Vegas Poker Roomers
Less than one month after the “Official Grand Opening of the Jamie Gold Poker Room,” the relationship between the Tropicana and the 2006 WSOP main event champion has apparently ended — more quickly than it began. Though no word yet from either side about what prompted the abrupt change of course, posters of Jamie Gold, hands to the sky, and videos of him daring players to “catch me bluffing” are gone.
(But you can still see on YouTube what the plans were supposed to be.)
The Feb. 17-19 launch-party weekend included a Sunday afternoon “second chance” tourney that got canceled when only two players registered, and Gold himself showed up an hour after cards were supposed to have gone in the air. But the 2/5NL game (with David Williams and other pros) that sprung up in the Jamie Gold room looked to be growing successfully — running regularly on Wednesdays and Saturdays — as it was fast becoming known as the biggest 2/5NL games in Las Vegas, with reports of pots as big as $20,000.
Now the Gold promotional posters have been replaced by signs for a March Mania Mega Stack Poker Tournament, which starts today, March 15, and runs through March 25.
I stopped by the Tropicana room late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning to check out the 2/5NL game. For the past couple months, this was the game of Gold and friends.
At the desk, I spotted a stack of fliers promoting a seminar with Gold, the only remaining evidence of his affiliation with the room. Gold promised to reveal “poker secrets the pros don’t want you to know!” In black marker, someone had scribbled “Mar 17,” or Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day. Imagine my luck.
I called the poker room Thursday afternoon, to get the exact time.
“I’m so sorry,” a woman replied. “I’m taking them down right now. They should not have been put out. It was canceled.”