Coronavirus Threat Doesn’t Seem to Faze American Poker Players … Yet


At least for the time being, and also points can definitely transform in the coming weeks, the online poker community doesn’t appear to be as well concerned with the mainstream media’s coronavirus protection.

Card rooms in Las Vegas, the poker capital of the US, continue to be busy. And also while you will not locate many players using a face mask just yet, some are making way of life adjustments to prepare for what many experts think will certainly quickly end up being a significant health and wellness dilemma in America.

Shaun Deeb, for example, isn’t taking any chances with his child’s health.

Aria, among the leading poker rooms in Las Vegas, claimed it will certainly begin cleaning chips with extra unique care. It certainly can not hurt for casinos to take precautions similar to this to lower the odds of clients and also team spreading out the coronavirus.

Coronavirus Won’t Keep Poker Players Away

According to ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad, a routine at Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles, attendance at his favored card room “appears about the same” his previous two check outs, most lately on Monday. He told that he hasn’t seen players using face masks at the tables.

Brad Owen, a Las Vegas poker vlogger, says his experiences are similar.

“People don’t seem to be too concerned overall,” he said.

Attendance in poker rooms around the US doesn’t yet seem to be struggling due to the coronavirus scare. Of course, that could all change in the coming weeks should the virus spread further. As of Tuesday evening, there are more than 950 confirmed cases reported in the US.

But it’s still early and that number figures to soon increase. We just don’t yet know if the coronavirus will spread throughout the country as rapidly as some experts project. Should tens of thousands of Americans become infected, poker rooms will likely begin seeing a significant decline in attendance.

Vegas Buffets Closing

Las Vegas isn’t just the poker capital of the United States. It’s also the buffet capital, with many of the tastiest and most expensive buffets in the country all within a few mile radius. With so many people taking food, plates, and silverware off of communal serving platters, the potential for an infected coronavirus patient to spread the disease unknowingly at a buffet can be high.

Because of this, MGM Resorts has taken pre-emptive action, temporarily closing its buffets at seven properties — MGM Grand, Luxor, Excalibur, Aria, Mirage, Bellagio, and Mandalay Bay.

Wynn, on the other hand, is keeping its fancy buffet open, but customers won’t be permitted to scoop their own food, for the time being. Instead, a staff member will do that for you. You’ll still be allowed to stuff your face on your own, though.