Hotels in Las Vegas have been open since June 4th. With each passing weekend, more people around the country are visiting and gambling in this city. News has just come out that Las Vegas poker tournaments are about to begin taking place again.
Poker fans have reason to celebrate. Multi-table tournaments are about to become available here. Today, we’re going to look at which venues are set to expand their poker options.
Let’s get into it!
The Venetian Casino-Resort is Officially Open to Guests
Both residents and tourists in Las Vegas love to debate which casino-resort in the city is the best. It’s tough to decide, as some of the biggest and most expensive hotels in the world are located here. Almost everyone agrees that the Venetian Casino-Resort is among the top venues here.
This property was built in 1999 directly on the Las Vegas Strip. It quickly gained a status as one of the most impressive hotel-casinos ever built. Unfortunately, this venue was forced to close to the public in March.
The Venetian is owned by Las Vegas Sands, one of the most powerful casino companies in the world. Immediately after the hotel-casino closed, officials within LVS began looking at ways to safely reopen. Members of the Nevada Gaming Control Board finally approved reopening plans in early May.
Several casino-resorts were given permission to reopen on June 4th. That includes the Venetian. This venue has begun implementing intense social distancing measures to try to avoid any infection spreads.
It’s a very unusual time for Las Vegas. Fortunately, things seem to be getting back to normal here. This week, officials at the Venetian announced that major poker tournaments are going to resume this weekend.
The Venetian is Set to Resume Las Vegas Poker Tournaments
Las Vegas is the poker hub of the United States. Many of the top professional players reside in this city. Prior to the casino shutdowns in March, most of the casinos here held regular tournaments that offered massive cash prizes for the winners.
With the social distancing measures in place, many felt it would be almost impossible to hold any major tournaments. That is no longer the case. Officials at the Venetian announced that it will host $250 buy-in tournaments in a shootout format on Friday and Saturday.
Only 80 individuals are allowed to take part in these tournaments. Five-handed tables will play down to 16 players. These 16 will play at four-hand tables, and the winners move onto the final table.
As of June 15th, only the Venetian, Golden Nugget, the Orleans, and South Point are offering poker games to guests. According to several reports, the poker rooms in these venues have been hugely popular. More Las Vegas poker tournaments are likely to resume over the next few weeks.
Casinos here are doing everything they can to attract new players. Hotel rates are still low and many flights to the city are the cheapest they’ve been in years. If you’re looking for a fun gambling vacation, now might be the perfect time to head to Vegas!
Atlantic City is Still Hesitant to Reopen
We’ve been reporting on Atlantic City’s reopening plans for many weeks. As most are well-aware of, this city is one of the gambling hubs on the East Coast. The casinos here have also been forced to shut down since March.
Unlike Las Vegas, however, the gambling venues here have not been able to reopen. New Jersey has some of the highest infection rates in the country. Governor Phil Murphy has been extremely hesitant to allow Atlantic City casinos to reopen.
A few weeks ago, Governor Murphy told the media that these venues would be able to open by July 4th. It’s extremely exciting for business owners in this city. Due to the regulations set in place, tens of thousands of individuals here have been left without work.
Some have begun expressing fear about reopening the casinos here. Infection rates are beginning to increase around the country once again. There are fears that as casinos reopen, infection rates in New Jersey will rapidly increase.
As of now, the plan is still for Atlantic City casinos to reopen their doors by the Fourth of July. That can change as time goes on. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!
Are you excited to see Las Vegas poker tournaments resume? Do you plan on visiting the city anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!