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Las Vegas' Treasure Island Closes Poker Room

Seven-Table Card Room Closes Indefinitely

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The small, seven-table poker room at the Treasure Island casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is no more, and there aren’t any plans to reopen it.

The casino closed the room, which wasn’t generating a lot of business, on Tuesday. The decision came only two years after the casino announced plans for a subscription-based poker site. Previously, Treasure Island was looking to offer real-money online poker in Nevada.

Treasure Island is owned by billionaire businessman and high-stakes poker player Phil Ruffin.

The closure leaves the Las Vegas Strip area with 17 poker rooms. There are now 63 rooms statewide, according to data from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Treasure Island’s move to close its room comes during a time of growth for the Nevada poker market. Over the 12 months prior to July 1, 2018, Nevada casinos raked $120 million from poker, up 2.1 percent year-over-year. That figure includes online poker.

Luxor’s poker room was the most recent closure prior to Treasure Island. Luxor shuttered its room in mid-2017. In 2007, which was the height of the poker boom in Nevada in terms of market size, there were 26 Las Vegas Strip poker rooms