Detroit poker room folds, plans to reopen
By Bob Garcia
Don’t start your car quite yet if you’re in the Motor City looking for live poker. One of Detroit’s most popular casinos, MotorCity Casino, confirmed that they’re squashing plans to reopen their poker room.
“We continue to work with the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) and look forward to welcoming back our poker players when we are able to do so,” Bruce Dall, casino president, said in a statement.
The popular casino also erased its reopening plans post from Facebook and sent out an email indicating that their original reopening date was incorrect. Currently, there is no new planned date to resume operations. MotorCity Casino also removed a Facebook post promoting this week’s reopening, and Tuesday sent out another email saying there was a “correction” on the restart date. There are now no set dates planned.
The story is similar at all three Detroit casinos. A spokesperson for Greektown Casino indicated that they’re planning to reopen their poker room in the coming weeks, but no specific date was given. Over at MGM Grand Detroit, there are no current plans to reopen the poker room.
All three downtown Detroit casinos closed their doors in March as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded and cases of the virus increased. Now reopen, capacity is limited to just 15% and hundreds of slots are no longer functioning to help with social distancing efforts.
While table games have reopened at many casinos nationwide, resuming live poker remains problematic due to the physical closeness of players, and the constant need to sanitize cards and chips.