February 22, 2021
Three MGM Resorts Las Vegas casinos will soon be up and running 24/7 for the first time since the global health pandemic broke out. The poker rooms in the objects in question remain closed.
Just in time for Spring Break, the Mirage, Park MGM (formerly Monte Carlo) and Mandalay Bay casinos will be open 24/7 from March 3rd, every day of the week.
These three properties along with every Las Vegas casino were closed in March 2020 due to COVID-19. When the state allowed the casinos to reopen on June 4, the three properties remained closed but reopened a few months later. Due to the decline in tourism in Las Vegas, the mega-resorts did not resume full-time operations and instead opened only from Thursday morning to Monday morning each week.
MGM Resorts operates nine casino hotels in Las Vegas, six of which are open 24/7. This will change starting March 3rd, when the casino giant will get its other three properties back up and running around the clock.
The poker rooms in Mirage, Mandalay Bay and Park MGM will remain closed for the time being. Mirage replaced its card room with a smoke-free slot. Park MGM didn’t bring the old Monte Carlo poker room back when it was renamed in 2017.
Where to play poker in Las Vegas
MGM Resorts owns some of the best poker rooms in the world, all of which have reopened since COVID-19. These include the rooms in Aria and Bellagio (MGM’s top card properties) as well as MGM Grand. Rumor has it that Excalibur, a small room that only hosts low-stakes games, will be reopening soon. The Luxor poker room will remain closed with no reopening date set.
There are currently 16 additional poker rooms open in Las Vegas. Caesars Entertainment, which owns the WSOP brand, has four open card rooms on the Las Vegas Strip (Bally’s, Caesars Palace, Flamingo, and Planet Hollywood).
Venetian and Wynn are also popular poker rooms in business during the pandemic on the Strip. If you’re looking for somewhere to play cards off the Strip, action can be found at Red Rock Resort (Summerlin), Golden Nugget (downtown on Fremont Street), Westgate (one block east of the Strip) and at The Orleans (one mile west of the strip) and Boulder Station (10 minute drive east of the strip).
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years of experience on the felt and more than five years of work as a professional poker medium.
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