Last month, we reported that Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan stated that it could be up to a year before Detroit casinos reopen. Thankfully for the operators and gamblers in the city, that likely won’t be the case.
However, business will not simply swing back to normal for casinos in Motor City. After the meeting of the Michigan Gaming Control Board today, it was announced that the city’s three casinos will only be able to operate at 15% capacity when they’re finally allowed to reopen.
More Facts About Detroit Casino Restrictions
Digging into the story, we were able to find out the following:
- The 15% figure will be based on the fire department-mandated capacity.
- Detroit casinos won’t be able to open or operate their poker rooms.
- Most table games will be restricted to three people. Up to six will be allowed at the craps tables.
- Speaking of craps, dice will be disinfected for every new shooter.
- Dealers will have to wear face masks and/or shields.
- Players will also have to wear masks unless they’re eating or drinking.
This is both financially crippling for the casinos themselves, and it will change the gaming experience and atmosphere for players. It remains to be seen what demand will be like, but we can’t imagine players will be rushing back into such a restrictive and radically different environment.
By contrast, Nevada’s casinos are allowed to operate at 50% capacity, and face masks for customers are optional.
Live Dealer Games Still an Option
While online gambling was legalized in Michigan at the end of 2019, there’s still a long road ahead before operators get licences, permits to operate, and all of the details of legal online gambling are worked out.
For now, many Michiganders will find their way to offshore live casinos which are only too eager to host them. We have reported many times this year that live dealer gaming is experiencing a boom. Companies like Evolution Gaming are reporting record revenues. This only goes to highlight the interest in live gaming from players who have been stuck at home or who live in areas where casinos are still closed.
On the other side of the pond, in the UK, players find themselves in a much more fortune position. There are endless numbers of legal, regulated live casinos online. Sites like PlayFrank and Mr Green provide high-quality live games, so there’s no need to venture out to potentially dangerous land casinos at a time when many experts fear a second wave may be imminent.
As of the time of press, no specific date has been given for Detroit casinos to reopen. They may merely prepare for when they get the green light from Governor Gretchen Whitmer.