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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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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

As most of you have discovered, many World Series of Poker Circuit events have been postponed or suspended around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. We listed the cancellations as of March 14 in our last blog and many more have fallen by the wayside. However, there has been no decision yet on whether or not the flagship event, this summer’s 51st annual WSOP tournament will be held.

Seth Palansky, vice president of corporate communications for the WSOP, said officials would continue to monitor developments regarding the
coronavirus pandemic but were proceeding as if the big event will go on as
scheduled May 26 to July 15 at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas.

“We keep our heads down, keep planning in place,” he said. “… We don’t need to make a decision now.” This year’s schedule calls for 87 bracelet events. Contingency plans have been discussed that could include shortening the series, Palansky said.

“Things are changing not just daily but hourly now,” he said of the pandemic fallout. “We’ll continue to monitor everything.”Texas Poker Store

Once a definitive call has been made by the WSOP, The Texas Poker Store will keep you informed.

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