Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wheeling Island poker room getting a new location, new name

Wheeling Island's nine-table poker room will soon be moving upstairs in a casino redesign that will eliminate all gaming on the building's lowest level.

Director of Table Games Mike Tusken confirmed Saturday that the move was in the works. Tusken said the final design of the new poker area is not yet complete but that it would be rechristened the Darvin Moon Poker Room, after the 2009 WSOP Main Event runner-up who won his way into that tournament via a Wheeling Island satellite.

"We are excited to move the poker room upstairs as we feel this will create better synergy with the Table Games department and the guests," Tusken said via email. "The poker room and cage now will be readily accessible to all the guests as the cage will be moving right next to the Table Games and Poker departments."

Wheeling Island's poker room opened in October 2007 with 20 tables and was routinely packed with players from all over the tri-state area. The room's table count, however, dropped to 12 and then to nine following the 2010 opening of poker rooms at The Meadows casino in Washington, PA and Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore.

Tusken said casino officials decided to relocate the poker room and all slots from the bottom floor in an effort to move them away from the casino's flood zone. He also said there would be no interruption of play when the move is made.

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