King’s Resort to Reopen Poker Rooms in Czech Republic Next Week

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The host casino for the World Series of Poker Europe will soon shuffle up and deal again.

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The WSOPE has taken place at King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, the past three years, and is set to return again this fall. The casino will resume operations on May 11 after being closed for nearly two months during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Image: King’s Resort)

King’s Resort announced on its Facebook page that three of its casinos in the Czech Republic – and their poker rooms – will reopen on May 11. This includes King’s Resort Rozvadov, King’s Casino Prague, and Admiral Casino Rozvadov.

WSOP Europe Host Ready for Cash Games

King’s Resort Rozvadov, which claims to have the largest poker room in Europe, hosted the past three WSOPE festivals and had been tapped to host that event again in the fall — though no dates have been set.

The three King’s casinos have been shuttered since March 13 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Poker Cash Games, live games like Roulette and Black Jack and Slots will be available,” states the Facebook post. “Tournaments won’t take place for now, but we hope we can start with them soon as well.”

As of Tuesday, the Czech Republic reported 7,841 confirmed cases of coronavirus, resulting in 252 deaths from COVID-19. Worldwide, there have been 3.58 million diagnoses, and more than 252,000 deaths.

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The Czech Republic appears to have flattened the pandemic curve. (Image: Wikipedia)

Shuffle Up and Social Distance?

The King’s notice doesn’t mention any social distancing measures like those being implemented elsewhere. Derby Lane’s poker room, in St. Petersburg, Florida, also plans to open on May 11, and will limit players to six per table while only utilizing a quarter of the room’s available poker tables.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board released guidelines last week for poker rooms that will limit poker games to four-max, although it is unclear when that state’s casinos will reopen.

King’s Resort Rozvadov features one of the largest poker rooms in the world, with 160 tables.

Critics have questioned how well social distancing can work given that all players touch the same cards and chips. The King’s Resort notice mentions that “highest hygiene standards will be implemented, such as hand sanitizers for the guests and frequent disinfection of all areas.”

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