Thursday, September 06, 2012

That didn't last long

Sunday I reported about my first visit to the new Ellis Island poker room. It's a good thing I got there when I did. Without warning, the room has already been closed down.

Compare this shot I took of the place Saturday night...

...with this one taken by Dave Ferrara (aka RandomPoker), a contributor to Pokerati, and posted yesterday on his Twitter feed:

(Photo used with Dave's kind permission.)

It may not be immediately obvious, but the two shots were taken from nearly the same spot. Now, however, both tables are covered and the signs on the wall have been ripped down.

Gone are the days when, in order to have a successful poker room in Vegas, all you had to do was build it and they would come. Now you have to do marketing, compete for business with the 50+ other rooms offering basically the same thing, and give potential customers some reason to pick your place over the others for their poker games. Ellis Island utterly failed to do so, and suffered the inevitable consequences.


grrouchie serge said...

guess I won't be going there this weekend to play once just to do it ha!

JT88Keys said...

It looks in that second picture like somebody forgot to wheel away one of the local nits who was just at the game racking up hours for comps and the monthly freeroll.