SANDERSVILLE, Miss. (WDAM) - The only casino in the Pine Belt is now open again. The Bok Homa Casino shut down four months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Find 2 listings related to Bok Homa Casino in Sandersville on YP.com. See reviews, photos, directions, phone numbers and more for Bok Homa Casino locations in Sandersville, MS. He Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians announced its Bok Homa Casino in Sandersville is opening its doors today. The Choctaw casinos have been closed for more than four months because of the pandemic. Mississippi's state-regulated casinos along the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River closed about two months, and many reopened in late May. Photos: Bok Homa Casino in Sandersville, Miss., reopened Friday after being closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There are some game changes.
“We’ve added these crystal betting tables over here which have their own personal TV on them, so you can watch your game, sit there; it’s like a VIP experience,” said Bok Homa Casino Sportsbook Director Chris Hopwood. “You’ll be able to do the in-play betting on the screen itself just like our regular kiosks all our guests love that were here before.”
In addition to game changes, sanitation measures are being taken to keep players safe.
“We have chip cleaning machines for those who like to play table games. Those chips are cleaned and sanitized before you ever sit down,” said Bok Homa Casino Public Relations Director Erica Moore. “Our slot machines, we have techs that are walking around; they will sanitize those machines for you prior to play. We have an air filtration system that we’ve installed. This place is going to be extremely safe for you to come into.”
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Guests may only enter through the front door. The side doors will be used as exits only. Additionally, smoking will not be allowed inside, but there are smoking sections outside.
The casino is set up with social distancing in mind as every other machine is closed to provide space between players.
According to officials, Lucky’s Restaurant inside the casino will be open but only for to-go orders. Masks must be worn inside at all times, so there will be no eating allowed inside the facility.
After the reopening, Bok Homa Casino will be open 24/7.
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CHOCTAW, Miss. — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is planning a phased reopening of its Pearl River Resort amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The tribe said its Bok Homa Casino in Sandersville is opening its doors Friday.
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Golden Moon Hotel & Casino in Neshoba County will open a week later, on Aug. 14. Reopening has not been set for Silver Star Casino, which is across a highway from Golden Moon and is connected by a pedestrian bridge.
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The Choctaw casinos have been closed for more than four months because of the pandemic. Mississippi's state-regulated casinos along the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River closed about two months, and many reopened in late May.© Rogelio V. Solis, AP Dusk envelopes the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians' trademark globe atop the Golden Moon Casino and Hotel, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Philadelphia, Miss. The seriousness of COVID-19 and its effect on the tribe, are highlighted by the continued closure of the gaming venues, their hotels and the widely attended water park in Philadelphia. Around 1,000 people tribal members have tested positive for the virus, including the tribal chief. More than 70 have died. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
“We are excited to welcome our guests back and look forward to safely providing them with outstanding service and a comfortable gaming experience,” William Johnson, president and CEO of Pearl River Resort, said in a statement.
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Johnson said guests will be asked to follow social distancing protocols. Before entering the property, each person's temperature will be scanned. In addition, each guest and employee will be required to wear a face covering or mask.
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Johnson said the casinos will use machines to disinfect gaming chips at table games. During designated times, sections of each casino will be closed for cleaning.
The Choctaw-owned Geyser Falls Water Theme Park in Neshoba County will remain closed the rest of this summer. People who bought 2020 season passes can use those in 2021, according to a Pearl River Resort news release.
This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians reopening one of its casinos today