Cards could soon be in the air at Treasure Cove Casino poker room in British Columbia
By Bob Garcia
Poker players rejoice! Treasure Cove Casino in British Columbia is eyeing a July 1st reopening. The casino features a poker room with $1-$2 No Limit Hold’em, a Progressive Bad Beat Jackpot, and more.
The upcoming reopening has industry representatives singing a positive tune as Canada Day approaches.
“There are 10,000 people who are directly employed by casinos and community gaming centres right across BC. We really wanted to put the health and safety of our communities at the forefront,” noted BC Lottery Corporation spokesperson Lara Gerrits. “In 2019 and 2020, casinos and community gaming centres like the Treasure Cove generated about 929 million dollars in net income for the province and that money goes back to supporting things like healthcare and education.
According to Gerrits, Treasure Cove will have plexiglass installed at every slot machine. Poker room health and safety protocols are not yet clear. She continued, “This really brings us one step closer to reopening the casino industry and we are really pleased to be included in Phase 3 of the restart plan to safely bring people back together again.”
Lyn Hall, Mayor of Prince George, wanted to ensure casinos were given the same re-opening considerations as businesses in other sectors across the province.
“When you start to take a look at reopening various things it’s all under the umbrella of making sure the public and the employees are safe and the health restrictions under the current pandemic rules are followed,” said Hall. “As a community, city, and as a province, for me, it’s about the orders from Doctor Henry and Minister Dix. Those are important for us to follow and really what I am asking is will there be a consideration given to casinos and if there is a consideration given, I certainly understand and respect it would be under certain health guidelines and conditions.”