Texas poker club shuts down as the coronavirus makes a new appearance

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Posted on: June 26, 2020 6:51 pm EDT

The House Club Poker Room & Lounge closes once again after employee’s positive COVID-19 test

Another gambling venue is closing down due to finding a positive case of COVID-19 among its employees. This time, it happened at a semi-private poker room in Texas at the House Club Poker Room & Lounge, according to a Facebook announcement by the poker room. This news follows the closing of two Oklahoma casinos and several in Arizona due to people who were recently there tested positive for COVID-19. This poker room was recently in the news for being the first one in the US to announce its reopening plans back in May after its closure in March.

This semi-private poker club operates in Edinburg, which is a suburb of McAllen and near the Mexico border. The club posted pictures of their facilities featuring plexiglass dividers to protect players with the hope of reducing the transmission of the coronavirus. However, on June 21, the poker club found out that a player who sat at three different tables in a single day last week tested positive for the virus; therefore, the facilities were shut down temporarily to perform a deep clean of the gambling area. “A new member visited our club in Edinburg,” the venue posted on its Facebook account. “The person sat down at our tournament tables as well as our cash table. This person has been tested positive for COVID-19. The member acted fast and notified us.”

Fortunately, because it is a semi-private business, it had the report of all daily visitors, so it was not a hard task to inform all players who could have been exposed to the virus. As a good thing, the poker room reported that everyone there was wearing a face mask, as per county orders, which is different from what was seen on May 18, when most players weren’t using any protection.