Bellagio & Caesars Palace Reopen Their Poker Rooms

Poker Room in Bellagio Casino Las VegasThe Bellagio and Caesars Palace, which were the first of MGM Resorts and Caesars International properties to reopen on June 4, reopened their poker rooms two weeks later on Thursday, June 18 at 10 a.m.

They’re not the first casinos to reopen their poker rooms, however, trailing behind The Golden Nugget, The Orleans, The Venetian, the South Point, and Sahara Las Vegas, who reopened its poker room on the same day.

Per guidelines provided by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, poker games are limited to five players per table. Bellagio received approval for six-handed tables. Plexiglass dividers will be placed in between players in compliance with the CDC’s social distancing guidelines. While masks on players are not required, at least not yet, they are being strongly encouraged. Masks on dealers and other Bellagio casino personnel are mandatory.

According to the official press release, The Bellagio poker room will be open daily, 24 hours a day, all throughout the week. The poker room will host cash games only initially, with no tournaments allowed at the current time. Players will not be allowed to eat in the room, and no guests or spectators will be allowed in.

According to a Caesars spokesperson, the Caesars Palace poker room will use five-handed tables, and all players will be required to wear masks. The hours of operations are from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Thursday through Sunday.

Bellagio’s poker room is one of the premier poker rooms in all of Vegas. Its high-stakes room is known as “Bobby’s Room,” named after former MGM Resorts International executive Bobby Baldwin, who was the 1978 World Series of Poker champ. Baldwin also regularly hosts big poker tournaments throughout the world.

The largest poker room in the world also reopens today at 6 p.m. It’s located inside of the Commerce Casino, which is located just outside of Los Angeles. Games here will be played eight-handed, and players are required to wear masks with plexiglass barriers to divide players safely.

World Series of Poker Online Starts in July

In-person poker is coming back slowly but surely in the gambling mecca of the world, but another major poker event is getting the green light to start in July; that’s the World Series of Poker.

While it won’t be an in-person event this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will be a major online event featuring players from the U.S. and all over the world, with 85 gold bracelet events. Each day in July, a bracelet will be awarded on WSOP.com.

Before the outbreak happened, the WSOP was scheduled to run from May 26 to July 15 at the Rio Convention Center but has since been reworked to be an exclusively online event, much like other major events held this year.

Daniel Negreanu, six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, said turning WSOP into an online event to make the show go on was a classic case of the event “making the best of it.”

Negreanu, who is a Las Vegas resident, says he plans to play in the online tournament until July 19, when the GG Poker tournament, who he is an ambassador for, begins.

The buy-ins for the U.S. online WSOP range from $400 to $3,200.

Bellagio’s Supper Club Shut Down After Workers Tests Positive for COVID-19

Bellagio’s Mayfair Supper Club, which functions as a part-dining, part-entertainment venue, was one of the first live entertainment venues to reopen in the valley.

However, after one of its kitchen staff tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, it was forced to temporarily close its doors on Wednesday, with a reopening date to be determined. According to a MGM Resorts spokesperson, the employee found out about the positive coronavirus result after coming into work on Wednesday.

Prior to that, the employee’s last working day was on Sunday. Staff who were in direct contact with the employee were notified of the positive test result.

In a statement released to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Mayfair Supper Club announced that due to an abundance of caution, that they would be closing for the evening, fully sanitizing the work area, and determining who may have come into direct contact with the infected individual.

Nevada Gaming Control Board Updates its Health and Safety Protocols

On Wednesday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board made updates on its health and safety protocols for casinos, tightening up previously released guidelines for gamblers who wish to sit and play. It includes stronger language in the encouragement of patrons to wear face masks while inside of casinos.

For casinos that have no plexiglass barriers at table games, gamblers are required to wear face coverings. That requirement applies to table and card players, spectators, and any other individual who is within six feet of table or card games.

As of now, patrons are not required to wear face masks while inside of the dining establishments inside of casinos.

Requirements for face masks are more stringent for casino staff, without outright mandating them for guests. Properties must now offer all guests with a face covering when they enter into the casino or have “dedicated signage” alerting patrons to the availability of the personal protective equipment (PPE) and recommended its usage.

Should any patron ask for a mask, it must be provided by a staff member.

Changes Come As People Ease Up on Mask Use

These new changes come as COVID-19 cases across the state have been on steadily increasing, and state officials recognizing the seemingly relaxed attitude toward people wearing them as the reopenings come.

Gaming Control Board Chair Sandra Douglass Morgan, for one, has noticed that people seem to be easing up on mask use, despite the growing evidence that mask usage can prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Morgan urges people to continue to act responsibly in the age of the coronavirus, especially, not in spite of, restrictions being lifted across the state. She said that if individuals want to be able to come back to Vegas in three or six months or the next year even, they need to be responsible by respecting and following the important guidelines that have been put into place for everyone’s ultimate safety.

Policies for Closed Events Have Also Been Updated

The Gaming Control Board also outlined a policy for guidelines pertaining to closed events at gaming properties on Wednesday as well. The closed events policy applies to any live event that would normally have an in-person audience, including concerts, entertainment shows, competition shows, or sporting events.

In order to be able to hold a closed event, the Event Operator is to submit an Operation Plan to the Nevada Gaming Control Board within at least 14 days leading up to the planned event date, to adequately allow the Control Board to review the Operation Plan.

The Operation Plan is to detail the specific steps the Event Operators will follow and comply with, a floor plan or diagram of the Event venue, Event personnel details, such as the number of personnel involved, the function of personnel members, details on internal systems being used for the Event, and an overview of sanitation procedures.

Event Operators are to consider all applicable Federal, state, and local social distancing guidelines, such as the capacity limits of public gatherings, and the spacing of individual personnel and Event performers per social distancing guidelines.

Current COVID-19 Trends in Nevada

Casinos were allowed to reopen in Phase 2 of Nevada’s phased reopening plan, per Gov. Steve Sisolak’s orders. The state was deemed ready to reopen based on the steady, downward trajectory trend of COVID-19 positive cases and the number of hospitalizations.

Now, the state continues to monitor the influx of coronavirus cases as casinos, restaurants, and other businesses have reopened.

Currently, the Silver State crossed 12,000 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, reporting 234 new cases as of Wednesday, marking a 2 percent single-day growth rate out of a batch of 3,767 Now, the state has 12,076 cases it reports.

It’s unsure whether the slight uptick of cases is a result of casinos reopening, the George Floyd protests that occurred throughout the Strip and Downtown LV which saw many protestors shoulder-to-shoulder, or a combination of both.

Pools at many resorts have also reopened, with many day pools being packed on the two weekends following casinos reopening.

We will have to continue to wait and see where the majority of these new cases are being reported out of.

On Governor Sisolak’s Monday address to the state, he announced that Nevada would stay in Phase 2 at least until the end of the month. He expressed disdain in the fact that many Nevadans were not wearing face coverings while out in public, and that being a major cause for concern and reason for pushing back Phase 3 of his reopening plan.

Stay Tuned

While we’re thrilled that casinos in the state and across the country (for the most part) have been given the green light to reopen amid the pandemic, we hope that the number of COVID-19 begins to decrease soon.

Have you been to Las Vegas since its reopened? Are you a local who’s been back into town since the reopenings keep trickling in? And will you be playing at one of the reopened poker rooms soon?

Recently, the Sahara Las Vegas announced its new reservation system for table games, the first-of-its-kind in the city in response to COVID-19 protocols, as well as the reopening of its poker room.

Be sure to check back for more coverage regarding Las Vegas reopening news.

Gambler Wins Huge Jackpot at a LV Casino Days After it Reopens

Las Vegas casinos are continuing to reopen their doors to the public. On Thursday, one lucky gambler won a massive jackpot at a LV casino just one day after it started accepting guests again. Many are now flocking to the city, hoping to hit a similar jackpot.Jackpot Text on Stack of Money

These massive wins are not entirely uncommon in Las Vegas. Hopefully, tourism here begins to increase and more of these jackpots are won over the next few weeks. Today, we’re going to look at the details of this recent big win.

Let’s get into it!

Caesars Palace Officially Reopens to the Public

The world-famous Caesars Palace Hotel-Casino first opened its doors back in 1966. Many considered it one of the most impressive venues ever built in the city. Incredibly, Caesars is still one of Las Vegas’ biggest and best properties.

This hotel-casino has gone under many renovations over the years. Several new towers have also been constructed. In 2003, The Colosseum was constructed here, a 4,100-seat entertainment venue that has hosted some of the world’s top artists.

Back in mid-March, Caesars Palace was forced to close its doors. It’s the first time this property was ever ordered to do this for an extended period of time. The owners of this casino-resort immediately began looking at new ways to safely start accepting guests again.

Last month, the Nevada Gaming Control Board approved a set of plans for this casino to reopen. On Thursday, June 4th, Caesars Palace finally reopened to the public. Since that time, more visitors have begun trickling in.

It appears that Las Vegas is slowly getting back to normal. Casinos don’t look quite as they did back in February, yet things are as good as they can be given the current situation. According to a recent report, one lucky gambler at Caesars Palace is taking home a massive jackpot win.

Slot Player Wins Huge Jackpot Win at a LV Casino on Friday

Las Vegas remains the top gambling destination in the United States. Now that casinos are reopening, more tourists are starting to visit and take part in the festivities. The dream for most visitors here is to win a big jackpot.

This happens more often than many are aware of. That’s more clear than ever after one lucky gambler won a massive jackpot at a LV casino. Which casino? You guessed it! Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Los Angeles native was playing slots at Caesars Palace just one day after it finally reopened to the public. Eventually, the player won a progressive jackpot on the Let It Ride slot game, winning $670,637. It’s the first jackpot win in Las Vegas for months.

Tourism rates have been increasing every day since the casinos in Las Vegas reopened. After news of this jackpot win surfaced, rates began to increase even more. Everyone is hoping they manage to win big like the player from Los Angeles just has.

Winning a jackpot at a LV casino isn’t entirely uncommon. In fact, much bigger ones have been won over the past six months alone. Hope is that we see more news like this emerge over the next couple of weeks.

Book Your Las Vegas Trip Today!

Soon, nearly all of the major casino-resorts in Las Vegas will be reopened. To help boost tourism rates into the city, many casino companies here are beginning to offer great new deals. In fact, prices here are lower than they have been in years.

Just last week, casino owner Derek Stevens announced he was offering more than 1,500 free flights to Las Vegas. Unsurprisingly, these flights were quickly booked up. Some feel that Stevens and other casino owners will offer more of these free flights later in the summer.

Room rates continue to stay low. Things may not stay like this forever, though. Some travel experts are recommending that people book their stay in the city as soon as possible.

As we mentioned earlier, the casinos inside these casinos look a little different than they used to. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout these gambling venues. Social distancing measures are also set in place at the tables.

That doesn’t mean things are dull here. Many have claimed that Las Vegas is just as fun as it’s ever been. Book your travel deals today! Maybe you’ll be the next to win a huge jackpot at a LV casino.

Stay tuned for more casino news over the next few weeks!

Here’s What Caesars Palace Will Look Like After Reopening

Casinos across Nevada are gearing up to reopen. It’s exciting news, yet some have concerns that these casinos will not offer the same fun atmosphere that was available just a few months ago. Today, we’re going to discuss what Caesars Palace will look like once it begins accepting guests again.

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According to several reports, Caesars will resume normal operations next month. In fact, many casino-resorts in Las Vegas will open up in June. It’s great news for this city, which has lost an incredible amount of revenue in March and April.

Here’s what we know about the reopening of Caesars.

Nevada Will Soon Enter Into Phase 2 of Reopening

Almost all states around the country are beginning to reopen. Some have been quicker to do so than others. In Georgia, for example, most businesses are now able to freely operate. In California, however, much of the entire state remains in lockdown.

Nevada has been fairly slow to reopen. Since March, all of the casinos in this state have been completely closed down. As many know, crowded casinos are perfect places for a virus to spread. Closing these gambling venues down has resulted in a huge number of job losses and millions in lost revenue.

According to new reports, Nevada is likely to enter into phase two of its reopening this weekend. The state economy continues to suffer and everyone wants to see things get back on track. That’s exactly what will happen during phase two.

This plan allows for “broader opening of commerce/retail, services and public life under extremely strict social distancing measures, hygiene and occupancy controls.” Interestingly, this plan does not specify which businesses will be allowed to reopen. It will consist of several stages and will last for weeks.

Casinos are expected to start reopening next month. Testing has improved in the state and many now feel that major casino-resorts can safely start to accept guests again. That includes Caesars Palace, one of the biggest and best gambling venues in Las Vegas.

Officials Offer an Update On What Caesars Palace Will Look Like Next Month

Caesars Palace first opened its doors back in 1966. It’s gone through several major renovations over the years. Many still consider it one of the best casino-resorts in the world. As we mentioned earlier, Caesars Palace has been closed to the public since March.

It’s been an incredibly unusual time for the owners of this venue. Sean McBurney, the general manager of this hotel-casino, spoke about the situation to Yahoo News this week.

“The first time walking through the hotel lobby and walking down Colosseum Way and not seeing anybody, it was spooky,” McBurney said. “You know, this is a property [that] since 1966 has had tens of thousands of people walking through it each and every day. To go from tens of thousands of people walking through it every single day to maybe 15, most of those are security, is surreal.” 

The current plan is for Caesars Palace to open back up in June. McBurney went on to claim that certain parts of the hotel would open up as soon as demand was there. He then gave a more clear picture of what Caesars Palace will look like over the next few months.

Caesars’ casino floor will be open, yet social distancing will be mandatory. Staff will be required to wear masks. Guests will be highly encouraged to do so. It’s not entirely clear when The Forum Shops will reopen to the public.

For the next few months, guests will stay inside the Augustus Tower. Reservations are already available. Hope is that enough tourists decide to visit and gamble here to help make up for the monetary losses over the past few months.

What Else is Opening Up in Nevada Next Month?

Nevada residents are extremely excited to hear that things are beginning to reopen. For many, it’s crucial that things begin to change. Hundreds of thousands of people in Las Vegas have been left without work due to the casino closures.

It’s unclear what businesses will open back up during phase two. According to new reports, bans on large gatherings won’t be lifted until phase three.

Restaurants will be allowed to slowly reopen over the next two months. They will almost certainly be required to limit capacity. It’s becoming clear that a huge number of restaurants in this state will ultimately be forced to close down permanently.

It’s a very unusual time for this state. Casinos are being allowed to open earlier than many other businesses in the state. Casino companies are simply desperate to get back on track before it’s too late.

We’re just beginning to hear more about what Caesars Palace will look like once it reopens to the public. Things will certainly be different, yet some are just happy to see things getting back on track. We’ll need to wait and see how much tourism the city begins to see next month.

Are you excited to see Caesars open back up? Do you think it’s smart to visit Las Vegas right now? Let us know in the comments section below.