By Barbara Rogers
Poker Room Manager at Harrah’s Philadelphia, Mr. Bruce Dixon, has plenty of staying power. Poker Player first profiled Bruce Dixon in 2008, while he acted as the Director Of Poker Operations at Mohegan Sun Casino & Hotel in Connecticut. These days, Harrah’s Philly is fortunate to have this gentleman in charge of their poker operations. The winding road from Bruce’s birthplace, Atlantic City, has taken him from the Taj Mahal to the Tropicana, from the Borgata to Ct, and now Philadelphia at Harrah’s. This casino, Harrah’s, now reaps the full benefit of Dixon’s diverse experiences. A fitting match, Harrah’s Philadelphia continues to enjoy their market share of players and a strong sense of ensured game integrity, 2 goals that have served Bruce well. Combined with training the staff on proper customer interactions and motivating them to their full potential, it’s easy to see he’s developed the right formula for success.
Bruce has the mantra “We’re going to treat the players more like guests in our home...not just players.” To make this statement prior to all the competing poker rooms opening, indicating not only was Bruce ahead of his time, it shows where his heart is. Bruce worked his way through college by dealing cards in a casino. Without a doubt, this enabled him to relate to the players sitting in his poker room. He commands respect without demanding it, a gifted attribute that few have. Married to Oonagh (don’t worry readers, I spelled it correctly… she’s Irish) and a father to Ethan, 10 yrs. old and Kyla, 7, the Dixon home is in North Wilmington. Harrah’s Philadelphia has 35 tables. The cash rooms buzzes with plenty of play but with a relaxed feel to it too. Located at 777 Harrah’s Blvd. in Chester, Pennsylvania, this lively room does exceptionally well while enjoying solid increases. The tournaments are a great attraction, including the Philly Open and most especially the WSOP Circuit Event. Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino owns the distinction of being the only World Series of Poker room in the state of Pennsylvania.