Harrahs Atlantic City Poker Room Opens Boxing Day

Poker players in Atlantic City will have another place to spend their Christmas money after a second poker room in the gambling mecca announced they will be reopening.

Harrah’s Atlantic City announced earlier this week that their poker room will be reopening at noon on Saturday, December 26. After Boxing Day the poker room will continue to open daily at noon and close at 4 a.m. Once open, Harrah’s will join the Borgata Casino’s poker room as the only two poker rooms open in Atlantic City.

According to Harrah’s tables in their poker room will be limited to a maximum of eight players and plexiglass dividers will be installed to ensure social distancing. Masks are already required for everyone entering the casino and this will also be enforced in the poker room.

In a statement released by Caesars Entertainment (the owner of Harrah’s Atlantic City), Ron Baumann, senior vice president, and general manager of Harrah’s and Caesars Atlantic City, said “We’ve spent the last several months ensuring we had enhanced health and safety measures in place, so both our players and team members can feel confident when they play at Harrah’s while allowing us to take an important step forward in responsibly returning more of our table games product to market.”

Following their initial closure in mid-March Atlantic City casinos were given the go-ahead to reopen by Governor Phil Murphy on July 2. When casinos began to reopen all their poker rooms remained closed.

The first Atlantic City poker room to reopen was at the Borgata on October 21. Home to the largest poker room in Atlantic City, the Borgata originally only open 30 of their 77 poker tables and placed heavy restrictions on players. Some of the restrictions have been slightly laxed and a few more tables have been added at the Borgata but it still remains far from business as usual.