When Will California’s Live Poker Scene Return To Normal?
California lifted lockdown restrictions on June 15 when Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that it was no longer mandatory for residents to wear masks in public provided they were fully vaccinated. The Governor also informed businesses that it was up to them to decide what restrictions they wanted to place on their customers while doing business.
Live poker rooms are now open in California after closing in July 2020 but a lot of the poker rooms are still playing it cautious and as a result, the poker rooms are not booming like they have in the past.
When Las Vegas decided to lift its restrictions, poker rooms were quick to take down the plexi-glass dividers and lift mask requirements.
The live poker scene in Las Vegas has returned pretty quick to business as usual and a number of exciting poker tournaments are scheduled to take place in the coming weeks. Top poker rooms at the Bicycle Casino and Commerce Casino have taken a measured approach as they don’t seem to be very keen to pack their poker tables quickly.
Commerce and the Garden Casino are running around 50 cash game tables on Fridays which is similar to the poker action that was taking place prior to the June 15 ruling. So far, no big poker tournaments have been announced for the coming weeks and there is no indication as of now as to when the live poker scene in Cali will return to normal.
Masks Still Mandatory At Some Rooms
The Bicycle Casino which has a 185 poker rooms, making it the largest poker room in the world still requires its dealers, security, cashiers and floor managers to wear masks while at the casino. Visitors are not required to wear masks if they have been vaccinated. If you are not wearing a mask, security will check with you to confirm that you have been vaccinated but they will not ask for proof of vaccination.
Commerce Casino has a less strict policy in force as it leaves it up to each individual to decide if they want to wear a mask or not, irrespective of whether one has been vaccinated or not. You will also not have to report to security whether you are vaccinated or not.
All of the casinos and poker rooms in Los Angeles have stopped handing out comp points or providing table service for now.