Live poker returns to New Jersey subsequent week as Atlantic City’s largest poker site reopens Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m.
According to a Press of Atlantic City report, Borgata will reopen its 77-table poker site with a number of restrictions in place to make sure a secure surroundings.
“We are happy to welcome back our loyal players as we reopen Atlantic City’s market-leading East Coast poker destination,” president and COO of Borgata Melanie Johnson advised the each day newspaper.
Only 30 of the 77 tables will likely be in use and video games will likely be unfold seven-handed. Plexiglass dividers between gamers have grow to be considerably of the usual in dwell poker within the wake of COVID-19 and will likely be utilized in Borgata’s room as effectively. Only money video games will likely be supplied on the outset of the reopening.
Food won’t be allowed contained in the room, however beverage service will likely be supplied. Hand sanitizing stations will likely be positioned all through the room and spectators won’t be permitted. Masks will likely be required as they’re in all areas of the on line casino.
Borgata is the highest-grossing on line casino in Atlantic City and is residence to one of many largest poker rooms within the nation. It would be the first of the 5 poker rooms within the metropolis to reopen.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy compelled his state’s casinos to shutter in mid-March, as did the remainder of the nation in response to the unfold of coronavirus. But New Jersey was one of the crucial cautious states within the nation when it got here to reopening.
Murphy allowed brick-and-mortar casinos to reopen July 2 however introduced that indoor eating and ingesting wouldn’t be permitted just some days earlier than the reopening. The ban brought on Borgata to delay its opening till later within the month after it had time to regulate its marketing strategy.
The delayed timeline additionally brought on the New Jersey poker market to be one of many final to reopen. Massachusetts and New York nonetheless haven’t resumed dwell poker in its industrial casinos, however almost each different state has allowed the sport to renew. In California, regulators allowed poker to renew exterior to assist curb the unfold of the virus.