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What Casinos May Look Like When They Reopen

For those of us savvy at playing cards, we rely on facial expressions to guide our next move.  But in addition to gamblers being restricted by masks, they may also be encapsulated by plexiglass it seems.

A casino in Hialeah, Florida is testing plexiglass surrounding poker tables to prepare for the industry’s reopening.

Talk Show Host @AndySlater posted pictures on his twitter and thousands responded, including some who can see the reflection of the cards.

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In Las Vegas, the El Cortez Casino is testing out plexiglass dividers between Black Jack Table seats.

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These “sneeze guards” may also be used to separate slot machines.

 

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Craps tables will not be allowed to crowd, as social distancing floor prompts will direct where people stand.

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According to the May 7, 2020 Nevada Gaming Commission policies for gaming operations, the following player limits will need to be enforced:

  • Blackjack – 3 players
  • Craps – 6 players
  • Roulette – 4 players
  • Poker – 4 players

Hotel lobbies, restaurants, pool chairs and lines must all follow social distancing guidelines.

Conventions/meetings/banquets are limited to no more than 250 guests.

Clubs will still remain closed.

Guests will be encouraged to wear masks; for staff may be mandatory along with regular hand washing.

Casino staff and cameras will ensure there is no cheating at the tables.

I think casinos owners will be able to make this happen.  What I can’t see is how guests stumbling around laughing, hugging, cuddling up at the table or tipsy will adhere to strict floor decals and plexiglass barriers.  I wonder if that means drinking gets restricted next……Ugh…..

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.