The Covid pandemic has claimed a major victim in the British poker world
Genting is ceasing all live poker operations in the UK permanently.
News of the closures came out when a Genting cardroom manager posted a status on his Facebook page stating a farewell message on Tuesday.
“Well, it’s been emotional. Thank you to all our poker players, hope you have a great experience. Thoughts to all my colleagues (family) that didn’t deserve this (although in current climate it was kind of expected) you are all superstars and proud to have had you in our team. Onwards and Upwards. PS anyone hiring?” Said the Genting cardroom manager who wishes to remain anonymous.
The closure of the long-running Genting poker rooms will also bring an end to the long-running The Genting Poker Series (GPS) since its launching in 2012.
Jeff Kimber, Poker pro and circuit regular, gave his remarks on the impact Genting’s closing will have on the British poker scene on Facebook, saying, “Very sad for the Genting poker staff, some good ones gone there. GPS events were great back in the day. Trips to Sheffield, Birmingham, and Southend will be missed,”
Last week, The Genting announced the cessation of three of its UK casinos, including properties in Torquay, Bristol and Margate.
According to Poker News, The Genting Resorts World Casino in Birmingham is losing 98 employees with between 20 and 50 jobs lost at every Genting casino in the UK.
Genting Malaysia Berhad is expected to cut around 3,000 jobs after the operator decided to downsize operations in the region, news reported by Bloomberg.
The President and COO of Genting UK, Paul Willcock, wrote a statement to his employees, saying, “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges. It has had a huge financial impact on our business and caused significant uncertainty for the foreseeable future. I am therefore forced to contemplate some very difficult options to ensure survival.”