Live poker returns to Atlantic City next week

After going months without live poker due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first poker room will finally reopen in Atlantic City next week.

The Borgata Hotel & Casino announced today that they will reopen their poker room on Wednesday, October 21 at 10 am. There will be several restrictions in place to allow the poker room to reopen its doors.

The 77-table poker room will run at less than 50 percent capacity with only 30 tables open. All open tables will be allowed a max seven players to allow for social distancing, and all tables will also be fitted with Plexiglas barriers between players. When the poker room first reopens only cash games will be available. Tournaments may be allowed later once the Borgata assessing the success of the reopening and dependent on the rate of COVID-19 outbreaks in New Jersey.

No food will be allowed in the poker room, but drinks service will be offered to players. Anyone entering the casino must wear a mask and hand sanitizing stations will be setup throughout the poker room.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy forced all Atlantic City casinos to close in mid-March. Casinos were allowed to begin reopening on July 2, but stringent restrictions, which included the banning of all indoor food and drink, caused many Casinos, including the Borgata to delay their reopening. The Borgata finally reopened on July 26, with the poker room remaining closed.