Massachusetts hasn’t given a definite deadline for when it will reopen the three casinos, but when it does, options will be very limited for Bay State gamblers.
On Tuesday, regulators from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission finalized the minimum guidelines required for casinos and slot gambling halls to reopen after deciding that gamblers would not be allowed to carry drinks around the TorajaBet visit casinos.
But last week, most of the standards were set. When the casino reopens, operators will not be allowed to spread craps, roulette and poker games. According to CBS Boston, the Blackjack table will be limited to three players per table with a plexiglass divider used to separate players from one another and the dealer.
Plexiglass dividers have been implemented in several poker rooms in Florida and in the recently reopened Bellagio poker room in Las Vegas. Given the amount of caution exercised by Massachusetts regulators, it’s likely that MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor will be forced to use this partition in their poker rooms as well.
Poker, craps and roulette will be permitted once regulators feel the environment is safe enough for them and relax the guidelines a little. Those games will likely have limits on how many players can sit at the table.
The slot machines will be cleaned at least every four hours and will be placed all over the casino. Gamblers will be asked to wear a mask or face covering while on the gambling floor.
Massachusetts is home to three commercial casinos and many casinos, which only allow slot machines. It’s still a relatively young gambling market as Encore Boston Harbor, the state’s most profitable casino only opened in 2019. MGM Springfield, the only other casino with a poker room in Massachusetts, opened two years earlier.
Bay State is following similar steps taken by Michigan, which hosts three commercial casinos in Detroit. Gaming regulators in Michigan announced earlier this month that poker would be banned until further notice at those properties, which would operate at 15 percent of their total capacity.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has yet to announce a timetable for the reopening of Detroit casinos. Massachusetts, on the other hand, could open on June 29, but Governor Charlie Baker hasn’t released any plans yet.
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