Atlantic City’s casino industry has struggled over the last three years and 2014 saw four out of the twelve casinos in the city shutdown and file for bankruptcy. One of those casinos was the iconic Trump Taj Mahal casino.

However the casino received help from billionaire Carl Icahn who has proposed to take on the responsibility of turning the fortunes of the casino around. Things appear to be going in the right direction for the Trump Taj Mahal as the casino recently announced that it plans to re-launch its popular poker room on Friday, May 13 2016.

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The poker room was shutdown in February 2015 in an effort to cut down on overhead costs. Casino management now believe that it is the right time to open its poker room once again and start promoting live poker actions. The room will host a number of live poker games including Omaha high-low, pot-limit Omaha, stud high-low, limit hold’em, stud and no-limit hold’em.

In a statement, Tony Rodio, President and Chief Operating Officer of Tropicana Entertainment said “This is an exciting time for Trump Taj Mahal and we want our players to be a part of it. Our strategy is to put our customers’ interests at the heart of every decision we make as we return the Taj to its rightful place as a leading gaming and entertainment destination.”

The Taj Poker room in the past had 48 tables and was the second biggest poker room after the Borgata. There is no confirmation as of now as to how many tables the new rooms will have but the casino did confirm that it plans to give away as many as fifty 32’ televisions during weekends in the month of May to promote the re-opening of its poker room.

The live poker industry in Atlantic City has witnessed a decline as gross gaming revenue from live poker stood at $43.56 million in 2013, $36.32 million in 2014 and $31.86 million during 2015. The Nevada live poker scene in comparison has been pretty consistent bringing in around $120 million on an annual basis.

Although the Trump Taj Mahal casino is re-launching its poker room, the casino’s future is still uncertain as Icahn and New Jersey legislators are finding it hard to come to an agreement on a number of key issues concerning the casino and Icahn has threatened to withdrawn his financial help to the Taj Mahal casino.

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