The Meadows' spacious downstairs poker room that opened when Pennsylvania approved table games in 2010 will close next week to make way for a new upstairs room that will sit adjacent to the main casino floor. Speculation from the 2+2 Forums is that the new room will feature 15 tables, making it smaller than the 20+ table room The Meadows currently operates but rarely fills. The new room will apparently open one week from today, on Monday, Aug. 26.
I'm on poker hiatus right now, but, once I return, I'll miss the old room, which I always found to be more comfortable and relaxing than the one at Rivers. Still, there's no doubt the new location will be better. Poker players will find the poker room, but a downstairs room away from the casino floor will always struggle to attract casual players who may not even consider giving poker a try until they walk past the room. Wheeling Island figured this out, and now The Meadows has as well.
As always, I'll report back once I try out the new room, which shouldn't be too long from now.