By Barbara Rogers
At the helm, running the poker room, Karen proves she is the right woman for the job. In my opinion, Karen has always been the best at every job she has held. A self-made woman, this Kentucky girl proves to be a perfect fit for Horseshoe Cleveland & Thistledown Racing. With a raucous mix of sports fans and gentle souls, avid poker players all, Karen keeps the order. Starting out as a dealer and teaching other dealers, mix in Karen’s bartending experience and you have a person who truly knows the importance of listening to what people have to say and what they want.
Arriving in Cleveland, Ohio straight from Gold Strike Casino Tunica, as soon as her feet hit the ground at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Karen wasted no time implementing her agenda. The ambitious plan would include adding many more tournaments, including “win the pot,” “win the button” and placing bounties. If her vivacious personality wasn’t enough to endear her to the players, Karen’s 12 Days Of Poker paying out $250,000 in December sealed the deal.
Hosting a successful charity poker tournament that raised money for the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland, an organization close to Karen’s heart, shows an immediate contribution and commitment to her new city.
For 2014, Cleveland Horseshoe poker room will run a “Paid in Spades” promotion in which the highest spade wins a predetermined amount of money. Poker Pinko will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
When the time is right, and it’s Cleveland’s turn to host the World Series of Poker, watch for one of the best ever. Karen has already hosted 4 WSOP Circuit Events and managed to break prior records. Her old Kentucky home in Louisville, accommodates a husband, who after 40 years of marriage turned out to be a keeper. Joe is his name. The family farm hosts two horses, and provided a gentle setting for Heather, their daughter, as she studied to become an RN. A gambler herself, but ultimately choosing nursing, Heather gifted Karen with three grandsons. A Rebel- Yankee now, Karen dispels the theory that Southerners are more friendly.
Horseshoe Cleveland, conveniently located in downtown Cleveland provides a poker room that draws plenty of sports professionals into the crowd. One of the enjoyable features of her new job, Karen says, is the fresh attitude of her staff. While they are skilled, all enjoy the new and growing business of this casino. Karen has this message for you, “I treat my role as a host to a party in my home. I want you to come and enjoy and leave with the feeling that this was the best party ever!” Try it for yourself and see, if someone comes up to you with a super friendly demeanor and addresses you as “Baby” it’s probably Karen.
Footnote: Our talented production man, John Thompson, THE best in the business by the way, lives in Shaker Heights. He, too, welcomes Karen to Cleveland.