Pro Poker Player Anderson Waits for Real Vegas to Return to Life

  • Danielle Anderson won’t be playing in the World Series of Poker this week as the event was postponed.
  • The exciting sport was to be held at Las Vegas’ Rio Hotel and Casino.
  • While casinos are set to reopen next week, poker games are likely to be considered last.
  • Anderson admits that Las Vegas and the world of WSOP will be different this fall.

Danielle Anderson of Lake Crystal, Minn. won’t be in action this week since the fate of resuming the World Series of Poker remains unknown. The main event was supposed to begin this week at Las Vegas’ Rio Hotel and Casino.

2019 saw 187,298 participants win a total of $293 million. Anderson was among the 8,569 players in an event whose buy-in remained at $10,000 from the 1972 figure.

The pro poker player thinks she performed well. She was number 301 for $38,000.

Las Vegas will look a bit different this year from Memorial Day to mid-July as poker players won’t be competing in at least 60 tournaments, which are part of the World Series of Poker. Also, casinos and hotels won’t be filled.

A seven-week extravaganza called World Series was postponed on April 20th to undesignated dates in the fall.

However, casinos have been given a green light to reopen on June 4. 

At 36, Anderson is a professional poker player with a good online following. She has been raising a family in Las Vegas for the past six years. Kory Andersen, her husband, is a former state heavyweight wrestling champion at St. James.

A Routine Changed

Danielle would have breakfast with her son Easton and send him off to school before heading to a casino in search of a game. Her most frequented spot was the Aria because of their high-staked private games.

Things changed drastically when Nevada shut down all of its 440 casinos on March 17. While news about the reopening of casinos next week looks exciting, Danielle says poker rooms are likely to be the last to open.

She added that authorities fear the idea of a few people playing in a confined area. The gaming commission suggested four-person poker games, which Anderson feels isn’t a poker game. To her, the minimum number of players should be six. Even with that number, the low odds will put off recreational players who have some experience.

Since the Justice Department’s shut down of online poker nationally in April 2011 was legalized again in Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Anderson was able to play a few games during the pandemic-related shutdown. However, these games have become boring.

The player feels that if the pandemic will still be in the picture, the World Series of Poker and Las Vegas, in general, will look different this fall. She thinks the number of WSOP players will reduce following the travel complications that exist today.

The talk about reducing ‘herding’ when Sin City gets back to normal business level also seems to irritate Anderson. She says Las Vegas won’t be real without herding because “that’s what makes us a success.”

I'm Adam Shaw, Senior Editor and one of the first members at VegasSlots. I'm a massive football sports fan but also love casinos and occasional trips to Las Vegas. Gaming runs in the family

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