Shuffle up and deal: MGM Grand Detroit reopens poker room Friday Tony Paul, The Detroit News · January 14, 2021 at 5:43 am For the first time in more than nine months, poker appears to finally be in the cards at Detroit’s three casinos. MGM Grand Detroit sent out an email to customers Wednesday, saying it will reopen its poker room Friday, with capacity restrictions amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This comes as the Michigan Gaming Control Board has approved provisions for Detroit’s casinos to reopen poker rooms. “It is my pleasure to announce the reopening of the MGM Grand Detroit Poker Room,” Keith Frankel, manager of poker operations, wrote in the email. “We’re keeping the health and safety of our guests and employees at the forefront of all we do.” Among the restrictions MGM Grand Detroit plans with its return to poker: There will be a maximum of five available tables, properly spaced out; up to eight players per table, down from the usual nine; and each player’s seat will be separated by a plexiglass divider.