Opening night for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa was a huge success, especially if you look at just the poker room.
Running at only half-capacity, the 46-seat poker room had a running list all night and apparently went off without a hitch. On the other end of the spectrum, however, is the revelation that the casinos in Pennsylvania, once they reopen, will not immediately open the poker rooms until a future date.
Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Room Thrives Upon Reopening
Closed since mid-March because of the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting quarantine, Floridians were ready for poker when the bell sounded. Right at 7PM, the doors opened to the public for the second largest of the Seminole Hard Rock properties (the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is still closed) and the poker room was immediately swamped. The poker room would remain at near capacity throughout the evening, with some stunning numbers coming out.
Pennsylvania Casinos Face “Phased” Reopening
Many of the same things that the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa has put into action will be seen in Pennsylvania once they reopen. Instead of thermal imaging, however, guests will face a mandatory mask rule and be questioned as to their health and actions over the previous two weeks. While these questions are being asked, there is no indication as to what steps will be taken should a prospective customer fail any of the examinations.
In a nod to social distancing, Pennsylvania casinos will see slot machines have a plexiglass barrier between them or they will be shut off. This will enforce the “six-foot rule” that has been put in place by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and is going to be enacted throughout Pennsylvania’s gaming properties. There will also be no “gathering” (once again, not designated as to what that term means) around slot machines nor table games.
“As conditions throughout the commonwealth improve and the reopening of casinos is authorized, the PGCB (who issued the directives) desires to assure that re-openings occur in a manner which promote the safety of casino patrons and employees alike as well as assure an environment conducive to proper regulatory oversight,” Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Executive Director Kevin O’Toole said in a news release.
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