Reopening of Casino de Montreal has gamblers wondering if poker’s next

Posted on: July 03, 2020 07:43 PDT

Casino de Montreal has announced that it will reopen its doors on August 3rd. Located in the province of Quebec, Casino de Montreal is the biggest casino in the region and is located minutes from downtown Montreal.

In a message on its website, Casino de Montreal notes: “Every effort has been made to ensure your safety and that of our employees. The protective and preventive measures that we’ve put in place are based on recommendations issued by the Direction de la santé publique du Québec and the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST).”

According to Casino de Montreal, guests can expect strict sanitary measures in place during operating hours, including frequent cleaning and mandatory masks for everyone entering the building, including employees and guests.

The website notes that slot machines will be available with physical distancing standards in place, which likely means that players can expect lots of machines to be turned off or, if on, set to not function.

“These preventive measures have been put in place for the sake of everyone’s health and safety,” notes the website. “Ensuring that our casinos stay safe is a shared responsibility, and we thank you for your cooperation.”

Also worth noting is that the number of tables and the number of players allowed at each table will be limited in an effort to respect the 2 meters (6 feet) distance that’s standard across Canada. At all table games, players will be forbidden from touching any gaming equipment. That includes cards and chips.

The latter makes playing poker difficult, which is why poker games will not reopen on August 3rd with the rest of the casino.

While Casino de Montreal traditionally offers poker, Playground Poker Club is the destination poker players are looking forward to playing at most. Located about 20 minutes outside of Montreal, the world-famous card room has been closed since March 13th. There’s no word yet on when Playground will resume operations.