At least one of the major poker rooms will not be able to open as soon as the Las Vegas Strip casinos reopen. A report release by Bloomberg, Wynn Resorts are likely to open soon for business, but the bad news is poker games won’t be open immediately.
The company has decided to keep themselves closed both of its U.S.-facing poker rooms at Encore in Las Vegas and Boston in order to keep human contact at a minimum. However, both rooms are rescheduling to open later when executives feel it’s safe to offer.
The president of Encore Boston Harbor Brian Gullbrants in a radio interview said that, “We don’t in any way want to do anything we can’t execute as safely as possible. This is an evolving situation.”
The announcement of this has shed water on any chance of the Wynn Summer Classic taking place this year in Vegas. The event has been cancelled due to the global pandemic of COVID-19 which seems to destroy everything. Last month also, the World Series of Poker got postponed, however organisers are planning to reschedule it in October. Recently, the Aria Resort and Casino also cancelled its summer tournament offerings, which also included its Summer High Roller Series.
The protocols ensuring the games could take place in a safer environment have been released under section 11 of 18 page of health and safety guideline released by Wynn. These protocols includes changing of decks in every two hours, cleaning the area around a seat after any player leaves the game, as well as keeping extra distance between tables.
However, the protocols were not sufficient enough to convince executives that poker was safe to reopen at the same time as the rest of the casino. But several casinos in Arizona are following the same path after opening their business and they are most likely not open the rooms again. ‘