Post by Shaun Middlebrooks on -

The poker room at Monte Carlo closed this week.  The poker room dealt its last hand on Monday.  The plan to close the poker room at Monte Carlo was announced in February.  The statement also noted that the steakhouse at Monte Carlo would also close.  It will shutter on May 11.

There are plans to move and remodel the sportsbook at Monte Carlo, too. Its new location and size are not known at this time.

Monte Carlo is in a transitional phase.  The property will become The Park.  The two hotel towers will become Park MGM and NoMad Hotel.  The latter is a chain of luxury hotels that are based in New York City.  The pool and shops in the corridor connecting Aria are currently closed.  Patrons may still walk between Aria and Monte Carlo.  This includes access to the tram to Bellagio.

Monte Carlo poker players have several options.  The most convenient place for poker is at Aria.  It is a short walk through an enclosed area.  There is a tram to Bellagio, which is the largest poker room in Las Vegas.

The problem with each is that the limits are likely to be much higher than the games found at Monte Carlo.  The most common games at the Monte Carlo poker room were 1/2 No Limit Texas Hold’em and a 2-6 spread limit game.  Players looking for these limits will want to walk to Excalibur.  The poker room there offers both of these games most hours of the day.

The Monte Carlo poker room closure came about six weeks after the one at Hard Rock Casino shuttered. Over 20 Las Vegas poker rooms have closed since 2012. These include Tropicana, Riviera, Circus Circus, El Cortez, Sunset Station and Linq.

Poker is a declining product in Las Vegas.  While that is the case, there are still several strong poker rooms in the market.  These include Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Orleans, Red Rock and Wynn/Encore.  Players will always be able to find a game at one of these rooms and many others in Las Vegas.