POKER A LOS­ING BET FOR VE­GAS CASI­NOS

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

las ve­gas» When the Monte Carlo closes its eight-ta­ble poker room in about a month as part of a $450 mil­lion over­haul, the Las Ve­gas Strip will have lost nearly a quar­ter of the tables it had a decade ago.

Casi­nos con­stantly ad­just their floors to meet cus­tomer de­mand, and un­like the years when they com­peted to lure fans of the game, poker’s ap­peal has been weak­en­ing dur­ing this decade.

Las Ve­gas Strip casi­nos had 405 tables and made $97 mil­lion in 2007. In con­trast, the game only net­ted casi­nos $78 mil­lion last year af­ter the num­ber of tables de­creased to 320.

MGM Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional at­tributes its de­ci­sion to close the Monte Carlo’s prop­erty to an over­haul that in­cludes a full re­brand­ing.

Other casi­nos that have shed their poker room in­clude El­lis Is­land and Trop­i­cana.

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