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Posted by on Dec 5, 2022 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas | 1 comment

Why is this Casino Space Always Deserted? (Green Valley Ranch)



“The permanent closure of the Green Valley Ranch poker room (in Henderson) makes no sense at all.”

My days of being a cheerleader for poker are over and done. [READ MORE HERE]

Still, I can’t resist the urge to share something I observed this past weekend.

While visiting the Green Valley Ranch Casino, I walked by what used to be their poker room. Here’s a photo I took in the mid-afternoon. [See photo above]

A little background: Due to the COVID shutdown statewide, Green Valley Ranch’s poker room closed sometime in the Spring of 2020. Prior to closure, the poker room appeared to be successful. It’s been around for several years, and usually had multiple games going. Former staff and regular players can correct me if I’m wrong, but the poker room bucked recent trends here in Las Vegas of poker rooms struggling and the game’s popularity diminishing. If anything, Green Valley Ranch was an exception.

Now, to the present: Well, this occasion was the umpteenth time I’ve walked by the former poker room in the past several months. And, each time I’ve passed by, there’s almost no one in there. Not–during the day. Not–at night. A ghost town. It seems like wasted space. Sure, an extra room with more slot machines and video poker doesn’t take much to staff, and poker certainly requires higher expenses to run.

However, most knowledgable casino people understand the obvious ancillary benefits and financial upside to having 20-100 additional gamblers on property (on average 24/7), which undoubtedly adds to increases in other gambling revenues, more business at restaurants, and the innumerable number of friends and family poker players bring into the casino.

I don’t get this. Just take a look at the photo again–it’s pathetic. Someone, please explain it to me. Things are supposed to be somewhat normal again. This closure (apparently permanent) makes no sense at all.



1 Comment

  1. Used to go to GVR all of the time…my wife had President status. When they reopened after Covid, they significantly downgraded their rewards program and adjusted (down) any incentives locals had for visiting. Pizza Rock is the only positive there now.
    We event tried to rekindle our interest by spending Kentucky Derby day there. We sat at a table in the bar area next to the sportsbook and, even though I had hundreds of $$ of tickets in my pocket, no drink service there.

    Since we live in that area, the bigger mystery to me is why the M does not reopen their buffet and add a poker room as they have significant unused prime space there and they could draw a lot of people unhappy with Stations/GVR. No doubt that decision making takes place in Pennsylvania rather than locally. All of that means we spend a lot more time at Southpoint and Silverton which is perfectly fine.

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