s the masks are returned to the MGM Springfield Massachusetts casino, now poker is also on its way. As state casinos adapt their operations to local health and safety measures, operators are also looking to adjust their gaming offerings to consumers, including the reintroduction of popular games that had been left behind due to the pandemic. .
MGM Springfield recently began removing slots from its poker room, in anticipation of a return to gambling, according to 22 News. But while the reintroduction of poker suggests a return to normal operations before the pandemic, the site has also reinstated mask warrants to track local measures since September 13.
âMGM was ready for the new order,â said Loretta Lillios, director of Gaming CommissionBureau of Investigation and Enforcement, Thursday. She further noted that prior to the order, the casino had already reinstated mask mandates for employees.
âThey were able to quickly update their signage, social media and other web messages advising customers of the requirement,â Lillios noted. “There have been no significant issues with customer compliance.”
Bruce Band, deputy director of the IEB, agreed with Lillios and said that MGM had started to withdraw about 20% of the slot machines from its old poker room “in preparation for the introduction of poker”, according to the source of information previously cited.
MGM Springfield and Boston Harbor again, the only other option for poker in the state, resumed mostly normal operations in late May, albeit without offering poker. Gambling was banned by the commission when regulators first authorized the sites to reopen under health and safety restrictions in 2020.
MGM Springfield declared his intention to reintroduce popular games at the Gaming Commission last August, as poker players demanded his return.. In an effort to gain approval, the casino has agreed that it may do so at reduced capacity.
According to an MGM official, players can expect around 10 to 12 tables in the poker room, up from 28 in total. who greeted them at the entrance of the establishment. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission noted at a meeting last month that it had seen a tenfold increase in complaints, many of them regarding the state’s lack of poker options.
“We have listened to our poker players as well as our former dealers who want this option to be available again in our casino, and we want to provide it to them,” said Daniel Miller, MGM Springfield’s director of compliance, during said meeting.
Still Boston Harbor has yet to make a decision on whether the game will return to operations, which is expected to be announced by the end of this year.. The return of the game would likely mean the closure of some other table games at Casino Everett, the casino said.