Ellis Island Poker Room Stripped

by , Sep 8, 2012 | 1:00 pm

Man in wheelchair hunkered over line sheet (c. 2012)

The Ellis Island poker experiment has apparently come to an end. What was briefly the newest poker room in Las Vegas — two tables in the back of a locals dive casino a few blocks off the Strip — shut down this week after being open less than three months. With little fanfare, tables were all packed up and signs ripped from the wall seemingly in haste. A couple smokers hung around the nearby jangling slot machines, with baseball games flashing on TVs in the adjacent sportsbook (formerly a Leroy’s, currently being rebranded as William Hill.) “Everybody’s coming by today,” said the cashier. “Maybe they should have stayed open a little longer.”

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