The Encore Boston Harbor Will Reopen on July 12th!

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are currently working to reopen the state’s economy. It’s been a tough year for the casinos here, all of which have been closed down since March. According to new reports, the Encore Boston Harbor will officially reopen to the public on July 12th.Encore Boston Harbor Hotel-Casino

Many casinos are now opening across the country. Some fear that these venues may soon be forced to close down again as Covid-19 infection rates continue to increase. As of now, however, Massachusetts seems determined to get this industry back on track.

Let’s look at what’s being planned at the Encore Boston Harbor!

Casinos Around the US Have Begun to Reopen

In March of this year, every state around the country began shutting down in one way or another. Some states took drastic measures and began ordering residents to remain inside their homes. Others had much more lenient regulations and instead focused on keeping the state economy running.

We’re now in July, and states are still trying to balance the economy and public safety. Every state has begun to reopen. It should come as no surprise that some are doing so much quicker than others.

Casinos have started to reopen in many different states around the country. In states like Mississippi, lawmakers have allowed the commercial gambling venues to open back up. Other states, such as California, have seen their tribal casino industry reopen without the specific approval of Governor Newsom.

Unfortunately, rates of Covid-19 have started to increase around the United States at an unprecedented pace. Most states have slowed their reopening process. Some analysts now believe that casinos may eventually be forced to close down once again.

It’s an incredibly difficult situation. States are still looking at ways to reopen businesses without putting the public in danger. Over in Massachusetts, one major casino-resort is preparing to reopen to the public.

Encore Boston Harbor Plans to Start Accepting Guests Again on July 12th

Massachusetts has a very new land-based casino industry. It wasn’t long ago that lawmakers here decided to officially legalize these gambling venues. Today, three casinos are operating in this state.

The biggest and arguably best is the Encore Boston Harbor, owned by Wynn Resorts. This venue was opened in June of 2019. It didn’t take long for the Encore to become the most popular casino in the state.

Governor Charlie Baker recently announced that Massachusetts is entering into Phase 3 of reopening on Monday. Just hours after this announcement, the Encore Boston Harbor announced that it was reopening to the public on July 12th. The casino released a statement claiming they want to make things as safe as possible.

“Every effort has been made to preserve Encore’s luxury experience and provide guests with the peace of mind needed to enjoy a fun and relaxing return,” the statement said. 

When the Encore Boston Harbor opens, only slots and blackjack will be available to players. Plexiglass barriers will be set on these blackjack tables. Other games such as poker and craps will become available sometime later this summer.

Gambling fans here are extremely excited to see this venue open back up. We’ll need to wait and see how many people begin visiting this venue after July 12th.

How is the US Casino Industry Faring Right Now?

2020 has been the toughest year in history for the land-based casino industry. For months, these venues were shut down. Many have reopened, yet the amount of revenue these venues are earning is significantly lower than it was just a few years ago.

Strict social distancing measures are still in place inside these venues. They are also operating at limited capacity. It’s not entirely clear when these casinos will be given permission to function normally again.

As we mentioned earlier, rates of Covid-19 have been steadily increasing for weeks. Some states are being hit much harder than others. There are still fears that casinos around the state will be forced to shut down. That’s already happened in Arizona.

Las Vegas remains the world’s biggest gambling hub. Casinos here have been open for more than a month, yet tourism remains low. Hope is that some of the new, recently-opened venues here will help to attract new visitors.

The Encore Boston Harbor will officially open back up on July 12th. Gambling fans in Massachusetts are already getting excited. We’ll report on the revenue earned here over the next few weeks!

Are you excited to see the US land-based casino industry start to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below!

Merger Between Eldorado and Caesars Should Complete Next Month

The highly-publicized merger between Eldorado and Caesars has been taking place since June of 2019. It’s the largest deal ever made between two US casino companies. According to new reports, this massive merge should be completed by next month.Eldorado And Caesars Logo

It’s exciting news for both of these companies. The process of joining forces has been hugely expensive and time-consuming. Today, we’re going to look at what still needs to be done for the merger to be officially approved.

Let’s get into it!

FTC Officially Approves Eldorado Resorts-Caesars Entertainment Deal

Eldorado Resorts is one of the fastest-growing casino companies in the country. It owns and operates several major casinos around the country. Officials within this company have continued to tell the media that they plan to expand as soon as possible.

Back in June of last year, news broke that Eldorado had agreed to pay $17.3 billion to acquire Caesars Entertainment. As we just mentioned, this was the largest merger ever made between two casino companies. Many analysts immediately began looking into what it takes to complete a deal like this one.

Both Eldorado and Caesars Entertainment own major casinos in different states. That means both companies need to receive approval from various state gambling commissions before this deal can go through. They also need to get permission from the Federal Trade Commission.

This process takes time. Initially, officials within these companies told the media they expected the deal to be completed by June of this year. That date has now been pushed back. Fortunately, the FTC recently approved the merger between Eldorado and Caesars to move forward.

This was a crucial step for both of these companies. Now, only a few more states need to give the signal for the deal to move forward. When can we expect that to take place?

With State’s Approval, the Merger Between Eldorado and Caesars Will be Complete

It’s not completely unusual to see casino companies merge. It’s happened several times over the years, yet never between two companies as large as Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment. State Gaming Boards want to ensure that this deal does not result in the companies forming a monopoly.

Many states have already approved the deal. The FTC seems content with that’s coming together, as well. Now, these companies only need approval from regulators in Nevada, Indiana, and New Jersey.

Meetings between the heads of these companies and the various state commissions have now been scheduled to take place in Nevada. The Nevada Gaming Control Board will meet to discuss the matter on July 8th. Indiana regulators are meeting on July 10th and ones in Indiana will do the same on July 15th.

After receiving approval, the merger between Eldorado and Caesars can finally be complete. Eldorado CEO Tom Reeg is confident this will take place. Most gaming analysts predict the states will give approval for this deal, as well.

The stars seem to be aligning here. One condition the FTC required was for Eldorado Resorts to sell several of its major properties. News recently broke that these casino sales have officially concluded.

Eldorado Resorts Has Officially Sold Two Major Casinos

The FTC recognizes how powerful these two companies will be once this deal concludes. As a result, they want to ensure that things are still fair for markets affected by the merger. The government body ordered Eldorado Resorts to sell two properties in order to receive approval for the merger.

The Montbleu Resorts & Casino in Lake Tahoe and the Isle of Capris in Kansas City were both recently sold by this company. It was a serious move, as both were known to be big money-makers for Eldorado. Obviously, the merger between Eldorado and Caesars proved to be more important.

This is just one more step needed to finalize this important merger. Now, much of the focus is on the meetings taking place this month in Nevada. Only three more Gaming Boards need to give their official approval for this bill.

Most predict all three will give the green light for this merger to move forward. Eldorado and Caesars have both checked all of the boxes needed to get this deal finished.

Anything is possible, though. The country is still dealing with the effects of Covid-19 and many are unsure of how the land-based casino industry will look over the next 12 months. We’ll be sure to offer updates on this situation as it unfolds.

Do you think the Eldorado Resorts-Caesars Entertainment merger will finish this summer? Let us know in the comments section below!

Nevada’s Gaming Revenue Figures for May Are Now Out!

Nevada began to open its gambling and tourism industry in early June. This month is now wrapping up, and we’re continuing to see just how devastating it can be to close down the state’s gambling industry. Nevada’s gaming revenue figures for May are out and many are shocked to see how little money was made.Revenue Drop Picture

Fortunately, the casinos are now back up and running. It’s guaranteed that more money will be made in June than was made in May. Today, we’re going to break down these revenue reports.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas is Working Hard to Get Back to Normal

Our team has been covering the situation in Las Vegas for months. Back in March, we continued offering updates on the casino shutdown. Back then, not even the top gambling analysts in the country could accurately say when the city’s casinos would be able to open back up.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman was one of the first officials to start calling for the city to reopen. Most health experts criticized her eagerness to get the casino industry up and running again. Unless strict health and safety measures were set in place, it seemed likely that a new surge in Covid-19 cases would end up taking place.

In mid-May, casino companies presented a comprehensive reopening plan to state leaders. Eventually, the Nevada Gaming Control Board officially approved this plan. Governor Sisolak announced that many casinos in the state would be given permission to reopen on June 4th.

Many were skeptical about how many tourists will begin flocking to this city. Concerns over the new coronavirus are still very new, yet many want an escape from the regulations in their own states. According to several reports, a surprisingly large number of people from around the country immediately started flocking to Las Vegas.

It shouldn’t come as a major surprise to see that Covid-19 infection rates have begun to skyrocket over the past few weeks. Nevada’s infection rates are rising sharply and many casino workers are now complaining that not enough safety measures are set in place to protect them. This week, revenue reports for May came out and things are just as bad as many predicted they would be.

Nevada’s Gaming Revenue Figures For May Have Been Released

The state of Nevada is filled with casinos. In many ways, the casino industry here is the lifeline of the state. Shutting down these gaming venues back in March affected Nevada in ways that may last for decades.

Everyone knew that gaming revenue back in May would be low. It’s still surprising when you see just how little money the state’s gambling industry really made. Nevada’s gaming revenue figures have just been released and it’s clear that the state desperately needed these gaming venues to open back up.

According to the Gaming Control Board, the state’s gambling industry brought in just $5.8 million in May of this year. To put things into perspective, this state earned $982 million in May of 2019. That represents an incredible 99.4% drop in revenue.

Nevada’s gaming revenue figures for May came entirely from online poker and internet sports betting. Some parts of the state including Reno and Laughlin saw their revenue figures decrease in May. The casinos in South Lake Tahoe brought in just $17,457.

The Las Vegas Strip earned the most money during the month of May. This area of the city is home to the biggest and most impressive casino-resorts on the planet and managed to bring in $3.8 million. The great thing is that revenue will assuredly be higher in June. Exactly how much money was earned last month is not yet known.

Las Vegas Casinos Still Struggle To Bring in Players

The time period between March and early June was perhaps the toughest in the history of Las Vegas. Hundreds of thousands of individuals here were left without work after the casinos closed. The casino companies themselves told the media that they won’t be able to survive without significant loans from the federal government.

The casinos here began opening on June 4th, yet that doesn’t mean things have immediately turned around here. Tourism is still significantly lower than it was at the start of this year. After a new order from Governor Sisolak, some fear tourism rates will begin dropping here once again.

Late last month, Sisolak announced that it is now required to wear masks in public venues, including casinos. Exactly how well this is being enforced is up for debate. Most agree, however, that an order like this one is likely to put off many potential visitors.

Nevada’s gaming revenue figures for May prove how devastating it can be to close down the state’s casinos. It’s an extremely difficult situation and no one seems to understand how to effectively move forward.

More casinos are scheduled to open up here over the next few weeks. No one really expects state leaders to force these properties to shut down again anytime soon. We’ll continue to offer updates on this situation.

Do you plan on visiting Las Vegas anytime soon? How much money do you expect the casinos here to earn this summer? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Las Vegas Luxor May Soon Be Demolished

The city of Las Vegas is going through some major changes right now. Casinos are beginning to open up, yet many are struggling to bring in tourists. According to new reports, the Las Vegas Luxor could soon be demolished.Las Vegas Luxor

It’s surprising news for many individuals. This hotel-casino is one of the biggest and most historic in Las Vegas. Today, we’re going to look at when exactly MGM Resorts is considering tearing down this massive property.

Let’s get into it!

Nevada Casinos Face Backlash for Lack of Safety Measures

The world’s best casino-resorts are based in Las Vegas. Obviously, it was hugely important for state leaders in Nevada to get these venues up and running. Governor Steve Sisolak announced that casinos in the state could officially begin to reopen on June 4th.

Many were surprised to see tourism increase here so quickly. Many began flocking to the city to escape the regulations in their own states. Obviously, many health experts began warning that cases of Covid-19 were likely to increase here.

That turned out to be true. As a result, Sisolak announced that masks were now required inside all public spaces, including casinos. Many casino companies claimed this new regulation was likely to result in a dip in tourism.

Unfortunately, infection rates in this state continue to ramp up. Many are now claiming that casinos here are not doing enough to protect their employees. Just last one, one casino worker died after testing positive for the new coronavirus.

The Nevada Culinary Union recently announced that it was suing several major casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. This group believes that casinos here are not doing enough to protect their workers. It’s not entirely clear which venues are being targeted in this lawsuit.

According to new reports, one of the most popular casino-resorts in the city may soon be demolished.

Is the Las Vegas Luxor Really Being Torn Down Soon?

MGM Resorts International is one of the top casino companies in the world. It owns many world-class gambling venues around the world. That includes several in Las Vegas. In recent years, this company has begun selling many of these properties.

One venue that MGM currently controls is The Luxor Hotel-Casino, located directly on the Las Vegas Strip. First constructed in 1993, this pyramid-shaped hotel-casino quickly became one of the most popular venues in the city. It’s become a little outdated over the years, yet many still enjoy visiting and gambling inside this property.

Perhaps that’s why it’s so surprising to hear that the Las Vegas Luxor may soon be torn down. Officials within MGM Resorts have discussed this for years. In the past, however, union groups prevented these properties from being demolished.

The city of Las Vegas is now struggling and some believe this is the perfect time to remove this property. It’s not entirely clear when this will take place. Many believe the demolition process will begin before the end of 2020.

MGM has also not revealed what will be constructed here once the Luxor is gone. There’s a chance this major casino operator sells the land. Make sure to stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks!

More Las Vegas Casinos Are Set to Open This Week

Las Vegas, and Nevada as a whole, is still in the beginning phases of reopening. Based on the current trend, the state’s reopening plans may actually begin to reverse. The current plan is for several more major casino-resorts to open back up here this week.

That includes the Las Vegas Luxor. This major venue currently plans on opening back up to the public on Thursday. Many of the same social distancing measures set in place at other casinos are being implemented here.

According to new reports, the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, the Aria Resort & Casino, and the Delano and the Four Seasons all plan to reopen on July 1st. Governor Sisolak may eventually force these properties to implement stricter health measures.

For now, all day and night clubs remain closed in Las Vegas. The conventions in this state are closed, as well. No one can accurately say when these properties will be allowed to reopen.

Infection rates continue to increase in Nevada. This trend is likely to continue for some time. The long-term effects of this pandemic on Las Vegas are still unknown. Most agree the city will look different for quite some time.

Are you surprised to hear that the Las Vegas Luxor is closing down? Do you plan on visiting this city anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

NV Culinary Union Plans to Sue Las Vegas Casinos

It’s been nearly a month since all the casinos in Las Vegas reopened to the public. Tourism has gradually increased in the city, yet many workers here claim the conditions are not safe enough. As a result, the NV Culinary Union is planning to sue some of the biggest casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.NV Culinary Union

This union is one of the biggest and most powerful in Nevada. It seems the group is now angry about the situation that many casino workers find themselves in. Today, we’re going to look at what the Culinary Union hopes to accomplish.

Let’s get into it!

Nevada Continues Setting New Regulations in Casinos

The state of Nevada finally started to open back up in early June. It was a welcome move for most residents here. The casino shutdown, ordered back in March, resulted in a complete drop-off in tourism and many were left without work.

Politicians here realized that something needed to change. Governor Steve Sisolak understands that the casinos are the driving force behind tourism and started working with casino companies on coming up with a comprehensive, safe reopening plan. Finally, state leaders gave the casinos in Las Vegas to open back up on June 4th.

Casino companies here started doing everything they could to increase tourism. Many began offering great travel deals and discounted room rates. As the weeks have gone on, tourism to Las Vegas has slowly increased.

Some fear that is now beginning to change. Last week, Governor Sisolak announced that it’s now mandatory to wear facial masks inside any public spaces. To the disappointment of some, that includes casinos.

Officials in this city are still trying to understand the best way to promote tourism while keeping things as safe as possible. Unfortunately, many now feel that things are not safe enough for workers inside casinos.

NV Culinary Union Announces it Plans to Sue LV Casinos Over Working Conditions

The world is still struggling to understand the new coronavirus. It’s infected more than 10 million individuals and the current death toll has just surpassed 500,000. State leaders have the unenviable task of reopening their economies while protecting vulnerable individuals.

Nevada was essentially shut down for three months. The amount of revenue that the state lost during this time is unprecedented. As the weeks went on, more residents in this state started calling for Governor Sisolak to lift the restrictions.

On June 4th, many of the casinos here began to reopen. Many now feel that casino workers are being put at risk unnecessarily. As a result, the NV Culinary Union plans to sue the casinos here for the conditions they are putting their employees in.

“The lawsuit alleges casino hotels have not protected workers, their families, and their community from the spread of COVID-19, and that the current rules and procedures in place for responding to workers contracting COVID-19 have been wholly and dangerously inadequate,” a statement from the union claims. 

There’s certainly some validity to these claims. Just a few days ago, a worker inside a Caesars Entertainment-owned Las Vegas casino died after testing positive for Covid-19. The Culinary Union wants to see things change.

A press conference is being held today to discuss this situation. Stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks.

More US Casinos Are Likely to Close Soon

Nevada isn’t the only state to recently reopen its casino industry. Many states around the country have started allowing their gaming venues to reopen. Rates of Covid-19 are now beginning to quickly increase, though, and some analysts believe that hard-hit states will soon need to close their casinos once again.

Florida has been experiencing a particularly large increase in cases over the last couple of weeks. As many are aware, this was one of the first states to lift their stay-at-home orders. Some health experts believe reopening too early caused these infection rates to skyrocket.

Not long ago, some of Florida’s top gambling venues opened back up. That includes the massive guitar-shaped Hard Rock Hotel-Casino owned by the Seminole Tribe. The state cannot directly order this tribe to close its gambling venue, yet some believe the casino will close down on its own.

Most states around the country are seeing Covid-19 rates increase. Exactly how this will affect the country’s land-based gambling industry is still unknown. Hope is that things can remain open with better health protection measures set in place.

It’s interesting to see the NV Culinary Union directly go after casinos. The truth, however, is that casinos may not be able to remain profitable if more restrictions are set in place. It’s an extremely complicated situation and no one seems to have a solution.

Do you think Nevada’s casinos need to implement better safety measures? Have you gambled in one of the casinos here? Let us know in the comments section below!

Illinois Casino Update: Gaming Board Approves Plans to Reopen on July 1st

As of June 26th, Illinois has the fourth-most cases of Covid-19 in the country. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to find that this state has been extremely hesitant to reopen venues that draw in large crowds. According to a new Illinois casino update from the state’s Gaming Board, however, gambling venues here will be able to reopen on July 1st.Illinois Gambling

It’s fantastic news for the casino companies here. Illinois has been working hard to expand its gambling regulations over the past couple of years. Today, we’re going to look at what state leaders currently have planned for this summer.

Let’s get into it!

Illinois’ Plans to Expand Casino Industry Come to a Halt

Over the past decade, a huge number of states have begun working to expand their current gambling industries. More state leaders seem to recognize the fact that casinos can bring in a huge amount of revenue from taxes. That is certainly the case in Illinois.

As many are aware, Illinois has been working hard to come up with new money-generating strategies. In June of 2019, lawmakers here approved a new Capital Plan that allows for several new casinos to open throughout the state. That includes one in Chicago.

It was great news for gambling fans here. Unfortunately, it’s been a difficult process trying to find a company willing to operate this Chicago casino. Much of that is due to the state’s high tax rate set on this venue.

State officials finally decided to lower this tax rate. Even after doing so, there aren’t many companies jumping at the opportunity to take control of the proposed Chicago casino. As the global pandemic began to spread around the world, the state’s casino plans came to a screeching halt.

Since March, all of the casinos currently operating here were forced to close down. The owners of these venues have been working to come up with reopening plans ever since. It now appears that officials are content with these plans.

Gaming Board Offers Exciting Illinois Casino Update

The past few months have been extremely difficult for the state of Illinois. Rates of Covid-19 have begun to drop here, yet many businesses remain closed down.

Many states around the country have slowly begun to reopen their gaming venues. That includes Nevada, which is slowly bringing Las Vegas back to life. Up until recently, no one really knew when Illinois would decide to revitalize its gaming industry.

We now have an answer. This week, members of the state Gaming Board offered an exciting new Illinois casino update. Casinos and video gaming operators can officially begin operating again at limited capacity on July 1st.

The regulations being set in place here are very similar to the ones seen in other states. That includes strict social distancing measures, stringent hand sanitization, and casinos must operate at no more than 50% capacity. If infection rates continue to drop in this state, some of these restrictions may gradually be lifted.

It comes at an important time for casino companies around the country. Many have lost an incredible amount of revenue over the past three months. Some may even be on the brink of collapse.

As infections begin to rise in certain states, it seems likely that we’ll begin to see casinos close down once again.

More Casinos Are Likely to Shut Down Soon

The land-based casino industry has been hit incredibly hard due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. For months, all brick-and-mortar gambling venues in the state were shut down. Certain states have begun to reopen these properties over the past few weeks.

In some parts of the country, it appears this may have been done a little soon. Arizona, for example, immediately saw its infection rates surge after lifting restrictions. As a result, the state ordered three major casinos here to shut down once again.

Florida has just shattered its own infection record. Over the past 24 hours, more than 9,000 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded here. Most predict that state leaders will call for all casinos to temporarily close.

Infection rates are slowly beginning to creep up in Nevada, as well. As a result, Governor Sisolak announced that wearing masks in public places, including casinos, is now required. Some worry this will damage the state’s already-hurting tourism industry.

The Illinois casino update is exciting for several reasons. Of course, state leaders may be forced to rethink this strategy if it’s proven that casinos contribute to a significant rise in new infections. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the situation over the next few months.

Do you think it’s time for the casinos in Illinois to reopen? Will this happen on the proposed date of July 1st? Let us know in the comments section below.

Wearing Masks in Nevada Casinos is No Longer Optional

Yesterday, Governor Steve Sisolak did what many analysts predicted he would be forced to do. In order to better protect the public’s health, Sisolak announced that masks will now be required when going into public areas. This, of course, means that wearing masks in Nevada casinos is no longer optional.Slot Machines Inside Casino

The state seems torn on whether or not this is a good idea. Most agree that it will have a significant impact on the casino companies here. Today, we’re going to take a look at how long this new regulation will last for.

Let’s get into it!

Infections Begin to Rise in Several States Around the Country

For the past three months, most of the country has been in some form of lockdown due to concerns of the new coronavirus. It didn’t take long for New York to become the epicenter of this new pandemic and NYC began quickly shutting down. Over the past few weeks, it seemed as if cases in this state were dropping.

Unfortunately, other parts of the country are now seeing their cases surge. That includes Arizona, Florida, Alabama, and Texas. Some health experts are pointing to the fact that these states were some of the first to relax their stay-at-home orders.

It’s a troubling sign. Most state officials claim that closing down their local economies is not a realistic option. Unless cases begin to drop, however, these leaders may need to come up with new regulations.

Over in Nevada, cases of Covid-19 are starting to increase, as well. Over the past 24 hours, nearly 500 new cases were recorded in this state. That’s disappointing news for the casino companies in this state, many of whom have just recently begun to start operating again.

No one really knows the best way to stop infection spread without severely damaging the economy. Health officials continue to tout mask-wearing as an effective way to limit infection spread. Nevada’s leaders are now hoping that this strategy pays off.

Governor Sisolak Now Requires Wearing Masks in Nevada Casinos

In early June, many of the top casinos in Las Vegas finally reopened to the public. It was hugely important, as these casinos were slowly creeping towards bankruptcy. Hundreds of thousands of residents in the state were affected by the shutdown.

Since the casinos opened back up, tourism rates have been slowly increasing. Casino owners here are doing almost anything they can to bring in more visitors. Derek Stevens, for example, recently began offering thousands of free flights to the city.

Unfortunately, we may soon see tourism rates begin to drop here. This week, Governor Sisolak announced that masks must be worn in all public areas. To the disappointment of some, that means wearing masks in Nevada casinos is now officially required.

“This is a state that prides itself on the spirit of individualism,” Sisolak said. “It is part of what makes us great. So I’m asking all of us to take our independent spirit and turn that into our individual responsibility to keep the lights on for businesses throughout our state. As I said last week, we’re not post-COVID. We’re still in the middle of the first phase, the first wave of COVID. So please, I cannot emphasize this enough, wear your face covering anytime you leave your house, when you go to a restaurant, and you stop the pharmacy, when you enter a casino. Wear your face covering.”

The requirement to wear masks in public officially goes into law at 12:01 am on Friday morning. Many have already expressed fear that this could hurt the already-struggling tourism industry here.

Will Nevada’s New Mask Law Damage Tourism?

Like all other states, Nevada has been having a difficult time attracting visitors. Travel is still unadvised and many have fears about visiting crowded venues like casinos. Those that are willing to make the trip to a Las Vegas casino are probably not concerned about Covid-19.

For that reason, many believe that tourism may begin to drop here. Wearing masks in Nevada casinos is no longer optional. Some gamblers may no longer want to visit a casino if it means you need to wear a facial covering.

It’s a very difficult situation. Sisolak is following the advice of health officials, who believe masks can help to reduce the spread of this new virus. It’s likely that this will take a serious toll on the state’s tourism industry, though.

We will not know the effects of this decision for at least a few weeks. If infection rates in the state start to drop, Sisolak may decide to lift this new regulation.

More casinos are opening up each week. That includes most of the biggest ones on the Las Vegas Strip. Hopefully, these properties earn enough revenue to remain operational.

How do you feel about wearing masks in Nevada casinos? Will this result in less tourism here? Let us know in the comments section below!

There Are Now More Reasons to Wear Masks in Casinos

More Las Vegas casinos are beginning to open and tourism is increasing here every single week. Due to the regulations set in place, however, some are still unwilling to visit this city. Caesars Entertainment is now starting to give visitors here more reasons to wear masks in casinos.Man Wearing Face Mask

Most would agree that wearing a mask inside a casino-resort is a little uncomfortable. Caesars is trying to help make this a little easier to bare. Today, we’re going to look at what exactly this major casino company is offering to its guests.

Let’s get into it!

More Caesars Entertainment Properties Are Opening in Las Vegas

As the weeks go on, more major casino-resorts in Las Vegas are starting to accept guests. It’s been a long road to get here. Since March, many of the casino companies here have lost an incredible amount of revenue.

Caesars Entertainment is one of the biggest casino companies in Las Vegas. Over the past few weeks, this company has begun opening several of its properties including Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo, The Linq, and Harrah’s Las Vegas. Revenue is slowly beginning to increase for this gaming operator.

As many know, Caesars is also in the middle of a massive merger with Eldorado Resorts. Initially, this deal was expected to be finalized by the end of this month. According to recent reports, it’s now being pushed back.

Revenue still isn’t coming in like it used to. Tourism into Las Vegas is slowly increasing every single week. It may be months, or even a year, before rates of tourism here get back to how they were in January of this year.

Caesars, like many other casino companies, is doing everything it can to attract more visitors. Things have been made more difficult now that masks are expected to be required on all casino floors. Officials within Caesars are now trying to encourage mask-wearing in the city in a unique way.

Here Are a Few More Reasons to Wear Masks in Casinos

Over the past few months, health officials in the US have tried to come up with the best ways to better protect the public from the dangers of Covid-19. It now appears that mask-wearing is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent infection spread. Most states are now highly encouraging their residents to wear a mask when going in public.

For a time, wearing a mask was only recommended inside Las Vegas casinos. Most gambling officials realized that forcing players to wear masks will end up decreasing tourism. Now, lawmakers here are taking a more aggressive approach.

Governor Sisolak recently held a press conference and announced that masks are likely to be required inside casinos. Fortunately, Caesars Entertainment is now giving its players more reasons to wear masks in casinos. This company has begun offering free slot credits to many players who are abiding by the mask rule.

A spokesperson for Caesars told the media that $7,500 in free slot credits was awarded over the past few days.

It’s clear that Caesars Entertainment is taking the most proactive approach to masks. The company was one of the first to officially require masks to be worn when playing table games. Now, they’re actually rewarding the players abiding by the rules.

There were already many reasons to wear masks in casinos. Now, you might even get paid for it!

Circa Las Vegas Announces Opening Date

The city of Las Vegas was earning an incredible amount of revenue over the past couple of years. As a result, several companies here have begun constructing major casino-resorts. That includes Circa Las Vegas, located in the Downtown area.

This property is owned by Derek Stevens, one of the top casino operators in the city. Stevens officially announced that reservations can now be made starting tomorrow, June 24th. To the surprise of some, this major casino-resort will be an adult-only venue.

“Once, Las Vegas held a certain mystique as this fabulous place where only grown-ups could play,” Circa’s official Twitter account said. “Call us old-fashioned, but we think adults need some of that mystique back in their lives. Book your room starting June 24th at 9am for #CircaLasVegas, a 21+ experience.”

Just about everyone is excited to see this new venue open up. Circa is now home to the largest and most impressive swimming pool complex in Las Vegas. Derek Stevens believes that this new venue will help to significantly increase tourism into Downtown Las Vegas.

Health officials continue to reveal more reasons to wear masks in casinos. Cases of Covid-19 are increasing around the country. Wearing a mask may help to prevent another casino shutdown experienced over the past few months.

Are you planning to visit Las Vegas anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

NJ Casinos Will Officially Reopen on July 2nd

It’s been months since the casinos in New Jersey closed their doors to the public. Since that time, lawmakers in the state have been working to come up with plans for these gaming venues to safely reopen. Fortunately, NJ casinos have been given permission to open up on July 2nd.Governor Phil Murphy

Governor Phil Murphy had been unwilling to offer a specific reopening date for more than two months. It now appears that he’s comfortable with the safety measures that will be set in place inside the state’s casinos. Today, we’re going to discuss what these casinos will look like after they’ve reopened.

Let’s get into it!

How Much Money Has Atlantic City Lost?

Back in May of 2018, the US Supreme Court made the historic decision to remove PASPA. Immediately afterward, every state in the country was given permission to set its own laws on sports betting. It’s been a little over two years since PASPA was removed and more than 20 states now have a legalized, regulated sports gambling industry.

New Jersey was one of the first states to legalize this form of gambling. Before long, all of the casinos in Atlantic City began offering land-based and online sports gambling options. This seems to have brought new life to the city.

Gambling revenue has been steadily increasing in Atlantic City over the years. This past March, however, this money completely stopped flowing in. All NJ casinos were forced to close their doors and the casino companies here began losing millions of dollars every week.

In May, gaming revenue in this state decreased by 65% compared to the same month in 2019. The only money coming in is through the casino’s online gaming platforms. The casino shutdown has also stopped tourism, resulting in an incredible amount of job and revenue loss.

Last week, the NJ State Senate approved a new bill to help those affected by the casino regulations. In reality, however, things won’t begin to truly improve until the casinos here open back up. Lawmakers recognize this fact, and have now set a date for casinos in the state to start accepting guests again.

NJ Casinos Receive Permission to Reopen on July 2nd

Pressure has been mounting on Governor Phil Murphy to lift the restrictions on casinos. Many have been arguing that unless something changes, Atlantic City might never look the same. Murphy held a press conference today and announced that all NJ casinos will be able to open back up at 25% capacity on July 2nd.

This is what everyone wanted to hear. Murphy had previously told the media that the casinos in this state would likely be able to reopen by Fourth of July weekend. Things aren’t going to be quite the same here for some time, though.

Even so, many of the casino owners in this state have expressed their excitement to see the regulations here lifted. Joe Lopo, president of the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City, spoke to the media this week about the news.

“We’re delighted to get the reopening date,” Lopo said. “We thank the governor that we’ll be able to be open for the July 4th weekend to meet the demand on the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk.”

Strict social distancing measures will be required inside all the casinos in the state. Many of the same restrictions currently set inside Las Vegas casinos will be required here.

Things are certainly beginning to improve here. Restaurants in the state have also been given permission to allow inside dining beginning on July 2nd. We’ll need to wait and see how quickly tourism rates and gaming revenue begin to increase with these restrictions lifted.

Are Some States Looking to Close Casinos Once Again?

States around the country are now beginning to reopen their casino industries. It seemed like rates of Covid-19 were starting to drop quickly. Unfortunately, several states are now beginning to see their infection rates surge.

That includes Florida, which has recently allowed its major casino-resorts to start accepting players again. Some health experts warn that Florida is the next epicenter of the virus in the US. As of now, however, state officials here seem unwilling to discuss lockdown plans once again.

Nevada’s casino industry is now back up and running. Many of the biggest casino-resorts in the state have already reopened. More are set to start operating again over the next couple of weeks.

As of now, infection rates are remaining relatively low in Nevada, and Clark County specifically. It would take an incredibly large outbreak for state officials to close the casinos here again. Many feel the city would be unable to cope with a similar lockdown experienced over the past few months.

NJ casinos are set to open in just a few weeks. This may push lawmakers in New York to reopen their gaming venues, as well. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on this situation as it develops.

Are you excited to see Atlantic City start getting back to normal? Do you plan on visiting this city anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

The New Rule in Las Vegas Casinos Has Some People Worried

Some of the biggest casino-resorts in Las Vegas have been open since June 4th. Since that time, tourism has been gradually increasing as people flock to the city for a fun vacation. This week, members of the Nevada Gaming Control Board ordered a new rule in Las Vegas casinos and some are worried this will result in a major dip in tourism.Las Vegas Street View

This state regulatory group is now requiring that masks be worn inside casinos. Many felt that Las Vegas was seeing its tourism increase due to the relaxed regulations here. Today, we’re going to talk about how this new rule might affect the city.

Let’s get into it!

More Casinos in Nevada Announce Reopening Dates

Nevada is home to an incredible number of casinos. In certain parts of the state, the gambling industry is responsible for keeping the local economy on track. That includes Las Vegas, where many of the world’s most expensive gambling venues are located.

Everything shut down in this state back in March. Obviously, shutting down casinos here resulted in an incredible amount of revenue and job loss. Hundreds of thousands of individuals in this state are employed by the gambling industry.

On June 14th, several of the top casino-resorts in this city started to reopen. Tourism started to slowly increase. Many people from around the country began flocking to this city to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and fun gambling options.

The Las Vegas Strip is starting to get back to normal. More of the casino-resorts here are scheduled to reopen to the public over the next couple of weeks. Revenue is also starting to increase, albeit at a much lower level than it was prior to March.

Just a few days ago, members of the Nevada Gaming Control Board met to discuss future regulations for these reopened casinos. Members of this group claimed it was unlikely that masks would be required inside these venues. That appears to be changing, though.

Control Board Approves New Rule in Las Vegas Casinos

Opening the casinos in Las Vegas proved to be incredibly difficult. Safety is always a major concern in the middle of a global pandemic. Some health officials felt the regulations set in place at these gambling venues were not strict enough.

Over the past few weeks, rates of Covid-19 have begun to surge around the country. Lawmakers in Nevada have started to take notice. Many have fears that this will spill into the state and things could return to how they were back in March.

This week, the Nevada Gaming Control Board met to discuss the current regulations set in place. This group ordered a major new rule in Las Vegas casinos. Moving forward, casinos here will require all guests to wear masks while playing at table games.

Sandra Morgan, a chairwoman for the board, spoke to the media about implementing this new rule.

“In the first week (after the June 4 reopening of casinos), we wanted to take an approach of communicating and encouraging compliance and talk to licensees about what our expectations were, but in the second week, it became abundantly clear based on our agents’ observations that patrons’ usage of masks was significantly declining,” she said. 

Morgan went on to clarify exactly what will be required on the casino floor.

“Licensees must require patrons to wear face coverings at table and card games if there is no barrier, partition or shield between the dealer and each player. This requirement applies to table and card game players, spectators and any other person within 6 feet of any table or card game.”

What does this mean for the city moving forward?

Requiring Masks May Result in a Decrease in Tourism

Casino companies can’t be pleased to hear this new rule. For many of these companies, it’s been a tremendous struggle to attract tourists. The main strategy they were using was to promote Las Vegas as a carefree, fun vacation destination.

If masks are required on the casino floor, this perception could change. Many are going to be unwilling to play inside these venues if the same regulations that are being implemented in their own states are applied in Las Vegas. Lawmakers are attempting to balance public safety and a tourism industry.

It’s an extremely difficult situation. Despite the casinos being reopened, revenue in Las Vegas is still incredibly low. Many casino companies are finding it difficult to remain functional. The new rule in Las Vegas casinos recently approved is likely to make things even harder.

Many felt the current regulations were strange enough. Plexiglass barriers on the tables and limit occupancy felt unusual for many gamblers. We’ll need to wait and see how the new mask rule affects tourism over the next few weeks.

No one really knows what to expect over the next few weeks. Casinos are still doing everything that can attract new visitors. More travel deals are likely to become available soon. Stay tuned for updates!

Do you agree with this new rule in Las Vegas casinos? Do you think it will affect tourism? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Pool at Circa Las Vegas is Opening in October

Downtown Las Vegas has been rapidly improving over the years. Several new properties are currently being constructed here, perhaps none of which are as exciting as the Circa Casino-Resort. According to new reports, the pool at Circa Las Vegas will officially open to the public in October.Circa Resort & Casino

This city has been slowly reopening. Several of the biggest gambling venues here are now accepting guests once again. Today, we’re going to look at what the owners of the Circa Hotel have planned for the future.

Let’s get into it!

Casinos in Downtown Las Vegas Are Reopening

People around the country have been hugely interested to see how the city of Las Vegas responds to this global pandemic. For months, all of the casino-resorts here were closed to the public. This resulted in an unprecedented amount of job loss and millions of dollars in lost revenue.

Lawmakers in the state realized things couldn’t remain the way they were. If things didn’t change, the city might not have ever recovered. Fortunately, Governor Sisolak gave these casinos permission to reopen on June 4th.

As long as they implement safety measures, the casinos in this state can open back up. Today, some of the biggest and best gaming venues are now operating again. That includes the New York-New York, the Bellagio, and the Venetian Casino-Resort.

Some of the top casinos in Downtown Las Vegas have started to accept guests, as well. The Golden Nugget and Orleans are now operating with reduced occupancy. Since June 4th, tourism in this city has gradually increased.

There are several new properties in this city that both residents and tourists are excited about. The Circa Casino-Resort, in particular, has been generating serious interest. The owners of this property now claim that some of the amenities here will begin opening back up soon.

Derek Stevens Gives Update on the Pool at Circa Las Vegas

The Circa Casino and Resort is the first major hotel-casino built in downtown Las Vegas for decades. It’s owned by the Stevens brothers, who already control several major gaming venues in the state. Derek Stevens recently spoke to the media about how this project is coming together.

According to Derek, this property will open a little earlier than expected. The basement and first five floors of this casino-resort will reopen to the public on October 28th. To the surprise of many, the pool at Circa Las Vegas is opening up in October, as well.

As many know, the pool here is one of the largest in the entire city. Derek Stevens wanted to make this one of the most exciting new properties in the city. A resort-style pool, he feels, will help to boost tourism in the Downtown area.

Opening back up hasn’t been easy. He spoke about this with USA Today this week.

“We took the hand that was dealt us and tried to work as efficient as possible,” Stevens said. 

As of now, the plan is for much of this property to reopen in October. It’s still not entirely clear how things will look. Will social distancing measures be required at the pool at Circa Las Vegas? Are employees going to need to wear masks? That all remains to be seen.

Las Vegas isn’t the same that it was a few months ago. Casino owners are doing their best to bring life back to the city, though. We’ll continue to offer updates on Circa over the next few weeks.

New Jersey Prepares to Reopen its Casino Industry

Las Vegas remains the world’s top gambling destination. Many new casino-resorts are scheduled to open here over the next few years. Now that the casinos have reopened, revenue in the city is starting to trickle back in.

Not every city has been as quick to get back to normal. In Atlantic City, the casinos remain shut down to the public. This has resulted in tens of thousands of job losses and some feel this city may never look the same.

State officials here are doing everything they can to help Atlantic City’s economy. Not long ago, the NJ State Senate approved a bill to help the casinos here. This bill also allocates a huge amount of money to help small businesses affected by the regulations here.

The current plan is for the casinos in this city to reopen by the Fourth of July. Obviously, everyone in this city is excited to see this happen. Many feel tourism will quickly surge here once the gaming venues are opened back up.

Casino industries around the country are finally starting to reopen. Some are earning more money than others. We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes for things in Atlantic City to get back to normal.

Are you excited to visit the pool at Circa Las Vegas? Let us know in the comments section below!

Do You Need to Wear Masks in LV Casinos?

Las Vegas is now back up and running. With each passing weekend, more tourists from around the country are flocking to this city. Many are now asking if it’s required to wear masks in LV casinos.Casino Table Game

Obviously, that would take away from the overall gambling experience here. Public safety is extremely important, though. Today, we’re going to look at exactly what regulations are being implemented in this city.

Let’s get into it!

More Las Vegas Casinos Continue to Open Up

Back in mid-March, the city of Las Vegas changed in a way that most thought wasn’t possible. Due to the global pandemic, state officials forced all of the casinos in this city to close their doors. This took an incredible toll on the US gambling and entertainment hub.

Firstly, closing these casinos resulted in massive job loss. Hundreds of thousands of people are connected, in some way, to the tourism and entertainment industry in Las Vegas. Once these casinos closed down, many of these jobs were instantly lost.

The casino companies operating here also started to lose an incredible amount of revenue. Some of the companies here with several major venues began losing millions of dollars every day. Some analysts expressed fear that several casino-resorts in the city would never reopen to the public.

Fortunately, several of these venues were finally given permission to open back up on June 4th. That includes the New York-New York Hotel-Casino and the Bellagio. According to several reports, a surprisingly-large number of tourists visited these venues on opening day.

More of the top casinos in the city are scheduled to reopen over the next few weeks. Things still aren’t quite the same in these venues as they were a few weeks ago. Does that mean masks are still required?

Guests Are Not Required to Wear Masks in LV Casinos

Nearly all major health organizations around the world now recommend the wear of masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19. These facial coverings won’t necessarily protect you from catching the virus. They should, in theory, help to stop the wearer from spreading anything themselves.

Most venues that draw in large crowds require masks. As the casinos in Las Vegas began reopening, analysts questioned whether or not these gaming venues would do the same. That is not the case.

Masks in LV casinos are not required by patrons. Employees, however, need to wear masks while on the casino floor. It seems the owners of these properties are content enough with the safety measures currently set in place.

Nevada Control Board Chairwoman Sandra Morgan spoke about this decision with the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week.

“Per our current policy, all casino employees must be wearing masks. Licensees must have masks available for patrons and should strongly encourage patrons to wear them,” she said. “If that data changes and our percentage of positive cases increase, I would consider additional measures to ensure our healthcare system is not overburdened.”

Governor Sisolak also feels it’s not necessary for guests to wear masks inside casinos. If a surge of new cases emerge, however, there’s a good chance that he will change his stance. Stay tuned for updates on this situation.

Poker Tournaments Are Slowly Returning to Las Vegas

Within the next two months, all of the biggest and best gambling venues in Las Vegas will reopen to the public. It’s great news for gambling fans, many of whom have been looking forward to making some bets. Poker fans now have reason to celebrate, as well.

Several major casino-resorts here are starting to offer poker tournaments. Earlier this week, the Venetian Casino-Resort announced it will begin holding regular tournaments every weekend. The Golden Nugget, South Point, and the Orleans are also putting on tournaments.

In some ways, this city is back to normal. Masks in LV are not required by guests. Many slots and table games are now opening up inside the top casinos here.

Some fear that things will begin to change here once again. As many are aware of, Covid-19 infection rates are beginning to increase around the country. Some analysts believe states may need to implement intense measures again in order to prevent their healthcare systems from becoming overwhelmed.

It’s an extremely unusual time around the country. No one can really say exactly how things will look in Las Vegas over the next couple of months.

Do you plan on visiting Las Vegas this month? Which property do you plan on staying in? Let us know in the comments section below.

Las Vegas Poker Tournaments Are Already Coming Back!

Hotels in Las Vegas have been open since June 4th. With each passing weekend, more people around the country are visiting and gambling in this city. News has just come out that Las Vegas poker tournaments are about to begin taking place again.Four Poker Cards Spread Out with Colored Casino Chips on the Side

Poker fans have reason to celebrate. Multi-table tournaments are about to become available here. Today, we’re going to look at which venues are set to expand their poker options.

Let’s get into it!

The Venetian Casino-Resort is Officially Open to Guests

Both residents and tourists in Las Vegas love to debate which casino-resort in the city is the best. It’s tough to decide, as some of the biggest and most expensive hotels in the world are located here. Almost everyone agrees that the Venetian Casino-Resort is among the top venues here.

This property was built in 1999 directly on the Las Vegas Strip. It quickly gained a status as one of the most impressive hotel-casinos ever built. Unfortunately, this venue was forced to close to the public in March.

The Venetian is owned by Las Vegas Sands, one of the most powerful casino companies in the world. Immediately after the hotel-casino closed, officials within LVS began looking at ways to safely reopen. Members of the Nevada Gaming Control Board finally approved reopening plans in early May.

Several casino-resorts were given permission to reopen on June 4th. That includes the Venetian. This venue has begun implementing intense social distancing measures to try to avoid any infection spreads.

It’s a very unusual time for Las Vegas. Fortunately, things seem to be getting back to normal here. This week, officials at the Venetian announced that major poker tournaments are going to resume this weekend.

The Venetian is Set to Resume Las Vegas Poker Tournaments

Las Vegas is the poker hub of the United States. Many of the top professional players reside in this city. Prior to the casino shutdowns in March, most of the casinos here held regular tournaments that offered massive cash prizes for the winners.

With the social distancing measures in place, many felt it would be almost impossible to hold any major tournaments. That is no longer the case. Officials at the Venetian announced that it will host $250 buy-in tournaments in a shootout format on Friday and Saturday.

Only 80 individuals are allowed to take part in these tournaments. Five-handed tables will play down to 16 players. These 16 will play at four-hand tables, and the winners move onto the final table.

As of June 15th, only the Venetian, Golden Nugget, the Orleans, and South Point are offering poker games to guests. According to several reports, the poker rooms in these venues have been hugely popular. More Las Vegas poker tournaments are likely to resume over the next few weeks.

Casinos here are doing everything they can to attract new players. Hotel rates are still low and many flights to the city are the cheapest they’ve been in years. If you’re looking for a fun gambling vacation, now might be the perfect time to head to Vegas!

Atlantic City is Still Hesitant to Reopen

We’ve been reporting on Atlantic City’s reopening plans for many weeks. As most are well-aware of, this city is one of the gambling hubs on the East Coast. The casinos here have also been forced to shut down since March.

Unlike Las Vegas, however, the gambling venues here have not been able to reopen. New Jersey has some of the highest infection rates in the country. Governor Phil Murphy has been extremely hesitant to allow Atlantic City casinos to reopen.

A few weeks ago, Governor Murphy told the media that these venues would be able to open by July 4th. It’s extremely exciting for business owners in this city. Due to the regulations set in place, tens of thousands of individuals here have been left without work.

Some have begun expressing fear about reopening the casinos here. Infection rates are beginning to increase around the country once again. There are fears that as casinos reopen, infection rates in New Jersey will rapidly increase.

As of now, the plan is still for Atlantic City casinos to reopen their doors by the Fourth of July. That can change as time goes on. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

Are you excited to see Las Vegas poker tournaments resume? Do you plan on visiting the city anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

Drinking on the AC Boardwalk Has Just Been Approved

New Jersey officials claim the casinos in Atlantic City will reopen sometime in the next few weeks. City officials are now doing everything they can to start attracting new visitors. According to new reports, drinking on the AC boardwalk is now being allowed.Atlantic City Boardwalk

Many will be surprised to hear this was actually illegal in the past. Many visitors to the city have enjoyed having a drink on the famous Boardwalk. Today, we’re going to discuss what to expect from this city once July rolls around.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Murphy Still Expects Casinos to Reopen by July 4th

It’s been very interesting watching the US casino industry slowly recover. Essentially all of the country’s gambling venues closed their doors back in March. Over the past few weeks, however, many states have begun allowing their casinos to open back up.

In Las Vegas, some of the top casinos here began opening back up in early June. Tourism has slowly increased here over the past two weeks. Most of the biggest casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip will reopen here by the end of the month.

Casinos are even opening in some parts of the country without specific permission to do so. In California, for example, all of the gaming venues are Native American-run and sit on sovereign land. These casinos can set their own rules and many are now accepting guests again.

New Jersey still has some of the highest cases of Covid-19 in the country. Obviously, state leaders are hesitant to start allowing crowded casinos to begin operating again. That’s beginning to change, though.

Governor Phil Murphy claims that casinos will be operational here by the Fourth of July. Many on the East Coast are excited to hear this happen. This small city is known as the top gaming destination in this part of the country. Now, officials here are looking at ways to boost tourism here.

Mayor Approves Measures to Allow Drinking on the AC Boardwalk

Over the past five years, Atlantic City has regained its status as a major gambling and entertainment destination. With the legalization of sports betting and renovations to many of the casinos here, things have improved rapidly. The past few months have halted the progress that was made.

It’s still not entirely clear how things will look here once the casinos are reopened. Many people around the world are still hesitant to visit a crowded gambling venue during a global pandemic. Las Vegas is proving that many are willing to put their concerns to the side in order to have a good time.

Everyone is hoping that Atlantic City manages to find the success that it did at the beginning of the year. The casino industry here employs tens of thousands of individuals. Unless things start to turn around here, some of the casinos could permanently shut down.

Mayor Marty Smalls officially signed an executive order on Monday to allow drinking on the AC Boardwalk. He hopes it will help to bring in more visitors to the city. Pat Fasano, a local restaurant owner in the area, is confident this will boost tourism.

“It’s the Bourbon Street vibe we’re going for,” he said. “Having the ability to sell drinks to go is definitely helpful because: Who’s in the bars now? No one. “You go from 100 to zero during the pandemic.”

It’s likely that more measures such as this one will be approved over the next couple of weeks. Some fantastic travel deals are already being offered. We’ll be sure to offer updates on the tourism numbers once the casinos reopen.

More Las Vegas Casinos Are Scheduled to Reopen

On the East Coast of the US, Atlantic City remains the top gaming destination. There’s no doubt that Las Vegas remains the gambling hub of the country, though. As we mentioned earlier, many of the major casino-resorts reopened here recently.

In some ways, this was a test. Casino operators wanted to see how many tourists would come into the city under the current situation. Many were impressed with the number of visitors and more casinos are now set to open over the next few weeks.

The Aria, Mandalay Bay, and Luxor are scheduled to reopen over the next couple of weeks. Almost all analysts predict that tourism will increase as the months go on. Casino companies may begin looking at new areas to generate revenue, though.

Macau is expected to bring some relief to these companies. China recently lifted its travel restriction to this gambling destination. The US casino companies with property here will start to benefit as a result of this decision.

Atlantic City has been through tough times before. Hope is that drinking on the AC Boardwalk helps to bring in more visitors and boost revenue.

Do you plan on visiting Atlantic City this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

Macau’s Gaming Revenue May Begin to Surge

The casino industry around the world has been struggling for the past few months. In Macau, where some of the biggest casino-resorts are located, the casinos have been earning almost no money. Fortunately, Macau’s gaming revenue may soon begin to increase rapidly.Casinos In Macau

China is lifting travel restrictions into Macau. Many analysts predict a huge surge of tourists flocking to this gambling destination. Today, we’re going to look at how this might affect US casino companies.

Let’s get into it!

China is Lifting Travel Restrictions to Macau

China was one of the first countries affected by the new coronavirus spreading around the world. Officials took intense measures to prevent major spreads and now, much of everyday life is beginning to return to normal here. Now, the Chinese government is beginning to allow its citizens to travel to Macau.

This is an exciting move for many people in the country. Macau is one of the most popular vacation destinations for many Chinese nationals. In fact, the vast majority of Macau’s gaming revenue is earned from Chinese players.

Over the next few weeks, China will begin allowing more of its citizens to visit Macau. The casino-resorts here have been open for many weeks. Due to the travel ban, however, this city is earning very little revenue.

Like many other cities, Macau is ordering all of its casinos to adhere to strict social distancing measures. Total occupancy in these gambling venues is being reduced. Some measures, such as installing plexiglass barriers at table games, are also mandatory.

It remains to be seen how many tourists will begin flocking to Macau. Many expect travel deals to begin appearing here. Several of the biggest US casino companies are now looking at this city as one of their primary revenue sources.

Macau’s Gaming Revenue is Expected to Increase Quickly

Much like Las Vegas, Macau is a city that relies heavily on its gambling industry. As we already mentioned, many of the biggest and best casino-resorts on the planet are based here. City officials have been working hard to start getting revenue back to normal.

Of course, things were bad in this city even before the global pandemic hit. The US-China trade war significantly hurt the Chinese economy. As a result, less people from this country have been visiting and gambling in Macau.

Things may finally be starting to improve. China’s economy has been slowly getting back on track. The government has now given the green light for many of its citizens to start making the trip back to this city.

Officials within Wynn Resorts are clearly happy to see this happen. The company released a statement to the media about this situation.

“It has been announced that Guangdong Province, a People’s Republic of China province adjacent to Macau, has eased quarantine requirements for those traveling between Guangdong Province and Macau,” the statement said. “Certain groups of people, including students, teachers and certain non-resident workers who are PRC citizens can travel between Macau and Zhuhai, a PRC city adjacent to Macau, subject to certain health declaration and testing requirements.”

Macau’s gaming revenue will be extremely important for many US casino companies. Many of these companies have lost an incredible amount of money due to the country’s regulations. The ones with casinos in Macau may finally see their earnings come back.

Las Vegas is Getting Back to Normal

The past few months have been incredibly difficult for casinos around the world. From an economic standpoint, Las Vegas was one of the worst-affected cities in the country. Fortunately, things are slowly getting back to normal here.

On June 4th, several of the biggest casino-resorts in this city finally reopened to the public. Most tourists here claimed things were just as fun as they were before. That’s a little surprising, especially considering there are now intense social distancing measures set in place here.

Over the next few weeks, many more of the casino-resorts here are scheduled to open back up. That includes the Aria, the Linq, and Mandalay Bay. Tourism is increasing here every single month.

It may be a long time before things get back to how they were back in January. Some health experts also warn that a second wave of cases could end up shutting down the casinos in Las Vegas once again. It’s a complicated situation that’s constantly evolving.

Hopefully, Macau’s gaming revenue starts to increase this summer. It will be hugely beneficial for many US casino companies.

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

Florida’s Casino Industry is Slowly Coming Back to Life

Every day, it seems like more casinos around the country begin to open back up. Florida has been one of the most aggressive states in reopening the economy. According to new reports, Florida’s casino industry is starting to come back to life.Florida Street Sign

Several South Florida casinos are opening up this week. It’s great news for gambling fans in the area. Now is the perfect time to look at which gambling venues are opening their doors here.

Let’s get into it!

Governor DeSantis Continues Allowing Businesses to Reopen

Like all other states, Florida’s leaders ordered almost all businesses to shut their doors back in March. Many criticized the state officials here for taking too long to make these orders. Many beaches remained open to the public here while other nearby states were basically shut down.

Time went on, and Florida’s infection rates remained fairly low. Eventually, Governor Ron DeSantis started giving certain businesses the green light to reopen. The state even started allowing major sports leagues to start operating here.

The WWE began hosting events in the state. Weeks later, the UFC moved its operations to Jacksonville. The MMA leader hosted three separate events in this city. Other state leaders began looking at Florida for advice on how to safely reopen.

Of course, Covid-19 infection rates continue to rise and fall around the country. In recent days, infection rates have begun rising in this state. In just one day, for example, 1,371 new cases were officially recorded here.

It’s a complicated situation. Leaders around the country are attempting to weigh the pros and cons of reopening their economies. Despite the rise in Florida’s cases, officials here are still pushing to lift regulations. It now appears that some of the biggest casinos will soon open their doors here.

Florida’s Casino Industry is About to Open Back Up

Many are surprised to find that Florida actually has one of the largest casino industries in the Southern United States. Some of these are racinos, offering just slot-style games. There are also many Native American casinos that offer Class III games such as slots and table games.

For months, all of these venues have been shut down. Members of the Seminole Tribe have discussed several different plans to safely reopen their gaming venues. Now, it appears they’re ready to resume operations.

According to new reports, the Hard Rock Hollywood Hotel-Casino and many other venues in Southern Florida will begin operating again on Friday. Obviously, a huge number of safety measures will be set in place. You can see some of them below.

  • Temperature checks will be required for all guests.
  • All guests will be required to wear masks.
  • Plexiglass barriers will be set on table games to divide players.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the casino floor.
  • Only 50% of the casino capacity will be allowed in.

These are just a few of the regulations being required. They may change as time goes on. Whether they become more or less intense is not entirely known.

Many are looking forward to Florida’s casino industry getting back on track. The Seminole Tribe has lost an incredible amount of money due to the regulations put in place here. We’ll make sure to offer updates on how much revenue is earned once these venues start accepting guests again.

Is Sports Betting Coming to Florida Soon?

State leaders seem to encourage casinos opening in Florida. Many feel the taxes earned from these venues will help the state recover from the past few months. The same can be said for almost all other states.

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen many states around the country look more into the legalization of sports betting. More than 20 states now have a regulated sports betting industry and most of them are earning an incredible amount of revenue from the industry every single month.

Florida has not yet legalized sports betting. Several politicians have been working hard to change this. In order to do so, however, the state will likely need to come to an agreement with the Seminole Tribe on revenue and taxes.

In November of 2019, Senator Jeff Brandes presented several bills to legalize sports gambling. These were not approved. Many sports gambling advocates in the state are now working to come up with bills.

For now, state leaders seem focused on reviving Florida’s casino industry. Some of the best properties here, including the Hard Rock Florida venue, are scheduled to open up here later this week. Hopefully, sports gambling is approved here by the end of the year.

Stay tuned for more Florida gambling news over the next few weeks!

The Opening Date of the Excalibur Has Just Been Revealed

Some of the most impressive hotel-casinos in the world are located directly on the Las Vegas Strip. There are still some fantastic budget options for visitors looking to stay for cheap. On that note, the opening date of the Excalibur has just been announced.Excalibur Hotel Casino

This hotel-casino is one of the least-expensive ones on the Strip. It’s not the flashiest venue in the city, yet it offers guests everything they need for a great vacation. Today, we’re going to look at what this property will look like once it opens back up.

Let’s get into it!

The Excalibur Hotel-Casino Remains One of the Most Popular Venues in Las Vegas

By looking at it, you might think that the Excalibur was built back in the 1960s. Many are surprised to find that this massive hotel-casino actually opened to the public in 1990. That makes it fairly new when compared to some of the other properties in this city.

The Excalibur has always been a popular choice for visitors looking to save some money on their Vegas trip. It’s not particularly flashy. In fact, many reviews made in recent years criticize this venue for its lack of renovations.

There’s some validity to these statements. Unlike many of the other properties here, The Excalibur has gone through very few major renovations over the years. It’s one of MGM Resorts’ lowest-earning venues and it seems they are uninterested in doing a major overhaul here.

Back in March, this venue was forced to close its doors to the public. It was disappointing news for many visitors here. This wasn’t unique to the Excalibur, though. Every hotel-casino in the city closed its doors in March.

Several of the biggest properties on the Las Vegas Strip finally reopened on June 4th. Unsurprisingly, this brought a huge surge of tourists into the city. New reports indicate the Excalibur will open its doors in just a few days.

Here’s An Update On the Opening Date of the Excalibur!

Officials in Las Vegas are doing everything they can to get the city back to normal. For months, tourism here was at an all-time low. Gambling revenue was almost non-existent and a huge number of residents here were left without work.

Tourism is starting to increase here once again. As we just mentioned, many venues here including The Bellagio, New York-New York, and The Venetian opened their doors on June 4th. Most visitors claimed they enjoyed their trip, despite some of the new safety measures set in place here.

According to new reports, the opening date of the Excalibur is June 11th. Bill Hornbuckle, President and CEO of MGM Resorts, spoke about this situation to the media this week.

“We are very pleased by the enthusiasm we are seeing from guests ready to come back to Las Vegas,” he said. “As business demand increases, we are able to open additional properties and bring more of our employees back to work.”

Many of the same measures set in the already-opened Las Vegas hotel-casinos will be set in The Excalibur. Company officials want to ensure that things are as safe as possible here. Reservations can already be made.

Soon, most states in the country will allow their casinos to reopen.

Atlantic City Casinos Expected to Open By July 4th

It’s been great seeing Las Vegas return to normal. This city relies on its tourism and gambling revenue and finally, these are starting to increase again. Many are now looking at Atlantic City, one of the other top gambling destinations in the country.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently spoke to the media about reopening the state’s casino industry. He seems to recognize how important this is. Murphy recently announced that Atlantic City casinos should be allowed to reopen by July 4th.

It’s great news for the state. New Jersey was one of the worst-affected states in the country from the new coronavirus. Fortunately, infection rates have been on the decline here for the past few weeks.

Just a few days ago, reports came out about what these venues will look like once they reopen. Social distancing measures will be set in place here. Some of the same things found in Las Vegas casinos such as plexiglass separators at table games will be set here.

The entire US casino industry is slowly getting back on track. Many states are starting to allow their gambling venues to open back up. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on how things go in Las Vegas over the next few weeks.

Are you excited to hear about the opening date of the Excalibur? Do you plan on staying in this venue? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s What to Expect at Atlantic City Casinos When they Reopen

Casinos across the United States are finally reopening their doors. Atlantic City is one of the last major gambling hubs to open back up. This week, we received some information about what to expect at Atlantic City casinos once they start accepting guests again.Governor Phil Murphy

For obvious reasons, officials in this city are concerned about safety. When the gambling venues in AC open, they won’t look quite the same as they did back in February. Today, we’re going to discuss how these venues will be set up for guests.

Governor Murphy Discusses Opening Date for AC Casinos

There is no bigger gambling destination on the East Coast quite as big as Atlantic City. This part of New Jersey has grown tremendously over the past decade. Prior to the global pandemic, both casino and sports betting revenue here were surging.

In March, things came to a screeching halt. Rates of Covid-19 began to increase rapidly throughout New Jersey. By mid-March, Governor Phil Murphy began ordering all of the casinos in Atlantic City to close their doors.

For residents and business owners in this city, the casino closures were cause for concern. Many had flashbacks to the financial crisis of 2008, when many of the top casinos here ended up going bankrupt. As the weeks went on and the casinos here remained closed, the calls to lift regulations started to increase.

Late last month, Governor Murphy spoke to the media about this situation. He expressed concern about opening things too early. Murphy recognizes how important these casinos are, though, and announced that he expects Atlantic City’s gambling venues to reopen by the 4th of July.

Some felt this date was too far away. The casino companies here are losing money every single day. Others were simply happy to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now, we’re beginning to hear more about what to expect at Atlantic City casinos when they open up next month.

Here’s What to Expect at Atlantic City Casinos

As we mentioned earlier, many states across the country are beginning to allow casinos to reopen. That includes ones in Oklahoma and Nevada. According to Governor Murphy, the casinos in Atlantic City should be allowed to start accepting guests early next month.

Many residents have been asking how these gaming venues will look. That picture is starting to become more clear. Resorts Casino Hotel, one of the biggest and best venues here, released a report that details some of the measures being set in place.

Guests here can expect similar measures to those set in Las Vegas’ recently-reopened casinos. That includes social distancing measures on the casino floor. Some venues will also install ultraviolet lights in high-traffic areas and a bipolar ionization system to purify the casino’s air.

Mark Giannantonio, the CEO and President of this casino-resort, claims he’s extremely excited to see things getting back to normal here.

“We are excited about being one of the safest destinations in our region upon reopening,” Giannantonio said. “We want our guests to be able to enjoy the friendly and warm experience that has always been part of our core values.”

It’s safe to assume that things will be a little different here than they were in the past. Plexiglass separators will likely be installed at table games. Casino employees will also likely be required to wear masks.

The success of Las Vegas may help speed up the process of reopening the casinos here.

The First Weekend Of “Reopened Las Vegas” Has Wrapped Up

On June 4th, several of the biggest casino-resorts in Las Vegas finally opened back up. Many analysts around the country were extremely interested to see how things would play out. The weekend has wrapped up and tourists here are now heading home.

Some of these tourists spoke with the Las Vegas Review-Journal about their experiences in the city. Most visitors claim they had a great time in this city. Officials in Nevada have to be happy to hear this.

Corrie Byrd, a visitor from Texas, told the LVRJ he had a great trip.

“Overall, it was still fun Vegas for us,” he said. “The crowd was a little lighter than normal.”

That’s a common talking point amongst visitors. Just about everyone seemed to talk about the small crowds. As time goes on and more casinos open here, these crowds will continue to get bigger.

Officials in New Jersey have to be pleased to see things work in Las Vegas. The same things we expect at Atlantic City casinos can be seen here. We’ll continue to offer updates on the situation in New Jersey over the next few weeks.

Are you excited to see Atlantic City’s casinos reopen? Let us know in the comments section below!

Gambler Wins Huge Jackpot at a LV Casino Days After it Reopens

Las Vegas casinos are continuing to reopen their doors to the public. On Thursday, one lucky gambler won a massive jackpot at a LV casino just one day after it started accepting guests again. Many are now flocking to the city, hoping to hit a similar jackpot.Jackpot Text on Stack of Money

These massive wins are not entirely uncommon in Las Vegas. Hopefully, tourism here begins to increase and more of these jackpots are won over the next few weeks. Today, we’re going to look at the details of this recent big win.

Let’s get into it!

Caesars Palace Officially Reopens to the Public

The world-famous Caesars Palace Hotel-Casino first opened its doors back in 1966. Many considered it one of the most impressive venues ever built in the city. Incredibly, Caesars is still one of Las Vegas’ biggest and best properties.

This hotel-casino has gone under many renovations over the years. Several new towers have also been constructed. In 2003, The Colosseum was constructed here, a 4,100-seat entertainment venue that has hosted some of the world’s top artists.

Back in mid-March, Caesars Palace was forced to close its doors. It’s the first time this property was ever ordered to do this for an extended period of time. The owners of this casino-resort immediately began looking at new ways to safely start accepting guests again.

Last month, the Nevada Gaming Control Board approved a set of plans for this casino to reopen. On Thursday, June 4th, Caesars Palace finally reopened to the public. Since that time, more visitors have begun trickling in.

It appears that Las Vegas is slowly getting back to normal. Casinos don’t look quite as they did back in February, yet things are as good as they can be given the current situation. According to a recent report, one lucky gambler at Caesars Palace is taking home a massive jackpot win.

Slot Player Wins Huge Jackpot Win at a LV Casino on Friday

Las Vegas remains the top gambling destination in the United States. Now that casinos are reopening, more tourists are starting to visit and take part in the festivities. The dream for most visitors here is to win a big jackpot.

This happens more often than many are aware of. That’s more clear than ever after one lucky gambler won a massive jackpot at a LV casino. Which casino? You guessed it! Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Los Angeles native was playing slots at Caesars Palace just one day after it finally reopened to the public. Eventually, the player won a progressive jackpot on the Let It Ride slot game, winning $670,637. It’s the first jackpot win in Las Vegas for months.

Tourism rates have been increasing every day since the casinos in Las Vegas reopened. After news of this jackpot win surfaced, rates began to increase even more. Everyone is hoping they manage to win big like the player from Los Angeles just has.

Winning a jackpot at a LV casino isn’t entirely uncommon. In fact, much bigger ones have been won over the past six months alone. Hope is that we see more news like this emerge over the next couple of weeks.

Book Your Las Vegas Trip Today!

Soon, nearly all of the major casino-resorts in Las Vegas will be reopened. To help boost tourism rates into the city, many casino companies here are beginning to offer great new deals. In fact, prices here are lower than they have been in years.

Just last week, casino owner Derek Stevens announced he was offering more than 1,500 free flights to Las Vegas. Unsurprisingly, these flights were quickly booked up. Some feel that Stevens and other casino owners will offer more of these free flights later in the summer.

Room rates continue to stay low. Things may not stay like this forever, though. Some travel experts are recommending that people book their stay in the city as soon as possible.

As we mentioned earlier, the casinos inside these casinos look a little different than they used to. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout these gambling venues. Social distancing measures are also set in place at the tables.

That doesn’t mean things are dull here. Many have claimed that Las Vegas is just as fun as it’s ever been. Book your travel deals today! Maybe you’ll be the next to win a huge jackpot at a LV casino.

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

Reno Casinos Are Reopening With Safety Measures in Place

Northern Nevada is home to a huge number of world-class gambling venues. Unfortunately, most of them have been shut down for the past few months. Reno casinos are now slowly beginning to open up and visitors are now flocking to the city to take part in the festivities.Reno Sign

It’s an exciting time for Nevada. Reno has always been a major gambling hub. Now, things are slowly getting back to normal here. Today, we’re going to look at what visitors here can expect.

Let’s get into it!

Nevada Begins Allowing Casinos to Reopen

Nevada is home to the biggest gambling industry in the world. Casinos can be found in all parts of the state. Obviously, Las Vegas gets the most attention. This city is known as the gambling and entertainment capital of the country.

In March, Governor Steve Sisolak announced that all casinos in the state were being forced to close their doors. He, and many other health officials, felt that these venues posed a serious risk for major infection spreads. Some casino companies here began losing millions of dollars every single day as a result of these shutdowns.

Everyone knew this couldn’t continue forever. Cities like Las Vegas rely on gambling and tourism revenue. Under the restrictions set in place, this state was losing an unprecedented amount of money and jobs.

Many of the casinos in Nevada were finally given permission to reopen on June 4th. It was a historic moment for the state. Based on several reports, many tourists from around the country were excited to begin visiting these newly-reopened venues.

Most people have been talking about Las Vegas for the past few weeks. Reno, in the north of the state, has also taken a massive blow due to the regulations set in place. This week, several of the casinos in this city opened back up to the public.

Several Reno Casinos Are Now Open to the Public

Reno doesn’t get nearly as much attention as cities like Las Vegas. Many feel that it’s actually better than Las Vegas, though. It’s much quieter, yet a huge number of fantastic casino-resorts are currently operating in this city.

As we just mentioned, several different Reno casinos began opening back up to the public. The Atlantic, for example, recently just opened its doors to the public. John Farahi, CEO of the parent company of The Atlantis, spoke about the difficulties opening back up the public this week.

“A financial issue was something we could have planned for. This is a health issue. This is by far more challenging than our first expansion.”

The cleaning system set in place at this hotel is extensive. Guests are also having their temperature checked when entering the casino. Like many Las Vegas venues, The Atlantis also requires social distancing on the casino floor.

More Reno casinos are expected to open their doors over the next few weeks. Most expect the intense safety measures to remain in place here. It remains to be seen how much tourism begins to increase here this summer.

It’s clear that many people are excited to see these casinos reopen. Las Vegas is already seeing a major surge of tourists. More of the casino-resorts here are opening up in this city and revenue is starting to come back.

Here’s What People Are Saying About Las Vegas Casinos

It was hugely exciting to see the casinos in Las Vegas open back up. Some, however, expressed fear that these venues wouldn’t have the same fun atmosphere that they did at the beginning of this year. Many of the visitors here are commenting on how things are now in this city.

Many are happy to see that casino companies are focused on safety. Most of the casinos now limit the number of players at tables. Hand sanitizing stations are also located throughout most casino floors.

Bobbi Carlisle was the first guest to check-in at the D Hotel-Casino in Downtown Las Vegas. Carlisle claims the atmosphere is still fun, and she expects to gamble on the casino floor over the weekend.

“It’s just been months of us trying to get here,” She said. “Now we’re here, and we’re so excited. We’re hoping to get a keno machine, and we’ll play there for days.”

Things certainly aren’t the same in Las Vegas. The same can be said for the Reno casinos now opened to the public. They are open to guests now, and that’s about as much as we can ask for at this point.

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

Visitors Flock to the Reopened Las Vegas Casinos

At just past midnight on Thursday, June 4th, a historic moment took place in Las Vegas. Several of the major casino-resorts here finally opened back up to the public. According to several reports, these reopened Las Vegas casinos saw a huge surge of guests.Las Vegas Street View

It’s a very exciting time for this city. In many ways, the casinos here are the lifeblood of Las Vegas. Today, we’re going to look at what is now available for visitors here.

Let’s get into it!

The City of Las Vegas is Slowly Getting Back to Normal

Since March, people around the country have been asking when the casinos in Las Vegas would be allowed to reopen. As some states began allowing their gaming venues to open back up, the call to open these casinos became ever louder. Finally, state leaders announced that casinos would be given permission to open their doors again on June 4th.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board required all the casinos here to set strict safety measures in place. That includes installing hand sanitizing stations and thermal cameras on the casino floor. Health officials want to ensure that these casinos don’t help to spread the new coronavirus.

Some of the biggest casino companies in the country immediately began preparing to reopen. Different companies will begin opening their gaming venues at different times. MGM Resorts, for example, revealed that several of its properties would reopen on June 4th.

It’s hugely important for casino-resorts in Las Vegas to start operating again. Without them, tourism into the city is almost non-existent. A huge number of residents rely on these casinos for employment.

Fortunately, things are beginning to get back to normal. Many visitors have started flocking into Las Vegas to take part in the reopening festivities. Based on what people are saying, opening day was very successful.

Here’s What People Are Saying About the Reopened Las Vegas Casinos

For obvious reasons, it was exciting to hear that the major casinos in Las Vegas were opening back up to the public. Some voiced their fears that the safety measures being set in place would be too strict. They worried that Las Vegas would stop being the fun, wild city that it once was.

Fortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case. In fact, visitors seem thrilled with what they’re seeing. Several tourists here spoke with USA Today about the decision to visit Las Vegas amid the current pandemic. Sergio Portesan, a 26-year-old from Minnesota, claims the decision came down to his mother, who is a nurse.

“I was like, if you tell me no, I’ll cancel,” Portesan said. “She’s like, do it. It’s important to you. It’s historic. You’ll never see it again. You’re young and healthy.”

Derek Stevens, owner of the D Hotel-Casino in Downtown Las Vegas, also spoke about the situation to the media. He claims his biggest venue is not yet sold out. Bookings are increasing, though, and rooms may fill up by this weekend.

“This will be a very fun, gregarious group,” Stevens said. “These are people that want to get out of their hometown and come visit Vegas. If you’ve been able to keep your job, you’re still making your income, but you’ve had no where to spend it. You can only do so much damage on DoorDash.”

The specific regulations differ depending on the casino. The D currently requires temperature checks for everyone who enters. The Golden Nugget just down the street only checks the temperature of those checking in.

One thing is clear. People still want to visit Las Vegas.

When Will Sports Return to Las Vegas?

Over the past few years, Las Vegas has developed into a major sports town. It all started when the Golden Knights NHL team was established here. This team helped to draw in a huge number of visitors from Nevada and around the country.

Recently, the Oakland Raiders decided to make the move into Las Vegas. A massive stadium quickly went under construction to accommodate this team. Many felt this was an investment into the city and would significantly help to boost tourism.

Unfortunately, most major sports leagues remain shut down. It’s unclear when exactly these leagues will resume their seasons. Some feel this won’t happen until sometime in 2021.

Not everything is shut down, though. The UFC has already started holding events again. In fact, events are now taking place at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas. Fans are not yet able to attend these shows.

No one can say with certainty when things will completely get back to normal. This week is a good start. It’s clear that many people are happy to see the reopened Las Vegas casinos. Hopefully, tourism rates continue to grow here over the next months.

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

Here’s an Update on When Bay Area Casinos Will Reopen

We’ve now entered June, and California is slowly beginning to open back up. That includes several gambling venues around the state. Unfortunately, it seems that Bay Area casinos are unlikely to reopen to the public within the next few weeks.

Picture Of Bay Area

This part of the state has been one of the slowest to lift restrictions. Of course, the decision to reopen a casino ultimately lies with the Native American tribe that owns it. Today, we’re going to discuss when the gaming venues in the Bay Area are likely to start accepting guests again.

Let’s get into it!

Many Of California’s Casinos Have Already Reopened

California is home to a huge number of world-class gambling venues. Interestingly, all of these casinos are run by Native American tribes based in the state. California’s leaders have not yet approved commercial casinos to start operating.

Most of the casinos in this state are highly successful. That was, until March, when all of these gambling venues closed their doors to the public. For almost three months, nearly all of the casinos in California were closed.

Obviously, this couldn’t stay shut down forever. Many of the Native American tribes in the state instantly began working on ways to safely reopen to the public. These casinos sit on sovereign land, meaning they do not need specific approval from state officials to open back up.

Last month, several major California casinos began opening back up. Based on numerous reports, this was a hugely popular move. Hundreds of gamblers began flocking to these gaming venues to play.

Some areas of California are taking longer to reopen than others. That’s especially true in the Bay Area, where officials have continued setting major restrictions. It’s unlikely that the casinos in this part of the state will remain closed for a little longer than some hoped.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Bay Area Casinos May Not Open in June

As we just mentioned, the Bay Area has been a little slower to life restrictions than many other parts of the state. Things are slowly beginning to get back to normal here, though. Based on what’s being said, however, casinos here are still hesitant to reopen.

Each of the three casinos in this area, the San Pablo Lytton Casino, Graton Resort & Casino just outside Rohnert Park and River Rock Casino near Geyserville, all claim that it’s too early to open back up. Enormous pressure is being set on these venues to start operating again. Many tribes rely on their gambling revenue to function.

Matt Rodriquez, City Manager for the city of San Pablo, spoke about this situation to the media this week.

“Hopefully, there may be a state-wide order issued by Governor Newsom and the state public health officer to enable California tribal gaming to reopen with aggressive protective measures in place to protect their workers and the public,” he said. 

Gavin Newsom is warning the state’s casinos about the danger of opening back up too soon. If a major spike in infections takes place, it’s likely that these venues will be forced to close once again.

The three venues we listed above have not yet set an opening date. No one knows exactly when they plan on reopening to the public. If the stars align, these properties may be able to offer sports betting options later this year.

California Continues to Push for Legal Sports Betting

The popularity of sports betting continues to grow around the United States. That’s especially true now that several major US sports leagues have begun operating again. More than 20 states have now legalized sports gambling, most of which are earning a huge amount of revenue every month from this industry.

Gavin Newsom and other state leaders recognize how much money can be earned by legalizing sports betting. California has one of the largest sports fan bases in the state.

The main issue now lies with the Native American tribes in the state. Many of these tribes want to ensure that a portion of the revenue earned here is dispersed properly. These tribes are also pushing against any commercial sports gambling options being offered.

Many feel that 2020 is the year that this happens. California’s economy has taken a major hit due to the global pandemic. Legalizing sports betting is just one of many ways that the state can start to earn more money.

Sports fans around the state are getting excited. Before the end of the year, we may see the state’s gaming venues, including Bay Area casinos, offering sports betting options. We’ll be sure to offer updates on this situation as it changes.

Do you think it’s time for Bay Area casinos to open back up? Will the coronavirus ever force these venues to close down again? Let us know in the comments section below!

Gaming Officials Discuss Safety Measures in LV Casinos

Some of the biggest and best casino-resorts in Las Vegas are scheduled to open their doors in just a few days. It’s exciting news for residents across the city, many of whom are finally seeing their jobs return. This week, several major gaming officials discussed some of the safety measures in LV casinos to protect guests and staff.Slot Machines Inside Casino

It’s clear that casino companies in this city want to make things as safe as possible. Today, we’re going to look at some of the safety measures set in place here. We’ll also discuss how much tourism city officials expect over the next few weeks.

Let’s get into it!

Casinos in Las Vegas Are Opening Up On Thursday

We’ve been covering the situation in Las Vegas for months. As you probably already know, the casinos in this city were forced to close down back in March. At that time, no one really knew how long these gambling venues would be closed.

Casino companies instantly worked on coming up with safety plans to reopen. These were eventually approved by the Nevada State Gaming Board back in early May. State leaders finally agreed that casinos can reopen to the public on June 4th.

That’s now just a few days away. Several major casino-resorts are now scheduled to open this week. That includes The Bellagio Casino-Resort. More of the biggest casinos will continue to reopen over the next few weeks.

Obviously, this is a huge moment for many residents in this city. Closing down all of the casinos in Las Vegas cost hundreds of thousands of individuals their jobs. Finally, these residents are being able to work again.

Some are still expressing concern that things won’t be safe enough for guests. Casino companies dispute that fact, claiming that the safety measures in LV casinos are better than more other venues in the city. This week, some of these measures were revealed to the public.

Officials Describe Some of the Safety Measures in LV Casinos

Governor Steve Sisolak has been extremely hesitant to allow casinos to reopen. Doing so, he felt, would pose too serious of a risk to city residents and tourists. He’s changed his tune in recent weeks and seems content with the safety measures set in place.

We’re now beginning to hear about these safety measures.

Guests that visit The Bellagio will probably notice the hand sanitizers directly in front of the hotel’s entrance. In fact, these sanitizing stations can be found throughout the entire hotel-casino. This is now a requirement by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

John Flynn, MGM Vice President of Administration and Head of Health and Safety Strategy, spoke about the emphasis on proper hand washing to the media this week.

“You’ve got the touchless soap, you’ve got the touchless paper towel dispensers. On some of these you’ll have the mask dispensers, you’ll have glove dispensers,” Flynn said. “We wanted to bring hand-washing, first and foremost, to the front of everyone’s minds.”

There will also be significantly less contact between casino guests and staff. In some restaurants, for example, guests are likely to get virtual waitlists and will be encouraged to seat themselves.

Thermal cameras will be installed in many of the casinos in Las Vegas. Hope is that this helps the casinos locate those with fevers. The main goal is to avoid any infection spreads. Many are now debating how many people will decide to visit this city over the next few weeks.

Concerns Over Tourism Continue in Las Vegas

For many, the reopening of these Las Vegas casinos is hugely important. Many simply need these venues to reopen in order to make money. Some, however, are voicing their concerns that not enough visitors will flock to these casinos to keep them profitable.

Prior to the global pandemic, Las Vegas was seeing more than 40 million visitors every single year. Despite the casinos here opening back up, this number is likely to be significantly lower. Even with the safety measures in LV set in place, people have concerns about being exposed to the new coronavirus.

It’s a very difficult situation. City leaders and casino officials are doing everything they can to get the city back to normal. Perhaps that will never really happen.

Most of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are now accepting reservations for June. As many have already noticed, there are some fantastic deals now available. Room rates are significantly lower than they were a few months ago.

Only time will tell how many tourists decide to visit Las Vegas over the next few months. Casino owners will be looking at new and exciting ways to attract visitors.

Are you content with the safety measures in LV casinos? Do you expect tourism rates to surge here once the casinos reopen? Let us know in the comments section below.

We’re Likely to See Legal Sports Betting in California This Year

Every single day, US states are losing money. Many businesses around the country remain shut down and lawmakers are looking at new and effective ways to generate revenue. Recently, state leaders have begun taking a closer look at allowing legal sports betting in California.California

More than 20 states have already legalized this form of wagering. Most of them are earning an incredible amount of money every month from this industry. Today, we’re going to look at what needs to be done in order to get California’s sports betting industry up and running.

Let’s get into it!

California’s Casino Industry is Slowly Coming Back to Life

California doesn’t have a reputation for being a major gambling destination. That’s likely because this state has not legalized commercial casino gambling. At the moment, only Native American-run gambling venues are able to legally operate.

With that being said, there is an large number of world-class casinos operating in this state. Many of the casinos here are hugely successful. All of the casinos in California help to bring the state valuable revenue every single month.

Unfortunately, that revenue had stopped flowing in over the past three months. All casinos here closed their doors in March. Over the past two weeks, however, some of these gaming venues have decided to reopen their doors to the public.

Rates of Covid-19 have been relatively low in California. As a result, Governor Newsom is allowing certain businesses to slowly open back up. The casinos in this state sit on sovereign land, meaning they are able to open at their own pace.

It’s clear that many residents in this state missed being able to gamble. Some of the casinos that reopened have seen long lines of guests looking to place some bets. Now, state leaders are looking more into the possibility of legalizing sports betting.

Legal Sports Betting in California Should Arrive in 2020

The surge of sports betting can be seen all around the country right now. It’s been incredible to watch, especially considering the fact that just a few years ago, only Nevada was legally able to offer sports betting odds. This finally changed in May of 2018.

That month, the Supreme Court made the historic decision to remove PASPA. Doing so immediately gave every state in the country the ability to legalize sports betting. Within days of PASPA gone, several states including New Jersey and Delaware officially approved bills to legalize sports gambling.

This proved to be a great decision. Many credit the legalization of sports betting for turning Atlantic City back into a major gambling hub. Revenue began to increase rapidly here and more states quickly started to approve sports betting bills.

2020 is the year that legal sports betting in California needs to be allowed. Lawmakers have been in a dispute with Native American tribes on how to legalize this industry. This week, two senators proposed amendments to legalize both in-person and online sports betting.

Senator Bill Dodd commented on the economic impact the legalization of sports betting may have.

“The amount of money that can be raised in benefit of the state with online wagering is estimated to be up to $700 million a year,” Dodd said. “We’re looking to get those revenues for a COVID-type budget where we need to be looking out for every opportunity to increase our revenues at a time when we have to make so many cuts.”

Governor Newsom seems to see the potential in this industry, as well. In order to approve legal sports betting in California, though, this bill needs to make it on the state ballot by June 15th. Hope is that this happens.

Sports Leagues Are Beginning to Operate Again

For months, almost all US sports leagues were shut down. These leagues understood that by resuming operations, they put players at risk of being infected with Covid-19. It was unclear when any of these leagues would start to begin operating again.

UFC President Dana White continued to tell the media his promotion would be the first one to start running again. On May 9th, he achieved that goal. That day, the UFC held a major event in Jacksonville, Florida. It’s since held several more events.

More leagues are now starting to operate again. As a result, sports betting continues to grow more popular. That’s great news for many states desperate to earn revenue right now.

Many feel that legal sports betting in California is coming this year. Several senators in the state are pushing hard to make this happen. The main focus for lawmakers will now be on coming to an agreement with Native American tribes here.

It’s an interesting time for the sports world. No one really knows when leagues will resume their operations with fans in attendance. What’s clear is that people will continue betting on whatever sporting events are taking place.

Do you think California will legalize sports betting this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

April Gaming Revenue in Nevada is the Lowest in History

Everyone knew that the reports on April gambling revenue in Nevada would be bleak. Some, however, predicted that the online gambling options in this state would lessen the blow casino companies faced. That does not appear to be the case, as the gambling revenue earned here last month was the lowest in history.Revenue Drop Picture

The past three months have been extremely difficult for Las Vegas. Things are likely to improve in June, though. Today, we’re going to look at exactly how much money was earned here, and discuss how things will change over the next few weeks.

Let’s get into it!

Nevada’s Casinos Were Closed For the Entire Month of April

Nevada, and specifically Las Vegas, is home to many of the world’s biggest and best casino-resorts. Tens of millions of visitors flock to this state every single year to gamble inside these world-class venues. Unfortunately, all of Nevada’s casinos have been closed since March.

As the new coronavirus began to spread, officials in Nevada began to realize how much of a risk these casinos pose. A decision was eventually made to close them to the public. This almost instantly resulted in hundreds of thousands of job losses.

Shutting down casinos here affected many other businesses. Restaurants, for example, were hit extremely hard in cities such as Las Vegas. Many other entertainment-based venues have seen their revenue completely stop flowing in.

Tourism also completely stopped in this state. Almost no one was visiting cities like Las Vegas unless it was crucial. That’s extremely difficult for a city that almost entirely relies on outside visitors to function normally.

Revenue figures in March were bad. Casinos were open here for a time, though, meaning at least some money was made. New revenue reports are coming out for the month of April that show how devastating this casino shutdown really was.

The Reports On April Gaming Revenue in Nevada Are In

Many have eagerly waited to see how much revenue Nevada’s gambling industry managed to earn last month. Obviously, this money cannot come from the land-based casinos themselves. There are, however, a wide range of regulated online gambling options here.

Unfortunately, these online gambling options didn’t help much. The State Gambling Control Board released a report on the April gaming revenue in Nevada that shows gaming win decreased by 99.6% last month. That includes a 99.3% drop on the Las Vegas Strip. Washoe County saw the biggest overall drop in revenue at 100.12%.

This is the lowest revenue has ever been since records started being kept in 1983. The only real wagers placed here were on unorthodox sporting events. Almost no major sports leagues were operating during the month of April.

Fortunately, things are guaranteed to improve in June. Many casinos in Las Vegas are scheduled to reopen on June 4th. Some predict that a huge surge of tourists will flock to the city.

The reports on April gaming revenue in Nevada show how tough a casino shutdown can be. The full effects of these regulations are not yet entirely known. Hope is that enough money is made next month to help the state’s economy recover.

This Might Be the Perfect Time to Book Your Trip to Las Vegas

As we just mentioned, casinos in Las Vegas are scheduled to finally reopen on June 4th. Both residents and tourists are excited to see things get back to normal. A huge number of great travel deals are now being offered here to attract more visitors.

Earlier this week, news broke that casino owner Derek Stevens is offering thousands of free flights to the city. He feels this is an effective way to boost tourism. Incredibly, Stevens is not even demanding that those who receive these flights stay at his venues!

Many of the major casino companies are significantly reducing their rates. That includes MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts. These lowered room rates will likely remain in place for the next few months.

Those looking to visit Las Vegas without breaking the bank may want to consider making the trip this summer. Things will certainly be different than they were just a few months ago. Casinos will encourage social distancing and limit unnecessary contact. The spirit of Las Vegas will remain in place, though.

Everyone knew that April gaming revenue in Nevada would be incredibly low. The same can be said for the revenue earned in May. The real test will be how these casinos perform in June.

Are you planning to visit Las Vegas this summer? Let us know in the comments section below!

Derek Stevens is Offering Free Flights to Las Vegas

Over the past two months, tourism rates in Las Vegas have been the lowest in history. Casinos are set to reopen here next week and many hope that the tourism industry finally starts to recover. To help with this, one major casino owner announced he’s offering free flights to Las Vegas.Airline Flight

As many know, this city relies on tourism to function normally. Now is the perfect time to look at when things may start getting back to normal here. We’ll also discuss how to receive one of these free flights.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Tourism Rates Have Been the Lowest in History

Between 2007 and 2009, Las Vegas found itself in serious trouble. A global recession had taken hold and tourism rates into the city began to plummet. This lack of visitors proved to be devastating for casino companies, many of which were forced to permanently close down their venues in the city.

Things eventually recovered. In fact, the past few years have been incredibly successful for Las Vegas and Nevada as a whole. Gambling revenue was surging and several major new casino-resorts were being constructed on the Las Vegas Strip.

The past two months have shown how fast things can change. All of the casinos in Nevada were forced to close down in March. Tourism into Las Vegas completely stopped and many of the casino companies here started losing millions of dollars every single day.

City officials eventually decided to shut down two of the concourses in the Las Vegas International Airport. Almost no one was flying in or out of the city. City officials realized how bad things were becoming and began pushing hard to get back to normal.

Governor Sisolak has approved plans for casinos to reopen on June 4th. Even with the safety measures set in place, many expect a surge of new visitors here. One casino owner has a unique way to try to boost tourism rates in the city.

Derek Stevens is Offering Free Flights to Las Vegas

Some of the most powerful casino owners in the world are based in Las Vegas. That includes Derek Stevens, the owner of several major casinos in the Downtown area. Like all other casino officials, Stevens has taken a major hit due to the global pandemic.

With casinos set to open next week, this may be the most important time to start promoting tourism. Many of the casino-resorts in this city are already accepting reservations. Derek Stevens is taking a unique approach to attracting new visitors.

The casino mogul has announced that he’s offering 1700 free flights to Las Vegas. These flights are available through many different carriers and are available from 20 different cities.

Stevens initially planned to offer just 1,000 flights. Those were completely booked within a few hours and he then added another 700. He released a statement about the situation to the media earlier today.

“We knew there was a high demand for Las Vegas, and to see these flights book as quickly as they did is overwhelming and exciting,” Stevens said. “As we begin to reopen our doors across the city, we are proud to help reinvigorate travel to Las Vegas while supporting airlines in America impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. While we’d love for visitors to stop by downtown Las Vegas, we primarily want to get people back to Las Vegas to experience the attractions and amenities that make it one of the greatest places on Earth.”

These free flights to Las Vegas are being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis at www.thed.com. As you might expect, these are selling out extremely quickly. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Stevens offering even more of these free flights soon, though.

Expect More Las Vegas Deals Over the Next Few Weeks

Some expressed doubt that tourism rates in Las Vegas would increase just because casinos were given permission to reopen. There was fear that the strict safety measures being set in place at these venues would deter potential visitors. Based on how fast the flights that Stevens offered have been selling out, it’s clear that many people are excited to visit this city.

Many expect more deals like that one to start popping up. Many of the major casinos on the Las Vegas Strip have already started to significantly drop their room rates. Every casino company is different, though.

Members of M Life Rewards may notice some of the new deals available. That includes a drop in prices for the Sky Suites at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino. There are also some fantastic flexible rate deals available for The Bellagio and the New York-New York.

It will be very interesting to see how many tourists flock to Las Vegas next month. Many of the casinos here have lost a historic amount of money over the next two months. Unless revenue starts to increase here, things may not end well for some of these venues.

It’s exciting to see Derek Stevens offering these free flights to Las Vegas. Perhaps more casino owners will do the same to help promote tourism here. Stay tuned for updates!

Are you planning to visit Las Vegas anytime soon? Where do you plan on staying? Let us know in the comments section below!

Lori Lightfoot Offers an Update on Chicago’s Casino Plans

As June approaches, the US casino industry is slowly getting back on track. More gambling venues are starting to open their doors and revenue is starting to flow in. This week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot offered an update on Chicago’s casino plans.

Lori Lightfoot At Press Conference

Chicago remains one of the worst-hit cities in the United States from the coronavirus. Things have been very slow to open up here. Today, we’re going to discuss when we might see the first casino in Chicago open its doors.

Illinois’ Expanded Casino Plans Are Put On Hold

Illinois isn’t typically thought of as a US gambling hub. Over the past few years, however, lawmakers in this state have begun to see the potential in this industry. Back in June of 2019, state officials approved a new Capital Plan that allows for five new casinos to open up.

That includes a new casino in Chicago. Many politicians here believe that opening a casino in this city will help to boost tourism and bring in a huge amount of revenue. Unfortunately, high tax rates have made it difficult to find a company willing to operate a gambling venue here.

These plans are now being put on hold. As the global pandemic hit, officials in Illinois decided to delay construction on these venues. It’s still not entirely clear where in Chicago this new casino will be constructed.

Not all forms of gambling are completely shut down here, though. In March, lawmakers officially legalized sports betting. Both online and land-based sports wagering options are now available in the state.

Things seem to be improving around the country. As we already mentioned, many states are already opening up their casino industries. This week, the Mayor of Chicago talked more about opening the proposed casino in Chicago.

Mayor Lightfoot Gives An Update On Chicago’s Casino Plans

Many were excited to hear that a casino was being planned for Chicago. Illinois is known for having a large gambling fan base. Despite the trouble finding a company to run this new gaming venue, most felt it would be highly successful.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently spoke about building this new casino. She feels that it should become part of a much larger “entertainment complex” built within the city.

“I see this as a large entertainment district — not just the box of a casino. In order for us to maximize this once-in-a-generation opportunity that the General Assembly has given us and to maximize the opportunity for revenue, for jobs, for long-term economic viability of the city and, of course, to address our pension debt, we‘ve got to be thoughtful and intentional about what we’re designing so it’s something that attracts people from all over the world,” she said.  

Lightfoot went further, claiming that she and many other city officials want to see progress made.

“That’s what I see. Chicago is a global city. We need a world-class entertainment district, of which a casino is a part, but not the entirety. So there’s a lot of work that needs to be done between now and then and we’re anxious to get started.”

It was exciting to hear this update on Chicago’s casino plans. Unfortunately, Lightfoot is still unwilling to reveal where this gaming venue will open its doors. We’re likely to hear more about the opening of this casino over the next few weeks.

Nearby States Begin Looking to Reopen Casinos

It’s not entirely clear when the casinos in Illinois will open back up to the public. Covid-19 infection rates remain high in this state. Many lawmakers are beginning to take a closer look at getting the state’s gaming industry running again, though.

Some nearby states have recently announced they plan to reopen their casinos. That includes Missouri. This week, state leaders announced that two casinos in the St. Louis area are scheduled to open up this weekend.

Until Illinois’ casinos open, many gambling fans in this area are likely to play inside these Missouri gaming venues.

Incredibly, the casinos in Las Vegas are scheduled to open up next week. It was a long and difficult road to get these plans approved. Governor Sisolak seems content with the safety measures set in place and is allowing several major casino-resorts to open their doors on June 4th.

Lori Lightfoot has just offered an update on Chicago’s casino plans. She wants to see an entire entertainment center built in this city. When and where this casino-resort will be constructed is still unknown.

Are you excited to see a casino built in Chicago? When do you expect this to happen? Let us know in the comments section below.

Sisolak Approves LV Casinos to Open on June 4th

Las Vegas is just a little over a week from getting back to some sense of normalcy. Earlier this week, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak approved plans to reopen many of the state’s major casinos. The current plan is for LV casinos to open on June 4th.

Governor Sisolak

Just about everyone in Nevada is anxious to see these gambling venues reopen. As most know, they provide a huge amount of money and jobs to the state. Today, we’re going to discuss which venues plan to reopen, and what this means for Nevada’s economy.

Let’s get into it!

Reopening the Casinos in Nevada Hasn’t Been Easy

Every state in the country has been economically affected by the new coronavirus spreading around the world. Some, obviously, are being hit harder than others. There are some that feel Nevada is being the worst-affected in terms of direct money and job loss.

Casinos in this state were forced to close down back in March. This instantly left hundreds of thousands of individuals without work. Many of the casino companies here also began losing millions of dollars each week.

Nevada’s tourism industry immediately came to a halt. That proved to be devastating for many of the restaurants in this city that rely on outside visitors. It’s easy to see how so many businesses started to suffer due to the shutdown of major casino-resorts.

Carolyn Goodman, the mayor of Las Vegas, controversially called for the city to start opening up weeks ago. Governor Sisolak didn’t budge, and continued to tell the media it was too early. Residents around the city eagerly awaited news on what was to come.

Now, it appears state officials feel things are safe enough to finally open back up. Many of the biggest casino-resorts are expected to open their doors next week. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Governor Sisolak Gives Green Light For LV Casinos to Open

Forcing all of the casinos in Las Vegas to close was completely unprecedented. Never before has this taken place in this city. It’s likely that most felt doing so would be impossible. For the past couple of months, the focus has been on getting back to normal.

Governor Sisolak has been cautious in allowing the state’s casinos to start accepting guests again. That’s perfectly understandable, as these venues are easy places for a contagious respiratory virus to spread. Sisolak seems content with the safety measures set in place and has given the green light for LV casinos to open their doors on June 4th.

Josh Swissman, one of the founders of The Strategy Organization, believes that opening back up will be a learning process for many of the casino companies here.

“Once their doors re-open on the 4th, operators are going to learn so much from those critical first few hours and days,” he said. “There will undoubtedly be tweaks and fine-tuning made to their re-opening procedures as a result of what they will see. Marketers should be watching visitation volume and guest behavior closely, and should look to pivot quickly if changes to their marketing plans need to be made.”

Not all of the casinos in Las Vegas are going to open back up at once. It will be a slow process and companies will look to slowly figure out what works and what doesn’t. The important thing will be to encourage social distancing on the casino floor.

Which Las Vegas Casinos Will Open Up Next Month?

The casino industry in Las Vegas is the biggest in the country. More than 40 million people flock to this city every year to enjoy the entertainment and gambling options available. With Sisolak’s approval for LV casinos to open next month, many of the major casino companies are gearing up to start accepting guests.

Caesars Palace and The Flamingo are scheduled to be the first casino-resorts to reopen. These venues will be accepting guests starting on June 4th. These venues will offer free parking and plan to open many of their restaurants, pools, and casino options.

MGM Resorts International claims that New York-New York and The Bellagio will be their first properties to reopen. A specific opening date for these venues has not been officially revealed.

Wynn Resorts has just recently announced that both of its Las Vegas properties will reopen to the public on June 4th.

“We are ready to provide our guests with a full Las Vegas experience with a collection of luxury amenities and unmatched service,” Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox told the media. “The entire Wynn team is looking forward to welcoming our guests back.”

If all goes according to plan, all of the casinos in Nevada will start accepting guests next month. Hope is that enough tourists begin flocking to Las Vegas to keep these properties profitable.

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

Stanley Ho Has Passed Away at Age 98

Macau is considered one of the world’s premier gambling destinations. Stanley Ho is widely considered to be one of the most instrumental person in making that happen. Unfortunately, news has surfaced that Ho has passed away at age 98.Stanley Ho

It comes at an unusual time for Macau. Casino revenue here is now lower than it has ever been. Today, we’re going to discuss what this territory is doing to recover from the current economic situation it finds itself in.

Let’s get into it!

Macau’s Casino Revenue Continues to Plummet

Macau is home to many of the biggest and most expensive casino-resorts on the planet. Over the past few decades, it’s grown to become one of the world’s top gambling destinations. Unfortunately, revenue here has been dropping steadily for more than a year.

China’s economy has slowed considerably due to the US trade war it’s currently engaged in. As a result, fewer Chinese nationals are visiting Macau. As many are well-aware of, Macau relies heavily on Chinese gamblers for revenue.

This situation was tough on casino companies here. It was, however, manageable and many felt that as the Chinese economy improved, things in Macau would get better, as well. Unfortunately, the global pandemic has taken things from bad to horrible.

For a time, all of the casinos in Macau were closed down. They eventually opened back up, yet tourism here is almost non-existent. As a result, many of the casino companies in Macau are losing millions of dollars every day. It’s still unclear when revenue figures will begin to improve.

It’s a very difficult situation. Many of the city leaders here are now working to come up with ways to boost tourism. Unfortunately, one of the men responsible for making Macau what it is today has just passed away.

Stanley Ho Passed Away This Week

Those in the casino industry are well-aware of Stanley Ho. The former smuggler grew to become one of the most powerful men in Macau. He wasn’t without controversy, though, and many have criticized the casino mogul for his connections to several powerful crime groups.

Ho fled to Macau during World War Two. He was broke at the time, and ended up smuggling goods into China from Japan. As the war came to an end, Stanley Ho began to lead the reconstruction of Hong Kong.

In the 1960s, Ho secured a monopoly to control Macau’s emerging casino industry. It proved extremely profitable and he quickly became one of the richest men in China. As his age increased, Ho’s daughter began to take over much of his responsibilities.

New reports confirm that Stanley Ho has passed away at the age of 98. Many in the casino industry are paying their respects to one of the most important casino owners in Asia. Pansy Ho has already released a statement, claiming she knew it was coming, yet she’s still incredibly sad.

“The family of Stanley Ho today, with a very heavy heart, announced that [Ho] passed away peacefully at the age of 98 at around 1:00 pm today at HKSA,” Pansy said in an official press conference. “Even though we knew that this day would come, it doesn’t lessen our unspeakable sadness.”

This isn’t likely to have any major effect on Macau. As we mentioned earlier, Stanley’s role in the industry was passed on years ago. Casino owners are now looking at other leaders in Macau for news on how the city will improve.

US Land-Based Casino Industry Begins to Reopen

Macau isn’t the only area where casinos are struggling. All over the world, gambling venues are seeing their revenue earnings drop. That includes all of the casinos in the United States. Fortunately, things are beginning to improve here.

Some states have allowed their casinos to open back up. In Mississippi, for example, most of the coastal casinos are now accepting guests at limited capacity. The same is happening in Oklahoma.

Even some of the casinos in California have begun operating again. It’s surprising, considering this state has been one of the slowest to reopen. All of the casinos here are run by Native American tribes and sit on sovereign land.

Interestingly, casinos are still not open in Las Vegas. It’s been incredibly difficult for this city, which continues to lose millions of dollars every single day due to these regulations. Based on what city officials are saying, casinos will open back up here next month.

When Las Vegas casinos reopen, they won’t look the same way they did in the past. Major social distancing measures will be set in place to protect guests and staff. It’s unclear how much revenue these casinos will be able to generate.

Are you sad to hear about the passing of Stanley Ho? When do you expect Macau to recover from this current situation? Let us know in the comments section below!

Calls to Ban Smoking in Las Vegas Casinos Continue

It appears we’re just a few weeks from seeing casinos in Las Vegas reopen to the public. When these gaming venues open, however, they won’t look quite the same you might remember. Recently, requests to ban smoking in Las Vegas casinos have escalated.Holding A Cigarette

Many have asked for the major casino-resorts in Las Vegas to prohibit smoking for years. Due to the current health concerns, this may actually happen in 2020. Today, we’re going to look at what may lead to this major change.

Let’s get into it!

Major Las Vegas Casinos Plan to Reopen in June

It’s been months since all of the casinos in Las Vegas closed their doors. Governor Sisolak feared that keeping these venues would result in a surge of new Covid-19 cases in Clark County. After two months, infection rates have remained fairly low and state leaders are now looking to reopen the economy.

Casino companies in this state have been asking for permission to reopen since March. These closures have cost these companies millions of dollars every day. It’s also cost hundreds of thousands of individuals their jobs.

Fortunately, things are about to improve. Not long ago, Nevada’s Gaming Commission formally approved a set of guidelines that casino companies can use to reopen their venues. It was exactly what was needed for these companies to set an opening date.

Many of the city’s top casino-resorts now plan to open their doors next month. The Venetian, for example, plans to accept guests starting on June 1st. Several of MGM Resorts’ properties including the New York-New York Hotel-Casino and The Bellagio are also opening their doors in early June.

There will be strict measures set in place here to protect staff and guests. Everyone wants to ensure that casinos open up in the safest way possible. Interestingly, anti-smoking advocates are now calling for the gambling venues in Las Vegas to finally make a major change.

Health Professionals Call for a Ban on Smoking in Las Vegas Casinos

Las Vegas is known for having some of the most relaxed laws in the United States. That includes allowing smoking inside major casino-resorts. In recent years, many health officials have called for an end to this law, claiming it puts casino staff and non-smoking gamblers at risk.

Many have pushed against the idea to ban smoking in Las Vegas casinos, though. As many know, Las Vegas is known for the freedom that it offers visitors. Some believe that prohibiting cigarette smoking inside casinos would result in a decrease in tourism.

Now may be the time this smoking is finally banned. A new coronavirus is spreading around the country that’s known to attack the human respiratory system. Health experts have already claimed that smokers are at a much greater risk of death if infected with Covid-19.

For obvious reasons, many feel that smoking should no longer be allowed inside casinos. Anne Macincone, an associate professor of medicine in the Center for Lung Biology at the University of Washington, claims smoking can help to spread viruses and doesn’t understand how it can be done with the mask protocol set in place.

“Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke can be respiratory irritants that can lead to coughing, and potentially spread of infection,” Macincone said. 

Just about everyone agrees that allowing smoking in casinos causes health problems for staff and patrons. That’s more true now than ever. Don’t expect any of the city officials to stop this from happening anytime soon, though.

Is 2020 the Year That LV Casinos Prohibit Smoking?

It’s unlikely. As we’ve already mentioned, this isn’t the first time that many health officials have asked for a ban on smoking in Las Vegas casinos. Last year, reports surfaced that shows some of the health issues casino workers are suffering from simply from being inside these gaming venues.

That isn’t enough for casino officials to make a change. Historically speaking, a ban on smoking results in a serious loss of customers for casinos. Several casinos have prohibited smoking over the past few decades and almost all of them saw their revenue drop considerably.

Casino companies have serious power in cities like Las Vegas. It’s unlikely that any of the city officials will put an end to smoking without the blessing of these companies. Anything is possible, though.

We’re in the middle of a global pandemic and public safety is being considered now more than ever before. There’s a chance that casinos will recognize the risks that smoking presents and will decide to ban it. Some even feel casinos will have dedicated smoking areas, perhaps even contained in a single room.

The push to ban smoking in Las Vegas casinos continues. As of now, however, the major casino-resorts have not decided to make any changes. We’ll need to see how this situation plays out over the next few months.

Do you think casinos should ban smoking? Will this happen sometime in 2020? Let us know in the comments section below!

You May Not Need to Pay Taxes on Casino Jackpots

As the days go on, more casinos around the United States are beginning to open back up. The American Gaming Association is now working to change the requirements set on gamblers to pay taxes on casino jackpots. If all goes according to plan, US casinos will only report jackpot winnings above $5,000.

Picture Of The Word Tax

Many feel this is long overdue. Since 1977, any casino winnings over $1,200 have needed to be reported as taxable income. 2020 might be the year that this changes.

Let’s take a look at what the AGA has planned.

The US Casino Industry is Coming Back to Life

Prior to March, the land-based casino industry in the United States was thriving. Over the past two months, however, this industry has been struggling to stay alive. Fortunately, things may be starting to rebound.

Every single state is now beginning to lift its restrictions. Some have officially begun allowing their casinos to reopen. That includes Louisiana, where some of the biggest casino-resorts in the state will soon reopen to the public.

In some parts of the country, casinos are opening up without the blessing of state leaders. In California, for example, many Native American-run casinos have already opened their doors. These venues sit on sovereign land and do not need to abide by state regulations.

Some states are taking their time allowing casinos to open up again. Nevada is not allowing this to happen until specific safety measures are set in place. Based on what’s being said, the majority casino-resorts in Las Vegas will begin opening back up in June.

For many casino companies, reopening gaming venues is a complete necessity. Some may not last very long unless their casinos start operating again. It’s still not entirely clear how much revenue the US casino industry will manage to generate over the next few months.

Now, one of the most powerful gambling groups in the country is asking the government to make a major change.

Gamblers May No Longer Need to Pay Taxes on Casino Jackpots Below $5,000

As most casino gamblers already know, anyone with jackpot winnings above $1,200 needs to be given a W-2G tax form. These winnings are considered taxable income. For many years, the American Gaming Association has called for the Treasury Department to change this so that only winnings above $5,000 are taxed.

Officials within this group claim that, when adjusted for inflation, $1,200 back in 1977 amounts to about $5,000 today. They also believe that requiring such a small amount of money to be taxed causes unnecessary burdens on the IRS. Bill Miller, President and CEO of the AGA, spoke about this situation to the media this week.

“As the gaming industry safely reopens and seeks to return to financial health, one critical area of regulatory reform the administration should consider is modernizing the $1,200 slot jackpot reporting threshold, which has been in place since 1977,” Miller said. “The current threshold is outdated and imposes significant compliance burdens on both the Internal Revenue Service and the gaming industry.” 

This change is apparently being supported by many members of Congress. The Trump Administration, currently looking at new ways to save the Federal Government money, also seems to support this idea. It may end up helping the casino industry more than we realize.

The AGA has asked for a change to the way people pay taxes on casino jackpots for years. Now, it appears this decision will be approved. We’ll give an update on what casino companies feel about these proposed regulations over the next few weeks.

Las Vegas Casinos Prepare to Open in June

All parts of the US have been affected by the spread of the new coronavirus. From an economic standpoint, Las Vegas is one of the worst-hit areas. This city has been essentially shut down for months and hundreds of thousands of residents have been left without work.

Las Vegas relies heavily on its tourism and gambling industries. Unfortunately, both have been shut down since March. All of the casinos here are closed and tourism is at an all-time low.

Everyone recognizes that something needs to change. Nevada is set to enter into Phase 2 of reopening soon and the current plan is for casinos in the state to begin reopening in June. That includes venues such as The Venetian and The Bellagio.

Some travel experts believe now may be the perfect time to visit Las Vegas. That may be even more true if gamblers aren’t required to pay taxes on casino jackpots below $5,000. No one knows how things will turn out over the summer, yet casino companies are doing everything they can to attract more visitors to Las Vegas.

Do you think the AGA’s new plan makes sense? Are you planning to visit Las Vegas anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s What Caesars Palace Will Look Like After Reopening

Casinos across Nevada are gearing up to reopen. It’s exciting news, yet some have concerns that these casinos will not offer the same fun atmosphere that was available just a few months ago. Today, we’re going to discuss what Caesars Palace will look like once it begins accepting guests again.

Caesars Palace Las Vegas Casino Logo

According to several reports, Caesars will resume normal operations next month. In fact, many casino-resorts in Las Vegas will open up in June. It’s great news for this city, which has lost an incredible amount of revenue in March and April.

Here’s what we know about the reopening of Caesars.

Nevada Will Soon Enter Into Phase 2 of Reopening

Almost all states around the country are beginning to reopen. Some have been quicker to do so than others. In Georgia, for example, most businesses are now able to freely operate. In California, however, much of the entire state remains in lockdown.

Nevada has been fairly slow to reopen. Since March, all of the casinos in this state have been completely closed down. As many know, crowded casinos are perfect places for a virus to spread. Closing these gambling venues down has resulted in a huge number of job losses and millions in lost revenue.

According to new reports, Nevada is likely to enter into phase two of its reopening this weekend. The state economy continues to suffer and everyone wants to see things get back on track. That’s exactly what will happen during phase two.

This plan allows for “broader opening of commerce/retail, services and public life under extremely strict social distancing measures, hygiene and occupancy controls.” Interestingly, this plan does not specify which businesses will be allowed to reopen. It will consist of several stages and will last for weeks.

Casinos are expected to start reopening next month. Testing has improved in the state and many now feel that major casino-resorts can safely start to accept guests again. That includes Caesars Palace, one of the biggest and best gambling venues in Las Vegas.

Officials Offer an Update On What Caesars Palace Will Look Like Next Month

Caesars Palace first opened its doors back in 1966. It’s gone through several major renovations over the years. Many still consider it one of the best casino-resorts in the world. As we mentioned earlier, Caesars Palace has been closed to the public since March.

It’s been an incredibly unusual time for the owners of this venue. Sean McBurney, the general manager of this hotel-casino, spoke about the situation to Yahoo News this week.

“The first time walking through the hotel lobby and walking down Colosseum Way and not seeing anybody, it was spooky,” McBurney said. “You know, this is a property [that] since 1966 has had tens of thousands of people walking through it each and every day. To go from tens of thousands of people walking through it every single day to maybe 15, most of those are security, is surreal.” 

The current plan is for Caesars Palace to open back up in June. McBurney went on to claim that certain parts of the hotel would open up as soon as demand was there. He then gave a more clear picture of what Caesars Palace will look like over the next few months.

Caesars’ casino floor will be open, yet social distancing will be mandatory. Staff will be required to wear masks. Guests will be highly encouraged to do so. It’s not entirely clear when The Forum Shops will reopen to the public.

For the next few months, guests will stay inside the Augustus Tower. Reservations are already available. Hope is that enough tourists decide to visit and gamble here to help make up for the monetary losses over the past few months.

What Else is Opening Up in Nevada Next Month?

Nevada residents are extremely excited to hear that things are beginning to reopen. For many, it’s crucial that things begin to change. Hundreds of thousands of people in Las Vegas have been left without work due to the casino closures.

It’s unclear what businesses will open back up during phase two. According to new reports, bans on large gatherings won’t be lifted until phase three.

Restaurants will be allowed to slowly reopen over the next two months. They will almost certainly be required to limit capacity. It’s becoming clear that a huge number of restaurants in this state will ultimately be forced to close down permanently.

It’s a very unusual time for this state. Casinos are being allowed to open earlier than many other businesses in the state. Casino companies are simply desperate to get back on track before it’s too late.

We’re just beginning to hear more about what Caesars Palace will look like once it reopens to the public. Things will certainly be different, yet some are just happy to see things getting back on track. We’ll need to wait and see how much tourism the city begins to see next month.

Are you excited to see Caesars open back up? Do you think it’s smart to visit Las Vegas right now? Let us know in the comments section below.

Here’s an Update on the Reopening of the LV Venetian

Las Vegas is home to some of the biggest and best casino-resorts in the world. That includes the Venetian Casino-Resort, located directly on the Strip. This week, officials within the Las Vegas Sands Corp. offered an exciting update on the reopening of the LV Venetian.Venetian and Palazzo Casinos in Las Vegas

Many believe this is the best casino in Nevada. Today, we’re going to discuss when the Venetian may allow guests to return. We’ll also look at what some of the other casino companies in Las Vegas have planned for the future.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Casino Guidelines Have Been Approved

Things are very different in Las Vegas right now. They have been for months. Casinos remain shut down and the normally-bustling Strip is now essentially empty. People around the country have been discussing when the city can finally get back to some sense of normalcy.

That can’t be accomplished unless casinos reopen. This city is known as the gambling hub of the United States. Some of the world’s best gambling venues and hotels are located here and under normal circumstances, they make a killing.

All of the casinos in Nevada have been closed since March. It’s been devastating for this city that’s known to rely so heavily on its gambling and tourism industry. Fortunately, things may begin to change over the next few weeks.

Not long ago, Nevada’s Gaming Commission officially approved a set of guidelines to reopen the casinos here. This government body seems to feel that enough safety measures can be set in place to keep the public safe inside these gambling venues. Some are complaining that these guidelines have not been made public, though.

This approval was a big moment for the state and many of its residents. Reopening casinos is one of the most important ways to restart the state’s economy. This week, one of the biggest and most beloved casino-resorts in Las Vegas revealed it’s likely to open back up next month.

Officials Offer Exciting Update On the Reopening of the LV Venetian

Those who have been to Las Vegas have probably checked out The Venetian Casino-Resort. It was first constructed back in 1999 and is considered one of the best venues in the entire city. When included into the entire Venetian Resort Complex, it’s the second-largest hotel in the world.

The Venetian is owned and operated by Las Vegas Sands, one of the biggest and most profitable gaming companies in the United States. Like all other casino companies in Las Vegas, LVS is losing an incredible amount of money every day due to the current regulations. That may finally change next, though.

Today, this casino’s website revealed that it’s accepting reservations beginning on June 1st. A new company statement claims that the reopening of the LV Venetian will come in several stages. Fortunately, the casino floor is expected to open back up, as well as more than a dozen restaurants.

This casino-resort will be operating under the Venetian Clean guidelines. This is intended to minimize the risk to guests and staff. This casino also claims it will test all employees for Covid-19 in the weeks leading up to opening day.

Many are already getting excited. The reopening of the LV Venetian means that more major casino-resorts are set to do the same. Hope is that enough tourists begin flocking to the city to start turning things around.

Here’s what some of the other major Las Vegas casino-resorts have planned.

More LV Casino Companies Prepare for Reopening

Las Vegas Sands is just one of many companies currently suffering from the casino shutdown in Nevada. As time goes on, however, more of these companies are beginning to make plans for a major reopening. That’s especially true now that The Venetian plans to accept guests next month.

MGM Resorts is working to entice guests in a number of ways. News has just surfaced that the company will offer free parking upon reopening. Owners of the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino are taking the same approach.

Wynn Resorts has been working on reopening plans for weeks. It seems likely that thermal cameras will be installed inside the casino to detect those with a fever. There’s even a rumor that Las Vegas Sands is considering purchasing Wynn Resorts.

Things are stranger in Las Vegas right now than ever before. No one really knows how things will look even after the casinos open their doors to guests. Will Las Vegas stop being what it grew so popular for?

The reopening of the LV Venetian is now slated for June 1st. Nevada’s state leaders are likely to comment on this decision over the next few days.

Are you excited to see casinos open back up in Las Vegas? Will things be the same as they were before here? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Construction Of the MSG Sphere is Still Paused

It’s been more than two months since most of Las Vegas closed down. Since that time, many of the construction projects in the city have been put on hold. This week, the media received more information about the construction of the MSG Sphere.Construction Of The MSG Sphere

This entertainment venue is expected to be the best in the city once it’s completed. Unfortunately, that may take much longer than initially expected.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Nevada’s Gaming Commission Approves Plans to Reopen Casinos

The past few months have been the hardest in Las Vegas’ history. Never before have all the casinos in this city been forced to shut down. The amount of revenue lost due to the regulations set in place here is almost incomprehensible.

Casino companies continue to lose money every single day. Hundreds of thousands of Las Vegas residents are also being affected. It’s well-known that Nevada’s gambling industry is one of the biggest employers in the state.

Just about everyone wants to see casinos open back up here. With that being said, most recognize that doing so in a way that’s safe for guests and casino staff is priority number one. Many of the biggest casino operators in the state have been presenting plans to the NV Gaming Commission on how to safely reopen.

Not long ago, this government body approved a set of guidelines to reopen. Casinos will need to change significantly in order to allow guests back in. That includes implementing strict social distancing guidelines and requiring face masks. It’s still not entirely clear when any of the major casinos in Las Vegas will open their doors.

Many of the biggest construction projects in this city have been temporarily suspended. That includes work on the MSG Sphere. We’re now starting to hear a little more about when the construction of this new venue might resume.

Officials Are Still Unsure Of When Construction Of the MSG Sphere Will Continue

Las Vegas is considered the entertainment hub of the world. A huge number of world-class entertainment venues are operating here, most of which host the top musicians, comedians, and magicians currently performing. The construction of the MSG Sphere began in 2018 and many believe it will be the best venue for concerts and shows ever built in the city.

This 17,000-seat venue is being constructed by MSG-Entertainment. It’s expected to cost more than $1.6 billion to complete. Initially, officials within MSG-Entertainment claimed that this massive new project would be completed by late 2021.

That is no longer the case. Over the past few months, thousands of Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in Clark County. As a result, company officials decided to suspend construction. In a third-quarter revenue earnings call, MSG-Entertainment offered an update on this exciting project.

“Although MSG Entertainment no longer expects to open the venue in calendar year 2021, the company looks forward to resuming construction as soon as practicable.” 

It’s clear that the global pandemic is taking a toll on MSG-Entertainment. No one can really say when the construction of the MSG Sphere will resume. Much of it likely depends on when Governor Steve Sisolak allows more businesses to reopen.

Nevada is in a very difficult position. State leaders need to weigh the pros and cons of opening things back up. Hope is that ongoing projects, including construction on the MSG Sphere, can resume before too long.

More States Begin Allowing Casinos to Reopen

Most states around the country are beginning to open up in one way or another. Even in New York, the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak in the US, is starting to allow certain businesses to begin functioning again. Some parts of the country are even allowing casinos to open their doors.

Not long ago, several popular casinos in Oklahoma began operating again. To the surprise of some, this was a huge hit with many locals in the area. According to several reports, hundreds of people waited in line to play inside the Thunderbird Casino in Shawnee.

Earlier today, news broke that Eldorado Resorts plans on reopening three of its casinos in Louisiana. It’s exciting news for this company, which continues to work on its massive merger with Caesars Entertainment.

Nevada is taking its time allowing casinos to open their doors to the public. With the reopening guidelines recently approved, this could take place within the next few weeks.

No one knows when the construction of the MSG Sphere will resume. Officials within MSG Entertainment are still unsure of when this project will be completed. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this situation over the next few weeks!

Is Now the Perfect Time to Make Las Vegas Travel Plans?

For the past two months, tourism into Las Vegas has been almost non-existent. As time goes on and casinos begin opening back up, many expect visitors to start flocking to this city. This week, several experts revealed that now might be the perfect time to make Las Vegas travel plans.Welcome Sign In Las Vegas

Prices in this city are expected to drop considerably. It may be the most affordable time to visit in recent memory. Today, we’re going to discuss what deals may become available over the next few months.

Let’s get into it!

Gambling Revenue in Las Vegas Continues to Fall

Just a few months ago, the idea of shutting down Las Vegas was incomprehensible. This city draws more than 40 million visitors every single year and generates an incredible amount of money for the state of Nevada. The gambling industry in Las Vegas alone employs hundreds of thousands of people.

In March, Governor Steve Sisolak announced that all non-essential businesses were being forced to close down. That includes casinos. It was an important decision, as rates of Covid-19 were beginning to appear in Clark County.

Closing down the casinos is having some major consequences, though. As we just mentioned, many people are directly employed by these casino companies. Nevada’s gambling industry is also responsible for drawing in tourism.

Revenue in Las Vegas has plummeted over the past two months. In March, revenue in the state fell by 39.6%. Things were even worse on the Las Vegas Strip, where revenue fell by an incredible 45.7%.

All experts feel that revenue in April will be considerably lower than it was in March. Casinos in the state were closed down for that entire month. Many state leaders recognize that things need to change if Las Vegas wants to survive as a city.

Fortunately, it appears that casinos may be preparing to reopen. Many now believe that this is the perfect time to start booking your travel to Sin City.

Experts Feel Now is the Time to Make Las Vegas Travel Plans

Things are still far from being normal in Las Vegas. Based on the way things are moving, though, it seems that many businesses will be allowed to open here in June. It’s for that reason that some are advising people to start booking their travel.

Earlier this week, Allegiant Airlines started offering up to 25% off their routes. Several of the top casino companies in the city also began offering major deals last month. Some experts believe more of these deals will start to emerge as summer draws closer.

Gabe Saglie spoke to the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week and claims Las Vegas will be very cheap to visit this summer.

“Post-COVID travel, I think, will be pretty inexpensive because of this desire to incentivize travelers to hit the road,” he said. “We’ll see some great rates at hotels; we’ll see airfare sales. You’re seeing an amazing amount of hotel prices well under $100 or $50 a night. The industry is just now starting to put ad dollars behind promoting this stuff. … I think you’ll see a more concentrated push (in the weeks to come), and those deals will become much more visible.”

That has to be exciting news for some people around the country. Not long ago, several analysts predicted that tourism would start to surge in this city once casinos reopen. That seems more likely if prices become more affordable.

Many feel that casinos are just a few weeks away from opening to the public. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Casinos in Las Vegas May Reopen in June

Just about everyone wants to see casinos reopened in Las Vegas. Most people also recognize that these venues are easy places for the coronavirus to spread. Officials around Nevada are doing everything they can to get casinos up and running in the safest way possible.

Not long ago, Nevada’s Gaming Commission approved a set of guidelines to safely reopen casinos. There are many measures being set in place to avoid major infection surges. That includes hand sanitizing stations on the casino floor, social distancing measures, and requiring face masks.

It’s beginning to look more likely that casinos will be allowed to reopen their doors in June. Several of the top casino operators in Las Vegas are preparing to open some of their casinos. MGM Resorts claims it will most likely open the New York-New York Hotel & Casino, and The Bellagio Casino-Resort first.

Of course, everything depends on Nevada’s fight against Covid-19. If a massive spike in cases is recorded here, things will be delayed. In the meantime, some of the country’s top travel experts are advising that people begin to make Las Vegas travel plans. Things may be cheaper now than ever before.

Next month will tell a lot about the future of this city. There’s a chance we’ll see tourism here start to boom again. This will be a welcome relief for many workers here.

Are you planning to make Las Vegas travel plans anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

Las Vegas Sands is No Longer Interested in Japan

Las Vegas Sands is one of the biggest and most successful casino companies in the United States. For years, this company has discussed opening a new casino-resort in Japan. Interestingly, news is now coming out that this company is giving up its plans to break into the Japanese market.Las Vegas Sands Logo

It’s not entirely surprising. It will be very tough for any major casino company to invest billions into a new property right now. Today, we’re going to discuss the reasons that Las Vegas Sands is now choosing to stay out of Japan.

Let’s get into it!

Officials Within LVS Continue Looking at Plans to Reopen Las Vegas Casinos

The past two months have been the hardest-ever for Las Vegas casino companies. All of the companies with casino-resorts in this city have seen their revenue plummet after being forced to shut down. Incredibly, it’s still unclear when exactly casinos in Las Vegas will be able to open their doors again.

That isn’t stopping casino companies from coming up with plans to reopen their casinos. Las Vegas Sands has been one of the most active companies working to reopen its gaming venues. Company officials have proposed many measures to safely allow guests in again.

Fortunately, things are improving. Last week, the Nevada Gaming Commission approved a set of guidelines for reopening casinos. This government body wants to ensure that casino companies are taking the necessary steps to protect their employees and patrons.

Company officials at LVS already have several safety measures planned. That includes multiple Covid-19 tests for its employees. As most already know, this company owns and operates the Venetian and Palazzo Hotel-Casinos. LVS plans on doing multiple tests for its employees before the casinos reopen.

If all goes according to plan, things will start getting back on track sometime in June. Until that time, however, companies like Las Vegas Sands will continue to lose a huge amount of revenue every single day. News is now coming out that this company is giving up its plans to break into Japan.

Las Vegas Sands Announces it’s Giving Up Casino Plans in Japan

For many years, Japan had some of the strictest gambling laws in the world. The government here worked to ban virtually all forms of traditional gambling. To the surprise of many, things changed in 2018 when lawmakers here decided to legalize casinos.

Under the set of laws, three casino-resorts will be given permission to open in this country. Many analysts predict that Japan will quickly grow to become one of the most lucrative casino markets in the entire world. As a result, many of the top casino companies in the United States have been pushing to obtain a casino license here.

That includes Las Vegas Sands. Initially, this company announced it wanted to open an integrated resort in the city of Osaka. Later, it abandoned these plans and claimed it was focused on opening a gambling venue in Tokyo.

Now, it seems this company is giving up its plans to break into the Japanese market. According to a report by Bloomberg, the fact that casino licenses would only be good for 10 years was a major factor in this decision. LVS CEO Sheldon Adelson released a statement on this situation to the media this week.

“We are grateful for all of the friendships we have formed and the strong relationships we have in Japan, but it is time for our company to focus our energy on other opportunities,” Adelson said. 

Many believe the situation at home in Las Vegas is also playing a major factor in this decision. It would cost an incredible amount of revenue to open a Japanese casino-resort and at the moment, all US casino companies are bleeding money.

Which Major Casino in Las Vegas Will Open First?

In some ways, casino companies in Las Vegas have been in a race to reopen. All of the companies here have been working with city and state officials on ways to safely resume operations. With guidelines now approved, many feel we’re just a few weeks away from seeing the Las Vegas Strip reopen.

It’s still unclear which of these casino-resorts will be the first to reopen. Not long ago, we reported that some of MGM Resorts’ properties including the New York-New York Hotel & Casino and The Bellagio might be the first to open again. Some now feel that the casinos owned by Las Vegas Sands will be the first to start accepting guests again.

As we mentioned earlier, this company already has a number of safety measures set in place. Guests and employees will be required to wear masks. Thermal cameras may also be installed to identify those with fevers.

Some feel Wynn Resorts will be the first casino company to get things back on track. Not long ago, news broke that this company saw its revenue decline by 42% for the first three months of the year. Officials are doing everything they can to change that trend for 2020’s second quarter.

The truth is that no one knows when Las Vegas will start getting back to normal. Things are constantly changing and Governor Steve Sisolak may decide to extend the state’s current measures. It’s an incredibly tough situation.

We’ll need to wait for more news on Las Vegas’ casino plans. Stay tuned for updates!

Pechanga Casino is Likely to Open Its Doors on June 1st

California is home to one of the largest casino industries in the country. Unfortunately, all of the gambling venues here are closed down due to the spread of the new coronavirus. Interestingly, the Pechanga Casino claims that it will reopen its doors to the public on June 1st.California

That’s certainly a bold statement. California has been one of the slowest states to begin reopening. Many feel state leaders will end up shutting down this casino’s plans. Today, we’re going to discuss what exactly the owners of this gaming venue expect to happen over the next few weeks.

Let’s get into it!

California’s Casino Industry Remains Shut Down

As we just mentioned, California has one of the largest and most successful casino industries in the country. All of the state’s gaming venues are operated by Native American tribes. No commercial casinos are currently allowed to operate here.

California’s casinos bring the state a huge amount of revenue every year. These venues also employ thousands of individuals. Many of the leaders in California recognize how important these casinos are for the state’s economy.

In March, Governor Newson announced that all non-essential businesses in the state would be forced to close their doors. Obviously, this included casinos. It’s been nearly two months since these measures were set in place, and all of the casinos in this state remain closed down.

As time goes on, more individuals are starting to call for California’s economy to open back up. It won’t be easy to reopen casinos, though. Even states like Nevada, which are known to rely on their gambling industry, are having an extremely difficult time finding ways to safely reopen gambling venues to the public.

Some of the casinos in California seem to be taking things into their own hands. Despite the regulations, one major casino plans on opening its doors early next month. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Pechanga Casino Plans to Reopen on June 1st

There are many world-class gambling venues based in California. It’s been incredibly difficult for many of these casinos to remain closed. Some of the most powerful tribal leaders in the state have begun discussing real plans to resume operations.

The Pechanga Casino is one of the top gaming venues in California. For weeks, the owners of this casino have looked at ways to safely allow guests in. This includes ways to maintain social distancing.

This week, the owners announced that they plan on opening the casino on June 1st. This date has not been officially set in stone, though. They are still waiting to hear more about California’s reopening plans over the next few days. Casino officials released a statement on this situation to the media this week.

“With Gov. (Gavin) Newsom and local officials poised to relax some of the statewide and local stay-at-home orders and other measures in the days and weeks ahead, we are very happy to inform you that tribal leadership has set a target reopening time frame of June 1. The actual date will be confirmed in the days ahead,” the post said. “Guests will also very likely be required to wear face coverings.”

Non-invasive temperature checks will be required for all guests. Casino officials also announced that concerts and other events will not take place anytime soon.

The Pechanga Casino is now accepting hotel guests starting on June 1st. We’ll need to wait and see how Governor Newsom responds to this announcement. It will also be interesting to see how other casinos respond.

What’s Happening in Las Vegas Right Now?

California is taking a serious hit due to the casino shutdowns. No state is taking quite as big of a hit as Nevada, though. Cities like Las Vegas are losing millions of dollars every single day as a result of its casinos being shut down.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has been extremely cautious in allowing casinos to reopen. He understands that doing so poses a serious public health risk. He also recognizes that keeping these casinos closed down could end up permanently affecting the state.

Not long ago, Nevada’s Gaming Commission decided to approve a set of guidelines to reopen casinos. This was a huge moment for all of the casino companies in this state. If these gambling venues manage to abide by the regulations, they will likely be able to reopen in the next few weeks.

Some have concerns that tourism may not recover for months. Even if casinos reopen, many are likely to have concerns over safety and may not be willing to visit a crowded venue. In reality, though, no one really knows how the city will look over the next few months.

As infection rates begin to drop, parts of the country are starting to open back up. It’s clear that Nevada’s leaders are anxious to get Las Vegas back up and running. Based on what’s being said, some of California’s casinos will start operating soon, as well.

Are you excited to hear that the Pechanga Casino is opening back up? When do you expect casinos in Las Vegas to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below!

NV Gaming Commission Approves New Casino Guidelines

The debate over whether or not it’s time for casinos in Las Vegas to start reopening rages on. In the meantime, state leaders are beginning to review specific plans to safely allow gambling venues to open. To the surprise of some, the NV Gaming Commission officially approved the new casino guidelines presented earlier this month.

Stamp Of Approval

Everyone knows the risks involved with opening casinos. If these venues remain closed for much longer, however, cities like Las Vegas may never look the same. Today, we’re going to look at exactly what casinos need to do in order to reopen.

Let’s get into it!

Nevada Officially Set to Begin Phase One Of Reopening

For nearly two months, almost the entire country was essentially shut down. As time goes on and Covid-19 infection rates begin to drop, some states are now beginning to open back up. Most are choosing to do so slowly in order to prevent a major spike in cases.

Nevada’s leaders have been hesitant to start reopening the state. Governor Steve Sisolak has repeatedly stated he’s unwilling to put the public’s safety at risk. Not everyone has been on board with the Governor’s strategy, though. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has continued to call for businesses to reopen.

The effect of closing down casinos is clear. Tourism has completely stopped coming into Nevada. Revenue in Las Vegas is lower than it’s been, and hundreds of thousands of residents employed in the gambling industry have been left without work.

Earlier this week, Governor Sisolak announced that phase one of the state’s reopening process would begin on Saturday, May 9th. Many businesses will slowly begin to open their doors. This does not include casinos.

Nevada’s Gaming Commission has been reviewing specific plans for casinos to start accepting patrons again. State leaders want to ensure that this is done in as safe a way as possible. It now appears this group is happy with the safety plans recently presented. We may see casinos open here quicker than many predicted.

Gaming Commission Has Approved NV’s New Casino Guidelines

The land-based casino industry has been one of the hardest-hit in the country. Every single casino has been closed. Some companies, including several based in Las Vegas, have been losing millions of dollars every single day due to these regulations.

Officials in Nevada realize how important it is to get these casinos up and running. If done too quickly, however, things could go wrong fast. For that reason, the Nevada Gaming Commission has been looking for specific ways for casinos to protect their employees and patrons.

Earlier this week, the NV Gaming Control Board released a seven-page document that details how casinos can safely reopen. The document was then forwarded to the Gaming Commission. This week, Nevada’s Gaming Commission officially approved the new casino guidelines being proposed.

That includes casino capacity to be cut in half, limiting the number of players on slots and table games, and strict cleaning procedures. These rules will now be applied to the more than 400 casinos spread around the state. Sandra Morgan, a Chairwoman for the Gaming Control Board, is confident these measures will help keep things as safe as possible.

“These are unprecedented times that require unprecedented measures,” she said. “We are confident that these policies are sound, not only for our licensees, but for our employees and guests.”

It’s still not clear when exactly casinos in Nevada will open their doors. With the new casino guidelines now approved by the Gaming Commission, it may be sometime next month. Governor Sisolak is likely to comment on the plans early next week.

More States Begin Preparing to Reopen Casinos

Many states around the country have large and successful casino industries. With casinos shut down, many of these states are losing an incredible amount of money every day. It’s no surprise that so many are now focused on ways to reopen their gambling venues.

Some parts of the country already have plans to allow casinos to reopen casinos. That includes Arkansas, which will allow casinos to resume limited operations on May 18th. Strict social distancing measures will be set in place at these venues.

Atlantic City has taken a major hit due to its casino shutdown. Revenue here has continued to plummet. A city commissioner even told the media that the city may not be able to survive if the current regulations remain in place.

Fortunately, things may finally begin to improve here. Several major hotel-casinos in the city are starting to accept reservations for June 1st. Many are hopeful that New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy allows these venues to reopen by that date.

With the new casino guidelines in Nevada now approved, many other states are likely to follow suit. We’ll need to wait and see where tourism numbers stand once Las Vegas starts getting back to normal.

Are you happy to see the casino safety measures approved in Nevada? When do you think gambling venues are able to open here? Let us know in the comments section below.

Culinary Union Asks for NV’s Casino Plans to Be Made Public

Nevada continues to bleed money due to the statewide casino shutdown. Over the past few weeks, state leaders have discussed ways to open these casinos back up. This week, one of the most powerful unions in the state began asking for NV’s casino plans to be made public.Las Vegas Street View

Just about everyone wants to see casinos in this state reopen. Most agree, however, that these gaming venues will not look the same way they did before this pandemic. Today, we’re going to discuss what Nevada’s leaders have planned.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Sisolak Refuses to Say When Casinos Will Reopen

Cases of Covid-19 continue to increase all around the country. Some states are beginning to see their infection rates drop. Others are beginning to see cases increase rapidly. Nevada still has a relatively low number of cases, yet it remains one of the hardest-hit states due to this global pandemic.

Like all other states, Nevada was forced to close down its non-essential businesses in March. That includes all of the casinos in the state. Closing down these businesses has taken an incredible toll on cities like Las Vegas.

Gambling revenue has completely stopped flowing in here. Tourism is also at an all-time low. Hundreds of thousands of individuals employed in the casino industry have recently been forced to file for unemployment.

It’s no surprise that many are now demanding that the state’s casinos open back up. Obviously, this is easier said than done. These venues pose a serious risk for infection spread. Governor Steve Sisolak is unable to say when casinos in Nevada will be able to open their doors again.

Not long ago, Sisolak decided to extend the state’s stay-at-home order. He is still reviewing several different plans to reopen casinos here safely. Recently, a major union involved in the gambling industry started asking for NV’s casino plans to open back up.

Culinary Union Wants NV’s Casino Plans to Be Made Public

The effect of closing down casinos in Nevada is apparent. Many residents here are hurting, either directly or indirectly, due to these shutdowns. Many are still torn on whether or not it’s time to start opening these casinos back up, though.

Many Nevada residents realize that opening casinos back up too early could pose a serious public health risk. With that being said, many rely on these venues for work. Now, the Culinary Union is asking for NV’s casino plans to be released to the public.

The Nevada Culinary Union is one of the most powerful unions in the state. It represents a huge number of casino workers and is focused on getting back to normal in the safest way possible. Union officials now believe that the state’s plans to open casinos need to be made public in order to instill public confidence.

Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer of Culinary Local 226 in Las Vegas, released a statement about this situation.

“The Culinary union urges the Nevada Gaming Commission to incorporate our proposed public health guidelines as a minimum standard in evaluating licensees’ individual plans,” Argüello-Kline said. “In addition, we ask the Nevada Gaming Commission to release publicly all reopening plans submitted by Nevada gaming operators, so the public can have confidence that the Nevada gaming industry is taking all necessary actions to ensure worker and guest safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

The State Gaming Control Board isn’t legally required to release NV’s casino plans. If the group decided to keep this information private, the Culinary Union claims it will ask the Governor to release the plans. It’s unclear whether or not Sisolak would grant this request.

What Will Nevada Casinos Look Like Once They Open?

No one can really say when casinos in Nevada will be able to fully open again. Some analysts predict they will begin to accept guests sometime next month. These venues won’t look the same as they did earlier this year, though.

Casino companies will be legally required to set many safety measures to protect employees and patrons. There are several different ways casinos hope to achieve this. Things like social distancing at tables, requiring everyone to wear a mask, and having thermal cameras in casinos to detect those with fevers are a few possibilities.

Some of NV’s casino plans also call for glass barriers to be installed on table games. A glass wall will also separate the dealers from the bettors. This has not been officially approved, though, and its efficacy is still unknown.

No one can really say how long casinos will look differently. It’s also difficult to predict how implementing these measures will affect tourism once Las Vegas opens up. It’s an incredibly unusual situation that Nevada and the entire country currently finds itself in.

If the Culinary Union has its way, NV’s casino plans will be made public. We’ll need to wait and see how the Gaming Control Board and Governor Sisolak respond to this request.

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

The Upcoming NASCAR Event is Expected to Be a Hit

On Sunday, May 17th, NASCAR is set to return. Even non-racing fans are beginning to get excited to see the top racing company in the US get back on track. This week, the President of NASCAR spoke about the upcoming NASCAR event and claims it will be one of the most-watched races of all time.NASCAR Race

Several sports leagues are slowly beginning to resume their operations. Today, we’re going to discuss the big race taking place later this month. We’ll also check out the odds for each racer scheduled to compete in the event.

Let’s get into it!

NASCAR’s First Cup Series Race is Almost Here!

As everyone knows, nearly all major sports leagues in the United States are completely shut down right now. Many online sportsbooks are trying to keep up by offering unique wagering options. League commissioners around the country have been looking at ways to resume their operations. Only a few have gained approval to start hosting events.

That includes NASCAR. For the past month, officials within NASCAR have discussed ways to hold races again. Eventually, the company gained approval to start hosting races in late May. There are some notable differences from the normal races, though.

Between May 17th and the 27th, NASCAR will hold five different races. Interestingly, there will be no practices and no qualifying round. The drivers will simply get in their cars and start competing.

Several drivers have expressed concern about the situation. Kurt Busch spoke to the media about how he feels the conditions will impact race results.

“The biggest thing we’re all going to be faced with is the track’s rapidly changing conditions because we used to have the Truck Series or Xfinity Series to help lay down the rubber and create the look of where the groove is, and now (the groove is) going to be as green as it has ever been,” Busch said. The pace is going to be astronomically fast in the beginning and (the groove is) going to be getting glazed over more rapidly during our race. Those are the things that crew chiefs, lead engineers and drivers are going to be challenged with in this unique setting.”

Things will certainly be more difficult. In some ways, this is even more intriguing to fans. The upcoming NASCAR event on May 17th is expected to be one of the biggest in recent memory. Some feel this will end up helping the sport in the long run.

Steve Phelps Comments on Upcoming NASCAR Event

Officials within NASCAR deserve credit for getting things back on track. Based on what’s being said, the upcoming events will be held in as safe a way as possible. It may not be the perfect situation, yet most drivers are happy to be competing again, as well.

NASCAR Steve Phelps recently spoke about the company’s plans for the future. He believes that the Upcoming NASCAR event will be viewed by millions of people around the country.

“We think this is going to be a really good test for us and a real opportunity for us to have our core fans consume the sport like they never have because we haven’t been racing for so long but also an opportunity for other people to see our sport, sample our sport,” Phelps said. “I think we’re going to have millions of fans that will tune in who otherwise wouldn’t who will see how great our sport is. And so I think we’ll have potential lifetime fans that will come out of this really difficult situation that we’re experiencing.”

Most analysts agree that viewership will be significantly higher for this race than others in the past. People around the country are desperate for any kind of live sporting event. It’s likely that a huge number of people will tune in to watch this live race take place.

Some feel this may end up helping NASCAR. Over the past decade, viewership for NASCAR events has continued to drop. The exposure that the race on May 17th will receive could bring about an entirely new fan base to this sport.

NASCAR Won’t be the First Sport to Resume Operations

As time goes on, more states around the country are slowly beginning to open back up. Sports leagues are also beginning to resume their seasons. That includes the UFC, which is set to hold its first event in nearly two months this Saturday night.

The UFC has continued to claim it will be the first sport back on track. UFC President Dana White came close to hosting a major fight card on April 18th. This was eventually shut down by the heads of ESPN, yet the promotion has now been given the green light to host the event this weekend in Jacksonville, Florida.

UFC 249 is one of the most stacked fight cards in recent history. It’s headlined by two major title fights. Much like the upcoming NASCAR event, many predict the UFC card this weekend will be one of the most-watched ever put together.

Sports fans are starting to get excited. We now have several different sporting events scheduled to take place this month. Hope is that in time, major leagues such as the NFL and MLB are able to start putting on games, as well.

Are you excited to see NASCAR back? Who do you think wins the race on May 17th? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s an Update on Washington’s Casino Plans

As the days progress, more states are beginning to slowly open back up. Unfortunately, the US land-based casino industry remains completely shut down. This week, officials offered an update on Washington’s casino plans and discussed when these gambling venues may open to the public.Washington State Flag

It’s an extremely complicated situation. Casinos are ideal places for a virus to spread. Now is the perfect time to discuss what measures casino companies in Washington plan on taking to get things back to normal.

Let’s get into it!

The US Casino Industry Remains Shut Down

The past few months have been some of the toughest that US casino companies have ever endured. All casinos in the country have been shut down for weeks. Revenue has stopped flowing in and a huge number of casino employees have lost their jobs.

This has become a more serious issue in some parts of the country. Places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City, for example, are known to rely heavily on their casinos. The regulations set in place are already taking a massive toll on these cities.

Some states are slowly beginning to lift their restrictions. In some ways, this approach is an experiment for the rest of the country. Several top health experts are expressing fear that reopening the economy in these states will result in a spike of new Covid-19 cases.

Unfortunately, even the states with the most relaxed approach towards this virus are unsure about how to reopen casinos. Not long ago, Nevada’s Gaming Control Board released a set of guidelines that casinos can take to open again. Most feel it will be at least a month before the casinos in Las Vegas allows guests in.

Washington is known for having a successful casino industry. Tribal leaders in the state have been looking at ways to reopen casinos for weeks. Here’s what’s being discussed right now.

Tribal Governments Offer an Update on Washington’s Casino Plans

When most people think of the US casino industry, states like Washington don’t come to mind. That’s not entirely surprising. In reality, though, the state’s casinos generate more than $2 billion in revenue every year.

Closing down casinos here has been devastating for many local economies. Tens of thousands of Washington residents work inside casinos. According to a report by the Washington Indian Gaming Association, Tribal governments here are the 8th largest employer in the entire state.

Tribal leaders are now giving an update on Washington’s casino plans. Ron Allen, chairman of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and a member of the Washington Indian Gaming Association, spoke about the impact that closing down casinos is having.

“We are definitely in survival mode,” he said. “Some tribes would like to open up now, but we don’t want to be the source that causes anyone to get sick from the virus. It is a calculated risk, when to open up, but we can’t wait for zero, there won’t be any economy left.”

Many tribes have been forced to lay off thousands of workers. None have set official dates to reopen yet. Most agree that it’s impossible to do so until the virus spread is under control. Even then, these casinos are going to look different than they used to for some time.

Fortunately, infection rates have been relatively low in Washington in recent weeks. With more widespread testing, things may begin to improve here quicker than some analysts predict.

Las Vegas Casinos Continue Looking at Ways to Reopen

Washington is clearly taking a hit due to the shutdown of the state’s gambling industry. The economic losses here pale in comparison to what’s happening over in Nevada, though. Las Vegas casinos are completely shut down and revenue here is now at a record low.

The gambling and entertainment industry here employs hundreds of thousands of people. As time goes on, the impact of the casino shutdown gets more severe. Several major casino companies here are losing millions of dollars every single day.

Some hoped that things would begin to reopen by May. That includes Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, who continues to call for the city to reopen. Casino companies are now focused on finding ways to safely allow guests back in.

A few of the major casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip are accepting reservations as early as June. It seems these companies feel they’ll find safe reopening solutions by then. A recent report stated that the MGM’s New York New York and Bellagio venues may be the first to open their doors.

The update on Washington’s casino plans is similar to what many state leaders are saying. Unless everyone knows things will be completely safe, these casinos will remain closed.

When do you expect the US casino industry to get back on track? What do you think casinos will look like once they reopen? Let us know in the comments section below.

More Guidelines For Reopening Las Vegas Casinos Are Released

We’re now in May and every casino in Nevada remains closed down. As the days go on, more casino and Las Vegas city officials are beginning to actively call for the economy to open back up. This week, the Nevada Gaming Control Board released new guidelines for reopening Las Vegas casinos.Las Vegas Street View

It’s promising news for many people across the state. The shutdown of the casinos in Nevada has taken a serious toll on the economy. Today, we’re going to look at what needs to be done before these gambling venues can open again.

Let’s get into it!

Casino Officials Continue Making Preparations to Open

Las Vegas has never shut down in the way that it currently is. Prior to the spread of this pandemic, it seemed impossible that the city would completely close down. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening right now.

In mid-March, Governor Sisolak decided to close down all non-essential businesses in Nevada. This includes casinos in every city. That has been devastating, as the gambling industry in this state employs a huge number of individuals.

As the casinos close down, the state’s tourism industry does, as well. Not long ago, two major concourses at the Las Vegas International Airport were closed. According to new reports, tourism here is lower than it’s ever been.

It’s been a long time since the casinos were closed down, yet no one can accurately say when these venues will be able to open up again. Just a few days ago, Governor Sisolak announced he’s extending Nevada’s stay-at-home order. It now seems likely that casinos in the state will be closed down for at least the next few weeks.

Casino companies are still making preparations to open back up to the public. That may become a little easier after this weekend. The Nevada Gaming Control Board just released a new set of guidelines for reopening Las Vegas casinos and it’s giving some casino officials hope for the future.

Officials Released Guidelines for Reopening Las Vegas Casinos

Opening casinos back up was never going to be easy. These venues fit a large number of individuals into a very small area. This poses a serious risk for infection spread.

There’s also the issue that Las Vegas brings travelers from all over the country. These tourists often visit casinos for days before traveling back to their home countries. This is something that health officials have to worry about.

This past Friday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board released a seven-page document that offers guidelines for reopening Las Vegas casinos. The state government body announced that casinos must provide a reopening plan at least seven days before they plan to open up again. Below are a few guidelines the Control Board is requiring.

  • Casinos must limit occupancy into gaming areas to no more than 50% of the current limit set by local building and fire codes.
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes must be made available to casino employees and patrons.
  • Slots must be spread apart to allow for safe social distancing.
  • Social distancing will also be required at all table games.
  • Nightclubs and dayclubs must be closed until further notice.

Many casino officials are excited to see the guidelines for reopening Las Vegas casinos finally available. These same guidelines are set in place for all casinos in the state, including small ones.

Interestingly, it appears that casinos in other states are preparing to open up again soon, as well.

Mississippi’s Casinos May Open Later This Month

There’s no doubt that Las Vegas is the gambling hub of the United States. This city is being hit the hardest due to the casino shutdown. Mississippi is home to a large casino industry in its own right and has been losing a serious amount of money due to the casinos being closed.

Last week, Governor Tate Reeves announced that casinos in the state will open again by Memorial Day. That’s a bold statement, considering most states in the country remain completely locked down. Reeves has repeatedly stated that he wants this industry back before long.

Several major casinos here are preparing to open by the end of the month. It’s likely that the gambling commission here will implement measures similar to the guidelines for reopening Las Vegas casinos. Social distancing measures will almost certainly be required.

In time, more states may decide to open their casinos again. Anything can happen, though. A major surge in cases may end up delaying any plans to jump-start the country’s land-based gambling industry.

It’s a very unusual time for casino companies around the US. Obviously, there are many that are looking at how Las Vegas responds to this current situation. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks!

The Blackstone Group Continues to Invest Money in Las Vegas

Most of Las Vegas is still shut down. All casino companies here are currently losing a huge amount of money and it’s unclear when any gaming venues here will be allowed to open up again. Interestingly, The Blackstone Group continues to invest money into this city.Blackstone Group Logo

This company has already put a huge amount of money into this city. It appears The Blackstone Group now sees an opportunity with the current situation Las Vegas finds itself in. Today, we’re going to look at some of the recent investments Blackstone Group is making into the Las Vegas market.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Sisolak Extends Nevada’s Stay-At-Home Orders

It’s been more than a month since all of the casinos in Nevada closed down. It should come as no surprise to hear this is taking a serious toll on the state economy. Cities such as Las Vegas, for example, are losing an incredible amount of revenue right now.

Las Vegas casinos help to bring the state major revenue every month. This gambling industry also employs thousands of people. With casinos now closed down, the vast majority of these workers are now left without a job.

Many have questioned how long Governor Sisolak would force these businesses to remain shut down. There’s a statewide stay-at-home order set in place that some have criticized. Even the Mayor of Las Vegas has called for the city to reopen again.

This week, Sisolak announced that he plans to extend the state’s stay-at-home order. It’s a decision that is likely to frustrate casino companies. With that being said, most health experts feel that Las Vegas is not ready to completely open up once again.

Some casinos are still preparing to open back up. With the Governor’s new decision, this is unlikely to happen anytime soon. That isn’t stopping some major investment firms from putting money into Las Vegas, though.

The Blackstone Group Invests Millions Into Crown Resorts

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of The Blackstone Group before. This company has pushed hard into Las Vegas over the past decade. It now owns several major casino-resorts throughout the city.

Not long ago, this company purchased the Bellagio Las Vegas for an astounding $4 billion. Prior to that, it bought the Cosmopolitan for $1.7 billion. Blackstone Group even bought the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay in a joint venture for $4.6 billion.

This week, news broke that this company purchased a $360 million stake in Crown Resorts. It appears to be another major push into the Las Vegas market. With the investment, Blackstone now owns a 10% stake in Crown Resorts.

It’s a strategic move. Crown Resorts has worked hard to buy and construct property here. Back in 2007, the company invested money into a company building the proposed Fontainebleau Casino & Resort. The plans for this venue were eventually scrapped.

It remains to be seen what plans Blackstone Group and Crown Resorts have for Las Vegas. It seems likely that more property sales will take place over the next few months.

Las Vegas Casinos Are Gearing Up For a Return

At the start of this year, it looked as if everything was going right in Las Vegas. Casinos here were bringing in a huge amount of revenue and tourism was reaching record numbers. No one could have predicted that things would change in the way that they have.

Unfortunately, the city is now at a standstill. Governor Sisolak is extremely hesitant to reopen the casinos here. As a result, there are almost no visitors now coming to the city.

Casino officials in Las Vegas continue to make preparations for the future. Some of these casinos are set to install thermal cameras to detect patrons with a fever. It’s also likely that EMTs will be placed inside the casino to assist anyone dealing with Covid-19 symptoms.

If all goes according to plan, Las Vegas casinos may be able to open again within the next couple of months. When that happens, it’s almost guaranteed that these venues will not look the same way they did prior to this pandemic.

Blackstone Group clearly sees a major opportunity here. By teaming up with Crown Resorts, these companies will start making a serious impact on this Nevada casino. Stay tuned for updates on this situation over the next few weeks!

Governor Sisolak is Set to Extend Nevada’s Current Restrictions

The new coronavirus has affected every single state in the country. Nevada hasn’t seen nearly as many cases as some other areas, yet the effect on the economy here has been devastating. This week, Governor Steve Sisolak announced he plans to extend Nevada’s current restrictions.Governor Sisolak

This isn’t going to sit well with Carolyn Goodman, the Mayor of Las Vegas. She’s repeatedly called for the city to open back up. Today, we’re going to look at what Sisolak has planned for the future of Nevada.

Nevada’s Gambling Revenue Dropped Significantly Last Month

Nevada, and Las Vegas specifically, is the gambling hub of the United States. The gambling industry here helps to bring the state an incredible amount of money every single month. Unfortunately, this revenue has begun to plummet over the past few weeks.

Back in March, Governor Sisolak announced that all non-essential businesses in the state must close their doors. This includes casinos, which are now shut down throughout the state. This has obviously led to a significant drop in tourism.

Most analysts predicted that revenue figures for the month of March would be low. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has just released a report that shows how bad things really are. According to these reports, gaming revenue here dropped by 39.6%.

That’s obviously a significant drop. In fact, Nevada’s revenue last month was the lowest it’s been since 1998. The interesting thing is that casinos in the state were open for some of the month. Revenue earned in April is likely to be the lowest in history.

For obvious reasons, there are a huge number of people now asking for restrictions in the state to be lifted. This includes Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. You can see a brief video of Goodman speaking about the situation with Anderson Cooper below.

To the disappointment of some state officials, Sisolak claims he plans to extend the current state regulations.

Sisolak Plans to Extend Nevada’s Current Restrictions

The entire country is in uncharted water right now. No one can really say how to best approach the spread of this new coronavirus. Most parts of the country are choosing to implement social distancing measures that help to prevent infection spread.

Nevada hasn’t experienced the same infection surges that some parts of the country have. That’s partly due to the restrictions set in place by the Governor. These restrictions are taking a toll on the state economy, yet they’re clearly helping to reduce infections.

Sisolak spoke with ABC News this week about the plans for the future. The Governor claims he expects most of Nevada’s current restrictions to be extended for at least a few more weeks. A few of these measures will be lifted, though.

“We’re calling it Nevada United Road Map to Recovery. We’re going to ease some of the restrictions that we had previously as it relates to retail curbside pickup. Some of our outdoor activities we’re going to loosen up what some of the restrictions are. Unfortunately we’re going to have to extend the stay at home order a little bit. We just have not reached exactly where we want to get in the downward trajectory.”

Nevada’s situation is different than almost any others. It’s still not clear how exactly the state’s tourism industry can begin operating again. As more people begin visiting and playing inside casinos, the chances of infection surges increases.

That isn’t stopping casinos from making preparations.

Las Vegas Casinos Are Preparing to Open Next Month

Many industries around the United States are hurting right now. One that’s being hit particularly hard is the land-based casino industry. All casinos around the US are now closed down and are unlikely to open up anytime soon.

This is devastating to Las Vegas casinos. Some of the companies that operate these gambling venues are losing millions of dollars every single day. Some of them are now gearing up to open their doors next month.

Recently, news broke that Treasure Island Hotel & Casino plans to accept guests starting on May 15th. Several others expect to open up in early June. With the news that Nevada’s current restrictions are being extended, these plans could change.

Some of these casinos are now making preparations for the future. News is coming out that many venues will have thermal cameras set in place to locate those with fevers. EMTs will also be present in some casinos to care for those suspected of having Covid-19.

Perhaps the worst part of this situation is that no one knows when things will return to normal. Scientists are still learning about this new virus and a vaccine may be more than a year away. Hope is that Nevada finds a way to balance public safety with an open economy.

Nevada’s current restrictions are here to stay for a little bit longer. Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few weeks!

Gambling Revenue in Nevada Dropped Sharply Last Month

Nevada remains shut down due to the quick spread of the new coronavirus. As a result, the state’s gaming industry is essentially closed off to the public. New reports indicate how much gambling revenue in Nevada fell last month.

Revenue Drop Picture

It’s disappointing, yet not entirely surprising news. Not even the top officials in the state can accurately say when casinos will get back to normal here. Today, we’re going to look at how much revenue was earned last month.

Let’s get into it!

Nevada Officials Discuss Plans to Reopen Casinos

We’ve been reporting on the casino closures in Las Vegas for weeks. Things began in March, when Governor Sisolak called for all non-essential businesses, including casinos, in the state to close down. The Governor did not give a clear answer on when these gambling venues would be able to open their doors again.

As time goes on, the impact of these regulations becomes more severe. The gambling industry in Nevada employs a huge number of individuals. Unfortunately, the majority of these workers are now unable to work due to all casinos being closed.

This is obviously affecting the state’s tourism industry, as well. Almost no one is choosing to visit Las Vegas right now. As a result, many other businesses in the state that rely on tourists are now suffering, as well.

Nevada’s gambling regulator is now beginning to discuss plans to reopen casinos. This state government body is making it clear they need to see social distancing measures set in place. It’s also likely that we’ll see temperature checks will be required on the casino floor.

Several casinos have announced they’re preparing to open next month. Until the Governor gives these casinos the green light, however, this won’t be possible. This week, new reports are beginning to show how much money is being lost as casinos remain closed.

Gambling Revenue in Nevada Plummeted in March

Las Vegas has always been the gambling hub of the United States. Over the past few years, revenue in this city has been on a steady incline. Many felt the city was entering into a golden age and several major new venues are scheduled to open here over the next few years.

Due to the global pandemic, things have changed. Casinos are closed and tourism here is now almost non-existent. Many analysts predicted that gambling revenue in Nevada would end up being incredibly low during the month of March.

These predictions turned out to be correct. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has just revealed that the state’s gambling revenue fell by 39.6% last month. On the Las Vegas Strip, this revenue fell by an incredible 45.7%.

Casino table game revenue dropped the most at 59.5%. Slots also saw an incredibly steep drop off of 54.2%. The amount of money that sportsbooks made here dropped by 95.5%. Not even online sports betting was able to help make up for these losses.

This is the lowest amount of money that Las Vegas casinos have earned since February of 1998. Interestingly, February of 2020 was one of the best months in history.

Most analysts predict this downward trend will continue. This is almost guaranteed now that Governor Sisolak is expected to extend the stay-at-home order.

Nevada Governor Plans to Extend Current Measures

This hasn’t been an easy couple of months for Steve Sisolak. The Governor has been forced to shut down much of the state economy. The fact that many other state leaders are actively fighting against his measures doesn’t make things any easier.

Sisolak, like all other US Governors, is attempting to balance the economy and public safety. Many had wondered whether or not Sisolak would choose to extend his stay-at-home order and shutdown of non-essential businesses. We now have an answer.

The Governor spoke with ABC reporter Amy Robach about his plans for the future. Despite gambling revenue in Nevada dropping, Sisolak claims he plans to extend the current measures set in place.

“We’re calling it Nevada United Road Map to Recovery. We’re going to ease some of the restrictions that we had previously as it relates to retail curbside pickup. Some of our outdoor activities we’re going to loosen up what some of the restrictions are,” Sisolak said. Unfortunately we’re going to have to extend the stay at home order a little bit. We just have not reached exactly where we want to get in the downward trajectory.” 

This certainly won’t go over well with the Mayor of Las Vegas. She’s repeatedly called for restrictions to be lifted. Governor Sisolak is clearly not interested in hearing from the longtime mayor.

Gambling revenue in Nevada will be even worse in April. We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes for casinos in the state to get back to normal. Stay tuned for updates!

Here’s How Casinos Will Look After Restrictions Are Lifted

It’s been nearly two months since most casinos around the US began to close. Unfortunately, all of the country’s gambling venues remain shut down. This week, several experts began discussing how casinos will look after the current restrictions set in place are lifted.Slot Machines Inside Casino

Different states are beginning to open up. Unfortunately, it’s still unclear when land-based casinos will be able to open up again. Now is the perfect time to discuss what steps casino owners are likely to take once things begin getting back to normal.

US Casino Companies Continue to Lose Revenue

The past few weeks have been some of the hardest in the history of the US casino industry. Never before have all the country’s gambling venues been forced to shut down. To make things worse, no one can really say when these casinos will be able to open their doors again.

It’s no surprise that this is costing many companies a huge amount of money every single month. This is especially true for the ones operating large casino-resorts. Companies in Las Vegas, for example, are losing millions of dollars every day.

Even smaller casino markets are still hurting. Not long ago, a report surfaced that revealed how much money the casinos in Pennsylvania are losing. This report claims that revenue dropped from $304 million in February to just $154 million in March.

In April, the gambling revenue earned in this state was almost non-existent. All casinos remain closed here. Some fear that many of the casinos in Pennsylvania may be forced to shut down permanently.

Some parts of the country are beginning to lift their restrictions. Officials within the gambling industry are now shedding some light on how casinos will look once they open back up. Here’s what we can expect.

Experts Discuss How Casinos Will Look Once They Reopen

In early March, many different casinos around the country began shutting down. Since that time, infections have spiked in some areas and plateaued in others. Several states are now beginning to open back up.

The American Gaming Association has continued to ask when casinos will be able to open again. It’s a tough question, as casinos pose a serious risk for infection spread. Now, casino officials are talking about the steps they will take to protect their patrons.

Most agree that guests and employees will be required to wear masks. Many also feel that sanitizers will be placed around the casino floor. Jim Allen, president of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino chain, spoke about this situation to the media this week.

“It’s important to focus on safety; it truly is,” Allen said. “But I sincerely feel there are those who do not have a clue as to the economic challenge this is creating. The ripple effect of the trillions of dollars in debt we’ve just put on the United States by printing money is something that we all need to be very focused on.”

There’s certainly some validity to this. The US casino industry employs a huge number of people. Closing the country’s casinos down has taken a serious toll on the economy.

No one really knows how casinos will look once they begin opening up. Most agree that they won’t be the same for quite some time. Recently, more and more individuals have begun calling for casinos in Las Vegas to open back up.

Las Vegas Casinos Begin Preparing to Open Up

At the start of this year, things were going incredibly well in Las Vegas. Tourism was increasing fast and gambling revenue was at an all-time high. As March approached, things began to change rapidly and now the city is essentially shut down.

For a city that relies on tourism, this has been devastating. As time goes on, more officials here have begun asking for things to reopen. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has called the Governor’s regulations “total insanity” and wants to see casinos operating again.

Governor Sisolak refuses to say when Las Vegas can return to normal. That isn’t stopping casinos from making preparations, though. Several of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas are beginning to announce the measures they’ll take after reopening.

This is shedding some light on how casinos will look in Las Vegas over the next few months. The Venetian, for example, has announced that it will utilize thermal cameras to scan for individuals with fevers. EMT’s will also be present to care for those suspected of having Covid-19.

If all goes according to plan, the Venetian will start accepting guests in June. This is an unprecedented time, though, and it’s very possible that this date will be pushed back.

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

Legal Sports Betting Could End Up Saving Colorado’s Casinos

Late last year, voters in Colorado approved a measure to allow online and in-person sports betting. Many analysts predicted this new industry would be hugely profitable for the state. Some now believe that legal sports betting may end up saving many of Colorado’s casinos currently shut down. Colorado Flag Picture

The first sports betting options will become available here in just a few days. Today, we’re going to discuss how this form of gambling will help casinos in Colorado.

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Sports Betting is About to Go Live in Colorado

Colorado is known for having a large and passionate sporting fan base. There are several major professional sports teams here including the Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, and Colorado Rockies. For years, residents in this state have asked for lawmakers to legalize sports gambling.

Up until fairly recently, however, this wasn’t possible. A set of laws called PASPA were set in place for decades that prevented any states other than Nevada from offering sports gambling options. The Supreme Court decided to remove PASPA in May of 2018.

This immediately gave every state in the country the ability to legalize sports betting. Today, more than 20 states have approved legislation to regulate this industry. Colorado voters approved a sports betting bill in November of 2019.

Since that time, officials here have worked to come up with specific regulations for this form of gambling. Both land-based and online sports betting are set to become available. The first sports betting options are now set to launch in this state on May 1st.

Of course, land-based sports betting is off the table right now. All of Colorado’s casinos are currently closed down. Hope is that the online sports wagers placed here will help to provide gambling venues here with some much-needed revenue.

Here’s How Legal Sports Betting Can Help Colorado’s Casinos

As we’ve already mentioned, more than 20 states around the country have now legalized sports gambling. Most of these states are earning an incredible amount of revenue from this industry. Many analysts predict that the sports betting industry in Colorado will be hugely successful.

This may prove to be the only gambling revenue being made in this state for the foreseeable future. All of Colorado’s casinos are currently closed down. It’s still not entirely clear when these gambling venues will be allowed to open again.

It’s an extremely difficult situation for casino companies here. Some of these venues are losing millions of dollars every week. Several of these venues have stated they will not be able to survive much longer under the current restrictions.

This is also devastating to the workers employed in the gaming industry. David Farahi, COO of the Monarch Casino in Black Hawk, spoke about the impact of this shutdown to the media.

“Every casino in America is closed right now and it’s a very trying time,” he said. “Our industry being shut down not only greatly affects the 10,000 employees that are directly employed by the industry but it has ripple effects across all the beneficiaries of gaming tax dollars.” 

Sports betting may help things here. Several of Colorado’s casinos are set to launch their online sports betting platforms later this week. The revenue will be crucial to help these gambling venues survive during this time.

The truth is that no one knows when casinos here will be able to open their doors. In the meantime, these gambling venues will need to rely on their sports betting revenue.

US Casino Revenue Continues to Drop

Colorado isn’t the only state that has ordered casinos to shut down. The entire US casino industry is completely shut down and it’s costing many companies an incredible amount of money. Las Vegas, in particular, is taking a serious hit due to these regulations.

This city is known as the gambling hub of the United States. Many of the biggest and most profitable gambling venues in the world are located here. Due to the casino shutdown, tourism and gambling revenue has almost completely stopped here.

Some of the casino companies in Las Vegas are now looking at Macau for revenue. Unfortunately, revenue in this Chinese territory remains low, as well. Most experts agree that it will be a long time before Macau’s revenue gets back to normal.

Casino revenue is dropping around the country. Several states are beginning to open back up, yet casinos are likely to remain closed for some time. Online sports betting may end up being a hugely important revenue source for these gambling venues.

Colorado’s casinos remain closed to the public. It seems likely that this state begins easing its restrictions over the next few weeks. We’ll need to wait and see how the casino shutdown affects these gambling venues over time.

Stay tuned for more Colorado casino news!

The Merger Between Eldorado and Caesars is Still Taking Place

The merger between Eldorado and Caesars is the biggest in the history of US casino companies. Obviously, a deal of this magnitude takes months to complete. Fortunately, this company merge is still taking place, despite the intense regulations around the country.Two Hands Shaking

Hope is that this deal is able to take place before the end of the year. Today, we’re going to take a look at the details of this merger. We’ll also talk about some of the strategies these companies are taking to move their plans forward.

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Breaking Down the New Eldorado and Caesars Deal

Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment are two of the biggest casino companies in the world. Over the past decade, revenue at Caesars has slowed and company officials announced they were interested in making a change. This seemed to interest officials within Eldorado Resorts, who have been looking to expand.

In June of last year, news broke that Eldorado and Caesars had agreed to merge. Eldorado was paying an incredible $17 billion, making it the largest casino company sale in history. Under the terms of this agreement, Eldorado Resorts is taking control of all the Caesars properties.

These companies immediately began preparing for this merge. In July, Eldorado Resorts announced it was selling two of its major properties. This decision was made to help finance the larger acquisition of Caesars.

Over time, state gambling commissions began approving this new deal. In January, commissions in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Illinois all approved the merger between Eldorado and Caesars. The next month, New Jersey’s commission began taking a closer look at the details of this new deal.

Over the past six weeks, things have begun to change dramatically around the United States. The entire land-based casino industry in the country is shut down. Fortunately, the two companies involved in this massive merger are still taking steps to move the deal forward.

Here’s an Update on the Merger Between Eldorado and Caesars

Many states have now given the green light for this deal to go forward. Until it can be officially completed, though, several more government bodies need to give approval. Some felt this would be extremely difficult given the fact that the world is dealing with a global pandemic.

The current situation isn’t stopping company officials from scrapping their plans, though. This week, heads of Eldorado Resorts announced they were selling two major properties in order to help pay for the cost of the Caesars acquisition. The Eldorado Shreveport Resort in Louisiana and the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in Lake Tahoe are being sold to Twin River Worldwide Holdings for a combined $155 million.

Tom Reeg, CEO of Eldorado Resorts, commented on this deal to the media this week.

“The agreement to divest Shreveport and MontBleu to Twin River Worldwide Holdings is consistent with our continued focus on closing the Caesars transaction in the first half of 2020,” he said. 

Caesars announced that it was selling its Bally’s Atlantic City property for $25 million. It’s not a huge surprise to see casinos in Atlantic City being sold. The SEC has voiced its concerns that the merger between Eldorado and Caesars would result in a monopoly-like situation in this city.

The sale of this property should put that idea to rest. It’s clear that these companies are focused on gaining government approval as fast as possible. Many analysts predict more of these small property sales over the next few months.

Las Vegas Mayor Wants the City to Reopen

The land-based gambling industry has been one of the worst-affected by this pandemic. All of the casinos around the United States are completely shut down. Even the top government officials cannot say when these gambling venues will be able to open again.

This has obviously had a devastating impact on the city of Las Vegas. Tourism here has completely stopped. Many casinos here are now losing millions of dollars every single day and some claim they cannot survive much longer under the current situation.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman is now demanding a change. She’s actively calling for businesses in the city to open back up. This goes directly against what most health experts in the country are advising.

It’s an extremely difficult time for this city. Las Vegas relies heavily on its tourism and gambling industries. Without these industries operating, the city is facing an extremely difficult economic situation.

Governor Sisolak is refusing to open the state back up. He wants to ensure that infection rates are dropping before major venues are able to open. Only time will tell how long this process takes.

The merger between Eldorado and Caesars is still carrying on. It now seems possible that this deal is completed before the end of the year.

The Las Vegas Treasure Island is Set to Open Next Month

Nevada state officials continue to verbally spar over how to lift restrictions. As of now, all casinos across the state are completely shut down. Things may soon change, however, and the Las Vegas Treasure Island is preparing to open its doors to the public on May 15th.

Las Vegas Casino Treasure Island Logo

It’s surprising news for many residents in this state. It appears Treasure Island is preparing to be the first casino to open on the Las Vegas Strip. Today, we’re going to look at this venue’s plans for the future. We’ll also discuss some of the recent changes made at this property.

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The Radisson Group Now Owns Treasure Island

Treasure Island Hotel & Casino first opened its doors back in 1993 on the Las Vegas Strip. At that time, this venue was one of the hottest news casino-resorts on the Strip. In 2003, owners of this venue decided to start running a major pirate show in front of the hotel.

MGM Resorts ran this property for many years. It was hugely successful early on, yet at a certain point in time revenue here began to drop. By the mid-2000s, news began surfacing that officials within MGM Resorts International planned to sell this property.

In 2008, the Las Vegas Treasure Island was officially sold to Phil Ruffin. The businessman owns several major properties around the world and made it clear he wanted to break into the Las Vegas market. Ruffin announced several major changes to this venue, including removing the famous pirate show in 2013.

Last year, Ruffin made headlines by announcing this casino was joining the Radisson Group. Many analysts felt this was the perfect time for this move. The Radisson Group owns properties in 115 countries around the world and is known for its popular rewards program.

Things haven’t exactly gone smoothly in 2020. Like all other casinos in Las Vegas, Treasure Island has been forced to close its doors for more than a month. Now, it appears the owners of this venue have a date in mind to open up again.

Las Vegas Treasure Island Set to Open on May 15th

Since March, every single casino in Nevada has been forced to close its doors. Governor Steve Sisolak ordered these venues to shut down due to the spread of the new coronavirus around the country.  This has proved to be devastating to the state’s economy.

Las Vegas, in particular, is taking a major hit due to these regulations. Tourism into the city has completely stopped. Due to the casino closures, gambling revenue here has also come to a halt and many major casino companies here are losing millions of dollars every single day.

Analysts around the country have questioned when casinos will be allowed to operate here. Governor Sisolak has maintained that casinos need to remain closed in order to protect public safety. The Mayor of Las Vegas, however, has called these regulations “total insanity.”

It now appears that one casino-resort is preparing to open. News is coming out that the Las Vegas Treasure Island is preparing to open on May 15th. The hotel’s website confirmed this news to the media.

“We are currently accepting reservations for arrivals beginning May 15, 2020 (subject to change),” the website says. 

It’s important to note that this has not been set in stone. Governor Sisolak may decide to force all of the state’s casinos to remain closed. For now, though, it seems this hotel-casino plans to open its doors next month.

Las Vegas Mayor and Governor Sisolak Continue to Argue

The past month has likely been the strangest in the recent history of the United States. Much of the country is completely shut down. Different state leaders are now working to come up with new plans to reopen.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak is taking a more cautious approach. He agrees with many health experts who warn opening too early will result in a major surge of cases. This has been frustrating for Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, who now wants to see things get back to normal.

Goodman is not presenting any real plans to reopen, though. The Mayor of Las Vegas instead argues that it’s up to state officials to get the economy back up and running. Governor Sisolak is already brushing these comments aside.

Casino companies in Las Vegas continue to suffer. This includes MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands. Even the owners of the Las Vegas Treasure Island are losing an incredible amount of revenue right now.

Some experts believe that Macau will become hugely important for these companies. Hope is that the revenue earned from Macau’s casinos will make up for some of the money being lost in Las Vegas.

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

Oklahoma’s Casino Issues Are Starting to Improve

For months, lawmakers in Oklahoma have been clashing with the state’s tribes over gambling compacts. Some of the leaders in Oklahoma argue these tribes cannot operate casinos until these compacts are renegotiated. Fortunately, Oklahoma’s casino issues are finally beginning to improve.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt

It’s fantastic news for tribes with casinos here. Of course, the entire land-based casino industry in the US is facing serious issues right now. Today, we’re going to look at the history of this dispute and talk about how it’s being figured out.

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History of the Oklahoma-Tribe Casino Dispute

As many know, Oklahoma is home to one of the largest casino industries in the country. A huge number of Native American tribes operate casinos here. These gambling venues help to draw in many visitors from nearby states such as Texas.

Initially, Native American tribes here signed 15-year deals with the state to run these gambling venues. These compacts set a certain amount of revenue that casinos would need to pay to the state. At the beginning of this year, the 15-year compacts between the state and tribes officially expired.

Many tribes here claimed these compacts auto-renew. They have refused to shut down their gambling venues, despite the state’s requests. Some of Oklahoma’s leaders have stated these venues are now operating illegally and tribes need to negotiate with the state to come up with a new tax structure.

It’s become a very serious issue. Governor Stitt threatened to shut down the casinos in this state. Finally, these two parties began entering into negotiations.

Until recently, these negotiations seemed to be at a standstill. Several tribes here refused to start paying more in casino revenue taxes. This week, news began to surface that lawmakers and several tribes here have come to an agreement.

Here’s an Update on Oklahoma’s Casino Issues

It was difficult for analysts to predict how long this issue would carry on for. It was clear that tribes were going to fight against raising their current tax rates. State leaders were also adamant that the compacts be renegotiated.

It looks like Oklahoma’s casino issues are finally clearing up. Today, news broke that Governor Stitt had reached an agreement with several tribes. Reports claim that the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria have officially signed new deals with the state.

The Governor released a statement about this situation to the media this week.

“As an Oklahoman and a tribal citizen, it has been my heart’s desire to provide a level playing field for all 4 million Oklahomans and to ensure meaningful opportunities for all our 38 federally recognized tribes that call Oklahoma home,” Stitt said in a news conference. 

Interestingly, Stitt has also approved these tribes to start offering sports betting options. Under the new deal, the state’s share of sports gambling is 1.1% of the amount wagered. 6% of casinos’ net revenue will also now go to the state.

When Will Oklahoma’s Casino Open to the Public?

Since March, all of the casinos in Oklahoma have been shut down. This isn’t the only state with these regulations, though. Every land-based casino in the country is shut down right now; including ones in Las Vegas.

This casino shutdown has been extremely damaging to the country’s gambling industry. Many companies are losing millions of dollars every single day. The worst thing is that it’s unclear when these gambling venues will be able to open once again.

Based on new reports, Oklahoma is beginning to open its state back up. Today, Governor Stitt announced that “personal care businesses” can begin to open their doors on Friday. Stitt’s plan to reopen the state is coming in three phases.

No one can really say when casinos will be allowed to open again. Many analysts feel that these venues pose serious risks for infection spread. In places like Las Vegas, several casino companies are coming up with new ideas to open casinos to the public.

It’s great to see Oklahoma’s casino issues being figured out. It now seems likely that other tribes in the state will begin pushing to sign an agreement with the state. We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes for the country’s casino industry to open back up.

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

Penn National Gaming Completes Sale of the Las Vegas Tropicana

Despite Carolyn Goodman’s best efforts, Las Vegas remains shut down. Interestingly, property sales are still taking place in this city. News is now coming out the Penn National Gaming has officially completed the sale of the Las Vegas Tropicana.

Tropicana Las Vegas

It’s big news for the Pennsylvania-based gaming company. Today, we’re going to look at the details of this major casino sale. We’ll also check out some of the other venues in Las Vegas that are scheduled to open soon.

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Las Vegas Casino Officials Call for Restrictions to be Lifted

Things are still very tough in Las Vegas. Back in March, Governor Steve Sisolak began ordering all non-essential businesses in the state to close their doors. This includes casinos. As a result of these regulations, Las Vegas is at a standstill.

None of the casinos in this city are able to operate right now. Many of them are losing millions of dollars every single day. The closing of these casinos has also caused the tourism industry in Las Vegas to completely shut down.

It was unclear how much of an issue this would become. Some analysts predicted these regulations would only be in place for a few weeks. It’s been more than a month since casinos in the state were closed down, however, and Governor Sisolak seems unwilling to make any changes.

Some major casino officials are now voicing their opinions. Last week, Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox gave some ideas for how casinos in Las Vegas can reopen. This includes implementing social distancing measures in casinos and requiring table dealers to wear masks.

No one really knows how long the regulations in Nevada will last. It’s clear that many companies are suffering, yet state officials are trying to avoid a major loss of life. Even with the regulations set in place, some companies are still managing to acquire new properties in Las Vegas.

Penn National Gaming Has Sold Las Vegas Tropicana

Penn National Gaming purchased the Las Vegas Tropicana Hotel & Casino back in 2015. As the coronavirus began affecting Las Vegas, company officials began discussing plans to sell this venue. In late March, Penn Gaming announced it had reached a new agreement with Gaming & Leisure Properties, the landlord of this property.

Under the agreement, Penn National Gaming will sell this venue for $337.5 million worth of rent credits. The company is looking for ways to cut down on costs while the current regulations are in place.

This week, this property sale was finalized. Gaming & Leisure Properties now owns the land this historic hotel-casino sits on. Penn National Gaming CEO Jay Snowden commented on the company’s plans to the media this week.

“We believe that these collective steps will allow us to successfully weather the state-mandated closures related to the COVID-19 crisis,” Snowden said.

It’s not much of a surprise. Penn National Gaming is looking for ways to save money after investing hundreds of millions into Barstool Sports. Hopefully, this new strategy is able to help the company through this crisis.

Construction Continues on Las Vegas Casino-Resorts

It’s been more than a month since all of the casinos in Nevada were forced to close down. As we’ve already mentioned, this is costing many companies millions of dollars. Unless things change quickly, some of the casinos in this state may be forced to permanently close their doors.

To the surprise of many, construction has been allowed to continue on several major casino-resorts. This includes work on Resorts World Las Vegas. This is the most expensive casino-resort ever built and many expect it to be the most impressive venue ever built in Las Vegas.

Some of these construction projects are facing difficulties, though. A recent report claims that a builder at Circa Las Vegas recently tested positive for the new coronavirus. As a result, owners of this venue are setting new guidelines for construction workers.

It’s unclear if any new work will be done on the Las Vegas Tropicana. Most feel it’s unlikely under the current regulatory situation.

Some experts claim that more major property sales are likely to take place over the next few months.

Are you surprised to see Penn National Gaming sell the Las Vegas Tropicana? Let us know in the comments section below.

Construction On a Major Las Vegas Road Project Will Begin Soon

Despite much of Las Vegas being shut down right now, several major construction projects are still taking place here. City officials want to ensure that these projects are completed by their originally planned dates. Construction will begin on a massive Las Vegas road project next week.Famous Las Vegas Sign

It’s great news to see these projects take place. Many analysts around the country are trying to predict when Las Vegas will get back to normal. Today, we’re going to look at the new construction project set to take place here. We’ll also discuss some of the other major projects in the city.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Sisolak Extends Casino Shutdown

Nearly 785,000 people have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus in the United States. In some parts of the country, infection rates are beginning to plateau. In other areas, these rates are increasing rapidly.

Nevada has a relatively low number of infections right now. According to John Hopkins University, 3,840 individuals have been confirmed infected in this state. Despite the fact that infections are low, Nevada’s officials are maintaining strict social distancing measures.

All casinos in Nevada have been forced to close down. Not long ago, Governor Steve Sisolak decided to extend the casino closures here. This has been devastating for many companies in cities like Las Vegas, some of which are losing millions of dollars every single day.

Carolyn Goodman, the Mayor of Las Vegas, has begun to plead for changes. She is arguing that the city cannot survive long-term under the current restrictions. Several major Las Vegas casino CEO’s have also presented their own plans to reopen the state economy.

Sisolak isn’t budging, though. He believes that the regulations set in place are necessary to prevent further infection spread. The Governor is not revealing when gambling venues will open to the public once again.

Interestingly, major construction projects are still able to take place here.

Work on a Major Las Vegas Road Project Will Soon Begin

There are always construction projects taking place in Las Vegas. New hotel-casinos are constantly opening here and city officials continue to look at improving infrastructure. Next week, construction on the largest road project in the history of the city will officially begin.

Work on a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard will kick off on April 27th. The $125 million project is expected to take three years to complete. It includes replacing underground utilities, traffic signals, medians, curbs, and sidewalks and pavement.

Margaret Kurtz, city spokesperson, commented on the need for this project to the media this week.

“The existing waterlines to be replaced are from 1955, the storm drains from 1954, some of the traffic signals from 1965, and the sewer pipe from 1942,” she said. 

Many city residents are excited to see the Las Vegas road project begin. It should help to significantly improve the Downtown area. This isn’t the only major construction project taking place in this city. Unfortunately, some of them are being affected by the coronavirus.

Worker at Circa Casino Resort Tests Positive for Coronavirus

This is a very tough time for Las Vegas right now. Many businesses are shutting down and tourism here is at an all-time low. There are still a huge number of major construction projects taking place in this city. That includes the new Las Vegas road project.

One of the biggest projects is on the Circa Casino Resort in Downtown Las Vegas. This new property, owned by the Stevens brothers, is expected to be the most impressive venue ever opened in Downtown Las Vegas. It will feature the largest pool in the city and thousands of feet of gaming space.

Unfortunately, a worker at Circa Las Vegas has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Company officials released a statement about the situation to the media this week.

“The individual is now in isolation and will not return to work until cleared to do so by their healthcare provider,” the statement said.

There are now several measures set in place to prevent further infections. That includes directing team members who feel sick or have health-related concerns to stay home and reducing “worker concentrations,” staggering start times for employees and adjusting “workflows as necessary.”

As of now, these projects are still continuing. If more infections are reported, however, city officials may force major construction to halt.

Are you excited to see the Las Vegas road project take place? Let us know in the comments section below.

Matt Maddox Comments on the Reopening of Las Vegas

We’re nearly three weeks into April and Las Vegas remains shut down. Gambling analysts are still trying to predict when Nevada’s casinos will be given permission to open again. This weekend, Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox released a statement asking for the reopening of Las Vegas.CEO Matt Maddox

Wynn Resorts is one of many casino companies that’s suffering due to this casino shutdown. Unfortunately, it may be some time before any gambling venues open their doors here again. Today, we’re going to look at what exactly Matt Maddox wants to see happen.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Steve Sisolak Extends Casino Closures

Back in early March, officials within Las Vegas began to discuss the possibility of shutting down the city. The new coronavirus had begun to spread in Clark County and many experts feared that casinos were the perfect venues for further infections. Eventually, news broke that all of the city’s casinos were closing to the public.

This wasn’t an easy decision to make. Las Vegas, as most are well-aware of, relies heavily on its gambling and tourism industries. Forcing casinos to shut down has ended up costing many companies millions of dollars every single day.

One of the main issues is that no one knows when this lockdown will end. Governor Sisolak claims he will not bend to the request of Las Vegas officials. This past week, he decided to extend the casino shutdown.

The Mayor of Las Vegas has already voiced her disapproval with this strategy. She claims many businesses will be unable to survive under the current situation. Sisolak isn’t budging and told the media these measures need to be taken in order to save lives.

Casino companies in Las Vegas are getting restless. This includes Wynn Resorts, one of the first companies to voluntarily close down last month. Here’s what the CEO of Wynn Resorts is now asking for.

CEO of Wynn Resorts Calls for the Reopening of Las Vegas

It seems like everyone has an opinion on how to handle this virus outbreak. Some feel that states need to remain locked down to prevent the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed. Others think it’s time to lift restrictions in order to get the economy back up and running.

The land-based casino industry is one of the hardest-hit during this pandemic. All casinos across the country are currently shut down. Now, some of the biggest casino operators feel that something needs to change.

Matt Maddox released an opinion piece to the Nevada Independent this week. The CEO offered his own plans to allow casino-resorts in Las Vegas to start operating again.

“Begin with reduced occupancy, physical distancing measures in place, temperature checks and no large gatherings,” he said. “We all need to wear a mask.”

That’s easier said than done. No one can accurately say how a casino would operate with physical distancing measures in place. Some have claimed that slots would be further spaced apart and tables would reduce their number of seats.

It’s an extremely difficult situation. Governor Sisolak has extended the casino shutdown for a couple more weeks. We’ll need to see whether or not he listens to Maddox’s plans for the reopening of Las Vegas.

Masks Present Security Concerns for Las Vegas Casinos

When the coronavirus first began spreading around the United States, health officials dismissed the efficacy of traditional face masks. Many were quick to point out that these masks would not prevent individuals from becoming infected. Things have now taken a complete 180.

In many parts of the country, masks are now required when in public. Health experts now claim these help to prevent those who may already be infected from spreading the virus to others.

Matt Maddox believes that masks will be an important part of reopening Las Vegas. He’s suggested that all dealers wear these masks inside casinos. Some feel this will make security inside Las Vegas casinos very difficult to manage.

Casinos are known to rely on facial recognition technology. This helps to catch cheaters and spot individuals who have been banned from gambling in the past. Masks will make this technology virtually useless.

There’s also the fear of traditional robberies. Those wearing masks will be difficult to identify. It’s likely that casino officials are already looking at new ways to get around these possible issues. Governor Sisolak is likely to address these concerns, as well.

Reopening Las Vegas won’t be easy. It may be a long time before things truly get back to normal here. In the meantime, casino officials are presenting ideas on how to get the city up and running again in the best possible way.

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

Governor Sisolak Comments on Lifting Nevada’s Restrictions

At the moment, all non-essential businesses in Nevada are completely shut down. Many people in cities like Las Vegas have begun demanding an update on when things will return to normal. Today, Governor Sisolak spoke to the media about lifting Nevada’s restrictions.Steve Sisolak

There’s a lot that goes into a move like this. Health officials have warned that doing so may make things worse than they already are. Today, we’re going to discuss what to expect here over the next few weeks.

Let’s get into it!

Nevada’s Casinos Have Been Closed Down for Weeks

In February, much of the United States was still relatively unaware of the new coronavirus spreading around the world. Many knew it was present in Asia and Europe yet it hadn’t begun to seriously affect the United States. Within just a couple of weeks, things completely changed.

By mid-March, this new virus had started spreading in many different states. It was clear to health officials that the coronavirus had a unique ability to spread. Certain areas of the country began seeing huge surges in infection rates.

Eventually, leaders in Nevada made a drastic announcement. Governor Sisolak ordered all non-essential businesses, including casinos, closed to the public. This was extremely devastating to certain cities like Las Vegas, which rely heavily on tourism and gambling revenue.

It was quickly apparent how serious this decision was. Nevada’s revenue began to plummet. A huge number of individuals around the state began to file for unemployment. The mayor of Las Vegas began asking for non-essential businesses to be given permission to open.

Unfortunately, the state remains shut down. Many casino companies here are losing millions of dollars every single day. This week, Governor Sisolak finally offered an update on when things may begin going back to normal.

Sisolak Talks to Media About Lifting Nevada’s Restrictions

Nearly everyone in Nevada realizes that things cannot stay the way they are. Many people are suffering and the GDP here is dropping quickly. Lifting Nevada’s restrictions isn’t easy, though. The virus can spread quickly if many businesses begin to open back up.

Sisolak spoke about this situation to the media this week. The Governor claims he’s seeking the expert’s advice on when things can go back to normal. At the moment, he says it’s too early to completely lift the state’s restrictions.

“I cannot end the shutdown until I feel confident that we’re in a good position as it relates to the spread of the virus,” he said. “Some people are more concerned with the business side of this than the human toll that this virus is taking. The human toll is the most important to me. I am listening, and I will repeat this as many times as you’d like me to, to medical experts, to my scientific experts, and determining what is in the best interest of this community.”

Governor Sisolak has dismissed the Las Vegas Mayor’s claims that these restrictions are “total insanity.” He points to states dealing with extremely high death rates as an example of what’s possible. Based on his comments, it does not appear that any casino-resorts will begin opening in this state anytime soon.

The truth is that no one knows when things will begin returning to normal. Even the top government officials in the US are unsure of how to approach lifting restrictions.

Sisolak gave a shimmer of hope to those looking forward to normality. The Governor claims he’s working on a state plan to reopen and will begin implementing these measures as soon as possible.

How Are Las Vegas Sports Leagues Being Affected?

The land-based casino industry in the US is one of the worst-affected industries right now. The coronavirus has forced all of the country’s casinos to close down and this has caused a massive drop in revenue. No one can say when all of the country’s casinos can open back up.

As many are aware of, sports leagues are being seriously affected too. Every professional league in the country has been forced to shut down. This includes the MLB, NHL, NBA, and UFC.

Dana White, the president of the UFC, is one of the few league officials that has been pushing to start holding events as soon as possible. He very nearly held a show this weekend. Now, it appears this date is being pushed back to May 9th.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights have been sitting on the sidelines. No one can really say when games will start taking place again. It seems likely that once the season resumes, it will be done behind closed doors.

Lifting Nevada’s restrictions may take several weeks. If things don’t improve, it could even take months. We’re likely to hear more about the dispute between the Las Vegas Mayor and Governor Sisolak as time goes on.

Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news!

More Esports Betting Options Are Becoming Available

With all major sports leagues now shut down, more and more people around the country are beginning to look at different ways to place bets. To the disappointment of many, it may be months before any leagues begin operating again. This week, more Esports betting options officially became available in the state of Nevada.

Esports Tournament

Over the past couple of weeks, Esports betting has grown more and more popular. This is especially true in Nevada, where all casinos are currently shut down. Today, we’re going to look at some of the new “sports betting” options that have just become available here.

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Esports Are Growing More Popular Every Week

Back in early March, all of the top sports leagues in the country began discussing plans to close down. The new coronavirus had quickly begun spreading around the United States and several professional athletes had already tested positive. Many state leaders began supporting the decision for sports leagues to shut down their operations.

Eventually, the NBA announced it was suspending its season. The NHL followed shortly after. Then came the NCAA basketball tournament and before long, every single sports league was shut down.

It’s been frustrating for many people stuck at home, unable to watch their favorite sports. Right now should be a great time in the sporting world. For this reason, several smaller competitive events have started to grow more popular.

This includes Esports. For those who are unaware, Esports are multiplayer video game competitions. There are a huge number of Esports tournaments taking place around the world every single month. More people are now choosing to place bets on these tournaments.

Even some state gambling commissions are now getting on board with this form of gambling. This week, several officials in Nevada passed a measure to allow more Esports betting options. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Nevada Gaming Control Board Approves More Esports Betting Options

Nevada is in a tough place right now. For weeks, all of the state’s casinos have been shut down. This has proved devastating for cities like Las Vegas, which rely heavily on gambling revenue. According to some reports, Nevada is actually the worst-affected state in the country in terms of economic impact.

Leaders of this state are working hard to obtain revenue from the gambling industry. This includes approving new forms of sports gambling. This week, the Nevada Gaming Control Board began allowing wagers to be placed on three Esports betting tournaments that are taking place right now.

This state government body officially approved bets on the 2020 League of Legends European Masters tournament, the 2020 League of Legends European Championship and the 2020 North America League of Legends Championship Series. With these three new tournaments, Nevada has now recently approved seven Esports betting options over the past month.

It’s unclear how much sports betting revenue is coming in right now. Even the top sports commissioners in the country cannot say when major leagues will start operating again. In time, Nevada may start approving even more unique forms of sports betting.

It’s a very difficult time for the land-based gambling industry around the country. Nevada is one of many states currently suffering from the casino shutdown. Some experts now believe that Macau may be the key for many casino companies to get past this pandemic.

US Casino Companies Are Starting to Rely on Macau for Revenue

Las Vegas and Macau are two of the biggest and most profitable gambling destinations in the world. Unfortunately, both of these cities have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus over the past few months. Macau, however, seems to be recovering already.

As the coronavirus began spreading throughout China, officials in Macau were forced to close down their gambling venues. This caused many companies (including some based in Las Vegas) to start losing millions of dollars every single day. China’s rates are now lower than in most other parts of the country and Macau’s casinos are once again up and running.

That doesn’t mean things are back to normal here. In fact, revenue in the city is lower than it has ever been. Many of the top Las Vegas casino companies here still believe that revenue in the city will be extremely important. It’s almost guaranteed that this city will earn more than Las Vegas over the next few weeks.

Many analysts believe that Macau will be an extremely important city for Las Vegas casino companies, as well. If revenue begins to increase here, it will quickly become one of the most profitable gambling destinations on the planet.

No one knows how long the casino industry will remain shut down for. To earn more revenue, some casinos are offering more Esports betting options. Some believe that Esports betting will become an extremely profitable form of sports betting for many companies.

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

Macau’s Revenue is Now Very Important for US Casino Companies

For weeks, all of the land-based casinos in the United States have been shut down. Obviously, this has been devastating for many of the country’s top casino operators. Many experts now believe that Macau’s revenue will be extremely important for US casino companies moving forward.

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Several Las Vegas-based casino companies currently operate in Macau. Today, we’re going to look at how the Chinese territory is faring right now. We’ll also discuss when we may see US casinos begin operating again.

Let’s get into it!

The Largest US Casino Cities Are Shut Down Right Now

As most people know, several cities in the US are known for their gambling industries. In these parts of the country, some of the most incredible casino-resorts in the world are operating. Unfortunately, all of the country’s land-based gambling venues have completely shut down due to the spread of the new coronavirus.

Las Vegas is obviously the most-affected gambling market in the country. This city is home to some of the country’s biggest casino companies. For nearly a month, casinos here have been closed. Some reports claim this is costing these companies millions of dollars every single day.

It’s been devastating to Nevada’s economy. Governor Sisolak is unable to say when casinos and other non-essential businesses will be able to open back up. This may have long-lasting effects on the state.

Over on the East Coast, Atlantic City is struggling. Much like Las Vegas, this city relies heavily on its gambling industry. All of the casinos in this city are shut down and with the high rates of infections in New Jersey, it may be months before this changes.

Even smaller casino markets such as Oklahoma are suffering from this casino shutdown. Interestingly, several new casino plans are still being proposed here. This is one of the most unusual times in the country’s history and no one knows when things will return to normal.

More analysts are beginning to suggest that Macau will be an important city for some of the top US casino companies.

Macau’s Revenue May Save US Casino Operators

Macau is considered to be the Las Vegas of Asia. There are several billion-dollar casino-resorts operating here, some of which are run by companies based in the United States. A couple of months ago, Macau’s casino revenue completely stopped flowing in.

Not long after the coronavirus began spreading throughout China, cases emerged in Macau. As a result, city officials decided to close down all of the territory’s casinos. It took weeks before these gambling venues were able to open once again.

Now, the same is happening in the United States. For this reason, analysts feel that Macau’s revenue is more important for US casino companies than ever before. These companies have no other real revenue-generating options.

That doesn’t mean Macau will immediately start bringing in money for these companies. At the moment, casinos here are bringing in very little money. According to a recent report, this city experienced a 79.7% drop in casino revenue last month.

Most people are still choosing to avoid gambling inside casinos. Macau is doing everything it can to attract new players, yet it may be months before things begin to really improve. Fortunately, there’s a clear upwards trend in both tourism and gambling revenue here.

Many now want to know when casinos in the United States will open to the public once again.

Several States Are Now Looking to Reopen

At the moment, every state around the country has some form of restrictions set in place. Some have harsher regulations than others. Over the past few days, several states have begun to discuss lifting these restrictions.

This includes Florida. Recently, the Governor here announced that several industries would be able to start operating again. He even announced that the WWE was deemed an essential business and is now able to hold live shows here.

Unfortunately, Las Vegas is remaining closed down. Infection rates here are increasing here every single day. As long as this happens, it will be difficult for state officials to allow casinos to open back up to the public.

This is why Macau’s revenue is so important. It may be many months before casinos in the United States are able to open again. It will likely take even longer for these properties to start drawing in large numbers of players.

Things are beginning to improve in Macau. That should give hope to US casino companies that are struggling right now.

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

Las Vegas Virgin Hotel is Still On Track For Fall Opening

We’re now in mid-April, and every casino-resort in Las Vegas remains shut down. It’s been a tough month for land-based casino operators, many of whom are looking for an update on when they’ll be allowed to open once again. According to new reports, the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel is still preparing for a Fall opening date.Virgin Brand Logo

That’s great news for officials at Virgin. A significant amount of money has been invested into this property and hope was that it would be an immediate success. Now is the perfect time to give an update on this new casino-resort.

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Casino Companies in Las Vegas Are Still Closed Down

When the coronavirus first touched down in the United States, it was unclear how big of an issue this would become. Today, however, it’s clear that this new virus is taking an incredible toll on many different industries.

The land-based casino industry is being hit very hard. All land-based gambling venues across the country are officially closed down. This includes ones in Las Vegas, where many of the most expensive casino-resorts are currently located.

This shutdown is costing many of these companies a huge amount of money. According to some reports, several Las Vegas casino operators are losing millions of dollars every single day. The worst thing is that no one can really say when the city’s casinos will be given permission to open to the public.

Tourism into Las Vegas is also very low right now. So few people are flying into McCarran Airport, that officials decided to close down two of its concourses. The low number of tourists is hurting many of the city’s non-gaming businesses.

At the moment, several new casino-resorts are being constructed in Las Vegas. One new venue set to open there later this year is owned by Virgin Hotels. Here’s an update on this new property.

Las Vegas Virgin Hotel is Still Set to Open This Year

As we just mentioned, all land-based casinos in Las Vegas are completely closed down. Interestingly, the construction of new casino-resorts has continued here. This includes renovations on the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel.

Last year, Virgin Hotels announced it had purchased the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for $500 million. The company then stated it planned to renovate the property and convert it into a Virgin-branded casino-resort. Renovations have been taking place for months.

Company officials told the media that this new casino-resort is still on-track for a Fall opening. Richard Bosworth, president of Virgin Hotels, spoke about the construction progress with the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week.

When asked if construction had stalled, Bosworth gave an encouraging answer.

“We consider ourselves very fortunate that to date, and I do want to emphasize to date, we have had no disruption to our construction project or our schedule… I want to emphasize that while we certainly feel blessed that we, to date, have not had a disruption to our scheduling, it’s very difficult to feel happy or excited about that when it’s such a devastation to an industry.” 

He went on to claim that the renovations would end up costing around $200 million. Hopefully, things in Las Vegas are back to normal by the time this venue opens.

Atlantic City is Also Seeing a Major Drop in Revenue

At the moment, the two major casino destinations in the United States are Las Vegas and Atlantic City. It’s been incredible to watch Atlantic City grow so quickly. A little over a decade ago, this city was on the brink of collapse.

Things began improving over the past few years and many casino companies here began earning serious revenue every month. This has now come to a stop. The coronavirus has forced all casinos in this city to shut down.

This has been very damaging to the city. Some reports claim that the casino industry here is losing up to $500 million every single month right now. The fact that New Jersey has the second-highest infection count in the country doesn’t help things.

Land-based casino companies around the country are suffering right now. On a good note, some states are seeing their cases flatten out and officials are beginning to discuss getting things back to normal.

It appears that the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel will open later this year. We’ll need to wait and see whether or not other major casino-resorts will manage to stay on schedule to open, as well.

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

Here’s an Update on the Kingston Casino Resort

At the moment, all of the land-based casinos in Oklahoma are closed to the public. Despite that fact, more tribes in the state are pushing to open new casino-resorts. This week, the Chickasaw Tribe offered an update on the Kingston Casino Resort set to open on the shores of Lake Texoma.Chickasaw Nation Seal

This isn’t the only new gambling venue set to open in this state. Today, we’re going to discuss what’s planned for the Kingston Casino. We’ll also talk about when casinos in the state may decide to open again.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Stitt Continues to Fight in the Courts With Tribes

Kevin Stitt is now well-known for his legal disputes with different Native American tribes in the state. This all started back in the beginning of 2019. That was when the tribe’s gambling compacts expired and lawmakers began demanding they negotiate for new ones.

In 2004, the tribes and state officials agreed to 15-year contracts. These called for the tribes to pay between 4% to 10% of their total revenue in taxes to the state. Now that these contracts are expired, state leaders argue it’s time for the tribes and lawmakers to come up with new agreements.

As of now, the tribes with casinos here are operating as if it’s business as usual. Governor Kevin Stitt believes that they are doing this illegally. Until a new tax structure is agreed to, he argues, all casinos are not able to operate.

This issue is now being fought in court. Attempts at negotiations have been ongoing. According to most reports, however, no real progress has been made.

It’s unclear when this legal fight between the tribes and lawmakers will end. In the meantime, several major tribal groups in the state continue pushing to open new casinos. We’re just receiving an update on another major casino-resort set to open here this year.

More Information About the Kingston Casino Resort is Coming Out

Oklahoma is home to a huge number of popular casino-resorts. Historically speaking, these venues have brought the state a huge amount of revenue. These casinos also help to draw in many visitors from nearby states such as Texas.

For years, the Chickasaw Nation has discussed plans to open a new casino-resorts on the shores of Lake Texoma. The tribe has been asking state officials for permission to open this new venue. Now, it seems that the Kingston Casino Resort will officially open at some point this year.

More information about this casino-resort is starting to come out. According to new reports, it will feature more than 9,600 square feet of gaming space, a 40-room hotel, and 10 rental cabins. Many expect this to become a highly popular venue due to its location.

Back in March, the Chickasaw Nation looked at how the opening of this casino would impact the local area. The tribe then claimed to have purchased a 62-acre plot of land to build it on. Before construction can begin, however, the land needs to be placed under federal trade status in order to comply with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

The Kingston Casino Resort will generate $58 million in economic impact during its first year of operating, according to the Chickasaw Nation. Some analysts are now wondering whether or not the opening of this venue will be possible at all this year due to current regulations.

When Will Oklahoma’s Casino Industry Open Back Up?

Across the country, land-based casinos have been forced to close their doors. This is due to the new coronavirus spreading around the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people have been infected here, despite extreme measures taken in almost every state.

In Oklahoma, all casinos have been closed to the public for weeks. This has been devastating for many tribes that rely on casino revenue to operate normally. Unfortunately, it’s unclear when these current restrictions will be lifted.

More than 2,000 people in Oklahoma have already tested positive for Covid-19. That number is likely to increase as time goes on. Until a major reduction in cases is seen, casinos here will remain closed.

How exactly this will affect the opening of the Kingston Casino Resort is unknown. As we mentioned earlier, the initial plan was to construct and open this new property in 2020. The longer that casinos are forced to be closed here, the more difficult it will be to start building a new gaming venue.

It’s also disappointing news for the Cherokee Tribe, who plan on opening a new casino in Pope County this year.

Hopefully, things begin to improve before too long. Oklahoma’s casino industry is one of the biggest in the country. The state economy will benefit greatly once these casinos here are back up and running.

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

Governor Northam Amends Virginia’s Casino Legislation

For years, lawmakers in Virginia have been pushing to expand the state’s gambling industry. The legalization of casinos, they argue, would help to bring the state millions in additional revenue every single year. Unfortunately, Governor Northam has amended Virginia’s casino legislation and it’s unclear when casinos will be able to operate here.

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It’s disappointing news for gambling fans in this state. Today, we’re going to discuss when casinos may finally be able to operate here. We’ll also look at how other state’s casino industries are faring right now.

Let’s get into it!

Virginia’s Road to Casino Legalization

Virginia is one of the few states in the country that does not currently allow casino gambling. It wasn’t always this way, though. Many decades ago, this state had a large and successful gambling industry. Today, however, almost no legal forms of wagering are allowed here.

The first attempts to legalize casinos here appeared in the mid-90s. None of these early attempts made it to the Senate. That hasn’t stopped proponents of this industry from trying, though.

Recently, another major push to allow casinos has been taking place. This time, it appears things may actually be successful. Two different bills are being considered here to officially allow casinos in five different cities.

In February, news broke that lawmakers had advanced these bills. Several anti-gambling groups began voicing their concerns, claiming it would lead to higher rates of crime and gambling addiction. Despite these claims, state leaders seemed to be embracing the land-based casino industry.

Things are being delayed once again. News is now coming out that the Governor is amending the policy to allow casinos to start operating. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Governor Decides to Amend Virginia’s Casino Legislation

Allowing land-based casinos to operate in Virginia was never going to be easy. Completely new laws had to be introduced. This week, Governor Ralph Northam decided to delay things a little bit to ensure the money earned from legal casinos goes to the right place.

Governor Northam is now proposing an amendment that would use casino revenue to fund public school construction. Carter Hutchinson, deputy policy advisor for the Governor, recently spoke about the situation to the media.

“The governor is going to amend that provision of the bill that says roughly two-thirds of the [tax] revenue goes to the general fund,” he said. “He is going to amend that language to designate the funding go to school construction, renovation and repairs. The language is going to be relatively broad given the revenue from the casinos won’t start coming in for at least a couple years, probably more.”

Lawmakers in Virginia will meet once again on April 22nd to further discuss Virginia’s casino legislation. At this time, a decision will be made on whether or not to officially approve the new bills.

A 2019 study concluded that legalized casinos could bring Virginia $900 million within five years. A casino in Bristol could bring the state $15 million annually.

We’ll need to wait and see how things go later this month.

US Casino Industry Remains Shut Down

It’s an unusual time for Virginia to consider allowing land-based casinos. As most are well-aware, almost all land-based casinos in the state are completely shut down due to Covid-19. It’s unclear when this will change.

It’s a difficult situation. Health experts believe that casinos pose a serious risk for infection spread. Because of this, some feel it may be months before any land-based gaming venues are able to open again.

The casino shutdown has been seriously damaging for several states. Nevada, in particular, is losing out on an enormous amount of revenue right now. Several major casino operators in Las Vegas are losing millions of dollars every single day due to these regulations.

Atlantic City is beginning to suffer, as well. A recent report claims the city may begin losing $500 million every month. Unless things change, it will be extremely difficult for many casino companies to continue operations here.

Virginia’s casino legislation may soon be approved. It will be interesting to see how the new coronavirus affects these plans.

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

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is Dropping Charges Against NHL Player

Back in November of 2019, the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas announced that it was suing San Jose Sharks player Evander Kane for failing to pay back $500,000 in gambling markers. It now appears this lawsuit is ending. The Cosmopolitan has confirmed that it’s dropping charges against Kane this week.

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This isn’t the first time a casino has asked for its money back. Today, we’re going to look at the details of this case. We’ll also talk about some of the other measures that the Cosmopolitan is taking right now.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Remains Shut Down Due to Covid-19

Over the past month, we’ve covered the progression of the new coronavirus. It’s now spread to hundreds of thousands of individuals around the country and many have lost their lives. Some cities are being impacted more than others.

New York is the worst hit in terms of overall cases. This state now has more cases than any country in the world. Extreme social distancing measures set in place here seem to be having a positive effect, yet death rates are continuing to rise here.

Other states including New Jersey and Michigan are seeing their infection rates surge, as well. Lawmakers in these areas are working to change this trend. It’s unclear when the stay-at-home orders set in place here will be lifted.

Las Vegas is still seeing relatively low rates of infection, yet the city is taking a major toll economically. The entire gambling industry here is completely shut down. Governor Sisolak recently extended this casino shutdown. Not even the top officials here can accurately say when the city will get back to normal.

Casino companies here are doing everything they can right now. Many of them are losing millions of dollars every single day. The mayor of Las Vegas has told the Governor that things cannot remain the way they are. This week, one of the biggest casinos here decided to drop an ongoing lawsuit.

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is No Longer Suing NHL Player

As most are well-aware, many casinos in Las Vegas will offer casino credit to certain players. Occasionally, these players fail to pay back the money they lose. According to officials at the Cosmopolitan, this is what happened with NHL player Evander Kane.

This casino claims to have offered the San Jose Sharks player $500,000 in casino markers. He is said to have taken out eight credits of varying amounts in mid-April of 2019. It’s being alleged he never attempted to pay back the losses.

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas then decided to press charges. They asked for the money back as well as legal fees. Since November, there has been little coverage of this lawsuit and some feel it was already settled.

It’s now being reported that the casino has dropped this lawsuit. Whether or not the case was settled out of court is still unknown. Some believe the effect of the coronavirus has pushed the Cosmopolitan to take this route.

Lawrence Semenza, an attorney at the Cosmopolitan, claims the lawsuit may still be brought up again in the future. We have not received a statement from Kane. We’ll need to see whether or not this is brought up again over the next few weeks.

More Workers Are Furloughed at Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is one of the biggest and most lucrative casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. This property cost billions of dollars to construct and, unsurprisingly, costs a huge amount of money to operate. Unfortunately, the coronavirus is taking a serious toll on this property.

It’s clear that this casino-resort is bleeding money right now. As a result, the owners are doing everything they can to cut costs. According to new reports, Cosmopolitan has decided to furlough a huge number of its employees.

“As a result of the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Sisolak’s extension of the resort closure mandate through April 30, 2020, we have had to make the very difficult decision to reduce staffing and furlough employees,” the casino said in a statement. 

As we’ve already mentioned, it’s unclear when Las Vegas will get back to normal. State officials continue to set new regulations. Some analysts feel it may be more than a year before the Strip is back to the way it was earlier this year.

How this will affect casino companies here is still unknown. Much of it depends on the ability of health officials to form a vaccine.

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

Dana White Confirms UFC 249 is Canceled

UFC 249 CanceledThe past few weeks have been a rollercoaster for MMA fans. The status of UFC 249 has changed several times, yet it seemed as if the show was on track to take place next weekend. Unfortunately, UFC president Dana White has confirmed that UFC 249 is canceled.

Putting on a major sporting event this month was never going to be easy. Today, we’re going to look at why exactly this card has been shut down. We’ll also discuss when we may see the next UFC card take place.

Let’s get into it!

Breaking Down the Timeline to UFC 249

The UFC has always done things differently. Back in the early 2000s, the MMA promotion was on the brink of collapse and company officials needed to take drastic steps in order to avoid bankruptcy. In many ways, the UFC continues to pave its own way today.

In March, all US sports leagues announced they were shutting down. The new coronavirus had quickly begun spreading around the country and commissioners realized it would be impossible to hold any games. Only the UFC expressed a desire to get back on track.

UFC president Dana White eventually told the media that the UFC 249 event would be held on April 18th. Its location was forced to change, yet promotion seemed determined to keep the show going. Some felt the card would take place in Las Vegas, where the UFC is headquartered.

By late March, Khabib Nurmagomedov was forced out of the main event against Tony Ferguson and many analysts felt it was time to announce the event was canceled.

Officials in the UFC disagreed. Earlier this week, news broke that Justin Gaethje had stepped in to replace Khabib and an entire card was formed. Dana White revealed he’d secured a location for UFC 249 and things seemed to be moving forward.

It was one of the most unusual months in the history of mixed martial arts. The UFC was willing to go against all of the country’s health advisories in order to put on a show. Unfortunately, this entire situation has finally been put to an end.

Officials Confirm that UFC 249 is Canceled Indefinitely

Most fans were overjoyed to hear the UFC would be putting on an event this month. It brought about a sense of normalcy during these highly unusual times. Some media analysts, however, voiced their opinion that the show should not take place amid a global pandemic.

Dana White and others inside the UFC seemed to tune these opinions out. It seemed as if nothing would stop the company from going ahead with things. White even told the media he’d rented a private island to start hosting international shows.

Today, news broke that UFC 249 is canceled. According to Dana White, the heads of Disney and ESPN reached out and asked the UFC to postpone its operations. He spoke in detail about the situation to veteran MMA reporter Brett Okamoto.

“Today we got a call from the highest level you can go at Disney and the highest level of ESPN,” White said. “One thing that I’ve said since we’ve started our relationship and partnership with ESPN is that it’s been an incredible one. It’s been an amazing partnership. ESPN has been very, very good to us, and the powers that be there asked me to stand down and not do this event next Saturday.”

It’s unclear when the UFC will get back on track. If Dana White has his way, it will be before any other sports leagues do.

“We will be the first sport back,” White said. “‘Fight Island’ is real. It’s a real thing. The infrastructure’s being built right now, and that’s really going to happen and it will be on ESPN.”

Proposed Indian Springs Casino is Now Officially Approved

Nevada is set to welcome another casino. This week, the state’s Gaming Control Board approved the licensing for a proposed Indian Springs Casino. It’s exciting news for residents in this area, about 45 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

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It’s not entirely clear when this new gambling venue will open its doors. At the moment, all casinos in Nevada are currently closed down. Today, we’re going to discuss what exactly is happening in this state.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Sisolak Orders More Statewide Closures

Since early March, lawmakers in Nevada have been looking at ways to combat the new coronavirus. It’s been quickly spreading around the country and hundreds of cases are now confirmed in Clark County. In mid-March, Governor Sisolak announced that all non-essential businesses were being forced to close their doors.

It was an extremely tough blow to the state’s economy. As most are well-aware, several cities in Nevada rely heavily on their tourism and gambling industries. This is especially true in Las Vegas, where many of the country’s biggest casino-resorts are located.

All casinos in the state are currently closed. This week, the Governor announced another set of measures. This time, he said that all sporting and recreation venues, golf courses, and showrooms are all now officially closed.

New measures are also being introduced at grocery stores. For at least the next few weeks, these stores will limit the number of people being let in. Employees must also stay at least six feet away from customers.

There were some that hoped things would return to normal by early April. That does not appear to be the case. Additional regulations are being set around the state and more are likely to come here over the next few weeks.

Indian Springs Casino Gains Approval From Control Board

There are a huge number of casinos spread around Nevada. Not all of these are located in Las Vegas and Reno. It’s easy to find great gambling venues all around the entire state. This week, a proposed casino has been approved by the state’s Gaming Control Board.

For years, groups have worked to open an Indian Springs casino. This town is located northwest of Las Vegas and residents here have expressed a desire to see a gambling venue. Fortunately, plans for this new casino have been officially approved.

During an online meeting, the Control Board approved a license for Herbst IS Holdings LLC to open a casino in this town. Now, the company will need to gain approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission. If this happens later this month, the casino may be opened by Memorial Day.

This won’t be the first Indian Springs casino to open. The first one began operating here back in the mid-1980s. It was forced to close down in 2014 after the nearby Air Force Base decided to purchase the land that this venue sat on.

Tim Herbst, the manager for Herbst Holdings, claims this new casino will feature 75 slot machines, an eight-pump gas station, and a charging station for electric vehicles. It’s an extremely exciting time for residents in this area. Hopefully, things in the state will be back to normal by the proposed opening date.

Atlantic City Casinos Continue to Lose Revenue

There’s no doubt that Las Vegas is the biggest and most profitable gambling destination in the country. Over the past few years, Atlantic City has emerged as a close second. This city in New Jersey is home to many great casino-resorts and revenue was increasing here considerably for the past few months.

That is no longer the case, though. Due to the coronavirus, revenue in this city has plummeted. All of the casinos in Atlantic City have been forced to shut down. According to some reports, these venues are losing up to $500 million every single month.

It’s an extremely difficult situation. Some are pointing to the recession of 2008 when many gambling venues in this city were forced to permanently close. It’s still unclear how long many of the casinos here will be able to hold out during this situation.

In fact, the entire US land-based casino industry is now shut down. Casinos around the country are unable to open their doors to the public. Many are claiming they will not be able to survive long under the current conditions.

Many are happy to see the proposed Indian Springs casino gain approval. Residents in Nevada are looking for some positive news during this unprecedented time.

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

Wilton Rancheria Gains Fire Support From the CSD

For years, the Wilton Rancheria has discussed plans to open a major new casino-resort in northern California. The tribe is now working to gain approval from various state government bodies. This week, the tribe received a guarantee of support by the Cosumnes Community Services District.

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It’s great news for the tribe, which currently plans to open this new venue in 2021. Today, we’re going to look at what exactly this venue will have to offer. We’ll also look at the current state of California’s casino industry.

Let’s get into it!

California’s Casino Industry Remains Shut Down

All around the United States, land-based casinos are completely closed down. It’s all due to the new coronavirus, which has now infected more than 420,000 individuals around the country. It’s been devastating for casino companies, some of which are losing an incredible amount of money every single day.

Of course, some parts of the country are being affected by the casino shutdowns more than others. In places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City, this has been incredibly troublesome. A huge number of businesses are now shut down in these areas and tourism has slowed down considerably.

California is under stay-at-home orders. Essentially, residents in the state are unable to leave their homes for anything non-essential. Obviously, this means casinos in the state are unable to open their doors to the general public.

It’s still unclear when these casinos will be able to open again. Despite that fact, several tribes are currently working on plans to open new gambling venues in the state. This includes the Wilton Rancheria.

As we’ve already mentioned, this tribe plans to open a brand new casino-resort next year. This week, they’ve taken a major step forward to get this done.

CSD Agrees to Support Wilton Rancheria With Medical Services

It’s not easy to open a new casino-resort in California. Native American tribes need to gain approval and support from various government bodies. This week, the Cosumnes Community Services District has agreed to provide the Wilton Rancheria with medical services for its proposed casino-resort.

Under the current agreement, the tribe will provide the CSD with several things including a new fire truck, a one-time payment of $805,500 and an annual fee of $887,500. The agreement also makes the Cosumnes Fire Department the exclusive agency to provide fire services for the casino-resort.

Raymond “Chuckie” Hitchcock, a chairman at the Wilton Rancheria, spoke about this new agreement to the media this week.

“We’re excited for our future and our generational partnership between the tribe and the (CSD),” he said. “You are the lifeline between the safety of our future employees and patrons, (you are) the protectors of our gaming facility in the case of any structural emergency.” 

CSD Director Rod Brewer also praised the new partnership this week.

“It took a lot of years and a lot of conversations in just making sure that the stars are aligned to make sure we have something that is mutually beneficial,” Brewer said.

This is a huge move for this tribal group. With this now settled, the tribe can begin looking at construction plans. Of course, we’ll need to want and see how long it takes for the state’s land-based casino industry to get back up and running.

US Land-Based Casino Revenue Continues to Drop

As everyone knows, this is a tough time for the land-based casino industry. Casinos across the country are shut down and no one can say when they’ll open back up. For some casino operators, this will have permanent effects.

Revenue from this industry continues to drop. In New Jersey, for example, casino companies are losing millions of dollars every month. The same is happening in Las Vegas.

California casinos are hurting, as well. All of the Native American gambling venues in the state are currently shut down. There are some analysts that believe things will remain this way for at least a few months.

Despite that fact, the Wilton Rancheria is focused on opening its new casino-resort. This tribe is banking on this whole situation being cleared up by next year. With support from the CSD, this casino is on track to open in 2021.

Major casino companies continue to ask the government for financial aid. Hope is that the stimulus package provides these companies with some relief. Another package is likely to be approved in the coming months.

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

A Major Poker Cheating Scandal Has Just Been Revealed

Las Vegas is home to a huge number of professional poker players. This week, one of these players announced that she’s been cheated out of thousands of dollars at a venue in California. Today, we’re going to discuss the poker cheating scandal in detail.Poker Hand

It’s troubling news for poker fans. No one wants to hear that professionals are finding new ways to work the system. Here is what we know about this situation.

Las Vegas Casinos Remain Closed

Las Vegas is the gambling hub of the United States. As everyone knows, huge number of massive casino-resorts are located here. Many of the biggest casino companies in the country are also based in this city, some of which have major properties around the world.

For the past few years, revenue in Las Vegas has been surging. Tourism has increased here and several huge new casinos are being constructed in the city. Unfortunately, things have taken a massive turn.

Since January, a new coronavirus called Covid-19 has begun spreading throughout the United States. Hundreds of cases have been recorded in Nevada and new infections are being reported every single day. This has led to the Governor forcing all casinos in the state to close their doors to the public.

This is devastating to the Las Vegas economy. Almost no visitors are coming here and a huge number of individuals are now out of work. Not even the top officials in the state can accurately say when things will return to normal.

The closing of these casinos is costing many companies here millions of dollars every single day. Many professional gamblers based in the city are now forced to play in other states. This week, one of these players revealed she was cheated out of a major jackpot.

Las Vegas Player Reveals a New Poker Cheating Scandal

As we just mentioned, there are many professional poker players that call Las Vegas home. It’s not surprising, considering there are massive tournaments being held here every single week. Due to the casino closures, some players are being forced to hone their craft in other parts of the country.

This is exactly what Marle Cordeiro is doing. Recently, the Las Vegas resident took part in a major game inside of a California casino called the Stones Gambling Hall in Citrus Heights. She’s now suing fellow player Mike Postle, who she claims cheated her out of thousands of dollars. Cordeiro’s lawyer is now asking for the money she lost in the game, along with $250,000 in further damages.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Postle had access to a phone during the game. He would use the device to see the hole cards of other players, in real-time. The lawsuit alleges that Postle was “aided by one or more confederates … who furnished him with this information, for purposes of carrying out a fraud, through one or more concealed communicative mechanisms.”

Several other lawsuits have been made against Postle over the years. Many players claimed to have lost in unusual circumstances against him. This is perhaps the biggest poker cheating scandal in recent memory.

The casino responded by saying, “Stones had no stake in who won money or lost money in the poker games. All Stones did was to provide a venue for the poker game. Plaintiffs decided whether they wanted to play, for how long, how much to bet, and in which hands to participate.”

It’s a very unusual development for the poker world. We’ll need to see how the lawsuit proceeds over the next few months.

When Will Las Vegas Open its Casinos Again?

This is the question that many residents and city officials are now asking. At the moment, both the federal government and state leaders are requesting that people stay in their homes to avoid spreading the virus. It seems to be helping things, yet thousands of new infections are still being reported every single day.

The mayor of Las Vegas is trying to argue that the city cannot survive long in the current conditions. It’s an extremely difficult time for many companies and individuals here. Lawmakers seem to understand this yet are unable to make any changes.

The truth is that no one knows when the Las Vegas casinos will open to the public once again. Several major construction projects are currently underway, despite the current conditions.

That includes construction on the multi-billion-dollar Resorts World Las Vegas. This week, another construction employee at Resorts World tested positive for Covid-19. Some now fear that many projects in the city will be forced to shut down.

In reality, the city will not truly return to normal until the virus is successfully eliminated. Even if the casinos open, very few visitors are likely to gamble inside casinos while new infections are being reported. It’s one of the most difficult situations Las Vegas has ever experienced.

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

Atlantic City’s Casino Industry is Hurting Badly

All casinos in the United States are officially shut down right now. It’s been devastating for many cities that rely on tourism and gambling revenue to operate normally. According to new reports, Atlantic City’s casino industry is losing an incredible amount of money every single day.

Sky View Of Atlantic City

It’s a tough time for this city, and many others around the country. Today, we’re going to discuss exactly how much money gambling venues in New Jersey are losing. We’ll also look at some other cities that are suffering due to casino shutdowns.

Let’s get into it!

Casinos Around the Country Are Still Shut Down

Just a few months ago, the US casino market was extremely strong. Many states were experiencing huge surges in gambling revenue and many new casinos were popping up around the country. Unfortunately, every single land-based casino in the United States is now officially closed due to the spread of Covid-19.

As this virus began to spread, more states started implementing tough regulations. Unsurprisingly, this involved closing down casinos. The entire US casino industry is now essentially closed down and it’s unclear when these gaming venues will open up again.

This is extremely troublesome for some parts of the country. Nevada, for example, is known to rely heavily on its gambling industry. All casinos in the state are now closed down and tourism into Las Vegas is the lowest it’s ever been.

It’s a very unusual time. Many US casino companies are losing a huge amount of money. Some expressed hope that Macau would help to make up for this revenue loss. Unfortunately, even Macau is seeing extremely low revenue earnings right now.

New Jersey has one of the biggest casino markets in the country. The casinos in Atlantic City draw in visitors from many nearby states. New reports are now shedding light on how much money these casinos are losing right now.

Atlantic City’s Casino Industry is Losing Millions Right Now

About a decade ago, Atlantic City was on the brink of collapse. The recession had taken a major toll on this city and several of the biggest gambling venues in the city were forced to close their doors. Since that time, Atlantic City has slowly recovered and has been posting incredible revenue figures for the past few months.

The legalization of sports betting certainly helped things. New Jersey was one of the first states to allow this form of gambling. Now, both online and land-based sports gambling options are available here.

Now, things are beginning to decline here once again. The new coronavirus has led to New Jersey closing down its gambling venues. Atlantic City’s casino industry is now losing millions of dollars every single day.

No one really knew how bad things were here. New reports are beginning to reveal the extent of these new regulations. They claim that this shutdown is costing casino companies in Atlantic City more than $500 million every single month.

Clyde Barrow, a professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, commented on how things are looking to the media this week.

“We haven’t seen it play out yet, but if you look at the economic numbers that are going to start coming out in the coming weeks, this portends to be a worse economic downturn than we even saw in the great recession,” he said. “It will be the biggest blow to the casino industry that we’ve seen in a lifetime.” 

Hopefully, things begin to improve before too long.

How Are Other Cities Doing With These Regulations?

A huge number of industries are being devastated right now. This includes the airline industry, which is in desperate need of government aid. Obviously, some cities are being affected more by the casino shutdown than others.

Las Vegas is probably being hit the hardest by these new regulations. This city is home to one of the largest gambling industries in the world. It relies on its tourism and gambling market and right now, these are basically non-existent.

No one knows when things will recover in Las Vegas. Some analysts believe the economy here will bounce back in a major way once these regulations are removed. Others think this entire situation will change the city forever.

Atlantic City’s casino industry isn’t the only one on the East Coast that’s hurting. Over in New York, all gambling venues are completely shut down. This state is now the epicenter of this virus outbreak and it seems unlikely that casinos here will open anytime soon.

It’s a very difficult time for the land-based gambling industry. We’re all waiting to see whether or not regulations will be extended.

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

How Will the Coronavirus Affect the Las Vegas Economy?

Rates of Covid-19 continue to surge around the country. In Nevada, more than 1,700 individuals have been diagnosed with the virus, including 228 additional cases over the past 24 hours. Interestingly, some experts believe the Las Vegas economy will bounce back in a big way once this crisis is over.

Welcome Sign In Las Vegas

This is a very unusual time for Nevada and the country as a whole. Today, we’ll be looking at how casino companies in Las Vegas are responding to the situation. We’re also going to discuss how the city may look in the future.

Let’s get into it!

All Nevada Casinos Remain Closed to the Public

For weeks now, almost all of the land-based casinos in the United States have been shut down. This is done to help stop the spread of Covid-19, a new coronavirus that first emerged in Wuhan, China. As you might expect, it’s taking an incredible toll on the country’s many casino companies.

Nevada ordered all of its casinos to shut down in mid-March. This came with sharp criticism from the Las Vegas mayor. Eventually, however, it became clear how important it was to limit large public gatherings.

The casino shutdown is still going on today. It’s costing many companies in this city millions of dollars every single day. It’s still unclear when exactly the state’s gambling venues will be able to function normally again.

Some analysts felt that Macai would prove hugely lucrative for many Las Vegas casino companies. Unfortunately, the Chinese territory is experiencing very low revenue figures. A new report even claims the casinos here will earn no revenue at all during April.

The tourism industry is at a standstill right now. Many worry that the Las Vegas economy may suffer for months due to this new virus. This week, one analyst claimed that things may bounce back in a big way once this situation clears up.

Here’s What May Happen to the Las Vegas Economy

Nevada, and specifically Las Vegas, is being hit extremely hard by Covid-19. This city relies heavily on its tourism and gambling industry. Right now, unfortunately, both of these industries are essentially shut down in Las Vegas.

Mike PeQueen, an analyst at HighTower, believes the Las Vegas economy will improve rapidly once the coronavirus is no longer an issue.

“When this ends, we will have gone through a great deal of suffering, both physically and economically,” he said. “But it will end, and this city is perfectly poised to be the place that people come to re-enter the social phase of their lives.”

PeQueen also believes the Raiders’ move into Las Vegas will help the economy, as well.

“I absolutely agree that when we can all get together in Raiders Stadium,” said PeQueen, “whether or not we’re wearing masks or not, it will absolutely be one of the catalysts back to Las Vegas’s recovery. No question.”

Things are still escalating around the country. It may be a long road for Las Vegas to get back to normal. Eventually, however, that’s exactly what will happen.

How Are Other States Faring?

Relatively speaking, Nevada is doing fairly well in its fight against the Coronavirus. The same cannot be said for many states around the country. New York has just seen its total number of infections rise to 113,704.

New Jersey is also seeing a huge spike in cases right now. Louisiana is experiencing a massive surge in infections, as well. All of these states are seeing their economies suffer significantly. The gambling industries here are hurting significantly.

All of New York’s land-based casinos are shut down. Over in New Jersey, the world-famous Atlantic City is closed down. Many believe this will continue for at least the next four weeks. The restrictions may last for months.

Some states are managing to fare better than others. As we’ve already seen, however, things can change extremely quickly. We’ll need to wait and see how health officials around the country try to tackle the virus.

The Las Vegas economy is still suffering. Many are out of work here and it may be some time before the casinos are able to open up again. Hopefully, the city experiences a wave of tourism once things clear up.

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

Macau Casino Resorts May Earn No Revenue This Month

All over the world, land-based casinos are being forced to close down. This includes ones in Las Vegas, where many of the biggest gambling venues in the world are located. New reports indicate that Macau casino resorts may earn no revenue at all next month.Revenue Decline Image

It’s extremely disappointing news for casino companies with property in this city. Macau continues to suffer from new regulations being made around the world. Today, we’re going to discuss what experts are predicting to happen here over the next few months.

Let’s get into it!

Officials in Macau Allow Casinos to Open Once Again

Macau is another one of the world’s largest casino destinations. Here, a huge number of top-notch gambling venues are currently operating here owned by major companies around the world. Back in February, officials in this city announced that all of the casinos were being forced to close down for 15 days.

This was due to the spread of Covid-19, a new coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan. After several cases in Macau, officials decided it was time to take drastic steps to change this trend. The closing of casinos here cost several companies millions of dollars every single day.

Some felt that this shutdown would last for months. Interestingly, city officials decided to open these gambling venues up once again and some felt revenue would begin flowing in. That is not the case.

Unfortunately, there are still many travel restrictions set in place here. Most people are completely banned from visiting Macau. As a result, casinos here are earning very little revenue right now.

It’s not clear how long this will last for. China and Macau are working hard to ensure that no major outbreaks take place. This is taking a major toll on many casino companies. This week, analysts released reports that claim things may not improve here anytime soon.

Macau Casino Resorts Are Expected to Lose Serious Revenue This Month

Just six months ago, Macau was one of the most profitable gambling destinations in the world. Millions of people flock to this city, many of whom are high rollers from mainland China. As the coronavirus began to spread, however, fewer people started to visit and gamble in Macau.

This should continue for some time. According to new reports, Macau casino resorts may earn no revenue next month. This would be the first time this has ever happened.

In February, gambling revenue in this city fell by an incredible 88%. March brought an 80% decrease in revenue compared to the same month last year. Some analysts now predict that revenue in April will be the worst so far.

“We wouldn’t be surprised to see Macau printing near-zero GGR until the restrictions at the Guangdong border are lifted,” an analyst at JP Morgan told the media. 

It’s extremely disappointing news for many companies. There was hope that Macau could be a lifeline for US casino operators while the industry slows down. Now, it’s looking like this city may end up hurting these companies more than it helps.

US Casino Industry Continues to Suffer

The United States has a large and successful gambling industry. At the moment, all of the land-based casinos in this country are now shut down. It’s unclear when these gambling venues will open once again.

Las Vegas is being hit particularly hard. All of the city’s gambling venues were forced to close down last month. Tourism into the city is now lower than it’s ever been. Some city officials have been calling for regulations to relax, yet this is not happening.

Many casino companies are losing a huge amount of revenue here every single day. Almost no visitors are coming to Las Vegas right now. Even the airport is being forced to close some of its concourses due to the low number of travelers.

As many are aware, there are several Las Vegas casino companies that operate major Macau casino resorts. Now, these companies are losing a significant amount of revenue in several different parts of the world. Some feel these companies may eventually be forced to get rid of their Macau properties.

States continue to set new regulations that are hurting the casino industry. We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes for the country’s gambling venues to open up again. Hopefully, things begin to improve in Macau soon, too.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks!

The Las Vegas Airport is Shutting Down Two Concourses

For weeks, Las Vegas has been essentially shut down due to the spread of Covid-19. All major casinos in the city are closed and tourism in this city is at an all-time low. This week, two different concourses at the Las Vegas airport were officially shut down.Famous Sign In Las Vegas

It’s been a tough time for Las Vegas and the country as a whole. Today, we’re going to discuss when casinos in this city may open up again. We’ll also look at how these new airport changes will affect the city in the long run.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Sisolak Extends Casino Shut Down in Nevada

Las Vegas is one of the most-visited cities in the United States. It draws in millions of people from all around the country every single year. The gambling industry here is one of the biggest in the world, and a huge number of massive casino-resorts are located in the city.

The gambling industry in Las Vegas helps to bring the state a huge amount of revenue. In many ways, the city relies on its casinos. Unfortunately, all gambling venues in Nevada have been officially ordered to shut down by Governor Sisolak.

In fact, all non-essential businesses in the state have been closed. This has already been devastating to the local economy. Many of the biggest casino companies are now losing millions of dollars every single day.

No one knew when these gambling venues would be able to open up again. The mayor of Las Vegas began pleading with the governor to loosen up regulations. Unfortunately, this is not happening anytime soon.

This week, Nevada announced a stay-at-home measure in effect until at least April 30th. Sisolak also activated the National Guard to help with supply delivery and distribution. This is not entirely unexpected, yet it’s disappointing for many of the gambling companies in the city.

Now, the city’s airport is being affected by these new regulations.

Two Concourses Close Inside Las Vegas Airport

Under normal circumstances, the Las Vegas airport is one of the busiest in the country. Due to the coronavirus, this airport is seeing very little travelers every month. As a result, officials at the airport have decided to close down all of the gates in two concourses.

The Department of Aviation has also decided to reduce the airport’s workforce. It’s unprecedented for the city and it’s unclear when things will return to normal.

“As passenger activity has declined, McCarran officials are continually evaluating the airport’s infrastructure and operations to identify ways to maximize efficiencies and implement cost-savings measures,” officials at the airport told the media. 

Concourse D and terminal three of the airport are remaining open. Travelers here will still be able to purchase tickets, check-in their bags and go through TSA security. Any flights previously scheduled to open in concourse E will now be moved to concourse D.

This goes to show how much of an impact the coronavirus is having on the city. Las Vegas has never experienced such a massive dip in tourism and gambling revenue. Hopefully, the city is able to get back on track before too long.

What to Expect Over the Next Month

With the new stay-at-home announcement, all casinos in Las Vegas will remain closed. This is very tough news for many of the major casino companies here, some of which are losing millions of dollars right now. The recently passed stimulus package should help some of these companies during the shutdown, though.

This offers some much-needed relief for these companies. According to revenue reports, some of them would not have been able to survive longer than a few months before going bankrupt. Now, they’re able to tap into a huge source of money from the federal government.

Many of these companies may soon begin relying on Macau for revenue, too. The Chinese territory opened up its casinos weeks ago and is slowly beginning to see more gamblers trickling in. Several major casino companies based in Las Vegas own casino-resorts in Macau.

Hopefully, these venues are able to make up for some of the losses in the United States. If another major Covid-19 breaks out in China, however, this plan will fall apart.

With the Las Vegas airport beginning to shut down, visitation to this city will remain very low. We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes for the city to get back to normalcy.

Stay tuned for updates on this situation over the next few weeks!

Casino Stock Prices Jumped This Week

The land-based casino industry is in a very unusual place. The new coronavirus has shut down all casinos in the United States and it’s unclear when these gambling venues will begin opening up again. Interestingly, we’re beginning to see casino stock prices jump.Paper On Stocks And Shares

There are several reasons why this is. Today, we’re going to look at the state of the US casino industry. We’ll also talk about why stock prices are beginning to increase.

Let’s get into it!

Casinos Around the United States Remain Closed

The US is known for having one of the largest and most successful casino industries in the world. A huge number of states around the country operate major casinos. Many of these gambling venues help to bring the state valuable revenue every single month.

Unfortunately, all casinos across the country are now shut down. As the coronavirus began to spread, most states started to close their casinos down. With cases now confirmed in every single state, the entire US land-based casino industry is now shut down.

This includes all the casinos in Las Vegas. This city, known as the gambling hub of the world, has seen all of its gambling venues close down. This is costing many major casino companies here millions of dollars every day.

No one knows when the country’s casinos will be able to open again. Health experts warn that this situation may play out for months. We’re seeing thousands of new cases of Covid-19 emerge every single day.

The recently-passed stimulus package is expected to help many US casino companies. Some are still worried about the future. This week, many of these companies saw their stock prices rise considerably.

Why Did Casino Stock Prices Recently Increase?

As you may already know, the stock market has been extremely volatile lately. We’ve seen almost all stock prices plummet over the past few weeks and this trend may continue for the foreseeable future. This week, however, we saw casino stock prices jump.

Perhaps most notably was Eldorado Resorts, whose stock rose by an incredible 26.4% at one point before closing at 19.5%. Caesars Entertainment also saw a quick jump of 17% before settling at 5.3%. Part of the reason for this jump is the impending merger between these two companies.

Back in June of 2019, these two companies officially agreed to merge. Eldorado paid billions to acquire Caesars and the companies have been working to gain approval from various state gambling commissions ever since. As of now, the deal is set to finalize in June of this year.

The aforementioned stimulus package may have also helped these stock prices increase, as well. Several companies have expressed relief that the federal government is offering emergency aid.

Penn National Gaming also saw a major stock price increase of 15.8% before it settled at 8.5%. This company recently sold a major property in Las Vegas which is expected to help the company over the next few months.

More and more US casino companies are now looking at Macau as the saving grace right now.

Macau May Prove to Be Extremely Valuable for US Casino Companies

Macau is another one of the world’s biggest gambling hubs. It’s a small Chinese territory that’s home to a huge number of multi-billion dollar casino resorts. Several of the biggest US casino companies operate casinos here including MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands.

For a time, all the gambling venues in Macau were closed to the public. That is no longer the case and this city is now extremely valuable for US casino companies. The casinos here may be the only ones able to bring these companies revenue.

This isn’t happening right away. Tourism into Macau is still extremely low. As a result, the casinos in this city are struggling hard to bring in money.

Hope is that this changes soon. If more visitors from mainland China begin flocking to Macau, this city can help to protect many of the biggest US casino companies. An increase in gambling revenue here may also lead to casino stock prices increasing massively once again.

Things continue to get stranger every single day. We’ll need to wait and see how US casino companies manage to deal with the new regulations over the next few months.

Stay tuned for updates on this situation!

MGM Resorts Delays Move into Japan Due to Coronavirus

In 2018, lawmakers in Japan officially approved a bill to allow three casino-resorts to open in the country. As a result, almost all major casino companies in the United States are trying to break into the Japanese casino industry. According to new reports, MGM Resorts is now delaying its move into the city of Osaka.MGM Resorts Logo

It’s been a long road to start building casinos in this country. With the spread of Covid-19, things have gotten even worse. Today, we’re going to look at why exactly MGM is choosing to stay out of Japan right now.

Let’s get into it!

Japan Continues to Work On Casino Regulations

For many years, Japan had very strict gambling laws set in place that prohibited all casinos. In fact, the laws here banned almost all traditional forms of gambling. In mid-2018, things took a major turn in this country.

That year, lawmakers in Japan decided to legalize casino-resorts. The government announced it would allow three gambling venues to start operating in three different cities. As of now, it looks like Tokyo, Osaka, and Yokohama are the most-likely cities to open casinos.

It was unclear when the first gambling venue would open in Japan. Lawmakers in the country wanted to ensure that issues like gambling addiction and crime were avoided. Since passing the bill, government officials have been working to come up with specific regulations for the country’s casino industry.

Back in December, news broke that Japan was studying the Las Vegas casino model for guidance. It makes sense, as Las Vegas is home to many of the biggest and most successful casinos in the world. This process is still taking place.

Most analysts predict that it will be years before the first casino-resort in the city opens up. Due to the spread of Covid-19, things may be pushed back even further. It now appears that one of the biggest casino companies in the US is postponing its move into the country.

MGM Resorts Offers New Timetable for Osaka Casino

MGM Resorts International is one of the largest casino companies in the world. It operates several major casino-resorts in Las Vegas and has been pushing hard to gain a casino license in Japan. This company has not been granted an official license to run a casino-resort in Osaka yet almost all experts agree that it will eventually be granted the license.

Unfortunately, it may take longer to open a gambling venue in this city than initially expected. City officials have scrapped plans to open the casino-resort by 2025. Now, it appears that MGM plans to build a casino here in 2026.

Ed Bowers, CEO of MGM Resorts Japan LLC, claims that the spread of Covid-19 is not affecting plans to open a casino in Osaka.

“MGM will continue to proceed with our efforts to create a proposal that will be appreciated by the entire Osaka community, taking into account the schedule announced by the government,” he said.

The new coronavirus is already taking a massive toll on the land-based casino industry around the world. In the US, all casinos are now shut down. This is costing many US casino companies millions of dollars every single day.

Other countries in Asia are just beginning to open their casino industries, yet it does not appear they’re bringing in much revenue.

Macau Casinos Struggle to Bring in Players

China was the first country hit by the novel coronavirus now spreading around the world. Within weeks, officials decided to close down all of the casinos in Macau. This was devastating to the local economy, which relies almost entirely on tourism and gambling revenue.

The closure of these Macau casinos also impacted many US casino operators. This includes the aforementioned MGM Resorts International. Just recently, officials in Macau decided to reopen all of the casino-resorts in the city.

Unfortunately, these casinos are having an extremely difficult time generating revenue. There are still heavy restrictions set in place in Macau. Very few gamblers are now flocking to this city and some casinos are in danger of failing.

In time, however, Macau may prove to be the saving grace for some US casino companies. As we’ve already mentioned, all land-based casinos in the United States are now shut down. Many with property in Macau are now relying on the city to help make up for the revenue they are losing in America.

MGM Resorts doesn’t expect to open its Osaka casino anytime soon. At the moment, this company is likely focused on surviving while its US properties are shut down.

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

Casinos in Asia Are Still Suffering Due to Covid-19

The coronavirus has taken an incredible toll on the land-based casino industry around the world. A huge number of casinos in Asia have seen their revenue completely stop coming in. New reports are coming out that claim these gambling venues will continue to experience low revenue figures for the next few months.Casinos In Macau

It’s a very unusual time. We’re seeing Covid-19 spread to thousands of new individuals every single day. Here’s how the virus continues to impact Asian casinos.

Macau Casinos Are Open to the Public Once Again

Macau is one of the biggest and most lucrative gambling hubs in the world. It’s a Chinese territory, yet officials have some authority to set their own regulations here. Prior to the spread of the new coronavirus, Macau had a hugely successful casino industry.

As the virus moved throughout China, it became clear that Macau would take a hit. Eventually, a casino worker in the city tested positive for Covid-19. That prompted lawmakers here to officially close down all of the casinos to the public.

This was devastating for the local economy. It also impacted many major casino companies in Las Vegas that own casinos in Macau. According to many reports, the shutdown of all Macau casinos cost these companies millions of dollars every single day.

Not long ago, these casinos opened to the public once again. Unfortunately, their revenue hasn’t jumped quite as much as many hoped. There are still heavy travel restrictions in Macau and visitation to the casinos here remains very low.

Some felt this would only last a few weeks. As time went on, it seemed possible that Macau would become what it once was. That does not appear to be the case.

Casinos in Asia May See Low Revenue Earnings For Months

The whole world is in an unprecedented situation right now. Not even the best health experts can predict how long this pandemic will continue for. As of now, it seems things will continue to play out until a vaccine is developed.

That’s bad news for casino companies. The land-based gambling industry is taking a serious hit due to the new coronavirus. According to new reports, casinos in Asia will continue to suffer due to Covid-19.

S&P Global Ratings released a report today that details what may take place this year. The company claims that many Asia-Pacific casinos will experience a drop in visitation between 60% to 80% over the next few months. This is due to ongoing travel restrictions, and casino closures.

“This is exacerbating weak consumer sentiment and leading to negative cash flows. Gaming equipment makers and lottery/betting operators are experiencing similar pain from the temporary closure of venues,” the report said. 

This report did not state exactly which companies will see their revenue drop. It seems likely that all gambling venues in Macau and the Philippines will suffer.

It’s a very tough time for many industries. The land-based casino industry, in particular, is taking a major hit. This includes ones in the United States, as well.

Las Vegas Casinos Remain Shut Down

There’s no doubt that Macau is the biggest gambling destination in Asia. In North America, however, that title belongs to Las Vegas. Here, a huge number of fantastic gambling establishments are operating.

Many of the world’s biggest casino companies are based here including MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands. Unfortunately, all of the casinos in Las Vegas have been forced to shut down. It’s unclear when Governor Sisolak will remove these regulations.

This is devastating for many of the companies here, including non-gaming ones. Tourism in the city is at an all-time low. Fortunately, the federal government passed a new stimulus package that should offer some support for these companies.

Since the land-based gaming venues have shut down, online casinos in Nevada have grown hugely popular. Most individuals here are recognizing how fun and easy this industry really is.

Casinos in Asia and the US are facing a tough few months. Online casinos are seeing their membership rates increase.

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

Covid-19 Continues to Slow Down Las Vegas Construction

The coronavirus has now spread throughout the entire United States. Perhaps no city has been affected by this new virus quite as much as Las Vegas. According to new reports, Las Vegas construction projects have been slowing down considerably.

Resorts World Las Vegas

This is a tough time for people around the world. Several major industries are being hit hard. Today, we’re going to discuss the impact that Covid-19 is having on major construction projects inside Las Vegas.

Let’s get into it!

More than 130,000 Covid-19 Infections Are Now Confirmed in the US

As most are well aware, the new coronavirus is quickly spreading around the world. Unfortunately, no one saw this virus spread coming. It’s exposed just how unprepared many of the world’s most powerful countries were for a pandemic.

In early March, less than one hundred cases were confirmed in the United States. Today, more than 130,000 people have been officially diagnosed with the coronavirus. Every day, thousands of new cases emerge.

Some states are being hit harder than others. As of now, New York is the epicenter of the epidemic in the US. This state has nearly 60,000 cases including tens of thousands in New York City. New Jersey and Louisiana are seeing their infection rates surge, as well.

Nevada saw its first cases emerge in early March. Since that time, nearly 900 individuals here have caught Covid-19. As a result, much of the entire city has been shut down.

All casinos in Las Vegas are closed to the public. The tourism industry here has essentially shut down. Obviously, this has been devastating for a huge number of businesses and individuals.

New reports show how Covid-19 is affecting major Las Vegas construction projects.

Las Vegas Construction Projects Are Slowing Down

As we just mentioned, the new coronavirus is affecting a huge number of industries in Las Vegas. Perhaps the most notable is the gambling industry. All major casinos have been forced to shut down in the city. It’s unclear when these venues will be able to open again.

Governor Sisolak has called for all non-essential businesses to shut down. Fortunately, the state is still allowing construction to take place. That’s not entirely surprising, considering a huge number of massive Las Vegas construction projects are currently underway.

It appears many of these projects are slowing down, though. Workers at the new Allegiant Stadium and the Resorts World Las Vegas have tested positive for Covid-19. This is led some lawmakers to discuss the possibility of halting all construction.

No one wants to see these projects completely stalled, though. In the mid-2000s, many projects were stalled due to the recession. This cost thousands of people their jobs and was devastating to the local economy. City officials now need to weigh the safety of residents and the impact that new regulations will have on Las Vegas.

For now, construction is still able to take place in Las Vegas. If the gambling industry remains closed and more Covid-19 infections begin to emerge, however, we may see some of these projects put on hold.

Las Vegas Casino Companies Receive Help From Stimulus Bill

Many of the biggest casino companies in the world are based in Las Vegas. This includes MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands. Today, all of these companies are bleeding revenue due to the regulations in Nevada.

Many of these companies claimed that unless things changed, they would be unable to continue operating. Reports surfaced that show they are currently losing millions of dollars every day. Many casino officials began asking the government for relief.

Last week, a massive new stimulus bill was officially signed. Many of the major casino operators in Las Vegas are taking a sigh of relief. Under the new bill, casinos in Nevada can receive money from the $450 billion in government loans now being offered.

Brian Ahern, a spokesperson for MGM Resorts International, commented on the bill to the media this week.

“Our goal is to reopen our doors and get employees back to work as soon as public health and safety allow. These provisions help pave the way for that outcome,” he said. “We are pleased the economic relief package offers financial support immediately.” 

Casino companies are getting some much-needed relief. Unfortunately, several major Las Vegas construction projects are in danger of being halted.

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

Thousands of Slot Machines in Missouri May Soon Shut Down

Missouri is home to a huge number of slot gambling machines. As Covid-19 continues to spread around the state, lawmakers are beginning to discuss whether or not they should be able to run. According to new reports, thousands of slot machines in Missouri may soon shut down due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Missouri Casinos

Scientists are still learning about this virus. We now know that it can survive for days on a surface, waiting to infect others. Today, we’re going to look at the gambling laws in Missouri, and discuss why lawmakers here are getting rid of the slot gambling machines.

Let’s get into it!

Missouri’s Gambling Laws, Explained

For decades, Missouri had a large and successful casino industry. Unfortunately, things took a turn in the early 1900s when lawmakers decided to officially close all casinos and bingo halls. It wasn’t until 1980 that state officials started to allow bingo gambling once again.

There are now many casinos operating in Missouri right now. Some of these are riverboat casinos. Others are gambling venues based on land. These casinos help to bring the state millions of dollars every single year.

Over the past few years, lawmakers in this state have seen a huge rise in illegal gambling machines. There are now many slot machines in Missouri that are located in gas stations, bars, and restaurants. Eventually, state officials decided to crack down on these machines.

Earlier this month, Senate Bill 566 was introduced to allow state-regulated gaming machines to operate in the state. Lawmakers realize that people are playing through these machines. By regulating them, at least the state is earning money.

There are still a huge number of illegal slots operating in this state, though. This week, officials announced they were interested in cracking down on the rogue slot machines.

Gaming Commission Wants to Crack Down on Slot Machines in Missouri

According to some reports, more than 14,000 illegal slot machines are now operating in Missouri. Many of these gaming machines are located in gas stations. The Missouri Gaming Commission is now claiming that these slots pose a serious health risk.

According to the Commission, these are not being cleaned regularly. In fact, they may be the perfect machines to spread Covid-19. The group is now asking for state and local health departments to shut all of these machines down.

Mike Winter, executive director of the association, released a statement about this to the media.

“Often lined up one right next to the other in gas stations and other establishments, the cleanliness of these illegal and unregulated slot machines is questionable,” he said. “We believe the state should shut down these illegal slot machines, for the safety of our residents.”

This certainly makes sense. Many have overlooked how the unregulated slot machines in Missouri may be helping to spread the coronavirus. With the state’s real casinos now closed, these machines have actually grown more popular.

It’s unclear if the state will grant this request. Infection rates of Covid-19 are beginning to increase in Missouri. If the Gaming Commission can convince the state that these machines are to blame, we’ll see them gone in no time at all.

Online Slot Games Are Available in Missouri

It’s clear that many individuals in Missouri enjoy gambling. The state’s casinos bring in serious every single month. Even the slot machines in Missouri that are operating under the radar are popular with locals.

Soon, these slots may be shut down. Fortunately, there are a huge number of amazing online casinos in Missouri that offer more slots than some of the biggest land-based casinos in the country. Most of them are completely safe.

The popularity of internet casino gambling has increased here for years. Now that the state’s brick-and-mortar casinos are shut down, these online casinos are attracting even more players from around Missouri.

This is a tough time for the entire country. As of today, more than 500 individuals in the state have tested positive for Covid-19. This number is likely to increase drastically over the next few weeks.

No one expects land-based casinos to open up anytime soon. That means online casinos are the only real gambling options available here. Check out some of the sites to see what gambling options are here.

Stay tuned for more Missouri gambling news over the next few weeks!

US Casino Operators Are Losing Millions Every Day

Casinos in Las Vegas are still shut down and tourism in the city is at an all-time low. Even the country’s top health experts cannot say when this situation will play out. Today, we’re going to discuss how much money different US casino operators are losing as a result of this pandemic.Revenue Drop Picture

The land-based gambling industry is being hit extremely hard right now. Major casino companies have a tough road ahead of them. Here’s what’s happening with this situation right now.

The Las Vegas Shutdown Continues

Our team has covered what’s been happening in Las Vegas for weeks. The city is dealing with an unprecedented situation. Never before have all casinos in Las Vegas been forced to close their doors to the public.

This is all due to the rapid spread of Covid-19, a new coronavirus that first emerged in China. In late January, the virus finally hit the United States. Today, more than 61,000 people have been infected in the US. New York is experiencing a massive surge of cases.

Nevada’s governor forced all casinos in the state to close last week. The mayor of Las Vegas pushed against these regulations. She argues that the city is already suffering greatly due to the huge number of closed businesses.

Governor Sisolak is not changing his stance, though. As a result, all US casino operators have officially shut down. The Las Vegas Strip, home to some of the biggest casino-resorts in the world, is now effectively closed down.

Many companies here are losing a huge amount of revenue due to these regulations. New reports have just been released that show the true impact the coronavirus is having on casino operators in the city.

US Casino Operators Face Bankruptcy Due to Covid-19

Nearly every single casino across the country is now shut down. It’s not much of a surprise to see. State governments realize that casinos are easy places for a virus to spread. As a result, casino companies across the nation are suffering.

This is especially true in Las Vegas. As we mentioned earlier, this city is home to many of the biggest and most profitable casino-resorts in the world. This week,  a report was released by the Macquarie Research that indicated many US casino operators only have a few months before they go bankrupt.

Chad Beynon, a Macquarie Securities gaming analyst, commented on the situation to the media this week.

“U.S. gaming has been one of the hardest hit sectors in the consumer space since the beginning of the crisis,” Beynon said. “The casino shutdown domestically coupled with high debt loads is pushing investors to ask, how long can these balance sheets last in this current environment?”

According to the reports, Boyd Gaming is losing up to $3.2 million every single day. MGM Resorts International is losing $14.4 million per day. Penn National Gaming is seeing losses of $6.4 million every single day.

For some of these companies, this is disastrous. Unless things improve in the next few months, they are at risk of going under. Employees are already suffering. Some of the aforementioned companies only offer one or two weeks of pay while the situation unfolds.

How Long Will This Situation Play Out For?

This is the million-dollar question. Just about everyone has tried to predict how this pandemic will play out for. Most health experts feel it will drag on for months, perhaps until a vaccine is developed. Others feel herd immunity will begin to take place and ultimately kill off the virus.

The President seems determined to get things back on track by Easter. Almost no one expects this to be a reality.

It seems very likely that things will continue to get much worse before they get better. Infection rates are increasing in the US very quickly. Some believe that the country will soon become the epicenter of the pandemic.

This doesn’t mean it will last forever. Eventually, scientists will find an effective way to protect people from Covid-19. The government is investing billions of dollars to streamline this process.

Hopefully, US casino operators are able to withstand this shutdown. The companies in Las Vegas have already asked Congress for help. We’ll need to wait and see how the government is able to protect them.

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

Macau is an Important City for Las Vegas Casino Companies

The city of Las Vegas is essentially shut down right now. As the coronavirus began taking hold in Nevada, the governor decided to shut down all of the state’s gambling venues. Many analysts now predict that Macau will be an extremely important city for Las Vegas casino companies.Wynn Resorts In Macau

No one really knows when Las Vegas will get back to normal. Covid-19 infection rates continue to increase around the country. Today, we’re going to look at why Macau will prove to be such a valuable location for so many casino operators.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Remains Shut Down Due to Covid-19

Las Vegas is one of the most heavily visited cities in America. People from all over the country flock to Sin City for its entertainment, dining, and gambling options. As the coronavirus began to infect individuals in the US, many felt it was only a matter of time before Las Vegas began taking a hit.

Within just weeks, tourism numbers in the city started to plummet. Several major casinos began announcing they were temporarily closing. Eventually, Governor Sisolak ordered all non-essential businesses in the state, including casinos, to shut down until further notice.

This is proving to be devastating for the Nevada and local Las Vegas economy. It’s well-known that Las Vegas relies on its tourism and gambling industry. A huge number of individuals here are employed in these industries and many have already lost their jobs.

The scary thing is that no one knows when things will get back to normal. Most health experts believe we’re just beginning to see things escalate. It may take months before we reach the peak of infections. Even then, we may see additional infection waves come and go for months afterward.

Las Vegas casino companies have a lot to think about right now. Some may eventually be forced to make tough decisions regarding their properties. Hope is that Macau can help to make up for some of the revenue lost in Las Vegas.

Can Macau Help to Save Las Vegas Casino Companies?

No one disputes the fact that Las Vegas is the gambling hub of the United States. Over in Asia, however, Macau is where all the big players make their bets. This city, technically controlled by Mainland China, is home to a huge number of world-class casinos.

Some of the biggest Las Vegas casino companies operating today run gaming venues in Macau. This includes MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands. Unfortunately, Macau was recently forced to shut down due to Covid-19, as well.

Over the past few months, infection rates in China and Macau began to drop. Officials in Macau began allowing casinos to open once again. Things are far from normal here, yet it seems like only a matter of time before the casinos in this city are profitable once again.

Some analysts now feel Macau may become extremely important for the big casino operators in Las Vegas. If Nevada continues to keep casinos shut down, the venues in Macau may become these companies’ only real source of revenue.

It’s not going to happen overnight, though. Today, Macau announced a ban on all non-residents from entering the city. Officials here want to ensure that another outbreak does not take place. It’s unclear when this ban will be lifted.

How Will Macau and Las Vegas Fare in the Coming Months?

The entire world is in an unprecedented situation right now. Due to new regulations being set in place, nearly ⅓ of the entire world population is under lockdown. Some equate the measures to what was taking place at the height of World War 2.

A huge number of industries are taking a major hit. Many airline companies are likely to go under. Restaurants around the world are being forced to lay off employees. Even some of the biggest Las Vegas casino companies are concerned about what may happen in the future.

For now, Macau is in a better position than Las Vegas. When casinos closed here, it cost many casino operators millions of dollars a day. Now, things are slowly reopening. If tourism is opened here once again, however, more Covid-19 infections are likely to begin appearing.

The land-based casino industry in Las Vegas may be shut down for many months. Infections in the US are skyrocketing and casinos are unlikely to open here anytime soon.

Hopefully, Las Vegas casino companies can hold out while the coronavirus runs its course. In the meantime, Macau may prove to be the most valuable destination for gambling operators. We’re receiving updates every few hours and things are constantly changing.

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

Almost All US Casinos Are Now Officially Closed

As of today, more than 38,000 individuals have been infected with Covid-19 in the United States. Several parts of the country are experiencing huge surges in infections including New York and New Jersey. The quick spread of this virus has led to nearly all US casinos closing their doors to the public.Map of the US

It’s clear that the US land-based gambling industry is in trouble. No one can say when casinos in the country can begin operating again. Today, we’re going to look back at when these casinos began to close and discuss when we might see things improve.

Let’s get into it!

Covid-19 Has Now Infected More than 38,000 Americans

As scientists have been claiming for months, the new coronavirus that emerged in China has a unique ability to spread. Infection rates in Europe have been jumping massively. In early March, we began to see rates in the United States start to increase quickly.

At the beginning of the month, less than 100 cases were confirmed in the US. A week later, this number surpassed 1,000. Today, we’re closing in on 40,000 Americans confirmed infected with Covid-19. Unless something changes, we’ll see a million cases in the country within two months.

It’s extremely troubling. Government officials recognize that testing is not where it should be. For this reason, many believe a huge number of people now have the coronavirus but have not been officially diagnosed.

We’re also seeing many choosing now to abide by state regulations. Lawmakers are requesting that people stay at home to practice social distancing. Unfortunately, there are many that are not following these rules.

Many industries are being hit hard, including the land-based gambling industry. Almost all US casinos around the country are now closed down, including ones in Las Vegas. The American Gaming Association is now pointing this out to Congress.

AGA Claims that 90% of US Casinos Are Shut Down

The United States has a large and successful casino industry. Many states allow gambling venues to operate, either tribal-run or commercial. Land-based casinos help to bring many states and cities millions of dollars in revenue every single year.

Unfortunately, the spread of Covid-19 has forced the vast majority of casinos to close down. Obviously, these venues pose a serious danger for quick infection spread. State governments have no other choice than to shut them down.

The AGA claims that 92% of all US casinos are now shut down. That’s 910 land-based casinos all around the country. A spokesperson for the AGA believes that this has already affected more than 642,000 individuals.

Bill Miller, President and CEO of the AGA, gave a statement about this situation to Congress this week.

“The federal government must act swiftly and comprehensively to get America’s hospitality employees, and the small businesses that support them, back to work,” he said. “Gaming employees, their families, and communities are bearing the brunt of this economic standstill and will continue to suffer if Congress and the administration don’t take immediate action.”

Despite the AGA’s request, though, it’s unlikely that anything will change soon. Infection rates continue to rise around the country. Until this changes, US casinos will be forced to remain closed.

Online Casino Gambling Grows More Popular

It’s a very tough time for the US land-based casino industry. In many states, however, online casino gambling is now regulated. In these parts of the country, gambling revenue is still coming in.

Even in states without regulated casino markets, this industry is still growing more popular. There are now a huge number of fantastic online casino sites in the US. Many of them offer more gambling options than the biggest land-based casinos in the country.

Some of these sites offer sports wagering options, as well. Of course, the majority of sports leagues are now shut down around the world, too. These sites will allow their members to bet on other things like Esports and entertainment.

As more casinos stay closed, online casino gambling will grow more popular. Many people still want to place bets and these sites offer the perfect platform to do so.

It remains to be seen how long US casinos will be shut down for. Many major casino companies are now requesting emergency aid from Congress. Unless something is done, many of these companies will go bankrupt.

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

Las Vegas Mayor Wants to See Casinos Reopen

Covid-19 has now spread to nearly 20,000 people in the United States. As more states see their infection rates increase, more regulations are being placed on the casino industry. This week, Carolyn Goodman, the Las Vegas mayor, began asking for the city’s casinos to reopen.Carolyn Goodman

Goodman claims that the city is already hurting due to these closures. Today, we’re going to give an update on the situation and discuss when we may see the casinos in Las Vegas open to the public again.

Let’s get into it!

More States Set Regulations Due to Coronavirus

Covid-19 isn’t slowing down. In fact, infection rates continue to surge in a huge number of countries around the world. It’s an unprecedented situation that even the world’s top scientists are having a difficult time understanding.

There are still many questions surrounding this virus. No one seems to understand all of the different ways that it’s able to spread. Many are also unsure of whether or not individuals are able to become infected after already catching the virus.

What we do know, is that it has an extremely unique ability to spread from person to person. Because of this, Covid-19 has quickly spread around the world. Some nations, such as Italy and Iran, saw their infection rates increase rapidly with no signs of slowing down.

Nearly 20,000 individuals in the United States have now tested positive for the new coronavirus. It’s likely that many more are actually infected. Now, many states have begun closing down their casino industries.

This includes Las Vegas. In this city, all casinos have been forced to close by Governor Sisolak. The city’s mayor now wants this to end.

Las Vegas Mayor Asks for Casinos to Reopen to the Public

It’s not a surprise to see the mayor of Las Vegas pushing to see casinos in the city opened back up. Las Vegas relies heavily on its gambling industry. With the casinos now closed down, tourism in the city is at an all-time low, as well.

Carolyn Goodman, the Las Vegas Mayor who took office in 2011, is now asking for these gambling venues to be opened back up. She gave this opinion during a planned speech to the Las Vegas City Council.

“Our economy depends on tourism and being open for dining, entertainment, gaming, sports,” she said, “I know we, they, cannot survive any total shutdown of the economy … beyond the immediate week or two.” 

Goodman is calling for Governor Sisolak to change the state’s regulations. She argues that Las Vegas may not be able to survive if so many venues are shut down. Sisolak responded to Goodman and it seems he has no plans of opening the state’s casinos anytime soon.

“Your life and the life of your neighbors and family members will always be more valuable to me than the perceived and mistaken economic gain we have by cutting this isolation period short or by waiting one more day to get serious,” Sisolak said. “I am not asking them anymore. I am telling them they must close their doors or they will face the consequences.”

We’ll need to see how the Las Vegas mayor responds to this comment. At this point, most can only wait and see how the government deals with this new pandemic.

Las Vegas City Attorney Will Not Prosecute Businesses Breaking the Law

Under the new regulations by Governor Sisolak, most of the businesses in Las Vegas are being forced to close down. This includes all of the major casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. The closing of these properties is likely costing these casino companies millions of dollars already.

Interestingly, the City Attorney in Las Vegas claims he will not enforce these regulations.

“At this point in time, there is nothing I believe, as the city’s attorney, that we can enforce,” Brad Jerbic said. “We are not going to criminally or civilly charge anyone.” 

It seems that Jerbic understands how difficult these regulations are for businesses to operate. Of course, this directly goes against what the Governor is asking. Other government bodies, such as Code Enforcement Employees, may still report these businesses breaking the regulations set in place.

We’ll need to wait and see how the city manages to cope with these new regulations. Hopefully, venues here are able to safely open to the public sometime in the near future.

Do you agree with the Las Vegas mayor? When will casinos be able to open up? Let us know in the comments section below.

Here’s How US Casino Closures Will Affect the Economy

We’ve been reporting on Covid-19 since it first emerged in China. Over the past three weeks, this virus has begun spreading quickly around the United States. Unfortunately, it now appears that US casino closures will cost the economy more than many realize.Hundred Dollar Bills

Things are changing fast. Casinos around the country are now being forced to close down. Today, we’re going to look at how much money analysts predict the gambling industry will lose.

Let’s get into it!

More Casinos Are Being Forced to Close Their Doors

Never before has a virus impacted the US gambling industry so quickly. In late January, only a few cases of this virus were present in the United States. Today, more than 16,000 individuals in the US have already tested positive.

As Covid-19 spreads, more industries are being devastated. This includes the airline industry, which seems on the brink of collapse. People around the world simply aren’t flying right now and many of these companies claim they will soon go bankrupt.

The gambling industry is also being impacted. Many states have begun forcing all casinos to shut down. This includes Nevada, which recently called on all casinos to shut their doors. It’s tough news for Las Vegas, which relies heavily on its gambling industry.

Some companies are now asking Congress for help. They claim that without emergency aid, it will be impossible to stay afloat. It’s still unclear how Congress will be able to help these companies.

There’s no doubt that land-based casino operators face a difficult time. More parts of the country are making their gambling venues shut down. New reports offer some information about how much money will be lost due to US casino closures.

Analysts Offer Grim Projection Due to US Casino Closures

Everyone knows that the next few months will be tough for land-based casinos. Unless a major breakthrough is made, the tough times could continue for the rest of the year. This week, though, several analysts revealed what will happen due to US casino closures.

According to the American Gaming Association, if all land-based casinos are forced to close their doors for the next eight weeks, it will cost the US economy $21.3 billion. More than $59 billion could be lost in total annual wage losses.

Casey Clark, the AGA’s senior vice president of strategic communications, released a statement to the media about this situation.

“The American Gaming Association, in partnership with our colleagues across the hospitality sector, is engaged with Congressional and administration leadership to shape stimulus and aid packages that will support employees, their families, and our communities through this unprecedented crisis,” he said. 

More than 530,000 casino workers are already out of a job. As more casinos are forced to close, this number will rise.

Analysts also claim that US casino closures will hurt local economies. Many parts of the country, including small cities, need the revenue from casinos. We’ll need to wait and see how casinos tackle these new, unexpected issues.

Online Casino Gambling is Growing More Popular

The US internet casino industry has been growing for years. Of course, many individuals still prefer to make their bets inside land-based venues. Now that nearly all casinos in the country are shutting down, however, the popularity of online casinos is exploding.

Fortunately, there are a huge number of fantastic internet casino sites available today. Many of them offer just as many games as the biggest land-based casinos in Las Vegas. The majority offer quick, safe payment options, as well.

One that we love is Bovada. This site is one of the most popular in the US and is known for its sleek, modern user interface. Bovada also offers a great online sportsbook, with odds on just about every sport still operating.

With that being said, the US sports world is essentially shut down right now. No major leagues are able to operate. Hopefully, that changes within the next month or two.

More US casino closures are announced every single day. The AGA feels this will have a major impact on the country’s economy. Stay tuned for more updates on this story over the next few weeks.

Is this the Right Time to Buy Casino Stock?

The coronavirus continues to take a major toll on the gambling industry. Casinos across the United States are being forced to close down. Interestingly, some now believe that this is the perfect time to buy casino stock.

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Not everyone is interested in investing their money right now. For many, the coronavirus is already taking a major financial toll. Today, we’re going to look at how this virus is affecting casino workers, and discussing why some feel it’s the right time to put money back into this industry.

Let’s get into it!

Casinos Around the US Have Closed

As you probably know, the new coronavirus called Covid-19 has now spread around the entire country. In just a few weeks, it’s known to have infected more than 11,000 individuals. Due to the lack of mass testing available, it’s possible that many more actually have the virus.

Every state is taking its own approach to this virus. Some, like Florida, are taking a relaxed approach, allowing beaches to remain open. Many have condemned lawmakers in the state for not doing enough to stop the spread.

Other states are taking some extreme measures. In the San Francisco Bay Area, thousands of individuals are now legally required to self-quarantine at home. Nevada has officially called for all casinos and restaurants to close to the public.

In fact, many states are now forcing their casinos to shut down. This is proving to be devastating for a huge number of employees. The casino companies themselves are also losing millions of dollars every day due to these new regulations.

Unfortunately, it’s unclear when exactly things may begin to improve. Estimates vary, yet most agree that things will get considerably worse before they get better.

Some Believe Now is the Time to Buy Casino Stock

The US stock market has dropped faster than ever before. Many government officials believe we are now heading into a global recession. Some financial institutions actually claim this is a good time to begin investing money back into the stock market.

As we just mentioned, many casino companies are experiencing incredible drops in their stock prices. For this reason, certain individuals are encouraging people to buy casino stock. Shaun Kelley, a financial analyst, says he’s making this decision based on updated 2021 recession-level earnings outlooks.

“That said, our stocks are already pricing in significant liquidity concerns and we have long been aware of the financial/operational leverage in these companies,” Kelley said. 

Many casino companies with ties to Macau present good investment opportunities, he says. Not everyone agrees, though. Some feel that based on the way things are going, it’s best to avoid making any major investments.

Casino Companies Are Now Asking for Help From Congress

Despite some analyst’s calls to buy casino stock, things are still looking very grim for many of these companies. MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands have all been forced to close down the majority of their gambling venues. Some are now asking for financial relief from Congress.

Earlier this week, several casino companies officially began requesting emergency aid. The American Gaming Association claims this situation is pushing many companies to the brink of collapse.

The AGA also points out how many individuals are at risk of losing their jobs. As more regulations are made across the country, more jobs inside casinos are likely to be lost.

It’s unclear what steps Congress will take to help these companies. Unless the situation improves quickly, however, it’s almost inevitable that some of these companies will fail.

Some feel this is the right time to buy casino stock. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on this situation over the next few months!

LV Construction Projects Are Halted Due to Covid-19

Las Vegas is beginning to shut down due to the quick spread of the new coronavirus. Casinos around the city are now closing and tourism is at an all-time low. Unfortunately, many LV construction projects are being postponed due to Covid-19, as well.

The Drew Las Vegas

This includes the Drew Las Vegas, a major hotel-casino being constructed on the Strip. Today, we’re going to talk about how this virus is affecting the city. We’ll also look at some of the major projects now being delayed here.

Let’s get into it!

All Las Vegas Casinos Have Been Forced to Close

Las Vegas is one of the world’s gambling hubs. In this city, many of the biggest and best casino-resorts are operating. For the past few years, this city has seen a major increase in revenue from its gambling industry.

Things have taken a massive turn over the past few weeks, though. Back in January, the first case of Covid-19 emerged in the United States. This coronavirus has quickly spread around the entire country.

This virus has now infected individuals across 50 different states. According to recent reports, more than 11,000 people in the US have already tested positive. Hundreds of people have been killed and the country’s hospital system may soon go under extreme strain.

States around the country are setting new regulations. Just days ago, news broke that all casinos and restaurants in the state were closing down. Carolyn Goodman, the mayor of Las Vegas, is attempting to downplay the seriousness of the virus and wants to see the city’s establishments back up and running soon.

It’s unclear what effect this casino shutdown will have on Las Vegas. It’s likely costing many casino companies millions of dollars every single month. New reports are coming out that many major construction projects are being forced to shut down.

LV Construction Projects Are Being Postponed

Daily life in Las Vegas has changed dramatically over the past couple of weeks. The Las Vegas Strip is almost deserted and it’s unclear when the state’s gambling industry will be able to begin functioning again. There are several major LV construction projects taking place right now, yet the coronavirus has forced them to get postponed.

The Drew Las Vegas is a major new hotel-casino being built on the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip. This hotel was first constructed in 2007 as the Fontainebleau Hotel-Casino. Eventually, the venue went under bankruptcy and was purchased by Carl Icahn.

Icahn then sold the hotel to the Witkoff Group and New Valley LLC for $600 million. These groups formed a plan to rename and reconstruct the property as The Drew Hotel & Casino. For months, workers have been undergoing renovation on this property.

Unfortunately, it appears that construction here is coming to an end. Steve Witkoff, owner of this property, released a statement to the media about the situation.

“The landscape is constantly changing, and we will continue to work closely with all involved to ensure a swiftly recommencement of the work when it’s appropriate to do so,” he said. 

Several other projects are likely to be canceled soon, as well. This includes the MSG Sphere, which is expected to be one of the best new entertainment venues in the city. Not every single project is stopping here, though.

Construction on Resorts World Las Vegas Set to Continue

As we’ve already mentioned, there are a huge number of major projects being constructed in Las Vegas right now. The biggest is likely Resorts World, a massive new casino-resort also being built in the north area of the Strip. It’s the most expensive hotel and gaming venue ever built in the city.

As more LV construction projects begin shutting down, many expect to see Resorts World follow suit. This doesn’t appear to be the case, though. Scott Sibella, president of this casino-resort, has told the media that project developers “do have plans to continue construction.”

Eventually, state lawmakers may force these construction projects to close down. These are unprecedented times and no one knows what to expect for the future. Some health experts predict the situation will continue for months.

Officials in Las Vegas are already feeling the impact of this virus. The city is seeing its lowest tourism rates ever. Some worry that the casino operators here face bankruptcy if nothing changes.

Things are changing fast, though. Government officials are working hard to fast-track a vaccine. Hopefully, things begin to improve before too long.

Several LV construction projects are being put on hold. Stay tuned for more updates on this situation over the next few months!

Top US Casino Sites to Play at During Quarantine

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This is a troubling time for people around the United States. Due to the spread of the Covid-19, a huge number of individuals in the country are being forced to stay at home and self-isolate. Today, I’m going to break down five of the best US casino sites during quarantine.

The popularity of online gambling is exploding right now. Many are choosing to place bets online while stuck at home. Here are some of the best online casinos available to US players right now.

Bovada

Today, Bovada is likely the most well-known online gambling site in the US. It’s gained a massive fan base thanks to its safe payment options and amazing games. Many know this site as primarily an internet sportsbook, yet today it’s one of the best casino websites in the world.

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There are many reasons why this is one of the best US casino sites during quarantine. For one, the design of this site is one of a kind. It’s modern and makes it extremely easy to find the exact games you’re looking for.

I also love the games available through Bovada. Just about everyone has something to play here. You’ll find slots, table games, and fun live dealer games, too.

Feel free to check this site out today. You’ll quickly understand why it’s grown so popular with US casino fans.

Cherry Gold Casino

Cherry Gold Casino may not be quite as well-known as Bovada. That’s a shame, as this is without a doubt one of the best casino sites in the country. Much like Bovada, one of the first things that stands out is the clean, modern design.

There’s much more to this site than that. Cherry Gold offers an instant play option for its online casino as well as a downloadable version, meaning it offers a massive list of different casino gaming options. On the site’s homepage, you’ll see a “Featured Games” tab that showcases some of the most popular games available.

Scroll down a little to see some of the amazing jackpot offers available through this site. As of now, a progressive jackpot is available for an astounding $87,475.

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It’s hard to argue that this isn’t one of the top US casino sites during quarantine right now. I feel strongly that anyone stuck at home will have fun playing at Cherry Gold.

Wild Casino

Here’s another one that hasn’t become a household name in the US quite yet. I expect that to change soon. Wild Casino is a top-notch online casino, offering a huge list of games and quick, secure payment options for members around the country.

There’s a lot that I like about this site. One thing that stands out right away, though, is the amazing promotions that are offered. On the homepage, you’ll see the current welcome bonus offer which is one of the best you’ll find anywhere.

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In fact, just about all of the promotions at Wild Casino are great. They offer both new and existing players the opportunity to earn additional money. Even the refer-a-friend promotion is fantastic.

I expect Wild Casino to become one of the most popular casino sites in the country soon. Considering how many people are playing online casino games in the US right now, that may not take long.

El Royale Casino

Of all the online casinos on this list, El Royale might have the most unique design. The owners of this site clearly put some time into the overall feel of this site. Just by navigating through some of the pages, you’re able to tell it’s a good one.

The list of games at El Royale Casino is extensive. All major slot names can be found here including Bigshot, Dream Run, and Fruit Frenzy. Traditional table games are available, as well.

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I think the payment system here is incredible. El Royale allows deposits to be made using all major cards with no fees. It even allows payouts to be made using Visa with no fees. That’s almost unheard of in US online casinos today.

Many have told me how great this site is and after spending some time playing through it, I have to list it as one of the top US casino sites currently available to players at home.

High Country Casino

This is one of the newest online casinos to become available in the US market. In the short time that it’s been available, however, this one has already gained a considerable following. High Country Casino is a solid site that offers just about everything you need.

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High Country Casino feels a little bit like a combination of Cherry Gold and El Royale Casino. There are some fantastic games with a design that makes it easy to navigate through. The payment options here are great, as well.

One of the aspects of this site that’s lacking is the customer support. Unlike some sites, this one doesn’t provide quite as many options to contact the website representatives. Perhaps they don’t anticipate their players coming across any issues!

Overall, though, this is a solid internet casino for 2020. It has great games from major software providers and offers secure banking options.

This is a tough time for people all over the United States. It may be months before the situation improves. I feel strongly that these are all the best US casino sites during quarantine. They should help everyone pass the time a little easier.

Make sure to reach out with any additional questions. Stay safe and good luck with your bets!

Governor Sisolak Announces New Coronavirus Measures

More cases of Covid-19 are beginning to appear in Clark County. As a result, the state lawmakers are beginning to introduce some heavy new regulations in the state. This week, Governor Sisolak announced a new set of measures that will significantly impact Las Vegas.Las Vegas Street View

Today, we’re going to talk about what exactly is changing here. We’ll also take a look at some of the recent cases in and around Clark County.

Let’s get into it!

Seven New Coronavirus Cases Emerge in Clark County

As Covid-19 began spreading around the US, many felt it was just a matter of time until Las Vegas was hit. It’s one of the most-visited cities in the country and draws in a huge number of individuals into fairly small areas. By early March, the first reports of the new virus in Clark County were beginning to emerge.

It was concerning, yet not entirely surprising news. As the weeks progressed, this area seemed to avoid any major outbreaks. Now, however, it looks like things are beginning to change.

Seven new cases of the coronavirus have just emerged in Clark County. The Southern Nevada Health District has officially recorded 35 new cases on Monday. One man in his 60s died due to complications from the coronavirus.

Jennifer Sizemore, a spokesperson for the SNHD, released a statement asking for help from laboratories.

“We are asking health care providers to send their specimens to private laboratories for testing,” she said. “Our laboratory is testing specimens related to contact investigations and for health care providers to assist with patient discharge.”

Things are just getting started here, as well. It’s likely that many more cases will emerge here over the next few months.

Governor Sisolak Announces Major Regulations for Nevada

The city of Las Vegas is having a tough time right now. Many of the biggest casino-resorts have closed here. Interestingly, many restaurants and hotels have still been able to stay open here.

That is now changing. This week, Governor Sisolak officially announced that all restaurants and casinos were being forced to close. He announced the measures in a news conference to the media.

“Today it’s clear additional steps must be taken immediately in order to slow the spread of this deadly virus in our state,” he said. “We absolutely must take this step for every Nevadan’s health and safety. Please, please take this seriously. “Please stay home for Nevada.”

It seemed like just a matter of time until these measures were announced. Carolyn Goodman, the mayor of Las Vegas, expressed her concerns in an official statement.

“My hope is that private industry rises to the top, that they’re allowed to stay open and take care of these families that are paycheck to paycheck,” Goodman said. 

After the announcement from Governor Sisolak, all casinos in Las Vegas are being forced to shut down.

The Las Vegas Gambling Industry is in Trouble

Las Vegas is known as the gambling hub of the United States. Here, a huge number of world-class hotels and casinos are operating. Unfortunately, these are all now being forced to close their doors to the public.

MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts already announced they were shutting down all of their properties on the Las Vegas Strip. Not every casino planned to take these measures, though. Treasure Island announced it was remaining open to the public.

With all casinos now closing down, the state will see a major reduction in revenue. Gambling is known to bring the state millions of dollars every single month. The inability to gamble will also lead to an even bigger decrease in tourism here.

Because all land-based casinos are closing, many are now choosing to play at Nevada casino sites. There are many of these websites now available, most of which provide a huge number of fantastic casino gambling options. Most offer quick, safe payment options, as well.

It’s still unclear when Nevada’s land-based casinos will be able to open again. It will likely depend on how long infection rates continue to increase for.

After the announcement from Governor Sisolak, Nevada is shutting down many of its properties. Hopefully, the state’s major gambling operators are able to get past this tough situation.

Treasure Island Las Vegas Remains Open Right Now

As Covid-19 spreads around the world, more cities are being forced to shut down. More cases are beginning to emerge in Clark County and as a result, many Las Vegas casino-resorts are closing their doors. Treasure Island Las Vegas is one of the few major properties on the Strip to stay open.Treasure Island Hotel & Casino

Despite extremely low tourism rates, this venue has decided to keep its doors open. Today, we’re going to look at why exactly this is.

Let’s get into it!

Coronavirus Forces Las Vegas Strip Properties to Close

The first case of Covid-19 was reported in late January. For the next four weeks, infection rates in the country remained relatively low. Towards the end of February, however, we began seeing a sharp rise in the number of infected individuals here.

According to recent reports, more than 5,200 individuals in the US have tested positive for Covid-19. Unfortunately, our ability to test in large numbers is still not available. For that reason, a huge number of individuals believe that the real number of people with this virus is significantly higher.

The first case of the coronavirus in Clark County emerged in early March. Since that time, more than 35 different cases have been confirmed here. Las Vegas city officials have major concerns about this spreading further.

Recently, most of the major hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip began closing their doors. This includes all of Wynn Resorts’ and MGM Resorts International’s properties. This was a major decision that’s costing these companies a significant amount of money every single day.

This doesn’t mean the Strip is completely dead, though. One major casino-resort here has decided to keep things moving. Is this a smart decision?

Treasure Island Las Vegas is Staying Open, For Now

The Las Vegas Strip is home to many of the biggest and best casino-resorts in the world. At the moment, though, most of these venues are currently closed down to the public. Treasure Island, located in the northern area of the Strip, is one of the only properties here that’s decided to stay open.

Owners of this venue released a statement on the situation to the media yesterday.

“We have increased our frequency of disinfecting our surfaces, including all hand contact surfaces and slot machines and table games. We encourage our guests and employees to actively utilize our hand-sanitizing stations which are located in our food outlets as well as other high-trafficked locations on property, including back of house. All of our public restrooms are equipped with touch free faucets, soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers and hand blowers,” the statement said. 

This may not last forever, though. It’s very likely that officials in Nevada will soon prohibit these properties from remaining open to the public. The company recognizes this, claiming that some operations “may be affected by situations beyond our control.”

Tourism into Las Vegas is the lowest it’s been in decades. This is unlikely to change anytime soon. More major casino companies are being forced to take new measures while this situation unfolds.

US Land-Based Gambling Industry is Struggling

Over the past few years, the land-based casino industry in the US has been to surge. Many states around the country recently decided to open their casino industries. This includes Illinois and New York, where several new casinos are expected to open up soon.

This industry is now in danger, though. The spread of Covid-19 has led to many states shutting down all of their casinos. Lawmakers in Mississippi, for example, recently announced that all land-based casinos must close their doors to the public for weeks.

Many experts believe we’re just beginning to see the effects of this new coronavirus. It may take months before the situation reaches its peak. This isn’t great news for companies that operate brick and mortar casinos.

Interestingly, we’re seeing a huge increase in online casino gambling right now. As more casinos close down, people are beginning to play their favorite games online. This includes residents in Nevada.

There are a huge number of fantastic Nevada casino sites operating right now. Many of them offer just as many gambling options as the top land-based casinos in the state. Feel free to check them out today!

Treasure Island Las Vegas is remaining open right now. Exactly how long this will last is still unknown. Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino updates over the next few days!

All Mississippi Casinos Close Due to Coronavirus Fears

Mississippi is the newest state to introduce additional regulations for land-based casinos. Soon, all of the state’s gambling venues are closing their doors to the public. It’s tough news for casino operators here, many of whom contribute massively to the state economy.Mississippi State Seal

It’s not entirely surprising. Casinos all around the country are being forced to shut down. In some areas, bars and restaurants are closing, as well. Today, we’re going to discuss how these new casino rules will affect Mississippi.

States Continue to Set Regulations For Covid-19

In just a few days, the rates of Covid-19 have skyrocketed in the United States. Due to a lack of testing options, it’s likely that the true number of infected individuals is considerably higher. There’s really no way of knowing, which has led to the virus’ spread around the country.

Over the past 24 hours, a huge number of new regulations have been set in place. California, in particular, is announcing some of the heaviest restrictions. In the San Francisco Bay Area, individuals are now required by law to stay in their homes.

Nevada is also being hit hard. Recently, all major casino resorts were forced to close here. It’s devastating to the state’s economy, which relies heavily on tourism and gambling.

New York is also taking strict measures. Here, all schools have been officially shut down. Governor Cuomo has also required all of the state’s casinos to shut down.

Every few minutes, new regulations are being announced. Several measures are also being considered by the federal government. This includes a ban on domestic travel and closing the north and south borders. We’ll need to wait and see how things escalate over the next few days.

Mississippi Casinos Are Closing to the Public This Week

Mississippi is known for having a large and successful casino industry. All of the state’s gambling venues are located on the coast. Today, news broke that all of the state’s gaming venues are officially being closed down.

The Mississippi Gaming Commission has ordered all casinos in the state to shut down. It’s still unclear when these venues will open back up.

Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Chief Operating Officer and President, spoke to the media about the situation earlier today.

“We will work to mitigate the impact this will have on our employees, partners and communities,” he said. “We will continue monitoring the situation and announce plans for reopening when appropriate.”

Mississippi is now one of many states to officially close down all casinos. The entire US land-based gambling industry is taking a serious hit. Unsurprisingly, many individuals are now choosing to make their bets online.

Online Gambling Options Available in Mississippi

The casinos in Mississippi are hugely popular with both locals and tourists. Some of these gambling venues are owned by major Las Vegas-based casino companies including MGM Resorts International. The closure of these venues will be devastating for these companies.

Fortunately for gambling fans in this state, there are still a huge number of fantastic Mississippi casino sites operating. One of the most popular is Bovada. This site offers a wide range of fantastic games and safe, easy payment options.

Members of this site can find just about all casino games including blackjack, roulette, and poker. There are also some great sport wagering options available through Bovada. Many sports leagues have been suspended, yet odds on the events still taking place are available!

There are many fantastic online casino options in Mississippi right now. Feel free to check out Bovada today to see all of the games being offered here. It may be months before any land-based Mississippi casinos open again.

This is a tough time around the world. Unfortunately, the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. Stay tuned for more US casino news over the next few months!

Cases of the Coronavirus in Casinos Are Appearing

Covid-19, the novel coronavirus that’s become a global pandemic, continues to spread around the United States. It’s likely that several thousand individuals are now infected in the country, yet exact rates are completely unknown. This week, more cases of the coronavirus in casinos are beginning to appear.Encore Boston Harbor Hotel-Casino

The gambling industry is already taking a major hit. Additional cases aren’t helping to make things any better. Today, we’re going to discuss the way this new virus continues to affect the world.

Let’s get into it!

More Covid-19 Cases Confirmed Around the US

In early March, very few cases of the novel coronavirus had been confirmed in the United States. Less than two weeks later, we now have at least 1,200 cases and likely many thousands more that have not been confirmed. Every day, more states announced additional cases.

Today, for example, Kansas and Georgia announced their first deaths from the virus. Alaska revealed its first case. Nevada has cases already, too. It’s become clear to health officials that early testing efforts in the country failed and we’re now dealing with the consequences. 

Several states are being hit hard. Washington is still considered the worst-affected state with more than 450 cases and 31 deaths. California is also seeing a considerably steep rise in infections.

This will not slow down anytime soon. In fact, health experts now feel the US is on a similar trajectory as Italy. If that’s correct, the country will soon begin seeing its hospitals put under extreme strain.

The sky is not falling, though. If the correct measures are taken, the country will be able to better contain the virus and hopefully, a vaccine is developed to protect the public. For now, we’re having to wait as more infections are reported.

More Cases of the Coronavirus in Casinos Pop Up

In 2013, lawmakers in Massachusetts passed a law to allow Class III casinos to begin operating in the state. Within a few years, MGM Resorts International opened the state’s first casino. A few years after that, Wynn Resorts opened the Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, near Boston.

According to new reports, an individual who spent time in the Encore Boston Harbor has tested positive for the coronavirus. This is exactly what major casino-resort companies had feared. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has already released a statement about the situation.

“DPH recommends that Encore continue its enhanced sanitization practices.  Additionally, Encore has reported that, out of an abundance of caution, all identified individuals have agreed to self-quarantine measures. Public health authorities have informed the MGC and Encore that, based on their review of the facts, the individual was asymptomatic (not exhibiting symptoms) on March 5.  Consequently, DPH has advised that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by persons who came into contact with this individual at Encore is minimal.” 

Despite new cases of the coronavirus in casinos within Massachusetts, the state’s gambling industry continues to operate. How much revenue these gambling establishments are earning right now is unknown.

This is a troubling time and more casinos are likely to report cases over the next few weeks. In time, states may decide that it’s time to ban all casinos from allowing the public in.

Future of the US Casino Industry

As you might expect, casinos around the country are already seeing their numbers drop. As more cases of the coronavirus are announced, less individuals are choosing to visit crowded areas such as casinos. Some fear that the entire casino industry here is in danger of failing.

Just days ago, reports surfaced that an individual with the coronavirus had visited The Mirage casino-resort in Las Vegas. The city’s mayor recently claimed that media reports of the virus were significantly damaging the tourism industry here.

That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to play casino games, though. There are still many online casino sites in the US that are operating. These allow you to play games from anywhere with an internet connection.

It seems likely that the US online casino industry may grow over the next couple of months.

This is a very unusual time for the country. The spread of this virus is almost unprecedented and scientists are still trying to learn about its effects.

Time will tell how the news additional cases of the coronavirus will affect the country’s gambling industry. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Las Vegas Room Prices Are Dropping Due to Covid-19

Every day single, the coronavirus is taking a larger toll on the world. Due to its rapid spread around the US, many cities are taking drastic steps to prevent major outbreaks. Interestingly, Las Vegas room prices are beginning to drop and for now, this city has managed to avoid any major rise in infection rates.Las Vegas Street View

How long this will last is still unknown. The city will do everything it possibly can to keep its tourism industry up and running. Today, we’re giving a quick coronavirus update and discussing what officials in Las Vegas are doing to tackle this issue.

Let’s get into it!

Coronavirus Update: Sports World Takes a Major Hit

Back in early January, no one really knew how serious the coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China would become. Over the next several weeks, however, health experts began warning the public that this was something we haven’t seen before. The ability for the virus to spread and its relatively high death rate sent chills through governments around the world.

Eventually, Covid-19 began hitting Europe. Over the span of just two weeks, the confirmed infection cases in Italy went from three to more than 15,000. Nearly all other countries in Europe also began experiencing growing infection rates, as well.

After a rapid spread throughout the US and a huge number of other countries around the world, the WHO officially declared this virus a pandemic. It’s now beginning to take a major toll on the sports industry. The NBA decided to suspend its season indefinitely.

The NHL recently announced similar measures. The NCAA basketball tournament first announced that tournament games would be played without players. It’s now looking like this tournament will be canceled, as well.

Things are only just beginning. With a limited ability to test individuals, there’s really no telling how many people have been infected with Covid-19 in the United States. Based on the results, Las Vegas has only recorded a few cases. Now, hotel prices in the city are beginning to plummet.

Las Vegas Room Prices Begin to Fall

Las Vegas relies heavily on its tourism and gambling industry. For this reason, officials are doing everything they can to prevent further infections. In recent days, hotel room prices in Las Vegas have begun to drop dramatically.

This isn’t a surprise. The city is already seeing a considerable drop-off in tourism rates. Hotels are doing what they can to attract visitors, with some Las Vegas room prices dropping by an incredible 86%.

Between April 23rd and the 25th, the NFL draft is scheduled to take place across several Las Vegas venues. Unfortunately, some feel this event is now in danger of being canceled. Just a few months ago, the draft was expected to draw in around 750,000 attendees.

Mark Davis, owner of the Las Vegas Raiders, commented on public health concerns to the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week.

“Health and safety will be at the top of the list, and if there is any type of problem, we’ll make adjustments to whatever schedule we have,” he said. 

As of now, the NFL draft is still scheduled to take place. With the drop in Las Vegas room prices, perhaps visitors will still choose to attend the event. It wouldn’t be a major shock to see the NFL cancel the event in the next few days, though.

Hotels Take New Measures to Protect Against Covid-19

The new coronavirus is proving to be incredibly difficult to contain. It has an unusually high spread rate and is now known to pass from person to person simply from breathing. Hotels in Las Vegas are still working to make things as safe as possible.

This week, Wynn Resorts and Caesars Entertainment announced several new measures to better protect guests. This includes adding more sanitizing areas around the hotel, requiring employees to be more stringent with their hygiene, and implementing a better quarantine protocol.

Tourism rates in the city for the past few weeks have not yet been released. It’s reasonable to assume that things have dropped off considerably. As time goes on and more infections are announced, this will likely get worse.

How exactly this will affect the city is still unknown. Las Vegas has survived low tourism rates in the past. Hopefully, enough steps are taken to keep things moving in one of the country’s most-visited cities.

Las Vegas room prices are dropping every single day. This trend is likely to continue for weeks. Make sure to stay tuned for more Las Vegas news over the next few months!

Hotels Start to Prepare for LV Coronavirus Outbreak

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has just exceeded 115,000. Several countries are now experiencing rapidly growing infection rates. In the United States alone, over 1,000 people have now tested positive for Covid-19. This week, hotels began taking new measures to better prepare for a LV coronavirus outbreak.

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It’s concerning news for those in Clark County (where a case has already been confirmed) and anyone interested in visiting Las Vegas. Today, we’re going to discuss some of the updates to this virus. We’ll also look at how Covid-19 may end up affecting the US gambling industry.

Let’s get into it!

Covid-19 Officially Named a Pandemic By the WHO

When the new coronavirus first began appearing in Wuhan, no one really knew how serious it would become. It wasn’t the first time a virus emerged in China. SARS, for example, was eventually killed off and many expected a similar scenario here.

Within a couple of weeks, it became clear that this was a virus unlike any other that we’ve seen. It has a unique ability to spread. Part of the reason for this is the ability for transmission between people before any symptoms have shown. It quickly began spreading to every single province in China and several nearby countries.

By early February, the virus was also present in many western countries. As the weeks progressed, more and more nations began announcing new cases of the virus. Experts began warning this could become a global pandemic.

About two weeks ago, Italy had three confirmed cases. Today, more than 12,000 individuals have tested positive and the entire country is under lockdown. This goes to show how devastating Covid-19 can be.

Today, the WHO has officially declared this virus a global pandemic. Some experts claim that in time, between 50-70% of the world’s population will become infected with the virus.

Officials in Las Vegas have feared growing infection rates in the city. This week, several major hotels began taking steps to prepare for a major LV coronavirus outbreak.

Is a LV Coronavirus Outbreak Inevitable?

Las Vegas is one of the most-visited cities in America. Millions of people fly in and out every single month and for that reason, some have expressed fears that it’s prime for coronavirus transmission. As of now, however, there have not been any major outbreaks seen in the city.

Some feel that it’s only a matter of time before many new cases are confirmed here. If that happens, it would be devastating to the city’s gambling industry.

If a real LV coronavirus outbreak takes place, all of the city’s major casino-resorts may be forced to temporarily shut down. That would cost the city’s casino companies millions of dollars every single day. We saw something similar take place in Macau.

The fact that thousands of people are crammed into such a small area on the Las Vegas Strip makes this city very likely for an outbreak. After new reports that the virus can be spread simply through breathing makes this even more likely. Health officials across the city have already begun preparing for a rise in infections.

It does seem that an outbreak is inevitable in Las Vegas. In reality, every city across the country is likely to see new infections in the coming months. How the country’s health services respond to the rise in cases is yet to be seen.

Las Vegas Hotels Began Covid-19 Preparations

This week, both Wynn Resorts and Caesars Entertainment announced new measures to deal with Covid-19. Caesars has taken several measures, including monitoring their employees’ health and better disinfectant measures for public areas. CEO Tony Rodio spoke to the media about these preparations to the media this week.

“We are committed to implementing recommendations from the health authorities to give you peace of mind as you visit our properties now and in the future,” he said. “The health and safety of our guests and employees will always be our most important consideration, especially in these challenging circumstances.”

Wynn Resorts has placed hand sanitizers throughout their Las Vegas hotels and now encourages any guests to self-quarantine in their room and call for support from the hotel desk, who will assess the situation. Any employees with symptoms of the coronavirus will immediately be placed on medical leave.

Matt Maddox released a statement, telling guests he wants Wynn Resorts’ hotels to be as safe as possible for guests.

“We are committed to doing everything we can to make Wynn and Encore a respite when you visit one of our resorts,” he said. “We’ve decided to raise our usual standards of cleanliness and health safety even higher … you can count on us to be a travel leader in meeting the challenge of the coronavirus. We assure you we will be attentive and vigilant so you can enjoy your vacation.”

It’s a very troubling time in the country. With the WHO’s decision to label the virus a pandemic, hope is that more countries begin taking more preventative steps to lower infection rates.

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

A New Gambling Bill in Missouri Has Been Introduced

Missouri has a unique set of gambling regulations. Recently, a large number of illegal gambling machines have begun appearing around the state. As a result, a new gambling bill in Missouri was just introduced. Slot Machines Inside A Casino

It’s an interesting development. Missouri is now one of many states currently working to revamp its gambling industry. Today, we’re going to take a look at what exactly is being proposed.

Missouri’s Gambling Laws, Explained

Missouri is considered to have fairly liberal laws towards the gambling industry. Throughout the 1800s, the state had a large and successful gaming market. Eventually, harsh regulations were placed on this industry and gambling venues were forced to go underground.

In 1980, the state began allowing bingo gambling. About a decade later, a law was passed here to allow riverboat casinos. Many of these venues quickly began operating in the state.

Poker laws here are a little unusual. Technically, social poker games are allowed in private residences. Those charging to host poker games or playing with people you are not familiar with is actually against the law.

Generally, though, lawmakers in this state are open to the gambling industry. There are many online casinos in Missouri available that are growing more popular every single day.

Several bills have been introduced here to legalize sports betting. Some feel that 2020 is the year that officials finally decide to start regulating this form of gambling.

A rise in illegal gambling machines is being found in this state. Now, lawmakers have proposed a new set of bills to combat this issue.

What Does The New Gambling Bill in Missouri Allow For?

Missouri still isn’t thought of as a gambling hub. Recently, law enforcement officials here have discovered a rise in electronic gambling machines throughout the state. A new gambling bill in Missouri was introduced that’s intended to help increase legal gambling revenue.

This bill, called Senate Bill 566, allows for state-regulated video gambling machines to become available in fraternal and veterans’ organizations, truck stops and retail locations with liquor licenses. Only those above the age of 21 would be allowed to play. The State Lottery Commission would be in charge of monitoring these machines.

Not everyone is on board with these new regulations, though. Senator John Rizzo has expressed his fear that this will have a negative impact on children.

“I don’t want a kid to walk in a gas station to get a Gatorade and have to walk past three or four of these machines,” he said. 

The proponents of this bill believe that legalizing these machines will offer a serious benefit. Local areas where these gambling machines are available will also profit, they argue. It’s still unclear how the Senate and House will rule on these proposed regulations.

The Push For Sports Betting Continues in Missouri

Sports betting is now legal and regulated in more than 20 states across the country. This is all thanks to PASPA, which the Supreme Court struck down in May of 2018. In most states with regulated sports gambling, a huge amount of revenue is being made through taxes.

More and more states are beginning to see the potential in this industry. New Jersey, for example, is now one of the sports betting hubs of the United States.

Back in 2018, a bill was introduced to legalize sports gambling in Missouri. Unfortunately, it failed to make it past the legislative session. More attempts were made last year, to no avail. Many now believe that 2020 is the year this industry is finally allowed in the state.

One new gambling bill in Missouri that calls for the legalization of sports betting is now making its way to the Senate. The bill, called H 2318, seems very likely to be approved. Several major politicians have already endorsed it.

It’s an exciting time for gambling fans here. Before long, several new forms of gambling may become available here.

Virginia’s Casino Industry is About to Open Up

For years, Virginia has been one of the few states in the country without any tribal or commercial casinos. Based on new reports, this is about to change. After receiving approval from the House of Delegates, Virginia’s casino industry may finally open up.Virginia Casinos

It’s extremely exciting news for gambling fans in this state. It’s very likely that five casinos will soon open here. Today, we’re going to take a look at how these new regulations finally came together.

Let’s get into it!

Lawmakers in Virginia Continue Pushing for More Gambling Options

Virginia is known for its tough laws towards the gambling industry. For decades, no land-based gambling venues have been able to operate in the state. It was unusual, as several nearby states had large and profitable gambling industries.

Many lawmakers called for these regulations to change. They tried to argue that these gambling venues would help to bring the state millions in additional revenue every year. Until very recently, however, these efforts have failed.

In 2019, another attempt to allow casinos in the state was made. This time, some major state politicians revealed they were interested. Many states around the country recently expanded their gambling markets and were earning serious revenue as a result.

Lawmakers in Virginia recognized the potential from this industry. Two bills to legalize commercial casinos were slowly making their way through the legislative process. In February, it seemed very likely that the bills would officially be approved.

This is a fantastic time to be a casino gambling fan in this state. Virginia’s casino industry is about to expand rapidly.

Virginia’s Casino Industry Gains Support From House

The push to allow casinos in Virginia has been raging for months. This week, the casino bill was unanimously approved by the House of Delegates. The body now joins the Senate, who approved the bills on Saturday.

This process wasn’t easy, though. The Senate and House argued over tax rates for the casino industry for months. Two separate bills needed to be approved here in order for casino gambling to get approved in the state.

The House approved Senate Bill 4 by a 59-35 margin. Later, they approved House Bill 4. Doing so now sends the bills to Governor Ralph Northam.

Hard Rock Bristol Resort and Casino group, one of the main proponents for casino gambling in the state, commented on the decision to the media this week.

“We are pleased that the General Assembly passed HB 4 and SB 36 and are excited about the potential it will bring,” the statement read. “This legislation allows for major economic development projects in Bristol, Danville, Portsmouth, Richmond and Norfolk and will bring thousands of new jobs and millions in additional tax revenue to Virginia. We want to particularly thank Del. Terry Kilgore and Sen. Todd Pillion and the entire Southwest Virginia delegation for their relentless support and hard work, and Senator Louise Lucas  for her vision and commitment to make this legislation a reality.”

It now seems like just a matter of time before Virginia’s casino industry takes off. Analysts expect Governor Northam to approve the bills. Doing so would allow gambling venues to open in Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Richmond.

Sports Betting in VA is Still Being Considered

It’s great to see lawmakers in Virginia start to embrace the gambling industry. Soon, this state could have one of the top casino markets on the East Coast. Unfortunately, legal sports betting is still not available in this state.

Since PASPA was removed in May of 2018, every state in the country has been able to set its own laws on the sports betting industry. More than 20 now have legal, regulated sports gambling options up and running.

A few sports gambling bills have been presented here. Thus far, none have been able to make through the legislative session. Some predict that this industry will become legal here before the end of 2020.

It’s clear that the state is changing its stance towards gambling. Virginia’s casino industry is about to open up. Several other neighboring states are also considering allowing land-based casinos to begin operating.

Make sure to stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

What’s Happening in Vegas? March 8th – 14th

  • Cubs vs. Reds @ The Las Vegas Ballpark
  • Pac-12 Conference Tournament @ T-Mobile Arena
  • Once On This Island @ The Smith Center
  • Water Lantern Festival @ Sunset Park
  • Post Malone @ Grand Garden Arena

Spring is just a couple of weeks away and more tourists are beginning to flock to Las Vegas. As the weather improves, so do the events taking place in the city. As you might expect, there are some fantastic ones happening this week.

Sports and music fans, in particular, have some great things to look forward to. Here are five of the most exciting Las Vegas events happening this week.

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Sunday, March 8th

Cubs vs. Reds

On Sunday at 1 pm, the Chicago Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds inside the Las Vegas Ballpark. It’s a preseason game, meaning it won’t have a real impact on the upcoming MLB season. Many analysts still predict a highly competitive match, though.

The Las Vegas Ballpark was opened in April of 2019 and is now one of the most impressive sporting venues in the city. For now, tickets to Sunday’s game are still available, starting at just $55. If you’re a baseball fan, this is the Las Vegas event for you!

Wednesday, March 11th

Pac-12 Conference Tournament

March is always an exciting time to be a college basketball fan. On Wednesday, the highly-anticipated Pac-12 conference tournament takes place inside the T-Mobile arena near the New York New York Hotel & Casino. It features the top teams in the Pac-12 competing for the conference title.

Most expect these games to draw in huge crowds. Even the best basketball betting experts are having a tough time predicting the outcome. Tickets for the tournament can still be purchased at around $200.

Once On This Island

Also taking place this Wednesday is the Broadway Hit, Once On This Island. It’s one of the most celebrated musicals in recent memory has just begun a new tour and Las Vegas is one of the first stops. This Wednesday’s show takes place inside the Smith Center in Downtown Las Vegas.

Once On This Island has already won a Tony Award and critics around the world give it universal acclaim. Those in Las Vegas have their chance to see the show, with tickets available at $180.

Saturday, March 14th

Water Lantern Festival

Every once in a while, a local event takes place in Las Vegas that draws the community together. That’s what happens during the annual Water Lantern Festival at Sunset Park. Hundreds gather around to cast their lanterns into the park’s lake, creating a stunning visual for everyone involved.

With Food trucks, live music, and great drinks, this is one of the best events in Las Vegas happening this week. Incredibly, tickets to the event cost just $25. Those looking to see a different side of Las Vegas will love this one!

Post Malone

Music fans in Las Vegas have been waiting to see Post Malone’s show for months. The iconic musician is set to perform inside the Grand Garden Arena at the MGM Grand at 8 pm. It should be a show for the ages.

Malone has produced a huge number of hits over the years including Sunflower, Circles, and Better Now. He’ll be performing this show in what’s expected to be a sold-out crowd. Fortunately, there are still some tickets available, starting at $225.

Obviously, these are just a few of the incredible events happening in Las Vegas this week. A huge number of great food and entertainment options will also be kicking off.

If you haven’t booked your room yet, feel free to visit our Las Vegas hotel guide for expert recommendations on the city’s top accommodations. Enjoy your stay!

Sammy Hagar’s LV Residency is Coming Together

One of the most famous rock and roll musicians of all time is planning an exciting new residency in Las Vegas. According to new reports, Sammy Hagar’s LV residency will take place at the STRAT Hotel & Casino in northern Las Vegas. It’s expected to be one of the best new shows in the city.

Sammy Hagar In Concert

Las Vegas is home to a huge number of popular musicians. Unfortunately, many fear that the spreading coronavirus may reduce tourism rates here. Today, we’ll look at Hagar’s plans in Las Vegas, and discuss how the city may fare for the rest of 2020.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas STRAT Proves to Be a Major Upgrade

There was a time when the Las Vegas Stratosphere was considered one of the coolest properties in Las Vegas. It first opened to the public in 1996 as the second-tallest freestanding observation tower in the Western Hemisphere. It also featured a hotel and casino for guests.

As time went on, however, the Stratosphere began losing revenue. Many felt its location at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip made it unappealing for many visitors. In more recent years, many criticized the hotel’s lack of renovations.

Ownership of this venue has changed hands several times over the years. In June of 2017, it was announced that Golden Entertainment was taking control of this property. The company eventually announced a massive renovation for this venue.

Golden Entertainment renamed this property the STRAT. Half of the hotel’s rooms went over a major renovation. The 80,000 square-foot casino was also changed.

Many famous individuals attended the re-opening of this Las Vegas hotel & casino. This includes Sammy Hagar. Now, it appears that Hagar is preparing a brand new “party” residency in this venue and many are beginning to get excited.

Plans for Sammy Hagar’s LV Residency Are Revealed

Sammy Hagar is one of the most famous musicians in the world. He first launched onto the music scene through his band Montrose. In 1985, he truly became a superstar after replacing David Lee Roth as the lead singer of Van Halen.

Back in January, news began to surface that Hagar was planning a residency at the STRAT Hotel & Casino. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sammy Hagar’s LV residency is set to begin sometime this June.

“I want to create the ultimate environment where I can throw the ultimate party, like I have done in Cabo for 30 years for my birthday, but at another time of year here in Las Vegas, which is really the party capital of the world,” Hagar told the media. “I hate to put Cabo second to anything, but I feel in this case it’s gotta take second place to Las Vegas.”

Hagar is known for putting on raucous parties. He owns the Cabo Wabo Cantina venue on the Las Vegas Strip which regularly puts on exciting shows for guests. It sounds like he wants to bring something similar to his new residency at the STRAT.

This is just one of many famous Las Vegas residencies. Unfortunately, many now fear that the city’s tourism industry may begin taking a serious hit due to the coronavirus. Here’s what we know about the situation so far.

Coronavirus Fears Continue to Escalate in Las Vegas

For more than two months, a coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China has been spreading around the world. This virus, called Covid-19, is proving extremely difficult to contain. It’s already infected more than 100,000 individuals around the world and killed thousands.

It’s begun to hit the United States. Washington, California and New York are all experiencing major outbreaks. Many feel that in time, every state in the country will become infected.

Cases of the coronavirus in Clark County, Nevada are beginning to emerge. For this reason, many Las Vegas casino companies are seeing their stock prices plummet. There are fears that no one will want to travel to Las Vegas due to the potential to be exposed to Covid-19.

As of now, things don’t appear to be too bad. There hasn’t been a major drop-off in hotel occupancy in the city. If more infections begin to pop up here, however, this is likely to change.

Hopefully, Sammy Hagar’s LV residency is a success. He may be able to help bring in more visitors to the STRAT Hotel & Casino. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

MGM’s New Sports Betting App is Coming to Nevada

For years, MGM Resorts International has operated one of the largest sports betting applications in the country, called PlayMGM. Recently, the company teamed up with GVC to relaunch this betting platform called BetMGM. Today, MGM’s new sports betting app will officially launch in Nevada.MGM Resorts Logo

Many feel this is a long time coming. The original betting application from MGM Resorts faced criticism. Hope is that this one turns out to be considerably better.

Let’s take a look at what the new sports betting app has to offer!

Nevada’s Sports Betting Industry Continues to Grow

Nevada has always been the sports gambling capital of the United States. In fact, for many years this was the only state where sports betting was even legal. That all changed in May of 2018 when the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA.

This decision immediately gave every state in the country the ability to legalize sports betting. Within just months, several states officially launched their first regulated sportsbooks. Many felt this would take away from the sports betting revenue that Nevada was used to earning.

That hasn’t necessarily been the case, though. While competition in this industry has increased, Nevada’s sports betting industry has continued to grow. The fact remains that millions of tourists still flock here every month and many of them place bets on sporting events.

It’s good news for major gambling companies in the city, many of whom continue to invest in their sports betting operations. Several major casino-resorts in Las Vegas also recently launched new sportsbooks. More are likely to open here over the next few years.

The online sports wagering industry hasn’t taken off in Las Vegas like many expected it would. Some blame the poor betting applications. MGM Resorts recognized this and is now working to improve their online sportsbook platform.

MGM’s New Sports Betting App Launches in Nevada Today

PlayMGM, the first online sportsbook created by MGM Resorts International, launched to the public back in 2019. As we already mentioned, the app faced a fair share of criticism almost immediately. Company officials began discussing plans to re-launch the app in the near future.

Eventually, MGM announced that it was teaming up with GVC Holdings to launch a new online sports betting platform. This new app, called BetMGM, is expected to be considerably better than the first betting application. Today, MGM’s new sports betting app officially launches in Nevada.

MGM recently had a soft launch of the app in Nevada. Today, the app is truly opening to the public. It offers pre-bets, in-bets, parlays, prop bets and more. It also allows for wagering on professional and collegiate sports.

Adam Greenblatt, CEO of Road Digital, the joint venture between MGM Resorts and GVC, spoke about the launch to the media this week.

“We’re proud to formally introduce the new BetMGM app in Nevada today,” he said. “MGM Resorts’ iconic properties across Las Vegas and GVC’s technology combine to deliver a streamlined sports betting experience that’s easy to use and exciting to play.”

The sportsbooks across all of MGM Resorts’ major Las Vegas Strip properties will soon be rebranded. We’ll need to wait and see how popular this new betting platform becomes.

Coronavirus Fears Continue to Escalate in Las Vegas

2019 was a fantastic year for Las Vegas. Almost every single month, revenue in the city increased dramatically. Unfortunately, many now fear that 2020 will be a tough month for the city due to concerns over the coronavirus.

Covid-19 has already spread to many states across the country and has infected more than 250 individuals. Two cases have already been confirmed in Clark County. It seems like just a matter of time before a case is confirmed inside Las Vegas.

The spread of this virus could lead to a significant decrease in tourism here. It may eventually force the city’s major casino-resorts to temporarily shut down, as well. This would be devastating to the economy of Nevada.

State governments are still working hard to contain this virus. As of now, these efforts have been largely successful. Every day, several new cases are reported in new areas of the country.

Exactly how this will affect Las Vegas is still unknown. For now, it does not appear that the coronavirus is having a significant impact.

MGM’s new sports betting app is finally here. If you’re in the city, check the app out and place some bets!

Bristol VA’s Casino Plans Are Coming Together

Virginia has been preparing to allow casino gambling for years. Recently, cities here have begun discussing plans on how to collect the revenue from these gambling venues. Officials have now agreed to Bristol VA’s casino plans.

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This casino will be unique for a number of reasons. Today, we’re going to talk about what separates the Bristol casino from some of the others in the state. We’ll also discuss when this state’s casino industry will get up and running.

Let’s get into it!

Virginia Seems Poised to Legalize Commercial Casinos

Gambling laws are changing throughout the country. It seems like every single month, a new state decides to allow casinos or sports betting. Some felt that Virginia would never decide to allow traditional casinos to operate.

This was due to the harsh laws towards gambling here. For decades, lawmakers in Virginia prohibited almost all forms of gambling. Only recently has this begun to change.

Some feel that the removal of PASPA helped to change the state’s laws. After PASPA was removed, a huge number of states began allowing sports betting and are now earning millions of dollars a month by taxing this industry.

Certain officials have been pushing to legalize casinos in Virginia for years. Last month, a bill to allow tribal and commercial casinos in the state made its way through the Senate General Laws and Technology Subcommittee. It’s now being reviewed by the Senate and House.

Most feel that the state will approve these regulations before the end of the year. Some even think these bills are given the green light within the next few weeks. Many cities are already coming up with preparations to collect revenue from these venues.

Bristol VA’s Casino Plans Are Now Being Discussed

It’s not easy to have casino regulations approved in a new state. Different parts of every state need to get on board with the plans. Under Virginia’s casino bill currently being reviewed, Bristol is the only city in the state that’s required to share its casino revenue with neighboring counties.

These plans, overseen by the Regional Improvement Commission, calls for the money earned from this casino to be shared. It’s interesting to see, as the casino in Bristol is expected to be the lowest-earning gaming venue in the state.

Randy Eads, City Manager for Bristol, commented on the way this casino will help to benefit the state.

“I think from the outset, everybody recognized that this project would benefit not just the city of Bristol but benefit the entire region,” he said. “Southwest Virginia as a region needs a financial infusion, and this is one way to allow everybody to benefit from this economic development project at the Bristol Mall.”

Bristol VA’s casino plans are expected to bring the state $35 million in annual taxes every single year. This is based on the 17% tax rate that’s being proposed. Of course, several issues surrounding tax rates have already popped up.

The House and Senate disagree with how much these casinos should pay in taxes. Hope is that this issue is resolved this week.

Virginia’s House and Senate Continue to Debate Casino Tax Rates

By mid-February, it seemed as if the state was just about to formally approve casinos to start opening. Cities had agreed to a set of regulations. Even Bristol VA’s casino plans were agreed to, despite the fact that it lessens the amount of money this city will earn.

Unfortunately, the Senate and House have failed to come to an agreement over tax rates. For that reason, Virginia’s Senate officially rejected the proposed bills. The House and Senate are now trying to find an agreeable middle ground.

A conference committee in Virginia is scheduled to meet on March 7th. Hope is that this committee can resolve these issues. Most agree that legalized casinos will help to bring the state millions in additional revenue every single year.

As of now, sports betting is still not being discussed in this state. That’s likely to change in time. Several nearby states now allow sports gambling and are profiting massively.

Bristol VA’s casino plans have been approved. Now, the House and Senate need to come to an agreement. Stay tuned for more Virginia casino news over the next few weeks!

Coronavirus in Clark County is Already Raising Concern

Covid-19, the coronavirus you’ve been hearing about in the news, may have finally hit Nevada. New reports indicate that a man tested positive near Las Vegas. Obviously, the coronavirus in Clark County is causing major concerns for people and businesses here.Nevada Sign On Highway

The coronavirus has now been confirmed in 17 states around the country. Infections in Las Vegas would raise concerns due to the huge number of tourists that visit this city. Today, we’re going to look at the impact this coronavirus is already having on Nevada.

Let’s get into it!

New Cases of Coronavirus in the US Are Recorded

It’s no surprise to see the coronavirus continue to spread around the country. It’s now spread to a huge number of nations across nearly every continent. Iran, South Korea, and Italy are working hard to contain their rising infection rates yet these efforts don’t appear to be working.

The virus has already spread to 17 US states, as well. Washington remains the worst-hit state. Hundreds of people have been confirmed infected here and more than 10 have been killed by the virus. Oregon recently recorded a case inside one of the state’s casinos.

California is also being affected. Many new cases are popping up here every single day. This is also the first state outside of Washington to record a death from the coronavirus. Many analysts predict that the real number of people infected in the US is far higher than what’s being recorded.

There have been real fears of this virus spread into Las Vegas. It’s one of the most-visited cities in the country and packs a huge number of people into very small areas like casinos. A major outbreak here could result in significant spreading around the country.

Unfortunately, it appears this scenario may soon become a reality. One man in Clark County appears to have tested positive for Covin-19. Here’s what we know about the situation.

The Coronavirus in Clark County is Now a Reality

Health officials in Nevada have been testing hundreds of individuals they fear could be infected with the coronavirus. According to new reports, one man in Clark County has just tested presumptively positive for the virus. This man said to be in his 50s, is now in isolation within a Nevada hospital.

Steven Horsford, a Nevada state representative, spoke with the Nevada Independent about this new case.

“Obviously we want to understand who else may have been exposed, any medical professionals, any other family members,” he said. “Anyone else that may have been under care at the VA, so we’ll continue to follow that throughout the day.”

The man was said to have recently traveled to Washington, where he likely got exposed to Covid-19. Unfortunately, he also visited Texas, which just recently recorded its first case of the virus. Officials are now attempting to locate those who may have been in contact with him.

It’s troubling news for several reasons. Las Vegas is an easy place for a respiratory virus to spread. As of now, it’s important to note that he’s only “presumptively positive,” meaning the results have yet to be formally confirmed by different labs.

The coronavirus is already having an effect on Las Vegas businesses. The gambling industry, in particular, is taking a hit.

Las Vegas Casino Companies Experience Stock Price Drop

The city of Las Vegas relies heavily on its gambling industry. It’s the gambling hub of the United States and is home to many of the biggest casino-resorts of the world. If the coronavirus begins to spread here, there’s fear that visitation to the city will drop dramatically and the casinos will start losing serious revenue.

If that happens, things could go bad quickly. Due to new reports of the coronavirus in Clark County, several major Las Vegas casino companies saw their stock prices fall dramatically.

This morning, Red Rock shares fell by 11.3% to $17.03. MGM Resorts International saw its stock prices drop by 8.7% to $21.28. Las Vegas Sands’ fell by 2.8% to $55.64 and Caesars Entertainment saw its stock prices fall by 3.9% to $11.48.

Many have been speculating how this coronavirus could affect Las Vegas. In recent months, this city has experienced significant revenue increases. If this virus spreads, that trend may change.

As of now, only one case has been recorded in Nevada. It’s reasonable to assume there are probably more that simply haven’t been found. How this will affect the city is not yet known.

It’s an unusual time for the US casino industry. Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few months!

Computer Outage Causes Downtown Vegas Slots to Shut Down

Downtown Las Vegas is home to a number of hugely popular casinos. Many of these venues feature thousands of different slot machines. Unfortunately, a computer outage caused many Downtown Vegas slots to temporarily shut down.

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This was obviously frustrating for slot gamblers in the area during the shutdown. Today, we’re going to look at what we know about this situation. We’ll also discuss some of the best slot gambling options available in the US right now.

Let’s get into it!

Downtown Las Vegas Continues to Improve

For many years, Las Vegas was thought of as the seedier, less desirable area of Las Vegas. The Fremont Street Experience helped to draw in more tourists, yet even today this part of the city is not nearly as developed as it is on the Las Vegas Strip.

Things are beginning to change, though. Over the past decade, several major casinos have opened their doors here. Some of these venues are opened by Derek and Greg Stevens, who continue to invest money Downtown.

Soon, the Stevens brothers will open their most ambitious Downtown Las Vegas property to date. This casino-resort, called Circa Las Vegas, is expected to be incredible. Several details of this property have already been released.

Most people are talking about the swimming pool at Circa Las Vegas. It will be the largest swimming pool ever built in the city. A massive screen will also be featured here to play sporting events.

Over the next ten years, more amazing properties are expected to open in Downtown Las Vegas. More visitors are coming to this part of the city than ever before. Unfortunately, this area is not immune to technical issues.

Downtown Vegas Slots Temporarily Shut Down

It’s not completely uncommon for casinos to experience computer issues. Occasionally, something unforeseen happens that forces gaming machines to shut down. That’s exactly what happened this week in Downtown Las Vegas.

Two major Las Vegas casinos in this area experienced computer issues that caused their slot machines to shut down. Social media users were the first to report on this news. The machines featured error messages and were unable to function.

Interestingly, officials believe this was a result of hacking. Garvin Bushell, president of The Learning Center Las Vegas, spoke about the issue that caused these Downtown Vegas slots to close down to the media this week.

“When it comes to cyber security, it’s not if, it’s a when and how bad,” he said. “No matter what you do, the hackers just have to be right one time and as an IT professional, I have to be right every single day and all those attacks are happening on a daily basis. Ransomware is out there and for them to be down from Wednesday to [Monday] it kind of raises from flags.” 

The Nevada Gaming Control Board is actively monitoring the situation. Many slots fans in Vegas are concerned about the safety of playing inside the city’s casinos. Fortunately, there are a huge number of fantastic online slot options available throughout the US right now.

Did Your Vegas Slots Crash? Try Playing Online Instead!

The popularity of online casino gambling is growing around the US every single month. Nowadays, there are a huge number of incredible casino websites that offer more slots than the top land-based casinos in the country. With situations like the Downtown Vegas slots shutting down, more people are choosing to make their bets online.

One of the best internet slots sites available right now is Cherry Gold Casino. This site has grown hugely popular over the past few years. It offers a wide range of table games, poker options, and slots.

Cherry Gold Casino also offers some fantastic promotions right now. One of the best is a 200% welcome bonus on your first deposit using the promo code CHERRYSLOTS. Terms and conditions apply to this bonus offer.

Las Vegas isn’t the only city to experience a major technical issue. Back in late February, the Encore Boston Harbor also experienced an issue that forced the casino’s slots to shut down. As more of these glitches pop up, more individuals are choosing to make their bets online.

What exactly caused the Downtown Vegas slots to shut down is still unknown. We should have a better idea as to what happened over the next few days. Stay tuned for updates!

Macau’s Casino Revenue Plummets Due to Coronavirus

Covid-19, the coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, continues to spread around the world. This virus has already taken a massive toll on Macau. According to new reports, Macau’s casino revenue has plummeted due to officials closing down the city’s casinos.Revenue Drop Picture

This is beginning to hurt Las Vegas casino companies, too. Today, we’re going to talk about how much revenue was lost here last month. We’ll also discuss what’s in store for the future here.

Coronavirus Forces Casinos in Macau to Close Down

The Wuhan coronavirus, called Covid-19, first appeared back in December. Since that time, it’s gone on to infect more than 90,000 people and has already killed more than 3,000. Despite containment efforts, it’s spread to about 70 different countries.

Scientists are having a difficult time understanding this respiratory virus. It’s shown a unique ability to spread from person-to-person. Some claim that it’s reaching a pandemic level due to the fast spread around the world.

Covid-19 has taken a major toll on Macau’s economy. Back in February, officials in the city decided to close down all casinos in order to prevent more infections. This was a tough decision for the territory leaders, as Macau relies heavily on gambling revenue.

These casinos have since reopened. Government officials are requiring all staff and gamblers inside these gambling venues to wear face masks. Unfortunately, tourism in this city is at an all-time low and revenue is plummeting.

This isn’t surprising. Not long into the outbreak, analysts began to predict that Macau would be heavily impacted. Revenue reports are just coming out and it’s just now becoming clear how much of an impact the coronavirus is having here.

Macau’s Casino Revenue Was Lowest in History Last Month

Macau is one of the world’s biggest gambling hubs. A huge number of world-class casinos are located here, some of which are operated by major Las Vegas companies. Closing down these gaming venues had a significant impact on the territory’s economy.

Macau’s casino revenue dropped by 87.8% in February when compared to the same month last year. That’s the biggest drop ever recorded. This revenue decrease is directly related to the casino closures.

On the surface, things look pretty grim here. Not everyone is convinced that these revenue drops will continue, though. An analyst at JP Morgan Chase commented on the situation to the media this week.

“We do not think COVID-19 will curb gamblers’ enthusiasm… so its impact on the industry’s sustainable earnings power should be limited,” the analyst claims. 

That may be wishful thinking. Cases of the coronavirus are beginning to slow down in China. Unfortunately, infections continue to spread in new countries. With the casinos in Macau now reopened, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see new cases hit this territory.

Hopefully, Macau’s casino revenue bounces back in March.

How is the Coronavirus Affecting LV Casino Companies?

The coronavirus has already spread to several US states. In Washington, two people have been killed by the virus. Many feel that it’s just a matter of time until a major US city is hit.

As of now, no cases have been recorded in Las Vegas. That’s surprising to some, considering this is one of the most-visited cities in the country. That doesn’t mean that casino companies based here are unaffected, though.

As Macau’s casino revenue drops, so does that revenue that Las Vegas casino companies are earning. The closure of this territory’s casinos cost several companies millions of dollars every single month. Even now that they’re open again, revenue in this city remains incredibly low.

If the coronavirus begins to spread in Las Vegas, things will get considerably worse. Like Macau, the city of Las Vegas may begin forcing casinos to close their doors. That would be devastating to the local economy. Officials here are already coming up with ways to prepare for an outbreak of the virus.

It helps to be optimistic in this situation. Countries around the world are ramping up their containment measures. We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes for the virus to run its course.

Make sure to stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks!

Poarch Creek Tribe Wants to Build New Alabama Casinos

Lawmakers in Alabama are currently working to gain more revenue from the gambling industry. This week, the Poarch Creek tribe revealed plans for two brand new Alabama casinos in the town of Huntsville. State officials are now taking a closer look at these casino plans. Alabama

Many states are currently revamping their casino regulations. Alabama may be the next to add several new gambling venues. Today, we’re going to take a look at what the Poarch Creek tribe has planned.

Let’s get into it!

Alabama’s Gambling Laws, Explained

For many years, Alabama had some of the strictest gambling laws in the country. Officials here made it illegal to partake in almost any form of gambling. In the late 1980s, things began to change in this state.

In 1988, the Supreme Court passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This made it legal for Native American tribes to operate land-based casinos on sovereign land. Before long, several tribes in Alabama began pushing to open new gambling venues.

Today, there are several tribal casinos spread around the state. Most of them are hugely popular with locals and tourists from nearby states. No commercial casinos are allowed to operate here. It seems unlikely that any commercial casinos will be approved here in the near future.

Alabama still has not passed any laws to allow sports betting. Back in April of 2019, a 44-page bill was introduced here that would allow for wagering on professional and college sports. Lawmakers here are still waiting on approval for this bill.

Tribes in Alabama continue to push for new gambling venues. The Poarch Creek tribe has just presented a set of plans to open two new Alabama casinos.

Plans to Open New Alabama Casinos Are Presented

Over the past few years, several tribes in Alabama have presented plans to open new casinos. Many tribal leaders feel these additional gambling venues will help to bring the state millions of dollars in additional revenue every year. That’s the argument that the Poarch Creek tribe is making with their new casino plans.

This week, leaders of the tribe presented plans to open two new Alabama casinos in Huntsville. The tribe claims it will funnel $1 billion into these new venues. Not everyone feels this is the fairest option, though.

Alabama Senator Gerald Dial believes that a bidding process for any new casinos needs to take place.

“Once you pass a constitutional amendment, you can’t say the Poarch Creek Indians get the casino. You’ve got to have a process where you give anyone an opportunity. If someone from Las Vegas wanted to build one in Huntsville, they’d have the same opportunities,” he said. 

Some are also concerned about a monopoly-like situation forming right now. The Poarch Creek tribe already operates several casinos in the state. Lawmakers want to ensure that the industry stays competitive for other tribes here.

It’s still unclear whether or not these new Alabama casinos will open up. The Poarch Creek tribe is certainly pushing hard.

A New Sports Betting Bill is Presented in Alabama

As we already mentioned, Alabama does not currently allow sports betting. That may change soon, though. This week, a new sports betting bill was presented to the state and some feel that 2020 is the year this industry finally opens up here.

Members of Alabama’s House of Representatives are now set to review this new legislation. If approved, land-based and online sports wagering will be approved. The bill, called HB 336, also details the tax structure set in place.

It’s extremely exciting news for sports fans here. Many believe that Alabama could become one of the country’s next major sports gambling hubs. Whether or not that’s true remains to be seen.

Several nearby states are looking into sports gambling legislation, as well. That includes Georgia, which is known for having some extremely strict laws towards gambling.

Many states in the Southern US are beginning to expand their gambling industries. Soon, several new Alabama casinos may open here.

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

Is the Coronavirus in Las Vegas Right Now?

Since December, a deadly new coronavirus called Covid-19 has been spreading around the world. It’s now reaching pandemic levels and world leaders are beginning to prepare for the worst. Many are now beginning to discuss how the coronavirus in Las Vegas would affect the city.Famous Sign In Las Vegas

Vegas is one of the most-visited cities in the country. Millions of individuals fly here every single month. Today, we’re going to discuss what impact the coronavirus would have on Las Vegas.

Rates of Coronavirus Begin Surging Outside of China

The new coronavirus first appeared in late December of 2019 in Wuhan, China. At first, it was unclear how serious this new virus really was. It spread quickly throughout the Hubei province and was eventually traced back to a seafood market that sold illegal wildlife.

As the weeks went on, officials began to understand how serious of an issue this was. Infection rates began surging around the country. Within a month, every single province in China had recorded cases of the coronavirus.

It didn’t take long to hit other countries. As time went on, Thailand, Taiwan, and Japan recorded cases. It then began spreading to western countries like the US, UK, and Italy. Today, the coronavirus has reached 47 different nations. Some, including South Korea, Italy, and Iran, are seeing unprecedented infection rates.

This is likely the worst epidemic in recent history. Officials claim it’s only a matter of time before the virus begins to spread around the United States. Health organizations around the country are now preparing for a major outbreak.

The coronavirus in Las Vegas poses some major issues. Some feel this is the city most in danger of an outbreak. Here’s why this is.

Officials Began Preparing for the Coronavirus in Las Vegas

Around 40 million people visit Las Vegas every single year. It’s one of the biggest tourism cities in America. For this reason, many feel that Las Vegas is in real danger of a coronavirus outbreak.

What’s worse is that the majority of visitors here are all packed without a four-mile radius. Hotels on the Las Vegas Strip could become major venues for infection spread. This is the fear that city officials have right now.

There have been no reports of the coronavirus in Las Vegas yet. Hope is that it stays this way. This week, the Southern Nevada Health District began taking steps to better prepare for an outbreak in the city.

Kimberly Hertin, disease surveillance supervisor for the Southern Nevada Health District, spoke about the preparations with the media this week.

“One or more cases of this actually does constitute the generalized outbreak definition. Which is why the world health organization called this an outbreak pretty early on,” she said. “From that point we would follow up in notifying those that had the potential exposure and monitor them for illness.”

The country’s leaders recently announced new steps to try and prevent the coronavirus from spreading. In other parts of the world, things are continuing to get worse.

Coronavirus Still Impacting Las Vegas Casino Companies

As we’ve already mentioned, no cases of the coronavirus in Las Vegas have been reported so far. Interestingly, this deadly new virus is still taking a toll on Las Vegas casino companies. Many of these companies have lost millions of dollars through their properties in Macau.

As the virus began spreading around China, leaders in Macau decided to close down the city’s casinos. This plan was done in order to prevent further infections around Macau.

The decision to close these casinos ended up costing many Las Vegas casino operators millions of dollars. Eventually, these casinos began opening back up. Several casino officials are now fearing that something similar can happen in Las Vegas.

If the coronavirus in Las Vegas begins to become an issue, many of the city’s top casinos would likely be forced to shut down. This would be devastating for the companies that run these venues. For this reason, health officials in the state are determined to prevent major outbreaks.

This situation continues to get worse. In Europe, the coronavirus is spreading quickly. We’ll need to hope that measures are taken to eventually kill off this scary new virus.

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

Virginia’s New Casino Bill Has Been Rejected

For months, lawmakers in Virginia have pushed to have casino gambling legalized in the state. Legislation continued to advance, and many believed it was just a matter of time before casinos became legal. Unfortunately, Virginia’s new casino bill was rejected in the Senate.Virginia Sign

It’s a huge blow for proponents of gambling in this state. Many have argued that regulated casinos will help to bring the state millions of dollars every single year via taxes. Today, we’re going to discuss why this bill was rejected.

Let’s get into it!

The Road to Legal Casinos in Virginia

Virginia isn’t known as a very gambling-friendly state. In fact, very few forms of gambling are actually legal here. In 2013, several politicians in the state began presenting legislation to legalize riverboat casinos.

These bills were eventually struck down. Afterward, it seemed as if regulated casinos would never begin operating in this state. Recently, lawmakers in Virginia have once again begun pushing to legalize land-based casinos.

Last year, another bill was presented in the state to legalize these gambling venues. By November, Virginia’s new casino bill was approved by a Senate Subcommittee. This bill allows for commercial casinos to begin operating in several different cities.

After the approval in November, it seemed as if legal casinos would be finally allowed to operate in the state. Several of the state’s top politicians were praising the details of this new bill. Then, out of the blue, this casino bill was rejected in the Senate.

It’s extremely disappointing news. Some felt that Virginia had the potential to become a major gambling hub on the East Coast. Here’s what we know about this situation so far.

Virginia’s New Casino Bill Has Been Rejected in the Senate

If approved, the bill presented in the state would have allowed for several commercial casinos to open. According to new reports, this bill has been rejected in the Senate. We’re now hearing reports of why this is.

According to the Washington Examiner, the Senate and House could not agree on tax rates for these casinos. The House is said to want a lower tax rate than the Senate. 

The House claims that it wants a tax rate between 15 and 28 percent of the revenue casinos obtain. The Senate wants these gambling venues to be taxed between 27 and 40 percent of their revenue. Disputes over the cost of a casino license are also taking place.

Members of the House argue that a casino license should cost $5 million. The House believes that a license should cost $15 million. It’s clear that these two chambers have some discussions that need to take place.

The Senate has officially rejected Virginia’s new casino bill introduced by the House. Now, the bill will need to be redrafted in order to fit both chamber’s needs.

Casino May Still Be Legalized in Virginia This Year

It might seem as if the push to legalize casinos in Virginia is now over. That’s not necessarily the case, though. Over the next few months, members of the House and Senate will need to negotiate the terms of this new bill.

Both chambers claim they want to see casinos legalized in the state. Lawmakers here recognize the potential to earn revenue from this industry.

Several lawmakers in Virginia are also working to legalize sports betting. Not long after PASPA was struck down, a study was conducted on how legal sports betting would impact the state. For the past two years, sports betting advocates have tried to convince state politicians to approve legislation for the industry.

Most agree that casinos will be approved to operate in Virginia before the end of the year. Several cities here have already expressed a desire to allow casinos. Virginia’s new casino bill came to a halt in the Senate, yet another is likely to be presented before the summer.

There’s a lot happening here. Stay tuned for more updates on Virginia’s gambling industry over the next few months!