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Las Vegas area casino closes poker room to make space for slots

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:24 a.m. HST, Aug 07, 2013

HENDERSON, Nev. » A Las Vegas-area casino has become the latest to fold its hand on poker.

The M Resort in Henderson says it is renovating its poker room into a slot machine tournament area.

Resort spokeswoman Rina Foster tells the Las Vegas Sun the new slots area will open next month.

Foster says the resort several miles south of the Las Vegas Strip plans to continue to host poker tournaments and events.

Its annual Hollywood Poker Open Championship, operated by Penn National Gaming, is slated for June 2014.

Poker's popularity soared during the 2000s, but several poker rooms in Las Vegas have closed in recent years.

Some Strip megaresorts still draw large numbers of poker players, including the Venetian, Caesars Palace and the Bellagio.

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primo1 wrote:
Makes sense - casino makes more money on slots (a sucker's bet) than poker.
on August 7,2013 | 10:37AM
cojef wrote:
Not that many poker players around and the space requirement, plus the time to play a game does produce the revenue as slots. Like any other business, space and accomodations are fixed cost items and return on investments must be profitable.
on August 7,2013 | 10:47AM
control wrote:
casinos opened up poker rooms to accomodate the increasing poker players, they felt they were being left out without a poker room. as others mentioned, poker players don't put a lot of money into the casino, we will probably see more casinos doing the same as the poker craze dies down.
on August 7,2013 | 11:59AM
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