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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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Most people in this country are eager to cast their votes on November 6th. Some are planning to vote for candidates they’re hoping will bring about substantive change, while others are voting to maintain the status quo. You all know which category you fit in.  But since this is a POKER column, I thought you might enjoy a brief election story about what’s at stake in the state of Nevada, where, surprisingly, the future of online poker is in danger.The Future of Online Poker

You have every right to scratch your head on that one. I mean,seriously? Didn’t they start the whole thing? Well, yes, but, their current governor, Brian Sandoval, a staunch advocate for online gambling, is ineligible to run again due to Nevada’s term limits law. So this is going to be quite a contest. Nevada’s current Attorney General, Adam Laxalt, won the Republican Party primary this past June and wants to be the state’s next governor. Laxalt is a die-hard anti-online gaming politician who has supported not only killing online poker in Nevada but also across the United States.

Laxalt’s opponent is Steve Sisolak, a pro-online poker Democrat. Nevada is known as a swing state, which means it has historically gone back and forth between Republicans and Democrats in presidential elections. In fact, if Sisolak wins, it would be the first time a democrat would have been elected governor of Nevada in 20 years.  But it’s a very close race.

What’s the moral of this brief election tale? Sometimes you have to vote BLUE if you don’t want the issues you care about to move backwards!! (or move in the wrong direction) ??

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For the past week, the mention of Las Vegas has conjured up the horrifying sights and sounds from the deadliest mass shooting in history that took place last Sunday night. Our thoughts and prayers have centered on the 59 innocent concert-goers who were killed in the cowardly attack by a lone gunman and the more than 500 attendees who were injured, many critically. On this tragic night, what happened in Vegas definitely did not stay in Vegas, as outrage, grief and heartbreak spread to the families and friends of the victims, while also affecting everyone, everywhere.

Of course, it spread immediately to the gaming industry, hotel and casino owners and workers and, of course, the thousands of poker players who either live in Vegas or consider the neon mecca their second home.

A Las Vegas Victims’ Fund was started on GoFundMe on Monday morning by Steve Sisolak, current chairman of the Clark County Commission. He began the campaign with a $10,000 donation, and an initial goal of $500,000. To date, the donations have exceeded over $10 million to be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families. In addition, many pledges of support have come directly from the gaming industry, including $3 million from MGM Resorts, $4 million from the Las Vegas Sands and many others.

Members of the poker community took to Twitter to express their sympathy, sorrow and support. What follows is a small sampling:

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/815261361987002368/feylDgM9_bigger.jpgLiv Boeree @Liv_Boeree  Thinking of you, Las Vegas. Look after each other 😢❤️
Mike Leah @GoLeafsGoEh  So many lives..stolen senselessly. why people are allowed to purchase guns that can do this kind of harm I’ll never understand. Cmon world smarten up.🙏
Phil Hellmuth @phil_hellmuth Sending prayers to the victims, and families of the victims, in Las Vegas.

Mike Sexton‏ @Mike_partypoker So proud of Vegas community – lines to give blood very long, people waiting hrs – others bringing free food & drinks to them. 👍

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/2859295132/d8178537f10443c9dc443691083d16d7_bigger.jpegDanielle Andersen @dmoongirl – Do not say his name. He is nobody. Do not show his face. He is nobody. Do not share his motives. He is nobody. Let him die a nobody.

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