Thursday May 14, 2020 at 2:44 pm

Over 20 casinos are currently open in the United States of America with a handful more expected to open this weekend and next week. Several Las Vegas casinos, such as Venetian and Palazzo, are planning on reopening in June despite the fact that the USA leads the world in COVID-19 and COVID-related deaths. Casinos in Arizona and Louisiana are set to reopen by next week, with many other casinos rushing to get ready for a June return.


Well, that was fast. With parts of America reopening, the casino industry has also slowly began their recovering in a post-pandemic world. But is the "post" part of post-pandemic even right? Aren't we still in the middle of the pandemic? Well, I guess that depends on where you live in the USA because some states are reopening faster than others. And still yet, casinos that had been shuttered since March are gearing up for business from gamblers stuck in lockdown for over two months.

Deadwood, South Dakota had always made a name for itself as the gambling mecca of the late 1800s frontier. It is where Wild Bill Hickok got shot playing cards in a hole-in-the-wall slaoon and died at the table holding Aces and eights. Ho hum, the true "deadman's hand".

Is America currently holding two pairs with Ochos and Aces while casino operators rush to open up their doors?

Casino operators are known to be ruthless mofos that profit immensely off of problem gamblers, degens, and the poor decision-making of damaged people.

Corporations are cold-hearted bottomliners and casino corporations are filled with soulless ghouls that only care about profits over people. They certainly do not care about their employees and have much disdain for humanity in general. If any employees get sick, they'll be cast aside while someone else steps up into their place. With rampant unemployment, there's no shortage of desperate people whiling to thrust themselves on the front lines just to keep slots maniacs and table-game denizens content.

The casino game is a profitable hustle, but it's a hustle nonetheless. There are many intricate moving parts involved. Even in the new era of social distancing and masks, is it really going to help stem the flow of the virus? Or will it only accelerate the spread of it?

Sure, many casinos are not resuming poker... for now. There's not a faster way to spread gerns that handling community cards, chips, and sitting in cramped quarters with several other folks that often don't give a rats ass if they showered that day, let alone adhering to certain public health decrees in order to maintain proper health during an outbreak.

Many this is just fearmonger gibberish and the powers that be should let citizens make their own choices? Or maybe there's too much uncertainty and incompetence that that's not even tenable in this situation.

Las Vegas Mayor Goodman caught heat a couple weeks ago during here wine-drenched rant on CNN that they should open up casinos and let Vegas gamblers be test subjects or a control group. Even though everyone was up in arms over Mayor Goodman, a couple weeks later, major casino companies have began major steps to returning.

The Venetian and Palazzo, owned by the Sands Corporation (and that dark knight S.A.) were among the first casinos to let the world know they would be the first to open their doors on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Wynn hopes to open by Memorial Day the earliest but eying a June return.

If and when poker returns, it will only be four-handed. Which seems like that's better than nothing, but what's the point? What happens when someone sits out? Obviously the rake will not change and it could even increase. But action is action, right?

MGM wants to reopen as well and the company unveiled their 7 point safety plan. That includes no more buffets, lots of plexiglass, and hand sanitizing stations everywhere. They do not want gamblers standing aside from craps and no clustering of people. They also outlined temperature checks for all employees and guests.

The airline industry has been reduced by 97% over the last two months. With not many people flying, Vegas could be a destination for people itching to gamble via roadtrip. Anyone within a day's drive to Vegas could certainly hop in their vehicles and give it a go. And if you're really hurting for action, you can take a true roadtrip across the land of the brave and the free and drive from the East Coast to Vegas to get your gamble on.

Over 20 casinos reopened in America with almost half in Deadwood, South Dakota. Several more will open up in Arizona this weekend. Louisiana has several casinos that will reopen next week, despite the fact that New Orleans had been one of the epicenters of the coronavirus outbreak in the southern US.

Caveat emptor!

Latest news
Friday March 24, 2023 at 3:37 pm
Reminder: PokerStars Sunday Million Anniversary Special this weekend

PokerStars hosts their 17th Anniversary Sunday Million Special this weekend, and you still have a chance to qualify for a seat through various satellites. PokerStars is giving away over 3,000 seats to the $215 buy-in tournament that has a $7.5 million guaranteed prize pool. There's $11 Mega and $22 Mega Turbo satellites, plus Turbo Phase events for as little as $2.20. There's also the Sunday Million Anniversary Fast Track which allows you snag a seat for as little as $0.50 via Spin&Gos. Head over to PokerStars Blog for more details.

Tuesday March 7, 2023 at 9:52 pm
2023 SCOOP returns to US at PokerStars on March 17

PokerStars announced that the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) returns to American players in three states. The 2023 SCOOP has 42 events and the popular online tournament series will be available to PokerStars players on in Pennsylvania (PASCOOP) and a shared player pool in New Jersey and Michigan (MI/NJSCOOP) beginning March 17 and running through April 3. There's a total of $5 million in guanarteed prize pools.

Monday February 27, 2023 at 9:33 pm
Romana's Razvan Belea ships EPT Paris for €1.1 million

The European Poker Tour hosted the inaugural EPT Paris at the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile. The €5,300 buy-in Main Event at the EPT Paris attracted 1,606 entrants with 447 re-entries. Razvan Belea from Romania parlayed a €530 satellite seat into a €1.1 million payday when he was the last player standing to become the first Romanian champion in EPT history.

Saturday February 4, 2023 at 7:35 pm
Aliaksandr Shylko wins 2023 PokerStars Players Championship for $3.1 million

Aliaksandr Shylko from Belarus shipped the second-ever PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) for a $3.1 million score after he worked out a three-way money chop with Germany's Max Menzel and Philipe Pizzari from Brazil. Nacho Barbero went deep in the 2023 PSPC with a fourth-place finish at Baha Mar in the Bahamas. Shylko outlasted 1,014 runners who generated a prize pool worth over $24.8 million

Wednesday January 25, 2023 at 6:21 pm
LAPT Returns: PokerStars brings back Latin American Poker Tour

After a seven-year layoff, PokerStars will relaunch the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT). The LAPT returns to Brazil with a stop in Rio de Janeiro on March 2, 2023. There will be an event in Montevideo, Uruguay in April, plus two more events planned in Sao Paolo, Brazil in July and November. And there's other LAPT dates and locations that will be announced soon.

Thursday January 19, 2023 at 7:03 pm
PokerStars to Host Sunday Million 17th Anniversary on March 26

PokerStars wants you to save a special date on Sunday March 26, 2023. PokerStars s celebrating the 17th Anniversary of the Sunday Million. Yes, the Sunday Milly turns 17 in March! The buy-in is only $215, and this year's celebration will have a $7.5 million guaranteed prize pool. This year's winner will bank at least $1 million. Germany's Blackbeaty won the Sunday Million's 16th anniversary special.

Tuesday January 10, 2023 at 11:11 pm
PokerStars Launches PSPC Online starting Jan 13

PokerStars will launch a special virtual version of the PokerStars Players Championship for American online poker players in New Jersey and Michigan with the PSPC Online. The special series runs from January 13 through Jan 30 on PokerStars for a combined player pool in New Jersey and Michigan. The PSPC Online has 85 events and a guaranteed prize pool worth $2.5 million. Oh, and there's a special PSPC Online for online grinders in the state of Pennsylvania as well with 72 events.

Friday December 2, 2022 at 10:06 pm
PokerStars announces new EPT Season with stops in Paris and Cyprus

PokerStars announced their 2023 live tournament events schedule for the European Poker Tour which includes five stops including two first-time destinations. The EPT kicks off in February 2023 with their EPT Paris debut. In the fall, the EPT heads to the EPT Cyprus for the first time. There's also usual stops at the EPT Monte-Carlo, EPT Barcelona, and the EPT Prague.

Monday November 28, 2022 at 11:17 pm
Win PokerStars Platinum Passes at Gotaga Poker Night or at Resorts World La Vegas

The Road to the PSPC continues. Here's your chance to snag a Platinum Pass to get a free trip to the Bahamas to play in the PokerStars Players Championship at Baha Mar Resort during the return of the PCA in January 2023. You can win a pass through a freeroll hosted by Gotaga, aka France's #1 Twitch streamer. Americans have a chance to win a Platinum Pass at a $400 buy-in tournament at Resorts World Las Vegas.

Thursday November 17, 2022 at 11:07 pm
2022 WSOP Europe: Sweden's Omar Eljach wins Main Event for €1.38 million

The 2022 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event at the King's Casino in Rozvadov has come to an end with Sweden's Omar Eljach edging out France's Jonathan Pastore to win the bracelet and €1.38 million in cash. The €10,350 buy-in affair attracted 763 runners. The final table also included Shaun Deeb, Barny Boatman, Alexandre Read, and Tim Adams.

Tuesday November 15, 2022 at 2:12 am
2022 WSOPE: Turkey's Orpen Kisacikoglu wins €50K Diamond High Roller

Orpen Kisacikoglu from Turkey won his first bracelet with a victory in the World Series of Poker Europe Event #11 €50,000 Diamond High Roller at the King's Casino in Rozvadov. Kisacikoglu won €748K and outlasted a stacked final table that included Sam Grafton, Shaun Deeb, Nick Petrangelo, Timothy Adams, Daniel Pidin, and Daniel Dvoress. Last week, Paul Phua secured his first bracelet with a victory in WSOPE Event #8 €25,000 Platinum High Roller for a €482,433 score.

Friday November 4, 2022 at 8:12 pm
2022 WSOP Europe: Anson Tsang Ships Event #4 €2,000 PLO

The 2022 World Series of Poker Europe is underway at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, and Yan Shing 'Anson' Tsang was the last player standing in 2022 WSOP Europe Event #4 €2,000 PLO to win €95,461 and his third-career bracelet. Tsang outlasted a final table that included Tomasz Gluszko, Shawn Stroke, Dario Alioto, Oswin Ziegelbecker, Vivian Saliba, Farid Jattin, Pavel Izotov, and Jorryt van Hoof.

Saturday October 8, 2022 at 5:44 pm
Daniel Negreanu wins 2022 Super high Roller Bowl for $3.3 Million

After whiffing in numerous high rollers, Daniel Negreanu outlasted 23 runners to win the $300,000 buy-in 2022 Super High Roller Bowl VII in Las Vegas. Negreanu banked $3.3 million for the victory, which marked the second-highest payout of his illustrious career. Negreanu edged out a final four at the SHRB VII that included Nick Petrangelo, Justin Bonomo, and Andrew Lichtenberger.

Free tournaments and added prizes

The Club Poker organizes freerolls and special tournaments with added prizes.
To qualify for free, register on our poker partners websites:

Tournaments Club Poker
Big Poker League
Thursday March 30, 2023 at 7:04 pm
$125 added