Las Vegas casinos reopen on June 4, but live poker is still uncertain and will depend on the gambling hall.
The Governor Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Gaming Control Board they said yes. Starting June 4, Nevada casinos will reopen and will try to restart despite the very serious situation that still affects the United States of America.
This marks the beginning of the phase 2 of the plan issued by the governor and, unlike originally announced, casinos can now resume operation. This ends a long period of downtime for many Las Vegas employees who have lost or are at risk of losing their jobs. Sin City has been hit hardest by the closings and the unemployment rate jumped from around 4% to 17%.
Sisolak issued strict guidelines on social distancing and the closure of almost all companies in mid-March when the number of COVID-19 infections in the state was less than 70. At the end of March there were nearly 1,300 positives with 37 deaths and, as of April 30, over 5,200 infections with 268 deaths. On Friday, the official state number was 7,401 cases and 387 deaths.
Due to the positive trends of the new infections, Sisolak has eased the restrictions and announced the reopening using Phase 1 from May 9th. So now it follows the next step and the most important sector in the whole state can start again.
Hotels and casinos, for those who manage to go, have set up lavish promotions. For example, Derek Stevens, owner of “The D” and co-owner of the “Golden Gate Casino”, Has put 1,000 flights to Las Vegas from around 24 cities across the United States, with the motto “Keep America Flying”. Interested parties can guarantee one of these 1,000 one way flights. This is meant to motivate internal travel and Stevens got good low-cost advertising.
Of course, not all casinos will reopen on June 4th. Furthermore, it is not immediately driven at full load. Among the first there will be the Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand and The Signature at MGM Grand of the MGM group. The Caesars Palace and the Flamingo of the Caesars group. The Cosmopolitan and certainly the Wynn Resort.
More difficulties for local players’ casinos who may have very few streams like Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch, Santa Fe Station, Boulder Station, Palace Station and Sunset Station and Wildfire. They aren’t directly on the strip and tourists don’t get lost there often.
It also varies from casino to casino if poker will be offered again in the beginning. So far, only a few have already decided on “The Orleans”, where the poker room will be put back into operation immediately, albeit with corresponding security restrictions.