Poker’s is finally coming back to Atlantic City, as this Wednesday, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa plans to reopen its large poker room. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the poker room has been locked down since March. This week, players will return to the feeling, but based on state health and safety standards, they should expect adjustments.
The Borgata’s poker room originally had 77 gaming tables. Now, just 30, each spread out to facilitate social distancing, will be housed. Between each seat, the tables will have separators in place so that players have a buffer between them.
Right now, with seven players per table, the poker room will only offer cash games. There are no plans to restart gaming for the tournament. Aside from cash games , players may have access to other choices, such as the Bad Beat Jackpot. This jackpot will start with the Borgata at $100,000.
All players will be required to wear a mask in the poker room. This is also expected in general at the casino. Players will be given beverage service, but food will not be served. Players will be able to use hand sanitising stations in the poker room.
Spectators would not be able to watch the games. High touchpoints will also be periodically disinfected in the room.
The President and Borgata Chief Operating Officer, Melonie Johnson, reflected on the reopening by saying that as the market-leading East Coast Poker destination gets back to work, the casino is pleased to welcome back its loyal players. Johnson pointed out that the improvements were made to boost the visitors ‘ experience inside the poker room.
In Atlantic City, the Borgata Casino poker room will be the first to reopen. It is uncertain as to whether other casinos in the area will start selling poker again or wait longer to start back up.