The Borgata becomes the first to reopen a poker room in Atlantic City
By Bob Garcia
The poker scene in Atlantic City is finally coming back to life
The Poker Room at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will reopen on October 21, becoming the first live poker room to reopen in Atlantic City following the COVID-19 lockdown. New Jersey ordered all casinos to close in March due to the coronavirus pandemic closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are happy to welcome back our loyal players as we reopen Atlantic City’s market-leading East Coast poker destination,” Melonie Johnson, president & chief operating officer of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, said in the news release. “We have made some changes to enhance our guest’s experience and are excited to reintroduce live poker and the Borgata Poker brand more safely.”
MGM Resorts’ Seven-Point Safety Plan designed in conjunction with medical and scientific experts will be activated at the Borgata for guests’ safety during the pandemic. The Poker Room will host 30 seven-handed tables with plastic barriers, and no spectators will be allowed in the Poker Room.
Safety measures, such a social distancing, and mandatory use of masks, and frequent disinfecting will also be put into place in all public areas at the Borgata. Employees and guests alike will have their temperature checked at property entrances and electrostatic sprayers will be used to sanitize large public spaces.
To welcome players back to the Poker Room, the Borgata’s Bad Bet Jackpot will once again offer players the opportunity who lose their hand and still have a chance to win a $100,000 prize, according to the news release from the Borgata.