Robot Bartenders to Serve Drinks at Wynn’s Encore Casino Soon

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When Encore Boston, Boston’s first casino resort which opened last June, it was met with tremendous fanfare and anticipation. The pre-opening projections were high, estimated at $800 million, but a short seven months later, the excitement wore off.

Because the casino didn’t hit their lofty protections, and blames soft revenue from slot machines, they had to come up with ways to cut business costs and help round out their bottom line. One of the ways they did this? Automating service jobs, essentially using machines to replace some 70 non-union workers.

Encore Workers Face Unpredicted Cuts

Around 70 bartenders, apprentices and casino workers, namely bartenders working ‘Back of the House’ service bars, hidden from customers, were told they were being cut at mandatory meetings. What were they told they would be replaced by? Dispensary drink machines that cocktail servers would be able to operate on their own “at the push of a button.”

The news came suddenly, with workers being told that cuts would go into effect on January 17th.  For the affected workers, Boston Encore held a job fair at the Everett casino in an attempt to help alleviate some of the shock caused by the new lack of job security, although employees reported feeling there were not enough full-time or comparable jobs for everyone. As a Wynn spokesperson wrote in an email:

“Should any employee become displaced, we do everything we can to provide alternate job opportunities for them within our organization. Given the amount of related openings in other areas of the business, we cannot project the number of positions that may be impacted as a result of the automated beverage dispensers at this time.”

In a statement to Boston 25 News, Encore Boston said:

“The addition of the drink dispensers allows us the opportunity to significantly improve both the speed of service and provide a better guest experience. These dispensers are not unique to Encore.”

MGM Resorts: First to Use New Bartending Technology

It turns out, the MGM Springfield casino in Western Massachusetts pioneered the digital bartending movement. They’ve been using the automatic drink dispensing technology since opening in 2018. Springfield’s parent company, MGM Resorts International, has also began experimenting with the technology across Las Vegas properties as well. The gaming industry giant plans to install the same machines in Las Vegas Casinos, in an effort to cut $100 million in U.S. payroll costs, over the next two years.

MGM Resorts International Director of Corporate Media Relations Brian Ahern, said this of the new job-replacing technology:

“These technologies are an example of our work to drive innovation that enhances customer satisfaction and support the most important factor in personalized guest service: our employees.”

According to Ahern, these machines are essentially the “smarter cousin” of the automated soda dispensers used in fast-food drive-thrus, and have the ability to mix thousands of drinks.

The Future of Robot Bartenders: Is It a Safe Bet?

Talk about getting your drinks served with a twist. While job security for front-of-house bartenders who more closely interact with guests remain in the clear, it’s hard to predict the impact these automated drink dispensers will have on the hospitality industry as whole. While the intent for reduced casino costs, better drink efficiency, and guest experience has been spoken on heavily, the plan isn’t a sure bet just yet. We’ll have to wait and see once robot bartenders start being used in full-blown operation across properties in the US.

What’s Happening in Vegas? January 5-10

You’ll never get bored in Sin City, there’s always something fun and exciting happening! With more entertainment options than anywhere else in the world, check out the list of events happening this week down below.

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Here’s a look at what’s happening in Las Vegas over the next few days:

Monday: January 6th

CES

Get a glimpse of what new technology is set to hit the market for 2020 at this event before anyone else. Held every year in Las Vegas, the Consumer Electronics Show allows guests to try out demos for a variety of products, ranging from new gaming systems, computer software, and more.

Many companies are known to release tech news during CES week, too. And the only way to know about it? You have to be there.

CES will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and starts at 2:00PM. Registration for the event starts at $300.

Tuesday: January 7th

Steve Aoki

EDM icon Steve Aoki has been around for almost a decade and for good reason. His always energetic performances really know how to get a crowd going. Fans can expect Aoki to pull songs from his debut album Wonderland all the way to to his latest installment Neon Future III.

Steve Aoki will be performing at Omnia nightclub inside the Caesars Palace Casino starting at 10:30PM. Don’t miss out on seeing this legend for a low price of $40.

Wednesday: January 8th

Drake

Canadian superstar, Drake, is known worldwide for his chart-topping songs. From acting to rapping, songwriting, and producing, he can really do it all.

Currently, Drake is responsible for some of the hottest songs on the radio today.

There’s nothing better than hearing these songs live alongside an energetic crowd. So don’t miss out on seeing Drake perform at XS Nightclub inside the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Tickets are $75 and the event begins at 10:00PM.

Thursday: January 9th

Golden Knights vs LA Kings

From the moment they announced their NFL arrival, the LA Kings have been after the Golden Knights. So you can expect this game to be action-packed! This one you surely won’t want to miss out on.

You can catch these two rivals go head to head at the T-Mobile arena beginning at 7:00PM. Ticket prices start at $49.

Friday: January 10th

Keith Urban

Popular country music star, Keith Urban, is paying a visit to Las Vegas before embarking on his 2020 tour that will be taking him to eight countries around the world.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to sing along to his greatest hits when Keith Urban hits the stage at The Colosseum inside the Caesars Palace.

Seating starts at $69 with the show beginning at 8:00PM.

Starting the year off right in Las Vegas shouldn’t be a problem. With this list of what’s happening in Las Vegas for the week, you’ll be sure to have a great time.

If you’re looking for a guide to help you choose the best attractions, restaurants, and casinos in Sin City, check out our guide to all things Las Vegas.

Have fun!

Rumors of a Las Vegas Tropicana Sale Are Circulating

Over the past year, several of the biggest and most popular hotel-casinos in Las Vegas have been sold. Many companies are now focused on selling properties and reinvesting the money earned into new properties domestically and abroad. This week, rumors of a Las Vegas Tropicana sale began to circulate.

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As of now, these are still just rumors. Penn National Gaming, which owns the hotel-casino, has not officially confirmed this sale. Today, we’re going to talk about the history of this popular venue, and why it could soon be sold.

Let’s get into it!

History of the Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

For decades, the Tropicana in Las Vegas has been a popular venue for tourists looking to save a little money. Its prices are fantastic, yet the hotel still offers a fantastic casino floor and some solid amenities. It’s impressive, considering it’s been around since 1957.

Back in 1955, Ben Jaffe came up with plans to open a new venue on the Las Vegas Strip. Before long, construction began on this venue and in 1957, it officially opened up. Over the first few years of opening, this property changed hands several times. Las Vegas city officials raised concerns that the owners had ties to organized crime.

By the 1970s, the Tropicana Las Vegas was struggling financially. Major hotel-casinos such as Caesars Palace were attracting the majority of visitors. By 1978, mob activities once again took over Tropicana.

Columbia Sussex acquired Aztar, which owned Tropicana Las Vegas, in 2007. The company then announced a massive $2 billion renovation which was scheduled to be completed in 2010. The financial crisis eventually put a hold on these plans.

In August of 2015, Penn National Gaming purchased this hotel-casino for $360 million. Hope was that this company could finally turn things around. It now appears another sale is on the horizon. Rumors of a Las Vegas Tropicana sale have been circulating for the past few days.

Is the Las Vegas Tropicana Sale Taking Place in 2020?

This isn’t the first time people have speculated about a Las Vegas Tropicana sale. This hotel-casino continues to struggle against some of the other, larger venues in the city. Rumors of this sale first appeared back in October.

This week, Vital Vegas announced that the sale was nearing completion. Officials within Penn National Gaming refused to comment on the rumors. Nevertheless, many are claiming that this sale will be completed sometime in 2020.

If this sale is completed, it will be the first Las Vegas Strip venue sale of 2020. As we already mentioned, Penn National acquired the property in 2015 for $360 million. Analysts claim that the company could earn $700 million from a Las Vegas Tropicana sale.

It’s still unclear which company will purchase this venue. Several major companies have expressed interest in acquiring a Las Vegas Strip property.

Penn National Gaming is still dealing with billions of dollars in liabilities. Selling the Tropicana could help to put a serious dent in this debt. We’ll need to wait and see whether or not the company decides to officially put this venue on the market.

More Las Vegas Strip Properties Are Coming in 2020

The Las Vegas Tropicana sale seems highly likely for 2020. This is probably not going to be the only Las Vegas Strip sale taking place this year. Based on the way things have been going, there will be several more of these sales that take place in 2020.

MGM Resorts International is still considering more property sales. Last year, this company sold both Circus Circus and The Bellagio. The latter earned the company $4.2 billion, making it the largest hotel-casino sale in Las Vegas history.

Officials within MGM Resorts claim they are interested in putting more of their major venues up for sale soon. This company is focused hard on breaking into Japan. In order to do this, the company needs capital and property sales are the best way to acquire the money.

The Las Vegas Strip is changing fast. Over the next few years, several brand new hotel-casinos will open here. It’s an exciting time for locals and tourists in the city.

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

US Sports Betting Revenue in 2019 Reached Record Levels

The popularity of sports betting is surging around the United States right now. Today, a huge number of states have legalized this industry. New reports indicate that US sports betting revenue in 2019 hit record levels.Sports Betting

It’s incredible, especially considering how new this industry is in the US. Today, we’re going to look at which states are profiting the most from legal sports gambling. We’ll also discuss where this industry is headed in 2020.

Let’s get into it!

More States Continue to Legalize Sports Gambling

For many years, sports betting was almost completely unavailable in the US. Only Nevada, which set laws on this form of gambling decades ago, was legally able to offer sports gambling options. In May of 2018, this all changed.

That month, the US Supreme Court decided to strike down PASPA. This immediately gave every state in the country the ability to set its own laws on sports gambling. Several states almost immediately decided to legalize sports betting after PASPA was removed.

New Jersey instantly began earning money from this industry. Both land-based and online sports betting are available in this state. Many individuals from nearby New York would make the trip into New Jersey specifically to make sports wagers.

Today, 21 states have decided to legalize this form of gambling. Even states with harsh laws on gambling such as North Carolina have made sports betting legal. Lawmakers in these states recognize how much money can be earned with legal sports betting options.

Over the next few years, it’s likely that almost every state in the country will begin offering legal sports gambling options. There is simply too much money from this industry for states to ignore. US sports betting revenue in 2019 exploded and is likely to continue in 2020.

US Sports Betting Revenue in 2019 Reaches New Heights

It’s clear that sports gambling is growing more popular every single month. It’s also incredible to see so many states embracing this industry. This week, for example, New Hampshire officially legalized sports gambling.

2019 is now over, and revenue reports for the year are beginning to surface. According to some of these reports, US sports betting revenue in 2019 hit new levels. More than $11 billion was spent on sports wagers in the country. Overall, more than $15 billion has been placed on sports bets in the country.

In terms of actual revenue, licensed bookmakers in the country earned more than $750 million. During the summer months, there was an average of $700 million being wagered on sports. It’s an astounding statistic that shows just how fast the US market has grown.

Initially, US sportsbooks planned to retain around a 5% margin on all bets placed. In reality, this number was closer to 7%.

Things aren’t slowing down, either. We’re now less than two months away from the 2020 Super Bowl. Based on the way things are moving, this will be the most-wagered on sporting event of all time.

2020 Will Be a Massive Year for the US Sports Betting Industry

It’s great to see US sports betting revenue in 2019 increase so much. A huge number of European sports betting operators are now attempting to break into this market. Some, such as William Hill, are now available in several different states.

2020 will be an absolutely massive year for the US sports betting industry. Many more states are likely to legalize this industry. There’s even a chance that California decides to make sports gambling legal.

At the moment, California lawmakers are debating with Native American tribes over sports betting regulations. These tribes want to ensure that sports betting becomes legal inside their casinos. They also want to ensure that revenue from this industry goes into their hands.

Hopefully, California is able to make this industry legal. More states such as Maine and Massachusetts will almost certainly open their betting markets.

US sports betting revenue in 2019 increased dramatically. It seems highly likely that revenue will increase even more in 2020. Make sure to stay tuned for more US sports betting news over the next few months!

The Sportsbook at Circus Circus is About to Improve

Not long ago, MGM Resorts International officially sold Circus Circus. Since that time, the new owner has claimed he wants to significantly upgrade the property. Recent reports indicate that the sportsbook at Circus Circus is set to improve dramatically.

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It’s extremely exciting news for fans of this venue. The new sportsbook is expected to be fantastic. Today, we’re going to take a quick look at why this property was sold, and how it may change in 2020.

Let’s get into it!

The Sale of Circus Circus is Officially Complete

Las Vegas is home to many of the biggest and best casino-resorts in the world. Some of these venues have been open for decades. Others are fairly new. Circus Circus first opened its doors to the public in 1968. Years ago, MGM Resorts International acquired this venue.

For a time, this was a popular hotel-casino that attracted visitors from around the country. Over the past few decades, however, the popularity of Circus Circus has declined. It’s gone through very little renovations and does not offer nearly as many amenities as most other hotel-casinos in the city.

The location of Circus Circus also leaves a lot to be desired. It’s in the northern area of the Las Vegas Strip, which has struggled to attract tourists. Officials within MGM Resorts eventually decided that it was time to sell this property.

Surprisingly, it didn’t take long for MGM to find a buyer. Phil Ruffin immediately expressed his desire to purchase the hotel-casino. He eventually agreed to purchase Circus Circus for $825 million.

Not long ago, members of the Las Vegas Gaming Commission officially approved this sale. Now, Mr. Ruffin can begin to officially come up with new plans for this venue. It now appears that he’s interested in upgrading the sportsbook at Circus Circus. Will this help to bring in more visitors?

Plans to Improve the Sportsbook at Circus Circus Are Announced

Not long after Ruffin purchased Circus Circus, he teamed up with William Hill to operate the casino’s sportsbook. William Hill is one of the largest sports betting operators in the world. It’s based in the UK, yet it’s begun to push heavily into the US market over the past year.

This week, William Hill announced its plans to upgrade the sportsbook at Circus Circus. Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, claims the improvements will come after the Super Bowl in February of 2020. He spoke to the media and claimed that the improvements will help to bring new life to the Strip’s northern area.

“The north end of the Strip has so many new and updated offerings opening over the next few years and we’re excited to plant another flag in this part of town,” Asher said.

The upgrades to this sportsbook include updated video screens, odds boards, and direct access to William Hill’s mobile betting application. It will be one of the largest changes to this sportsbook since its opening.

The new sportsbook at Circus Circus will certainly help this venue. It’s been criticized in the past for its outdated amenities. Hopefully, more people begin choosing to stay and gamble here.

The Northern Las Vegas Strip is About to Get Better

As we already mentioned, the northern area of Las Vegas has struggled over the past couple of decades. Many of the city’s most impressive venues are located in the central area. Fewer individuals are now choosing to stay in the north.

This may be changing soon, though. Several impressive projects are underway in the northern Las Vegas Strip that will have a major impact. This includes the upgrades to the sportsbook at Circus Circus.

The biggest project here is called Resorts World Las Vegas. This is a massive casino-resort being constructed by the Genting Group. It’s costing more than $4.3 billion to construct, making it the most expensive hotel-casino ever built in the city.

Resorts World is expected to be incredible. Many believe it will completely transform the northern area of the Strip. Resorts World will finally open to the public in 2021.

It’s an exciting time for both locals and tourists in this city. We’ll need to wait and see how much this city changes once Resorts World is built. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Atlantic City’s New Year Celebrations Sound Incredible

2019 is just about to wrap up. Many on the East Coast are now trying to decide how to spend New Year’s Eve. From what we’re hearing, Atlantic City’s New Year celebrations are going to be incredible. Anyone in the area should check them out! Fireworks Show

Atlantic City is having a fantastic year. Gambling venues here have experienced revenue gains almost every single month. Today, we’re going to take a look at what’s happening in this city right now.

Gambling Revenue in Atlantic City Continues to Increase

Over the past year, we’ve reported on the rising revenue earnings in Atlantic City. For almost every month of the year, gambling venues here have experienced rising gambling earnings. Much of this is thanks to the legalization of sports betting.

In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court officially struck down PASPA. This gave every state the ability to legalize sports betting. Almost immediately afterward, officials in New Jersey announced that sports betting was being made legal here.

Both land-based and online sports betting are now legal here. It’s proved to be a highly profitable industry. A huge number of sports bets have already been placed here. At times, sports betting revenue in Atlantic City surpassed the revenue earned in Las Vegas.

Casino revenue has been surging here, as well. Some of the casinos are earning considerably more than others. The Borgata Hotel & Casino continuously earns the most money in Atlantic City.

The year is coming to an end and overall, it was a great one for gambling venues in the city. Atlantic City’s New Year celebrations sound amazing.

Here Are Some Of Atlantic City’s New Year Celebrations

It’s not surprising to see Atlantic City gearing up for a major New Year’s Eve. This city is known for putting on a good party. After such a successful year, it makes sense for casinos here to put on something special.

Atlantic City’s New Year celebrations are kicking off tomorrow! Several major casinos here are offering their customers some fantastic deals. The discounts being offered change from casino to casino.

Interestingly, many of the celebrations are catering primarily to loyal gamblers. Casinos in the city want to reward those who are considered “regulars” with a night to remember. This year, visitors here can expect fireworks, live music, catered food, and more.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is putting on one of the most exciting events of the holiday. Here, guests can purchase the “Rock n’ Roller Package” for $2020. It’s expensive, yet it comes with an ocean-view suite, a custom Fender guitar, champagne and strawberries, a couples massage, and a private dinner with wine pairing.

It’s an extremely exciting time to visit. Atlantic City’s New Year celebrations are expected to be fantastic. If you’re in the area and want something to do, feel free to stop by for a visit!

Will 2020 Be As Successful for Atlantic City?

There is certainly reason to believe so. For almost all of 2019, the city has experienced a massive surge in gambling revenue. Based on the way things are heading, 2020 will be an even more successful month.

Even during the wintertime, gambling revenue is increasing here. In November, for example, casino revenue came to $223,943,722. That’s considerably more than casinos here made just a few years ago.

Of course, competition is increasing around the country. In nearby New York, lawmakers are working to open new forms of gambling. Sports betting is now legal in New York and more casinos are set to open here over the past few years.

In time, Atlantic City could grow to become the hottest gambling destination in the country. Many casinos are undergoing renovations here. A huge number of major US casino companies are investing money here, too.

Atlantic City’s New Year celebrations are expected to be fantastic. Stay tuned for more New Jersey casino news over the next few months!

What’s Happening in Vegas? December 29 – January 4

There’s always something exciting happening in Las Vegas. More entertainment options are available in this city than anywhere else in the world.

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Here’s a quick look at what happens in Las Vegas over the next few days:

Sunday: December 29th

Diplo

One of the hottest names in music right now is set to perform inside the XS Nightclub on Sunday. Diplo has released several major hits over the years including “Revolution.” He’s performed alongside legendary artists such as Major Lazer and Skrillex, yet on Sunday he’ll be holding things down by himself.

XS Nightclub is one of the best venues to watch musicians perform live. It’s located within Wynn Resorts Las Vegas and has hosted a huge number of world-class artists. If you’re in town, make sure to check out Diplo’s performance! Tickets can be purchased starting at just $30.

Tuesday: December 31st

Calvin Harris

Speaking of famous musicians, Calvin Harris is performing his New Year’s Eve set inside Omnia Las Vegas this Tuesday night! Harris is without a doubt one of the most famous EDM musicians in the world today. There’s no better way to kick off 2020 than inside a Las Vegas nightclub listening to some of the best electronic music in the world.

If you’re looking for a fun way to cap off the decade, this is it. Incredibly, tickets are still available. Prices to see Harris inside Omnia are starting at around $150.

High Roller NYE

Want to celebrate the New Year but don’t enjoy nightclubs? Consider checking out the High Roller NYE celebration at The High Roller. Here, guests have an incredible view of the Las Vegas fireworks show from above. Drinks are also included.

This massive Ferris wheel is located inside The LINQ. It’s larger than both the London Eye and Singapore Flyer. As the name suggests, this is one for those with some money to spare. Tickets are currently available for $350.

Thursday: January 2nd

Flyers vs. Golden Knights

Just because New Year’s Eve wraps up doesn’t mean the fun stops in Las Vegas! On Thursday, the Golden Knights will be taking on the Philadelphia Flyers in what should be a highly competitive matchup. A huge number of fans should already be in town for the celebrations and this game’s atmosphere should be electric.

It’s taking place inside the T-Mobile arena and begins at 7 pm. Tickets to see the first home game of 2020 are still available. Seat prices are starting at just $98.

Friday: January 3rd – Saturday: January 4th

The Fortress Invitational

On Friday and Saturday, some of the best collegiate ice hockey teams in the country are competing in The Fortress Invitational. Ohio State, Westpoint, Cornell, and Providence will all be looking to secure the invitational trophy. It’s anyone’s guess which team will reign supreme.

Some fans claim that college hockey is more entertaining than the NHL. If you want to check out the action for yourself, head over to the T-Mobile Arena. Tickets are still available for just $30.

Have a fantastic New Year’s Eve, and enjoy the celebrations in beautiful Las Vegas!

More Casinos in Arkansas Set to Open in 2020

Arkansas’ casino industry has been undergoing some major changes. Several Native American tribes in the state have been pushing to open new gambling venues here. More casinos in Arkansas are now set to open in 2020.Arkansas

The state is dealing with several issues right now. One area, in particular, has been at the center of debate between two different tribes that believe they should be granted a gambling license. Today, we’re going to look at what exactly is happening in Arkansas right now.

Let’s get into it!

Arkansas’ Gambling Industry is Growing

Arkansas isn’t typically thought of as the gambling hub of the United States. To date, only a few gambling venues have opened up here. The state does not allow privately-run casinos to operate here, meaning only Native American tribes have permission to run these venues.

Recently, however, many individuals have looked at Arkansas as a hot casino market. There are several neighboring states that currently ban this form of wagering. That means that many individuals in these states may make the trip to Arkansas in order to gamble.

Some of the Native American tribes in Arkansas realize this, as well. Over the past few months, many of these tribes have begun pushing to open more casinos in Arkansas. In Pope County, a debate is raging over which tribe should be granted a casino to operate a casino here.

It’s an interesting time to be a gambling fan in this state. Never before have so many tribes pushed to operate gambling venues here.

Construction is currently taking place on one major new gambling venue in the state. This week, we were given an update on when this casino will open.

Quapaw Nation Casino Set to Open in June of 2020

In April, lawmakers in Arkansas passed a law that greatly expanded the number of gambling options casinos in the state could offer. This breathed new life into Arkansas’ casino industry. Before long, many tribes here began requesting permission to construct entirely new casinos.

Earlier this year, the Quapaw Nation was given permission to open one of these venues. For the past few months, construction of this new gambling venue has been taking place. According to new reports, it’s set to open in June of 2020.

A massive crew of workers has been pushing to get this 500,000 square-foot casino-resort opened by the proposed date. Once it’s completed, the casino will feature more than 2,000 slot machines, 50 table games and several exciting amenities including a spa, theater, and several restaurants.

Allen Dixon, a construction supervisor on the project, commented on what’s taking place to the media this week.

“We’re doing the mechanical piping underground for the chillers, and we need to be out of the way for a crew to come in and pour concrete on the 30th,” he said. 

It’s exciting news. When this venue finally opens, it will become the biggest and best gambling establishment in the state.

Debate Around Pope County Casino License Continues

As we’ve already mentioned, many of Arkansas’ tribes are working to obtain a casino license. For months, two major tribes have been seeking to obtain a casino license in Pope County. This is in the north-west area of the state.

Both the Cherokee and the Choctaw tribes are seeking to obtain a casino license in this area. It’s obviously important, as it’s the last commercial casino set to open in the state. The Choctaw Tribe commented on the licensing application to the media this week.

“The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has consistently advocated for a fair, open and transparent process,” he said. We hope that the state will take action to allow all proposals to receive fair consideration.”

On January 6th, the Arkansas Racing Commission will decide on which tribe to offer the license to. Hopefully, more casinos in Arkansas will open next year.

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

Canadian Casino is Being Sued for Allowing Man to Lose Too Much Money

Canada is home to a large and profitable casino industry. Most of the country’s provinces allow gambling establishments to operate. This week, a popular Canadian casino is being sued for allowing a man to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.Canada's Flag

It’s a surprising thing to see. Casinos aren’t often challenged for allowing their patrons to lose. Today, we’re going to look at why exactly this is happening.

Let’s get into it!

Canada’s Laws on Casino Gambling, Explained

As we’ve just mentioned, Canada has a large casino market. Much like the United States, Canada allows its provinces to set most of their own laws on gambling. Of course, the federal government has the ability to set broad laws that affect each province.

Today, most provinces allow casino gambling. This is especially true with the major provinces, including British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario. Some of the northern provinces simply don’t have specific laws on different forms of gambling.

In Ontario, both land-based and online casino games are perfectly legal. The government has firm control over which companies can offer gambling options. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is responsible for ensuring that these companies are doing everything above-board.

There are a huge number of casinos in Ontario right now. Some are small and offer just a few forms of wagering. Others are massive and provide slots, table games, and poker gambling.

Gambling is hugely popular in this territory. Unfortunately, not all locals enjoy the relaxed gaming regulations in the province. This week, a Canadian casino is being sued for allowing a man here to lose too much money.

A Canadian Casino is Being Sued By Compulsive Gambler

It’s common for individuals to lose money gambling inside casinos. Sometimes, these losses can be significant. Losing hundreds of thousands of dollars inside one of these venues, however, it a little extreme. That’s exactly what’s happened with one Ontario native, according to Fox News.

One man claims that he lost $260,000 while playing inside Caesars Windsor. He’s claiming that the money was lost during just two visits to the popular gambling establishment. Now, this Canadian casino is being sued for allowing it to happen.

The man, named Tarwinder Shokar, believes that the casino should have been aware of his issues. He claims that it’s the casino’s responsibility to protect patrons from themselves. Obviously, many are quickly dismissing his lawsuit.

It’s important to note that Mr. Shokar has criminal fraud convictions to his name. He’s asking for $500,000 from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. Defense lawyers for the government body responded to the lawsuit in a statement to the media this week.

“Each time he made a wager, he chose the amount of money he wanted to wager in full knowledge of the risks associated with that wager,” they said. 

The trial is unlikely to begin by the end of 2020 at the earliest. We’ll need to wait and see how it plays out.

Nevada’s November Gaming Revenue Dropped This Year

For most of 2019, gambling revenue in Las Vegas has increased. It’s an exciting statistic, considering casino competition has been increasing around the US. Unfortunately, Nevada’s November gaming revenue dropped. Revenue Drop Picture

It’s not entirely surprising. November is considered one of the least-busy months for Las Vegas. It’s likely that gambling revenue will increase once again in December. Today, we’re going to look at exactly how much gaming revenue fell last month.

Let’s get into it!

2019 Proves to Be a Fantastic Year For Las Vegas Casinos

Las Vegas is still the country’s biggest and best gambling destination. In recent years, however, a huge number of states have begun to expand their casino industries. Many felt that this rise in competition would take a toll on Nevada. This did not turn out to be the case.

As we’ve already mentioned, gambling revenue has increased here for almost the entire year. This is especially true on the Las Vegas Strip. Here, nearly all of the casinos have experienced massive revenue gains.

This Summer was a particularly impressive season for gambling venues in Las Vegas. During June, July, and August, gaming revenue surged in the city. Hotel occupancy was also close to reaching record-breaking levels.

Even during Fall, casino revenue surged here. In October, gambling revenue here surpassed $1 billion. Revenue from the Las Vegas Strip during this month reached $538.5 million.

The next month, gambling revenue finally dropped. Reports on Nevada’s November gaming revenue have just been released. Here’s how the state’s gambling venues performed.

Nevada’s November Gaming Revenue Falls in November

November isn’t typically thought of as a popular gambling month for Las Vegas. Many individuals are gearing up for the holidays and aren’t interested in wagering their money inside casinos. This week, the NV Gaming Control Board released reports on Nevada’s November gaming revenue. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out great.

According to these reports, gambling revenue was down 3.1% when compared to November of 2018. Overall, the state brought in $937.5 million in gambling revenue. In Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, revenue dropped by 3.4% to $805.2 million.

North Las Vegas casinos performed the worst. Casinos in this area generated just $19.3 million. This represents an astounding 15.3% drop from the same time last year.

Historically speaking, Baccarat is one of the best games for casinos to generate revenue. Interestingly, Baccarat revenue dropped significantly in November. Michael Lawton, a senior research analyst for the state Gaming Control Board, commented on this to the media this week.

“The continued trend of decreased baccarat volumes was the cause for this month’s decline as volumes of $557 million were down $247.4 million or 30.8 percent,” he said. “Baccarat volumes have only increased twice this calendar year and are currently down 14.9 percent through November.”

Sports betting proved to bring in a significant amount of revenue last month. Sports pools won $31 million, up 14.3 percent or $3.9 million compared to 2018. Overall, Nevada’s November gaming revenue drop doesn’t mean much. It’s likely that things have already bounced back in December.

Construction Continues on Resorts World Las Vegas

For years, officials in Las Vegas have discussed the impact that Resorts World will have on the city. It’s the most expensive casino-resort ever built in the city. Most feel it will be one of the best gambling venues ever built.

Initially, the hope was that this venue would open in 2020. Not long ago, former MGM Resorts executive Scott Sibella became president of Resorts World Las Vegas. He pushed the opening of the venue back until 2021.

Sibella claims that he wants to ensure everything is perfect by the time it opens to the public. He also added several entertainment features to the resort including a 5,000-seat theater.

Resorts World Las Vegas is opening in the northern area of the Las Vegas Strip. This is an area of the city that’s struggled to attract tourists. Hopefully, this new casino-resort will bring new life to the area.

Nevada’s November gaming revenue dropped. For most of 2019, however, the state has generated a huge amount of money from its gambling venues. Make sure to stay tuned for an update on December’s revenue earnings!

Japan Begins to Study the Las Vegas Casino Model

In 2018, lawmakers in Japan officially approved a bill that legalizes casino gambling. It was a huge moment for the country, which had previously banned almost all forms of gambling. Officials here are still working to create a plan for the three casino-resorts to begin operating. Recently, Japan has begun to study the Las Vegas casino model for support.Famous Las Vegas Sign

Las Vegas is still considered the gold standard for the US casino industry. Here, most of the country’s top gambling venues are located. Let’s take a look at what Japan hopes to learn from this city.

Lawmakers in Japan Continue to Debate Over Regulations

For a time, it seemed as if Japan would never open up its casino industry. For decades, nearly all forms of gambling have been strictly prohibited in this country. Only mahjong, a tile-based skill game, allows individuals here to wager money.

It seems that the country’s lawmakers finally realized how much money they were missing out on. Nearby Macau is considered the biggest gambling hub in the world. Even the Philippines now operates a massively successful casino industry.

In July of 2018, Japan officially decided to legalize casino gambling. Under the current plan, three casino-resorts will be allowed to open in the country. Before this can happen, though, lawmakers are coming up with a set of regulations.

Government officials here want to ensure that rates of gambling addiction and crime do not increase once casinos are introduced. Today, a huge number of countries in Europe are dealing with rises in problem gambling. Several regulations have been introduced in Japan to avoid this, yet lawmakers are still debating exactly what should be allowed and what should not.

The first gambling venue will not begin operating in Japan for at least a couple more years. In the meantime, officials will be working to come up with an exact plan for the casino-resorts to get up and running.

Japan Looks at the Las Vegas Casino Model For Support

There is no better city to look for regulation over a casino market than Las Vegas. As we already mentioned, many of the world’s biggest and best casino-resorts are located here. Officials in the city have decades of experience monitoring and taxing casino-resorts.

Recently, several officials in the Japanese casino industry have begun asking for help from Las Vegas gaming regulators. Not long ago, these officials invited Becky Harris to speak on effective casino regulation. Harris recently spoke with the Las Vegas Review-Journal about her experience in the country.

“Japan is still working on creating their regulatory environment, so there’s a lot of speculation as to what that could look like,” Harris said. “One of the models that Japan is looking at is Nevada, so there were some questions about the way that Nevada regulations work.”

Macquarie analyst Chad Beynon claims that Japan is looking to implement similar measures that Las Vegas currently has. Not everything will be applicable in Japan, yet the Las Vegas casino model should provide a solid regulatory outline.

Analysts Continue to Expect a Bright Future For Japan’s Casino Industry

Almost immediately after the news broke of Japan’s legalization of casino gambling, analysts began predicting how profitable the market would become. New reports indicate that it will grow to become the third-largest casino market in the world. Some even claim it will generate $25 billion annually.

Unsurprisingly, a huge number of major US casino operators are attempting to break into this market. MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands have all expressed a desire to break into Japan.

Interestingly, Caesars Entertainment claims that it’s no longer interested in entering Japan. The company is set to merge with Eldorado Resorts. It seems highly unlikely that a move into Japan is even possible for Caesars right now.

Officials are still waiting to choose which three companies will be granted a casino license here. Based on what’s being said, both MGM Resorts International and Las Vegas Sands seem the most likely.

We’ll need to wait and see how much the Las Vegas casino model influences Japan. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks!

What’s Happening in Vegas? December 22-28

There’s always something exciting happening in Las Vegas. More entertainment options are available in this city than anywhere else in the world. Here’s a quick look at what happens in Las Vegas over the next few days.

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Here’s a look at what’s happening in Las Vegas over the next few days:

Monday: December 23rd

Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche

On Monday at 7 pm, the Las Vegas Golden Knights will take on the Colorado Avalanche in an important game for both team’s futures. Each is working hard to climb into the first-place spot in their divisions. Even the best NHL betting experts are having a difficult time predicting who will come out on top.

The game takes place inside the famous T-Mobile Arena, located near the New York New York Hotel-Casino. Tickets are still available, starting at around $65.

Friday: December 27th

Babyface

Kenneth Brian Edmonds, or Babyface, is one of the most iconic musicians in R&B. Even at 60 years old, he draws in a huge number of fans to his shows from around the world. On Friday, Babyface is performing at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

He’s made over 26 number-one hits during his incredible career. Fans of his slow, soulful style buy tickets to his shows time and time again. Those in Las Vegas this week can still check out his Friday show with tickets costing $45.

Journey

Want something with a little more energy? Consider checking out Journey this Friday inside the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Journey is considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time with hit singles such as “Don’t Stop Believin” and “Separate Ways.” They’ve been performing for decades yet show no signs of slowing down.

This may be the perfect time to see the legendary band. Most believe their touring schedule will soon come to a permanent end. Tickets are still available with prices starting at $140.

Saturday: December 28th

Jay Leno

Nowadays, Jay Leno is known primarily for hosting his popular late-night talk show. What many people aren’t aware of is that he was one of the country’s top stand-up comics before breaking into the TV industry. On Saturday, Leno is set to perform his new comedy act inside The Mirage.

Leno is out to remind people that he remains a world-class comic. That’s exciting news for comedy fans around the country. Ticket prices for his show on Saturday are starting at $88.

We’re approaching the coldest time of the year for Las Vegas. Visitors here can enjoy watching some incredible shows or gambling inside the many casinos. If you haven’t booked your hotel room yet, feel free to check out our Las Vegas Hotel guide.

Enjoy your stay!

Pictures Inside LV Casinos Are Starting to Be Allowed

Las Vegas is one of the country’s biggest tourist destinations. Millions of individuals come to this city every month to eat, drink, gamble, and take photographs. Unfortunately, many casinos in the city prohibit pictures on the gaming floor. Recently, however, certain officials are beginning to allow pictures inside LV casinos.Animated Camera

It’s a fun piece of news for tourists in the city. Casinos make up a huge part of Las Vegas. Interestingly, the ability to take pictures inside these venues may actually bring in more tourists.

Let’s look at what exactly is changing here.

Las Vegas Casinos Make Their Rules Very Clear

Ask anyone what comes to mind when you mention Las Vegas and there’s a good chance that you will hear “casinos.” Gambling venues have been operating in this city for nearly a century. Over the past few decades, companies have begun to construct massive, multi-billion-dollar casino-resorts in the city.

These properties might seem like places where anything goes. In reality, however, Las Vegas casinos have strict rules set in place. Anyone caught breaking those rules will be kicked out, or worse.

Obviously, most of these rules center around gambling. Table game dealers will often be quick to let you know if you’re breaking any of the casino’s rules.

One rule that many have complained about is the inability to take pictures inside LV casinos. For many individuals, the casinos are why they are visiting the city in the first place! Not being able to capture the memory inside these venues can be frustrating.

Several casinos have heard these complaints and are beginning to make a change. Inside these gambling venues, taking photographs is perfectly fine.

Rules Towards Pictures Inside LV Casinos Are Changing

The strict rules set in place at many Las Vegas casinos are beginning to turn visitors off. Some now prefer to stay in the more laid-back properties located off the Strip, rather than the high-end casino-resorts. Some even claim that not being able to take pictures inside LV casinos is reason enough to turn them off.

Recently, the STRAT and Four Queens casinos have begun to allow visitors to take photographs on the gambling floor. The owners of these venues believe that the rule change will help to better promote their casinos in social media.

“People want to share their lives in a manner we didn’t have access to years prior,” director of table games at Rampart Casino at the Resort at Summerlin, Sam Garritano, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Most people are just wanting to capture themselves in a fun environment, and we can’t fault them for wanting to share.”

In the past, these rules were set in place to avoid cheating. Casinos also wanted to protect those who wished to stay in Las Vegas under-the-table. Casinos valued their patron’s privacy.

Times are changing now that almost everyone holds a camera in their pocket. The STRAT changed its rule in August. Hope is that more patrons here are encouraged to take selfies and promote the games being offered.

Pictures in LV casinos are starting to become available. If you’re visiting the STRAT or Four Queens, feel free to grab a selfie at the tables!

Will This Rule Change Have an Impact on Revenue?

This remains to be seen. Nowadays, it seems like everyone wants to document their entire lives. The inability to do so inside Las Vegas casinos has to be frustrating for some. Some of the casinos that allow photographs to be taken may experience an increase in visitors.

It’s unlikely to have any major impact, though. Both the STRAT and Four Queens are some of the worst-performing casinos in the city. Both have been criticized in the past for their lack of modern amenities. It makes to see the owners of these venues working to bring in more visitors.

Fortunately, gambling revenue in Las Vegas has been surging lately. In October, for example, the city’s casinos generated more than $1 billion once again.

Most believe that this revenue increase will continue for the next few months. Winter is generally the least popular time to visit Las Vegas. With several major events on the horizon, though, this may not be the case right now.

Will pictures inside LV casinos become available everywhere? We’ll need to wait and see. Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few months!

Online Gambling in Michigan is Officially Legal

For years, officials in Michigan have been working to expand the state’s gambling laws. This week, their efforts have finally paid off. Online gambling in Michigan is now officially legal. It’s extremely exciting for gaming fans here.Michigan State Outline

That’s not all! Sports gambling has also been made legal in this state. Today, we’re going to look at the road to make this happen. We’ll also talk about exactly what forms of gambling are now legal in this state.

Let’s get into it!

Michigan’s Long Road to Sports Betting, Online Gambling Legalization

Since PASPA was struck down in May of 2018, several politicians in Michigan have stated their desire to see sports betting legalized in the state. It’s a highly profitable industry, helping to earn many states millions of dollars every month. Unfortunately, some of the most powerful politicians in Michigan have been hesitant to embrace any new gambling expansion plans.

Michigan has been close to sports betting legalization several times. In 2018, it was approved by both the House and the Senate, yet Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed the bill at the last minute. It was extremely disappointing news, particularly for sports fans here.

As soon as 2019 kicked off, lawmakers once again began working to legalize new forms of gambling in the state. House Bill 4916 was introduced and eventually made its way through the state’s legislative bodies. In September, the bill was officially approved by Michigan’s House Committee.

Some had concerns that Governor Whitmer would once again shut down this bill at the last minute. She had voiced her concerns over the bill, particularly with its tax structure.

Fortunately, the Governor decided that it was time for Michigan to embrace some new forms of gambling.

Sports Betting and Online Gambling in Michigan Are Now Legal

House Bill 4916 slowly made its way through Michigan’s legislative bodies. This week, the bill had its final test with Governor Whitmer. She decided to approve the bill, meaning both sports betting and online gambling in Michigan are now legal.

Many supporters of this bill believe that the newly-expanded gambling laws will help bring millions of dollars to the state. The majority of the money will go towards the School Aid Fund. Some will be used to help pay for firefighters’ medical costs, as well.

Gretchen Whitmer commented on the approval of the bill to the media this week.

“My top priority in signing this legislation was protecting and investing in the School Aid Fund, because our students deserve leaders who put their education first,” she said. “Thanks in part to the hard work and leadership of Senator Hertel and Representative Warren, these bills will put more dollars in Michigan classrooms and increase funding for firefighters battling cancer.”

An 8.4% tax rate will be applied to sports betting operators in the state. Taxes for online gambling range from 20% to 28%.

Many are now wondering when exactly the new gambling options will become available here.

When Will Sports Betting and Online Gambling Be Available in Michigan?

This is the million-dollar question. Several states legalized sports gambling, yet took months to actually get their sports betting operations up and running. Hopefully, this is not what happens here in Michigan.

Ultimately, it will come down to how long it takes the Michigan Gaming Control Board to set specific regulations on the industry. Of course, there will be different rules for sports betting and online gambling in Michigan.

Once a set of gambling laws are established, lawmakers will need to choose which sports betting companies can operate in the state. Several of the biggest sports betting companies in the UK are now actively working to break into the US market.

Several lawmakers are pushing to have this industry available to the public before March Madness. If it does, the state will likely earn millions of dollars via revenue from the bets placed on the popular NCAA tournament.

Online gambling in Michigan is finally here. If you’re a gambling fan in the state, things just became a lot easier.

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

Future Plans for Circus Circus Are Beginning to Emerge

For the past few months, MGM Resorts International has been focused on selling some of its major Las Vegas properties. One of the venues recently sold was Circus Circus. This week, new plans for Circus Circus were officially revealed to the public.

Circus Circus Hotel-Resort

This isn’t one of the most popular venues in Las Vegas. In recent years, it’s struggled to bring in guests. Today, we’re going to talk about why the property was sold, and what is planned for its future.

Let’s get into it!

Circus Circus Sale Has Been Officially Approved

Circus Circus, located in the northern area of the Las Vegas Strip, is considered by many to be the worst hotel-casino in the city. It opened its doors back in 1968 and has gone through little renovations over the years. MGM Resorts International took control over the property years ago, yet many felt it would eventually be sold.

These predictions turned out to be correct. In November, news broke that MGM Resorts was officially selling Circus Circus. Phil Ruffin agreed to purchase the property for $825 million.

The same month, MGM decided to sell the Bellagio, as well. The Blackstone Group acquired the property for an astounding $4.2 billion. It’s the largest casino-resort sale in the history of Las Vegas. MGM Resorts International will continue to operate the venue and lease it back for $245 million per year.

This week, Nevada’s Gaming Commission officially approved Phil Ruffin’s purchase of this hotel-casino. Tony Alamo, chairman of the commission, is excited to see what Ruffin has in store.

“The property’s tired and kind of needs a new look,” he said. “I’m very excited that you’re going to bring it back to where it was and beyond.”

Ruffin claims he’s fully committed to Las Vegas. He now owns several major properties in this city. Hopefully, he manages to bring new life into Circus Circus.

Plans for Circus Circus Begin to Surface

It’s clear that something needs to change for this property. It’s one of the worst-performing venues in the city. Not many gamblers frequent Circus Circus anymore and fewer people are staying in the hotel every year.

Phil Ruffin is hoping to change this. Today, plans for Circus Circus were officially revealed to the public. Ruffin spoke with regulators and claims he has ideas to significantly improve the hotel-casino for guests.

Ruffin claims he’s interested in adding a massive pool complex to the hotel. It will feature a wave machine, sand machine, and a lazy river water ride.

According to the casino mogul, a brand new 2,000 seat theater will also be constructed here. The casino will undergo a massive renovation and a new sports betting operator will be brought in, too.

These future plans for Circus Circus are extremely exciting. If all goes according to plan, this hotel-casino experience a revival.

The Opening Of Resorts World May Help Circus Circus

The northern area of the Las Vegas Strip has struggled over the years. Not many popular venues are located here. The long-distance from popular venues such as the Cosmopolitan and The Bellagio also make this area somewhat unpopular.

In 2021, Resorts World will officially open in the north area of the Strip. It’s costing more than $4 billion to construct. Based on everything that’s being said, it will be the most impressive casino-resort ever made in Las Vegas.

Once this property opens to the public, the northern area of Las Vegas will improve dramatically. It’s likely to become one of the most popular hotels in the city. Some analysts believe that the opening of this property will help to improve Circus Circus, as well.

Visitors to the city may want to stay in Circus Circus for the cheaper prices while being close to Resorts World. In reality, the new casino-resort will improve this entire area of the city.

More plans for Circus Circus are likely to be revealed soon. Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few months!

There’s a New High-Limit Gaming Area at San Manuel Casino

California is home to a huge number of popular tribal casinos. One of the best is the San Manuel Casino, located in Highland. This week, a new high-limit gaming area opened up inside this popular gambling venue. Hundred Dollar Bills

This property has been working to expand its facilities. The opening of the new high-roller gaming area is extremely exciting for the high rollers here. Let’s take a quick look at what exactly this new area has to offer.

San Manuel Casino Continues to Attract Gamblers

As we just mentioned, California is home to a massive number of Native American-run casinos. They’re spread around the state and help to generate millions of dollars to California’s government. The San Manuel Casino is one of the most popular.

It’s located about 60 minutes outside of Los Angeles. The San Manuel Band of Serrano Indians runs the gambling venue, which is open to guests 24/7. Not long ago, it was voted the best buffet, steakhouse, and casino in the state.

There’s a lot to love about the San Manuel Casino. More than 4,300 slot machines are available here and just about every traditional table game. Since it’s opening in 1986, more than $2 billion has been paid out to players here.

Some detractors of this venue claim it doesn’t cater to high-rollers the same way that casinos in Las Vegas do. The owners heard this complaint and immediately began working to make a change. This week, a brand new high-limit gaming area opened up at San Manuel Casino.

Here’s what we know about this new area.

What Does the High-Limit Gaming Area Have to Offer?

The San Manuel Casino is currently under a massive $550 million expansion. Part of this expansion project was adding a new high-end area to the casino. This plan is now complete and visitors have reason to get excited.

Today, the owners of this casino announced the opening of a brand new high-limit gambling area. Both high-limit tables and high-limit slot machines are available here. A new restaurant, called the Hong Bao Kitchen, has also opened here.

Peter Arceo, General Manager of the San Manuel Casino, commented on the opening of this new high-end gambling area to the media this week.

“At San Manuel Casino, we always strive to give our guests new and exciting options, which led us to open the new high limit space and Hong Bao Kitchen,” he said. “Providing these unique and luxury entertainment options is just the latest way to offer our guests a best-in-class experience and sets us apart as one of Southern California’s top entertainment destinations.”

More than 200 high-limit slots are available here. Some have denominations up to $1,000. Some of the highest table games in California are now being offered here, too.

“Our newest gaming space brings our highest table limits yet – $25,000 – making San Manuel Casino one of the best high limit experiences in the country,” Arceo said. 

If you’re looking to make some major bets, San Manuel Casino might be the venue for you. Check it out if you’re in the Southern California area!

California Lawmakers Are Still Working to Legalize Sports Betting

Back in May of 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA. This gives every state in the country the ability to legalize sports betting. More than 20 states have already legalized this industry and many more are currently working to do so.

Certain lawmakers in California have been working hard to officially legalize this industry. Unfortunately, they’re facing serious opposition by many of the Native American tribes in the state.

Some of these tribes believe that the legalization of sports betting will take away from their revenue. Lawmakers are working to come up with a plan to make all parties happy.

Most believe that sports betting will become legal in California in the next year or two. Once it does, California will likely become the largest sports gambling market in the country.

At the moment, gambling fans here are stuck with casino gambling. Stay tuned for more California casino news over the next few months!

CEO Matt Maddox Will Stay With Wynn Resorts Through 2022

Back in 2018, Steve Wynn officially stepped down as CEO of Wynn Resorts. Since that time, the company has been dealing with accusations of Wynn’s sexual misconduct. CEO Matt Maddox has been doing a great job running the company and will continue his leadership role for the next couple of years.

Matt Maddox

Company officials are happy with the direction that Maddox is taking Wynn Resorts. He’s been able to facilitate some major deals as CEO. Today, we’re going to look at what Maddox has done for the company. We’ll also talk about some of Wynn’s plans for the future.

Let’s get into it!

Steve Wynn is Still Having an Impact on Wynn Resorts

For the past few decades, Steve Wynn was thought to be one of the most powerful men in the gambling industry. He served as CEO of Mirage Resorts from 1973 to 2000. In 2002, he officially founded Wynn Resorts and took over as CEO of that company, which he ran from 2002 to 2018.

Between that time, Wynn opened up several major casino-resorts all over the world. He expanded around Las Vegas. In 2010 and 2011, Wynn Resorts opened two major properties in Macau, as well. They are said to be some of the best casino-resorts in the territory.

Unfortunately, Steve Wynn is now involved in several sexual misconduct cases. Over the past few months, several women have come out with claims that Mr. Wynn abused his power. It was a PR disaster for Wynn Resorts, which immediately asked Wynn to step down from his position.

In February of 2018, Wynn officially left Wynn Resorts. A few months later, he sold his stock in the company. Since this time, he’s stayed out of the public spotlight.

His actions have taken a toll on Wynn Resorts. The company has been involved in various lawsuits over the past few months. Not long ago, the company won a lawsuit with Steve Wynn and he’s now ordered to pay the company $20 million.

CEO Matt Maddox now runs Wynn Resorts. This week, his leadership role was extended.

Wynn Resorts Extends Timeline for CEO Matt Maddox

Prior to Steve Wynn’s departure, there was a debate over who would take over as CEO. Eventually, the company chose Matt Maddox to take over. He’d served as president of the company since 2013 and was the most logical choice.

Most agree that CEO Matt Maddox is one of the best additions to the company in years. Since stepping into the new position, he oversaw the opening of the Encore Boston Harbor, helped to end a six-year lawsuit with Universal Entertainment, and made significant changes to the company’s board.

Initially, Maddox was expected to remain CEO until February of 2021. This week, the company decided to extend this timeline until December of 2022.

Harry Curtis, a gaming analyst with Instinet, spoke with the Las Vegas Review-Journal about why CEO Matt Maddox will retain his position for a little longer.

“If you look at what he had done to steady the ship, they have been the right decisions,” he said. “He has been a very good protector of the value embedded in the company.”

Maddox has to be happy with the news. Hopefully, he can continue to help improve the company over the next few years.

Wynn Resorts’ Stock Prices Surge This Week

Macau hasn’t been a profitable market for most US casino operators this year. Several factors have led to major revenue losses in this territory. A rise in competition around Asia and the China-US trade war has taken a toll on the number of gamblers here.

Today, many US casino operators run casino-resorts in Macau. For almost all of 2019, these companies have lost money in this territory.

This week, the People’s Bank of China, which is based in Mainland China, raised the remittance limit on individuals’ transfer of money from Macau to the Mainland. Essentially, this means that visitors from the Mainland are able to gamble more in the city.

This immediately had an impact on several companies’ stock prices. Wynn Resorts’ stock rose by 1% after the news broke. Las Vegas Sands saw an increase of 2%.

It’s fantastic news for the casino companies with operations in Macau. Perhaps CEO Matt Maddox will begin investing even more money into this territory.

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

Pansy Ho Continues to Sell Stock In MGM Resorts International

Very few individuals in the gambling industry hold as much power as Pansy Ho. The daughter of Stanley Ho now controls several major gambling companies and is worth an estimated $5.4 billion. This week, the casino mogul continued to sell stock in MGM Resorts International. Pansy Ho Picture

Ho has been selling stock in the company for weeks now. Today, we’re going to explain exactly why this is.

It’s All About Timing For Pansy Ho

As we’ve already mentioned, Pansy Ho remains one of the most powerful individuals in the gaming industry. She’s the managing director of several major companies including Shun Tak Holdings and Sociedade de Turismo e Diversoes de Macau. Ho holds stock in several major US casino companies and is one of the faces of Macau’s gambling industry.

Over the past few weeks, Ho has begun selling stock in MGM Resorts International. It began in late November when she sold 4.5 million shares for an astounding $140.2 million. This reduced her hold in the company from 3.13% to 2.26%.

It appears Ho wants even more money from the major US casino operator. This week, she sold an additional $78.9 million worth of stock in the company. Most analysts credit good timing for these recent sales.

At the moment, MGM Resorts International’s stock prices are surging. The company has been involved in several major Las Vegas hotel sales and is experiencing record revenue earnings.

Pansy Ho remains a majority shareholder in the company. With a few hundred million now in her bank account, it’s likely she’ll reinvest the money back into the gaming market.

MGM Resorts International May Continue Selling Property

MGM Resorts International remains one of the most powerful gambling companies in the world. It owns several of the biggest and most lucrative properties in Las Vegas. As we’ve already mentioned, the company has recently begun selling some of its venues on the Las Vegas Strip.

Both Circus Circus and The Bellagio have been sold. According to several reports, more of these property sales are likely to take place in the future.

Last year, Japan officially legalized casino gambling. The government has agreed to allow three casino-resorts to open in the country. Just about every major casino operator around the world is now attempting to break into this market.

This includes MGM Resorts International. It’s been working extremely hard to develop a presence in Japan. This includes sponsoring an MLB opening game that took place in Tokyo. MGM claims that it’s interested in opening a casino-resort in Osaka or Japan.

In order to pay for a casino-resort in this country, MGM is choosing to sell some of its biggest properties. Interestingly, MGM continues to control The Bellagio. It’s leasing the hotel-casino back from the Blackstone Group for $245 million per year.

Despite Backlash, Pansy Ho Continues to Support Beijing

For months, Hong Kong has been the site of massive protests. Hundreds of thousands of individuals here have been pushing against the government for its new laws towards Mainland China. There is now a serious dispute with those backing Hong Kong’s sovereignty and those described as “pro-Beijing.”

Pansy Ho is one of Hong Kong’s richest individuals. With that in mind, it’s not a huge surprise to see her support Beijing in the ongoing dispute. She recently spoke about the situation during a UN Human Rights Council.

“By speaking out here at the council, I am aggressively chastised by these self-proclaimed freedom fighters who hide behind face masks and anonymous accounts online,” Ho said. “Vicious threats and provocative remarks have been used to incite harassment and defame me, my family and my businesses in an attempt to silence me in presenting a different perspective of the truth.” 

Ho also claims that many of the younger individuals in Hong Kong are being “indoctrinated” with “police hatred.”

Pansy Ho has several major connections with Mainland China. Historically speaking, it doesn’t turn out well for powerful individuals in her position to take any kind of negative stance against the Mainland government.

We’ll need to wait and see whether or not Ho continues to sell stock in MGM Resorts International. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks!

Genting Appoints Bob DeSalvio to Lead Resorts World in New York

The Genting Group, which owns and operates Resorts World, is having an extremely busy year. The company is currently working to open a massive new casino-resort in Las Vegas. This week, the company appointed Bob DeSalvio to officially lead Resorts World in New York. Bob DeSalvio

It’s exciting news for the company and its properties throughout New York. DeSalvio has decades of experience in the gaming industry. Let’s look at what Genting has planned for 2020.

Resorts World Catskills is Officially Sold

Genting Group owns and operates several major casino-resorts all over the world. Recently, the company has worked to break into New York. Genting purchased Resorts World Catskills recently and is already working to improve the property.

It isn’t the first New York casino-resort that Genting purchased. The company already owned the Resorts World Casino in Queens. Eventually, it was decided that purchasing a majority of stock in Resorts World Catskills would help to improve both venues.

It was an easy decision for Empire Resorts, the former owners of this casino-resort. Resorts World Catskills has faced bankruptcy for years. Genting Group’s purchase of the venue solved all of the company’s issues.

“We’re in a unique position where we can assist with the management of Resorts World Catskills through our Resorts World New York property at a low cost,” said Ed Farrell, President of Genting Americas. “We can bring synergies to both projects and by just operating at a higher scale, we’re going to be able to put the cost structure in a way that Resorts World Catskills can turn to black and we can make money going forward.”

Genting is clearly invested in New York. This week, the company revealed a new leader to oversee the New York operations.

Bob DeSalvio is the New Head of Resorts World in New York

It was expected that Genting would appoint someone with real experience to take over Resorts World in New York. There are now two of these properties operating, both of which have struggled to generate revenue over the past few years. An experienced leader to oversee the operations in this state could bring a major change.

That’s exactly what’s happening here.

Genting Group has appointed Bob DeSalvio to lead Resorts World in New York. He has more than 40 years in the gaming industry, including a stint as president of Encore Boston Harbor. Lim Kok Thay, board executive and Chairman of Genting Group, commented on why the company is bringing DeSalvio in.

“Bob DeSalvio has a proven track record creating and implementing successful marketing and growth strategies in the gaming and hospitality industries,” he said. “Bob’s operational expertise combined with his unique ability to recognise industry trends and adapt to fast-evolving consumer demands will help accelerate growth at Resorts World Catskills and Resorts World Casino New York City.”

It’s exciting news for gambling fans around the state. With Genting Group now investing in New York, the casino industry is set to improve dramatically.

Meanwhile, the company continues to construct the incredible Resorts World Las Vegas.

Resorts World Las Vegas Still Set to Open in 2021

Genting Group continues to work on Resorts World in Las Vegas. At the same time, it’s working hard to open Resorts World Las Vegas. This has been an extremely long project for the company due to several delays and lawsuits.

Construction is underway on this project, which is scheduled to open in 2021. It will feature more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space and more than 3,500 rooms for guests. It’s expected to cost $4.3 billion to construct, making it the most expensive development in Las Vegas history.

Recently, several new details about this casino-resort came out. We now know that it will feature a 5,000 square-foot theater and massive convention space. Previously, it was thought that the casino would have a unique Asian theme. Now, it’s being said that that this is no longer the case.

When it finally opens, Resorts World Las Vegas is expected to be one of the most amazing hotel-casinos in the city. Both tourists and residents can hardly wait until it opens!

Bob DeSalvio is expected to be a major asset leading Resorts World in New York. Stay tuned for more New York casino news over the next few months!

What’s Happening in Vegas? December 15th – 21st

There’s always something exciting happening in Las Vegas. More entertainment options are available in this city than anywhere else in the world. Here’s a quick look at what happens in Las Vegas over the next few days.

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Sunday: December 15th

Ariana Grande

On Sunday, one of pop music’s true superstars continues her Sweetener Tour in Las Vegas. She’s been selling out venues all over the country and looks to do the same at the Grand Garden Arena inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. She’ll be performing many of her most popular songs including 7 Rings, Thank U Next, and more.

Grande is a hugely popular artist and now may be the best time to see her perform live. Tickets are still available and can be purchased starting around $80.

Monday: December 16th

John Caparulo

The comedy never stops in Las Vegas! On Monday, the highly-touted John Caparulo will perform his set inside the House Of Tape venue at Harrah’s. He’s worked as an opener for legendary comedians such as Larry the Cable Guy, Caparulo is beginning to emerge as a main act himself.

Everyone should see a world-class comedian perform at some point in their life. Those in Vegas on Monday have the opportunity to see one of the best in John Caparulo. Tickets are still available for just $110.

Tuesday: December 17th

Cosmopolitan Ice Rink

Nothing screams, “it’s the holidays!” quite like ice skating. On Tuesday, the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino unveils their massive public ice skating rink and both tourists and locals are getting excited. It’s open all day and offers some incredible views of the Las Vegas Strip.

The 4,000 square-foot rink is one of the best that Vegas has to offer. Visitors can even purchase two big mugs of hot chocolate for just $13 each. Those near the Cosmopolitan need to check this out!

Friday: December 20th

Nightmare Before Beer Festival

The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the most celebrated animated films of all time. On Friday at 6:30 pm, Downtown Las Vegas plays host to a fun twist on the movie with the Nightmare Before Beer Festival. It combines dozens of incredible seasonal beers with live music for the ultimate pre-holiday party.

The decorations alone are enough to make this even worth checking out. Tickets are still available, starting at just $39.

Saturday: December 21st

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

College Bowl season is finally kicking off! On Saturday, the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl takes place inside the Sam Boyd Stadium. It’s expected to be a highly competitive game, with Boise State taking on the Washington Huskies.

Many football fans believe college games are better than the NFL. If you’re just getting into football and you happen to be in Vegas, feel free to check the game out! You can book your seat starting at under $50.

Christmas is just around the corner and Las Vegas is prettier now than ever. Enjoy your stay in one of the many amazing Las Vegas hotels and feel free to check out the events listed above!

Aria Hotel & Casino Approaches Its 10-Year Anniversary

The Aria Hotel & Casino is one of the most popular venues on the Las Vegas Strip. Thousands of visitors to the city check in to this hotel every single week. Soon, Aria will celebrate its 10-year anniversary.

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Fans of this property are excited to see what its owners have in store. Today, we’re going to look at the history of Aria. We’ll also talk about some of the changes that are coming here.

Let’s get into it!

History of Aria in Las Vegas

Back in 2006, officials within MGM Resorts International began looking to open a new major casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Eventually, these officials agreed to open CityCenter, a massive new project that would feature a major shopping center and brand new hotel. Dubai World, a major investment firm, put $2.7 billion into the project.

MGM and Dubai World came up with design plans for Aria Hotel & Casino. It was one of the most ambitious projects in the city’s history.

The Great Recession had an impact on the development of this project. For a time, it seemed like the plans would be scrapped. Finally, construction on Aria began. It eventually opened to the public in December of 2009.

Aria remains one of the best venues on the Las Vegas Strip. It features more than 150,000 square-feet of gaming space, more than 4,000 rooms, and an 182,000 square-foot pool deck. This casino-resort is home to some world-class restaurants and bars, as well.

The 10-year anniversary of this venue is just around the corner. It’s a major accomplishment for one of the city’s most beloved hotel-casinos.

Aria Hotel & Casino is Ready to Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary

It wasn’t easy to open Aria. The construction of this property and the CityCenter project cost $9.2 billion and nearly led to MGM’s bankruptcy. Steve Zanella, president and CEO of Aria, commented on the resort’s history to the media this week.

“It’s a beautiful property. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years,” he said. “You’d have people buying up and going to places they wouldn’t be able to go before the recession. You still had the visitation, it’s just what people were interested in buying (that changed). Instead of having that extra appetizer, that extra cocktail or going to the club, it’s like, ‘OK, I still want to have the getaway, but I’m just going to pull back on my budget.” 

Zanella believes Aria represented a major change for the city. Instead of properties such as Excalibur and Luxor, it had no real theme. Before long, several similar properties began opening up in this city.

The hotel-casino’s president also claims that things are running smoothly right now. In 2018, it reported revenue earnings of $138 million, five million more than the year before.

Unfortunately, Aria Hotel & Casino doesn’t have any major plans for its 10-year anniversary.

Aria Continues to Expand Its Poker Room

Not long after Aria opened up, it became one of the hottest new venues for poker fans. It’s “given people a secondary option,” claimed professional poker player Daniel Negreanu. Over the years, many different poker rooms have been forced to close down in Las Vegas.

Aria’s however, has expanded over the years.

It’s grown to become the city’s most popular venue to play poker. Many praise the fantastic food and service. Aria Hotel & Casino even allows players to order food while in the middle of a game.

Andrew Neeme, a professional poker player who spends much of his time inside Aria, commented on the property to the media.

“A lot of times a poker room will be an afterthought in the design of a casino,” Neeme said. “It’s often viewed as more of an amenity rather than a feature of a property. You can tell that the poker room at the Aria was carefully considered, from its location and design, to its staffing, and overall concept that this is designed to be a top tier poker experience.”

It’s things like this that have helped Aria become so successful. If you’re in Las Vegas, make sure to check it out for yourself.

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

Treasure Island Officially Becomes a Radisson Hotel

Back in December of 2018, MGM Resorts International sold Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to Phil Ruffin. He’s continued to operate this popular venue ever since. In July, it was reported that this property would officially join the Radisson Group. This week, the popular Las Vegas hotel-casino has officially become a Radisson Hotel.Treasure Island Hotel & Casino

It’s great news for members of the Radisson Rewards. Some are unclear of exactly what this news means, though. Here’s what we know about this situation.

History of Treasure Island Hotel & Casino

Anyone familiar with Las Vegas has probably heard of Treasure Island. It’s one of the most popular venues in the city. It first opened to the public in 1993 and grew famous for its unique outdoor show.

This venue has a large, 95,000 square-foot gambling space. The casino offers just about every type of game imaginable including a high-limit slots area and poker space.

The hotel is hugely popular, as well. It received the AAA Four Diamond award every year from 1993 to 2013. There are more than 2,800 rooms, including 220 suites. Its location near the northern area of the Strip isn’t necessarily ideal, yet it still draws in a huge number of visitors every year.

Treasure Island Hotel & Casino has gone through several renovations over the years. The first came in 2003 when its owners paid more than $65 million to include the hotel’s rooms.

The Sirens Of Ti show was hugely popular with visitors to the city. It was free and took place every day. In 2013, the last show was held here in order to make room for a new multi-level shopping complex.

Ownership of this venue has changed hands several times over the years. This week, it officially joined the Radisson Group.

Treasure Island Becomes Radisson Hotel

Radisson Group is one of the largest hospitality companies in the world. It has locations in more than 115 countries and has a hugely popular rewards program. This program, called Radisson Rewards, offers unique benefits for guests staying in different locations.

This week, Treasure Island joined the Radisson Group. Members of Radisson Rewards can soon earn valuable points by staying at this venue. It’s the first hotel-casino that Radisson Hospitality controls on the Las Vegas Strip.

This news is likely to help draw in many new visitors. Travelers for business, in particular, are beginning to flock to this venue. It’s home to a massive 30,500 square-foot convention center that can hold up to 1,200 attendees.

Phil Ruffin, the owner of this venue, believes that the move to the Radisson Group will help reach a wider audience, as well. The room renovations that are expected to be completed next year will help things, as well. Ruffin also has big plans for his newest Las Vegas Strip purchase.

Phil Ruffin Speaks About Plans for Circus Circus

Circus Circus is a well-known Las Vegas property, yet it’s gained a reputation amongst guests as one of the city’s worst. It’s location, amenities, and overall atmosphere leaves much to be desired. MGM Resorts International owned this property for years, yet recently decided it was time to sell.

MGM officials began looking for buyers. Before long, the company struck a deal with Phil Ruffin. On October 23rd, Ruffin purchased the venue for $825 million.

It was unclear exactly what Ruffin planned to do with this venue. This week, he spoke to the media about his plans for this venue. According to the casino mogul, he plans to bring some exciting new shows here.

“We have a long-term relationship with Cirque du Soleil, we have the ‘Mystere’ show at Treasure Island, a very successful show,” Ruffin told board members. “We have a commitment from the president of Cirque du Soleil to put a show in Circus Circus and so we’ve had meetings on that. I firmly believe that a Strip property has to have a permanent show and that’s the deal struck.”

Many feel this is a good idea. Shows are known to help increase the number of guests to the casino. We’ll need to wait and see which show comes to Circus Circus.

Treasure Island is joining the Radisson Group. Stay tuned for more news on Las Vegas casinos over the next few months!

Derek Stevens Gives Update on Circa Resort & Casino

Some locals and visitors to Las Vegas claim the downtown area is where the city really comes to life. Others feel it’s the shadier, less attractive part of the city compared to the Strip. Several companies have been working to make downtown LV just as exciting as the area on South Las Vegas Boulevard. This week, Derek Stevens gave an update on Circa Resort & Casino.Circa Resort & Casino

This new property is one of the biggest and most impressive ever built downtown. It’s expected to draw in a huge number of tourists once it’s finally opened. Here’s what we’ve just learned about this massive casino-resort.

Construction Continues on Downtown LV’s Circa

Downtown Las Vegas is home to many popular casinos. In fact, this is where the real Las Vegas was born. Some historic gambling venues are located here, such as the Golden Nugget, which first opened to the public in 1946.

Unfortunately, some still have an unfavorable opinion about the downtown area. Most of the venues are smaller and less visually appealing than the biggest hotel-casinos on the Strip. Gambling revenue in this area is also significantly less than what it is on the Strip.

Some see an opportunity here. Derek and Greg Stevens currently own several hotel-casinos in the downtown area. In 2015, these brothers purchased the Las Vegas Club. A year later, they bought the Mermaid Club, both located downtown. In 2019, the pair announced they were constructing Circa Resort & Casino.

Construction on this property officially began in April of 2019. In June, reports showed there were more than 600 construction workers on the project. It’s likely the most ambitious casino-resort ever built in downtown LV.

As of now, this property is slated to open in December of 2020. Its owners believe that Circa will completely change the way downtown Vegas is thought about.

Derek Stevens Offers Update On Circa Resort & Casino

As we just mentioned, Derek and his brother Greg Stevens own several major properties in downtown Las Vegas. This includes the D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate. Both men believe that Circa will be their crowning achievement.

This week, Derek Stevens spoke with the media and offered a major update on Circa Resort & Casino. Based on what he’s saying, this is going to be a truly incredible venue.

One of the most interesting things that Stevens revealed was that the casino-resorts’ pools will be open 24 hours a day.

“These pools are going to be heated in a way similar to what you would have in Vail or Aspen (Colorado), you have an outdoor pool product in the middle of the winter, so we’re going to be using these pools year-round,” Stevens said. 

It’s an impressive piece of news, especially considering there will be six different pools located on the resort’s roof. Stevens also commented on the “Garage Mahal,” a massive nine-story parking garage for guests.

“It’s the very first fully integrated ride-share hub designed into a new hotel-casino resort,” Stevens said. “The whole first floor of Garage Mahal is the ride-sharing area. It’s going to be very important for Uber, Lyft and everybody else who comes in after them.”

It’s always fun to receive an update on Circa Resort & Casino. Soon, we’ll begin to get a glimpse of what the inside of this new venue will look like.

Las Vegas Gambling Revenue Fluctuates in 2019

Las Vegas is having an interesting year. At first, competition from Atlantic City seemed to be taking a toll here. Over the past several months, however, things have been improving considerably. 2019’s third-quarter brought a major increase in gambling revenue in Las Vegas.

Several of the biggest casino operators here, including Caesars Entertainment, saw their revenue earnings increase significantly between July and September. Caesars’ experienced a revenue increase of 2.3% during this time period.

The majority of money still comes from the Las Vegas Strip. Downtown Las Vegas is beginning to generate more money in recent months. With the addition of Circa, this area of the city may soon begin competing with the Strip.

Derek Stevens has just given a major update on Circa Resort & Casino. More information on this gambling venue will come out over the next few months.

Make sure to stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few months!

What’s Happening in Vegas? December 8th-14th

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There’s always something exciting happening in Las Vegas. More entertainment options are available in this city than anywhere else in the world.

Here’s a quick look at what’s happening in Las Vegas over the next few days:

Sunday: December 8th

Golden Knights vs. Rangers

At 4 pm on Sunday, the Las Vegas Golden Knights take on the New York Rangers in a very important West vs. Eastern Conference matchup. Both teams have very similar records and are both hoping to secure enough victories to make the playoffs. It should be a highly competitive game.

The two teams will play inside the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, not far from the New York New York Hotel & Casino. Tickets can be purchased for around $108. If you’re an NHL fan, this is a game that you’ll want to be in attendance for!

Tuesday: December 10th

Terry Bradshaw Live

One of the NFL’s most decorated players and analysts has recently taken a new and exciting career path. Terry Bradshaw is now performing live in front of audiences with hilarious stories and comedy routines. This Tuesday, the former quarterback is taking his show to the Luxor Hotel & Casino.

This is a different move for Bradshaw, yet one that he appears to be excelling in. The event officially kicks off at 8 pm. Tickets are still available with prices starting at around $77.

Wednesday: December 11th

Modest Mouse

One of the most beloved rock bands in the US is set to perform another show in Vegas this week. Modest Mouse is heading back to the Brooklyn Bowl, located by the Linq Hotel & Casino. The band that produced hit singles such as “Float On” and “The World at Large” is starting their show at 7 pm.

Modest Mouse has been putting out critically acclaimed songs for the past two decades and is showing no signs of slowing down. Those wishing to see them perform live in Las Vegas can still be purchased tickets starting at just under $60.

Friday: December 13th

Ron White

One of Comedy’s living legends is taking his act to The Mirage this week! Ron White, a former member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, has been a professional comedian since the 1980s. He’s known for this laid-back style that includes having a cigar and glass a scotch while performing.

Hardcore comedy fans will tell you that White is one of the best out there. There’s a good reason why so many world-class comics hold him in such high regard. You can check out his latest routine on Friday for just $76.

Steve Aoki

One of EDM’s top musicians will once again be performing live at Omnia Nightclub in Las Vegas, Nevada this week. Steve Aoki has already accomplished almost everything you can in the music world. Now, it appears, he’s putting on shows just for the love of his craft.

Keep your eyes open during the show! The iconic musician is known to throw pies into the crowd during his performances. Tickets to see the iconic musician perform live are now available, starting at around $30.

December is a fantastic time to visit Sin City. Decorations in Las Vegas are starting to appear everywhere. If you’re in the city this week, make sure to check out some of the events listed above!

More Details About Resorts World Las Vegas Are Coming Out

Since 2015, construction has been underway on a massive new casino-resort in the northern area of the Las Vegas Strip. This new venue is expected to be incredible. Scott Sibella, President of this new property, has just revealed some exciting new details about Resorts World Las Vegas.Resorts World Las Vegas

Billions of dollars are being invested in Resorts World. It’s owned by Genting Group, who are working to make it one of the most impressive gambling establishments in Vegas. Let’s look at some of the new reveals we’re hearing about this property.

It’s Been a Long Road to Construct Resorts World

Opening a major gambling venue on the Las Vegas Strip is obviously not easy. There are a plethora of hurdles that need to be overcome in order to construct anything here. The money it costs alone to open a casino-resort is enough to put more casino companies out of business.

Resorts World Las Vegas has been a work in progress for nearly a decade. In 2012, negotiations began for Genting Group to purchase the land on the Strip where the casino would be constructed. In December of 2013, plans for this venue were being finalized and it was estimated to cost $4 billion to finish.

Unfortunately, several delays would soon hit this venue. Throughout 2014, officials working on the property were focused on redesign work. Some company heads also left and new ones were brought in.

Finally, groundbreaking on the venue began in 2015. For the next few years, the massive venue has been under construction. It will now feature 110,000 square-feet of gaming space, a 220,000 square-foot swimming pool, and a 27,000 square-foot spa.

For many years, officials within Genting Group kept most of the updates on this venue under wraps. This week, several new details about Resorts World Las Vegas were revealed.

Scott Sibella Offers New Details About Resorts World Las Vegas

Right now, construction is underway on Resorts World. If all goes according to plan, this exciting new venue will open to the public in 2021. Scott Sibella, President of Resorts World, claims that it will be unlike any other property in the city.

Sibella offered some clarity on why the opening date was pushed back. Initially, it was expected to open in December of 2020. Recently, the opening date was pushed back to the Summer of 2021.

“The timeline did change a little as we were originally looking to open in December of 2020. We added some scope since I’ve been here, including a 5,000-seat theater and some additional convention space. We felt it was important to have everything 100% completed when we do open,” he said. 

Scott Sibella was also asked about some of the rumors that have been circulating about this property. As we’ve already stated, he believes it will be one of the most unique gambling venues in the entire city.

“I think what I’d want to get across is that this will be a property like nobody’s ever seen in Las Vegas. It’s going to be designed and operated with service in mind, like the good old days of Las Vegas,” he said.  “This is a family-owned company that cares about its customers and employees. The rumors about us not opening or about when we’re going to open, that’s past now. We’re very comfortable now that we’re going to open during the summer of 2021.”

It’s exciting to hear the new details about Resorts World Las Vegas. Hopefully, the casino-resort is as great as the owners believe it will be.

More Venues Set to Open in Las Vegas

The best casino-resorts in the US can be found in Las Vegas. Recently, several major companies have begun working to open new gambling venues in this city. One is the new Virgin Hotel, which will open where the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino once sat.

The Hard Rock was sold the Virgin Hotels in March of 2018. It’s Virgin’s first major gambling venue. The company has hired several experts in hotel-casino design and want this property to be one of the best located off the Strip. It will open in 2020.

The MSG Sphere is another exciting venue that’s opening in Las Vegas. This isn’t a hotel-casino. Instead, it’s a massive entertainment venue that will host many of the world’s best musicians and performers. It’s expected to open in 2021.

Over the next few months, more details about Resorts World Las Vegas are likely to come out. Soon, we may even start seeing pictures of the resort’s interior.

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

US Casino Ads on Google Are Being Allowed in Four States

The United States is truly beginning to embrace the online gambling industry. US casino ads on Google will soon be allowed in four different states. It’s the first time that Google has changed its stance towards internet gambling.

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This is fantastic news for online casino operators in the country. Soon, it’s likely that almost every state will begin allowing some form of online gambling. Let’s look at why Google has recently taken this approach.

More States Begin to Legalize Online Casino Gambling

US laws towards online gambling are a little unusual. Essentially, the government allows states to set their own regulations on the industry. For a time, laws were set in place that banned and forms of online gambling that crossed state lines.

Throughout the 1990s, online gambling was a booming industry in the United States. Eventually, lawmakers here made it illegal for any online gambling companies to base their operations in the US. The government also determined that the Wire Act applied to online casinos.

Internet gambling seemed dead here. Eventually, several fantastic casino websites based in other countries began operating here. The popularity of online gambling once again began to surge.

In recent months, several states have changed their laws to make online casino gambling fully legal. Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey all have legal internet casino options up and running. Nevada allows online poker.

Google recognizes that this industry is becoming more mainstream. With several states already on board with legalization and many more also interested in doing so, US casino ads on Google are finally starting to be allowed.

US Casino Ads on Google Will Be Allowed in Four States

Google is finally warming up to the online gambling industry. The massive search engine revealed that its set to allow internet casino advertisements in four different states. For now, these ads are only being permitted in the states that have legalized interstate gambling.

US casino ads in Google will be allowed in the four states we listed above. Licensed online casino operators here have the ability to market their services using Google Ads, Google Display Network, YouTube, and AdMob.

In June, Google began the process of allowing online sports betting advertisements. The search started to allow sports betting ads to appear in New Jersey, West Virginia, and Nevada. In October, Google began allowing these ads in Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

These ads are proving to be a success. Many of the top online sportsbooks in the aforementioned states are paying money to promote their services online. Google is earning millions of dollars a month through these paid ads.

Why Is Google Allowing These Casino Ads?

For many years, Google took a hardline stance against the online gambling industry. This was likely to appease lawmakers who wanted to ban online gambling. Now that this industry is becoming more accepted around the country, Google recognizes the opportunity to earn money from its advertisements.

Google now dominates the online gambling ad market. In 2018, the company generated $116.32 billion in revenue from its advertisements.

The addition of gambling advertisements will certainly help to bring in even more money. As more states begin to legalize online casino gambling, Google will earn more revenue from this industry.

US casino ads on Google will soon be allowed. Stay tuned for updates on this situation over the next few months!

Caesar Entertainment’s Sale of the LV Rio Hotel Casino is Complete

In September, Caesars Entertainment announced it was selling the LV Rio Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Obviously, a deal of this magnitude takes months to complete. This week, the Rio’s sale was officially completed.

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This company is looking to earn as much money as possible right now. It’s set to merge with Eldorado Resorts in 2020. Here’s what the Rio sale means for Caesars moving forward.

Caesars Entertainment Posts Solid Q3 Revenue Figures

Caesars Entertainment is having an interesting year. In March, news surfaced that the company was in talks to merge with Eldorado Resorts. In June, the company officially accepted Eldorado’s offer to be acquired for an astounding $17.3 billion.

This deal is taking quite a while to complete. Before the companies can merge, they both need approval from various gambling commissions around the country. This is taking much longer than initially expected.

Fortunately, Caesars is continuing to perform well this year. New reports indicate that the company generated serious revenue earnings in 2019’s third-quarter. From July to September, It generated $2.24 billion.

Despite an operating and net loss, Caesars Entertainment still managed to see a profit gain of $110 million. The majority of this money came from Las Vegas. Revenue from the city increased by 7% last quarter to $973 million.

One way that Caesars is generating revenue is from selling property. Earlier this year, the company announced it was putting the LV Rio Hotel Casino up for sale. This week, the sale was finally completed.

Caesars Entertainment Completes Sale of LV Rio Hotel Casino

Property sales are becoming a common trend in Las Vegas. Several of the biggest casino operators in the city are beginning to sell some of their most valuable venues. MGM Resorts International, for example, recently sold both Circus Circus and The Bellagio.

In September, Caesars announced that it was selling the LV Rio Hotel Casino. The company claimed it was being purchased for $516.3 million. This week, the sale of this hotel-casino was finally wrapped up.

According to an official press release, the venue has been purchased by Dreamscape Companies, owned by Eric Birnbaum. Under the terms of this agreement, Caesars will continue to operate the LV Rio Hotel Casino for the next two years and will pay an annual rent of $45 million.

For now, the Rio will stay under the Caesars Rewards program. This may end once the company’s lease expires. The 2020 World Series of Poker will also continue to be held here during this time.

The completion of this sale comes at a great time for Caesars Entertainment. Hopefully, it helps to speed up the merger with Eldorado Resorts.

Missouri Approves Eldorado Resorts-Caesars Entertainment Merger

The merger between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment is the biggest ever made between two casino companies. Unsurprisingly, this deal is taking months to complete. Before the companies can officially join together, they need approval from the 17 gambling commissions that they both operate here.

This week, members of Missouri’s gambling commission officially gave their approval for the merger. Both Caesars and Eldorado Resorts operate gambling venues here.

More states are likely to give their approval of the deal soon, as well. Tom Reeg, CEO of Eldorado Resorts, feels confident that the merger will be completed during 2020’s first half.

The LV Rio Hotel Casino has officially been sold. Caesars is likely to put more of its Las Vegas venues up for sale in the next few months.

Stay tuned for more updates on the situation over the next few months!

Missouri Approved the Eldorado-Caesars Merger

Back in June, Eldorado Resorts announced it was paying more than $17 billion to acquire Caesars Entertainment. Before this deal could be finalized, however, the two companies need approval from several state gambling commissions. This week, Missouri approved the Eldorado-Caesars merger.Stamp Of Approval

It’s a huge step in finally getting this deal finished. Of course, the companies still need approval from several other commissions. Let’s look at what led to Missouri’s official approval.

Officials Continue Working to Get Eldorado-Caesars Merger Done

Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment are two of the biggest casino companies in the world. Both currently operate gambling venues around the world. Since June, officials within both companies have been working to get their merger complete.

Eldorado has paid an astounding $17.3 billion to acquire Caesars and its venues. It’s the largest deal ever made between two gambling operators. For obvious reasons, Eldorado Resorts is looking at ways to make some of this money back.

One way to accomplish this goal is through property sales. In July, the company announced it was selling two of its major properties. In the future, many more of these sales will begin taking place.

Eldorado already has plans to sell some of Caesars’ properties in Las Vegas. This is becoming more common nowadays, with MGM recently selling two of its biggest Las Vegas venues over the past few months.

It’s been a long, difficult road for these companies to complete this merge. Approval is still needed around the country. Fortunately, one state has just finally given the green light for the deal to go through.

Missouri Lawmakers Approve Merger This Week

Both Eldorado and Caesars need approval from all 17 states that they operate in. This is a crucial and difficult process in getting the Eldorado-Caesars merger completed. On Wednesday, members of Missouri’s gambling regulatory body announced they were accepting the terms of the merger.

Caesars Entertainment currently operates one property in Missouri, called Harrah’s North Kansas City. Eldorado Resorts runs four different venues here. Isle of Capri Casino Boonville, Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, Lady Luck Casino Caruthersville and Isle of Capri Casino Kansas City are all run by the major casino company.

Interestingly, Eldorado plans to put three of these venues up for sale. It’s clear the company is hoping to make as much money from its real estate as possible.

Eldorado Resorts CEO Tom Reeg recently commented on the timetable for the merger’s completion to the media.

“We’re still targeting a first half of 2020 closing date,” Reeg told investors during a third-quarter earnings call in November. “If I were to place a bet today, I’d be betting on a first-quarter close versus a second-quarter close. But we’re going through regulatory and antitrust in real time.”

It’s an exciting time for these companies. Hopefully, Missouri’s approval of the Eldorado-Caesars merger helps push other states to do the same.

Are More Las Vegas Property Sales on the Horizon?

As we’ve already mentioned, hotel-casino sales seem to be the new fad taking place in Las Vegas. In 2019 alone, some of the city’s biggest and most popular venues have changed ownership. One that many expected was the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s sale to Virgin Hotels.

Virgin Hotels is still extremely new and has limited experience in the casino industry. Officials in the company are working with professionals to deliver the best possible product. Based on what we know about this venue, it’s going to be fantastic.

MGM Resorts International is also focused on selling some of its venues. Not long ago, it sold Circus Circus to Phil Ruffin. That same month, it sold The Bellagio for more than $4 billion. It will now lease the property back from The Blackstone Group.

Several other companies including Wynn Resorts and Las Vegas Sands also claim that Las Vegas property sales are a possibility for the future. All of these companies are focused hard on breaking into the newly-emerging Japanese market.

The Eldorado-Caesars merger is moving ahead as planned. Time will tell how these two companies will manage together.

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

Oklahoma Ranks As One of the Top Gambling States in the Country

States around the country are beginning to embrace the casino industry. Some areas allow only tribal gambling. Others allow commercial casinos to operate. This week, a study was revealed that shows Oklahoma is one of the top gambling states in the country.State Map Of Oklahoma

It’s interesting news, yet not entirely unexpected. Now is the perfect time to look at this state’s current gambling regulations. We’ll also look at some of the issues that Oklahoma’s gambling industry has faced over the past few months.

Let’s get into it!

Gambling Laws in Oklahoma, Explained

Nowadays, Oklahoma is known for having one of the biggest casino industries in the country. The first casinos began operating here back in the 1800s. In 1890, lawmakers here passed legislation that banned all forms of gambling.

In 1992, the state began allowing Native American tribes to begin operating Class II casinos. 10 years later, lawmakers began allowing bingo games to be offered inside these gambling venues. For decades, the tribes here pushed lawmakers to allow Class III gambling which includes traditional casino games and slot machines.

Eventually, the tribes took the issue to court. They managed to win and in the year 2002, casinos in this state were granted permission to officially offer Class III games. This decision proved to be highly profitable for the state.

More than 100 land-based casinos now operate in Oklahoma. They’re hugely popular with locals and tourists and help to generate millions of dollars for the state every single month. The huge number of casinos helped to make Oklahoma one of the top gambling states in the country.

Tribes here have begun to fight with lawmakers over potential changes to the state’s tax structure. Fortunately, gambling venues here continue to be highly popular.

Oklahoma is One of the Top Gambling States in the Country

Everyone knew that Oklahoma was a major gambling destination. It draws in a huge number of individuals from states such as Texas and Tennessee who want to gamble inside casinos. This week, a report surfaced that proves Oklahoma is one of the top gambling states in the country.

The American Gaming Association recently held a study that shows Oklahoma is one of the highest states in the nation when it comes to the average amount each resident gambles. Only Nevada has a larger gambling market, according to the study.

Here is the breakdown of the top five gambling states’ average annual resident gambling spending.

  • Nevada: $3,928
  • Oklahoma: $1,141
  • Mississippi: $717
  • Louisiana: $674
  • Rhode Island: $620

This is obviously good news for Native American tribes operating casinos here. Many of these tribes are working to open new venues every single year.

As we mentioned earlier, there have been some issues between the tribes and lawmakers. Let’s look at what the problem stems from.

Tribes and Lawmakers Continue to Negotiate Tax Structure

For many years, a harmony has existed between Oklahoma’s state officials and Native American tribes. The two parties have agreed on a tax system that works. Earlier this year, however, the state’s governor began calling for changes.

Governor Kevin Stitt believes that the current structure is outdated. He wants the tribes to begin paying the state more for the profits they earn from the gambling industry. To say this didn’t sit well with the tribes here would be an understatement.

For months, these tribes refused to negotiate with lawmakers. In October, things took a turn and the tribal leaders finally agreed to speak about the proposed changes.

This has helped to move things forward in a positive light. The Shawnee Tribe recently opened a new gambling venue in September. More casinos are scheduled to open over the next few months.

Oklahoma is one of the top gambling states in the country. Hopefully, it stays this way for years to come.

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

The Front Yard Opens in Las Vegas This Week!

There’s no shortage of incredible bars in Las Vegas. In recent years, a number of great breweries have begun opening around the city. This week, The Front Yard opens to the public and promises to bring some fantastic new beers to both locals and tourists.Picture Of Beer

Vegas is truly becoming a hub for craft beer fans. Today, we’re going to look at what this new venue has to offer. We’ll also look at some of the other great breweries currently operating here.

Let’s get into it!

The Front Yard Officially Opens at Ellis Island Casino

Ellis Island Casino isn’t one of Las Vegas’ most prestigious casinos. It’s located off the Las Vegas Strip on Koval Lane and first opened to the public in 1967. In 1997, the casino underwent a $12 million expansion project yet it’s still not a particularly popular gambling venue when compared to many others.

It’s not for a lack of trying, though. This venue has worked on new ways to attract gamblers for years. It’s opened several restaurants, some of which have gained favorable reviews with tourists and locals. This week, Ellis Island Casino is opening up one of its most exciting new venues to date.

The Front Yard is officially scheduled to open on Friday. Interestingly, the owners have decided to open the brewery’s doors a week early. Christina Ellis, the casino’s marketing director, commented on the early opening to the media this week.

“We opened our doors on Friday, the night after Thanksgiving,” she said. “So we were able to capture some of that drinking night, day after Thanksgiving, where everybody’s kind of sick of their families. People were able to come, try some of the food, and all of that stuff.”

Despite opening every day at 3 pm, this still counts as a “soft opening.” The official opening of the venue is still scheduled for Friday. There will be more than a dozen house-made beers available and food by the creators of Metro Pizza. If you’re in the city this week, make sure to check it out!

Other Breweries Available in Las Vegas Right Now

As we’ve already mentioned, Las Vegas is beginning to emerge as a real craft beer hub. Over the past few years, several world-class breweries have opened in this city. Some of them put on events for guests every single week.

Hop Nuts Brewing is one venue that’s grown hugely popular in Las Vegas. It offers a huge number of home-made beers in a relaxed, quiet atmosphere. It’s rated one of the best breweries in Las Vegas and two taprooms for guests to check out.

CraftHaus Brewery is another fantastic beer venue currently operating in this city. It was established in 2014 and has already been awarded several prestigious awards including the Favorite Local Brewery, Reader’s Choice, and Nevada’s Greenest Brewery award. There are beers on tap and available in cans that guests can purchase.

Many locals here also recommend Big Dog’s Draft House. It’s home to many award-winning beers and puts on some of the best events of any brewery in the city. There’s even a brew school here that helps to teach individuals how to make beer!

The Front Yard opens this week and is expected to become a hit. It will join the list of amazing beer venues now available in Vegas.

Las Vegas Cocktail Bars Are World-Class, As Well

Not everyone is a beer fan. Many individuals still prefer a classic cocktail. Fortunately, Las Vegas is known for having some of the best cocktail bars on the planet.

If you want to try one of the city’s best drinks, make sure to head over to Vesper Bar at the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino. It’s notorious for featuring some of the city’s best bartenders. These mixologists can make just about anything you want, so make sure to give it a visit.

SkyBar is another fantastic venue that you can visit for a cocktail. There are some amazing drink creations available here. It also features one of the very best views in the city overlooking the entire Las Vegas Strip.

There are too many incredible Las Vegas cocktail bars to list. Just about every single hotel-casino in the city features some amazing places to grab a mixed drink.

Friday marks the true opening of The Front Yard at the Ellis Island Casino. Craft beer fans here are excited to see everything there is to see when the doors officially open.

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

Workers Continue Push for Smoke-Free LV Casinos

There are a huge number of casinos in Las Vegas. Smoking is permitted throughout just about all of them. Recently, however, workers suffering from the health effects of the smoke-filled atmosphere have begun to push for smoke-free LV casinos.

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If these plans are approved, it would be a huge shift in the culture of the city. Smoking has been allowed inside casinos here for decades. Let’s take a quick look at exactly what’s going on.

Smoking Laws in Las Vegas, Explained

Las Vegas is the city people love to let loose in. The 24-hour bars and ability to smoke indoors attracts many party-goers. Unsurprisingly, many are beginning to question just how smart it is to keep the same set of smoking laws intact.

In 2006, lawmakers officially approved the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act. Essentially, this set of laws made it illegal to light up a cigarette indoors. Of course, this act does not necessarily apply to the Las Vegas Strip.

This part of the city is home to many incredible casinos. Under the revised statutes 202.2483, city officials detail exactly where smoking is permitted.

  • Strip clubs and brothels
  • Tobacco stores
  • Stand-alone bars and taverns that are 21 and over
  • Any area inside casinos where loitering of minors is prohibited, typically near gaming tables and slot machines
  • Some convention centers
  • Outside areas of restaurants

Fortunately for non-smokers, not every venue in this city allows people to light up. Just about all hotel lobbies forbid it. The majority of shops, restaurants, movie theatres, and nightclubs also prohibit smoking. The same laws apply for e-cigarettes in Las Vegas.

More and more individuals are beginning to push for smoke-free LV casinos right now. A recent article on the health implications for workers was just recently released and the results are a little startling.

The Push for Smoke-Free LV Casinos Continues

Casino workers have long-complained about the conditions they’re subjected to. It’s well-known that second-hand smoke is just as unhealthy as smoking. Many have complained about the health effects they are suffering from while working in these gambling venues.

Several of these workers are now dealing with major issues. Teresa Price recently spoke with the Las Vegas Sun about her condition. She claims to have taken a medical leave after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and heart disease.

“I love the job and meeting new people every day,” she said. “But the environment is unhealthy.”

Some are claiming that smoke-free LV casinos aren’t necessary. They credit the advanced air filtration systems in place that help to protect workers and guests. Not everyone feels this is the case, though.

The CDC even claims that no air-cleaning system can completely eliminate the negative health effects of smoking and second-hand smoke.

“The particle size of the constituents of smoke are so small that these air filters don’t do a thing,” said Chris Pritsos, director of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Nevada, Reno and author of several studies on second-hand smoke in casinos. “They might knock it down 10% or so, but that does not stop the harmful effects.”

We’ll need to wait and see how city officials feel about the recent push for smoke-free LV casinos. As more reports of health issues arise, these officials may have no choice but to make a change.

Sports Betting Revenue in Rhode Island Dropped Last Month

Lawmakers in Rhode Island legalized sports gambling back in 2018. It’s proving to be a good decision, helping to bring the state millions in additional revenue every month. Unfortunately, sports betting revenue in Rhode Island dropped slightly in October.Flag Of Rhode Island

This isn’t concerning, though. The sports betting industry in this state is still extremely strong. Let’s take a quick look at how much revenue dropped here last month!

Rhode Island’s Road to Sports Betting Legalization

With a population of just over one million people, Rhode Island isn’t typically thought of as a gambling hub. In recent years, however, this state has developed a sizable gambling industry thanks to a rising number of casinos and sports gambling options.

For years, PASPA prevented any states from legalizing sports betting. In May of 2018, this all changed. The US Supreme Court removed PASPA that month, giving every state the ability to legalize this form of gambling.

Before long, several states opened up their sports gambling industries. Many more are likely to do so over the next few years.

Lawmakers in Rhode Island officially legalized sports betting in 2018. Initially, lawmakers only allowed in-person wagering inside casinos. Recently, laws were changed once again to allow for online and mobile sports betting.

It’s been very successful. Officials here are happy with the money being brought in from this industry. New reports indicate that revenue earnings dropped in October.

Sports Betting Revenue in Rhode Island Dropped in October

In September, revenue from the sports betting industry in Rhode Island reached an all-time high. Many predicted that revenue would continue to increase for the rest of the year. Now, it appears that these predictions were wrong.

Bettors here wagered more than $28.3 million last month. That’s an increase from the previous record of $23.6 million. Sports betting operators took in a combined $2.5 million in revenue.

After payouts to players, sports betting revenue in Rhode Island actually fell by 2.3% compared to September’s revenue.

Online sports betting revenue increased by an astounding 78%. It’s been just over a month since online sports gambling was legalized here.

The state continues to generate millions from the sports betting industry. Despite the slight revenue drop, lawmakers here must still be happy with the earnings.

More States Are Ready to Legalize Sports Gambling

Some states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, are earning an incredible amount of money from their regulated sports gambling markets. Officials in many other states are now interested in legalizing this industry.

Maine, for example, has recently introduced a bill to make sports betting legal. The state’s governor vetoed the bill, yet there’s still a chance that it gets approved in 2020.

California may also decide to legalize sports betting in the near future. Voters here will soon decide whether or not to amend the state constitution to make this form of gambling legal.

It’s a great time to be a sports fan in the United States. Soon, it’s likely that almost every state in the country will have a regulated sports gambling market.

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

Steve Wynn is Paying Millions in Settlement to Wynn Resorts

Wynn Resorts has been in a fierce legal battle with its former CEO over allegations of sexual misconduct. This week, it’s being reported that Steve Wynn is paying millions in a settlement with the company. It’s a tough blow for the casino mogul, who continues to deny all of the charges against him.

Steve Wynn Picture

It’s not a great spot that Wynn Resorts finds itself in, either. Now is the perfect time to look at what exactly is going on with this situation.

Allegations Against Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts

Steve Wynn was once considered one of the most powerful men in the gambling industry. He founded Wynn Resorts International, a massive casino company with properties located all over the world. Over the past two years, however, he’s been involved in various scandals that have severely damaged his reputation.

In January of 2018, several women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Wynn. Several of these women were employees of Wynn Resorts. They claim that while CEO, Steve Wynn demanded nude massages and sex acts.

Immediately after these allegations came to light, Wynn and his team of lawyers began denying the accusations. Things didn’t improve, and by February he officially stepped down as CEO of the company.

Since this time, even more allegations have come up. Wynn responded by selling all of his shares in the company and remaining out of the public spotlight. Wynn Resorts, however, began demanding payment from Wynn for the damage he caused to the company.

Wynn and his former company have been fighting in court ever since. This week, news has come out that the old CEO has agreed to a settlement.

Steve Wynn is Paying Millions to Wynn Resorts

Shareholders of Wynn Resorts were obviously concerned with these allegations. Even with Mr. Wynn’s departure, the company found itself in the middle of a major controversy. A lawsuit against Steve Wynn was eventually made.

“By engaging in this conduct, whether consensual or not, Mr. Wynn disregarded Wynn Company’s policies and procedures,” the complaint said.

That’s certainly hard to argue. Wynn clearly broke several rules as CEO of the company and even attempted to cover his tracks with settlements.

This week, Wynn Resorts won its first court battle. Steve Wynn is paying millions in a settlement with the company. $20 million is being paid personally by the former CEO. Insurance carriers will be paying out an additional $21 million to the company.

Wynn Resorts has also agreed to change its corporate governance. The roles of chairman and CEO are going to be separated.

Company officials certainly have reason to celebrate the legal victory.

Wynn Resorts Continues to Look for Overseas Expansion

Even with the company’s recent controversy, Wynn Resorts remains one of the biggest and most profitable casino operators in the world. It owns several major venues in Las Vegas, some of which are said to be the best in the city. Recently, the company has focused hard on breaking into the newly-emerging Japanese casino industry.

Japan legalized casino gambling last year. The government officially approved three casino-resorts to open in the country. Unfortunately, it will be years before any of these gambling venues officially begin operating.

Despite the long wait, many of the world’s biggest casino companies are working on ways to obtain a license here. MGM Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, and Wynn Resorts are just a few that have expressed a desire to operate in Japan. It’s still unclear which of these companies will obtain one of the available casino licenses.

Steve Wynn is paying millions to Wynn Resorts. This company will certainly help with more expansion plans overseas. Ultimately, though, Wynn Resorts continues to generate the majority of its revenue from the many hotel-casinos it owns around the world.

There’s a lot happening in the US casino industry right now. Stay tuned for more updates on Wynn Resorts’ situation over the next few months!

Las Vegas Holiday Offers Are Finally Here!

The holiday season is almost here and many people around the world are now flocking to Las Vegas for the celebrations! Many hotel-casinos in this city recognize this. There are now a huge number of fantastic Las Vegas holiday offers available!

This is one of the best times to visit the city. The weather is a little cooler and room rates tend to be a little cheaper. Here are some of the amazing offers now available!

These Are Some Las Vegas Holiday Offers Available Right Now

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and soon, December’s holidays will start creeping up. Some of the best hotel-casinos in the city are now offering some incredible perks to guests.

On Cyber Monday, Caesars Entertainment Corp is offering guests an incredible 40% discount on rooms between the dates of December 2nd and October of 2020. This deal will only last for one day, so make sure to take advantage! This deal is available for many of Caesars’ biggest properties including The LINQ, the Rio Hotel & Casino, and Caesars Palace.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino is one of the most popular venues in Las Vegas. Between now and December 3rd, this hotel is offering a unique “double or nothing” deal for guests. You’re able to book a one-night stay and get another for free.

MGM Resorts International also now has one of the best Las Vegas holiday offers. The company will offer a 30% discount for most of its Las Vegas properties from now until Saturday afternoon.

Just about every single hotel-casino operator in the city is offering something special this holiday season. Now might be the best time of the year to book your room!

Las Vegas Casino Revenue Continues to Increase

At the beginning of this year, it looked as if gambling revenue in Vegas was beginning to drop. Fortunately, this did not turn out to be the case. For the majority of 2019, casinos have managed to bring in a significant amount of revenue.

Over the past three months, gambling revenue has increased significantly. In September, news broke that casinos in Nevada managed to surpass $1 billion. Baccarat helped to bring in the most money to casinos in the city.

Incredibly, casino revenue once again surpassed $1 billion in October of this year. Statewide, gambling revenue in Nevada reached $1.022 billion. Revenue from the Las Vegas Strip came out to $538.5 million.

Overall, revenue from August, September, and October increased by 2.3% compared to the same period in 2018. Downtown Las Vegas revenue increased the most, at 8.85%.

Things are going well in this city right now. Hopefully, the holidays help to increase revenue, as well.

Some incredible Las Vegas holiday offers are now available! If you’re planning to visit this city soon, make sure to take advantage of these deals!

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

Nevada’s Gambling Revenue in October Hits $1 Billion Once Again

Nevada continues to post impressive revenue figures. According to new reports, last month was a major success for gambling venues here. Nevada’s gambling revenue in October surpassed $1 billion. It’s a major accomplishment that the state has now achieved several times this year.

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Some forms of gambling managed to bring in more money than others last month. Overall, things are looking good here.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Casinos Are Thriving in 2019

For almost all of 2019, gambling revenue in Nevada has increased. Las Vegas, in particular, has experienced a major surge in revenue for most of the year. It’s great news, as many casino companies here have recently considered selling some of their biggest properties.

In the past, casino sales indicated that a company was struggling. This is not the case here. A huge number of companies are now selling properties in order to invest more money overseas.

MGM Resorts International is one such company. Just last month, the company officially sold Circus Circus and The Bellagio. The latter sale was the largest in history. Eldorado Resorts is also interested in putting some Las Vegas Strip venues up for sale.

Eldorado is in the process of acquiring Caesars Entertainment for an astounding $17.4 billion. To help make up for this acquisition, the company is looking to sell some of its hotel-casinos. Exactly which hotels may go for sale is still unknown.

Fortunately, casinos in Las Vegas are thriving right now. Most are experiencing massive revenue gains. This is especially true in October, where revenue once again surpassed $1 billion.

Nevada’s Gambling Revenue Surges Again in October

In September, news surfaced that Nevada’s gambling revenue had surpassed the $1 billion mark. Incredibly, the state had reached this goal for the second straight time. Reports from the state Gaming Control Board show that Nevada’s statewide win total came in at $1.022 billion last month.

Clark County gambling revenue came in at $879 million. Revenue from the Las Vegas Strip totaled $538.5 million. Despite the incredible amount of money that came in, revenue is still down 3.85% compared to October of 2018.

When looking at the state’s three-month trend, you see a clear surge in gambling earnings. The months of August, September, and October brought a 2.3% increase in revenue. Downtown Las Vegas experienced the largest increase at 8.85% compared to the same period last year.

Michael Lawton, a senior research analyst for the Gaming Control Board, commented last month’s figures to the media this week.

“Game and table win of $322.8 million decreased by 12.6 percent, $46.5 million, compared with a 10.8 percent increase in October 2018,” he said. “Baccarat win was impacted by decreased volume and a poor hold percentage. Baccarat win of $56.7 million was down 25.7 percent, $19.6 million.”

It may not have been as good a month as September, yet Nevada’s gambling revenue in October was still impressive.

New Casinos Set to Open in Vegas Over the Next Few Years

As we’ve already mentioned, several casinos in Las Vegas are set to be sold. There are also a few major casino-resorts scheduled to open here over the next few years. One of the most exciting is Resorts World Las Vegas, which is slated to open sometime in 2021.

Recently, officials within Resorts World gave an update on this new venue. It’s plans have changed considerably over the past few months. It will no longer have an entire “Asian theme” to it. Two huge video screens are also being placed on the hotel towers. Based on what’s being reported, this will become one of the city’s coolest new properties.

The new Virgin Hotel is also scheduled to open soon. If all goes well, this venue will begin operating in mid-2020. The former Hard Rock Las Vegas Hotel should be another exciting addition to Vegas’ venues.

These new gambling venues are likely to help boost gambling revenue in the state even more. That’s saying a lot, considering Nevada’s gambling revenue has surpassed $1 billion for two straight months.

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

Learn to Play Casino Games at a Las Vegas Mall

The best casinos in the country are found in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, many visitors to this city are unaware of how to play some of the most popular table games! Soon, a business inside a Las Vegas Strip shopping mall will begin offering people the chance to learn to play casino games.

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This shop will provide you with everything you need to become a casino master. Let’s look at what’s being offered here!

What Are the Most Popular Casino Table Games?

Casino gambling is more popular now than ever before. Gambling revenue has been increasing around the world. A huge number of gamblers inside casinos choose to play table games, rather than slot machines.

Most believe that blackjack is the most popular table game today. That’s certainly hard to argue. It offers some of the best odds to win and is a fairly simple game. It’s easy to learn the rules in just a few minutes.

Roulette is another hugely popular table game. There are a huge number of betting options available, which people love.

Baccarat is another popular game. A surprising percentage of casino gamblers aren’t aware of how to play it! This game has proven to be one of the biggest revenue generators for casinos, meaning it’s not quite as easy to win as other games.

Everyone has their own gambling preferences. Now, there’s a new venue in the city that’s helping new gamblers learn to play casino games like the ones we listed above!

You Can Now Learn to Play Casino Games in Las Vegas

Many individuals make the common mistake of trying to learn to play casino games while inside a casino! This is usually a quick way to lose money. Your chances of winning will always increase when you completely understand how a game works.

One business recognizes this and is now making things a little easier. Casino Quest is opening up at the Fashion Show Mall on the Las Vegas Strip later this month. It serves as a casino game education space that allows guests to rent a table by the hour to compete against friends or learn how to play.

David Noll, CEO of Casino Quest, commented on the company’s structure to the media this week.

“There will be no money. You pay to access the space,” he said. “It’s going to be (for) people who are risk-averse. It’s going to be (for) people who want to learn the game.”

According to Noll, the business will officially open to the public on November 29th. He claims that the shop’s “soft opening” during this year’s March Madness was a massive success.

“We were packed,” Noll said. “Monday night, the mall was closing at 9 p.m., and we couldn’t close tables.”

If you want to learn to play casino games in a fun, social setting, Casino Quest might be the perfect place for you. Check it out the next time you visit the Fashion Mall!

Online Casino Gambling Offers Another Way to Learn

Some are claiming that online casino gambling is another fantastic way to learn some games. Unlike playing inside of a real land-based casino, these sites allow you to play from the comfort of home. No one will be pressuring you to make bets.

There are a huge number of fantastic online casinos in Nevada available right now. Most of them are perfectly safe and offer a huge number of different gambling options.

Some of these sites also offer the chance to make very small wagers. This will make learning the game easy without having to lose a lot of money! They’re also incredibly fun.

Feel free to check some of them out today! You’ll begin to realize why online casino gambling is growing more popular every single year.

There are many ways to learn to play casino games nowadays. Casino Quest in Las Vegas may be one of the best. Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few months!

Free Parking at Caesars Resorts is Now Being Offered

Caesars Resorts is one of the biggest casino-resort companies in the US. This week, the company announced a new offer for certain members of its reward program. Free parking at Caesars Resorts is now available and gambling fans are rejoicing.

Monopoly Free Parking Spot

Caesars Entertainment is going through some major changes right now. Today, we’ll look at the details of the company’s new offer and explain what to expect in the future from Caesars. Let’s get into it!

Caesars Entertainment-Eldorado Resorts Merger Continues

Earlier this year, Eldorado Resorts announced that it paid $17.4 billion to acquire Caesars Entertainment. It’s the largest casino company merger in history. Initially, the hope was that the merger would be completed by the end of 2019.

This finalization of this deal is taking a little longer to finalize than initially expected. Before these companies can officially merge, they need approval from various state gambling commissions. The SEC must also approve the merger to ensure it does not create a monopoly-like situation.

Fortunately, things appear to be moving ahead. Last week, shareholders of Caesars Entertainment officially approved the deal. This was a crucial step in getting this deal done.

It’s likely that Eldorado Resorts will begin selling some major properties soon. As we just mentioned, the company paid more than $17 billion to acquire Caesars. Selling hotel-casinos will help to make up for the cost of this acquisition.

It now appears that the Eldorado Resorts-Caesars merger will be completed by 2020. Once it’s complete, Eldorado Resorts will take control of Caesars’ properties.

Recently, Caesars revealed a fun new offer for its loyal members.

Free Parking at Caesars Resorts is Available for Rewards Members

Caesars is known for having one of the best loyalty programs of any casino company. On Friday, officials announced that some members of this loyalty program, called “Caesars Rewards,” will receive free parking for two months. This offer is available at any Caesars Resorts property around the country.

Gold Tier members of Caesars Rewards will be upgraded to the Platinum Tier for a limited time “in celebration of the holiday season.” Free parking at Caesars Resorts isn’t the only great perk of being a Platinum Member.

This upgrade also comes with discounted rooms, the ability to transfer reward credits and access to VIP events. Members have the ability to utilize this upgrade now until December 31st.

Amazingly, Caesars Entertainment is also offering a “2X Reward Credit Multiplier” from now until December 31st! This perk is only available for Nevada residents that visit a Las Vegas Caesars Rewards Center desk and present a valid Nevada driver’s license.

Now is a great time to become a Caesars Rewards member. This isn’t the only great casino loyalty program available in Las Vegas, though.

More Great Casino Loyalty Programs Available in 2019

Casino loyalty programs, in case you’re unaware, are programs that casino companies use to reward their loyal players. Essentially, they offer perks to those who spend money inside casinos. The more one spends, the higher they will move up the tier bracket and earn better rewards.

Caesars Rewards is one of the most popular loyalty programs in Las Vegas right now. Another one that people love is M Life Rewards. This is offered by MGM Resorts International and is considered by many to be the best currently available.

MGM Resorts just recently made some changes to its reward structure. There are five different tiers with this program, the highest being the Noir Tier. This one can only be joined by an invitation from MGM Resorts. It offers some incredible perks including VIP Lounge check-in, guaranteed advanced hotel reservations, and complimentary limousine services.

The Red Card Club at Wynn Resorts is another popular program. This one has four tiers. Each one offers members something fantastic.

Free parking at Caesars Resorts is available for Gold members of Caesars Rewards. The deal will last until December 31st.

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

Atlantic City Casino Revenue Increases Massively in Q3

Over the past year, Atlantic City has grown to become one of the most profitable gambling hubs in the country. New reports show that Atlantic City casino revenue increased massively in 2019’s third quarter. It’s fantastic news for the state and casino companies operating here.

Atlantic City Sign

Both sports betting and casino gambling continues to generate revenue here. Let’s take a look at exactly how much money the city’s gambling industry managed to generate over the past several months.

New Reports Show Atlantic City Casino Revenue is Increasing

You can’t cover the US casino industry without talking about Atlantic City. Decades ago, this was one of the most profitable gambling markets in the world. Unfortunately, the recession took a major toll on this city and it seemed on the brink of collapse.

Recently, however, things have improved dramatically. Revenue in this city has continued to increase for almost all of 2019. There are a few major reasons why this is.

The legalization of sports betting is certainly helping. New Jersey made sports gambling legal in May of 2018. Every casino in the state now operates a sportsbook. It’s helped to generate millions of dollars for the state government via taxes. New Jersey now has the most profitable sports betting market in the world.

New reports show that Atlantic City casino revenue increased massively during this year’s third quarter. Gross profit for the three months increased to $26.5 million, representing a 12.5% increase from the same time period in 2018. Atlantic City’s nine casinos generated $928.9 million in net revenue.

Things are looking very good here. Based on the way things are going, this will be the best year in the city’s history.

Which Casinos Generated the Most Money in Q3?

July, August, and September are all popular gambling months. It’s not a huge surprise to see so much money flowing into the casinos during this quarter. Some casinos managed to earn considerably more than others, though.

Borgata Casino generated the most money. It’s the most popular casino in the city and blew all of its competitors out of the water. In total, this gambling venue brought in $210,141,863. Hard Rock Atlantic City brought in the second-most money at $106,663,788.

These properties have reason to celebrate. James T. Plousis, Casino Control Commission Chairman in NJ, states that non-gambling amenities in the city proved successful last quarter, too.

“Positive trends also continued with important tourism indicators,” he said. “Non-gaming amenities continue to create a competitive advantage, and visitors like the diverse dining, entertainment and leisure activities that Atlantic City has to offer.”

Just about every casino had a solid few months. Things are obviously slowing down as winter approaches yet many are still generating more money than they did last year.

Sports Betting Revenue Surges in AC, As Well

There’s never been a better time to be a sports fan in Atlantic City. Sportsbooks in this city are continuing to improve. Both online and land-based sports gambling is legal here. For almost all of 2019, revenue from this industry has increased.

In October, sports betting helped to increase gambling revenue in this city to $266.23 million. Statewide, sports bettors here placed $487.9 million in legal sports wagers last month. 85% of these bets were placed online.

Altogether, more than $3.5 billion has been spent on sports bets in this state.

“New Jersey sportsbooks have surpassed Nevada’s in recent months, and it continues to show significant promise for the gaming industry,” said Steve Callender, president of the Casino Association of New Jersey and senior vice president of operations for the East Region of Tropicana Atlantic City’s parent company, Eldorado Resorts Inc.“We are optimistic as we approach the end of this year that we will finish 2019 out in a strong position.”

Atlantic City casino revenue and sports betting revenue continue to increase. This city has the potential to become the country’s true gambling center.

Stay tuned for more Atlantic City gambling news over the next few months!

Amazing Las Vegas Holiday Decorations Are Here!

Many believe that winter is the best time to visit Las Vegas. It’s hard to deny when you see some of the incredible Las Vegas holiday decorations on display. Many of the city’s top hotels are already getting into the holiday spirit!

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The weather is milder and the hotels have a magical feel to them around this time of the year. Let’s look at some of the coolest holiday decorations in Las Vegas right now.

The Aria Now Features a Life-Sized Gingerbread House

Many of the world’s best hotel-casinos are located in Las Vegas. Many believe that Aria Hotel & Casino, located on the Strip, is one of the top venues in the entire city. This week, Aria revealed one of the coolest new Las Vegas holiday decorations in recent memory.

More than 400 pounds of gingerbread is being used to construct a life-sized gingerbread house inside the lobby of the hotel. This amazing house is 15 feet tall, seven feet wide, and 12 feet deep.

Chef Mathieu Lavalle claims that his team spent more than three weeks constructing this edible work of art. It’s covered in more than 900 gingerbread bricks and 960 peppermint tiles.

A five-foot gingerbread man is standing to greet guests entering the hotel, as well.

The entire decoration will be featured until January 6th, 2020. If you’re in Las Vegas, make sure to check it out!

More Las Vegas Holiday Decorations You Need to Check Out

Las Vegas really comes to life during the holidays. Many visit in December when the hotels in the city are at their most decorative. New Year’s Eve may very well be the biggest party day of the year here.

Most hotels on the Strip will begin featuring some amazing decorations during the holiday season. Here are some that you should check out this year!

The LINQ

The Holiday Magic show at The LINQ is one of the most popular holiday events in Las Vegas. This popular hotel features a massive 45-foot Christmas tree, carolers, and dancers. It begins on December 1st and lasts until the last day of the month.

Bellagio Hotel & Casino

The Bellagio is one of the most popular venues in Las Vegas. Not long ago, MGM sold this property to the Blackstone Group. Every year, this hotel-casino features some of the best Las Vegas holiday decorations. Last year was an amazing “Majestic Holiday Magic” exhibit inside of the Botanical Gardens. Make sure to check out the decorations this year!

Fremont Street

Many argue that Fremont Street is the most lively area of Las Vegas. There are shows happening here all the time. During the holidays, this place really comes to life! There are live music performances and amazing decorations all over the walking street.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino

The Cosmopolitan is currently the most expensive hotel-casino ever built in Las Vegas. As you might expect, this property regularly features some incredible holiday decorations. Every winter, an ice skating rink opens here surrounded by incredible food, drinks, and music.

Las Vegas holiday decorations are just beginning to emerge. Enjoy your visit during this incredible part of the year!

Resorts World Update: Scheduled to Open in 2021

Resorts World, one of the biggest and most exciting casino-resorts in Las Vegas, now has an official opening date. It’s been a long time coming for this gambling venue which initially underwent construction in 2016. We’ve just been given a Resorts World update, and it seems that this gambling venue will be opening in the summer of 2021. Resorts World Las Vegas

This Genting Group-owned property is expected to become one of the biggest and most lucrative in the city. Today, we’ll look at what we know about this venue so far. We’ll also talk about some of the new features coming here.

Let’s get into it!

It’s Been a Long Road For Resorts World to Finally Open

Opening a hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip is never easy. This is true now more than ever. Resorts World has gone through several major delays over the years yet it appears it’s finally on schedule to open.

Genting Group first purchased the land for this casino-resort back in March of 2013 for $350 million. Officials quickly began looking into how much money the construction process would cost. It was reported that the initial stage would take $4 billion to construct. Most of the design process was done privately.

Groundbreaking plans were initially scheduled for 2014. Unfortunately, one of Genting Group’s primary officials left the company, delaying this process. Groundbreaking eventually took place in May of 2015 during a ceremony that included lion dancers.

The Genting Group has dealt with several construction issues and lawsuits over the years. In 2018, Wynn Resorts filed a trademark infringement against Genting. Earlier this year, Wynn Resorts even sought a temporary restraining order against the project.

Hope was that Resorts World would finally open in 2020. This massive-casino resort is now scheduled to open in the summer of 2021.

Genting Group Offers Resorts World Update

Resorts World is opening several years than initially expected. According to company officials, however, the wait will be worth it. Genting offered a Resorts World update to the media this week and what’s being discussed sounds incredible.

The company officially upgraded plans for this multi-billion-dollar venue. They are now choosing to increase capacity, expanding the budget, and announced plans to break into the music residency business.

According to new reports, Resorts World will now cost $4.3 billion to construct. That makes it the most expensive gambling venue ever made in Las Vegas. Scott Sibella, president of this gambling venue, has already revealed some major changes.

It might take forever to open, yet this is expected to become one of the best gambling venues in the city. For $4.3 billion, that should certainly be the case.

Here are some of the things we now know are coming to Resorts World.

What Can Visitors Expect From Resorts World?

Recently, Scott Sibella met with executives of Genting at their headquarters in Malaysia. Here, he explained some of the new features coming to this massive gambling venue.

Initially, this gambling venue was going to have a unique Chinese theme. Now, it’s being changed to have a broader, luxury theme with “Asian-inspired touches.” Sibella abandoned themes with panda enclosures or representations of the Great Wall of China.

A 5,000-seat theatre will be constructed to host A-list performers and residencies.

A massive 75,000 square-foot nightclub will also be constructed inside the resort.

Two massive video screens are also being placed on Resorts World’s two towers. The west tower will have one of the largest LED building displays at 100,000 square feet.

“I think we’re in a pretty good position, and the energy of the Strip is moving north,” Sibella told the media. “We’re close to the expanded Las Vegas Convention Center across the street. It’s good to see The Drew is on track. And it’ll be interesting to see what Mr. (Phil) Ruffin does with Circus Circus.”

The Resorts World update we’ve just been giving is extremely exciting. If all goes according to plan, this will become one of the coolest hotels in Las Vegas.

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

What Properties is MGM Resorts Selling in Las Vegas?

MGM Resorts International is one of several US casino companies that’s interested in selling property in Las Vegas. It’s a new strategy that many companies are taking in order to invest more money in different US cities and abroad. For now, MGM Resorts selling some of its major properties makes sense.MGM Resorts Logo

This week, the two properties that MGM is interested in selling were revealed. Today, we’re going to look at which hotel-casinos could be sold and how this will affect the company’s future plans.

Let’s get into it!

MGM Resorts International Sells Bellagio and Circus Circus

Las Vegas is home to the country’s biggest and best hotel-casinos. Interestingly, several companies own a huge number of gambling venues here. MGM Resorts International, for example, owns more of these hotel-casinos than any other company.

MGM Resorts is one of the most profitable casino companies in the world. Recently, it’s begun looking at new ways to invest in properties overseas. In order to achieve this goal, MGM has begun selling some of its major Las Vegas properties. Just last month, two popular hotel-casinos here were officially let go.

First, MGM Resorts sold Circus Circus. The property was purchased by Phil Ruffin, who already owns Treasure Island on the Las Vegas Strip. Circus Circus was sold for $825 million.

Just days after, news broke of MGM Resorts selling The Bellagio Hotel & Casino. This legendary casino-resort was sold to the Blackstone Group for an astounding $4.2 billion. MGM is now leasing the property back for a rent of $245 per year.

This company is prepared to keep these property sales up. Officials have confirmed that two other venues could soon be sold.

Is MGM Resorts Selling Too Many Properties?

MGM Resorts is making it clear that they are willing to give up their most profitable casinos. The Bellagio is considered to be one of the most popular and lucrative casino-resorts in the country. It now appears that two additional properties in Las Vegas will soon be sold.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal is covering the news of MGM Resorts selling these venues. The company is interested in selling the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. These venues could be purchased by MGM Growth, a major real estate investment trust.

MGM Growth departed from MGM Resorts International more than three years ago. Now, officials are discussing plans for MGM Growth to acquire the real estate assets of both MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay.

It’s one of the biggest deals in MGM Growth’s history. The company is now planning to sell more than 24 million shares to fund this new deal with MGM Resorts.

Based on the new reports, MGM Grand will be purchased by MGM Growth and then leased-back to MGM Resorts. It’s a similar deal made with the Blackstone Group.

Eldorado Resorts Prepares for Las Vegas Casino Sales, As Well

As we mentioned earlier, several companies have recently begun selling property in Las Vegas. Eldorado Resorts is nearly finished with its acquisition of Caesars Entertainment. It’s likely that immediately afterward, this company will choose to sell some of its venues.

It cost $17.3 billion for Eldorado Resorts to purchase Caesars Entertainment. Property sales are necessary to help make up for this cost. Exactly which venues will be sold is still unknown.

Shareholders within Caesars Entertainment have just recently approved the merger with Eldorado Resorts. It’s now awaiting regulatory approval.

Eldorado Resorts and MGM Resorts selling property in Las Vegas is reasonable. Both companies want to begin investing more in operations overseas.

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

Lawmakers Discuss Gambling Regulations in Georgia

To say that Georgia is not a gambling-friendly state is an understatement. It has some of the strictest laws towards the gambling laws of almost any other state in the country. Surprisingly, lawmakers are discussing whether or not to change the current set of gambling regulations in Georgia.

Georgia State Flag

It’s extremely exciting news for gambling fans here. Now is the perfect time to look at the current laws here, and discuss how they could change in the future. Let’s get into it!

Gambling Laws in Georgia, Explained

As we’ve already mentioned, Georgia has some of the most restrictive laws in the country when it comes to gambling. The first real set of regulations here came in 1878. That year, lawmakers in the country decided to ban the sale of lottery tickets.

Things haven’t improved much since then. For a brief time, gambling fans found a legal loophole that allowed making wagers through online poker machines. State officials quickly created legislation that made this form of gambling illegal.

In 1993, the state finally decided to create an official lottery. It’s tightly regulated, though.

A bill to legalize casinos was nearly passed here in 2012. Unfortunately, lawmakers eventually decided to shut it down. Today, traditional casino gambling remains illegal. Only cruise ships that take gamblers into international waters are available here. Amazingly, a committee was formed here to begin studying the gambling industry in April of this year.

In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA, giving every state the option to legalize sports gambling. For many months, officials in Georgia seemed uninterested in making this form of gambling legal. This now appears to be changing.

Lawmakers are now meeting to talk about the current set of gambling regulations in Georgia.

Officials May Soon Change Gambling Regulations in Georgia

Earlier this month, several of Georgia’s biggest sports teams officially voiced their support for the legalization of sports gambling. The Presidents of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, and Atlanta Hawks all officially support these plans.

Interestingly, lawmakers are beginning to warm up to the idea of expanding gambling regulations in Georgia. These officials are now taking their show to the road. A house committee officially held a meeting in Valdosta, talking about tax revenue.

The goal is to educate residents here on the ways that expanded gambling operations could benefit the state. Many of these lawmakers believe that opening the state’s casino, sports betting, and horse racing market could help bring money to the state’s HOPE scholarship program. Today was the first meeting of the entire tour.

State Representative Brett Harrell commented on the discussion on gambling regulations in Georgia to the media today.

“Our intent is to ask the citizens, ‘Do you support inviting this industry to Georgia?’” he said. “If the answer is yes, how do you want us to enable this industry to come to Georgia so you all get your piece of the pie?”

As of now, it’s unlikely that any small cities such as Valdosta will receive a casino. Larger cities may have the ability to open one if the state changes its laws. We’ll need to wait and see how lawmakers feel about the possible changes.

More States Continue to Legalize Sports Betting

Georgia may not be completely on-board with legalizing sports betting yet. Many other states, however, are currently working to legalize this form of gambling. Several states have recently passed bills to legalize this industry and will soon begin offering odds on sporting events taking place around the world.

On November 5th, Colorado officially approved a sports betting bill. It allows for both in-person and online betting. The first bets will become available here sometime in 2020.

Many believe that in time, every state in the country will choose to legalize this industry. California seems likely to do so over the next year or two. This state is the most populous in the country. The state government would likely earn millions of dollars every single month with sports betting legalization.

Many lawmakers are beginning to realize how much money can be earned from this industry. It’s a great time to be a sports fan in this country.

Gambling regulations in Georgia could soon change. Hopefully, both casino gambling and sports betting will become available here.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

Lucky Gambler Wins Massive Slot Jackpot in Las Vegas

Most visitors to Sin City hope they manage to win big inside the casinos. Sometimes, this dream becomes a reality. This week, one lucky gambler managed to win a massive slot jackpot in Las Vegas.

Wheel Of Fortune Slot

These huge jackpots are more common than you might think. Today, we’re going to look at how much the gambler won. We’ll also look back at a few more recent big winners in this city.

Let’s get into it!

Slots Player Wins $2.2 Million This Week

Some gamblers love playing slots. Others feel table games offer the best way to win big. Regardless of how you feel, it’s hard to deny that sometimes, slot machines can offer absolutely massive payouts.

On Friday, one slot player won an incredible $2.2 million playing the Wheel of Fortune Triple Red Hot Bells game inside the Mirage Hotel & Casino. This massive slot jackpot in Las Vegas was won on just a $5 wager. The winning spin came at exactly 8:10 am.

It’s great news for this gambler. $2.2 million is one of the biggest slot jackpots in recent memory. Fortunately, this isn’t the first huge slot win and won’t be the last.

Let’s take a look at some other jackpot winners in recent memory.

Another Huge Slot Jackpot in Las Vegas Was Won This Month

The Wheel of Fortune slot machine is well-known for offering some of the biggest prizes in Las Vegas. It seems like every few months, a lucky player wins huge on one of these games. Earlier this month, one gambler took home several hundred thousand dollars playing Wheel of Fortune.

News broke on November 5th that a slots player connected on a 25-cent Wheel of Fortune Triple Double Emeralds for an incredible jackpot of $257,221.73. Just eight days earlier, another player won $492,743.64 on the same game!

Also in late October, a Pennsylvania native took home an astounding $64,829.61 on a 1-cent Tarzan slot machine at the STRAT.

It’s a great time to be a gambling fan in Las Vegas. There are more affordable slot machines now than ever before. There are also some exciting new gambling venues set to open here over the next few years.

New Hotel-Casinos Scheduled to Open in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is home to many of the very best hotel-casinos in the world. Recently, several major casino companies here have begun selling their biggest properties. Many new companies are also constructing new gambling venues here.

Earlier this year, news broke that the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas was sold to Virgin Hotels. Soon, Virgin will begin the renovation of this gambling venue. It’s scheduled to close for eight months while construction is taking place and will open before the end of 2020.

Another exciting casino-resort set to open here is Resorts World, located near the top of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s owned by the Genting Group and is one of the most expensive venues ever built in Las Vegas. As of now, the plan is for this venue to open in December of 2020.

With the Eldorado Resorts-Caesars Entertainment merger almost complete, it’s possible that even more hotel-casinos could be sold here. We’ll need to wait and see which properties Eldorado feels it can benefit without.

One lucky gambler won an absolutely massive slot jackpot in Las Vegas this week. Make sure to stay tuned for more news on these jackpot wins over the next few months!

Donny and Marie Osmond End Their Las Vegas Residency

One of the most popular Las Vegas residencies has just come to an end. Donny and Marie Osmond are ending their famous Las Vegas show. The duos’ final performance officially concluded on Saturday.

Donny and Marie Osmond

It’s been a long time coming for these iconic singers. Now is the perfect time to look back on their long-running show, and talk about some of the other ones still available in Las Vegas. Let’s get into it!

History of the “Donny and Marie” Las Vegas Show

As we’ve already mentioned, Donny and Marie Osmond have one of the most famous residencies in Las Vegas. Donny first gained fame in the 1970s as a teen idol. He took a break from music a few years later and stepped out of the public spotlight.

In the 90s, Donny resumed his music career.

In the mid-2000s, Marie Osmond was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. In 2007, she teamed up with her brother Donny to begin performing at the iconic Flamingo Hotel. Initially, they agreed to a limited six-week engagement.

The pair had such a successful show that the Flamingo continued to extend their deal. “Donny and Marie” was a 90-minute show backed by eight dancers and a full band. Solo performances also take place during each show.

Incredibly, Donny and Marie Osmond continued to perform for more than eleven years. During their run, they gained numerous awards including the “Best Show” award by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

This past weekend, this show was held for the final time. It was an emotional night for the performers and fans who have followed them over the years.

Donnie and Marie Osmond Officially End their Residency

All good things must eventually come to an end. The “Donny and Marie” show was extended year after year and was considered by many to be one of the best performances in Las Vegas. Saturday marked the last time this show will ever take place.

Both singers had trouble at times. The reality that this was their last performance seemed to affect them both heavily.

“I don’t know how I’m going to get through this,” Donny said to the crowd. Marie also gave a tearful statement. “I’m gonna miss you guys the most,” she said to the band. “He can say all he wants about the crew and everything else, but I’m going to miss you. I love you.” 

Donny also took to Twitter to address his fans.

Fortunately, this may not be the last time that we hear from these two. Despite both being in their 60s, there’s a chance they will both continue to perform as solo artists. Marie is said to be creating a new show, perhaps even with a new partner.

Fortunately to visitors to this city, there are still some incredible shows available every single week.

More Las Vegas Shows You Need to Check Out

Las Vegas is known as the entertainment capital of the US. There are a huge number of fantastic shows taking place here throughout the year. The majority of them are absolutely fantastic.

One that many enjoy is the O by Cirque du Soleil. It takes place inside the Bellagio Hotel & Casino. It has fantastic reviews from critics and takes place every single day.

Recently, Lady Gaga also signed a two-year residency in Las Vegas. She is performing two shows, one of which is called Enigma and other called Jazz and Piano. Both have received great reviews.

Absinthe is another hugely popular show. It takes place inside Caesars Palace every other day. It’s a contemporary circus, described as “an uneasy cross between terrific variety acts and a stag party.”

There are always great shows taking place in Las Vegas. Make sure to check one out when you visit!

What’s Happening in Vegas On November 17th – 23rd

There’s always something exciting happening in Las Vegas. More entertainment options are available in this city than anywhere else in the world. Here’s a quick look at what happens in Las Vegas over the next few days.

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Sunday: November 17th

Golden Knights vs. Calgary Flames

On Sunday, the Las Vegas Golden Knights will receive home-field advantage against the Calgary Flames. The Golden Knights will be looking to break their four-game losing streak. It won’t come easy against the Flames, who are 10-8 so far this season.

This game takes place at the T-Mobile Arena starting at 5 pm. Tickets can be purchased starting around $80. If you’re an NHL fan in Vegas, make sure to check this game out!

Monday: November 18th

Monday Night Cornhole

Cornhole has grown extremely popular over the years. On Monday, Top Golf is putting on one of the famous cornhole tournaments! It’s open to the public and offers some fantastic prizes to the winners. You can also choose to relax at one of Top Golf’s many incredible bars and simply watch the tournament unfold from the sidelines.

Registration is free for this event. The tournament is scheduled to kick off at 6 pm. If you’re looking for a little competitive action, this might be the perfect event for you!

Thursday: November 21st

Aerosmith

One of the most iconic US rock and roll bands of all time is set to perform in Las Vegas on Thursday. Led by Steven Tyler, Aerosmith is considered one of the best live bands of all time. They are putting on the show inside Park Theatre at the Park MGM Hotel & Casino.

Attendees can expect to hear all of the band’s most famous songs. Tickets can still be purchased for as low as $100.

Friday, November 22nd

David Spade & Ray Romano

Calling all stand-up comedy fans! Two of the most well-known comics still performing will be taking their act to the Mirage Hotel & Casino this Friday evening. The two comedians are joining forces to give fans the best possible experience. It’s a unique spectacle that won’t last forever!

This show is set to begin at 10 pm. You can buy a ticket right now for just $110. It’s a two-for-one deal and something that you’ll remember forever.

Saturday, November 23rd

Mark Eteson

On Saturday, DJ and music producer Mark Eteson is taking over Omnia Nightclub. Eteson is a common performer in Las Vegas and has gained a great reputation for putting on some of the best concerts in the city. Soon, the UK native could be considered one of the best DJ’s in the world.

Omnia is a fantastic club to enjoy the music. It’s set inside Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino and offers several bars, bottle service, and views of the Las Vegas Strip. Tickets to see Eteson live can be purchased for $25.

November is slowly wrapping up. If you’re in Las Vegas this week, make sure to check out some of the incredible events listed above!

Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas is Being Demolished Next Week

Not long ago, the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas was officially sold to Virgin Hotels. It was a surprise for many who’d enjoyed staying in and gambling at this venue. Reports are now surfacing that the Hard Rock Cafe on the corner of Paradise Road and Harmon Avenue is set to be demolished on Monday.

Hard Rock Cafe In Las Vegas

Soon, Virgin Hotels will officially begin working to renovate the former Hard Rock Hotel. Now is the perfect time to look at why this sale took place, and what to expect from the new venue moving forward.

Virgin Hotel Purchases the LV Hard Rock Hotel

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas officially opened its doors to the public in 1995. Interestingly, this gambling establishment was not associated with the Seminole Tribe, who currently own Hard Rock International. Instead, this venue was operated by Brookfield Asset Management.

For years, this hotel struggled to generate revenue. Its location just off the Strip was slightly undesirable, yet it was the increased presence of new, trendy venues that really took away from the Hard Rock’s bottom line. Ultimately, the owners decided it was time to sell.

Before long, Virgin Hotels agreed to purchase the property. Virgin brand has just recently entered into the hotel-casino business. This Las Vegas property is the first on the company’s portfolio.

Initially, Virgin Hotels announced that the venue would close for four months while renovations took place. In August, company officials changed their tune, confirming that the hotel would be closed for eight months. This closure is expected to begin in February of 2020.

It seems that Hard Rock’s presence in Las Vegas is disappearing. The Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas is set to be demolished in just a few days.

Officials Confirm the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas is Being Demolished

It’s been three years since the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas closed its doors to the public. Next week, this iconic restaurant is being removed from the city forever. The Hard Rock Hotel will officially demolish this property on Monday morning.

Interestingly, this restaurant has an even longer history in Las Vegas than the hotel. It first opened in 1990 and became a popular eatery for tourists visiting from around the country. Unfortunately, it was forced to shut down at the same time as the Hard Rock hotel.

The massive 82-foot-tall neon guitar decoration featured at this restaurant was moved to the Neon Museum earlier this year.

This doesn’t mean that all of the Hard Rock’s restaurants are closing for good. MB Steak, Pizza Forte, and Nobu are all scheduled to return here when the Virgin Hotel opens its doors. Additional restaurants opening here will be announced over the next several months.

Fans of the Hard Rock Cafe may be sad to see it finally close down. Hopefully, we get something great to replace it.

What to Expect From the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel

There’s a reason to be excited about Virgin entering into the Hotel business. This company is known for its opulence and is likely to pour major resources into opening the best possible hotel-casino in Las Vegas. A few details are beginning to emerge about this new establishment.

Not long ago, Virgin teamed up with several companies experienced in the hotel industry to help with this transformation. According to officials in Virgin Hotels, the design process is “nearing completion,” and construction is just around the corner.

We now know that this hotel will feature 1,504 suites, a 60,000 square-foot casino floor, and over five acres of space for the pool and surrounding amenities. The entire hotel will have a desert theme reflecting the city’s unique surroundings. The design director of the hotel claims it will be “unlike other offers one can find in Las Vegas.”

The location of this venue will still make it tough to compete with some of the others in the city. If it’s impressive enough, however, this venue could do what the Hard Rock Hotel never did.

The Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas is leaving us all on Monday. Let’s hope something even better takes its place.

Las Vegas Raiders Bar & Grill is Coming to M Resort!

In less than a year, the Oakland Raiders will officially relocate to Las Vegas. They will become the second major professional sports team to begin playing in this city after the creation of the Las Vegas Golden Knights. This week, M Resort announced it was opening a Las Vegas Raiders Bar & Grill.

Las Vegas Raiders Logo

It’s clear that locals are excited about having an NFL team in their city. It will likely help to draw in thousands of new visitors every single year. Let’s look at what’s going on with this team right now.

M Resort Announces Las Vegas Raiders Bar & Grill

There’s still nearly a year before the Raiders officially begin playing in Las Vegas. Right now, however, many companies are working to gain sponsorship deals with the new team. In October, for example, the Raiders agreed to a deal with a California-based tribal casino operator.

Over the summer, the Las Vegas-based airline Allegiant secured a major partnership with the Raiders.

This airline company has been granted permission to put its name on the Raiders’ new $2 billion, 65,000 seat stadium. It’s being called ‘Allegiant Stadium,’ giving the company major exposure to football fans around the country. This week, the Raiders agreed to another major partnership.

M Resort was named the “Official Raiders Team Headquarters Hotel.” Moving forward, this will be the Raiders’ meeting place the night before major games. Specific terms of this deal have not been revealed.

Just a day after this reveal, officials within M Resort announced that a Las Vegas Raiders Bar & Grill was set to open. This bar and restaurant will be opening as part of the resort’s new role as the Official Team Headquarters.

According to Hussain Mahrous, general manager of M Resort, this bar will be open 24/7 and will be one of the premier places to watch sports in the hotel.

“It’ll be a great place to watch the Raiders,” Mahrous claims. “(The guest experience will be) elevated from going to a Raider game to being part of the Raiders family.” 

Raiders Fans Still Hoping for a Playoff Run

At the start of the 2019/2020 NFL season, not many football fans had high hopes for the Oakland Raiders. They entered the season as a serious Super Bowl betting underdog according to most sports betting sites. To the surprise of many, the Raiders have managed to pull off some major victories this season.

The Raiders started out with an impressive victory over the Denver Broncos. They fell short in their next two games before rattling off two more wins over the Colts and the Bears. Since that time, they’ve alternated between wins and losses yet still have a shot at earning a spot in the playoffs.

Oakland has a fairly easy schedule over the next seven weeks. Their biggest test will come against Kansas City. If they’re able to win at least four of their next seven games, they will almost surely earn a spot in the postseason.

If the Raiders struggle to generate wins for the rest of the season, the Steelers could take their place in the playoffs. The team’s recent victory over the LA Rams proved they’re capable of beating the top teams in the league.

The games this Sunday will give us a much better idea as to how things will play out.

Online Super Bowl Odds Are Now Available!

It’s an exciting time in the 2019/2020 NFL season right now. Every team is currently competing for their spot in the postseason. Bovada, one of the best US sports betting sites currently operating, is now offering odds on which team will win the Super Bowl.

The New England Patriots are still the betting favorites. They’re currently 8-1 this season and seem poised to enter into a championship spot. Bovada lists the Patriots’ odds at +250.

New Orleans is listed second in the betting odds. This team is also performing great this year. If they get past the Buccaneers this weekend, the team’s current odds of +650 may increase.

The Raiders are currently given odds of +6600 to win the 2020 Super Bowl. As we’ve already mentioned, the team has a legitimate road to the playoffs. A bet on this team would pay off massively if they manage to win the championship.

The Las Vegas Raiders Bar & Grill will soon open at M Resorts. If you’re in Las Vegas, make sure to check this new venue out!

Atlantic City Wants a Piece of NJ’s Sports Betting Revenue

New Jersey has one of the most lucrative sports betting markets in the country. Recently, the Mayor of Atlantic City called for a cut of NJ’s sports betting revenue. It’s here that most sports betting operations take place, after all.

Mayor Marty Small Sr

Sports betting is extremely popular in New Jersey. It’s helping to bring the state millions of dollars every single month. Let’s look at what exactly Atlantic City is now asking for.

Sports Betting in New Jersey Continues to Grow

New Jersey was instrumental in getting the US Supreme Court to strike down PASPA. Lawmakers here accomplished this goal in May of 2018, and shortly after officially approved a bill to legalize both online and land-based sports betting. Before long, every casino in Atlantic City began operating a land-based sportsbook.

These casinos also teamed up with major online sports betting companies to operate their internet sports betting platforms. Now, all Atlantic City casinos have an online sportsbook, too. Over the past year and a half, NJ’s sports betting revenue has increased dramatically.

In fact, for almost all of 2019, sports betting revenue has increased in this state. Certain gambling venues are known to generate more sports gambling winnings. Resorts Atlantic City is well-known for earning the most betting revenue in the city.

Not long ago, New Jersey earned more sports betting revenue than Nevada. It was the first time in history that this happened.

The state is certainly happy with these revenue earnings. Officials within Atlantic City now want their piece of the pie.

Mayor Marty Small Sr. Wants a Cut of NJ’s Sports Betting Revenue

As of now, New Jersey has earned more than $33 million through taxes on the state’s sports betting industry. That’s an impressive figure considering how new this industry really is. Now, the Mayor of Atlantic City is requesting a piece of this revenue.

Mayor Marty Small Sr. has officially asked for a direct cut of NJ’s sports betting revenue. He claims that Atlantic City played a major part in the success of this industry. He wants to see Atlantic City given more power to control the money earned from regulated sports gambling.

“In 14 months, New Jersey has overtaken Las Vegas as the No. 1 sports betting destination, and a lot of it has to with the success of Atlantic City and online,” Marty Small Sr. said. “But we don’t get one penny. … That’s unacceptable.”

The mayor wants to see this sports betting revenue used for property tax relief.

“My first, and foremost goal, as it was as council president and will continue to be as mayor, is more rateables for the city and more revenue streams to offset our taxes,” he said. 

This is certainly a reasonable request. Atlantic City is no stranger to economic hard times. Better control over NJ’s sports betting revenue would help this city in a major way.

September Proves Massively Successful for NJ Sports Betting Operators

It’s no secret that sports betting revenue has been steadily increasing in this city. This is particularly true now that the 2019/2020 NFL season is in full swing. September proved to be the most successful month for the state’s sports betting operators in history.

According to multiple reports, gamblers in the state wagered more than $445 million on sports in September. It’s the most money ever wagered in this state.

Online sports wagers brought in $41.1 million for casinos in September.

James Plousis, chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, recently commented on this revenue increase to the media.

“While operators continue to face strong competition for gaming and leisure customers, the increase in total gaming revenue shows the industry has grown for the betterment of both Atlantic City and New Jersey as a whole,” he said.

Mayor Marty Small Sr. is pleading his case. We’ll need to wait and see whether or not lawmakers decide to grant Atlantic City a larger share of NJ’s sports betting revenue.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

Casino Leasebacks Could Become the Next Big Thing in Las Vegas

  • MGM Resorts sold and is leasing back the Bellagio Hotel & Casino.
  • More Las Vegas casino leasebacks could be on the horizon.
  • Eldorado Resorts is interested in selling property, too.

Not long ago, MGM Resorts sold The Bellagio to the Blackstone Group. Under the terms of this sale, the hotel-casino will be leased back to MGM Resorts, which will continue to operate the venue. Many analysts now believe that casino leasebacks could become the next big thing in Las Vegas.

Bellagio Las Vegas Hotel Casino

This move allows MGM Resorts to begin investing more money into property overseas. More companies likely recognize this and will choose to do the same. Let’s look at what this means for the future of Las Vegas.

MGM Resorts’ Sale of the Bellagio, Explained

MGM Resorts International is one of the biggest and most profitable casino companies in the world. It owns and operates many hotel-casinos in Las Vegas including the Mirage, MGM Grand, and Mandalay Bay. Recently, company officials revealed plans to sell some of the biggest venues in Las Vegas.

Eventually, news broke that MGM sold Circus Circus Hotel & Casino. The venue was purchased by Phil Ruffin, who owns several major properties in Las Vegas already. Reports indicate that Circus Circus was purchased for $825 million.

Immediately after selling Circus Circus, MGM Resorts announced that it sold the Bellagio Hotel & Casino, as well. The Bellagio is considered one of the most prestigious venues on the Strip. The Blackstone Group bought this property for an astounding $4.2 billion.

Not long after the sale was announced, details emerged that showed it would be leased back to MGM Resorts for $245 million a year. MGM Resorts will continue to operate the hotel-casino, as well.

These casino leasebacks could start becoming more common. Analysts predict more could be on the way.

Analysts Predict More Las Vegas Casino Leasebacks in the Future

Property values are continuing to rise in Las Vegas. Interestingly, more of the hotel-casinos here are owned by just a few companies. Many of these companies are now pushing to open new gambling venues overseas.

Japan, in particular, is an extremely desirable location for many casino companies. Only three casino licenses are set to be handed out here. Recent reports claim Japan could become the world’s third-largest casino market over the next few years.

Casino leasebacks could be the best way to generate revenue for these overseas investments. John DeCree, a gambling analyst for Union Gaming, believes this will soon become common in the city.

“It’s definitely a trend in the market,” he said. “As real estate investors are learning the casino industry, they’re realizing it’s a viable and stable real estate investment.”

Some companies are now claiming to be interested in this strategy.

Eldorado Resorts Likely to Sell Las Vegas Property in 2020

Earlier this year, Eldorado Resorts announced that it was acquiring Caesars Entertainment for more than $17 billion. It’s the largest merger between two casino companies in history. Eldorado Resorts is now looking at new ways to generate revenue to make up for the huge price of the acquisition.

Tom Reeg, CEO of Eldorado Resorts, said in a conference call on Wednesday that he’s interested in new real estate deals after the merger with Caesars is officially complete.

“Caesars has a lot of excess real estate both in and out of Las Vegas that could be used for future development, both for ourselves or in a partnership,” he said. “There’s lots and lots of entities that would like to get close to or on the Vegas Strip.”

Exactly which properties could be sold is unknown. It’s likely that these venues would be sold as casino leasebacks, similar to what MGM is currently doing.

It’s an exciting time in Las Vegas. More companies are now being given the opportunity to own property in this city.

More casino leasebacks could be coming soon. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

OJ Simpson is Filing a Defamation Lawsuit Against LV Hotel-Casino

Not long ago, OJ Simpson stepped back into the public spotlight by creating his own Twitter account. He’s making headlines once again this week by going after one of Las Vegas’ most popular hotel-casinos. Today, we’re going to look at exactly why Simpson is filing a defamation lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan Casino-Resort.

OJ Simpson In Court

Simpson is no stranger to high-profile lawsuits. It’s interesting to now see the controversial former athlete seeking damages for defamation. Here’s what we know about this situation.

The Cosmopolitan’s Allegations Against Simpson

Back in July of 2017, OJ Simpson was granted parole after spending nine years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping. In October of that year, he was officially released. Just one month later, he was kicked out of the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Officials within the Cosmopolitan claim that Simpson was “drunk and unruly” at a hotel bar. TMZ quickly posted a picture of him being escorted out of the hotel surrounded by security.

Not long after this news broke, Simpson and his lawyers quickly denied the allegations. Malcolm Lavergne, OJ’s lawyer, commented on the hotel’s claims to the media.

“The casino itself, they won’t comment on why they banned Mr. Simpson which I projected that they would do, but they were just saying these were wild reports. So everything other than Mr. Simpson being trespassed from property are just false. They just exercised their right to ban him,” Lavergne said.

Eventually, this story was forgotten about. Simpson seemed to have disappeared from the public spotlight. This week, OJ Simpson decided to officially file a lawsuit over this whole situation.

OJ Simpson is Now Filing a Lawsuit Against the Cosmopolitan

As we mentioned earlier, the Cosmopolitan is one of the most popular and lucrative hotel-casinos in Las Vegas. It’s home to many incredible bars that Simpson was known to frequent. Claims that OJ was drunk and unruly are completely untrue, according to a new lawsuit.

OJ Simpson has now filed a defamation lawsuit against Nevada Property 1 LLC, which owns the Cosmopolitan. He’s claiming that he was never given a reason for being kicked out of the venue. He’s denying the allegations that any hotel property was destroyed.

“To date, the Cosmopolitan has never issued any public rationale or reasoning for trespassing Simpson from the property, other than claiming it was ‘private’ property the night of the issuance of the trespass notice,” Simpson’s complains says. 

The former athlete is now asking for $30,000 in compensation. He’s also requested unspecified punitive damages and attorney’s fees.

We’ll need to wait and see how this lawsuit plays out over the next few months.

Cosmopolitan Owners Continue to Purchase LV Property

The Cosmopolitan is the most expensive hotel-casino ever constructed in Las Vegas. It first opened in 2010 and has gained a reputation as one of the hippest, most popular venues in the city. Over the years, ownership of this property has switched hands.

In 2014, The Cosmopolitan was officially sold to the Blackstone Group for $1.73 billion. Recently, this company has acquired several major Las Vegas Strip properties.

Just last month, MGM Resorts International sold the Bellagio Hotel & Casino to the Blackstone Group for $4.2 billion. It was the largest property sale in Las Vegas history.

Soon, this company could also purchase the world-famous MGM Grand. Reports indicate that MGM Resorts is planning to sell this venue in order to invest more money overseas.

It’s a fascinating time in Las Vegas. Never before have so many major hotel-casinos gone for sale.

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

What Happens in Vegas November 10th – 16th



There’s always something exciting happening in Las Vegas. More entertainment options are available in this city than anywhere else in the world. Here’s a quick look at what happens in Las Vegas over the next few days.
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Sunday, November 10th

Great American Foodie Fest

Many of the world’s top chefs have established a presence in Las Vegas. There are enough incredible restaurants in this city to keep you busy for years. On November 10th, the Great American Foodie Fest takes place at the M Resort Spa & Casino.

This massive event allows you to try some of the best foods ever shown on the Food Network and Travel Channel. There’s also a beer garden here that features some of the top breweries in the US. The event kicks off at 5 pm. Best of all, admission to this event is free!

Shin Lim

At 10 pm, Shin Lim takes his act to the Terry Fator Theatre, inside the Mirage Hotel & Casino. Lim is well-known in the magician community. He’s said to be the only magician to ever fool Penn & Teller twice. At just 28 years old, he already has one of Las Vegas’ hottest new shows.

Magic fans swear that Lim is a must-see performer. Anyone in Las Vegas can now check out his newest show starting at 10 pm. Tickets are still available for just $90.

Wednesday, November 13th

Golden Knights vs. Chicago Blackhawks

We’re now more than a month into the 2019/2020 NHL season, and it’s still anyone’s guess which team will end up winning the Stanley Cup. On Wednesday, two of the top teams in the league square off inside the world-famous T-Mobile Arena. The LV Golden Knights will take on the Chicago Blackhawks in one of the most anticipated matchups so far this season.

This game pits the newest team in the NHL against one of the league’s most storied franchises. It should produce fireworks. Tickets can be purchased for as low as $83.

Friday, November 15th

Boyz II Men

One of the most iconic groups in R&B makes their way to Las Vegas this Friday. Boyz II Men are set to perform inside the aforementioned Terry Fator Theatre at 7:30 pm. It’s a must-see show for fans of both R&B and traditional hip hop.

This group has been performing for more than two decades. Despite their many years on the road, Boys II Men haven’t skipped a beat. Those in Vegas can check out the new show for just $60.

Saturday, November 16th

Jerry Seinfeld

Perhaps the most famous comedian of all time will once again put on his act in Las Vegas this upcoming Saturday. Jerry Seinfeld is bringing his latest stand-up routine to The Colosseum, inside Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino. The legendary comedian behind Seinfeld and Comedians in Cars Drinking Coffee is staying true to his roots with an impressive 60-minute routine.

The Colosseum is one of the best entertainment venues in Las Vegas. Tickets to see Jerry Seinfeld perform here can now be purchased for just $80.

It’s an exciting week for both locals and tourists in Las Vegas. If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, make sure to head over to our Vegas hotels page to learn more about what’s available here!

Bleutech Park is One Step Closer to Being Constructed

Months ago, plans were unveiled for a brand new futuristic “mini-city” within Las Vegas called Bleutech Park. Developers claimed the project would cost upwards of $7.5 billion, making it one of the largest in recent history. This week, these developers agreed to purchase land for this new futuristic park.

Bleutech Park Project

It’s exciting news for supporters of this new project. Today, we’re going to look at what we know about Bleutech Park. We’ll also look at what the land agreement means for the future of this ambitious plan.

Developers Reveal Plans for New “Mini-City” Within Las Vegas

Las Vegas is no stranger to huge development projects. Right now, several massive projects are underway here, some of which are costing billions of dollars to construct. This past summer, a development company revealed its plans to construct a futuristic “mini-city” in Las Vegas.

The developers claim that the project will cost $7.5 billion to complete. This money, they argue, will go towards the construction of one of the country’s most modern new “smart cities.”

This development, called Bleutech Park, will run entirely on renewable energy sources. It will be 100% grid-independent and will feature buildings made up of energy-generating and breathable materials. A network of “supertrees” will also be used inside the park to help reduce imported water consumption by 95%.

Obviously, this project was appealing to Las Vegas city officials. A futuristic city such as this one could have a massive impact on future construction projects here.

The developers of Bleutech Park hope to start construction by December of this year. This week, the company agreed to purchase land for this incredible new mini-city.

Bleutech Park Properties Agrees to Land Deal for New Project

Since announcing the plans for this new development, Bleutech Park Properties have looked for a suitable area for construction. It now appears that they’ve found it. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the company has agreed to purchase land for its new mini-city.

BPP has reached an agreement with landowners Khusrow “K” Roohani and Larry Canarelli to buy 210 acres of land at Las Vegas Boulevard and Cactus Avenue. According to reports, the deal is to buy each acre for $1.5 million. This puts the entire sale price at about $315 million.

Roohani confirmed that he’s reached a “solid agreement” with Bleutech Park Properties. It’s a low-risk deal for the landowner.

Of course, this deal has not been finalized. Several steps will need to be taken before construction can officially begin. Based on what we know so far, this could be within the next few months.

It’s exciting news to see a land purchase agreement made. As we’ve already mentioned, this isn’t the only major project coming to Las Vegas in the near future.

More Projects Being Constructed in Las Vegas

Bleutech Park is the most ambitious project proposed in Las Vegas for years. There are, however, some incredible new venues opening up here. Some of them are costing several billion dollars to construct.

Resorts World remains the largest new project under construction in this city. It’s owned by the Genting Group and is expected to open in 2020. It’s set to become one of the largest new casino-resorts in the city.

The MSG Sphere is another massive project being constructed in Las Vegas. It’s currently being made directly next to the Las Vegas Strip. It’s said to be the biggest and most high-tech entertainment venue in the city.

If Bleutech Park is constructed, it will set a new standard for LV development projects. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this situation over the next few months!

Caesars Entertainment Reveals a “Solid” Third Quarter

More US casino companies are releasing their financial statements. Officials within Caesars Entertainment have just revealed the company’s third-quarter reports. Fortunately, the company managed to bring in some serious revenue over 2019’s Q3.Caesars Entertainment

This company is in the middle of some major changes. Today, we’re going to look at Caesars’ third-quarter reports. We’ll also talk about what’s in store for this company in 2020. Let’s get into it!

Quarter Three Proves Successful For Caesars

This week, Caesars Entertainment finally revealed the company’s financial statements for the year’s third quarter. Some analysts were concerned that the company was losing money. It was in the middle of a complete overhaul and many were unaware of the impact that this would have.

Fortunately, things are looking great. These reports show that Caesars generated revenue of $2.24 billion during Q3. This represents a 2.3% increase from the same time period in 2018.

This company also recorded a $68 million operating loss and a net loss of $359 million. Amazingly, Caesars still brought in a profit of $110 million. This is great news for shareholders. Caesars has been working hard to generate revenue in different ways this year.

Tony Rodio, CEO of Caesars Entertainment, commented on the revenue reports to the media this week.

“We are pleased to have delivered solid financial results in the third quarter with net revenue growth across all business verticals, despite headwinds across our portfolio. Revenue performance was driven by our Las Vegas region due to increased consumer demand, with particular strength in the hotel business which continues to outpace prior years across properties. Coupled with corporate expense reductions, this led to strong adjusted EBITDA growth as well as margin expansion.”

Majority of Revenue Came From Las Vegas

Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of revenue came from Las Vegas. It’s clear that Vegas remains the true hub for this company. Revenue from Las Vegas increased by 7% to $973 million.

Gamblers appeared to be unlucky during Q3. Reports show a 17.3% rise in gambling revenue in Las Vegas during these three months. Hotel occupancy was also up three points to 95.6%.

In other parts of the country, things weren’t quite as successful. Revenue from the rest of Caesars’ US operations fell by a little less than 1%. Significant losses were reported in Atlantic City.

Caesars Entertainment’s revenue from online gambling businesses and international casinos fell by 4% to $144 million.

Quarter four should be even better for Caesars. The company is set to receive an additional $516 from the sale of the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Next year will represent a massive change for this major casino operator.

Caesars Entertainment Set to Merge With Eldorado Resorts

Back in June, Eldorado Resorts announced that it was set to purchase Caesars Entertainment for an astounding $17 billion. It’s the largest merger of two casino companies in history. Initially, it was said that this merger would be finalized before the end of the year.

Things are taking longer than expected, though. Now, it appears that this deal will be concluded sometime in 2020.

These two companies must gain approval from several state gambling commissions before this deal can be finalized. The Federal Trade Commission must also approve the merger. Officials want to ensure that this deal does not create a monopoly-like situation.

Both of these companies are selling properties, too.

Based on multiple reports, Caesars Entertainment is set to be taken over by Eldorado Resorts early next year. We’ll need to wait and see how this affects the US casino industry moving forward.

Q3 proved to be successful for Caesars. 2019’s fourth quarter is likely to be even better. Stay tuned for more US casino news over the next few weeks!

Convention Attendance in Las Vegas Could Set Records in 2019

Las Vegas is known for being the convention hub of the United States. This year, convention attendance in Las Vegas could set new records. It’s clear that individuals continue to value this city as a business center.

Las Vegas Convention Center

There’s a lot to be excited about in Las Vegas right now. Today, we’re going to look at how much rates of tourism and convention attendance have increased this year.

Gambling Revenue Continues to Surge in Las Vegas

At the beginning of the year, casinos in Las Vegas were struggling to increase their gambling revenue. For several reasons, visitors to the city were not gambling as much as initially projected. This led some to claim that Las Vegas’ best days were in the past.

Much of this has to do with the rise in competition around the country. In the past, Vegas was one of the only areas of the country that allowed full gambling and sports betting options. This is no longer the case.

Many states now have fully operational commercial casinos and sportsbooks up and running. New Jersey, in particular, is experiencing a huge surge in tourism and revenue thanks to its expanded gambling options. Amazingly, New Jersey’s sports betting revenue has even surpassed Las Vegas’ on several occasions this year.

Gambling revenue has been increasing in Las Vegas for months now. September was one of Nevada’s best months in recent memory. Overall, casinos here generated more than $1 billion.

Unsurprisingly, Las Vegas generated the vast majority of this money. Clark County, in which Las Vegas lies, brought in $913.6 million. Baccarat helped to generate serious revenue for casinos in the city.

New reports now claim that convention attendance in Las Vegas is reaching an all-time high.

Tourism and Convention Attendance in Las Vegas Are Increasing

An increase in gambling revenue generally indicates an increase in tourism, as well. This theory is proving to be correct. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has just released reports that show tourism in this city is strong.

As of the end of September, more than 31.9 million people have visited Las Vegas this year. It’s 0.6% higher than the visitor volume in 2018. There’s still a chance that 2016’s record of 42.9 million total visitors will be broken this year.

Convention attendance in Las Vegas is where things get really surprising. New reports indicate that as of now, more than 5.165 million convention attendees have visited Las Vegas this year. There’s a great chance that Las Vegas manages to break 2017’s total record of 6.646 total convention attendees.

Hotel occupancy numbers are also looking solid so far this year. The current room inventory in this city stands at 149,050. That’s not too far behind 2013’s record of 150,593. Currently, Las Vegas’ hotel occupancy level is at 89.2%. This could indicate that another record is set to be broken.

Overall, Las Vegas is having a fantastic year. We’ll simply need to wait and see how 2019’s fourth-quarter plays out.

Las Vegas Property Sales Continue

Never before have so many major Las Vegas hotel-casinos gone up for sale. It’s a fascinating time in the city. Amazingly, more major property sales are likely to take place over the next few months.

MGM Resorts claims that it’s still interested in putting properties up for sale. Not long ago, this company sold both the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino and the Bellagio Casino-Resort. The latter proved to be the largest hotel-casino sale in Las Vegas history.

Caesars has also been looking to sell some of its LV venues. The company sold its Rio Hotel & Casino to Imperial Companies earlier this year. Caesars Entertainment is scheduled to merge with Eldorado Resorts sometime in 2020.

Officials within Hard Rock International have recently claimed that they’re interested in purchasing a Las Vegas Strip property. It would be fitting, considering the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas has now been taken over by Virgin Hotels.

There’s clearly a lot going on here. Convention attendance in Las Vegas is up and could soon break the all-time record.

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

What’s Happening in Vegas November 3rd – 9th



There’s always something exciting happening in Las Vegas. More entertainment options are available in this city than anywhere else in the world. Here’s a quick look at what happens in Las Vegas over the next few days.

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Sunday, November 3rd

Day N Vegas Music Festival

Las Vegas is home to many of the world’s biggest and most exciting music festivals. On Sunday, the hugely popular Day N Vegas festival arrives, and fans are already racing to get their tickets. This year’s event is one of the best in recent memory, featuring top artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Tyler the Creator, and more.

The festival takes place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Tickets can be purchased starting at just $300.

Tuesday: November 5th:

Sema Show

Calling all automobile aficionados. On Tuesday, the world-famous Las Vegas Convention Center plays host to the SEMA Show. It’s one of the city’s top car shows, showcasing the latest and greatest updates to vehicle technology. Attendees receive a first-hand look at the future of the automobile industry.

Visitors here can also check out some of the most beautiful vehicles currently on the market. Ticket prices are starting at just $60.

Wednesday, November 6th

PBR World Finals 2019

On Wednesday, Las Vegas turns into every rodeo fan’s favorite city. The 2019 PBR World Finals officially take place inside the T-Mobile Area. The biggest stars in professional bull riding are attending.

The event kicks off at 12 pm and also includes live concerts, fantastic food, and an endless supply of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Right now, tickets can be found for as low as $40.

Friday, November 8th

Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa is set to take center stage at Drai’s Nightclub inside the Cromwell Hotel, close to the world-famous Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino. The famous rapper is set to begin performing at 9 pm. Visitors can watch the iconic musician perform some of his biggest hits at one of Las Vegas’ coolest clubs.

Tickets for this concert are going fast. Some can still be purchased for around $40.

Saturday, November 9th

Tim Allen – Aces of Comedy

On Saturday, the Aces of Comedy show continues with the legendary Tim Allen inside the Terry Fator Theater, within the Mirage Casino-Resort. Allen has won numerous awards during his career and his new act is said to be one of his best. He’s out to prove that he’s just as talented a comedian as he is an actor.

The show kicks off at 10 pm. Tickets are still available and can be purchased for as low as $60.

Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean Vegas is slowing down. There are still some fantastic events taking place this week. Feel free to check the ones listed above!

The Las Vegas MGM Grand Could Soon Go for Sale

Not long ago, two of the most popular hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip went for sale. Now, reports are surfacing that more of MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas could be put up for sale. Amazing, the Las Vegas MGM Grand could soon go for sale.

Las Vegas MGM Grand

This hotel has long been considered MGM Resorts’ flagship property. For many, it’s a surprise to hear that this venue could potentially be sold. Let’s look at why exactly this company is selling so many of its hotel-casinos.

MGM Resorts Recently Sells Circus Circus and Bellagio

MGM Resorts owns more hotel-casinos in Las Vegas than any other company. Recently, officials within MGM revealed plans to sell some of the company’s biggest properties. Before long, the company did exactly that.

News quickly broke that MGM had sold Circus Circus to Phil Ruffin, owner of the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino. Ruffin purchased the property for $825 million. It’s still unclear exactly what plans Ruffin has for this popular venue.

Amazingly, MGM Resorts also sold the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in October. The Bellagio is widely considered to be one of the best casino-resorts in the world. The Blackstone Group purchased this venue for an astounding $4.2 billion, the biggest hotel-casino purchase in Las Vegas history.

This is all a part of MGM’s “asset-light” strategy. Essentially, the company wants to sell properties in order to help grow the company. The money earned is used to help expand the company in the US and abroad.

Now, reports are surfacing that one of MGM Resorts’ flagship venues could soon go for sale.

Las Vegas MGM Grand Could Soon be Sold

In a conference call, CEO of MGM Resorts Jim Murren commented on the company’s new property selling strategy. Murren confirmed that the company is interested in selling the Las Vegas MGM Grand. This is all a part of the company’s strategy to “unlock” the value from different properties.

Murren claims that MGM Resorts is currently in the process of “monetizing the real estate” of the Las Vegas MGM Grand. More details of this deal are scheduled to come out over the next few months.

The MGM Grand is one of the most popular gambling venues in Las Vegas. It opened in 1993 and quickly rose to become a hotbed of the city. It features a casino floor larger than 170,000 square feet.

This property also holds a massive entertainment area. The MGM Grand Garden Arena has hosted many of the biggest sporting events in the world. A number of major combat sporting events have been hosted here.

It’s unclear how much the MGM Grand will be sold for. It will likely earn MGM resorts billions.

According to Jim Murren, even more sales are currently being discussed.

More MGM Property Sales Are On the Horizon

MGM isn’t the only company prepared to sell some of its major properties. Eldorado Resorts, which is scheduled to merge with Caesars Entertainment, is also currently in the process of selling some of its major Las Vegas venues.

MGM Resorts, however, is selling more properties than any other company. According to new reports, this company is preparing to sell several other properties including the Aria, Vdara, and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts.

Selling the MGM Springfield property isn’t entirely expected. This hotel-casino has struggled to generate revenue for many months. Much of this is due to the success of the recently-opened Encore Boston Harbor, which has captured much of the Massachusetts gambling market.

Jim Murren claims these sales will help the company break into the Japanese casino market. MGM is one of the biggest US casino companies working to obtain a Japanese casino license. The additional revenue earned from property sales may go towards an integrated resort in this country.

We’ll need to wait and see who purchases the Las Vegas MGM Grand and for how much money. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

Nevada Gambling Winnings Surpassed $1 Billion in September

The state of Nevada is experiencing some massive revenue gains this year. New reports indicate that Nevada gambling winnings surpassed $1 billion last month. It’s the fifth time in 2019 that casinos here have brought in more than a billion dollars.Nevada Sign On Highway

Things are clearly going well in this state. Today, we’re going to look at which forms of gambling brought in the most money here in September. We’ll also talk about which areas of the state managed to generate the most revenue. Let’s get into it!

Nevada Proves It’s Still the Casino Capital of the US

Nevada, and specifically Las Vegas, has always been considered to be the gambling capital of the US. Recently, however, several states have expanded their gambling industries. It seemed as if some parts of the country could overtake Nevada in terms of gambling revenue.

This is beginning to seem less likely. Nevada’s Gaming Control Board has confirmed that casinos in this state won more than $1 billion in September. In total, casinos here managed to bring in $1.059 billion.

It’s a massively successful number for the state, which heavily relies on gambling revenue to function.

Casinos have now generated more than a billion dollars for the fifth time this year. Nevada gambling winnings in September even set a new record. It was the most money ever made during this month. The previous record was held in 2007.

No other state can currently compete with Nevada’s gambling industry. New Jersey is pulling in impressive revenue figures, yet it’s not quite at Nevada’s level. We’ll need to wait and see how long this winning streak continues for.

Baccarat Helps to Boost Nevada Gambling Winnings

Baccarat is one of the most popular casino games in the world. In case you’re unaware, this is a common table game available in almost all Nevada casinos. It’s grown extremely popular over the years and has proven to be a huge earner for casinos around the country.

According to the Nevada Gaming Board, this game helped to generate a significant amount of money last month. Michael Lawton, a senior research analyst for the Gaming Control Board, commented on the earnings from this game to the media this week.

“Baccarat held 19.47 percent compared to a very weak 9.81 percent last year,” he said. “This stronger hold offset soft volumes, as baccarat volume totaled $557.1 million which was a decrease of $160.7 million or 22.4 percent (from last year).” 

Interestingly, Lawton claims that baccarat’s trends aren’t exactly great.

“Although this month’s baccarat results were a significant improvement over last year, the long-term trend for the state’s baccarat business remains choppy at best, as win is currently down 9.3 percent calendar year to date and volumes are down 12.4 percent.”

Slot machines also contributed to Nevada gambling winnings last month. This form of gambling helped to bring in $690.2 million. This represents an 8.3% increase from the same month in 2018.

Las Vegas Continues to Bring in the Most Money for Nevada

Las Vegas is home to many of the biggest and best casinos in the world. The Las Vegas Strip, in particular, features a massive number of world-class gambling venues. Most of these casinos generate a huge amount of money every single month.

Overall, Clark County managed to bring in $913.6 million in September. This is up more than 8% from the same period last year. Las Vegas Strip revenue increased by 7% to $584.2 million.

Amazing, Downtown Las Vegas experienced the biggest Nevada gambling winnings increase last month. This area of the city brought in $65.9 million, an increase of 19.9% from 2018. This is great news, considering gambling revenue in the Downtown area fell last month by 1.9%.

Nevada has seen its casinos generate an increase in revenue for the past four months. Soon, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority will release the state’s official tourism numbers from last month.

Nevada gambling winnings continue to increase. Stay tuned for more casino news on this city over the next few months!

Yahoo Sports and MGM Resorts Sign New Partnership Deal

One of the biggest casino companies in the United States has just signed a major partnership deal. According to multiple reports, Yahoo Sports and MGM Resorts have agreed to a sports betting collaboration. It’s extremely exciting news for both companies.

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Today, we’ll be looking at the details of this new deal. We’ll also look at the US sports betting industry’s expansion. Let’s get into it!

MGM Resorts Recently Sold Las Vegas Strip Properties

MGM Resorts has recently been looking for new ways to generate revenue. Months ago, officials announced that they were interested in selling some of the company’s major Las Vegas properties. Then, earlier this month, MGM Resorts announced that it had sold The Bellagio and Circus Circus.

The latter was sold to Phil Ruffin, owner of Treasure Island. Ruffin purchased this property for an astounding $825 million. It’s unclear exactly what plans the executive has for this popular venue. Hopefully, he renovates and expands this hotel-casino.

MGM also made history by selling The Bellagio to the Blackstone Group. It cost Blackstone $4.2 billion, the largest of any casino-resort sale in Las Vegas history. Blackstone will soon begin leasing the property back to MGM Resorts for $245 per year.

Back in May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Now, every state in the country can set laws on sports betting. Nearly 20 states have outright legalized this form of wagering. MGM Resorts International quickly began working on ways to capitalize on the emerging US sports gambling industry.

Officials revealed their new online sports betting platform, called BetMGM, earlier this year. This week, Yahoo Sport and MGM Resorts signed a new deal to help promote this platform.

Yahoo Sports and MGM Resorts Officially Partner Up

Yahoo Sports’ app has a massive user base. It looks like MGM Resorts is looking to capitalize on the company’s existing status. This week, these companies officially agreed to a sports betting collaboration.

Next month, these two companies will begin offering traditional online sports betting and daily fantasy sports options through Yahoo using MGM’s Roar Digital platform. During the multi-year deal, the Yahoo Sports app will begin offering sports wagers, with all transactions taking place through BetMGM.

Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International, commented on this new partnership to the media this week.

“This partnership marks an important moment for BetMGM in the growing U.S. sports betting sector,” he said. “Integrating Yahoo’s leading fantasy sports operations and content with BetMGM’s world-class sports betting and interactive platform uniquely positions us to drive market share and large-scale adoption among sports fans.”

Commissioners of the NBA and NHL have both voiced their approval of this new deal. Hope is that the Yahoo Sports and MGM Resorts partnership helps to provide players with the best possible experience.

Several States Will Soon Launch Sports Betting Platforms

As we mentioned earlier, almost 20 states have officially passed bills to legalize sports gambling. 13 of these states have their sports betting operations up and running. An additional six are currently working to launch these platforms.

Montana is expected to have its online and land-based sports betting platforms operating very soon. Sports betting was made legal here back in May yet it’s taken lawmakers time to prepare for this industry’s launch.

Tennessee should also have its sports gambling operations made available soon. This state legalized sports betting in May, as well. Hope is that sportsbooks start operating within the next month or two.

In time, it’s likely that almost every state in the country will legalize sports betting.

Yahoo Sports and MGM Resorts will soon begin offering sports betting odds and DFS games. Make sure to stay tuned for more news on this situation over the next few months!

What’s Happening in Vegas on October 27 – November 2

There’s always something exciting happening in Las Vegas. More entertainment options are available in this city than anywhere else in the world. Here’s a quick look at what happens in Las Vegas over the next few days.

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Sunday, October 27th:

Hallow Reef

Starting at 10 am on Sunday, visitors can check out the spooky Hallow Reef exhibit inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. Normally, this impressive underwater aquarium is a calm and pristine shark reef. This week, however, it’s transformed into a haunted shipwreck. 

Children under the age of 12 and in costume receive free admission on Friday and discounted prices on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can explore the entire area and view hundreds of different underwater species. This is a great event to enjoy with the whole family!

Tuesday, October 29th:

Steve Aoki – Armies of the Night 2

One of the top DJ’s on the planet is returning to Las Vegas with his “Armies of the Night 2” show. Steve Aoki will be performing this event at the Omnia Nightclub inside Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino. The show begins at 10:30 pm and is expected to last until the early morning hours on Wednesday. 

This show will have a unique Halloween twist to it. Tickets are now available for presale for as low as $20! If you’re a fan of Aoki or EDM music in general, this is a show that you can’t miss. 

Wednesday, October 30th:

The Beer Tasting Experience

Starting at 3 pm on Wednesday, the LINQ Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip will once again host its popular “Beer Tasting Experience.” Here, a top beer connoisseur will break down the history and brewing techniques of eight tasty beers. You’ll even receive tips on how to best pour and drink different beers. 

After a quick lesson from the brewing expert, guests will receive a complimentary 20oz glass of their favorite beer. Tickets are going for just $42. As you might expect, only those above the age of 21 are allowed to partake. 

Thursday, October 31st:

Rock Of Horror

There’s a lot happening in Las Vegas on Halloween. Perhaps the most exciting event takes place between 2 pm and 2 am on Fremont Street. The Rock of Horror event transforms Downtown Las Vegas into a massive Halloween celebration. It’s unlike anything else you’ll find in the city all year. 

Live music is playing on three different stages. A costume contest also goes on, with some great cash prizes going to the winners. There’s great food, drinks, and entertainment for the entire day. Best of all… Admission to this event is free! 

Saturday, November 2nd:

Daniel Tosh – Aces of Comedy

One of the most recognized comedians of this generation is scheduled to perform at the Terry Fator Theatre, inside The Mirage Hotel & Casino, on Saturday, November 2nd. Daniel Tosh is appearing as part of the renowned “Aces of Comedy.” The Tosh.O host and longtime comic begins his edgy humor and rapid-fire joke show at 7:30 pm. 

Many comedy fans claim that Tosh is one of the best in the business. Anyone visiting Las Vegas this week can check out his brand new act with ticket prices starting at just under $60. 

Halloween week is an exciting time in Las Vegas. If you’re here during this time, feel free to check out any of the events that we’ve listed. Have fun, and be safe!

LV Casinos Are Charging Service Fees on Drinks

Visitors to Las Vegas are now experiencing another annoying service charge. According to multiple reports, LV casinos are beginning to charge service fees on drinks. It’s disappointing news for tourists here, many of whom are getting fed up with the rising costs in Las Vegas.

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There’s been a discussion brewing about the resort fees that different hotels are now charging. Today, we’re going to look at these casino’s decision to start charging drink fees. We’ll also look at the recent push to make hotel-resort fees more transparent for guests. Let’s get into it!

Resort Fees Continue to Increase in Las Vegas

Just about every single hotel in Las Vegas charges resort fees. Essentially, these are fees that different venues charge their guests to help pay for different amenities. Resort fees allow guests to access the hotel pool, gym, Wi-Fi, and more.

This past summer, MGM Resorts International announced that resort fees at the company’s Las Vegas hotels were increasing. MGM spokesperson Brian Ahern confirmed to the media that fees were rising by $6 in three different hotels. The Aria, Vdara, and Bellagio would all experience an increase in resort fees.

It’s unclear whether or not these fees will decrease now that the Bellagio has been sold. The Blackstone Group officially purchased this property from MGM Resorts for an astounding $4.2 billion. It’s the biggest Las Vegas resort sale in history.

Blackstone Group will begin leasing the casino-resort back to MGM Resorts International for $245 per year. Officials within the company have not commented on changes to the hotel’s fees.

Recently, a huge number of LV casinos have begun charging service fees on drinks. Let’s look at why exactly this is.

LV Casinos Charge Service Fees on Drinks

Most of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas are home to nightclubs. These venues are usually open every day of the week and draw in a huge number of visitors. In the past, almost none of these nightclubs charged service fees on drinks. Over the past three years, however, almost all of them have begun charging these fees.

Juan Carlos Diaz, chairman of the American Nightlife Association, claims no other city outside of Las Vegas charges these fees for customers.

“I’m sure it’s something that’s good for business that can help cover costs, but they have to be more creative in the ways they take care of their customers,” he told the media. 

Nightclubs at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Resort claim to charge a 7% fee on drinks. Wynn Resorts charges a flat $1 fee. MGM Resorts International did not comment on their drink service charges.

Many visitors are getting fed up with these new fees. Recently, a bill was presented that would make these resort fees much easier for guests to see.

Resort Fees Legislation is Still Waiting On Approval

In late September, a bill was presented to the US House of Representatives that would require all casino-resorts to clearly list their resort fees for guests. Hotels are currently allowed to advertise room rates without the resort fees included. It can give the impression that a room costs much less than it actually does.

This bill piqued the interest of many individuals in Las Vegas. The NV Resort Association quickly began studying the bill. The group wants to understand the impact that this bill would have on hotel-casinos in the state.

If approved, casino-resorts around the country will be required to post their resort fees. It would help many travelers avoid paying for fees they did not know were included. The bill is still being reviewed in the House.

LV casinos are continuing to charge service fees on drinks. The specific cost of these fees is known at some casinos. Others do not disclose their drink service charges.

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

The Moulin Rouge Las Vegas Sale is Falling Apart

Over the summer, owners of the Moulin Rouge Casino in Las Vegas announced they were interested in selling their historic gambling venue. Several groups quickly expressed interest in purchasing the casino. Unfortunately, it appears the Moulin Rouge Las Vegas sale is now falling apart.

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It’s disappointing news for those who wanted to see this old casino renovated. Today, we’ll look at why exactly the Moulin Rouge is so famous. We’ll also talk about who’s talked about purchasing this property. Let’s get into it!

Moulin Rouge Owners Continue Search for a Buyer

The Moulin Rouge is one of the oldest and most historic gambling venues in Las Vegas. It opened in 1955, at a time when civil rights was a major talking point across the country. Owners of this venue decided to make it the first desegregated casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

During its four and a half months of operating, this was one of the most popular venues in Las Vegas. Celebrities from all over the country came to gamble the night away here. Entertainers would fly in to perform and enjoy the atmosphere.

Unfortunately, the owners of this gambling venue didn’t keep track of their money. The Moulin Rouge Las Vegas was quickly forced to close its doors and never reopened. It was terrible news for fans of this gambling venue, many of whom felt it would start operating again in just a few months.

The owners of this casino have been looking for a buyer. For a time, it appeared that several companies were ready to seal the deal. Unfortunately, it appears that this sale is no longer in the works.

The Moulin Rouge Las Vegas Sale Has Not Been Finalized

Back in early July, several Las Vegas-based companies announced that they were interested in purchasing this historic casino. The owners of the Moulin Rouge Las Vegas then began searching for which of these potential buyers would make the best offer. District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez bid $6.2 million for the venue, yet locals voiced their disapproval of her proposal.

Next, the Las Vegas National Restaurant Service claimed that it was interested in buying. Once again, these plans fell through. A company called Las Vegas Moulin Rouge LLC then announced it was ready to buy the casino. As you probably guessed, these plans fell through, as well.

Kevin Hanchett, a court-appointed owner of the Moulin Rouge Las Vegas, then told the media that he’d received three new offers. The most promising company was Anderson Capital, which bid $9.5 million. Hanchett claimed that he was waiting for a $4.5 million deposit to clear. As of today, the money has not arrived.

It has to be frustrating news for Hanchett. There’s clearly interest in this venue and its land yet no one seems ready to close a deal. Hopefully, this will change in the future.

More Gambling Venues Set to Open in Las Vegas

The Moulin Rouge Las Vegas may not be up and running again for years. Fortunately, there are several new gambling venues opening in this city, most of which are expected to be fantastic. Resorts World, currently being constructed in the northern area of the LV Strip, is one of the most highly anticipated venues here in years.

This massive casino-resort is being built by Genting Group. Its opening has been delayed for years, partly due to the massive cost it’s taking to build. Company officials claim that it will be up and running by December of 2020.

The new Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas will be opening up next year, too. Virgin is currently in the process of converting the Hard Rock Las Vegas Hotel & Casino into its own gambling venue. Based on what we know about this new hotel-casino, it’s going to be fantastic.

Owners of the Palms Casino-Resort, located off the Las Vegas Strip, have also been renovating their property. Recently, the casino revealed its newest artwork.

The Moulin Rouge Las Vegas is still just a dilapidated building. We’ll need to wait and see which company finally decides to purchase this venue.

Stay tuned for more news on the situation over the next few weeks!

Las Vegas Sands Revenue Reports Are Revealed

One of the biggest and most profitable casino companies in the world has just released it’s Q3 financial reports. Interestingly, the Las Vegas Sands revenue came in slightly lower than anticipated. It’s a disappointing blow for this company, which is currently working to expand its presence overseas.

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Today, we’re going to look at exactly how much money this company managed to bring in over 2019’s third quarter. We’ll also look at some of the things LVS has planned over the next few years. Let’s get into it!

2019 Proves to Be an Interesting Year for Las Vegas Sands

As we’ve already mentioned, Las Vegas Sands is one of the biggest and most lucrative casino companies in the world. It’s had an interesting 2019, with fluctuating revenue earnings and continued expansion in Asia. Fortunately, the company’s quarter two financial reports came out solid.

In quarter two, LVS revenue jumped by more than 15% when compared to the same month in 2018. The company recorded a net income of $1.108 billion and had a stock share price of $1.24. Rob Goldstein, CEO of the company, claimed it was the best quarter in LVS’ history.

Officials within Las Vegas Sands have made it clear that they are continuing to invest abroad. Macau, in particular, is a major investment point for this company. LVS is continuing to invest more than $2 billion into its operations in Macau.

To some, this is a cause for concern. Macau has struggled to generate revenue for almost all of 2019. The US-Chinese trade war and protests in Hong Kong have lessened the number of gamblers visiting this city. Las Vegas Sands isn’t deterred, however, and continues to pump money into its resorts here.

Unfortunately, things haven’t gone quite as smoothly over the past three months for this company.

Las Vegas Sands Revenue Reports for Q3 Are Finally Out

LVS has officially come out with its earnings report. According to company officials, it saw $3.25 billion in revenue during quarter three. Operating income fell to $899 million for a decrease of 2.5% compared to quarter 3 of 2018. Net income fell by 6.6% to just $533 million.

When comparing these figures to the year’s second quarter, the results look abysmal. Of course, it’s important to note that Q2’s earnings were significantly boosted by the sale of Sands Bethlehem. This sale provided the company with $138 million.

Sands China’s revenue dropped by 2% to $2.08 billion. Most of the decline is attributed to the Sands Cotai Central, where revenue fell by 9.3%. This popular hotel-casino is currently being converted into The Londoner.

Sheldon Adelson, the founder of Las Vegas Sands, managed to make an appearance during the company’s revenue call. The casino mogul is unfortunately battling non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and barely spoke. He did claim to be happy about the company’s increased shareholder dividends.

The decline in Las Vegas Sands revenue earnings isn’t too concerning. This company remains one of the most powerful casino operators in the world.

LVS Continues to Push Into the Japanese Market

Last year, Japan officially approved plans to legalize casino gambling. Over the past year and a half, lawmakers here have worked on ways to get this new industry up and running. Soon, the government will begin offering licenses to different casino companies.

Only three of these casino licenses will be handed out. Las Vegas Sands is making it clear that they want to make it into this country. Not long ago, officials at LVS claimed that they want to open a casino-resort in either Osaka or Yokohama.

Las Vegas Sands revenue figures from Q3 aren’t having an impact on these plans. Most analysts believe that Japan will become one of the most lucrative casino markets in the world. If LVS is able to break into the Japanese market, it will likely experience massive revenue gains.

Of course, competition is high. Many of the biggest US casino companies are also attempting to obtain a Japanese casino license. We’ll need to wait and see which ones are chosen by Japan’s soon-to-be-established casino regulator.

Make sure to stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few weeks!

Hard Rock International Could Soon Break Into Las Vegas

Hard Rock International is one of the biggest and most successful hotel-casino companies in the country. Interestingly, it hasn’t ever managed to run a major venue in Las Vegas. This week, the Chairman of Hard Rock International told the media he’s interested in purchasing a LV Strip property.

Jim Allen Hard Rock CEO

Today, we’re going to look at the details of the recent Hard Rock Las Vegas property sale. We’ll also talk about how soon Hard Rock International could break into Sin City. Let’s get into it!

Hard Rock Las Vegas Property Sold to Virgin Hotels

Back in the early 90s, owners of the Hard Rock Cafe revealed that they were planning to construct a new hotel-casino in Las Vegas. In 1995, this venue officially opened its doors in Paradise, not far from the Las Vegas Strip. It proved to be a success, drawing in both tourists and locals to the casino floor.

Florida’s Seminole Tribe purchased Hard Rock International in 2007 for nearly $1 billion. This new deal excluded rights to operate the Las Vegas property.

In 2006, Morgans Hotel Group agreed to purchase this hotel-casino. As part of the deal, MHG agreed to keep using the Hard Rock name. Over the next five years, ownership of this venue switched several times.

Unfortunately, the casino’s revenue began falling. Since 2008, it struggled to bring in guests and casino players, leading many to call for its sale. In March of 2019, this sale was officially finalized.

Owners announced that they’d sold their Las Vegas property to Virgin Hotels. The Richard Branson-run Virgin Hotels is breaking into the Vegas market for the first time. The company has officially closed this hotel with an opening date scheduled for late 2020.

At first, it looked as if the Hard Rock brand was permanently leaving the Las Vegas market. This does not appear to be the case anymore.

Chairman of Hard Rock International Wants a Las Vegas Property

For fans of the Hard Rock brand, it was a shame to see the Las Vegas property go up for sale.

Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International, recently told the media that he’s interested in opening a hotel-casino here. According to new reports, Allen has been planning a Las Vegas property purchase for months.

Allen claims that the Las Vegas Strip is “certainly” one of the possibilities for a new hotel-casino. He also told the media that Vegas would be “a great opportunity for our brand.”

As of now, it appears that Allen is interested in purchasing Planet Hollywood, or Bally’s. Both of these venues are located in prime locations on the Strip.

Brendan Bussman, a partner at Global Market Advisors, believes that purchasing a Strip property will not be easy.

“There will probably be multiple properties interested,” Bussmann said. “There’s only a few good parcels on the Strip you can do something with.”

The Timing for a Strip Purchase Might be Perfect

This might be the most ideal time for Hard Rock International to make the move into Las Vegas. Several major casino companies here are interested in selling their Strip properties. MGM Resorts, for example, just sold its Circus Circus and Bellagio properties last week!

Eldorado Resorts is another company that’s looking to sell a major hotel-casino. The company is set to acquire Caesars Entertainment soon and wants to get rid of a Strip venue to help make up for the $17.3 billion that it cost to purchase the company.

The purchase of a Las Vegas Strip property may also help Hard Rock’s chances of breaking into the Japanese market. Hard Rock International is making it clear that they’re interested in opening one of the three casino-resorts in Japan.

Las Vegas remains the gold standard for casino companies. Owning a property on the Strip here would be huge for the company’s portfolio. Lawmakers in Japan are currently deciding which US casino companies to grant a gambling license.

We may see Hard Rock return to Las Vegas very soon. Make sure to stay tuned for more news on the situation over the next few weeks!

The Bellagio Sale is the Biggest in Las Vegas History

Las Vegas is going through an interesting time right now. Recently, several major casino operators here have committed to selling some of their biggest properties. MGM Resorts announced its Bellagio sale last week, which is said to be the biggest of any resort in Las Vegas.

Bellagio Hotel And Casino

The Bellagio Hotel & Casino was once the world’s greatest casino-resort. Its sale came as a huge surprise for many individuals. Today, we’re going to look at the history of this amazing hotel-casino, and talk about why exactly it was sold.

History of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino

In the 1990s, several major Las Vegas gambling venues opened their doors. None were as grandiose and exciting as the Bellagio Hotel & Casino. This venue first underwent construction in 1996 and officially opened to the public towards the end of 1998. It cost more than $1.6 billion to construct, which at the time meant it was the most expensive hotel ever built.

The Bellagio quickly exploded in popularity. It had some of the most expensive rates in the city, yet everyone wanted to stay here. This venue managed to bring in massive revenue earnings and was considered the hottest property on the Las Vegas Strip.

Of course, not everything lasts forever. Over the past decade, several new hotel-casinos have opened here that have somewhat taken away the Bellagio’s shine. Despite this fact, it’s still an incredible hotel-casino and one that continues to bring in massive revenue earnings every single year.

MGM Resorts International has discussed plans to sell some of its Las Vegas properties for years. Many felt that if any were sold, it would be the smaller, less popular venues located on the Strip.

Interestingly, officials within MGM confirmed last week that the Bellagio was being sold to the Blackstone Group.

MGM’s Bellagio Sale is the Biggest Ever Made in Las Vegas

The Blackstone Group has shown a major interest in purchasing major Las Vegas hotel-casinos. MGM Resorts International confirmed that they’d sold the Bellagio to this company for an astounding $4.2 billion. This makes it the biggest of any resort sale in Las Vegas history.

The terms of the Bellagio sale are very interesting. Blackstone Group will actually begin leasing the casino-resort back to MGM for an annual rent of $245 per year. MGM will also retain a 5% ownership stake in the hotel.

The second-largest casino sale in Las Vegas doesn’t even come close. In 2014, the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino was sold to Blackstone Group, as well. It cost them just $1.73 to purchase this venue.

Such a high price is expected for a hotel-casino as successful as the Bellagio. This venue generated more than $405 million in operating income last year. It’s showing no signs of slowing down, either.

MGM Chairman and CEO Jim Murren believes that selling properties will help the company “redeploy capital to higher-return investments.”

The Bellagio sale may not be the only major one taking place on the Las Vegas Strip.

More Las Vegas Strip Property Sales Could be Coming

MGM Resorts clearly feels that major property sales are the best course of action right now. Also last week, the company announced that it had sold the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino to Phil Ruffin, owner of Treasure Island. The sale earned MGM $825 million.

It’s unclear whether or not MGM Resorts International plans to get rid of any additional Las Vegas properties. Officials in the company seem committed to obtaining an elusive Japanese casino license.

Caesars Entertainment may soon announce another Las Vegas property sale. Earlier this year, Caesars agreed to merge with Eldorado Resorts. It’s the largest merger in US casino company history.

Heads of Caesars Entertainment claim they’re interested in selling properties. Last month, Caesars sold the Rio Hotel & Casino. It’s still possible for a major Caesars Strip property to go up for sale.

The Bellagio sale is the biggest in Las Vegas history. Make sure to stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few months!

10Best Names the Top 10 Casinos in Las Vegas

It’s no secret that Las Vegas is home to many of the biggest and best casino-resorts in the world. Trying to decide which of these gambling venues is the best can be difficult. Everyone has a different opinion! This week, 10Best officially revealed the names of its top 10 casinos in Las Vegas.

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Some of these casinos were expected to appear. Others, no one saw coming. Today, we’re going to take a quick look at this list. Let’s get into it!

Top 10 Casinos in Las Vegas, According to 10Best

As we’ve already mentioned, it’s extremely difficult trying to narrow down just 10 of the best casinos in Las Vegas. There are simply too many to choose from. Experts from USA Today’s 10Best chose 20 of their favorite casinos. From there, the top 10 were chosen by popular vote.

Here are the top 10 casinos in Las Vegas named by 10Best!

The D Las Vegas

Not many would have predicted that the D Las Vegas Hotel & Casino would be named the top gambling venue in the city. It’s located in the Downtown area, miles away from the Las Vegas Strip. The D has a loyal following, yet it’s rare for this casino to win any major awards. Interestingly, 10Best has named it the best in the city.

The STRAT Las Vegas

Now this one is REALLY surprising. This hotel-casino, formally known as the Las Vegas Stratosphere, was generally considered one of the worst venues in the city. It was recently rebranded to the STRAT and has undergone some major renovations. Apparently, this was enough for 10Best to name it as one of the best! It’s great news for this casino moving forward.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Another Downtown Las Vegas casino makes its way onto this list. The Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is another popular venue in the city, yet isn’t traditionally thought of as one of the top 10 casinos in Las Vegas. 10Best seems to disagree.

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resort

This one shouldn’t surprise anyone. Not long ago, Wynn Las Vegas was named the very best hotel-casino in the US by Business Insider. It’s certainly a good one, featuring an impressive casino floor, wonderful amenities and a prime location on the Las Vegas Strip.

Venetian & The Palazzo

The Venetian Hotel & Casino is one of the most beloved venues in Las Vegas. It has one of the most impressive designs of any hotel in the city. The Palazzo, in particular, is stunning. It has managed to stay popular throughout the years and was just named as one of the top 10 casinos in Las Vegas.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Everyone loves the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino. It’s the most expensive venue in the city and features one of the most impressive casino floors. Some feel it should have been higher on this list.

Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Another extremely popular Las Vegas Strip property is being named. Caesars Palace features more than 124,000 square feet of gambling space. It’s a world-class gaming venue and deserves its spot on this list.

Red Rock Casino Resorts & Spa

The Fertitta-owned Red Rock Casino comes in at number 8. It’s located away from the Strip and Downtown area yet it’s become hugely popular, particularly with locals.

Bellagio Las Vegas

For years, the Bellagio Hotel & Casino was considered the best hotel-casino in the city. That’s no longer the case, yet many still consider it in the top-five. The Bellagio has still been named one of the top 10 casinos in Las Vegas this week.

M Resort Spa Casino

M Resort Spa & Casino comes in at number 10. This is another venue that’s highly popular with locals. It isn’t in the best location and doesn’t draw in as many visitors as some of the other hotels on this list, yet there’s no denying it features an amazing casino floor.

If you’re planning to visit Sin City, make sure to check out our Las Vegas hotel guide page! Enjoy your stay!

What’s Happening in Vegas? October 20-26

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Las Vegas is known for being the world’s biggest gambling destination, but there’s so much more going on beneath the surface of Sin City. From sporting events to concerts to festivals you just can’t miss, there’s always something exciting happening in Las Vegas.

Here’s a quick look at what’s happening in Las Vegas over the next few days:

Tuesday, October 22nd:

Willie Nelson and Family

Calling all country music fans! The legendary Willie Nelson is returning to Las Vegas this week. Willie Nelson and Family are performing inside the Venetian Theater. As the name suggests, this venue is located within the world-famous Venetian Hotel & Casino.

Nelson has been performing for more than six decades. He’s earned just about every award that an artist possibly can and continues to put on shows for his fans around the world. You never know when Willie will decide to hang up the gloves so this may be the perfect time to check out his concert while you still can.

Several special artists will also be performing including Tennessee Jet. Tickets are starting at around $60.

Wednesday, October 23rd:

Lady Gaga Enigma Tour

Lady Gaga, arguably the most popular singer on the planet right now, has officially set up shop in Las Vegas. For the next two years, she’ll be performing inside the Park MGM Theater. Enigma, her new show, is already proving to be a massive success.

Things haven’t gone perfectly, though. She made headlines this week after falling off the stage in the arms of a fan. Fortunately, no one was injured. She’s putting on another major show this Wednesday and fans are already flocking to the ticket booths to get their seats.

Tickets can be found for as little as $45 right now. As the concert gets closer, these prices are likely to increase.

Thursday, October 24th:

Las Vegas Balloon Glow

If you ask a local, “what happens in Vegas?” You’re probably not going to hear them say “balloon shows!” This Thursday, however, that is exactly what’s happening in this city. The Craig Ranch Park, located in North Las Vegas, is hosting this exciting new event.

Guests will find dozens of massive hot air balloons tethered to the ground, food trucks, drink carts, and more. It’s even possible to book private balloon rides for two people, starting at just $20.

This is likely to be a popular event with the locals. If you’re looking to escape from the bright lights of the Strip, the Las Vegas Balloon Glow might be the perfect event to attend.

Friday, October 25th:

Concours D’Elegance

For true car lovers, there may be no better show than the Concours D’Elegance. The show actually dates back to the 17th century, when aristocrats paraded around the city in their fanciest horse-drawn carriages. Today, it’s a car show that takes place all around the world.

The Las Vegas Concours D’Elegance is the second to last event of the season and is expected to be one of the best. Several Las Vegas celebrities will be attending including Wolfgang Puck. Don’t be concerned if you can’t attend the show on Friday evening. It’s a multi-day event that will span from the 25th to the 28th.

This year’s event is being held at both the Keep Memory Alive Events Center (for the first evening gala) and the Dragon Ridge Country Club (where the car show is held). Tickets start at $100.

Saturday, October 26th:

Dogtober Beer Fest

We can’t have a “what happens in Vegas” list without mentioning some drinking festivals! On Saturday afternoon, Big Dog’s Draft House is putting on their annual Dogtober beer fest and brat party. Many locals claim it’s the best beer festival of the year.

Big Dog’s Draft House is located a little off the beaten path, but this is an event that’s well worth attending. Visitors here can sample more than 50 craft beers, enjoy classic Wisconsin-style brats, and listen to live music from locals bands.

Amazingly, admission to this event is free. Food and drink packages start at just $30. If you’re a beer fan, there’s no better way to relax on a Saturday.

Non Gambling Options in LV Hotels Are Growing More Popular

Las Vegas is home to many of the biggest and best casinos in the world. Interestingly, non-gambling options in LV hotels are generating more revenue than ever before. It appears that many individuals are choosing to visit this city for reasons other than gambling.

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Some don’t want to admit it, but Las Vegas is changing. Now is the perfect time to look at the amount of revenue that non-gambling activities are bringing in. Let’s get into it!

Tourism Numbers in Las Vegas Are Increasing

At the start of 2019, things didn’t look great for Las Vegas. Tourism numbers were dropping and casinos were struggling to generate revenue. Fortunately, things have begun to turn around in this famous city.

More visitors have begun heading to Las Vegas. The summer months, in particular, drew in a wave of tourists. There’s still a chance that tourism numbers are going to break records here.

Hotel occupancy was at 89.3% in August. This was the highest in the city since 2007 when hotel occupancy was at 90.7%. Many analysts still believe that more than 43 million individuals will visit in 2019, setting a new record.

It now appears that many are visiting this city for reasons outside of just gambling. That’s great news for hotel-casinos in Las Vegas, many of which are beginning to invest more in their non-gambling amenities.

Revenue From Non-Gambling Hotels in LV Casinos Grows

Back in 1999, Nevada began earning more from its non-gambling amenities than it makes inside casinos. Since that year, non-gambling options in LV hotels have gotten even more popular. According to David Schwartz, a gaming research analyst with the UNLV, claims the average Las Vegas tourist spends $434.70 per day. $285.41 goes to activities outside of gambling and $142.29 goes towards gambling.

Interestingly, the largest percentage of visitors to this city are millennials. Seth Schorr, CEO of Fifth Street Gaming, claims millennials simply don’t gamble as much as the older generations. Those that choose to gamble generally enjoy social games like craps.

“The other thing that is tricky with the casino audience is there’s a perception of what a casino is,” Schorr said. “The Generation X, Z and millennials are all a little off on the betting part. They’d rather see themselves on TV or in a big Instagram or YouTube rush, sharing with their friends, not sitting by themselves playing slots. The question is how do you make it social for many in gambling without it being craps,” he said.

Some believe that Esports betting will grow extremely popular in this city. Esports grow more popular every single month. Others believe that entertainment centers that feature virtual reality and other tech innovations will help to bring in non-gambling revenue here, as well.

More Casinos Are Coming to Las Vegas

Non-gambling options in LV hotels continue to grow more popular. That doesn’t mean casino companies are choosing not to invest here, though. Several major casino projects are set to open in Las Vegas over the next few years.

One that many are excited about is Resorts World. This new casino-resort, being constructed in the northern area of the Las Vegas Strip, is expected to be a major success. It will officially open in 2020.

The new Virgin Hotel is opening up next year, as well. Virgin Hotels purchased its first Las Vegas property from Hard Rock International this year and is working to renovate and update the casino and hotel.

It’s clear that non-gambling options in LV hotels are growing more popular. This will likely continue, as millennials simply aren’t as interested in gambling as the older generations.

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

Plans for a New Casino in Oklahoma Are Revealed

Oklahoma’s legal battle against Native American Tribes continues. It doesn’t appear to be stopping tribes from expressing interest in opening casinos here. The Choctaw Nation has revealed plans for a new casino in Oklahoma this week.

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There are a staggering number of Native American casinos in this state. The gambling industry here is showing no signs of slowing down. Let’s look at the state’s battle with tribes and what new casino plans have just been revealed.

Lawmakers and Tribes Continue to Quarrel

Oklahoma has the third-largest number of Native American Tribes in the United States after Alaska and California. In 1988, the US Supreme Court passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, allowing all Native American Tribes to operate casinos on sovereign land. Immediately, a huge number of tribes in this state decided to open their own casinos.

Over the past two decades, Oklahoma has developed one of the largest tribal casino markets in the country. Since the 90s, tribes have been required to pay between 4% and 10% of their revenue in taxes to the state. In 2018, tribal casinos brought in more than $139 million in taxes.

Recently, however, Governor Kevin Stitt has asked for lawmakers in the state to reevaluate the current tax structure. He simply wants to ensure that the state is earning what it should from these gambling venues. Interestingly, Stitt voiced this opinion to the media, instead of lawmakers directly.

His new idea did not sit well with tribal leaders in the state. Many tribes immediately began pointing out the contribution that they make to the state. Increasing tax rates would go against an agreement that’s been in place for decades, they argue.

Negotiations are continuing to take place between the tribes and state officials. It’s unclear exactly how this situation will unfold.

Choctaw Nation Unveils Plans for a New Casino in Oklahoma

Despite the unknown future tax rates for casino operators, many tribes are still looking to open a gambling venue in Oklahoma. This week, the Choctaw Nation revealed its plans for a new casino in Oklahoma. More specifically, a casino in Matteson, at Lincoln Highway and Harlem Avenue. Many are excited to hear what may be coming here.

The town of Matteson is currently fighting for its opportunity to host a casino. Plans to construct a $300 million gambling venue was presented to the Village Board. A vote on the new casino will be made on October 21st.

Sheila Chalmers-Currin, Village President of Matteson, commented on the decision to open a casino in this city to the media.

“I believe this project will be an asset not just to Matteson, but to the entire Southland Region,” she said. “After interviewing multiple casino operators, we felt the team led by the Choctaw Nation provided the best combination of experience, vision, community engagement and a financially feasible plan.”

The plan, which the Choctaw Nation would be helping with, calls for 2,000 gaming positions, a high-end restaurant and food hall, a 200-room hotel and 36,000 square feet for small conventions, concerts or similar events. The proposed site covers 35 acres and could include another 15 to 20.

This tribe already operates 22 casinos around the state. Soon, it may have a 23rd.

Oklahoma Still Hesitant to Approve Sports Betting

For many years, only Nevada was legally allowed to offer sports betting in the United States. Finally, in May of 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Almost immediately afterward, several states began presenting plans to legalize and regulate the sports betting industry.

Today, 19 states have chosen to legalize sports gambling. Many more likely will over the next few months. A bill was presented in Oklahoma earlier this year to allow “sports pools.” Unfortunately, the bill failed to get approved before the state’s legislative session.

Many believe that sports betting will be approved in this state next year. It seems extremely likely, as the state would likely earn millions every month from this industry.

Plans for a new casino in Oklahoma have been presented. We’re likely to see even more gambling venues open here over the next several years.

Stay tuned for more Oklahoma gambling news over the next few months!

The Raiders’ New Partner is Announced for Las Vegas Stadium

The Oakland Raiders will soon be making their new home in Las Vegas. This week, the Raiders’ new partner was officially revealed. To the surprise of many, the famous NFL team has teamed up with a tribal casino operator in California.

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Allegiant Stadium, where the Raiders will play in Las Vegas, won’t be complete until 2020. It makes sense for the team to seek new partnerships before it opens up. Let’s look at why this team is moving to Vegas, and what this partnership means moving forward.

Why Are the Raiders Moving to Las Vegas?

The Raiders are well-known for having one of the most passionate fan bases in the entire NFL. There’s a mystique about the team which has long been considered the place for the league’s toughest players. Unfortunately, Oakland has struggled to generate much success over the years and has one of the lowest budgets of any NFL team.

Recently, the NFL demanded that the Raiders begin playing in a new stadium. The team’s current home is the RingCentral Stadium (the Colosseum) which it shares with the Oakland Athletics MLB team. It’s considered to be one of the worst stadiums in the country.

The Raiders failed to propose an adequate stadium solution to officials in the NFL. The team then decided it would make the move to Los Angeles. Once again, this idea was shot down by the league. Finally, the team agreed on plans to move into Las Vegas. To the surprise of some, heads of the NFL greenlit these plans. The team agreed to begin playing at the future Allegiant Stadium, in an area that many real estate firms are investing in.

Las Vegas has recently begun to embrace its professional sports industry. Just a few years ago, the Las Vegas Golden Knights were created here. They’ve quickly become one of the top teams in the NHL.

Not everyone is happy about it, but the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas. This week, the team announced its newest partner.

The Raiders’ New Partner Isn’t Based in Las Vegas

Many believed that the Raiders would team up with one of the many Las Vegas casino companies to help with promotional work and funding. Interestingly, the team has revealed this week that it’s signed a deal with San Manuel Casino, based in Southern California.

Marc Badain, President of the Raiders, commented on this new partnership to the media this week.

“We’ve talked often about how the (Allegiant Stadium) project is going to be transformative for the city of Las Vegas, the Raiders, the region and also for our partners,” he said. “We’re excited to have San Manuel Casino as a founding partner.”

The specific terms of this new deal have not been revealed to the public. Many believe it will be a profitable one for both parties, though. The Raiders’ new partner is no stranger to major sports partnerships. In fact, San Manuel Casino currently boats partnership deals with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Las Vegas Golden Knights.

“Our history in Los Angeles was a very significant and successful one, and we maintain a very strong fanbase in the Southern California area. A significant portion of our (personal seat license) holders are coming from the region,” Badain also commented to the media. 

Week 7 Oakland Raiders Betting Odds

We’re now entering the 7th week of the 2019/2020 NFL season, and it’s been a competitive one thus far. The Raiders didn’t enter this season with the highest expectations, yet they’ve already recorded a few wins against solid teams. One of the best US online sports betting sites, Bovada, is now offering week 7 Oakland Raiders odds right now.

On Sunday, October 20th, the Raiders will take on the Green Bay Packers on enemy territory. The odds are set and Oakland is entering this game as the considerable betting underdogs.

Despite entering Sunday’s match on a two-game win streak, Oakland is being given odds of just +210 to beat the Packers. They’ve looked solid in recent games against Indianapolis and Chicago but have shown weakness in their defense.

Green Bay is looking great this season with a current 5-1 record. Their only loss came against the Eagles in a close game. Most NFL betting experts believe they’ll get the job done this Sunday, and Bovada seems to agree, giving the Packers odds of -250 to beat Oakland.

The Raiders’ new partner has been revealed. We’re getting closer and closer to seeing this team in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for more sports gambling news over the next few months!

MGM Resorts Officially Sells Circus Circus Hotel & Resort

MGM Resorts is having an extremely busy year. For months, officials in the company have discussed selling one of their Las Vegas properties, Circus Circus Hotel & Resort. This week, the sale was finalized.

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It’s a big move for MGM. Circus Circus may not be the most profitable venue in Las Vegas, yet it’s without a doubt one of the most well-known. Now is a great time to look at why exactly this popular venue was sold.

History of Circus Circus Las Vegas

It seems like every few years, a new gambling venue opens up in Las Vegas. Amazingly, some of the old hotel-casinos are still going strong here. Circus Circus opened its doors all the way back in 1968 and quickly grew into one of the most popular venues in the city.

Unlike many of the early Las Vegas hotel-casinos, Circus Circus put a major emphasis on providing entertainment. The venue was designed as a giant circus tent and put on shows every day of the week. For many years, however, it didn’t have a hotel for guests to stay in.

Jay Sarno, the owner of this venue, began experiencing financial difficulties over the lack of accommodation options. Sarno began partnering with organized crime members and was quickly investigated by the federal government. In 1974, Circus Circus Hotel & Resort was officially sold to William Bennet and William Pennington.

MGM Resorts International purchased this venue in 2005. It’s location and somewhat older amenities made it one of the less-desirable venues in the city. Circus Circus has struggled to generate revenue over the years and officials within MGM decided they were interested in selling.

This week, it appears that this sale was finalized.

MGM Resorts Confirms the Sale of Circus Circus Hotel & Resort

Back in September, we reported on the news that MGM was looking to sell this venue. It was clear that the company was hoping to fast-track this sale and several individuals announced they were interested in purchasing it. As many predicted, MGM Resorts officially sold Circus Circus to Phil Ruffin, owner of Treasure Island.

Ruffin is excited to add another Las Vegas Strip property to his portfolio. He commented on the purchase to the media this week.

“Circus Circus has anchored the north end of the Las Vegas Strip for over 50 years, and I am excited to add it to my casino portfolio,” he said. “I have tremendous respect for Jim Murren and the MGM team, and my relationship with them goes back to my friendship with Kirk Kerkorian and continues to this day.”

According to multiple reports, Circus Circus Hotel & Resort was sold to Ruffin for $825 million.

Interestingly, Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust and MGM agreed to a partnership to acquire MGM’s Bellagio Hotel & Casino and lease it back to MGM. This deal is described as “one of the highest ever paid for a [Las Vegas] Strip asset.”

More Las Vegas Strip Properties Could Go For Sale

MGM Resorts isn’t the only company that’s interested in selling some of its Strip properties. The sale of Circus Circus Hotel & Resort may be the first of many upcoming sales over the next 12 months. Caesars Entertainment, which is set to merge with Eldorado Resorts, is also looking to sell some properties in the coming months.

Tom Reeg, CEO of Eldorado Resorts, told the media that Las Vegas property sales were likely.

“I would expect that we would be a seller of a Strip asset, but that decision has not been made,” he told the media. 

Last month, Caesars confirmed everyone’s suspicion and sold the Rio Hotel & Casino. Imperial Companies, a real estate firm based in New York purchased the gambling venue for $516.3 million.

It’s very possible that more sales are just around the corner. The merger with Eldorado Resorts is the biggest in history.

Make sure to stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news this week!

NV Gaming Board Wants to Ban Steve Wynn From Casino Industry

One of the most powerful individuals in the casino industry is in hot water. For months, Steve Wynn has been at the center of several sexual misconduct lawsuits. Now, the Nevada Gaming Board is filing a complaint to permanently ban Mr. Wynn from the casino industry.

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Things are not looking good for Wynn and his former company right now. Today, we’re going to take a quick look at the allegations against the casino mogul. We’ll also look at some of Wynn Resorts’ upcoming expansion plans. Let’s get started!

The Growth of Wynn Resorts Over the Years

Steve Wynn has been a major player in Las Vegas for years. His first real break came in 2000 when he sold Mirage Resorts to MGM Grand. That same year, Wynn purchased the Desert Inn for $270 million.

Soon, he partnered with Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada and took control of nearly half of the Universal Entertainment Corporation’s stock. In 2002, the company hired Ronald Kramer as President and Director to help take the company public.

Wynn Resorts had its IPO in October of 2002 and by 2005, the company purchased its first major project, Wynn Resorts. It also quickly expanded into Macau with the opening of Wynn Macau. Over the past decade, Wynn Resorts has grown to become one of the biggest and most lucrative casino companies in the world.

Not long ago, Wynn Las Vegas was named the best casino in the country. This company now owns a huge number of casino-resorts all around the world.

Unfortunately, Steve Wynn is being accused of sexual misconduct. The allegations are serious enough for Nevada’s Gaming Board to take action.

Allegations Against Steve Wynn, Explained

Back in 2018, the Wall Street Journal published an investigative report that details Steve Wynn’s decades of sexual misconduct. According to the report, Wynn used his status atop the casino industry to pressure his employees into different, inappropriate situations.

Some of the women detailed in the report even claimed to hide in bathrooms and schedule fake appointments in order to avoid the CEO. Mr. Wynn quickly denied the allegations by stating, “The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous.” 

Wynn Resorts board members quickly got together to investigate the allegations. The board claimed it was “deeply committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all of the company’s employees and to operating with the highest ethical standards.” 

In February, Wynn stepped down as CEO of Wynn Resorts. He also sold his stock in the company and seemed to disappear from the public spotlight.

Since early 2018, more allegations have come to light. In early October, Steve Wynn was named in two sexual harassment cases in less than one week. Reports are also surfacing that officials within Wynn Resorts, as well as Mr. Wynn himself, pressured several women to avoid talking with the media about their claims.

The former CEO is continuing to deny all of the allegations being thrown his way. It doesn’t seem to be convincing Nevada officials, though.

Nevada Officials Want to Ban Wynn From Gambling Industry

This week, the NV Gaming Board has officially filed a five-count complaint against Steve Wynn. The gambling board claims that the allegations of sexual misconduct violate state licensing suitability regulations. This complaint, if approved, would prohibit Steve Wynn from ever being licensed to operate a casino in the state again.

Mr. Wynn has not yet responded to the complaint. According to numerous reports, he is currently living in Florida.

There are several lawsuits that involve the former casino mogul. Wynn Resorts is also continuing to be hit with these legal charges.

This week, officials in the company announced that they are no longer interested in opening a casino-resort in Osaka. The company now seems determined to open one of these new gambling venues in the city of Yokohama.

There’s a lot going on with this company. It’s unclear exactly how these lawsuits will affect Wynn Resorts’ day to day operations. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

What’s Happening in Vegas the Week of October 13th – 19th

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There’s always something exciting happening in Las Vegas. More entertainment options are available in this city than anywhere else in the world.

Here’s a quick look at what’s happening in Las Vegas over the next few days:

Tuesday, October 15th:

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Nashville Predators

On Tuesday, two of the best teams in the NHL square off inside T-Mobile Arena. The Las Vegas Golden Knights are looking to capture their third straight victory and fifth overall in the season. In order to do so, they’ll need to beat one of the most successful teams in franchise history.

Fortunately for Golden Knights fans, Nashville isn’t coming into this game as the betting favorites. They’ve struggled for much of the season and hold just a 3-2 record heading into Tuesday’s game. Many analysts predict the Golden Knights secure an easy victory.

The oddsmakers seem to agree. Mybookie.ag currently lists the Predators’ odds to win at just +120. The Golden Knights enter with odds of -140. If you’re in Las Vegas, feel free to head over to any of the world-class sportsbooks spread around the city to place your wagers on the game’s outcome!

Tim Burton Exhibit

Ice hockey isn’t your thing? No problem! There are plenty more amazing events happening in Vegas this week. Also available on Tuesday is the Tim Burton Exhibit, located inside the Neon Museum. According to many individuals, this is one of the most impressive art exhibits in recent Las Vegas history.

Burton spent a significant portion of his childhood in Las Vegas and the city is heavily referenced in many of his movies. This exhibit, called Lost Vegas, features many of his most famous pieces of art taken from different movies.

The Neon Museum is located on North Las Vegas Boulevard, not far from the world-famous Fremont Street. Tuesday marks the exhibit’s grand opening. Ticket prices start at around $25. Feel free to stop by!

Thursday, October 17th:

PFL 8 Playoffs Event

Calling all combat sports fans! On Thursday, another round of the PFL playoffs takes place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. This is the eighth event of the 2019 season and is expected to be extremely competitive. Members of the promotions’ featherweight and lightweight divisions are fighting for their shot to win $1 million.

Several big-name athletes are competing this week. Many hardcore fans are looking forward to the lightweight bout between Akhmet Aliev and Rashid Magomedov. Aliev is looking to bounce back from a recent loss to Chris Wade, while Magomedov hopes to recover from a hard-fought loss to Nate Andrews. Expect fireworks!

Friday, October 18th

Las Rageous Music Festival

What happens in Las Vegas almost every single week? Concerts. On Friday, the Las Rageous Music Festival returns to Old Town Las Vegas at the Downtown Events Center and features a variety of the top metal bands in the country.

Rob Zombie, Bring Me the Horizon, The Used, and Chevelle are all on this year’s lineup. Event officials describe it as “two days of pure havoc.”

The 2019 Las Rageous event runs from Friday to Saturday. Two-day passes can be purchased for around $110. If you’re in the mood for some headbanging fun, this might be the perfect event to attend.

Saturday, October 19th

Downtown Brew Festival

Las Vegas is home to some fantastic craft beer festivals. On Saturday, the famous Downtown Brew Festival takes place at the Clark County Amphitheater and is a must-attend for any beer lovers in the city. More than 200 different craft brews will be available as well as live music, local culinary artists, and motley experiences.

Unfortunately, this event only lasts a few hours! It will be open from 5 to 9 pm. Tickets can be purchased for as low as $40. Early-access VIP tickets are available for $50.

What happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas. Each of the events listed above offers something different. If you’re in Sin City this week, these are all things worth checking out.

If you haven’t booked your hotel room yet, make sure to check out our Las Vegas hotel guides for expert recommendations on the city’s different accommodation options!

Las Vegas Suncoast Hotel Land is Going Up for Sale

The Suncoast Hotel & Casino is one of the most popular venues in the city for locals not located on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s continued to generate revenue over the years, despite its less-than-desirable location. Interestingly, the land that the Las Vegas Suncoast Hotel sits on is going up for sale.

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Not many predicted that this casino’s land would be sold. On the surface, it looked as if this gambling venue was outperforming many others in the city. Here’s what we know right now.

About the Las Vegas Suncoast Hotel & Casino

All the way back in 1998, Michael Gaughan announced plans for a $145 million project. It was revealed that this casino-resort would be constructed in the northwest area of Las Vegas, on the corner of Rampart Boulevard and Alta Drive. In 1999, the project was officially named Suncoast.

Construction began in late 1999 and was eventually wrapped up in mid-2020. The final cost of the Suncoast was $185 million.

This venue opened its doors to the public on September 12th of 2000. It was expected that 90% of the visitors would be Las Vegas locals. Visitors here were given access to the casino’s 78,000 square foot casino floor featuring 48 table games and hundreds of slots.

In 2016, Boyd Gaming partnered with Miomni to begin offering online sports gambling options to customers.

This gambling venue was won numerous awards over the years. In 2002, it was given the “Best of Las Vegas” award for having the best electronic poker gambling options. It attracted many visitors and gained a reputation as a true locals hotspot.

To the surprise of many, the Las Vegas Suncoast’s land is now going for sale.

Land Surrounding Suncoast Hotel is Going for Sale

Boyd Gaming, the company that took control of the Suncoast in 2004, has confirmed that the land surrounding this hotel-casino is officially going up for sale. Company officials are maintaining that they will continue to operate the casino.

Eric Carlton, an executive at real estate firm Colliers International, spoke about this land going for sale to the media this week.

“The Suncoast land is 49.13 acres in the highly coveted master planned community of Summerlin and presents a once in a lifetime generational opportunity,” according to the property listing on Loopnet.”

It’s important to note that only the land that this casino sits on is going for sale. The gambling venue itself is not being sold. Owners of this land are simply looking to cash out. According to Fox 5 Las Vegas, the asking price is $87 million.

It’s very likely that several companies will bid for this land. Buyers of this property will gain a fee title and could acquire up to $60,000 in annual rent.

Other Great Las Vegas Casinos for Locals

Las Vegas is home to a huge number of small casinos that are visited primarily by locals. The majority of these venues are located off the Las Vegas Strip. Perhaps the best casino for locals in the Red Rock Casino Resort.

Red Rock is owned by the Fertittas and is one of the coolest resorts in the city. It features more than 118,390 square feet of gambling space and a hotel with 830 rooms. There are enough gambling options to keep even the most hardcore gambler busy for days.

The South Point Casino & Spa is another Las Vegas gambling establishment that’s beloved by locals. There’s a fantastic casino here offering all of the gambling options you’re looking for. The hotel is fantastic and affordable, as well.

The Las Vegas Suncoast hotel remains one of the best venues for locals to gamble at. The land that this casino sits on is officially going for sale, yet it’s unlikely to have any major impact.

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

Resorts World Las Vegas is Still On Track for 2020 Open

Las Vegas is home to many of the biggest and best gambling venues in the world. Recently, several major projects have been undergoing construction in the northern area of the Las Vegas Strip. According to new reports, Resorts World Las Vegas, which is being built in this area of the city, is still set for a 2020 open.

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It’s great news for gambling fans around the city. Resorts World is expected to become one of the top gambling venues in the city. Today, we’re looking at what this new casino-resort has to offer.

Path to Construct Resorts World Las Vegas

For years, gambling analysts have claimed that a Resorts World would open up in Las Vegas. In 2012, Boyd Gaming began negotiations to sell its 87-acre casino site to Malaysia-based Genting Group. In 2013, the site was officially sold to Genting for $350 million.

Groundbreaking was initially scheduled for 2014 and construction was expected to be completed by 2016. Genting claimed that it would invest between $2 and $7 billion into the gambling venue. It planned to open several unique features including a panda exhibit, an indoor water park, and a replica of the Great Wall of China.

Unfortunately, several factors led to the delay of groundbreaking on this new casino-resort. Finally, in May of 2015, the first groundbreaking ceremony officially took place. At that time, the resort’s opening date was scheduled for late 2018.

Once again, several issues delayed the development of Resorts World Las Vegas. Wynn Resorts even filed a temporary restraining order against the project that had the potential to shut down construction.

Fortunately, things have run smoothly for the past few years. Officials now state that this resort will open in 2020.

Construction is Running Smoothly For Resorts World

Many news outlets in Las Vegas have closely followed the construction of Resorts World. The Las Vegas Review-Journal was recently given access to the casino site and claims that everything is running as planned. Genting’s $4 billion venue will be the first mega-resort to come to Las Vegas since the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino.

It’s extremely exciting news for casino gambling fans in this city. Resorts World is expected to become one of the top new venues in Las Vegas.

Right now, there are an estimated 1,500 construction workers for this project. Specific details about this gambling venue are still unknown. Resorts World Las Vegas will have an Asian theme. Scott Sibella, former president of MGM Grand, has not disclosed any of the changes that have been made during the recent construction of the casino-resort.

A Resorts World representative told the LVRJ that this venue will be a “tech-forward, innovative and inclusive resort … with a bold, fresh take on hospitality to the Las Vegas market with exciting new experiences, one-of-a-kind culture and seamless guest service.”

2020 is going to be a big year for Sin City.

More Projects Coming to Las Vegas

Resorts World isn’t the only exciting new project coming to Las Vegas in the near future. Over the past few years, several major projects have undergone construction here. One of the most anticipated is the MSG Sphere. It’s expected to become the hottest new entertainment venue in the city.

This new venue is being constructed by The Madison Square Garden Company. Construction on this project began in 2018 and it’s expected to be completed in 2021.

Another major project will be arriving in 2020, as well. Virgin Hotels purchased the former Hard Rock International in 2018 and quickly began looking for ways to renovate and update this venue. This hotel has officially been shut down while these renovations are underway.

The Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas is expected to be fantastic. It will have a unique desert theme and more than 60,000 square feet of gaming space.

Resorts World Las Vegas will officially open up in 2020. Make sure to stay tuned for more news on this gambling venue over the next few months!

Casino Revenue in Maryland Falls in September

  • Casino revenue in Maryland fell last month.
  • National Harbor Casino and Rocky Gap Casino experienced revenue increase.
  • Many lawmakers are still pushing for sports betting regulation in MD.

Maryland is now home to several top casino venues. These casinos have helped to bring the state serious money over the years. Unfortunately, casino revenue in Maryland dropped last month.

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It’s not any major cause for concern. Gambling revenue is always fluctuating around the country. Today, we’re going to look at how much casino earnings fell last month. We’ll also take a quick look at the state of Maryland’s casino industry.

Maryland’s Road to Casino Legalization

Maryland has a fascinating history of gambling regulation. Back in the 1800s, a huge number of gambling venues were operating in this state. Lawmakers began to get concerned over the growing rates of crime associated with the gambling industry, and eventually implemented a complete gambling ban.

Over the next century, the state government began taking a closer look at gambling legislation. In 1920, the state formed a Racing Board to oversee the state’s horse race gambling industry. In the 1940s, lawmakers here legalized slot machine gambling and before long, there were slots everywhere.

Slots were once again banned in 1963 and eventually, all traditional forms of gambling were banned in Maryland. In 2010, this all changed once again! Lawmakers here allowed Maryland residents to vote on casino legalization. The voters approved these casino plans and by 2012, several casino venues began operating in this state.

Casino revenue in Maryland quickly began to increase. Gambling proved to be extremely popular here and casinos helped to draw in tourists from nearby states. Unfortunately, revenue from this industry dropped last month.

Casino Revenue in Maryland Falls Short in September

On Monday, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming regulatory board released the state’s gambling revenue figures. According to this report, the state’s six casinos brought in a combined $142.2 million in September. This represents a 1.1% decline from the same month in 2018.

Slot machines brought in $93.5 million last month, not far under the norm. Table game revenue brought in just $48.7 million.

Interestingly, only two casinos in this state managed to increase their revenue in September. The National Harbor Casino, which reported a 6% revenue increase, and Rocky Gap Casino Resort, which saw its revenue grow by 3.2%. The other four casinos operating in this state saw their revenue decrease in September.

Overall, the state managed to bring in $59.2 million last month. Much of this revenue will go to keep the state’s horse racing industry up and running.

There isn’t much to be worried about. Gambling revenue here fell by just 1.1%. It’s very likely that gambling earnings will bounce back in October.

Legal Sports Betting Push Continues in Maryland

Maryland is now heavily invested in its gambling industry. The state uses its casino revenue to fund various projects. Unsurprisingly, several lawmakers here are now working to open up additional forms of gambling.

In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Now, every state in the country can set laws on sports gambling. 19 states have begun regulating their sports betting platforms. Many more have legislation pending to open their sports betting markets.

Maryland House Bill 989 was presented in the state’s legislature in February of 2018. This bill allows for the creation of a task force to “study the implementation of sports gaming in the state.” Unfortunately, it failed to pass in the 2018 legislative session and it seems unlikely that sports betting will be made legal here in 2019.

Many believe that Maryland will choose to regulate sports gambling next year, though. It would help to generate millions of additional dollars for the state every single year.

There are many fantastic online casinos in MD operating right now. Most of these sites offer a massive range of different gambling options. Feel free to check them out today!

Stay tuned for more Maryland gambling news over the next few months!

Raiders Help Out Las Vegas Sportsbooks With Upset Over Bears

The 5th week of the 2019/2020 NFL season is just about to wrap up. There were some major games taking place and a huge number of individuals in Las Vegas placed wagers on the outcomes. Fortunately for Las Vegas sportsbooks, the Oakland Raiders pulled off the upset against the Chicago Bears.

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This win saved sportsbooks some serious money. Today, we’re going to look at how big of an impact this win made for LV sports betting platforms. We’ll also look ahead to some of the NFL betting odds available online right now.

Oakland Raiders Pull Off the Win Against the Chicago Bears

The Oakland Raiders entered this season as one of the biggest betting underdogs to win the Super Bowl. The team simply lacks the star talent found on the Patriots, for example. Interestingly, this team is looking solid thus far into the season and recently pulled off their second straight win against the heavily-favored Chicago Bears.

Last week, the Raiders sent shockwaves through the NFL fan base with a victory over the Colts. It was surprising to many, as they’d just lost in a miserable showing against the Vikings. Not many were optimistic about the Raiders’ chances to even make it into the playoffs.

This thought process is beginning to change. The Raiders looked like an elite team on Saturday and showed the ability to perform against the league’s big dogs. Thanks to a strong offense and effort from the special teams, Oakland pulled off the victory, 24-21.

This victory proved to be hugely beneficial to Las Vegas sportsbooks. According to new reports, a huge number of bettors placed money on the Bears to beat Oakland.

Sportsbooks Celebrate the Raiders Victory

Sports betting is hugely popular in Las Vegas. Every major casino in this city operates a sportsbook, most of which offer a wide range of different betting options. NFL betting is the most popular form of gambling here and brings in millions of dollars to the city every single week of the season.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a huge number of wagers were placed on the Chicago Bears to claim victory over the Raiders last weekend. Last-minute wagers placed the line at 6 ½ for Chicago. Several six-figure wagers were placed.

As we’ve mentioned numerous times already, the Raiders miraculously pulled off the victory. Mirage sportsbook director Jeff Stoneback commented on this victory to the media this week.

“It would’ve been a disastrous day for us if the Bears had covered,” he said. “It was a monster game for us. It was probably our biggest win of the year on any game. Winning straight up made it even sweeter for us, but it was one of those games we really had to sweat.”

Things didn’t completely work out for the Las Vegas sportsbooks, though. The Patriots’ domination of the Redskins was a major blow to these sports betting platforms. MGM Resorts took in two six-figure wagers on the Patriots.

It was an exciting week for NFL fans around the country. Fortunately, things are just getting started.

Week 6 NFL Betting Odds Online

19 states have already legalized sports betting. Many more are likely to start regulating the online sports betting industry over the next few years. Fortunately, there are some great online betting sites available in every single state. The best right now is Bovada.

This site offers odds for every single game of the season. There are some great week 6 odds available right now.

One of the most popular games that members of Bovada are wagering on is between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers are riding a three-game win streak and enter this game as the favorites with current odds of -140. The Buccaneers are coming off a tough loss to the Saints and enter this game with current odds of +120.

Want to go with a real longshot wager? Consider placing money on the Bengals to take out the Baltimore Ravens. Cincinnati is 0-5 so far this season and is showing no signs of improvement. The Ravens have performed great for most of 2019 and enter as the massive favorites with odds of -600. Cincinnati’s odds are currently set at +400.

Las Vegas sportsbooks are also offering odds for the games this week. If you’re planning to visit Sin City, make sure to check out our hotels guide! Good luck with your bets!

Haven Gaming LLC Reveals Plans for Casino in Danville, IL

Over the next several years, five new casinos are expected to open in Illinois. The state government here believes that casinos will help bring the state millions of dollars in additional revenue every year. Recently, a major developer revealed its plans for a casino in Danville, IL.

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If these plans are approved, Danville will receive more than just a casino. It will be home to an entire resort. Today, we’re going to look at the details of this new plan. We’ll also talk about some of the other areas of the state where casinos will open. Let’s get into it!

Illinois’ New Capital Plan Allows for New Casinos to Open

Many states around the country are beginning to expand their gambling industries. PASPA’s removal has allowed every state to set laws on sports betting. Several states have also recently chosen to legalize online casino gambling. It’s a great time to be a gambling fan in this county.

For months, politicians in Illinois discussed ways to generate more revenue. In June, Governor JB Pritzker revealed the state’s new capital plan, claiming it would “fix what’s broken in Illinois.” To the surprise of many, this capital plan allows for five new casinos to open up around the state.

The $45 billion plan is said to be the largest in the state’s history. This capital plan will help to reconstruct roads, bridges, and schools.

For the first time ever, lawmakers have approved a casino to open in Chicago. Unfortunately, many of the country’s top casino operators are voicing their concerns about running a casino in the Windy City. High tax rates and an overly saturated market are making it difficult for the state’s Gaming Commission to find a company interested in operating a Chicago casino.

This week, a major developer revealed its plans for a casino in Danville, IL.

Plans for a Casino in Danville, IL Are Presented to City Council

Danville is one of five Illinois cities set to host a new casino. Since this capital plan was first announced, several companies have announced their interest in opening a gambling venue here. Haven Gaming LLC was eventually granted a license to build and operate a casino in this city.

Recently, this company presented its official plans for the casino in Danville, IL. Interestingly, this company intends to open a resort-style gambling establishment. If approved, Haven Gaming will open a venue that includes a hotel, spa, several restaurants, a swimming pool and lazy river, live entertainment venue, and more.

Not many expected such an expansive plan from this company. Bill Bembenek, an official at Haven Gaming LLC, recently commented on these plans to the media.

“This is more than just the typical casino. It will be a resort complex. A destination. A place that people will be excited to come to, and more importantly, more excited to want to come back to,” he said. “We’ve opened similar resorts like this across the country, and this is really the new evolution of what gaming really is. It’s a multi-level experience.”

Haven Gaming hopes to have this casino-resort up and running by the end of 2020. The company claims that the project will result in more than 400 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent jobs within the casino.

Illinois Still Unlikely to Legalize Online Casinos

Lawmakers in Illinois are showing a unique willingness to expand the state’s land-based betting industry. Unfortunately, no one here is expressing much of an interest in regulating online casinos. As of now, only three states in the country have regulated internet casino markets.

Both online and land-based sports wagering all set to become available here over the next few months. With this in mind, it’s very possible that officials here will choose to regulate online casino websites in the future.

There are already some fantastic online casinos in IL that are available right now. These websites are not regulated by the government, yet almost all of them are perfectly safe and offer a wide range of fantastic gambling options. Check some of them out today!

We now know more about the plans for the casino in Danville, IL. This new gambling venue will likely become the best in the state. Hopefully, it helps to bring Danville and Illinois millions of dollars in revenue each year.

William Hill and the NBA Announce New Partnership

One of the world’s biggest gambling companies is continuing to push into the emerging US market. This week, William Hill and the NBA have officially agreed to a partnership. William Hill will now act as an official sports betting partner of the popular US sports league.

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The US has the hottest new sports gambling market in the world. It makes sense for gambling companies to secure partnerships with sports leagues. Let’s take a look at the details of this new partnership, and what it means for US sports gamblers.

Gambling Companies Continue Push Into the US Market

In case you’re unaware, every state in the US now has the ability to legalize sports gambling. The Supreme Court struck down PASPA in 2018, which had previously limited sports betting to Nevada. Today, 19 states have outright legalized sports gambling. More are likely to do so over the next couple of years.

Sports betting is proving to be a hugely successful industry for many states. New Jersey, for example, is earning millions of dollars every single month from this industry. Atlantic City, where all of New Jersey’s casinos are located, is now earning more from its sports betting operations than Las Vegas. Several new sportsbooks have recently opened here, too.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see almost every US state legalize some forms of sports gambling. Today, many now allow both online and land-based sports betting. Others only allow this form of gambling to take place inside casinos.

As a result of this new sports gambling boom, a huge number of companies are working to enter the US market. Several UK-based companies have begun offering sports betting services in several states. William Hill is among them. This company recently underwent a major transformation to ready itself for a push into the United States.

William Hill and the NBA have now agreed to an official partnership. Let’s look at what these two powerhouses have in store.

William Hill and the NBA Are Now Partnering Up

The NBA is, without a doubt, one of the most popular sports leagues in the world. Many believe that in time, the NBA will grow to become even more popular than the NFL, the US’ top sports league right now. This week, the NBA announced that William Hill will become their official betting partner.

Scott Kaufman, Senior Vice President of the NBA, commented on this news to the media this week.

“William Hill is a globally respected brand that has set an early standard for sports betting in the U.S. market,” he said. “We are delighted to partner with William Hill as they grow their business throughout the U.S. and are excited to work together to provide a world-class experience to our fans.” 

It makes sense for the NBA to partner with William Hill. The UK-based gambling company is already operating in 10 states. It has more than 85 years of experience in the gambling industry and is thought of as one of the best gaming operators in the world.

What Does This Partnership Mean for US Sports Bettors?

Moving forward, William Hill will have the ability to use the NBA’s official league date and logos across its sports betting platforms. The financial terms of this partnership are still unknown.

William Hill and the NBA will also be working to promote each other. The NBA will work to promote William Hill’s services across NBA.com, the NBA’s mobile app, and all of the league’s social media platforms.

Dan Shapiro, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development of William Hill US, is extremely excited to secure this new deal.

“We are proud of this creative partnership that benefits our customers and our partners nationwide while promoting legalized wagering on NBA events. The NBA has been a leader in recognizing the benefits of a legal sports betting market,” he said. “We expect this to be the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the league and its teams.”

In states where William Hill is operating, sports bettors will have access to a range of new NBA content. The ability to use official game data will make live betting options significantly easier.

Make sure to stay tuned for more US sports betting news over the next few months!

Laws on Charitable Gambling in Nevada May Soon Change

For years, Nevada has taken an extremely liberal stance on charitable gambling. Soon, however, laws on charitable gambling in Nevada could change. The state’s Gaming Board is currently deciding whether or not to change its current set of regulations.

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It’s an interesting development. Charitable gambling has grown extremely popular in Nevada. Let’s take a quick look at why lawmakers are considering changing these laws and what impact it will have moving forward.

What is Charitable Gambling?

Charitable gambling, as the name suggests, is when individuals gambling not for profit, but for charity. It’s known as a “form of incentivized gambling,” and is legal in almost all US states. There are various forms of charitable gambling available today.

Charitable casino gambling is extremely popular in the United States. It’s very similar to traditional casino gambling. Individuals can play table games and poker. The key difference is that all of the profits go towards charity.

There are also many different charitable lotteries operating today. These lotteries are almost always privately owned, donate more than 80% of their profits to charity, and support a charity’s overall objectives, rather than specific projects or activities.

In some states, this form of gambling is extremely popular. Virginia, for instance, has a quickly-growing charitable gambling industry.

Nevada has allowed charitable gambling for years. This form of gambling often helps to provide income for small nonprofits in the state. Interestingly, several lawmakers are now looking to change laws on charitable gambling Nevada. Let’s look at why this is.

Gaming Board Could Change Laws on Charitable Gambling in Nevada

Nevada is home to many of the best hotel-casinos in the world. Gambling is a massive industry here, bringing the state millions of dollars every single month. Laws on traditional gambling are strict and ban anyone under the age of 21 from placing wagers. Laws on charitable gambling in Nevada, however, are much more relaxed.

There is actually no age limit on charitable gambling here. Lawmakers have looked at is as a fun activity without any social implications. This viewpoint is beginning to change. Many now believe that allowing young people to take part in this form of gambling could have a major impact later in life.

This week, Nevada’s Gambling Board voiced its support of Amendments to Regulation 4A, which governs charitable gambling. The Gaming Board discussed the impact that gambling, regardless of the form, can have on the youth. Several board members believe it can lead to individuals developing gambling addiction issues later in life.

The Gambling Board supports a new draft amendment that prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from playing charitable gambling games and those under 18 from collecting winnings from a charitable lottery. There are some exceptions to this rule, though.

Under the new amendment, individuals under the age of 18 would be allowed to participate in these lotteries if their tickets are purchased by a parent or legal guardian. It’s looking like these new laws are set to be passed.

Here’s What Will Happen Next

The NV Gaming Board is making their case known. They believe that it’s time for laws on charitable gambling in Nevada to change. Philip Katsaros, a board member of the Gaming Board, gave his opinion to the media this week.

“For the past 30 years, there have been no age restrictions in the regulations or laws in charitable lotteries,” he said. “Never before had the regulations in Nevada, or statutes, touched upon this.”

Nonprofits and charities are already voicing their disapproval with these new laws on charitable gambling in Nevada. These groups claim that new regulations will hurt their membership rates and outreach.

Ted Hartwell, a research scientist at the Desert Research Institute, argues that charitable gambling is, in fact, gambling! He feels that this form of gambling poses a serious risk to the youth.

“Early and frequent exposure in childhood to gambling activities is a risk factor for developing a gambling disorder later in life,” Hartwell said. “There’s absolutely no need for children to be involved in gambling-related fundraising. Let adults administer raffles and lotteries … (at) fundraisers and let them sell those tickets to adults.”

This motion is now set to be reviewed by the Nevada Gambling Commission. Based on the ways things are going, it seems likely that the current set of laws on charitable gambling in Nevada are set to change.

MGM Resorts Agrees to Settlement With LV Shooting Victims

In October of 2017, the deadliest shooting in US history took place in Las Vegas. Since that time, victims of the shooting have asked for compensation from MGM Resorts, which owns Mandalay Bay, where this shooting took place. This week, MGM has officially agreed to a major settlement with the victims of the horrific shooting.

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This money won’t undo what happened in 2017. Hopefully, it will help those that were affected. Let’s look at how this settlement was officially agreed upon.

Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting Asked for Compensation

As we just mentioned the Las Vegas shooting in October of 2017 was the deadliest by a single shooter in US history. 58 individuals were killed and more than 850 were injured. Not long after this catastrophe took place, victims began asking Mandalay Bay and MGM Resorts for compensation.

In case you’re unaware, Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, was inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino during the time of the attack. He used his hotel room as a base to target individuals attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival, across the street from the hotel. Due to Paddock’s location inside the hotel, it became extremely difficult for police officers to locate his exact position. From the time of the attack, it took more than an hour for police officers to breach Paddock’s hotel room.

Many blamed Mandalay Bay for not taking the necessary security steps to prevent this attack. Others disagreed, claiming it was a random act of violence that could have happened anywhere. Thousands of lawsuits were ultimately placed against MGM Resorts.

The major Las Vegas hotel-casino operator claimed that it wanted to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Company officials wanted to ensure that the victims were taken care of. This week, MGM Resorts and lawyers representing the victims tentatively agreed to a settlement.

MGM Resorts Agrees to Pay Millions to Shooting Victims

Today, MGM Resorts has announced that it’s reached a settlement with the 2017 shooting victims and their families. Hundreds of lawsuits had been filed prior to this settlement. Attorney Rob Eglet commented on the news to the media this week.

“We and MGM truly believe that this settlement will provide fair compensation for thousands of victims and their families,” he said. “This has been a long process, but we and MGM believe that this conclusion is best for our community, the company and the victims.”

It’s certainly good news to hear that the victims are being taken care of. An independent administrator will now be appointed by the courts to grant this money to the victims. Reports indicate that the entire process will wrap up by the end of 2020.

Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts, is also happy to see this settlement finalized. His hope is that it provides victims with what they need to move forward in life.

“Our goal has always been to resolve these matters so our community and the victims and their families can move forward in the healing process. This agreement with the plaintiffs’ counsel is a major step, and one that we hoped for a long time would be possible,” he said. “We have always believed that prolonged litigation around these matters is in no one’s best interest. It is our sincere hope that this agreement means that scenario will be avoided.”

Exact Payment Details Remain Unknown

The specific amount of money that MGM Resorts has agreed to pay is still unknown. The BBC believed it to be above $735 million. Other reports claim that it’s closer to $800 million. It’s also unclear exactly how much will be paid to the victims, and how much will go to lawyers.

It’s likely that MGM Resorts will categorize the victims into those most severely affected by the shooting to those who were impacted less. As you might expect, money will be more heavily dispersed to the former group.

The Security and Exchange Commission claims that $751 million in insurance money could go towards the victims. This figure is not guaranteed.

Robert Eglet released an official statement to the media on this matter.

“Under the Settlement Agreement, the parties will dismiss and release all pending litigation, including the declaratory-relief actions filed by MGM Resorts against participating claimants.”

MGM Resorts is hoping to move past this issue in the fairest way possible. We’ll need to wait for more details of the settlement over the next few months.

Mississippi Casinos Help to Generate Billions for the State

For much of the state’s history, Mississippi banned almost all forms of gambling. Eventually, lawmakers here began opening up the state’s casino market. Now, Mississippi casinos are helping to generate massive revenue earnings for the state.

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Mississippi lawmakers have to be pleased seeing these casino venues generating so much revenue.

Now is the perfect time to look at exactly how much revenue these casinos are earning. We’ll also talk about some of the new gambling options now available in this state.

Mississippi’s New Gambling Laws, Explained

As we just mentioned, Mississippi once had an extremely restrictive set of gambling laws. Virtually all forms of gambling were banned here in 1886 and it took more than 100 years for laws to change. Finally, in 1990, politicians here approved the “Gaming Control Act” that allows legalized casinos to open in the state’s coastal and riverside areas.

Almost immediately, several companies began requesting licenses to operate casinos here. Before long, the state allowed several riverboat casinos to open their doors. Casino gambling quickly grew in popularity here, drawing in visitors from nearby states such as Alabama and Tennessee.

The state government quickly began looking for new ways to generate revenue from the gambling industry. Eventually, lawmakers here began allowing land-based casinos to run, as well. There are now a huge number of popular gambling establishments in Mississippi, almost all of which are located on the state’s coast.

To the surprise of many, lawmakers in this state also recently legalized sports betting. Two MGM Resorts-owned casinos began taking the first legal sports bets here in August of 2018. This industry is proving to be extremely lucrative.

Mississippi Casinos Bring the State Billions Every Year

The casino industry in Mississippi is booming right now. Thanks to the huge number of land-based casinos here and legal sports betting options, these venues are now bringing in more than $1 billion annually. Mississippi casinos are also generating more than $4 billion in total economic value for the state.

Mississippi’s casino industry employs more than 37,000 individuals. This includes those working as chefs, security guards, and florists. Casinos have proven to be extremely valuable to the state’s workforce.

The annual money coming into the state goes towards various projects. This revenue is used to fund roads, bridges, first responders, and public schools. These gambling establishments are now considered to be one of the most important contributors to the state’s economy.

Sports betting is proving to be extremely successful here, as well. Today, most of the casinos in this state now offer legal sports betting platforms. Thanks to the 2019/2020 NFL season, revenue from sports betting is increasing rapidly.

Many here are now calling for online casino gambling to become regulated. Is this likely to happen?

Calls for Online Casinos in Mississippi Continue

Residents in Mississippi are lucky. There are great casinos located all over the coastal area of the state. Of course, many are still calling for internet casinos to become regulated. For those located in the northern area of the state, making the trip to a land-based casino can be a pain.

Several states have recently legalized online casino gambling. These states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, recognize the huge revenue potential from the regulation of the online casino industry.

Lawmakers in Mississippi aren’t showing much interest.

Officials in the state government are hesitant to start regulating the online casino market. It appears that these officials are content with the money coming in from the state’s land-based gambling venues. Fortunately, there are some amazing MS online casinos that are currently available.

These websites are not regulated by the state. Most of them, however, are extremely safe and offer a wide range of different gambling options. As you might expect, these websites are growing more popular every single month.

Mississippi casinos are generating serious money right now. Nearby states may soon take notice and begin expanding their own gambling industries.

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

Maverick Gaming Purchases 3 New Colorado Casinos

Las Vegas-based casino company Maverick Gaming continues to expand. This week, the company has announced that it’s bought three new casino venues in Colorado. It’s clear that this company is working to become a major player in the US casino market. Maverick Gaming Logo

Casino competition is growing quickly around the country. Many companies are now working to capitalize on the liberal laws many states are putting on the gambling industry. Let’s look at why Maverick Gaming has bought these Colorado casinos, and what other states this company may be interested in entering in the future.

Maverick Gaming Breaks Into the Colorado Market

Las Vegas is home to a huge number of casino operators. Some of the biggest in the country are based here including Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts. There are also a huge number of small, independent casino companies such as Maverick Gaming, that are trying to make a name for themselves.

Over the past several months, this company has begun to significantly expand its portfolio. It already owns five casinos in Nevada. Back in August, Maverick announced that it purchased six different card rooms in the state of Washington.

This week, officials at Maverick revealed that they’d acquired CC Gaming LLC. The company has officially taken over CC Gaming’s three casino venues located about an hour west of Denver. Specific terms of this deal were not disclosed to the public and still needs to be approved by the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission.

Eric Persson, an executive at Maverick, commented on the news to the media this week.

“I admire the work that John Zimpel, owner and managing member of CC Gaming, has done to grow his casino business and we look forward to building upon the foundation he established,” he said. 

Casino Competition Continues to Grow in the US

The US casino market has never been stronger. In recent months, a huge number of states have begun to open and expand their gambling industries. Even states that, in the past, set tight regulations on casino gambling, are now beginning to allow new gambling venues to open up.

New York is one of these states. Lawmakers in New York have allowed tribal gambling for years. Now, this state also allows commercial casinos and even sports betting. The Upstate New York area is now home to many different casinos. Many are struggling to generate revenue here due to the rise in competition.

Illinois is also set to expand its casino market. Not long ago, Governor JB Pritzker revealed a new capital plan that allows for five new casinos to open in the state. Interestingly, lawmakers here have approved a casino to open in Chicago for the first time ever.

Many states are earning millions of dollars a month from their casino industries. New Jersey’s gambling market has grown significantly over the past few years thanks to new sports gambling options and upgraded casinos. Many now feel that Atlantic City could overtake Las Vegas as the gambling capital of the United States.

Online Casino Gambling Grows More Popular, As Well

Unfortunately, some states around the country still implement old-school laws on the gambling industry that ban land-based casinos. Many residents in these states choose to make their wagers online. Today, there are a huge number of fantastic US casino websites that are available throughout the entire country.

One of the most popular available right now is Cherry Gold Casino. This site has grown extremely popular with hardcore casino gamblers thanks to its huge range of gaming options and safe payment system. It accepts players from around the country and offers hundreds of different games every single day.

Internet casino sites allow players to make wagers from the comfort of home. Most of these websites also offer great mobile platforms, allowing you to play your favorite games using just your phone.

Casino gambling is growing more popular in the US every single year. Maverick Gaming is clearly trying to capitalize on the rise of gambling here. We’ll need to wait and see how successful these Colorado casinos are for the company.

Make sure to stay tuned for more US casino news over the next few months!

Legislation on Hotel Resort Fees is Introduced to US House

Nevada, and Las Vegas, in particular, is home to many of the best casino-resorts in the world. Millions of people stay in these resorts every year, yet many are beginning to complain about the hidden fees that are added on to their bills. Last week, a bill was presented to the US House that will require hotels to clearly feature their resort fees.Animated Image Of Bill And Casino Chip

It’s a welcome sight for many who have been blindsided by these additional fees. Today, we’re going to look at why this bill has been presented to the House. We’ll also talk about what exactly resort fees are. Let’s get into it!

Resort Fees: Why Are They Charged?

If you’ve ever stayed in a hotel-resort, there’s a good chance you’ve come across a resort fee. Essentially, these are fees that hotels will charge their guests on top of the normal room rates and government fees. They go towards funding hotel’s different amenities including Wifi, gym/pool access, and even parking.

Today, most major hotels charge these fees. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to find out how much you will be charged until after you’ve booked your room. All of the top Las Vegas hotels operating today charge resort fees.

There are a few different ways to find out how much you’ll need to pay the resort you are staying at. Sometimes, hotels will list the fee rates directly on their website. Others don’t mention these at all. You can usually contact the hotel that you’re planning to stay at to find more information on these hidden fees.

Many have begun to complain about the fees that different hotel-resorts are charging. Recently, several lawmakers presented a new bill to the US House that calls for hotels to clearly feature all fees for guests. Officials in Nevada are now reviewing this bill to study its ramifications.

NV Resort Association Set to Study New Bill

As we just mentioned, several lawmakers have presented a new bill that will require all hotels to list their resort fees for guests to see. These hotels will no longer be able to advertise room rates without including the hidden fees attached. This week, the Nevada Resort Association is set to review this bill and study the impact it will have on hotel companies in the state.

This association has 71 different members, 59 of which are based in Southern Nevada. Officials in the Resort Association claim that they have not yet reviewed the details of this bill and cannot comment on its conditions. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Texas Congresswoman, believes the bill will benefit travelers who may be unaware of the hidden fees that different hotels charge.

“This summer, we witnessed a record number of Americans take the opportunity to travel,” she said. “Unfortunately, this also meant a record number of travelers were subjected to deceptive hidden fees charged by hotels, motels and other places of accommodation. It is projected that in 2019, over $3 billion in revenue alone will be collected from consumers due to these hidden fees. Consumers should be able to enjoy their vacation without being ripped off and financially burdened. This bill would require that the prices advertised by hotels and online travel agencies must include all mandatory fees that will be charged to a consumer, excluding taxes.”

This would be a major change for hotels around the country. Several groups have already expressed their support for this bill.

Several Groups Support New Hotel Fee Bill

This week, two major groups have claimed that this new bill will benefit travelers. Consumer Reports and Travelers United are both pushing for lawmakers in the House to approve the bill. Director of financial policy for Consumer Reports, Anna Laitan, thinks hotels should be responsible for listing their fees.

“Travelers shouldn’t have to read the fine print to figure out all the fees they’ll be charged for staying at a hotel,” she said. “Hotels should be required to disclose all fees in their advertised rate, so consumers won’t get stung with a higher bill than what they’re expecting to pay when booking a room.”

The FTC is beginning to get involved, as well. Years ago, this government body called on dozens of hotels to begin disclosing their resort fees for guests. It wasn’t entirely effective, as many individuals have continued to complained about these hotel’s hidden fees.

Resort fees in Las Vegas hotels range from $15 to $45. MGM recently announced that their fees would increase. If this bill is approved, these hotels will be required to include all fees to room rates. We’ll need to wait and see how the country’s top lawmakers approach these new regulations.

Make sure to stay tuned for more US casino-hotel news over the next few weeks!

DraftKings Is Now the Official DFS Partner of the NFL

One of the largest daily fantasy sports companies in the world just secured a major new deal. DraftKings is now the official DFS partner of the NFL. It’s huge news for this company, which has also begun breaking into the newly emerging US sports betting market, as well.DraftKings Logo

It looks like the NFL is beginning to embrace the sports wagering industry. Today, we’re going to look at exactly what this new partnership means. We’ll also talk about some of the NFL betting odds available online right now.

The Rise of DFS and Sports Betting in the United States

A little more than a year ago, Nevada was the only state that was able to offer sports gambling odds. In May of 2018, this changed. The Supreme Court struck down PASPA, giving every state in the country the ability to set its own laws on the sports gambling industry. 19 states have now legalized sports gambling.

Prior to PASPA being struck down, many individuals in the country chose to partake in daily fantasy sports. DFS is similar in ways to sports betting. It allows players to choose a “fantasy lineup” of athletes that are set to compete on a particular day. The better your lineup team performs, the more points you earn and the more money you can win.

Several DFS companies now operate in the US. They’re able to do so because daily fantasy sports is considered a “game of skill.” DraftKings is the biggest and most popular DFS operator in the country, with millions of active users.

Recently, DraftKings has begun breaking into the traditional sports betting market. Many states now allow online sports wagering. That doesn’t mean the company is putting it’s daily fantasy sports services behind, though.

This week, DraftKings secured a major deal with the top sports league in the United States.

DraftKings is Now the Official DFS Partner of the NFL

The NFL remains the biggest and most-watched sports league in the United States. Just a few weeks ago, the 2019/2020 NFL season officially kicked off. Now, DraftKings has secured a deal with the NFL as the league’s new DFS partner.

With this deal comes “exclusive sponsorship of the daily fantasy sports category with access to NFL branding and more” across DraftKings’ platforms. Jason Robins, CEO of DraftKings, commented on the news to the media this week.

“This is a defining moment in the industry, and we are thrilled to become the first daily fantasy sports partner to enter into a formal relationship with the NFL,” he said. “Throughout our discussions with the League, it was evident we share a common vision around the future of fan engagement, and we are excited to continue on this unique journey with the NFL as our official daily fantasy partner.”

Daily fantasy sports fans around the country will now have access to unique NFL content through DraftKings. Of course, many individuals still prefer to make traditional sports wagers on their favorite football teams. There are many amazing US sports betting sites that are offering odds on every single game of the season.

Top Week 4 NFL Betting Odds Available Online

Online sports betting in the US is easier now than ever before. There are many amazing online sportsbooks that are available in every single state. Today, we’re going to look at some of the best week 4 NFL odds available through Bovada.

One game that’s drawing the attention of sports betting fans this week is between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills. Both these teams have looked great thus far in the 2019/2020 season. They’re both 3-0 and will finally face off in one of the most exciting AFC matches this week.

It’s not much of a surprise to see the Patriots entering as the significant betting favorites with odds of -360. New England remains a serious Super Bowl contender and, on paper, should get the win here. The Bills are live underdogs and with odds of +280, could earn you some serious money with a win this Sunday.

One of the most lopsided matchups this week takes place between the LA Chargers and the Miami Dolphins. LA is the massive betting favorite with Bovada odds of -1200. Miami has disappointed for most of this season and enters this game with odds of just +700 to win.

DraftKings is now the official DFS partner of the NFL. Feel free to check this site out today to see the exciting new NFL branding that’s available. Stay tuned for more NFL betting news over the next few months!

Las Vegas Strip Revenue Increases for 3rd Straight Month

  • Las Vegas Strip revenue jumps significantly in August.
  • Table games and slots help to bring in major revenue earnings.
  • Sports betting revenue in Las Vegas also increased last month.

For much of 2019, Nevada’s gambling revenue dropped. Things are now beginning to change, and Las Vegas Strip revenue has increased for the third straight month. It’s fantastic news for casinos operating in this city.

Las Vegas Casinos

Las Vegas is also experiencing a boom in tourism, as well. Today, we’re going to look at how much gambling revenue has increased here. We’ll also talk about what forms of gambling helped to bring in the most money for Las Vegas casinos.

NV Gaming Control Board Confirms Las Vegas Strip Revenue Increase

Business has been booming in Las Vegas for the past few months. The summer months brought a major increase in tourism and gamblers to this city. Today, the Nevada Gaming Control Board released official gambling revenue figures. Things have improved once again during the month of August.

According to the Control Board, Nevada’s overall gambling revenue earnings were up 4.3% to $952.4 million in August. In the previous two months, gambling revenue here exceeded $1 billion. Las Vegas Strip revenue increased by an impressive 8.9%.

It’s a welcome sight for gambling operators in Las Vegas. From January to May, revenue earnings in this city dropped. Gaming winnings are up by 6.2% overall during the past three months.

Interestingly, Downtown Las Vegas saw it’s gambling revenue drop last month. Casinos in this area generated just $45.3 million. This represents a 1.9% dip from the same month in 2018.

Statewide, five out of the 20 gambling markets saw a revenue decline in August. Later today, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority will release tourism numbers in August.

Table Games and Slots Help to Boost Revenue

Las Vegas Strip revenue was boosted thanks to a few select games. Table games, slots, and sports betting were hugely popular. Micheal Lawton, a senior research analyst for the NV Control Board, commented on the revenue increase to the media today.

“This was the result of strong non-baccarat game and table play which benefited from increased volumes and significant increases to hold percentages,” He said. “For the month, (blackjack) was up 29.2 percent, craps was up 67.3 percent, roulette was up 43.3 percent and sports were up 111 percent.”

Slot gambling has been growing in 2019. Lawton claims that there was a 5.2% increase in slot volume last month. Baccarat revenue was also up 6%. It’s still unclear which casinos brought in the most revenue. Wynn Las Vegas is considered to be the highest-earning gambling venue in the state, yet this can change month-to-month.

Things don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Despite the increase in competition around the country, a huge number of individuals continue to visit and gamble in Las Vegas.

New Jersey is Still Considered the Sports Betting Capital of the US

For decades, Nevada was the only state in the US that could legally offer sports gambling options. This changed in 2018 when PASPA was struck down. Today, 19 states have legalized and regulated the sports betting industry. New Jersey now has the most successful sports gambling market in the country.

Sports betting revenue is surging every single month in Atlantic City. Here, both land-based and online sports betting is legal. Sports gambling brought in $25.2 million for the state of New Jersey last month.

Recently, several casinos in this city revealed new sportsbooks for their patrons. Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts both have brand new sports betting areas. Caesars unveiled the “The Book” at Bally’s Atlantic City and MGM launched the “Money Bar & Book,” at the Borgata.

New Jersey has generated more sports betting revenue than Las Vegas for the majority of 2019. This state draws in many bettors from New York and Delaware, who can cross into the New Jersey border to place their online sports wagers.

Las Vegas Strip revenue is going up. Hopefully, this increase continues for the rest of the year. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks!

Sheldon Adelson is Being Sued by the Las Vegas Sun

One of the most powerful men in Las Vegas is in hot water with a local newspaper. According to several reports, Sheldon Adelson is being sued by the Las Vegas Sun. The popular newspaper claims the casino mogul is attempting to “monopolize” the Las Vegas news industry.

Sheldon Adelson

Today, we’re going to look at why exactly the Las Vegas Sun is taking legal action against Adelson. We’ll also talk about the newspaper’s decision to sue the Las Vegas Review-Journal, as well. Let’s get into it!

The Las Vegas Sun and LVRJ’s Recent Quarrel, Explained

Las Vegas is home to two main newspaper companies, the Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. These two companies are fierce competitors, yet since 1989, they’ve been bound by an official Joint Operating Agreement (JOP) that allows them to “combine production, marketing, distribution, and sales, provided they remained competitive and editorially independent of one another.” Unfortunately, the LVRJ seems to have backed out of this agreement.

The Las Vegas Sun is now taking legal action against the Review-Journal. This company claims that by backing out of the JOP, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is making it impossible for the Sun to stay afloat. According to the Las Vegas Sun, this is all a part of Sheldon Adelson’s plan.

Back in 2015, Adelson anonymously purchased the LVRJ. It wasn’t until reporters within the company underwent their own investigation that Adelson’s ownership was revealed. All of the journalists working on this report eventually left the company.

The Las Vegas Sun believes that Adelson’s goal is to control the flow of information within Las Vegas. The company is now officially suing the LVRJ for backing out of its JOP. They’re also suing Adelson, who they claim is unlawfully monopolizing the city’s news industry.

Sheldon Adelson is Being Sued By the Las Vegas Sun

Sheldon Adelson is one of the most powerful men in the gambling industry. The 86 year old casino mogul is the CEO of Las Vegas Sands. His company owns and operates many different casinos around the world, including several in Las Vegas and Macau.

Adelson’s purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal was criticized by many. The Las Vegas Sun, in particular, feel that his ownership of this newspaper violates the first amendment. In the recent lawsuit, the Sun gives its opinion on Adelson’s ultimate goal.

“Defendant Sheldon Adelson has been a long-time enemy of the First Amendment and the press,” the lawsuit claims. “For decades, he has filed and prosecuted one frivolous and ultimately unsuccessful defamation case after another. His object has always been clear: chill free speech and silence those that would speak out against him.” 

That’s a major statement to make. Officials at the Review-Journal believes this new lawsuit is only being made because of the company’s decision to remove itself from the 1989 JOP. Benjamin Lipman, vice president of the LVRJ, claims that the company intends to “fight the case and we’re confident we will succeed…”

Sheldon Adelson Continues to Push into Japan

Sheldon Adelson is being sued by the Las Vegas Sun, yet it’s unlikely to have much of an impact on his company’s day to day operations. For months, Las Vegas Sands has been working hard to break into the newly emerging Japanese casino market. Last year, officials in Japan passed a bill to allow three casino-resorts in the country.

Nearly all of the top US casino companies are now working to obtain a license to operate one of these Japanese casinos. Many gambling analysts predict Japan will be one of the most lucrative casino markets in the world. Las Vegas Sands has recently claimed that it’s interested in opening in a casino-resort in either Tokyo or Yokohama.

The company is also continuing to invest in its Macau properties, which have been losing revenue for the majority of 2019. China’s trade war with the US has hurt Macau’s economy and many gambling operators in the territory are experiencing monetary losses. Las Vegas Sands isn’t deterred and continues to put billions of dollars into its Macau casino-resorts.

We’ll need to see how this new legal battle plays out. As we’ve already mentioned, many believe that Sheldon Adelson is being sued for his attempts to monopolize the Las Vegas news industry. If the Las Vegas Sun can successfully argue this in court, we may him forced to give up ownership of the Review-Journal.

Make sure to stay tuned for more Las Vegas news over the next few months!

New York’s Casino Dispute With Seneca Nation Continues

New York’s gambling industry is expanding rapidly. Not long ago, this state approved plans to allow additional casinos and sports betting operations. Unfortunately, New York’s casino dispute with the Seneca Nation is still ongoing.

Andrew Cuomo

Lawmakers in New York are in a bitter disagreement with the Seneca over casino tax payments. Today, we’re going to look at what this dispute is all about. We’ll also talk about what state officials are doing to end it.

New York Lawmakers Approve Gambling Expansion Plans

In the past, New York was known as one of the least gambling-friendly states in the US. Lawmakers here showed very little willingness to open any form of gambling aside from tribal casino gaming. Over the past two years, however, state officials have begun to change their stance.

Several bills were presented here to significantly expand the state’s gambling industry. Much of these expansion plans focused on sports betting. With PASPA now gone, every state can set its own laws on the sports gambling industry. Several New York politicians began actively campaigning for sports betting to be made legal.

The state approved a sports betting bill in June. On July 16th, the first legal sports wager in New York was made by Gary Pretlow, a state lawmaker instrumental in getting this industry legalized and regulated. Today, most of the state’s casinos operate land-based sportsbooks. It’s proving to be an extremely lucrative industry, bringing in major revenue earnings through taxes.

In April, New York lawmakers also approved plans to add several new casinos to the upstate area. Several popular casinos already operate in this area, including Resorts World Catskills, which was recently sold to investors in Malaysia. Now, both tribal and commercial casinos are operating here. Online casinos in NY are still unregulated.

Unfortunately, officials are engaged in a major dispute with one of the largest tribal casino operators in the state.

New York’s Casino Dispute with Seneca Nation, Explained

For years, the Seneca Nation has operated a casino in Salamanca. Since first opening, this casino has been required to pay a 25% tax fee to the state on its revenue from the Class II bingo games it was able to offer. In March of 2017, the casino was given a Class III gambling license, granting it the power to offer slots and table games.

The tribe now believes that it’s no longer required to pay the 25% tax fee. Tribal leaders argue that this tax fee was only required from the Class II license. The Tribe believes that there was no provision stating that the revenue sharing would continue.

State officials obviously disagree. An official arbitration panel quickly ruled that the tribe owed $255 in back payments. The Seneca Nation is now working to fight this ruling in the courts. Unfortunately, this dispute is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

It’s taking a toll on the city of Salamanca, which relies on revenue from the casino to operate. Now, state officials are working on ways to help this city out.

New York Sends Salamanca $2.35 Million in Revenue Relief

New York’s casino dispute with the Seneca Tribe has been going on for years. During this time, the tribe has sent no money to Salamanca, where their casino is located. It’s a major disappointment for this city, which uses the money to fund social projects.

Government officials in New York have sent a check to Salamanca for $2.35 million. This city generally receives nearly $5 million in annual revenue from the Seneca casino. Kathy Sarver, City Comptroller of Salamanca, states that the rest of the money would also come from the state if the tribe does not agree to pay.

“If it is settled, then there won’t be any need to advance us any money because we’ll be getting the payments from the casino,” Sarver said. “It’s just an advance. If and when the casino compact issue is settled, we’ll have to pay the state back this money.”

It’s unclear exactly when this fight will end. Both the tribe and state officials believe that they are in the right.

Make sure to stay tuned for more updates to New York’s casino dispute with Seneca Nation over the next few months!

Caesars Entertainment Officially Sells Rio Hotel & Casino

Caesars Entertainment, one of the largest casino companies in the United States, has just announced that’s officially sold the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. It’s huge news for this company, which is set to merge with Eldorado Resorts sometime in the near future. Many predicted that Caesars would begin selling properties before this merger was finalized.

Rio Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

There’s a lot happening in Las Vegas right now. Several companies are actively working to put some of their properties for sale in this city. Let’s look at why Caesars Entertainment sold the Rio, and what this means for the company moving forward.

Caesars-Eldorado Merger is Still in the Works

Back in June, Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts announced that they had agreed to merge. Eldorado purchased Caesars for an astounding $17 billion, taking control over the company’s different properties. Hope was that the deal could be secured within just a few days. Unfortunately, this merger is taking longer than expected to complete.

Many steps still need to be taken before this merge will become official. The two companies must receive approval from several US gambling regulatory bodies. Eldorado must also decide whether or not to sell properties to help make up for the $17 billion they spent acquiring Caesars.

In July, Eldorado Resorts CEO Tom Reeg stated in a conference call that the merger is expected to be completed by January of 2020. Eldorado has been failing to meet revenue projections thus far into 2019. Reeg believes that once the merger is completed, the company will begin to meet revenue forecasts set by analysts.

Officials at Caesars have been talking about selling some Las Vegas properties for years. Many believed that Caesars would put some of its Strip hotel-casinos up for sale. This week, reports have come out that show Caesars has sold the Rio Hotel & Casino.

Rio Hotel & Casino is Being Sold to New York Real Estate Group

Caesars Entertainment owns and operates many different casinos around the country. Several of these gambling venues are located in Las Vegas. As we just mentioned, many believed that this company would sell one of its Las Vegas Strip properties before the merger with Eldorado Resorts was completed.

Interestingly, Caesars has decided to sell the Rio Hotel & Casino, located off the Las Vegas Strip. The Rio is one of the most popular hotel-casinos not located on the Strip. It offers a huge gambling space and a wide variety of different hotel suites and amenities.

Caesars Entertainment has confirmed that it’s sold the Rio to Imperial Companies for $516.3 million. The New York-based real estate firm self describes itself as a “a vertically integrated real estate investment, development and management platform focused primarily on mixed-use, residential, hospitality assets across all major U.S. markets.” The deal is expected to finalize in the first quarter of 2020.

Interestingly, Caesars will continue to operate the Rio Hotel & Casino for the next two years. The company will pay back $45 million a year in a lease-back program. Caesars has also retained the rights to host the famous World Series of Poker tournament.

The Rio has hosted the WSOP since 2005. Last year was the highest-attended tournament in history. Now, the World Series of Poker will be moving to The Linq hotel & casino when it opens next year.

How Will This Sale Impact Caesars Entertainment?

To some, it wasn’t a major surprise to see Caesars sell the Rio. Not long ago, the company announced a new $600 million expansion plan for several different casinos. The Rio was not included in this new plan.

Carlo Santarelli, a gaming analyst for Deutsche Bank, commented on the sale to the media this week.

“We view the transaction as a distinct positive for Eldorado-Caesars as it provides for healthy de-leverage, while the net transaction multiple, in our view, is very strong,” he said. 

Caesars will continue to operate the Rio for two years. After this leasing period, Caesars can choose whether to continue operating the hotel-casino or hand over the operations to Imperial Companies. It’s a great deal for both parties.

Many believe this is a smart move for Caesars before the merger with Eldorado Resorts. The company needs money right now. We’ll need to wait and see whether or not Caesars chooses to hold onto the Rio after the two year lease period concludes.

More details of this sale will soon be released. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

Circus Circus in Las Vegas May Be Going For Sale

One of the most famous hotel-casinos in Las Vegas may soon be going up for sale. MGM Resorts International is in talks to sell Circus Circus in Las Vegas to Phil Ruffin. If the deal goes through, it will be one of the largest casino sales in recent memory.Circus Circus In Las Vegas

MGM Resorts has been considering selling some of its Las Vegas properties for months. Let’s take a quick look at why this company may put Circus Circus up for sale, and why Phil Ruffin is interested in buying it.

MGM Resorts Looking for Ways to Earn Money Through Real Estate Sales

MGM Resorts International, one of the biggest and most profitable casino companies in the United States, is having an interesting year. For much of 2019, company officials have worked on ways to earn one of the elusive Japanese casino licenses set to be handed out. Recently, MGM has also begun looking to sell some of its properties as a way to generate revenue.

This company owns the most Las Vegas Strip properties currently operating. Some of the biggest casinos in the world are controlled by MGM Resorts, including the Bellagio, the Mirage, and Luxor. Most of these casinos help to generate millions of dollars in revenue every single month.

Interestingly, MGM is now considering putting some of these Las Vegas Strip properties up for sale. Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International, believes that many of these properties are undervalued. Blackstone Group, an investment firm out of New York, expressed an interest in purchasing some of MGM’s hotel-casinos.

For a time, it looked like MGM was going to put the Bellagio and MGM Grand up for sale. This week, reports have surfaced that indicate Circus Circus in Las Vegas may be going up for sale. MGM appears to already have a buyer in mind, as well.

Phil Ruffin Could Purchase Circus Circus in Las Vegas

According to Bloomberg, MGM Resorts is in talks to sell Circus Circus to real estate mogul Phil Ruffin. Pressure from investors may be the primary reason behind this sale. MGM is currently in the middle of a major restructuring process to bring in more revenue.

Circus Circus was once considered one of the top casinos in Las Vegas. Today, it’s one of the lower-earners in the city, partly due to its undesirable location in the north area of the Strip. It’s not much of a surprise to see MGM Resorts working to sell this property.

This won’t be Phil Ruffin’s first Las Vegas casino purchase. In 2009, he bought the Treasure Island casino from MGM for $746 million. Ruffin’s company helped to renovate and expand this casino.

The details of this sale are unknown. MGM Resorts has not yet stated how much the Circus Circus casino will be sold for.

Tourism Numbers Are Up in Las Vegas

For much of 2018, Las Vegas casinos struggled to generate revenue. Overall tourism in the city was down and gambling revenue was falling. Fortunately, things began to turn around this year.

During the first six months of 2019, Las Vegas experienced a massive increase in the number of tourists compared to 2018. In August, hotel occupancy in the city was at 89.3%. It was the highest rate since 2007.

The rise in tourism has also helped to bring in more money to the city’s casinos. In June, gambling revenue increased by a staggering 17.7% from the same month last year. For many, the increase in gambling revenue was a surprise considering the rise in competition around the country.

Many states are actively working to expand their casino operations. Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New York have all recently passed bills to add more casinos. Sports betting is also now legal in these states. Some believe that with more gambling options around the country, Las Vegas will begin to see its tourism numbers drop. As of now, this is not the case.

We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes for the sale of the Circus Circus in Las Vegas to go through. Make sure to stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks!

A Chick-fil-A in Downtown Las Vegas is Arriving This Fall

One of the most popular fast-food chains in the United States has just announced that it’s opening a new restaurant in Sin City. According to multiple reports, a Chick-fil-A in Downtown Las Vegas will open in just a few months. It’s exciting news for those looking for cheap eats here!

Chick-fil-A Sandwich

There are some amazing new developments coming to Las Vegas soon. Let’s take a quick look at where the new Chick-fil-A will open in this city, and what other great fast food options are available here.

Golden Nugget Announces New Chick-fil-A in Downtown Las Vegas

Chick-fil-A is the third largest American fast food chain currently operating. It was founded back in 1967, and over the past decade, it’s truly exploded in popularity. The company operates more than 2,300 restaurants, almost all of which are located in the United States. Chick-fil-A runs two restaurants in Las Vegas right now, neither of which are located in the downtown area.

This is now set to change. On Wednesday, the Golden Nugget announced through its Twitter account that it’s welcoming a Chick-fil-A restaurant.

The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is one of the most popular venues in the Downtown Las Vegas area. It’s been operating since 1946, offering a huge casino floor with hundreds of different gambling options. This venue has gone through several renovations over the years and is now set to open the first Chick-fil-A in Downtown Las Vegas.

There’s no doubt that Chick-fil-A is one of the best fast food chains in the country. For those on a budget, there are some other fantastic cheap eateries spread around Las Vegas. Below are some of the best fast food restaurants available in the city right now.

Top Fast Food Restaurants in Las Vegas for 2019

There are cheap eateries spread all over Las Vegas. Some of these restaurants can be found inside hotels on the Strip. Others are located on the outskirts of the city, far away from the bright lights. These are the fast food spots that you need to check out during your next trip to Sin City.

In-N-Out Burger

If you ask someone on the West Coast what the best fast food chain in the country is, there’s a good chance they’ll tell you In-N-Out. The popular California-based chain has opened several restaurants in Sin City over the years. It’s one of the best places to stop by for a quick bite to eat.

Today, there’s an In-N-Out Burger located right by the Las Vegas Strip. It’s found in the northern area of the city, not far from The LINQ Hotel & Casino. If you’re craving a cheap, delicious burger, this is probably the spot for you.

The Chicken Shack

The new Chick-fil-A in Downtown Las Vegas will dominate the fried chicken game in Las Vegas. For now, many still prefer The Chicken Shack, located on Blue Diamond Road. It’s slightly off the beaten path, yet the food and prices are top-notch.

There are many different food options available here. Obviously most come to try the different chicken dishes. Many also love the variety of french fries and chili, too. If you’re willing to venture outside the Strip, consider heading to this popular cheap eat.

Texas Meltz

Texas Meltz is growing to become one of the most popular cheap eateries in Las Vegas. It combines world-class Texas barbecue with the cheap prices of a fast food joint. This one’s located on Sahara Avenue, just a few miles away from Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino.

There are a huge number of fantastic meal options available at Texas Meltz. Many visitors enjoy the different sandwiches. If you visit, make sure to try out a few sides, too.

A Chick-fil-A in Downtown Las Vegas will soon open up. Many expect it to be the most popular fast food spots in the city.

Make sure to stay tuned for more news on Las Vegas restaurants over the next few months!

MGM Resorts Could Sell Las Vegas Strip Properties

MGM Resorts International, one of the biggest and most profitable casino companies in the world, is considering making some major changes. Reports are coming out that this company may be putting some of its most profitable venues up for sale. MGM Resorts could sell some Las Vegas Strip properties and Blackstone Group is interested in buying them.MGM Resorts Logo

It’s an interesting development. MGM feels that selling some of these hotel-casinos could increase the company’s share price. Let’s look at what properties may go for sale, and how this will impact the company moving forward.

MGM Resorts Continues Pushing Into Japan

Not long ago, lawmakers in Japan approved a bill to allow three new casino-resorts to open in the country. It was a monumental decision, as in the past, Japan banned virtually all forms of gambling. Many gambling analysts predict that Japan will become one of the most lucrative casino markets in the world.

It should come as no surprise that many of the top US casino companies are now working to break into this market. As we just mentioned, only three casino licenses will be handed out here. Tokyo, Yokohama, and Osaka are all expected to host a casino.

Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts, and MGM Resorts International are all trying to earn one of these casino licenses. Not long ago, LVS announced that it was no longer interested in opening a casino-resort in Osaka. Instead, this company is pushing for a license to run a casino in Tokyo.

MGM Resorts seems interested in opening a casino anywhere in Japan. Osaka seems to be the top choice for MGM officials. The company is teaming up with local businesses in order to obtain one of these licenses.

Now, reports are surfacing that MGM could sell Las Vegas Strip properties. It’s surprising news, as these are considered to be some of the most lucrative casinos in the world.

MGM Resorts May Sell Las Vegas Strip Properties This Year

MGM Resorts International is the biggest casino-resort operator in Las Vegas. This company owns a huge number of Las Vegas properties including the MGM Grand, Bellagio, and the Mandalay Bay. This week, the company announced that it’s considering selling some of these casinos to Blackstone Group.

In January of this year, MGM formed an independent board committee to evaluate new ways to earn money from its real estate portfolio. Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International, is optimistic about the company’s new ways to earn revenue.

“We have a lot of options in front of us, actually very creative and interesting options. We also know that our real estate is undervalued in the marketplace,” he said. 

Blackstone Group, a New York-based alternative investment firm, is showing interest in purchasing some of MGM’s Las Vegas Strip properties. According to Bloomberg, this company is in direct talks with MGM to buy several of the biggest casinos in Sin City.

Reports indicate that MGM is interested in selling the Bellagio and MGM Grand. Financial analysts believe these hotel-casinos can sell for $6 to $7 billion. In the wake of this news, MGM Resorts’ share prices rose by 5%.

Caesars Also Interested in Selling Las Vegas Casinos

It’s looking like MGM Resorts International is interested in putting some of its top properties for sale. This isn’t the only major casino company that’s interested in selling Las Vegas casinos. Recently, Caesars Entertainment has indicated that it too may sell some of its properties in this city.

Caesars is set to merge with Eldorado Resorts in the near future. This merge is the largest ever made in the US casino industry. For this merger to be approved, however, Caesars Entertainment may need to put some of its most profitable casinos up for sale.

Eldorado Resorts paid nearly $17 billion to acquire Caesars. In order to make some of this money back, the company is interested in selling some of its biggest properties.

We’ll need to see exactly how Caesars and MGM Resorts approach these sales.

It’s an interesting time in the US casino industry. Make sure to stay tuned for more Las Vegas gambling news over the next few months!

Mohegan Gaming Set to Run the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel-Casino

Construction on the new Las Vegas Virgin Hotel & Casino will soon begin. This week, Virgin announced that Mohegan Gaming will manage the new hotel. It’s the first time that a tribal gaming group has operated a casino in Las Vegas.Famous Sign In Las Vegas

It’s exciting to see Virgin Hotels choose its managing partner. Many feel that this new hotel-casino will be extremely popular. Let’s look at what we know about the Virgin hotel-casino right now.

Hard Rock Las Vegas Officially Sold to Virgin Hotels

The Hard Rock Las Vegas Hotel & Casino has long been considered one of the best venues off the Strip. Unfortunately, it failed to bring in major revenue earnings in recent years. Not long ago, Hard Rock International announced that it sold the Las Vegas property to Virgin Hotels.

It’s Virgin’s first foray into the hotel-casino business. Obviously, this company needs time to prepare a gambling establishment in Sin City. Initially, Virgin stated that the hotel would close for four months while renovations took place. In August, the company changed its stance, claiming the hotel would close for eight full months.

There are some major changes taking place here. Virgin wants to completely transform the former Hard Rock Las Vegas hotel. Last week, several design partners were officially announced.

A number of major companies will help Virgin Hotels with the rebranding process. According to new reports, this new hotel-casino will feature a 60,000 square foot casino floor, 1,504 suites, and several new entertainment options.

Today, Virgin Hotels made another major announcement.

Mohegan Gaming Will Manage the Virgin Hotel & Casino

For months, Virgin has worked on finding the right company to operate its new hotel. Today, the company revealed Mohegan Gaming as the hotel’s new manager. Mohegan operates many gambling venues across the country, yet this is their first time entering the Las Vegas market.

Mario Kontomerkos, CEO of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, commented on the news to the media.

“Together with Virgin Hotels, experience seekers all over the world will have the opportunity to partake in an extraordinary guest journey that only our strategic alliance can deliver,” he said.

Specific terms of this deal have not been revealed. It’s being said that Mohegan will work to add the hotel’s entertainment options. Kontomerkos cited his company’s long history of providing headliner entertainment. The company puts on more than 1,500 shows per year and will work to bring major shows to the Virgin Las Vegas Hotel.

It’s exciting news for both parties. Mohegan is an extremely well-known brand and will likely bring in many guests with their Momentum loyalty-card program. We’ll need to wait and see exactly what Mohegan has planned for Las Vegas’ newest gambling venue.

New Projects Coming to Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Strip remains the most visited part of the city. Recently, several new projects have begun to transform other areas. One of the most exciting is the MSG Sphere, scheduled to open sometime in 2021.

This massive venue is shaping up to be one of the most impressive venues in the city. Officials at MSG Sphere believe that it will set a new standard for entertainment venues. It’s currently being constructed adjacent to the Venetian Hotel & Casino, slightly off the Strip.

The North area of the Las Vegas Strip is also undergoing a transformation right now. Several new projects are being worked on here, perhaps the most exciting of which is Resorts World. This massive casino-resort is costing billions of dollars to construct and will officially open in 2020.

Many are extremely excited to see what the Virgin Hotel has to offer. With Mohegan Gaming on board, it’s expected to be one of the best new additions to the city in recent memory.

Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this casino over the next few months!

New Sportsbooks in Atlantic City Casinos Revealed

Atlantic City is quickly becoming one of the hottest gambling hubs in the United States. With sports betting legal and regulated here, this city has never been more popular. Recently, several new sportsbooks in Atlantic City casinos were officially unveiled to the public.Sky View Of Atlantic City

It’s exciting news for sports betting fans on the East Coast. Let’s take a look at what new sportsbooks have come here. We’ll also look at some of the current betting odds on the NFL available right now.

Sports Betting in Atlantic City Continues to Grow

New Jersey was instrumental in having PASPA struck down last year. Before this, only Nevada was legally allowed to offer sports betting odds. Now, 13 states have legalized sports betting and 6 more have approved sports gambling bills. Atlantic City, New Jersey’s gambling hub, is benefiting massively from this industry.

For almost all of 2019, gambling revenue in Atlantic City has increased. Casino and sportsbook earnings continue to rise here. This is true for the month of August, in which the state’s sports betting platforms saw a massive surge in earnings.

According to new reports, New Jersey’s total revenue last month was $352.8 million. This represents a 16.1% revenue increase from the same month in 2018. Sports gambling brought in $25.2 million last month.

Online sports betting in New Jersey is proving to be the preferred method of wagering. New Jersey online sportsbooks use geo-targeting technology. They allow sports bets to be placed from anywhere within the state borders. Around 85% of all sports bets placed in New Jersey are now made online.

Resorts Casino & Hotel in AC is bringing in the most money right now. It brought in $6,697,318 last month. Interestingly, the Meadowlands Racetrack, located outside of Atlantic City, was the biggest earner at $9,269,586.

New Sportsbooks in Atlantic City Are Revealed

The start of the 2019/2020 NFL season was expected to bring in a surge of sports wagers. To prepare for this wave, several new sportsbooks in Atlantic City casinos were revealed. These multi-million dollar sportsbooks were opened to help bring in more bettors the state’s land-based casinos.

Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International have both opened new high-end sportsbooks at their Atlantic City casinos. Caesars revealed its new Bally’s sportsbook on September 8th. This betting venue, called “The Book,” is a 15,230 square foot betting area featuring a massive 98-foot-wide by 18-foot-tall screen that features all major sporting events. It’s similar in size to the sportsbook inside the Caesars Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

MGM Resorts also opened its brand new 8,000 square foot sportsbook at Borgata. The “Money Bar & Book” features a 35-foot circular bar, 18 screens, and a VIP lounge. It’s one of the sleekest new sportsbooks in Atlantic City casinos today.

Scott Butera, president of interactive gaming at MGM Resorts International, commented on the company’s decision to center the new sportsbook’s atmosphere around entertainment instead of betting.

“Millennials want sports and sports betting to be part of the experience and not necessarily the whole experience,” he said. 

If you’re in Atlantic City, make sure to check these new gaming venues out!

NFL Odds Available Online Right Now

Want to bet on the NFL but aren’t located in New Jersey? Don’t sweat it! As we mentioned earlier, a number of other states have regulated their sports betting markets. There is also a wide range of amazing online sports betting sites available in every state around the country.

One of the best internet sportsbooks available throughout the country right now is Bovada. This site is known for offering safe payment options and a range of amazing odds. There are some fantastic NFL odds available through this site right now.

Members of Bovada can currently bet on the upcoming Thursday Night Football game between the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Titans enter this game as the slight favorites with current odds of -120. Jacksonville enters the game with even odds.

There are a complete set of odds for every single game taking place this season. Head over to Bovada today to see some of the lines available right now!

There are several new sportsbooks in Atlantic City casinos. This city is already surpassing Las Vegas as the sports betting capital of the US. Perhaps in time, Atlantic City will surpass Las Vegas in casino revenue, as well.

Make sure to stay tuned for more Atlantic City gambling news over the next few weeks!

Sports Gambling May Soon Become Federally Legal

With PASPA now gone, many states around the country have chosen to legalize and regulate the sports betting industry. It’s proving to be massively successful for these states, many of which are earning millions of dollars a month from their sports betting markets. Several lawmakers are now calling for sports gambling to become federally legal. Sportsbook In US Casino

It’s an extremely exciting time for sports fans around the country. Let’s take a quick look at who’s calling for federal sports betting legalization, and how this would affect the country’s gambling industry.

More States Continue to Regulate Sports Betting

In case you’re unaware, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA in May of 2018. Before this happened, only Nevada was legally allowed to offer sports betting odds. With PASPA gone, every state can set its laws on the sports gambling industry.

13 states now have active sports gambling platforms up and running. Six other states have approved bills to legalize sports gambling and will begin offering betting platforms over the next few months. Many feel that in time, every state will regulate this industry.

Several states are already profiting massively from their legal sports betting markets. New Jersey, for example, offers both land-based and online wagering options. Each month, the state of New Jersey earns millions of dollars in sports gambling revenue.

Many lawmakers across the country now realize how lucrative this industry is. This week, several powerful politicians have begun calling for US sports gambling to become federally legalized. This is now beginning to look like a real possibility.

Senators Pushing for the Federal Legalization of Sports Gambling

Not long after PASPA was struck down, gambling advocates began pushing for the federal legalization of sports betting. In December of 2018, Senator Orrin Hatch presented a bill that would make sports gambling legal across the country. Unfortunately, the bill was not approved.

Many states with strict gambling laws claim sports betting legalization would go against their state constitutions. For a time, it looked like a country-wide sports betting industry seemed impossible. This is now begging the change.

Several major sports leagues including the NCAA are now supporting the move to make US sports gambling federally legal. Additionally, Senators Chuck Schumer and Mitt Romney have begun supporting this move. Naima Stevenson Starks, vice-president of the NCAA, believes it would help protect the integrity of sports. She spoke to the media this week about her desire to see a universal set of laws on the industry.

“We are absolutely supportive of federal regulation,” she said. “It’s fairly daunting to think that every state would have a different set of regulations. Having some minimum standards, we are very supportive of and have been an active proponent of.”

Many gambling supporters feel the same way. Sports gambling laws change from state to state. With a national set of laws on the industry, it would be much easier for states to regulate and earn money from this popular form of gambling.

Several States Remain Hesitant to Embrace Sports Betting

The sports betting industry is growing extremely quickly around the country. Even states with harsh gambling laws such as North Carolina and Georgia are interested in launching sportsbooks. A few states, however, remain hesitant to allow sports gambling.

Today, only six states have chosen not to present any bills that would make sports betting legal. Many gambling analysts still feel that in time, this will change. Utah has specific laws that completely ban all forms of gambling and may be the one US state that chooses to stay away from this industry.

Even in states with harsh sports betting laws, there are options to make wagers online. There are some fantastic US online gambling sites available in every single state. Many of these sites offer both casino and sports wagering options. The best ones offer safe payment options and a huge range of amazing odds.

Several senators and major sports leagues are pushing to make US sports gambling federally legal. It seems very likely that within the next few years, this could become a reality.

Make sure to stay tuned for more US gambling news over the next few months!

The Las Vegas Virgin Hotel Transformation is Coming Soon

One of the most iconic hotels in Las Vegas recently went up for sale. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is now owned by Virgin Hotels, who plan to transform this venue over the next few months. The Las Vegas Virgin Hotel transformation is coming soon, and based on what’s being discussed, it will be a fantastic new addition to the Las Vegas Strip.Virgin Brand Logo

Today, we’re going to look at why exactly the Hard Rock was sold to Virgin. We’ll also take a quick look at what to expect from the new hotel-casino. Let’s get started!

Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas Has Been Officially Sold

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was constructed all the way back in 1971. It found immediate success and went through several major renovation projects over the years. Unfortunately, things took a turn recently. The hotel-casino’s revenue began to drop, and company officials began looking to sell.

In March of 2018, Virgin Hotels announced it had officially purchased the Hard Rock Las Vegas Hotel. Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin brand, told the media that his company would begin renovating and rebranding the hotel in 2019. For months, Virgin Hotels has worked on plans to officially begin rebranding this gambling establishment.

Initially, the plan was for the hotel to close for four months while the rebranding process took place. In August, Virgin Hotels announced that it would now close for eight months. The company claims the longer closure is necessary to complete the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel transformation in the time that’s expected.

Virgin Hotels is making some major progress. This week, the company revealed the names of several partners that will help with the design of the new establishment.

What We Know About the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel So Far

Many analysts predict the new Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas will be fantastic. It’s the first hotel-casino opening under the Virgin brand. As we just mentioned, the company has officially revealed several partners that will help with the rebranding process.

Rockwell Group, Klai Juba Wald Architecture + Interiors, Studio Collective, Taylor International Corp, and McCarthy Building Companies will all work to change this hotel from the Hard Rock to Virgin. Designs are said to be “nearing completion.” Construction is set to begin in February and the hotel will officially open by the end of 2020.

A few details of the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel are now coming out. According to new reports, the hotel will feature 1,504 suites, a 60,000 square-foot casino floor, more than five acres of poolside space, and over 110,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

Adam Goldstein, design director, and partner at Studio Collective claims that the casino will have a unique desert theme. He’s also optimistic about the way this new hotel-casino will be received.

“We are hoping the guestrooms can offer guests a respite from the high energy of the casino floor, bars and restaurants, pool and other areas on property,” he said. “We feel like the rooms will be unlike other offers one can find in Las Vegas.”

It will be months before construction will begin. More design details are likely to come out in the near future.

Will This Hotel-Casino Be Successful in Las Vegas?

It’s always difficult to predict the success of a Las Vegas casino. Fortunately, the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel is located in a prime location on the Strip. Virgin is also a well-known brand, and many will be interested in checking out what this new venue has to offer.

Gambling revenue in Las Vegas is also beginning to increase. For much of the year, gaming earnings dropped here. Many analysts stated an increase in competition from other states was to blame. In June, however, gambling revenue in this city increased by 17.7%.

Things appear to be improving here. Hope is that this trend continues for the rest of the year.

The new Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas sounds incredible. It’s clear that Virgin is taking this project seriously and will work hard to create a great new gaming venue on the Strip. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this hotel-casino over the next few weeks!

Plaza Hotel & Casino is Offering an Exciting New Promotion!

One of the most popular hotel-casinos in Downtown Las Vegas is offering a great new promotion. The Plaza Hotel & Casino has announced that it’s giving casino players the opportunity to win a vintage slot machine. It’s exciting news for both tourists and locals in Las Vegas. Plaza Hotel & Casino In Las Vegas

Today, we’re going to look at the details of this new promotion. We’ll also look at some more of the best casinos in Las Vegas to play slots. Let’s get started!

Plaza Hotel & Casino Announces New Slot Promotion

Downtown Las Vegas is experiencing somewhat of a resurgence right now. In the past, this part of the city was avoided by many tourists. Recently, several major projects have begun to transform this area.

One of the most popular gambling venues here is the Plaza Hotel & Casino. It opened all the way back in 1971 and features an incredible 80,000 square-foot casino floor. The Plaza has an extremely loyal fan base, many of whom love the casino for its wide range of gambling options and cheap tables and slots.

This week, the Plaza Casino announced a brand new promotion. Soon, players here will have the chance to win a vintage coin-operated slot machine. The promotion comes as the casino takes these slots out of service.

In order to win one of these machines, players need to win a weekly Tuesday video poker tournament or finish in the top eight of a Royal Plaza Rewards points challenge. Jonathan Jossel, who recently took control over the Plaza Hotel, commented on the new promotion to the media this week.

“Over the years, these machines have become harder and harder to maintain,” he said. “It’s remarkable how popular they are with people, though, so we thought it would be fun to have a promotion.”

More details of this promotion will come out soon.

Top Slot Casinos in Las Vegas Right Now

It’s likely that many people will hit the slot machines at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in hopes of winning one of these vintage machines. Those who prefer to stay on the Strip also have access to some incredible casinos featuring hundreds of different slot games. Below are some of the very best Las Vegas casinos to play slots in right now.

Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino

The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino remains the most expensive hotels ever built in Las Vegas. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean gambling here will break the bank. The Cosmo is home to a wide range of different slot games catering to all different budgets.

Patrons here can find a variety of great penny slots. Some of the most popular are the Luck o Lantern and Record Jackpots slots. There are also several fantastic progressive slots here that allow you to win major jackpots over time.

The Cosmopolitan also features one of the best high roller slot games that you will find today. There are many slot machines here with maximum bet allowances of $500. Make sure to check out this casino if you’re spending time on the Strip!

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace might be the most iconic hotel-casinos in Las Vegas. It’s an incredible venue featuring some amazing hotel suites and an amazing casino floor. It was constructed back in 1966 and has gone under a series of major renovations over the years.

This is without a doubt one of the best Las Vegas casinos to play slot games in. The 124,000 square-foot casino floor features a huge number of incredible slots. There are also some amazing video poker games available here.

There’s a reason Caesars has been featured in so many famous movies. It’s one of the coolest-designed hotel-casinos in this city. If you’re a slot fan, you’ll love this venue.

Wynn Las Vegas

Not long ago, Wynn Las Vegas was named the best casino in Las Vegas. As you might expect, this is also considered by many to be the best place to play casino games in the city. There are countless different slot gaming options here.

You can find a massive list of different gambling options here. Much like the Cosmopolitan, there is a great high roller slot area here that allows you to win huge massive jackpots.

Wynn Las Vegas is great in every single way. There are enough gambling options here to keep you busy for days. Feel free to check out the many incredible restaurants in this hotel, as well!

If you’re interested, make sure to play at the Plaza Hotel & Casino for your chance to win an authentic vintage slot game. Stay tuned for more updates to this promotion over the next few weeks!

Hard Rock Atlantic City Voted Best Casino in AC

Atlantic City is now home to many of the most popular casino-resorts in the United States. Recently, Casino Player Magazine held a vote on which casino in this city was the best. Interestingly, Hard Rock Atlantic City took the top spot.

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The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City has been open for a little more than a year. It’s a tremendous accomplishment to earn the city’s top casino award. Let’s look at the results of this recent poll, and what other casino-resorts were close to winning.

Atlantic City Continues to See Revenue Increases

Just a few years ago, Atlantic City was struggling to bring in any money. The recession took a serious toll on this city, forcing many of the casinos here to permanently close their doors. In recent years, however, things have begun to turn around.

An improved economy and New Jersey’s decision to legalize sports betting has breathed new life into Atlantic City. Several major casinos have opened here in recent years. For almost all of 2019, gambling revenue in Atlantic City has increased.

Today, both online casino gambling and sports betting are fully legal and regulated here. All of the city’s land-based casinos operate internet and mobile betting platforms. Recently, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced that Atlantic City’s July revenue increased by 8% compared to the same time period last year.

Things are definitely going well in this city. Competition is extremely high, with each casino-resort working to out-do the others. Just recently, a popular casino magazine held a public vote to see which casino in Atlantic City is the best.

The results of this vote have now been made public.

Hard Rock Atlantic City Wins “Best Resort in Atlantic City” Award

As we mentioned earlier, the Hard Rock Atlantic City has only been open for a little more than a year. Previously, this casino-resort was called the Trump Taj Mahal. In the 90s, this was one of the most popular gambling establishments in the country. It also hosted a number of major combat sporting events, drawing in thousands of visitors from around the world.

In 2016, after significant financial difficulties, this casino announced it was officially closing its doors. Less than a year later, Hard Rock International announced that it was acquiring the casino. It re-opened as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City in 2018 and proved to be extremely successful right away.

For most of 2019, the AC Hard Rock has been one of the biggest revenue earners in Atlantic City. The Borgata, however, has continued to bring in the most revenue for almost all of this year. The Hard Rock may not have made as much money as the Borgata, yet it’s just been voted the best casino-resort in Atlantic City.

Voters officially named Hard Rock Atlantic City the best overall gambling venue in the city. This casino-hotel also took first place for the best suites, spa, players club, and more. It’s a tremendous accomplishment for this casino and Hard Rock International as a brand.

Casino Competition Grows Around New Jersey

There’s no doubt that Atlantic City is the gambling hub of the US east coast. The huge number of nearby casinos and entertainment options has made Atlantic City one of the most popular gambling destinations in the country. Recently, several states near New Jersey have begun to expand their gambling industries.

Lawmakers in New York, who have been largely anti-gambling over the years, are finally beginning to recognize the huge earning potential from the gaming industry. In July of this year, sports betting was made legal here. A recently-approved bill also allows for more casinos to open in the state.

Massachusetts is also experiencing an increase in gambling revenue right now. Not long ago, Wynn Resorts opened the Encore Boston Harbor. It’s now one of the most lucrative casinos on the east coast.

It’s unclear exactly how this increase in nearby competition will affect Atlantic City’s gambling revenue. For now, it doesn’t seem to be having much of an impact. Gambling establishments here continue to bring in major earnings. In time, Atlantic City may compete with Las Vegas as the top gambling city in the US.

Make sure to stay tuned for more gambling news on Atlantic City over the next few months!

Californians Flock to Major Australian Casino Site

More Americans are choosing to play at online casino sites every single month. According to one major Australian casino site, many players are emerging from California. Interestingly, a significant portion of these California players all hail from the Santa Clarita area of the state.Map And Flag Outline Of Australia

It’s an interesting development. Now is the perfect time to look at why online casino gambling is growing so popular in the United States. We’ll also look at some of the most popular internet casino sites currently available here.

Online Casino Gambling Continues to Grow in the US

For more than a year, there’s been a significant increase in the number of individuals in the US who are choosing to play casino games online. Today, there are many great US casino sites operating, most of which offer just as many gaming options as the biggest casinos in Las Vegas. Most of the casino websites operating in this country are based overseas.

Several states have now legalized internet casino gambling. Even more have pending legislation to allow this form of gambling. In states where online casino gaming is legal, land-based casinos within the state operate all gambling sites.

In all other states, players must make bets through overseas casino sites. Competition is extremely high in the US internet casino industry, and most online gambling operators here work hard to out-do their rivals.

According to one of the top casino companies in Australia, many Californians are playing through their website. California has shown almost no willingness to regulate online casino gambling, yet many individuals here still choose to play through foreign casino sites.

Californians Flock to Australian Online Casino Site

California is home to the most tribal casinos in the country. Unfortunately, lawmakers here aren’t interested in regulating the online casino gambling industry. As a result, millions of individuals play through the aforementioned casino websites based overseas.

Playamo Casino, an internet gaming company based in Australia, claims that a significant portion of their US players come from California. More specifically, the Santa Clarita area of California.

Anthony Becker, US regional manager of Playamo Casino, commented on the news to the media this week.

“It was quite surprising to find out that the largest majority of US clients come from California, given how close they are to Nevada,” he said. We were expecting most customers to come from Eastern and South-Eastern states like Florida or Alabama, but California was definitely not on our minds.”

There are a few reasons why this may be. First, many in California seem to realize how much more convenient online gambling is to land-based gambling. Many casino sites today also offer fantastic promotions to their members.

It’s clear that this industry isn’t slowing down.

More Great Casino Sites in California

The Australian online casino site we just mentioned isn’t the only one attracting California gamblers. There are a huge number of great CA online casino sites available right now. As we mentioned earlier, most of these sites offer a huge range of different gaming options and quick, safe payment options.

One of the most popular internet casinos in this state is Bovada. It launched years ago and is now one of the most trusted and respected online gambling companies in the US. Bovada Casino allows its members to bet on things like blackjack, slots, and poker. It even offers a fun live dealer option to make it feel as if you’re playing inside of a real casino.

Cherry Gold Casino is another great online casino option right now. This betting site provides its members with one of the largest welcome bonuses you will find today as well as all of the popular casino games you can find in traditional land-based casinos. Check it out today!

It’s interesting to see so many Californian’s playing at the Australian online casino site. There’s a chance that lawmakers here will recognize how popular this industry is and work to regulate it in the near future.

Esports Betting in Las Vegas Isn’t Taking Off

Esports is growing more popular every single year. Many gambling experts predicted that wagering on this new form of sport would become the next big thing in the sports betting industry. Unfortunately, Esports betting in Las Vegas is failing to bring in as much revenue as initially thought.

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This week, several panelists discussed the reasons why Esports betting is failing to gain much traction. Hope is that in time, this new form of gambling brings Las Vegas sportsbooks huge revenue earnings. Let’s look at what gambling experts are saying.

The Esports Industry Continues to Grow

It’s been incredible to watch Esports grow so popular. Just a few years ago, this industry was completely non-existent. Thanks to streaming services such as Twitch and Facebook Live, more people are watching competitive Esports than ever before.

Just a few weeks ago, the Fortnite World Cup took place. The event features a $30 million total prize pool. Several players earned themselves more than $1 million in prize money. An estimated 2.3 million individuals watched the event online.

As you might expect, the Esports industry is extremely intriguing for those in the gambling industry. Sports betting in the United States is more popular than ever before, and many have anticipated that Esports is the next big thing. This doesn’t seem to be the case.

Esports betting in Las Vegas is not generating nearly as much revenue as analysts predicted. It’s surprising, considering this city is home to one of the biggest competitive gaming venues in the world.

Initial reports claimed that Esports gambling would bring in $1.5 billion in revenue by 2020. Based on the way things are going, this is unlikely to happen. Several Esports panelists discussed why they believe this is.

Reasons Why Esports Betting in Las Vegas is Struggling

Gambling operators in Las Vegas want to know exactly why gambling on Esports is failing to take off. As we just mentioned, several panelists gave their opinions on why it’s struggling right now. Hope is that this helps gambling companies to better cater to the Esports community.

One key issue that came up was the age of many Esports fans. It’s well-known that a significant percentage of Esports fans are below the age of 21. In Nevada, you must be at least 21 years old in order to place bets.

Some have also pointed out the limited options for Esports betting in Las Vegas. Panelists Karl Bennison revealed that only three Esports events have been approved for gambling over the past two years.

Bennison claims that many in the Esports industry simply aren’t interested in promoting gambling.

“We’re capable (of regulating events), but we’re not getting the requests for these, so whether the argument is that our hurdles are too high or there just isn’t the drive, the operators aren’t seeing the market out there,” Bennison said. “We’re open to the idea and we’re trying to streamline the process and hopefully, eventually, we’ll make it a sport like any other sport, but there’s a ways to go.”

This doesn’t mean that Esports gambling is dead. This is a very new industry and in time, it’s likely that more people will begin to place wagers on the event outcomes.

Esports Betting Options Around the US

Esports betting in Las Vegas may not be taking off as much as some thought it would, yet many individuals around the country are choosing to place bets on events over the internet. There are a huge number of great US gambling sites that offer odds on every single Esports event. One of the best betting sites right now is Bovada.

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Bovada. This online gambling website launched years ago and is now one of the most popular internet gambling sites in the country. It’s gained a fantastic reputation for offering safe payment options and a wide range of different odds.

Bovada offers its members to place bets on just about every single Esports event taking place around the world. Right now, for example, this site is offering odds on the League of Legends Master Series.

One of the most popular matches to bet on takes place between Mad Team and G-Rex. At the moment, Mad Team is entering this match as the considerable favorites with odds of -190. G-Rex comes in as the significant underdog team with current odds of +135.

We’ll need to wait and see how much money Esports betting in Las Vegas manages to bring in this year. Stay tuned for more updates!