Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel become the 11th casino to close their brick and mortar poker room in Las Vegas in the past two years.
Spotting a poker room in Las Vegas is starting to resemble the search for Big Foot after Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel became the 11th establishment to close its poker room in the past two years.
Texas Station is a part of the Station Hotel clan, and is located on the Rancho Strip in North Las Vegas. It’s the second Station Casino poker room to close this year after Sunset Station Hotel & Casino erected the ‘closed’ sign back in May.
However, the closure of the Texas Station poker room doesn’t signify the end of live poker in Las Vegas based Station Casinos. The Fertitta owned company still operates five poker rooms at the Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch, Santa Fe Station, Palace Station and Boulder Station.
Ultimate Poker Not Affected
Station Casinos operate the online poker room Ultimate Poker, who you may remember created history in Apr 2013 when they became the first regulated online poker site to offer real money gaming in the U.S since Black Friday.
Many Ultimate Poker players rely on the cages at Station Casinos to get their money on and off the online site, and it’s believed that players still have this method open to them at the Texas Station facility.
Huge Fields at the WSOP
The closure comes at a time when the World Series of Poker (WSOP) showed Nevadans that poker had a pretty strong pulse after breaking all sorts of land based live tournament records in the Rio this year.
Despite the halls of the Rio being rammed to the rafters, poker is still a loss leader in many casino chains. With the house only taking a rake, and tables taking up valuable space that could be eaten alive by more lucrative options such as baccarat, poker room closures are common sense.
It’s no coincidence that the last four casinos to put down foundations in Las Vegas: Cosmopolitan, Cromwell, Downtown Grand and SLS Las Vegas do not have brick and mortar poker rooms.
Interestingly, one of the thriving brick and mortar poker rooms at the Venetian, is subject to consistent boycott talks due to it’s affiliation with the perennial bad guy of online poker: Sheldon Adelson.
Las Vegas Poker Room Closures in Past Two Years
- Sunset Station – May 2014
- Palms – May 2014
- El Cortez – December 2013
- Circus Circus – September 2013
- M Resort – August 2013
- Riviera – June 2013
- Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall – January 2013
- Aliante Station – November 2012
- Ellis Island – September 2012
- Tropicana – September 2012
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