Friday May 14, 2021 at 3:07 pm

After getting hit hard during the pandemic, Las Vegas is quickly returning to its old Sin City ways. All of Caesars Entertainment casinos in Las Vegas will operate at 100% capacity in June and joining MGM Resorts International properties after a waiver by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Most businesses in Nevada are operating at 80% capacity, but casinos will finally operate at full capacity.

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If you're itching to return to Sin City and gamble it up with locals and tourists, then you're in for some good news. The Nevada Gaming Control Board approved of a waiver to allow all casinos in the state to increase capacity so long as there's a high number of vaccinated employees.

Last March while the coronavirus ravaged the world and parts of the USA, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak shuttered all casinos in the state including both Las Vegas and Reno for 30 days. In April, he expanded the shutdown. At the start of 2020, Nevada casinos banked over a $1 billion in revenue in January and February to get an indication of how much money their were losing during the pandemic.

In June 2020, some casinos reopened to locals, but with temperature checks at every entrance. In February 2021, Nevada allowed casinos to operate at 50% capacity. In June, it's back to 100%

How do you know that the pandemic is over? MGM Resorts said they'll start charging parking fees once again starting in June. They waived the parking fee in order to attract gamblers and tourists.

Back in 2016, MGM and Caesars drew the ire of locals when their beancounters and suits decided to charge parking at all of their casinos in another effort to monetize their properties and fleece the masses. The two gaming giants owned 17 out of the 28 properties on Las Vegas Blvd, so it was a scramble to find free parking at a non-MGM/Caesars garage otherwise pay anywhere from $15 to upwards to $30.

When casinos reopened last year in Nevada, the suits made a decision to waive parking fees in order to draw in more gamblers. Now that the pandemic is "over", it's back to nickel and diming everyone. For a while, locals and hotel guests had their parking comped, but that's expected to change because casinos took a huge hit during the pandemic when their profits fell off dramatically.

Meanwhile, if you want to play poker in Las Vegas, those safety plexiglass shields at every poker table will be taken down in accordance to a recent announcement by the CDC that said masks were no longer necessary indoors if people were vaccinated.

When casinos and poker rooms opened back up last year, many rooms reduced their table size (started at four-handed and then went to six-handed) and added plexiglass barriers as a way to reduce the spread of coronavirus and other germs. But that was then. Now, mostly every poker room will take down the plexi with a couple of exceptions. The Wynn was the first room to remove the barrier when they resumed poker action. The Bellagio, Aria, along with MGM/Caesars properties also followed suit by taking down the plexi.

The Golden Nugget, Orleans, and Venetian will continue to have plexiglass up in their poker rooms, so if you're a germ freak that needs a poker fix, then those three rooms will be a popular destination. It's no surprise that two of those three are popular among elderly locals.

You have to assume that the World Series of Poker will not have plexiglass at their tables, which saved them a pretty penny considering how many tables are in action at the WSOP every year. The 2021 WSOP returns in September and runs through November. There's an online version of the WSOP running this summer once again at GGPoker and WSOP.com.

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Thursday June 17, 2021 at 7:54 pm
2021 WSOP Schedule finalized with 88 bracelet events

The 2021 World Series of Poker takes place in the fall this year at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas starting on September 30 and running through November 23. The official schedule is out and the 2021 WSOP features 88 gold bracelet events and an additional game added to the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship, which is now nine mixed games. The 2021 WSOP Main Event has four starting flights this year starting November 4 thru 7. The Main Event final table will start on November 16 and crown a champion on November 17.

Wednesday June 16, 2021 at 4:19 am
David Peters wins consecutive US Poker Open Championships

David Peters won back-to-back events and three total titles at the 2021 US Poker Open to win the US Poker Open Championship and the coveted golden eagle champion's trophy. Without a series last year due to the pandemic, Peters won consecutive US Poker Open titles with a victory in 2019 and 2021. Meanwhile, Sean Winter shipped the Main Event at the 2021 US Poker Open to cap off the series. Winter outlasted 42 runners to win Event #12 $50,000 NL for a score worth $756,000.

Tuesday June 15, 2021 at 2:09 pm
David Peters wins third 2021 US Poker Open title and back-to-back wins

After a slow start, David Peters won back-to-back events at the 2021 US Poker Open, including three titles in the last five tournaments, to seize the top spot on the overall leaderboard in the race for US Poker Open Champion. Peters shipped Event #11 $25,000 NL for a $465,750 score. He outlasted 69 runners and a tough final table that included Vanessa Kade, Dan Shak, Jake Daniels, Frank Funaro, and Ivan Zufic. Peters also won Event #10 $10K Short Deck and Event #7 $10K NL, and now has over $833K in cashes.

Monday June 14, 2021 at 4:41 am
2021 US Poker Open: David Peters wins second event this weekend

It's been a wild week for David Peters, who won two events at the 2021 US Poker Open at the Aria in Las Vegas. He binked Event #10 $10,000 Short Deck and outlasted a small, yet sturdy field of 27 runners. Ali Imsirovic, Event #9 champ, busted in second place and missed winning consecutive events by one spot. Imsirovic retained his top spot on the 2021 USPO Leaderboard with 483 points. Peters moved into second place with 367 points after his second win and third cash overall.

Sunday June 13, 2021 at 3:43 pm
Jared Bleznick and Ali Imsirovic bink US Poker Open titles

The 2021 US Poker Open at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas added two more champions to their history books as this year's high roller series hits its final stretch. Jared Bleznick won Event #8 $10,000 PLO for $189,000, then Ali Imsirovic took down Event #9 $10,000 NL and faded 99 runners. The victory pushed Imsirovic into the top spot on the US Poker Open leaderboard with three events remaining on the schedule.

Friday June 11, 2021 at 4:54 pm
David Peters and Eli Elezra add US Poker Open titles

The 2021 US Poker Open continued at the Aria with two more events and a pair of winners. David Peters defeated a record-setting field of 99 runners to win Event #7 $10,000 NL for $217,800. In addition, Eli Elezra shipped USPO Event #6 $10,000 8-Game Mix for a $183,600 score. Meanwhile, Joe McKeehen still retains the top spot on the leaderboard with Steve Z and Dan Shak closing in.

Wednesday June 9, 2021 at 5:57 pm
John Riordan and Joey Wiseman win US Poker Open titles

The 2021 US Poker Open crowned two more champions at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. John Riordan won Event #4 Big Bet Mix and outlasted 48 runners to win $163,200. In Joey Wiseman took down his first USP Poker Open title with an impressive comeback a victory in Event #5 $10K NL affair for $204,000 score. Joe McKeehen final tabled another event and moved into first place on the USPO Leaderboard.

Monday June 7, 2021 at 8:54 pm
Joe McKeehen, Sam Soverel, Jake Daniels ship US Poker Open titles

The 2021 US Poker Open kicked off at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas last week and they already crowned three new champions. Jake Daniels won a record-setting USPO tournament with a $222K score in Event #1 $10K NL. 2-time British Poker Open champ Sam Soverel took down a PLO title in Event #2 $10K Pot-Limit Omaha. 2015 WSOP Main Event champ Joe McKeehen was victorious in Event #3 $10K NL and he edged out Ray Qartomy heads-up for the title.

Thursday June 3, 2021 at 8:58 pm
WPT releases Season XIX schedule with online $25K Heads Up Championship

The World Poker Tour added several new stops in 2021 for the Season XIX (aka S29) of its main tour including a first-ever online event. Tour stops include the WPT Maryland at Live!, the WPT Choctaw in Oklahoma, and the Bellagio and Venetian in Las Vegas. There's also three events in Florida including the bestbet Jacksonville, WPT Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa, and WPT Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood. There's the inaugural $25K WPT Heads Up Championship hosted at Poker King starting June 18 featuring Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan.

Tuesday June 1, 2021 at 9:41 pm
NBA All-Star Tony Parker binks satellite to 2021 WSOP Main Event

Tony Parker, former NBA star with the San Antonio Spurs and member of the French national basketball team, is the first known player to earn a satellite into the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event. Parker took down a charity event hosted by The PM Group, who awarded a $10,000 Main Event seat the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, which will start on November 4.

Monday May 31, 2021 at 5:50 pm
Degen Hall of Fame: Archie Karas runs $50 up to $4 million in 3 years

Renown gambler Archie Karas sat down for a candid interview with Soft White Underbelly. Karas is known on both poker and gambling circles for a notorious run in which he started with $50 and ran it up to the millions during the greatest winning streak in Las Vegas gambing history. Some say $20 million. Or $30 million. Or $40 million. Even Karas doesn't know the official amount because in the end, he went broke and busto. But for a moment in time, no one on the planet was a bigger gambler and high roller than Archie Karas back in the 1970s and 80s.

Wednesday May 26, 2021 at 5:58 pm
2021 World College Poker (WCP) Championship Main Event on PokerStars.net

PokerStars is hosting the 2021 World College Poker (WCP) Main Event Championship exclusively on PokerStars.net for college students all over the world. The WCP is free to enter with the opening round beginning on July 24 at PokerStars.net with college and university students from all over the planet competing in six different regions. The winner gets a travel package to a European Poker Tour event and second place earns a long weekend of poker training from poker pros including Matt Berkey.

Wednesday May 19, 2021 at 4:52 am
Brek Schutten wins 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $1.26 million

The 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown set a new record with 2,482 entrants for the $3,500 event and generated a prize pool worth nearly $8 million. The event ended in April with a short delayed final table that was played out in Las Vegas. Brekstyn 'Brek' Schutten outlasted the massive field and a tough final table that included Sonny Franco, Steven Snyder, Ken Aldridge, Albert Calderon, and Viet Vo. Schutten defeated Steven Snyder heads up for the WPT title and $1.2 million for first place.

Tuesday May 18, 2021 at 6:44 pm
Balakrishna Patur wins delayed 2020 WPT LA Poker Classic Final Table

The World Poker Tour played down another delayed final table with the conclusion of the 2020 WPT LA Poker Classic that began in March 2020 and had its final table delayed until now due to the pandemic. Balakrishna Patur outlasted a field of 490 runners in the 2020 WPT LAPC and survived a tough final table that included Matas Cimbolas, James Carroll, Upeshka De Silva, and Ka Kwan Lau and Scott Hempel. Patur banked $1 million and a free roll into the season-ending Tournament of Champions.

Monday May 17, 2021 at 1:58 pm
Veerab Zakarian wins delayed 2020 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Final Table

It only took 16 months and a world-wide pandemic, but the 2020 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open finally has a champion. The $3,200 buy-in event started in January 2020 with 1,290 runners. They played down to a final table with Veerab Zakarian bagging the lead. They thought they were going to wait a couple of months and play the final table out in Las Vegas but the pandemic hit and delayed the final table until May 2021. WPT Player of the Year Brian Altman finished in third place and missed out on winning a third WPT title. Zakarian edged out James Anderson to win the title and $674,840.

Friday May 14, 2021 at 4:36 pm
Benny Binion Shootout returns to South Point, US Poker Open 2021 schedule released

The 2021 WSOP is delayed until the end of September, but there's two cool events on the Las Vegas tournament slate this summer starting in June. The Benny Binion Shootout returns and the 128-person field will play out at the South Point Casino between June 10-12. The US Poker Open boasts 12 events that will run between June 3-11 at PokerGO Studio at the Aria Casino.

Tuesday May 11, 2021 at 3:22 pm
Use Gemini crypto wallet at the New Resorts World Casino in Las Vegas

Resorts World is the newest casino and three-hotel resort on the Las Vegas Strip located just north of the Wynn and Encore, which will open its doors on June 24. If you're into cryptocurrency, then there's some good news because the Winklevoss Twins cut a deal to partner up with Resorts World as the first crypto platform in Sin City. Gamblers will be able to access their Gemini crypto wallet at Resorts World.

Friday May 7, 2021 at 3:00 pm
High Stakes Duel: Phil Hellmuth beats Daniel Negreanu in Round 2 for $200K

Despite the fact that Daniel Negreanu was the big betting favorite against Phil Hellmuth in the second installment of their High Stakes Duel on Poker GO, the Poker Brat came out on top of Kid Poker this week to win another $100,000. Hellmuth is now up $200,000, but Negreanu is expected to play a rematch sometime in June for a chance to break even against the 15-time WSOP bracelet winner.

Wednesday May 5, 2021 at 3:56 pm
Joon Park wins Lone Star Series Main Event in Texas for $271K

Joon Park from Austin, Texas outlasted a field of 1,818 runners to win the Lone Star Poker Series Main Event at the Champions Social Poker Club in Houston. This special $1,300 buy-in event had a $1 million guaranteed prize pool, but it was smashed due to the huge turnout. Park banked $271,420 for the victory via a three-way chop by outlasting a final table that also included Shawn Rice and Mike Wang.

Tuesday May 4, 2021 at 9:43 pm
Blackhawk Colorado poker rooms resume with no-cap NLH and PLO cash games

Casinos and legal card rooms in the state of Colorado no longer have to cap cash games with the $100 max bet law. Voters in Colorado passed Amendment 77 which removed the $100 cap on all table games including poker. That means the poker action at casinos in Blackhawk, Central City, and Colorado Springs will pop off in the next few months after casinos re-opened with six-handed tables.

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