Mardi Gras’ 30-Table Room could take weeks to reopen
While other Florida casinos and their respective card rooms are back in business after Hurricane Irma demolished the state about two weeks ago, the 30-table poker room remains shut at South Florida’s Mardi Gras Casino.
Per a report from the SouthFlorida.com, a “mini tornado” blew open a hole in the roof of the property, flooding the casino and ruining the floors. The casino is now repairing the facility. There’s no information about the timeline when the casino and its poker room will be open again, but it could take as long as a couple of weeks before poker cash games are operational once more. The rest of the casino could take months to restart its operations.
The historic storm closed Sunshine State resinous as far north as Jacksonville as noted in the below statement given at the time-
“As Floridians brace for Hurricane Irma’s arrival this weekend, poker rooms across the state, especially in South Florida, are making plans to close until the historic storm passes.
There are a dozen card rooms in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area, which will likely be hit by the hurricane early Sunday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The 33-table poker room at the Hialeah Park Casino near Miami told Card Player that it will be closed from 3 a.m. Friday to at least Sunday, depending on the impact of the storm. It’s cancelled its regularly scheduled Monday tournament as well.”
In the absence of Mardi Gras, the nearby Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, which has 20 poker tables, has been trying to attract the former’s customers, according to a Miami Herald report. Mardi Gras President Dan Adkins called the business tactic from the rival casino “sad and pathetic.”