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Pair Of Caesars-Owned Poker Rooms To Close During The World Series Of Poker

Flamingo And Bally's Will Not Be Spreading Poker Games From Sept. 26 Through Nov. 26


A pair of Las Vegas poker rooms will be temporarily closed this fall during the 2021 World Series of Poker.

The poker rooms at Bally’s and Flamingo Las Vegas both posted on the Bravo poker app Wednesday that the properties would be closing its poker rooms between Sept. 26 and Nov. 26. Both of these poker rooms are owned by Caesars Entertainment and coincide with the dates for the upcoming live WSOP.

“Please join us at the World Series of Poker in the Rio Convention Center for bracelet events, satellites, daily deep stack tournaments and cash games or Caesars Palace Poker room for cash games and daily tournaments,” read the nearly identical posts on the app.

There were rumors circulating last month that Caesars would close some of its poker rooms so that the employees at those rooms could work the series and alleviate staffing issues stemming from the current labor shortage. While the announcement doesn’t officially confirm the reason for the closure, the dates make it seem like it was more than a coincidence.

When Las Vegas casinos began reopening in the wake of the pandemic, many poker rooms stayed closed. MGM never reopened poker rooms at the Mirage or Excalibur and delayed opening its room at Mandalay Bay. Even after it did reopen the room, it came with limited operating hours.

Caesars opted to keep the Rio poker room closed and eventually closed the Planet Hollywood poker room after it initially reopened with limited hours. After Planet Hollywood’s room shuttered, the only Caesars-owned poker rooms remaining were Caesars Palace, Flamingo and Bally’s.

Flamingo and Bally’s were the smaller of the three remaining rooms. There were 11 available tables at the Flamingo and another 14 at Bally’s compared to 18 at Caesars. The flagship property also had considerably more foot traffic and the only one of the three to regularly spread stakes larger than $1-$3 no-limit hold’em.

The 2021 World Series of Poker is scheduled to hold 88 live events and run from Thursday, Sept. 30 through Tuesday, Nov. 23.