Since 2011, the trend of poker rooms in Las Vegas has been one of consolidation. Smaller rooms around the city have closed their doors, while the bigger rooms sustain their business and garner a larger piece of the market.
The trend may slowly be turning in the opposite direction. For the second time since 2017, the Las Vegas Strip is adding a poker room.
The Sahara Las Vegas announced on their Twitter feed last week that they would be opening a brand new seven-table poker room later this month. An official date has not been released.
The Sahara originally closed its 11-table poker room in 2011. The rest of the casino closed a month later, 59 years after its opening in 1952. After a $415 million renovation, it was reopened as the SLS Las Vegas in 2014. The SLS never opened a poker room and switched back to its original name in August 2019.
Given the size of the room, it is unlikely that any high-stakes games will be taking place at Sahara, but it will add another poker option to what is becoming a revitalized north end of the strip. Resorts World Las Vegas is scheduled to open in 2021 and The Drew is on pace to open a year later right across the street.
The Westgate Las Vegas was the last casino in the city to reopen a poker room. They did so with a small six-table poker room right off its famous sportsbook.
O’Sheas Casino, Tropicana Las Vegas, Bill’s Gambling Hall (currently The Cromwell), The Riviera, Circus Circus, Palms Casino, Hooters Casino, The Linq, The Hard Rock Casino, Luxor, Treasure Island, and the Stratosphere were a few of the more notable poker rooms that closed in Las Vegas in 2011. The Stratosphere was the most recent closure, shutting its doors in October 2019.