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Tropicana closes Jamie Gold Poker Room

by Jeremy

Several months ago, Jamie Gold got a pretty sweet deal when the Tropicana Las Vegas decided to open up the “Jamie Gold Poker Room.” The idea with this room was that Gold’s once-record $12 million tournament score and clout as a 2006 WSOP Main Event champ would attract lots of casual poker players. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the plan worked out, even with Gold showing up to the tables on a regular basis.

According to a statement released by the Tropicana, they’ll be building something else where the poker room is. Their statement read as follows:

As part of our continuing transformation of Tropicana Las Vegas, we have decided to close our poker room in order to move forward with our construction plans for that section of our property. The hard work by our outstanding team members in the poker room has not gone unnoticed and we are currently seeking alternative opportunities for them at Tropicana Las Vegas.

With what seems like a major failure in the Jamie Gold Poker Room, it’s unlikely that the Tropicana will try opening another poker area in the near future. After all, Gold’s room was the first at the casino since 2008, when they shut down the original poker room due to low player volume.

As for Gold himself, we’re sure to hear more speculations about him being broke and having no bankroll left. Despite earning $12 million for the 2006 Main Event win (half of which he got after a messy lawsuit), Gold lost quite a bit of money on High Stakes Poker. Furthermore, he’s only managed to collect $145k in live tournament cashes since ’06. But he has made some money through sponsorship deals, poker coaching and appearances since then.

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