Some Florida poker rooms to open this week
By Bob Garcia
Live poker is slowly starting to return across the US after a two-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus
Florida seems to be ready for live gambling action to take over again this week. Three of the main poker rooms operating in the Sunshine State are set to reopen before the weekend: Derby Lane, Tampa Bay; Seminole Hard Rock; Hollywood and Bestbet, Jacksonville. These reopenings follow what the CEO of Hard Rock International, Jim Allen, said a week ago, that its Florida casinos could be reopened before the month ended. Recently, he confirmed the reopening of the casino operator’s Tampa property. These are the first Florida casinos to reopen since the shutdown orders over two months ago in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Thursday is the day in which operations will be resumed at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, with action set to begin at 7 PM. However, customers will notice some big changes made to the poker rooms that most likely will also be present in all casinos. The gambling venue installed large plexiglass dividers over the tables, which makes it look like players are in front of a bank teller; these dividers will extend to separate players from one another. Hard Rock posted on its website all the precautions and new guidelines that will be adopted when gamblers are back in action, including operations at a 50% capacity with each table sitting six players maximum.
Tomorrow is also the day in which Derby Lane will reopen, and Bestbet Jacksonville will get going again on Friday. In the case of Derby Lane, the gambling facility will operate 12 hours a day, from 10 AM to 10 PM, and all tables will be limited to six players maximum. Also, everyone inside of the casinos must wear a face mask. Even Bestbet Jax – the biggest poker room in the state with 70 poker tables – will reopen at 50% capacity and only 46 poker tables, according to the new distribution.