State gaming regulator says poker tables must remain closed when casinos reopen following the Covid-19 pandemic.
US.- Pennsylvania casinos may be returning but poker will be banned for the foreseeable future following new guidelines published by the state gaming regulator.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has outlined protocols in a ten-page document, designed for casino operators to adhere to as they reopen, including a note about the banning of poker.
The document said: “Poker rooms are not authorised to operate due to players handling cards and chips. Poker room operations will be re-examined based upon changing CDC and PA DOH guidance.”
Addressing the new regulations for casinos, the document added: “The Board desires to assure that re-openings occur in a manner which promotes the safety of casino patrons and employees alike as well as assure an environment conducive to proper regulatory oversight.
“The protocols and restrictions contained herein reflect the minimum requirements required to be fulfilled prior to re-opening the casino for gaming operations.”
Earlier this week, Pennsylvania announced a boost to its iGaming revenues for April, despite the Covid-19 pandemic affecting most other betting outlets.