The Plaza announced today that it will open a new poker room on June 26th. The Plaza will use electronic PokerPro tables distributed by PokerTek. These digital tables are found most often on cruise ships and in some jurisdictions that do not allow live cards.
The Plaza last had a poker room in 2010. Once the second largest downtown Las Vegas poker room, it slowly died over the years and eventually closed when the property underwent a $35 million renovation in 2010. It did not return when the casino floor reopened in 2011. The Plaza’s poker room was best known for its sit and gos. It was also the last poker room in Las Vegas to spread a regular Pan game.
Second PokerPro Run in Las Vegas
PokerPro machines were tested at Excalibur in 2008. The electronic poker tables were not well received by employees and caused some animosity over the lost dealer jobs. Many players complained about the poor management and attitudes among the remaining employees. The machines were abandoned in July 2009 and Excalibur returned to live cards. This will be the first time since the Excalibur testing period that PokerPro machines will be used in Las Vegas by any casino.
Plaza will not have any of these same issues as the machines are not costing any dealers their jobs. In fact, the new poker room will create a few jobs.
Plaza, which is located at the intersection of Fremont Street and Main Street, will become the fourth downtown Las Vegas poker room. Golden Nugget, Binion’s and El Cortez also offer poker to their guests.
The announcement was first made on the Plaza’s Facebook page.
See also: Plaza Hotel and Casino