Mississippi Poker Room Closes, While Atlantic City Poker Room Re-OpensMonday, December 30th, 2013 by Ryan
With so much talk going on about the different poker tournament series’ winding down, and the Player of the Year races coming down to it with awards being handed out, today we are going to take a look at two different live poker rooms who are just simply heading in different directions. We talked in the past about different live poker rooms closing down in different spots all throughout the United States, but it seems that one of the poker rooms that closed before has re-opened, which is great news for that area. On the other side though, we are gaining one poker room back, but we’re losing another poker room in the process in a whole different part of the country.
We can call it a good news situation for Atlantic City, and a not so good situation for Mississippi. The first bit of news is the bad news that came out, as it was reported that the Gold Strike casino in Tunica, Mississippi, which was very well-known for their live poker, is going to be shutting down their poker room starting on January 14th of this coming year. It’s not just the fact that the Gold Strike casino is closing, but it’s also the fact that this is the third poker room that is closing in Mississippi in the past year. The room at Isle of Capri closed back during the beginning of this year on January 11th, and Sam’s Town Tunica closed the poker room on January 23rd, so just 12 days afterwards.
The news that came out about Gold Strike is simply that they had been losing business in recent years, and that it wasn’t making much sense to keep going in the same direction. The former World Series of Poker tournament director, who is the regional poker room manager for MGM Mississippi, Johnny Grooms said that even though an MGM tournament series could very well still happen in Tunica, as it’s planned to, he’s not positive that this is going to end up happening. As you could have guessed, Gold Strike is an MGM property, so time will only tell about what the outcome of this situation will be for the MGM tournament series in 2014.
The other side of the news though is good news for Atlantic City poker players. It was brought out this past weekend that the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City has gotten their poker room going again, after they were able to gain regulator approval. The casino actually opened the poker room originally back in 2012, but they decided to close it up on October 10th of 2013, so it was just a few months ago as previously mentioned. Before that we also saw another poker room close up in Atlantic City when Revel closed their poker room, and it was not too long before either.
The information about the rise and re-opening of the Golden Nugget doesn’t give us much, but it was reported that the re-opening came on December 26th at noon, and the poker room will be offering players a bad beat jackpot as well as a High Hand Winner’s Wheel. The jackpot promotions at Golden Nugget were something that was offered before it closed up in the fall, and all of the money that was made for the jackpot was awarded before they closed the room.
This isn’t the only news to come from the Golden Nugget either though, as it has been reported that the online casino is also looking to launch their own online poker room soon as well. Back in November we saw the New Jersey online gaming industry officially get up and running, and the Golden Nugget took part in the five-day soft launch, but they decided to take their site down after things went live on November 26th. They are still continuing their testing process, and there currently is no specific date set as to when the online casino is going to be rolling. Their online poker room has been developed by Amaya Gaming, and on their site it simply says that the room will be coming soon.