrooms in the country, the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

“We are extremely fortunate to land such a talented individual with top-notch experience,” said Dave Winslow, Dania Jai-Alai’s director of operations.

Famiano began working in the gaming industry at age 18, coordinating charity events in Ft. Wayne, Ind. He has set up major events with the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour as well as coordinating tournaments in the Caribbean.

“I truly believe that South Florida is the mecca of poker, and I feel privileged to be a part of it,” Famiano said. “Dania Jai-Alai has a room with so much potential. I am excited about the challenge. South Florida is my home. It is great to be back.”

Famiano succeeds poker room administrator Paula Lettiere, who retired at the beginning of March.

LE BATARD CELEBRITY EVENT:
Chipleader Erick Sarduy from Miami was declared winner of the Dan Le Batard tournament as the final 10 players elected to chop the prize pool, each getting $1,346 for their $79 buy-in. Sarduy also received the glass trophy for his victory.

With fewer than 30 players left the Ticket’s John “Stugotz” Weiner was eliminated when his A-K lost an all-in to a K-Q.

“That’s poker,” he said.