Paul Tuel has worked in Council Bluffs for 20 years. He was never a poker dealer but ended up the poker room supervisor at the Horseshoe thanks to a fellow employee who needed a break.
Tuel was a craps dealer and one day someone in the poker room needed a break. Tuel volunteered but admitted he didn't know much about poker.
"I knew what beat what," he said, "but had to ask the dealers for help."
After several months of joining the break rotation in the poker room, Tuel made the switch and has been here ever since.
Poker in Council Bluffs has had quite a journey. They started with only a six-table room where the dealers had to move out of the box in order for players to take their seats. Thanks to the poker boom and Chris Moneymaker winning the main event the room grew and now the current room has 18 tables and is the home to two Run Good Poker Series stops a year.