Is Las Vegas coming back to life?
More than a year has passed since the Las Vegas gaming industry practically stopped due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. And even the news of the return of the WSOP 2021 series to the city at the end of September this year did not give any guarantee that local casinos would return to pre-crisis levels.
Since May 1, the rules were eased for gambling establishments, and they took advantage of it:
Nine major companies — owners of Las Vegas casinos, can now operate 100% of their capacity. Wynn Resorts even removed the plastic partitions from the tables.
Of course, there are still small establishments that can not yet work at full capacity (limits for them are set at 60%-80%), but such a decision can be reversed on June 1. Why the Nevada Gaming Control made such concessions? Let's take a look, for example, the official Twitter page of MGM Resorts and local publications (Las Vegas Review-journal):
The main reason for abolishing the social distance regime in Las Vegas casinos was the tremendous progress in vaccinations (up to 90% in gambling workers and more than 50% in Clark County residents).
When the last indicator reaches the 60% mark, the restrictions will be lifted for all casinos. Masks are still required.
According to statistics, the United Stated has already vaccinated 40% of its population, and gambling establishments throughout the country will come back to life in the summer. However, the full recovery of the live poker industry will take several more years. Hence, US-friendly online games will remain a safe alternative for a long time (as we discussed in detail before in the article: What will happen to online poker after quarantine?)
For more than a year of quarantine restrictions and the lack of real progress in legalizing poker at a federal level, many fans have successfully switched to offshore rooms and club-based poker apps.
Now they have a reasonably large selection of online gambling venues, and most likely, only the older audience will return to live casinos. Young people, at their best, will "mix" two types of poker.
Even the need to use crypto has now ceased to be an obstacle for offline players. The development of such services has dramatically reduced the entry threshold. Now, cryptocurrencies are increasingly becoming commonplace for poker players worldwide.
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