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Rivers Casino in Schenectady to reopen its poker room after 17+ months

The poker room at Rivers Casino will open Wednesday for the first time since March 2020.

It is the last major piece of the gaming operation still closed after the 2020 shutdown, and fans had missed it, the casino’s management said.

“The poker room is extremely popular and a big part of what makes for a fun and exciting gaming experience at the casino, and we couldn’t be happier to reopen it for our guests,” General Manager Rick Richards said in a news release Monday.

The poker room hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The rest of the casino is open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. The four-hour closure is in place to allow for deep cleaning each night.

When it reopens, the poker room will feature a variety of games on 16 tables. Its manager, Elliott Schecter, is awaiting state approval for a series of new promotions.

Rivers Casino & Resort was shut down from March to September 2020 as part of COVID-19 control measures, as were most other large-gathering venues. The casino has been building its operations back incrementally ever since.

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