Poker is back in NSW

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Despite pandemic’s challenges persist, Poker is back in NSW.

Casinos, poker leagues and tournament operators, and everyone wanting to host poker action were kept out of nearly every reopening.

Liquor & Gaming NSW did not confirm any poker activities. All live poker leagues and tournaments immediately stopped. The National Poker League and Australian Poker League as organisers began working together. Their goal was to find solutions and present them to NSW for approval. As well as, the WPT League, APL, NPL and others joined.

Poker NSW is a cooperative with a group of operators. And they realise 90% of the events. Most importantly, they prepared a security plan that the NSW Police approved. The NSW Police approved the latest edition of the COVID Safety Plan of Poker NSW.

Operators can begin to organize events like live tournaments, shootouts, Sit n’ Go’s and satellites.

While officials may require changes based on the direction of the pandemic in the next months, the following is a current review of the safety plan.

A maximum of 300 people is permitted in one room. Also, one person for every four square metres, with multi-table tournament action restriction to 10 people. There are eight players maximum on oblong tables or six players on round tables.

But, these restrictions will make it difficult for tournament operators. Disinfectant spray, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitiser for each table, temperature gun or a no-touch thermometer, masks for everyone have included another part of the safety plan.

Tournament directors should participate in the Infection Control Training. They should get a completion certificate and display that certificate at registration.

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