MGM Grand Detroit reopens poker room Friday


For the first time in more than nine months, it seems poker is finally in sight at Detroit’s three casinos.

MGM Grand Detroit sent an email to customers on Wednesday saying it will reopen its poker room on Friday, with capacity restrictions amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This is because the Michigan Gaming Control Board approved regulations for Detroit’s casinos to reopen poker rooms.

“It is my pleasure to announce the reopening of the MGM Grand Detroit Poker Room,” wrote Keith Frankel, poker operations manager, in the email.

“We keep the health and safety of our guests and employees in the foreground in everything we do.”

Among the restrictions MGM Grand Detroit is planning on returning to poker: There will be a maximum of five tables available, properly spaced; up to eight players per table, down from the usual nine; and each player’s seat is separated by a plexiglass divider.

The Detroit casinos closed in mid-March in the early stages of the pandemic and reopened briefly in August, but without poker. Poker was also banned from the last reopening in December.

The shutdowns have left Detroit’s robust poker community in search of opportunities to play. Online poker is not yet legal in Michigan, but is expected to go live later this month or early next month.

In September MotorCity Casino announced to its customers that it would be reopening poker, and Greektown said at the time that it was making similar plans. But this news surprised the Michigan Gaming Control Board, which had not yet approved the security plans for poker. The casinos eventually abandoned the plans.

You now have official approval.

A Greektown representative said he plans to reopen his poker room in the next “weeks” while a representative from MotorCity, which has the most popular room in Detroit among gamers, did not immediately return a message from The News saying he was a comment was requested.

MGM Grand Detroit said its poker room will be open 24/7, but its food and beverage counter will not be available due to government regulations prohibiting the consumption of food and beverages indoors. Masks must always be worn, and the plexiglass partitions must be cleaned regularly, as must the cards and chips. There will only be cash games, no tournaments. The MGM Grand Bad Beat Jackpot is $ 106,000.

Only four poker rooms reopened in Las Vegas shortly after the city restarted in early June, and more than a dozen have followed since then.

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