Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Not surprisingly, all Nevada casinos were ordered closed more than two months ago, turning the Las Vegas strip into a wide, empty road. But many states are beginning to re-open, at least in part and with strict CDC guidelines to follow. Nevada’s governor, Steve Sisolak, has begun permitting casino restaurants to reopen while keeping clubs, shows and gaming shut down. And let’s face it: you all don’t go to Vegas for the restaurants!

The Nevada Gaming Control Board recently laid out its health/safety guidelines for casinos to follow when they reopen. One guideline that poker players have already been reluctantly anticipating is that poker rooms must limit poker tables to a maximum of four players. 

But there is more. UNLV epidemiologist, Brian Labus, has said that Vegas is not ready to open the casinos. And when they do, he says, he’s worried that many of the planned safety features won’t be a match for the virus. Limiting card room capacity, adding hand sanitizer stations, and aggressive cleaning of poker chips and chairs can help reduce some risk, Labus says, but the nature of coronavirus won’t allow it to be contained. Poker during Covid-19Players sit together for an extended period of time, coughing and breathing in the same shared air, and there’s nothing you can do about that.

Labus also didn’t think the new plexiglass dividers that some poker rooms around the country are trying out, would be effective from a public health standpoint, beyond giving players an artificial sense of security.

Texas Poker Store - Nighthawk Poker TableWhen the Vegas strip opens, there will be a limited amount of casinos to visit for slots, roulette etc. and even fewer poker rooms, if any. So if you want to play poker in the foreseeable future, Stay Home. You’re either going to be playing online or, after sanitizing everything and making sure no one has a fever, you and a few socially-distanced friends will be playing at your own poker table

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While this Pandemic continues to turn everyone’s life upside down and most of us are going stir crazy locked up in our homes, there seems to be limited solutions for the poker lovers among us.

You can create your own online private games on 888Poker.  Watch this video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_xnsjGxNxo to learn how to set up your games, including date and time of game, buy-in, number of players allowed and lots more. Even the WSOP Online offers online games that you can jump into with as little as $25.00 buy ins.

There are many other options to play online privately and publicly, for play money or for real cash. Some of those sites include PokerStars for real cash or play money and  Zynga Poker for just the fun of it,

Just click on the links above to get full instructions on how to set up your own games by invitation only, or just jump into existing games and have fun.

Texas Poker Store - Nighthawk Poker TableOf course, you can always host your own small private games at home, especially if you have one of our great poker tables that you want to show off.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

As most poker fans assumed, The 51st Annual World Series of Poker, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 26 from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, has officially announced its postponement as a result of COVID-19. It is among the last of the major sporting events to do so, hoping to make up the event in the fall of 2020. Of course, the exact dates are to be determined.

2020 WSOP Postponed

“We are committed to running the World Series of Poker this year but need additional time to proceed on our traditional scale while prioritizing guest and staff well-being,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “In the interim, official WSOP competitions are expected to be played online this summer, and we will soon announce details of an expanded series of tournaments to be played on WSOP.com and through partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes.”

Changes are anticipated in the length of the 2020 WSOP schedule as a result of the postponement. Once details are finalized the revised schedule will be announced.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Covid-19 has shut down our world. And we have all discovered by now that even when things begin to get better, life as we have known it will change in myriad ways. Many more of us will be working from home. Most shopping will be done online. And we’ve already heard dire predictions of watching sporting events from home: baseball games might be played with no one in the stands. Poker fans who’ve been anticipating the World Series of Poker are going to be out of luck, as Las Vegas has been forced to shut down its casinos.

While social distancing is still in place, many poker lovers have turned to playing online. Unfortunately, if you live in the United States and you want to play for money in an online tournament, you’re pretty much out of luck unless you live in one of the few states where online gambling is legal, or you know how to work around restrictions while keeping it safe and legal. And, once casinos and poker rooms come back, there will undoubtedly be many changes. There will probably be fewer poker tables to allow for more distance between them, and less players at each table. Not only that, but hygiene will be a major consideration. Chips will need to be cleaned more often, and the poker rooms themselves may be shut down for short periods of time during a work day to allow for custodial personnel to clean the rails and other common areas.

The Lumen Poker TableThis seems like the perfect time to invest in your own poker table, one like our premium Lumen Poker Table, and we at the Texas Poker Store want to make it a little easier for you. We’re offering a 10% discount on all of our tables to encourage you to play poker at home. Until we’re no longer on lockdown, there’s no better way to have fun playing poker than to sit around your own table with a few friends. Just head to the Texas Poker Store and check out all our tables, and when you’re ready go ahead and place your order then simply enter the special discount code — MyCorona — to get your special 10% discount while supply lasts.

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