SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Poker Room at MGM Springfield will reopen beginning at 11 a.m.

Poker has not been available at the casino for the past 18 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is the only casino in Massachusetts offering poker.

“MGM Springfield is thrilled to reopen our Poker Room! We are looking forward to welcoming back our loyal players and dozens of employees who have waited for this day for more than a year and a half,” said Chris Kelley, MGM Springfield President & COO.

“We were anticipating the great crowd, but at 9 a.m. to see a line out the door, cheering, clapping and ready to go, really makes you feel good. You know you’re doing the right thing, it just adds to the excitement. We’re thrilled to get it going, we’re gonna open up a little bit early, we’re not even gonna wait until 11:00 a.m.,” said Robert Westerfield, V.P. of Casino Operations at MGM Springfield.

With the health and safety of guests and employees at the forefront, the room will offer live cash games at 13 total tables with up to nine players per table. Daily play is available from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.