Revel Poker room

Poker players at the Revel poker room in Atlantic City on Friday, June 29, 2012. The casino-hote will close the room.

Staff photo by Edward Lea

Gamblers might be wanted at Revel Casino-Hotel, but come August they won’t be playing poker.

The resort’s newest casino, which recently launched a “Gamblers wanted” marketing blitz, will close its poker room next month the casino said in a statement Tuesday.

“After careful consideration and in an effort to further improve the overall operating performance of Revel Casino-Hotel, management has made the decision to close our poker room operations effective August 2013,” the statement read.

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A year ago the casino, which recently emerged from bankruptcy, debuted its upscale poker lounge with intentions of rivaling Borgata’s stronghold on poker in the resort. Located above the main casino floor and not far from Revel’s prime concert venue, Ovation Hall, the poker room was designed to attract gamblers as they exited the arena, casino officials had said.

Despite boasting the fourth-largest poker room in the city based on number of tables, Revel placed second to last in June poker revenue out of the nine casinos offering the game. Revel saw $90,888 in revenue at its 37 poker tables compared to top performer Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, which brought in $1.8 million with its 80 tables, according to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

Revel, however, left open the possibility that it might offer poker again following the expected Nov. 26 launch of Internet gambling in New Jersey. The casino has yet to announce its online gambling partner.

“Offering poker as an amenity on the property will be considered in the future as a component of an overall strategy related to our online opportunities,” the statement read. “We have a very talented team of professionals who work in poker operations and we are actively working to place as many as we can in other areas.”

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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