S&M a good fit for Sin City?

CHRIS KITCHING -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

Poker professionals and amateurs aren't the only ones trying to make money during the World Series of Poker.

Entrepreneurs take advantage of the gambling extravaganza, which draws thousands of poker players and spectators, to talk shop, advertise and try to capitalize on business deals.

Winnipeggers Scott Johnson and Matt Budoloski, the duo behind S&M Custom Poker Tables and local poker leagues of the same name, are taking their company to the masses in Sin City.

"Everything that has to do with poker is there at that time so it's a logical place for us to be," Johnson said.

The Las Vegas trip won't be strictly business, though. Johnson and Budoloski are competing in a World Series event with fewer players and a smaller payout than the main event.

HANDMADE TABLES

The pair jumped on the poker craze a year ago and have a big stake in the local market.

They run leagues at several Manitoba venues and sell handmade tables to card sharks in Canada and the U.S.

Before they had even thought about launching the company, the self-described avid poker players built their first table for a group of friends.

The duo was flooded with requests once people got a peek at the table and word spread.

Johnson said the tables are a big hit because they can be customized to the owner's liking. S&M can screen text, logos and pictures on the felt tabletop, and fit them with track lighting, chip slots and other accessories.

- On the web: www.smcustompokertables.com


Videos

Photos