Discussion in 'The Poker Room' started by SirSwizzlestick, Sep 11, 2012.
It closed today. Lame.
The place always had an air of doom about it.
Yup. Just sad to see poker rooms going down in general, not a good sign.
In the past their poker room always seemed to have a few people playing in it... but then they closed it down when they were doing the renovations.
After the renovations were far enough along they reopened the poker room and it just never seemed to recover from that, even after naming Jamie Gold their poker room ambassador.
For the state of poker rooms in general, I don't know if this one is a sign about the state of poker and poker rooms in Las Vegas or not:
On one hand it is probably what you can expect to be happening: there was a big over saturation of poker rooms in Vegas in the past few years and eventually the smaller ones or ones that aren't that busy will close down as players gravitate to the bigger and better rooms...
But on the other hand it is The Tropicana, a place where pretty much since new ownership came in there they have been having so many problems with executives leaving the company, Gladys Knight cut the run of her show short, those problems with their nightclub and party pool and breaking off from Nikki Beach after just a couple of months, the mob attraction fiasco... it just seems like they aren't capable of doing anything right.
From the LVRJ
"As part of our continuing transformation of Tropicana Las Vegas, we have decided to close our poker room in order to move forward with our construction plans for that section of our property," the casino said in a statement. "The hard work by our outstanding team members in the poker room has not gone unnoticed and we are currently seeking alternative opportunities for them at Tropicana Las Vegas."
I think this would be an excellent property for Byod to take over. They need a presence on the strip again and he would bring a stabilizing influence to the property. Right now they seem to be reacting too much, than having the patience to develop new concepts. Maybe they have stretched themselves financially as well. I think just his namesake would make that property turn around.
I wouldn't let Jamie Gold dogsit for me. It is a shame the poker room at the Trop is closing. It really is a nice hotel, too bad the casino portion isn't catching on like they'd hoped
I wouldn't be too harsh on the Tropicana management yet. They have had a lot of obstacles to overcome:
A hotel brand that was very damaged
A single spot on the strip when competition have multi-resort player's clubs
A South strip location when the recent new and hot development has been centre strip.
I've not stayed there personally, but from all reports it sounds like they did very well with the reservations and made it a respectable place to stay again (and without having to tear it down and start over).
I think they can be forgiven a few missteps in branding and building revenue generating attractions.
Its a shame to see their poker room go, but if they weren't attracting a loyal following, its an easy thing to cut (since its very labour and space intensive for the revenue it generates), especially if they are looking to do further renovations.
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