Lots of Las Vegas cardrooms have reopened after a long wait. Popular YouTube poker content maker Joey Ingram made a video earlier this week all about how he risked his life sitting in a cash game with very few face-masks in sight.
It’s a brave / stupid new world of live poker, depending on where you are on the two sides of the debate. Maybe going out to play poker and running the risk of getting COVID-19 is insane for you or you’re able to do it to keep your mental health going.
The re-opening of the HyperX Esports Arena is not strictly for more mainstream Esports, with poker tournaments lined up to be played at the spectacular studio room located in Vegas since January.
Once the World Poker Tour agreed to postpone their regional final tables until six players were reached until the final tables at the HyperX Esports Arena were rescheduled, everyone – including ourselves – commended them for increasing the popularity of the events involved.
If the Luxor Hotel & Casino re-open on June 25th, the HyperX Esports Arena will do likewise. But are there any players to sit down?
Tournament headliner Matt Savage told Card Player earlier this week that: “It is only very recently that Las Vegas has reopened its doors. We are having discussions daily regarding the final tables and will share our plans with our final table players and our fans at the appropriate time.”
When the time arrives is the guess of everyone as there was already an post on Card Player reporting the staff in the Las Vegas Strip were identified as having COVID-19.
Finding a balance between opening too late to miss out on vital business and not endangering your players’ lives too soon is a horrific tightrope act that every Las Vegas casino is currently walking on.
The WPT faces a tough decision in determining whether to do so with three tables still to be rescheduled. There is the Tournament of Champions to remember, where each WPT Main Event winner will be able to compete along with former WPT Main Event winners. With the Poker Championship in WPT Gardens, Borgata Winter Poker Open and L.A. All waiting for Poker Classic to resume, it’s not easy.
The security precautions listed on the venue ‘s website are not a series of rules and regulations that even come similar to being applicable to a poker tournament, allowing six feet of separation. Yes, there are just six participants left in each case, but if they have to chuck their cards from the cash-in desk into the muck, the events were initially expected to be taking a lot away from the personal television output.
With the WPT Gardens Poker Championship reaching the final half-dozen players way back on January 13th and the poker development being so swift, there’s an argument to say that when the finalists finally sit down together to play the final table and find a winner, it’s going to be someone totally different from any of the players who have reached that stage.