Johnny Chan to create worldwide poker hotels

One of poker's all-time greats may be about to realize one of his dreams. Johnny Chan is partnering with Liko Smith, a Las Vegas hotelier, to create a poker hotel.

The hotel, 5th Street, already has a site selected in Los Angeles county, and other sites in California, Illinois, New York, Florida and Macau are under development, making the hotel a possible worldwide chain.

Chan and Smith are joined on the development team for the hotel by Matt Savage, Jeff Brausch and Kelly Flynn of The Division Poker. They have been working on the poker hotel concept for the past two years.

Smith is the president of Rogue Hospitality which has developed and managed The Block, hotels for snowboarders, and will manage the 5th Street hotels as well.

"We have a brand development process, a level of service and a genuine authenticity that no other management company can deliver," Smith said.

He added that Johnny Chan was all for the poker hotel concept when approached about it. The hotel will improve the experience for poker players and set a new standard of service, quality and game that can't be found online or in any other U.S. casino.

"The time has come for a concept such as 5th Streeet to grace the felt for poker players - a hotel for poker players by poker players," said Flynn. "It will be a home away from home, the cure for the common casino that most poker players are forced to find themselves in now."

The plan is that all 5th Street hotels will offer highly highly designed exteriors and interiors along with state of the art room amenities.

What will make them premier poker hotels though will be the fully-licensed poker tournaments taking place daily. There will also be monthly celebrity poker tournaments and social events.

According to a press release, 5th Street Hotels will create a high-roller experience for guests starting from when they make reservations all the way through to checking out.

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