Detroit casinos to reopen without poker

Detroit will not allow casinos to play poker.
Detroit will not allow casinos to play poker.

Detroit casinos will be unable to offer poker due to strict reopening protocols.

US.- Casinos in Detroit will reopen but without poker tables. According to guidelines released by the Michigan state regulator, gamblers won’t be able to play poker in its three commercial casinos.

The protocol outlines that casinos must operate at 15 per cent capacity. Temperature checks must be carried out at entrances, guests must wear face masks, six-feet distancing between gamblers must be observed, and poker rooms must remain closed.

According to local press, casinos will also be required to temporarily ban smoking on the gambling floor, and will not be able to offer self-serve buffets, valet service or coat checks.

Michigan Gaming Board executive director Richard Kalm said that the guidelines were created based on those of other major regulatory bodies throughout the country.

“In compiling these minimum guidelines, we considered CDC recommendations, Nevada Gaming Board guidelines and information from the National Indian Gaming Commission,” Kalm told the Detroit Free Press newspaper. 

“We required the casinos to propose reopening plans, and we consulted with the casino unions on the guidelines.”

Detroit imposed some of the strictest lockdown measures in the USA. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order in mid-March that forced casinos to close until further notice.

The city has three casinos: MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino and Greektown Casinos. The rest of Michigan’s casinos are tribal entities and are not subject to state regulations. Some have already reopened.

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