We Fold: Westgate Shutters Its Las Vegas Poker Room

June 29, 2015
We Fold: Westgate Shutters Its Las Vegas Poker Room

Las Vegas has lost another poker room.

Westgate shut down its three-table poker room earlier this month. The tables were quickly removed from the area near the sportsbook.

Westgate did not place anything in the former poker room. It was surrounded by a nonsmoking slots section, which is still in operation.

It was the third location for the Westgate poker room on the casino floor. It was originally placed in the table game pit. It was later moved to an area that now hosts high limit slots.

The current area was steps away from one of the most famous sportsbooks in Las Vegas.

Poker room may reopen, or maybe not

USPoker visited the property this week and asked a slot attendant about the status of the room. We were told that the closure was temporary.

The employee told us that the poker room would find a new home on the other side of the sportsbook by the parking garage entrance. We attempted to confirm this information about a potential reopening through Westgate officials.

We discovered that former poker room employees were not under the impression that the room would ever reopen, nor was a key employee in another department on the property.

Paragon Gaming took over management of the Westgate casino operations on June 1. The poker room closed one week later.

Paragon Gaming previously operated the casino at Riviera, located directly across Paradise Road from Westgate. It took over casino operations at Riviera in June 2013. Paragon shuttered the six-table poker room at Riviera days after taking over gaming at the Nevada resort. Riviera closed permanently on May 4.

The manager of the Riviera poker room at the time of its closure was also the manager of the Westgate poker room when it was shuttered earlier this month.

Westgate guests now have no poker rooms within walking distance.

The best options for poker for these players include taking the Las Vegas Monorail north to SLS Las Vegas and walking to Stratosphere or taking it south to Harrah’s, Flamingo, Bally’s, or MGM Grand.

Westgate is the second poker room to close in Las Vegas this year. Linq’s poker room ceased operations in January. Westgate is the 14th Las Vegas poker room to close since September 2012.

Las Vegas poker rooms closed since September 2012

  • Westgate – June 2015
  • Hooters – February 2015
  • The Linq – January 2015
  • Texas Station – August 2014
  • Sunset Station – May 2014
  • Palms – May 2014
  • El Cortez – December 2013
  • Circus Circus – September 2013
  • M Resort – August 2013
  • Riviera – June 2013
  • Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall – January 2013
  • Aliante Casino – November 2012
  • Ellis Island – September 2012
  • Tropicana – September 2012

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