Poker players invited back to Great Northern Casino on Thursday
By Bob Garcia
Under the new guidelines, casinos and poker rooms are eligible to reopen, along with indoor restaurants and other recreation facilities. Capacity is limited to 33 percent of what’s permitted under the fire code.
“We’re extremely excited to get back to work and opened up. We’ll be following all the AHS protocols and sanitizing. Our lounge is open, slot machines (will be) open and table games (will be) open,” commented Leanne Brownless, the General Manager for the Great Northern Casino. “Hopefully, shortly, we’ll get our live entertainment back as well.”
Brownless notes that live entertainment will be added back to the mix once the government moves the province into Stage 3 of its re-opening plan. When that happens, there won’t be a shortage of entertainment options waiting for players to choose from.
“I have a long list of acts that are just waiting for the call to get booked back onto our stage,” commented Brownless. “Once the announcement comes it won’t be long until we have the stage full again.”
Stage 3 might not be that far off. According to the government, the province will enter Stage 3 two weeks after 70 percent of Albertans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. During Stage 3, the ban on indoor social gatherings will be lifted.
While Great Northern Casino does have a poker room, according to the website, table games and poker are on hold until further notice. However, it’s not clear if the casino must wait until Stage 3 to resume those games.