Atlantic City will have two poker rooms operational before the end of the year, as casino operator Caesars Entertainment Inc. is preparing to reopen the poker room at its Harrah’s Atlantic City property.
Harrah’s poker room, which is branded World Series of Poker, will welcome fans of live poker on December 26, a Caesars spokesperson announced Monday.
The space will be open every day from noon to 4 am local time. The poker room will work with certain restrictions and measures to ensure that players are protected against exposure to the coronavirus.
Seats will be limited to eight people per table and there will be plexiglass dividers installed at each poker table to separate the players. Masks and other face coverings will be a must at Harrah’s poker room, just like anywhere within any Atlantic City casino.
The World Series of Poker room will resume operations nine months after New Jersey gambling halls were ordered closed as part of the state’s efforts to abort the spread of the coronavirus. The nine Atlantic City casinos began to gradually reopen in early July, but have operated at limited capacity since then.
The fate of AC poker
Commenting on the planned reopening of the Harrah’s poker room, Harrah’s and Caesars Atlantic City Senior Vice President and General Manager Ron Baumann said they are delighted to reopen the space in time for the new year and that the poker facility “Will serve as destination to play poker in Atlantic City at our Caesars Entertainment complexes. “
Mr. Baumann also said that his team has worked diligently in recent months to ensure that we have “improved health and safety measures, so that both our players and team members can feel safe when they play at Harrah’s. “
A Caesars spokesperson said the casino giant did not has plans to reopen its poker room in Tropicana Atlantic City at this time. Caesars became the owner of Tropicana this summer when a $ 17.3 billion combination was finalized between the property’s former owner, Eldorado Resorts, and the former Caesars.
Atlantic City’s highest-grossing casino, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, was the first of the city’s gambling venues to reopen its poker room. It resumed operations on October 21. With 77 tables, the poker room at the Borgata is the largest in the city and one of the largest in the United States. It was reopened in October with only 30 tables spaced.
The city has five poker rooms, those of Harrah’s and Borgata, as well as those of Bally’s Atlantic City, Golden Nugget Atlantic City and Tropicana. It is unknown when the other three will resume live play.