When the outbreak of COVID-19 was first found in 2020, many didn’t suppose a lot of it, that there wouldn’t be any impression on “regular” life. As we all know now, within the early levels of 2021, that wasn’t the case. Many issues have been shut down final yr, together with a lot of the event poker world. Now, the Seminole Onerous Rock Lodge & On line casino in Hollywood, FL, is able to host the primary stay World Poker Tour occasion of 2021, the WPT Fortunate Hearts Poker Open, and Tony Burns, the director of poker advertising for the Seminole Onerous Rock, couldn’t be happier.
The WPT hasn’t been on a stay felt because the WPT Rolling Thunder, which accomplished its ultimate desk on March 7. Three different occasions from final yr’s Season XVIII schedule – the Borgata Winter Poker Open, the L. A. Poker Basic and the Gardens Poker Championship – have yet to be completed as they have been on the schedule for a “ultimate desk competition” in Las Vegas that’s in limbo as a result of persevering with points with COVID-19. Even underneath the present situations in Florida (the state is one in every of solely 4 that has eclipsed one million documented circumstances of the virus, with over 1.5 million diagnoses and over 23,000 deaths), Burns utterly believes that the Seminole Onerous Rock Poker Room is greater than prepared for the inflow of gamers and that will probably be a protected venue.
We spoke to Burns earlier this week forward of the preliminary occasions and received some perception as to what the Seminole Onerous Rock Hollywood is doing to organize for this WPT occasion.
Poker Information Day by day: How does it really feel to be the primary poker site to host a significant event poker occasion because the pandemic struck?
Tony Burns: Oh, there have been a number of different venues within the nation which have hosted stay occasions because the pandemic, together with our sister property Seminole Onerous Rock Tampa. (However) It feels good to be the primary WPT Principal Tour cease. The WPT has been a terrific associate of Seminole Onerous Rock through the years, and we sit up for partnering with them once more for this groundbreaking occasion.
PND: What are a few of the precautions which are being taken on the Seminole Onerous Rock Hollywood to make sure medical security for the gamers?
TB: All Seminole Onerous Rock properties have rolled out the Protected + Sound program to assist guarantee participant and group member security throughout these occasions. Among the most notable program elements embrace masks necessities for all company and group members; all tables have been outfitted with plexiglass dividers between the vendor and between gamers; all gamers are required to make use of hand sanitizer each time they sit down at a desk; and all chairs and seating areas are sanitized by our Clear Crew when one participant will get up earlier than one other sits down.
(Author’s observe: In the course of the interview, Burns additionally informed Poker Information Day by day that there can be no on-site COVID testing to make sure the well being of the gamers in the course of the event.)
PND: What would you say to different casinos, and even different companies, that wish to maintain giant scale occasions?
TB: I might inform different casinos seeking to maintain giant scale occasions to make the funding to be Protected + Sound for the gamers and group members, and you can find it’s well worth the funding. During the last couple weeks, we have now heard from gamers and group members from across the nation, they usually have been really impressed with the efforts we have now gone by to offer a protected taking part in setting for them.
PND: Hopefully, it is a continuation to see extra tournaments get again to stay tables, particularly on the Seminole Onerous Rock. What occasions are coming that will probably be on the dimensions of this WPT occasion?
TB: Presently we wish to host the WPT Showdown in April and our annual pinnacle Seminole Onerous Rock Poker Open collection in August. There will probably be extra particulars to return after we get nearer to the occasions, however I encourage gamers to remain tuned to shrpo.com for all future bulletins and updates.
We’d prefer to thank Burns for chatting with us and encourage of us to take a look at the schedule for the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open on the Seminole Onerous Rock Poker Room web site. Preliminary occasions are underway proper now (schedule right here) and it’ll lead as much as play within the WPT Fortunate Hearts Poker Open Principal Occasion, which begins on January 22 and is a $3500 purchase in event. The ultimate desk of that Principal Occasion will happen on January 26.
Kudos have to be given to Burns and the Seminole Onerous Rock Poker Room for taking this problem on. Bringing collectively a big group of poker gamers for an occasion like that is going to attract the eye of many within the poker world simply to see if it may be achieved safely. If the Seminole Onerous Rock Lodge & On line casino Poker Room can pull it off, maybe it should encourage others to get in contact with Burns to be taught the secrets and techniques of easy methods to placed on a poker event within the present setting.