Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas has closed its poker room, making it the 13th Las Vegas casino to do so in the past two and a half years.
A few years ago, during a trip to Las Vegas, a few friends and I decided to spend a bit of quality time in Hooters. I won’t beat about the bush. We thought it would be a great idea to play poker in front of a dealer with huge knockers.
We didn’t stay long.
We didn’t go back.
There were no Hooters. We felt robbed. Everything was under lock and key. I don’t even think we saw cleavage. But that’s not the reason we left. The casino was tiny. The atmosphere was morgue like. There was no poker room.
So I was a little shocked when I read on USPoker.com that Hooters had closed its poker room. According to John Mehaffey the room consisted of two tables that held a $1/2 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) cash game at 2pm every day. It must have been held in the toilet. We never went to the toilet. Like I said, there were no Hooters.
According to statistics compiled by Mehaffey, Hooters poker room is the second to close this year (The Linq closed in January), and the 13th Las Vegas poker room to close since 2012. That takes the overall number of remaining Las Vegas poker rooms to 39.
Whilst the World Series of Poker (WSOP), and the Las Vegas based World Poker Tour (WPT) events are still bringing in the numbers, it seems as if the daily grinders prefer to spend their cash playing something else.
It’s not just live poker that is suffering.
In November, Ultimate Gaming closed their Nevada facing online poker room citing the ‘extremely cost-prohibitive regulated US market’ as the main reason. That has left only WSOP.com and RealGaming in the Nevada market.