Dusk Till Dawn Cardroom to Close and Pay All Staff

Rob Yongs iconic Dusk Till Dawn pokerroom and casino in Nottingham, England, is set to close on Monday 16th March, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the partypoker boss has vowed that all staff will be paid as normal…

By: Andrew Burnett

Yong has been praised for taking the lead in protecting players and workers from the global spread of the novel flu virus, and for mitigating the financial effects of a shutdown.

Promising “All employees will continue to be paid while the club is closed”, from management to the cleaning staff, he revealed that contracted workers will also be helped.

Although partypoker LIVE events have been cancelled, with the exception of the Sochi SHR Series coming to its conclusion with the Super High Roller Bowl Russia, a JustGiving page has been set up to help dealers.

“When the donations get to £100,000, I will personally add £100,000,” said Yong, adding that a partypoker Live Cup to be held later would also donate fees to those out of work due to the virus.

A selection of replies to Yong’s announcement showed how much the gesture was appreciated by the poker community…

The coronavirus has seen more than 5000 people die worldwide so far from the Covid-19 disease it causes, and has wreaked havoc with poker events across the globe.

Several WPT stops have been cancelled or postponed, with WPT DeepStacks Amsterdam called off midway through day 1a of the Main Event.

PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo set for late April is another casualty, while the WSOP Circuit event in Rozvadov has also been shutdown along with other scheduled events after the Czech government declared a State of Emergency last Thursday.

Daniel Negreanu this week called for all casinos and cardrooms to close down

…and our report from Haley Hintze contained an updated list of US poker operators who have cancelled or postponed upcoming series and tournaments…

To date, the prominent US-based series that have been postponed include (but are not limited to):

  • 2020 US Poker Open (Aria Casino, Las Vegas)
  • WPT Venetian (Las Vegas)
  • WPT DeepStacks Championship (Sacramento, California)
  • Wynn Spring Classic (Las Vegas)
  • Heartland Poker Tour Mini Series (Toledo, Ohio)
  • RunGood Poker Series Horseshoe Bossier City (Bossier City, Louisiana)
  • WPT DeepStacks Maryland (Hanover, Maryland)
  • Colorado Poker Championship (Black Hawk, Colorado)
  • WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City (New Jersey, 3/13)


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