Rob Yong Reveals When Dusk Till Dawn Will Reopen
It is almost 14 years since Nottingham Magistrates Court granted Dusk Till Dawn a casino licence, and paved the way for the launch of what is now the home of British poker. The club has gone from strength-to-strength since it first opened its doors, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the clubs closure last year.
The number 14 comes up against when talking about Dusk Till Dawn because it is 14 months since Rob Yong and his management team made the decision to close the iconic venue to the poker-loving public. Yong bolted the doors shut even before the British government forced non-essential businesses to close as the country prepared for a lockdown.
"The Club will close from Monday 16th March (2020). Our main priority is the safety and welfare of our staff and customers. We will continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19 and provide updates to both staff and customers about the reopening of the club in due course."
Normal life is slowly resuming more than a year after Yong temporarily closed Dusk Till Dawn. Almost 38 million people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with an additional 22.6 million now fully vaccinated. Lockdown measures are in the process of being relaxed, with legal limits on social contact expected to be removed on June 21.
Several casinos are offering poker to their customers. Poker players can get their live poker grind on at Grosvenor Casinos, for example. Furthermore, PokerStars LIVE at The Hippodrome ran the first UK tournament of 2021, which attracted 286 players and paid champion Carlos Estivill £13,504.
The resumption of relative normality has reignited the poker community's interest in returning to Dusk Till Dawn.
Yong Address His Social Media Following
Over the weekend, Yong posted a video to his 30,200 Twitter followers informing them of when to expect the club to reopen for poker. Almost 13,000 people have watched the video, each and every one of them with their fingers crossed in the hope Yong would announce a grand reopening.
Yong began by reiterating he does not want to put his staff or customers at risk of COVID, this has always been his number one priority. He goes on to say Dusk Till Dawn remains closed and will do until everything is "completely safe" and the government states there is no longer a need for any restrictions.
"Until then, we are just going to stay as we are, and not take any risks."
Dear @DTD_Cardroom members, here is my current view on The Club. Please spread word to other members as I know a… https://t.co/K2BrwM1h6H— Rob Yong (@rob_yong_)
While Yong's decision is disappointing to those who love frequenting the club, it is understandable. Yong loves poker and is a player himself. He, and the majority of poker players you speak to, do not want plastic dividers at tables, and being forced to play short-handed all while wearing masks.
David "lil Dave" Nicholson was one of many poker players who does not want to play live poker in the current climate.
Chris "smoka666" Brown ventured out to play poker elsewhere and said it was a terrible experience.
@rob_yong_ @DTD_Cardroom Good choice Rob just been to the grovsner with my lad and a few of his mates. Played 7 han… https://t.co/ihfStBVp0i— Chris Brown (@smoka666)
It could be weeks or even months before we get to play poker at Dusk Till Dawn again, but at least we know Yong has plans to invite us back to the home of British poker at some point in the future.