Several poker news portals have reported that the Las Vegas based Circus Circus Hotel and Casino has shut down its live poker room. Recently, a Circus Circus Casino representative informed USPoker.com that the casino does not wish to cite any reasons for shutting down its live poker room. The casino had just not made any statements about it, either to its staff members or to the poker media. CardPlayer.com reports a casino spokesperson as saying that the casino had shut down its live poker room for an indefinite period of time.
Surprisingly, many players are not even aware that Circus Circus Casino had a live poker room. The casino could have shut down its poker room because poker players were just not attracted to it. The tables hardly had any players simply because the casino is located at an unfavorable region of the Las Vegas Strip, popular among people who cannot afford high hotel rates in other parts of the Strip. While Circus Circus is located far to the north of the Strip, the Wynn is located in a more favorable area to the south, and Caesars and Bellagio are located close by.
Recently, a number of land casinos have pulled down the shutters on their live poker rooms. A month back, a Henderson-based casino hotel called M Resort had shut down its poker room because it was unable to make any profits out of it. M Resort will install slot machine games and conduct slots tournaments in the old poker room. At the same time, it will not stop hosting live poker tournaments. Last year, M Resort hosted the $2,500 Hollywood Poker Open, which attracted a field of 631 players, who generated a prize pool worth over $1.4 million.
The Plaza, which is located in downtown Las Vegas, shut down its poker room for a temporary period after a brief trial with electronic PokerTek tables. Recently, the casino re-opened its poker room, which is now offering a wide range of cash games, SnGs, and multi-table poker tournaments.
The Riviera, located close to Circus Circus, was another Las Vegas casino that shut down its poker room in June for lack of players. This might lead one to wonder if poker is losing its popularity in Las Vegas, but this isn’t the case. This summer, the Las Vegas Hilton, located close to the Riviera, launched a brand new poker room with five tables.