South Australian poker rooms reopen but casino poker still months away

An artist’s impression of SkyCity Adelaide’s $330 million renovation

South Australian poker players received some good news this week as eased COVID-19 restrictions opened the door for operations in the state’s handful of poker clubs to resume from Monday 29 June.

With South Australia’s unique legislation allowing for the establishment of standalone card rooms, popular rooms Matchroom Poker and Royal Poker Club – both located in Adelaide – confirmed to PokerMedia Australia this week that they have reopened as of Monday. Both had suspended operations from 23 March due to COVID-19.

Royal Poker Room is even running its cash games “rake free” for the next 30 days to welcome back players.

However, while cards rooms are open again, it’s a different story at SkyCity Adelaide. 

South Australia’s only casino also reopened for members on Monday, but operator SkyCity Entertainment Group told PMA it would be some time before poker was available again due to the company’s ongoing $330 million SkyCity Adelaide upgrade works.

“The Poker Room is situated on Level 1, where major renovations have commenced,” the company said. “Due to this, we do not envisage live poker returning to Adelaide until later this year, but when it does it will form part of a fully transformed Level 1 for our customers.”

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