Post by Shaun Middlebrooks on -

The poker room at Monte Carlo in Las Vegas notified players this week that it will close on April 24, 2017.  This move is related to the conversion of Monte Carlo into The Park, the future branding of the property.  The sportsbook will also close for renovations around this same time.

The Park is also the name of the space between Monte Carlo and New York New York.  It is similar to a typical urban open space found in other cities.

Guests at Monte Carlo still have a few options for live poker.  Aria is connected to Monte Carlo through a corridor.  It is one of the nicest poker rooms in Las Vegas.  Bellagio offers another upscale poker room.  It is at the end of tram line that Monte Carlo is on.

The games at Aria and Bellagio are higher limit than what Monte Carlo offers at this time.  Monte Carlo offers No Limit Texas Hold’em with $1 and $2 blinds.  The smallest game at Aria and Bellagio have $1 and $3 blinds.  Monte Carlo also offers a $2-6 Spread Limit Hold’em game.  Aria and Bellagio offer no such game.  The closest poker room to Monte Carlo that spreads this game in Excalibur.  That is about a 15-minute walk away from Monte Carlo.

Monte Carlo is the first Las Vegas poker room to close in 2017.  The last Las Vegas poker room to close was The Linq.  It folded in July 2016.

Live poker in Las Vegas has contracted in recent years.  Poker rooms shuttered at Circus Circus, Riviera, Westgate, El Cortez, Texas Station, Tropicana, Hooter’s, Palms, M Resort and Sunset Station during this time.  Digital poker rooms at Plaza and Aliante Casino also closed.

The largest poker room in Las Vegas shed tables in 2016.  Venetian removed 19 of its 59 tables last year.