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The Bicycle Hotel & Casino Reopening Friday, June 19

The Los Angeles Area Card Room's Door Will Open At 6:00 A.M.


The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens, California is set to reopen on Friday, June 19 after just over three months of temporary closure due to safety concerns during the global coronavirus outbreak. The Los Angeles-area mainstay will open its doors at 6:00 a.m. local time on Friday.

On Wednesday, June 17 the Bike released a detailed account of their safety plan, called the ‘WE CARE’ initiative, which is “designed to enhance safety and minimize risk for our patrons and Team Members.” The full statement can be found on their official website.

“The Bicycle Hotel & Casino has a long-standing commitment to the health and safety of our patrons and employees. This commitment is the focal point of our health and sanitation program for reopening in a safe environment,” said the statement on the casino’s website. “This plan was developed after consulting all available information and guidance from the CDC and state and local public health agencies and in collaboration with medical experts from UCLA and USC. The goal of the plan is to provide for significantly enhanced sanitation and safety protocols and to ensure that employees, vendors, and customers are able to visit our properties and participate in our games while keeping safe and helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

Safety protocols include:

  • All guests are required to wear face coverings. A variety of masks and face-covering options will be available to purchase for guests who did not arrive with one. Personal protective equipment will also be worn by all team members.
  • Thermal screening stations have been set up at every entrance to provide a non-invasive temperature check for all guests and employees. Anyone registering above 100.3°F will be required to undergo additional screening and will be denied entry until safe body temperature is confirmed.
  • Increased frequency of cleaning of public spaces, utilizing disinfectants that are EPA-registered for emerging viral pathogens, as well as using UV-C light machines and electrostatic sprayers
  • Sanitation stations with hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes have been installed throughout the casino
  • Gaming chips will be sterilized using onsite chip washing machines, playing cards with be replaced frequently, and gaming tables and chairs will also be sanitized regularly
  • Security officers and Bicycle Hotel & Casino team members have undergone additional training for COVID-19 safety
  • Gaming tables and chairs will be arranged to allow for appropriate distancing, and table games will have a limited number of chairs allowed per table
  • Transparent barriers have been installed at various points around the venue where employees regular interface with guests, including the Hotel front desk and the Welcome Center

Those are some of the many protocols the Bicycle Hotel & Casino will be following upon reopening. Again, for a look at their statement, check out their official website.

The Bike has been busy on social media over the past few months, sharing glimpses of their preparations for re-opening, including ordering brand new custom made nine-foot-long tables. Check out their Twitter account to learn more.

In order to best identify and trace players in the event of a positive test, player cards will be required for all gaming. This will allow the casino to better identify and notify players who might have been exposed. There are plans in place for removing guest suites and gaming tables from service in the case of a positive test identified in that area for disinfecting and sanitization.

Meetings and banquet services will remain temporarily suspended for the time being, as will the Phoenix Cafe. The Bike Brewery will be open with limited seating and takeout service.

About The Bike

The Bike was first opened in 1984. It has run one of the largest poker rooms in the world for decades and has played host to many legendary poker tournaments including the World Poker Tour, the World Series of Poker Circuit and the Card Player Poker Tour. The CPPT has teamed up with the Bike for seven series, with the most recent seeing Vyacheslav Stoyanov capture the title and the top prize of $108,480 in the $1,100 buy-in main event.

The Bicycle Hotel & Casino unveiled a $50 million hotel expansion to the property late in 2015, improving on what was already one of the best places in the world to play poker. The 117,907-square-foot addition boasts 99 rooms, including 29 suites, as well as a multitude of amenities including the Bike Brewery, a full spa and an elevated outdoor pool deck with private cabanas.