Black Hawk’s Monarch Casino will reopen its table games Thursday after Gilpin County approves customer capacity increase to 50%.
Blackjack, Craps, Three-Card Poker and « DJ Wild » « , a variant of Stud Poker, will be live at 9 am according to a press release from M&C Communications on behalf of Monarch Casino Resort Spa. Colorado safety protocols are strictly followed, including frequent hygiene in high-touch areas, social distancing, and « requiring everyone on the property to properly wear a face mask, » the news release said.
The return of table games at Monarch without roulette, was the result of Gilpin County’s February 6 improvement from « Level Orange: High Risk » to « Level Blue: Caution » on the COVID-19 dial of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Gilpin County Health Department had final approval for the openings after initial state approval.
« We had dismantled our pit and replaced it with slot machines to accommodate guests, » said Erica Ferris, Monarch’s director of marketing. « We had to rebuild the pit, contact our team and are very aware of the safety of our day and age. We haven’t brought back a team member who hasn’t completed a COVID test, so we needed extra time to make sure we were building the pit , contact the team, test the entire COVID team and (reopening by February 11th) give us the time to do so. ”
The Monarch Casino was reopened for the first time after the outbreak of the pandemic on June 17th, 2020, only with The table games returned on September 11th, but have been closed since November 13th.
Isle Casino, the neighbor of Monarch across the street, reopened its table games on February 10th, according to its website In Central City, Gilpin County, there are two casinos that offer table games: Century Casino and Grand Z Casino, and table promotions in both houses are currently according to their respective Sites closed.
Regarding Cripple Creek Casinos, Teller County announced on February 5 that Governor Jared Polis and the CDPHE upgraded the county to Level Yellow: Concern. The change on the state’s COVID-19 watch face means these casinos may increase occupancy, but table games are still closed for the time being.
Wildwood Casino, which operates most of the table games in town, has one on its website Statement released, which reads in part: « While the announcement also indicated that casinos were expected to be able to operate table games according to the guidelines for indoor events, Wildwood and other Cripple Creek casinos will not be able to reopen table games until the required guidelines are dated Colorado Department of Revenue and the Colorado Division of Gaming.
Soon, Monarch’s table games and slots will be accompanied by a sports betting retail outlet, which Ferris says is expected to close in the second quarter.
Super Bowl LV brought Monarch an influx of betting, not just through their mobile app, but also on their casino kiosks and windows. Figures released Tuesday by the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission show a total of $ 31.2 million wagered on the Super Bowl in Colorado.
« The Super Bowl is set for Christmas, so it was obviously extraordinary, » said Ferris. « We found it unique because there really wasn’t a good team for a good Denverite to be a big fan of. »
Since it launched on May 1, 2020, the Colorado sports betting market has been betting in Almost $ 1.2 billion.
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