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Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Becomes 12th Strip Casino To Close Amid Second Wave Of Coronavirus Shutdowns


The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas announced Monday night that it would become the 12th Las Vegas Strip casino to close its doors.

The Blackstone Group-owned casino announced that it would close Wednesday night and join MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts in the Strip operators that cease operations. Cosmopolitan will stay closed through the end of the month.

It was just one of many developments in the second wave of casino and poker room closings stemming from coronavirus concerns.

Just four hours after announcing that its poker room would cap all of its games at three players Monday afternoon, the Venetian poker room in Las Vegas said it would be closing its room Monday evening.

Aside from the poker room, the rest of the Venetian and Palazzo casino is still open for business. Caesars properties have closed poker rooms as well, leaving poker rooms empty up and down Las Vegas boulevard. Like the two Sands Las Vegas properties, Caesars is leaving the rest of the casino open but has closed buffets, nightclubs, bars, pools, and shopping centers.

Up until yesterday, Florida casinos had not announced any alterations to its properties, but Monday changed that when Seminole Hard Rock properties announced its poker rooms would be closing at all Florida locations at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening. Shows and other mass gatherings have been rescheduled and the casino will be shutting off and distancing slot machines for those who still show up to gamble.

According to local South Florida media, given the territorial sovereignty of the Seminole Tribe, they would not have to abide by any statewide closure mandates handed down by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Further north, bestbet Jacksonville announced Tuesday morning that it would be closing down indefinitely. The poker room is one of the biggest in the state.

Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino, however, have decided to close for two weeks starting Monday night. Both casinos are located near Miami.

Choctaw and WinStar casinos, Oklahoma’s two biggest casinos, and serve the Dallas area, announced that its doors will be closed through the end of March. Six Shreveport casinos announced shutdowns as well.

In Minnesota, many casinos announced two-week closures, including the popular Canterbury Park, one of the biggest poker rooms in the state. Canterbury Park also said that it would continue to pay its employees during the time it was closed.

In some states, mandates were handed down by state officials to keep people out of casinos. In Mississippi, the state’s gaming commission ordered all casinos to close Monday night, while in New York and Colorado, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Jared Polis, each ordered casinos in their respective states to cease operations.

Yesterday, state officials in Indiana, Illinois, and Maryland forced casinos to temporarily stop its operations.

In Wisconsin, only Milwaukee’s Potawatomi announced a closure. With the exception of casinos in Madison, properties owned by Ho-Chunk Gaming and Oneida Casinos are still operating at full capacity.

The United States began announcing shutdowns of casinos around the country last weekend.

Update: Shortly after publishing, the Las Vegas Sands Corp announced it would be closing both the Venetian and Palazzo on the Las Vegas Strip. It will not layoff or furlough any employees and everyone will continue to be paid. The two properties will be closed indefinitely.

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