The novel coronavirus has been causing all kinds of organizations and businesses to shut down their projects and activities. The casino and gaming industry has also been adversely affected by the threats of COVID-19. Here we have a list of some of the casinos and gaming organizations which have suspended or postponed their operations and activities:-
- Sikkim Casinos Close Their Doors Till 15th April:
Prem Singh Tammang, Sikkim’s Chief Minister, made an announcement on Monday stating that all domestic tourists have been banned entry into the state. All educational institutions, casinos, discos, gyms etc. have all been closed till the 15th April to prevent the virus from spreading further.
- Las Vegas Shut Down:
Gavin Newsome, the Governor of California, had banned a gathering of more than 250 people last week, but the casinos were still getting a lot of traction. Eventually, people used their common sense and by yesterday, most of the casinos have closed their doors and rightfully so. These included the MGM and Wynn.
- Kings Casino Rozvadov:
Kings Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic has closed its doors to all visitors. The government had initially placed a ban on all Italian visitors but now that rule has been extended to all. The Kings Casino in Rozvadov is the largest casino in Europe with various cash games and tournaments for everyone.
- PAGCOR Suspends All Gaming Activity:
The Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is the main regulatory body of casinos in the Philippines. Since the shutdown of all casinos in Goa and Czech Republic, they have decided to make a similar decision. On the 15th of March, it was announced that all gaming and casinos activities are to be suspended, effective immediately.
- The National Poker Series, India:
The first edition of the National Poker Series, India has also been postponed until further notice. It does not come as a surprise but it is still a sad piece of news for all the domestic players who had hoped to play the live events in Goa. The CEO of PokerBaazi, Navkiran Singh, took to Facebook to share his views regarding this decision. He says:
“It’s not a good feeling at all to share this news as I know that most of you shared the excitement of India’s first national poker series with me. Given the current state of the coronavirus pandemic it won’t be advisable to travel and gather for such an event and even if the situation might be in control by then, which I sincerely hope for all, some of you might still not be comfortable traveling. Since this event is for the people, we would want to see everyone there and hence will choose a time when it is 100% safe. We will make an announcement as soon as things clear out. Meanwhile sit back tight, don’t go out too much, follow the prescriptions given by WHO and enjoy what you like the most, the game never stops. Most of all don’t let any panic spread out.”
Wise words from one of the most experienced players in the country.
These are testing times for all of us and the PokerShots team hopes that all of you can stay safe and hygienic as well as telling other people to do the same. If you want to keep updated about the latest developments in the gaming and casino industry, keep reading PokerShots!