Harrah’s Philadelphia Poker Room to Close Permanently

Sources have confirmed to a Pennsylvania gaming news site that Harrah’s Philadelphia’s (l.) closure of its poker room due to the Covid-19 pandemic will be permanent.

The World Series of Poker poker room at Harrah’s Philadelphia is likely to remain closed permanently, sources have confirmed with the Play Pennsylvania news site.

After a collection of social media posts from current and former Harrah’s employees lit up the internet with speculation that the 27-table WSOP venue, shut down in March with the rest of gaming due to the pandemic, was to close permanently, Play Pennsylvania reported that an unnamed former poker room employee had confirmed that Harrah’s has no plans to reopen the room. A customer representative at Harrah’s Philadelphia confirmed the fact to the news site.

When casinos were given the green light to reopen in June, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board stipulated that poker rooms would remain closed for now due to the game of poker’s close player contact and constant handling of cards and chips. Board spokesman Doug Harbach confirmed to Play Pennsylvania as late as August 25 that there are no plans to reverse the poker ban.