Great Friday: Several Pennsylvania poker rooms resume operations today
By Bob Garcia
It’s a good day to be a poker player on the East Coast. Cards are back in the air in the Keystone State today starting at noon as live poker returns to several Pennsylvania casinos after a months-long hiatus.
Mount Airy Casino Resort and Mohegan Sun Pocono will start dealing cards again beginning today (Friday, October 16th) at noon. They are the state’s first two poker rooms to reopen.
Other poker rooms dotting the map are slated to open soon, too. Penn National Gaming indicated plans to reopen the poker room at Meadows Racetrack & Casino next Friday. But as of publication time, there’s no official date for its Hollywood Casino property.
Noticeably absent from the list of poker rooms to reopen is Wind Creek Bethlehem. Their 26-table poker room remains closed, with no announced plans to get back to dealing cards. And Harrah’s Philadelphia has permanently shut its poker room.
The resumption of operations comes on the heels of a Gaming Control Board request for poker rooms to confirm plans for tentative reopening dates. Each submitted plan needed to include what safety measures would be in place, such as dividers to separate players and dealers.
When the first shuffle up and deal is called today, there will be no more than 7 poker players seated at a table — a health & safety requirement. What’s more, no food is allowed at the table, and protocols for sanitizing poker chips and cards must be in place.
It’s not just Pennsylvania that is welcoming poker players back to the tables. Today, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City resumes poker room operations. The poker room is highly regarded as the premier destination for Texas Hold’em on the eastern seaboard.