Silks Poker Room returns to action; numerous safeguards in place to guard against COVID-19.
OLDSMAR, FL. -- Tampa Bay Downs reopened The Silks Poker Room on Sunday, June 14. The room is now open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-2 a.m. for all poker games and tournament play.
Simulcast wagering will be offered beginning Thursday, July 2. Patrons are required to have their temperatures taken before being allowed to enter the building. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be denied admittance.
Limited food and beverage service is available. The main Grandstand area and the Riders Up! bar will also be open daily beginning Thursday and Legends Bar on the second floor of the Grandstand will be open each Friday through Sunday, beginning July 3.
The Silks Poker Room has implemented numerous safety and security measures to keep guests and staff protected during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Players are required to wear masks at all times and cash tables are limited to eight players maximum per table. Servers and poker dealers will also wear masks at all times and hand sanitizers are located throughout the room.
Players are asked to cash in any poker chips they possess immediately upon their arrival.
As an additional precaution against the spread of COVID-19, the facility is undergoing a daily fogging designed to kill pathogens using electrostatic fogging equipment and an Environmental Protection Agency-approved chemical formula that eliminates the coronavirus. The fogging takes place each day at the close of business.
The Silks Poker Room is also adding Solaris IAQ (indoor air quality) systems to clean the air conditioner and the air via UV light, ionizers and air purification systems.
Since its closing in mid-March, the entire poker room and facility have been cleaned and disinfected to present customers with a safe, comfortable environment. Floors have been cleaned, racks have been scrubbed and chips have been individually sanitized.
Carpets have been thoroughly cleaned and various areas have been painted, helping to ensure the entire facility is as safe as possible.