After a seven-month hiatus induced by the coronavirus, live poker is finally ready to return to Atlantic City. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, the city’s highest-grossing casino, said Friday that it will reopen its poker room on October 21.
The Borgata poker room is scheduled to resume welcoming players at 10 a.m. Wednesday with certain adjustments made to meet pandemic safety requirements and guidelines.
One of the largest live poker rooms in the US with 77 tables, The Poker Room will now feature only 30 tables spaced. Each of them will have polycarbonate dividers between each seat.
The poker facility will only offer live cash games at seven-handed tables at first. At the moment, no tournament has been scheduled at The Poker Room.
The Borgata was the last Atlantic City gambling venue in resume operations after all casinos in the city were ordered closed in mid-March to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. New Jersey was one of the epicenters of the Covid-19 crisis this spring.
Atlantic City casinos were allowed to reopen before the 4th of July weekend and many did. However, The Borgata opened its doors in the last days of July. Property officials said prior to the property’s reopening that they “took the time to re-evaluate and strategize” on how it would operate and that they wanted to make sure that “when we open, we open safely, for our employees and guests. “
Masks are a must at The Poker Room
Once The Poker Room resumes operations, players must wear masks on the premises (as well as in other public areas of the casino). Drink service will be available in the poker room, but no food will be served.
There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the room and high touch points will be sanitized frequently, property officials said. Spectators will not be allowed in the poker facilities, it was also known.
While live poker tournaments will not immediately resume at The Borgata, the casino’s Bad Beat Jackpot promotion will be available at the reopening of The Poker Room, starting at $ 100K.
Commenting on the return of poker at The Borgata, Property President and Chief Operating Officer Melonie Johnson said they are happy to welcome their loyal players and have made certain changes “to improve the experience for our guests. and they are excited about reintroduce live poker and the Borgata Poker brand more securely. “
The Borgata’s Poker Room is Atlantic City’s largest live poker facility. And according to data from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Compliance, The Poker Room is the market leader of the city’s five poker rooms.
Last year, just generated nearly $ 18 million in poker revenue from the $ 27.2 million reported by the five rooms. Atlantic City’s other poker facilities are at Bally’s, Golden Nugget, Harrah’s, and Tropicana.