Thursday October 6, 2016 at 12:01 am
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The largest storm in over a decade, since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, is set to hit mainland America. Hurricane Matthew is predicted due to reach the Florida coast on Thursday morning and the Carolinas by Friday. Governor Rick Scott of Florida, urged residents of South Florida to evacuate. Several casinos in Florida are shutting down and/or cancelling events including the bestbet WPT Festival in Jacksonville, Seminole Hardrock Hollywood, Seminole Coconut Creek, Palm Beach Kennel Club, Daytona Beach Kennel Club, Gulfstream Park, and the Isle Casino Casino Pompano Park.

Hurricane Matthew

It takes a natural disaster to shut down a casino in America. If you remember the novel Shut Up and Deal by Jesse May, the biggest scene in the book occurred during a blizzard when hotel guests and gamblers were trapped in the casino all night long. But the different between real life and fiction is that the degens kept playing in May's book, while in the real world casinos all over Florida are actually shutting its doors and cancelling poker events in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricane Matthew will be the largest Hurricane to strike America since Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti in Tuesday morning and reached the tip of Cuba on Tuesday night. Winds reached over 100mph and at least 10 people have died. Hurricane Matthew is scheduled to reach Florida by Thursday morning. Matthew's strength will be anywhere between a category 4 and 5. It's been over a decade since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and flooded New Orleans. The 2004-05 Hurricane season was especially deadly with multiple hurricanes reaching landfall in the Southeastern U.S. and Texas. Hurricane Wilma in October 2005 was the last one to pass over land. Every major hurricane since then missed or was not listed as “hurricane” status such as Tropical Storm Sandy.

Parts of South Florida and the South Carolina coast are currently evacuating, especially the residents of Charleston, SC. There are several casinos in Florida that will be closing its doors and shutting down its poker rooms. H/T to @KevMathers for the intel. Check your local casino to verify the times that they will re-open. Depending on the path of Hurricane Matthew, casinos might open as early as Friday.

Florida Casino Closings

  • Seminole Hardrock Hollywood
  • Seminole Coconut Creek
  • Palm Beach Kennel Club
  • Daytona Beach Kennel Club
  • Gulfstream Park
  • Isle Casino Pompano Park
  • BestBet Jacksonville

At BestBet in Jacksonville, they will be shutting its doors early on Thursday and closed all day Friday. They hope to reopen on Saturday. In the meantime, Event #7 and Event #8 of their WPT Festival are canceled as is. Event #7 is rescheduled for Saturday as a two-day event (non-Guarantee as well) and just one starting flight. For more info, visit bestbetjax.com or call bestbet at (904) 646-0001.

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