The Caesars-William Hill Takeover Has Officially Been Confirmed

Over the past few years, Caesars has grown to become one of the most powerful gambling companies in the world. Rumors of this company acquiring William Hill have been circulating for weeks. New reports are now surfacing that the Caesars-William Hill takeover has been officially confirmed.Handshake Picture

This is another huge move for Caesars. Today, we’re going to look at the specific details of this massive new acquisition. We’ll also talk about what it means for the US gambling industry moving forward.

Let’s get into it!

Caesars is Now the Biggest US Casino Companies

There’s a good chance you’ve heard about Caesars sometime over the past few years. Back in mid-2018, news broke that the company was being taken over by Eldorado Resorts. This merger cost an astounding $17 billion and would form the largest US casino company in history.

This deal took much longer to complete than many initially predicted. Both Caesars and Eldorado Resorts needed to gain approval from various state gambling commissions. The companies also needed to receive permission from the FTC for the merger to finalize.

Finally, this summer, the merger was completed. Eldorado decided to retain the Caesars name, yet kept the company’s headquarters in Reno, Nevada. As of now, Caesars owns and operates 50 major casinos around the country.

The merger didn’t finish at the most ideal time. At the time of its completion, the US casino industry was still struggling to get back on track. Even today, land-based casinos around the country are still seeing significantly lower revenue earnings than they did in 2019.

Some felt that Caesars would simply hold back and wait while the gambling industry recovers. That doesn’t appear to be the case. This massive company is now set on taking over one of the world’s largest sports betting operators.

New reports claim this deal has officially been agreed to.

The Caesars-William Hill Takeover is Now Confirmed

As we just mentioned, the US gambling industry is in a very unusual position right now. Land-based casino earnings have been dropping, yet many states are seeing massive surges in sports betting revenue lately. That fact seems to have gained the attention of Caesars, which is now looking for new ways to profit off this industry.

Reports recently surfaced that William Hill was receiving offers from several companies for a potential buyout. That included Caesars, although the specific bid amount was not revealed. News has now broken that the Caesars-William Hill takeover is officially underway.

According to these reports, Caesars paid $3.7 billion to acquire the company. Company officials claim to be mostly interested in William Hill’s U.S. assets and plan to sell the majority of the company’s operations in the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world.

Tom Reeg, CEO of Caesars, spoke about the new deal with the media this week.

“The opportunity to combine our land based-casinos, sports betting and online gaming in the U.S. is a truly exciting prospect,” Reeg said. “William Hill’s sports betting expertise will complement Caesars’ current offering, enabling the combined group to better serve our customers in the fast growing U.S. sports betting and online market.”

Interestingly, Apollo Global Management has also acquired a piece of William Hill. Some analysts speculate this company will take over the brand’s UK assets. That has yet to be officially confirmed.

This is a huge move for Caesars and should help the company establish a foothold in the sports betting market. What states will this company now begin to focus on?

US Sports Betting Market Continues to Grow

It’s been more than two years since the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Doing so gave every state in the country the ability to legalize sports betting. Today, 24 states have approved legislation to legalize and regulate their sports betting industries.

Unlike the land-based casino industry, sports betting has been surging this year. Many of the top US sports leagues have resumed their operations. As more seasons begin to start, sports gambling revenue increases around the country.

Revenue has been growing particularly quickly over the past couple of months. Not long ago, New Jersey saw a record-high level of sports betting revenue. Colorado has also been seeing massive earnings from this industry.

The 2020 NFL season officially began earlier this month. With the league now up and running, sports betting has been surging. Many analysts predict that states will see another record set during the month of September.

William Hill already operates in several states. With the Caesars-William Hill takeover now confirmed, it’s likely that the company will begin focusing more on states where sports betting has only recently been legalized. It certainly comes at a good time.

Are you surprised to hear that Caesars has purchased William Hill? Will this be a smart long-term investment for Caesars? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Potawatomi Hotel-Casino is Fully Open for Business

Wisconsin’s land-based casino industry has been slowly reopening since June. Interestingly, many intense safety regulations remain in place at many of the state’s gambling venues. This week, news broke that the Potawatomi Hotel-Casino has reopened to the public without the need for reservations.Potawatomi Hotel-Casino

It’s great news for gambling fans in the state. The Potawatomi casino is one of the most popular in the state. Today, we’re going to talk about how this new rule will impact the state’s gambling industry moving forward.

Let’s get into it!

Wisconsin’s Casino Industry Has Been Open Since June

For years, casino revenue has been increasing around the United States. Many of the country’s major gambling destinations were seeing a revival with surges in tourism. Exciting new casino-resorts were being constructed left and right.

Much of the progress came to a screeching halt in March. That month, casino operators around the US closed their properties due to rising concerns about the pandemic. Each state has taken its own approach getting its casino industry back up and running.

Wisconsin has an interesting set of gambling laws. Here, only Native American-run casinos are able to operate. There are currently 26 of them in the state, many of which started opening their doors to the public in June.

Some casinos are having an easier time getting back on track. Of course, all of the gaming properties here are implementing intense safety measures to protect their players and employees. These regulations vary from casino to casino.

The Potawatomi Hotel-Casino is long-been one of the most popular gambling venues in Wisconsin. For months, however, it’s been requiring its players to make reservations prior to their visit. This week, that rule is being scrapped.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Reservations Won’t be Required at the Potawatomi Hotel-Casino Starting on Thursday

Casinos in Wisconsin have seen their visitation rates and revenue drop immensely over the past few months. It’s a difficult situation and one that no one seems to know how to fix. It now seems that one of the state’s top casinos is lifting one of its major regulations.

The Potawatomi Hotel-Casino has just announced that it will stop requiring its players to make reservations beginning on Thursday. This rule had been in place since the casino reopened in June. Many felt it was leading to a major dip in players.

Officials within the casino released a statement that details why this decision is being made.

“All of these measures, and others, will remain in place until the science and accompanying data show it’s safe to move closer to pre-pandemic operations,” the statement claims. 

That’s not the only regulation being lifted. Moving forward, this casino will remain open to the public until 2 am. For months, the owners of this venue have been requiring the doors to be closed at midnight.

Most other safety protocols are remaining in place. Masks must still be worn by all patrons and employees inside the casino. Temperature checks will also be mandatory. For now, table games, poker, and bingo are all off-limits, as well.

Casino revenue in Wisconsin is still down considerably this year. It’s unclear when these revenue earnings will return to normal. Stay tuned for more updates on casino regulations in the state over the next few months.

Nearby States Work to Expand Gambling Industries

Wisconsin’s casino industry helps to bring the state valuable revenue every month. Interestingly, lawmakers here are showing no signs of wanting to expand the state’s gambling laws. There are no bills to allow sports betting or commercial casinos here.

Several nearby states are taking a different approach, though. Illinois has been working extremely hard to expand its casino and sports betting industry over the past few years. That includes the passing of a new Capital Plan allowing several new casinos to open around the state.

Illinois is also embracing the sports betting industry. The first legal sports betting options became available here in March of 2020. Today, both land-based and online sports gambling platforms are regulated by the state.

Michigan now allows sports betting, as well. For now, only land-based sports gambling options are available here. Online and mobile sports betting platforms are expected to launch here sometime in early 2021.

Wisconsin’s casino owners are now looking to boost revenue earnings. On Thursday, the Potawatomi Hotel-Casino will finally stop its guests from making reservations. It will be interesting to see how that affects the casino moving forward.

Do you plan on gambling in Wisconsin anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

Planet Hollywood’s Opening Date is Finally Revealed!

It’s been more than six months since all of the casinos in Las Vegas shut down. Most of them have since reopened. New reports surfaced this week that finally reveal Planet Hollywood’s opening date.Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Casino Logo

This is one of the last major casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip to open its doors. Many are excited to see this property operational again. Today, we’re going to talk about when this venue will start accepting guests again.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Casinos Struggle to Attract Tourists

Our team has been covering the fluctuating tourism rates in Las Vegas for months. It’s been a real struggle for the city’s gambling venues to bring in new players. Even with almost all casinos now reopened, the city is still seeing huge drops in overall tourism.

There are many reasons why that is. Obviously, the pandemic has made crippled the travel industry around the country. Most people around the US are unwilling to fly and gamble in Las Vegas at a time like this.

Many are also concerned with the rise in crime on the Las Vegas Strip. There have been a number of shootings in this area of the city over the past few months. Once took place this weekend directly next to The Flamingo Hotel-Casino.

All casinos now open in this city are implementing strict safety measures. Masks are required, plexiglass barriers separate players and dealers, and slot machines are now places farther apart from each other. These measures have also contributed to a drop in tourism.

No one knows when things will completely return to normal here. Some feel they never will. That isn’t stopping the major casino-resorts in this city from opening back up, though. Soon, one of the most popular venues on the Strip will finally open its doors again.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Here’s an Update on Planet Hollywood’s Opening Date

There are a huge number of world-class gambling venues in Las Vegas. Most of the best ones can be found on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s in this part of the city that visitors will find The Bellagio, The Cosmopolitan, and The Venetian.

For months, all of the casinos here were shut down. Beginning in June, these properties were able to open their doors again. One that has remained closed since March is Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, one of the most popular properties in the city.

It’s now been confirmed that Planet Hollywood’s opening date is scheduled for October 8th. Starting on this day, the hotel will accept reservations during weekends. The gaming floor at this property will remain open 24/7.

Many gambling fans are happy to hear that this property will soon be up and running again. It’s interesting to hear that the hotel will only accept guests over the weekends. That is likely to change as the weeks go on.

Many of the restaurants inside this hotel-casino will open on October 8th. All guests here will be required to wear masks and social distance as much as possible. We’ll hear more about the specific safety measures set in place here over the next couple of days.

Circa Las Vegas is Just Weeks Away From Reopening

As we already mentioned, the Las Vegas Strip is home to some of the best casino-resorts in the world. In recent years, however, Downtown Las Vegas has grown to become a major tourist destination, as well. There are some great, new casinos now operating in this area of the city.

Circa Las Vegas is expected to be one of the best new properties in all of Las Vegas. It features a massive gaming floor and a number of luxury suites. Circa will also feature perhaps the best resort-style gaming floor in the entire city.

Many felt this venue would have already opened by now. For obvious reasons, its grand opening has been delayed for months. New reports have finally surfaced that show this new casino-resort will open its doors on October 28th.

The owners of this property hope its opening will help to boost tourism rates in the city. It does seem that more people are slowly beginning to flock to the city. Some fear that things could regress as the winter months approach, though.

Many health experts predict cases of Covid-19 will begin to surge when the colder weather approaches. That already seems to be true in certain areas of the country. That could spell trouble for the casinos currently operating in Las Vegas.

Planet Hollywood’s opening date has been confirmed for October 8th. Are you excited to hear this venue is opening? Let us know in the comments section below!

Officials Have Finally Revealed the LV Virgin Hotel’s Opening Date

For months, gambling fans have been eagerly awaiting news on when the new Virgin Hotel-Casino would open its doors in Las Vegas. This property’s opening has already been delayed several times. This week, company officials gave the media more information on the LV Virgin Hotel’s opening date.Virgin Brand Logo

Based on what’s being said, this will be the best new hotel-casino to open in this city for years. It certainly has big shoes to fill inside the former Hard Rock Hotel. Today, we’re going to talk about when this venue is expected to reopen.

Let’s get into it!

Looking Back at How Virgin Hotels Moved Into Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of the world’s biggest and most popular gambling destinations. Over the past few years, this city has seen its casino revenue increase quickly. Many exciting new casino-resorts were being constructed around the city.

Back in 1995, the Hard Rock Hotel opened its doors near the Las Vegas Strip. It quickly became one of the most popular venues in the city. As the years went on, however, it began seeing a major drop in earnings. Eventually, this venue was forced to close its doors.

The newly-formed Virgin Hotels brand saw an opportunity. It agreed to purchase this property for $500 million and immediately began the renovation and rebranding process. Hope was that this venue would be available to open in the fall of this year.

In August, reports began to surface that fall no longer seemed like a realistic possibility. Things have been delayed here several times already. Many analysts began questioning whether or not this new property would manage to open in 2020.

It’s clear that the owners of the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel are taking their time making the venue as good as they possibly can. We’re now finally beginning to hear about when this hotel-casino is expected to open its doors.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

The LV Virgin Hotel’s Opening Date is Set for January 15th, 2021

It’s no surprise that so many people are excited to see Virgin’s latest move into the casino industry in Las Vegas. This company is known for taking things to a whole new level. Many believe that this will grow to become one of the best new gaming properties in the city.

The renovation efforts on this venue were halted for a time. This caused the LV Virgin Hotel’s opening date to be pushed back once again. Some then felt that this property would open its doors in winter.

That no longer seems to be the case. Company officials recently held a major press conference to announce this venue’s official grand opening date. It’s now been confirmed that this hotel-casino will open to the public on January 15th, 2021.

“We have worked with amazing partners to combine Virgin Hotels’ signature amenities and our new property design to make Virgin Hotels Las Vegas a one-of-a-kind destination,” said Richard “Boz” Bosworth, President and CEO of JC Hospitality, owner of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.

It’s exciting to finally have a date in mind. This venue’s opening has already been pushed back several times. It’s Virgin’s first major hotel-casino ever built, though, and many are cutting the company some slack for taking its time with the events unfolding around the world.

How are some of the other casino-resorts being built in this city faring right now?

Resorts World Las Vegas is Opening in Summer of 2021

The Las Vegas Virgin-Hotel isn’t the only new casino scheduled to open in Las Vegas next year. For years, construction has been taking place on Resorts World Las Vegas. This is expected to become the biggest and most impressive casino ever built in the city.

At more than $4 billion, this is also the most expensive casino-resort ever built in Las Vegas. Many expect it to become the most impressive gambling venue in the United States. Much like the Virgin Hotel, this one has seen its opening date delayed for years.

Fortunately, it seems that this casino-resort will finally open its doors in summer of 2021. It will have a unique Asian theme with over 115,000 feet of gaming space. Not long ago, the owners of this property recently revealed some of the incredible new luxury suites the hotel is offering.

The opening of this venue certainly didn’t come at the most ideal time, though. Las Vegas has been struggling immensely over the past seven months. Some analysts feel it could take years for this city to get back to pre-pandemic levels of tourism and revenue.

There are a number of exciting new gambling venues opening their doors in Las Vegas. The LV Virgin Hotel’s opening date has just officially been revealed. It will be interesting to see how successful this venue becomes.

Are you excited to hear that the Virgin Hotel is opening its doors next year? Let us know in the comments section below!

Palace Station Workers Agree to Leave the Culinary Union

Station Casinos has been in a feud with the Nevada Culinary Union for years. It now appears that one of the company’s casinos has decided to withdraw from the union. Today, we’re going to talk about why Palace Station workers have decided to make this move.Palace Station Casino

Many are surprised to hear this news. Officials within Station Casinos are likely pleased with this new development, though. It will be interesting to hear how this affects other casinos in Las Vegas over the next few months.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Station Casinos Has Been Forced to Close Several Casinos This Year

The world’s land-based casino industry continues to be affected by the global pandemic. States around the US are working hard to protect their casino industries while keeping things safe. This is proving to be more effective in some parts of the country than others.

Nevada was one of the first major commercial casino destinations to reopen its casinos. It was extremely important to protect cities like Las Vegas. In early June, several of the major casino-resorts in this city opened their doors.

As the weeks go on, more casino companies open up their properties. That includes Station Casinos. Interestingly, this company has chosen not to reopen four of its major casinos located in the city. Officials within this company recently announced that these casinos will never open their doors again.

Casino companies are still struggling to bring in players and generate revenue. It’s clear that tourism in cities like Las Vegas is down considerably. Fortunately, new reports indicate that gambling revenue in the city is slowly beginning to increase.

Intense safety regulations remain in place inside all major casinos around the country. In Nevada, many casino workers are represented by the Culinary Union. Some casino companies have pushed against this union making its way into their properties.

Station Casinos is now seeing one of its properties leave the Culinary Union.

Palace Station Workers Vote to Leave NV Culinary Union

Station Casinos has been in a public feud with Station Casinos for many years. It’s been a long, oftentimes ugly battle between two powerful groups. Despite Station Casinos’ best efforts, however, some of the company’s casinos have voted to become represented by this union over the past decade.

Not all of these casinos seem to be enjoying their experience under this representation. News is now coming out that Palace Station Workers have voted to leave the Nevada Culinary Union. Station Casinos Chief Operating Officer Bob Finch confirmed the news to the media this week.

“Our team members at Palace Station have spoken. Station Casinos respects their decision and certainly appreciates the confidence that our team members have placed in us,” Finch said. 

Palace Station Casinos voted to join this union back in 2017. It’s not entirely clear what caused this split between the two groups. It didn’t take long for members of the Culinary Union to express their disappointment with the casino worker’s decision.

“Station Casinos has withdrawn union recognition at Boulder and Palace Station. The Culinary Union believes it has done so unlawfully. Station Casinos continues to disrespect their workers by wasting time with litigation and union-busting efforts,” Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer of the Culinary Union, said in a statement. “The Culinary Union has filed an unfair labor practice charge regarding the withdrawal and has demanded to negotiate immediately.” 

It’s an interesting time for Palace Station to make this decision. Many casino workers in Las Vegas have expressed disappointment in the lack of necessary safety measures set in place. It appears Palace Station did not feel that the Culinary Union was successfully helping their cause.

Should Casinos Increase Their Safety Regulations?

The past seven months have been some of the toughest in the history of the land-based casino industry. Never before have cities like Las Vegas and Atlantic City been forced to completely shut down. Obviously, these cities did everything they could to immediately reopen their gambling and tourism industries.

City and state leaders wanted to ensure that this was done in the safest way possible. Casino companies began coming up with specific safety measures to protect their patrons and employees. Most casinos now require masks to be worn at all times and have many other safety measures set in place.

Not everyone believes that these measures are strict enough, though. Many reports have surfaced that show hundreds of casino workers in cities like Las Vegas have been infected with the new coronavirus. Some even claim that casinos are actively hiding these reports from the media.

It’s a difficult situation. Casinos are still seeing massive drops in revenue even months after being able to reopen. Some analysts predict that things will get even worse when the colder winter months approach.

Many certainly feel that casinos need to start implementing better safety measures. Some have begun to ban smoking in public places. That includes some of the biggest casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. We’re likely to see more measures like this one appear over the new few months.

Are you surprised to hear that Palace Station workers are leaving the Culinary Union? Do you think casinos need to increase their safety measures? Let us know in the comments section below!

Fremont Hotel-Casino is in Hot Water With the NGCB

Downtown Las Vegas has been slowly coming back to life over the past few months. Unfortunately, not everything has been going perfectly for the casinos that are now open here. New reports indicate the Fremont Hotel-Casino is in trouble with the NGCB over the wrongful detainment of a patron.Fremont Hotel-Casino

The reports certainly give this venue a bad look. It comes at an unfortunate time, too, as all casinos in Las Vegas are working hard to attract new players right now. Today, we’re going to look at the details of these new reports.

Let’s get into it!

Andrew Simon is the New CEO of the Fremont Street Experience

In December of 1995, the Fremont Street Experience officially opened to the public. At the time, it was one of the impressive structures ever built in Las Vegas. Several renovations have taken place here over the years and it remains one of the most-visited areas of the city.

A huge number of famous hotel-casinos are located on the Fremont Street Experience. That includes the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, The D Las Vegas, and Fremont Hotel-Casino. Of course, the number of tourists here has plummeted in 2020.

Back in July, Patrick Hughes announced he was stepping down as the CEO of this popular outdoor venue. Last week, news broke that Andrew Simon was named as the new CEO of the Fremont Street Experience. The longtime marketing expert enters the role coming from AXS TV and should help to boost tourism numbers here over the next six months.

“There is an unprecedented level of excitement at Fremont Street Experience with the $32 million upgrade in Viva Vision, the upcoming opening of Circa Resort & Casino, and the milestone celebration of our 25th anniversary this December,” Simon said in a statement to the media. 

Simon is right about the excitement surrounding the Fremont Street Experience. Several new gambling venues are opening here over the next few years. Most of the focus is on Circa Resort & Casino. This new venue will feature the largest and most impressive swimming pool ever built in Las Vegas.

Things are still difficult for all of the casinos in Las Vegas. One has recently been hit with new complaints from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Fremont Hotel-Casino Faces Official Complains From the NGCB

As we just mentioned, several popular casinos are located directly on the Fremont Street Experience. One of the most popular is the Fremont Hotel and Casino, which first opened its doors back in 1956. This venue has seen its room occupancy and casino revenue drop considerably over the past six months.

Things seemed to be slowly improving. Tourism rates in Las Vegas have been gradually increasing as the months go on. Gambling revenue remains significantly lower in the city than it was in 2019, though.

The progress that the Fremont Hotel-Casino might be coming to an end soon. New reports claim this venue is facing four official complaints from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. These complaints allege this property unrightfully detained one of their patrons and failed to properly investigate the incident.

Back in November of 2019, a female patron inside this venue’s casino was detained for more than 90 minutes for allegedly using another player’s money to gamble at a slot machine. Video footage investigated by the NGBC shows the patron did not, in fact, do anything wrong inside the casino.

“Under the circumstances, there was no need to detain the patron or subject her to the treatment given to her and the threats to try and force a confession out of her. The matter could have been resolved without even speaking to her, let alone detaining her for 90 minutes,” the NGCB claims. 

This is not the type of publicity that this casino needs right now. All of the major hotel-casinos in Las Vegas are struggling to attract players. This new report may give the Fremont Hotel-Casino the image of a casino that illegally detains its players.

We’ll continue offering updates on this situation over the next few weeks!

Is it Time for Las Vegas Casinos to Ramp Up Security?

2020 has been the worst year in history for the city of Las Vegas. Prior to March, the idea of shutting down all of the city’s casinos would have seemed impossible. Even now, Las Vegas is seeing its tourism and casino revenue down from last year.

Most of the top casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip are now open. Intense safety measures are set in place to help protect guests and employees from the new coronavirus. Some now feel it’s time for these properties to ramp up with security, as well.

Just a few weeks ago, a massive fight broke out at the Wynn Las Vegas Casino-Resort. It didn’t take long for the hotel to file charges against those involved. This Wednesday, a shooting was reported at the Aria Hotel-Casino.

These violent incidents are not unheard of in Las Vegas. Some feel they are ramping up this year, though. Several major hotels, including the Aria, have announced they are increasing their security as a result of this rise in violence.

It’s been a tough year for the city of Las Vegas. The latest news on the Fremont Hotel-Casino certainly won’t help things. It will be interesting to see how things look at the end of the year.

Do you plan to visit Las Vegas before the end of the year? Which hotel are you staying at? Let us know in the comments section below!

USA Today Names Best Casinos in the US for 2020

The US remains the biggest casino destination in the world. It’s impressive, especially considering many casinos in the country were shut down for months. Recently, USA Today named the best casinos in the US for 2020 and many are surprised at the results.Slot Machines Inside Casino

Some of these venues were expected to make the list. Others were wholly unexpected. Today, we’re going to take a look at the results of this USA Today list. We’ll also offer some updates on the US casino industry as a whole.

Let’s get into it!

US Casinos Are Still Working to Improve Safety Measures

The US has one of the most unusual casino industries operating today. Here, a mix of both commercial and Native American-run casinos are operating. All of the country’s casinos shut their doors back in March and most have since reopened.

Casino companies are still working hard to make things safe for their patrons. All casinos have safety measures set in place. That includes limiting total casino occupancy, lowering the number of players at table games, and requiring masks to be worn on the casino floor at all times.

Some feel these measures are not enough. There is still a lot that scientists do not know about this new virus spreading around the world. Casinos are now starting to focus on even stricter regulations to help the prevention of infection spreads.

Not long ago, ParkMGM announced it would prohibit smoking once it reopens. Other casino companies started to take notice. Just a few days later, the Cosmopolitan Casino-Resort announced that it was banning smoking in all public walkways and resort corridors.

Casino revenue is still low around the country. Online gambling earnings, however, are jumping quickly around the US. Many of the country’s top casino companies are now working hard to draw in new players while keeping things safe.

Here’s a look at USA Today’s breakdown of the best casinos now operating in the United States.

Here’s a Look at USA Today’s Best Casinos in the US for 2020

Every year, USA Today released a list of its best casinos for the year. This list tends to change each year. It’s not uncommon to see some of the same, world-renowned casinos listed here each year, though.

Many were curious to see how the list would be made in 2020. This is obviously one of the most unusual years in the history of the casino industry. This list has just come out and there are some fantastic gambling venues being featured.

USA Today lists the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut as the best overall hotel-casino in the nation. This venue features three impressive hotel towers for guests. The casino features a massive gaming floor with a wide range of slots and table games.

Las Vegas is home to some of the greatest casinos in the world. Many were astounded to see The D Las Vegas listed as the best gambling venue in the city. It’s located Downtown and offers some unique glimpses into what old Las Vegas felt like.

Feel free to check out the full list of the best casinos in the US for 2020. There are many venues listed that come as somewhat of a surprise. Hope is that all of these casinos see their revenue earnings increase as the year goes on.

New reports show that tourism rates in some of the country’s top casino destinations are still down.

Tourism Rates in Casino Destinations Are Still Low

Every major casino destination around the US has been struggling this year. None have been hit quite as hard as Las Vegas, though. This city’s casinos were shut down back in March and didn’t reopen until June.

Casino-resorts have been slow to reopen here. Today, nearly all of the major casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are now open. Recent reports show that tourism rates are still down considerably in this city when compared to 2019, though. There’s already been a 55% drop in visitation to the city this year.

Analysts are torn on whether or not this will improve as the year goes on. More casinos are opening in Las Vegas every single month. As the colder weather approaches, however, many health experts predict that cases of Covid-19 will start to rapidly increase around the country.

Cities with regulated online gambling operations are bringing in some much-needed revenue right now. Atlantic City, in particular, is seeing massive earnings from its online sports betting and casino industry. Many are now calling for Las Vegas to finally regulate internet casino gambling.

Some feel that USA Today’s list of the best casinos in the US for 2020 could help to boost visitation rates for casinos. It will be interesting to see if things improve as time goes on. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

Do you agree with this top-10 list? Let us know in the comments section below!

Las Vegas Tourism Rates Are Still Down Considerably

It’s been more than half a year since the casino industry in Las Vegas began operating again. Everyone hoped that things would be nearly back to normal in this city by now. That has not turned out to be the case. New reports show that Las Vegas tourism rates are still much lower this year than they were in 2019.Famous Sign In Las Vegas

Casino companies in this city are doing everything they can to attract new players. That has proven to be much easier said than done. Today, we’re going to take a look at how many visitors the world’s top entertainment destination is pulling in right now.

Let’s get into it!

More Casino-Resorts Continue to Reopen in Las Vegas

Many are surprised to hear that some of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip still have not reopened. These venues were all forced to shut down back in March. Since that time, they’ve been slowly opening up again to the public.

Not long ago, ParkMGM announced it was set to reopen in October. This property has grown hugely popular over the past decade, yet its owners have been relatively slow reopening. When its doors open, smoking will be completely prohibited.

Many properties near the Strip have reopened, as well. That includes the OYO Hotel-Casino. This venue finally opened its doors on September 16th. Like almost all other hotels in the city, room rates are considerably cheaper right now than they were last year.

Things are far from normal in Las Vegas, though. Intense safety measures are set inside each hotel-casino that’s opened. That includes limiting the number of players at table games, requiring masks at all times, and separating slot machines on the casino floor.

Casinos seem determined to make things as safe as possible while remaining open. Most people around the country are still unwilling to visit a crowded gambling venue, though. It’s now clear that tourism into Las Vegas is slow right now.

Let’s take a look at how many visitors this city is bringing in right now.

Reports on Las Vegas Tourism Rates Are Out!

It’s been extremely difficult trying to predict how much tourism will increase in Las Vegas each month. As we’ve already mentioned, most of the casinos here are now open. People around the country are choosing to avoid travel, though.

This week, reports surfaced that show Las Vegas tourism rates are down 55% when compared to 2019. Interestingly, there’s been a huge uptick in visitors driving into Las Vegas, rather than flying. It’s clear that many people around the country are still wary of boarding a crowded aircraft.

Things are down here. Visitor volume and hotel occupancy remains low. Fortunately, the charts show that things are improving. Nelson-Kraft, the Senior Vice President of Communications at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, expressed his excitement with this trend to the media this week.

“Each step is really a testament to the good work the entire community is doing to reduce the spread of the virus,” he said. “News like the tri-state area back east changing its travel advisory, or travel to Nevada that doesn’t require quarantining afterward is a great positive step. Our taverns getting to reopen late Sunday night is another step in the right direction. We need to remain really diligent on social distancing, wearing masks, doing all those things, those easy things that we’ve been asked to do for the good of our industry.” 

Some fear the positive trend will soon come to an end. Many analysts predict that colder weather will lead to a major increase in Covid-19 cases. By the time winter rolls around, we may see a massive increase in infections around the country.

Las Vegas is hurting right now. Casino revenue and tourism rates remain low. We’ll need to wait and see how things unfold over the next four months. Stay tuned for updates!

US Casino Companies Try to Adapt to New Regulations

Over the past few years, land-based casino revenue in the US has been increasing. The country’s casino industry had been surging and many states presented plans to increase their number of gambling venues. That includes Illinois, which is set to open several new casinos over the next few years.

Casino companies are now being forced to adapt to the situation the world now finds itself in. All casinos must implement intense safety regulations. Even with these set in place, the majority of people around the country aren’t willing to visit and play inside a crowded casino.

Some states have regulated online casino industries set in place. This is proving to be hugely successful. Many now feel that states like Nevada should introduce online casino legislation to help make up for the massive loss in land-based gambling revenue.

Many different states around the country now have regulated online sports betting options, as well. Perhaps the most successful is New Jersey. In August, this state set a new US record with $668 million in sports gambling revenue.

US casino operators may soon be forced to focus more on their online gambling platforms. We’re already seeing this take place in many parts of the country. Hopefully, it helps to protect some of the best casino destinations.

Are you surprised to hear that Las Vegas tourism rates are still low? When do you expect things to get back to normal? Let us know in the comments section below.

Here’s an Update on the Opening of Cardrooms in LA

California holds the most cases of Covid-19 in the United States. Los Angeles County continues to implement the toughest restrictions in the state. New reports indicate several county mayors are interested in opening cardrooms in LA once again.California

Many have called for Los Angeles to begin lifting its heavy restrictions. This county is struggling right now and reopening cardrooms could bring in some much-needed revenue. Today, we’re going to talk about how California’s gambling industry is faring, and how it could change in the near future.

Let’s get into it!

The Majority of California’s Casinos Are Now Open

California has one of the largest casino industries in the United States. Interestingly, only Native American tribes are able to operate traditional Class III casinos in the state. Back in March, all of the state’s casinos were forced to completely shut down.

There are also a huge number of cardrooms in California. These are operated independently and have different regulations set in place. As the name suggests, cardrooms only offer card table games and are required to implement high fees on their patrons.

Casinos in the state are run independently by tribes. All of these casinos shut down voluntarily and most have now reopened. Cardrooms, however, are subject to state regulations are need specific permission in order to accept players again.

Certain parts of the state have begun allowing their cardrooms to open back up. Just a few weeks ago, San Jose gave the green light for these gambling venues to reopen. The cardrooms here must now require consistent hand-washing by employees, sanitize all cards being used, and replace chips after a dealer rotation.

It’s clear that California is taking its time reopening different businesses. Many cardroom owners in Los Angeles County are now pleading with local leaders to lift their restrictions. Based on new reports, it seems that mayors are on-board with this idea.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Mayors Now Support the Opening of Cardrooms in LA County

Under normal circumstances, California’s gambling industry helps to bring the state a large amount of revenue every single month. More state leaders are now looking to reopen this industry to get this money flowing in again. One way to achieve that goal is to reopen cardrooms.

As we said earlier, Los Angeles County has been implementing some of the toughest regulations in the state. Things may be slowly changing, though. News reports claim that several mayors are now interested in the opening of cardrooms in LA.

Officials across several cities in the county have recently begun supporting this decision. Five different mayors came together on September 14th, asking Los Angeles’ leaders to allow cardrooms to start opening outside. These mayors claim that cardrooms make up a large percentage of their city budgets.

This is fantastic news for the cardroom owners here. It seems perfectly reasonable to allow these venues to begin operating outside again. Revenue earned from these cardrooms will likely remain significantly lower than it was in 2019, though.

It will be interesting to see how officials within Los Angeles respond to these requests. Many businesses are still closed down throughout the county. Time will tell if these county leaders agree to get casinos back up and running.

Other states are starting to see their casino revenue gradually increase.

Casino Revenue is Starting to Jump Around the US

California wasn’t the only state to see its casino industry shut down back in March. Every state around the country ordered casinos to shut down all casinos that month. Most states started allowing their casinos to begin operating again months ago.

Nevada’s leaders allowed casinos to reopen in June. Tourism rates and casino revenue was very slow to bounce back here even after the casinos reopened. Fortunately, things are slowly beginning to get better here.

Revenue earnings have been increasing every single month. Tourism rates are increasing, as well. Most analysts predict that casino revenue in this city and others in Nevada will continue to increase as the year goes on.

Nearly all of the major casino-resorts in Las Vegas are now open. ParkMGM, one of the last casinos on the Strip that hasn’t reopened, recently announced it will begin accepting guests again in October. This will be the first gambling venues on the Strip to ban smoking.

Hope is that the opening of cardrooms in LA helps to boost gambling revenue in California. The state certainly needs the money right now. We’ll be sure to report on any updates over the next few weeks.

Do you think it’s time for Los Angeles to open cardrooms? Let us know in the comments section below!

Elon Musk’s Underground Tunnel in Las Vegas is Almost Complete!

For more than a year, Elon Musk has been working to build a tunnel underneath Las Vegas that connects the Convention Center with the Strip. It’s an exciting project that many feel could expand to affect the entire city. News has just surfaced that Musk’s underground tunnel in Las Vegas is almost complete!Tunnel Picture

More details on this tunnel are still coming out. Casino companies in Las Vegas are now taking a look at whether or not tunnels like the one nearing completion could help to bring in more guests to their venues. Today, we’re going to look at how The Boring Company could change Las Vegas in the future.

Let’s get into it!

More Casinos Continue Opening Their Doors in Las Vegas

It’s been more than three months since Governor Sisolak gave the green light for casinos in Nevada to open their doors. Initially, only a few of the major casino-resorts on the Strip opened their doors. That includes the New York-New York Hotel-Casino and The Bellagio.

As time went on, more major casino-resorts started to open their doors. That includes The Wynn Las Vegas and The Venetian. Tourism rates have gradually increased since the major casinos opened here.

Some casino-resorts have taken longer than others to open back up. Just last week, news broke that Park MGM will finally begin accepting guests again in October. When it does, it will be the first casino-resort on the Strip to prohibit smoking.

It seems like every week, news breaks that another major casino is reopening here. The OYO Las Vegas has just finally begun accepting room reservations again. It won’t be too much longer before all major hotel-casinos here are open again.

Most casino companies in this city are now focused almost entirely on boosting tourism rates. It’s more difficult now than ever before. Most analysts predict that things will not truly return to normal here for at least a couple of years.

Could a tunnel transportation system under the city help to boost tourism?

The Boring Company’s First Underground Tunnel in Las Vegas is Nearly Finished

Elon Musk is known for operating fascinating, transformative businesses. He’s the CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and a co-founder of Neuralink. One of Musk’s more unusual businesses is The Boring Company.

This is a tunnel construction company initially founded in 2016. Its goal is to create large, transportation tunnels underneath major cities. Back in March of 2019, The Boring Company gained approval to construct a tunnel that connects the Las Vegas Convention Center to the Strip.

News is now coming out that this tunnel is nearly complete. Elon Musk confirmed the news on his Twitter account this week.

“Tunnels under cities with self-driving cars will feel like warp drive. First operational tunnel under Vegas almost done. The @Boring Company,” Musk wrote. 

Casino companies are already taking notice. Both Wynn Resorts and Resorts World have already submitted proposals to connect their properties via the tunnels. Many feel this could be the perfect way to connect major casino-resorts on opposite sides of the Strip.

These tunnels could completely transform transportation in the city. For years, many have asked for a better way to connect the casinos here. The first underground tunnel in Las Vegas is almost complete and many more are now being planned. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on this situation over the next few weeks.

Nevada’s Casino Companies Still Struggle With Covid-19 Cases

Nevada is known for being one of the largest casino destinations in the world. Las Vegas, in particular, is home to some of the biggest and most expensive casino-resorts ever built. Since reopening to the public, these casinos have been struggling to limit cases of Covid-19.

This is proving to be extremely difficult. Casinos can only do so much to identity sick patrons. It’s impossible to completely eliminate this problem. Employees inside casinos are now at serious risk of being infected.

New reports have just come out that show Wynn Resorts has seen almost 550 of its employees test positive for this new virus. That’s a large percentage of their workforce. Some even feel that the true number could be higher.

This is the new reality that casinos are facing right now. Land-based casinos are proving to be easy places for this new virus to spread. Until this changes, tourism and revenue rates inside gambling destinations will drop.

Online gambling, however, is surging right now. Many states now have regulated online gambling options up and running. Most of these states are earning a huge amount of revenue every month from this industry.

Are you excited to see that Elon Musk’s underground tunnel in Las Vegas is almost complete? Do you think tunnels will eventually connect casinos? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s When the 2020 College Football Season Will Begin!

Most of the country’s professional sports leagues are now up and running. College sports, however, have been much slower to resume their seasons. New reports indicate that’s about to change, though. The 2020 college football season is now scheduled to begin on October 23rd.

It’s extremely exciting news for football fans around the US. Of course, things will be far from normal this season. Now is the perfect time to talk about what to expect when the NCAA football season finally kicks off next month.

Let’s get into it!

The NFL is Now Up and Running

2020 has been an extremely difficult year for major US sports leagues. Back in March, league commissioners ordered all major sports to cease their operations. These regulations remained in place for months while officials within the leagues came up with plans to safely hold their seasons.

In May, the UFC made history by becoming the first major US sports company to begin hosting live events. This company proved that these events could be held with intense health protocols set in place. Nearly all major US sports leagues are now operating today.

On September 10th, the 2020 NFL season officially began. There are some major differences from seasons in the past. Many of the sport’s top players have withdrawn and all games are being held with significantly less fans in attendance.

Week one of the season has already wrapped up. With all things considered, most feel it was a major success. A huge number of fans are now brushing up on their NFL betting strategies before making wagers on the different game outcomes for week two.

The regular season is now in the full swing of things. This season’s playoffs are officially scheduled to begin on January 9th. Super Bowl LV will take place on February 7th, 2021.

Football fans are obviously happy to see the sport on live tv again. Soon, college football will resume, as well!

Big Ten Offers an Update on the 2020 College Football Season

We’ve seen several attempts to resume different college sports seasons this year. This has proven to be extremely difficult. Just a few weeks ago, the Big Ten Conference formally announced it was postponing all fall sports.

It didn’t take long for the group to find a new date to kick things off for football. News has just surfaced that the 2020 college football season will officially begin on October 23rd. Kevin Warren, a commissioner for the Big Ten, is confident that things will be safe for the athletes when October rolls around.

“Our focus with the Task Force over the last six weeks was to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes,” Warren said. “Our goal has always been to return to competition so all student-athletes can realize their dream of competing in the sports they love. We are incredibly grateful for the collaborative work that our Return to Competition Task Force have accomplished to ensure the health, safety and wellness of student-athletes, coaches and administrators.”

There have been several factors that played into this decision. Many credit the new rapid-response testing options that are now available. This should help teams to quickly identify and quarantine any sick players. The first tests will begin on September 30th.

All teams competing this season will have an eight-game schedule. The details on this schedule have not yet been released. According to the Big Ten, more announcements on other fall and winter sports seasons will be made over the next few weeks.

With the 2020 college football season now scheduled, many are starting to place their bets on how things will unfold.

College Football Betting Odds Are Now Being Offered Online!

There are a lot of questions heading into this season. How will teams perform without massive crowds in attendance? How many players will be forced to withdraw?

Some feel that this season could offer some fantastic opportunities for bettors. It’s no surprise that so many fans have already started placing their wagers on the season winner. Bovada, one of the best online gambling sites in the US, is now offering a wide range of different odds on the 2020 college football season.

The most popular betting option is on which team wins the championship. As of now, Clemson is the massive favorite with odds of -450. Notre Dame is second with current odds of +500 to get the victory this season.

Some are predicting that an underdog takes advantage of the situation and pulls off the upset this season. Many point towards Virginia Tech (+2000) as a possible team to do so. The team struggled last year but most predict they’ll perform significantly better in 2020.

There’s no doubt that this season will be one to remember. As we’ve already mentioned, it will begin on October 23rd. We’ll be sure to offer any more updates on this situation once they come out.

Are you looking forward to the 2020 college football season? Which team do you think wins the championship? Let us know in the comments section below!

Gaming Revenue in Arkansas Finally Starts to Increase

The state of Arkansas is home to just three casinos. Over the past few months, these properties have seen their gambling earnings drop dramatically. Fortunately, it appears that gaming revenue in Arkansas is finally starting to increase.Arkansas State Sign

Like all other states, Arkansas has a casino industry that is struggling. It will likely be years before things go back to pre-pandemic levels. Today, we’re going to take a look at exactly how much money the state’s different gambling platforms managed to bring in.

Let’s get into it!

Arkansas’ Casino Industry Was Given Permission to Reopen in May

It’s been a very unusual year for the US land-based casino industry. Each state has set its own regulations towards casino properties. Over in Arkansas, these regulations were fairly strict and all casinos were closed here for months.

Lawmakers in Arkansas ordered casinos to shut their doors back in March. The three gambling venues here immediately ceased all operations and even state officials were unaware of when these properties would open again. It wasn’t until mid-May that permission was given for casinos here to open back up.

Obviously, these regulations crippled the state’s gambling industry. That includes the new sports betting market here. As many are aware, Arkansas passed a law to allow sports betting back in July of 2019.

Unfortunately, online sports betting is not allowed in Arkansas. Most states with legal sports betting options offer internet wagering platforms. This has helped these states to bring in some valuable revenue over the past few months.

Over in Arkansas, only in-person sports betting is regulated by the state. Many now feel it’s time for the state to change these regulations. It would almost certainly result in a major revenue increase each month.

Casinos have been open here months. Things aren’t great, yet they finally seem to be improving.

Analysts Predict that Gaming Revenue in Arkansas Will Continue to Increase

Almost every state around the country has seen its casino revenue decrease this year. In some states, this has proven to be devastating. Arkansas isn’t known as a major gambling destination, yet it’s still lost an estimated $1.4 billion in gambling revenue in 2020.

The casino companies here are feeling the effects of this drop. Revenue has remained low since July and no one seems to know if things will ever return to normal. Analysts are now looking at the figures over the past two months and reports show that the state is beginning to see an upward trend.

Most of the casinos in Arkansas are still only operating about half of their gambling machines. Interestingly, revenue from these casinos has increased each month since reopening. The amount of money earned at the Hot Springs Casino, for example, increased to $104 million in June and $120 million in July.

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort is seeing a modest increase, too. General Manager Wayne Smith expressed his excitement with this development to the media this week.

“We are pleased with where our business volumes are today given we are in the middle of a pandemic,” he said. “We are proud to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and believe we are one of the safest businesses to visit.”

Southland Casino Racing is seeing the biggest monthly increase. This property earned $92 million in mid-May, $200 million in June, and $242 million in July. It’s clear that gaming revenue in Arkansas is increasing and most analysts predict this will continue for the rest of 2020.

New Jersey Sets New Sports Betting Revenue Record

Nearly all states are now allowing their casino industries to reopen. Some are finding more success than others. It’s now clear that the states with regulated online gambling options are profiting the most.

New Jersey took its time getting its casino industry back on track. It wasn’t until July that gambling venues here were allowed to begin operating again. Tourism rates were slow to increase here and land-based casino revenue remained fairly low.

Sports betting revenue, however, has been surging in this state. Here, online sports betting is regulated and hugely popular. News has just surfaced that New Jersey earned $668 million from its sports gambling industry in the month of August.

That’s the most sports betting revenue ever earned from a US state during a single month. Casino companies here are profiting massively from this surge. More states without a regulated online sports betting industry are now taking a closer look at their regulations.

That includes Arkansas. It’s now clear that gaming revenue in Arkansas is increasing each month. The introduction of online sports gambling will help the state to make up for much of the money that was lost throughout 2020.

Are you surprised to see casino earnings finally increase? Let us know in the comments section below!

Casinos in Colorado Are Finally Beginning to Bounce Back

It’s been several months since Colorado’s commercial casinos were given permission to begin operating again. Unfortunately, the amount of revenue earned from these gambling venues has been considerably less than it was last year. New reports show that the casinos in Colorado are finally starting to bounce back.Shape of Colorado State, Red Casino Chip on Top of State

It’s fantastic news for the state. The casinos here help to boost tourism, provide jobs, and bring Colorado large amounts of revenue every month. Today, we’re going to look at what is contributing to the rise in gambling earnings here.

Let’s get into it!

The US Casino Industry Continues to Struggle Heading into Fall

When casinos around the US were ordered to shut down back in March, many felt things would only remain that way for a couple of weeks. It was an unprecedented move for cities like Las Vegas that rely almost entirely on these casinos. As the weeks went on, it became clear that the casino industry would be severely affected.

Certain areas of the country were hit harder than others. Las Vegas and Atlantic City immediately began looking at ways to safely get casinos open again. Other states made it clear that it would take time to get any crowded casinos, including casinos, open to the public again.

Each state has taken its own approach to reopening casinos. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak gave casinos the green light to open back up in June. New Jersey waited until July to get Atlantic City up and running again.

New York was the last state to lift its restrictions on commercial casinos. News broke at the end of August that casinos in the state would finally open up in mid-September. Several of these casinos are now operational again.

Some fear that things may be forced to shut down again once the colder weather approaches. Health experts warn that cases are likely to increase dramatically over the next few months. Casino companies will likely do everything they can to prevent another major shutdown.

Over in Colorado, the gambling industry appears to be slowly improving.

NFL Betting and Table Games Are Already Helping the Casinos in Colorado

Many are surprised when they hear that Colorado has one of the largest casino industries in the Western United States. Lawmakers in this state ordered all casinos to shut their doors in March. It wasn’t until June that commercial casinos here were allowed to begin operating again.

The casinos in Colorado took longer to bounce back than others in nearby states. It was tough for the many residents employed inside these properties. Officials inside the three cities where casinos are located have been looking at ways to boost gaming revenue.

Not long ago, a measure was approved to finally allow table games inside the state’s casinos. These have been prohibited over the past few months over fears they attract crowds. Casino owners here claim they are already seeing a major increase in visitors with these games now available.

“Our dealers are really excited to be back at work,” Monarch Casino COO David Farahi said. “We want to make sure that we have a density that still allows for social distancing in the building.”

Sports betting was made legal in Colorado earlier this year. This industry is already helping to boost revenue. With the 2020 NFL season now underway, gambling revenue in the state is increasing rapidly once again.

Things are far from normal for the various casinos in Colorado now operating. Things may never return to the way they were in 2019. Fortunately, it appears that these casinos are seeing an uptick in revenue. Hope is that this continues for the rest of the year.

US Sports Betting Revenue is Expected to Surge This Fall

The popularity of sports gambling has been rapidly increasing around the United States since May. Interestingly, many states have seen record revenue earnings in 2020. It’s a surprising statistic when considering many US sports leagues were completely shut down for several months this year.

On September 10th, the 2020 NFL Season officially kicked off. It’s expected to be one of the most-watched seasons in recent history. Many analysts also expect it to be one of the most wagered on seasons ever.

Sports betting revenue is already increasing with the season now underway. As we just mentioned, casinos in Colorado saw their revenue earnings increase dramatically. Sportsbooks around the country are expected to see an increase, as well.

Some fantastic online sportsbooks are available throughout the entire country right now. One that many football fans are flocking to is Bovada. This site is known for being safe and offering its members a huge range of different NFL odds.

It’s great to see that sports betting earnings are up right now. Casinos certainly need it. Stay tuned for more reports on gambling revenue over the next few weeks!

Do you plan to visit any casinos in Colorado this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

Nebraska’s Casino Industry May Soon Open Up

The state of Nebraska is known for having some of the strictest gambling laws in the country. Here, all commercial gambling venues are completely prohibited. Interestingly, a new measure has just been approved here that could help to finally expand Nebraska’s casino industry.Nebraska Casinos

Many feel that it’s time for this state to update its regulations towards the gambling industry. That’s particularly true now, at a time when the state is in serious need of revenue. Today, we’re going to look at how the state’s casino laws may change.

Let’s get into it!

Most States Have Now Reopened Their Casino Industries

For the past few years, the casino industry in the United States has been thriving. Several states quickly grew to become major gambling destinations. That includes several states in the midwest such as Ohio and Oklahoma.

This past March, things took a major turn. State leaders around the country began ordering their casinos to shut down as the global pandemic took hold. This proved to be devastating for states like New Jersey and Nevada.

As the weeks went on, officials in these states began to see that these regulations could not remain in place forever. Casinos employ a huge number of people around the country and are necessary for bringing states revenue. Finally, Nevada’s leaders announced that casinos would be allowed to open back up in June.

Other major casino destinations took notice. Eventually, news broke that New Jersey was set to allow its major casino-resorts to open their doors in July. We’re now in September, and almost every single state has decided to open its casino industry.

New York was the last state to allow its commercial casinos to reopen. This state was hit extremely hard by the pandemic early on. As a result, the state’s leaders have been very hesitant to allow crowded venues such as casinos to open their doors again. Fortunately, Governor Cuomo has confirmed that casinos here will reopen next week.

Many are now looking at whether or not it’s time for Nebraska to change its casino laws.

The Public Will Soon Vote On the Future Of Nebraska’s Casino Industry

As we said earlier, Nebraska is known for having an extremely tough set of gambling laws. Here, most traditional gambling venues are completely banned. Tribal casinos are allowed here, yet commercial casinos are illegal.

Many of the state’s lawmakers have complained that these regulations are outdated. Most states around the country now allow and are profiting massively off their casinos. This week, several gambling proponent groups have succeeded in getting a measure to allow casino gambling in state race tracks on November’s ballot.

Residents in the state will now have the opportunity to vote on whether or not to allow Class III casino games inside Nebraska’s race tracks. Omaha, Lincoln, South Sioux City, Columbus, Hastings and Grand Island all have tracks that could offer these casino games. Many analysts predict the measure will be approved by a wide margin.

Not everyone is pleased with this decision, though. Governor Pete Ricketts has condemned this decision and is calling on Nebraskans to push against this move.

“While I respect the judgment of the Court on the gambling initiatives, I urge Nebraskans to keep gambling out of the Good Life when they head to the polls in November,” he said. 

The supporters of this bill believe that opening Nebraska’s casino industry will help the state generate some much-needed revenue. Many residents here make the trip to neighboring states to gamble. Legal casinos would help to keep money inside Nebraska.

We’ll need to wait and see how state residents respond to this measure in November.

Sports Betting Could Soon Become Legal in Nebraska

Nebraska’s Supreme Court made a historic decision to allow a gambling measure to appear on November’s ballot. For the first time ever, commercially-run casinos may finally be allowed in the state. Interestingly, sports betting could finally come to this state, as well.

Back in May of 2018, the Supreme Court decided to strike down PASPA. Doing so gave every state in the country the ability to legalize and regulate sports gambling. 24 states around the country have already passed bills to allow sports gambling and most are seeing huge revenue jumps from this industry.

Nebraska’s casino industry may open up after November’s ballot. Many now feel that a measure to allow sports betting should appear on the ballot, as well. It will almost certainly help to bring the state a huge amount of money each year.

Sports betting revenue is up around the entire country. That’s particularly true in areas of the country that allow online sports gambling. Many states, even those with harsh laws towards casino gambling, are now choosing to allow this form of gambling.

It’s a very interesting time for the gambling industry in Nebraska. Things are clearly changing here. Stay tuned for more updates as November rolls around.

Are you excited to see Nebraska’s casino industry open up? Should sports betting be legal here? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Reopening of Park MGM is Almost Here!

It’s been more than three months since Governor Sisolak began allowing casinos in Nevada to reopen. Nearly all of the major casino-resorts in the city of Las Vegas are now operational. News is now coming out that the reopening of Park MGM is taking place next month.

Park MGM Las Vegas Casino Logo

Park MGM is one of the newest hotel-casinos to open on the Las Vegas Strip. Many are excited to see this property up and running again. Today, we’re going to talk about what has led to this casino finally getting back on track.

Let’s get into it!

How is Casino Revenue Looking in Nevada Right Now?

The past six months have been the most unusual in the history of the casino industry. As most are aware of, all major casinos across the United States were forced to close their doors back in March. Most are now open, yet revenue earnings fluctuate from state to state.

Over in New Jersey, revenue earnings have been low. Casinos here weren’t able to open back up until July. Even with regulated sports betting and online casinos, gambling revenue has been significantly lower here than it was in 2019.

Things are different in Ohio. This state also started to allow its gambling venues to reopen in July. Analysts were torn on whether or not the casinos here would become successful after reopening. Incredibly, Ohio’s gaming revenue actually hit record levels in July.

Nevada’s casino revenue has been the center of major discussion over the past couple of months. Casinos were given permission to reopen here in June. As the months go on, revenue seems to be increasing here. Unfortunately, tourism rates remain low in major gambling cities such as Las Vegas.

Casino companies are certainly feeling the effects of this drop in tourism. Interestingly, most major casino-resorts are now open in Las Vegas. Only one of the big casinos on the Strip has remained closed. We’re now starting to hear about when this property will reopen.

The Reopening of Park MGM is Taking Place in October!

Las Vegas is filled with historic gaming properties. Many of them are located on the Las Vegas Strip. Back in 1996, The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino opened its doors on the Strip and for a time, was a major success. The property went through several renovations over the years and rumors of its rebranding began to surface around 2016.

These rumors ended up being true. In 2018, the Monte Carlo officially became Park MGM, named after the nearby dining and entertainment area. The property was improved and visitation rates here quickly started to increase.

Like all other casinos, Park MGM was closed back in March. Unlike many other casinos, however, this venue has remained closed over the past few months. Fans of this casino have been asking when it would finally begin accepting guests again.

An update on the reopening of Park MGM has just come out. MGM Resorts sent out a press release that claims this venue will open its doors sometime in October.

“With the reopening of Empire City on Monday, September 21st, MGM Resorts will have reopened all of its domestic properties, with the exception of Park MGM and Four Seasons in Las Vegas, following temporary closure earlier this year amidst the COVID-19 crisis,” the statement reads. “Park MGM is expected to reopen within the next 30-45 days.”

It’s exciting news for gambling fans around the country. Park MGM has developed a huge fan base over the years. Many are also excited to see that all major casino-resorts are now open on the Las Vegas Strip.

We’ll be sure to report on any more updates over the next few weeks!

Will MGM Sell Any of Its Las Vegas Casinos?

As we mentioned earlier, the land-based casino industry has been taking a serious hit this year. That’s especially true in Nevada. Some of the largest casino companies in the state are now being forced to take new measures to generate revenue.

One of those measures include casino closures and sales. Caesars Entertainment recently sold one of its major casinos in Louisiana. It’s one of many casino sales the company has already made this year.

Station Casinos has opened all but four of its casinos in Nevada. Unfortunately, it appears the four casinos that haven’t reopened will never open to the public again. Company officials recently confirmed these rumors to the media.

Some are now asking whether or not MGM Resorts will be forced to sell some of its casinos. This company was one of the first to reopen its casino-resorts in Las Vegas. With revenue earnings still fairly low, some feel that selling casinos could be the best strategy moving forward.

There is still no indication that MGM plans to sell any of its major casinos, though. Officials within the company are instead focused on other ways to cut down on costs.

Are you happy to hear about the reopening of Park MGM? Do you plan on visiting Las Vegas before the end of the year? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s Why Station Casinos is Selling Property in Reno

Station Casinos is one of the largest casino operators in the state of Nevada. Unfortunately, the company has been struggling to generate revenue over the past six months. As a result, several properties are being sold around the state. Today, we’re going to look at why Station Casinos is selling property in Reno.Reno Sign

It’s been a hard year for casino operators around the world. Station Casinos is now focused on new strategies to generate revenue. That includes major property sales.

Let’s look at what land is being put up for sale right now.

Nevada’s Casino Revenue Begins to Hold Steady

The state of Nevada has always been known for having one of the largest and most successful casino industries in the world. A huge number of large and small casinos are located here. Las Vegas remains the state’s most popular gambling destination.

Under normal circumstances, casino revenue in this state is higher than anywhere else. 2020 has been an unusual year, though, and the land-based casino industry is being severely impacted. For months, casinos around the United States were completely shut down.

Governor Sisolak gave the green light for Nevada’s casinos to open in June. Casino companies hoped that revenue from this industry would immediately bounce back. That has not been the case, and earnings remain significantly lower than they were last year.

Things appear to be holding steady now. Nevada’s gambling industry generated $756.8 million in July. That’s a large improvement from June, yet far below what was earned in July of 2019. Most analysts predict revenue earnings to be slightly higher once again in August.

This drop in revenue is taking a serious toll on casino companies based in Nevada. Some have begun looking at new ways to bring in money. Unfortunately, that could result in major property sales around the state.

We’re now beginning to hear that Station Casinos plans to sell some of its land in Northern Nevada.

Station Casinos is Selling Property in Reno This Year

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a number of massive casino sales. Much of these came from Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts, two companies that have merged this year. In order for this deal to go through, various state gambling commissions forced these companies to sell several of their casinos.

Things are different now. Many casino companies are now being forced to sell their properties to make up for lost revenue. In some cases, keeping casinos operational is no longer feasible and actually costs money.

That seems to be the case for Station Casinos, one of Nevada’s biggest casino operators. More than a decade ago, this company announced plans to break into Reno’s casino market. It bought massive areas of land in the city and revealed plans to open several major casino-resorts here.

It’s now been confirmed that Station Casinos is selling its property in Reno. That includes the 89-acre piece of vacant land on Mount Rose Highway and the eight-acre property near the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. It’s clear that company officials no longer see the benefit in holding onto this land.

Many of Reno’s top officials are disappointed to see this land sold. They’d hoped that several new major gambling venues would open here. Unfortunately, that’s no longer possible under the current state of the county’s land-based casino industry.

We may even see several major Las Vegas property sales take place soon.

Expect More Las Vegas Casinos to Go Up For Sale

As we said earlier, Las Vegas has always been the world’s top casino destination. Some of the most expensive casino-resorts ever built are located here. Prior to 2020, more than 40 million tourists would flock to this city every year.

Even the biggest casinos here have seen their revenue drop immensely in 2020. That includes Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, and MGM Resorts International. Most gaming analysts predict this trend will continue throughout the rest of the year.

Many of the smaller casinos around Las Vegas remain closed. Some are owned by Station Casinos. Officials within this company have recently told the media that several of these properties are likely to permanently shut down.

There’s a chance that we could see major casino-resorts sold here over the next few months. Several top gaming officials claim this remains a real possibility. Some even fear that new casino-resorts such as Resorts World Las Vegas will be forced to delay their construction.

Station Casinos is selling property in Reno. The company also claims it’s likely to put some Las Vegas casinos for sale. We’ll need to wait and see if any other major casino-resorts are sold over the next few months.

Are you surprised to see Station Casinos move out of Reno? Do you think any major casinos will be sold in Las Vegas? Let us know in the comments section below!

More of Louisiana’s Casinos Are Being Sold

Louisiana has one of the largest casino industries in the Southern United States. Unfortunately, this industry has been heavily affected by regulations set in place over the past six months. News is now coming out that more of Louisiana’s casinos are being sold.Caesars Entertainment

It’s a very unusual time for major US casino companies. Many are now looking at new ways to save money and generate revenue. Today, we’re going to look at which casino has just been sold in Louisiana.

Let’s get into it!

Casino Revenue Continues to Fluctuate Around the US

It’s been almost six months since casinos around the United States were forced to shut down. Back in March, many casino analysts predicted that things would be back to normal by now. That has not turned out to be the case.

Most states have begun allowing their casinos to open. That includes Nevada and New Jersey, two of the largest gaming destinations in the country. Even New York, which has been extremely slow getting its casino industry back on track, is allowing commercial casinos to open this week.

Revenue is still fluctuating around the country. In Las Vegas, land-based casino revenue is still significantly lower than it was last year. That’s unlikely to change anytime soon, as tourism rates remain low.

Atlantic City has seen a major drop in casino earnings, as well. Casinos in this city have been able to make up for some of these losses from their online casino gaming operations. Many now feel it’s time for Nevada to legalize internet casino gambling.

Online gambling has been growing more popular every single month. A report from the American Gaming Association surfaced last month that shows revenue from this industry has already increased by 300% this year. That will likely increase as the year drags on.

Casino companies are now taking new measures to increase their revenue flow.

Expect More of Louisiana’s Casinos to be Sold Over the Next Few Months

We’ve seen a large number of casino sales over the past couple of years. Many came from Caesars Entertainment, which recently merged with Eldorado Resorts. In order for this merger to come together, Caesars was forced to relinquish many of its properties around the country.

It appears Caesars is not finished with its casino sales. This week, news broke that the major casino operator plans to sell Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Casino this year. It comes less than four months after the property reopened.

Caesars owns the property with VICI Properties, which has also greenlit the sale. Under the current terms, Caesars will receive $16.5 million of the proceeds. VICI will claim the remaining $5.5 million.

Several analysts believe that more of Louisiana’s casinos will be sold in the coming months. The state’s gaming industry has been hit hard this year and it’s unclear when or if things will recover. Some of the casinos in this state suffered damage from Hurricane Laura late last month, as well.

Thousands of jobs are also at risk. A huge number of casinos have been forced to lay off employees this year. More than 15,000 individuals are employed in Louisiana’s casino industry and it’s unclear how many of these jobs will remain in place over the next six months.

We’ll offer more updates on Caesars’ most recent casino sale over the next few weeks.

Sports Betting Could Help Bring Louisiana Much-Needed Revenue

Since mid-2018, every state around the country has been able to set its own laws and regulations on sports betting. 24 states have approved bills to legalize this form of gambling. Many more have bills pending to do the same.

Louisiana seems on the brink of legalizing and regulating its sports betting industry. Lawmakers approved a new sports gambling bill earlier this year. It’s now set to appear on November’s ballot.

If state residents give the green light, sports betting will become fully legal in Louisiana. Most feel this will be hugely beneficial. The state needs money and sports betting has proven to be a huge revenue generator for states around the country.

This could help to save many of Louisiana’s casinos. It’s still unclear if both land-based and online sports gambling options will become available. State leaders will come up with specific regulations in the industry after the ballot results in November.

Some predict that more casino sales in Louisiana will take place this year. Perhaps companies will hold off making this move if sports betting finally becomes legal here.

Are you surprised to hear that Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Casino is being sold? Will sports betting help to prevent more casino sales here? Let us know in the comments section below!

Could a Temporary Casino in Chicago Open Next Year?

For more than a year, lawmakers in Illinois have been coming up with plans to open a new casino in the city of Chicago. It’s been a difficult process, yet things finally seem to be moving along. This week, several experts involved with the process presented plans to open a temporary casino in Chicago.Chicago City Skyline

It’s a unique idea, and one that Mayor Lori Lightfoot seems interested in. There’s still a long way to go before this new gaming venue can open, though. Today, we’re going to talk about when and where this casino could open its doors.

Let’s get into it!

Lori Lightfoot Continues Pushing for Chicago’s Casino Plans

Illinois won’t typically come up when thinking of major US gambling destinations. Based on the way things are going, however, that could change over the next few months. In 2019, Governor Pritzker approved a new capital plan that allows for several new casinos to open around the state.

There are several cities that have already gained approval to host one of these new casinos. To the surprise of everyone, lawmakers also approved a measure to allow a casino in Chicago. It’s set to be the first casino ever opened in this city.

Initially, lawmakers planned to set extremely high tax rates on this casino. This kept any casino companies from expressing an interest in operating this casino. Eventually, lawmakers decided to lower this tax rate to make things more appealing for these companies.

Location also became an issue. Officials within Chicago looked at several different areas for this new gambling property. Even today, it’s not entirely clear where the new casino will be located, although a few possibilities have been established.

Late last month, Mayor Lightfoot invited several major casino operators to discuss how they would run this new gambling venue. The mayor and her team wanted to hear more about how this property would operate from different companies. Analysts felt this would help these officials with the casino licensing procedure.

This week, several experts presented the idea to open a temporary gambling venue in this city. It appears that city leaders are interested in this idea.

Plans to Open a Temporary Casino in Chicago Are Being Presented

Many were interested to hear Lightfoot asking for plans to run the new Chicago casino. It’s clear that the mayor believes this gaming venue will benefit the city. Companies around the country have been offering their plans to run this casino.

Lightfoot also asked these company leaders to offer information on whether or not a temporary casino in Chicago would make sense. It seems that many feel this is now a good idea. One location is now already being considered for this venue, as well.

It’s now clear that this casino will open in the Downtown Chicago area. One group now believes that the Lakeside Center is the perfect place for this casino. It’s located near the water and some claim it was initially constructed with a casino in mind.

No one has confirmed this will be the location of this property. Lightfoot has not confirmed that this temporary casino will even open. If it does, however, many believe that the Lakeside Center is the perfect place for it to open.

Analysts predict that the new casino in Chicago will generate an incredible $6.6 billion in annual revenue. Unsurprisingly, city and state leaders want to get this venue open as soon as possible. We’ll need to wait and see if the Lakeside Center ends up being the location of the temporary casino.

Sports Betting Revenue Continues to Increase in Illinois

Back in May of 2018, the Supreme Court made history by striking down PASPA. It was a monumental decision and gave every state around the country the ability to legalize sports betting. Today, 24 states have legal sports betting bills approved.

Illinois officially made sports betting legal in March of 2020. Both land-based and online sports wagering is allowed here. As the months go on, revenue from this industry has been gradually increasing.

Soon, a new sportsbook will open its doors at Wrigley Field. It’s one of the first sportsbooks to open inside a major US professional sports arena. It’s clear that the state’s government officials are embracing this industry.

Sports gambling is growing more popular around the world. Many states are now looking into the possibility of opening sportsbooks inside their stadiums. We’re likely to hear more about this situation over the next few months.

Illinois is slowly becoming a major gambling destination. If everything goes according to plan, we could see a temporary casino in Chicago sometime next year. The real casino here may open its doors a year later.

Do you think a temporary casino makes sense for the city of Chicago? Where do you think it should be located? Let us know in the comments section below!

Fans Can Already Bet on Diaz vs. Masvidal 2 Online!

The UFC is in the business of putting on fights that the fans want to see. With that in mind, the world’s biggest MMA promotion has just revealed that it’s interested in booking the rematch between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal. Fans in the US can now bet on Diaz vs. Masvidal 2 online.UFC logo

It didn’t take long for oddsmakers to set lines for this fight. Many questions surround how each man will approach the rematch. Today, we’re going to take a look at where both Diaz and Masvidal stand in the eyes of the oddsmakers.

Let’s get into it!

The UFC’s Welterweight Division is At its All-Time Best Right Now

Each weight class in the UFC has a storied history. Many feel that the welterweight division has been the most competitive over the years. Since the reigns of Matt Hughes and George St. Pierre, there has been a special allure to being the champion at 170 pounds.

The belt has changed hands several times over the years. In March of 2019, Kamaru Usman captured the belt with a dominant decision win over Tyron Woodley in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since that time, he’s defended the belt twice.

Each man in the top-10 at welterweight has the skills to become champion. It’s really anyone’s guess who will sit on top by this time next year. There’s no denying the champion’s skillset, yet anyone can be beaten on any given day.

One man that some felt would give Kamaru trouble was Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal. The Miami native made history by accepting a title shot on just 6-days notice this past July. The champion proved to be too much and defeated Jorge via unanimous decision.

It was a tough defeat for the UFC’s “BMF.” Fortunately, his stock didn’t drop considerably after the loss. Most agree he’s still one of the biggest stars in the sport and has several big fight options ahead of him.

The UFC appears to already have Masvidal’s next opponent lined up.

You Can Now Bet on Diaz vs. Masvidal 2 Online

In November of last year, the UFC put together a blockbuster fight between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz. The two men fought for what was called the “BMF” title in front of thousands at Madison Square Garden. In the end, Jorge was declared the winner via TKO from cuts.

It was an anticlimactic way for the fight to conclude. Fans of Diaz claim he was just beginning to gain momentum as the fight was stopped. Many felt that an immediate rematch was the best course of action.

The UFC had other plans and booked Jorge into a title fight. Diaz has been sitting on the sidelines ever since. This week, news broke that the UFC was finally interesting in putting on the rematch between these two men.

It didn’t take long for the oddsmakers to take notice. BetOnline.ag, one of the best online sportsbooks in the US, is now offering odds on this bout. Fans around the country now have the option to bet on Diaz vs. Masvidal 2 before it’s been formally announced!

At the moment, Masvidal is listed as the -325 favorite. He was winning the first fight fairly easily and dropped Diaz with punches and kicks on several occasions. Diaz is listed as the +275 underdog. He’ll need to make some major adjustments in order to get the win.

It’s still unclear when and where this fight will take place. Rumors are pointing towards the card on December 12th. It would make sense, as another high-profile welterweight clash is scheduled to take place on that event.

Odds on Usman vs. Burns Are Now Available Online, As Well

The UFC has been making a number of announcements lately. One of the biggest was that Kamaru Usman is defending his belt on December 12th against number-one contender, Gilbert Burns. It’s an exciting matchup between two elite mixed martial artists.

BetOnline is now offering odds on this bout as well. Many are surprised to see where each of these fighters stand in the eyes of the oddsmakers.

For now, Kamaru Usman is listed as the -240 favorite. He’s gone undefeated in the UFC and has never really found himself in any trouble inside the cage. With powerful wrestling and a much-improved kickboxing game, Usman is an incredibly difficult test for any man.

Gilbert Burns is no pushover, though. Since moving to the welterweight division in August of 2019, he’s gone 4-0. Most recently, he dominated Tyron Woodley over five rounds to earn this crack at the belt. He enters this one as the +205 underdog.

It’s a fun time to be an MMA fan. You can now bet on Diaz vs. Masvidal 2 online and place wagers on the upcoming welterweight title fight in December! Both of these fights should be extremely exciting.

Are you excited to see Jorge and Nate compete again? Who gets their hand raised? Let us know in the comments section below!

We May See a New Casino Near Penn State Open Next Year

Pennsylvania lawmakers are currently working to significantly expand the state’s casino industry. Part of that plan is to open “mini-casinos” in different cities. According to new reports, we may see a new casino near Penn State open its doors next year.Pennsylvania Highlighted on Map

It’s interesting news to hear. There are clearly many companies still interested in opening casinos here. Today, we’re going to talk about the details of this proposed mini-casino.

Let’s get into it!

Pennsylvania’s Casino Industry is Slowly Coming Back to Life

Pennsylvania’s leaders ordered all of the state’s casinos to shut down back in March. It was a complete turn from where the state was heading. Prior to the shutdowns, Pennsylvania had been working hard to expand its gambling industry.

Revenue from this industry plummeted for months. According to a new report from The Allegheny Institute, casinos in the state lost out on an incredible $968.8 million. That is the biggest revenue drop since the state legalized Class III casinos.

Online gambling regulations slightly helped to alleviate this revenue loss. Online casino revenue jumped from $13.9 million in January of this year to $50 million in June. That’s an astounding 258.6% increase.

Casinos in Pennsylvania slowly started to open their doors again in June. Thousands of residents in the state were finally able to work again. Since that time, revenue from this industry has been slowly increasing.

Things are far from normal. It may be more than a year before casino revenue gets back to the levels it was in 2019. That isn’t stopping the state from working to expand this industry, though. Many new mini-casinos are scheduled to open here over the next few years.

It now appears that a location for the state’s next mini-casino has been chosen.

Ira Lubert Plans to Open a New Casino Near Penn State

Pennsylvania continues to search for individuals and companies that will operate new mini-casinos. This week, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board held an auction for a license to run one of these venues. Ira Lubert won the bid at $10 million and immediately offered some insight into where this gaming venue will be located.

Many were surprised to hear that Ira Lubert, an investor with a successful history of casino operations in the state, plans to open the new casino near Penn State. The most probable venue for this casino is the Nittany Mall in College Township, just minutes away from Penn State’s flagship campus.

This is not a done deal, though. Lubert must officially file a casino application within six months to become eligible to open this venue. He’ll also need to provide the state with details on the building plan, amenities, and employment projections.

Five mini-casino licenses have already been awarded this year. None have opened yet. Only the Live! Casino Pittsburgh is scheduled to open this year. Many feel that 2021 will be a big year for this newly-emerging industry.

Some feel that Pennsylvania will grow to become the next major gambling destination on the East Coast. As we just mentioned, five new mini-casinos are scheduled to open here over the next couple of years. These venues can hold up to 750 slot machines and 40 table games.

We’re likely to hear more about Lubert’s proposed casino over the next few weeks. Some feel there will be major opposition to opening a casino so close to a college campus. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

Online Casino Gambling and Sports Betting Continues to Grow in Pennsylvania

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania have been looking at sports betting regulation for years. In 2017, the state approved a bill to regulate this industry, yet PASPA prevented the state from formally legalizing it. PASPA was removed in 2018 and sports betting was formally made legal in Pennsylvania immediately after.

2017 marked a major change in the state’s gambling laws. This year, lawmakers also approved a measure to legalize online casino gambling. These two industries have been surging throughout 2020.

Online sports betting revenue has been gradually increasing for years. The same can be said for internet casino revenue. Pennsylvania’s expanded gambling laws have actually pushed other nearby states to look at updating their regulations, as well.

The first legal sports wager was placed in New York in mid-2019. Many lawmakers in New York have been considering allowing online casino gambling, as well. These calls to expand gambling laws have intensified now that the state is desperate for additional forms of revenue.

Pennsylvania may even decide to allow more forms of gambling. Additional casinos are set to open here over the next few years, including the new casino near Penn State. It will be interesting to see how successful these venues become.

Do you think Ira Lubert will be allowed to open this mini-casino near Penn State’s flagship campus? Let us know in the comments section below!

MGM Resorts is Concerned About Entering Japan’s Casino Industry

In 2018, Japan lawmakers shocked the world by legalizing casino gambling. It was a huge step forward for this country that had previously banned virtually all forms of gambling. Unfortunately, companies like MGM Resorts International are now wary of breaking into Japan’s casino industry.MGM Resorts International Logo

Casinos around the world are being devastated right now. Japan’s leaders are now struggling to find companies willing to operate a casino in their country. Today, we’re going to discuss why this process has been so difficult.

Let’s get into it!

Japan is Still Struggling to Finalize Casino Plans

The news of Japan’s decision to legalize casinos spread like wildfire. This country is home to a huge number of passionate gamblers. Unfortunately, no legitimate casinos have been able to operate here. Casino companies immediately saw the potential in this new market.

Japan eventually revealed that three casino-resorts would be allowed to open in the city. Different city officials quickly began preparing plans to host one of these new casinos. Residents around Japan seemed torn on whether or not these new gaming venues would benefit the country.

In 2018, analysts predicted that Japan would grow to become the third-largest casino market in the world. Obviously, casino companies began jumping at the opportunity to operate here. Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Resorts all expressed a desire to run one of the country’s three casinos. MGM planned to enter into Osaka, a city that’s been pushing hard to host one of these properties.

Unfortunately, Japan has struggled to get the licensing process finished. There seem to be several issues getting this industry moving. As of now, it’s still unclear where exactly the different casinos will be located.

Things have been made worse by the global pandemic. Casinos around the world have been forced to close down permanently. Many of the ones now open have seen their revenue earnings drop immensely.

It now appears another major casino company is dropping out of the race to enter this new market.

MGM Resorts International No Longer Seems Interested in Breaking Into Japan’s Casino Industry

It’s been incredible to watch how quickly Japan’s plans to revitalize its gambling industry have fallen apart. For several reasons, this no longer appears to be a strong location to open a casino-resort. That is the general consensus among major casino companies.

Over the past few months, Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts have both decided to stay away from Japan. MGM Resorts International appeared to be one of the only major US companies interested in a casino license here. That may no longer be the case, though.

MGM Resorts is now slowly backtracking on its move into Japan. News is beginning to surface that the company only wants a minority stake in the Osaka casino. President and CEO Bill Hornbuckle spoke about this move to the media this week.

“[MGM will] only make this investment if we think it’s going to be prudent, if we think it’s going to pay the kind of returns that it needs to pay and to meet our expectation,” he said. 

MGM recognizes that public opposition to the casino plans has intensified over the past year. To make things worse, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently announced his resignation. The country’s next leader may have different plans for Japan’s casino industry.

Experts are questioning whether or not it makes sense for Japan to welcome casinos right now. The country is still working hard to come up with plans for the 2021 Olympic Games. It may be best to put the casino plans on hold, for now.

Concerns About 2021 Olympic Games Linger in Japan

As most are aware, Japan was originally scheduled to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The country had invested a huge amount of money into this event. In March, members of the IOC and Japan’s government were forced to announce the postponement of this global sporting event.

Event organizers then announced it would be pushed back to summer of 2021. Hope is that the global pandemic will be under control by then. Much of the country remains skeptical this will be the case.

Infection rates continue to increase around the world. Europe is beginning to enter into a second wave of infections. Japan continues to enter in lockdowns each time major virus clusters are spotted.

Some officials here are pushing to host the event next summer. Others point to the massive economic cost of doing so and feel it’s now better to simply cancel the event entirely. This entire situation is taking a toll on other industries, including Japan’s casino industry still struggling to come together.

There’s no telling how things will look by next summer. As of now, the likelihood of Japan hosting the Olympics in 2021 appears to be slimming. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation over the next few months.

Are you surprised to see more companies setting their plans to break into Japan aside? Let us know in the comments section below!

Casinos in New York Are Expected to Open in September

New York has been one of the last states to allow its commercial casino industry to reopen. It’s been an extremely tough few months for those employed inside these gaming venues. Based on new comments from Governor Cuomo, casinos in New York are likely to reopen soon.Andrew Cuomo

This is what many have been asking for. State leaders wanted to ensure that things were as safe as possible before they agreed to open casinos back up. Today, we’re going to discuss which properties are expected to reopen in September.

Let’s get into it!

Protesters Continue Pushing for Casinos in New York to Reopen

The state of New York is now officially a major casino destination. It wasn’t always this way, though. Lawmakers here fought against gambling legislation for years.

Commercial casinos were legalized here in 2013. In March of 2020, Governor Cuomo ordered all of these casinos to close their doors to the public. It was a huge blow to the gaming industry here and left thousands of individuals without work.

Most states began allowing their casinos to reopen in June. That includes Nevada, the biggest gambling hub in the country. In July, New Jersey started to allow its major casino-resorts to open again, too.

Many have been asking when New York would lift its regulations. Earlier this month, a number of protesters headed to Albany, calling for casinos to reopen. Several of these major protests have taken place recently and it seems they’ve had an effect.

Officials involved with gaming regulation are now working hard to get commercial casinos operational again. That includes Cuomo, who’s been hesitant to get any crowded venues up and running. This week, the governor told the media that news on this situation is coming soon.

Many feel this means that casinos in New York will be operational again by the end of next month.

Governor Cuomo is Set to Offer an Update on Casinos in New York

New York was hit extremely hard from the global pandemic earlier this year. Infection rates have become under control in more recent months. Of course, all lawmakers here fear that lifting regulations will result in another major spike in Covid-19 cases and deaths.

The casino industry is now on the brink of collapse. That’s exactly what gambling proponents in the state are attempting to point out. The permanent closure of casinos will result in a major loss of jobs.

This week, Governor Cuomo hinted at a new plan. He seems to be insinuating that all of the commercial casinos in this state will be given permission to open back up sometime in the near future.

“We will have an announcement next week,” Cuomo said, “It is going to be positive news.”

This is exactly the news that casino employees were hoping to hear. The biggest issue for these workers was not knowing when they would be allowed to return to work.

It seems likely that the same regulations found in Atlantic City’s casinos will be implemented here. That includes limiting the number of players at table games, requiring masks, and eliminating food and drink service. We’ll continue offering updates on the reopening timeline over the next few weeks.

Regulations Are Slowly Being Lifted in Atlantic City

There’s no doubt that Las Vegas remains the biggest casino hub in the United States. For a time, it seemed like Atlantic City was close to capturing that title, though. Prior to the shutdowns in March, gambling revenue in this New Jersey city was skyrocketing.

The legalization of sports betting certainly helped. A huge number of visitors from nearby states began making the trip to Atlantic City to place sports wagers inside the casinos. Many of these casino-resorts also underwent major renovations that made them more appealing to guests.

Between March and June, all of Atlantic City’s casinos were closed. They’re now open and officials have gradually begun lifting the regulations found inside these venues. News broke this week that alcohol service will once again be allowed inside the casinos here.

Hope is that the lifting of these regulations helps to boost revenue. All of the casinos in Atlantic City have experienced massive revenue drops in 2020. Overall, gaming revenue in the city dropped by 23% during the month of July.

Most experts predict this will improve as time goes on. Casino companies are working hard to attract new players. Soon, the casinos in New York will need to begin coming up with marketing ideas, as well.

Do you think it’s time for New York’s commercial casino industry to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s an Update on the Bristol Casino Project

Earlier this year, lawmakers in Virginia approved a measure to allow five new casinos to open throughout the state. Under the current plan, one of these gaming venues will be located in the city of Bristol. This week, airport executives in the city spoke with the media about some of the potential tourism benefits the Bristol casino project could bring the city.Virginia Sign

Many feel that Virginia’s casino will eventually grow to become one of the biggest on the East Coast. The legalization of this industry came at a tough time, though. Now is the perfect time to look at when the new casino in Bristol may open its doors.

Let’s get into it!

Virginia’s Long Road to Casino Legalization

For years, we’ve been covering Virginia’s slowly-changing gambling regulations. For many years, almost all forms of gambling were completely prohibited here. State officials started to realize the massive revenue potential that legal casinos could bring about a decade ago.

In early 2020, an official bill to legalize tribal and commercial casinos made its way through Virginia’s House and Senate. It was pushed through and ultimately approved by Governor Northam. The timing, it would turn out, was not ideal.

The US land-based casino industry is in its toughest position ever. Back in March, all casinos around the country were forced to shut down. States have gradually begun allowing these properties to reopen.

Things are far from normal, though. Intense safety regulations are set in place at all casinos around the United States. Most casinos continue to see monthly massive revenue drops when compared to the same months in 2019.

This isn’t what Virginia’s lawmakers want to see. The state has already invested a large amount of money and time into the legalization of this industry. Some analysts feel it could take years to see a full recovery, if a full recovery is possible at all.

That isn’t stopping officials from pushing ahead with their casino plans. We’re now beginning to hear more about how a casino in Bristol would help the city.

Bristol Casino Project is Expected to Boost Tourism

As of now, three cities have official permission to host one of Virginia’s new casinos. That includes Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Bristol. That latter is continuing to push hard to be one of the first cities in the state with a casino.

Many residents, business owners, and officials here are excited to see this new gaming venue open. This week, several advocates of the project spoke to the media about the benefits this new Bristol casino project will bring the city. That includes a significant increase in air traffic and tourism.

United Company President and Chief Operating Officer Martin Kent feels confident this Hard Rock-run casino will be a huge attraction.

“Hard Rock will operate the hotel and casino. There will be connectivity with their other resorts here in the U.S. and abroad, so we will have truly international reach,” he said. “Bristol will be given the opportunity to draw from a large pool of highly sought after performers. … We expect restaurants and a shopping experience. People are going to come here and stay and play and participate in many attractions as well.”

Casinos are great venues to boost tourism in a city. Many parts of the country rely almost entirely on their casinos to bring in visitors. As you might expect, the casino shutdown back in March proved to be devastating for these cities.

This venue is also expected to bring the city somewhere between $15 and $20 million in tax revenue. At a time when cities and states desperately need money, it’s easy to see why officials are pushing so hard to get the Bristol casino open.

When Will Virginia’s Sports Betting Options Become Available?

Since May of 2018, every state around the country has been given permission to legalize and regulate sports betting. 18 states have already launched their sportsbooks. Six more have approved sports betting bills and will launch their sports betting options in the near future.

As we already mentioned, Virginia has taken a complete 180 when it comes to their stance on the gambling industry. Casinos will soon be operational throughout the state. In July of 2020, Governor Northam also approved a measure to allow both online and land-based sports betting.

Many are surprised at the fact that sports betting has not become available here yet. The longer the state waits, the longer it will take to generate revenue. Ultimately, however, lawmakers here want to ensure this new industry is launched the correct way.

Most analysts predict that Virginia’s sports betting options will launch before the end of the year. It’s expected to immediately begin drawing in large revenue earnings.

If all goes to plan, construction on the Bristol casino project will begin next year. Many analysts seem to feel that it will be a huge benefit to the city. We’ll continue offering updates on this casino and others in the state over the next few weeks.

Are you excited to see casinos open in Virginia? Let us know in the comments section below!

Golden Nugget Lake Charles Takes Damage From Hurricane Laura

Many of Louisiana’s top casinos are located in Lake Charles, an area badly hit by Hurricane Laura. That includes the Golden Nugget Lake Charles, one of the most popular gambling venues in the state. New videos have emerged that show the Golden Nugget had its roof blown off by the powerful wind generated by this hurricane. Golden Nugget

The casino industry in Louisiana had already been suffering due to a lack of players and increased regulations. This hurricane certainly isn’t helping. Now is the perfect time to look at how this storm will affect the casinos here moving forward. 

Let’s get into it!

History of Louisiana’s Casino Industry

The state of Louisiana has a rich history of gambling that dates back centuries. In the mid-1700s, a regulated lottery was actually set in place here. By 1890, however, lawmakers here decided to prohibit all forms of gambling. 

It was disappointing news for gambling fans here. Many protested the new law and started calling for the legalization of certain forms of wagering. These efforts paid off in 1923 when state leaders officially legalized horse race betting. 

The ban on gambling remained in place here for years. Many casino companies attempted to convince lawmakers of the benefits that Class III gaming venues would bring to the state. These efforts failed for decades. 

In the early 90s, lawmakers in Louisiana began to see the upside in a regulated, taxed casino industry. They felt it would help to promote tourism while bringing the state some much-needed revenue. Casino gambling and an official state lottery were approved in 1993. 

Many new casinos began opening up. In 2014, the Golden Nugget Lake Charles opened its doors and instantly became one of the best casinos in Louisiana. It took inspiration from the major casino-resorts in Las Vegas, offering a massive casino floor and 1,100 hotel rooms for guests. 

The Golden Nugget is still widely considered Louisiana’s best casino. Unfortunately, this popular gaming venue took some major damage from the Hurricane now sweeping through the state. 

Hurricane Laura Rips Roof Off the Golden Nugget Lake Charles

For days, experts have been warning about the danger of Hurricane Laura. It increased in strength at an almost unprecedented rate in a very short amount of time as it approached Louisiana. Just hours before reaching land, meteorologists called it “unsurvivable” for residents on the coast. 

The Hurricane is now moving its way through the state and fortunately, it wasn’t quite as devastating as many initially predicted. It was an incredibly strong wind storm. Major flooding did not end up occurring. 

CNN just released a video showing Hurricane Laura ripping the roof off the Golden Nugget Lake Charles. It goes to show how strong the winds were during the height of the storm. The damage to this structure can clearly be seen. Check it out below. 

This city was one of the worst-hit in Louisiana. Many of the casinos here likely suffered damage. None seem quite as affected as the Golden Nugget. We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes to repair this major gaming property. 

What else is going on with the gambling industry in Louisiana?

Will More Forms of Gambling Become Available in Louisiana?

This is the question many have been asking lately. Back in March, all of Louisiana’s casinos were forced to shut down. Many of them began to reopen in May, yet revenue from this industry is still considerably lower than it was in 2019. 

Louisiana is known for having a large, passionate sports fan base. Many have been calling for sports betting to become legal and state-regulated here. Several bills have been presented here over the years. In 2020, one bill made its way past the House and Senate and will now appear on the November voting ballot. 

Louisiana’s public will now need to decide whether or not to legalize this popular form of gambling. Most feel it will pass. This should help to bring the state a significant amount of revenue each year. 

Some have also discussed the possibility of Louisiana legalizing internet casino gambling. As of now, only a few states have done so. All are profiting massively. There is no update on whether or not lawmakers here plan on looking into this industry. 

Hope is that the Golden Nugget Lake Charles, and others in the area, are able to reopen before long. We’ll be sure to offer updates on the sports betting legislation here over the next few months! 

Do you think Louisiana should expand its gambling laws? Let us know in the comments section below! 

Nevada’s Gaming Revenue Increases Again in July

Gaming analysts have been eagerly waiting to see how Nevada’s gambling industry managed to fare during the month of July. It marked the first full month that casinos were open since the shutdowns back in March. New reports on Nevada’s gaming revenue for the month of July have just been released and many are impressed at the results.Atlantic City's revenue

This doesn’t mean the state is back at pre-pandemic levels of revenue earnings. July marked a significant improvement from June, though.

Let’s take a look at how much the state’s casinos managed to bring in last month!

Tourism Rates Remain Low in Las Vegas

Prior to 2020, Las Vegas was one of the most-visited cities in the United States. More than 40 million tourists would flock here every single year to enjoy the gambling, entertainment, and nightlife available. That changed in March, when state leaders ordered all non-essential businesses, including casinos, to shut down.

This took an immediate toll on the state’s tourism industry. Very few tourists were interested in visiting Las Vegas with nearly everything shut down. At one point, two entire concourses of the Las Vegas International Airport were closed.

By June, Governor Sisolak started to allow casinos to reopen. Hope was this would result in a massive flood of excited tourists. That’s not exactly what took place. Overall, tourism into Las Vegas dropped by 70% in June when compared to the same month in 2019.

The goal for casino companies is now boosting tourism rates. Some casino owners are offering discounted room rates and unique package deals. One major casino was even providing free flights into Las Vegas!

Most expected that tourism rates would increase in July. As time goes on, more people around the country are looking for a fun way to escape their regulations at home. With nearly all casinos in Las Vegas now open, the city is as close to normal as we’re going to get right now.

We’re now seeing how much money the casinos throughout Nevada managed to bring in last month.

Breaking Down Nevada’s Gaming Revenue For the Month of July

As we just mentioned, most analysts predicted that tourism rates in Nevada would increase in July. The same can be said for gambling revenue. With more casinos open, it seemed highly likely that revenue reports would improve.

These predictions were correct. According to new reports from the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Nevada managed to bring in $756.8 million during July. That marks a large increase from the $566.8 million earned here in June.

Mike Lawton, an analyst for the Gaming Control Board, offered a statement on the increase to the media this week.

“This month’s numbers, I think, exceeded everyone’s expectations,” Lawton said. “The question now is can we continue to grow off this.” 

Interestingly, revenue from the Las Vegas Strip was much less than many predicted. This area only brought in $330.1 million, marking a 39.2% decrease from July of 2019. Casinos in South Shore Lake Tahoe, another popular gaming area, earned just $21.1 million in July.

Nevada’s gaming revenue during the month of July is an improvement from June. When compared to 2019, however, it’s easy to see that the state still has a long way to go. Revenue earnings in July of 2020 fell by 26.2% million compared to last year.

Nevada Fears More States Regulating Online Gambling

There’s no doubt that Nevada remains the top casino state in the country. Some of the world’s most impressive casino-resorts are located here. Prior to 2020, revenue was surging here and tourism was at an all-time high.

Many people around the country are now choosing to stay home, making their wagers at home. Several states currently regulate their online gambling industries. That includes New Jersey, a state that now earns a huge amount of money from its internet sports betting, poker, and casino options.

More states are beginning to look into the regulation of online gambling. This is worrisome for officials in Nevada, who fear that more online gambling options will result in a tourism drop in cities like Las Vegas. Some now feel that Nevada should get ahead of the game by regulating online casino gambling itself.

Krejcik Gaming Research analyst Chris Grove believes Nevada would benefit greatly by taking this step.

“It’s evident to us that the introduction of online casinos would have an additive impact on the total amount of gambling revenue generated by the Nevada locals market,” Grove said.

It’s great to see that Nevada’s gaming revenue increased from June. Based on the current trend, August will be an even better month.

When do you expect casino revenue in Nevada to return to normal? Let us know in the comments section below!

Spending in Las Vegas Remains Low Throughout 2020

Las Vegas remains one of the biggest tourism cities in the United States. Unfortunately, the tourism industry has been struggling for almost the entire year. Things are improving, yet tourism spending in Las Vegas is considerably lower this year than it was in 2020.Spending Money

It’s not what city and state officials had hoped to hear. Many felt that by late-August, we’d be back to normal. Now is the perfect time to take a look at how much money visitors to Las Vegas are spending right now.

Let’s get into it!

Casino Revenue is Slowly Increasing in Nevada

In early June, after months of deliberation between state leaders and gaming officials, casinos in the state of Nevada were finally given permission to reopen. At first, only a few of the major casino-resorts in Las Vegas began to open back up. As time went on, more of these massive gambling venues started to reopen.

In 2020’s second quarter, casino revenue was almost non-existent. Wynn Resorts saw its revenue during this time fall by 95% when compared to 2019. Las Vegas Sands was even worse with an astounding 97% drop in its Q2 revenue.

This wasn’t surprising, though. In April, and May, and June, most casinos in the state of Nevada were completely shut down. The only money these properties were making came from their online operations. Things immediately began to improve in quarter three of 2020.

July was certainly a better month than June. August is likely to be an even better month than that. Unfortunately, the revenue that casinos in Las Vegas and the rest of Nevada are earning is still considerably lower than what was being made in 2019.

It’s now becoming clear that tourism is down, as well. Reports are beginning to come out that show how many visitors are heading to Las Vegas, and how much they are spending. Things are a little worse than many had hoped.

Here’s where things stand.

Tourism Spending in Las Vegas is Still Down Heading into September

A huge number of employees in the city of Las Vegas rely on tourists. The closure of casinos has resulted in a major dip in tourism and things have still not completely recovered. It now appears that many visitors here are still unwilling to spend as much as they would have prior to March.

Jeremy Aguero, principal for Applied Analysis, claims the state is getting a different kind of tourism and, as a result, spending is down.

“While there’s no doubt that some high-valued consumers have found their way back to Las Vegas … there’s a broad mix of consumers that are ultimately coming back,” he said. “You’re getting a lot of drive-in traffic … (which) is going to be a bit different in terms of spend profile than what you would normally see.”

Macquarie Research just released a report that details how much spending in Las Vegas has dropped in 2020. The report shows that 40% of Las Vegas visitors would spend less money than they would have in 2019. 50% of visitors claim they would spend the same amount of money.

Interestingly, 37% of the people surveyed claim they would spend less time in Las Vegas amid the pandemic. 60% claim the pandemic would have no impact on the amount of time they spend in the city.

This is a tough blow for the employees that rely on tips and generous spending. Hope is that rates of tourism and spending begin to increase as the year goes on.

Casino Worker Layoffs Are Still Taking Place Around the US

Individual employees aren’t the only ones being affected by the drop in spending in Las Vegas. Major casino companies are feeling the dip in revenue, as well. This is leading to many companies being forced to lay off large numbers of workers.

We’ve been seeing this since March. That month, a huge number of workers were informed their jobs would be lost. Many of these jobs returned in June, only to be taken away as revenue earnings failed to bounce back.

Many of the top casino companies in Nevada are doing everything they can to avoid these layoffs, though. In late July, Las Vegas Sands announced a new plan to pay their workers. The Sheldon Adelson-run company claims it will continue paying all employees until at least October 31st.

Hopefully, things have improved in a major way by then. The trend seems to be heading that way. Several states have begun seeing large casino revenue increases. No one can really say how things will look by the end of 2020.

It may take years before spending in Las Vegas is back to the way it was in 2019. We’ll continue to offer updates on tourism rates and revenue here over the next few months.

Are you surprised to hear that spending is down in Las Vegas? When do you expect things will return to normal? Let us know in the comments section below!

Casino Revenue in Kansas Dropped Once Again in July

Lawmakers in Kansas recently began allowing their casinos to reopen to the public. Unfortunately, the gaming venues here are earning considerably less than they did prior to the shutdowns. New reports from the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission show that casino revenue in Kansas fell considerably in July.Kansas Casinos

Some of the casinos here saw a revenue loss larger than others. With September approaching, now is a great time to look at how much some of these gaming venues managed to bring in.

Let’s get into it!

The US Casino Industry is Slowly Returning to Life

It’s been months since state leaders across the country began ordering casinos to shut down. The impact of these shutdowns was immediate in many areas. Places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City quickly began looking at ways to safely get their casinos operational again.

It has been a difficult road for casino companies in the US. Even now, most are seeing massive dips in their revenue earnings. Regulations continue to change from state to state and some commercial casinos may be forced to close down again in the near future.

Online gambling operations have been skyrocketing for the past few months. Fewer people are willing to visit a land-based gambling venue and now prefer to make their casino bets over the internet. This has brought many casino companies some much-needed revenue.

Each state sets its own timetable to reopen casinos. Kansas started allowing its major commercial gaming properties to open in early June. It was great news for gambling fans and employees within these venues.

Things haven’t completely recovered in this state, though. Kansas is home to some world-class casinos, yet these properties are still struggling to earn revenue. Reports have recently surfaced that show how much money the different casinos here brought in last month.

Here’s where things stand.

Here’s How Much Casino Revenue in Kansas Fell in July

As we’ve already mentioned, the past few months have been extremely difficult for US casino companies. Some parts of the country have seen their revenue earnings slowly increase. Over in Kansas, some casinos are faring better than others.

The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission has just released a report showing how much the state’s different gaming venues managed to bring in. Many are focusing on the Hollywood Casino & Resort, which earned just over $8,511,480. That represents a 32% drop from the same month in 2019.

Over in Mulvane, the Kansas Star Casino & Resort brought in $13,811,839 during the month of July. In July of 2019, this venue managed to bring in $15,603,150.

It’s clear that casino revenue in Kansas is lower than it should be. Fortunately, things seem to be improving month-to-month. Most of the casinos here saw their revenue jump when compared to June.

We’ll soon see how much casinos here were able to bring in during August. Most analysts feel that things will improve. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

Will Kansas Begin Regulating Other Forms of Gambling?

Prior to 2020, the land-based casino industry in Kansas was surging. Many felt this state could become the next major gambling destination of the Midwest. Now, several lawmakers here are taking a closer look at other forms of gambling regulation.

We’re seeing states with regulated sports betting options earn a tremendous amount of money right now. It’s no surprise that so many states are now looking at this industry, as well. Many feel that several more sports betting bills will be approved before the end of 2020.

Kansas has not yet approved any measures to legalize sports gambling. Several bills have been presented over the years, yet none have made it through the House and Senate. This may still change before the year is over.

Online casinos in Kansas are already growing more popular. This trend is likely to continue as time goes on and many feel it’s time for the state to regulate this industry. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation over the next few months.

It could be months before we see casino revenue in Kansas increase to 2019’s level once again. In the meantime, casino companies will be looking at new and exciting ways to draw in players.

Are you surprised at the revenue reports here? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Las Vegas Virgin Hotel May Not Open This Fall

Back in 2018, Virgin announced it had purchased the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Since that time, the company has been focusing on renovating and rebranding the popular gambling venue. New reports have just surfaced that show the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel may be forced to delay its opening date.Virgin Hotels Logo

It’s disappointing news to hear. Many are excited to see what this venue has to offer. Today, we’re going to talk about what the owners of this hotel-casino have planned.

Let’s get into it!

Looking Back at Virgin’s Purchase of the Hard Rock Hotel-Casino

The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas first opened to the public in March of 1995. It quickly became a popular venue with both locals and tourists. Over the years, this property went through several major renovations.

Ownership of this hotel-casino changed hands several times over the years. In 2006, it was sold to Morgans Hotel Group for $770 million. Five years later, Warner Gaming took control over the Hard Rock Hotel and began looking at new ways to boost revenue.

Things didn’t go as planned and revenue here continued to decrease. Many rumors began surfacing that Warner Gaming was looking to sell this venue. In March of 2018, these rumors turned out to be correct.

Virgin Hotels, part of Virgin Group, agreed to the purchase for $500 million. Company officials immediately began revealing plans for the venue. It was closed for eight months while construction and redesigning took place.

The opening date for the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel was pushed back several times. Many felt the global pandemic would push the date back even farther. New statements from company officials seem to indicate this is now a real possibility.

Here’s a look at why the Hard Rock may be forced to delay its opening date once again.

Company Officials May Delay the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel Opening Date

Opening a new hotel-casino in Las Vegas takes a significant amount of time and effort. Virgin Hotels is still a new company and it’s clear officials here are focused on making their new Las Vegas property a special one. Unfortunately, that’s led to several delays getting it open.

New reports seem to indicate that the planned opening in fall may now be pushed back. Richard Bosworth, President and CEO of the parent company of Virgin Hotels confirmed this to the media this week. Bosworth claims that “COVID-19 regulations, market conditions and recent event convention cancellations” could force the delay.

“The operations team is expected to receive the keys to the property in early November,” Bosworth revealed in a company statement. “The ownership group is carefully evaluating the previously announced fall 2020 opening date.”

An official reopening date will be revealed in September. Company leaders are taking a close look at whether or not pushing this date back will be financially beneficial. Based on how things are going in Las Vegas, that seems more likely than ever before.

Richard Bosworth and other officials within Virgin have to be disappointed with this development. All major hotel-casino companies operating in Las Vegas are feeling the effects of the pandemic. Things seem to be slowly improving, though.

Gaming Revenue in Nevada is Slowly Increasing

Between March and June, gambling revenue in the state of Nevada was almost non-existent. All casinos in the state were shut down during this time. The only real money these venues were making came from their online operations.

Several major casino companies saw their second-quarter revenue earnings fall by more than 95%. As the weeks go on, however, these companies are managing to bring in more money. Tourism rates in Las Vegas are increasing, as well.

Full recovery is still a long way away. Casinos are forced to limit occupancy and order social distancing. Many are unwilling to visit the city with so many regulations set in place.

The same can be said for Atlantic City. New Jersey’s casinos were given permission to reopen in early July. Revenue remains low here, yet it’s slowly increasing as time goes on.

It’s a tough situation for casino companies. It seems more likely that the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel will be forced to open at a later date than originally planned. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation as they come up.

Are you excited to see Virgin’s new Las Vegas hotel? Let us know in the comments section below!

Demolition On the Trump Plaza Casino is Now Underway

For years, officials within Atlantic City have been calling for the demolition of the Trump Plaza Casino. Issues have come up, and until fairly recently, this abandoned property remained on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Demolition on this hotel-casino has finally begun and should finish at some point in 2021.Trump Plaza Casino

Many are excited to hear this venue finally being taken down. Atlantic City is one of the country’s top casino destinations and many companies are interested in building a new hotel-casino where the Trump Casino currently sits. Today, we’re going to talk about what the demolition of this property means for the city moving forward.

Let’s get into it!

History of Donald Trump’s Atlantic City Hotel-Casino

Back in the 1980s, Atlantic City was one of the most exciting gambling destinations in the United States. Casino gambling had been officially legalized in 1976 and some of the biggest casino companies immediately began opening properties here. In June of 1982, The Trump Organization began the construction of a new major gaming venue on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

In May of 1984, this property officially opened its doors to the public. It was one of the most impressive hotel-casinos in the city with 614 rooms, seven restaurants, and a 60,000 square-foot casino. It immediately became a hit with gamblers from around the East Coast.

Over the years, the Trump Plaza Casino became a major sports venue, as well. Several major events including Wrestlemania IV and Wrestlemania V were held here. This helped to bring the hotel-casino even more exposure.

Revenue figures here began to sharply decline in the 1990s. By 1995, Donald Trump granted ownership of this venue to the Trump Entertainment Resorts. In 2011, company officials announced they planned to either sell or renovate this property.

In September of 2014, the hotel and casino finally closed its doors for the last time. It wasn’t the only major casino-resort here to make this decision. The recession had taken a major toll on Atlantic City and four other hotel-casinos in the city had already shut down.

This venue has remained in Atlantic City over the years, despite being closed. Many have called for it to be demolished. This month, officials finally began the process of tearing this old gambling venue down.

The Trump Plaza Casino is Now Being Taken Down

Atlantic City was hurting badly from 2008 to 2016. Over the past few years, however, things have completely turned around. The legalization of sports betting and investments from outside companies have once again turned this New Jersey city into one of the best casino destinations in the US.

Of course, the pandemic has halted the progress that was being made here. Back in March, all of Atlantic City’s casinos were ordered to shut down. It wasn’t until July that they were given permission to reopen.

There have been calls to demolish the Trump Plaza Casino for years. Many felt its removal would open the opportunity for a new hotel-casino to be constructed. Billionaire Carl Icahn now owns the land this venue sits on, and repeatedly told the media that demolition would begin once all the contracts were agreed to.

It took time, yet the process of tearing down this property has finally begun. A demolition crew from Pennsylvania have begun taking the hotel-casino down piece by piece. If all goes according to plan, the official implosion of the venue will happen sometime in 2021.

It’s not entirely clear what will be built here. Most feel another hotel-casino will be opened on the property. Carl Icahn has not publicly revealed what’s being planned. We’re likely to hear more about this situation once demolition is complete.

Atlantic City Casinos Still Struggle to Generate Revenue

For years, the small city of Atlantic City was seeing its local economy flourish. Tourism rates were high and casinos here were bringing in an incredible amount of revenue from their land-based and regulated online gambling operations. Things took a major turn in March after these casinos were forced to close.

Most of the gambling venues in the city have been reopened for more than a month. Unfortunately, revenue figures are considerably lower than what was seen at the start of 2020. It’s not entirely clear when this trend will change.

The truth is that most people are hesitant to visit a crowded casino right now. That’s particularly true with the new health and safety rules set in place inside these casinos. Most experts feel things will stay that way for the rest of 2020.

Things are very similar over in Las Vegas. Here, casinos have been open for even longer. Several companies here released their second-quarter revenue reports for 2020 and things are just as bad as most predicted they would be.

Many casino companies are now beginning to focus more on their online gambling operations. Revenue from the internet casino industry has actually increased since March. It seems likely that more states will begin looking into online gambling regulation as the months go on.

It will be interesting to see what replaces the Trump Plaza Casino. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

US Online Gambling Revenue is Surging in 2020

We’re now in mid-August, and many of the country’s top gambling venues remain shut down. Many felt that casinos would only remain closed for a few weeks. As time goes on, however, more people recognize how difficult it is to reopen casinos right now. Interestingly, US online gambling revenue is surging thus far in 2020.Revenue Increase Figure

States are beginning to take notice of this revenue jump. It’s likely that more state leaders will begin looking into the legalization of this industry soon.

Today, we’re going to look at how much online gaming revenue jumped already this year.

Many Casinos Remain Closed Around the Country

For the past few years, the US casino industry has been growing steadily. Major gambling destinations such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City saw their tourism rates surge. Several massive new casino-resorts were being constructed around the country and some felt we’d entered into a new golden age for the gambling industry.

Things came to a screeching halt in March. At that time, health officials began warning that crowded venues would be prime locations for the new coronavirus to spread. State leaders around the country immediately called for the closure of all casinos.

Some parts of the US were hit harder due to these regulations than others. Places like Las Vegas, for example, took an immediate blow. This city relies heavily on its tourism and gambling industry. An incredible number of jobs were immediately lost due to the casinos shutdowns.

To make matters worse, no one knew when these regulations would be lifted. Casino companies immediately began coming up with plans to safely reopen. It wasn’t until June that casinos in Las Vegas were given permission to start accepting guests again.

Even today, many states are prohibiting their commercial casinos from reopening. Over in New York, a large rally is being held this week to protest these regulations. It’s still unclear when all of the country’s gaming venues will be allowed to reopen. Many will likely be forced to permanently close their doors.

The longer land-based casinos remain closed, the more popular online casino gambling becomes. Reports have just surfaced that show how much revenue the country’s regulated online casino industry is generating right now.

Here’s How Much US Online Gambling Revenue Already Increased in 2020

Online gambling has always been popular in the US. In recent years, several states have chosen to officially regulate and tax this industry. These states are now earning a massive amount of revenue from this industry.

It’s now becoming clear how much money the US online casino and poker industry is earning. This week, the American Gambling Association released a report showing the jump in earnings. The report claims US online gambling revenue tripled in 2020’s second quarter when compared to 2019.

The online poker and casino industry managed to bring in an incredible $402 million through April, May, and June. It’s the largest revenue increase ever recorded. Land-based casinos, unfortunately, saw their revenue dip by more than 80% in 2020’s second quarter.

Casey Clark, a vice president at the American Gaming Association, spoke with Business Insider about this massive revenue increase this week.

“Consumers like convenience,” Clark said. “There was very little competition from brick-and-mortar casinos in the second quarter.”

This trend probably won’t slow down anytime soon. More states are likely to begin looking into the regulations of this industry soon. Casino companies across the country may begin focusing more on their online operations, as well.

Sports betting is growing more popular now, as well. This industry is also becoming highly profitable for many different states around the country.

Online Sports Betting Revenue Continues to Surge

The land-based casino industry in the US wasn’t the only one to be affected by the regulations being set around the country. The professional sports industry was hit extremely hard, as well. All major sports leagues around the country were forced to shut down in March and many have only recently begun to operate again.

Some leagues saw the situation as an opportunity. The UFC became the first league to come back and is now more popular than ever before. Today, the MLS, MLB, and NBA are all holding their seasons, albeit with significant changes set in place.

Online sports betting is now extremely popular around the country. More than 20 states around the country have officially legalized and regulated this industry. Many more are likely to do so over the next few years.

Casino companies around the country saw their second-quarter revenue earnings drop sharply. It’s clear that US online gambling revenue is increasing right now and more of these companies are taking notice. We’ll likely see a major push to regulate internet casino gambling in more states around the country soon.

It’s an extremely unusual time for the gambling industry. Things are changing fast and no one really knows how things will look by the time 2021 rolls around. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on the country’s casino industry over the next few weeks.

Are you surprised to see how much online gambling revenue has increased? Let us know in the comments section below!

Casino Workers Rally to Get NY Casinos Open

For many weeks, New York was the state most affected by the new coronavirus spreading around the world. Cases have dropped here, yet state leaders have remained extremely hesitant to reopen any gambling venues. A large number of casino workers are now planning to hold a rally in Albany to finally get NY casino open again.

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The casino shutdown has been devastating for many New York residents. As time goes on, more individuals here are calling for casinos to begin operating again. Now is the perfect time to look at what New York has planned for its casino industry.

Let’s get into it!

New York’s Casino Industry Has Been Shut Down for Months

When most people think about East Coast gambling hubs, places like Atlantic City come to mind. Many are unaware of the fact that New York has a large and successful casino industry. For years, both tribal and commercial casinos have been allowed to operate in this state.

Competition in NY’s casino industry is extremely high. Many of the casinos here are located within a small area in Upstate New York. These gambling venues employ a huge number of individuals and bring valuable revenue to the state.

Back in March, Governor Cuomo ordered all of New York’s casinos to close down. Everyone agreed it was the correct decision. That’s particularly true after the massive spike in Covid-19 cases experienced here.

Fortunately, cases have remained low for the past few weeks. The hesitation to reopen different industries is beginning to take a serious toll on the state economy, though.

Casinos play an important role in New York, particularly in the Upstate area. Many are now calling for these venues to reopen. It’s still not clear when casinos will begin operating again, however, and some residents are now protesting these shutdowns.

Will the upcoming rally push lawmakers to finally reopen casinos?

Gaming Employees Continue to Work On Getting NY Casinos Open

Most states around the US have now allowed casinos to begin operating again. That includes New Jersey, Mississippi, and Nevada. All of these states are seeing their gambling revenue fluctuate.

States with reopened casino industries are beginning to receive some much-needed money via taxes. Many residents in these states have also seen their jobs return after casinos opened back up. Over in New York, however, casinos remain closed to the public.

This week, three prominent casino workers announced a major rally in Albany to protest the regulations still in place. The group hopes to get NY casinos open again after months of being shut down. Thousands of casino employees have already signed an online petition to lift the casino restrictions set in place.

Greg Mallette, cage operations manager and assistant hotel manager for Vernon Downs, simply hopes this rally will push lawmakers to offer a timetable on when casinos can reopen.

“When you are putting us in a position where we just have no guidance, we have no idea whatsoever,” he said. “We don’t know if it’s going to be next week, if it’s going to be two weeks or if we are going to get to Oct. 1 and we’re all going to be laid off. That’s the worst part of it.”

We’ll need to wait and see if this rally helps to get NY casinos open. In the meantime, gambling revenue in New Jersey is likely to increase.

What’s Happening Over in Atlantic City?

The state of New York is taking its time reopening casinos. It’s clear this is hurting many residents here. The casino shutdown in Atlantic City was considerably worse, though. Fortunately, all casinos here are now operating again.

Governor Phil Murphy began allowing casinos to reopen here in early July. Towards the end of that month, the Borgata Hotel-Casino became the final casino to open up here. The reopening of these venues was crucial for Atlantic City to survive.

It was clear that things needed to change here. Gambling revenue was almost non-existent for months and a huge number of residents in New Jersey lost their jobs. Revenue has slowly begun to increase here and should continue to get better as the months go on.

Intense regulations are still being set in place at all Atlantic City casinos. Eating, drinking, and smoking are prohibited here. Most feel these regulations will be set in place inside these venues for the rest of 2020.

Many residents in neighboring states are now visiting New Jersey to gamble. If NY casinos open back up, that may change. We’ll continue offering updates on the situation over the next few weeks.

Do you think it’s time for New York to reopen its casinos? Let us know in the comments section below!

Casino Revenue in Atlantic City Dropped by 23% in July

July marked the first month that casinos in Atlantic City reopened. Many had questions as to how much money these gambling venues would earn once they began accepting guests again. This week, reports on casino revenue in Atlantic City for the month of July finally surfaced.Revenue Drop Picture

It should come as no surprise that revenue here dropped. Today, we’re going to look at exactly how much money these properties managed to bring in. We’ll also talk about how revenue figures here may change as time goes on.

Let’s get into it!

New Jersey’s Casino Industry is Now Up and Running Again

There’s no doubt that New Jersey has the biggest casino industry on the East Coast. Atlantic City has recovered since the economic recession in 2008 and is now home to some of the country’s best casino-resorts. Back in March, however, all of the casinos here were forced to shut down.

This proved to be devastating to the local economy. A huge number of residents in this city rely on casinos in one way or another. The casino companies here also began to suffer and many feared they would be forced to permanently shut down.

That didn’t prove to be the case. Governor Phil Murphy eventually gave these casinos permission to reopen over the Fourth of July weekend. The Borgata Hotel-Casino began operating again in late July, making it the final gambling venue in the city to open back up.

Intense safety measures are set inside all of these properties. Masks are required on the casino floor. Eating, drinking, and smoking are all prohibited. It seemed likely that visitation would drop with so many safety new rules set in place.

Casino revenue has been dropping around the country. That was particularly true over March, April, and May, when most casinos were closed. This week, we learned how much money Atlantic City’s casinos managed to bring in during the month of July.

Here’s where things stand.

Reports on Casino Revenue in Atlantic City Are Out!

Many had questions about how much money casinos in Atlantic City would make in July. Some had concerns that tourism rates would remain extremely low. Everyone knew that the casinos here would experience a dip in revenue earnings.

According to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, casino revenue in Atlantic City dropped by 23% when compared to the same month in 2019. The casinos here managed to bring in just under $248.7 million last month. It’s a significant decline from the $323.3 million made a year ago.

This is not very surprising. As we already mentioned, the Borgata Hotel-Casino was only operational for nine days last month. The regulations we mentioned have also led to a significant drop in tourism, which negatively impacts revenue.

Jane Bokunewicz, coordinator of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton University, believes the figures represent a win for New Jersey’s casino industry.

“Even with public health precautions in place, there was great concern that patrons would not yet feel safe visiting the casinos in person, and there would be an extended ‘COVID drag’ on the industry,” Bokunewicz said. “Although total casino win for July was down, [the revenue report] shows that a significant number of gamblers were willing to play in person.” 

Casino revenue figures likely won’t return to normal for at least a year. As time goes on, casino companies will likely focus more on their online gambling operations. More states are also beginning to take a closer look at the legalization of sports betting.

More States Are Looking into Sports Betting Legislation

Back in mid-2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA. This immediately gave every state in the country the ability to legalize sports gambling. It’s been more than two years, and 24 different states have legalized this form of gambling.

This is proving to be a hugely successful industry. Despite many sports being shut down for months, sports betting has been growing more popular. It’s been an important source of revenue for many casino companies.

State leaders recognize the revenue potential from this industry. For a time, it seemed highly likely that Massachusetts would legalize this form of gambling this year. To the surprise of many, the Massachusetts State Senate rejected the bills to legalize this form of gambling.

The same can be said for California. Gambling proponents have presented several bills to allow sports betting here. Unfortunately, state officials failed to come to a deal with Native American tribes on how to offer sports betting options. It now appears the state’s sports gambling plans will be delayed at least a year.

These delays won’t last forever. Most feel that sports betting will become legal in almost every state within the next few years.

Are you surprised to see casino revenue in Atlantic City drop by so much? When do you expect these figures to return to normal? Let us know in the comments section below.

What’s Going On With Pennsylvania’s Casino Industry?

There are nearly 20 gambling venues spread around the state of Pennsylvania. Some of these are stand-alone casinos offering a wide range of different gambling options. Others are racinos, offering casino games inside horse race tracks. Unfortunately, the shutdown of Pennsylvania’s casino industry cost the state a massive amount of revenue over the past few months.Pennsylvania Street Sign

Casinos here are slowly getting back on track. Things are far from normal, though. Today, we’re going to look at how much money was lost due to the shutdown of casinos here. We’ll also talk about how these revenue losses may rebound.

Let’s get into it!

Most of Pennsylvania’s Casinos Have Now Reopened

Pennsylvania has a large and successful casino industry. In March, state leaders here ordered all of their gambling venues to completely shut down. It wasn’t surprising news. All other states around the country ordered their casinos to close down, as well.

Casino companies here immediately expressed their concern. Initially, it was unclear how long it would take for casinos to reopen. The months went on and all of this state’s casinos remained closed down to the public.

As many already know, Pennsylvania is one of the few states with legal online casinos. These casino gambling platforms grew extremely popular during the casino shutdown. Many residents here continued to call for land-based restrictions to be lifted, though.

Fortunately, most casinos in PA are now open. In May, state leaders began allowing casinos to accept guests again. Intense safety measures remain set in place inside all of these venues. That includes separating players at table games and requiring masks.

Gambling fans in this state are happy to see this change. Casino revenue has been slowly increasing since casinos started opening in May and June. Now, many analysts are looking back at the impact keeping casinos closed had on the state.

Many are surprised to see how much money the state lost due to the casino closures.

The Shutdown of Pennsylvania’s Casino Industry Cost Hundreds of Millions

The land-based casino took a tremendous hit over the past six months. Even now, the vast majority of casinos around the country are seeing major dips in revenue earnings. Pennsylvania’s casino industry is struggling to stay afloat.

Recently, reports surfaced that show how much money was lost once casinos were shut down. The casinos themselves missed out on an estimated $968.8 million. It’s being said that the state lost out on an incredible $424 million via taxes from this industry.

Pennsylvania is known for having extremely high tax rates on casinos. Analysts within The Allegheny Institute, who published this report, shed light on how internet casinos managed to bring the state some much-needed revenue.

“Call it intuition or just plain luck that internet gaming made its debut in Pennsylvania casinos in July 2019,” the report states. “While not all casinos in Pennsylvania offer online gaming options, for those that do, total internet gaming revenue (including online table games, internet slot machines and online poker) jumped from $13.9 million in January 2020 to $50 million in June, an increase of 258.6 percent.”

State leaders are guaranteed to take notice of this revenue loss. It seems that many failed to realize how important the casino industry really was for the state. Fortunately, revenue is increasing now that casinos here have begun accepting guests again.

Will more states begin looking into the legalization of online casino gambling now?

Online Casino Regulation Can Bring States Valuable Revenue

Prior to the shutdown in March, the US gambling industry was thriving. Casinos continued to see their earnings increase. States with regulated sports betting options saw revenue from this industry surging, as well.

As casinos started shutting down, states realized how important these venues really are. Obviously, casinos employ a huge number of state residents. They also bring the state and local communities large amounts of money every month.

Only a few states have regulated online casino options right now. That seems likely to change soon. State leaders across the country are seeing how much revenue a regulated internet casino industry can bring in.

Some feel that Nevada needs to begin allowing online casino gambling. Casinos here started to reopen in June. Cities like Las Vegas are now back up and running, yet casino revenue remains significantly lower than it was in 2019.

The regulation of online casinos can help to turn things around. We’ll need to wait and see how state officials here move forward with online gambling plans over the next six months.

Are you surprised to see how much money Pennsylvania’s casino industry lost this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

Events at the HyperX Esports Arena Are Set to Resume

As the weeks go on, more venues in Las Vegas open up. Most major properties here are starting to accept guests again in hopes that it helps to boost tourism into the city. This week, news surfaced that events at the HyperX Esports Arena are about to resume.HyperX Esports Arena

This is the largest Esports venue in the city of Las Vegas. We’re likely to see several major gaming tournaments take place here over the next few weeks. Today, we’re going to talk about how the opening of this major arena will affect Las Vegas moving forward.

Let’s get into it!

Esports Betting is More Popular Than Ever Before

When all major sports leagues shut down in March, no one could accurately say how long this would last for. As the weeks dragged on, it became clear that the professional sports industry was in trouble. It wasn’t until May that some of the country’s leagues began to resume their operations.

Esports, however, never truly shut down. Unlike traditional sports, these events can easily be played with social distancing measures set in place. For a time, major Esports tournaments were the only form of live entertainment out there.

Video game fans began tuning into the different events taking place around the country. Many of these fans began to realize that different online sportsbooks such as Bovada offer betting odds for these tournaments. In some cases, the odds for Esports tournaments are better than what you’ll find for a traditional sporting event.

We’re now in August, and many of the country’s professional sports leagues have resumed. Some are finding more success safely putting on their seasons than others. Incredibly, the popularity of Esports betting has not dropped significantly even as more sports get back on track.

Gaming fans have several exciting events to look forward to over the next few weeks. That includes the Call Of Duty League tournament scheduled to begin on August 19th. A full set of odds are now available for this tournament.

It’s now beginning to look like we’ll soon see major in-person Esports events taking place in Las Vegas again.

AEE is Already Booking Events at the HyperX Esports Arena

The professional sports industry is far from being the only one being hit hard this year. As more are aware of, the land-based casino industry has been devastated over the past six months. Most casinos around the country have started operating again, yet gambling revenue remains far lower than what it was in 2019.

This has obviously taken a major toll on Las Vegas. In June, many of the casinos here began accepting guests again. Today, nearly all major casinos in the city have started operating again and revenue is slowly beginning to increase.

With many restrictions now lifted, more venues in the city are looking to reopen, as well. News has just surfaced that events at the HyperX Esports Arena are set to resume soon. Allied Esports Entertainment, owners of this major venue located inside the Luxor Hotel-Casino, have confirmed that they’ve already begun booking events.

Hope is that the resumption of events here will boost the company’s revenue earnings. In 2020’s second-quarter, AEE saw its revenue drop by an astounding 78%. Company officials attribute this drop to the closure of the HyperX Arena. As events resume here, earnings should quickly increase. CFO Tony Hung gave his take on the situation to the media this week.

“I definitely feel that we’ve kind of reached the bottom and that we’re starting to trend back up again,” Hung said.

AEE claims to have events booked months in advance. The first major Esports events should resume here within the next couple of weeks. Odds for these events are likely to become available online as soon as they are announced.

What else is expected to open in Las Vegas?

Health Officials Continue to Keep an Eye on Nevada

Nevada has been working hard to revamp its tourism industry. Of course, this comes with an added health risk to residents in the state. With casinos now open, many fear that rates of Covid-19 will continue to increase in the state.

That isn’t stopping casino companies from opening more of their venues. As we already mentioned, nearly all of the major casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip are open again. Casino construction projects have resumed, as well.

For years, Resorts World Las Vegas has been under construction. It’s the most expensive casino-resort ever built in the city. Despite the numerous complications stemming from the global pandemic, the plan to open this new property in summer of 2021 remains in place.

Another exciting new venue being constructed here is the MSP Sphere. It’s a massive new entertainment venue located just off the Strip. An official opening date for this venue has not been announced.

Soon, events at the HyperX Esports Arena will resume. Hopefully, this helps to boost tourism into Las Vegas while bringing Allied Esports Entertainment some much-needed revenue.

Stay tuned for more Las Vegas news over the next few weeks!

Here’s Why Macau Casino Share Prices Are Surging

Macau remains one of the world’s top casino destinations. For months, however, tourism into the city has been sparse and gambling revenue is dropping. Interestingly, Macau’s casino share prices have begun to increase this week. Today, we’re going to look at why this is.Wynn Resorts In Macau

Casino companies have to be pleased with this development. Many have been hurting badly through 2020. Some feel that Macau may end up being a source of valuable revenue for these companies heading into 2021.

Let’s look at what’s going on here!

US Casino Companies Continue to Release Revenue Reports

Casinos around the world are still being heavily affected by the global pandemic. The US remains the hardest-hit country from this new virus and casinos here are struggling to bring in players. It’s unclear when this trend may begin to change.

In recent weeks, some of the country’s biggest casino companies have begun releasing their second-quarter revenue reports. Things are about as bleak as most analysts predicted. All of these companies saw massive drops in revenue when compared to the same quarter in 2019.

Las Vegas Sands experienced a massive 97% drop in revenue in 2020’s Q2. Over these three months, the company managed to bring in just $98 million. That represents the worst quarter in the company’s history.

Wynn Resorts also offered some insight into its second-quarter earnings. This massive casino operator saw a 95% drop in revenue. Company officials are confident thing will look significantly better through July, August, and September.

It’s been a tough year for the land-based gambling industry. Many casinos have already been forced to permanently shut down. More are likely to do so over the next six months.

More focus is beginning to shift towards Macau, where rates of tourism may be about to increase.

Macau Casino Share Prices Have Begun to Increase

As we already mentioned, tourism into Macau has been almost non-existent for months. Much of that was due to the travel restrictions that mainland china set on this territory. In the past, visitors to Macau were forced to quarantine for two weeks after returning to the mainland.

Officials in Macau have been complaining about these regulations. Many felt they made it impossible for the tourism industry here to thrive. It now appears that the government in Mainland China agrees.

Authorities in the Hong Kong and Macau tourism offices have confirmed that visitors to these cities will no longer need to quarantine after returning to the mainland. Visitors will, however, need to obtain a negative Covid-19 test and a green health code in order to return home.

It seems likely that this will help to increase tourism to Macau. As a result, many Macau casino share prices have begun to increase. Melco Resorts & Entertainment saw an increase of 5.41%. Las Vegas Sands saw a 4.07% increase. Wynn Resorts’ share prices increase by 4.14%. Lastly, MGM Resorts International saw an increase of 1.42%.

It’s great news for these companies. It may be more than a year before casinos in the US see their revenue earnings return to normal. Hope is that Macau manages to make up for some of the revenue losses experienced in the United States.

What else can US casinos do to increase their earnings?

Online Gambling is Growing More Popular in the US

Many gambling fans have been disappointed to see their local casinos either closed or with significant restrictions set in place. As we mentioned earlier, many of these venues may be forced to permanently close down. The popularity of online gambling is now growing as a result.

Many love the convenience that these sites offer. It can also be exciting to see how many different gambling options these websites provide.

Sports betting is more popular now than ever before. More than 20 states have passed laws to legalize and regulate this industry. Many more are likely to do so over the next couple of months.

The surge in online gambling is likely to continue for some time. As more states earn money from their internet gambling industries, more states are likely to begin looking into its regulation, as well. Hopefully, the land-based casino industry begins to recover soon, as well.

We’ll need to wait and see how Macau casino share prices change as the weeks go on. It will be interesting to see how quickly tourism rates jump here with China’s travel restrictions now lifted. Make sure to stay tuned for updates.

Do you plan on visiting Macau anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

Golden Entertainment Discusses its Future Plans

Golden Entertainment is one of the largest operators of small gaming venues in the United States. Like all other gaming companies, it’s been hit hard by the global pandemic and continues to see its revenue drop. This week, the CEO of this major gaming company began discussing the strategies it will take over the next six months.Golden Entertainment Logo

Casino companies around the country are working on new strategies to increase their revenue flow. This new idea from Golden Entertainment is entirely unique, though. Today, we’re going to look at what the company has planned.

Revenue Reports For Golden Entertainment Have Been Released

Over the past seven days, casino companies around the US have begun releasing reports on their second-quarter revenue. As you’d probably expect, all these companies have seen their revenue reports plummet. Some are being hit harder than others.

Golden Entertainment released its 2020 Q2 report yesterday. In many ways, these reports exceeded the expectations of analysts. That’s surprising when considering the company saw its revenue drop by nearly 70% over April, May, and June.

Casinos made up for $39.4 million of Golden Entertainment’s revenue. That’s a staggering 75.2% drop when compared to 2019’s Q2. The company’s smaller gaming venues offering almost exclusively slot games earned just $36.3 million. This shows a 59.3% revenue drop.

Officials within this company claim these reports “exceeded expectations.” Fortunately, Q3 of 2020 is guaranteed to be significantly better. Most still expect that a major drop in revenue will be seen.

All casino companies are hurting right now. They are being forced to take new strategies in order to boost their earnings. Some are finding success switching things up and others seem to be lost.

This week, executives within Golden Entertainment offered some insight into what the company has planned for the rest of 2020.

Golden Entertainment’s Executives Offer a Glimpse Into Company’s Future Plans

In March, the US casino industry was shut down. Starting in June, this industry started to get back on track and most states now allow their casinos to operate. As we just mentioned, casino companies are looking at new, creative ways to boost their revenue earnings.

Several executives within Golden Entertainment spoke about the company’s future plans to the media this week. That includes CEO Blake Sartini, who claims the casino operator will begin looking to purchase “smaller, bite-sized” assets.

Executives also seem interested in breaking more into the emerging East Coast-gambling industry.

“And so adding density to the Eastern Seaboard for us is something we’ll certainly take a look at,” said Charles Protell, President of Golden Entertainment. 

As we already mentioned, this company was happily surprised to see its revenue reports. Many credit the reduction in marketing efforts as a reason for this. Cuts to staff payroll and the resumption of casinos in different states such as Montana and Maryland has helped, as well.

No one expects Golden Entertainment to start buying any major casino-resorts this year. Instead, company officials want to continue buying small, local gaming venues. This may be the smartest move in a time when many are unwilling to visit large, crowded casinos.

Other companies seem focused on property sales right now.

Eldorado-Caesars Still Needs to Complete Casino Sales

Back in May of 2019, Eldorado Resorts announced it was purchasing Caesars Entertainment for an astounding $17 billion. It was the largest casino merger ever attempted. For more than a year, these two companies worked to complete this deal.

Various state gambling commissions needed to approve the deal. These regulatory bodies needed to ensure the merger would not result in monopolies in their states. The FTC also needed to give this deal the green light.

Late last month, this merger was finally completed. It took longer than many expected and didn’t come at the most ideal time, though. Now, the new Caesars is focused on selling some more of its casinos around the country.

Paying $17 billion is nothing to scoff at. This newly-merged company now needs to make up for that incredible amount of money. One way to achieve that goal is to sell casinos that may not be bringing in major revenue right now.

It’s a much different strategy than Golden Entertainment is taking. One is focused on selling and the other wants to make more purchases. We’ll need to wait and see which method ends up working out better as time goes on.

Stay tuned for more US casino news over the next few months!

Here’s How Much Revenue Wynn Resorts Made in 2020’s Q2

Officials within Wynn Resorts are busy working to come up with new ways to safely attract guests to their major casino-resorts. This week, the company found some time to look back at the year’s second-quarter revenue earnings, and things are about as bleak as most would predict. Today, we’re going to take a look at how much revenue Wynn Resorts managed to bring in during the months of April, May, and June.Wynn Resorts Logo

Wynn Resorts is far from being the only casino company to see its earnings drop. The year’s second quarter was the worst recorded in history for the US gambling industry. Fortunately, things seem to be slowly improving.

Let’s take a look at the numbers!

US Casino Companies Continue to Struggle Enforcing Health Regulations

Most states around the country have begun allowing their casinos to start operating again. Some of these states have been more successful than others. All of the casino companies around the United States face the same issue; protecting public health while trying to draw in players.

This is proving to be extremely difficult. Casinos draw in large numbers of people into a very small area. Obviously, these properties are easy places for the new coronavirus to spread. That’s true even with the safety measures being set in place.

All land-based casinos are trying to prevent gatherings. Slot machines are separated. Plexiglass barriers have been installed at table games. In many cases, eating, drinking, and smoking are completely banned inside casinos, as well.

Not every company is finding success implementing these new measures. Recently, the Nevada Gaming Control Board filed a complaint against the Sahara Las Vegas. The regulatory group claims this hotel-casino held a luncheon of more than 100 people and failed to limit large gatherings on its casino floor.

More of these complaints are likely to come up over the next few weeks. Casino companies are struggling to abide by the rules while staying profitable. It’s been difficult to see how much money some of the country’s top casinos have lost over the past six months.

This week, reports surfaced that show how much money Wynn Resorts has lost this year.

Reports Show How Much Revenue Wynn Resorts Lost Last Quarter

Starting in June, most of the top US commercial casinos began operating again. It was a much-needed change for the industry. Casinos around the country had been closed since March and revenue during this time was almost non-existent.

Not long ago, Las Vegas Sands released a report that shows it saw a nearly 97% drop in revenue during 2020’s second quarter. Officials within the company made it clear that they were hurting. The company’s revenue earnings have likely begun to increase since that time.

We’re now seeing a drop in the revenue Wynn Resorts earned during the year’s second quarter. This company is one of the biggest casino operators in the nation, yet it saw its revenue drop by 95% over the months of April, May, and June.

During this time, Wynn Resorts earned just $85.7 million. That’s a staggering drop from the $1.66 billion made over the same three months in 2019. CEO Matt Maddox claims the company is in a tough situation, yet it’s one that it will recover from.

“There will be winners and losers that come out of this,” he said. “When this is over, and we come out, we want to make sure that we have the capital available to grow, and we have the culture in place to take care of our people and our customers.”

It’s incredible to see how much revenue Wynn Resorts has lost over the course of a few months. It’s important to note, however, that the company’s casinos were shut down for most of 2020’s second quarter.

How will things look in quarter three?

Casino Revenue is Fluctuating Around the Country

Back in 2019, the US casino industry seemed stronger than ever before. Gambling markets around the country were thriving. That’s particularly true in states with legalized sports betting options such as New Jersey and Nevada.

2020 tells a different story. Most casinos are now open, yet many are unwilling to visit one of these gambling venues over safety concerns. Casino revenue is now fluctuating and even the top gaming analysts cannot say when we’ll see a sense of normalcy resume.

Everyone knows that 2020’s third quarter will be better than its second, though. Over the past two months, states have begun lifting their restrictions towards casinos.

In June, Nevada saw its casinos earn $566.8 million. That’s a 45.5% decrease when compared to the same time last year. Many still feel that it’s a win for the state, especially considering how little money was earned in the months prior.

It seems likely that more money was earned in July. We’re likely to see how much revenue Wynn Resorts made within the next two weeks. Stay tuned for updates!

Are you surprised to see how much money casino companies lost last quarter? When do you expect this trend to change? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Sahara Las Vegas is Hit With a Health Complaint

Casinos across the state of Nevada are working hard to attract players while protecting public safety. All have implemented measures to promote social distancing and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. These measures aren’t perfect, though. News is now coming out that the Sahara Las Vegas has been hit with a health and safety complaint from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.Sahara Las Vegas Logo

It’s tough news for this venue that’s already struggling to bring in players. The news isn’t entirely surprising, though. Today, we’re going to look at why this popular hotel-casino is facing this new complaint.

Looking Back at the Sahara Hotel-Casino Rebranding

Back in the 1950s, Las Vegas was just becoming a tourist destination. One of the first major hotel-casinos to open here was the Sahara Las Vegas. It opened its doors in 1952 and quickly became a favorite amongst celebrities.

This property went through many renovations and expansions over the years. By the 1960s, the Sahara began entering into a decline. Several new properties opened on the Las Vegas Strip during this time, drawing away visitors from the Sahara.

Revenue at this hotel-casino started to drop quickly. In 1981, the property was sold in order to escape the debt it had accumulated. In 1992, the Sahara Las Vegas was sold once again.

Several more renovations and sales took place over the years. By 2011, the owners of this property decided it was time to move on. The entire hotel-casino was rebranded to the SLS Las Vegas. Hope was that this new name and features would help to bring in more players.

This strategy didn’t exactly work out. This property lost an incredible amount of money since its rebranding. In 2019, things took a turn and the owners decided to go back to the Sahara name.

Like many other casinos, the Sahara reopened to the public in June. Now, it’s facing a complaint due to a lack of safety regulations.

Here’s Why the Sahara Las Vegas is Receiving a Health Complaint

All casinos in the city of Las Vegas were closed down in March. It wasn’t until June that these gambling venues were able to begin operating again. All of the major hotel-casinos are now open in this city with intense health measures set in place.

Some of these hotels are implementing more strict health measures than others. According to new reports, the Sahara Las Vegas has already violated some of the health rules set in place. The Nevada Gaming Control Board alleges this venue recently held a luncheon for 135 people.

Another part of the complaint focuses on gatherings on the casino floor. Workers at the Sahara allegedly did nothing to stop individuals from gathering near casino games, despite the fact that they were not playing.

Officials within the Sahara claim there was a “misunderstanding” about the acceptable occupancy limit. The Control Board acknowledges that Sahara officials worked to correct the casino floor situation after it was brought to their attention.

“When asked about the instances of noncompliance, the Assistant Casino Manager acknowledged and immediately corrected the situations at the craps and blackjack table (the patrons congregating at the slot machine had already dispersed of their own accord),” the complaint says. “The Assistant Casino Manager also spoke with the dealers at the respective tables about the requirements.”

These types of complaints are not uncommon right now. More are likely to come up as time goes on. Several major casino companies are now announcing they may soon be forced to close down some of their venues.

Station Casinos Announce Casino Closures Are Likely

All major casino companies are feeling the effects of the regulations right now. June’s revenue reports show how much money these companies are losing. Station Casinos has opened 16 of its major properties across Las Vegas, yet several have remained closed.

Frank Fertitta III spoke about this situation to the media. He claims the properties currently closed are unlikely to ever open again. Additional property closures may take place over the next few months.

As of now, none of the major casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip have been forced to close down. Experts feel this is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

All of the casinos in Las Vegas are trying to abide by safety measures. This is proving to be much easier said than done. We’ll probably see more complaints like the ones the Sahara Las Vegas received as time goes on.

Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few weeks!

Four Station Casinos Properties May Be Forced to Permanently Close

Station Casinos, one of the top casino companies in Nevada, has been hurting over the past few months. Casino revenue remains low around the United States and casinos are beginning to shut down in different states. According to new reports, four different Station Casinos properties are likely to be permanently closed soon.Frank Fertitta III

It shows how difficult things currently are for casino operators. Today, we’re going to look at which casinos may soon close down. We’ll also give an update on some more major casino companies operating in Nevada.

Let’s get into it!

Downtown and Strip Casinos Are Up and Running Again

When Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak ordered the state’s casinos to shut down, the news spread like wildfire. Cities like Las Vegas rely almost entirely on this gaming and tourism revenue. Without casinos, everyone felt the city would be in trouble.

No one knew how long this casino shutdown would last for. As the weeks dragged on, the effects of these regulations got worse. Businesses began to close and residents across the state started demanding that Sisolak allow casinos to start operating again.

By May, the Nevada Gaming Board agreed to a set of safety measures introduced by casino companies. Casinos were finally given permission to reopen here on June 4th. We’re now in August, and almost all of the casinos in Downtown Las Vegas and on the Las Vegas Strip have officially reopened.

This doesn’t mean that things are back to normal. Tourism rates in cities like Las Vegas are still significantly lower than they were in early 2019. This drop in visitation rates is also leading to a major dip in casino revenue earnings.

In June, Nevada’s casinos earned just $566.8 million. That’s a 45.5% dip in gambling revenue when compared to June of 2019. Experts are torn on whether or not revenue in July will be higher.

Casino companies are stuck in a very difficult situation. Many are being forced to take drastic measures in order to stay afloat. This week, Station Casinos gave some insight into what it has planned over the next few months.

Frank Fertitta III Claims Four Station Casinos May Close Permanently

Station Casinos launched back in 1967. At that time, the company was focused on building and operating casinos for locals in the Las Vegas area. Today, Station Casinos owns more than 20 casinos and employs over 11,000 individuals.

Over the years, this casino company has grown considerably. Some felt it was slowly becoming one of Nevada’s next big up and coming gaming operators. Of course, the global pandemic has taken a major toll on the US casino industry.

Gambling revenue remains low around the country. Many casino companies are being forced to lay off thousands of their workers to cut down on costs. Station Casinos is hurting badly and now it appears the company is close to permanently shutting down some of its gaming venues.

Frank Fertitta III, CEO and chairman of the board of directors for Red Rock Resorts, the parent company of Station Casinos, spoke about the current situation to the media this week.

“We don’t know if or when we’re going to reopen any of the closed properties,” Fertitta said. “We think it’s too early to make that decision.”

Not all Station Casinos properties are bleeding revenue, though. New reports indicate 16 of the company’s Las Vegas gaming venues have actually seen their year-on-year revenue increase.

“So far, we’re pleased with the results we’ve had and the ability to move some of the play from our closed properties to our existing properties,” Fertitta added. “We’re going to continue to get clarity and to navigate the situation to make well-informed decisions. Whatever decisions we make will be made in the best interest of shareholder value.”

It seems likely that Station Casinos will shut down several of its properties for good. Some are now wondering whether or not the major operators on the Las Vegas Strip will be forced to take similar measures.

Will Any Las Vegas Strip Casinos Be Forced to Shut Down?

Casino companies across the nation are hurting right now. That includes the major players with property on the Las Vegas Strip. Over the past few months, revenue earnings at MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands have dipped considerably.

The latter saw recently released its second-quarter revenue reports. Las Vegas Sands saw an incredible 97% dip in its earnings between April and June when compared to the same months in 2019. Company officials told the media that Las Vegas was “in a world of hurt right now.”

That doesn’t mean major casino-resorts are likely to close down. It would take a lengthy, sustained revenue dip for any Strip casinos to permanently shut down. Some, however, fear that construction projects in the city may be delayed.

There are several properties currently being constructed on the Las Vegas Strip right now. That includes Resorts World Las Vegas, set to be the most expensive casino-resort ever built in the city. Construction on this new venue is still taking place, yet there are concerns over how this property will fare if revenue does not bounce back.

We expect several Station Casinos properties to shut down soon. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation here over the next few months.

Are you surprised to hear Station Casinos’ plans? Let us know in the comments section below!

What’s Happening With Wynn Resorts in Japan Right Now?

US casino companies are doing everything they can to increase their revenue right now. As most already know, casinos are struggling to bring in players around the country. Many of these companies are now looking at overseas investment opportunities. Today, we’re going to look at what’s going on with Wynn Resorts in Japan.Wynn Resorts Company Logo

Wynn Resorts is one of the biggest casino operators in the world. Unfortunately, it’s been having a difficult time finding success breaking into the newly-emerging Japanese casino market. Now is the perfect time to look at why this is.

Let’s get into it!

Japan’s Casino Plans Continue to Face Delays

For decades, Japan’s government banned virtually all forms of traditional gambling. Despite the clear demand, lawmakers here pushed against the regulation of this industry. Many felt it would end up leading to an increase in crime and gambling addiction.

As time went on, the revenue potential from this industry became too large to ignore. Government officials began looking at how to safely allow major gambling venues to begin operating. In mid-2019, news broke that Japan officially approved a bill to legalize casino-resorts in three different cities.

It was extremely surprising for casino operators around the world. Many of the top US casino officials immediately began looking at ways to break into this country. It didn’t take long for them to realize opening a casino here will be a lengthy process.

Japan’s leaders wanted to ensure that these casinos are opened in the safest way possible. Different cities around the country needed to bid for the rights to host one of these new integrated resorts. Hope was that casino licenses would be awarded by the summer of 2020.

That timetable has since been pushed back. The global pandemic has made this entire process significantly more difficult. Several casino companies have abandoned their plans to break into this country altogether.

We’re now starting to hear more about Wynn Resorts’ plans to enter the Japanese casino market.

Here’s What’s Happening With Wynn Resorts in Japan

As we just mentioned, many of the world’s biggest casino companies have been working hard to gain a casino license in Japan. It’s been two years since casinos were legalized here, yet no licenses have been awarded. This is becoming incredibly frustrating for the companies hoping to operate in the country.

Wynn Resorts was one of the first companies to push for a Japanese casino license. Unfortunately, it’s looking as if the Las Vegas-based casino company may be close to putting its plans to the side. New reports claim Wynn Resorts has just closed down its Yokohama office due to the delay in being awarded a casino license.

The company released an official statement to the media this week about the situation.

“The pandemic is having an unprecedented negative impact on integrated resort development, and resort companies such as Wynn are considering how we evolve our operations to align with a post-pandemic market,” the statement said. “Long-term, we remain interested in the Japan integrated resort market and will monitor the situation closely.”

The prospect of Wynn Resorts in Japan isn’t completely dead. For now, officials within this company simply want to step back and watch how things unfold. They may choose to focus more on improving revenue figures from their US gambling venues.

Las Vegas Sands and Caesars Entertainment have both pulled out of the race to obtain a casino license in Japan. Unless things begin to change soon, Wynn may do the same.

How are things looking over in Macau?

US Casino Revenue is Recovering Faster Than Macau’s

Nearly all US casinos were completely shut down this past March. It took months for many states to begin allowing their casinos to start operating again. Some have still not allowed casinos to reopen.

Most of the country’s biggest gambling destinations are now up and running again. All of the major casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip are accepting guests again. Unfortunately, revenue here is still significantly lower than it was a year ago.

Many felt that US casino companies would begin relying on their properties in Macau for revenue. This Chinese territory opened its casinos many months ago, yet revenue is still extraordinarily low here. It doesn’t appear this small city will be the saving grace many expected it to be.

It’s an incredibly unusual time for the land-based casino industry. Some fear that states will eventually be forced to shut down their gambling venues once again. That seems highly unlikely to happen in major gaming areas like Nevada.

We may see Wynn Resorts in Japan sometime soon. Like all other companies, it seems content to wait and see how things unfold before it commits to opening a casino in this country.

Do you think Wynn Resorts will ever open a casino in Japan? Let us know in the comments section below!

BetMGM and the PGA Tour Officially Sign New Partnership

The popularity of sports betting is growing every single year. With the PGA Tour now up and running, golf fans around the country are starting to place their bets on different events. News has just broken that BetMGM and the PGA Tour have signed a new partnership agreement.PGA Tour Logo

Officials within the PGA clearly recognize how popular sports betting has become. The world’s top golf league is choosing to embrace this industry, rather than push against it. Today, we’re going to look at what this partnership means for the sport moving forward.

Let’s get into it!

PGA Events Have Resumed Without Crowds

Professional golf, like all other sports, was forced to shut down back in March. It didn’t take long for PGA officials to start looking at ways to resume the regular schedule. As the weeks went on, it became clear that this was no easy task.

Between March 15th and June 14th, the PGA was forced to cancel eight major events. Health experts warned that starting too soon would put players at risk. Eventually, a plan was established to safely hold major PGA events without crowds in attendance.

In mid-June, the PGA finally held its first return event. Things went smoothly and the PGA Tour is now back to holding tournaments on a regular basis. It’s still unclear when exactly fans will be allowed to attend these games. For now, many are enjoying betting on the games from home.

There are still some exciting events scheduled to take place over the next couple of months. On August 9th, for example, the highly-anticipated PGA Championship is being held. It’s the first Major Championship put on in months and many are excited to see who comes out on top.

News is now starting to come out that the PGA Tour is teaming up with a major betting platform.

BetMGM and the PGA Tour Deal Have Agreed to a Deal

Sports betting is growing every single year. Since PASPA was removed in May of 2018, 24 states have officially passed laws to legalize and regulate this form of gambling. Even in states with a regulated sports betting platform, this form of gambling is surging.

Some of the country’s top sports leagues now recognize that fact. More are choosing to embrace this industry. That certainly includes the PGA Tour, which has just announced a new partnership with BetMGM.

BetMGM is one of the country’s top regulated sports betting platforms. It’s currently available in seven different states and offers a wide range of different golf betting options. This online sports betting app will continue becoming in states with regulated markets as time goes on.

This deal between BetMGM and the PGA Tour is exciting for several reasons. Moving forward, the MGM betting app will have permission to use PGA’s logo and can begin using official PGA highlights and betting programming. Norb Gambuzza, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President, Media and Gaming, spoke about this new partnership to the media this week.

“BetMGM is part of a premium brand that is deeply connected to golf through sponsorship of various PGA TOUR players and tournaments,” he said. “Through the power of the BetMGM brand and resources, this new relationship will help accelerate our sports betting strategy, and enable the TOUR to reach new fans and further engage current fans who enjoy betting on golf.”

This is a good time to be a golf fan. Unlike the MLB and NBA, this league seems to be moving along smoothly right now. Soon, a number of unique wagering options will become available on different PGA events.

Here’s a look at some of the big golf tournaments coming up.

PGA Events to Look Forward To

Most of the sports that are able to operate right now are thriving. That certainly includes golf. Television ratings for major PGA events are higher now than they have been in many years. Most expect this trend to continue for weeks to come.

Below are some of the PGA events scheduled to take place over the next few months.

PGA Championship: August 9th

Wyndham Championship: August 16th

The Northern Trust: August 23rd

BMW Championship: August 30th

US Open: September 20th


Obviously, the events on August 9th and September 20th are the ones that fans are most looking forward to. Both are Major Championships and will feature some of the world’s best players. Even the best betting experts are having a difficult time predicting who will win.

For fans in certain states, the BetMGM and PGA Tour deal will be very exciting. Fortunately, some great online sportsbooks are available even in states without a regulated sports betting market.

Which PGA event are you looking forward to the most this summer? Do you plan on betting on any tournaments? Let us know in the comments section below!

Churchill Downs is Likely to Buy Caesars Southern Indiana Casino

Indiana’s casino industry is in a very interesting position. Not long ago, the state’s Gaming Board officially approved the massive merger between Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts. Rumors are now beginning to surface that Churchill Downs is interested in buying Caesars Southern Indiana Casino.Churchill Downs

Many feel this move makes sense. This purchase would give this company a huge new stake in the Indiana casino industry. Today, we’re going to look at when Caesars Southern Indiana might be taken over.

Let’s get into it!

Indiana Gaming Board Finally Approves Eldorado-Caesars Merger

In mid-2019, officials within Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment announced they planned to merge. Caesars had been struggling for years and some experts predicted that another casino company would take it over. The news of the Eldorado-Caesars merger spread like wildfire.

After the merger, this would become the most powerful casino company in the United States. Obviously, a deal of this size takes a long time to complete. The FTC and various state gambling commissions around the country needed to approve the deal before it could come together.

As time went on, more of these commissions gave approval. Towards the end, only Nevada, New Jersey, and Indiana were left to give the green light. In early July, officials within the Indiana Gaming Board gave Eldorado and Caesars the thumbs up to come together.

It was incredible news for these companies. They have since gained all final approvals to come together. Eldorado will take on the Caesars name and now has permission to control all of its properties around the world.

In order for Indiana to approve this deal, however, the Gaming Board requires Caesars to sell some of its properties. That includes the Caesars Southern Indiana Casino. Some analysts are now making their predictions on which company will purchase this popular casino.

Experts Predict Churchill Downs Will Buy Caesars Southern Indiana Casino

As we just mentioned, the new Caesars is now the most powerful casino company in the country. Indiana’s Gaming Board recognized that once the merger is complete, the new company would control 50% to 60% of the state’s gambling revenue. Board members required the company to sell three of its major properties in the state before the merger could be approved.

The Caesars Southern Indiana Casino is set to go up for sale. Many now feel that Churchill Downs will acquire this new venue. It would give the Louisville, Kentucky-based company a major advantage in the local gambling scene.

Indiana gambling analyst Ed Feigenbaum called the move a “no-brainer,” and believes it would help to significantly increase Churchill Downs’ revenue flow.

“Churchill can protect its backyard, add to its Indiana customer base, and obtain a missing link between its Chicagoland properties and Louisville,” he said. “The company has the resources, and should have no trouble being licensed.”

Officials at Churchill Downs are keeping quiet about this possibility. It’s likely that several different companies will bid for the right to acquire this gambling venue.

Is now the best time for companies to invest in new properties, though?

US Casino Companies Remain in a Tough Spot

When the merger between Eldorado and Caesars was first announced, it seemed like the perfect move for both companies. No one could have predicted where the casino industry would be at the time of the merger’s completion. Obviously, things are not ideal right now for major US casino companies.

Gambling revenue across the country remains significantly lower than it was in 2019. Despite most states reopening their casinos, visitation to these gambling venues remains low. Many simply don’t want to play inside a crowded casino during a global pandemic.

This is affecting certain parts of the country worse than others. Casino companies continue to do everything they can to increase their revenue figures. That includes increasing safety measures inside casinos and focusing more on online gambling operations.

Some feel that this is not the best time for casino companies to buy major properties. No one really knows how things will look six months from now. There’s a chance that the US casino industry is in an even worse spot than it is right now.

On the other hand, casino sale prices may be lower now than they were last year. Perhaps that offers Churchill Downs a good opportunity with Caesars Southern Indiana Casino. We’ll need to wait and see how this company moves forward over the next few weeks.

Stay tuned for more US casino news over the next few weeks!

Here’s a Look at the Hawthorne Race Track’s New Casino

The state of Illinois has been working hard to expand its gambling industry. Lawmakers here feel that increasing the regulated gambling platforms here will help bring the state valuable revenue. We’re now beginning to hear more about the Hawthorne Race Track’s new casino, set to be the first “racino” in Illinois.Hawthorne Race Track

Many are excited to see this gambling venue open up. Hawthorne Race Track is one of the most historic horse racing arenas in the state. Today, we’re going to talk about what the track’s new casino will have to offer.

Let’s get into it!

Looking Back at Illinois’ Gambling Expansion Plans

2020 has been a tough year for the US land-based casino industry. Casino companies across the country are seeing their revenue earnings drop. Just a year ago, however, this industry was thriving and many states were focusing on increasing their number of casinos.

That certainly applies to Illinois. Back in mid-2019, lawmakers here approved a new capital plan that allows for many new casinos to be built around the state. This bill even approves a new casino to be constructed in the city of Chicago.

The global pandemic has delayed some of the state’s gambling expansion plans. Hope was that construction on some of these new casinos would be underway by now. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

In March of 2020, Governor Pritzker officially signed a new bill to legalize and regulate sports betting. Under the new laws, both in-person and online sports betting will become legal here. To the enjoyment of many sports fans, betting options will even become available inside major sporting venues such as Wrigley Field.

Several new casinos will begin opening up in Illinois over the next few years. Obviously, gambling fans here are excited about this news. News is just coming out that one of the most historic race tracks in the state is set to open a new casino, as well.

More Details On the Hawthorne Race Track’s New Casino Are Coming Out!

As we already mentioned, Illinois recently approved a new measure to allow new casinos to open throughout the state. Some of these casinos will be standalone gambling venues. Others will open inside race tracks.

Today, the Illinois Gaming Board officially approved the Hawthorne Race Track’s new casino plans. The owners of the state’s oldest horse race track have been pushing to open a casino for years. They believe adding more gambling options will help to bring in more players from Illinois and other nearby states.

Dakota Schultz, the Director of Communications at the Hawthorne Race Course, expressed his excitement about this news to the media this week.

“We’ll have a full blown casino- I mean it’s slots, it’s table games, we’ll have dining amenities featuring some of Chicago’s, you know, well known culinary brands. Plus racing which no other casino has. So, we’re really excited for the first racing casino,” Schultz said. 

That’s not the only good news for this track. Hawthorne also gained approval from the Gaming Board to begin offering sports betting options, as well.

The current plan is for the track’s casino to open within a year and a half. Sports betting options should become available here in time for football season. We’ll continue offering updates on this new casino over the next few months!

What’s Happening With the Chicago Casino?

There’s been a tremendous amount of media attention surrounding the new casino in Chicago. It’s set to be the first major gambling venue ever built in the city. For more than a year, lawmakers have been trying to find a suitable company to operate this casino.

Most casino companies were staying away. For reasons unknown, Illinois set extremely high tax rates on this casino. Under the initial plans, it would have been almost impossible for any companies to profit off their gambling venue.

About a month ago, Governor Pritzker approved a measure to lower the tax rate for the Chicago casino. Mayor Lori Lightfoot is certainly eager to get this venue constructed. She’s come up with five potential locations for this new gaming venue.

It’s still unclear which company will take control of this proposed casino. With the tax rates now lowered, this is starting to look like a much more appealing project.

We now have confirmation that the Hawthorne Race Track’s new casino is on its way. Based on what’s being said, this may become one of the most popular new gambling venues in the state.

Are you excited to see more casinos opening in Illinois? When do you expect the Chicago casino to open? Let us know in the comments section below!

Las Vegas Sands Announces New Plan to Pay Workers

Casino companies around the United States are working hard to bring in revenue right now. Some are being forced to lay off a huge number of their employees as a way to cut down on costs. New reports are now surfacing that indicate Las Vegas Sands plans to continue paying its workers through October.Las Vegas Sands Logo

It’s great news for the employees of this company. Some are surprised at the news, considering the recent revenue reports on this major casino company. Today, we’re going to look at some of the strategies that LVS has planned to survive the next few months.

Let’s get into it!

Nevada’s Casino Companies Continue to Lose Revenue

If you told some of the officials within Nevada’s biggest casino companies in January that the Las Vegas Strip would be forced to shut down for months, they probably would have laughed. It seemed almost impossible at the beginning of this year. For almost three months, however, that’s exactly what happened.

As Covid-19 started to spread throughout the United States, leaders in Nevada began looking at safety plans. Eventually, the decision was made to shut down all of the casinos in the state. At that time it wasn’t entirely clear how big of an impact this would have.

The effects of the casino shutdown became clear right away. The state’s tourism industry immediately shut down. Many local businesses that were tied to this tourism industry began losing an incredible amount of money.

As we’ve already covered, Nevada’s casinos were allowed to reopen on June 4th. Since that time, rates of tourism here have fluctuated. This week, reports on gambling revenue in Nevada for the month of June were released. As many predicted, the casinos here earned considerably less than they did in June of 2019.

Las Vegas Sands also recently released their revenue reports for 2020’s second-quarter. Company officials announced that revenue was down 97% from the same three months last year. Some felt this drop in revenue would result in major job layoffs.

Interestingly, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Las Vegas Sands Will Pay Workers Through October 31st

The US casino industry is in a very unusual position. Some casino companies are now focusing much more on their online gambling platforms. Others are trying to improve their safety measures to make casinos more appealing to players.

Of course, as revenue continues to drop, casino companies are being forced to take more drastic measures. Many are now laying off thousands of workers around the country. It’s sad news for many who rely entirely on these gambling venues for employment.

Not every casino company is taking these measures, though. This week, Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson released an official statement that confirms the company’s commitment to its employees. Here’s what the company is promising.

“This pandemic has not only changed how our business operates; it has changed almost everything about our daily lives,” the statement said. “What has not changed is our commitment to you.”

Incredibly, Las Vegas Sands has announced that it will pay all of its employees until at least October 31st. Hope is that by then, revenue figures will be significantly higher than they currently are. It’s great news seeing LVS committed to its employees.

As of now, Las Vegas Sands seems to be the only US casino company that has not laid off its workers. We’ll need to wait and see how this company manages to increase its revenue flow over the next couple of weeks.

All Atlantic City Casinos Are Now Open to the Public

Las Vegas has been open for almost two months. Over in Atlantic City, things are just finally starting to come together. Governor Phil Murphy started allowing casinos in New Jersey to reopen in early July. Now, every casino in this city is now open again.

The Borgata Hotel-Casino officially opened its doors this past Sunday. As many already know, this casino is the biggest revenue-earner in Atlantic City. Some experts feel that the opening of this venue will help to boost tourism in this city.

Unfortunately, not all of the casino companies here are not taking the same approach as Las Vegas Sands. Some are being forced to lay off a huge number of workers. Many unions are now calling for better job safety for casino employees.

Infection rates of Covid-19 continue to increase around the country. While this happens, fewer people around the country are interested in traveling. This means that casino companies are likely to continue losing money.

Everyone wants to see things get back to normal. The US casino industry is in a very unusual position right now and some feel it may never truly get back to normal. Hope is that casinos find new and effective ways to increase revenue and keep their workers employed.

Are you surprised that Las Vegas Sands is taking this approach? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s a Look at Nevada’s Gaming Revenue for June of 2020

The state of Nevada has been trying to boost its tourism industry for months. Casinos were finally given permission to reopen in June, and many experts felt that revenue would increase here considerably. This week, reports on Nevada’s gaming revenue for June were officially revealed to the public.Revenue Drop Picture

It’s clear that things are improving here. It will still be months, at least, before things truly get back to normal. Now is the perfect time to look at how much money casinos in this state managed to bring in last month.

Let’s get into it!

The Las Vegas Casino Industry Continues to Evolve

Our team has been covering the news of what’s happening in Nevada for months. As most already know, the casinos in this state were forced to close down back in March. These massive gambling venues remained closed for nearly three months.

Residents across Nevada started to demand change. Closing casinos had a devastating impact on the state’s economy. That was especially true in Las Vegas, which relies almost entirely on tourism and gambling revenue.

Casinos in the state were given permission to reopen on June 4th. At first, only a few casinos reopened including the New York-New York Hotel-Casino and The Bellagio. Over the next few weeks, more casinos on the Las Vegas Strip started to reopen.

We’re now entering August, and all of the major casino-resorts in Las Vegas have reopened. Tourism rates in Las Vegas continue to fluctuate. As more regulations are implemented inside these casinos, less visitors seem to be heading into the city.

During the months of March, April, and May, gambling revenue in Nevada was almost non-existent. Analysts were torn on how much money would be made in June. Now, we’re finally seeing how much revenue the casinos here managed to bring in last month.

Reports On Nevada’s Gaming Revenue For June are Out!

As we just mentioned, the casinos in Las Vegas were given permission to open back up on June 4th. It was exciting news for casino companies across the state. Even the top gaming analysts in the country couldn’t predict how much money these venues would bring in, though.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has just released its revenue reports for the month of June. According to these reports, the state’s casinos managed to bring in $566.8 million last month. That represents a 45.5% decrease from June of 2019.

With that being said, casinos here are happy to see any revenue come in. Some are surprised to see which parts of the state saw their revenue jump the most. Nevada’s gaming revenue for June on the Las Vegas Strip fell by an astounding 61.4%. Revenue in Downtown Las Vegas fell by 55.6% when compared to 2019.

The revenue drop in more local casino destinations was far lower. This clearly shows that tourism rates in the city have dropped considerably. Interestingly, Nevada saw its sports betting revenue win streak come to an end.

Statewide, Nevada’s sportsbooks saw a drop in revenue of $483,000. Much of that is due to casinos opening and winning bettors cashing in their tickets.

The state of Nevada isn’t experiencing the same level of success that it did at the start of 2020. Fortunately, things seem to be improving. McCarran Airport saw triple the number of visitors in June that it did in May. Many feel that tourism rates here will gradually increase as the year goes on.

How Are Other Casino Destinations Doing Right Now?

Nevada isn’t the only state to see its gambling revenue drop. In fact, this state is doing much better than many others when it comes to their casino industries. It’s not surprising, as states like New Jersey did not allow their casino industries to begin operating again until July.

Things aren’t looking great.

New Jersey’s gambling revenue fell by nearly 67% during June. All land-based gambling venues were completely closed down during this time. Interestingly, online gambling revenue was actually up this month.

New reports indicate that online gambling revenue increased by 123% in June. Many of the casino companies operating here are now focusing considerably more on offering better online gambling platforms. Casinos in Atlantic City reopened in July and revenue here is guaranteed to be considerably higher than it was in June.

All states are now allowing casinos to begin operating again. Some are implementing stricter regulations than others. Even Florida, known for having some of the loosest regulations towards Covid-19 in the country, is looking closer at ways to make casinos safer. The Seminole Tribe here recently announced several new safety measures to better protect guests at Hard Rock Casinos.

Nevada’s gaming revenue dropped considerably in June. Many are simply happy to see casinos bringing in some cash. We’ll continue offering updates on US casino revenue over the next few months!

When do you expect casino revenue to get back to 2019 levels? Let us know in the comments section below!

Room Rates in Las Vegas Remain Above US Average

All of the major casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip are now open to the public. Casino companies are now doing everything they can to boost tourism into the city. Interestingly, new reports indicate that room rates in Las Vegas still remain above the US average.

Las Vegas Strip View

Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be a surprise at all. At the moment, however, some feel that room rates need to drop in order to bring in more visitors. Today, we’re going to look at some of the strategies casino companies here are doing to bring in more tourists.

Let’s get into it!

Nearly All Las Vegas Casinos Are Now Operating Again

The city of Las Vegas has been the world’s biggest gambling hub for decades. Some of the most impressive gambling venues ever built are located here. Obviously, it costs an incredible amount of money to keep these venues operational.

In March, Governor Steve Sisolak announced that all of the state’s casinos were shutting down. Rates of Covid-19 had begun to increase throughout the country. Many felt that major casinos were ideal places for this new virus to spread.

This casino shutdown was incredibly difficult. Las Vegas relies almost entirely on tourism and casinos are a driving force behind the tourism industry here. A huge number of businesses were immediately affected.

In early June, Sisolak began allowing casinos to reopen. Visitors slowly began trickling into the city. Today, most of the major casinos in Las Vegas have now begun operating again. Unfortunately, tourism rates have actually been dropping in recent weeks.

Cases of Covid-19 are still increasing around the country. As a result, fewer people are interested in traveling. Casino companies recognize this and are now doing everything they can to make the city more attractive for potential visitors.

To the surprise of some, hotel prices are still higher than in most other parts of the country.

Taking a Closer Look at Room Rates in Las Vegas

There are many reasons why Las Vegas has grown to become such a popular tourist destination. Many love the wide range of different accommodation prices. In a small area, visitors have access to a massive range of hotel options.

Generally speaking, this city is more expensive than most others in the country. That’s particularly true on the Las Vegas Strip. Here, some of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world are available.

According to new reports, room rates in Las Vegas are lower than they were before the global pandemic hit. They still remain above the US average, though. The average room rate nationally between July 12-18 was $98.56. Many US casinos continue to charge above $100 per night for their average rooms.

Alan Feldman, a member of the UNLV International Gaming Institute spoke about this situation with the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“I think it speaks to the nature of Las Vegas. There’s so much more to Las Vegas than just a hotel room and pool, even in these times,” he said. Hotels in other markets wish they could get these higher rates, especially in markets that have as many rooms as we do.” 

Obviously, room rates increase in times when visitation is up. That may not take place anytime soon. Some still feel that we’ll see hotel prices increase this fall. Unless hotels begin earning more money, many will be in a terrible financial position by the end of the year.

It’s a difficult time for all US casino companies. Many are now focusing solely on increasing their safety measures.

Online Gambling Revenue Becomes More Valuable For Casino Companies

Most states have now allowed their casino industries to reopen. In some parts of the country, this was a complete necessity. Entire cities relied on their casinos and needed these properties to reopen.

Some states have begun to roll back their reopening plans. States like California are even considering forcing casinos to close down again. All of the casinos here are Native American-run, though, and it’s unclear if Governor Newsom has the power to force these to shut down.

States with regulated online gambling platforms are now beginning to rely more on this industry. New Jersey, for example, has seen its online sports betting revenue surge over the past couple of months. More states are now introducing legislation to legalize and tax online sports betting and casino gambling.

Hope is that the land-based casino industry begins to recover. If room rates in Las Vegas drop, perhaps more visitors will begin flocking to this city. In the meantime, casino companies will continue working to boost their online gambling revenue.

Do you think Las Vegas hotel rates should drop? Let us know in the comments section below!

Borgata Hotel-Casino is Now Open to the Public

Atlantic City is home to many of the best casinos in the United States. Many feel that Borgata Hotel-Casino is the best gambling venue here. Unfortunately, it’s been closed for the past four months. Borgata finally reopened to the public and is now working hard to attract players.Borgata Hotel-Casino

Like all other major casino destinations, Atlantic City has been struggling to bring in revenue. Tourism rates here are dropping. Some analysts predict this trend will continue for the rest of the year. Now is the perfect time to look at how the rest of 2020 will look for this city.

Let’s get into it!

Atlantic City Casinos Rely More On Online Gambling Platforms

2020 has been an incredibly unusual year for the US casino industry. Prior to March, casino companies were thriving. Cities like Las Vegas and Atlantic City were drawing in a huge number of tourists and gambling revenue continued to increase.

That is no longer the case. All of the country’s land-based casinos were completely shut down for months. Casino destinations immediately felt the effects of these shutdowns. State leaders around the country started looking at ways to safely get their casinos operational again.

Most states started to allow their gaming properties to slowly reopen in June. New Jersey took until early July to allow Atlantic City casinos to start accepting guests again. Things are considerably different here than they were in 2019, though.

The acceptable capacity inside Atlantic City’s casinos has been lowered. Eating, drinking, and smoking is no longer allowed inside these venues. Due to these regulations, tourism to this city has dropped considerably.

The fact is that many don’t want to gamble inside a casino with so many rules set in place. As a result, more casino companies here are relying on their online gambling regulations. Both online casino gambling and sports betting are allowed here. The revenue earned from this industry is proving hugely valuable for these companies.

It’s going to take time for the land-based casino industry to get back to normal. This week, the final casino in Atlantic City finally started to accept players again.

Borgata Hotel-Casino is Finally Open!

In the early 2000s, Atlantic City seemed to be in real danger. The financial crisis of 2008 made things worse and many of the casinos here were forced to permanently shut down. Several prominent analysts felt that the city would never recover.

Since 2018, however, Atlantic City has been on a major upswing. The legalization of sports betting and renovation of several casinos here helped to bring in more tourists. Gambling revenue started to increase here every single month.

In March, Atlantic City’s casinos shut down. Governor Phil Murphy finally allowed them to reopen over the Fourth of July weekend. The last casino to reopen was Borgata Hotel-Casino, widely considered one of the best gambling venues in the city.

On Sunday, the Borgata finally opened back up. It marks the complete resumption of in-person gambling in Atlantic City. Many gambling fans in the northeast are happy to see this massive gambling venue back up and running.

Borgata is consistently the biggest revenue earner in Atlantic City. Owners of this property are hoping this trend continues for the rest of the year. As we already mentioned, this property and all others will be putting a major focus on their online gambling operations.

The next few months will be very important for Atlantic City. Can New Jersey’s top gambling destination learn anything from Las Vegas?

Casino Companies Take Notice of Covid-19 Case Increase

When the US casino industry began to shut down, all eyes focused on Las Vegas. This city is the largest gambling destination in the world. Many had questions about how Las Vegas would fare with its major casino-resorts shut down.

The answer became clear almost immediately. City and state leaders recognized how important it was to get the casinos open again. Some health experts warned that doing so would result in a major increase in Covid-19 cases.

That has turned out to be the case. Since the casinos in Las Vegas reopened, cases of Covid-19 have been increasing rapidly. Casino companies are taking notice and continue to work on improving safety measures.

Atlantic City casinos, including the Borgata Hotel-Casino, are trying to understand how to best approach reopening. Major gambling venues are proving to be easy places for this new virus to spread. No one expects the casino industry to shut down again, though.

More Las Vegas casinos are adding self-service options for guests. These venues are trying to limit human-to-human contact as much as possible. Atlantic City casino companies may soon begin taking this approach, as well.

The next few months will tell a lot about how the US casino industry will look in the future.

Are you excited to see all of Atlantic City’s casinos reopened? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Self-Service Options in Las Vegas Are Expanding

Las Vegas has been reopened to the public since June. Unfortunately, the city is still struggling to attract tourists and many businesses are suffering. As concerns over Covid-19 increase, analysts predict that self-service options in Las Vegas will become more popular.

Self-Service Machines

Casinos recognize that these automated services provide another layer of safety. Of course, some feel they take away from the atmosphere that makes Las Vegas so popular. Today, we’re going to look at when and where these new machines may be added.

Let’s get into it!

Nevada’s Tourism Rates Are Dropping

Between the months of March and June, tourism into Las Vegas was virtually non-existent. All of the casinos in the city were shut down. Flights here were few and far between and a major concourse of the Las Vegas airport even closed.

State leaders knew that something needed to change. Together with casino company officials, they began working to come up with plans to reopen casinos in the state. Doing so in a safe manner was priority number one.

On June 4th, several of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip were finally able to reopen. It was exciting news for residents here, many of whom work in the gambling industry. Tourism here slowly began to increase and today, all of the major casinos on the Strip have reopened.

Tourism here has been dropping for weeks, though. As rates of Covid-19 increase around the country, more people are avoiding travel. That’s tough news for a city like Las Vegas that relies almost entirely on visitors from outside states.

It’s clear that tourism rates are falling. Casino companies are doing everything they can to attract more people, yet these efforts don’t appear to be paying off. Now, the focus is shifting towards making casinos even safer than they are now.

Expect to See More Self-Service Options in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a modern city. Here, visitors can see some of the latest developments in hospitality and gambling technology. In recent years, many new self-service options in Las Vegas have become available. Many tourists enjoy the simplicity these machines offer.

Now, many casino companies are focusing more on these automated machines. Limiting human-to-human interaction is now a necessity. It’s guaranteed that more of these self-service machines will start becoming the norm here.

Jeremy Aguero, an Applied Analysis economist, spoke about the situation to the media this week.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Covid-19 is a catalyst for change,” he said. “(The pandemic has) required businesses that need to adapt to look at every point of human interaction and ask: Can it be automated?” 

These machines can certainly help to make things safer. They may come at the expense of jobs, though. Some fear that many hotel workers will end up being pushed out as the self-service options in Las Vegas become more readily available.

Things like self-check-in kiosks, robotic bartenders, and ordering tablets inside restaurants are going to become more common. Casinos hope these new safety measures will attract more visitors. We’ll begin to see the impact these machines have over the next few months.

What Other Changes Can We Expect to See?

The entire world is changing right now. No one can accurately say how things will look at the start of 2021. Most agree that the city of Las Vegas will look a little different than it did at the beginning of this year, though.

The real test will be getting tourists to visit the city. This is already proving to be extremely difficult. It’s likely that better travel deals and discounted room rates will continue to be offered as the pandemic rages on.

Some of the smaller casinos here may eventually be forced to shut down. The major casino-resorts in Las Vegas are having a hard time bringing in players. This is also true for some of the lesser-known casinos here.

For now, it seems unlikely that another lockdown will be set in place. Doing so would be devastating for the local economy. Anything is possible, though, and much of it depends on the number of Covid-19 cases here.

Many analysts believe that self-service options in Las Vegas are going to expand. Whether or not that will help to boost tourism remains to be seen. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the situation!

Do you plan on visiting Las Vegas this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

Cherokee Nation Likely to Receive License for Pope County Casino

For months, lawmakers in Oklahoma have been looking to award a new casino license in Pope County. The state has approved a measure to allow a gambling venue. Now, it’s looking for the best possible applicant to run this venue. This week, a consultant company offered it’s opinion on the best tribe to operate the Pope County casino.State Map Of Oklahoma

Many are excited to see this new gambling venue be constructed. Now is the perfect time to look at which group is the most likely to run this property. We’ll also take a look at how some of the other casinos in Oklahoma are doing right now.

Let’s get into it!

Oklahoma’s Casino Industry Remains Open

Many are surprised to hear that Oklahoma has one of the largest casino industries in the United States. Since the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was passed in the late 80s, Native American tribes in the state have been able to operate Class III casinos here. Today, there are more than 100 casinos operating in the state.

In March, all of these gambling venues shut down. The new coronavirus had begun to spread throughout the US and casino companies began to close their venues as a precaution. It immediately became clear how many local economies rely on the state’s gambling industry.

Local residents started calling for these casinos to reopen. Rates of Covid-19 remained low in Oklahoma and as time went on, more tribes began opening their casinos to the public. Today, most of the gaming properties here are now up and running.

For months, state officials have been looking at proposals to open a new casino in Pope County. Many tribes believe this area is in need of a casino. State leaders recognize how important revenue is right now and have gotten on board with the idea.

Many different tribes have submitted proposals to operate the new Pope County casino. It’s still unclear which will be chosen. This week, a major consultant company based in Arizona offers its opinion on the matter.

Consultant Chooses Cherokee Nation to Operate the Pope County Casino

If the analysts are correct, the new gambling venue set to open in Pope County will be hugely successful. Obviously, different gaming groups in the state are interested to see who gains approval to run this property. We might be close to knowing who that is.

The Oklahoma Racing Commission is trying to decide who should gain the license to operate the new Pope County Casino. It’s reached out to consultants to help make the decision. One major consultant company based in Arizona recently gave its opinion that the Cherokee Nation’s proposal is the best.

It’s interesting news. Initially, it seemed likely that the Racing Commission would award the casino license to a company based in Mississippi. This regulatory body will meet next week to discuss the best way to award this license.

Dustin McDaniel, an attorney for Cherokee Nation Businesses, released a statement on the matter to the media this week.

“It is unfortunate that the Commissioners didn’t have the benefit of access to this report prior to awarding scores to each applicant on June 18, but we will offer it as part of the record and hope that it is helpful when the Commission meets next,” he said. 

It’s interesting to see the Arizona consultant company endorse the Cherokee Nation’s proposal. That doesn’t mean this group is guaranteed to receive the license. We’ll need to wait and see how things play out over the next few weeks.

Oklahoma Lawmakers Still Working on Sports Betting Regulations

A huge number of states around the country now have legal, regulated sports betting operations up and running. This is proving to be an incredibly lucrative industry. Many states are earning millions of dollars every month via taxes from their regulated sportsbooks.

Oklahoma has taken its time embracing this industry. Lawmakers seemed unwilling to approve any legislation to regulate sports gambling. Native American tribes and state government officials continued to negotiate over tax rates and where sports betting would be allowed.

Finally, in June, Governor Kevin Stitt approved two new gaming compacts that allow sports betting in-person at certain casinos. For now, online sports betting is not being approved here. It’s still unclear when the first sportsbooks will officially launch here.

Many lawmakers in the state have opposed this decision. Even the state attorney general has voiced his disapproval with sports betting regulation. It’s unusual when considering how large Oklahoma’s gambling industry already is.

In time, it seems likely that Oklahoma decides to regulate online sports gambling. With casino revenue down, sports betting may prove to be hugely valuable to the state. No one knows when casinos will return to the way they were in 2019.

Which group do you think will be approved to operate the Pope County Casino? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Las Vegas Sands Revenue Reports Are Out!

Las Vegas Sands is one of the biggest and most successful casino companies in the United States. Unfortunately, it’s been experiencing a major drop in earnings over the past few years. This week, the Las Vegas Sands revenue reports surfaced and many are shocked to see how far things have dropped.Las Vegas Sands Logo

The truth is that all US casino companies are seeing their revenue figures decrease. This is a tough time for this industry. Today, we’re going to look at how much money LVS managed to bring in during 2020’s second quarter.

Let’s get into it!

Tourism in Las Vegas Continues to Drop

Las Vegas is home to the world’s greatest casino-resorts. Some of these were constructed decades ago. Others are brand new. There are even a huge number of world-class properties being constructed here right now!

Unfortunately, tourism into Las Vegas has been dropping steadily over the past few weeks. As you probably already know, rates of Covid-19 continue to increase around the United States. That’s certainly the case in Nevada.

Nearly 40,000 cases have already been reported in this state. The vast majority of cases are in Clark County. Thousands of new cases have been recorded in Clark County over the past couple of weeks alone.

The casinos in Las Vegas rely on tourism. Unless visitors are flocking to the city, these massive properties won’t earn any money. It’s no surprise that most casinos here have been seeing their revenue drop considerably.

Hotel-casinos in the city are doing everything they can to increase their profits. Some have decided to cut down on the number of rooms available. Others are offering travel deals to attract more players. None of these efforts seem tremendously successful.

We’re now starting to hear about exactly how much money the casino companies here are losing.

Here’s What the Las Vegas Sands Revenue Reports Say

We all knew that casinos in Nevada are hurting. With that being said, it’s jarring to see exactly how much money these properties are losing. Over the past couple of days, more of Nevada’s casino operators have been reporting on their second-quarter revenue earnings.

The Las Vegas Sands revenue reports are coming out. According to these reports, this massive casino company has seen its revenue drop by an incredible 97% last quarter when compared to the same three months in 2019. That makes this the worst quarter in the company’s history.

Through April, May, and June, this company brought in just $98 million. That’s an incredible drop from the $3.3 billion made over the same three months last year. Chief Operating Officer Rob Goldstein spoke about the reports during a media conference call this week.

“We’re in a world of hurt here, in terms of Las Vegas,” Goldstein said. “Vegas is dependent on airlift, it’s dependent on group and convention. It’s not a casino-driven market anymore, so we’re struggling here. And I think I speak for Las Vegas – Venetian and Palazzo – that I assume that may translate to other properties as well.”

CEO Sheldon Adelson claims that the recovery process is underway. It’s guaranteed that 2020’s third quarter will be better than the second one. Unfortunately, things are likely to remain very tough for this company throughout the year.

Are any of these companies in danger of going under?

Looking at the Future of the US Casino Industry

The entire world is in an unprecedented time right now. A huge number of industries have been affected by the global pandemic. Some may never recover. Many analysts are trying to understand the long-term effects on the land-based casino industry.

Obviously, things are incredibly difficult for casino companies right now. If rates of Covid-19 begin to drop, however, the industry could be poised for a major comeback. Many international casino destinations with low infection rates are seeing their gambling revenue increase.

Some of the smaller casinos may end up being forced to permanently close down. That’s unlikely to happen with the big ones, though. These companies are likely to receive funding from the government.

Most US casino companies are now focusing on their online gambling operations. Ones with property in states with legal sports betting are seeing their earnings come mostly from this industry. Of course, the real money will always be in gamblers playing inside the casinos.

Only time will tell how long it takes for casino revenue to return to the way it was in 2019. There are many factors in play that will have an impact.

Are you surprised to see the Las Vegas Sands revenue reports? How much money do you think this company will make in quarter three of this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Isle of Capri Casino is Set for a Major Upgrade

Not long ago, Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. officially acquired the Isle of Capri Casino in Kansas City, Missouri. Company officials hinted they planned to add some new features to this struggling gaming venue. According to new reports, the Isle of Capri Casino is set for a $61 million upgrade soon.Isle Of Capri Casino

Twin River certainly sees the potential in the venue. Hope is that this company can turn this casino into a major tourist destination. Today, we’re going to look at what exactly Twin River has planned for this property.

Let’s get into it!

Eldorado Resorts Completes Acquisition of Caesars Entertainment

The merger between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment first began back in June of 2019. It was huge news for the US casino industry. Eldorado agreed to pay $17.3 billion for the acquisition of Caesars, the most money ever paid for a casino company.

Once the merger was complete, this would become the largest casino operator in the United States. Obviously, gambling commissions around the United States began taking a close look at this deal. These commissions wanted to ensure that this new company would not result in a monopoly.

The FTC approved this merger back in June of this year. Eldorado and Caesars received the final approvals from three more gambling commissions last week. On Monday, news broke that this merger finally concluded.

Getting to this point wasn’t easy. Over the past 13 months, Eldorado and Caesars were forced to sell many of their biggest properties. That includes the Isle of Capri Casino in Kansas City, Missouri.

Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. purchased this venue in June of this year for $230 million. It was well-known that this venue was struggling and many had questions about how Twin River planned to turn things around. This week, the company’s plans became more clear.

Here’s what’s currently being planned.

Twin River Plans $61 Million Upgrade to the Isle of Capri Casino

Back in 1996, the Hilton Flamingo casino first opened its doors near the Missouri River in Kansas City. This venue struggled to generate players and in 2000, was sold to Isle of Capri Casinos. The casino started to see its revenue increase and in 2017, Eldorado Resorts announced it was purchasing this venue.

In order for Eldorado Resorts to merge with Caesars, the Missouri Gaming Commission required this company to sell the Isle of Capri. Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. revealed that it bought the venue in June for $230 million. Officials within Twin River have just revealed an exciting new upgrade to this property.

According to the development committee of the board that oversees the Port Authority of Kansas City (Port KC), Twin River wants to add several new additions to this venue. Jon Stephens, president and CEO of Port KC, spoke about these plans to the media this week.

“This is downtown’s casino, so to speak,” Stephens said. “And so if they’re willing to invest, we do think it helps to secure the long-term growth and availability of the greater riverfront.”

It’s clear from financial reports that the Isle of Capri Casino is one of the least financially-successful casinos in this area. Twin River plans to add a new restaurant, retail, spa, and amphitheater. The company is also considering adding a hotel to this venue.

Officials in Kansas City are excited to hear about these plans. The city profits when casinos are successful. How long will it take for revenue to begin increasing here, though?

US Casino Industry Continues to Struggle

It’s exciting news to hear that Twin River plans to upgrade the Isle of Capri Casino. Of course, it may be a long time before this company sees the profits from this move. The US land-based casino industry is still struggling right now and no one can accurately say when things will get back to normal.

Many casinos around the country have already reopened. Over in Las Vegas, nearly all of the casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip are now up and running. Unfortunately, tourism here continues to drop as rates of Covid-19 increase.

Atlantic City began allowing its casinos to reopen over the Fourth of July weekend. City officials hoped that, despite the intense safety measures set in place, visitors would still flock to this gaming destination. That does not appear to be the case.

More gambling revenue reports continue to come out. All states have seen their earnings plummet over the past few months. Most analysts predict this trend will continue throughout 2020.

Casino companies are doing everything they can to boost tourism. This is much easier said than done. We’ll need to wait and see how efforts to contain the new coronavirus in the country progress over the next few months.

Are you excited to see the Isle of Capri get this upgrade? Let us know in the comments section below!

Casino Revenue in Detroit is Down 60% This Year

Many casinos around the United States have been open for weeks. Recently, revenue reports for different states have begun to surface. News has just surfaced that shows casino revenue in Detroit has dropped by an astounding 60% so far this year.Michigan State Flag

It’s a shocking reminder of how far this industry has dropped over the past couple of months. Many fear the country’s casino industry will never look the same as it did at the start of this year. Now is the perfect time to look at how much money the casinos in Detroit have been earning in 2020.

Let’s get into it!

Michigan’s Biggest Casinos Remain Shut Down

As we just mentioned, many casinos around the United States have recently begun to reopen. For many states, it was a necessity to get this industry up and running. Places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City rely almost entirely on their gambling and tourism industries.

At the start of July, lawmakers in Michigan announced plans to reopen casinos in the state. The plan was to get Detroit’s casinos operational within a week or two. Unfortunately, we’re coming close to the end of the month and there is still no word on when exactly these gaming venues will be allowed to reopen.

Cases of Covid-19 continue to increase around the country. State leaders are now beginning to roll back on their reopening plans. Michigan seems to be halting its plan to get its casinos open to the public.

This isn’t much of a surprise. Casinos, even with intense social distancing and health measures set in place, remain easy places for this new coronavirus to spread. This is an issue plaguing all casino destinations around the country.

Casino companies in this state are taking a major hit. All have lost an incredible amount of money this year. New reports have just surfaced that show exactly how much revenue has been lost here over the past six months.

Casino Revenue in Detroit Has Fallen 60% in 2020

Michigan is home to a large and successful casino industry. The majority of gambling venues in this state are Native American-run casinos. There are only three casinos, all of which are located near Detroit, that are commercially operated.

Obviously, all the casinos here are taking a massive hit due to the events taking place around the world. The commercial casinos, in particular, have been struggling immensely. New reports are now coming out that show casino revenue in Detroit has dropped by 60% so far this year.

All three of these venues are seeing much lower revenue figures when compared to 2019. Through six months of the year, these casinos have managed to bring in $299.2 million. That’s a major drop compared to the $734.5 these casinos made last year.

This is a tough blow for the state and the city of Detroit. Casinos here help to bring in a significant amount of money via taxes. Michigan earns 8.1% of a casino’s net winnings. Detroit earns 10.9%.

Casino revenue in Detroit is likely to remain low for all of this year. Interestingly, many of the Native American casinos in the state have recently started to operate again. All of them are finding it difficult to attract players, though.

Is sports betting going to help Michigan’s gambling industry survive?

US Sports Betting Industry Continues to Grow

It’s clear that the US casino industry is hurting right now. Some states have allowed their land-based gaming venues to begin operating again. Revenue from the industry is still down around the country.

Interestingly, sports betting is growing more popular than ever before. More than 20 states around the country have already legalized this form of gambling. Most of them have seen their sports betting revenue increase recently.

That’s a little surprising when you consider the fact that most sports leagues have been shut down. Fortunately, many of these leagues have finally begun to resume operations. The UFC, MLS, and PGA have all begun holding events again.

Some casino destinations are now relying on their sports gambling revenue more than ever before. Over in Atlantic City, revenue from online sports betting is still increasing. Casinos here, meanwhile, are having a difficult time drawing in players.

Casino revenue in Detroit is down nearly 60% this year. Some feel that Michigan will fast-track the plans to allow online sports betting to make up for these losses. We’ll continue offering updates on the revenue earnings here over the next few months!

Do you think the casinos in Detroit should be allowed to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below!

New Jersey Officially Approves Eldorado-Caesars Deal

For more than a year, two companies have been working to join forces and become the largest casino operator in the country. It’s been a long, sometimes frustrating journey for Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment. Fortunately, it looks like this deal is nearly complete. New Jersey has officially approved the Eldorado-Caesars deal; the final green light needed for the companies to merge.The Word Approved Written In Red

The champagne is flowing over in Nevada. Today, we’re going to look at what led to New Jersey’s approval. We’ll also discuss what still needs to be done for these companies to officially become one.

Timeline of the Eldorado Resorts-Caesars Merger

Eldorado Resorts has long been one of the most powerful casino companies in the United States. It’s grown considerably over the years and now owns property in many different states. Eldorado CEO Tom Reeg continued to tell the media he wanted to expand even further over the past few years.

In June of 2019, Reeg’s ambition became clear. News broke that Eldorado Resorts had agreed to purchase Caesars Entertainment for an incredible $17.3 billion. With the purchase, all of Caesars’ assets would become Eldorado’s.

It’s the largest merger between two casino companies in history. In order for the deal to go through, these companies needed approval from the various gambling commissions in the states they operate in. The FTC also needed to approve the deal to ensure this company does not form a monopoly.

Company officials immediately began working to gain these approvals. Many different properties needed to be sold. Eldorado and Caesars were doing what was required and the companies continued to receive the green light from different gaming commissions.

In late June, the FTC formally approved the Eldorado-Caesars deal. Only three more states needed to sign off on the deal for it to complete. Nevada gave a thumbs up and just a few days later, Indiana did the same. It then all came down to New Jersey’s commission.

This week, the last approval needed for this merger to go through was granted.

New Jersey Finally Agrees to Allow the Eldorado-Caesars Deal

It wasn’t a surprise to see states take so long to approve this deal. Once it’s complete, Eldorado-Caesars will become the country’s most powerful gaming company. Commissions want to do everything they can to ensure things are fair for the other casino companies operating in their territory.

New Jersey, in particular, was very slow to give the green light. It forced a number of property sales in Atlantic City. Commission officials met on many occasions to discuss the impact that this merge will have on the state’s casino industry.

Last week, members of this commission met for a final time in Las Vegas. Here, officials within Eldorado Resorts and Caesars explained how things will remain competitive for all other casinos in Atlantic City. It seems their efforts have finally paid off. The commission officially gave these companies its approval.

Commissioner Alisa Cooper made sure to stress that “The stakes could not be any higher” once these companies come together. Ultimately, she and other commission members felt confident that the newly-merged company would not concentrate too much of the local gambling economy.

With New Jersey’s approval of the Eldorado-Caesars deal, things are now close to being finalized. This merger is expected to finish in the next few days. A few more papers need to be signed, yet all the hard work is now done in getting the deal done.

Will This Deal End Up Paying Off for Eldorado Resorts?

When Tom Reeg first agreed to purchase Caesars Entertainment, he likely had a much different idea of what this week would look like. At the start of 2020, the casino industry was surging and most felt things would continue on that path for years to come. In just a few months, the country’s land-based gambling industry was turned on its head.

Casinos around the country have begun to reopen. Some have since had to close down due to a spike in Covid-19 cases. Many casino companies are now being forced to lay off thousands of their workers.

It’s clear that the casino industry is in a tough place. New Jersey’s gaming revenue was 66% lower in June of this year than it was in 2020. It’s important to note that casinos had not opened here until July, though. Most analysts predict that casino revenue will continue to be significantly lower this year, even after casino markets reopen.

Eldorado paid $17.3 billion to acquire Caesars. Company officials likely hoped that this money would immediately begin flowing back in from its new properties. That may not necessarily be the case right now.

No one can really say how things will look in the future. It’s hard to imagine the land-based casino industry never recovering. We’re in strange times, however, and it could be years before casinos truly get back to the levels they were at last year.

With New Jersey’s approval, the Eldorado-Caesars deal can finally conclude. Now, the focus for this new casino giant will be increasing its revenue flow. Stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks.

Gambling Revenue in NJ Was Down Nearly 66% in June

New Jersey finally gave its casinos the green light to reopen over Fourth of July weekend. Prior to this move, casino companies in the state were relying entirely on their online gambling operations for money. According to new reports, gambling revenue in NJ earned in June was down almost 66%.Revenue Decline Image

Some feel this is actually a success for the state. Other parts of the country saw their gambling revenue drop to almost zero while casinos were shut down. Today, we’re going to look at how much money the casinos here managed to bring in last month.

Let’s get into it!

State Leaders Continue Looking at Ways to Improve Atlantic City

The state of the land-based casino industry is changing every single week. Most states have chosen to reopen their casinos, albeit with major restrictions set in place. Some have rolled back their plans and have forced casinos to shut down once again.

Lawmakers in New Jersey wanted to take their time reopening the state’s gambling industry. It was devastating for Atlantic City’s economy. As most know, this city relies almost entirely on tourism and gambling revenue.

Governor Murphy began allowing casinos to open back up over Fourth of July weekend. According to reports, a large number of visitors flocked to the city to take part in the festivities. Many of these guests were surprised to see that eating, drinking, and smoking are now prohibited inside casinos.

Since opening weekend, tourism in this city seems to be dropping. Cases of Covid-19 are increasing around the country and many fear that a new wave could eventually hit New Jersey. State leaders are still doing everything they can to promote tourism while protecting public safety.

Balancing these two things isn’t easy. Casinos here continue to offer new deals, yet some may soon be forced to implement new, intense safety measures. We’re just starting to see how much money the casino companies in this state managed to bring in last month.

June’s Gambling Revenue in NJ Dropped by 65.6%

Everyone knew that June would be a tough month for New Jersey’s gambling industry. Casinos were shut down for the entire month. The only money being earned here was from these casino’s online gambling operations.

Many were curious to see exactly much money the gambling industry here earned in June. We now have an answer. According to new reports, June’s gambling revenue in NJ dropped by an incredible 65.6%.

It was a significant drop when compared to 2020. The nine casinos and two horse racing tracks managed to bring in $97.5 million in June. That’s nearly identical to the drop in revenue experienced this May.

Of course, the online gambling operations here have been earning significantly more money than they did in the past. Regulated online sportsbooks here brought in $12.6 million in June. In June of 2020, these sportsbooks earned just $9.7 million.

James Plousis, chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, spoke about the revenue figures to the media this week.

“June was the last full month of casino closures, and the figures reflect the historic business disruption across the region and beyond,” Plousis said. “Now that casinos have begun welcoming back visitors with appropriate limits, Atlantic City has started on the road to recovery.”

Fortunately, July is guaranteed to be a better month. Even with casinos operating at 25% capacity, revenue figures will be up. Stay tuned for updates!

How Are Things Looking in Las Vegas?

Las Vegas opened up earlier than many initially predicted. For a time, Governor Sisolak was hesitant to allow casinos to reopen. Eventually, however, he recognized that it was a necessity for Las Vegas to survive.

Casinos began to open here on June 4th. Today, nearly all of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are now accepting guests. Cases of Covid-19 have begun to increase in Clark County and many of the casinos are now increasing their safety measures.

Earlier this week, Wynn Resorts and Las Vegas Sands announced they are no longer allowing smoking at table games. Some still criticize the fact that smoking is allowed in these casinos at all. In time, casino companies may have no other choice than to set a blanket bet on smoking indoors.

It’s still not entirely clear how much revenue the casinos here are earning. Tourism rates here are fluctuating. Much like Atlantic City, fewer visitors seem to be traveling here due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases around the country.

It’s an incredibly difficult time for the US land-based gambling industry. More and more states are now turning to online gambling for revenue. It’s likely that more states will look at regulating this industry as time goes on.

Are you surprised to see gambling revenue in NJ drop by so much? How much money will the casinos here earn in July? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Las Vegas Casino Smoking Policy Has Just Changed

Las Vegas casinos have always allowed smoking. In recent months, however, health experts around the country have begun warning about the dangers of allowing this activity inside closed venues. Casino companies in Nevada listened, and it now appears that the common Las Vegas casino smoking policy is changing.

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This comes as cases of Covid-19 continue to increase around the country. Many feel that the new measures being set in place will help to lower cases in Clark County. Today, we’re going to look at what exactly is changing here.

Let’s get into it!

Most Casinos On the Las Vegas Strip Are Now Open to the Public

Las Vegas has been slowly recovering since March of this year. Lawmakers around the state are now looking at ways to boost revenue here. In early June, Governor Sisolak finally gave casinos in the state permission to reopen.

Only a few major casinos opened up at first. That includes the New York-New York Hotel-Casino and The Bellagio. Tourism has been slowly increasing over the past five weeks, yet numbers are still significantly lower than they were at the start of 2020.

Today, nearly all of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip have reopened to the public. All of them have intense, strict safety measures set in place. That includes limiting the number of games available, setting plexiglass barriers between players and dealers, and encouraging hand washing as much as possible.

In May, gambling revenue in Nevada was virtually non-existent. It wasn’t entirely surprising, as none of the casinos here had resumed operations. It’s still unclear how much gaming revenue was made last month. Reports are set to be released in the next two weeks.

More regulations are being implemented in Las Vegas every week. Lawmakers are doing everything they can to continue feeding tourism while keeping things safe. This week, officials here approved a new measure that some feel will have a major effect on the city.

The General Las Vegas Casino Smoking Policy is Changing

Las Vegas is known for its lenient legal stance on many activities. Since the casinos first opened their doors here decades ago, smoking inside these venues has been allowed. Over the years, many have complained that this puts casino workers and fellow gamblers at risk.

Most casino owners were hesitant to make any changes, though. Several casinos in Nevada have implemented a no-smoking policy in the past. All of them saw their revenue earnings drop considerably.

Many gamblers simply enjoy being able to smoke. In recent weeks, however, the calls to prohibit smoking have intensified. Health experts warn that smoking helps to spread Covid-19 easily. It seems several casino companies are now ready to make a change.

The Las Vegas casino smoking policy is now beginning to change. Several major casinos have announced they will soon ban smoking at table games. It’s not quite as dramatic a regulation that many wanted, yet it’s a step in the right direction.

Both Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts are now implementing these new measures inside their Strip properties. Some fear this could lead to a massive drop in tourism and revenue. Ultimately, however, most agree it’s a small price to pay in order to better protect casino workers and fellow players.

Can we expect this in more casinos around the country?

More States Are Cracking Down on Land-Based Casinos

The US casino industry is still struggling to reopen. Most states have allowed their gambling venues to start operating again. The amount of revenue being earned at most of these casinos is still very low, though.

This trend may continue for some time. Recently, several states have announced they are considering new regulations for casinos. The recent change to the Las Vegas casino smoking policy may be implemented in many other casinos around the world, as well.

California may take things a step further. Recently, a major gambling workers group sent a letter to Governor Newsom asking him to shut down the state’s casinos. That won’t be easy, as these venues are Native American-run and sit on sovereign land.

Atlantic City already has major regulations set inside its newly-reopened casinos. Eating, drinking, and smoking are all prohibited here. As you’d probably expect, smoking is not allowed here, either.

As regulations towards casinos increase, tourism to these venues is likely to drop. It’s the unfortunate reality that these casino companies now face. We’ll need to wait and see how the new Las Vegas casino smoking policy implemented by Wynn Resorts and LVS affects their revenue earnings.

Are you happy to see smoking banned at table games? Will this have an impact on Las Vegas? Let us know in the comments section below!

Indiana Horse Racing Commission Approves Eldorado and Caesars to Merge

The merger between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment has been ongoing since June of 2019. As many already know, it’s the largest deal ever made between two casino companies. Before this merger can be completed, both companies need approval from various state gambling commissions. This week, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission officially approved Eldorado and Caesars to merge.Eldorado And Caesars Logo

It’s fantastic news for these major casino operators. This deal is close to being finalized. Now is the perfect time to look at what still needs to be done for this massive deal to finally conclude.

Let’s get into it!

Meetings With State Gambling Commissions Have Concluded

Back in June of 2019, Eldorado Resorts shocked the US gambling industry by announcing it paid an incredible $17.3 billion to acquire Caesars Entertainment. Both Eldorado and Caesars have major casino-resorts all over the country. This merger would form the largest casino company in the United States.

It takes a long time for something like this to come together. Various state gambling commissions need to approve this merger. Before it could come together, the FTC also needed to ensure this deal would not result in a monopoly.

After more than a year, it seems this merger is nearly finished. The FTC has officially given the green light for both companies to join forces. After, only three more state gambling commissions needed to approve the deal.

This month, members of Eldorado and Caesars have been meeting with members of the New Jersey, Indiana, and Nevada gambling commissions. Nevada gave its approval for the deal last week. Only two more commissions were left.

Officials within Eldorado and Caesars met with regulators in Indiana on July 10th. Some felt that these commission members may find some issues with the deal. Fortunately, they have given the green light for things to move forward.

Indiana Horse Racing Commission Approves Eldorado and Caesars to Merge

The meetings taking place in Las Vegas right now are historic. With approval from the three commissions, these companies can finally come together. New reports confirm that two of these commissions have now officially given the green light.

The official Indiana Gaming Commission approved this deal to move forward last Friday. Today, members of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission unanimously voted to allow Eldorado and Caesars to merge, as well. It’s the final hurdle needed for both companies to come together in Indiana.

With this decision, horse racing licenses from Harrah’s Hoosier Park and the Indiana Grand can now be transferred from Caesars to Eldorado Resorts. Of course, there are 22 conditions that must be met for the licenses here to remain valid.

Eldorado Resorts’ CEO Tom Reeg commented on the approval during the meeting, promising to help grow the state’s gambling industry.

“We know that racing is why you have the casino opportunities that you have in these two properties, and our pledge to you is to drive that racing business to another level,” Reeg said. “You’re already at a really high level. We’ll work to take it even higher.”

With the news, these two companies only need approval from one more state. Investors are now looking closely at how Eldorado’s share prices may change over the next few weeks.

Investors Are Now Looking Closely at Eldorado Resorts

Everyone feels that commission members in New Jersey will give the green light for this merger to move forward. Once that happens, Eldorado Resorts will become the largest casino company in the US. Obviously, that’s an exciting prospect for investors.

Recently, several major US casino companies saw their share prices surge. China announced that travel restrictions to and from Macau were lifting. As a result, many US casino companies with property in Macau are likely to see their earnings increase rapidly.

This goes to show how many opportunities are available for investors in this industry. According to a new report, Eldorado’s stock price could increase by an incredible 150% over the next couple of weeks.

It’s an extremely unusual time for the world’s land-based casino industry. Casino companies are doing everything they can to attract new players and increase their revenue. Just about everyone expects Eldorado and Caesars to merge sometime next month.

We’ll continue to offer updates on this historic deal. Our team will also continue to write about the situation over in Macau. Stay tuned!

Casino Stock Prices Are Starting to Jump: Here’s Why

The world’s casino industry is slowly beginning to get back on track. As you might expect, investors are starting to take notice. This week, casino stock prices began to surge and many are wondering why.Paper On Stocks And Shares

There’s one key reason for this jump. Fortunately, there’s still time for investors to profit. Let’s take a look at what’s going on here.

How is the US Casino Industry Faring Right Now?

The months between March and June were likely the worst in the history of the US casino industry. It was the first time that all of the country’s casinos were forced to completely shut down. Obviously, casino companies around the country earned almost no revenue during this time.

As time went on, state officials realized something needed to change. Many parts of the country rely on their gambling industries to bring in tourists. That’s especially true in Nevada, the largest gambling destination in the world.

Governor Steve Sisolak gave Nevada’s casinos the green light to begin operating again on June 4th. Today, nearly all of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are now operating again. Tourism rates are still down here, though. This probably won’t change until the casinos are able to operate without major restrictions set in place.

New Jersey took a little longer to get back on track. Governor Murphy announced that casinos in Atlantic City would open back up over the Fourth of July weekend. Opening day was a success, yet it will be a long time before gaming revenue gets back to the level it was last year.

Casino companies have begun operating again, but things are far from ideal. Many of these companies are now looking at their overseas properties as primary money-makers. To the surprise of many, casino stock prices began to surge this week.

Here’s Why Casino Stock Prices Jumped This Week

Many investors were excited to see the US casino industry get back on track. Unfortunately, rates of Covid-19 have continued to climb in the United States and many casinos may be forced to close down again soon. Perhaps that’s why so many were surprised to see the share prices for many casino companies go up recently.

There’s a key reason why this is.

The Chinese government has just announced that it plans to loosen travel restrictions on visitors from Macau. Previously, China has made it very difficult for mainlanders to make the trip to Macau and come back. This is huge news for the territory of Macau which, like Las Vegas, relies almost entirely on tourism and gambling revenue.

As many already know, many of the top US casino companies have casinos in Macau. Restrictions are significantly looser in this city. Now that travel restrictions are loosening up, revenue here is likely to increase significantly.

Casino companies are profiting off this news. This week, Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, and MGM Resorts International all saw their share prices increase. It’s great news for all three of these companies, each of which has property in Macau.

If tourism rates begin to truly surge, we may see casino stock prices rise even more. Investors are certainly taking a good look at this situation. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Eldorado-Caesars Merger is Nearly Complete!

As we’ve already mentioned, this has been an extremely tough past few months for casino companies in the US. While everything has been going on, Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment have been working to complete their merger. In case you’re unaware, Eldorado paid an astounding $17.3 to acquire Caesars in June of last year.

This is the largest merger ever made between two casino companies. Before it can be complete, though, both companies need approval from various groups. That includes state gambling commissions around the country. They also needed the green light from the FTC.

It appears this deal is finally about to wrap up. Eldorado and Caesars have received approval from many different gambling commissions already. Recently, the FTC approved the merger. These companies are now meeting with members of the last state gambling commissions to receive final approval.

The Indiana Gaming Commission is requiring that Ceasars sell three of its properties before the deal can be complete. Under normal circumstances, that wouldn’t be too difficult for the company. Some feel it could take time to find a buyer for these venues right now, though.

Casino stock prices are always going up and down. We’re likely to see this trend continue over the next few months. Hopefully, the US casino market improves and casino companies here are able to earn enough revenue to function normally.

Do you plan on investing in any US casino companies? Tell us which ones in the comments section below!

The Las Vegas Palazzo is No Longer Taking Weekday Reservations

Nearly all of the major casino-resorts are now open in Las Vegas. As many analysts predicted, however, tourism rates in this city are still significantly lower than they were at the start of the year. According to new reports, the Las Vegas Palazzo has decided to stop accepting weekday reservations due to the drop in occupancy.Las Vegas Palazzo

This goes to show how low visitation rates in this city still are. Some believe that more hotel-casinos will begin taking similar measures over the next few months. Today, we’re going to look at what this new decision means for the Palazzo and Venetian Casino-Resort.

Let’s get into it!

Tourism Rates in Las Vegas Remain Low

A city like Las Vegas, known as the gambling and entertainment capital of the United States, relies on tourism to function. That’s especially true on the Las Vegas Strip, where nearly every business is catered to tourists. In March of this year, this city completely shut down to visitors.

Things remained shut down for months. Casino owners were working hard to come up with reopening plans, yet state leaders remained hesitant to start lifting restrictions. Finally, the casinos here were given permission to start opening back up on June 4th.

Analysts were torn on how quickly tourism rates in the city would increase. Some felt that many would flock to the city, looking for an escape from the regulation in their own states. Others believed that visitation would remain significantly lower than it was prior to the shutdown in March.

The latter is proving to be true. Despite the best efforts from casino companies and city officials, tourism rates are much lower here than they were at the start of 2020. As rates of Covid-19 increase throughout the country, these tourism rates are dropping.

It hasn’t been easy for the casinos in Las Vegas. Gambling revenue was virtually non-existent in May. It’s unclear how much revenue these casinos earned during the month of June. We’ll hear more about this at the end of July.

New reports indicate that one of the top casino-resorts in this city is cutting down on its occupancy.

The Las Vegas Palazzo Announces it’s No Longer Taking Weekday Reservations

The Las Vegas Strip is home to some of the biggest and best casino-resorts in the world. Many believe that the Las Vegas Palazzo is one of the top venues for guests in the entire city. It’s a part of the larger complex that comprises the Venetian Casino-Resort, all of which are owned by Las Vegas Sands.

Before the shutdown in March, the Palazzo was one of the most popular hotels in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, occupancy here has remained low over the past few weeks. As a result, the owners of this venue have announced that they are stopping weekday reservations.

Las Vegas Sands spokesperson Keith Salwoski released a statement on this situation to the media this week.

“In response to travel demand for the summer we have made a slight adjustment to our hotel operation to better reflect occupancy patterns,” he said. 

This new rule will officially begin on July 21st. As of now, the plan is for only the Venetian to remain open Monday through Thursday. Las Vegas Sands will then open both the Venetian and the Las Vegas Palazzo on weekends.

The hotel here will remain closed on weekdays, yet the casino, restaurants, and parking garage at the Palazzo will remain open. We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes for this venue to open back up on weekends.

Are Some Casinos in Las Vegas in Danger of Closing?

As of now, it doesn’t seem likely that any of the casinos here will be forced to permanently shut down. We’re in unprecedented times, though, and anything is possible at this point. It’s clear that occupancy is still down considerably in this city.

The fact that the Las Vegas Palazzo has stopped taking weekday reservations says a lot. Las Vegas Sands would not make this decision unless it needed to. Some now believe that we’ll see more casinos take this approach over the next couple of months.

It’s still unclear how much gambling revenue is being earned in this city. The tough regulations set in place has taken a toll on tourism numbers here. The fact that masks are now required on the casino floor is also having an impact on visitation.

Much of the US casino industry is now opening back up. Earlier this month, Atlantic City began allowing its casinos to reopen. In fact, several states on the East Coast have recently started allowing their casino industries to resume operations.

It’s a very unusual time for this industry. Las Vegas casinos are now taking completely unique approaches to cut down on costs. We’ll need to wait and see how effective this is over the next few weeks.

Do you plan on visiting Las Vegas this summer? Which hotel will you stay at? Let us know in the comments section below!

We’re Learning More About Circa’s New Swimming Pool

Circa Casino & Resort is the newest hotel-casino built in Las Vegas. For months, the owners of this new venue located in Downtown Las Vegas have told the media that it will feature the largest and most impressive swimming pool in the city. This week, several new details about Circa’s new swimming pool were revealed.Circa Hotel & Casino

It’s been a tough past few months for the city of Las Vegas. Many residents here are excited to see Circa open up. Today, we’re going to look at some of the new details about this venue that have just been announced.

Let’s get into it!

Circa Resort & Casino Will Reopen On October 28th

There are always new venues being constructed in Las Vegas. For years, Derek and Greg Stevens have been working on Circa Resort & Casino, a brand-new venue being built in Downtown Las Vegas. The Stevens brothers have continued to claim that this new property would feature the most impressive pool ever built in Las Vegas.

This adult-only venue will officially open to the public on October 28th. It’s not coming at the most ideal time, of course. The casinos in Las Vegas have only been open for a few weeks and tourism into this city is still much lower than it was at the start of 2020.

The months between March and early June were some of the toughest in the history of Las Vegas. Never before have all the casinos here been forced to completely close down. Most of these casinos have now reopened, yet they look considerably different than they did at the start of 2020.

Masks are now required inside these venues. The number of table games inside these properties is down considerably. There are even plexiglass barriers that separate players and dealers at table games.

Many now hope that the opening of Circa Resort & Casino will help to boost tourism in this city. Derek and Greg Stevens have worked hard to breathe new life into the Downtown area of Las Vegas. These casino owners continue to offer new and exciting updates about this property and the pool here sounds incredible.

Here’s Another Update on Circa’s New Swimming Pool

Downtown Las Vegas has always been a popular spot in Las Vegas, particularly for locals. Many felt that this part of the city was in need of a new, state-of-the-art venue. That’s exactly what the city is getting with Circa Resort & Casino.

We’ve been hearing about this new property for many months. Much of the focus has been on the pool here. This week, Derek Stevens officially revealed the new pool, called “Stadium Pool,” and it’s just as exciting as many predicted.

This new temperature-controlled pool features a massive 135-foot television screen featuring major sporting events. It will be open 365 days a year and features several stories. Swim-up bars are featured on the pool’s lower decks that allow guests to order drinks without getting out of the water.

It’s clear that this is going to be a game-changer for Downtown Las Vegas. It’s the first true resort-style property built in this part of the city. Most feel that Circa will help to draw in a significant number of new tourists.

Does this mean the Las Vegas gambling industry is back on track? Probably not. Things are still far from normal here and it may be a long time before a real sense of normalcy is back. The same can be said for other gambling hubs around the country.

Atlantic City Casinos Struggle to Draw in Players

Las Vegas began to reopen its casinos on June 4th. Many felt it had taken too long. Over in Atlantic City, casinos were not allowed to reopen until Fourth of July weekend. This city is having a difficult time drawing in players and casino companies are seeing low revenue figures.

This isn’t entirely surprising. Many are unwilling to visit a crowded casino under the current scenario. Drawing in players is now even more difficult for the casinos here now that eating, drinking, and smoking is prohibited on all casino floors.

It represents a massive turn of events for this city. Prior to the casino shutdown in March, Atlantic City was growing extremely quickly. Many felt that Atlantic City is growing to become one of the true gambling hubs of the United States.

Hopefully, things begin to turn around soon. There are still thousands of casino workers here that have not been able to return to their jobs due to the current regulations. State leaders are trying to protect public safety while getting the economy back on track.

Based on what we’re hearing, Circa’s new swimming pool will help to draw in many more visitors to Downtown Las Vegas. This may grow to become one of the largest and most popular casino-resorts on the planet. We’ll keep offering updates on this venue leading up to its opening date in October.

Are you excited to see Circa open to the public? Let us know in the comments section below!

The 2020 Global Gaming Expo is Officially Canceled

Las Vegas is known as the convention capital of the United States. Under normal circumstances, there are major conventions taking place in the city on a weekly basis. That’s not the case this year, and news has just broken that the 2020 Global Gaming Expo has been officially canceled.Global Gaming Expo Logo

As many are aware, this is the largest gaming industry event in the country. It regularly draws in tens of thousands of individuals. Today, we’re going to look at why this event has been canceled and when we may see the next one.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Continues to Cautiously Reopen

On June 4th, Governor Steve Sisolak finally gave the green light for casinos in Nevada to reopen. It was a huge decision for residents here, many of whom rely on the gambling industry for employment. Most of the state’s gambling venues have been open since March and tourism continues to slowly increase.

State leaders remain cautious, though. Cases of Covid-19 have been increasing around the country. There has been a significant increase in infections in Nevada too and most feel it’s due to the reopening of casino-resorts.

There’s no going back for this state. Ordering the casinos here to close once again would be devastating to the local economy. No one expects Sisolak to take this drastic of a step. Smaller, less intrusive restrictions may still be implemented, though.

Casino companies in Las Vegas are trying to lure in visitors with travel deals and discounted room rates. We’ll get a much better picture of how much revenue is being earned here at the end of July. For now, everything is speculative.

The gambling and entertainment industry in this city is now up and running. Things are still very different here and it may be years before any real sense of normalcy is back. This week, officials ordered the cancelation of a major convention.

AGA Officials Cancel the 2020 Global Gaming Expo

The gambling industry has been growing steadily in the US for the past few decades. More states have realized the revenue potential in this industry. Every year, tens of thousands of individuals involved in the gaming industry meet up at the Global Gaming Expo to meet and network.

Unfortunately, this will not take place in 2020. Officials within the AGA have officially decided to cancel the 2020 Global Gaming Expo over concerns about health safety. AGA President and CEO Bill Miller spoke about this decision to the media this week.

“In light of continued uncertainty around a viable marketplace at a physical G2E show, global travel restrictions, and currently unknown guidance on large public gatherings this fall, we have come to the unfortunate conclusion that we simply cannot hold an in-person G2E this year,” he said. 

This isn’t an entirely surprising decision. Any gatherings of extremely large crowds are discouraged. It’s not entirely clear when an event like this one can take place again. Of course, many in the gambling industry are still extremely disappointed to see the 2020 Global Gaming Expo canceled.

Las Vegas may not see any major conventions for months. It’s an unprecedented time. Perhaps we’ll see events like the once canceled this week take place virtually. For now, the plan is for the next Global Gaming Expo to take place in October of 2021.

East Coast Gambling Hubs Are Beginning to Open Back Up

Las Vegas was the first true US gambling destination to open back up. Tourism remains fairly low here, yet it was crucial to get things running again for the residents of this city. Over the past couple of weeks, several other major gambling destinations have opened back up.

Over the July 4th weekend, Atlantic City officially began allowing casinos to start operating again. It was a long-time coming for those living in and around this city. Of course, there are several new rules being implemented in these casinos that many are complaining about.

Safety is still the number-one priority for officials in New Jersey. Inside the casinos here, eating, drinking, and smoking are all prohibited. Many feel this takes away from the fun atmosphere these venues previously offered.

Don’t expect any major conventions to take place in Atlantic City soon. New Jersey is just finally beginning to see its Covid-19 infection rates drop. State leaders don’t want to see another spike in cases.

Many will be affected by the 2020 Global Gaming Expo cancelation. Some analysts predicted that things would be back to normal by then. We’ll continue offering updates on what’s happening in Las Vegas over the next few months.

Have you visited Las Vegas since the casinos reopened? How did you like your trip? Let us know in the comments section below!

Circus Circus Plans to Sue Insurance Company

Las Vegas is home to some of the best casino-resorts in the world. Some consider Circus Circus to be one of the least-impressive venues in the city. This week, news broke that Circus Circus plans to sue its insurance company due to an unpaid claim.Circus Circus In Las Vegas

As many are aware, Las Vegas casinos have taken a major hit due to the global pandemic. Many are now in desperate need of support in order to remain functional. Today, we’re going to look at the lawsuit that the owners of Circus Circus have planned.

Let’s get into it!

Nearly All Las Vegas Strip Casinos Have Reopened

At the start of this year, the idea of shutting down the Las Vegas Strip was inconceivable. This is one of the largest tourist destinations in the country, drawing in millions of visitors each year to take part in the gambling and entertainment. By March, the US began entering into lockdown and all of the casinos in Nevada were forced to close down.

Governor Sisolak was very hesitant to get the state’s casino industry back to normal. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, however, almost immediately begin demanding that casinos be allowed to reopen. It wasn’t until June 4th that the state’s gaming venues were allowed to start accepting guests again.

Initially, only a few casinos in Las Vegas reopened. As the weeks went on, more of the state’s major gambling venues opened back up. Today, almost all of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are operating again.

That doesn’t mean things are completely back to normal here. The casinos in Las Vegas look much different than they did prior to March. Slots are separated, plexiglass barriers separate table game players, and masks are now officially required when on the casino floor.

It’s a very unusual time for what is considered the entertainment capital of the United States. The amount of revenue that casinos here are earning is considerably lower than it was pre-pandemic. One major casino in this city is now filing a lawsuit, alleging it should be paid for the damage caused by the coronavirus spreading around the world.

Circus Circus Plans to File Lawsuit Against AIG Specialty Insurance Company

Every single casino in Las Vegas has been affected by the events unfolding around the world. Some are being hit harder than others. For the venues that were already struggling, this situation has become extremely difficult.

That can be applied to Circus Circus. This property is now considered one of the worst hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. It was recently purchased by Phil Ruffin, who felt he could turn things around here.

This week, officials within Circus Circus announced they plan on suing AIG Specialty Insurance Company. Casino officials claim the insurance company is refusing to cover losses that Circus Circus has experienced during the pandemic. The company released a statement that claims the “All-Risk” policy AIG offers does not live up to its word.

“AIG relies on sleight-of-hand, distortions of fact and contortions of law to escape from Circus Circus’s covered claim,” Circus Circus lawyers claimed. “But no illusion or death-defying feat can alter the plain language of AIG’s policy and the broad all risks coverage that it provides.”

Interestingly, Circus Circus claims that it suffered major losses even before shutting down. The casino claims people infected with Covid-19 had already visited this property and spread the virus to employees. More than 1,600 sick days were recorded between January 1st and March 18th, Circus Circus claims.

We’ll need to wait and see how AIG Insurance responds to this lawsuit.

What to Expect in Las Vegas Over the Next Six Months

Not even the best gambling analysts in the country can accurately say how the US casino industry will look by the end of the year. This is the toughest spot this industry has ever been in. As of now, the casinos in this country are simply trying to earn enough money to stay above water.

Tourism is still extremely slow in Las Vegas. Rates of visitors dropped even further after Governor Sisolak’s announcement that masks are now required on the casino floor. As rates of Covid-19 increase around the country, fewer people are willing to travel.

It seems highly unlikely that the casinos in Las Vegas will be forced to close down again. These companies are doing everything they can to make things safe for employees and guests. There are still complaints that workers inside casinos are still being put in danger.

Circus Circus plans to sue its insurance company. The Nevada Culinary Union is planning a lawsuit of its own against several major casinos on the Strip. This union represents workers inside casinos, many of whom claim things are not safe enough.

Casinos will remain open here. As time goes on, tourism rates are likely to increase. It could be years before the casinos in this city return to the way they were at the start of 2020.

Are you surprised to hear Circus Circus plans to sue its insurance company? Do you think this casino will win the lawsuit? Let us know in the comments section below!

New Microgaming Titles Are Officially Revealed!

The online casino industry is growing every single month. One of the top gaming software providers, Microgaming, has continued working to come up with exciting new games. This week, several new Microgaming titles were officially revealed to the public.Microgaming Logo

Many of the top US casino sites operating today utilize Microgaming for their software. Now is the perfect time to look at the company’s new titles revealed this week.

Let’s get started!

US Online Casino Industry is Growing Quickly

For months, nearly all land-based casinos in the United States were completely shut down. States began entering into lockdowns and even the biggest gambling destinations in the country were forced to close. Many states are now allowing their casinos to reopen, yet they’re operating at limited capacity with major restrictions set in place.

It’s not much of a surprise that the online casino industry in the US has grown during this time. Many people around the country have been stuck at home with nothing to do. Online casino sites allow players to make bets from anywhere with an internet connection.

Casino fans are also starting to recognize how many different games these websites offer. In some cases, these casino websites provide more gambling options than the biggest land-based gaming venues in the country. That includes fun, unique gaming options such as live dealer games.

No one can really say when the country’s land-based casinos will return to normal. Rates of Covid-19 are still surging throughout the country. There is evidence that infection spreads are taking place inside casinos.

Online gaming software providers are starting to ramp up their operations. That includes Microgaming. This week, this respected company revealed several exciting new games that will soon become available.

Here Are the New Microgaming Titles You Should Know About

As we just mentioned, many of the best US casino sites currently use Microgaming for their software. This company has gained a fantastic reputation for offering a wide range of different games. Over the past six months, this company has been focused on coming up with exciting new titles their players will enjoy.

On Sunday, July 5th, four new Microgaming titles were officially revealed. Below is a quick breakdown of each game.

Miami Glow: Microgaming has officially revealed a new 80’s-themed slot game featuring 5 reels and 3 rows. This exciting new game has a 96.09% RTP and wins up to 12,500 times the stake.

Mayan Eagle: The next one is a 6-reel, 5-row slot game with a unique ancient Mayan theme. It’s an exciting new game that offers several different jackpots. Players that manage to spell MAYA by hitting four scatter symbols will receive up to 13,000 times the stake.

Arthur’s Gold and Immortal Glory: Fantasy-style slot games are hugely popular right now. Arthur’s Gold and Immortal Glory is a unique fantasy-style high variance slot with a range of different spin bonuses.

Diamond Inferno: On July 21st, Microgaming will release Diamond Inferno. This is an action-packed fiery slot game with classic casino icons such as golden bars, dice, dollar signs, and lucky sevens. It has the feel of a standard slot game with impressive new visuals added.

Each of the new Microgaming titles that were revealed sound incredible. Expect them to become available on many of the best internet casino sites in the US!

Land-Based Casinos Are Beginning to Reopen

The past four months have been some of the strangest in US history. Land-based casinos are taking a major hit and many were closed for an extremely long period of time. Fortunately, many of the casinos here have begun to reopen.

Las Vegas casinos were given the green light to open back up on June 4th. Today, nearly all of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip have reopened. Tourism is gradually beginning to increase here.

Casinos in Atlantic City finally began to reopen this past weekend. There are several new rules set in place at these venues that some are complaining about. The fact is these casinos will look much different for the foreseeable future.

That doesn’t mean the online casino industry will slow down anytime soon. In fact, most predict that these casino websites are going to continue growing in popularity. With new Microgaming titles being offered, these sites will keep attracting new players.

This is an unusual time for the gambling industry around the world. We may see a major overall shift from land-based gaming to online gambling as time goes on. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

The four titles we listed above are all fantastic. Let us know which one you’re most excited about in the comments section below!

The Encore Boston Harbor Will Reopen on July 12th!

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are currently working to reopen the state’s economy. It’s been a tough year for the casinos here, all of which have been closed down since March. According to new reports, the Encore Boston Harbor will officially reopen to the public on July 12th.Encore Boston Harbor Hotel-Casino

Many casinos are now opening across the country. Some fear that these venues may soon be forced to close down again as Covid-19 infection rates continue to increase. As of now, however, Massachusetts seems determined to get this industry back on track.

Let’s look at what’s being planned at the Encore Boston Harbor!

Casinos Around the US Have Begun to Reopen

In March of this year, every state around the country began shutting down in one way or another. Some states took drastic measures and began ordering residents to remain inside their homes. Others had much more lenient regulations and instead focused on keeping the state economy running.

We’re now in July, and states are still trying to balance the economy and public safety. Every state has begun to reopen. It should come as no surprise that some are doing so much quicker than others.

Casinos have started to reopen in many different states around the country. In states like Mississippi, lawmakers have allowed the commercial gambling venues to open back up. Other states, such as California, have seen their tribal casino industry reopen without the specific approval of Governor Newsom.

Unfortunately, rates of Covid-19 have started to increase around the United States at an unprecedented pace. Most states have slowed their reopening process. Some analysts now believe that casinos may eventually be forced to close down once again.

It’s an incredibly difficult situation. States are still looking at ways to reopen businesses without putting the public in danger. Over in Massachusetts, one major casino-resort is preparing to reopen to the public.

Encore Boston Harbor Plans to Start Accepting Guests Again on July 12th

Massachusetts has a very new land-based casino industry. It wasn’t long ago that lawmakers here decided to officially legalize these gambling venues. Today, three casinos are operating in this state.

The biggest and arguably best is the Encore Boston Harbor, owned by Wynn Resorts. This venue was opened in June of 2019. It didn’t take long for the Encore to become the most popular casino in the state.

Governor Charlie Baker recently announced that Massachusetts is entering into Phase 3 of reopening on Monday. Just hours after this announcement, the Encore Boston Harbor announced that it was reopening to the public on July 12th. The casino released a statement claiming they want to make things as safe as possible.

“Every effort has been made to preserve Encore’s luxury experience and provide guests with the peace of mind needed to enjoy a fun and relaxing return,” the statement said. 

When the Encore Boston Harbor opens, only slots and blackjack will be available to players. Plexiglass barriers will be set on these blackjack tables. Other games such as poker and craps will become available sometime later this summer.

Gambling fans here are extremely excited to see this venue open back up. We’ll need to wait and see how many people begin visiting this venue after July 12th.

How is the US Casino Industry Faring Right Now?

2020 has been the toughest year in history for the land-based casino industry. For months, these venues were shut down. Many have reopened, yet the amount of revenue these venues are earning is significantly lower than it was just a few years ago.

Strict social distancing measures are still in place inside these venues. They are also operating at limited capacity. It’s not entirely clear when these casinos will be given permission to function normally again.

As we mentioned earlier, rates of Covid-19 have been steadily increasing for weeks. Some states are being hit much harder than others. There are still fears that casinos around the state will be forced to shut down. That’s already happened in Arizona.

Las Vegas remains the world’s biggest gambling hub. Casinos here have been open for more than a month, yet tourism remains low. Hope is that some of the new, recently-opened venues here will help to attract new visitors.

The Encore Boston Harbor will officially open back up on July 12th. Gambling fans in Massachusetts are already getting excited. We’ll report on the revenue earned here over the next few weeks!

Are you excited to see the US land-based casino industry start to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below!

Merger Between Eldorado and Caesars Should Complete Next Month

The highly-publicized merger between Eldorado and Caesars has been taking place since June of 2019. It’s the largest deal ever made between two US casino companies. According to new reports, this massive merge should be completed by next month.Eldorado And Caesars Logo

It’s exciting news for both of these companies. The process of joining forces has been hugely expensive and time-consuming. Today, we’re going to look at what still needs to be done for the merger to be officially approved.

Let’s get into it!

FTC Officially Approves Eldorado Resorts-Caesars Entertainment Deal

Eldorado Resorts is one of the fastest-growing casino companies in the country. It owns and operates several major casinos around the country. Officials within this company have continued to tell the media that they plan to expand as soon as possible.

Back in June of last year, news broke that Eldorado had agreed to pay $17.3 billion to acquire Caesars Entertainment. As we just mentioned, this was the largest merger ever made between two casino companies. Many analysts immediately began looking into what it takes to complete a deal like this one.

Both Eldorado and Caesars Entertainment own major casinos in different states. That means both companies need to receive approval from various state gambling commissions before this deal can go through. They also need to get permission from the Federal Trade Commission.

This process takes time. Initially, officials within these companies told the media they expected the deal to be completed by June of this year. That date has now been pushed back. Fortunately, the FTC recently approved the merger between Eldorado and Caesars to move forward.

This was a crucial step for both of these companies. Now, only a few more states need to give the signal for the deal to move forward. When can we expect that to take place?

With State’s Approval, the Merger Between Eldorado and Caesars Will be Complete

It’s not completely unusual to see casino companies merge. It’s happened several times over the years, yet never between two companies as large as Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment. State Gaming Boards want to ensure that this deal does not result in the companies forming a monopoly.

Many states have already approved the deal. The FTC seems content with that’s coming together, as well. Now, these companies only need approval from regulators in Nevada, Indiana, and New Jersey.

Meetings between the heads of these companies and the various state commissions have now been scheduled to take place in Nevada. The Nevada Gaming Control Board will meet to discuss the matter on July 8th. Indiana regulators are meeting on July 10th and ones in Indiana will do the same on July 15th.

After receiving approval, the merger between Eldorado and Caesars can finally be complete. Eldorado CEO Tom Reeg is confident this will take place. Most gaming analysts predict the states will give approval for this deal, as well.

The stars seem to be aligning here. One condition the FTC required was for Eldorado Resorts to sell several of its major properties. News recently broke that these casino sales have officially concluded.

Eldorado Resorts Has Officially Sold Two Major Casinos

The FTC recognizes how powerful these two companies will be once this deal concludes. As a result, they want to ensure that things are still fair for markets affected by the merger. The government body ordered Eldorado Resorts to sell two properties in order to receive approval for the merger.

The Montbleu Resorts & Casino in Lake Tahoe and the Isle of Capris in Kansas City were both recently sold by this company. It was a serious move, as both were known to be big money-makers for Eldorado. Obviously, the merger between Eldorado and Caesars proved to be more important.

This is just one more step needed to finalize this important merger. Now, much of the focus is on the meetings taking place this month in Nevada. Only three more Gaming Boards need to give their official approval for this bill.

Most predict all three will give the green light for this merger to move forward. Eldorado and Caesars have both checked all of the boxes needed to get this deal finished.

Anything is possible, though. The country is still dealing with the effects of Covid-19 and many are unsure of how the land-based casino industry will look over the next 12 months. We’ll be sure to offer updates on this situation as it unfolds.

Do you think the Eldorado Resorts-Caesars Entertainment merger will finish this summer? Let us know in the comments section below!

Nevada’s Gaming Revenue Figures for May Are Now Out!

Nevada began to open its gambling and tourism industry in early June. This month is now wrapping up, and we’re continuing to see just how devastating it can be to close down the state’s gambling industry. Nevada’s gaming revenue figures for May are out and many are shocked to see how little money was made.Revenue Drop Picture

Fortunately, the casinos are now back up and running. It’s guaranteed that more money will be made in June than was made in May. Today, we’re going to break down these revenue reports.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas is Working Hard to Get Back to Normal

Our team has been covering the situation in Las Vegas for months. Back in March, we continued offering updates on the casino shutdown. Back then, not even the top gambling analysts in the country could accurately say when the city’s casinos would be able to open back up.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman was one of the first officials to start calling for the city to reopen. Most health experts criticized her eagerness to get the casino industry up and running again. Unless strict health and safety measures were set in place, it seemed likely that a new surge in Covid-19 cases would end up taking place.

In mid-May, casino companies presented a comprehensive reopening plan to state leaders. Eventually, the Nevada Gaming Control Board officially approved this plan. Governor Sisolak announced that many casinos in the state would be given permission to reopen on June 4th.

Many were skeptical about how many tourists will begin flocking to this city. Concerns over the new coronavirus are still very new, yet many want an escape from the regulations in their own states. According to several reports, a surprisingly large number of people from around the country immediately started flocking to Las Vegas.

It shouldn’t come as a major surprise to see that Covid-19 infection rates have begun to skyrocket over the past few weeks. Nevada’s infection rates are rising sharply and many casino workers are now complaining that not enough safety measures are set in place to protect them. This week, revenue reports for May came out and things are just as bad as many predicted they would be.

Nevada’s Gaming Revenue Figures For May Have Been Released

The state of Nevada is filled with casinos. In many ways, the casino industry here is the lifeline of the state. Shutting down these gaming venues back in March affected Nevada in ways that may last for decades.

Everyone knew that gaming revenue back in May would be low. It’s still surprising when you see just how little money the state’s gambling industry really made. Nevada’s gaming revenue figures have just been released and it’s clear that the state desperately needed these gaming venues to open back up.

According to the Gaming Control Board, the state’s gambling industry brought in just $5.8 million in May of this year. To put things into perspective, this state earned $982 million in May of 2019. That represents an incredible 99.4% drop in revenue.

Nevada’s gaming revenue figures for May came entirely from online poker and internet sports betting. Some parts of the state including Reno and Laughlin saw their revenue figures decrease in May. The casinos in South Lake Tahoe brought in just $17,457.

The Las Vegas Strip earned the most money during the month of May. This area of the city is home to the biggest and most impressive casino-resorts on the planet and managed to bring in $3.8 million. The great thing is that revenue will assuredly be higher in June. Exactly how much money was earned last month is not yet known.

Las Vegas Casinos Still Struggle To Bring in Players

The time period between March and early June was perhaps the toughest in the history of Las Vegas. Hundreds of thousands of individuals here were left without work after the casinos closed. The casino companies themselves told the media that they won’t be able to survive without significant loans from the federal government.

The casinos here began opening on June 4th, yet that doesn’t mean things have immediately turned around here. Tourism is still significantly lower than it was at the start of this year. After a new order from Governor Sisolak, some fear tourism rates will begin dropping here once again.

Late last month, Sisolak announced that it is now required to wear masks in public venues, including casinos. Exactly how well this is being enforced is up for debate. Most agree, however, that an order like this one is likely to put off many potential visitors.

Nevada’s gaming revenue figures for May prove how devastating it can be to close down the state’s casinos. It’s an extremely difficult situation and no one seems to understand how to effectively move forward.

More casinos are scheduled to open up here over the next few weeks. No one really expects state leaders to force these properties to shut down again anytime soon. We’ll continue to offer updates on this situation.

Do you plan on visiting Las Vegas anytime soon? How much money do you expect the casinos here to earn this summer? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Las Vegas Luxor May Soon Be Demolished

The city of Las Vegas is going through some major changes right now. Casinos are beginning to open up, yet many are struggling to bring in tourists. According to new reports, the Las Vegas Luxor could soon be demolished.Las Vegas Luxor

It’s surprising news for many individuals. This hotel-casino is one of the biggest and most historic in Las Vegas. Today, we’re going to look at when exactly MGM Resorts is considering tearing down this massive property.

Let’s get into it!

Nevada Casinos Face Backlash for Lack of Safety Measures

The world’s best casino-resorts are based in Las Vegas. Obviously, it was hugely important for state leaders in Nevada to get these venues up and running. Governor Steve Sisolak announced that casinos in the state could officially begin to reopen on June 4th.

Many were surprised to see tourism increase here so quickly. Many began flocking to the city to escape the regulations in their own states. Obviously, many health experts began warning that cases of Covid-19 were likely to increase here.

That turned out to be true. As a result, Sisolak announced that masks were now required inside all public spaces, including casinos. Many casino companies claimed this new regulation was likely to result in a dip in tourism.

Unfortunately, infection rates in this state continue to ramp up. Many are now claiming that casinos here are not doing enough to protect their employees. Just last one, one casino worker died after testing positive for the new coronavirus.

The Nevada Culinary Union recently announced that it was suing several major casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. This group believes that casinos here are not doing enough to protect their workers. It’s not entirely clear which venues are being targeted in this lawsuit.

According to new reports, one of the most popular casino-resorts in the city may soon be demolished.

Is the Las Vegas Luxor Really Being Torn Down Soon?

MGM Resorts International is one of the top casino companies in the world. It owns many world-class gambling venues around the world. That includes several in Las Vegas. In recent years, this company has begun selling many of these properties.

One venue that MGM currently controls is The Luxor Hotel-Casino, located directly on the Las Vegas Strip. First constructed in 1993, this pyramid-shaped hotel-casino quickly became one of the most popular venues in the city. It’s become a little outdated over the years, yet many still enjoy visiting and gambling inside this property.

Perhaps that’s why it’s so surprising to hear that the Las Vegas Luxor may soon be torn down. Officials within MGM Resorts have discussed this for years. In the past, however, union groups prevented these properties from being demolished.

The city of Las Vegas is now struggling and some believe this is the perfect time to remove this property. It’s not entirely clear when this will take place. Many believe the demolition process will begin before the end of 2020.

MGM has also not revealed what will be constructed here once the Luxor is gone. There’s a chance this major casino operator sells the land. Make sure to stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks!

More Las Vegas Casinos Are Set to Open This Week

Las Vegas, and Nevada as a whole, is still in the beginning phases of reopening. Based on the current trend, the state’s reopening plans may actually begin to reverse. The current plan is for several more major casino-resorts to open back up here this week.

That includes the Las Vegas Luxor. This major venue currently plans on opening back up to the public on Thursday. Many of the same social distancing measures set in place at other casinos are being implemented here.

According to new reports, the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, the Aria Resort & Casino, and the Delano and the Four Seasons all plan to reopen on July 1st. Governor Sisolak may eventually force these properties to implement stricter health measures.

For now, all day and night clubs remain closed in Las Vegas. The conventions in this state are closed, as well. No one can accurately say when these properties will be allowed to reopen.

Infection rates continue to increase in Nevada. This trend is likely to continue for some time. The long-term effects of this pandemic on Las Vegas are still unknown. Most agree the city will look different for quite some time.

Are you surprised to hear that the Las Vegas Luxor is closing down? Do you plan on visiting this city anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

NV Culinary Union Plans to Sue Las Vegas Casinos

It’s been nearly a month since all the casinos in Las Vegas reopened to the public. Tourism has gradually increased in the city, yet many workers here claim the conditions are not safe enough. As a result, the NV Culinary Union is planning to sue some of the biggest casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.NV Culinary Union

This union is one of the biggest and most powerful in Nevada. It seems the group is now angry about the situation that many casino workers find themselves in. Today, we’re going to look at what the Culinary Union hopes to accomplish.

Let’s get into it!

Nevada Continues Setting New Regulations in Casinos

The state of Nevada finally started to open back up in early June. It was a welcome move for most residents here. The casino shutdown, ordered back in March, resulted in a complete drop-off in tourism and many were left without work.

Politicians here realized that something needed to change. Governor Steve Sisolak understands that the casinos are the driving force behind tourism and started working with casino companies on coming up with a comprehensive, safe reopening plan. Finally, state leaders gave the casinos in Las Vegas to open back up on June 4th.

Casino companies here started doing everything they could to increase tourism. Many began offering great travel deals and discounted room rates. As the weeks have gone on, tourism to Las Vegas has slowly increased.

Some fear that is now beginning to change. Last week, Governor Sisolak announced that it’s now mandatory to wear facial masks inside any public spaces. To the disappointment of some, that includes casinos.

Officials in this city are still trying to understand the best way to promote tourism while keeping things as safe as possible. Unfortunately, many now feel that things are not safe enough for workers inside casinos.

NV Culinary Union Announces it Plans to Sue LV Casinos Over Working Conditions

The world is still struggling to understand the new coronavirus. It’s infected more than 10 million individuals and the current death toll has just surpassed 500,000. State leaders have the unenviable task of reopening their economies while protecting vulnerable individuals.

Nevada was essentially shut down for three months. The amount of revenue that the state lost during this time is unprecedented. As the weeks went on, more residents in this state started calling for Governor Sisolak to lift the restrictions.

On June 4th, many of the casinos here began to reopen. Many now feel that casino workers are being put at risk unnecessarily. As a result, the NV Culinary Union plans to sue the casinos here for the conditions they are putting their employees in.

“The lawsuit alleges casino hotels have not protected workers, their families, and their community from the spread of COVID-19, and that the current rules and procedures in place for responding to workers contracting COVID-19 have been wholly and dangerously inadequate,” a statement from the union claims. 

There’s certainly some validity to these claims. Just a few days ago, a worker inside a Caesars Entertainment-owned Las Vegas casino died after testing positive for Covid-19. The Culinary Union wants to see things change.

A press conference is being held today to discuss this situation. Stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks.

More US Casinos Are Likely to Close Soon

Nevada isn’t the only state to recently reopen its casino industry. Many states around the country have started allowing their gaming venues to reopen. Rates of Covid-19 are now beginning to quickly increase, though, and some analysts believe that hard-hit states will soon need to close their casinos once again.

Florida has been experiencing a particularly large increase in cases over the last couple of weeks. As many are aware, this was one of the first states to lift their stay-at-home orders. Some health experts believe reopening too early caused these infection rates to skyrocket.

Not long ago, some of Florida’s top gambling venues opened back up. That includes the massive guitar-shaped Hard Rock Hotel-Casino owned by the Seminole Tribe. The state cannot directly order this tribe to close its gambling venue, yet some believe the casino will close down on its own.

Most states around the country are seeing Covid-19 rates increase. Exactly how this will affect the country’s land-based gambling industry is still unknown. Hope is that things can remain open with better health protection measures set in place.

It’s interesting to see the NV Culinary Union directly go after casinos. The truth, however, is that casinos may not be able to remain profitable if more restrictions are set in place. It’s an extremely complicated situation and no one seems to have a solution.

Do you think Nevada’s casinos need to implement better safety measures? Have you gambled in one of the casinos here? Let us know in the comments section below!

Illinois Casino Update: Gaming Board Approves Plans to Reopen on July 1st

As of June 26th, Illinois has the fourth-most cases of Covid-19 in the country. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to find that this state has been extremely hesitant to reopen venues that draw in large crowds. According to a new Illinois casino update from the state’s Gaming Board, however, gambling venues here will be able to reopen on July 1st.Illinois Gambling

It’s fantastic news for the casino companies here. Illinois has been working hard to expand its gambling regulations over the past couple of years. Today, we’re going to look at what state leaders currently have planned for this summer.

Let’s get into it!

Illinois’ Plans to Expand Casino Industry Come to a Halt

Over the past decade, a huge number of states have begun working to expand their current gambling industries. More state leaders seem to recognize the fact that casinos can bring in a huge amount of revenue from taxes. That is certainly the case in Illinois.

As many are aware, Illinois has been working hard to come up with new money-generating strategies. In June of 2019, lawmakers here approved a new Capital Plan that allows for several new casinos to open throughout the state. That includes one in Chicago.

It was great news for gambling fans here. Unfortunately, it’s been a difficult process trying to find a company willing to operate this Chicago casino. Much of that is due to the state’s high tax rate set on this venue.

State officials finally decided to lower this tax rate. Even after doing so, there aren’t many companies jumping at the opportunity to take control of the proposed Chicago casino. As the global pandemic began to spread around the world, the state’s casino plans came to a screeching halt.

Since March, all of the casinos currently operating here were forced to close down. The owners of these venues have been working to come up with reopening plans ever since. It now appears that officials are content with these plans.

Gaming Board Offers Exciting Illinois Casino Update

The past few months have been extremely difficult for the state of Illinois. Rates of Covid-19 have begun to drop here, yet many businesses remain closed down.

Many states around the country have slowly begun to reopen their gaming venues. That includes Nevada, which is slowly bringing Las Vegas back to life. Up until recently, no one really knew when Illinois would decide to revitalize its gaming industry.

We now have an answer. This week, members of the state Gaming Board offered an exciting new Illinois casino update. Casinos and video gaming operators can officially begin operating again at limited capacity on July 1st.

The regulations being set in place here are very similar to the ones seen in other states. That includes strict social distancing measures, stringent hand sanitization, and casinos must operate at no more than 50% capacity. If infection rates continue to drop in this state, some of these restrictions may gradually be lifted.

It comes at an important time for casino companies around the country. Many have lost an incredible amount of revenue over the past three months. Some may even be on the brink of collapse.

As infections begin to rise in certain states, it seems likely that we’ll begin to see casinos close down once again.

More Casinos Are Likely to Shut Down Soon

The land-based casino industry has been hit incredibly hard due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. For months, all brick-and-mortar gambling venues in the state were shut down. Certain states have begun to reopen these properties over the past few weeks.

In some parts of the country, it appears this may have been done a little soon. Arizona, for example, immediately saw its infection rates surge after lifting restrictions. As a result, the state ordered three major casinos here to shut down once again.

Florida has just shattered its own infection record. Over the past 24 hours, more than 9,000 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded here. Most predict that state leaders will call for all casinos to temporarily close.

Infection rates are slowly beginning to creep up in Nevada, as well. As a result, Governor Sisolak announced that wearing masks in public places, including casinos, is now required. Some worry this will damage the state’s already-hurting tourism industry.

The Illinois casino update is exciting for several reasons. Of course, state leaders may be forced to rethink this strategy if it’s proven that casinos contribute to a significant rise in new infections. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the situation over the next few months.

Do you think it’s time for the casinos in Illinois to reopen? Will this happen on the proposed date of July 1st? Let us know in the comments section below.

Wearing Masks in Nevada Casinos is No Longer Optional

Yesterday, Governor Steve Sisolak did what many analysts predicted he would be forced to do. In order to better protect the public’s health, Sisolak announced that masks will now be required when going into public areas. This, of course, means that wearing masks in Nevada casinos is no longer optional.Slot Machines Inside Casino

The state seems torn on whether or not this is a good idea. Most agree that it will have a significant impact on the casino companies here. Today, we’re going to take a look at how long this new regulation will last for.

Let’s get into it!

Infections Begin to Rise in Several States Around the Country

For the past three months, most of the country has been in some form of lockdown due to concerns of the new coronavirus. It didn’t take long for New York to become the epicenter of this new pandemic and NYC began quickly shutting down. Over the past few weeks, it seemed as if cases in this state were dropping.

Unfortunately, other parts of the country are now seeing their cases surge. That includes Arizona, Florida, Alabama, and Texas. Some health experts are pointing to the fact that these states were some of the first to relax their stay-at-home orders.

It’s a troubling sign. Most state officials claim that closing down their local economies is not a realistic option. Unless cases begin to drop, however, these leaders may need to come up with new regulations.

Over in Nevada, cases of Covid-19 are starting to increase, as well. Over the past 24 hours, nearly 500 new cases were recorded in this state. That’s disappointing news for the casino companies in this state, many of whom have just recently begun to start operating again.

No one really knows the best way to stop infection spread without severely damaging the economy. Health officials continue to tout mask-wearing as an effective way to limit infection spread. Nevada’s leaders are now hoping that this strategy pays off.

Governor Sisolak Now Requires Wearing Masks in Nevada Casinos

In early June, many of the top casinos in Las Vegas finally reopened to the public. It was hugely important, as these casinos were slowly creeping towards bankruptcy. Hundreds of thousands of residents in the state were affected by the shutdown.

Since the casinos opened back up, tourism rates have been slowly increasing. Casino owners here are doing almost anything they can to bring in more visitors. Derek Stevens, for example, recently began offering thousands of free flights to the city.

Unfortunately, we may soon see tourism rates begin to drop here. This week, Governor Sisolak announced that masks must be worn in all public areas. To the disappointment of some, that means wearing masks in Nevada casinos is now officially required.

“This is a state that prides itself on the spirit of individualism,” Sisolak said. “It is part of what makes us great. So I’m asking all of us to take our independent spirit and turn that into our individual responsibility to keep the lights on for businesses throughout our state. As I said last week, we’re not post-COVID. We’re still in the middle of the first phase, the first wave of COVID. So please, I cannot emphasize this enough, wear your face covering anytime you leave your house, when you go to a restaurant, and you stop the pharmacy, when you enter a casino. Wear your face covering.”

The requirement to wear masks in public officially goes into law at 12:01 am on Friday morning. Many have already expressed fear that this could hurt the already-struggling tourism industry here.

Will Nevada’s New Mask Law Damage Tourism?

Like all other states, Nevada has been having a difficult time attracting visitors. Travel is still unadvised and many have fears about visiting crowded venues like casinos. Those that are willing to make the trip to a Las Vegas casino are probably not concerned about Covid-19.

For that reason, many believe that tourism may begin to drop here. Wearing masks in Nevada casinos is no longer optional. Some gamblers may no longer want to visit a casino if it means you need to wear a facial covering.

It’s a very difficult situation. Sisolak is following the advice of health officials, who believe masks can help to reduce the spread of this new virus. It’s likely that this will take a serious toll on the state’s tourism industry, though.

We will not know the effects of this decision for at least a few weeks. If infection rates in the state start to drop, Sisolak may decide to lift this new regulation.

More casinos are opening up each week. That includes most of the biggest ones on the Las Vegas Strip. Hopefully, these properties earn enough revenue to remain operational.

How do you feel about wearing masks in Nevada casinos? Will this result in less tourism here? Let us know in the comments section below!

There Are Now More Reasons to Wear Masks in Casinos

More Las Vegas casinos are beginning to open and tourism is increasing here every single week. Due to the regulations set in place, however, some are still unwilling to visit this city. Caesars Entertainment is now starting to give visitors here more reasons to wear masks in casinos.Man Wearing Face Mask

Most would agree that wearing a mask inside a casino-resort is a little uncomfortable. Caesars is trying to help make this a little easier to bare. Today, we’re going to look at what exactly this major casino company is offering to its guests.

Let’s get into it!

More Caesars Entertainment Properties Are Opening in Las Vegas

As the weeks go on, more major casino-resorts in Las Vegas are starting to accept guests. It’s been a long road to get here. Since March, many of the casino companies here have lost an incredible amount of revenue.

Caesars Entertainment is one of the biggest casino companies in Las Vegas. Over the past few weeks, this company has begun opening several of its properties including Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo, The Linq, and Harrah’s Las Vegas. Revenue is slowly beginning to increase for this gaming operator.

As many know, Caesars is also in the middle of a massive merger with Eldorado Resorts. Initially, this deal was expected to be finalized by the end of this month. According to recent reports, it’s now being pushed back.

Revenue still isn’t coming in like it used to. Tourism into Las Vegas is slowly increasing every single week. It may be months, or even a year, before rates of tourism here get back to how they were in January of this year.

Caesars, like many other casino companies, is doing everything it can to attract more visitors. Things have been made more difficult now that masks are expected to be required on all casino floors. Officials within Caesars are now trying to encourage mask-wearing in the city in a unique way.

Here Are a Few More Reasons to Wear Masks in Casinos

Over the past few months, health officials in the US have tried to come up with the best ways to better protect the public from the dangers of Covid-19. It now appears that mask-wearing is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent infection spread. Most states are now highly encouraging their residents to wear a mask when going in public.

For a time, wearing a mask was only recommended inside Las Vegas casinos. Most gambling officials realized that forcing players to wear masks will end up decreasing tourism. Now, lawmakers here are taking a more aggressive approach.

Governor Sisolak recently held a press conference and announced that masks are likely to be required inside casinos. Fortunately, Caesars Entertainment is now giving its players more reasons to wear masks in casinos. This company has begun offering free slot credits to many players who are abiding by the mask rule.

A spokesperson for Caesars told the media that $7,500 in free slot credits was awarded over the past few days.

It’s clear that Caesars Entertainment is taking the most proactive approach to masks. The company was one of the first to officially require masks to be worn when playing table games. Now, they’re actually rewarding the players abiding by the rules.

There were already many reasons to wear masks in casinos. Now, you might even get paid for it!

Circa Las Vegas Announces Opening Date

The city of Las Vegas was earning an incredible amount of revenue over the past couple of years. As a result, several companies here have begun constructing major casino-resorts. That includes Circa Las Vegas, located in the Downtown area.

This property is owned by Derek Stevens, one of the top casino operators in the city. Stevens officially announced that reservations can now be made starting tomorrow, June 24th. To the surprise of some, this major casino-resort will be an adult-only venue.

“Once, Las Vegas held a certain mystique as this fabulous place where only grown-ups could play,” Circa’s official Twitter account said. “Call us old-fashioned, but we think adults need some of that mystique back in their lives. Book your room starting June 24th at 9am for #CircaLasVegas, a 21+ experience.”

Just about everyone is excited to see this new venue open up. Circa is now home to the largest and most impressive swimming pool complex in Las Vegas. Derek Stevens believes that this new venue will help to significantly increase tourism into Downtown Las Vegas.

Health officials continue to reveal more reasons to wear masks in casinos. Cases of Covid-19 are increasing around the country. Wearing a mask may help to prevent another casino shutdown experienced over the past few months.

Are you planning to visit Las Vegas anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

NJ Casinos Will Officially Reopen on July 2nd

It’s been months since the casinos in New Jersey closed their doors to the public. Since that time, lawmakers in the state have been working to come up with plans for these gaming venues to safely reopen. Fortunately, NJ casinos have been given permission to open up on July 2nd.Governor Phil Murphy

Governor Phil Murphy had been unwilling to offer a specific reopening date for more than two months. It now appears that he’s comfortable with the safety measures that will be set in place inside the state’s casinos. Today, we’re going to discuss what these casinos will look like after they’ve reopened.

Let’s get into it!

How Much Money Has Atlantic City Lost?

Back in May of 2018, the US Supreme Court made the historic decision to remove PASPA. Immediately afterward, every state in the country was given permission to set its own laws on sports betting. It’s been a little over two years since PASPA was removed and more than 20 states now have a legalized, regulated sports gambling industry.

New Jersey was one of the first states to legalize this form of gambling. Before long, all of the casinos in Atlantic City began offering land-based and online sports gambling options. This seems to have brought new life to the city.

Gambling revenue has been steadily increasing in Atlantic City over the years. This past March, however, this money completely stopped flowing in. All NJ casinos were forced to close their doors and the casino companies here began losing millions of dollars every week.

In May, gaming revenue in this state decreased by 65% compared to the same month in 2019. The only money coming in is through the casino’s online gaming platforms. The casino shutdown has also stopped tourism, resulting in an incredible amount of job and revenue loss.

Last week, the NJ State Senate approved a new bill to help those affected by the casino regulations. In reality, however, things won’t begin to truly improve until the casinos here open back up. Lawmakers recognize this fact, and have now set a date for casinos in the state to start accepting guests again.

NJ Casinos Receive Permission to Reopen on July 2nd

Pressure has been mounting on Governor Phil Murphy to lift the restrictions on casinos. Many have been arguing that unless something changes, Atlantic City might never look the same. Murphy held a press conference today and announced that all NJ casinos will be able to open back up at 25% capacity on July 2nd.

This is what everyone wanted to hear. Murphy had previously told the media that the casinos in this state would likely be able to reopen by Fourth of July weekend. Things aren’t going to be quite the same here for some time, though.

Even so, many of the casino owners in this state have expressed their excitement to see the regulations here lifted. Joe Lopo, president of the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City, spoke to the media this week about the news.

“We’re delighted to get the reopening date,” Lopo said. “We thank the governor that we’ll be able to be open for the July 4th weekend to meet the demand on the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk.”

Strict social distancing measures will be required inside all the casinos in the state. Many of the same restrictions currently set inside Las Vegas casinos will be required here.

Things are certainly beginning to improve here. Restaurants in the state have also been given permission to allow inside dining beginning on July 2nd. We’ll need to wait and see how quickly tourism rates and gaming revenue begin to increase with these restrictions lifted.

Are Some States Looking to Close Casinos Once Again?

States around the country are now beginning to reopen their casino industries. It seemed like rates of Covid-19 were starting to drop quickly. Unfortunately, several states are now beginning to see their infection rates surge.

That includes Florida, which has recently allowed its major casino-resorts to start accepting players again. Some health experts warn that Florida is the next epicenter of the virus in the US. As of now, however, state officials here seem unwilling to discuss lockdown plans once again.

Nevada’s casino industry is now back up and running. Many of the biggest casino-resorts in the state have already reopened. More are set to start operating again over the next couple of weeks.

As of now, infection rates are remaining relatively low in Nevada, and Clark County specifically. It would take an incredibly large outbreak for state officials to close the casinos here again. Many feel the city would be unable to cope with a similar lockdown experienced over the past few months.

NJ casinos are set to open in just a few weeks. This may push lawmakers in New York to reopen their gaming venues, as well. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on this situation as it develops.

Are you excited to see Atlantic City start getting back to normal? Do you plan on visiting this city anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

The New Rule in Las Vegas Casinos Has Some People Worried

Some of the biggest casino-resorts in Las Vegas have been open since June 4th. Since that time, tourism has been gradually increasing as people flock to the city for a fun vacation. This week, members of the Nevada Gaming Control Board ordered a new rule in Las Vegas casinos and some are worried this will result in a major dip in tourism.Las Vegas Street View

This state regulatory group is now requiring that masks be worn inside casinos. Many felt that Las Vegas was seeing its tourism increase due to the relaxed regulations here. Today, we’re going to talk about how this new rule might affect the city.

Let’s get into it!

More Casinos in Nevada Announce Reopening Dates

Nevada is home to an incredible number of casinos. In certain parts of the state, the gambling industry is responsible for keeping the local economy on track. That includes Las Vegas, where many of the world’s most expensive gambling venues are located.

Everything shut down in this state back in March. Obviously, shutting down casinos here resulted in an incredible amount of revenue and job loss. Hundreds of thousands of individuals in this state are employed by the gambling industry.

On June 14th, several of the top casino-resorts in this city started to reopen. Tourism started to slowly increase. Many people from around the country began flocking to this city to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and fun gambling options.

The Las Vegas Strip is starting to get back to normal. More of the casino-resorts here are scheduled to reopen to the public over the next couple of weeks. Revenue is also starting to increase, albeit at a much lower level than it was prior to March.

Just a few days ago, members of the Nevada Gaming Control Board met to discuss future regulations for these reopened casinos. Members of this group claimed it was unlikely that masks would be required inside these venues. That appears to be changing, though.

Control Board Approves New Rule in Las Vegas Casinos

Opening the casinos in Las Vegas proved to be incredibly difficult. Safety is always a major concern in the middle of a global pandemic. Some health officials felt the regulations set in place at these gambling venues were not strict enough.

Over the past few weeks, rates of Covid-19 have begun to surge around the country. Lawmakers in Nevada have started to take notice. Many have fears that this will spill into the state and things could return to how they were back in March.

This week, the Nevada Gaming Control Board met to discuss the current regulations set in place. This group ordered a major new rule in Las Vegas casinos. Moving forward, casinos here will require all guests to wear masks while playing at table games.

Sandra Morgan, a chairwoman for the board, spoke to the media about implementing this new rule.

“In the first week (after the June 4 reopening of casinos), we wanted to take an approach of communicating and encouraging compliance and talk to licensees about what our expectations were, but in the second week, it became abundantly clear based on our agents’ observations that patrons’ usage of masks was significantly declining,” she said. 

Morgan went on to clarify exactly what will be required on the casino floor.

“Licensees must require patrons to wear face coverings at table and card games if there is no barrier, partition or shield between the dealer and each player. This requirement applies to table and card game players, spectators and any other person within 6 feet of any table or card game.”

What does this mean for the city moving forward?

Requiring Masks May Result in a Decrease in Tourism

Casino companies can’t be pleased to hear this new rule. For many of these companies, it’s been a tremendous struggle to attract tourists. The main strategy they were using was to promote Las Vegas as a carefree, fun vacation destination.

If masks are required on the casino floor, this perception could change. Many are going to be unwilling to play inside these venues if the same regulations that are being implemented in their own states are applied in Las Vegas. Lawmakers are attempting to balance public safety and a tourism industry.

It’s an extremely difficult situation. Despite the casinos being reopened, revenue in Las Vegas is still incredibly low. Many casino companies are finding it difficult to remain functional. The new rule in Las Vegas casinos recently approved is likely to make things even harder.

Many felt the current regulations were strange enough. Plexiglass barriers on the tables and limit occupancy felt unusual for many gamblers. We’ll need to wait and see how the new mask rule affects tourism over the next few weeks.

No one really knows what to expect over the next few weeks. Casinos are still doing everything that can attract new visitors. More travel deals are likely to become available soon. Stay tuned for updates!

Do you agree with this new rule in Las Vegas casinos? Do you think it will affect tourism? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Pool at Circa Las Vegas is Opening in October

Downtown Las Vegas has been rapidly improving over the years. Several new properties are currently being constructed here, perhaps none of which are as exciting as the Circa Casino-Resort. According to new reports, the pool at Circa Las Vegas will officially open to the public in October.Circa Resort & Casino

This city has been slowly reopening. Several of the biggest gambling venues here are now accepting guests once again. Today, we’re going to look at what the owners of the Circa Hotel have planned for the future.

Let’s get into it!

Casinos in Downtown Las Vegas Are Reopening

People around the country have been hugely interested to see how the city of Las Vegas responds to this global pandemic. For months, all of the casino-resorts here were closed to the public. This resulted in an unprecedented amount of job loss and millions of dollars in lost revenue.

Lawmakers in the state realized things couldn’t remain the way they were. If things didn’t change, the city might not have ever recovered. Fortunately, Governor Sisolak gave these casinos permission to reopen on June 4th.

As long as they implement safety measures, the casinos in this state can open back up. Today, some of the biggest and best gaming venues are now operating again. That includes the New York-New York, the Bellagio, and the Venetian Casino-Resort.

Some of the top casinos in Downtown Las Vegas have started to accept guests, as well. The Golden Nugget and Orleans are now operating with reduced occupancy. Since June 4th, tourism in this city has gradually increased.

There are several new properties in this city that both residents and tourists are excited about. The Circa Casino-Resort, in particular, has been generating serious interest. The owners of this property now claim that some of the amenities here will begin opening back up soon.

Derek Stevens Gives Update on the Pool at Circa Las Vegas

The Circa Casino and Resort is the first major hotel-casino built in downtown Las Vegas for decades. It’s owned by the Stevens brothers, who already control several major gaming venues in the state. Derek Stevens recently spoke to the media about how this project is coming together.

According to Derek, this property will open a little earlier than expected. The basement and first five floors of this casino-resort will reopen to the public on October 28th. To the surprise of many, the pool at Circa Las Vegas is opening up in October, as well.

As many know, the pool here is one of the largest in the entire city. Derek Stevens wanted to make this one of the most exciting new properties in the city. A resort-style pool, he feels, will help to boost tourism in the Downtown area.

Opening back up hasn’t been easy. He spoke about this with USA Today this week.

“We took the hand that was dealt us and tried to work as efficient as possible,” Stevens said. 

As of now, the plan is for much of this property to reopen in October. It’s still not entirely clear how things will look. Will social distancing measures be required at the pool at Circa Las Vegas? Are employees going to need to wear masks? That all remains to be seen.

Las Vegas isn’t the same that it was a few months ago. Casino owners are doing their best to bring life back to the city, though. We’ll continue to offer updates on Circa over the next few weeks.

New Jersey Prepares to Reopen its Casino Industry

Las Vegas remains the world’s top gambling destination. Many new casino-resorts are scheduled to open here over the next few years. Now that the casinos have reopened, revenue in the city is starting to trickle back in.

Not every city has been as quick to get back to normal. In Atlantic City, the casinos remain shut down to the public. This has resulted in tens of thousands of job losses and some feel this city may never look the same.

State officials here are doing everything they can to help Atlantic City’s economy. Not long ago, the NJ State Senate approved a bill to help the casinos here. This bill also allocates a huge amount of money to help small businesses affected by the regulations here.

The current plan is for the casinos in this city to reopen by the Fourth of July. Obviously, everyone in this city is excited to see this happen. Many feel tourism will quickly surge here once the gaming venues are opened back up.

Casino industries around the country are finally starting to reopen. Some are earning more money than others. We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes for things in Atlantic City to get back to normal.

Are you excited to visit the pool at Circa Las Vegas? Let us know in the comments section below!

Do You Need to Wear Masks in LV Casinos?

Las Vegas is now back up and running. With each passing weekend, more tourists from around the country are flocking to this city. Many are now asking if it’s required to wear masks in LV casinos.Casino Table Game

Obviously, that would take away from the overall gambling experience here. Public safety is extremely important, though. Today, we’re going to look at exactly what regulations are being implemented in this city.

Let’s get into it!

More Las Vegas Casinos Continue to Open Up

Back in mid-March, the city of Las Vegas changed in a way that most thought wasn’t possible. Due to the global pandemic, state officials forced all of the casinos in this city to close their doors. This took an incredible toll on the US gambling and entertainment hub.

Firstly, closing these casinos resulted in massive job loss. Hundreds of thousands of people are connected, in some way, to the tourism and entertainment industry in Las Vegas. Once these casinos closed down, many of these jobs were instantly lost.

The casino companies operating here also started to lose an incredible amount of revenue. Some of the companies here with several major venues began losing millions of dollars every day. Some analysts expressed fear that several casino-resorts in the city would never reopen to the public.

Fortunately, several of these venues were finally given permission to open back up on June 4th. That includes the New York-New York Hotel-Casino and the Bellagio. According to several reports, a surprisingly-large number of tourists visited these venues on opening day.

More of the top casinos in the city are scheduled to reopen over the next few weeks. Things still aren’t quite the same in these venues as they were a few weeks ago. Does that mean masks are still required?

Guests Are Not Required to Wear Masks in LV Casinos

Nearly all major health organizations around the world now recommend the wear of masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19. These facial coverings won’t necessarily protect you from catching the virus. They should, in theory, help to stop the wearer from spreading anything themselves.

Most venues that draw in large crowds require masks. As the casinos in Las Vegas began reopening, analysts questioned whether or not these gaming venues would do the same. That is not the case.

Masks in LV casinos are not required by patrons. Employees, however, need to wear masks while on the casino floor. It seems the owners of these properties are content enough with the safety measures currently set in place.

Nevada Control Board Chairwoman Sandra Morgan spoke about this decision with the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week.

“Per our current policy, all casino employees must be wearing masks. Licensees must have masks available for patrons and should strongly encourage patrons to wear them,” she said. “If that data changes and our percentage of positive cases increase, I would consider additional measures to ensure our healthcare system is not overburdened.”

Governor Sisolak also feels it’s not necessary for guests to wear masks inside casinos. If a surge of new cases emerge, however, there’s a good chance that he will change his stance. Stay tuned for updates on this situation.

Poker Tournaments Are Slowly Returning to Las Vegas

Within the next two months, all of the biggest and best gambling venues in Las Vegas will reopen to the public. It’s great news for gambling fans, many of whom have been looking forward to making some bets. Poker fans now have reason to celebrate, as well.

Several major casino-resorts here are starting to offer poker tournaments. Earlier this week, the Venetian Casino-Resort announced it will begin holding regular tournaments every weekend. The Golden Nugget, South Point, and the Orleans are also putting on tournaments.

In some ways, this city is back to normal. Masks in LV are not required by guests. Many slots and table games are now opening up inside the top casinos here.

Some fear that things will begin to change here once again. As many are aware of, Covid-19 infection rates are beginning to increase around the country. Some analysts believe states may need to implement intense measures again in order to prevent their healthcare systems from becoming overwhelmed.

It’s an extremely unusual time around the country. No one can really say exactly how things will look in Las Vegas over the next couple of months.

Do you plan on visiting Las Vegas this month? Which property do you plan on staying in? Let us know in the comments section below.

Las Vegas Poker Tournaments Are Already Coming Back!

Hotels in Las Vegas have been open since June 4th. With each passing weekend, more people around the country are visiting and gambling in this city. News has just come out that Las Vegas poker tournaments are about to begin taking place again.Four Poker Cards Spread Out with Colored Casino Chips on the Side

Poker fans have reason to celebrate. Multi-table tournaments are about to become available here. Today, we’re going to look at which venues are set to expand their poker options.

Let’s get into it!

The Venetian Casino-Resort is Officially Open to Guests

Both residents and tourists in Las Vegas love to debate which casino-resort in the city is the best. It’s tough to decide, as some of the biggest and most expensive hotels in the world are located here. Almost everyone agrees that the Venetian Casino-Resort is among the top venues here.

This property was built in 1999 directly on the Las Vegas Strip. It quickly gained a status as one of the most impressive hotel-casinos ever built. Unfortunately, this venue was forced to close to the public in March.

The Venetian is owned by Las Vegas Sands, one of the most powerful casino companies in the world. Immediately after the hotel-casino closed, officials within LVS began looking at ways to safely reopen. Members of the Nevada Gaming Control Board finally approved reopening plans in early May.

Several casino-resorts were given permission to reopen on June 4th. That includes the Venetian. This venue has begun implementing intense social distancing measures to try to avoid any infection spreads.

It’s a very unusual time for Las Vegas. Fortunately, things seem to be getting back to normal here. This week, officials at the Venetian announced that major poker tournaments are going to resume this weekend.

The Venetian is Set to Resume Las Vegas Poker Tournaments

Las Vegas is the poker hub of the United States. Many of the top professional players reside in this city. Prior to the casino shutdowns in March, most of the casinos here held regular tournaments that offered massive cash prizes for the winners.

With the social distancing measures in place, many felt it would be almost impossible to hold any major tournaments. That is no longer the case. Officials at the Venetian announced that it will host $250 buy-in tournaments in a shootout format on Friday and Saturday.

Only 80 individuals are allowed to take part in these tournaments. Five-handed tables will play down to 16 players. These 16 will play at four-hand tables, and the winners move onto the final table.

As of June 15th, only the Venetian, Golden Nugget, the Orleans, and South Point are offering poker games to guests. According to several reports, the poker rooms in these venues have been hugely popular. More Las Vegas poker tournaments are likely to resume over the next few weeks.

Casinos here are doing everything they can to attract new players. Hotel rates are still low and many flights to the city are the cheapest they’ve been in years. If you’re looking for a fun gambling vacation, now might be the perfect time to head to Vegas!

Atlantic City is Still Hesitant to Reopen

We’ve been reporting on Atlantic City’s reopening plans for many weeks. As most are well-aware of, this city is one of the gambling hubs on the East Coast. The casinos here have also been forced to shut down since March.

Unlike Las Vegas, however, the gambling venues here have not been able to reopen. New Jersey has some of the highest infection rates in the country. Governor Phil Murphy has been extremely hesitant to allow Atlantic City casinos to reopen.

A few weeks ago, Governor Murphy told the media that these venues would be able to open by July 4th. It’s extremely exciting for business owners in this city. Due to the regulations set in place, tens of thousands of individuals here have been left without work.

Some have begun expressing fear about reopening the casinos here. Infection rates are beginning to increase around the country once again. There are fears that as casinos reopen, infection rates in New Jersey will rapidly increase.

As of now, the plan is still for Atlantic City casinos to reopen their doors by the Fourth of July. That can change as time goes on. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

Are you excited to see Las Vegas poker tournaments resume? Do you plan on visiting the city anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

Drinking on the AC Boardwalk Has Just Been Approved

New Jersey officials claim the casinos in Atlantic City will reopen sometime in the next few weeks. City officials are now doing everything they can to start attracting new visitors. According to new reports, drinking on the AC boardwalk is now being allowed.Atlantic City Boardwalk

Many will be surprised to hear this was actually illegal in the past. Many visitors to the city have enjoyed having a drink on the famous Boardwalk. Today, we’re going to discuss what to expect from this city once July rolls around.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Murphy Still Expects Casinos to Reopen by July 4th

It’s been very interesting watching the US casino industry slowly recover. Essentially all of the country’s gambling venues closed their doors back in March. Over the past few weeks, however, many states have begun allowing their casinos to open back up.

In Las Vegas, some of the top casinos here began opening back up in early June. Tourism has slowly increased here over the past two weeks. Most of the biggest casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip will reopen here by the end of the month.

Casinos are even opening in some parts of the country without specific permission to do so. In California, for example, all of the gaming venues are Native American-run and sit on sovereign land. These casinos can set their own rules and many are now accepting guests again.

New Jersey still has some of the highest cases of Covid-19 in the country. Obviously, state leaders are hesitant to start allowing crowded casinos to begin operating again. That’s beginning to change, though.

Governor Phil Murphy claims that casinos will be operational here by the Fourth of July. Many on the East Coast are excited to hear this happen. This small city is known as the top gaming destination in this part of the country. Now, officials here are looking at ways to boost tourism here.

Mayor Approves Measures to Allow Drinking on the AC Boardwalk

Over the past five years, Atlantic City has regained its status as a major gambling and entertainment destination. With the legalization of sports betting and renovations to many of the casinos here, things have improved rapidly. The past few months have halted the progress that was made.

It’s still not entirely clear how things will look here once the casinos are reopened. Many people around the world are still hesitant to visit a crowded gambling venue during a global pandemic. Las Vegas is proving that many are willing to put their concerns to the side in order to have a good time.

Everyone is hoping that Atlantic City manages to find the success that it did at the beginning of the year. The casino industry here employs tens of thousands of individuals. Unless things start to turn around here, some of the casinos could permanently shut down.

Mayor Marty Smalls officially signed an executive order on Monday to allow drinking on the AC Boardwalk. He hopes it will help to bring in more visitors to the city. Pat Fasano, a local restaurant owner in the area, is confident this will boost tourism.

“It’s the Bourbon Street vibe we’re going for,” he said. “Having the ability to sell drinks to go is definitely helpful because: Who’s in the bars now? No one. “You go from 100 to zero during the pandemic.”

It’s likely that more measures such as this one will be approved over the next couple of weeks. Some fantastic travel deals are already being offered. We’ll be sure to offer updates on the tourism numbers once the casinos reopen.

More Las Vegas Casinos Are Scheduled to Reopen

On the East Coast of the US, Atlantic City remains the top gaming destination. There’s no doubt that Las Vegas remains the gambling hub of the country, though. As we mentioned earlier, many of the major casino-resorts reopened here recently.

In some ways, this was a test. Casino operators wanted to see how many tourists would come into the city under the current situation. Many were impressed with the number of visitors and more casinos are now set to open over the next few weeks.

The Aria, Mandalay Bay, and Luxor are scheduled to reopen over the next couple of weeks. Almost all analysts predict that tourism will increase as the months go on. Casino companies may begin looking at new areas to generate revenue, though.

Macau is expected to bring some relief to these companies. China recently lifted its travel restriction to this gambling destination. The US casino companies with property here will start to benefit as a result of this decision.

Atlantic City has been through tough times before. Hope is that drinking on the AC Boardwalk helps to bring in more visitors and boost revenue.

Do you plan on visiting Atlantic City this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

Macau’s Gaming Revenue May Begin to Surge

The casino industry around the world has been struggling for the past few months. In Macau, where some of the biggest casino-resorts are located, the casinos have been earning almost no money. Fortunately, Macau’s gaming revenue may soon begin to increase rapidly.Casinos In Macau

China is lifting travel restrictions into Macau. Many analysts predict a huge surge of tourists flocking to this gambling destination. Today, we’re going to look at how this might affect US casino companies.

Let’s get into it!

China is Lifting Travel Restrictions to Macau

China was one of the first countries affected by the new coronavirus spreading around the world. Officials took intense measures to prevent major spreads and now, much of everyday life is beginning to return to normal here. Now, the Chinese government is beginning to allow its citizens to travel to Macau.

This is an exciting move for many people in the country. Macau is one of the most popular vacation destinations for many Chinese nationals. In fact, the vast majority of Macau’s gaming revenue is earned from Chinese players.

Over the next few weeks, China will begin allowing more of its citizens to visit Macau. The casino-resorts here have been open for many weeks. Due to the travel ban, however, this city is earning very little revenue.

Like many other cities, Macau is ordering all of its casinos to adhere to strict social distancing measures. Total occupancy in these gambling venues is being reduced. Some measures, such as installing plexiglass barriers at table games, are also mandatory.

It remains to be seen how many tourists will begin flocking to Macau. Many expect travel deals to begin appearing here. Several of the biggest US casino companies are now looking at this city as one of their primary revenue sources.

Macau’s Gaming Revenue is Expected to Increase Quickly

Much like Las Vegas, Macau is a city that relies heavily on its gambling industry. As we already mentioned, many of the biggest and best casino-resorts on the planet are based here. City officials have been working hard to start getting revenue back to normal.

Of course, things were bad in this city even before the global pandemic hit. The US-China trade war significantly hurt the Chinese economy. As a result, less people from this country have been visiting and gambling in Macau.

Things may finally be starting to improve. China’s economy has been slowly getting back on track. The government has now given the green light for many of its citizens to start making the trip back to this city.

Officials within Wynn Resorts are clearly happy to see this happen. The company released a statement to the media about this situation.

“It has been announced that Guangdong Province, a People’s Republic of China province adjacent to Macau, has eased quarantine requirements for those traveling between Guangdong Province and Macau,” the statement said. “Certain groups of people, including students, teachers and certain non-resident workers who are PRC citizens can travel between Macau and Zhuhai, a PRC city adjacent to Macau, subject to certain health declaration and testing requirements.”

Macau’s gaming revenue will be extremely important for many US casino companies. Many of these companies have lost an incredible amount of money due to the country’s regulations. The ones with casinos in Macau may finally see their earnings come back.

Las Vegas is Getting Back to Normal

The past few months have been incredibly difficult for casinos around the world. From an economic standpoint, Las Vegas was one of the worst-affected cities in the country. Fortunately, things are slowly getting back to normal here.

On June 4th, several of the biggest casino-resorts in this city finally reopened to the public. Most tourists here claimed things were just as fun as they were before. That’s a little surprising, especially considering there are now intense social distancing measures set in place here.

Over the next few weeks, many more of the casino-resorts here are scheduled to open back up. That includes the Aria, the Linq, and Mandalay Bay. Tourism is increasing here every single month.

It may be a long time before things get back to how they were back in January. Some health experts also warn that a second wave of cases could end up shutting down the casinos in Las Vegas once again. It’s a complicated situation that’s constantly evolving.

Hopefully, Macau’s gaming revenue starts to increase this summer. It will be hugely beneficial for many US casino companies.

Stay tuned for more US casino news over the next few months!

Florida’s Casino Industry is Slowly Coming Back to Life

Every day, it seems like more casinos around the country begin to open back up. Florida has been one of the most aggressive states in reopening the economy. According to new reports, Florida’s casino industry is starting to come back to life.Florida Street Sign

Several South Florida casinos are opening up this week. It’s great news for gambling fans in the area. Now is the perfect time to look at which gambling venues are opening their doors here.

Let’s get into it!

Governor DeSantis Continues Allowing Businesses to Reopen

Like all other states, Florida’s leaders ordered almost all businesses to shut their doors back in March. Many criticized the state officials here for taking too long to make these orders. Many beaches remained open to the public here while other nearby states were basically shut down.

Time went on, and Florida’s infection rates remained fairly low. Eventually, Governor Ron DeSantis started giving certain businesses the green light to reopen. The state even started allowing major sports leagues to start operating here.

The WWE began hosting events in the state. Weeks later, the UFC moved its operations to Jacksonville. The MMA leader hosted three separate events in this city. Other state leaders began looking at Florida for advice on how to safely reopen.

Of course, Covid-19 infection rates continue to rise and fall around the country. In recent days, infection rates have begun rising in this state. In just one day, for example, 1,371 new cases were officially recorded here.

It’s a complicated situation. Leaders around the country are attempting to weigh the pros and cons of reopening their economies. Despite the rise in Florida’s cases, officials here are still pushing to lift regulations. It now appears that some of the biggest casinos will soon open their doors here.

Florida’s Casino Industry is About to Open Back Up

Many are surprised to find that Florida actually has one of the largest casino industries in the Southern United States. Some of these are racinos, offering just slot-style games. There are also many Native American casinos that offer Class III games such as slots and table games.

For months, all of these venues have been shut down. Members of the Seminole Tribe have discussed several different plans to safely reopen their gaming venues. Now, it appears they’re ready to resume operations.

According to new reports, the Hard Rock Hollywood Hotel-Casino and many other venues in Southern Florida will begin operating again on Friday. Obviously, a huge number of safety measures will be set in place. You can see some of them below.

  • Temperature checks will be required for all guests.
  • All guests will be required to wear masks.
  • Plexiglass barriers will be set on table games to divide players.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the casino floor.
  • Only 50% of the casino capacity will be allowed in.

These are just a few of the regulations being required. They may change as time goes on. Whether they become more or less intense is not entirely known.

Many are looking forward to Florida’s casino industry getting back on track. The Seminole Tribe has lost an incredible amount of money due to the regulations put in place here. We’ll make sure to offer updates on how much revenue is earned once these venues start accepting guests again.

Is Sports Betting Coming to Florida Soon?

State leaders seem to encourage casinos opening in Florida. Many feel the taxes earned from these venues will help the state recover from the past few months. The same can be said for almost all other states.

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen many states around the country look more into the legalization of sports betting. More than 20 states now have a regulated sports betting industry and most of them are earning an incredible amount of revenue from the industry every single month.

Florida has not yet legalized sports betting. Several politicians have been working hard to change this. In order to do so, however, the state will likely need to come to an agreement with the Seminole Tribe on revenue and taxes.

In November of 2019, Senator Jeff Brandes presented several bills to legalize sports gambling. These were not approved. Many sports gambling advocates in the state are now working to come up with bills.

For now, state leaders seem focused on reviving Florida’s casino industry. Some of the best properties here, including the Hard Rock Florida venue, are scheduled to open up here later this week. Hopefully, sports gambling is approved here by the end of the year.

Stay tuned for more Florida gambling news over the next few weeks!

The Opening Date of the Excalibur Has Just Been Revealed

Some of the most impressive hotel-casinos in the world are located directly on the Las Vegas Strip. There are still some fantastic budget options for visitors looking to stay for cheap. On that note, the opening date of the Excalibur has just been announced.Excalibur Hotel Casino

This hotel-casino is one of the least-expensive ones on the Strip. It’s not the flashiest venue in the city, yet it offers guests everything they need for a great vacation. Today, we’re going to look at what this property will look like once it opens back up.

Let’s get into it!

The Excalibur Hotel-Casino Remains One of the Most Popular Venues in Las Vegas

By looking at it, you might think that the Excalibur was built back in the 1960s. Many are surprised to find that this massive hotel-casino actually opened to the public in 1990. That makes it fairly new when compared to some of the other properties in this city.

The Excalibur has always been a popular choice for visitors looking to save some money on their Vegas trip. It’s not particularly flashy. In fact, many reviews made in recent years criticize this venue for its lack of renovations.

There’s some validity to these statements. Unlike many of the other properties here, The Excalibur has gone through very few major renovations over the years. It’s one of MGM Resorts’ lowest-earning venues and it seems they are uninterested in doing a major overhaul here.

Back in March, this venue was forced to close its doors to the public. It was disappointing news for many visitors here. This wasn’t unique to the Excalibur, though. Every hotel-casino in the city closed its doors in March.

Several of the biggest properties on the Las Vegas Strip finally reopened on June 4th. Unsurprisingly, this brought a huge surge of tourists into the city. New reports indicate the Excalibur will open its doors in just a few days.

Here’s An Update On the Opening Date of the Excalibur!

Officials in Las Vegas are doing everything they can to get the city back to normal. For months, tourism here was at an all-time low. Gambling revenue was almost non-existent and a huge number of residents here were left without work.

Tourism is starting to increase here once again. As we just mentioned, many venues here including The Bellagio, New York-New York, and The Venetian opened their doors on June 4th. Most visitors claimed they enjoyed their trip, despite some of the new safety measures set in place here.

According to new reports, the opening date of the Excalibur is June 11th. Bill Hornbuckle, President and CEO of MGM Resorts, spoke about this situation to the media this week.

“We are very pleased by the enthusiasm we are seeing from guests ready to come back to Las Vegas,” he said. “As business demand increases, we are able to open additional properties and bring more of our employees back to work.”

Many of the same measures set in the already-opened Las Vegas hotel-casinos will be set in The Excalibur. Company officials want to ensure that things are as safe as possible here. Reservations can already be made.

Soon, most states in the country will allow their casinos to reopen.

Atlantic City Casinos Expected to Open By July 4th

It’s been great seeing Las Vegas return to normal. This city relies on its tourism and gambling revenue and finally, these are starting to increase again. Many are now looking at Atlantic City, one of the other top gambling destinations in the country.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently spoke to the media about reopening the state’s casino industry. He seems to recognize how important this is. Murphy recently announced that Atlantic City casinos should be allowed to reopen by July 4th.

It’s great news for the state. New Jersey was one of the worst-affected states in the country from the new coronavirus. Fortunately, infection rates have been on the decline here for the past few weeks.

Just a few days ago, reports came out about what these venues will look like once they reopen. Social distancing measures will be set in place here. Some of the same things found in Las Vegas casinos such as plexiglass separators at table games will be set here.

The entire US casino industry is slowly getting back on track. Many states are starting to allow their gambling venues to open back up. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on how things go in Las Vegas over the next few weeks.

Are you excited to hear about the opening date of the Excalibur? Do you plan on staying in this venue? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s What to Expect at Atlantic City Casinos When they Reopen

Casinos across the United States are finally reopening their doors. Atlantic City is one of the last major gambling hubs to open back up. This week, we received some information about what to expect at Atlantic City casinos once they start accepting guests again.Governor Phil Murphy

For obvious reasons, officials in this city are concerned about safety. When the gambling venues in AC open, they won’t look quite the same as they did back in February. Today, we’re going to discuss how these venues will be set up for guests.

Governor Murphy Discusses Opening Date for AC Casinos

There is no bigger gambling destination on the East Coast quite as big as Atlantic City. This part of New Jersey has grown tremendously over the past decade. Prior to the global pandemic, both casino and sports betting revenue here were surging.

In March, things came to a screeching halt. Rates of Covid-19 began to increase rapidly throughout New Jersey. By mid-March, Governor Phil Murphy began ordering all of the casinos in Atlantic City to close their doors.

For residents and business owners in this city, the casino closures were cause for concern. Many had flashbacks to the financial crisis of 2008, when many of the top casinos here ended up going bankrupt. As the weeks went on and the casinos here remained closed, the calls to lift regulations started to increase.

Late last month, Governor Murphy spoke to the media about this situation. He expressed concern about opening things too early. Murphy recognizes how important these casinos are, though, and announced that he expects Atlantic City’s gambling venues to reopen by the 4th of July.

Some felt this date was too far away. The casino companies here are losing money every single day. Others were simply happy to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now, we’re beginning to hear more about what to expect at Atlantic City casinos when they open up next month.

Here’s What to Expect at Atlantic City Casinos

As we mentioned earlier, many states across the country are beginning to allow casinos to reopen. That includes ones in Oklahoma and Nevada. According to Governor Murphy, the casinos in Atlantic City should be allowed to start accepting guests early next month.

Many residents have been asking how these gaming venues will look. That picture is starting to become more clear. Resorts Casino Hotel, one of the biggest and best venues here, released a report that details some of the measures being set in place.

Guests here can expect similar measures to those set in Las Vegas’ recently-reopened casinos. That includes social distancing measures on the casino floor. Some venues will also install ultraviolet lights in high-traffic areas and a bipolar ionization system to purify the casino’s air.

Mark Giannantonio, the CEO and President of this casino-resort, claims he’s extremely excited to see things getting back to normal here.

“We are excited about being one of the safest destinations in our region upon reopening,” Giannantonio said. “We want our guests to be able to enjoy the friendly and warm experience that has always been part of our core values.”

It’s safe to assume that things will be a little different here than they were in the past. Plexiglass separators will likely be installed at table games. Casino employees will also likely be required to wear masks.

The success of Las Vegas may help speed up the process of reopening the casinos here.

The First Weekend Of “Reopened Las Vegas” Has Wrapped Up

On June 4th, several of the biggest casino-resorts in Las Vegas finally opened back up. Many analysts around the country were extremely interested to see how things would play out. The weekend has wrapped up and tourists here are now heading home.

Some of these tourists spoke with the Las Vegas Review-Journal about their experiences in the city. Most visitors claim they had a great time in this city. Officials in Nevada have to be happy to hear this.

Corrie Byrd, a visitor from Texas, told the LVRJ he had a great trip.

“Overall, it was still fun Vegas for us,” he said. “The crowd was a little lighter than normal.”

That’s a common talking point amongst visitors. Just about everyone seemed to talk about the small crowds. As time goes on and more casinos open here, these crowds will continue to get bigger.

Officials in New Jersey have to be pleased to see things work in Las Vegas. The same things we expect at Atlantic City casinos can be seen here. We’ll continue to offer updates on the situation in New Jersey over the next few weeks.

Are you excited to see Atlantic City’s casinos reopen? Let us know in the comments section below!

Gambler Wins Huge Jackpot at a LV Casino Days After it Reopens

Las Vegas casinos are continuing to reopen their doors to the public. On Thursday, one lucky gambler won a massive jackpot at a LV casino just one day after it started accepting guests again. Many are now flocking to the city, hoping to hit a similar jackpot.Jackpot Text on Stack of Money

These massive wins are not entirely uncommon in Las Vegas. Hopefully, tourism here begins to increase and more of these jackpots are won over the next few weeks. Today, we’re going to look at the details of this recent big win.

Let’s get into it!

Caesars Palace Officially Reopens to the Public

The world-famous Caesars Palace Hotel-Casino first opened its doors back in 1966. Many considered it one of the most impressive venues ever built in the city. Incredibly, Caesars is still one of Las Vegas’ biggest and best properties.

This hotel-casino has gone under many renovations over the years. Several new towers have also been constructed. In 2003, The Colosseum was constructed here, a 4,100-seat entertainment venue that has hosted some of the world’s top artists.

Back in mid-March, Caesars Palace was forced to close its doors. It’s the first time this property was ever ordered to do this for an extended period of time. The owners of this casino-resort immediately began looking at new ways to safely start accepting guests again.

Last month, the Nevada Gaming Control Board approved a set of plans for this casino to reopen. On Thursday, June 4th, Caesars Palace finally reopened to the public. Since that time, more visitors have begun trickling in.

It appears that Las Vegas is slowly getting back to normal. Casinos don’t look quite as they did back in February, yet things are as good as they can be given the current situation. According to a recent report, one lucky gambler at Caesars Palace is taking home a massive jackpot win.

Slot Player Wins Huge Jackpot Win at a LV Casino on Friday

Las Vegas remains the top gambling destination in the United States. Now that casinos are reopening, more tourists are starting to visit and take part in the festivities. The dream for most visitors here is to win a big jackpot.

This happens more often than many are aware of. That’s more clear than ever after one lucky gambler won a massive jackpot at a LV casino. Which casino? You guessed it! Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Los Angeles native was playing slots at Caesars Palace just one day after it finally reopened to the public. Eventually, the player won a progressive jackpot on the Let It Ride slot game, winning $670,637. It’s the first jackpot win in Las Vegas for months.

Tourism rates have been increasing every day since the casinos in Las Vegas reopened. After news of this jackpot win surfaced, rates began to increase even more. Everyone is hoping they manage to win big like the player from Los Angeles just has.

Winning a jackpot at a LV casino isn’t entirely uncommon. In fact, much bigger ones have been won over the past six months alone. Hope is that we see more news like this emerge over the next couple of weeks.

Book Your Las Vegas Trip Today!

Soon, nearly all of the major casino-resorts in Las Vegas will be reopened. To help boost tourism rates into the city, many casino companies here are beginning to offer great new deals. In fact, prices here are lower than they have been in years.

Just last week, casino owner Derek Stevens announced he was offering more than 1,500 free flights to Las Vegas. Unsurprisingly, these flights were quickly booked up. Some feel that Stevens and other casino owners will offer more of these free flights later in the summer.

Room rates continue to stay low. Things may not stay like this forever, though. Some travel experts are recommending that people book their stay in the city as soon as possible.

As we mentioned earlier, the casinos inside these casinos look a little different than they used to. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout these gambling venues. Social distancing measures are also set in place at the tables.

That doesn’t mean things are dull here. Many have claimed that Las Vegas is just as fun as it’s ever been. Book your travel deals today! Maybe you’ll be the next to win a huge jackpot at a LV casino.

Stay tuned for more casino news over the next few weeks!

Reno Casinos Are Reopening With Safety Measures in Place

Northern Nevada is home to a huge number of world-class gambling venues. Unfortunately, most of them have been shut down for the past few months. Reno casinos are now slowly beginning to open up and visitors are now flocking to the city to take part in the festivities.Reno Sign

It’s an exciting time for Nevada. Reno has always been a major gambling hub. Now, things are slowly getting back to normal here. Today, we’re going to look at what visitors here can expect.

Let’s get into it!

Nevada Begins Allowing Casinos to Reopen

Nevada is home to the biggest gambling industry in the world. Casinos can be found in all parts of the state. Obviously, Las Vegas gets the most attention. This city is known as the gambling and entertainment capital of the country.

In March, Governor Steve Sisolak announced that all casinos in the state were being forced to close their doors. He, and many other health officials, felt that these venues posed a serious risk for major infection spreads. Some casino companies here began losing millions of dollars every single day as a result of these shutdowns.

Everyone knew this couldn’t continue forever. Cities like Las Vegas rely on gambling and tourism revenue. Under the restrictions set in place, this state was losing an unprecedented amount of money and jobs.

Many of the casinos in Nevada were finally given permission to reopen on June 4th. It was a historic moment for the state. Based on several reports, many tourists from around the country were excited to begin visiting these newly-reopened venues.

Most people have been talking about Las Vegas for the past few weeks. Reno, in the north of the state, has also taken a massive blow due to the regulations set in place. This week, several of the casinos in this city opened back up to the public.

Several Reno Casinos Are Now Open to the Public

Reno doesn’t get nearly as much attention as cities like Las Vegas. Many feel that it’s actually better than Las Vegas, though. It’s much quieter, yet a huge number of fantastic casino-resorts are currently operating in this city.

As we just mentioned, several different Reno casinos began opening back up to the public. The Atlantic, for example, recently just opened its doors to the public. John Farahi, CEO of the parent company of The Atlantis, spoke about the difficulties opening back up the public this week.

“A financial issue was something we could have planned for. This is a health issue. This is by far more challenging than our first expansion.”

The cleaning system set in place at this hotel is extensive. Guests are also having their temperature checked when entering the casino. Like many Las Vegas venues, The Atlantis also requires social distancing on the casino floor.

More Reno casinos are expected to open their doors over the next few weeks. Most expect the intense safety measures to remain in place here. It remains to be seen how much tourism begins to increase here this summer.

It’s clear that many people are excited to see these casinos reopen. Las Vegas is already seeing a major surge of tourists. More of the casino-resorts here are opening up in this city and revenue is starting to come back.

Here’s What People Are Saying About Las Vegas Casinos

It was hugely exciting to see the casinos in Las Vegas open back up. Some, however, expressed fear that these venues wouldn’t have the same fun atmosphere that they did at the beginning of this year. Many of the visitors here are commenting on how things are now in this city.

Many are happy to see that casino companies are focused on safety. Most of the casinos now limit the number of players at tables. Hand sanitizing stations are also located throughout most casino floors.

Bobbi Carlisle was the first guest to check-in at the D Hotel-Casino in Downtown Las Vegas. Carlisle claims the atmosphere is still fun, and she expects to gamble on the casino floor over the weekend.

“It’s just been months of us trying to get here,” She said. “Now we’re here, and we’re so excited. We’re hoping to get a keno machine, and we’ll play there for days.”

Things certainly aren’t the same in Las Vegas. The same can be said for the Reno casinos now opened to the public. They are open to guests now, and that’s about as much as we can ask for at this point.

Stay tuned for more Nevada casino news over the next few weeks!

Visitors Flock to the Reopened Las Vegas Casinos

At just past midnight on Thursday, June 4th, a historic moment took place in Las Vegas. Several of the major casino-resorts here finally opened back up to the public. According to several reports, these reopened Las Vegas casinos saw a huge surge of guests.Las Vegas Street View

It’s a very exciting time for this city. In many ways, the casinos here are the lifeblood of Las Vegas. Today, we’re going to look at what is now available for visitors here.

Let’s get into it!

The City of Las Vegas is Slowly Getting Back to Normal

Since March, people around the country have been asking when the casinos in Las Vegas would be allowed to reopen. As some states began allowing their gaming venues to open back up, the call to open these casinos became ever louder. Finally, state leaders announced that casinos would be given permission to open their doors again on June 4th.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board required all the casinos here to set strict safety measures in place. That includes installing hand sanitizing stations and thermal cameras on the casino floor. Health officials want to ensure that these casinos don’t help to spread the new coronavirus.

Some of the biggest casino companies in the country immediately began preparing to reopen. Different companies will begin opening their gaming venues at different times. MGM Resorts, for example, revealed that several of its properties would reopen on June 4th.

It’s hugely important for casino-resorts in Las Vegas to start operating again. Without them, tourism into the city is almost non-existent. A huge number of residents rely on these casinos for employment.

Fortunately, things are beginning to get back to normal. Many visitors have started flocking into Las Vegas to take part in the reopening festivities. Based on what people are saying, opening day was very successful.

Here’s What People Are Saying About the Reopened Las Vegas Casinos

For obvious reasons, it was exciting to hear that the major casinos in Las Vegas were opening back up to the public. Some voiced their fears that the safety measures being set in place would be too strict. They worried that Las Vegas would stop being the fun, wild city that it once was.

Fortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case. In fact, visitors seem thrilled with what they’re seeing. Several tourists here spoke with USA Today about the decision to visit Las Vegas amid the current pandemic. Sergio Portesan, a 26-year-old from Minnesota, claims the decision came down to his mother, who is a nurse.

“I was like, if you tell me no, I’ll cancel,” Portesan said. “She’s like, do it. It’s important to you. It’s historic. You’ll never see it again. You’re young and healthy.”

Derek Stevens, owner of the D Hotel-Casino in Downtown Las Vegas, also spoke about the situation to the media. He claims his biggest venue is not yet sold out. Bookings are increasing, though, and rooms may fill up by this weekend.

“This will be a very fun, gregarious group,” Stevens said. “These are people that want to get out of their hometown and come visit Vegas. If you’ve been able to keep your job, you’re still making your income, but you’ve had no where to spend it. You can only do so much damage on DoorDash.”

The specific regulations differ depending on the casino. The D currently requires temperature checks for everyone who enters. The Golden Nugget just down the street only checks the temperature of those checking in.

One thing is clear. People still want to visit Las Vegas.

When Will Sports Return to Las Vegas?

Over the past few years, Las Vegas has developed into a major sports town. It all started when the Golden Knights NHL team was established here. This team helped to draw in a huge number of visitors from Nevada and around the country.

Recently, the Oakland Raiders decided to make the move into Las Vegas. A massive stadium quickly went under construction to accommodate this team. Many felt this was an investment into the city and would significantly help to boost tourism.

Unfortunately, most major sports leagues remain shut down. It’s unclear when exactly these leagues will resume their seasons. Some feel this won’t happen until sometime in 2021.

Not everything is shut down, though. The UFC has already started holding events again. In fact, events are now taking place at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas. Fans are not yet able to attend these shows.

No one can say with certainty when things will completely get back to normal. This week is a good start. It’s clear that many people are happy to see the reopened Las Vegas casinos. Hopefully, tourism rates continue to grow here over the next months.

Do you plan on visiting Las Vegas anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s an Update on When Bay Area Casinos Will Reopen

We’ve now entered June, and California is slowly beginning to open back up. That includes several gambling venues around the state. Unfortunately, it seems that Bay Area casinos are unlikely to reopen to the public within the next few weeks.

Picture Of Bay Area

This part of the state has been one of the slowest to lift restrictions. Of course, the decision to reopen a casino ultimately lies with the Native American tribe that owns it. Today, we’re going to discuss when the gaming venues in the Bay Area are likely to start accepting guests again.

Let’s get into it!

Many Of California’s Casinos Have Already Reopened

California is home to a huge number of world-class gambling venues. Interestingly, all of these casinos are run by Native American tribes based in the state. California’s leaders have not yet approved commercial casinos to start operating.

Most of the casinos in this state are highly successful. That was, until March, when all of these gambling venues closed their doors to the public. For almost three months, nearly all of the casinos in California were closed.

Obviously, this couldn’t stay shut down forever. Many of the Native American tribes in the state instantly began working on ways to safely reopen to the public. These casinos sit on sovereign land, meaning they do not need specific approval from state officials to open back up.

Last month, several major California casinos began opening back up. Based on numerous reports, this was a hugely popular move. Hundreds of gamblers began flocking to these gaming venues to play.

Some areas of California are taking longer to reopen than others. That’s especially true in the Bay Area, where officials have continued setting major restrictions. It’s unlikely that the casinos in this part of the state will remain closed for a little longer than some hoped.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Bay Area Casinos May Not Open in June

As we just mentioned, the Bay Area has been a little slower to life restrictions than many other parts of the state. Things are slowly beginning to get back to normal here, though. Based on what’s being said, however, casinos here are still hesitant to reopen.

Each of the three casinos in this area, the San Pablo Lytton Casino, Graton Resort & Casino just outside Rohnert Park and River Rock Casino near Geyserville, all claim that it’s too early to open back up. Enormous pressure is being set on these venues to start operating again. Many tribes rely on their gambling revenue to function.

Matt Rodriquez, City Manager for the city of San Pablo, spoke about this situation to the media this week.

“Hopefully, there may be a state-wide order issued by Governor Newsom and the state public health officer to enable California tribal gaming to reopen with aggressive protective measures in place to protect their workers and the public,” he said. 

Gavin Newsom is warning the state’s casinos about the danger of opening back up too soon. If a major spike in infections takes place, it’s likely that these venues will be forced to close once again.

The three venues we listed above have not yet set an opening date. No one knows exactly when they plan on reopening to the public. If the stars align, these properties may be able to offer sports betting options later this year.

California Continues to Push for Legal Sports Betting

The popularity of sports betting continues to grow around the United States. That’s especially true now that several major US sports leagues have begun operating again. More than 20 states have now legalized sports gambling, most of which are earning a huge amount of revenue every month from this industry.

Gavin Newsom and other state leaders recognize how much money can be earned by legalizing sports betting. California has one of the largest sports fan bases in the state.

The main issue now lies with the Native American tribes in the state. Many of these tribes want to ensure that a portion of the revenue earned here is dispersed properly. These tribes are also pushing against any commercial sports gambling options being offered.

Many feel that 2020 is the year that this happens. California’s economy has taken a major hit due to the global pandemic. Legalizing sports betting is just one of many ways that the state can start to earn more money.

Sports fans around the state are getting excited. Before the end of the year, we may see the state’s gaming venues, including Bay Area casinos, offering sports betting options. We’ll be sure to offer updates on this situation as it changes.

Do you think it’s time for Bay Area casinos to open back up? Will the coronavirus ever force these venues to close down again? Let us know in the comments section below!

Gaming Officials Discuss Safety Measures in LV Casinos

Some of the biggest and best casino-resorts in Las Vegas are scheduled to open their doors in just a few days. It’s exciting news for residents across the city, many of whom are finally seeing their jobs return. This week, several major gaming officials discussed some of the safety measures in LV casinos to protect guests and staff.Slot Machines Inside Casino

It’s clear that casino companies in this city want to make things as safe as possible. Today, we’re going to look at some of the safety measures set in place here. We’ll also discuss how much tourism city officials expect over the next few weeks.

Let’s get into it!

Casinos in Las Vegas Are Opening Up On Thursday

We’ve been covering the situation in Las Vegas for months. As you probably already know, the casinos in this city were forced to close down back in March. At that time, no one really knew how long these gambling venues would be closed.

Casino companies instantly worked on coming up with safety plans to reopen. These were eventually approved by the Nevada State Gaming Board back in early May. State leaders finally agreed that casinos can reopen to the public on June 4th.

That’s now just a few days away. Several major casino-resorts are now scheduled to open this week. That includes The Bellagio Casino-Resort. More of the biggest casinos will continue to reopen over the next few weeks.

Obviously, this is a huge moment for many residents in this city. Closing down all of the casinos in Las Vegas cost hundreds of thousands of individuals their jobs. Finally, these residents are being able to work again.

Some are still expressing concern that things won’t be safe enough for guests. Casino companies dispute that fact, claiming that the safety measures in LV casinos are better than more other venues in the city. This week, some of these measures were revealed to the public.

Officials Describe Some of the Safety Measures in LV Casinos

Governor Steve Sisolak has been extremely hesitant to allow casinos to reopen. Doing so, he felt, would pose too serious of a risk to city residents and tourists. He’s changed his tune in recent weeks and seems content with the safety measures set in place.

We’re now beginning to hear about these safety measures.

Guests that visit The Bellagio will probably notice the hand sanitizers directly in front of the hotel’s entrance. In fact, these sanitizing stations can be found throughout the entire hotel-casino. This is now a requirement by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

John Flynn, MGM Vice President of Administration and Head of Health and Safety Strategy, spoke about the emphasis on proper hand washing to the media this week.

“You’ve got the touchless soap, you’ve got the touchless paper towel dispensers. On some of these you’ll have the mask dispensers, you’ll have glove dispensers,” Flynn said. “We wanted to bring hand-washing, first and foremost, to the front of everyone’s minds.”

There will also be significantly less contact between casino guests and staff. In some restaurants, for example, guests are likely to get virtual waitlists and will be encouraged to seat themselves.

Thermal cameras will be installed in many of the casinos in Las Vegas. Hope is that this helps the casinos locate those with fevers. The main goal is to avoid any infection spreads. Many are now debating how many people will decide to visit this city over the next few weeks.

Concerns Over Tourism Continue in Las Vegas

For many, the reopening of these Las Vegas casinos is hugely important. Many simply need these venues to reopen in order to make money. Some, however, are voicing their concerns that not enough visitors will flock to these casinos to keep them profitable.

Prior to the global pandemic, Las Vegas was seeing more than 40 million visitors every single year. Despite the casinos here opening back up, this number is likely to be significantly lower. Even with the safety measures in LV set in place, people have concerns about being exposed to the new coronavirus.

It’s a very difficult situation. City leaders and casino officials are doing everything they can to get the city back to normal. Perhaps that will never really happen.

Most of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are now accepting reservations for June. As many have already noticed, there are some fantastic deals now available. Room rates are significantly lower than they were a few months ago.

Only time will tell how many tourists decide to visit Las Vegas over the next few months. Casino owners will be looking at new and exciting ways to attract visitors.

Are you content with the safety measures in LV casinos? Do you expect tourism rates to surge here once the casinos reopen? Let us know in the comments section below.

We’re Likely to See Legal Sports Betting in California This Year

Every single day, US states are losing money. Many businesses around the country remain shut down and lawmakers are looking at new and effective ways to generate revenue. Recently, state leaders have begun taking a closer look at allowing legal sports betting in California.California

More than 20 states have already legalized this form of wagering. Most of them are earning an incredible amount of money every month from this industry. Today, we’re going to look at what needs to be done in order to get California’s sports betting industry up and running.

Let’s get into it!

California’s Casino Industry is Slowly Coming Back to Life

California doesn’t have a reputation for being a major gambling destination. That’s likely because this state has not legalized commercial casino gambling. At the moment, only Native American-run gambling venues are able to legally operate.

With that being said, there is an large number of world-class casinos operating in this state. Many of the casinos here are hugely successful. All of the casinos in California help to bring the state valuable revenue every single month.

Unfortunately, that revenue had stopped flowing in over the past three months. All casinos here closed their doors in March. Over the past two weeks, however, some of these gaming venues have decided to reopen their doors to the public.

Rates of Covid-19 have been relatively low in California. As a result, Governor Newsom is allowing certain businesses to slowly open back up. The casinos in this state sit on sovereign land, meaning they are able to open at their own pace.

It’s clear that many residents in this state missed being able to gamble. Some of the casinos that reopened have seen long lines of guests looking to place some bets. Now, state leaders are looking more into the possibility of legalizing sports betting.

Legal Sports Betting in California Should Arrive in 2020

The surge of sports betting can be seen all around the country right now. It’s been incredible to watch, especially considering the fact that just a few years ago, only Nevada was legally able to offer sports betting odds. This finally changed in May of 2018.

That month, the Supreme Court made the historic decision to remove PASPA. Doing so immediately gave every state in the country the ability to legalize sports betting. Within days of PASPA gone, several states including New Jersey and Delaware officially approved bills to legalize sports gambling.

This proved to be a great decision. Many credit the legalization of sports betting for turning Atlantic City back into a major gambling hub. Revenue began to increase rapidly here and more states quickly started to approve sports betting bills.

2020 is the year that legal sports betting in California needs to be allowed. Lawmakers have been in a dispute with Native American tribes on how to legalize this industry. This week, two senators proposed amendments to legalize both in-person and online sports betting.

Senator Bill Dodd commented on the economic impact the legalization of sports betting may have.

“The amount of money that can be raised in benefit of the state with online wagering is estimated to be up to $700 million a year,” Dodd said. “We’re looking to get those revenues for a COVID-type budget where we need to be looking out for every opportunity to increase our revenues at a time when we have to make so many cuts.”

Governor Newsom seems to see the potential in this industry, as well. In order to approve legal sports betting in California, though, this bill needs to make it on the state ballot by June 15th. Hope is that this happens.

Sports Leagues Are Beginning to Operate Again

For months, almost all US sports leagues were shut down. These leagues understood that by resuming operations, they put players at risk of being infected with Covid-19. It was unclear when any of these leagues would start to begin operating again.

UFC President Dana White continued to tell the media his promotion would be the first one to start running again. On May 9th, he achieved that goal. That day, the UFC held a major event in Jacksonville, Florida. It’s since held several more events.

More leagues are now starting to operate again. As a result, sports betting continues to grow more popular. That’s great news for many states desperate to earn revenue right now.

Many feel that legal sports betting in California is coming this year. Several senators in the state are pushing hard to make this happen. The main focus for lawmakers will now be on coming to an agreement with Native American tribes here.

It’s an interesting time for the sports world. No one really knows when leagues will resume their operations with fans in attendance. What’s clear is that people will continue betting on whatever sporting events are taking place.

Do you think California will legalize sports betting this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

April Gaming Revenue in Nevada is the Lowest in History

Everyone knew that the reports on April gambling revenue in Nevada would be bleak. Some, however, predicted that the online gambling options in this state would lessen the blow casino companies faced. That does not appear to be the case, as the gambling revenue earned here last month was the lowest in history.Revenue Drop Picture

The past three months have been extremely difficult for Las Vegas. Things are likely to improve in June, though. Today, we’re going to look at exactly how much money was earned here, and discuss how things will change over the next few weeks.

Let’s get into it!

Nevada’s Casinos Were Closed For the Entire Month of April

Nevada, and specifically Las Vegas, is home to many of the world’s biggest and best casino-resorts. Tens of millions of visitors flock to this state every single year to gamble inside these world-class venues. Unfortunately, all of Nevada’s casinos have been closed since March.

As the new coronavirus began to spread, officials in Nevada began to realize how much of a risk these casinos pose. A decision was eventually made to close them to the public. This almost instantly resulted in hundreds of thousands of job losses.

Shutting down casinos here affected many other businesses. Restaurants, for example, were hit extremely hard in cities such as Las Vegas. Many other entertainment-based venues have seen their revenue completely stop flowing in.

Tourism also completely stopped in this state. Almost no one was visiting cities like Las Vegas unless it was crucial. That’s extremely difficult for a city that almost entirely relies on outside visitors to function normally.

Revenue figures in March were bad. Casinos were open here for a time, though, meaning at least some money was made. New revenue reports are coming out for the month of April that show how devastating this casino shutdown really was.

The Reports On April Gaming Revenue in Nevada Are In

Many have eagerly waited to see how much revenue Nevada’s gambling industry managed to earn last month. Obviously, this money cannot come from the land-based casinos themselves. There are, however, a wide range of regulated online gambling options here.

Unfortunately, these online gambling options didn’t help much. The State Gambling Control Board released a report on the April gaming revenue in Nevada that shows gaming win decreased by 99.6% last month. That includes a 99.3% drop on the Las Vegas Strip. Washoe County saw the biggest overall drop in revenue at 100.12%.

This is the lowest revenue has ever been since records started being kept in 1983. The only real wagers placed here were on unorthodox sporting events. Almost no major sports leagues were operating during the month of April.

Fortunately, things are guaranteed to improve in June. Many casinos in Las Vegas are scheduled to reopen on June 4th. Some predict that a huge surge of tourists will flock to the city.

The reports on April gaming revenue in Nevada show how tough a casino shutdown can be. The full effects of these regulations are not yet entirely known. Hope is that enough money is made next month to help the state’s economy recover.

This Might Be the Perfect Time to Book Your Trip to Las Vegas

As we just mentioned, casinos in Las Vegas are scheduled to finally reopen on June 4th. Both residents and tourists are excited to see things get back to normal. A huge number of great travel deals are now being offered here to attract more visitors.

Earlier this week, news broke that casino owner Derek Stevens is offering thousands of free flights to the city. He feels this is an effective way to boost tourism. Incredibly, Stevens is not even demanding that those who receive these flights stay at his venues!

Many of the major casino companies are significantly reducing their rates. That includes MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts. These lowered room rates will likely remain in place for the next few months.

Those looking to visit Las Vegas without breaking the bank may want to consider making the trip this summer. Things will certainly be different than they were just a few months ago. Casinos will encourage social distancing and limit unnecessary contact. The spirit of Las Vegas will remain in place, though.

Everyone knew that April gaming revenue in Nevada would be incredibly low. The same can be said for the revenue earned in May. The real test will be how these casinos perform in June.

Are you planning to visit Las Vegas this summer? Let us know in the comments section below!

Derek Stevens is Offering Free Flights to Las Vegas

Over the past two months, tourism rates in Las Vegas have been the lowest in history. Casinos are set to reopen here next week and many hope that the tourism industry finally starts to recover. To help with this, one major casino owner announced he’s offering free flights to Las Vegas.Airline Flight

As many know, this city relies on tourism to function normally. Now is the perfect time to look at when things may start getting back to normal here. We’ll also discuss how to receive one of these free flights.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Tourism Rates Have Been the Lowest in History

Between 2007 and 2009, Las Vegas found itself in serious trouble. A global recession had taken hold and tourism rates into the city began to plummet. This lack of visitors proved to be devastating for casino companies, many of which were forced to permanently close down their venues in the city.

Things eventually recovered. In fact, the past few years have been incredibly successful for Las Vegas and Nevada as a whole. Gambling revenue was surging and several major new casino-resorts were being constructed on the Las Vegas Strip.

The past two months have shown how fast things can change. All of the casinos in Nevada were forced to close down in March. Tourism into Las Vegas completely stopped and many of the casino companies here started losing millions of dollars every single day.

City officials eventually decided to shut down two of the concourses in the Las Vegas International Airport. Almost no one was flying in or out of the city. City officials realized how bad things were becoming and began pushing hard to get back to normal.

Governor Sisolak has approved plans for casinos to reopen on June 4th. Even with the safety measures set in place, many expect a surge of new visitors here. One casino owner has a unique way to try to boost tourism rates in the city.

Derek Stevens is Offering Free Flights to Las Vegas

Some of the most powerful casino owners in the world are based in Las Vegas. That includes Derek Stevens, the owner of several major casinos in the Downtown area. Like all other casino officials, Stevens has taken a major hit due to the global pandemic.

With casinos set to open next week, this may be the most important time to start promoting tourism. Many of the casino-resorts in this city are already accepting reservations. Derek Stevens is taking a unique approach to attracting new visitors.

The casino mogul has announced that he’s offering 1700 free flights to Las Vegas. These flights are available through many different carriers and are available from 20 different cities.

Stevens initially planned to offer just 1,000 flights. Those were completely booked within a few hours and he then added another 700. He released a statement about the situation to the media earlier today.

“We knew there was a high demand for Las Vegas, and to see these flights book as quickly as they did is overwhelming and exciting,” Stevens said. “As we begin to reopen our doors across the city, we are proud to help reinvigorate travel to Las Vegas while supporting airlines in America impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. While we’d love for visitors to stop by downtown Las Vegas, we primarily want to get people back to Las Vegas to experience the attractions and amenities that make it one of the greatest places on Earth.”

These free flights to Las Vegas are being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis at www.thed.com. As you might expect, these are selling out extremely quickly. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Stevens offering even more of these free flights soon, though.

Expect More Las Vegas Deals Over the Next Few Weeks

Some expressed doubt that tourism rates in Las Vegas would increase just because casinos were given permission to reopen. There was fear that the strict safety measures being set in place at these venues would deter potential visitors. Based on how fast the flights that Stevens offered have been selling out, it’s clear that many people are excited to visit this city.

Many expect more deals like that one to start popping up. Many of the major casinos on the Las Vegas Strip have already started to significantly drop their room rates. Every casino company is different, though.

Members of M Life Rewards may notice some of the new deals available. That includes a drop in prices for the Sky Suites at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino. There are also some fantastic flexible rate deals available for The Bellagio and the New York-New York.

It will be very interesting to see how many tourists flock to Las Vegas next month. Many of the casinos here have lost a historic amount of money over the next two months. Unless revenue starts to increase here, things may not end well for some of these venues.

It’s exciting to see Derek Stevens offering these free flights to Las Vegas. Perhaps more casino owners will do the same to help promote tourism here. Stay tuned for updates!

Are you planning to visit Las Vegas anytime soon? Where do you plan on staying? Let us know in the comments section below!

Lori Lightfoot Offers an Update on Chicago’s Casino Plans

As June approaches, the US casino industry is slowly getting back on track. More gambling venues are starting to open their doors and revenue is starting to flow in. This week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot offered an update on Chicago’s casino plans.

Lori Lightfoot At Press Conference

Chicago remains one of the worst-hit cities in the United States from the coronavirus. Things have been very slow to open up here. Today, we’re going to discuss when we might see the first casino in Chicago open its doors.

Illinois’ Expanded Casino Plans Are Put On Hold

Illinois isn’t typically thought of as a US gambling hub. Over the past few years, however, lawmakers in this state have begun to see the potential in this industry. Back in June of 2019, state officials approved a new Capital Plan that allows for five new casinos to open up.

That includes a new casino in Chicago. Many politicians here believe that opening a casino in this city will help to boost tourism and bring in a huge amount of revenue. Unfortunately, high tax rates have made it difficult to find a company willing to operate a gambling venue here.

These plans are now being put on hold. As the global pandemic hit, officials in Illinois decided to delay construction on these venues. It’s still not entirely clear where in Chicago this new casino will be constructed.

Not all forms of gambling are completely shut down here, though. In March, lawmakers officially legalized sports betting. Both online and land-based sports wagering options are now available in the state.

Things seem to be improving around the country. As we already mentioned, many states are already opening up their casino industries. This week, the Mayor of Chicago talked more about opening the proposed casino in Chicago.

Mayor Lightfoot Gives An Update On Chicago’s Casino Plans

Many were excited to hear that a casino was being planned for Chicago. Illinois is known for having a large gambling fan base. Despite the trouble finding a company to run this new gaming venue, most felt it would be highly successful.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently spoke about building this new casino. She feels that it should become part of a much larger “entertainment complex” built within the city.

“I see this as a large entertainment district — not just the box of a casino. In order for us to maximize this once-in-a-generation opportunity that the General Assembly has given us and to maximize the opportunity for revenue, for jobs, for long-term economic viability of the city and, of course, to address our pension debt, we‘ve got to be thoughtful and intentional about what we’re designing so it’s something that attracts people from all over the world,” she said.  

Lightfoot went further, claiming that she and many other city officials want to see progress made.

“That’s what I see. Chicago is a global city. We need a world-class entertainment district, of which a casino is a part, but not the entirety. So there’s a lot of work that needs to be done between now and then and we’re anxious to get started.”

It was exciting to hear this update on Chicago’s casino plans. Unfortunately, Lightfoot is still unwilling to reveal where this gaming venue will open its doors. We’re likely to hear more about the opening of this casino over the next few weeks.

Nearby States Begin Looking to Reopen Casinos

It’s not entirely clear when the casinos in Illinois will open back up to the public. Covid-19 infection rates remain high in this state. Many lawmakers are beginning to take a closer look at getting the state’s gaming industry running again, though.

Some nearby states have recently announced they plan to reopen their casinos. That includes Missouri. This week, state leaders announced that two casinos in the St. Louis area are scheduled to open up this weekend.

Until Illinois’ casinos open, many gambling fans in this area are likely to play inside these Missouri gaming venues.

Incredibly, the casinos in Las Vegas are scheduled to open up next week. It was a long and difficult road to get these plans approved. Governor Sisolak seems content with the safety measures set in place and is allowing several major casino-resorts to open their doors on June 4th.

Lori Lightfoot has just offered an update on Chicago’s casino plans. She wants to see an entire entertainment center built in this city. When and where this casino-resort will be constructed is still unknown.

Are you excited to see a casino built in Chicago? When do you expect this to happen? Let us know in the comments section below.

Sisolak Approves LV Casinos to Open on June 4th

Las Vegas is just a little over a week from getting back to some sense of normalcy. Earlier this week, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak approved plans to reopen many of the state’s major casinos. The current plan is for LV casinos to open on June 4th.

Governor Sisolak

Just about everyone in Nevada is anxious to see these gambling venues reopen. As most know, they provide a huge amount of money and jobs to the state. Today, we’re going to discuss which venues plan to reopen, and what this means for Nevada’s economy.

Let’s get into it!

Reopening the Casinos in Nevada Hasn’t Been Easy

Every state in the country has been economically affected by the new coronavirus spreading around the world. Some, obviously, are being hit harder than others. There are some that feel Nevada is being the worst-affected in terms of direct money and job loss.

Casinos in this state were forced to close down back in March. This instantly left hundreds of thousands of individuals without work. Many of the casino companies here also began losing millions of dollars each week.

Nevada’s tourism industry immediately came to a halt. That proved to be devastating for many of the restaurants in this city that rely on outside visitors. It’s easy to see how so many businesses started to suffer due to the shutdown of major casino-resorts.

Carolyn Goodman, the mayor of Las Vegas, controversially called for the city to start opening up weeks ago. Governor Sisolak didn’t budge, and continued to tell the media it was too early. Residents around the city eagerly awaited news on what was to come.

Now, it appears state officials feel things are safe enough to finally open back up. Many of the biggest casino-resorts are expected to open their doors next week. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Governor Sisolak Gives Green Light For LV Casinos to Open

Forcing all of the casinos in Las Vegas to close was completely unprecedented. Never before has this taken place in this city. It’s likely that most felt doing so would be impossible. For the past couple of months, the focus has been on getting back to normal.

Governor Sisolak has been cautious in allowing the state’s casinos to start accepting guests again. That’s perfectly understandable, as these venues are easy places for a contagious respiratory virus to spread. Sisolak seems content with the safety measures set in place and has given the green light for LV casinos to open their doors on June 4th.

Josh Swissman, one of the founders of The Strategy Organization, believes that opening back up will be a learning process for many of the casino companies here.

“Once their doors re-open on the 4th, operators are going to learn so much from those critical first few hours and days,” he said. “There will undoubtedly be tweaks and fine-tuning made to their re-opening procedures as a result of what they will see. Marketers should be watching visitation volume and guest behavior closely, and should look to pivot quickly if changes to their marketing plans need to be made.”

Not all of the casinos in Las Vegas are going to open back up at once. It will be a slow process and companies will look to slowly figure out what works and what doesn’t. The important thing will be to encourage social distancing on the casino floor.

Which Las Vegas Casinos Will Open Up Next Month?

The casino industry in Las Vegas is the biggest in the country. More than 40 million people flock to this city every year to enjoy the entertainment and gambling options available. With Sisolak’s approval for LV casinos to open next month, many of the major casino companies are gearing up to start accepting guests.

Caesars Palace and The Flamingo are scheduled to be the first casino-resorts to reopen. These venues will be accepting guests starting on June 4th. These venues will offer free parking and plan to open many of their restaurants, pools, and casino options.

MGM Resorts International claims that New York-New York and The Bellagio will be their first properties to reopen. A specific opening date for these venues has not been officially revealed.

Wynn Resorts has just recently announced that both of its Las Vegas properties will reopen to the public on June 4th.

“We are ready to provide our guests with a full Las Vegas experience with a collection of luxury amenities and unmatched service,” Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox told the media. “The entire Wynn team is looking forward to welcoming our guests back.”

If all goes according to plan, all of the casinos in Nevada will start accepting guests next month. Hope is that enough tourists begin flocking to Las Vegas to keep these properties profitable.

Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few weeks!

Stanley Ho Has Passed Away at Age 98

Macau is considered one of the world’s premier gambling destinations. Stanley Ho is widely considered to be one of the most instrumental person in making that happen. Unfortunately, news has surfaced that Ho has passed away at age 98.Stanley Ho

It comes at an unusual time for Macau. Casino revenue here is now lower than it has ever been. Today, we’re going to discuss what this territory is doing to recover from the current economic situation it finds itself in.

Let’s get into it!

Macau’s Casino Revenue Continues to Plummet

Macau is home to many of the biggest and most expensive casino-resorts on the planet. Over the past few decades, it’s grown to become one of the world’s top gambling destinations. Unfortunately, revenue here has been dropping steadily for more than a year.

China’s economy has slowed considerably due to the US trade war it’s currently engaged in. As a result, fewer Chinese nationals are visiting Macau. As many are well-aware of, Macau relies heavily on Chinese gamblers for revenue.

This situation was tough on casino companies here. It was, however, manageable and many felt that as the Chinese economy improved, things in Macau would get better, as well. Unfortunately, the global pandemic has taken things from bad to horrible.

For a time, all of the casinos in Macau were closed down. They eventually opened back up, yet tourism here is almost non-existent. As a result, many of the casino companies in Macau are losing millions of dollars every day. It’s still unclear when revenue figures will begin to improve.

It’s a very difficult situation. Many of the city leaders here are now working to come up with ways to boost tourism. Unfortunately, one of the men responsible for making Macau what it is today has just passed away.

Stanley Ho Passed Away This Week

Those in the casino industry are well-aware of Stanley Ho. The former smuggler grew to become one of the most powerful men in Macau. He wasn’t without controversy, though, and many have criticized the casino mogul for his connections to several powerful crime groups.

Ho fled to Macau during World War Two. He was broke at the time, and ended up smuggling goods into China from Japan. As the war came to an end, Stanley Ho began to lead the reconstruction of Hong Kong.

In the 1960s, Ho secured a monopoly to control Macau’s emerging casino industry. It proved extremely profitable and he quickly became one of the richest men in China. As his age increased, Ho’s daughter began to take over much of his responsibilities.

New reports confirm that Stanley Ho has passed away at the age of 98. Many in the casino industry are paying their respects to one of the most important casino owners in Asia. Pansy Ho has already released a statement, claiming she knew it was coming, yet she’s still incredibly sad.

“The family of Stanley Ho today, with a very heavy heart, announced that [Ho] passed away peacefully at the age of 98 at around 1:00 pm today at HKSA,” Pansy said in an official press conference. “Even though we knew that this day would come, it doesn’t lessen our unspeakable sadness.”

This isn’t likely to have any major effect on Macau. As we mentioned earlier, Stanley’s role in the industry was passed on years ago. Casino owners are now looking at other leaders in Macau for news on how the city will improve.

US Land-Based Casino Industry Begins to Reopen

Macau isn’t the only area where casinos are struggling. All over the world, gambling venues are seeing their revenue earnings drop. That includes all of the casinos in the United States. Fortunately, things are beginning to improve here.

Some states have allowed their casinos to open back up. In Mississippi, for example, most of the coastal casinos are now accepting guests at limited capacity. The same is happening in Oklahoma.

Even some of the casinos in California have begun operating again. It’s surprising, considering this state has been one of the slowest to reopen. All of the casinos here are run by Native American tribes and sit on sovereign land.

Interestingly, casinos are still not open in Las Vegas. It’s been incredibly difficult for this city, which continues to lose millions of dollars every single day due to these regulations. Based on what city officials are saying, casinos will open back up here next month.

When Las Vegas casinos reopen, they won’t look the same way they did in the past. Major social distancing measures will be set in place to protect guests and staff. It’s unclear how much revenue these casinos will be able to generate.

Are you sad to hear about the passing of Stanley Ho? When do you expect Macau to recover from this current situation? Let us know in the comments section below!

Calls to Ban Smoking in Las Vegas Casinos Continue

It appears we’re just a few weeks from seeing casinos in Las Vegas reopen to the public. When these gaming venues open, however, they won’t look quite the same you might remember. Recently, requests to ban smoking in Las Vegas casinos have escalated.Holding A Cigarette

Many have asked for the major casino-resorts in Las Vegas to prohibit smoking for years. Due to the current health concerns, this may actually happen in 2020. Today, we’re going to look at what may lead to this major change.

Let’s get into it!

Major Las Vegas Casinos Plan to Reopen in June

It’s been months since all of the casinos in Las Vegas closed their doors. Governor Sisolak feared that keeping these venues would result in a surge of new Covid-19 cases in Clark County. After two months, infection rates have remained fairly low and state leaders are now looking to reopen the economy.

Casino companies in this state have been asking for permission to reopen since March. These closures have cost these companies millions of dollars every day. It’s also cost hundreds of thousands of individuals their jobs.

Fortunately, things are about to improve. Not long ago, Nevada’s Gaming Commission formally approved a set of guidelines that casino companies can use to reopen their venues. It was exactly what was needed for these companies to set an opening date.

Many of the city’s top casino-resorts now plan to open their doors next month. The Venetian, for example, plans to accept guests starting on June 1st. Several of MGM Resorts’ properties including the New York-New York Hotel-Casino and The Bellagio are also opening their doors in early June.

There will be strict measures set in place here to protect staff and guests. Everyone wants to ensure that casinos open up in the safest way possible. Interestingly, anti-smoking advocates are now calling for the gambling venues in Las Vegas to finally make a major change.

Health Professionals Call for a Ban on Smoking in Las Vegas Casinos

Las Vegas is known for having some of the most relaxed laws in the United States. That includes allowing smoking inside major casino-resorts. In recent years, many health officials have called for an end to this law, claiming it puts casino staff and non-smoking gamblers at risk.

Many have pushed against the idea to ban smoking in Las Vegas casinos, though. As many know, Las Vegas is known for the freedom that it offers visitors. Some believe that prohibiting cigarette smoking inside casinos would result in a decrease in tourism.

Now may be the time this smoking is finally banned. A new coronavirus is spreading around the country that’s known to attack the human respiratory system. Health experts have already claimed that smokers are at a much greater risk of death if infected with Covid-19.

For obvious reasons, many feel that smoking should no longer be allowed inside casinos. Anne Macincone, an associate professor of medicine in the Center for Lung Biology at the University of Washington, claims smoking can help to spread viruses and doesn’t understand how it can be done with the mask protocol set in place.

“Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke can be respiratory irritants that can lead to coughing, and potentially spread of infection,” Macincone said. 

Just about everyone agrees that allowing smoking in casinos causes health problems for staff and patrons. That’s more true now than ever. Don’t expect any of the city officials to stop this from happening anytime soon, though.

Is 2020 the Year That LV Casinos Prohibit Smoking?

It’s unlikely. As we’ve already mentioned, this isn’t the first time that many health officials have asked for a ban on smoking in Las Vegas casinos. Last year, reports surfaced that shows some of the health issues casino workers are suffering from simply from being inside these gaming venues.

That isn’t enough for casino officials to make a change. Historically speaking, a ban on smoking results in a serious loss of customers for casinos. Several casinos have prohibited smoking over the past few decades and almost all of them saw their revenue drop considerably.

Casino companies have serious power in cities like Las Vegas. It’s unlikely that any of the city officials will put an end to smoking without the blessing of these companies. Anything is possible, though.

We’re in the middle of a global pandemic and public safety is being considered now more than ever before. There’s a chance that casinos will recognize the risks that smoking presents and will decide to ban it. Some even feel casinos will have dedicated smoking areas, perhaps even contained in a single room.

The push to ban smoking in Las Vegas casinos continues. As of now, however, the major casino-resorts have not decided to make any changes. We’ll need to see how this situation plays out over the next few months.

Do you think casinos should ban smoking? Will this happen sometime in 2020? Let us know in the comments section below!

You May Not Need to Pay Taxes on Casino Jackpots

As the days go on, more casinos around the United States are beginning to open back up. The American Gaming Association is now working to change the requirements set on gamblers to pay taxes on casino jackpots. If all goes according to plan, US casinos will only report jackpot winnings above $5,000.

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Many feel this is long overdue. Since 1977, any casino winnings over $1,200 have needed to be reported as taxable income. 2020 might be the year that this changes.

Let’s take a look at what the AGA has planned.

The US Casino Industry is Coming Back to Life

Prior to March, the land-based casino industry in the United States was thriving. Over the past two months, however, this industry has been struggling to stay alive. Fortunately, things may be starting to rebound.

Every single state is now beginning to lift its restrictions. Some have officially begun allowing their casinos to reopen. That includes Louisiana, where some of the biggest casino-resorts in the state will soon reopen to the public.

In some parts of the country, casinos are opening up without the blessing of state leaders. In California, for example, many Native American-run casinos have already opened their doors. These venues sit on sovereign land and do not need to abide by state regulations.

Some states are taking their time allowing casinos to open up again. Nevada is not allowing this to happen until specific safety measures are set in place. Based on what’s being said, the majority casino-resorts in Las Vegas will begin opening back up in June.

For many casino companies, reopening gaming venues is a complete necessity. Some may not last very long unless their casinos start operating again. It’s still not entirely clear how much revenue the US casino industry will manage to generate over the next few months.

Now, one of the most powerful gambling groups in the country is asking the government to make a major change.

Gamblers May No Longer Need to Pay Taxes on Casino Jackpots Below $5,000

As most casino gamblers already know, anyone with jackpot winnings above $1,200 needs to be given a W-2G tax form. These winnings are considered taxable income. For many years, the American Gaming Association has called for the Treasury Department to change this so that only winnings above $5,000 are taxed.

Officials within this group claim that, when adjusted for inflation, $1,200 back in 1977 amounts to about $5,000 today. They also believe that requiring such a small amount of money to be taxed causes unnecessary burdens on the IRS. Bill Miller, President and CEO of the AGA, spoke about this situation to the media this week.

“As the gaming industry safely reopens and seeks to return to financial health, one critical area of regulatory reform the administration should consider is modernizing the $1,200 slot jackpot reporting threshold, which has been in place since 1977,” Miller said. “The current threshold is outdated and imposes significant compliance burdens on both the Internal Revenue Service and the gaming industry.” 

This change is apparently being supported by many members of Congress. The Trump Administration, currently looking at new ways to save the Federal Government money, also seems to support this idea. It may end up helping the casino industry more than we realize.

The AGA has asked for a change to the way people pay taxes on casino jackpots for years. Now, it appears this decision will be approved. We’ll give an update on what casino companies feel about these proposed regulations over the next few weeks.

Las Vegas Casinos Prepare to Open in June

All parts of the US have been affected by the spread of the new coronavirus. From an economic standpoint, Las Vegas is one of the worst-hit areas. This city has been essentially shut down for months and hundreds of thousands of residents have been left without work.

Las Vegas relies heavily on its tourism and gambling industries. Unfortunately, both have been shut down since March. All of the casinos here are closed and tourism is at an all-time low.

Everyone recognizes that something needs to change. Nevada is set to enter into Phase 2 of reopening soon and the current plan is for casinos in the state to begin reopening in June. That includes venues such as The Venetian and The Bellagio.

Some travel experts believe now may be the perfect time to visit Las Vegas. That may be even more true if gamblers aren’t required to pay taxes on casino jackpots below $5,000. No one knows how things will turn out over the summer, yet casino companies are doing everything they can to attract more visitors to Las Vegas.

Do you think the AGA’s new plan makes sense? Are you planning to visit Las Vegas anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s What Caesars Palace Will Look Like After Reopening

Casinos across Nevada are gearing up to reopen. It’s exciting news, yet some have concerns that these casinos will not offer the same fun atmosphere that was available just a few months ago. Today, we’re going to discuss what Caesars Palace will look like once it begins accepting guests again.

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According to several reports, Caesars will resume normal operations next month. In fact, many casino-resorts in Las Vegas will open up in June. It’s great news for this city, which has lost an incredible amount of revenue in March and April.

Here’s what we know about the reopening of Caesars.

Nevada Will Soon Enter Into Phase 2 of Reopening

Almost all states around the country are beginning to reopen. Some have been quicker to do so than others. In Georgia, for example, most businesses are now able to freely operate. In California, however, much of the entire state remains in lockdown.

Nevada has been fairly slow to reopen. Since March, all of the casinos in this state have been completely closed down. As many know, crowded casinos are perfect places for a virus to spread. Closing these gambling venues down has resulted in a huge number of job losses and millions in lost revenue.

According to new reports, Nevada is likely to enter into phase two of its reopening this weekend. The state economy continues to suffer and everyone wants to see things get back on track. That’s exactly what will happen during phase two.

This plan allows for “broader opening of commerce/retail, services and public life under extremely strict social distancing measures, hygiene and occupancy controls.” Interestingly, this plan does not specify which businesses will be allowed to reopen. It will consist of several stages and will last for weeks.

Casinos are expected to start reopening next month. Testing has improved in the state and many now feel that major casino-resorts can safely start to accept guests again. That includes Caesars Palace, one of the biggest and best gambling venues in Las Vegas.

Officials Offer an Update On What Caesars Palace Will Look Like Next Month

Caesars Palace first opened its doors back in 1966. It’s gone through several major renovations over the years. Many still consider it one of the best casino-resorts in the world. As we mentioned earlier, Caesars Palace has been closed to the public since March.

It’s been an incredibly unusual time for the owners of this venue. Sean McBurney, the general manager of this hotel-casino, spoke about the situation to Yahoo News this week.

“The first time walking through the hotel lobby and walking down Colosseum Way and not seeing anybody, it was spooky,” McBurney said. “You know, this is a property [that] since 1966 has had tens of thousands of people walking through it each and every day. To go from tens of thousands of people walking through it every single day to maybe 15, most of those are security, is surreal.” 

The current plan is for Caesars Palace to open back up in June. McBurney went on to claim that certain parts of the hotel would open up as soon as demand was there. He then gave a more clear picture of what Caesars Palace will look like over the next few months.

Caesars’ casino floor will be open, yet social distancing will be mandatory. Staff will be required to wear masks. Guests will be highly encouraged to do so. It’s not entirely clear when The Forum Shops will reopen to the public.

For the next few months, guests will stay inside the Augustus Tower. Reservations are already available. Hope is that enough tourists decide to visit and gamble here to help make up for the monetary losses over the past few months.

What Else is Opening Up in Nevada Next Month?

Nevada residents are extremely excited to hear that things are beginning to reopen. For many, it’s crucial that things begin to change. Hundreds of thousands of people in Las Vegas have been left without work due to the casino closures.

It’s unclear what businesses will open back up during phase two. According to new reports, bans on large gatherings won’t be lifted until phase three.

Restaurants will be allowed to slowly reopen over the next two months. They will almost certainly be required to limit capacity. It’s becoming clear that a huge number of restaurants in this state will ultimately be forced to close down permanently.

It’s a very unusual time for this state. Casinos are being allowed to open earlier than many other businesses in the state. Casino companies are simply desperate to get back on track before it’s too late.

We’re just beginning to hear more about what Caesars Palace will look like once it reopens to the public. Things will certainly be different, yet some are just happy to see things getting back on track. We’ll need to wait and see how much tourism the city begins to see next month.

Are you excited to see Caesars open back up? Do you think it’s smart to visit Las Vegas right now? Let us know in the comments section below.

Here’s an Update on the Reopening of the LV Venetian

Las Vegas is home to some of the biggest and best casino-resorts in the world. That includes the Venetian Casino-Resort, located directly on the Strip. This week, officials within the Las Vegas Sands Corp. offered an exciting update on the reopening of the LV Venetian.Venetian and Palazzo Casinos in Las Vegas

Many believe this is the best casino in Nevada. Today, we’re going to discuss when the Venetian may allow guests to return. We’ll also look at what some of the other casino companies in Las Vegas have planned for the future.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Casino Guidelines Have Been Approved

Things are very different in Las Vegas right now. They have been for months. Casinos remain shut down and the normally-bustling Strip is now essentially empty. People around the country have been discussing when the city can finally get back to some sense of normalcy.

That can’t be accomplished unless casinos reopen. This city is known as the gambling hub of the United States. Some of the world’s best gambling venues and hotels are located here and under normal circumstances, they make a killing.

All of the casinos in Nevada have been closed since March. It’s been devastating for this city that’s known to rely so heavily on its gambling and tourism industry. Fortunately, things may begin to change over the next few weeks.

Not long ago, Nevada’s Gaming Commission officially approved a set of guidelines to reopen the casinos here. This government body seems to feel that enough safety measures can be set in place to keep the public safe inside these gambling venues. Some are complaining that these guidelines have not been made public, though.

This approval was a big moment for the state and many of its residents. Reopening casinos is one of the most important ways to restart the state’s economy. This week, one of the biggest and most beloved casino-resorts in Las Vegas revealed it’s likely to open back up next month.

Officials Offer Exciting Update On the Reopening of the LV Venetian

Those who have been to Las Vegas have probably checked out The Venetian Casino-Resort. It was first constructed back in 1999 and is considered one of the best venues in the entire city. When included into the entire Venetian Resort Complex, it’s the second-largest hotel in the world.

The Venetian is owned and operated by Las Vegas Sands, one of the biggest and most profitable gaming companies in the United States. Like all other casino companies in Las Vegas, LVS is losing an incredible amount of money every day due to the current regulations. That may finally change next, though.

Today, this casino’s website revealed that it’s accepting reservations beginning on June 1st. A new company statement claims that the reopening of the LV Venetian will come in several stages. Fortunately, the casino floor is expected to open back up, as well as more than a dozen restaurants.

This casino-resort will be operating under the Venetian Clean guidelines. This is intended to minimize the risk to guests and staff. This casino also claims it will test all employees for Covid-19 in the weeks leading up to opening day.

Many are already getting excited. The reopening of the LV Venetian means that more major casino-resorts are set to do the same. Hope is that enough tourists begin flocking to the city to start turning things around.

Here’s what some of the other major Las Vegas casino-resorts have planned.

More LV Casino Companies Prepare for Reopening

Las Vegas Sands is just one of many companies currently suffering from the casino shutdown in Nevada. As time goes on, however, more of these companies are beginning to make plans for a major reopening. That’s especially true now that The Venetian plans to accept guests next month.

MGM Resorts is working to entice guests in a number of ways. News has just surfaced that the company will offer free parking upon reopening. Owners of the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino are taking the same approach.

Wynn Resorts has been working on reopening plans for weeks. It seems likely that thermal cameras will be installed inside the casino to detect those with a fever. There’s even a rumor that Las Vegas Sands is considering purchasing Wynn Resorts.

Things are stranger in Las Vegas right now than ever before. No one really knows how things will look even after the casinos open their doors to guests. Will Las Vegas stop being what it grew so popular for?

The reopening of the LV Venetian is now slated for June 1st. Nevada’s state leaders are likely to comment on this decision over the next few days.

Are you excited to see casinos open back up in Las Vegas? Will things be the same as they were before here? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Construction Of the MSG Sphere is Still Paused

It’s been more than two months since most of Las Vegas closed down. Since that time, many of the construction projects in the city have been put on hold. This week, the media received more information about the construction of the MSG Sphere.Construction Of The MSG Sphere

This entertainment venue is expected to be the best in the city once it’s completed. Unfortunately, that may take much longer than initially expected.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Nevada’s Gaming Commission Approves Plans to Reopen Casinos

The past few months have been the hardest in Las Vegas’ history. Never before have all the casinos in this city been forced to shut down. The amount of revenue lost due to the regulations set in place here is almost incomprehensible.

Casino companies continue to lose money every single day. Hundreds of thousands of Las Vegas residents are also being affected. It’s well-known that Nevada’s gambling industry is one of the biggest employers in the state.

Just about everyone wants to see casinos open back up here. With that being said, most recognize that doing so in a way that’s safe for guests and casino staff is priority number one. Many of the biggest casino operators in the state have been presenting plans to the NV Gaming Commission on how to safely reopen.

Not long ago, this government body approved a set of guidelines to reopen. Casinos will need to change significantly in order to allow guests back in. That includes implementing strict social distancing guidelines and requiring face masks. It’s still not entirely clear when any of the major casinos in Las Vegas will open their doors.

Many of the biggest construction projects in this city have been temporarily suspended. That includes work on the MSG Sphere. We’re now starting to hear a little more about when the construction of this new venue might resume.

Officials Are Still Unsure Of When Construction Of the MSG Sphere Will Continue

Las Vegas is considered the entertainment hub of the world. A huge number of world-class entertainment venues are operating here, most of which host the top musicians, comedians, and magicians currently performing. The construction of the MSG Sphere began in 2018 and many believe it will be the best venue for concerts and shows ever built in the city.

This 17,000-seat venue is being constructed by MSG-Entertainment. It’s expected to cost more than $1.6 billion to complete. Initially, officials within MSG-Entertainment claimed that this massive new project would be completed by late 2021.

That is no longer the case. Over the past few months, thousands of Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in Clark County. As a result, company officials decided to suspend construction. In a third-quarter revenue earnings call, MSG-Entertainment offered an update on this exciting project.

“Although MSG Entertainment no longer expects to open the venue in calendar year 2021, the company looks forward to resuming construction as soon as practicable.” 

It’s clear that the global pandemic is taking a toll on MSG-Entertainment. No one can really say when the construction of the MSG Sphere will resume. Much of it likely depends on when Governor Steve Sisolak allows more businesses to reopen.

Nevada is in a very difficult position. State leaders need to weigh the pros and cons of opening things back up. Hope is that ongoing projects, including construction on the MSG Sphere, can resume before too long.

More States Begin Allowing Casinos to Reopen

Most states around the country are beginning to open up in one way or another. Even in New York, the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak in the US, is starting to allow certain businesses to begin functioning again. Some parts of the country are even allowing casinos to open their doors.

Not long ago, several popular casinos in Oklahoma began operating again. To the surprise of some, this was a huge hit with many locals in the area. According to several reports, hundreds of people waited in line to play inside the Thunderbird Casino in Shawnee.

Earlier today, news broke that Eldorado Resorts plans on reopening three of its casinos in Louisiana. It’s exciting news for this company, which continues to work on its massive merger with Caesars Entertainment.

Nevada is taking its time allowing casinos to open their doors to the public. With the reopening guidelines recently approved, this could take place within the next few weeks.

No one knows when the construction of the MSG Sphere will resume. Officials within MSG Entertainment are still unsure of when this project will be completed. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this situation over the next few weeks!

Is Now the Perfect Time to Make Las Vegas Travel Plans?

For the past two months, tourism into Las Vegas has been almost non-existent. As time goes on and casinos begin opening back up, many expect visitors to start flocking to this city. This week, several experts revealed that now might be the perfect time to make Las Vegas travel plans.Welcome Sign In Las Vegas

Prices in this city are expected to drop considerably. It may be the most affordable time to visit in recent memory. Today, we’re going to discuss what deals may become available over the next few months.

Let’s get into it!

Gambling Revenue in Las Vegas Continues to Fall

Just a few months ago, the idea of shutting down Las Vegas was incomprehensible. This city draws more than 40 million visitors every single year and generates an incredible amount of money for the state of Nevada. The gambling industry in Las Vegas alone employs hundreds of thousands of people.

In March, Governor Steve Sisolak announced that all non-essential businesses were being forced to close down. That includes casinos. It was an important decision, as rates of Covid-19 were beginning to appear in Clark County.

Closing down the casinos is having some major consequences, though. As we just mentioned, many people are directly employed by these casino companies. Nevada’s gambling industry is also responsible for drawing in tourism.

Revenue in Las Vegas has plummeted over the past two months. In March, revenue in the state fell by 39.6%. Things were even worse on the Las Vegas Strip, where revenue fell by an incredible 45.7%.

All experts feel that revenue in April will be considerably lower than it was in March. Casinos in the state were closed down for that entire month. Many state leaders recognize that things need to change if Las Vegas wants to survive as a city.

Fortunately, it appears that casinos may be preparing to reopen. Many now believe that this is the perfect time to start booking your travel to Sin City.

Experts Feel Now is the Time to Make Las Vegas Travel Plans

Things are still far from being normal in Las Vegas. Based on the way things are moving, though, it seems that many businesses will be allowed to open here in June. It’s for that reason that some are advising people to start booking their travel.

Earlier this week, Allegiant Airlines started offering up to 25% off their routes. Several of the top casino companies in the city also began offering major deals last month. Some experts believe more of these deals will start to emerge as summer draws closer.

Gabe Saglie spoke to the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week and claims Las Vegas will be very cheap to visit this summer.

“Post-COVID travel, I think, will be pretty inexpensive because of this desire to incentivize travelers to hit the road,” he said. “We’ll see some great rates at hotels; we’ll see airfare sales. You’re seeing an amazing amount of hotel prices well under $100 or $50 a night. The industry is just now starting to put ad dollars behind promoting this stuff. … I think you’ll see a more concentrated push (in the weeks to come), and those deals will become much more visible.”

That has to be exciting news for some people around the country. Not long ago, several analysts predicted that tourism would start to surge in this city once casinos reopen. That seems more likely if prices become more affordable.

Many feel that casinos are just a few weeks away from opening to the public. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Casinos in Las Vegas May Reopen in June

Just about everyone wants to see casinos reopened in Las Vegas. Most people also recognize that these venues are easy places for the coronavirus to spread. Officials around Nevada are doing everything they can to get casinos up and running in the safest way possible.

Not long ago, Nevada’s Gaming Commission approved a set of guidelines to safely reopen casinos. There are many measures being set in place to avoid major infection surges. That includes hand sanitizing stations on the casino floor, social distancing measures, and requiring face masks.

It’s beginning to look more likely that casinos will be allowed to reopen their doors in June. Several of the top casino operators in Las Vegas are preparing to open some of their casinos. MGM Resorts claims it will most likely open the New York-New York Hotel & Casino, and The Bellagio Casino-Resort first.

Of course, everything depends on Nevada’s fight against Covid-19. If a massive spike in cases is recorded here, things will be delayed. In the meantime, some of the country’s top travel experts are advising that people begin to make Las Vegas travel plans. Things may be cheaper now than ever before.

Next month will tell a lot about the future of this city. There’s a chance we’ll see tourism here start to boom again. This will be a welcome relief for many workers here.

Are you planning to make Las Vegas travel plans anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

Las Vegas Sands is No Longer Interested in Japan

Las Vegas Sands is one of the biggest and most successful casino companies in the United States. For years, this company has discussed opening a new casino-resort in Japan. Interestingly, news is now coming out that this company is giving up its plans to break into the Japanese market.Las Vegas Sands Logo

It’s not entirely surprising. It will be very tough for any major casino company to invest billions into a new property right now. Today, we’re going to discuss the reasons that Las Vegas Sands is now choosing to stay out of Japan.

Let’s get into it!

Officials Within LVS Continue Looking at Plans to Reopen Las Vegas Casinos

The past two months have been the hardest-ever for Las Vegas casino companies. All of the companies with casino-resorts in this city have seen their revenue plummet after being forced to shut down. Incredibly, it’s still unclear when exactly casinos in Las Vegas will be able to open their doors again.

That isn’t stopping casino companies from coming up with plans to reopen their casinos. Las Vegas Sands has been one of the most active companies working to reopen its gaming venues. Company officials have proposed many measures to safely allow guests in again.

Fortunately, things are improving. Last week, the Nevada Gaming Commission approved a set of guidelines for reopening casinos. This government body wants to ensure that casino companies are taking the necessary steps to protect their employees and patrons.

Company officials at LVS already have several safety measures planned. That includes multiple Covid-19 tests for its employees. As most already know, this company owns and operates the Venetian and Palazzo Hotel-Casinos. LVS plans on doing multiple tests for its employees before the casinos reopen.

If all goes according to plan, things will start getting back on track sometime in June. Until that time, however, companies like Las Vegas Sands will continue to lose a huge amount of revenue every single day. News is now coming out that this company is giving up its plans to break into Japan.

Las Vegas Sands Announces it’s Giving Up Casino Plans in Japan

For many years, Japan had some of the strictest gambling laws in the world. The government here worked to ban virtually all forms of traditional gambling. To the surprise of many, things changed in 2018 when lawmakers here decided to legalize casinos.

Under the set of laws, three casino-resorts will be given permission to open in this country. Many analysts predict that Japan will quickly grow to become one of the most lucrative casino markets in the entire world. As a result, many of the top casino companies in the United States have been pushing to obtain a casino license here.

That includes Las Vegas Sands. Initially, this company announced it wanted to open an integrated resort in the city of Osaka. Later, it abandoned these plans and claimed it was focused on opening a gambling venue in Tokyo.

Now, it seems this company is giving up its plans to break into the Japanese market. According to a report by Bloomberg, the fact that casino licenses would only be good for 10 years was a major factor in this decision. LVS CEO Sheldon Adelson released a statement on this situation to the media this week.

“We are grateful for all of the friendships we have formed and the strong relationships we have in Japan, but it is time for our company to focus our energy on other opportunities,” Adelson said. 

Many believe the situation at home in Las Vegas is also playing a major factor in this decision. It would cost an incredible amount of revenue to open a Japanese casino-resort and at the moment, all US casino companies are bleeding money.

Which Major Casino in Las Vegas Will Open First?

In some ways, casino companies in Las Vegas have been in a race to reopen. All of the companies here have been working with city and state officials on ways to safely resume operations. With guidelines now approved, many feel we’re just a few weeks away from seeing the Las Vegas Strip reopen.

It’s still unclear which of these casino-resorts will be the first to reopen. Not long ago, we reported that some of MGM Resorts’ properties including the New York-New York Hotel & Casino and The Bellagio might be the first to open again. Some now feel that the casinos owned by Las Vegas Sands will be the first to start accepting guests again.

As we mentioned earlier, this company already has a number of safety measures set in place. Guests and employees will be required to wear masks. Thermal cameras may also be installed to identify those with fevers.

Some feel Wynn Resorts will be the first casino company to get things back on track. Not long ago, news broke that this company saw its revenue decline by 42% for the first three months of the year. Officials are doing everything they can to change that trend for 2020’s second quarter.

The truth is that no one knows when Las Vegas will start getting back to normal. Things are constantly changing and Governor Steve Sisolak may decide to extend the state’s current measures. It’s an incredibly tough situation.

We’ll need to wait for more news on Las Vegas’ casino plans. Stay tuned for updates!

Pechanga Casino is Likely to Open Its Doors on June 1st

California is home to one of the largest casino industries in the country. Unfortunately, all of the gambling venues here are closed down due to the spread of the new coronavirus. Interestingly, the Pechanga Casino claims that it will reopen its doors to the public on June 1st.California

That’s certainly a bold statement. California has been one of the slowest states to begin reopening. Many feel state leaders will end up shutting down this casino’s plans. Today, we’re going to discuss what exactly the owners of this gaming venue expect to happen over the next few weeks.

Let’s get into it!

California’s Casino Industry Remains Shut Down

As we just mentioned, California has one of the largest and most successful casino industries in the country. All of the state’s gaming venues are operated by Native American tribes. No commercial casinos are currently allowed to operate here.

California’s casinos bring the state a huge amount of revenue every year. These venues also employ thousands of individuals. Many of the leaders in California recognize how important these casinos are for the state’s economy.

In March, Governor Newson announced that all non-essential businesses in the state would be forced to close their doors. Obviously, this included casinos. It’s been nearly two months since these measures were set in place, and all of the casinos in this state remain closed down.

As time goes on, more individuals are starting to call for California’s economy to open back up. It won’t be easy to reopen casinos, though. Even states like Nevada, which are known to rely on their gambling industry, are having an extremely difficult time finding ways to safely reopen gambling venues to the public.

Some of the casinos in California seem to be taking things into their own hands. Despite the regulations, one major casino plans on opening its doors early next month. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Pechanga Casino Plans to Reopen on June 1st

There are many world-class gambling venues based in California. It’s been incredibly difficult for many of these casinos to remain closed. Some of the most powerful tribal leaders in the state have begun discussing real plans to resume operations.

The Pechanga Casino is one of the top gaming venues in California. For weeks, the owners of this casino have looked at ways to safely allow guests in. This includes ways to maintain social distancing.

This week, the owners announced that they plan on opening the casino on June 1st. This date has not been officially set in stone, though. They are still waiting to hear more about California’s reopening plans over the next few days. Casino officials released a statement on this situation to the media this week.

“With Gov. (Gavin) Newsom and local officials poised to relax some of the statewide and local stay-at-home orders and other measures in the days and weeks ahead, we are very happy to inform you that tribal leadership has set a target reopening time frame of June 1. The actual date will be confirmed in the days ahead,” the post said. “Guests will also very likely be required to wear face coverings.”

Non-invasive temperature checks will be required for all guests. Casino officials also announced that concerts and other events will not take place anytime soon.

The Pechanga Casino is now accepting hotel guests starting on June 1st. We’ll need to wait and see how Governor Newsom responds to this announcement. It will also be interesting to see how other casinos respond.

What’s Happening in Las Vegas Right Now?

California is taking a serious hit due to the casino shutdowns. No state is taking quite as big of a hit as Nevada, though. Cities like Las Vegas are losing millions of dollars every single day as a result of its casinos being shut down.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has been extremely cautious in allowing casinos to reopen. He understands that doing so poses a serious public health risk. He also recognizes that keeping these casinos closed down could end up permanently affecting the state.

Not long ago, Nevada’s Gaming Commission decided to approve a set of guidelines to reopen casinos. This was a huge moment for all of the casino companies in this state. If these gambling venues manage to abide by the regulations, they will likely be able to reopen in the next few weeks.

Some have concerns that tourism may not recover for months. Even if casinos reopen, many are likely to have concerns over safety and may not be willing to visit a crowded venue. In reality, though, no one really knows how the city will look over the next few months.

As infection rates begin to drop, parts of the country are starting to open back up. It’s clear that Nevada’s leaders are anxious to get Las Vegas back up and running. Based on what’s being said, some of California’s casinos will start operating soon, as well.

Are you excited to hear that the Pechanga Casino is opening back up? When do you expect casinos in Las Vegas to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below!