I first heard about it from a pit dealer last month, who of course had it wrong, as he repeated one version of some of the rumors going around to the effect that they'd be losing the very attractive (and highly visible for attracting casual walk-by players) space they've been in for so long. The straight story from discussing it with the folks who manage the room is as described above.
The reopening is said to be scheduled for May 15th, but in my experience those things often end up sliding back on the date to some extent. It is a bit of a tough thing for some of the poker staff to deal with, at least for now, but twelve tables is about what they actually had in use at peak times in recent years, so it isn't really forcing a downsizing in the actual volume and variety of what they're likely to have available, in my opinion. So long as that new thing doesn't get in the way of making quick trips to the bathroom located over on that side where they're putting the new somethingorother.
Quote: The Mirage
The Poker Room is currently closed while we make improvements to bring a better experience to our valued guests. We’ll be dealing cards again this Spring!
Poker is clearly in a major ebb. Locally, 15 years ago you might have to wait an hour for a table. 5 years ago there was always action going at several tables mid-day, mid-week. Last month for the first time when I walked in late morning there was zero action going. Other than Christmas Eve I never saw that.
Right about as soon as most rooms close I expect online will be legalized and another movie or something will create another boom, keeping the construction guys busy putting rooms back in.
5 years there was also a tournament every 30 minutes somewhere mid strip if you looked. Times have changed, but like you said, it all comes back around.
Yeah, look at bell bottoms.
I first heard about it from a pit dealer last month, who of course had it wrong,
It's amazing how everything a dealer says is wrong.