The Venetian could become the first Las Vegas Strip casino to reopen its poker room since the state’s casinos were closed in mid-March, recently announcing plans to resume poker action June 5.
According to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Las Vegas Sands property’s plan was contingent on a June 4 casino reopening, which was confirmed Tuesday night by Gov. Steve Sisolak.
Wynn Resorts already announced that it will reopen its Las Vegas properties without its poker room, while Caesars and MGM have not made announcements yet. MGM will only open Bellagio and New York-New York at first, while Caesars adopted the same strategy by only opening Flamingo and Caesars Palace.
New York-New York does not have a poker room, and neither does the Phil Ruffin-owned Treasure Island and Circus Circus properties. The recently revived Sahara said it will implement a phased reopening, likely leaving its recently revived poker room closed during the early stages.
Venetian’s poker room will have some glaring differences when it opens, aside from the four-max tables mandated by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The room will no longer be a 24-hour operation and will only be open from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. and rake will be reduced.
As for personal protection, players will not be required to wear masks, but they will be available for guests to use if they want. Masks that cover the entirety of a person’s face, however, is not allowed. Plexiglass dividers similar to the ones a few rooms in Florida are using will not be installed.
There will be extra sanitation measures in place as well. The rails, chairs and chips will be cleaned every two hours.
The four-handed games nix traditional tournament action, but throughout the 16-hour day, four-handed winner-take-all single table tournaments will be offered on demand.