Is Nevada getting ready to reopen casinos?
The economic situation in Las Vegas has deteriorated sharply due to quarantines and other measures taken to fight the Coronavirus outbreak. Recently, the Mayor of Las Vegas and the Governor of Nevada shared different views on how to reopen the Las Vegas Strip.
But, the initial ban ended on April 30, and is no longer valid in theory. This is probably why Nevada Gambling Control recently published a seven-page memorandum on the new rules for Las Vegas casinos after opening:
- Casinos should reduce personal contact between visitors and implement disinfection measures in areas of intensive use.
- Gambling establishments must provide information about the measures that players must take to reduce the risk of infection;
- Casino employees must disinfect all their equipment before working with each new customer, changing their personal protective equipment (PPE), and washing their hands several times a day;
- Regarding social distancing, the number of players at the tables should be reduced to 50%, and equip all the tables with transparent partitions.
Most likely all casinos will quickly adopt all of these measures to reopen as soon as possible, and according to some experts, anything that can somehow represent personal contact such as buffets, mass events, conventions, will simply disappear.
Poker community reactions to new rules in Las Vegas
Of course, almost all players agreed with the measures adopted by Nevada to reopen casinos and live poker tables. The new gaming tables with transparent dividers between players caused many comments.
Under the new rules, players don't have to use any PPE because they will be isolated during the game.
Phil Galfond made a good suggestion about this:
Of course, the live poker industry in the US will resist this course of events for as long as possible, because going online means an even more significant drop in casino revenue. But, it's clear that the post-quarantine world will leave poker without many other choices.
By adopting these measures, Las Vegas casinos may not have the same or at least similar financial results. Many players won't like to play like this, but, of course, only after a few weeks, we will have more information about the development of the events.
Recall that WSOP 2020 was postponed, and right now, GGPoker is hosting a WSOP Super Circuit event online.
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