Back to Planet Ho! Planet Hollywood is one of those places you usually do not intend to go to, and end up stopping by because one of your out of town friends wanted to play a low-budget tournament with a bunch of drunken tourists with a structure that would make Chainsaw Kessler gnaw off his shoulder than rather play it.
Planet Hollywood, which currently occupies the same space as the ghost of the former Aladdin, is one of the last hold outs to reopen, including its poker room. Planet Ho reopened its doors on October 8. The poker room at Planet Ho had a slight delay before reopening this past weekend.
The Planet Ho poker room will have limited hours targeting the weekend. Poker will run from noon until 4am from Thursday through Sunday.
The Aladdin sprung up in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip as the Tallyho Casino in 1962. It became the Aladdin in 1966, where it stood for over 30-plus more years before it was imploded in 1998.
A second version of the Aladdin arrived, but instead of something super cool and iconic like a fire spewing volcano in front of the Mirage or opulent fountains that are the hallmark of the Bellagio, the new owners of the Aladdin reboot did not even try to hide the fact they just cared about greed and monetization of every inch of space in the new gaudy monstrosity that was a glorified mall with a bunch of table games in a half-assed Middle Eastern upholstery.
The worst part of the Aladdin 2.0, forcing tourists and gamblers to wander through a circular maze of retail stores before finally stepping onto the casino floor, marked the official ending to the old Vegas days. Nothing says late 20th century greed than the fusion of gross consumerism and gambling at the new Aladdin! Is it the world's largest shopping mall casino? Or the casino with the largest shopping mall?
Of course, the concept bombed. The Aladdin 2.0 became Planet Hollywood in 2003.
In other Vegas poker news, the Wynn Casino had to temporarily shut down its poker room today after the high-end casino experienced a down swing in gamblers since its reopening. The poker room was set up in its sibling property the Encore, and had been open for just two weeks, but the suits made a decision to shutter the Encore side of the properties and only operate gaming operations at the Wynn on a reduced schedule. The Wynn initially shutdown in early March during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Times are tough in Sin City. The Wynn poker room will eventually reappear somewhere at the Wynn but the date is still TBD.
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