Atlantic City poker players are getting a late Christmas gift with a second poker room in the city opening on Dec. 26.
According to a report from the Press of Atlantic City, Harrah’s Atlantic City will reopen at noon the day after Christmas. The room will open every day at noon and close at 4 a.m. Harrah’s will join Borgata as the only two casinos with functioning poker rooms.
Borgata, the largest of the state’s nine casinos, reopened its poker room in late October. The two casinos are located right next to one another in the Marina District of Atlantic City.
The Caesars-owned Harrah’s will seat eight players per table and plexiglass dividers will be installed to ensure social distancing. Masks are already required by all patrons inside the casino.
“Harrah’s Resort is thrilled to re-open our World Series of Poker room just in time for the new year, which will serve as the destination for poker in Atlantic City at our Caesars Entertainment resorts,” said Ron Baumann, senior vice president, and general manager of Harrah’s and Caesars Atlantic City in a statement. “We’ve spent the last several months ensuring we had enhanced health and safety measures in place, so both our players and team members can feel confident when they play at Harrah’s while allowing us to take an important step forward in responsibly returning more of our table games product to market.”
Gov. Phil Murphy has played games with the casino market ever since announcing that his state’s casinos could reopen on July 2.
Just before the reopening, he announced that he was banning smoking and drinking inside Atlantic City casinos, which sparked a reopening delay by the Borgata. He eventually relaxed those bans but disallowed overnight food and beverage sales in mid-November.
Thanks in large part to a successful online betting presence, Atlantic City casinos saw a record sports betting handle in October.