Another negative effect of the COVID19 pandemic on the US: Even with the majority of the commercial and tribal casinos in the United States now operating (621 out of 989 existing ones), albeit at a limited capacity, poker players are finding it difficult to find poker rooms to play in. It comes as no surprise that many US poker players are switching to online poker platforms for now due to the availability, safety and convenience. Even the World Series of Poker 2020 is going online.
Let’s take a look at the locations where poker rooms are hard to come by, and where they are more plentiful:
Arizona: The Talking Stick Resort reopened at the beginning of the month and is running poker games.
California: A substantial number of properties, including Jamul Casino, Thunder Valley Casino and Towers Casino are all offering poker.
Connecticut: While Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are open, they are not offering poker.
Florida: Offers the largest amount of card rooms for poker players right now. Nearly every poker room in the state is up and running.
Illinois: Has not yet announced a re-opening date for casinos.
Maryland: While casinos are due to open this week, it isn’t yet known whether poker will be part of the offerings.
Michigan: Has not yet announced a re-opening date for casinos.
Nevada: America’s gaming Mecca offers a slim picking for now. While the gaming market was officially open in the state, there are only a few poker rooms to choose from. Las Vegas locations include The Orleans, Venetian and the Golden Nugget. Players can visit the Peppermill in Reno for poker games.
New England: Entire gaming market closed.
New Jersey: No official announcement about the reopening of the casinos in Atlantic City just yet. A possible date is July 4th.
New York: The only place to play poker in a brick-and-mortar NY location is the Turning Stone Casino.
Ohio: No poker.
Oklahoma: The Choctaw Casino is running poker games.
Pennsylvania: Both Rivers Casino and Meadows Racetrack and Casino have not yet reopened their card rooms. There has been no mentioned date of a re-opening.
Texas: All the poker rooms are back in business..