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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Friday August 5, 2022 at 3:39 pm
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Tuesday July 26, 2022 at 4:03 am
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After a long-awaited absence, PokerStars is bringing back the always-popular EPT London after an eight-year layoff. For 11 days, the Park Lane Hilton in posh London will host the triumphant return of the EPT London starting October 18. The £5,300 Main Event kicks off October 22. Better yet, two Platinum Passes to the 2023 PokerStars Players Championship in the Bahamas are up for grabs.

Thursday July 14, 2022 at 5:59 pm
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Tuesday July 12, 2022 at 5:35 pm
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Saturday July 9, 2022 at 8:23 pm
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Friday July 1, 2022 at 11:34 pm
2022 WSOP: Dan 'Jungleman' Cates wins back-to-back $50K Poker Player Championships

Dan "Jungleman" Cates joined an elite list of pros who shipped the WSOP $50K Poker Players Championship more than once, but Cates made history with back-to-back bracelet victories. Cates outlasted 112 runners to win 2022 WSOP Event #56 $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1,449,103. The final table included Koray Aldemir, Naoya Kihara, Yuri Dzivielevski, Johannes Becker, and Benny Glaser.

Sunday June 26, 2022 at 4:12 pm
Kathy Liebert, Josh Arieh, Brian Rast among first-time 2022 Poker Hall of Fame nominees

The 2022 Poker Hall of Fame announced the ballot for induction this year, which included seven finalists from last year plus three new names. Kathy Liebert, Josh Arieh, and Brian Rast are the three additions to the ballot along with the late Layne Flack, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, Isai Scheinberg, Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi, Mike Matusow, Matt Savage, Lon McEachern & Norman Chad. The induction ceremony is slated for July 10.

Saturday June 18, 2022 at 2:32 am
2022 WSOP: Adam Friedman, Jeremy Ausmus, Robert Cowen, Brian Hastings snag bracelets

The 2022 World Series of Poker continued at Bally's and Paris in Las Vegas, and several notable pros added bracelets to their collection this week. Brian Hastings joined the six-timer club after shipping the $10K 2-7 Triple Draw, Adam Friedman won $10K Stud for his fifth bracelet, Jeremy Ausmus won $3K 6-Max NL for his fourth bracelet, and Robert Cowen binked the $50K PLO High Roller for a score worth nearly $1.4 million.

Friday June 10, 2022 at 10:01 pm
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Saturday June 4, 2022 at 8:47 pm
2022 WSOP: Scott Seiver, David Peters join 4-timer club

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Friday May 27, 2022 at 1:49 pm
Chance Kornuth wins 2022 WPT Choctaw

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Thursday May 19, 2022 at 2:37 am
Phil Hellmuth defeats Scott Seiver in High Stakes Duel III Round 4

Phil Hellmuth defeated a fifth opponent on High Stakes Duel when Scott Seiver stepped in as a last-minute replacement for Tom Dwan in Round 4 of High Stakes Duel III. Hellmuth and Seiver both put up $400,000 for this round, and Hellmuth walked away with $800,000. The two will meet in a rematch sometime in the future worth $1.6 million.

Tuesday May 17, 2022 at 7:25 pm
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Scott Seiver will fill in for Tom Dwan after Dwan pulled out of the fourth round of High Stakes Duel III against Phil Hellmuth. Dwan and Hellmuth were scheduled to play a rubber match on May 17 after they each won a round, but with Dwan out, Scott Seiver stepped in to battle Hellmuth with each player brining $400,000 to the table and the winner banking $800,000. Seiver and Hellmuth will joust tonight on PokerGo.

Sunday May 8, 2022 at 5:30 pm
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Thursday April 28, 2022 at 4:07 pm
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Tuesday April 19, 2022 at 3:50 pm
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Wednesday April 13, 2022 at 2:27 am
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Friday April 8, 2022 at 6:41 pm
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Tuesday March 29, 2022 at 2:56 am
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