Treasure Island is owned by billionaire businessman and high-stakes poker player Phil Ruffin. The closure leaves the Las Vegas Strip area with 17 poker rooms. There are now 63 rooms statewide, according to data from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Treasure Island’s move to close its room comes during a time of growth for the Nevada poker market. Over the 12 months prior to July 1, 2018, Nevada casinos raked $120 million from poker, up 2.1 percent year-over-year. That figure includes online poker.
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