Casinos in AC to Reopen on July 2, No News About Poker Rooms

New Jersey casinos reopen on July 2
Gov. Phil Murphy stated in his Twitter post that the official reopening date for New Jersey casinos is July 2.

According to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, the official reopening date for casinos in the Garden State is set to be July 2.

Murphy added in his tweet that nine casinos in Atlantic City would also be allowed to open their doors to visitors. However, both casinos and dining options that are a part of AC properties will have to operate at 25% capacity.

Essentially, that’s all we know for now, as the only available information was from Gov. Murphy’s official Twitter account. However, he added that the additional measures that would ensure health and safety in casinos would be released before the reopening date.

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Casino Owners Work on Safety Guidelines

According to a piece released by ABC News, casino officials in the Garden State are already working full-speed ahead on preparing thorough guidelines for the staff and the visitors. Hard Rock Atlantic City president Joe Lupo said that the casino in AC would require face masks. Moreover, he added that hand sanitizing stations would be placed throughout the property.

“We’re delighted to get the reopening date,” Stated Joe Lupo. “We thank the governor that we’ll be able to be open for the July 4th weekend to meet the demand on the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk.”

Phil Murphy Lifts Many Restrictions

Governor Phil Murphy has been one of the strictest in the US when it comes to the coronavirus. He ordered all brick-and-mortar gambling venues to close their doors back on March 16. By the time they re-open their doors, a total of 108 days will have passed in shutdown, being officially one of the longest shutdowns in America.

Will Live Poker Return to AC Casinos?

Many casinos in Atlantic City have great poker rooms where visitors can take part in various cash games and tournaments. However, live poker lovers don’t have high expectations for AC casinos. Given that Gov. Phil Murphy instructed casinos to work at only 25% capacity, it’s highly unlikely that some of them are going to open their poker rooms.

MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment decided to keep the poker rooms in many Vegas casinos closed. The only two MGM and Caesars poker rooms that currently work in the Entertainment Capital of the World are Caesars Palace and Bellagio. However, they work under heavy restrictions.

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Bellagio Poker Room with Chips
Bellagio is one of the properties that opened their doors to poker players. However, face masks are mandatory for all tables with no glass protection.

The two biggest poker rooms in Atlantic City are operated by the gaming companies mentioned above — Borgata and Harrah’s. No live poker news is currently available for the two properties.

Michigan on Its Way to Reopen Casinos — but Without Poker

Some industry professionals expect Murphy to copy the rules from Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer, as she said no poker rooms would be allowed to operate until further notice.

Michigan is currently working on implementing the reopening guidelines.

“In compiling these minimum guidelines, we considered CDC recommendations, Nevada Gaming Board guidelines, and information from the National Indian Gaming Commission. We required the casinos to propose reopening plans, and we consulted with the casino unions on the guidelines,” said Richard Kalm, Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Board.

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