Aviation Club Goes into Liquidation

Aviation Club Goes into Liquidation

Monday, 23 February 2015

The most iconic poker venue in France, the Aviation Club, became a condemned building late last week after the authorities placed the venue in judicial liquidation.

Five months after the club was unexpectedly closed, its gaming licence has not been renewed and that's led to the demise of the 100-year-old poker room.

Even before the poker boom back in early 2000, the Aviation Club was always a staple venue for Europe's top players. Moreover, it's provided some of the most memorable moments in tournament history, including the now infamous Tony G tirade during the WPT Paris finale.

Since the Aviation Club was closed in 2014, local workers have been urging the Grand Instance Court to allow poker to return to Paris. Joining the displaced workers in calling for the venue to be reopened has been the likes of Liv Boeree, Fabrice Soulier and Antoine Saout, but it seems their pleas have fallen on deaf ears as the latest bankruptcy ruling means there's very little hope of the doors reopening.

This move, coupled with a continued downswing for country's online poker community, has left many declaring the death of poker in France. Recently the EPT announced that it will no longer be hosting an event in Deauville, which comes in the wake of the WPT removing its annual Paris event from the calendar.

The French poker community will undoubtedly feel the impact of this latest announcement, but the industry as a whole will no doubt be left saddened by the demise of arguably the most spectacular poker venues in Europe.

Tags: Aviation Club, Paris, France