Dover Downs unexpectedly closes poker room
The closure comes after new management decides to make some changes
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Delaware has offered a separate poker room for gamblers that gave them 18 tables of card-flying action. However, in the blink of an eye, the card room has been closed without warning, and poker fans will now find their favorite game on the main casino floor in the table games pit.
The owner of the resort, Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment, and Twin River Worldwide Holdings recently merged, resulting in management changes that are causing certain activities such as poker to be shuffled. Tournaments have had to be canceled as a result, and the venue’s VP and General Manager, Nicholas Polcino, Jr., explains, “Today is our first day of poker on the floor, so we do have poker! There will be NO poker room on the third floor anymore. The Poker tables now on the Casino floor answer to table games and no longer operate as a separate entity.”
He added, “All other personnel (Poker Director is no longer with the company) that could be transferred to table games were transferred. The employees that only had poker experience have been given the opportunity to learn other games as well so they are able to transfer between various games if they desire.”
So far, there haven’t been mass personnel reductions. Initial indications are that only one person has been let go, but others may be forced out as the dust settles.
The merger was a necessity for Dover Downs to remain afloat. It has experienced significant losses in recent years, including a loss of more than $1 million in 2017.