Aria’s ‘The Ivey Room’ Officially Renamed ‘Table 1’
Nearly eight years following its beginning, ‘The Ivey Room’ in the Aria Resort and Casino is not any longer.
On Wednesday afternoon, the team at Aria took the signal for the space called after Phil Ivey and substituted it with an indication that read ‘Table 1. ‘ According to Aria Director of Poker Operations Sean McCormack, it was only time for a change.
“We thought it was time to rename the room,” said McCormack. “The idea to call it ‘Table 1’ actually came from Elayne [Teitelbaum], our host. It’s so fitting because a lot of players have been calling it ‘Table 1’ for a while now anyway. [They were] coming in and asking if table 1 had a game going or was available. ”
The area was started just prior to the 2010 World Series of Poker, about five weeks after Aria started. It had been supposed to function as Aria’s variant of ‘Bobby’s Room,’ that is the high-stakes field of the Bellagio poker room called after MGM Resorts casino and four-time WSOP bracelet winner Bobby Baldwin.
The change comes in the wake of Ivey’s latest legal issues. At the beginning of February, a federal judge gave the Borgata Hotel and Casino acceptance to proceed after Ivey’s shares in Nevada to accumulate the $10.16 million that he owes Borgata out of a lawsuit he dropped over his notorious baccarat session.
McCormack, nevertheless, failed to associate Ivey’s baccarat problems with the choice to create a change.
“Nothing lasts forever,” said McCormack. “Obviously Phil is still an incredible player and still very a lot of relevant in the poker world, but we thought it was time for a rebrand. ”
McCormack verified that Ivey didn’t have a contract with the land.
Before Aria started, ‘Bobby’s Room’ was home to the largest games in Las Vegas. It is where to choose the biggest limit combined games in the city, however, the high-stakes section previously called ‘The Ivey Room’ did throw away some of their visitors as it came to biggest big-bet games.