Planet Hollywood's Poker Room to Close on July 11

Planet Hollywood

Planet Hollywood is to permanently close its poker room in on July 11, according to reports from the casino's employees. If true, Planet Hollywood joins Binion's, Excalibur, Mandalay Bay, and Mirage on the ever-growing list of closed poker rooms in Las Vegas.

PokerNews employees are on the ground in Las Vegas, providing you exclusive updates from the Wynn Millions event. It is while reporting on this massive tournament that they learned Planet Hollywood's poker room will be no more from July 11. However, there is nothing about the potential closure on Planet Hollywood's website, social media account, or the Casears Entertainment channels.

Located next to the so-called Pleasure Pit with no physical barrier separating the ten poker tables from the rest of the gambling action, playing cash games or tournaments at the venue is a different experience compared to the more intimate poker rooms of other casinos. Some love it, other loath it.

Planet Hollywood was gearing up to host the GOLIATH series between May 28 and July 8, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic put paid to those plans. A tweet from the poker room's Twitter account suggested the GOLIATH would run at a later date, but that looks not to be the case based on the recent developments, and the fact the poker room has not been active on social media since mid-October 2020.

The Vital Vegas Twitter account tweeted an update on June 29 that adds credit to the rumors.

One of the many replies to the tweet came from Chris Mudd who wrote, "Yep I work there. I mean used to work there. CLOSED.

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The Last Major Poker Series' at Planet Hollywood

The WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood in 2019 will go down in history as the last major poker festival hosted at the casino if the poker room is shutting down. The festival featured a $1,700 buy-in Main Event that 778 players bought into. Michael Trivett of Johnson City, Tennessee, was the last player standing. He received a coveted WSOPC ring and $215,943 in prize money.

British pro Ben Farrell was the last player to win a GOLIATH Main Event. The $1,700 buy-in tournament run from July 2-4, 2019, and attracted 744 entrants. Farrell came out on top and walked away with $162,400 after a three-handed deal involving Ignacio Molina ($154,700), and Remi Castaignon ($152,881).

Ben Farrell
Ben Farrell

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Planet Hollywood Closure Continues Worrying Trend

Planet Hollywood closing its poker room continues the worrying trend for poker in Las Vegas. Casinos around Sin City housed more than 1,000 poker tables during the summer of 2010, that number has dwindled to less than 300.

Coronavirus-related closures over the past 18 months have not helped the situation. Neither has the Nevada government forcing venues to operate cash games at short-handed tables.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the bottom line of casinos hard, and they are desperate to recoup some of their astronomical losses. Furthermore, they are looking for ways to maximize their revenues.

Simply put, casinos do not make enough money from poker. Poker rooms take up vast areas of the casino floor, space that could be used for far more profitable products such as table games or slot machines.

MGM Resorts closed the poker rooms at its Excalibur, Mandalay Bay, and Mirage properties last year. It ran a last-minute promotion that paid out funds accumulated for the bad beat jackpot fund.

Binion's also no longer has a poker room; it has even removed all the poker tables from the location where Chris Moneymaker's famous 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event victory sparked the online poker boom.

Las Vegas Has Lost 38 Poker Rooms Since 2012

The Planet Hollywood closure takes the total number of Las Vegas poker rooms to close since 2012 to 38. Vegas Advantage listed all 38 former poker rooms, which include 11 rooms that are yet to reopen since the Nevada governor’s pandemic order in March 2020 forced their closure.

MGM already announced that the poker rooms at the Mirage, made famous by the movie Rounders, Excalibur, and Mandalay Bay will remain shut.

11 Poker Rooms Yet to Reopen

Club FortuneExcalibur
Green Valley RanchHarrah’s
Mandalay BayMirage
Palace StationRio
Sam’s Town 

26 Former Las Vegas Poker Rooms

Meticulously tracked by Vegas Advantage as well, the following Las Vegas poker rooms have shut down operations since 2012.

Close DatePoker Room
January 2012Silverton
January 2012Fitzgeralds
April 2012O’Sheas
September 2012Tropicana
September 2012Ellis Island
October 2012Jokers Wild
February 2013Bill’s Gambling Hall
June 2013Riviera
August 2013M Resort
September 2013Circus Circus
December 2013El Cortez
May 2014Sunset Station
June 2014Palms
August 2014Texas Station
March 2015Hooters
March 2016Aliante Casino
March 2016Plaza
April 2016Eastside Cannery
August 2016The Linq
March 2017Hard Rock
April 2017Monte Carlo
June 2017Luxor
April 2018Suncoast
August 2018Treasure Island
August 2018Arizona Charlie’s Decatur
October 2019The Strat

Where Can You Play Poker in Las Vegas?

Las Vegas currently has 20 active poker rooms where you can play poker right now. Check below for a complete list of all the active poker rooms in Las Vegas.

BellagioBoulder Station
Caesars PalaceFlamingo
Golden NuggetMGM Grand
OrleansPoker Palace
Red Rock ResortResorts World
SaharaSanta Fe Station
Silver SevensSkyline
South PointVenetian

Lead photo courtesy of Larry D. Moore/Wikimedia Commons, winner photos courtesy of WSOP

  • According to reports, Planet Hollywood is closing its poker room in two weeks.

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