Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor gloom of night can keep this poker player from his appointed rounds…day…or night. Steve is almost a native of Arizona, having moved here with his family at the age of 7. He’s been a resident of the Grand Canyon state ever since.
He has been playing poker since the early 90s when Indian Gaming at Fort McDowell, Arizona started to take shape in the Phoenix metropolitan area. And he has been a fixture ever since.
A very tight player that knows the percentages, in addition to playing Hold’em he is always there when an Omaha game gets going. “Hold’em is the popular game right now, and that’s what everyone wants to play…and learn how to play it,” says Bublich. That is, when he is not dealing it.
Steve joined the Army when he was 19 and served a three-year hitch. “That gave me a lot of the discipline that I use in poker today. I guess I got wiser as I got older!” stated Steve. He went into civil service and got a job at the United States Postal Service, and has been there ever since.
And when he’s not carrying or sorting the mail, Steve played poker…until the calling came to get involved on the other side of the table. “I decided to learn how to deal because it seemed that it was a lot of fun. You could interact with the players and other dealers…and pick up some tips and strategy along the way. I tried to soak up everything possible.”
His first job was at Harrah’s Ak-Chin in Maricopa, about 30 miles from downtown Phoenix. “I really enjoyed myself, and I found that I really loved it!” He moved on to Fort McDowell as a dealer in 1999 and has been there as a part-timer ever since. He has served as a Floor Supervisor and helped with the very popular Tournaments there, also. He spends most of his free time there, when he’s not working—he loves the poker atmosphere.
“Poker players are one of a kind. Most are nice and friendly. And when the opportunity came up to coach one of the teams in this new venture…I grabbed it. It was very intriguing to me. I love team sports and thought that I could lend some of my expertise to the players involved. You know, it got really intense and so did I. I’m a competitor…and this got my juices flowing. Everyone, no matter what level of player you are, should get on a team. The experience is very worthwhile.”
Steve is single and travels to Las Vegas to play about six times a year. He also plays on-line. “I can get in a good Omaha game if I’m lucky to find one!”
Since he has spent most of his life in the Arizona desert, the summer climate here is not his favorite. “But this is where it’s at!” he says. Most of his other free time he spends on his motorcycle—VTX-retro…but he maintains…poker is life.