Coronavirus concerns close Atlantic City casinos as well as some high profile Las Vegas strip casinos. Players flock to online poker rooms. Check out these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.
Atlantic City, Las Vegas Strip casinos begin to close
After a week of tournament postponements and cancelations, the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect casinos and poker rooms across the United States and world. On Sunday, MGM and Wynn Resorts announced the closures of their Las Vegas Strip properties. The closings impact MGM-owned properties such as the Bellagio, Aria, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, New York New York, Park MGM and the MGM Grand. The Wynn has closed its Wynn Casino and Encore properties in Las Vegas.
This was followed by an announcement that Atlantic City’s nine casinos would be closing their doors beginning on Monday night at 8 PM. There have been no reported cases of the virus in Atlantic City but the state of New Jersey has seen 178 documented cases so far.
It is 8 p.m. at Atlantic City and the casinos have officially closed. Here is what the boardwalk looks like now. pic.twitter.com/pGxmZf53Ei
— Chris Franklin (@cfranklinnews) March 17, 2020
Casinos in many other states have also temporarily shut their doors to lessen the impact of the pandemic, as officials encourage “social distancing.” Other states with closures or limiting of operations include Massachusetts, Casinos, Indiana, Maryland, Rhode Island, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio, with it nearly inevitable that more will follow.
Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, the Dusk Till Dawn Cardroom will be closed with all staff paid as normal.
Still going to your local poker room or casino? Players are encouraged to exercise extreme caution even if the virus has not yet your location yet.
– While live poker continues to be hit hard with concerns over the coronavirus, online poker is proving to be a lifeline for some players. The partypoker Powerfest got much of the tournament attention over the week with partypoker Team pro Joao Simao making two final tables over the weekend.
Of course, in the United States, online poker is only currently available in just four states – Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. If you’re one of those states, you can continue to play without issue. But players in the other states are out of luck, at least for now. In response to the pandemic, Daniel Negreanu has called for online poker to be legalized nationwide, even if it’s for a short period of time.
– The Galfond Challenge with Venividi is currently on a short break with play set to resume on Thursday, March 19th. After his impressive week returning from the Challenge, Galfond has cut his deficit by nearly half and is now down €494,601.25. Galfond had been down by over €900,000 after he took a multi-week break in mid-February. Through the first 25 days of the Challenge, Galfond and Venividi have so far played 15,864 hands out of 25,000. Want to catch up from previous days? Check out full coverage at the Run It Once Poker Twitch channel.
– PartTimePoker’s David Huber takes an in-depth look at some of the biggest U.S. poker news stories of March 2020.
– In Monday’s featured poker training video, we take a look at Carroters’ two-part “Bet Sizing” series. In this episode, examines the factors involved in bet-size considerations.
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– In the latest episode of The Rake Podcast, Marle Cordeiro and Jaime Kerstetter to discuss the recent Venetian rake increase, Poker Out Loud and the Heartland Poker Tour.
– Bill Perkins is the latest guest on “Self-Quarantine Week” of the Poker Life Podcast to discuss poker and more wisdom on life. Need more Joey Ingram? Check out this interview of Joey Ingram down by the P’s and Q’s Poker vlog.