Live Poker To Return To Detroit For First Time Since Pandemic Began

The Detroit commercial casinos are open to gamblers, but poker has been absent at the casinos since the COVID-19 pandemic first closed them in March 2020.

Resuming live poker was in the works in previous months, but none of the casinos ended up reopening their respective rooms, according to The Detroit News. On Friday, though, MGM Grand Detroit will reopen its room. MGM sent an email to customers about it Wednesday and also announced it on Twitter.

Like poker rooms elsewhere in the country that have reopened, the MGM poker room will feature Plexiglas separating players from each other. The poker tables typically have nine players, but they will be reduced to a maximum of eight. MGM reportedly plans to have just five cash game tables open.

It’s unclear what stakes will be available.

The other Detroit casinos — Greektown and MotorCity — also are permitted to reopen their respective poker rooms, but there’s no official word yet on their plans.

In pre-pandemic days, MotorCity led Detroit with more than 20 tables, followed by Greektown with 13 and MGM Grand Detroit with 12.

Michigan’s online gambling industry is preparing to kick off in the coming weeks, with online poker expected to begin less than a week after online casino and sports wagering hit Wolverine State cyberspace. Live and online poker have some synergy that the casinos will look to capitalize on.

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