Caesars Palace Poker Room Closing During Renovations

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas will soon be closing its poker room for several months, according to leaked company emails published online this week. 

Operator Caesars Entertainment intends to renovate its flagship casino resort’s high limit slots room, and it has chosen to temporarily relocate the slots to the space currently occupied by the poker room while it does so.

The slots room renovation will begin on July 17, and could last anywhere between two to three months.

The Caesars email said it was looking at alternative locations for the poker room during this time. However, the operator did not confirm any reopening.

July 17 will be a significant day in Las Vegas. It is the final day of this year’s World Series of Poker, which is currently underway at two of Caesars’ other Sin City properties, The Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. 

It is also the closing date of the Mirage before it shuts down to be replaced by a new Hard Rock Las Vegas. 

The Closure

While the Caesars Palace poker room is a popular destination for fans of the game in Las Vegas, especially during the yearly WSOP, revenues will not be anywhere near as reliable as the high limit slot rooms.

So, faced with a choice of either closing the slot room, or moving it to another location in the casino, Caesars chose to keep it open at the expense of the poker room.

It is looking at a temporary space for the poker room. But with footage increasingly tight, it is not guaranteed that this will happen. 

Some poker room employees were worried about job losses from the closure. Caesars said it would provide those affected with more information when it has decided the path forward. 

The Poker Room 

The 18-table, 4,500-square-foot poker room at Caesars Palace opened in 2014. The previous poker room was replaced by a renovated Pure nightclub, which also opened in 2014.

The venue is right next to the expansive Caesars Palace sportsbook area, which has been a relatively unchanged fixture of the casino since the 1980s. 

Operating 24 hours a day, the poker room is by no means always full, but remains a popular choice for gamblers, especially during the WSOP event. It hosts daily tournaments throughout the year, with buy-ins between $100 and $200, and guaranteed prize pools starting at $2,000. 

The last day of operation before the scheduled pause will be July 17.

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