Atlantic City Poker Rooms Remove COVID-Related Seating Restrictions – CardsChat.com

Atlantic City casinos returned to full seating capacity at poker tables and other gambling stations on Friday. The move came as New Jersey further relaxed its COVID-19 restrictions, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. With the return to full seating, the citys poker rooms may be the busiest theyve been since the pandemic-induced shutdowns occurred in March 2020.

Full capacity at the tables is just one of several changes being allowed under New Jerseys latest guidelines. Atlantic Citys poker rooms will be allowed to remove the plexiglass dividers between each seat, and players who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed to play without masks. No protocols for checking an individuals vaccination status have been announced, inferring that an honor system regarding vaccinations and mask-wearing will be in place.

The relaxed protocols went into effect at 6am on Friday as infectivity rates declined across New Jersey, with more than 48% of the population now reported as being fully vaccinated.

The updated protocols as announced by the office of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy promise a much needed boost for the regions economy during the busy summer months. In 2020, Atlantic City casinos were completely closed during the Memorial Day period; after being mandated to close in March, they were not allowed to open until July.

Live poker took even longer to return. The first Atlantic City poker room to reopen was its largest, the 77-table room at the Borgata, and that didnt occur until October 2020. When it did, the room initially offered only cash-game action and a maximum of seven players per table.

Similar restrictions hampered all gambling activity at all of the Atlantic Citys casinos.Overall, New Jerseys gross gaming revenue dropped by more than 80% in 2020, even though the states online-gambling sites enjoyed traffic surges during the worst of the pandemics larger impact.

Caesars Entertainments Noel Stevenson told the Press of Atlantic City that the relaxation of indoor restrictions were key to the venues recovery. New Jersey removed most outdoor restrictions one week ago, but the greater risk of indoor virus transmission made the state wait a little longer to make its move.

Caesars, Harrahs Resort and Tropicana are pleased to see the return of indoor events, entertainment, meetings and conventions and more of the amenities our guests expect from our resorts, Stevenson told the Press. Gov. Murphys most recent order allows us to take a needed step forward in our recovery effort. It will enable us to fully reopen this summer, just in time for Atlantic Citys peak season.

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Haley Hintze

Contributing writer Haley Hintze is a 20-year veteran of the poker world, a Women in Poker Hall of Fame finalist, and two-time Global Poker Awards finalist.

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