The poker rooms at Bally’s and Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip will be closed through November 26. Both poker rooms made the announcement on Bravo Poker.
This rumor had been flying around the Las Vegas poker world for weeks. The consensus reasoning in the gossip is that the staff at these poker rooms are needed to help at the World Series of Poker and the Caesars Palace poker room, which remains open 24 hours.
The announcements did not include any reason. However, the dates coincide entirely with the World Series of Poker with a few extra days on either side. The World Series of Poker will be held in the Rio Convention Center starting September 30. It is scheduled to end on November 23.
The Rio poker room never reopened after the pandemic closure. The company gave away the remaining jackpot fund a few weeks ago. Caesars Entertainment also never reopened the Harrah’s poker room on the Las Vegas Strip. Its jackpot fund was also distributed.
Planet Hollywood’s poker room reopened. However, it permanently closed in July.
Caesars Entertainment is not the only company that has not reopened Las Vegas Strip poker rooms. MGM Resorts still has the poker rooms at Excalibur and Mirage closed. The Mandalay Bay poker room reopened five shifts a week during the summer.
The poker room closures at Bally’s and Flamingo and the opening of the World Series of Poker at Rio make 19 open Las Vegas poker rooms. There were 31 poker rooms in Las Vegas before the pandemic. The market peaked at over 50 poker rooms about a decade ago.