Live Poker Facing a Second Shutdown in Nevada and California

Live poker is facing a second shutdown less than a month after the grand reopening of card rooms. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and California Gov. Gavin Newsom have both publicly declared that things need to improve.

By: Mark Patrickson

Sisolak said:

“If statewide trends do not improve or get worse, I will not hesitate to take any action necessary to protect the public, including reinstituting previous restrictions. I am currently reviewing all the data to determine potential next steps.”

And Newsom talked about augmenting even more restrictive policies than before.

Worrying Trends

Los Angeles county in particular is having a tough time with COVID-19. 100,000 out of 220,000 cases in the state stem from the area. Newsom is now considering implementing another stay-at-home order which will certainly mean the card room will shut down until further notice.

Nevada is doing somewhat better with only 18,000 cases but the trend is still worrying. This is three times where the state was only three weeks ago. Already four casino workers have tested positive for COVID-19 leading many potential customers to think twice about returning.

The next couple of weeks will be important for how business continues. There is currently political unrest throughout the USA with social distancing taking a back seat. Arguments are also ongoing about the effectiveness of wearing masks with many flat out refusing.

One thing that is clear, is that it’s going to be some time before live poker gets back to where it was at the beginning of the year.

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