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Another Las Vegas Strip Casino Reopens

With Tropicana Casino's Thursday Reopening, Only Two Las Vegas Strip Casinos Are Without A Timeline

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Another Las Vegas Strip casino reopened Thursday, leaving just a handful of casinos still closed from the COVID-19 induced shutdown in mid-March.

Tropicana Las Vegas reopened for business Thursday, leaving just a few properties on the Strip closed without a timeframe for reopening. Doors opened at 10 a.m. and will operate under certain restrictions to ensure a safe environment, like many other Nevada casinos.

Tropicana will operate at 50 percent capacity, slot machines will be spaced out and signage will be placed throughout the casinos to ensure social distancing takes place were just a few of the regulations the property met. The casino is just one of two Penn National Gaming-owned casinos in Las Vegas and its only Strip property.

Tropicana was originally scheduled to reopen September 1 but pushed back those plans by a few weeks. The opening comes just a few weeks after MGM reopened the Mirage August 27. The Mirage, which was the mecca for poker in the pre-Moneymaker era, did not reopen its poker room with the rest of the property. The area is now filled with slot machines, at least temporarily.

MGM also announced this week that it would reopen the last of its Strip properties, Park MGM, September 30. When it reopens, Park MGM will become Las Vegas’ first smoke-free casino.

The moves leave just Planet Hollywood and Cromwell as the only two Strip properties without a reopening date. Both are owned by Caesars Entertainment. The off-strip casino, and home of the World Series of Poker, the Rio, is still closed as well.

Station Casinos has yet to announce a time frame for the four casinos it had said will stay closed for the time being.