Multiple sources are reporting light crowds and jovial atmospheres at Las Vegas casinos, which began re-opening Thursday at the stroke of midnight.
Several Las Vegas casinos welcomed back patrons Thursday following a weeks-long shutdown related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An early Thursday morning live stream uploaded by YouTuber JacobslifeinVegas shows the precise moment customers who were lined-up outside the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas were granted access to the casino’s gaming floor.
Uploaded: June 4, 2020 — Source: JacobslifeinVegas YouTube Channel [Timestamp 2:47+]
Longtime poker player and former Part Time Poker contributor John Mehaffey (see: Vegas Advantage), along with best-selling author Jeff Hwang (see: Pot Limit Omaha Poker: The Big Play Strategy) were on hand for the Downtown LV Grand Re-opening as well…
And there we are about 30 minutes before everything opened. It was great to meet Jeff. I'm just now calling it a night. https://t.co/53WRT9Ezm8
— John Mehaffey (@John_Mehaffey) June 4, 2020
…and have been reporting via Twitter from Sin City since the re-openings began.
— Jeff Hwang (@RivalSchoolX) June 4, 2020
I just confirmed Poker Palace opened. I count 61 Las Vegas full-service casinos that opened today with 26 that did not. Harrah's opens tomorrow at 11am.
— John Mehaffey (@John_Mehaffey) June 5, 2020
Customers Preoccupied with Enjoying Themselves, Not COVID-19
Video clips and images continued to be shared on Thursday, but perhaps none drew more attention than a 30-second glimpse into The D Las Vegas Hotel & Casino via Las Vegas Review Journal reporter Mick Akers.
— Mick Akers (@mickakers) June 4, 2020
That video along with other media embeds prompted BettingUSA analyst Steve Ruddock to publish a critical write-up on the decision made by Las Vegas casinos to ignore Dr. Anthony Fauci’s guidance.
READ: Casinos Ignore Fauci’s Advice And Reopen On Their Timeline (Jun 4, 2020)
The images likewise caught the attention of TwoPlusTwo News, Views, and Gossip forum members.
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“Is there somewhere where I can bet on super-spreading, the great new contact sport that’s really popular in Vegas?” -ArtyMcFly
“Wow. I guess if covid is pretty much played out and behind us then party on garth.” — “If it’s not, then this won’t end well.” -PTLou
“That is far more crowded than I expected.” — “This is incredible. If they’re going to allow this, they might as well allow 9-handed poker.” -golfnutt
“It’s officially hopeless. Look at this there is no social distancing at all. Lots aren’t wearing masks either.” -EastCoastBalla
“Normally, I think downtown Las Vegas would be around 85/15 favoring tourists. Last night, it was probably the other way around.” -John Mehaffey
Mixed Reactions to Las Vegas Casino Re-openings
Although Las Vegas casinos had shown an abundance of caution since the COVID-19 outbreak by shutting down completely, that caution now appears to have been thrown to the wind upon re-opening.
The atmosphere at Sin City casinos appears to be jovial — if not outright festive — as Las Vegas prepares for its first weekend of uninterrupted casino activity since early March. It could take weeks (or even months) to decipher whether the decision to re-launch gaming floor activity was timely or not.
In the meantime, patrons and reporters alike are enjoying the light crowds and nonstop activity that are currently available at many casinos in Las Vegas.
“I slept from about 6 to 11am this morning,” John Mehaffey told Part Time Poker late Thursday night.
“I am going to try and catch up on some of that tonight.”
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