Ultimately, Trabue chose the Gasser P100LC model. He acknowledges that several competitors did want to replicate Gasser’s ergonomic chair back, but he rejected their offers.
However, Trabue did alter the original Gasser sample a bit by requesting that casters be installed for easy movement and that the factory increase the foam in the dealers’ chairs. Aesthetically, he also added the “STUDZ” logo to the chair backs.
Trabue praises Gasser’s professionalism in coordinating the entire order and its delivery. The late September delivery allowed plenty of time to test the chairs prior to the poker room opening. Trabue also commended Gasser’s flexibility in accommodating Calder’s schedule.
“In late June, I began working with Alex, our account representative, on sampling the chair. By late July, I ordered 300 regular player and 31 dealer seats. We limit deliveries to the late night and overnight hours because of daytime horse racing activity. Alex was here in the middle of the night to ensure that all went well. He did a heck of a job, and has followed up several times since,” states Trabue.
The poker chairs have held up extremely well during their first several months on location. Trabue states all are still first generation, and he has not needed to address any quality issues.
Trabue claims, “We have not replaced any casters or dealer chair hydraulics, which can be a common thing. Gasser produces quality chairs with absolute real value.”
While Trabue really enjoys his poker chairs, so do his colleagues. Of the 10 extras he ordered as backups, several have already found their way to employee offices in other departments. Everyone received new furniture for the opening, but they do seem to prefer the poker chairs.
At this time, Calder Casino & Race Course has no future expansion plans. Thanks to the high quality of their poker chairs, they will not need to replace them for a long time.
According to Trabue, “It is ironic…because Gasser’s chairs are so great, we won’t need to buy new chairs any time soon.”