Wynn Removes Poker from Its Reopening Plans, Enhanced Craps Will be Available in Boston

Wynn Removes Poker from Its Reopening Plans, Enhanced Craps Will be Available in Boston

Wynn Resorts is marching ahead with its plan to reopen its three American gaming properties. However, it will not be making poker available to patrons. The operator is focusing on following social distancing protocols to avoid the chances of a second wave of coronavirus.

Craps available for Boston

The Encore Boston Harbor, the newest casino by Wynn, will also be following these protocols. However, it will still allow craps at its property. This popular table game involves numerous players and multiple dealers who are always in close contact. Now, this game will be limited to the high rollers area of the property.

Wynn Removes Poker from Its Reopening Plans, Enhanced Craps Will be Available in Boston

The company released a 23-page reopening plan last month in which it hinted at strict social distancing norms. Its efforts to halt poker games at the Encore and Wynn Resorts at the Strip and Encore Boston Harbor are in accordance with the same. The operator defined its eight-step plan for cleaning and sanitizing the poker area. It also said that the game will be available only during a later phase of reopening.

Safety is a priority

Brian Gullbrants, the president of Encore Boston Harbor said,

“We don’t in any way want to do anything we can’t execute as safely as possible.”

Last Friday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) extended its shutdown of the three casinos in the Bay Area to June 1. This gave rise to speculation that the state’s gaming properties would be the last to reopen in the country.

Not having poker on offer will not have a large effect on the top of the bottom lines of the company. The operators usually gain their revenues from rake a 2% to 10% tax on each hand played. Poker is not usually a game that generates a lot of income for the casinos. Its profitability is much lower than roulette and blackjack.

However, the casino is yet to see the results of limiting carps to its high rollers area. The casino hasn’t operated for one full year yet and isn’t attracting a lot of high rollers, who frequently visit the Macau and Vegas properties of the company. In November last month, just five months after opening, the property lowered the table game minimum from $50 to $15. It acknowledged that the Vegas style of business may not work in other regions.


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