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

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

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Sunday: November 17th

Golden Knights vs. Calgary Flames

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

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

Monday: November 18th

Monday Night Cornhole

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

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

Thursday: November 21st

Aerosmith

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

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

Friday, November 22nd

David Spade & Ray Romano

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

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

Saturday, November 23rd

Mark Eteson

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

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

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

Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas is Being Demolished Next Week

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

Hard Rock Cafe In Las Vegas

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

Virgin Hotel Purchases the LV Hard Rock Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What to Expect From the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Las Vegas Raiders Logo

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

M Resort Announces Las Vegas Raiders Bar & Grill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Raiders Fans Still Hoping for a Playoff Run

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

The Raiders started out with an impressive victory over the Denver Broncos. They fell short in their next two games before rattling off two more wins over the Colts and the Bears. Since that time, they’ve alternated between wins and losses yet still have a shot at earning a spot in the playoffs.

Oakland has a fairly easy schedule over the next seven weeks. Their biggest test will come against Kansas City. If they’re able to win at least four of their next seven games, they will almost surely earn a spot in the postseason.

If the Raiders struggle to generate wins for the rest of the season, the Steelers could take their place in the playoffs. The team’s recent victory over the LA Rams proved they’re capable of beating the top teams in the league.

The games this Sunday will give us a much better idea as to how things will play out.

Online Super Bowl Odds Are Now Available!

It’s an exciting time in the 2019/2020 NFL season right now. Every team is currently competing for their spot in the postseason. Bovada, one of the best US sports betting sites currently operating, is now offering odds on which team will win the Super Bowl.

The New England Patriots are still the betting favorites. They’re currently 8-1 this season and seem poised to enter into a championship spot. Bovada lists the Patriots’ odds at +250.

New Orleans is listed second in the betting odds. This team is also performing great this year. If they get past the Buccaneers this weekend, the team’s current odds of +650 may increase.

The Raiders are currently given odds of +6600 to win the 2020 Super Bowl. As we’ve already mentioned, the team has a legitimate road to the playoffs. A bet on this team would pay off massively if they manage to win the championship.

The Las Vegas Raiders Bar & Grill will soon open at M Resorts. If you’re in Las Vegas, make sure to check this new venue out!

Atlantic City Wants a Piece of NJ’s Sports Betting Revenue

New Jersey has one of the most lucrative sports betting markets in the country. Recently, the Mayor of Atlantic City called for a cut of NJ’s sports betting revenue. It’s here that most sports betting operations take place, after all.

Mayor Marty Small Sr

Sports betting is extremely popular in New Jersey. It’s helping to bring the state millions of dollars every single month. Let’s look at what exactly Atlantic City is now asking for.

Sports Betting in New Jersey Continues to Grow

New Jersey was instrumental in getting the US Supreme Court to strike down PASPA. Lawmakers here accomplished this goal in May of 2018, and shortly after officially approved a bill to legalize both online and land-based sports betting. Before long, every casino in Atlantic City began operating a land-based sportsbook.

These casinos also teamed up with major online sports betting companies to operate their internet sports betting platforms. Now, all Atlantic City casinos have an online sportsbook, too. Over the past year and a half, NJ’s sports betting revenue has increased dramatically.

In fact, for almost all of 2019, sports betting revenue has increased in this state. Certain gambling venues are known to generate more sports gambling winnings. Resorts Atlantic City is well-known for earning the most betting revenue in the city.

Not long ago, New Jersey earned more sports betting revenue than Nevada. It was the first time in history that this happened.

The state is certainly happy with these revenue earnings. Officials within Atlantic City now want their piece of the pie.

Mayor Marty Small Sr. Wants a Cut of NJ’s Sports Betting Revenue

As of now, New Jersey has earned more than $33 million through taxes on the state’s sports betting industry. That’s an impressive figure considering how new this industry really is. Now, the Mayor of Atlantic City is requesting a piece of this revenue.

Mayor Marty Small Sr. has officially asked for a direct cut of NJ’s sports betting revenue. He claims that Atlantic City played a major part in the success of this industry. He wants to see Atlantic City given more power to control the money earned from regulated sports gambling.

“In 14 months, New Jersey has overtaken Las Vegas as the No. 1 sports betting destination, and a lot of it has to with the success of Atlantic City and online,” Marty Small Sr. said. “But we don’t get one penny. … That’s unacceptable.”

The mayor wants to see this sports betting revenue used for property tax relief.

“My first, and foremost goal, as it was as council president and will continue to be as mayor, is more rateables for the city and more revenue streams to offset our taxes,” he said. 

This is certainly a reasonable request. Atlantic City is no stranger to economic hard times. Better control over NJ’s sports betting revenue would help this city in a major way.

September Proves Massively Successful for NJ Sports Betting Operators

It’s no secret that sports betting revenue has been steadily increasing in this city. This is particularly true now that the 2019/2020 NFL season is in full swing. September proved to be the most successful month for the state’s sports betting operators in history.

According to multiple reports, gamblers in the state wagered more than $445 million on sports in September. It’s the most money ever wagered in this state.

Online sports wagers brought in $41.1 million for casinos in September.

James Plousis, chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, recently commented on this revenue increase to the media.

“While operators continue to face strong competition for gaming and leisure customers, the increase in total gaming revenue shows the industry has grown for the betterment of both Atlantic City and New Jersey as a whole,” he said.

Mayor Marty Small Sr. is pleading his case. We’ll need to wait and see whether or not lawmakers decide to grant Atlantic City a larger share of NJ’s sports betting revenue.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

Casino Leasebacks Could Become the Next Big Thing in Las Vegas

  • MGM Resorts sold and is leasing back the Bellagio Hotel & Casino.
  • More Las Vegas casino leasebacks could be on the horizon.
  • Eldorado Resorts is interested in selling property, too.

Not long ago, MGM Resorts sold The Bellagio to the Blackstone Group. Under the terms of this sale, the hotel-casino will be leased back to MGM Resorts, which will continue to operate the venue. Many analysts now believe that casino leasebacks could become the next big thing in Las Vegas.

Bellagio Las Vegas Hotel Casino

This move allows MGM Resorts to begin investing more money into property overseas. More companies likely recognize this and will choose to do the same. Let’s look at what this means for the future of Las Vegas.

MGM Resorts’ Sale of the Bellagio, Explained

MGM Resorts International is one of the biggest and most profitable casino companies in the world. It owns and operates many hotel-casinos in Las Vegas including the Mirage, MGM Grand, and Mandalay Bay. Recently, company officials revealed plans to sell some of the biggest venues in Las Vegas.

Eventually, news broke that MGM sold Circus Circus Hotel & Casino. The venue was purchased by Phil Ruffin, who owns several major properties in Las Vegas already. Reports indicate that Circus Circus was purchased for $825 million.

Immediately after selling Circus Circus, MGM Resorts announced that it sold the Bellagio Hotel & Casino, as well. The Bellagio is considered one of the most prestigious venues on the Strip. The Blackstone Group bought this property for an astounding $4.2 billion.

Not long after the sale was announced, details emerged that showed it would be leased back to MGM Resorts for $245 million a year. MGM Resorts will continue to operate the hotel-casino, as well.

These casino leasebacks could start becoming more common. Analysts predict more could be on the way.

Analysts Predict More Las Vegas Casino Leasebacks in the Future

Property values are continuing to rise in Las Vegas. Interestingly, more of the hotel-casinos here are owned by just a few companies. Many of these companies are now pushing to open new gambling venues overseas.

Japan, in particular, is an extremely desirable location for many casino companies. Only three casino licenses are set to be handed out here. Recent reports claim Japan could become the world’s third-largest casino market over the next few years.

Casino leasebacks could be the best way to generate revenue for these overseas investments. John DeCree, a gambling analyst for Union Gaming, believes this will soon become common in the city.

“It’s definitely a trend in the market,” he said. “As real estate investors are learning the casino industry, they’re realizing it’s a viable and stable real estate investment.”

Some companies are now claiming to be interested in this strategy.

Eldorado Resorts Likely to Sell Las Vegas Property in 2020

Earlier this year, Eldorado Resorts announced that it was acquiring Caesars Entertainment for more than $17 billion. It’s the largest merger between two casino companies in history. Eldorado Resorts is now looking at new ways to generate revenue to make up for the huge price of the acquisition.

Tom Reeg, CEO of Eldorado Resorts, said in a conference call on Wednesday that he’s interested in new real estate deals after the merger with Caesars is officially complete.

“Caesars has a lot of excess real estate both in and out of Las Vegas that could be used for future development, both for ourselves or in a partnership,” he said. “There’s lots and lots of entities that would like to get close to or on the Vegas Strip.”

Exactly which properties could be sold is unknown. It’s likely that these venues would be sold as casino leasebacks, similar to what MGM is currently doing.

It’s an exciting time in Las Vegas. More companies are now being given the opportunity to own property in this city.

More casino leasebacks could be coming soon. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

OJ Simpson is Filing a Defamation Lawsuit Against LV Hotel-Casino

Not long ago, OJ Simpson stepped back into the public spotlight by creating his own Twitter account. He’s making headlines once again this week by going after one of Las Vegas’ most popular hotel-casinos. Today, we’re going to look at exactly why Simpson is filing a defamation lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan Casino-Resort.

OJ Simpson In Court

Simpson is no stranger to high-profile lawsuits. It’s interesting to now see the controversial former athlete seeking damages for defamation. Here’s what we know about this situation.

The Cosmopolitan’s Allegations Against Simpson

Back in July of 2017, OJ Simpson was granted parole after spending nine years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping. In October of that year, he was officially released. Just one month later, he was kicked out of the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Officials within the Cosmopolitan claim that Simpson was “drunk and unruly” at a hotel bar. TMZ quickly posted a picture of him being escorted out of the hotel surrounded by security.

Not long after this news broke, Simpson and his lawyers quickly denied the allegations. Malcolm Lavergne, OJ’s lawyer, commented on the hotel’s claims to the media.

“The casino itself, they won’t comment on why they banned Mr. Simpson which I projected that they would do, but they were just saying these were wild reports. So everything other than Mr. Simpson being trespassed from property are just false. They just exercised their right to ban him,” Lavergne said.

Eventually, this story was forgotten about. Simpson seemed to have disappeared from the public spotlight. This week, OJ Simpson decided to officially file a lawsuit over this whole situation.

OJ Simpson is Now Filing a Lawsuit Against the Cosmopolitan

As we mentioned earlier, the Cosmopolitan is one of the most popular and lucrative hotel-casinos in Las Vegas. It’s home to many incredible bars that Simpson was known to frequent. Claims that OJ was drunk and unruly are completely untrue, according to a new lawsuit.

OJ Simpson has now filed a defamation lawsuit against Nevada Property 1 LLC, which owns the Cosmopolitan. He’s claiming that he was never given a reason for being kicked out of the venue. He’s denying the allegations that any hotel property was destroyed.

“To date, the Cosmopolitan has never issued any public rationale or reasoning for trespassing Simpson from the property, other than claiming it was ‘private’ property the night of the issuance of the trespass notice,” Simpson’s complains says. 

The former athlete is now asking for $30,000 in compensation. He’s also requested unspecified punitive damages and attorney’s fees.

We’ll need to wait and see how this lawsuit plays out over the next few months.

Cosmopolitan Owners Continue to Purchase LV Property

The Cosmopolitan is the most expensive hotel-casino ever constructed in Las Vegas. It first opened in 2010 and has gained a reputation as one of the hippest, most popular venues in the city. Over the years, ownership of this property has switched hands.

In 2014, The Cosmopolitan was officially sold to the Blackstone Group for $1.73 billion. Recently, this company has acquired several major Las Vegas Strip properties.

Just last month, MGM Resorts International sold the Bellagio Hotel & Casino to the Blackstone Group for $4.2 billion. It was the largest property sale in Las Vegas history.

Soon, this company could also purchase the world-famous MGM Grand. Reports indicate that MGM Resorts is planning to sell this venue in order to invest more money overseas.

It’s a fascinating time in Las Vegas. Never before have so many major hotel-casinos gone for sale.

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

What Happens in Vegas November 10th – 16th



There’s always something exciting happening in Las Vegas. More entertainment options are available in this city than anywhere else in the world. Here’s a quick look at what happens in Las Vegas over the next few days.
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Sunday, November 10th

Great American Foodie Fest

Many of the world’s top chefs have established a presence in Las Vegas. There are enough incredible restaurants in this city to keep you busy for years. On November 10th, the Great American Foodie Fest takes place at the M Resort Spa & Casino.

This massive event allows you to try some of the best foods ever shown on the Food Network and Travel Channel. There’s also a beer garden here that features some of the top breweries in the US. The event kicks off at 5 pm. Best of all, admission to this event is free!

Shin Lim

At 10 pm, Shin Lim takes his act to the Terry Fator Theatre, inside the Mirage Hotel & Casino. Lim is well-known in the magician community. He’s said to be the only magician to ever fool Penn & Teller twice. At just 28 years old, he already has one of Las Vegas’ hottest new shows.

Magic fans swear that Lim is a must-see performer. Anyone in Las Vegas can now check out his newest show starting at 10 pm. Tickets are still available for just $90.

Wednesday, November 13th

Golden Knights vs. Chicago Blackhawks

We’re now more than a month into the 2019/2020 NHL season, and it’s still anyone’s guess which team will end up winning the Stanley Cup. On Wednesday, two of the top teams in the league square off inside the world-famous T-Mobile Arena. The LV Golden Knights will take on the Chicago Blackhawks in one of the most anticipated matchups so far this season.

This game pits the newest team in the NHL against one of the league’s most storied franchises. It should produce fireworks. Tickets can be purchased for as low as $83.

Friday, November 15th

Boyz II Men

One of the most iconic groups in R&B makes their way to Las Vegas this Friday. Boyz II Men are set to perform inside the aforementioned Terry Fator Theatre at 7:30 pm. It’s a must-see show for fans of both R&B and traditional hip hop.

This group has been performing for more than two decades. Despite their many years on the road, Boys II Men haven’t skipped a beat. Those in Vegas can check out the new show for just $60.

Saturday, November 16th

Jerry Seinfeld

Perhaps the most famous comedian of all time will once again put on his act in Las Vegas this upcoming Saturday. Jerry Seinfeld is bringing his latest stand-up routine to The Colosseum, inside Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino. The legendary comedian behind Seinfeld and Comedians in Cars Drinking Coffee is staying true to his roots with an impressive 60-minute routine.

The Colosseum is one of the best entertainment venues in Las Vegas. Tickets to see Jerry Seinfeld perform here can now be purchased for just $80.

It’s an exciting week for both locals and tourists in Las Vegas. If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, make sure to head over to our Vegas hotels page to learn more about what’s available here!

Bleutech Park is One Step Closer to Being Constructed

Months ago, plans were unveiled for a brand new futuristic “mini-city” within Las Vegas called Bleutech Park. Developers claimed the project would cost upwards of $7.5 billion, making it one of the largest in recent history. This week, these developers agreed to purchase land for this new futuristic park.

Bleutech Park Project

It’s exciting news for supporters of this new project. Today, we’re going to look at what we know about Bleutech Park. We’ll also look at what the land agreement means for the future of this ambitious plan.

Developers Reveal Plans for New “Mini-City” Within Las Vegas

Las Vegas is no stranger to huge development projects. Right now, several massive projects are underway here, some of which are costing billions of dollars to construct. This past summer, a development company revealed its plans to construct a futuristic “mini-city” in Las Vegas.

The developers claim that the project will cost $7.5 billion to complete. This money, they argue, will go towards the construction of one of the country’s most modern new “smart cities.”

This development, called Bleutech Park, will run entirely on renewable energy sources. It will be 100% grid-independent and will feature buildings made up of energy-generating and breathable materials. A network of “supertrees” will also be used inside the park to help reduce imported water consumption by 95%.

Obviously, this project was appealing to Las Vegas city officials. A futuristic city such as this one could have a massive impact on future construction projects here.

The developers of Bleutech Park hope to start construction by December of this year. This week, the company agreed to purchase land for this incredible new mini-city.

Bleutech Park Properties Agrees to Land Deal for New Project

Since announcing the plans for this new development, Bleutech Park Properties have looked for a suitable area for construction. It now appears that they’ve found it. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the company has agreed to purchase land for its new mini-city.

BPP has reached an agreement with landowners Khusrow “K” Roohani and Larry Canarelli to buy 210 acres of land at Las Vegas Boulevard and Cactus Avenue. According to reports, the deal is to buy each acre for $1.5 million. This puts the entire sale price at about $315 million.

Roohani confirmed that he’s reached a “solid agreement” with Bleutech Park Properties. It’s a low-risk deal for the landowner.

Of course, this deal has not been finalized. Several steps will need to be taken before construction can officially begin. Based on what we know so far, this could be within the next few months.

It’s exciting news to see a land purchase agreement made. As we’ve already mentioned, this isn’t the only major project coming to Las Vegas in the near future.

More Projects Being Constructed in Las Vegas

Bleutech Park is the most ambitious project proposed in Las Vegas for years. There are, however, some incredible new venues opening up here. Some of them are costing several billion dollars to construct.

Resorts World remains the largest new project under construction in this city. It’s owned by the Genting Group and is expected to open in 2020. It’s set to become one of the largest new casino-resorts in the city.

The MSG Sphere is another massive project being constructed in Las Vegas. It’s currently being made directly next to the Las Vegas Strip. It’s said to be the biggest and most high-tech entertainment venue in the city.

If Bleutech Park is constructed, it will set a new standard for LV development projects. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this situation over the next few months!

Caesars Entertainment Reveals a “Solid” Third Quarter

More US casino companies are releasing their financial statements. Officials within Caesars Entertainment have just revealed the company’s third-quarter reports. Fortunately, the company managed to bring in some serious revenue over 2019’s Q3.Caesars Entertainment

This company is in the middle of some major changes. Today, we’re going to look at Caesars’ third-quarter reports. We’ll also talk about what’s in store for this company in 2020. Let’s get into it!

Quarter Three Proves Successful For Caesars

This week, Caesars Entertainment finally revealed the company’s financial statements for the year’s third quarter. Some analysts were concerned that the company was losing money. It was in the middle of a complete overhaul and many were unaware of the impact that this would have.

Fortunately, things are looking great. These reports show that Caesars generated revenue of $2.24 billion during Q3. This represents a 2.3% increase from the same time period in 2018.

This company also recorded a $68 million operating loss and a net loss of $359 million. Amazingly, Caesars still brought in a profit of $110 million. This is great news for shareholders. Caesars has been working hard to generate revenue in different ways this year.

Tony Rodio, CEO of Caesars Entertainment, commented on the revenue reports to the media this week.

“We are pleased to have delivered solid financial results in the third quarter with net revenue growth across all business verticals, despite headwinds across our portfolio. Revenue performance was driven by our Las Vegas region due to increased consumer demand, with particular strength in the hotel business which continues to outpace prior years across properties. Coupled with corporate expense reductions, this led to strong adjusted EBITDA growth as well as margin expansion.”

Majority of Revenue Came From Las Vegas

Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of revenue came from Las Vegas. It’s clear that Vegas remains the true hub for this company. Revenue from Las Vegas increased by 7% to $973 million.

Gamblers appeared to be unlucky during Q3. Reports show a 17.3% rise in gambling revenue in Las Vegas during these three months. Hotel occupancy was also up three points to 95.6%.

In other parts of the country, things weren’t quite as successful. Revenue from the rest of Caesars’ US operations fell by a little less than 1%. Significant losses were reported in Atlantic City.

Caesars Entertainment’s revenue from online gambling businesses and international casinos fell by 4% to $144 million.

Quarter four should be even better for Caesars. The company is set to receive an additional $516 from the sale of the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Next year will represent a massive change for this major casino operator.

Caesars Entertainment Set to Merge With Eldorado Resorts

Back in June, Eldorado Resorts announced that it was set to purchase Caesars Entertainment for an astounding $17 billion. It’s the largest merger of two casino companies in history. Initially, it was said that this merger would be finalized before the end of the year.

Things are taking longer than expected, though. Now, it appears that this deal will be concluded sometime in 2020.

These two companies must gain approval from several state gambling commissions before this deal can be finalized. The Federal Trade Commission must also approve the merger. Officials want to ensure that this deal does not create a monopoly-like situation.

Both of these companies are selling properties, too.

Based on multiple reports, Caesars Entertainment is set to be taken over by Eldorado Resorts early next year. We’ll need to wait and see how this affects the US casino industry moving forward.

Q3 proved to be successful for Caesars. 2019’s fourth quarter is likely to be even better. Stay tuned for more US casino news over the next few weeks!

Convention Attendance in Las Vegas Could Set Records in 2019

Las Vegas is known for being the convention hub of the United States. This year, convention attendance in Las Vegas could set new records. It’s clear that individuals continue to value this city as a business center.

Las Vegas Convention Center

There’s a lot to be excited about in Las Vegas right now. Today, we’re going to look at how much rates of tourism and convention attendance have increased this year.

Gambling Revenue Continues to Surge in Las Vegas

At the beginning of the year, casinos in Las Vegas were struggling to increase their gambling revenue. For several reasons, visitors to the city were not gambling as much as initially projected. This led some to claim that Las Vegas’ best days were in the past.

Much of this has to do with the rise in competition around the country. In the past, Vegas was one of the only areas of the country that allowed full gambling and sports betting options. This is no longer the case.

Many states now have fully operational commercial casinos and sportsbooks up and running. New Jersey, in particular, is experiencing a huge surge in tourism and revenue thanks to its expanded gambling options. Amazingly, New Jersey’s sports betting revenue has even surpassed Las Vegas’ on several occasions this year.

Gambling revenue has been increasing in Las Vegas for months now. September was one of Nevada’s best months in recent memory. Overall, casinos here generated more than $1 billion.

Unsurprisingly, Las Vegas generated the vast majority of this money. Clark County, in which Las Vegas lies, brought in $913.6 million. Baccarat helped to generate serious revenue for casinos in the city.

New reports now claim that convention attendance in Las Vegas is reaching an all-time high.

Tourism and Convention Attendance in Las Vegas Are Increasing

An increase in gambling revenue generally indicates an increase in tourism, as well. This theory is proving to be correct. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has just released reports that show tourism in this city is strong.

As of the end of September, more than 31.9 million people have visited Las Vegas this year. It’s 0.6% higher than the visitor volume in 2018. There’s still a chance that 2016’s record of 42.9 million total visitors will be broken this year.

Convention attendance in Las Vegas is where things get really surprising. New reports indicate that as of now, more than 5.165 million convention attendees have visited Las Vegas this year. There’s a great chance that Las Vegas manages to break 2017’s total record of 6.646 total convention attendees.

Hotel occupancy numbers are also looking solid so far this year. The current room inventory in this city stands at 149,050. That’s not too far behind 2013’s record of 150,593. Currently, Las Vegas’ hotel occupancy level is at 89.2%. This could indicate that another record is set to be broken.

Overall, Las Vegas is having a fantastic year. We’ll simply need to wait and see how 2019’s fourth-quarter plays out.

Las Vegas Property Sales Continue

Never before have so many major Las Vegas hotel-casinos gone up for sale. It’s a fascinating time in the city. Amazingly, more major property sales are likely to take place over the next few months.

MGM Resorts claims that it’s still interested in putting properties up for sale. Not long ago, this company sold both the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino and the Bellagio Casino-Resort. The latter proved to be the largest hotel-casino sale in Las Vegas history.

Caesars has also been looking to sell some of its LV venues. The company sold its Rio Hotel & Casino to Imperial Companies earlier this year. Caesars Entertainment is scheduled to merge with Eldorado Resorts sometime in 2020.

Officials within Hard Rock International have recently claimed that they’re interested in purchasing a Las Vegas Strip property. It would be fitting, considering the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas has now been taken over by Virgin Hotels.

There’s clearly a lot going on here. Convention attendance in Las Vegas is up and could soon break the all-time record.

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

What’s Happening in Vegas November 3rd – 9th



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

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Sunday, November 3rd

Day N Vegas Music Festival

Las Vegas is home to many of the world’s biggest and most exciting music festivals. On Sunday, the hugely popular Day N Vegas festival arrives, and fans are already racing to get their tickets. This year’s event is one of the best in recent memory, featuring top artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Tyler the Creator, and more.

The festival takes place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Tickets can be purchased starting at just $300.

Tuesday: November 5th:

Sema Show

Calling all automobile aficionados. On Tuesday, the world-famous Las Vegas Convention Center plays host to the SEMA Show. It’s one of the city’s top car shows, showcasing the latest and greatest updates to vehicle technology. Attendees receive a first-hand look at the future of the automobile industry.

Visitors here can also check out some of the most beautiful vehicles currently on the market. Ticket prices are starting at just $60.

Wednesday, November 6th

PBR World Finals 2019

On Wednesday, Las Vegas turns into every rodeo fan’s favorite city. The 2019 PBR World Finals officially take place inside the T-Mobile Area. The biggest stars in professional bull riding are attending.

The event kicks off at 12 pm and also includes live concerts, fantastic food, and an endless supply of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Right now, tickets can be found for as low as $40.

Friday, November 8th

Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa is set to take center stage at Drai’s Nightclub inside the Cromwell Hotel, close to the world-famous Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino. The famous rapper is set to begin performing at 9 pm. Visitors can watch the iconic musician perform some of his biggest hits at one of Las Vegas’ coolest clubs.

Tickets for this concert are going fast. Some can still be purchased for around $40.

Saturday, November 9th

Tim Allen – Aces of Comedy

On Saturday, the Aces of Comedy show continues with the legendary Tim Allen inside the Terry Fator Theater, within the Mirage Casino-Resort. Allen has won numerous awards during his career and his new act is said to be one of his best. He’s out to prove that he’s just as talented a comedian as he is an actor.

The show kicks off at 10 pm. Tickets are still available and can be purchased for as low as $60.

Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean Vegas is slowing down. There are still some fantastic events taking place this week. Feel free to check the ones listed above!

The Las Vegas MGM Grand Could Soon Go for Sale

Not long ago, two of the most popular hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip went for sale. Now, reports are surfacing that more of MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas could be put up for sale. Amazing, the Las Vegas MGM Grand could soon go for sale.

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This hotel has long been considered MGM Resorts’ flagship property. For many, it’s a surprise to hear that this venue could potentially be sold. Let’s look at why exactly this company is selling so many of its hotel-casinos.

MGM Resorts Recently Sells Circus Circus and Bellagio

MGM Resorts owns more hotel-casinos in Las Vegas than any other company. Recently, officials within MGM revealed plans to sell some of the company’s biggest properties. Before long, the company did exactly that.

News quickly broke that MGM had sold Circus Circus to Phil Ruffin, owner of the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino. Ruffin purchased the property for $825 million. It’s still unclear exactly what plans Ruffin has for this popular venue.

Amazingly, MGM Resorts also sold the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in October. The Bellagio is widely considered to be one of the best casino-resorts in the world. The Blackstone Group purchased this venue for an astounding $4.2 billion, the biggest hotel-casino purchase in Las Vegas history.

This is all a part of MGM’s “asset-light” strategy. Essentially, the company wants to sell properties in order to help grow the company. The money earned is used to help expand the company in the US and abroad.

Now, reports are surfacing that one of MGM Resorts’ flagship venues could soon go for sale.

Las Vegas MGM Grand Could Soon be Sold

In a conference call, CEO of MGM Resorts Jim Murren commented on the company’s new property selling strategy. Murren confirmed that the company is interested in selling the Las Vegas MGM Grand. This is all a part of the company’s strategy to “unlock” the value from different properties.

Murren claims that MGM Resorts is currently in the process of “monetizing the real estate” of the Las Vegas MGM Grand. More details of this deal are scheduled to come out over the next few months.

The MGM Grand is one of the most popular gambling venues in Las Vegas. It opened in 1993 and quickly rose to become a hotbed of the city. It features a casino floor larger than 170,000 square feet.

This property also holds a massive entertainment area. The MGM Grand Garden Arena has hosted many of the biggest sporting events in the world. A number of major combat sporting events have been hosted here.

It’s unclear how much the MGM Grand will be sold for. It will likely earn MGM resorts billions.

According to Jim Murren, even more sales are currently being discussed.

More MGM Property Sales Are On the Horizon

MGM isn’t the only company prepared to sell some of its major properties. Eldorado Resorts, which is scheduled to merge with Caesars Entertainment, is also currently in the process of selling some of its major Las Vegas venues.

MGM Resorts, however, is selling more properties than any other company. According to new reports, this company is preparing to sell several other properties including the Aria, Vdara, and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts.

Selling the MGM Springfield property isn’t entirely expected. This hotel-casino has struggled to generate revenue for many months. Much of this is due to the success of the recently-opened Encore Boston Harbor, which has captured much of the Massachusetts gambling market.

Jim Murren claims these sales will help the company break into the Japanese casino market. MGM is one of the biggest US casino companies working to obtain a Japanese casino license. The additional revenue earned from property sales may go towards an integrated resort in this country.

We’ll need to wait and see who purchases the Las Vegas MGM Grand and for how much money. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

Nevada Gambling Winnings Surpassed $1 Billion in September

The state of Nevada is experiencing some massive revenue gains this year. New reports indicate that Nevada gambling winnings surpassed $1 billion last month. It’s the fifth time in 2019 that casinos here have brought in more than a billion dollars.Nevada Sign On Highway

Things are clearly going well in this state. Today, we’re going to look at which forms of gambling brought in the most money here in September. We’ll also talk about which areas of the state managed to generate the most revenue. Let’s get into it!

Nevada Proves It’s Still the Casino Capital of the US

Nevada, and specifically Las Vegas, has always been considered to be the gambling capital of the US. Recently, however, several states have expanded their gambling industries. It seemed as if some parts of the country could overtake Nevada in terms of gambling revenue.

This is beginning to seem less likely. Nevada’s Gaming Control Board has confirmed that casinos in this state won more than $1 billion in September. In total, casinos here managed to bring in $1.059 billion.

It’s a massively successful number for the state, which heavily relies on gambling revenue to function.

Casinos have now generated more than a billion dollars for the fifth time this year. Nevada gambling winnings in September even set a new record. It was the most money ever made during this month. The previous record was held in 2007.

No other state can currently compete with Nevada’s gambling industry. New Jersey is pulling in impressive revenue figures, yet it’s not quite at Nevada’s level. We’ll need to wait and see how long this winning streak continues for.

Baccarat Helps to Boost Nevada Gambling Winnings

Baccarat is one of the most popular casino games in the world. In case you’re unaware, this is a common table game available in almost all Nevada casinos. It’s grown extremely popular over the years and has proven to be a huge earner for casinos around the country.

According to the Nevada Gaming Board, this game helped to generate a significant amount of money last month. Michael Lawton, a senior research analyst for the Gaming Control Board, commented on the earnings from this game to the media this week.

“Baccarat held 19.47 percent compared to a very weak 9.81 percent last year,” he said. “This stronger hold offset soft volumes, as baccarat volume totaled $557.1 million which was a decrease of $160.7 million or 22.4 percent (from last year).” 

Interestingly, Lawton claims that baccarat’s trends aren’t exactly great.

“Although this month’s baccarat results were a significant improvement over last year, the long-term trend for the state’s baccarat business remains choppy at best, as win is currently down 9.3 percent calendar year to date and volumes are down 12.4 percent.”

Slot machines also contributed to Nevada gambling winnings last month. This form of gambling helped to bring in $690.2 million. This represents an 8.3% increase from the same month in 2018.

Las Vegas Continues to Bring in the Most Money for Nevada

Las Vegas is home to many of the biggest and best casinos in the world. The Las Vegas Strip, in particular, features a massive number of world-class gambling venues. Most of these casinos generate a huge amount of money every single month.

Overall, Clark County managed to bring in $913.6 million in September. This is up more than 8% from the same period last year. Las Vegas Strip revenue increased by 7% to $584.2 million.

Amazing, Downtown Las Vegas experienced the biggest Nevada gambling winnings increase last month. This area of the city brought in $65.9 million, an increase of 19.9% from 2018. This is great news, considering gambling revenue in the Downtown area fell last month by 1.9%.

Nevada has seen its casinos generate an increase in revenue for the past four months. Soon, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority will release the state’s official tourism numbers from last month.

Nevada gambling winnings continue to increase. Stay tuned for more casino news on this city over the next few months!

Yahoo Sports and MGM Resorts Sign New Partnership Deal

One of the biggest casino companies in the United States has just signed a major partnership deal. According to multiple reports, Yahoo Sports and MGM Resorts have agreed to a sports betting collaboration. It’s extremely exciting news for both companies.

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Today, we’ll be looking at the details of this new deal. We’ll also look at the US sports betting industry’s expansion. Let’s get into it!

MGM Resorts Recently Sold Las Vegas Strip Properties

MGM Resorts has recently been looking for new ways to generate revenue. Months ago, officials announced that they were interested in selling some of the company’s major Las Vegas properties. Then, earlier this month, MGM Resorts announced that it had sold The Bellagio and Circus Circus.

The latter was sold to Phil Ruffin, owner of Treasure Island. Ruffin purchased this property for an astounding $825 million. It’s unclear exactly what plans the executive has for this popular venue. Hopefully, he renovates and expands this hotel-casino.

MGM also made history by selling The Bellagio to the Blackstone Group. It cost Blackstone $4.2 billion, the largest of any casino-resort sale in Las Vegas history. Blackstone will soon begin leasing the property back to MGM Resorts for $245 per year.

Back in May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Now, every state in the country can set laws on sports betting. Nearly 20 states have outright legalized this form of wagering. MGM Resorts International quickly began working on ways to capitalize on the emerging US sports gambling industry.

Officials revealed their new online sports betting platform, called BetMGM, earlier this year. This week, Yahoo Sport and MGM Resorts signed a new deal to help promote this platform.

Yahoo Sports and MGM Resorts Officially Partner Up

Yahoo Sports’ app has a massive user base. It looks like MGM Resorts is looking to capitalize on the company’s existing status. This week, these companies officially agreed to a sports betting collaboration.

Next month, these two companies will begin offering traditional online sports betting and daily fantasy sports options through Yahoo using MGM’s Roar Digital platform. During the multi-year deal, the Yahoo Sports app will begin offering sports wagers, with all transactions taking place through BetMGM.

Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International, commented on this new partnership to the media this week.

“This partnership marks an important moment for BetMGM in the growing U.S. sports betting sector,” he said. “Integrating Yahoo’s leading fantasy sports operations and content with BetMGM’s world-class sports betting and interactive platform uniquely positions us to drive market share and large-scale adoption among sports fans.”

Commissioners of the NBA and NHL have both voiced their approval of this new deal. Hope is that the Yahoo Sports and MGM Resorts partnership helps to provide players with the best possible experience.

Several States Will Soon Launch Sports Betting Platforms

As we mentioned earlier, almost 20 states have officially passed bills to legalize sports gambling. 13 of these states have their sports betting operations up and running. An additional six are currently working to launch these platforms.

Montana is expected to have its online and land-based sports betting platforms operating very soon. Sports betting was made legal here back in May yet it’s taken lawmakers time to prepare for this industry’s launch.

Tennessee should also have its sports gambling operations made available soon. This state legalized sports betting in May, as well. Hope is that sportsbooks start operating within the next month or two.

In time, it’s likely that almost every state in the country will legalize sports betting.

Yahoo Sports and MGM Resorts will soon begin offering sports betting odds and DFS games. Make sure to stay tuned for more news on this situation over the next few months!

What’s Happening in Vegas on October 27 – November 2

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

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Sunday, October 27th:

Hallow Reef

Starting at 10 am on Sunday, visitors can check out the spooky Hallow Reef exhibit inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. Normally, this impressive underwater aquarium is a calm and pristine shark reef. This week, however, it’s transformed into a haunted shipwreck. 

Children under the age of 12 and in costume receive free admission on Friday and discounted prices on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can explore the entire area and view hundreds of different underwater species. This is a great event to enjoy with the whole family!

Tuesday, October 29th:

Steve Aoki – Armies of the Night 2

One of the top DJ’s on the planet is returning to Las Vegas with his “Armies of the Night 2” show. Steve Aoki will be performing this event at the Omnia Nightclub inside Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino. The show begins at 10:30 pm and is expected to last until the early morning hours on Wednesday. 

This show will have a unique Halloween twist to it. Tickets are now available for presale for as low as $20! If you’re a fan of Aoki or EDM music in general, this is a show that you can’t miss. 

Wednesday, October 30th:

The Beer Tasting Experience

Starting at 3 pm on Wednesday, the LINQ Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip will once again host its popular “Beer Tasting Experience.” Here, a top beer connoisseur will break down the history and brewing techniques of eight tasty beers. You’ll even receive tips on how to best pour and drink different beers. 

After a quick lesson from the brewing expert, guests will receive a complimentary 20oz glass of their favorite beer. Tickets are going for just $42. As you might expect, only those above the age of 21 are allowed to partake. 

Thursday, October 31st:

Rock Of Horror

There’s a lot happening in Las Vegas on Halloween. Perhaps the most exciting event takes place between 2 pm and 2 am on Fremont Street. The Rock of Horror event transforms Downtown Las Vegas into a massive Halloween celebration. It’s unlike anything else you’ll find in the city all year. 

Live music is playing on three different stages. A costume contest also goes on, with some great cash prizes going to the winners. There’s great food, drinks, and entertainment for the entire day. Best of all… Admission to this event is free! 

Saturday, November 2nd:

Daniel Tosh – Aces of Comedy

One of the most recognized comedians of this generation is scheduled to perform at the Terry Fator Theatre, inside The Mirage Hotel & Casino, on Saturday, November 2nd. Daniel Tosh is appearing as part of the renowned “Aces of Comedy.” The Tosh.O host and longtime comic begins his edgy humor and rapid-fire joke show at 7:30 pm. 

Many comedy fans claim that Tosh is one of the best in the business. Anyone visiting Las Vegas this week can check out his brand new act with ticket prices starting at just under $60. 

Halloween week is an exciting time in Las Vegas. If you’re here during this time, feel free to check out any of the events that we’ve listed. Have fun, and be safe!

LV Casinos Are Charging Service Fees on Drinks

Visitors to Las Vegas are now experiencing another annoying service charge. According to multiple reports, LV casinos are beginning to charge service fees on drinks. It’s disappointing news for tourists here, many of whom are getting fed up with the rising costs in Las Vegas.

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There’s been a discussion brewing about the resort fees that different hotels are now charging. Today, we’re going to look at these casino’s decision to start charging drink fees. We’ll also look at the recent push to make hotel-resort fees more transparent for guests. Let’s get into it!

Resort Fees Continue to Increase in Las Vegas

Just about every single hotel in Las Vegas charges resort fees. Essentially, these are fees that different venues charge their guests to help pay for different amenities. Resort fees allow guests to access the hotel pool, gym, Wi-Fi, and more.

This past summer, MGM Resorts International announced that resort fees at the company’s Las Vegas hotels were increasing. MGM spokesperson Brian Ahern confirmed to the media that fees were rising by $6 in three different hotels. The Aria, Vdara, and Bellagio would all experience an increase in resort fees.

It’s unclear whether or not these fees will decrease now that the Bellagio has been sold. The Blackstone Group officially purchased this property from MGM Resorts for an astounding $4.2 billion. It’s the biggest Las Vegas resort sale in history.

Blackstone Group will begin leasing the casino-resort back to MGM Resorts International for $245 per year. Officials within the company have not commented on changes to the hotel’s fees.

Recently, a huge number of LV casinos have begun charging service fees on drinks. Let’s look at why exactly this is.

LV Casinos Charge Service Fees on Drinks

Most of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas are home to nightclubs. These venues are usually open every day of the week and draw in a huge number of visitors. In the past, almost none of these nightclubs charged service fees on drinks. Over the past three years, however, almost all of them have begun charging these fees.

Juan Carlos Diaz, chairman of the American Nightlife Association, claims no other city outside of Las Vegas charges these fees for customers.

“I’m sure it’s something that’s good for business that can help cover costs, but they have to be more creative in the ways they take care of their customers,” he told the media. 

Nightclubs at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Resort claim to charge a 7% fee on drinks. Wynn Resorts charges a flat $1 fee. MGM Resorts International did not comment on their drink service charges.

Many visitors are getting fed up with these new fees. Recently, a bill was presented that would make these resort fees much easier for guests to see.

Resort Fees Legislation is Still Waiting On Approval

In late September, a bill was presented to the US House of Representatives that would require all casino-resorts to clearly list their resort fees for guests. Hotels are currently allowed to advertise room rates without the resort fees included. It can give the impression that a room costs much less than it actually does.

This bill piqued the interest of many individuals in Las Vegas. The NV Resort Association quickly began studying the bill. The group wants to understand the impact that this bill would have on hotel-casinos in the state.

If approved, casino-resorts around the country will be required to post their resort fees. It would help many travelers avoid paying for fees they did not know were included. The bill is still being reviewed in the House.

LV casinos are continuing to charge service fees on drinks. The specific cost of these fees is known at some casinos. Others do not disclose their drink service charges.

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

The Moulin Rouge Las Vegas Sale is Falling Apart

Over the summer, owners of the Moulin Rouge Casino in Las Vegas announced they were interested in selling their historic gambling venue. Several groups quickly expressed interest in purchasing the casino. Unfortunately, it appears the Moulin Rouge Las Vegas sale is now falling apart.

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It’s disappointing news for those who wanted to see this old casino renovated. Today, we’ll look at why exactly the Moulin Rouge is so famous. We’ll also talk about who’s talked about purchasing this property. Let’s get into it!

Moulin Rouge Owners Continue Search for a Buyer

The Moulin Rouge is one of the oldest and most historic gambling venues in Las Vegas. It opened in 1955, at a time when civil rights was a major talking point across the country. Owners of this venue decided to make it the first desegregated casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

During its four and a half months of operating, this was one of the most popular venues in Las Vegas. Celebrities from all over the country came to gamble the night away here. Entertainers would fly in to perform and enjoy the atmosphere.

Unfortunately, the owners of this gambling venue didn’t keep track of their money. The Moulin Rouge Las Vegas was quickly forced to close its doors and never reopened. It was terrible news for fans of this gambling venue, many of whom felt it would start operating again in just a few months.

The owners of this casino have been looking for a buyer. For a time, it appeared that several companies were ready to seal the deal. Unfortunately, it appears that this sale is no longer in the works.

The Moulin Rouge Las Vegas Sale Has Not Been Finalized

Back in early July, several Las Vegas-based companies announced that they were interested in purchasing this historic casino. The owners of the Moulin Rouge Las Vegas then began searching for which of these potential buyers would make the best offer. District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez bid $6.2 million for the venue, yet locals voiced their disapproval of her proposal.

Next, the Las Vegas National Restaurant Service claimed that it was interested in buying. Once again, these plans fell through. A company called Las Vegas Moulin Rouge LLC then announced it was ready to buy the casino. As you probably guessed, these plans fell through, as well.

Kevin Hanchett, a court-appointed owner of the Moulin Rouge Las Vegas, then told the media that he’d received three new offers. The most promising company was Anderson Capital, which bid $9.5 million. Hanchett claimed that he was waiting for a $4.5 million deposit to clear. As of today, the money has not arrived.

It has to be frustrating news for Hanchett. There’s clearly interest in this venue and its land yet no one seems ready to close a deal. Hopefully, this will change in the future.

More Gambling Venues Set to Open in Las Vegas

The Moulin Rouge Las Vegas may not be up and running again for years. Fortunately, there are several new gambling venues opening in this city, most of which are expected to be fantastic. Resorts World, currently being constructed in the northern area of the LV Strip, is one of the most highly anticipated venues here in years.

This massive casino-resort is being built by Genting Group. Its opening has been delayed for years, partly due to the massive cost it’s taking to build. Company officials claim that it will be up and running by December of 2020.

The new Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas will be opening up next year, too. Virgin is currently in the process of converting the Hard Rock Las Vegas Hotel & Casino into its own gambling venue. Based on what we know about this new hotel-casino, it’s going to be fantastic.

Owners of the Palms Casino-Resort, located off the Las Vegas Strip, have also been renovating their property. Recently, the casino revealed its newest artwork.

The Moulin Rouge Las Vegas is still just a dilapidated building. We’ll need to wait and see which company finally decides to purchase this venue.

Stay tuned for more news on the situation over the next few weeks!

Las Vegas Sands Revenue Reports Are Revealed

One of the biggest and most profitable casino companies in the world has just released it’s Q3 financial reports. Interestingly, the Las Vegas Sands revenue came in slightly lower than anticipated. It’s a disappointing blow for this company, which is currently working to expand its presence overseas.

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Today, we’re going to look at exactly how much money this company managed to bring in over 2019’s third quarter. We’ll also look at some of the things LVS has planned over the next few years. Let’s get into it!

2019 Proves to Be an Interesting Year for Las Vegas Sands

As we’ve already mentioned, Las Vegas Sands is one of the biggest and most lucrative casino companies in the world. It’s had an interesting 2019, with fluctuating revenue earnings and continued expansion in Asia. Fortunately, the company’s quarter two financial reports came out solid.

In quarter two, LVS revenue jumped by more than 15% when compared to the same month in 2018. The company recorded a net income of $1.108 billion and had a stock share price of $1.24. Rob Goldstein, CEO of the company, claimed it was the best quarter in LVS’ history.

Officials within Las Vegas Sands have made it clear that they are continuing to invest abroad. Macau, in particular, is a major investment point for this company. LVS is continuing to invest more than $2 billion into its operations in Macau.

To some, this is a cause for concern. Macau has struggled to generate revenue for almost all of 2019. The US-Chinese trade war and protests in Hong Kong have lessened the number of gamblers visiting this city. Las Vegas Sands isn’t deterred, however, and continues to pump money into its resorts here.

Unfortunately, things haven’t gone quite as smoothly over the past three months for this company.

Las Vegas Sands Revenue Reports for Q3 Are Finally Out

LVS has officially come out with its earnings report. According to company officials, it saw $3.25 billion in revenue during quarter three. Operating income fell to $899 million for a decrease of 2.5% compared to quarter 3 of 2018. Net income fell by 6.6% to just $533 million.

When comparing these figures to the year’s second quarter, the results look abysmal. Of course, it’s important to note that Q2’s earnings were significantly boosted by the sale of Sands Bethlehem. This sale provided the company with $138 million.

Sands China’s revenue dropped by 2% to $2.08 billion. Most of the decline is attributed to the Sands Cotai Central, where revenue fell by 9.3%. This popular hotel-casino is currently being converted into The Londoner.

Sheldon Adelson, the founder of Las Vegas Sands, managed to make an appearance during the company’s revenue call. The casino mogul is unfortunately battling non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and barely spoke. He did claim to be happy about the company’s increased shareholder dividends.

The decline in Las Vegas Sands revenue earnings isn’t too concerning. This company remains one of the most powerful casino operators in the world.

LVS Continues to Push Into the Japanese Market

Last year, Japan officially approved plans to legalize casino gambling. Over the past year and a half, lawmakers here have worked on ways to get this new industry up and running. Soon, the government will begin offering licenses to different casino companies.

Only three of these casino licenses will be handed out. Las Vegas Sands is making it clear that they want to make it into this country. Not long ago, officials at LVS claimed that they want to open a casino-resort in either Osaka or Yokohama.

Las Vegas Sands revenue figures from Q3 aren’t having an impact on these plans. Most analysts believe that Japan will become one of the most lucrative casino markets in the world. If LVS is able to break into the Japanese market, it will likely experience massive revenue gains.

Of course, competition is high. Many of the biggest US casino companies are also attempting to obtain a Japanese casino license. We’ll need to wait and see which ones are chosen by Japan’s soon-to-be-established casino regulator.

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

Hard Rock International Could Soon Break Into Las Vegas

Hard Rock International is one of the biggest and most successful hotel-casino companies in the country. Interestingly, it hasn’t ever managed to run a major venue in Las Vegas. This week, the Chairman of Hard Rock International told the media he’s interested in purchasing a LV Strip property.

Jim Allen Hard Rock CEO

Today, we’re going to look at the details of the recent Hard Rock Las Vegas property sale. We’ll also talk about how soon Hard Rock International could break into Sin City. Let’s get into it!

Hard Rock Las Vegas Property Sold to Virgin Hotels

Back in the early 90s, owners of the Hard Rock Cafe revealed that they were planning to construct a new hotel-casino in Las Vegas. In 1995, this venue officially opened its doors in Paradise, not far from the Las Vegas Strip. It proved to be a success, drawing in both tourists and locals to the casino floor.

Florida’s Seminole Tribe purchased Hard Rock International in 2007 for nearly $1 billion. This new deal excluded rights to operate the Las Vegas property.

In 2006, Morgans Hotel Group agreed to purchase this hotel-casino. As part of the deal, MHG agreed to keep using the Hard Rock name. Over the next five years, ownership of this venue switched several times.

Unfortunately, the casino’s revenue began falling. Since 2008, it struggled to bring in guests and casino players, leading many to call for its sale. In March of 2019, this sale was officially finalized.

Owners announced that they’d sold their Las Vegas property to Virgin Hotels. The Richard Branson-run Virgin Hotels is breaking into the Vegas market for the first time. The company has officially closed this hotel with an opening date scheduled for late 2020.

At first, it looked as if the Hard Rock brand was permanently leaving the Las Vegas market. This does not appear to be the case anymore.

Chairman of Hard Rock International Wants a Las Vegas Property

For fans of the Hard Rock brand, it was a shame to see the Las Vegas property go up for sale.

Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International, recently told the media that he’s interested in opening a hotel-casino here. According to new reports, Allen has been planning a Las Vegas property purchase for months.

Allen claims that the Las Vegas Strip is “certainly” one of the possibilities for a new hotel-casino. He also told the media that Vegas would be “a great opportunity for our brand.”

As of now, it appears that Allen is interested in purchasing Planet Hollywood, or Bally’s. Both of these venues are located in prime locations on the Strip.

Brendan Bussman, a partner at Global Market Advisors, believes that purchasing a Strip property will not be easy.

“There will probably be multiple properties interested,” Bussmann said. “There’s only a few good parcels on the Strip you can do something with.”

The Timing for a Strip Purchase Might be Perfect

This might be the most ideal time for Hard Rock International to make the move into Las Vegas. Several major casino companies here are interested in selling their Strip properties. MGM Resorts, for example, just sold its Circus Circus and Bellagio properties last week!

Eldorado Resorts is another company that’s looking to sell a major hotel-casino. The company is set to acquire Caesars Entertainment soon and wants to get rid of a Strip venue to help make up for the $17.3 billion that it cost to purchase the company.

The purchase of a Las Vegas Strip property may also help Hard Rock’s chances of breaking into the Japanese market. Hard Rock International is making it clear that they’re interested in opening one of the three casino-resorts in Japan.

Las Vegas remains the gold standard for casino companies. Owning a property on the Strip here would be huge for the company’s portfolio. Lawmakers in Japan are currently deciding which US casino companies to grant a gambling license.

We may see Hard Rock return to Las Vegas very soon. Make sure to stay tuned for more news on the situation over the next few weeks!

The Bellagio Sale is the Biggest in Las Vegas History

Las Vegas is going through an interesting time right now. Recently, several major casino operators here have committed to selling some of their biggest properties. MGM Resorts announced its Bellagio sale last week, which is said to be the biggest of any resort in Las Vegas.

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The Bellagio Hotel & Casino was once the world’s greatest casino-resort. Its sale came as a huge surprise for many individuals. Today, we’re going to look at the history of this amazing hotel-casino, and talk about why exactly it was sold.

History of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino

In the 1990s, several major Las Vegas gambling venues opened their doors. None were as grandiose and exciting as the Bellagio Hotel & Casino. This venue first underwent construction in 1996 and officially opened to the public towards the end of 1998. It cost more than $1.6 billion to construct, which at the time meant it was the most expensive hotel ever built.

The Bellagio quickly exploded in popularity. It had some of the most expensive rates in the city, yet everyone wanted to stay here. This venue managed to bring in massive revenue earnings and was considered the hottest property on the Las Vegas Strip.

Of course, not everything lasts forever. Over the past decade, several new hotel-casinos have opened here that have somewhat taken away the Bellagio’s shine. Despite this fact, it’s still an incredible hotel-casino and one that continues to bring in massive revenue earnings every single year.

MGM Resorts International has discussed plans to sell some of its Las Vegas properties for years. Many felt that if any were sold, it would be the smaller, less popular venues located on the Strip.

Interestingly, officials within MGM confirmed last week that the Bellagio was being sold to the Blackstone Group.

MGM’s Bellagio Sale is the Biggest Ever Made in Las Vegas

The Blackstone Group has shown a major interest in purchasing major Las Vegas hotel-casinos. MGM Resorts International confirmed that they’d sold the Bellagio to this company for an astounding $4.2 billion. This makes it the biggest of any resort sale in Las Vegas history.

The terms of the Bellagio sale are very interesting. Blackstone Group will actually begin leasing the casino-resort back to MGM for an annual rent of $245 per year. MGM will also retain a 5% ownership stake in the hotel.

The second-largest casino sale in Las Vegas doesn’t even come close. In 2014, the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino was sold to Blackstone Group, as well. It cost them just $1.73 to purchase this venue.

Such a high price is expected for a hotel-casino as successful as the Bellagio. This venue generated more than $405 million in operating income last year. It’s showing no signs of slowing down, either.

MGM Chairman and CEO Jim Murren believes that selling properties will help the company “redeploy capital to higher-return investments.”

The Bellagio sale may not be the only major one taking place on the Las Vegas Strip.

More Las Vegas Strip Property Sales Could be Coming

MGM Resorts clearly feels that major property sales are the best course of action right now. Also last week, the company announced that it had sold the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino to Phil Ruffin, owner of Treasure Island. The sale earned MGM $825 million.

It’s unclear whether or not MGM Resorts International plans to get rid of any additional Las Vegas properties. Officials in the company seem committed to obtaining an elusive Japanese casino license.

Caesars Entertainment may soon announce another Las Vegas property sale. Earlier this year, Caesars agreed to merge with Eldorado Resorts. It’s the largest merger in US casino company history.

Heads of Caesars Entertainment claim they’re interested in selling properties. Last month, Caesars sold the Rio Hotel & Casino. It’s still possible for a major Caesars Strip property to go up for sale.

The Bellagio sale is the biggest in Las Vegas history. Make sure to stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few months!

10Best Names the Top 10 Casinos in Las Vegas

It’s no secret that Las Vegas is home to many of the biggest and best casino-resorts in the world. Trying to decide which of these gambling venues is the best can be difficult. Everyone has a different opinion! This week, 10Best officially revealed the names of its top 10 casinos in Las Vegas.

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Some of these casinos were expected to appear. Others, no one saw coming. Today, we’re going to take a quick look at this list. Let’s get into it!

Top 10 Casinos in Las Vegas, According to 10Best

As we’ve already mentioned, it’s extremely difficult trying to narrow down just 10 of the best casinos in Las Vegas. There are simply too many to choose from. Experts from USA Today’s 10Best chose 20 of their favorite casinos. From there, the top 10 were chosen by popular vote.

Here are the top 10 casinos in Las Vegas named by 10Best!

The D Las Vegas

Not many would have predicted that the D Las Vegas Hotel & Casino would be named the top gambling venue in the city. It’s located in the Downtown area, miles away from the Las Vegas Strip. The D has a loyal following, yet it’s rare for this casino to win any major awards. Interestingly, 10Best has named it the best in the city.

The STRAT Las Vegas

Now this one is REALLY surprising. This hotel-casino, formally known as the Las Vegas Stratosphere, was generally considered one of the worst venues in the city. It was recently rebranded to the STRAT and has undergone some major renovations. Apparently, this was enough for 10Best to name it as one of the best! It’s great news for this casino moving forward.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Another Downtown Las Vegas casino makes its way onto this list. The Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is another popular venue in the city, yet isn’t traditionally thought of as one of the top 10 casinos in Las Vegas. 10Best seems to disagree.

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resort

This one shouldn’t surprise anyone. Not long ago, Wynn Las Vegas was named the very best hotel-casino in the US by Business Insider. It’s certainly a good one, featuring an impressive casino floor, wonderful amenities and a prime location on the Las Vegas Strip.

Venetian & The Palazzo

The Venetian Hotel & Casino is one of the most beloved venues in Las Vegas. It has one of the most impressive designs of any hotel in the city. The Palazzo, in particular, is stunning. It has managed to stay popular throughout the years and was just named as one of the top 10 casinos in Las Vegas.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Everyone loves the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino. It’s the most expensive venue in the city and features one of the most impressive casino floors. Some feel it should have been higher on this list.

Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Another extremely popular Las Vegas Strip property is being named. Caesars Palace features more than 124,000 square feet of gambling space. It’s a world-class gaming venue and deserves its spot on this list.

Red Rock Casino Resorts & Spa

The Fertitta-owned Red Rock Casino comes in at number 8. It’s located away from the Strip and Downtown area yet it’s become hugely popular, particularly with locals.

Bellagio Las Vegas

For years, the Bellagio Hotel & Casino was considered the best hotel-casino in the city. That’s no longer the case, yet many still consider it in the top-five. The Bellagio has still been named one of the top 10 casinos in Las Vegas this week.

M Resort Spa Casino

M Resort Spa & Casino comes in at number 10. This is another venue that’s highly popular with locals. It isn’t in the best location and doesn’t draw in as many visitors as some of the other hotels on this list, yet there’s no denying it features an amazing casino floor.

If you’re planning to visit Sin City, make sure to check out our Las Vegas hotel guide page! Enjoy your stay!

What’s Happening in Vegas? October 20-26

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Las Vegas is known for being the world’s biggest gambling destination, but there’s so much more going on beneath the surface of Sin City. From sporting events to concerts to festivals you just can’t miss, there’s always something exciting happening in Las Vegas.

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

Tuesday, October 22nd:

Willie Nelson and Family

Calling all country music fans! The legendary Willie Nelson is returning to Las Vegas this week. Willie Nelson and Family are performing inside the Venetian Theater. As the name suggests, this venue is located within the world-famous Venetian Hotel & Casino.

Nelson has been performing for more than six decades. He’s earned just about every award that an artist possibly can and continues to put on shows for his fans around the world. You never know when Willie will decide to hang up the gloves so this may be the perfect time to check out his concert while you still can.

Several special artists will also be performing including Tennessee Jet. Tickets are starting at around $60.

Wednesday, October 23rd:

Lady Gaga Enigma Tour

Lady Gaga, arguably the most popular singer on the planet right now, has officially set up shop in Las Vegas. For the next two years, she’ll be performing inside the Park MGM Theater. Enigma, her new show, is already proving to be a massive success.

Things haven’t gone perfectly, though. She made headlines this week after falling off the stage in the arms of a fan. Fortunately, no one was injured. She’s putting on another major show this Wednesday and fans are already flocking to the ticket booths to get their seats.

Tickets can be found for as little as $45 right now. As the concert gets closer, these prices are likely to increase.

Thursday, October 24th:

Las Vegas Balloon Glow

If you ask a local, “what happens in Vegas?” You’re probably not going to hear them say “balloon shows!” This Thursday, however, that is exactly what’s happening in this city. The Craig Ranch Park, located in North Las Vegas, is hosting this exciting new event.

Guests will find dozens of massive hot air balloons tethered to the ground, food trucks, drink carts, and more. It’s even possible to book private balloon rides for two people, starting at just $20.

This is likely to be a popular event with the locals. If you’re looking to escape from the bright lights of the Strip, the Las Vegas Balloon Glow might be the perfect event to attend.

Friday, October 25th:

Concours D’Elegance

For true car lovers, there may be no better show than the Concours D’Elegance. The show actually dates back to the 17th century, when aristocrats paraded around the city in their fanciest horse-drawn carriages. Today, it’s a car show that takes place all around the world.

The Las Vegas Concours D’Elegance is the second to last event of the season and is expected to be one of the best. Several Las Vegas celebrities will be attending including Wolfgang Puck. Don’t be concerned if you can’t attend the show on Friday evening. It’s a multi-day event that will span from the 25th to the 28th.

This year’s event is being held at both the Keep Memory Alive Events Center (for the first evening gala) and the Dragon Ridge Country Club (where the car show is held). Tickets start at $100.

Saturday, October 26th:

Dogtober Beer Fest

We can’t have a “what happens in Vegas” list without mentioning some drinking festivals! On Saturday afternoon, Big Dog’s Draft House is putting on their annual Dogtober beer fest and brat party. Many locals claim it’s the best beer festival of the year.

Big Dog’s Draft House is located a little off the beaten path, but this is an event that’s well worth attending. Visitors here can sample more than 50 craft beers, enjoy classic Wisconsin-style brats, and listen to live music from locals bands.

Amazingly, admission to this event is free. Food and drink packages start at just $30. If you’re a beer fan, there’s no better way to relax on a Saturday.

Non Gambling Options in LV Hotels Are Growing More Popular

Las Vegas is home to many of the biggest and best casinos in the world. Interestingly, non-gambling options in LV hotels are generating more revenue than ever before. It appears that many individuals are choosing to visit this city for reasons other than gambling.

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Some don’t want to admit it, but Las Vegas is changing. Now is the perfect time to look at the amount of revenue that non-gambling activities are bringing in. Let’s get into it!

Tourism Numbers in Las Vegas Are Increasing

At the start of 2019, things didn’t look great for Las Vegas. Tourism numbers were dropping and casinos were struggling to generate revenue. Fortunately, things have begun to turn around in this famous city.

More visitors have begun heading to Las Vegas. The summer months, in particular, drew in a wave of tourists. There’s still a chance that tourism numbers are going to break records here.

Hotel occupancy was at 89.3% in August. This was the highest in the city since 2007 when hotel occupancy was at 90.7%. Many analysts still believe that more than 43 million individuals will visit in 2019, setting a new record.

It now appears that many are visiting this city for reasons outside of just gambling. That’s great news for hotel-casinos in Las Vegas, many of which are beginning to invest more in their non-gambling amenities.

Revenue From Non-Gambling Hotels in LV Casinos Grows

Back in 1999, Nevada began earning more from its non-gambling amenities than it makes inside casinos. Since that year, non-gambling options in LV hotels have gotten even more popular. According to David Schwartz, a gaming research analyst with the UNLV, claims the average Las Vegas tourist spends $434.70 per day. $285.41 goes to activities outside of gambling and $142.29 goes towards gambling.

Interestingly, the largest percentage of visitors to this city are millennials. Seth Schorr, CEO of Fifth Street Gaming, claims millennials simply don’t gamble as much as the older generations. Those that choose to gamble generally enjoy social games like craps.

“The other thing that is tricky with the casino audience is there’s a perception of what a casino is,” Schorr said. “The Generation X, Z and millennials are all a little off on the betting part. They’d rather see themselves on TV or in a big Instagram or YouTube rush, sharing with their friends, not sitting by themselves playing slots. The question is how do you make it social for many in gambling without it being craps,” he said.

Some believe that Esports betting will grow extremely popular in this city. Esports grow more popular every single month. Others believe that entertainment centers that feature virtual reality and other tech innovations will help to bring in non-gambling revenue here, as well.

More Casinos Are Coming to Las Vegas

Non-gambling options in LV hotels continue to grow more popular. That doesn’t mean casino companies are choosing not to invest here, though. Several major casino projects are set to open in Las Vegas over the next few years.

One that many are excited about is Resorts World. This new casino-resort, being constructed in the northern area of the Las Vegas Strip, is expected to be a major success. It will officially open in 2020.

The new Virgin Hotel is opening up next year, as well. Virgin Hotels purchased its first Las Vegas property from Hard Rock International this year and is working to renovate and update the casino and hotel.

It’s clear that non-gambling options in LV hotels are growing more popular. This will likely continue, as millennials simply aren’t as interested in gambling as the older generations.

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

Plans for a New Casino in Oklahoma Are Revealed

Oklahoma’s legal battle against Native American Tribes continues. It doesn’t appear to be stopping tribes from expressing interest in opening casinos here. The Choctaw Nation has revealed plans for a new casino in Oklahoma this week.

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There are a staggering number of Native American casinos in this state. The gambling industry here is showing no signs of slowing down. Let’s look at the state’s battle with tribes and what new casino plans have just been revealed.

Lawmakers and Tribes Continue to Quarrel

Oklahoma has the third-largest number of Native American Tribes in the United States after Alaska and California. In 1988, the US Supreme Court passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, allowing all Native American Tribes to operate casinos on sovereign land. Immediately, a huge number of tribes in this state decided to open their own casinos.

Over the past two decades, Oklahoma has developed one of the largest tribal casino markets in the country. Since the 90s, tribes have been required to pay between 4% and 10% of their revenue in taxes to the state. In 2018, tribal casinos brought in more than $139 million in taxes.

Recently, however, Governor Kevin Stitt has asked for lawmakers in the state to reevaluate the current tax structure. He simply wants to ensure that the state is earning what it should from these gambling venues. Interestingly, Stitt voiced this opinion to the media, instead of lawmakers directly.

His new idea did not sit well with tribal leaders in the state. Many tribes immediately began pointing out the contribution that they make to the state. Increasing tax rates would go against an agreement that’s been in place for decades, they argue.

Negotiations are continuing to take place between the tribes and state officials. It’s unclear exactly how this situation will unfold.

Choctaw Nation Unveils Plans for a New Casino in Oklahoma

Despite the unknown future tax rates for casino operators, many tribes are still looking to open a gambling venue in Oklahoma. This week, the Choctaw Nation revealed its plans for a new casino in Oklahoma. More specifically, a casino in Matteson, at Lincoln Highway and Harlem Avenue. Many are excited to hear what may be coming here.

The town of Matteson is currently fighting for its opportunity to host a casino. Plans to construct a $300 million gambling venue was presented to the Village Board. A vote on the new casino will be made on October 21st.

Sheila Chalmers-Currin, Village President of Matteson, commented on the decision to open a casino in this city to the media.

“I believe this project will be an asset not just to Matteson, but to the entire Southland Region,” she said. “After interviewing multiple casino operators, we felt the team led by the Choctaw Nation provided the best combination of experience, vision, community engagement and a financially feasible plan.”

The plan, which the Choctaw Nation would be helping with, calls for 2,000 gaming positions, a high-end restaurant and food hall, a 200-room hotel and 36,000 square feet for small conventions, concerts or similar events. The proposed site covers 35 acres and could include another 15 to 20.

This tribe already operates 22 casinos around the state. Soon, it may have a 23rd.

Oklahoma Still Hesitant to Approve Sports Betting

For many years, only Nevada was legally allowed to offer sports betting in the United States. Finally, in May of 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Almost immediately afterward, several states began presenting plans to legalize and regulate the sports betting industry.

Today, 19 states have chosen to legalize sports gambling. Many more likely will over the next few months. A bill was presented in Oklahoma earlier this year to allow “sports pools.” Unfortunately, the bill failed to get approved before the state’s legislative session.

Many believe that sports betting will be approved in this state next year. It seems extremely likely, as the state would likely earn millions every month from this industry.

Plans for a new casino in Oklahoma have been presented. We’re likely to see even more gambling venues open here over the next several years.

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

The Raiders’ New Partner is Announced for Las Vegas Stadium

The Oakland Raiders will soon be making their new home in Las Vegas. This week, the Raiders’ new partner was officially revealed. To the surprise of many, the famous NFL team has teamed up with a tribal casino operator in California.

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Allegiant Stadium, where the Raiders will play in Las Vegas, won’t be complete until 2020. It makes sense for the team to seek new partnerships before it opens up. Let’s look at why this team is moving to Vegas, and what this partnership means moving forward.

Why Are the Raiders Moving to Las Vegas?

The Raiders are well-known for having one of the most passionate fan bases in the entire NFL. There’s a mystique about the team which has long been considered the place for the league’s toughest players. Unfortunately, Oakland has struggled to generate much success over the years and has one of the lowest budgets of any NFL team.

Recently, the NFL demanded that the Raiders begin playing in a new stadium. The team’s current home is the RingCentral Stadium (the Colosseum) which it shares with the Oakland Athletics MLB team. It’s considered to be one of the worst stadiums in the country.

The Raiders failed to propose an adequate stadium solution to officials in the NFL. The team then decided it would make the move to Los Angeles. Once again, this idea was shot down by the league. Finally, the team agreed on plans to move into Las Vegas. To the surprise of some, heads of the NFL greenlit these plans. The team agreed to begin playing at the future Allegiant Stadium, in an area that many real estate firms are investing in.

Las Vegas has recently begun to embrace its professional sports industry. Just a few years ago, the Las Vegas Golden Knights were created here. They’ve quickly become one of the top teams in the NHL.

Not everyone is happy about it, but the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas. This week, the team announced its newest partner.

The Raiders’ New Partner Isn’t Based in Las Vegas

Many believed that the Raiders would team up with one of the many Las Vegas casino companies to help with promotional work and funding. Interestingly, the team has revealed this week that it’s signed a deal with San Manuel Casino, based in Southern California.

Marc Badain, President of the Raiders, commented on this new partnership to the media this week.

“We’ve talked often about how the (Allegiant Stadium) project is going to be transformative for the city of Las Vegas, the Raiders, the region and also for our partners,” he said. “We’re excited to have San Manuel Casino as a founding partner.”

The specific terms of this new deal have not been revealed to the public. Many believe it will be a profitable one for both parties, though. The Raiders’ new partner is no stranger to major sports partnerships. In fact, San Manuel Casino currently boats partnership deals with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Las Vegas Golden Knights.

“Our history in Los Angeles was a very significant and successful one, and we maintain a very strong fanbase in the Southern California area. A significant portion of our (personal seat license) holders are coming from the region,” Badain also commented to the media. 

Week 7 Oakland Raiders Betting Odds

We’re now entering the 7th week of the 2019/2020 NFL season, and it’s been a competitive one thus far. The Raiders didn’t enter this season with the highest expectations, yet they’ve already recorded a few wins against solid teams. One of the best US online sports betting sites, Bovada, is now offering week 7 Oakland Raiders odds right now.

On Sunday, October 20th, the Raiders will take on the Green Bay Packers on enemy territory. The odds are set and Oakland is entering this game as the considerable betting underdogs.

Despite entering Sunday’s match on a two-game win streak, Oakland is being given odds of just +210 to beat the Packers. They’ve looked solid in recent games against Indianapolis and Chicago but have shown weakness in their defense.

Green Bay is looking great this season with a current 5-1 record. Their only loss came against the Eagles in a close game. Most NFL betting experts believe they’ll get the job done this Sunday, and Bovada seems to agree, giving the Packers odds of -250 to beat Oakland.

The Raiders’ new partner has been revealed. We’re getting closer and closer to seeing this team in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for more sports gambling news over the next few months!

MGM Resorts Officially Sells Circus Circus Hotel & Resort

MGM Resorts is having an extremely busy year. For months, officials in the company have discussed selling one of their Las Vegas properties, Circus Circus Hotel & Resort. This week, the sale was finalized.

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It’s a big move for MGM. Circus Circus may not be the most profitable venue in Las Vegas, yet it’s without a doubt one of the most well-known. Now is a great time to look at why exactly this popular venue was sold.

History of Circus Circus Las Vegas

It seems like every few years, a new gambling venue opens up in Las Vegas. Amazingly, some of the old hotel-casinos are still going strong here. Circus Circus opened its doors all the way back in 1968 and quickly grew into one of the most popular venues in the city.

Unlike many of the early Las Vegas hotel-casinos, Circus Circus put a major emphasis on providing entertainment. The venue was designed as a giant circus tent and put on shows every day of the week. For many years, however, it didn’t have a hotel for guests to stay in.

Jay Sarno, the owner of this venue, began experiencing financial difficulties over the lack of accommodation options. Sarno began partnering with organized crime members and was quickly investigated by the federal government. In 1974, Circus Circus Hotel & Resort was officially sold to William Bennet and William Pennington.

MGM Resorts International purchased this venue in 2005. It’s location and somewhat older amenities made it one of the less-desirable venues in the city. Circus Circus has struggled to generate revenue over the years and officials within MGM decided they were interested in selling.

This week, it appears that this sale was finalized.

MGM Resorts Confirms the Sale of Circus Circus Hotel & Resort

Back in September, we reported on the news that MGM was looking to sell this venue. It was clear that the company was hoping to fast-track this sale and several individuals announced they were interested in purchasing it. As many predicted, MGM Resorts officially sold Circus Circus to Phil Ruffin, owner of Treasure Island.

Ruffin is excited to add another Las Vegas Strip property to his portfolio. He commented on the purchase to the media this week.

“Circus Circus has anchored the north end of the Las Vegas Strip for over 50 years, and I am excited to add it to my casino portfolio,” he said. “I have tremendous respect for Jim Murren and the MGM team, and my relationship with them goes back to my friendship with Kirk Kerkorian and continues to this day.”

According to multiple reports, Circus Circus Hotel & Resort was sold to Ruffin for $825 million.

Interestingly, Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust and MGM agreed to a partnership to acquire MGM’s Bellagio Hotel & Casino and lease it back to MGM. This deal is described as “one of the highest ever paid for a [Las Vegas] Strip asset.”

More Las Vegas Strip Properties Could Go For Sale

MGM Resorts isn’t the only company that’s interested in selling some of its Strip properties. The sale of Circus Circus Hotel & Resort may be the first of many upcoming sales over the next 12 months. Caesars Entertainment, which is set to merge with Eldorado Resorts, is also looking to sell some properties in the coming months.

Tom Reeg, CEO of Eldorado Resorts, told the media that Las Vegas property sales were likely.

“I would expect that we would be a seller of a Strip asset, but that decision has not been made,” he told the media. 

Last month, Caesars confirmed everyone’s suspicion and sold the Rio Hotel & Casino. Imperial Companies, a real estate firm based in New York purchased the gambling venue for $516.3 million.

It’s very possible that more sales are just around the corner. The merger with Eldorado Resorts is the biggest in history.

Make sure to stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news this week!

NV Gaming Board Wants to Ban Steve Wynn From Casino Industry

One of the most powerful individuals in the casino industry is in hot water. For months, Steve Wynn has been at the center of several sexual misconduct lawsuits. Now, the Nevada Gaming Board is filing a complaint to permanently ban Mr. Wynn from the casino industry.

Steve Wynn

Things are not looking good for Wynn and his former company right now. Today, we’re going to take a quick look at the allegations against the casino mogul. We’ll also look at some of Wynn Resorts’ upcoming expansion plans. Let’s get started!

The Growth of Wynn Resorts Over the Years

Steve Wynn has been a major player in Las Vegas for years. His first real break came in 2000 when he sold Mirage Resorts to MGM Grand. That same year, Wynn purchased the Desert Inn for $270 million.

Soon, he partnered with Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada and took control of nearly half of the Universal Entertainment Corporation’s stock. In 2002, the company hired Ronald Kramer as President and Director to help take the company public.

Wynn Resorts had its IPO in October of 2002 and by 2005, the company purchased its first major project, Wynn Resorts. It also quickly expanded into Macau with the opening of Wynn Macau. Over the past decade, Wynn Resorts has grown to become one of the biggest and most lucrative casino companies in the world.

Not long ago, Wynn Las Vegas was named the best casino in the country. This company now owns a huge number of casino-resorts all around the world.

Unfortunately, Steve Wynn is being accused of sexual misconduct. The allegations are serious enough for Nevada’s Gaming Board to take action.

Allegations Against Steve Wynn, Explained

Back in 2018, the Wall Street Journal published an investigative report that details Steve Wynn’s decades of sexual misconduct. According to the report, Wynn used his status atop the casino industry to pressure his employees into different, inappropriate situations.

Some of the women detailed in the report even claimed to hide in bathrooms and schedule fake appointments in order to avoid the CEO. Mr. Wynn quickly denied the allegations by stating, “The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous.” 

Wynn Resorts board members quickly got together to investigate the allegations. The board claimed it was “deeply committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all of the company’s employees and to operating with the highest ethical standards.” 

In February, Wynn stepped down as CEO of Wynn Resorts. He also sold his stock in the company and seemed to disappear from the public spotlight.

Since early 2018, more allegations have come to light. In early October, Steve Wynn was named in two sexual harassment cases in less than one week. Reports are also surfacing that officials within Wynn Resorts, as well as Mr. Wynn himself, pressured several women to avoid talking with the media about their claims.

The former CEO is continuing to deny all of the allegations being thrown his way. It doesn’t seem to be convincing Nevada officials, though.

Nevada Officials Want to Ban Wynn From Gambling Industry

This week, the NV Gaming Board has officially filed a five-count complaint against Steve Wynn. The gambling board claims that the allegations of sexual misconduct violate state licensing suitability regulations. This complaint, if approved, would prohibit Steve Wynn from ever being licensed to operate a casino in the state again.

Mr. Wynn has not yet responded to the complaint. According to numerous reports, he is currently living in Florida.

There are several lawsuits that involve the former casino mogul. Wynn Resorts is also continuing to be hit with these legal charges.

This week, officials in the company announced that they are no longer interested in opening a casino-resort in Osaka. The company now seems determined to open one of these new gambling venues in the city of Yokohama.

There’s a lot going on with this company. It’s unclear exactly how these lawsuits will affect Wynn Resorts’ day to day operations. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

What’s Happening in Vegas the Week of October 13th – 19th

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

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

Tuesday, October 15th:

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Nashville Predators

On Tuesday, two of the best teams in the NHL square off inside T-Mobile Arena. The Las Vegas Golden Knights are looking to capture their third straight victory and fifth overall in the season. In order to do so, they’ll need to beat one of the most successful teams in franchise history.

Fortunately for Golden Knights fans, Nashville isn’t coming into this game as the betting favorites. They’ve struggled for much of the season and hold just a 3-2 record heading into Tuesday’s game. Many analysts predict the Golden Knights secure an easy victory.

The oddsmakers seem to agree. Mybookie.ag currently lists the Predators’ odds to win at just +120. The Golden Knights enter with odds of -140. If you’re in Las Vegas, feel free to head over to any of the world-class sportsbooks spread around the city to place your wagers on the game’s outcome!

Tim Burton Exhibit

Ice hockey isn’t your thing? No problem! There are plenty more amazing events happening in Vegas this week. Also available on Tuesday is the Tim Burton Exhibit, located inside the Neon Museum. According to many individuals, this is one of the most impressive art exhibits in recent Las Vegas history.

Burton spent a significant portion of his childhood in Las Vegas and the city is heavily referenced in many of his movies. This exhibit, called Lost Vegas, features many of his most famous pieces of art taken from different movies.

The Neon Museum is located on North Las Vegas Boulevard, not far from the world-famous Fremont Street. Tuesday marks the exhibit’s grand opening. Ticket prices start at around $25. Feel free to stop by!

Thursday, October 17th:

PFL 8 Playoffs Event

Calling all combat sports fans! On Thursday, another round of the PFL playoffs takes place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. This is the eighth event of the 2019 season and is expected to be extremely competitive. Members of the promotions’ featherweight and lightweight divisions are fighting for their shot to win $1 million.

Several big-name athletes are competing this week. Many hardcore fans are looking forward to the lightweight bout between Akhmet Aliev and Rashid Magomedov. Aliev is looking to bounce back from a recent loss to Chris Wade, while Magomedov hopes to recover from a hard-fought loss to Nate Andrews. Expect fireworks!

Friday, October 18th

Las Rageous Music Festival

What happens in Las Vegas almost every single week? Concerts. On Friday, the Las Rageous Music Festival returns to Old Town Las Vegas at the Downtown Events Center and features a variety of the top metal bands in the country.

Rob Zombie, Bring Me the Horizon, The Used, and Chevelle are all on this year’s lineup. Event officials describe it as “two days of pure havoc.”

The 2019 Las Rageous event runs from Friday to Saturday. Two-day passes can be purchased for around $110. If you’re in the mood for some headbanging fun, this might be the perfect event to attend.

Saturday, October 19th

Downtown Brew Festival

Las Vegas is home to some fantastic craft beer festivals. On Saturday, the famous Downtown Brew Festival takes place at the Clark County Amphitheater and is a must-attend for any beer lovers in the city. More than 200 different craft brews will be available as well as live music, local culinary artists, and motley experiences.

Unfortunately, this event only lasts a few hours! It will be open from 5 to 9 pm. Tickets can be purchased for as low as $40. Early-access VIP tickets are available for $50.

What happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas. Each of the events listed above offers something different. If you’re in Sin City this week, these are all things worth checking out.

If you haven’t booked your hotel room yet, make sure to check out our Las Vegas hotel guides for expert recommendations on the city’s different accommodation options!

Las Vegas Suncoast Hotel Land is Going Up for Sale

The Suncoast Hotel & Casino is one of the most popular venues in the city for locals not located on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s continued to generate revenue over the years, despite its less-than-desirable location. Interestingly, the land that the Las Vegas Suncoast Hotel sits on is going up for sale.

Las Vegas Suncoast Hotel

Not many predicted that this casino’s land would be sold. On the surface, it looked as if this gambling venue was outperforming many others in the city. Here’s what we know right now.

About the Las Vegas Suncoast Hotel & Casino

All the way back in 1998, Michael Gaughan announced plans for a $145 million project. It was revealed that this casino-resort would be constructed in the northwest area of Las Vegas, on the corner of Rampart Boulevard and Alta Drive. In 1999, the project was officially named Suncoast.

Construction began in late 1999 and was eventually wrapped up in mid-2020. The final cost of the Suncoast was $185 million.

This venue opened its doors to the public on September 12th of 2000. It was expected that 90% of the visitors would be Las Vegas locals. Visitors here were given access to the casino’s 78,000 square foot casino floor featuring 48 table games and hundreds of slots.

In 2016, Boyd Gaming partnered with Miomni to begin offering online sports gambling options to customers.

This gambling venue was won numerous awards over the years. In 2002, it was given the “Best of Las Vegas” award for having the best electronic poker gambling options. It attracted many visitors and gained a reputation as a true locals hotspot.

To the surprise of many, the Las Vegas Suncoast’s land is now going for sale.

Land Surrounding Suncoast Hotel is Going for Sale

Boyd Gaming, the company that took control of the Suncoast in 2004, has confirmed that the land surrounding this hotel-casino is officially going up for sale. Company officials are maintaining that they will continue to operate the casino.

Eric Carlton, an executive at real estate firm Colliers International, spoke about this land going for sale to the media this week.

“The Suncoast land is 49.13 acres in the highly coveted master planned community of Summerlin and presents a once in a lifetime generational opportunity,” according to the property listing on Loopnet.”

It’s important to note that only the land that this casino sits on is going for sale. The gambling venue itself is not being sold. Owners of this land are simply looking to cash out. According to Fox 5 Las Vegas, the asking price is $87 million.

It’s very likely that several companies will bid for this land. Buyers of this property will gain a fee title and could acquire up to $60,000 in annual rent.

Other Great Las Vegas Casinos for Locals

Las Vegas is home to a huge number of small casinos that are visited primarily by locals. The majority of these venues are located off the Las Vegas Strip. Perhaps the best casino for locals in the Red Rock Casino Resort.

Red Rock is owned by the Fertittas and is one of the coolest resorts in the city. It features more than 118,390 square feet of gambling space and a hotel with 830 rooms. There are enough gambling options to keep even the most hardcore gambler busy for days.

The South Point Casino & Spa is another Las Vegas gambling establishment that’s beloved by locals. There’s a fantastic casino here offering all of the gambling options you’re looking for. The hotel is fantastic and affordable, as well.

The Las Vegas Suncoast hotel remains one of the best venues for locals to gamble at. The land that this casino sits on is officially going for sale, yet it’s unlikely to have any major impact.

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

Resorts World Las Vegas is Still On Track for 2020 Open

Las Vegas is home to many of the biggest and best gambling venues in the world. Recently, several major projects have been undergoing construction in the northern area of the Las Vegas Strip. According to new reports, Resorts World Las Vegas, which is being built in this area of the city, is still set for a 2020 open.

Resorts World Las Vegas

It’s great news for gambling fans around the city. Resorts World is expected to become one of the top gambling venues in the city. Today, we’re looking at what this new casino-resort has to offer.

Path to Construct Resorts World Las Vegas

For years, gambling analysts have claimed that a Resorts World would open up in Las Vegas. In 2012, Boyd Gaming began negotiations to sell its 87-acre casino site to Malaysia-based Genting Group. In 2013, the site was officially sold to Genting for $350 million.

Groundbreaking was initially scheduled for 2014 and construction was expected to be completed by 2016. Genting claimed that it would invest between $2 and $7 billion into the gambling venue. It planned to open several unique features including a panda exhibit, an indoor water park, and a replica of the Great Wall of China.

Unfortunately, several factors led to the delay of groundbreaking on this new casino-resort. Finally, in May of 2015, the first groundbreaking ceremony officially took place. At that time, the resort’s opening date was scheduled for late 2018.

Once again, several issues delayed the development of Resorts World Las Vegas. Wynn Resorts even filed a temporary restraining order against the project that had the potential to shut down construction.

Fortunately, things have run smoothly for the past few years. Officials now state that this resort will open in 2020.

Construction is Running Smoothly For Resorts World

Many news outlets in Las Vegas have closely followed the construction of Resorts World. The Las Vegas Review-Journal was recently given access to the casino site and claims that everything is running as planned. Genting’s $4 billion venue will be the first mega-resort to come to Las Vegas since the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino.

It’s extremely exciting news for casino gambling fans in this city. Resorts World is expected to become one of the top new venues in Las Vegas.

Right now, there are an estimated 1,500 construction workers for this project. Specific details about this gambling venue are still unknown. Resorts World Las Vegas will have an Asian theme. Scott Sibella, former president of MGM Grand, has not disclosed any of the changes that have been made during the recent construction of the casino-resort.

A Resorts World representative told the LVRJ that this venue will be a “tech-forward, innovative and inclusive resort … with a bold, fresh take on hospitality to the Las Vegas market with exciting new experiences, one-of-a-kind culture and seamless guest service.”

2020 is going to be a big year for Sin City.

More Projects Coming to Las Vegas

Resorts World isn’t the only exciting new project coming to Las Vegas in the near future. Over the past few years, several major projects have undergone construction here. One of the most anticipated is the MSG Sphere. It’s expected to become the hottest new entertainment venue in the city.

This new venue is being constructed by The Madison Square Garden Company. Construction on this project began in 2018 and it’s expected to be completed in 2021.

Another major project will be arriving in 2020, as well. Virgin Hotels purchased the former Hard Rock International in 2018 and quickly began looking for ways to renovate and update this venue. This hotel has officially been shut down while these renovations are underway.

The Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas is expected to be fantastic. It will have a unique desert theme and more than 60,000 square feet of gaming space.

Resorts World Las Vegas will officially open up in 2020. Make sure to stay tuned for more news on this gambling venue over the next few months!

Casino Revenue in Maryland Falls in September

  • Casino revenue in Maryland fell last month.
  • National Harbor Casino and Rocky Gap Casino experienced revenue increase.
  • Many lawmakers are still pushing for sports betting regulation in MD.

Maryland is now home to several top casino venues. These casinos have helped to bring the state serious money over the years. Unfortunately, casino revenue in Maryland dropped last month.

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It’s not any major cause for concern. Gambling revenue is always fluctuating around the country. Today, we’re going to look at how much casino earnings fell last month. We’ll also take a quick look at the state of Maryland’s casino industry.

Maryland’s Road to Casino Legalization

Maryland has a fascinating history of gambling regulation. Back in the 1800s, a huge number of gambling venues were operating in this state. Lawmakers began to get concerned over the growing rates of crime associated with the gambling industry, and eventually implemented a complete gambling ban.

Over the next century, the state government began taking a closer look at gambling legislation. In 1920, the state formed a Racing Board to oversee the state’s horse race gambling industry. In the 1940s, lawmakers here legalized slot machine gambling and before long, there were slots everywhere.

Slots were once again banned in 1963 and eventually, all traditional forms of gambling were banned in Maryland. In 2010, this all changed once again! Lawmakers here allowed Maryland residents to vote on casino legalization. The voters approved these casino plans and by 2012, several casino venues began operating in this state.

Casino revenue in Maryland quickly began to increase. Gambling proved to be extremely popular here and casinos helped to draw in tourists from nearby states. Unfortunately, revenue from this industry dropped last month.

Casino Revenue in Maryland Falls Short in September

On Monday, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming regulatory board released the state’s gambling revenue figures. According to this report, the state’s six casinos brought in a combined $142.2 million in September. This represents a 1.1% decline from the same month in 2018.

Slot machines brought in $93.5 million last month, not far under the norm. Table game revenue brought in just $48.7 million.

Interestingly, only two casinos in this state managed to increase their revenue in September. The National Harbor Casino, which reported a 6% revenue increase, and Rocky Gap Casino Resort, which saw its revenue grow by 3.2%. The other four casinos operating in this state saw their revenue decrease in September.

Overall, the state managed to bring in $59.2 million last month. Much of this revenue will go to keep the state’s horse racing industry up and running.

There isn’t much to be worried about. Gambling revenue here fell by just 1.1%. It’s very likely that gambling earnings will bounce back in October.

Legal Sports Betting Push Continues in Maryland

Maryland is now heavily invested in its gambling industry. The state uses its casino revenue to fund various projects. Unsurprisingly, several lawmakers here are now working to open up additional forms of gambling.

In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Now, every state in the country can set laws on sports gambling. 19 states have begun regulating their sports betting platforms. Many more have legislation pending to open their sports betting markets.

Maryland House Bill 989 was presented in the state’s legislature in February of 2018. This bill allows for the creation of a task force to “study the implementation of sports gaming in the state.” Unfortunately, it failed to pass in the 2018 legislative session and it seems unlikely that sports betting will be made legal here in 2019.

Many believe that Maryland will choose to regulate sports gambling next year, though. It would help to generate millions of additional dollars for the state every single year.

There are many fantastic online casinos in MD operating right now. Most of these sites offer a massive range of different gambling options. Feel free to check them out today!

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

Raiders Help Out Las Vegas Sportsbooks With Upset Over Bears

The 5th week of the 2019/2020 NFL season is just about to wrap up. There were some major games taking place and a huge number of individuals in Las Vegas placed wagers on the outcomes. Fortunately for Las Vegas sportsbooks, the Oakland Raiders pulled off the upset against the Chicago Bears.

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This win saved sportsbooks some serious money. Today, we’re going to look at how big of an impact this win made for LV sports betting platforms. We’ll also look ahead to some of the NFL betting odds available online right now.

Oakland Raiders Pull Off the Win Against the Chicago Bears

The Oakland Raiders entered this season as one of the biggest betting underdogs to win the Super Bowl. The team simply lacks the star talent found on the Patriots, for example. Interestingly, this team is looking solid thus far into the season and recently pulled off their second straight win against the heavily-favored Chicago Bears.

Last week, the Raiders sent shockwaves through the NFL fan base with a victory over the Colts. It was surprising to many, as they’d just lost in a miserable showing against the Vikings. Not many were optimistic about the Raiders’ chances to even make it into the playoffs.

This thought process is beginning to change. The Raiders looked like an elite team on Saturday and showed the ability to perform against the league’s big dogs. Thanks to a strong offense and effort from the special teams, Oakland pulled off the victory, 24-21.

This victory proved to be hugely beneficial to Las Vegas sportsbooks. According to new reports, a huge number of bettors placed money on the Bears to beat Oakland.

Sportsbooks Celebrate the Raiders Victory

Sports betting is hugely popular in Las Vegas. Every major casino in this city operates a sportsbook, most of which offer a wide range of different betting options. NFL betting is the most popular form of gambling here and brings in millions of dollars to the city every single week of the season.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a huge number of wagers were placed on the Chicago Bears to claim victory over the Raiders last weekend. Last-minute wagers placed the line at 6 ½ for Chicago. Several six-figure wagers were placed.

As we’ve mentioned numerous times already, the Raiders miraculously pulled off the victory. Mirage sportsbook director Jeff Stoneback commented on this victory to the media this week.

“It would’ve been a disastrous day for us if the Bears had covered,” he said. “It was a monster game for us. It was probably our biggest win of the year on any game. Winning straight up made it even sweeter for us, but it was one of those games we really had to sweat.”

Things didn’t completely work out for the Las Vegas sportsbooks, though. The Patriots’ domination of the Redskins was a major blow to these sports betting platforms. MGM Resorts took in two six-figure wagers on the Patriots.

It was an exciting week for NFL fans around the country. Fortunately, things are just getting started.

Week 6 NFL Betting Odds Online

19 states have already legalized sports betting. Many more are likely to start regulating the online sports betting industry over the next few years. Fortunately, there are some great online betting sites available in every single state. The best right now is Bovada.

This site offers odds for every single game of the season. There are some great week 6 odds available right now.

One of the most popular games that members of Bovada are wagering on is between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers are riding a three-game win streak and enter this game as the favorites with current odds of -140. The Buccaneers are coming off a tough loss to the Saints and enter this game with current odds of +120.

Want to go with a real longshot wager? Consider placing money on the Bengals to take out the Baltimore Ravens. Cincinnati is 0-5 so far this season and is showing no signs of improvement. The Ravens have performed great for most of 2019 and enter as the massive favorites with odds of -600. Cincinnati’s odds are currently set at +400.

Las Vegas sportsbooks are also offering odds for the games this week. If you’re planning to visit Sin City, make sure to check out our hotels guide! Good luck with your bets!

Haven Gaming LLC Reveals Plans for Casino in Danville, IL

Over the next several years, five new casinos are expected to open in Illinois. The state government here believes that casinos will help bring the state millions of dollars in additional revenue every year. Recently, a major developer revealed its plans for a casino in Danville, IL.

Illinois Symbol

If these plans are approved, Danville will receive more than just a casino. It will be home to an entire resort. Today, we’re going to look at the details of this new plan. We’ll also talk about some of the other areas of the state where casinos will open. Let’s get into it!

Illinois’ New Capital Plan Allows for New Casinos to Open

Many states around the country are beginning to expand their gambling industries. PASPA’s removal has allowed every state to set laws on sports betting. Several states have also recently chosen to legalize online casino gambling. It’s a great time to be a gambling fan in this county.

For months, politicians in Illinois discussed ways to generate more revenue. In June, Governor JB Pritzker revealed the state’s new capital plan, claiming it would “fix what’s broken in Illinois.” To the surprise of many, this capital plan allows for five new casinos to open up around the state.

The $45 billion plan is said to be the largest in the state’s history. This capital plan will help to reconstruct roads, bridges, and schools.

For the first time ever, lawmakers have approved a casino to open in Chicago. Unfortunately, many of the country’s top casino operators are voicing their concerns about running a casino in the Windy City. High tax rates and an overly saturated market are making it difficult for the state’s Gaming Commission to find a company interested in operating a Chicago casino.

This week, a major developer revealed its plans for a casino in Danville, IL.

Plans for a Casino in Danville, IL Are Presented to City Council

Danville is one of five Illinois cities set to host a new casino. Since this capital plan was first announced, several companies have announced their interest in opening a gambling venue here. Haven Gaming LLC was eventually granted a license to build and operate a casino in this city.

Recently, this company presented its official plans for the casino in Danville, IL. Interestingly, this company intends to open a resort-style gambling establishment. If approved, Haven Gaming will open a venue that includes a hotel, spa, several restaurants, a swimming pool and lazy river, live entertainment venue, and more.

Not many expected such an expansive plan from this company. Bill Bembenek, an official at Haven Gaming LLC, recently commented on these plans to the media.

“This is more than just the typical casino. It will be a resort complex. A destination. A place that people will be excited to come to, and more importantly, more excited to want to come back to,” he said. “We’ve opened similar resorts like this across the country, and this is really the new evolution of what gaming really is. It’s a multi-level experience.”

Haven Gaming hopes to have this casino-resort up and running by the end of 2020. The company claims that the project will result in more than 400 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent jobs within the casino.

Illinois Still Unlikely to Legalize Online Casinos

Lawmakers in Illinois are showing a unique willingness to expand the state’s land-based betting industry. Unfortunately, no one here is expressing much of an interest in regulating online casinos. As of now, only three states in the country have regulated internet casino markets.

Both online and land-based sports wagering all set to become available here over the next few months. With this in mind, it’s very possible that officials here will choose to regulate online casino websites in the future.

There are already some fantastic online casinos in IL that are available right now. These websites are not regulated by the government, yet almost all of them are perfectly safe and offer a wide range of fantastic gambling options. Check some of them out today!

We now know more about the plans for the casino in Danville, IL. This new gambling venue will likely become the best in the state. Hopefully, it helps to bring Danville and Illinois millions of dollars in revenue each year.

William Hill and the NBA Announce New Partnership

One of the world’s biggest gambling companies is continuing to push into the emerging US market. This week, William Hill and the NBA have officially agreed to a partnership. William Hill will now act as an official sports betting partner of the popular US sports league.

William Hill Logo

The US has the hottest new sports gambling market in the world. It makes sense for gambling companies to secure partnerships with sports leagues. Let’s take a look at the details of this new partnership, and what it means for US sports gamblers.

Gambling Companies Continue Push Into the US Market

In case you’re unaware, every state in the US now has the ability to legalize sports gambling. The Supreme Court struck down PASPA in 2018, which had previously limited sports betting to Nevada. Today, 19 states have outright legalized sports gambling. More are likely to do so over the next couple of years.

Sports betting is proving to be a hugely successful industry for many states. New Jersey, for example, is earning millions of dollars every single month from this industry. Atlantic City, where all of New Jersey’s casinos are located, is now earning more from its sports betting operations than Las Vegas. Several new sportsbooks have recently opened here, too.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see almost every US state legalize some forms of sports gambling. Today, many now allow both online and land-based sports betting. Others only allow this form of gambling to take place inside casinos.

As a result of this new sports gambling boom, a huge number of companies are working to enter the US market. Several UK-based companies have begun offering sports betting services in several states. William Hill is among them. This company recently underwent a major transformation to ready itself for a push into the United States.

William Hill and the NBA have now agreed to an official partnership. Let’s look at what these two powerhouses have in store.

William Hill and the NBA Are Now Partnering Up

The NBA is, without a doubt, one of the most popular sports leagues in the world. Many believe that in time, the NBA will grow to become even more popular than the NFL, the US’ top sports league right now. This week, the NBA announced that William Hill will become their official betting partner.

Scott Kaufman, Senior Vice President of the NBA, commented on this news to the media this week.

“William Hill is a globally respected brand that has set an early standard for sports betting in the U.S. market,” he said. “We are delighted to partner with William Hill as they grow their business throughout the U.S. and are excited to work together to provide a world-class experience to our fans.” 

It makes sense for the NBA to partner with William Hill. The UK-based gambling company is already operating in 10 states. It has more than 85 years of experience in the gambling industry and is thought of as one of the best gaming operators in the world.

What Does This Partnership Mean for US Sports Bettors?

Moving forward, William Hill will have the ability to use the NBA’s official league date and logos across its sports betting platforms. The financial terms of this partnership are still unknown.

William Hill and the NBA will also be working to promote each other. The NBA will work to promote William Hill’s services across NBA.com, the NBA’s mobile app, and all of the league’s social media platforms.

Dan Shapiro, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development of William Hill US, is extremely excited to secure this new deal.

“We are proud of this creative partnership that benefits our customers and our partners nationwide while promoting legalized wagering on NBA events. The NBA has been a leader in recognizing the benefits of a legal sports betting market,” he said. “We expect this to be the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the league and its teams.”

In states where William Hill is operating, sports bettors will have access to a range of new NBA content. The ability to use official game data will make live betting options significantly easier.

Make sure to stay tuned for more US sports betting news over the next few months!

Laws on Charitable Gambling in Nevada May Soon Change

For years, Nevada has taken an extremely liberal stance on charitable gambling. Soon, however, laws on charitable gambling in Nevada could change. The state’s Gaming Board is currently deciding whether or not to change its current set of regulations.

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It’s an interesting development. Charitable gambling has grown extremely popular in Nevada. Let’s take a quick look at why lawmakers are considering changing these laws and what impact it will have moving forward.

What is Charitable Gambling?

Charitable gambling, as the name suggests, is when individuals gambling not for profit, but for charity. It’s known as a “form of incentivized gambling,” and is legal in almost all US states. There are various forms of charitable gambling available today.

Charitable casino gambling is extremely popular in the United States. It’s very similar to traditional casino gambling. Individuals can play table games and poker. The key difference is that all of the profits go towards charity.

There are also many different charitable lotteries operating today. These lotteries are almost always privately owned, donate more than 80% of their profits to charity, and support a charity’s overall objectives, rather than specific projects or activities.

In some states, this form of gambling is extremely popular. Virginia, for instance, has a quickly-growing charitable gambling industry.

Nevada has allowed charitable gambling for years. This form of gambling often helps to provide income for small nonprofits in the state. Interestingly, several lawmakers are now looking to change laws on charitable gambling Nevada. Let’s look at why this is.

Gaming Board Could Change Laws on Charitable Gambling in Nevada

Nevada is home to many of the best hotel-casinos in the world. Gambling is a massive industry here, bringing the state millions of dollars every single month. Laws on traditional gambling are strict and ban anyone under the age of 21 from placing wagers. Laws on charitable gambling in Nevada, however, are much more relaxed.

There is actually no age limit on charitable gambling here. Lawmakers have looked at is as a fun activity without any social implications. This viewpoint is beginning to change. Many now believe that allowing young people to take part in this form of gambling could have a major impact later in life.

This week, Nevada’s Gambling Board voiced its support of Amendments to Regulation 4A, which governs charitable gambling. The Gaming Board discussed the impact that gambling, regardless of the form, can have on the youth. Several board members believe it can lead to individuals developing gambling addiction issues later in life.

The Gambling Board supports a new draft amendment that prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from playing charitable gambling games and those under 18 from collecting winnings from a charitable lottery. There are some exceptions to this rule, though.

Under the new amendment, individuals under the age of 18 would be allowed to participate in these lotteries if their tickets are purchased by a parent or legal guardian. It’s looking like these new laws are set to be passed.

Here’s What Will Happen Next

The NV Gaming Board is making their case known. They believe that it’s time for laws on charitable gambling in Nevada to change. Philip Katsaros, a board member of the Gaming Board, gave his opinion to the media this week.

“For the past 30 years, there have been no age restrictions in the regulations or laws in charitable lotteries,” he said. “Never before had the regulations in Nevada, or statutes, touched upon this.”

Nonprofits and charities are already voicing their disapproval with these new laws on charitable gambling in Nevada. These groups claim that new regulations will hurt their membership rates and outreach.

Ted Hartwell, a research scientist at the Desert Research Institute, argues that charitable gambling is, in fact, gambling! He feels that this form of gambling poses a serious risk to the youth.

“Early and frequent exposure in childhood to gambling activities is a risk factor for developing a gambling disorder later in life,” Hartwell said. “There’s absolutely no need for children to be involved in gambling-related fundraising. Let adults administer raffles and lotteries … (at) fundraisers and let them sell those tickets to adults.”

This motion is now set to be reviewed by the Nevada Gambling Commission. Based on the ways things are going, it seems likely that the current set of laws on charitable gambling in Nevada are set to change.

MGM Resorts Agrees to Settlement With LV Shooting Victims

In October of 2017, the deadliest shooting in US history took place in Las Vegas. Since that time, victims of the shooting have asked for compensation from MGM Resorts, which owns Mandalay Bay, where this shooting took place. This week, MGM has officially agreed to a major settlement with the victims of the horrific shooting.

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This money won’t undo what happened in 2017. Hopefully, it will help those that were affected. Let’s look at how this settlement was officially agreed upon.

Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting Asked for Compensation

As we just mentioned the Las Vegas shooting in October of 2017 was the deadliest by a single shooter in US history. 58 individuals were killed and more than 850 were injured. Not long after this catastrophe took place, victims began asking Mandalay Bay and MGM Resorts for compensation.

In case you’re unaware, Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, was inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino during the time of the attack. He used his hotel room as a base to target individuals attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival, across the street from the hotel. Due to Paddock’s location inside the hotel, it became extremely difficult for police officers to locate his exact position. From the time of the attack, it took more than an hour for police officers to breach Paddock’s hotel room.

Many blamed Mandalay Bay for not taking the necessary security steps to prevent this attack. Others disagreed, claiming it was a random act of violence that could have happened anywhere. Thousands of lawsuits were ultimately placed against MGM Resorts.

The major Las Vegas hotel-casino operator claimed that it wanted to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Company officials wanted to ensure that the victims were taken care of. This week, MGM Resorts and lawyers representing the victims tentatively agreed to a settlement.

MGM Resorts Agrees to Pay Millions to Shooting Victims

Today, MGM Resorts has announced that it’s reached a settlement with the 2017 shooting victims and their families. Hundreds of lawsuits had been filed prior to this settlement. Attorney Rob Eglet commented on the news to the media this week.

“We and MGM truly believe that this settlement will provide fair compensation for thousands of victims and their families,” he said. “This has been a long process, but we and MGM believe that this conclusion is best for our community, the company and the victims.”

It’s certainly good news to hear that the victims are being taken care of. An independent administrator will now be appointed by the courts to grant this money to the victims. Reports indicate that the entire process will wrap up by the end of 2020.

Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts, is also happy to see this settlement finalized. His hope is that it provides victims with what they need to move forward in life.

“Our goal has always been to resolve these matters so our community and the victims and their families can move forward in the healing process. This agreement with the plaintiffs’ counsel is a major step, and one that we hoped for a long time would be possible,” he said. “We have always believed that prolonged litigation around these matters is in no one’s best interest. It is our sincere hope that this agreement means that scenario will be avoided.”

Exact Payment Details Remain Unknown

The specific amount of money that MGM Resorts has agreed to pay is still unknown. The BBC believed it to be above $735 million. Other reports claim that it’s closer to $800 million. It’s also unclear exactly how much will be paid to the victims, and how much will go to lawyers.

It’s likely that MGM Resorts will categorize the victims into those most severely affected by the shooting to those who were impacted less. As you might expect, money will be more heavily dispersed to the former group.

The Security and Exchange Commission claims that $751 million in insurance money could go towards the victims. This figure is not guaranteed.

Robert Eglet released an official statement to the media on this matter.

“Under the Settlement Agreement, the parties will dismiss and release all pending litigation, including the declaratory-relief actions filed by MGM Resorts against participating claimants.”

MGM Resorts is hoping to move past this issue in the fairest way possible. We’ll need to wait for more details of the settlement over the next few months.

Mississippi Casinos Help to Generate Billions for the State

For much of the state’s history, Mississippi banned almost all forms of gambling. Eventually, lawmakers here began opening up the state’s casino market. Now, Mississippi casinos are helping to generate massive revenue earnings for the state.

Mississippi State Seal

Mississippi lawmakers have to be pleased seeing these casino venues generating so much revenue.

Now is the perfect time to look at exactly how much revenue these casinos are earning. We’ll also talk about some of the new gambling options now available in this state.

Mississippi’s New Gambling Laws, Explained

As we just mentioned, Mississippi once had an extremely restrictive set of gambling laws. Virtually all forms of gambling were banned here in 1886 and it took more than 100 years for laws to change. Finally, in 1990, politicians here approved the “Gaming Control Act” that allows legalized casinos to open in the state’s coastal and riverside areas.

Almost immediately, several companies began requesting licenses to operate casinos here. Before long, the state allowed several riverboat casinos to open their doors. Casino gambling quickly grew in popularity here, drawing in visitors from nearby states such as Alabama and Tennessee.

The state government quickly began looking for new ways to generate revenue from the gambling industry. Eventually, lawmakers here began allowing land-based casinos to run, as well. There are now a huge number of popular gambling establishments in Mississippi, almost all of which are located on the state’s coast.

To the surprise of many, lawmakers in this state also recently legalized sports betting. Two MGM Resorts-owned casinos began taking the first legal sports bets here in August of 2018. This industry is proving to be extremely lucrative.

Mississippi Casinos Bring the State Billions Every Year

The casino industry in Mississippi is booming right now. Thanks to the huge number of land-based casinos here and legal sports betting options, these venues are now bringing in more than $1 billion annually. Mississippi casinos are also generating more than $4 billion in total economic value for the state.

Mississippi’s casino industry employs more than 37,000 individuals. This includes those working as chefs, security guards, and florists. Casinos have proven to be extremely valuable to the state’s workforce.

The annual money coming into the state goes towards various projects. This revenue is used to fund roads, bridges, first responders, and public schools. These gambling establishments are now considered to be one of the most important contributors to the state’s economy.

Sports betting is proving to be extremely successful here, as well. Today, most of the casinos in this state now offer legal sports betting platforms. Thanks to the 2019/2020 NFL season, revenue from sports betting is increasing rapidly.

Many here are now calling for online casino gambling to become regulated. Is this likely to happen?

Calls for Online Casinos in Mississippi Continue

Residents in Mississippi are lucky. There are great casinos located all over the coastal area of the state. Of course, many are still calling for internet casinos to become regulated. For those located in the northern area of the state, making the trip to a land-based casino can be a pain.

Several states have recently legalized online casino gambling. These states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, recognize the huge revenue potential from the regulation of the online casino industry.

Lawmakers in Mississippi aren’t showing much interest.

Officials in the state government are hesitant to start regulating the online casino market. It appears that these officials are content with the money coming in from the state’s land-based gambling venues. Fortunately, there are some amazing MS online casinos that are currently available.

These websites are not regulated by the state. Most of them, however, are extremely safe and offer a wide range of different gambling options. As you might expect, these websites are growing more popular every single month.

Mississippi casinos are generating serious money right now. Nearby states may soon take notice and begin expanding their own gambling industries.

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

Maverick Gaming Purchases 3 New Colorado Casinos

Las Vegas-based casino company Maverick Gaming continues to expand. This week, the company has announced that it’s bought three new casino venues in Colorado. It’s clear that this company is working to become a major player in the US casino market. Maverick Gaming Logo

Casino competition is growing quickly around the country. Many companies are now working to capitalize on the liberal laws many states are putting on the gambling industry. Let’s look at why Maverick Gaming has bought these Colorado casinos, and what other states this company may be interested in entering in the future.

Maverick Gaming Breaks Into the Colorado Market

Las Vegas is home to a huge number of casino operators. Some of the biggest in the country are based here including Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts. There are also a huge number of small, independent casino companies such as Maverick Gaming, that are trying to make a name for themselves.

Over the past several months, this company has begun to significantly expand its portfolio. It already owns five casinos in Nevada. Back in August, Maverick announced that it purchased six different card rooms in the state of Washington.

This week, officials at Maverick revealed that they’d acquired CC Gaming LLC. The company has officially taken over CC Gaming’s three casino venues located about an hour west of Denver. Specific terms of this deal were not disclosed to the public and still needs to be approved by the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission.

Eric Persson, an executive at Maverick, commented on the news to the media this week.

“I admire the work that John Zimpel, owner and managing member of CC Gaming, has done to grow his casino business and we look forward to building upon the foundation he established,” he said. 

Casino Competition Continues to Grow in the US

The US casino market has never been stronger. In recent months, a huge number of states have begun to open and expand their gambling industries. Even states that, in the past, set tight regulations on casino gambling, are now beginning to allow new gambling venues to open up.

New York is one of these states. Lawmakers in New York have allowed tribal gambling for years. Now, this state also allows commercial casinos and even sports betting. The Upstate New York area is now home to many different casinos. Many are struggling to generate revenue here due to the rise in competition.

Illinois is also set to expand its casino market. Not long ago, Governor JB Pritzker revealed a new capital plan that allows for five new casinos to open in the state. Interestingly, lawmakers here have approved a casino to open in Chicago for the first time ever.

Many states are earning millions of dollars a month from their casino industries. New Jersey’s gambling market has grown significantly over the past few years thanks to new sports gambling options and upgraded casinos. Many now feel that Atlantic City could overtake Las Vegas as the gambling capital of the United States.

Online Casino Gambling Grows More Popular, As Well

Unfortunately, some states around the country still implement old-school laws on the gambling industry that ban land-based casinos. Many residents in these states choose to make their wagers online. Today, there are a huge number of fantastic US casino websites that are available throughout the entire country.

One of the most popular available right now is Cherry Gold Casino. This site has grown extremely popular with hardcore casino gamblers thanks to its huge range of gaming options and safe payment system. It accepts players from around the country and offers hundreds of different games every single day.

Internet casino sites allow players to make wagers from the comfort of home. Most of these websites also offer great mobile platforms, allowing you to play your favorite games using just your phone.

Casino gambling is growing more popular in the US every single year. Maverick Gaming is clearly trying to capitalize on the rise of gambling here. We’ll need to wait and see how successful these Colorado casinos are for the company.

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

Legislation on Hotel Resort Fees is Introduced to US House

Nevada, and Las Vegas, in particular, is home to many of the best casino-resorts in the world. Millions of people stay in these resorts every year, yet many are beginning to complain about the hidden fees that are added on to their bills. Last week, a bill was presented to the US House that will require hotels to clearly feature their resort fees.Animated Image Of Bill And Casino Chip

It’s a welcome sight for many who have been blindsided by these additional fees. Today, we’re going to look at why this bill has been presented to the House. We’ll also talk about what exactly resort fees are. Let’s get into it!

Resort Fees: Why Are They Charged?

If you’ve ever stayed in a hotel-resort, there’s a good chance you’ve come across a resort fee. Essentially, these are fees that hotels will charge their guests on top of the normal room rates and government fees. They go towards funding hotel’s different amenities including Wifi, gym/pool access, and even parking.

Today, most major hotels charge these fees. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to find out how much you will be charged until after you’ve booked your room. All of the top Las Vegas hotels operating today charge resort fees.

There are a few different ways to find out how much you’ll need to pay the resort you are staying at. Sometimes, hotels will list the fee rates directly on their website. Others don’t mention these at all. You can usually contact the hotel that you’re planning to stay at to find more information on these hidden fees.

Many have begun to complain about the fees that different hotel-resorts are charging. Recently, several lawmakers presented a new bill to the US House that calls for hotels to clearly feature all fees for guests. Officials in Nevada are now reviewing this bill to study its ramifications.

NV Resort Association Set to Study New Bill

As we just mentioned, several lawmakers have presented a new bill that will require all hotels to list their resort fees for guests to see. These hotels will no longer be able to advertise room rates without including the hidden fees attached. This week, the Nevada Resort Association is set to review this bill and study the impact it will have on hotel companies in the state.

This association has 71 different members, 59 of which are based in Southern Nevada. Officials in the Resort Association claim that they have not yet reviewed the details of this bill and cannot comment on its conditions. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Texas Congresswoman, believes the bill will benefit travelers who may be unaware of the hidden fees that different hotels charge.

“This summer, we witnessed a record number of Americans take the opportunity to travel,” she said. “Unfortunately, this also meant a record number of travelers were subjected to deceptive hidden fees charged by hotels, motels and other places of accommodation. It is projected that in 2019, over $3 billion in revenue alone will be collected from consumers due to these hidden fees. Consumers should be able to enjoy their vacation without being ripped off and financially burdened. This bill would require that the prices advertised by hotels and online travel agencies must include all mandatory fees that will be charged to a consumer, excluding taxes.”

This would be a major change for hotels around the country. Several groups have already expressed their support for this bill.

Several Groups Support New Hotel Fee Bill

This week, two major groups have claimed that this new bill will benefit travelers. Consumer Reports and Travelers United are both pushing for lawmakers in the House to approve the bill. Director of financial policy for Consumer Reports, Anna Laitan, thinks hotels should be responsible for listing their fees.

“Travelers shouldn’t have to read the fine print to figure out all the fees they’ll be charged for staying at a hotel,” she said. “Hotels should be required to disclose all fees in their advertised rate, so consumers won’t get stung with a higher bill than what they’re expecting to pay when booking a room.”

The FTC is beginning to get involved, as well. Years ago, this government body called on dozens of hotels to begin disclosing their resort fees for guests. It wasn’t entirely effective, as many individuals have continued to complained about these hotel’s hidden fees.

Resort fees in Las Vegas hotels range from $15 to $45. MGM recently announced that their fees would increase. If this bill is approved, these hotels will be required to include all fees to room rates. We’ll need to wait and see how the country’s top lawmakers approach these new regulations.

Make sure to stay tuned for more US casino-hotel news over the next few weeks!

DraftKings Is Now the Official DFS Partner of the NFL

One of the largest daily fantasy sports companies in the world just secured a major new deal. DraftKings is now the official DFS partner of the NFL. It’s huge news for this company, which has also begun breaking into the newly emerging US sports betting market, as well.DraftKings Logo

It looks like the NFL is beginning to embrace the sports wagering industry. Today, we’re going to look at exactly what this new partnership means. We’ll also talk about some of the NFL betting odds available online right now.

The Rise of DFS and Sports Betting in the United States

A little more than a year ago, Nevada was the only state that was able to offer sports gambling odds. In May of 2018, this changed. The Supreme Court struck down PASPA, giving every state in the country the ability to set its own laws on the sports gambling industry. 19 states have now legalized sports gambling.

Prior to PASPA being struck down, many individuals in the country chose to partake in daily fantasy sports. DFS is similar in ways to sports betting. It allows players to choose a “fantasy lineup” of athletes that are set to compete on a particular day. The better your lineup team performs, the more points you earn and the more money you can win.

Several DFS companies now operate in the US. They’re able to do so because daily fantasy sports is considered a “game of skill.” DraftKings is the biggest and most popular DFS operator in the country, with millions of active users.

Recently, DraftKings has begun breaking into the traditional sports betting market. Many states now allow online sports wagering. That doesn’t mean the company is putting it’s daily fantasy sports services behind, though.

This week, DraftKings secured a major deal with the top sports league in the United States.

DraftKings is Now the Official DFS Partner of the NFL

The NFL remains the biggest and most-watched sports league in the United States. Just a few weeks ago, the 2019/2020 NFL season officially kicked off. Now, DraftKings has secured a deal with the NFL as the league’s new DFS partner.

With this deal comes “exclusive sponsorship of the daily fantasy sports category with access to NFL branding and more” across DraftKings’ platforms. Jason Robins, CEO of DraftKings, commented on the news to the media this week.

“This is a defining moment in the industry, and we are thrilled to become the first daily fantasy sports partner to enter into a formal relationship with the NFL,” he said. “Throughout our discussions with the League, it was evident we share a common vision around the future of fan engagement, and we are excited to continue on this unique journey with the NFL as our official daily fantasy partner.”

Daily fantasy sports fans around the country will now have access to unique NFL content through DraftKings. Of course, many individuals still prefer to make traditional sports wagers on their favorite football teams. There are many amazing US sports betting sites that are offering odds on every single game of the season.

Top Week 4 NFL Betting Odds Available Online

Online sports betting in the US is easier now than ever before. There are many amazing online sportsbooks that are available in every single state. Today, we’re going to look at some of the best week 4 NFL odds available through Bovada.

One game that’s drawing the attention of sports betting fans this week is between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills. Both these teams have looked great thus far in the 2019/2020 season. They’re both 3-0 and will finally face off in one of the most exciting AFC matches this week.

It’s not much of a surprise to see the Patriots entering as the significant betting favorites with odds of -360. New England remains a serious Super Bowl contender and, on paper, should get the win here. The Bills are live underdogs and with odds of +280, could earn you some serious money with a win this Sunday.

One of the most lopsided matchups this week takes place between the LA Chargers and the Miami Dolphins. LA is the massive betting favorite with Bovada odds of -1200. Miami has disappointed for most of this season and enters this game with odds of just +700 to win.

DraftKings is now the official DFS partner of the NFL. Feel free to check this site out today to see the exciting new NFL branding that’s available. Stay tuned for more NFL betting news over the next few months!

Las Vegas Strip Revenue Increases for 3rd Straight Month

  • Las Vegas Strip revenue jumps significantly in August.
  • Table games and slots help to bring in major revenue earnings.
  • Sports betting revenue in Las Vegas also increased last month.

For much of 2019, Nevada’s gambling revenue dropped. Things are now beginning to change, and Las Vegas Strip revenue has increased for the third straight month. It’s fantastic news for casinos operating in this city.

Las Vegas Casinos

Las Vegas is also experiencing a boom in tourism, as well. Today, we’re going to look at how much gambling revenue has increased here. We’ll also talk about what forms of gambling helped to bring in the most money for Las Vegas casinos.

NV Gaming Control Board Confirms Las Vegas Strip Revenue Increase

Business has been booming in Las Vegas for the past few months. The summer months brought a major increase in tourism and gamblers to this city. Today, the Nevada Gaming Control Board released official gambling revenue figures. Things have improved once again during the month of August.

According to the Control Board, Nevada’s overall gambling revenue earnings were up 4.3% to $952.4 million in August. In the previous two months, gambling revenue here exceeded $1 billion. Las Vegas Strip revenue increased by an impressive 8.9%.

It’s a welcome sight for gambling operators in Las Vegas. From January to May, revenue earnings in this city dropped. Gaming winnings are up by 6.2% overall during the past three months.

Interestingly, Downtown Las Vegas saw it’s gambling revenue drop last month. Casinos in this area generated just $45.3 million. This represents a 1.9% dip from the same month in 2018.

Statewide, five out of the 20 gambling markets saw a revenue decline in August. Later today, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority will release tourism numbers in August.

Table Games and Slots Help to Boost Revenue

Las Vegas Strip revenue was boosted thanks to a few select games. Table games, slots, and sports betting were hugely popular. Micheal Lawton, a senior research analyst for the NV Control Board, commented on the revenue increase to the media today.

“This was the result of strong non-baccarat game and table play which benefited from increased volumes and significant increases to hold percentages,” He said. “For the month, (blackjack) was up 29.2 percent, craps was up 67.3 percent, roulette was up 43.3 percent and sports were up 111 percent.”

Slot gambling has been growing in 2019. Lawton claims that there was a 5.2% increase in slot volume last month. Baccarat revenue was also up 6%. It’s still unclear which casinos brought in the most revenue. Wynn Las Vegas is considered to be the highest-earning gambling venue in the state, yet this can change month-to-month.

Things don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Despite the increase in competition around the country, a huge number of individuals continue to visit and gamble in Las Vegas.

New Jersey is Still Considered the Sports Betting Capital of the US

For decades, Nevada was the only state in the US that could legally offer sports gambling options. This changed in 2018 when PASPA was struck down. Today, 19 states have legalized and regulated the sports betting industry. New Jersey now has the most successful sports gambling market in the country.

Sports betting revenue is surging every single month in Atlantic City. Here, both land-based and online sports betting is legal. Sports gambling brought in $25.2 million for the state of New Jersey last month.

Recently, several casinos in this city revealed new sportsbooks for their patrons. Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts both have brand new sports betting areas. Caesars unveiled the “The Book” at Bally’s Atlantic City and MGM launched the “Money Bar & Book,” at the Borgata.

New Jersey has generated more sports betting revenue than Las Vegas for the majority of 2019. This state draws in many bettors from New York and Delaware, who can cross into the New Jersey border to place their online sports wagers.

Las Vegas Strip revenue is going up. Hopefully, this increase continues for the rest of the year. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks!

Sheldon Adelson is Being Sued by the Las Vegas Sun

One of the most powerful men in Las Vegas is in hot water with a local newspaper. According to several reports, Sheldon Adelson is being sued by the Las Vegas Sun. The popular newspaper claims the casino mogul is attempting to “monopolize” the Las Vegas news industry.

Sheldon Adelson

Today, we’re going to look at why exactly the Las Vegas Sun is taking legal action against Adelson. We’ll also talk about the newspaper’s decision to sue the Las Vegas Review-Journal, as well. Let’s get into it!

The Las Vegas Sun and LVRJ’s Recent Quarrel, Explained

Las Vegas is home to two main newspaper companies, the Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. These two companies are fierce competitors, yet since 1989, they’ve been bound by an official Joint Operating Agreement (JOP) that allows them to “combine production, marketing, distribution, and sales, provided they remained competitive and editorially independent of one another.” Unfortunately, the LVRJ seems to have backed out of this agreement.

The Las Vegas Sun is now taking legal action against the Review-Journal. This company claims that by backing out of the JOP, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is making it impossible for the Sun to stay afloat. According to the Las Vegas Sun, this is all a part of Sheldon Adelson’s plan.

Back in 2015, Adelson anonymously purchased the LVRJ. It wasn’t until reporters within the company underwent their own investigation that Adelson’s ownership was revealed. All of the journalists working on this report eventually left the company.

The Las Vegas Sun believes that Adelson’s goal is to control the flow of information within Las Vegas. The company is now officially suing the LVRJ for backing out of its JOP. They’re also suing Adelson, who they claim is unlawfully monopolizing the city’s news industry.

Sheldon Adelson is Being Sued By the Las Vegas Sun

Sheldon Adelson is one of the most powerful men in the gambling industry. The 86 year old casino mogul is the CEO of Las Vegas Sands. His company owns and operates many different casinos around the world, including several in Las Vegas and Macau.

Adelson’s purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal was criticized by many. The Las Vegas Sun, in particular, feel that his ownership of this newspaper violates the first amendment. In the recent lawsuit, the Sun gives its opinion on Adelson’s ultimate goal.

“Defendant Sheldon Adelson has been a long-time enemy of the First Amendment and the press,” the lawsuit claims. “For decades, he has filed and prosecuted one frivolous and ultimately unsuccessful defamation case after another. His object has always been clear: chill free speech and silence those that would speak out against him.” 

That’s a major statement to make. Officials at the Review-Journal believes this new lawsuit is only being made because of the company’s decision to remove itself from the 1989 JOP. Benjamin Lipman, vice president of the LVRJ, claims that the company intends to “fight the case and we’re confident we will succeed…”

Sheldon Adelson Continues to Push into Japan

Sheldon Adelson is being sued by the Las Vegas Sun, yet it’s unlikely to have much of an impact on his company’s day to day operations. For months, Las Vegas Sands has been working hard to break into the newly emerging Japanese casino market. Last year, officials in Japan passed a bill to allow three casino-resorts in the country.

Nearly all of the top US casino companies are now working to obtain a license to operate one of these Japanese casinos. Many gambling analysts predict Japan will be one of the most lucrative casino markets in the world. Las Vegas Sands has recently claimed that it’s interested in opening in a casino-resort in either Tokyo or Yokohama.

The company is also continuing to invest in its Macau properties, which have been losing revenue for the majority of 2019. China’s trade war with the US has hurt Macau’s economy and many gambling operators in the territory are experiencing monetary losses. Las Vegas Sands isn’t deterred and continues to put billions of dollars into its Macau casino-resorts.

We’ll need to see how this new legal battle plays out. As we’ve already mentioned, many believe that Sheldon Adelson is being sued for his attempts to monopolize the Las Vegas news industry. If the Las Vegas Sun can successfully argue this in court, we may him forced to give up ownership of the Review-Journal.

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

New York’s Casino Dispute With Seneca Nation Continues

New York’s gambling industry is expanding rapidly. Not long ago, this state approved plans to allow additional casinos and sports betting operations. Unfortunately, New York’s casino dispute with the Seneca Nation is still ongoing.

Andrew Cuomo

Lawmakers in New York are in a bitter disagreement with the Seneca over casino tax payments. Today, we’re going to look at what this dispute is all about. We’ll also talk about what state officials are doing to end it.

New York Lawmakers Approve Gambling Expansion Plans

In the past, New York was known as one of the least gambling-friendly states in the US. Lawmakers here showed very little willingness to open any form of gambling aside from tribal casino gaming. Over the past two years, however, state officials have begun to change their stance.

Several bills were presented here to significantly expand the state’s gambling industry. Much of these expansion plans focused on sports betting. With PASPA now gone, every state can set its own laws on the sports gambling industry. Several New York politicians began actively campaigning for sports betting to be made legal.

The state approved a sports betting bill in June. On July 16th, the first legal sports wager in New York was made by Gary Pretlow, a state lawmaker instrumental in getting this industry legalized and regulated. Today, most of the state’s casinos operate land-based sportsbooks. It’s proving to be an extremely lucrative industry, bringing in major revenue earnings through taxes.

In April, New York lawmakers also approved plans to add several new casinos to the upstate area. Several popular casinos already operate in this area, including Resorts World Catskills, which was recently sold to investors in Malaysia. Now, both tribal and commercial casinos are operating here. Online casinos in NY are still unregulated.

Unfortunately, officials are engaged in a major dispute with one of the largest tribal casino operators in the state.

New York’s Casino Dispute with Seneca Nation, Explained

For years, the Seneca Nation has operated a casino in Salamanca. Since first opening, this casino has been required to pay a 25% tax fee to the state on its revenue from the Class II bingo games it was able to offer. In March of 2017, the casino was given a Class III gambling license, granting it the power to offer slots and table games.

The tribe now believes that it’s no longer required to pay the 25% tax fee. Tribal leaders argue that this tax fee was only required from the Class II license. The Tribe believes that there was no provision stating that the revenue sharing would continue.

State officials obviously disagree. An official arbitration panel quickly ruled that the tribe owed $255 in back payments. The Seneca Nation is now working to fight this ruling in the courts. Unfortunately, this dispute is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

It’s taking a toll on the city of Salamanca, which relies on revenue from the casino to operate. Now, state officials are working on ways to help this city out.

New York Sends Salamanca $2.35 Million in Revenue Relief

New York’s casino dispute with the Seneca Tribe has been going on for years. During this time, the tribe has sent no money to Salamanca, where their casino is located. It’s a major disappointment for this city, which uses the money to fund social projects.

Government officials in New York have sent a check to Salamanca for $2.35 million. This city generally receives nearly $5 million in annual revenue from the Seneca casino. Kathy Sarver, City Comptroller of Salamanca, states that the rest of the money would also come from the state if the tribe does not agree to pay.

“If it is settled, then there won’t be any need to advance us any money because we’ll be getting the payments from the casino,” Sarver said. “It’s just an advance. If and when the casino compact issue is settled, we’ll have to pay the state back this money.”

It’s unclear exactly when this fight will end. Both the tribe and state officials believe that they are in the right.

Make sure to stay tuned for more updates to New York’s casino dispute with Seneca Nation over the next few months!

Caesars Entertainment Officially Sells Rio Hotel & Casino

Caesars Entertainment, one of the largest casino companies in the United States, has just announced that’s officially sold the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. It’s huge news for this company, which is set to merge with Eldorado Resorts sometime in the near future. Many predicted that Caesars would begin selling properties before this merger was finalized.

Rio Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

There’s a lot happening in Las Vegas right now. Several companies are actively working to put some of their properties for sale in this city. Let’s look at why Caesars Entertainment sold the Rio, and what this means for the company moving forward.

Caesars-Eldorado Merger is Still in the Works

Back in June, Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts announced that they had agreed to merge. Eldorado purchased Caesars for an astounding $17 billion, taking control over the company’s different properties. Hope was that the deal could be secured within just a few days. Unfortunately, this merger is taking longer than expected to complete.

Many steps still need to be taken before this merge will become official. The two companies must receive approval from several US gambling regulatory bodies. Eldorado must also decide whether or not to sell properties to help make up for the $17 billion they spent acquiring Caesars.

In July, Eldorado Resorts CEO Tom Reeg stated in a conference call that the merger is expected to be completed by January of 2020. Eldorado has been failing to meet revenue projections thus far into 2019. Reeg believes that once the merger is completed, the company will begin to meet revenue forecasts set by analysts.

Officials at Caesars have been talking about selling some Las Vegas properties for years. Many believed that Caesars would put some of its Strip hotel-casinos up for sale. This week, reports have come out that show Caesars has sold the Rio Hotel & Casino.

Rio Hotel & Casino is Being Sold to New York Real Estate Group

Caesars Entertainment owns and operates many different casinos around the country. Several of these gambling venues are located in Las Vegas. As we just mentioned, many believed that this company would sell one of its Las Vegas Strip properties before the merger with Eldorado Resorts was completed.

Interestingly, Caesars has decided to sell the Rio Hotel & Casino, located off the Las Vegas Strip. The Rio is one of the most popular hotel-casinos not located on the Strip. It offers a huge gambling space and a wide variety of different hotel suites and amenities.

Caesars Entertainment has confirmed that it’s sold the Rio to Imperial Companies for $516.3 million. The New York-based real estate firm self describes itself as a “a vertically integrated real estate investment, development and management platform focused primarily on mixed-use, residential, hospitality assets across all major U.S. markets.” The deal is expected to finalize in the first quarter of 2020.

Interestingly, Caesars will continue to operate the Rio Hotel & Casino for the next two years. The company will pay back $45 million a year in a lease-back program. Caesars has also retained the rights to host the famous World Series of Poker tournament.

The Rio has hosted the WSOP since 2005. Last year was the highest-attended tournament in history. Now, the World Series of Poker will be moving to The Linq hotel & casino when it opens next year.

How Will This Sale Impact Caesars Entertainment?

To some, it wasn’t a major surprise to see Caesars sell the Rio. Not long ago, the company announced a new $600 million expansion plan for several different casinos. The Rio was not included in this new plan.

Carlo Santarelli, a gaming analyst for Deutsche Bank, commented on the sale to the media this week.

“We view the transaction as a distinct positive for Eldorado-Caesars as it provides for healthy de-leverage, while the net transaction multiple, in our view, is very strong,” he said. 

Caesars will continue to operate the Rio for two years. After this leasing period, Caesars can choose whether to continue operating the hotel-casino or hand over the operations to Imperial Companies. It’s a great deal for both parties.

Many believe this is a smart move for Caesars before the merger with Eldorado Resorts. The company needs money right now. We’ll need to wait and see whether or not Caesars chooses to hold onto the Rio after the two year lease period concludes.

More details of this sale will soon be released. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

Circus Circus in Las Vegas May Be Going For Sale

One of the most famous hotel-casinos in Las Vegas may soon be going up for sale. MGM Resorts International is in talks to sell Circus Circus in Las Vegas to Phil Ruffin. If the deal goes through, it will be one of the largest casino sales in recent memory.Circus Circus In Las Vegas

MGM Resorts has been considering selling some of its Las Vegas properties for months. Let’s take a quick look at why this company may put Circus Circus up for sale, and why Phil Ruffin is interested in buying it.

MGM Resorts Looking for Ways to Earn Money Through Real Estate Sales

MGM Resorts International, one of the biggest and most profitable casino companies in the United States, is having an interesting year. For much of 2019, company officials have worked on ways to earn one of the elusive Japanese casino licenses set to be handed out. Recently, MGM has also begun looking to sell some of its properties as a way to generate revenue.

This company owns the most Las Vegas Strip properties currently operating. Some of the biggest casinos in the world are controlled by MGM Resorts, including the Bellagio, the Mirage, and Luxor. Most of these casinos help to generate millions of dollars in revenue every single month.

Interestingly, MGM is now considering putting some of these Las Vegas Strip properties up for sale. Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International, believes that many of these properties are undervalued. Blackstone Group, an investment firm out of New York, expressed an interest in purchasing some of MGM’s hotel-casinos.

For a time, it looked like MGM was going to put the Bellagio and MGM Grand up for sale. This week, reports have surfaced that indicate Circus Circus in Las Vegas may be going up for sale. MGM appears to already have a buyer in mind, as well.

Phil Ruffin Could Purchase Circus Circus in Las Vegas

According to Bloomberg, MGM Resorts is in talks to sell Circus Circus to real estate mogul Phil Ruffin. Pressure from investors may be the primary reason behind this sale. MGM is currently in the middle of a major restructuring process to bring in more revenue.

Circus Circus was once considered one of the top casinos in Las Vegas. Today, it’s one of the lower-earners in the city, partly due to its undesirable location in the north area of the Strip. It’s not much of a surprise to see MGM Resorts working to sell this property.

This won’t be Phil Ruffin’s first Las Vegas casino purchase. In 2009, he bought the Treasure Island casino from MGM for $746 million. Ruffin’s company helped to renovate and expand this casino.

The details of this sale are unknown. MGM Resorts has not yet stated how much the Circus Circus casino will be sold for.

Tourism Numbers Are Up in Las Vegas

For much of 2018, Las Vegas casinos struggled to generate revenue. Overall tourism in the city was down and gambling revenue was falling. Fortunately, things began to turn around this year.

During the first six months of 2019, Las Vegas experienced a massive increase in the number of tourists compared to 2018. In August, hotel occupancy in the city was at 89.3%. It was the highest rate since 2007.

The rise in tourism has also helped to bring in more money to the city’s casinos. In June, gambling revenue increased by a staggering 17.7% from the same month last year. For many, the increase in gambling revenue was a surprise considering the rise in competition around the country.

Many states are actively working to expand their casino operations. Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New York have all recently passed bills to add more casinos. Sports betting is also now legal in these states. Some believe that with more gambling options around the country, Las Vegas will begin to see its tourism numbers drop. As of now, this is not the case.

We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes for the sale of the Circus Circus in Las Vegas to go through. Make sure to stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks!

A Chick-fil-A in Downtown Las Vegas is Arriving This Fall

One of the most popular fast-food chains in the United States has just announced that it’s opening a new restaurant in Sin City. According to multiple reports, a Chick-fil-A in Downtown Las Vegas will open in just a few months. It’s exciting news for those looking for cheap eats here!

Chick-fil-A Sandwich

There are some amazing new developments coming to Las Vegas soon. Let’s take a quick look at where the new Chick-fil-A will open in this city, and what other great fast food options are available here.

Golden Nugget Announces New Chick-fil-A in Downtown Las Vegas

Chick-fil-A is the third largest American fast food chain currently operating. It was founded back in 1967, and over the past decade, it’s truly exploded in popularity. The company operates more than 2,300 restaurants, almost all of which are located in the United States. Chick-fil-A runs two restaurants in Las Vegas right now, neither of which are located in the downtown area.

This is now set to change. On Wednesday, the Golden Nugget announced through its Twitter account that it’s welcoming a Chick-fil-A restaurant.

The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is one of the most popular venues in the Downtown Las Vegas area. It’s been operating since 1946, offering a huge casino floor with hundreds of different gambling options. This venue has gone through several renovations over the years and is now set to open the first Chick-fil-A in Downtown Las Vegas.

There’s no doubt that Chick-fil-A is one of the best fast food chains in the country. For those on a budget, there are some other fantastic cheap eateries spread around Las Vegas. Below are some of the best fast food restaurants available in the city right now.

Top Fast Food Restaurants in Las Vegas for 2019

There are cheap eateries spread all over Las Vegas. Some of these restaurants can be found inside hotels on the Strip. Others are located on the outskirts of the city, far away from the bright lights. These are the fast food spots that you need to check out during your next trip to Sin City.

In-N-Out Burger

If you ask someone on the West Coast what the best fast food chain in the country is, there’s a good chance they’ll tell you In-N-Out. The popular California-based chain has opened several restaurants in Sin City over the years. It’s one of the best places to stop by for a quick bite to eat.

Today, there’s an In-N-Out Burger located right by the Las Vegas Strip. It’s found in the northern area of the city, not far from The LINQ Hotel & Casino. If you’re craving a cheap, delicious burger, this is probably the spot for you.

The Chicken Shack

The new Chick-fil-A in Downtown Las Vegas will dominate the fried chicken game in Las Vegas. For now, many still prefer The Chicken Shack, located on Blue Diamond Road. It’s slightly off the beaten path, yet the food and prices are top-notch.

There are many different food options available here. Obviously most come to try the different chicken dishes. Many also love the variety of french fries and chili, too. If you’re willing to venture outside the Strip, consider heading to this popular cheap eat.

Texas Meltz

Texas Meltz is growing to become one of the most popular cheap eateries in Las Vegas. It combines world-class Texas barbecue with the cheap prices of a fast food joint. This one’s located on Sahara Avenue, just a few miles away from Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino.

There are a huge number of fantastic meal options available at Texas Meltz. Many visitors enjoy the different sandwiches. If you visit, make sure to try out a few sides, too.

A Chick-fil-A in Downtown Las Vegas will soon open up. Many expect it to be the most popular fast food spots in the city.

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

MGM Resorts Could Sell Las Vegas Strip Properties

MGM Resorts International, one of the biggest and most profitable casino companies in the world, is considering making some major changes. Reports are coming out that this company may be putting some of its most profitable venues up for sale. MGM Resorts could sell some Las Vegas Strip properties and Blackstone Group is interested in buying them.MGM Resorts Logo

It’s an interesting development. MGM feels that selling some of these hotel-casinos could increase the company’s share price. Let’s look at what properties may go for sale, and how this will impact the company moving forward.

MGM Resorts Continues Pushing Into Japan

Not long ago, lawmakers in Japan approved a bill to allow three new casino-resorts to open in the country. It was a monumental decision, as in the past, Japan banned virtually all forms of gambling. Many gambling analysts predict that Japan will become one of the most lucrative casino markets in the world.

It should come as no surprise that many of the top US casino companies are now working to break into this market. As we just mentioned, only three casino licenses will be handed out here. Tokyo, Yokohama, and Osaka are all expected to host a casino.

Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts, and MGM Resorts International are all trying to earn one of these casino licenses. Not long ago, LVS announced that it was no longer interested in opening a casino-resort in Osaka. Instead, this company is pushing for a license to run a casino in Tokyo.

MGM Resorts seems interested in opening a casino anywhere in Japan. Osaka seems to be the top choice for MGM officials. The company is teaming up with local businesses in order to obtain one of these licenses.

Now, reports are surfacing that MGM could sell Las Vegas Strip properties. It’s surprising news, as these are considered to be some of the most lucrative casinos in the world.

MGM Resorts May Sell Las Vegas Strip Properties This Year

MGM Resorts International is the biggest casino-resort operator in Las Vegas. This company owns a huge number of Las Vegas properties including the MGM Grand, Bellagio, and the Mandalay Bay. This week, the company announced that it’s considering selling some of these casinos to Blackstone Group.

In January of this year, MGM formed an independent board committee to evaluate new ways to earn money from its real estate portfolio. Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International, is optimistic about the company’s new ways to earn revenue.

“We have a lot of options in front of us, actually very creative and interesting options. We also know that our real estate is undervalued in the marketplace,” he said. 

Blackstone Group, a New York-based alternative investment firm, is showing interest in purchasing some of MGM’s Las Vegas Strip properties. According to Bloomberg, this company is in direct talks with MGM to buy several of the biggest casinos in Sin City.

Reports indicate that MGM is interested in selling the Bellagio and MGM Grand. Financial analysts believe these hotel-casinos can sell for $6 to $7 billion. In the wake of this news, MGM Resorts’ share prices rose by 5%.

Caesars Also Interested in Selling Las Vegas Casinos

It’s looking like MGM Resorts International is interested in putting some of its top properties for sale. This isn’t the only major casino company that’s interested in selling Las Vegas casinos. Recently, Caesars Entertainment has indicated that it too may sell some of its properties in this city.

Caesars is set to merge with Eldorado Resorts in the near future. This merge is the largest ever made in the US casino industry. For this merger to be approved, however, Caesars Entertainment may need to put some of its most profitable casinos up for sale.

Eldorado Resorts paid nearly $17 billion to acquire Caesars. In order to make some of this money back, the company is interested in selling some of its biggest properties.

We’ll need to see exactly how Caesars and MGM Resorts approach these sales.

It’s an interesting time in the US casino industry. Make sure to stay tuned for more Las Vegas gambling news over the next few months!

Mohegan Gaming Set to Run the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel-Casino

Construction on the new Las Vegas Virgin Hotel & Casino will soon begin. This week, Virgin announced that Mohegan Gaming will manage the new hotel. It’s the first time that a tribal gaming group has operated a casino in Las Vegas.Famous Sign In Las Vegas

It’s exciting to see Virgin Hotels choose its managing partner. Many feel that this new hotel-casino will be extremely popular. Let’s look at what we know about the Virgin hotel-casino right now.

Hard Rock Las Vegas Officially Sold to Virgin Hotels

The Hard Rock Las Vegas Hotel & Casino has long been considered one of the best venues off the Strip. Unfortunately, it failed to bring in major revenue earnings in recent years. Not long ago, Hard Rock International announced that it sold the Las Vegas property to Virgin Hotels.

It’s Virgin’s first foray into the hotel-casino business. Obviously, this company needs time to prepare a gambling establishment in Sin City. Initially, Virgin stated that the hotel would close for four months while renovations took place. In August, the company changed its stance, claiming the hotel would close for eight full months.

There are some major changes taking place here. Virgin wants to completely transform the former Hard Rock Las Vegas hotel. Last week, several design partners were officially announced.

A number of major companies will help Virgin Hotels with the rebranding process. According to new reports, this new hotel-casino will feature a 60,000 square foot casino floor, 1,504 suites, and several new entertainment options.

Today, Virgin Hotels made another major announcement.

Mohegan Gaming Will Manage the Virgin Hotel & Casino

For months, Virgin has worked on finding the right company to operate its new hotel. Today, the company revealed Mohegan Gaming as the hotel’s new manager. Mohegan operates many gambling venues across the country, yet this is their first time entering the Las Vegas market.

Mario Kontomerkos, CEO of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, commented on the news to the media.

“Together with Virgin Hotels, experience seekers all over the world will have the opportunity to partake in an extraordinary guest journey that only our strategic alliance can deliver,” he said.

Specific terms of this deal have not been revealed. It’s being said that Mohegan will work to add the hotel’s entertainment options. Kontomerkos cited his company’s long history of providing headliner entertainment. The company puts on more than 1,500 shows per year and will work to bring major shows to the Virgin Las Vegas Hotel.

It’s exciting news for both parties. Mohegan is an extremely well-known brand and will likely bring in many guests with their Momentum loyalty-card program. We’ll need to wait and see exactly what Mohegan has planned for Las Vegas’ newest gambling venue.

New Projects Coming to Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Strip remains the most visited part of the city. Recently, several new projects have begun to transform other areas. One of the most exciting is the MSG Sphere, scheduled to open sometime in 2021.

This massive venue is shaping up to be one of the most impressive venues in the city. Officials at MSG Sphere believe that it will set a new standard for entertainment venues. It’s currently being constructed adjacent to the Venetian Hotel & Casino, slightly off the Strip.

The North area of the Las Vegas Strip is also undergoing a transformation right now. Several new projects are being worked on here, perhaps the most exciting of which is Resorts World. This massive casino-resort is costing billions of dollars to construct and will officially open in 2020.

Many are extremely excited to see what the Virgin Hotel has to offer. With Mohegan Gaming on board, it’s expected to be one of the best new additions to the city in recent memory.

Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this casino over the next few months!

New Sportsbooks in Atlantic City Casinos Revealed

Atlantic City is quickly becoming one of the hottest gambling hubs in the United States. With sports betting legal and regulated here, this city has never been more popular. Recently, several new sportsbooks in Atlantic City casinos were officially unveiled to the public.Sky View Of Atlantic City

It’s exciting news for sports betting fans on the East Coast. Let’s take a look at what new sportsbooks have come here. We’ll also look at some of the current betting odds on the NFL available right now.

Sports Betting in Atlantic City Continues to Grow

New Jersey was instrumental in having PASPA struck down last year. Before this, only Nevada was legally allowed to offer sports betting odds. Now, 13 states have legalized sports betting and 6 more have approved sports gambling bills. Atlantic City, New Jersey’s gambling hub, is benefiting massively from this industry.

For almost all of 2019, gambling revenue in Atlantic City has increased. Casino and sportsbook earnings continue to rise here. This is true for the month of August, in which the state’s sports betting platforms saw a massive surge in earnings.

According to new reports, New Jersey’s total revenue last month was $352.8 million. This represents a 16.1% revenue increase from the same month in 2018. Sports gambling brought in $25.2 million last month.

Online sports betting in New Jersey is proving to be the preferred method of wagering. New Jersey online sportsbooks use geo-targeting technology. They allow sports bets to be placed from anywhere within the state borders. Around 85% of all sports bets placed in New Jersey are now made online.

Resorts Casino & Hotel in AC is bringing in the most money right now. It brought in $6,697,318 last month. Interestingly, the Meadowlands Racetrack, located outside of Atlantic City, was the biggest earner at $9,269,586.

New Sportsbooks in Atlantic City Are Revealed

The start of the 2019/2020 NFL season was expected to bring in a surge of sports wagers. To prepare for this wave, several new sportsbooks in Atlantic City casinos were revealed. These multi-million dollar sportsbooks were opened to help bring in more bettors the state’s land-based casinos.

Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International have both opened new high-end sportsbooks at their Atlantic City casinos. Caesars revealed its new Bally’s sportsbook on September 8th. This betting venue, called “The Book,” is a 15,230 square foot betting area featuring a massive 98-foot-wide by 18-foot-tall screen that features all major sporting events. It’s similar in size to the sportsbook inside the Caesars Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

MGM Resorts also opened its brand new 8,000 square foot sportsbook at Borgata. The “Money Bar & Book” features a 35-foot circular bar, 18 screens, and a VIP lounge. It’s one of the sleekest new sportsbooks in Atlantic City casinos today.

Scott Butera, president of interactive gaming at MGM Resorts International, commented on the company’s decision to center the new sportsbook’s atmosphere around entertainment instead of betting.

“Millennials want sports and sports betting to be part of the experience and not necessarily the whole experience,” he said. 

If you’re in Atlantic City, make sure to check these new gaming venues out!

NFL Odds Available Online Right Now

Want to bet on the NFL but aren’t located in New Jersey? Don’t sweat it! As we mentioned earlier, a number of other states have regulated their sports betting markets. There is also a wide range of amazing online sports betting sites available in every state around the country.

One of the best internet sportsbooks available throughout the country right now is Bovada. This site is known for offering safe payment options and a range of amazing odds. There are some fantastic NFL odds available through this site right now.

Members of Bovada can currently bet on the upcoming Thursday Night Football game between the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Titans enter this game as the slight favorites with current odds of -120. Jacksonville enters the game with even odds.

There are a complete set of odds for every single game taking place this season. Head over to Bovada today to see some of the lines available right now!

There are several new sportsbooks in Atlantic City casinos. This city is already surpassing Las Vegas as the sports betting capital of the US. Perhaps in time, Atlantic City will surpass Las Vegas in casino revenue, as well.

Make sure to stay tuned for more Atlantic City gambling news over the next few weeks!

Sports Gambling May Soon Become Federally Legal

With PASPA now gone, many states around the country have chosen to legalize and regulate the sports betting industry. It’s proving to be massively successful for these states, many of which are earning millions of dollars a month from their sports betting markets. Several lawmakers are now calling for sports gambling to become federally legal. Sportsbook In US Casino

It’s an extremely exciting time for sports fans around the country. Let’s take a quick look at who’s calling for federal sports betting legalization, and how this would affect the country’s gambling industry.

More States Continue to Regulate Sports Betting

In case you’re unaware, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA in May of 2018. Before this happened, only Nevada was legally allowed to offer sports betting odds. With PASPA gone, every state can set its laws on the sports gambling industry.

13 states now have active sports gambling platforms up and running. Six other states have approved bills to legalize sports gambling and will begin offering betting platforms over the next few months. Many feel that in time, every state will regulate this industry.

Several states are already profiting massively from their legal sports betting markets. New Jersey, for example, offers both land-based and online wagering options. Each month, the state of New Jersey earns millions of dollars in sports gambling revenue.

Many lawmakers across the country now realize how lucrative this industry is. This week, several powerful politicians have begun calling for US sports gambling to become federally legalized. This is now beginning to look like a real possibility.

Senators Pushing for the Federal Legalization of Sports Gambling

Not long after PASPA was struck down, gambling advocates began pushing for the federal legalization of sports betting. In December of 2018, Senator Orrin Hatch presented a bill that would make sports gambling legal across the country. Unfortunately, the bill was not approved.

Many states with strict gambling laws claim sports betting legalization would go against their state constitutions. For a time, it looked like a country-wide sports betting industry seemed impossible. This is now begging the change.

Several major sports leagues including the NCAA are now supporting the move to make US sports gambling federally legal. Additionally, Senators Chuck Schumer and Mitt Romney have begun supporting this move. Naima Stevenson Starks, vice-president of the NCAA, believes it would help protect the integrity of sports. She spoke to the media this week about her desire to see a universal set of laws on the industry.

“We are absolutely supportive of federal regulation,” she said. “It’s fairly daunting to think that every state would have a different set of regulations. Having some minimum standards, we are very supportive of and have been an active proponent of.”

Many gambling supporters feel the same way. Sports gambling laws change from state to state. With a national set of laws on the industry, it would be much easier for states to regulate and earn money from this popular form of gambling.

Several States Remain Hesitant to Embrace Sports Betting

The sports betting industry is growing extremely quickly around the country. Even states with harsh gambling laws such as North Carolina and Georgia are interested in launching sportsbooks. A few states, however, remain hesitant to allow sports gambling.

Today, only six states have chosen not to present any bills that would make sports betting legal. Many gambling analysts still feel that in time, this will change. Utah has specific laws that completely ban all forms of gambling and may be the one US state that chooses to stay away from this industry.

Even in states with harsh sports betting laws, there are options to make wagers online. There are some fantastic US online gambling sites available in every single state. Many of these sites offer both casino and sports wagering options. The best ones offer safe payment options and a huge range of amazing odds.

Several senators and major sports leagues are pushing to make US sports gambling federally legal. It seems very likely that within the next few years, this could become a reality.

Make sure to stay tuned for more US gambling news over the next few months!

The Las Vegas Virgin Hotel Transformation is Coming Soon

One of the most iconic hotels in Las Vegas recently went up for sale. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is now owned by Virgin Hotels, who plan to transform this venue over the next few months. The Las Vegas Virgin Hotel transformation is coming soon, and based on what’s being discussed, it will be a fantastic new addition to the Las Vegas Strip.Virgin Brand Logo

Today, we’re going to look at why exactly the Hard Rock was sold to Virgin. We’ll also take a quick look at what to expect from the new hotel-casino. Let’s get started!

Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas Has Been Officially Sold

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was constructed all the way back in 1971. It found immediate success and went through several major renovation projects over the years. Unfortunately, things took a turn recently. The hotel-casino’s revenue began to drop, and company officials began looking to sell.

In March of 2018, Virgin Hotels announced it had officially purchased the Hard Rock Las Vegas Hotel. Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin brand, told the media that his company would begin renovating and rebranding the hotel in 2019. For months, Virgin Hotels has worked on plans to officially begin rebranding this gambling establishment.

Initially, the plan was for the hotel to close for four months while the rebranding process took place. In August, Virgin Hotels announced that it would now close for eight months. The company claims the longer closure is necessary to complete the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel transformation in the time that’s expected.

Virgin Hotels is making some major progress. This week, the company revealed the names of several partners that will help with the design of the new establishment.

What We Know About the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel So Far

Many analysts predict the new Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas will be fantastic. It’s the first hotel-casino opening under the Virgin brand. As we just mentioned, the company has officially revealed several partners that will help with the rebranding process.

Rockwell Group, Klai Juba Wald Architecture + Interiors, Studio Collective, Taylor International Corp, and McCarthy Building Companies will all work to change this hotel from the Hard Rock to Virgin. Designs are said to be “nearing completion.” Construction is set to begin in February and the hotel will officially open by the end of 2020.

A few details of the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel are now coming out. According to new reports, the hotel will feature 1,504 suites, a 60,000 square-foot casino floor, more than five acres of poolside space, and over 110,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

Adam Goldstein, design director, and partner at Studio Collective claims that the casino will have a unique desert theme. He’s also optimistic about the way this new hotel-casino will be received.

“We are hoping the guestrooms can offer guests a respite from the high energy of the casino floor, bars and restaurants, pool and other areas on property,” he said. “We feel like the rooms will be unlike other offers one can find in Las Vegas.”

It will be months before construction will begin. More design details are likely to come out in the near future.

Will This Hotel-Casino Be Successful in Las Vegas?

It’s always difficult to predict the success of a Las Vegas casino. Fortunately, the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel is located in a prime location on the Strip. Virgin is also a well-known brand, and many will be interested in checking out what this new venue has to offer.

Gambling revenue in Las Vegas is also beginning to increase. For much of the year, gaming earnings dropped here. Many analysts stated an increase in competition from other states was to blame. In June, however, gambling revenue in this city increased by 17.7%.

Things appear to be improving here. Hope is that this trend continues for the rest of the year.

The new Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas sounds incredible. It’s clear that Virgin is taking this project seriously and will work hard to create a great new gaming venue on the Strip. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this hotel-casino over the next few weeks!

Plaza Hotel & Casino is Offering an Exciting New Promotion!

One of the most popular hotel-casinos in Downtown Las Vegas is offering a great new promotion. The Plaza Hotel & Casino has announced that it’s giving casino players the opportunity to win a vintage slot machine. It’s exciting news for both tourists and locals in Las Vegas. Plaza Hotel & Casino In Las Vegas

Today, we’re going to look at the details of this new promotion. We’ll also look at some more of the best casinos in Las Vegas to play slots. Let’s get started!

Plaza Hotel & Casino Announces New Slot Promotion

Downtown Las Vegas is experiencing somewhat of a resurgence right now. In the past, this part of the city was avoided by many tourists. Recently, several major projects have begun to transform this area.

One of the most popular gambling venues here is the Plaza Hotel & Casino. It opened all the way back in 1971 and features an incredible 80,000 square-foot casino floor. The Plaza has an extremely loyal fan base, many of whom love the casino for its wide range of gambling options and cheap tables and slots.

This week, the Plaza Casino announced a brand new promotion. Soon, players here will have the chance to win a vintage coin-operated slot machine. The promotion comes as the casino takes these slots out of service.

In order to win one of these machines, players need to win a weekly Tuesday video poker tournament or finish in the top eight of a Royal Plaza Rewards points challenge. Jonathan Jossel, who recently took control over the Plaza Hotel, commented on the new promotion to the media this week.

“Over the years, these machines have become harder and harder to maintain,” he said. “It’s remarkable how popular they are with people, though, so we thought it would be fun to have a promotion.”

More details of this promotion will come out soon.

Top Slot Casinos in Las Vegas Right Now

It’s likely that many people will hit the slot machines at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in hopes of winning one of these vintage machines. Those who prefer to stay on the Strip also have access to some incredible casinos featuring hundreds of different slot games. Below are some of the very best Las Vegas casinos to play slots in right now.

Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino

The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino remains the most expensive hotels ever built in Las Vegas. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean gambling here will break the bank. The Cosmo is home to a wide range of different slot games catering to all different budgets.

Patrons here can find a variety of great penny slots. Some of the most popular are the Luck o Lantern and Record Jackpots slots. There are also several fantastic progressive slots here that allow you to win major jackpots over time.

The Cosmopolitan also features one of the best high roller slot games that you will find today. There are many slot machines here with maximum bet allowances of $500. Make sure to check out this casino if you’re spending time on the Strip!

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace might be the most iconic hotel-casinos in Las Vegas. It’s an incredible venue featuring some amazing hotel suites and an amazing casino floor. It was constructed back in 1966 and has gone under a series of major renovations over the years.

This is without a doubt one of the best Las Vegas casinos to play slot games in. The 124,000 square-foot casino floor features a huge number of incredible slots. There are also some amazing video poker games available here.

There’s a reason Caesars has been featured in so many famous movies. It’s one of the coolest-designed hotel-casinos in this city. If you’re a slot fan, you’ll love this venue.

Wynn Las Vegas

Not long ago, Wynn Las Vegas was named the best casino in Las Vegas. As you might expect, this is also considered by many to be the best place to play casino games in the city. There are countless different slot gaming options here.

You can find a massive list of different gambling options here. Much like the Cosmopolitan, there is a great high roller slot area here that allows you to win huge massive jackpots.

Wynn Las Vegas is great in every single way. There are enough gambling options here to keep you busy for days. Feel free to check out the many incredible restaurants in this hotel, as well!

If you’re interested, make sure to play at the Plaza Hotel & Casino for your chance to win an authentic vintage slot game. Stay tuned for more updates to this promotion over the next few weeks!

Hard Rock Atlantic City Voted Best Casino in AC

Atlantic City is now home to many of the most popular casino-resorts in the United States. Recently, Casino Player Magazine held a vote on which casino in this city was the best. Interestingly, Hard Rock Atlantic City took the top spot.

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The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City has been open for a little more than a year. It’s a tremendous accomplishment to earn the city’s top casino award. Let’s look at the results of this recent poll, and what other casino-resorts were close to winning.

Atlantic City Continues to See Revenue Increases

Just a few years ago, Atlantic City was struggling to bring in any money. The recession took a serious toll on this city, forcing many of the casinos here to permanently close their doors. In recent years, however, things have begun to turn around.

An improved economy and New Jersey’s decision to legalize sports betting has breathed new life into Atlantic City. Several major casinos have opened here in recent years. For almost all of 2019, gambling revenue in Atlantic City has increased.

Today, both online casino gambling and sports betting are fully legal and regulated here. All of the city’s land-based casinos operate internet and mobile betting platforms. Recently, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced that Atlantic City’s July revenue increased by 8% compared to the same time period last year.

Things are definitely going well in this city. Competition is extremely high, with each casino-resort working to out-do the others. Just recently, a popular casino magazine held a public vote to see which casino in Atlantic City is the best.

The results of this vote have now been made public.

Hard Rock Atlantic City Wins “Best Resort in Atlantic City” Award

As we mentioned earlier, the Hard Rock Atlantic City has only been open for a little more than a year. Previously, this casino-resort was called the Trump Taj Mahal. In the 90s, this was one of the most popular gambling establishments in the country. It also hosted a number of major combat sporting events, drawing in thousands of visitors from around the world.

In 2016, after significant financial difficulties, this casino announced it was officially closing its doors. Less than a year later, Hard Rock International announced that it was acquiring the casino. It re-opened as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City in 2018 and proved to be extremely successful right away.

For most of 2019, the AC Hard Rock has been one of the biggest revenue earners in Atlantic City. The Borgata, however, has continued to bring in the most revenue for almost all of this year. The Hard Rock may not have made as much money as the Borgata, yet it’s just been voted the best casino-resort in Atlantic City.

Voters officially named Hard Rock Atlantic City the best overall gambling venue in the city. This casino-hotel also took first place for the best suites, spa, players club, and more. It’s a tremendous accomplishment for this casino and Hard Rock International as a brand.

Casino Competition Grows Around New Jersey

There’s no doubt that Atlantic City is the gambling hub of the US east coast. The huge number of nearby casinos and entertainment options has made Atlantic City one of the most popular gambling destinations in the country. Recently, several states near New Jersey have begun to expand their gambling industries.

Lawmakers in New York, who have been largely anti-gambling over the years, are finally beginning to recognize the huge earning potential from the gaming industry. In July of this year, sports betting was made legal here. A recently-approved bill also allows for more casinos to open in the state.

Massachusetts is also experiencing an increase in gambling revenue right now. Not long ago, Wynn Resorts opened the Encore Boston Harbor. It’s now one of the most lucrative casinos on the east coast.

It’s unclear exactly how this increase in nearby competition will affect Atlantic City’s gambling revenue. For now, it doesn’t seem to be having much of an impact. Gambling establishments here continue to bring in major earnings. In time, Atlantic City may compete with Las Vegas as the top gambling city in the US.

Make sure to stay tuned for more gambling news on Atlantic City over the next few months!

Californians Flock to Major Australian Casino Site

More Americans are choosing to play at online casino sites every single month. According to one major Australian casino site, many players are emerging from California. Interestingly, a significant portion of these California players all hail from the Santa Clarita area of the state.Map And Flag Outline Of Australia

It’s an interesting development. Now is the perfect time to look at why online casino gambling is growing so popular in the United States. We’ll also look at some of the most popular internet casino sites currently available here.

Online Casino Gambling Continues to Grow in the US

For more than a year, there’s been a significant increase in the number of individuals in the US who are choosing to play casino games online. Today, there are many great US casino sites operating, most of which offer just as many gaming options as the biggest casinos in Las Vegas. Most of the casino websites operating in this country are based overseas.

Several states have now legalized internet casino gambling. Even more have pending legislation to allow this form of gambling. In states where online casino gaming is legal, land-based casinos within the state operate all gambling sites.

In all other states, players must make bets through overseas casino sites. Competition is extremely high in the US internet casino industry, and most online gambling operators here work hard to out-do their rivals.

According to one of the top casino companies in Australia, many Californians are playing through their website. California has shown almost no willingness to regulate online casino gambling, yet many individuals here still choose to play through foreign casino sites.

Californians Flock to Australian Online Casino Site

California is home to the most tribal casinos in the country. Unfortunately, lawmakers here aren’t interested in regulating the online casino gambling industry. As a result, millions of individuals play through the aforementioned casino websites based overseas.

Playamo Casino, an internet gaming company based in Australia, claims that a significant portion of their US players come from California. More specifically, the Santa Clarita area of California.

Anthony Becker, US regional manager of Playamo Casino, commented on the news to the media this week.

“It was quite surprising to find out that the largest majority of US clients come from California, given how close they are to Nevada,” he said. We were expecting most customers to come from Eastern and South-Eastern states like Florida or Alabama, but California was definitely not on our minds.”

There are a few reasons why this may be. First, many in California seem to realize how much more convenient online gambling is to land-based gambling. Many casino sites today also offer fantastic promotions to their members.

It’s clear that this industry isn’t slowing down.

More Great Casino Sites in California

The Australian online casino site we just mentioned isn’t the only one attracting California gamblers. There are a huge number of great CA online casino sites available right now. As we mentioned earlier, most of these sites offer a huge range of different gaming options and quick, safe payment options.

One of the most popular internet casinos in this state is Bovada. It launched years ago and is now one of the most trusted and respected online gambling companies in the US. Bovada Casino allows its members to bet on things like blackjack, slots, and poker. It even offers a fun live dealer option to make it feel as if you’re playing inside of a real casino.

Cherry Gold Casino is another great online casino option right now. This betting site provides its members with one of the largest welcome bonuses you will find today as well as all of the popular casino games you can find in traditional land-based casinos. Check it out today!

It’s interesting to see so many Californian’s playing at the Australian online casino site. There’s a chance that lawmakers here will recognize how popular this industry is and work to regulate it in the near future.

Esports Betting in Las Vegas Isn’t Taking Off

Esports is growing more popular every single year. Many gambling experts predicted that wagering on this new form of sport would become the next big thing in the sports betting industry. Unfortunately, Esports betting in Las Vegas is failing to bring in as much revenue as initially thought.

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This week, several panelists discussed the reasons why Esports betting is failing to gain much traction. Hope is that in time, this new form of gambling brings Las Vegas sportsbooks huge revenue earnings. Let’s look at what gambling experts are saying.

The Esports Industry Continues to Grow

It’s been incredible to watch Esports grow so popular. Just a few years ago, this industry was completely non-existent. Thanks to streaming services such as Twitch and Facebook Live, more people are watching competitive Esports than ever before.

Just a few weeks ago, the Fortnite World Cup took place. The event features a $30 million total prize pool. Several players earned themselves more than $1 million in prize money. An estimated 2.3 million individuals watched the event online.

As you might expect, the Esports industry is extremely intriguing for those in the gambling industry. Sports betting in the United States is more popular than ever before, and many have anticipated that Esports is the next big thing. This doesn’t seem to be the case.

Esports betting in Las Vegas is not generating nearly as much revenue as analysts predicted. It’s surprising, considering this city is home to one of the biggest competitive gaming venues in the world.

Initial reports claimed that Esports gambling would bring in $1.5 billion in revenue by 2020. Based on the way things are going, this is unlikely to happen. Several Esports panelists discussed why they believe this is.

Reasons Why Esports Betting in Las Vegas is Struggling

Gambling operators in Las Vegas want to know exactly why gambling on Esports is failing to take off. As we just mentioned, several panelists gave their opinions on why it’s struggling right now. Hope is that this helps gambling companies to better cater to the Esports community.

One key issue that came up was the age of many Esports fans. It’s well-known that a significant percentage of Esports fans are below the age of 21. In Nevada, you must be at least 21 years old in order to place bets.

Some have also pointed out the limited options for Esports betting in Las Vegas. Panelists Karl Bennison revealed that only three Esports events have been approved for gambling over the past two years.

Bennison claims that many in the Esports industry simply aren’t interested in promoting gambling.

“We’re capable (of regulating events), but we’re not getting the requests for these, so whether the argument is that our hurdles are too high or there just isn’t the drive, the operators aren’t seeing the market out there,” Bennison said. “We’re open to the idea and we’re trying to streamline the process and hopefully, eventually, we’ll make it a sport like any other sport, but there’s a ways to go.”

This doesn’t mean that Esports gambling is dead. This is a very new industry and in time, it’s likely that more people will begin to place wagers on the event outcomes.

Esports Betting Options Around the US

Esports betting in Las Vegas may not be taking off as much as some thought it would, yet many individuals around the country are choosing to place bets on events over the internet. There are a huge number of great US gambling sites that offer odds on every single Esports event. One of the best betting sites right now is Bovada.

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Bovada. This online gambling website launched years ago and is now one of the most popular internet gambling sites in the country. It’s gained a fantastic reputation for offering safe payment options and a wide range of different odds.

Bovada offers its members to place bets on just about every single Esports event taking place around the world. Right now, for example, this site is offering odds on the League of Legends Master Series.

One of the most popular matches to bet on takes place between Mad Team and G-Rex. At the moment, Mad Team is entering this match as the considerable favorites with odds of -190. G-Rex comes in as the significant underdog team with current odds of +135.

We’ll need to wait and see how much money Esports betting in Las Vegas manages to bring in this year. Stay tuned for more updates!

Wynn Las Vegas Earns Another Prestigious Award

One of the most popular hotel-casinos in Las Vegas just earned another incredible award. Reports indicate that Wynn Las Vegas is now the only casino-resort to receive a ‘Great Workplace’ certification from the Great Place to Work independent analysis group. It’s an impressive accolade for this amazing venue on the Strip.

Wynn Las Vegas Casino Resort

Wynn Resorts has had a busy year. Now is the perfect time to look back at what this company has accomplished in 2019. We’ll also talk about how the Wynn casino-resort in Las Vegas earned the recent workplace award. Let’s get started!

Wynn Resorts Continues to Expand its Portfolio

Wynn Resorts is well-known as one of the biggest and most successful casino operators in the world. It’s headquartered in Las Vegas and controls numerous casinos throughout the world. Recently, this company expanded into Massachusetts with the Encore Boston Harbor casino-resort.

A number of major casino companies have been pushing to open a gaming establishment in Massachusetts. Wynn Resorts chose to open their new casino in Everett, located directly north of Boston. There were concerns that Everett wouldn’t be a viable location for a casino, yet the Encore Boston Harbor is proving to be extremely successful.

This company is also actively pushing to open an integrated resort in Japan. Last year, lawmakers in Japan approved a bill to allow three casino-resorts to open in the country. Most of the biggest US casino operators are now lobbying for their right to operate in the country.

Japan is expected to become one of the most lucrative casino markets in the world. Wynn Resorts is starting to heat up its lobbying effort in this country, recently claiming that the company will build the “world’s largest” casino-resort here. Many gambling analysts claim that Wynn Resorts will manage to secure one of the three licenses to operate here.

Wynn Las Vegas Receives ‘Great Workplace’ Award

Las Vegas is home to many of the best casino-hotels in the United States. Most of these are located along the Las Vegas Strip. Wynn Las Vegas is considered by many to be the very best casino-resorts in the city.

Not long ago, this hotel was ranked the best casino in the United States by TripAdvisor. Many visitors here praise the service, design, and huge gambling space. Interestingly, the Encore Las Vegas, also owned by Wynn Resorts, is ranked as the second-best casino in the country.

This week, the Great Place to Work analysis group granted Wynn Las Vegas one of their prestigious ‘Great Workplace’ certifications. This group uses anonymous feedback from employees to describe their experience working at Wynn.

Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox commented on the award to the media this week.

“We believe that true luxury is defined by people, not buildings, and so we have focused on our Company’s greatest asset: our employees.  One of our guiding principles is to ‘care about everyone and everything,’ which makes our Great Place To Work certification very meaningful to me,” he said. “I believe that no team is more committed to excellence than ours, and I am fortunate to work alongside such caring and talented professionals.”

It’s clear that Wynn Resorts is one of the best casino operators in the United States. Unfortunately, this company’s operations in Macau are struggling to generate revenue right now.

Macau Continues to Struggle in 2019

Wynn Resorts isn’t the only company to struggle in Macau. Many US casino companies including Las Vegas Sands also operate casinos in this small territory. For most of 2019, Macau’s gambling revenue had decreased.

There are several reasons why this is. Many individuals point to the ongoing trade war between the US and China as a reason for Macau’s revenue decline. This trade war has significantly impacted the Chinese economy. As a result, many wealthy individuals here are choosing not to gamble. Without these VIP gamblers, Macau is struggling to increase its revenue earnings.

The recent protests in Hong Kong have also affected this city’s gambling revenue. Fewer tourists are heading to this area and many Chinese locals are preferring to stay in the mainland while the situation in Hong Kong carries on.

Gross Gaming Revenue in August dropped by 8.6% compared to the same time last year. Most feel that this downward trend will continue for the rest of 2019. Wynn Resorts isn’t deterred and continues to invest in its three properties in Macau.

There’s no doubt that Wynn Las Vegas is one of the best casino-resorts in the world. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on this casino and others in Las Vegas over the next few months!

The Las Vegas North Strip is Slowly Transforming

Las Vegas is no stranger to new developments. It seems like every single year, several new projects begin in this city. Recently, the Las Vegas North Strip has begun to transform. A number of exciting new projects are now under construction here. Sahara Las Vegas Logo

Today, we’re going to look at some of the biggest changes coming to this area of the Las Vegas Strip. We’ll also talk about how much gambling revenue this city is earning right now. Let’s get into it!

SLS Las Vegas Officially Renamed the Sahara Las Vegas

The Sahara Las Vegas Hotel & Casino first opened its doors in October of 1952. For years, it was one of the most popular gaming establishments in the city. Unfortunately, in 2011, it was forced to close due to financial constraints.

Shortly afterward, the hotel-casino was rebranded to the SLS Las Vegas. This hotel officially opened in 2014 with 1,600 rooms, a renovated casino, and four nightclubs. It was an impressive venue, yet the SLS continued to struggle pulling in visitors.

Finally, in 2019, the hotel announced that it was going back to its iconic roots. The SLS Las Vegas was officially renamed the Sahara Las Vegas once again. This famous hotel officially reopened on August 29th of this year.

Part of the reason to rebrand the hotel is to drive in more visitors to the Las Vegas North Strip area. The northern area of the city is one of the least popular parts of the Strip, due partly to the lack of luxury hotels and entertainment options. Fortunately, this is beginning to change.

Las Vegas North Strip Area Begins to Change

The recent recession wrecked the north part of the Las Vegas Strip. After the recession ended, this area was filled with unfinished projects and unpopular gaming venues. In recent years, however, this section of the city has started to transform.

One of the biggest projects opening in this area is Resorts World Las Vegas. This mega-resort is owned by Genting Group, who have invested billions of dollars to create the ultimate Las Vegas gambling and entertainment venue. Resorts World has faced numerous issues and delays during its construction, yet it’s now slated to open by the end of 2020.

In 2007, developers began working on the Fontainebleau Resort in the Las Vegas North Strip area. Unfortunately, the recession forced this project to stop. Now, several investors have resumed plans to open a hotel-casino here. It’s being named The Drew Las Vegas and will feature 95,000 square feet of gaming space and more than 2,800 hotel rooms. Hope is that the project is completed by 2022.

It’s a very exciting time for this part of the city. It’s not the hottest part of the city right now, yet the numerous projects coming here could change this. Fortunately, gambling revenue in Las Vegas is beginning to increase.

Las Vegas Gambling Revenue Continues to Increase

According to new reports, Las Vegas’ gambling revenue has increased for the second straight month. It’s a relief for many casino operators here, many of which have seen revenue losses for most of 2019. Interestingly, slots and poker helped to drive the majority of this revenue.

In a press release, the city’s gaming board stated that overall gaming revenue was up 2.91% in July compared to the same period last year. The Strip brought in the most money ($541,804,525) and an increase of 1.63% compared to July of 2018. Part of this revenue increase comes from the recent World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas.

The 50th edition of the WSOP brought in more entrants than ever before. More than 8,500 players competed in the event in total. This competition also helped to attract many gamblers to the city.

Las Vegas Gaming Board member Michael Lawton claims that slots brought in the most revenue in July. He also claims that slot revenue has been on a “constant increase” for the past several months.

Things in Las Vegas are looking good. The Las Vegas North Strip is beginning to transform and several other major projects will soon open in other parts of the city.

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

Las Vegas is Getting a Chickie’s & Pete’s Soon

One of the most popular restaurant chains in Pennsylvania has announced that it’s officially moving into Las Vegas. Chickie’s & Pete’s has announced that it’s officially opening a new restaurant in the gambling capital of the United States. It’s great news for fans of crab fry in this city. Chickie's & Pete's Logo

Las Vegas is home to many of the country’s best restaurants. Today, we’re looking at why Chickie’s & Pete’s is making the move here. We’ll also look at some more of the best cheap-eats in Las Vegas right now. Let’s get started!

Chickie’s & Pete’s Announces Opening of Las Vegas Restaurant

The famous Chickie’s & Pete’s chain first started in Philadelphia more than 42 years ago. It’s grown into one of the most popular restaurant chains in the state of Pennsylvania. ESPN even ranked it as the top sports bar in American in 2011.

There are now 19 different Chickie’s & Pete’s restaurants located around the country. Most of these are located in Pennsylvania. A few can be found in other nearby states This week, the company announced that it was making its way to Las Vegas.

It’s just in time for the 2019/2020 NFL season. Las Vegas is no stranger to sports bars. Hope is that this restaurant can attract tourists visiting from the East Coast area who are familiar with the brand.

The Las Vegas Chickie’s & Pete’s restaurant will be opening in the recently-rebranded Sahara Las Vegas casino-hotel. If you’re visiting Las Vegas and want to try some crab fry, make sure to give it a visit!

Best Cheap Eats in Las Vegas Right Now

As we just mentioned, Las Vegas is home to many of the best restaurants in the country. Those looking for some cheap eats will have no trouble finding a fantastic restaurant. Below are some of the top restaurants in Las Vegas that won’t break the bank.

Steak n’ Shake

There’s a great chance you’ve heard of Steak n’ Shake before. This Indianapolis-based fast-food chain has hundreds of restaurants located around the world. In recent years, it’s grown to become one of the most popular cheap eats in Las Vegas.

This small restaurant is known for its steakburger. There are also some fantastic sides available here such as chili and seasoned french fries. A meal here shouldn’t cost more than $10. Head over to the Hooters Casino & Hotel (soon to become the Oyo Hotel) and give Steak n’ Shake a try!

Earl of Sandwich

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more delicious sandwich than the ones made at Earl of Sandwich. This small restaurant, located at Planet Hollywood, offers a variety of delicious sandwich options for a very affordable price.

This restaurant is one of the highest-rated on TripAdvisor right now. There are some delicious options available, from the classic Reuben to a buffalo chicken wrap. Most sandwiches cost around $7, making this place one of the best cheap eating options in Las Vegas right now.

Village Eateries

Many locals in Las Vegas claim Village Eateries is one of the best inexpensive restaurants in the city. It has a very unique design and offers some of the best pizza in the city. There is also a full bar available for those looking to match their meal with a cold beer.

This restaurant is located inside the popular New York-New York casino. It’s the perfect place to stop for a meal after playing inside the casino. Check it out next time you’re in Las Vegas!

The Chickie’s & Pete’s Las Vegas restaurant should be opening in Las Vegas within the next few months. Make sure to stay tuned for more Las Vegas restaurant news over the next few weeks!

Caesars Entertainment No Longer Interested in Japan

One of the biggest US casino companies has announced that it’s no longer pursuing a casino in Japan. It’s surprising news, as Japan is expected to become one of the most lucrative casino markets in the world. The company claims that it is focused on expanding in the United States. Caesars Entertainment Logo

It makes sense for Caesars to focus on the US market. Now is the perfect time to look at why this company is staying out of Japan. We’ll also talk about which companies are still in the running for a casino license in this country.

Caesars Entertainment Set to Merge With Eldorado Resorts

Not long ago, Eldorado Resorts announced that it purchased Caesars Entertainment for $17 billion. It’s the largest merge ever made in the gambling industry. Eldorado will be taking control of Caesars’ properties around the world.

Many steps still need to be taken before this merger can be completed. Several state gambling regulators are getting involved to ensure that everything is done by the book. The SEC must also approve of the deal before the companies can officially combine.

Caesars is rumored to sell some of its properties before the deal is complete, as well. According to numerous reports, the company will put some of its Las Vegas Strip properties for sale. Several companies have already expressed interest in buying one of these Strip hotel-casinos.

Hope is that this deal is done by the end of 2020.

When Japan legalized casinos in July of 2018, Caesars announced that it was interested in opening a resort there. Now, the company is taking a turn. Officials at Caesars Entertainment claim they are no longer pursuing a Japanese casino license.

Caesars Removes Itself From Japanese Casino License Running

As we mentioned at the top of this page, Japan is expected to become one of the most lucrative casino markets in the world. Many of the top US casino companies are pushing to obtain a license here. Interestingly, Caesars is no longer one of them.

This company released a statement on Wednesday that explains their decision to stay outside of Japan. Brendan Bussmann, a partner at Global Market Advisors, gave his take on the news.

“Considering the current talk of the (Eldorado) merger, it’s not surprising,” he said. “To see a large American brand that has a global presence, that has a good shot of landing the license bow out, it’s disappointing … It’s a missed opportunity.”

Caesars is focusing entirely on its merge with Eldorado Resorts. The company needs to ensure that everything is prepared before this deal can go through. Of course, it’s still somewhat disappointing to see the company choosing not to enter Japan.

Other US casino companies have to be pleased. It’s still anyone’s guess which of these companies will be granted a license to operate here. Let’s look at which gaming companies are still working to enter the Japanese casino market.

Several Companies Still Looking to Enter Japan

Most gambling analysts predict that Japan will become one of the biggest casino destinations in the world. Only three integrated resorts will open here. Several cities including Osaka, Yokohama, and Tokyo are bidding for their rights to host one of these casino-resorts.

MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas Sands, and Wynn Resorts have all stated their intentions to open a Japanese casino. In order to obtain a gaming license here, these companies must receive approval from the government. No companies have been granted one of these licenses yet.

Las Vegas Sands seems the most likely to obtain one of these licenses. LVS has deep roots in Japan and has a proven track record of operating casinos overseas. This company already runs a highly successful casino-resort in Macau.

MGM Resorts International is also very likely to receive a Japanese casino license. This company secured a sponsorship with the MLB during the opening games in Tokyo. It’s already a well-known brand in Japan and also has shown that it can operate gaming venues outside of the United States.

Caesars Entertainment is no longer pursuing a casino in Japan. We’ll need to wait and see which of the companies we just mentioned obtain a license to operate here. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

Lucky Las Vegas Parlay Earns MLB Bettor $38K

One baseball fan in Las Vegas is celebrating this week. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a lucky Las Vegas Parlay on the MLB was cashed out for $38 thousand this week. It’s the kind of win that all fans of parlay betting hope to get someday.

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Today, we’re going to take a quick look at how this bettor managed to win so much money. We’ll also look back at some of the biggest sports parlay wins in history. First, let’s look at what exactly a parlay bet actually is.

What is a Parlay Bet?

If you’re a fan of sports betting, there’s a very good chance that you’ve heard of a parlay bet. Essentially, these are single-sport wagers that involve two or more teams winning. The more teams that you bet on at once, the larger and more lucrative your odds will become. As we’ve seen this week, these bets can earn you some serious money.

Parlay betting is also more difficult than traditional one-team betting. If you wager on three teams to win one week and just one of them loses, your entire bet is void. It’s one of the most exciting ways to make sports bets today.

Let’s look at a parlay example from Bovada, one of the most popular sports betting sites in the US. Here, we’ll look at a parlay that involves three teams from the MLB that are playing on August 29th.

  • Oakland Athletics win vs. Kansas City Royals: -190
  • Chicago White Sox win vs. Minnesota Twins: +150
  • Texas Rangers win vs. Seattle Mariners: -175

With this parlay, you could wager just $10 and if each team wins, walk away with almost $50.

It’s that easy! Parlays can be made at almost all US online sportsbooks and inside most sportsbooks in casinos.

Las Vegas Parlay on the MLB Earns Bettor $38K

One MLB bettor in Las Vegas managed to turn a $250 wager into $38 thousand this week. The unnamed sports bettor made his wager at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, one of the most popular hotel-casinos in Las Vegas.

The MLB fan bet on eight different teams to win this week. He bet on the Cardinals, Reds, Phillies, Diamondbacks, and Athletics to win. He also took the under on the Braves-Rockies game, and the over on the Pirates-Phillies game. All of these bets proved to be successful, making it one of the luckiest Las Vegas parlay bets in recent memory.

$38K is a solid amount of money to leave Las Vegas with. Now is the perfect time to look back at some more of the biggest sports parlays to ever take place.

Biggest Sports Parlay Wins in History

Sports betting has never been more popular in the US than it is today. With PASPA now gone, every state in the US has the ability to set its laws on this industry. Many states now have legalized and regulated sports betting markets.

Most of the biggest bets in history have taken place in Las Vegas. For years, Nevada was the only state legally allowed to offer sports odds. Here are some of the biggest parlay bets ever won.

20,000 – 1  NFL Parlay Bet

Just a few years ago, Tayla Polia wagered $5 on an incredible 15-team parlay. Against all the odds, 20,000-1, to be exact, each team managed to win. She walked away from the sportsbook with an astounding $100,005.

2,500 – 1 NCAA and NFL Parlay

In late 2017, an unnamed bettor placed a $25 12-team parlay bet in Reno, Nevada. Each of the teams managed to win, earning the sports gambler $62,475. It was the biggest parlay win in Reno that’s been reported on.

232 – 1 MLB Parlay Bet

The recent lucky Las Vegas parlay bet in Las Vegas isn’t the only time that a bettor has cashed out wagering on the MLB. Just a few years ago, a baseball fan bet the under on four MLB games with a $500 parlay. Incredibly, the bets were successful, earning the gambler $115,971.

You don’t have to be in Las Vegas to make parlay bets right now. There are several great online sportsbooks available throughout the country right now. Almost all of them let you make parlay bets on major sports including the NFL, MLB, and NBA.

Will you be the next person to make a lucky Las Vegas parlay bet? If so, good luck!

Bovada is Offering a Great New Sportsbook Bonus for NFL Betting!

One of the best and most popular online sportsbooks in the US is offering its new members a fantastic new way to boost their spending money. This promotion from Bovada is one of the best that you’ll find today. Today, we’ll be looking at the details of the great new sportsbook bonus for NFL betting.

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We’ll also be looking at some of the other incredible betting odds available through Bovada. Let’s get started!

Details of Bovada’s Sportsbook Bonus for NFL Betting

Bovada is known to some as one of the best US casino websites currently operating. It’s also famous for offering its members some fantastic sports betting promotions. This week, the company is ramping things up. New members here will soon be eligible to receive an incredible 50% first deposit bonus up to $1,000!

This means that if you deposit $2,000 into your account, Bovada will automatically credit you with an additional $1,000 to wager with! The terms and conditions of this incredible offer will become available in the next few days.

For a limited time until October 1st, Bovada is boosting their current welcome bonus. Using the promo code BVNFL1000, members will be eligible to earn this amazing offer. As we already mentioned, this is one of the best sports betting site bonuses that you can find today.

The 2019/2020 NFL season officially kicks off on September 5th. Bovada is offering a massive list of odds for every single game of the season. There are also some great odds on the season’s future outcomes and individual players. Let’s look at what you can bet on here right now.

2019 NFL Prop Bets Available at Bovada

Making bets on individual NFL bets is great. Some bettors prefer to make more unique wagers. Along with offering an amazing sportsbook bonus for NFL betting, this site is also offering some incredible NFL prop bets. Here are a few that are available right now.

Bet on Who Earns the Coach of the Year Award

It’s never easy to predict who will win the coach of the year. A coach’s success is determined by teams. There are, however, some betting favorites to win the Coach of the Year award this year.

Freddie Kitchens is leading the odds right now. The Cleveland Browns coach is working hard to transform the Cleveland Browns from one of the worst teams in the league into a world-class franchise. He’s notoriously strict on his players and may be the man to help the Browns reach their full potential. Bovada lists Kitchen’s odds to win this award at +650. 

At the moment, Kyle Shanahan is another favorite to win the Coach of the Year award. Much like Kitchens, he’s being tasked with turning around a team’s luck. The San Francisco 49ers coach has his hands full yet with roster additions like Rod Streater, they may have a chance to make an impact in the NFC West. Shanahan’s odds to receive the award are set at +1100.

Bet on Which Player Earns the Most Regular Season Interceptions

This is another prop bet that’s attractive to sports gamblers. There are some incredible defensive players in the NFL right now, many of whom are known for their ability to record interceptions. Donte Jackson is currently listed as the favorite to earn the most interceptions during the 2019/2020 season.

Jackson is a cornerback for the Carolina Panthers. He’s just 23 years old yet is considered by many to be one of the most impressive players on defense this year. In his first season with the Panthers, he earned a team-leading four interceptions. Jackson’s odds to record the most this season are set at +1400. 

If you feel like wagering on an underdog, consider placing a bet on Eddie Jackson to earn the most interceptions this season. He’s a free safety for the Chicago Bears with a unique ability to catch the opponents ball. With six interceptions last season, he’s a solid bet. Jackson’s odds are set at +2500.

Bovada is currently offering an amazing sportsbook bonus for NFL betting. Feel free to head over to our Bovada review page today and take a look at some of the other football betting options available here!

Oyo Officially Purchases Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas

The Indian-based startup company Oyo has confirmed that it’s purchased the Hooters Casino Hotel. It’s the first property in Las Vegas that this company has bought. Officials at Oyo claim that expansion into the US is the ultimate goal.

Hooters Employees

It’s exciting news for this hotel and the city of Las Vegas. Now is the perfect time to look at how the sale will affect Hooters’ casino in Las Vegas. We’ll also talk about a few major projects coming to Las Vegas soon. Let’s get started!

Hooters Casino Hotel Sells for $135 Million

The Hooters Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas opened in 1973. At that time, the hotel was named the Howard Johnson Hotel. Until this week, it was owned by Trinity Hotel Investors and operated by Paragon Gaming. It’s located across the street from the MGM Grand at one of the most valuable areas of the Las Vegas Strip.

This hotel had undergone a series of major renovations over the years. It was renamed the Hooters Casino Hotel in 2006 and expanded the casino’s number of gambling options. Despite the casino’s fantastic location, it’s struggled to generate as much revenue as other major Las Vegas gaming venues.

Owners of this hotel-casino have discussed plans to sell the establishment for years. This week, these plans came to fruition. Oyo Hotels & Homes confirmed that they have officially purchased Hooters Hotel in Las Vegas. This company has been planning to invest in Las Vegas for years.

Oyo purchased the casino-hotel for $135 million. It’s the first establishment in Vegas that the company has bought. What does this mean for the future of this popular hotel?

Hooters Hotel Renamed Oyo Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Officials at Oyo confirmed the news to the media this week. The company’s American partner, Highgate, helped to finalize the deal. The purchase comes just months after Oyo announced its plan to move into the US market.

Back in June, Oyo told the media that it plans to invest $300 million into the United States. Some analysts remained skeptical about whether or not this company could thrive in the US market. The company’s CEO feels that now is the perfect time to break into the Las Vegas property market.

“With our newest hotel in Las Vegas, we are excited to cater to a completely different audience segment and are certain that this will be the perfect start to OYO’s journey in Las Vegas,” CEO Ritesh Agarwal said. 

The company will soon begin the renovation and rebranding process of the Hooters Casino Hotel. It’s expected to be completed by the end of this year. Not very much will actually change here. The casino-hotel will continue to offer casino gambling options at its 35,000 square-foot casino floor.

Several Major Projects Coming to Las Vegas

There are a huge number of amazing projects coming to Las Vegas over the next few months. One of the biggest is the MSG Sphere, opening up some time in the next few years. It’s expected to be one of the largest and most impressive entertainment venues in Las Vegas.

The opening of Resorts World is also highly anticipated. This massive casino-resort is expected to open to the public in 2020. The 59-story hotel will offer 110,000 square feet of gaming space, one of the largest casinos in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas revenue increased for the first time in June. It’s great news to see this major gambling venue finally see its gambling earnings grow. Hopefully, this trend continues over the next few months.

The Hooters Casino Hotel has officially been sold. Make sure to stay tuned for more news on this hotel and others in Las Vegas over the next few months!

Las Vegas Sands No Longer Interested in Osaka Casino

Most of the top US casino companies are pushing hard to open a casino-resort in Japan. For months, many of these companies have expressed interest in launching a casino in Osaka. In an unexpected turn of events, Las Vegas Sands has announced that it’s no longer interested in this city.

Osaka Japan Street View

Japan is expected to be one of the most lucrative new casino markets in the world. Now is a great time to look at why so many companies are working to operate here. We’ll also talk about the Sands’ decision to stay out of Osaka.

Japan Expected to be the World’s Next Major Casino Market

Historically speaking, Japan has been fiercely against the gambling industry. For decades, the only real form of wagering allowed here was Mahjong. Traditional casino-style gaming was strictly prohibited.

This includes online gambling, as well. Japanese lawmakers have cracked down on the internet gambling industry. The government blocks all foreign gambling sites from operating in the country. Anyone caught gambling over the internet here faces heavy fines and potential jail time.

Fortunately, the government is changing its stance on land-based casino gambling. In July of 2018, lawmakers in this country approved a bill to allow three “integrated resorts” to open. The casinos here must include a wide range of non-gambling amenities for guests. Before any casinos can open, cities in Japan must bid for the right to host one.

Several cities have already expressed interest in having a casino. Tokyo, Yokohama, and Osaka are three of the top choices right now. Interestingly, Las Vegas Sands is claiming that it’s no longer interested in launching a casino in Osaka.

Las Vegas Sands is Staying Away From Osaka

Osaka has been at the top of many gaming operators lists when it comes to potential casino sites. Officials here have announced that they will officially bid for casino hosting rights. Many companies, including MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts, have expressed interest in launching a new integrated resort here.

Las Vegas Sands is now choosing to avoid this city. Instead, the company will focus on other cities including Yokohama and Tokyo. It’s an interesting development, as the Sands was one of the first companies that pushed for a launch in Osaka.

CEO Sheldon Adelson gave a quick statement to the media about the switch. According to the Las Vegas Sands official, other cities offer more lucrative opportunities for the company.

Adelson claims that his company wants to “target new development opportunities that allow us to maintain our industry-leading returns on invested capital — and we think an investment in Tokyo or Yokohama gives us the best opportunity to do exactly that.”

Las Vegas Sands has engaged in talks with Osaka politicians for years. It’s a major surprise to see this company deciding to change its tune. Is Yokohama the main target now?

Yokohama Announced Bid to Host Japanese Casino

Yokohama is the second-most populous city in Japan. For months, politicians in this city maintained that they were not interested in opening a casino. Many residents here feared that opening a casino would increase crime and gambling addiction.

City officials are now backtracking. This week, Mayor Fukimo Hayashi announced that the city is officially asking for the government’s permission to open a casino.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that in order to achieve growth and development, we need [an] IR,” she said. 

Las Vegas Sands isn’t the only company now pushing to open a casino in Yokohama. MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts are now looking at this city as a potential casino location, as well.

As we mentioned earlier, only three casino licenses will be handed out here. Revenue from the casino industry is expected to total $20 billion a year. Some now believe that in time, Japan could overtake Macau as Asia’s top gambling destination.

There’s a lot going on here. The first Japanese casino isn’t expected to open until 2025. Make sure to stay tuned for more news on Japan’s gambling industry over the next few months!

Synergy Blue Announces Relocation to Las Vegas

One of the top arcade-style casino game creation companies in the US is officially changing its headquarters. Officials at Synergy Blue have confirmed that the company has moved into Las Vegas. Hope is that the games that this company creates gain popularity inside the city’s top casinos.

Famous Las Vegas Sign

The move to Las Vegas makes total sense. Las Vegas remains the country’s biggest and most profitable gambling hub. Let’s look at what this company creates, and why it’s making the move to Vegas this year.

About Synergy Blue

The US online casino industry is booming right now. Several states have outright legalized internet casino gambling and several more have legislation pending to allow this form of gambling. As a result, several companies have been established to create virtual slot games.

Synergy Blue is one of the leading skill-based virtual casino game operators. This company has created several popular casino games over the past few years that are beginning to generate serious buzz in the gambling community. Much of this is due to the HAWG system that the company has created.

The HAWG (Hybrid, Arcade, Wager-based Gaming) system blends chance and skill-based games into a fun arcade-style game. The simple mechanics of these games appeal to both old and new casino gamblers. They are also legal throughout most of the country.

Unsurprisingly, this company has established a serious presence in Las Vegas, Nevada. Officials at the company have confirmed that they’re moving from their previous headquarters in Palm Desert, California to Las Vegas.

Why Relocate to Las Vegas?

Las Vegas is the largest and most profitable gambling industry in the United States. Surprisingly, land-based casino lobbyists have stopped the state from making internet casino gambling legal. Despite this, many online casino companies have established headquarters here to better connect with members of the gaming industry.

Back in March, The Nevada Gaming Commission granted Synergy Blue a manufacturing and distribution license. This, along with the ability to better connect with partners, has led the company to officially relocate to Las Vegas. Spokesman Max Broburg recently commented on the move to the media.

“Over the past year, we’d been spending more and more time in Las Vegas, so it made sense to relocate,” he said. “This move will allow us to be closer to clients, partners and the talent pool we need to support company growth.”

A move to Las Vegas is expected to be huge for this company. The casino industry continues to evolve and more land-based casinos in Vegas are beginning to embrace arcade-style slot games.

Las Vegas Remains the Country’s Top Casino Hub

It’s been a strange year for Las Vegas casinos. Revenue earnings have fluctuated here throughout most of the year, yet earnings appear to be up heading into 2019’s fourth quarter. Even with the revenue fluctuations, this city’s casinos continue to bring in more money than those located anywhere else.

Georg Washington, CEO of Synergy Energy, believes that the move into Las Vegas is necessary for the company to expand.

“As the industry evolves, and skill-influenced games continue to gain traction, we found it necessary to be closer to our clients and the industry,” Washington said. Our move to Vegas is another way of showing our dedication to establishing best practices and securing mutually beneficial relationships with both the casinos and their future patrons.”

Employees are now working inside of a temporary office in Las Vegas. Officials claim that the permanent office, located near Sunset Road and South Durango Drive, will open in mid-September. The company will continue to hire locally over the next six to twelve months.

Hope is that the company’s games make a big splash in major Las Vegas casinos. We’ll need to wait and see how much the relocation to Las Vegas helps the company grow over the next few years. Make sure to stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Online Sportsbooks in Nevada May Be in For a Change

Nevada is considered to be the top sports betting destination in the United States. Almost all of the state’s casinos offer sports betting platforms, some of which are online. This week, gaming analysts began calling for online sportsbooks in Nevada to change their registration process.

Nevada Sign On Highway

With growing competition all over the country, Nevada is looking for any way to increase their gambling revenue. Changing the way people sign up to the state’s internet sportsbooks might just work. Let’s look at what’s being discussed.

Nevada’s Online Sports Betting Industry Continues to Grow

For decades, Nevada was the only US state that was legally allowed to offer sports betting. This changed in May of 2018 when the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Today, every state can set its own laws on the sports gambling industry.

Several states including New Jersey and Pennsylvania now have successful sports betting markets. Despite this, Nevada’s revenue from sports gambling continues to grow. During the first four months of 2019, sports betting revenue in this state reached $104.62, up 22% from the same time period last year.

A month-by-month revenue breakdown looks like this.

  • January: $14,626,000 (-41.7%)
  • February: $35,816,000 (+235.1%)
  • March: $32,523,000 (-4.7%)
  • April: $21,656,000 (+32.6%)

It’s clear that even with the rise of sports betting around the country, Nevada continues to generate money from this industry. Interestingly, some of the top gambling analysts are now calling for online sportsbooks in Nevada to change.

Registration Process for Online Sportsbooks in Nevada Should Change

As we’ve already mentioned, many states now allow sports betting. Several of these states have also legalized online and mobile sports betting. Nevada is one of these states, yet the registration process for these websites is not quite as simple as it is in other parts of the country.

Nevada made online sports betting legal in 2010. Here, individuals looking to make sports wagers online need to register at a land-based casino. It’s significantly more difficult than in states like New Jersey, where gamblers simply verify their identity and enter their credit card details.

There are many that feel online sportsbooks in Nevada are at risk of failing if the state doesn’t change the way that players register. This is especially true as more states begin to legalize and regulate internet sports betting.

A 2017 report from Eilers & Krejcik claims that 71% of individuals in the US would rather gamble through unregulated gambling sites based in other countries than visit a local casino to place sports wagers. Gambling analyst Chris Grove believes it’s time for Nevada to change its current laws on the online sports betting industry.

“Las Vegas needs to be able to offer a sports betting product that is equal to, if not better, than what they can do at home,” he said. “If the remote regulation stays in place, Las Vegas will have a materially worse sports betting experience than most of the rest of the U.S. If that’s the case, it’s going to be difficult for Las Vegas to capture all of the upside from sports betting being legalized across the rest of the U.S.”

NV Gaming Control Board Doesn’t Seem Concerned

Based on what’s being said, it doesn’t look as if the Nevada Gaming Control Board is overly concerned with most people’s opinion about the state’s online sports betting system. Last year, lawmakers in this state briefly talked about changing the way registrations work for online sportsbooks in Nevada, yet nothing came from it.

Sandra Morgan, chairwoman of the NV Gaming Control Board, commented on the internet sports betting industry to the media this week.

“I do think we have a great and stable statutory and regulatory scheme, but there’s always room for improvement, and to be able to modernize regulations that have been in place for a very long time is definitely going to be a focus of mine,” she said.

Analysts believe that the current set of laws are in place to drive people into land-based casinos in Las Vegas. This city relies on casino gambling to generate revenue. Forcing individuals to register in these casinos in order to play at online sportsbooks in Nevada is one of the easiest ways to accomplish this.

Perhaps in the next few years, lawmakers in the state will realize that the system needs to change. Make sure to stay tuned for updates to Nevada’s online sports betting laws over the next few months!

Hard Rock Las Vegas is Closing For Eight Months

Heads up to everyone visiting Las Vegas in 2020! The Hard Rock Las Vegas is officially set to close for eight months as it’s rebranded into a Virgin hotel. Richard Bosworth, CEO of the Hard Rock/Virgin Hotels partnership, confirmed the news on social media. Hard Rock Guitar Logo

It’s both disappointing and exciting news for this venue. As of now, the plan is for the new Virgin hotel in Las Vegas to open by January of 2021. Let’s look at what’s happening here.

Virgin Hotels Acquires the Hard Rock Las Vegas

Hard Rock International currently owns and operates 25 hotels and 12 casinos around the world. It’s run by the Seminole Tribe of Florida with headquarters based in Florida, where a brand new Hard Rock casino is set to open.

One of this company’s most notable hotel-casinos is located just off the Las Vegas Strip.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas opened in 1995. It features 30,000 square feet of gaming space, several popular nightclubs, and six different restaurants. Not many gaming analysts predicted that this casino would go for sale anytime soon.

Interestingly, Virgin Hotels and several investment groups announced that they had acquired the Hard Rock Las Vegas in December of 2018. It’s the first time that Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, is breaking into the gambling industry. Branson and the investors announced that $200 million would be spent to “reimagine” this popular hotel.

The initial plan was for the Las Vegas hotel to close for four months while renovations and rebranding took place. Now, that timetable is being pushed back. The Las Vegas Review-Journal has confirmed that the Hard Rock in Las Vegas will close for eight months.

Hard Rock is Officially Closing for Most of 2020

As we just mentioned, there was talk that the Hard Rock would close its doors for four months while the 8-month rebranding process took place. Late last week, Richard Bosworth announced that the hotel is now being closed for eight months. Bosworth made an official statement on social media about the change.

“We determined that a phased closing of four months, followed by a total closure of four months was not efficient from a construction process nor could we provide a hospitality service experience our guests deserve,” he said. “Therefore an approximate eight-month closure would be most efficient and ensure a timely opening prior to January 2021.”

Construction on this hotel-casino may be completed by October of 2020. To play it safe, Virgin Hotels is claiming that a January 2021 reopening will take place. We’ll get a more clear picture of the opening date over the next few months.

Fortunately, shows scheduled to take place here this year will go on as planned. Several major artists are scheduled to appear at this hotel including Mary J. Blige (August 24th), Brian Wilson and the Zombies (August 31st), and Stone Temple Pilots (October 6th).

Hard Rock Employees Urged to Work for Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas

Many workers at Hard Rock Las Vegas immediately began voicing their concerns over the Virgin acquisition. Generally speaking, when a hotel-casino is taken over by a new company, there are lay-offs. Virgin Hotels was quick to assure Hard Rock employees in Las Vegas that their jobs are secure.

The hotel’s 1650 workers are the target of Virgin Hotel’s “Stick Around And Come Back” program. Employees still working for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas when it closes to the public next year will be paid a retention bonus in a lump sum.

Richard Bosworth is making it clear that his company wants to see these workers return. He claims that these employees will not be required to interview for the jobs they held before the hotel closed.

“Those employees will all be recalled,” he said. “The ownership group is paying for them to return, and we want them to return.”

Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the situation over the next few months!

Palms Casino Resort Unveils Major Art Showcase

In May of 2016, Station Casinos purchased the Palms Casino Resort for $313 million. Almost immediately, this company began investing into renovations of the popular Las Vegas gambling establishment. These renovations are now nearly complete and several incredible pieces of artwork can now be found throughout the hotel.

Artist Painting

Today, we’re looking at some of the pieces of art on display at the Palms. We’ll also look at some of the recent issues this casino and its owners have faced this year. There’s a lot of information to unpack!

Art Showcase Now on Display at Palms Casino Resort

Over the past three years, Station Casinos has invested more than $690 million into renovations of the Palms. Portions of the renovated hotel began opening in 2018. The full renovation is slated to finish within the next few months.

Part of this renovation was adding art pieces throughout the hotel. Jon Gray, general manager of the Palms Casino & Hotel, gave a statement to the media about the addition of world-renowned art pieces here.

“Guests are brought on a visual journey from the minute they walk in the door and will find special touches at every corner, from our gaming felts down to the mini-bar,” he said. “We have curated a collection that is bold, relevant to today’s traveler and most of all a truly interactive experience.”

Below are just a few of the incredible pieces of artwork now being showcased here.

Palms – By Adam Parker Smith 

Brooklyn-based artist Adam Parker Smith has taken his unique balloon-style art to the Palms Casino Resort. He’s created a “Palms” sculpture directly at the hotel’s porte-cochere. Guests will be greeted with this incredible piece over a beautiful living greenery wall.

Pearl Theater – Felipe Pantone

One of the Palm’s most popular bars is getting a major upgrade thanks to Argentinian-Spanish artist Felipe Pantone. He’s created an incredible 80s-themed piece of artwork over the Pearl Theater for all visitors to enjoy. It’s a vintage piece that’s truly one of a kind.

Lamborghini ‘Twin Turbo’ Countach – Benedict Radcliffe

Perhaps the most impressive new piece of artwork at the Palms is the Lamborghini ‘Twin Turbo’ Countach by Benedict Radcliffe. This artist is known around the world for creating incredible pieces of art out of just wire. He’s built a Lamborghini sculpture in his signature style that’s located directly in the hotel’s valet.

These are just a few of the amazing pieces of art now being displayed at this casino-resort. For a full list of the artwork here, check out this piece by the LA Weekly.

Las Vegas Culinary Union Continues to Fight With Palms Resort

It hasn’t been a great year for Station Casinos. As we mentioned earlier, this company purchased the Palms in 2016. In April of 2018, 84% of workers at this casino voted to unionize.

Station Casinos has been largely anti-union over the years. As you’d probably expect, they’ve refused to negotiate the worker’s right to unionize, causing some issues with Las Vegas-based unions. As a result, the LV Culinary Union has ramped up its fight against both the Palms and Station Casinos.

Not long ago, workers decided to picket outside the Palms Casino. Hundreds of workers have taken part in these protests, demanding that negotiations finally take place.

Even some of the most prominent politicians in the country are getting involved. Just last week, Bernie Sanders called on Station Casinos to give in to the workers’ demands. It’s a complicated issue that’s likely to drag on for weeks.

For now, the Palms is doing business as usual. The hotel’s renovations are nearly complete and some of the best pieces of art are now on display here. If you’re in the Las Vegas area, feel free to check them out!

Atlantic City’s July Revenue is Up Nearly 8%

It’s been a year since two new casinos opened up in Atlantic City. Gambling earnings continue to soar here. This week, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement revealed that Atlantic City’s July revenue rose by almost 8%.

Hundred Dollar Bills

It’s fantastic news for casinos in this city. Today, we’re looking at how gambling revenue rose last month. We’ll also talk about which casinos earned the most money. Let’s get started!

Reports Show that Atlantic City’s July Revenue Surges

As we’ve already mentioned, gambling revenue in Atlantic City has steadily increased during each month of 2019. This small city has quickly become one of the top gambling hubs in the United States. Part of the reason for this is the legalization of sports betting.

In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA, giving New Jersey the ability to make sports gambling legal. Lawmakers in the state quickly opened up the sports betting industry, giving new life to the casinos in Atlantic City. Today, each casino here offers sports betting odds for all major sporting events.

It’s clear that more people are choosing to gamble in Atlantic City. Gambling revenue has risen significantly in June. New reports indicate that casinos here earned $323 million, representing an increase of 7.8% from the same month in 2018.

As you might expect, some casinos here are earning more than others. Let’s look at which gambling venues here earned the most money in July.

Borgata Casino Brings in Most Revenue in July

The Borgata is the most popular hotel-casino in New Jersey. For most of 2019, this gambling venue has out-performed all others in Atlantic City. The reports from New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement show that the Borgata contributed the most to Atlantic City’s July revenue.

This casino managed to bring in $88 million in July. This includes revenue from both casino gambling and sports betting. It’s a massive 15% increase in earnings from July of 2018. Marcus Glover, President and CEO of the Borgata, gave a statement on the huge revenue earnings to the media.

“Playing lucky in table games, complemented by healthy July volumes, led to Borgata enjoying an all-time record in total gaming revenue,” he said.

The Ocean Casino Resort has struggled to generate revenue over the past two years. Fortunately, this gambling establishment managed to bring in $20.1 million in July, an 18% increase from the same month in July. Like the Borgata, Ocean Casino had its best-ever month in July.

Atlantic City Benefits From Regulated Online Gambling Market

New Jersey is one of the few states that regulated online gambling. For years, both online sports betting and casino gambling have been legal and regulated online. As a result, the state is earning millions in additional revenue.

In total, Atlantic City online gambling operators earned $5,907,523 last month. This money also helped to boost Atlantic City’s July revenue by 8%. Much like the land-based casinos, some of these gambling operators are earning more money than others.

The Golden Nugget casino managed to bring in the most money through its online gambling platform last month. It brought in $14,895,411 through its partnership with Betfair. After taxes, the online gambling site made $2,235,257.

There are many unregulated online gambling sites in New Jersey, as well. These websites do not pay taxes to the government and don’t contribute to the state’s gambling revenue earnings.

It’s great to see Atlantic City’s July revenue increase. This city is quickly becoming one of the most popular gambling destinations in the world. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on Atlantic City casino earnings over the next several months!

Las Vegas Helps to Boost Wynn Resorts Revenue

Wynn Resorts has had a busy year. This major casino operator opened the Encore Boston Harbor in June and continues to invest in Macau. Interestingly, Wynn Resorts revenue was boosted the most by Las Vegas last quarter, despite the city’s fluctuating casino earnings. Wynn Resorts Company Logo

Today, we’re going to look at Wynn’s revenue figures for 2019’s second quarter. We’ll also look at which markets brought in the most money for this company. Let’s get into it!

Wynn Resorts Sees Revenue Increase Over the Past Four Months

It’s been an interesting year for Wynn Resorts. This Las Vegas-based company has continued to invest in major new properties, including the brand new Encore Boston Harbor. This major casino-resort opened in late June and is now one of the top gambling venues on the East Coast.

Encore Boston Harbor’s location was a concern to some. It’s located in Everett, Massachusetts, just north of Boston. Historically speaking, Everett hasn’t been thought of as a major tourist destination.

Fortunately, this casino is exceeding all expectations. It managed to generate $18.8 million in its first eight days of operating and is projected to bring in $1 billion in annual revenue. Based on this casino’s success, this is a realistic goal.

Despite the immediate success, Encore Boston Harbor remains a major expense for Wynn Resorts. It cost $2.6 billion to construct, yet most analysts predict it’s the company’s best opportunity for major growth.

Overall, Wynn Resorts revenue rose by 3.3% to $1.66 billion. This week, reports have surfaced that indicate Las Vegas helped to boost Wynn Resorts’ earnings the most last quarter.

Las Vegas Helps to Boost Wynn Resorts Revenue in 2019’s Q2

As we just mentioned, the Encore Boston Harbor is already bringing in a significant amount of money for Wynn Resorts. Las Vegas, however, remains the company’s most profitable destination. Wynn Resorts revenue from Las Vegas jumped by 5.1% last quarter to $464.1 million.

With EBITDA, the company’s revenue was $137.4 million, which represents a 10.7% increase from the same time period last year. Gambling revenue from table games rose by 9.2% and slot revenue jumped by 4.3%. Even non-gaming revenue jumped last quarter.

Wynn Resorts non-gambling earnings rose by 1.3% to $344.4 million. Hotel room revenue jumped by 7.9% and overall occupancy rose by a staggering 90.1%. It’s clear that Las Vegas remains the top gambling and hotel hub for Wynn Resorts.

Not everyone predicted that Vegas would be so successful. Gambling revenue has dropped here throughout most of the year. Things changed in June, where revenue spiked and appears to have stayed up through July.

It makes sense for Wynn Resorts to profit off its Las Vegas operations. Recently, this company’s two main hotel-casinos here were ranked the best in the country. Hope is that this city continues to bring in money for this company while the Encore Boston Harbor begins to gain steam.

Wynn Resorts Macau Properties Hold Steady

Much like Las Vegas, Macau has been having a rough year. This city has experienced revenue drops for most of the year due to trade disputes with the US and China. The Chinese economy is slowing down, and as a result, many VIP gamblers that Macau relies on are now choosing not to gamble.

More recently, the protests in Hong Kong have hurt Macau’s gambling revenue. Many people are avoiding this area with overall tourism numbers in Macau dropping significantly. Amazingly, Wynn Resorts is still profiting off this market. At Wynn Palace, revenue jumped by 1.3% last quarter.

At Wynn Macau, revenue rose by a modest 0.6%. Property EBITDA rose by 1.7% here to $175.9 million. It’s not a huge boost, yet considering the state of Macau right now, company officials have to be pleased.

Las Vegas is the main reason why Wynn Resorts revenue jumped last quarter. It wasn’t the company’s best quarter by any means, yet with issues in Macau, it’s been steady. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on Las Vegas and Macau gambling news over the next few months!

Study on the Chicago Casino Locations Being Released This Week

In late June, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed a new $45 billion capital plan that allows for six new casinos to open in the state. This includes a new casino in Chicago. Today, a study on the Chicago casino locations is being released.

Chicago City Skyline

There are several possible locations for a brand new casino in the Windy City. Today, we’re looking at where this casino may end up. We’re also going to look at some other major gambling developments happening here. Let’s get into it!

Illinois’ Capital Plan Allows for Five New Casinos

Lawmakers in Illinois have been looking for new ways to generate revenue for the state. With gambling growing more popular around the country, politicians here decided it was time to get in on the profits. Governor Pritzker officially signed a new $45 billion capital plan that allows for six new casinos to open up.

Most of these casinos will be located in rural areas. The cities of Waukegan, Rockford, Danville, Williamson County, and an unnamed city in Cook County have all voted to open a gambling establishment. In Cook County, a “racino” will be opened, as opposed to a traditional land-based casino.

It’s exciting news for gambling fans around the state. Illinois is known for having a passionate gambling fan base. Hope is that the new gambling venues here will generate much-needed revenue each month.

The proposed casino in Chicago is getting the most attention. It’s the first time that a legal casino will operate in the city limits. Now, lawmakers are working to decide where this new casino should open.

Study on the New Chicago Casino Locations is Being Revealed

Today, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is introducing a new $120,000 feasibility study that evaluates five areas around Chicago for the new casino. Lightfoot claims that the study will allow lawmakers to decide whether or not these locations can hold a new gambling venue. Here are the locations currently being discussed.

  • The Old Michael Reese Hospital site in Bronzeville, south of McCormick Place.
  • A vacant parcel in Lawndale at Kostner Avenue and Roosevelt Road on the west side.
  • Next to Harborside International Golf Center in the Chicago port district on the far southeast side.
  • South Works – an old U.S. steel site in the far south side of the city.
  • A parcel of land at Pershing and State – four blocks south of Guaranteed Rate Field on the south side.

There are already many complaining about the proposed sites. Pat Dowell, a resident of Bronzeville, feels that the area is not made to hold a major gambling venue.

“A casino … is simply not appropriate for this site,” he said. “A Bronzeville casino would destroy the neighborhood’s character without maximizing the benefit to Chicago.”

Dr. Michael Wenz, an economics professor at Northeastern Illinois University, gave his take on the perfect Chicago casino locations.

“You want to be in a place where you’ll have a high demand for gambling services, and being close to downtown Chicago is a way to address that,” he said. “So I’d be in a place where you can draw the gamblers from downtown, especially tourists, but draw the economic development and employment opportunities from the areas you want to draw the workers from.”

Illinois Set to Legalize Sports Betting

Back in May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA, opening the doors for each state to set its own laws on sports gambling. Today, 10 states have now legalized sports betting and many more have pending legislation to open the industry. Illinois is just about ready to open up sports gambling, as well.

In June, the Illinois Legislature passed a bill to allow both land-based and online sports betting. This bill also allows for placing sports bets in major sports venues including Wrigley Stadium. Placing bets on minor league sports will remain illegal.

There are also many calling for the state to begin regulating online casino gambling. There are currently many great online casinos in Illinois. Unfortunately, the state does not regulate these websites.

Five Chicago casino locations have been revealed. Now, we’ll need to wait and see how lawmakers evaluate these sites. Stay tuned for updates on where this casino will end up over the next few weeks!

Restaurants Hurting from Encore Boston Harbor Hiring Spree

The Wynn-owned Encore Boston Harbor opened its doors to the public in late June. It’s quickly grown to become one of the most popular gambling venues on the East Coast. Interestingly, the massive hiring spree that his casino is on is hurting Boston’s local restaurant scene. Encore Boston Harbor Hotel-Casino

Finding staff to work in restaurants in this city has been difficult for years. With thousands of workers now being hired to the casino, this is more difficult than ever before. Let’s look at how the success of this casino is affecting the local community.

Encore Boston Harbor Proves Successful

Gambling fans have been calling for a casino in Boston for years. Finally, Wynn Resorts decided it was time to act. The company began construction on the Encore Boston Harbor casino-resort in August of 2016 and opened it to the public in June of this year.

There was some concern about the casino’s location. Wynn built the Encore Boston in Everett, an area known for its industrial businesses. It’s not a place typically thought of as a major tourist destination. Of course, this casino is located just five miles from Logan International Airport, making it an easy stop for tourists.

Fears of the casino opening in Everett have proven to be unwarranted. This casino has managed to attract a huge number of gamblers and is now one of the top gaming venues on the East Coast. In its first eight days of operating, Encore Boston Harbor managed to bring in $16.79 million.

To put that into perspective, the Encore in Boston managed to earn more money in eight days than MGM Springfield, the state’s first casino, earned over an entire month. Now, some restaurant owners in the Boston area are complaining that the casino is taking in too many employees.

Boston Restaurants Hurting From Encore’s Hiring Spree

This major casino-resort employs more than 5,000 workers. For an already tight restaurant labor market, this has led to sparse pickings for local businesses. Many locals now fear that small restaurants in the area will be forced to close their doors. The Boston Herald listened to many individuals give their take on how the casino is affecting them.

Bob Luz, Massachusetts Restaurant Association chief, commented on many people’s fear that local businesses will have to close shop.

“That’s one of the fears that we have,” he said. “You reach a breaking point because you can’t just keep passing it onto the consumer.”

Encore Boston Harbor feels that their casino is benefiting the community. Spokesperson Rosie Salisbury gave an official company statement to the media this week.

“We received 135,000 applications for positions within the resort and are pleased with the caliber of candidates that we have been able to attract,” she said. 

The Encore currently employs 5,200 individuals. Rosie Salisbury claims the casino is now looking for an additional 200 workers to help with day to day operations.

Changes Coming to Massachusetts Gambling Laws

Regardless of how it’s affecting the local restaurant scene, it’s great to see the Encore Boston Harbor generate so much revenue. Lawmakers in this state are now taking a close look at how to capitalize on the gambling industry. Based on numerous reports, it looks like sports betting may be legalized here in the near future.

In February of 2018, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission released a 31-page paper that provides an outline to legalize sports gambling. In January of this year, several politicians in the state introduced bills to have this popular form of gambling legal. Many are also calling for this state to begin regulating online gambling

Fortunately, there are already a huge number of great gambling sites available in Massachusetts. Most of the top sites offer both casino and sports betting options. These sites are not regulated by the government, yet offer players safe payment options and a wide range of gambling odds.

Encore Boston Harbor isn’t going anywhere. It’s already the most successful gambling venue in Massachusetts with millions of dollars coming in each week. We’ll need to wait and see how exactly this major casino affects local restaurants businesses. Stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks!

Las Vegas Sands is Being Sued by Macau Former Business Partner

One of the world’s biggest gambling companies is facing a major lawsuit from a former business partner. According to multiple reports, Las Vegas Sands is being sued by Marshall Hao, and his company Asian American Entertainment Corp (AAEC). It’s disappointing news for the Sands, which has invested billions in operations in Macau. Venetian Macao Hotel-Casino

Today, we’re going to look at why Las Vegas Sands is facing this lawsuit. We’re also going to look at some of this company’s recent expansion plans in Macau. Let’s get started!

Las Vegas Sands is Being Sued for $12 Billion

This company is known as one of the most successful casino operators in the world. Las Vegas Sands owns many gaming properties around the world, including several in Macau including the Plaza Macao, Sands Macao, and the Venetian Macao. According to Marshall Hao, profits earned through the Venetian Macao are not being paid to him.

Hao claims that he came up with the idea for this hotel-casino. Hao is also claiming that he’s owed 70% of the profits earned through Las Vegas Sands’ operations in Macau dating back to 2001. Now, his company is suing LVS for an astounding $12 billion.

Back in 2001, the AAEC and Las Vegas Sands filed a joint casino application in Macau. Marshall Hao is alleging that he helped Las Vegas Sands break into the Macau market. According to the lawsuit, he’s also the main reason why Las Vegas Sands is the world’s largest casino company.

This isn’t the first time that the Taiwanese businessman has tried to sue Las Vegas Sands. In 2007, he filed a lawsuit against the company, yet it was dismissed just three years later. Now, Hao is raising the stakes with a massive $12 billion lawsuit.

Sands China, a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands that runs the company’s Macau operations, commented on the recent lawsuit, stating that it is “unable to determine the probability of the outcome of this matter or the range of reasonably possible loss, if any.” Sands China also claims that it’s ready to “defend this matter vigorously.”

Las Vegas Sands Continues to Invest In Macau

As we’ve already mentioned, Las Vegas Sands owns and operates several casinos in Macau. This city is thought of as the world’s top gambling hub and LVS continues to invest in expansion plans here. This company is investing more than $2 billion in Macau over the next two years.

LVS is working to expand and improve several of its properties here. Most of the $2 billion is going to rebrand the Sands Cotai Central complex to the Londoner, a UK-themed casino-resort. $1.35 billion is going towards this massive project.

Another $400 million is being used to construct the St. Regis Tower Suites Macau. More than $450 million is going towards the construction of the Four Seasons Tower Suites Macau. Both of these new properties are expected to be completed by 2020’s first quarter.

It’s unclear if this lawsuit will affect this company’s plans in Macau. Las Vegas Sands has been sued several times in the past, including earlier this year with a lawsuit from Richard Suen. LVS and Suen settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of money.

Macau’s Revenue Continues to Fluctuate

We’ve covered Macau’s revenue several times over the past few months. This small territory has experienced a massive revenue dip in 2019 due to trade disputes between the US and China and increased competition in nearby countries. In June, I briefly discussed the risk that Las Vegas Sands is taking by investing so much money here.

There were some analysts that believed Macau lawmakers would choose not to renew gambling licensed for US-based companies. The US is blamed for a major decrease in VIP gamblers visiting Macau. Pansy Ho, one of the most influential figures in Macau, now claims that US companies operating in Macau will have their licenses renewed in 2022.

Gambling revenue continues to fluctuate here. For most of the year, casinos in Macau have seen their earnings drop. In June, revenue here rose slightly, yet it’s unclear whether or not this trend will continue for the rest of 2019.

It’s clear that companies are taking risks by investing here. Las Vegas Sands is being sued now, and if even a portion of the $12 billion lawsuit is paid, it will be a major blow to this casino operator. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this situation over the next few months!

TA Realty Buys Buildings Outside New Raiders Stadium

In March of 2017, the National Football League officially approved a plan for the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas. It was one of the biggest news coming out of the NFL in the past decade. This week, it’s being reported that TA Realty has purchased six buildings outside of the New Raiders Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Raiders Team Logo

Many companies are looking to capitalize on this historic move. Now is the perfect time to look at how this team’s move was approved. We’re also going to talk about some options to wager on the upcoming season!

Oakland Raiders’ Long Road to Las Vegas

The Oakland Raiders have a unique and storied history. They became a professional football team in 1960. The team played its first games in Kezar Stadium before a quick move to Candlestick Park. After two years, the team began playing at Frank Youell Stadium, their first home in Oakland.

In 1970, the Raiders officially began playing in the NFL. Interestingly, stadium contract disputes led this team to play in Los Angeles from 1982 to 1994. The Raiders moved back to Oakland in 1995 where they’ve remained since.

Now, the legendary football team is preparing to move to Las Vegas. This city has begun investing into its sports industry for years, notably creating the Las Vegas Golden Knights in 2016. On March 27th, NFL team owners voted 31-1 to allow the Oakland Raiders to move into Las Vegas.

The Raiders are the first major football team to play in Las Vegas. For the past couple of years, the new Raiders stadium, called Allegiant Stadium, has been under construction. Now, a major Boston-based firm looking to profit off the sports venue.

TA Realty Purchases Six Properties Near New Raiders Stadium

Construction on this stadium began in September of 2017. It will hold up to 65,000 people with a domed roof. Mark Davis, owner of the Raiders, states that construction will be completed by July 31st of 2020.

TA Realty, a major real estate firm based in Boston, Massachusetts has announced that it’s purchased six buildings near Allegiant Stadium. Property records show the buildings were bought for $51.1 million. Interestingly, TA Realty claims the buildings are not being used for Raiders-related development plans.

Instead, the buildings will be used as industrial properties with rent-paying tenants. Officials at the Boston firm claim area has “very favorable rent growth” based on its close proximity to the Raiders stadium. As you might expect, this isn’t the only recent property purchase in this location.

Shortly after the Raiders purchased land for Allegiant Stadium, two entire parcels were purchased across the street. Real estate companies have been working hard to purchase additional properties near the new Raiders stadium.

Many analysts feel that more nearby buildings here will go on sale as the construction nears completion. This stadium will bring in thousands of visitors a week, making it one of the hottest new real estate areas of Las Vegas.

Where to Bet on the 2019 NFL Season Online

Las Vegas is known as the gambling hotbed of the United States. Almost all major casinos here operate sportsbooks with odds on the NFL. Fortunately, football fans around the entire country can now place their bets on the upcoming NFL season.

Sites such as Bovada offer US sports fans great odds for every single game. This site is already offering a huge range of incredible wagers for the next season, beginning on September 5th. One of the most popular wagers is on which team will win next year’s Super Bowl.

Unsurprisingly, the New England Patriots at the betting favorites with current odds of +700. The Patriots are one of the most successful teams in NFL history, thanks largely to Tom Brady’s success as a quarterback. The Kansas City Chiefs are ranked as the second-highest betting favorite with current odds to win the Super Bowl at +800.

The Oakland Raiders at massive underdogs this season with odds of just +6000. Perhaps with this being their last season before moving to the new Raiders stadium, the team will pull off a miracle. Check out our Bovada review today to learn more about the amazing casino gambling options available here!

The Palms-Culinary Union Battle Continues

For the past several weeks, the Las Vegas Culinary Union has protested against the Palms Casino-Resort over refusal to allow workers to unionize. It’s become a major issue for the casino, which has been dealing with numerous pickets. Now is the perfect time to look deeper into the Palms-Culinary Union fight.Palms Casino Resort In Las Vegas

There’s obviously a lot happening between these two groups. Both are adamant that they are right. Let’s look back at the history of this dispute, and talk about what to expect in the future.

Station Casinos Refuses Workers to Unionize

This issue really lies with Station Casinos. This casino company started in 1976 and has grown to become one of the gambling operators in Nevada. In May of 2016, Station Casinos purchased the Palms Las Vegas Resort for $313 million.

This company has been largely anti-union for years. The owners have repeatedly refused its casino workers to join the infamous Culinary Union. Despite more than 80% of the workers voting to unionize, the company has not changed its stance. Recently, this union group has begun to fight back.

In late June, this union picketed outside the Palms Casino. More than 1,000 employees here protested against Station Casinos’ decision. It didn’t have the desired effect, as officials in the company still refuse any offers to unionize.

The Culinary Union isn’t giving up. This week, the union announced that they were teaming up with the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) to help their cause.

Culinary Union Teams Up with the APALA

Most analysts predicted that this conflict would continue. The Culinary Union has a track record of persistence dating back years. The APALA has confirmed that it will picket outside the Palms Resort alongside workers.

APALA National President Monica Thammarath recently commented on the partnership in an official statement.

“As the nation’s largest labor organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander workers, it is especially meaningful for us to be here in support of the Culinary Union, a diverse union with 15 percent AAPI membership, and Nevada’s largest AAPI organization.” 

Employees at six of Station Casinos gaming venues have now voted to unionize. Most recently, workers at the Fiesta Rancho casino made the decision to unionize despite the strict rules against it.

Hope is that with enough pressure, Station Casinos will be forced to change its stance. Interestingly, some major politicians have begun voicing their opinions on the matter. What can we expect to happen here?

Politicians Voice Their Opinion on the Palms-Culinary Union Battle

This fight is beginning to reach the ears of the country’s top politicians. This week, Vermont Senator and Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders gave his opinion on the matter in a Tweet. Unsurprisingly, Senator Sanders is siding with the workers.

“@Palms workers voted to unionize because they are fighting for better pay, better benefits, job security, and respect and dignity on the job,” Sanders wrote. “It’s time for the Palms’ billionaire, Trump-supporting owners to stop ignoring the law and start negotiating with their workers.” 

Just a day later, Mayor Pete Buttigieg also voiced his support for the workers. It’s clear that the Palms-Culinary Union fight is escalating.

Back in May, the National Labor Relations Board found that the Palms was “failing and refusing to bargain collectively and in good faith,” with the Culinary Union. The NLRB is arguing that Station Casinos is breaking the nation’s labor laws. These groups are currently tied up in court appeals over the decision.

There are still a number of steps needed before any of these parties can win. Station Casinos continues to fight against the unions, while the Culinary Union continues its push to have its workers represented. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on the situation over the next few months!

Florida Casino Robbed of More than $5 Million

Casino thefts are not entirely uncommon. Over the past few decades, there have been numerous attempts to steal money from different gambling venues across the country. This week, eight men have been charged for their involvement in a Florida casino robbed of more than $5 million.

Money And A Gun On Table

This is one of the larger heists in recent memory. Today, we’re going to look at the details of this case. We’ll also discuss some of the biggest casino robberies in recent US history. Let’s get started.

Updates on the Florida Casino Robbed of Millions

Casino robberies come in all shapes and sizes. In the past, it usually involved holding up a gambling venue at gunpoint and demanding cash. Today, robbers tend to be a little more sophisticated. They use more elusive tactics to steal money, as we see with the Florida casino robbery this week.

Eight men have been officially charged with stealing more than $5 million for this casino, operated by the Miccosukee Native America tribe. The men are alleged to have tampered with the gambling machines to generate credit vouchers eventually converted to cash.

The money these men stole was used for investments, buying real estate, and even college funds for children. There are 63 indictment charges against these men that include computer fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, and more.

This Florida casino robbed of millions is one of many dealing with robbery issues. Now is the perfect time to look back at a few of the biggest casino heists in US history.

Biggest Casino Robberies in History

Casinos offer patrons the opportunity to get rich quick. Some, however, feel the best way to get money from these establishments is to rob them! Here are five major cases of casino robberies over the past few decades.

Circus Circus Robbery of 1993

Las Vegas was home to several major robberies in the early 1990s. Many of them took place at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino. The largest, however, took place at Circus Circus in 1993.

That year, Heather Tallchief managed to escape the casino with more than $2.5 million. She used a gun to steal the money and managed to escape to Europe for more than 10 years. Eventually, she was caught and taken into custody.

Stardust Casino of 1992

Another Las Vegas robbery! In 1992, Bill Brennan, a staff member at the Stardust Casino in Las Vegas simply walked out of the casino with more than $500,000 in chips. It was one of the most simplistic robberies in the state’s history.

Many of the casinos in Las Vegas changed their security measures after this theft. Brennan has still not been caught. Whether or not he’s still alive is unknown.

New York, New York Casino Heist of 2018

Traditional casino robberies still take place today, too. In January of 2018, Cameron James Kennedy pulled a gun at the New York, New York cash cage. He managed to escape the casino via taxi with $23,000.

Kennedy immediately attempted to buy jewelry with the stolen cash. Two months later, he was arrested by the Las Vegas Police Department.

Soboba Casino Robbery of 2007

The Soboba Casino isn’t the biggest or most impressive casino in Las Vegas. Perhaps that’s why Ronaldo Luda Ramos decided to rob it. In 2007, while working as a staff member here, he bound two employees with tape and stole $1.5 million.

Ramos was caught within just a few days. He was charged with robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and battery.

Vegas Casino Robberies of 2019

News of this one broke just last week! On August 1st, Sang Ho Lee was charged with stealing more than $600,000 from three different Las Vegas casinos. Unlike some of the others on this list, he didn’t need to use a weapon.

Lee simply used fraudulent checks to steal this money. He’s been released from custody and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for October 7th.

Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the Florida casino robbed over the next few weeks!

Connecticut Tribes Continue to Push for East Windsor Casino

Two of the biggest tribes in Connecticut have been working hard to open a new East Windsor casino. Recently, Governor Ned Lamont proposed a new gambling expansion proposal that would give the tribes the right to own a casino in Bridgeport. The tribes are now rejecting this proposal. Flag Of Connecticut

There’s a lot going on in this state. Now is the perfect time to look at why these tribes are working towards East Windsor, and what lawmakers in the state are proposing. Let’s get into it!

Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes Aren’t Backing Down

For years, these two tribes have been working to open a new satellite casino in East Windsor, Connecticut called the Tribal Winds Casino. It was approved in 2017, yet many legal hurdles are needed to overcome before a gambling venue can open its doors here. Firstly, East Windsor is not on sovereign land.

A number of politicians and casino companies have argued that allowing a casino here is against the laws. Because it’s not located on tribal land, it would be considered a commercial casino. As of now, Connecticut only allows casinos run by tribes and located on tribal lands.

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes have already invested millions into this project.

MGM Resorts continues to delay this casino. The company has used its lobbying power to argue in court. Officials in this company claim that by allowing the Tribal Winds Casino to open in East Windsor, the state is legalizing commercial gambling without voter consent. MGM currently operates the region’s largest casino, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Some are also arguing that the state failed to hold a bidding process for the casino. Under Connecticut law, a bid must be held for companies looking to open a new casino. This week, Governor Lamont has given the tribes a new option.

Tribes Still Working to Open an East Windsor Casino

Connecticut’s Governor has agreed to a new gambling expansion plan. Hope is that it would satisfy both the tribes and MGM. Under the plan, the two tribes have permission to open a new casino in Bridgeport.

This new bill also allows the tribes to offer sports betting odds. There’s even a chance for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to take control of the XL Center Arena in Hartford. Unfortunately, the new plan is being rejected.

The tribes are doubling down on their plan to open an East Windsor casino. Andrew Doba, a spokesperson for both tribes, recently commented on the decision to reject Lamont’s new plan.

“They are not willing to walk away from the Tribal Winds Casino in East Windsor, a project where they’ve invested nearly $20 million,” he said. 

There’s clearly a roadblock in the way. The tribes are remaining committed to the casino in East Windsor while lawmakers offer new alternatives. Negotiations are scheduled to take place again later this week. Hope is that both parties come to at least some form of an agreement.

Online Gambling Continues to Grow in Connecticut

The US online gambling industry is growing more popular each month. More and more states are beginning to embrace this industry and some have chosen to regulate it. Today, there are a huge number of great online casinos in Connecticut, yet none are regulated by the state government.

Fortunately, most of these websites provide a wide range of safe payment options and more games that some of the country’s top land-based casinos. It’s likely that within the next few years, Connecticut will choose to regulate internet casino gaming.

Land-based gambling is still very popular in Connecticut. Tribes recognize this and are working hard to open the East Windsor casino. We’ll need to wait and see how negotiations go this week before any progress is made.

Stay tuned for updates on this situation over the next few weeks!

Eldorado-Caesars Merge is Being Pushed Back

In late June, two of the biggest casino companies in the United States agreed to merge. It was the largest partnership between gambling operators in US history. Now, news is coming out that the Eldorado-Caesars merge is taking longer than expected. The Word Delayed

It’s not entirely surprising. Many steps still need to be taken before this massive deal can officially go through. Today, we’re looking at the details of this historic merge and discussing why it’s being delayed.

Eldorado Unlikely to Sell Las Vegas Strip Properties Anytime Soon

The merger between these two companies has been rumored for years. Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment are two of the biggest gambling operators in the United States. Finally, in June, company officials announced they had officially agreed to merge.

Of course, a deal of this magnitude can’t be made in a day. Many steps need to be taken first, including getting approval from state gambling commissions and selling properties. Initially, hope was that the deal would be done by July.

Many anticipated that Eldorado and Caesars would begin selling some of their major casinos. Caesars operates a number of the top casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. In early July, Tom Reeg, CEO of Eldorado Resorts, told the media that he expected Caesars to sell some of its Strip properties.

Now, Reeg believes that Caesars will not sell a Strip property anytime soon. He recently told the media that a major sale is unlikely until after the Eldorado-Caesars merge is complete. Unfortunately, this partnership is being delayed.

Eldorado-Caesars Merge is Taking Longer Than Expected

In a recent second-quarter conference call for Eldorado Resorts, Tom Reeg told the media that investors can expect this merge to complete closer to January 1st of 2020. Initially, Reeg expected the deal to be finished by this summer. He commented on some of the reasons for this delay.

Eldorado Resorts is reaching out to state gambling commissions. It’s also talking with the Federal Trade Commission to see which properties need to be sold. Based on all reports, at least one casino on the Strip will be sold.

Officials in Eldorado Resorts have not commented on which property will be sold. Tom Reeg has confirmed that casino operators located off the Las Vegas Strip have expressed interest in purchasing a property. Tilman Fertitta, who owns the Golden Nugget Casino, has told the media he’s interested in buying a Strip property.

Eldorado has failed to meet analysts revenue projections in 2019’s second quarter. For the second three months of the year, this company earned $637.1 million, a 39.5% increase from the same time period in 2018. Interestingly, net revenue fell by 48.7% to just $18.9 million. Reed claims “a lot of headwinds in the quarter,” as the reason for this revenue drop.

Revenue Dips at Eldorado Resorts is Cause for Concern

When the Eldorado-Caesars merge was announced, Tom Reeg told the media he expects the company to generate revenue synergies of $500 million a year with a $4.5 billion cash flow. The company’s recent revenue decline has led some analysts to question how legitimate this claim is.

Eldorado claims it anticipated revenue dips at its Black Hawk, Colorado properties. The casinos here have undergone major construction projects that have limited the number of gambling options. Major floods in the Midwest have also limited access to Eldorado casinos in Iowa, Missouri, and Mississippi.

The rise of online casino gambling in the US may also be a reason for the revenue dips. Many people are now choosing to make their casino bets online. Some states, including New Jersey, have even begun regulating online casino gambling.

It’s clear that the Eldorado-Caesars merge is not happening anytime soon. Based on what Reeg is saying, it’s likely to be finalized by the end of the year. Make sure to stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Tourism in Las Vegas Surging Through First Six Months of 2019

In June, gambling revenue in Las Vegas increased for the first time in 2019. Reports are now surfacing that tourism in Las Vegas is also booming right now. It’s fantastic news for what is still the country’s biggest and most popular gambling destination.

Welcome Sign In Las Vegas

Tourism numbers are looking great here. Hotel-casinos in this city are set to break records. Let’s look at how much revenue has increased here and why tourism is surging right now.

Las Vegas Gambling Revenue Surges in June

As we’ve mentioned already, Las Vegas has been struggling to bring in gambling revenue this year. For the first five months of 2019, casino and sports betting revenue in this city dropped. Things finally took a turn in June.

That month, gambling revenue in Las Vegas rose by a significant 17.7%. Interestingly, Baccarat helped to bring in the most money. Revenue from this popular game rose by 19.5% in June.

It was a major relief for gambling operators in this city. The US gambling industry has never been more competitive. Many states including New Jersey and New York are currently working to expand their casino and sports betting markets.

Even Illinois is adding more gambling venues. Not long ago, the state’s Governor signed a new bill to add five more casinos to the state, including one in Chicago. The fact that revenue is increasing in Vegas proves that this city remains the biggest gambling hub in the United States.

Tourism in Las Vegas Set to Break Records

We’ve now passed the year’s halfway mark. According to the Las Vegas Gaming Control Board, tourism in Las Vegas has increased substantially over the past six months. In fact, this city’s tourism numbers are close to setting new records.

Hotel occupancy in Las Vegas is at 89.3%. This is the highest since 2007, where hotel occupancy was at an astonishing 90.7%. Based on the current trend, Las Vegas’ tourism could pass what it was in 2018, where visitation totaled 42.1 million people. Some analysts even predict it will beat 2017’s record of 42.9 million.

There is also a major increase in convention attendance in this city. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority show that more than 3.5 million individuals visited Las Vegas for conventions over the first six months of 2019. That represents a 1.1% increase from the same time period in 2018.

Of course, an increase in tourism doesn’t always represent an increase in gambling revenue. We’ve seen that in Macau, where tourism is up, yet casino earnings continue to fall. June proved to be a successful month for Las Vegas and hope is that this trend continues for the rest of the year.

Major Companies Continue to Invest in Las Vegas

There’s more to just gambling in Las Vegas. This city is also home to some of the best entertainment options in the US. A number of gaming and non-gaming companies have continued to invest in new attractions here, including Madison Square Garden Co.

MSG is currently working to construct the brand new Las Vegas Sphere. This massive 17,500 seat venue is rumored to become the “city’s top entertainment venue.” It can host musicians, comedians, and conventions.

Online casino gambling is also growing extremely popular in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, lawmakers in this state have not regulated the internet casino gaming industry. There are, however, a large number of amazing online casinos in Nevada available to players right now. Most offer safe payment options and more games than the top land-based casinos!

Several of the top hotel-casinos in Las Vegas are also expanding. The Wynn, one of the most popular hotels on the Strip, is working on building Wynn West, a 2,000 to 3,000 room hotel.

Companies operating here have to pleased to see tourism and gambling revenue increase. Do you think this will continue for the rest of 2019? Stay tuned for more Las Vegas news over the next few weeks!

Fees at MGM Las Vegas Hotels Increase This Week

MGM Resorts International owns and operates some of the most successful hotel-casinos in Las Vegas. This week, officials at this company announced that fees at MGM Las Vegas hotels are increasing once again. Today, we’re looking at why this decision was made.Aria Hotel Logo

We’ll also be talking about which hotels are seeing their fees increase. Later on, we’re going to talk about the recent revenue spike in Las Vegas. There’s a lot happening here!

Why Are Fees at MGM Las Vegas Hotels Rising?

It’s not uncommon for major hotel companies to raise their resort fees. In case you’re unaware, resort fees are mandatory charges that hotels charge to their guests. The money from these fees to help pay for amenities such as pool use, gym access, Wi-Fi, and more.

Generally speaking, these fees are not unusually high. The bigger and better the hotel is, the higher the resort fee will be. This week, MGM Resorts International has announced that it’s raising resort fees in three separate Las Vegas hotels.

MGM Resorts Spokesman Brian Ahern confirmed the news on Friday. Fees will rise by $6 in three hotels. Ahern states that these new fees are based on the local and national market standards.

“We are constantly evaluating prices to ensure they properly reflect the business landscape and the services and amenities they support,” Ahern said to the media. 

Which Hotels’ Resort Fees are Increasing?

MGM has confirmed that fees will soon raise for the Aria, Vdara, and Bellagio. The daily resort fee for each of these hotels is now set at $45. Many hotel and gaming analysts are surprised at the fee increase.

Back in March of 2018, fees at MGM Las Vegas hotels increased. Corey Sanders, Chief Financial Officer of MGM Resorts International, stated that the company had no plans to raise fees in 2019. It appears the company had a change of heart.

Two of these hotels, the Aria and Bellagio, are considered by many to be the top casino-hotels in Las Vegas. Both offer huge gaming space with hundreds of slots and table gaming options.

Some of MGM’s top competitors including Wynn Resorts and Caesars Entertainment (which is set to merge with Eldorado Resorts) have stated they have no plans to raise fees in their hotels. A number of major hotel chains have recently come under scrutiny for their use of hotel fees. Even the Marriot is being sued over the use of resort fees.

The new fees at MGM Las Vegas hotels come at an interesting time. Revenue in this city has finally begun to increase.

Las Vegas Casinos Experience Revenue Increase for the First Time in 2019

Recently, our team reported on the news that Las Vegas revenue has finally increased. For the first five months of 2019, gambling earnings in this city dropped significantly. In June, revenue on the Las Vegas Strip increased by 17.7%.

Interestingly, Baccarat helped to boost the city’s revenue. Casino revenue from this game rose by 19.5% in June. Many are now waiting to see whether or not Las Vegas’ revenue increased once again in July.

Lawmakers in this state have not yet regulated the online casino industry. Many of the land-based casino operators feel it will take revenue from their gaming establishments. There are, however, a wide range of popular online casinos in Nevada not regulated by the state.

Most of these internet casino sites offer just as many, if not more, than the top brick-and-mortar casinos in Las Vegas. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Nevada regulate its online casino industry within the new few years.

There are many that feel the revenue increase is a reason why fees at MGM Las Vegas hotels are increasing. As we mentioned earlier, no other major casino operators plan to raise their resort fees. Make sure to stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news!

Man Accused of Stealing From Las Vegas Casinos

The Las Vegas District Attorney is confirming that a man is being accused of stealing from Las Vegas casinos. According to the DA, he’s being charged with theft of over $600,000. It’s one of the largest casino thefts in Las Vegas’ recent history.

Handcuffs And Judge Gavel

This robbery was different from many of the others that have taken place in this city over the years. Today, we’re looking at the details of this case. We’ll also talk about some of the biggest Las Vegas casino robberies over the past few decades.

Sang Ho Lee Arrested for Las Vegas Casino Theft

Casinos in Las Vegas are known for having some of the best security in the world. It’s seemingly impossible to pull off any kind of heist in the city’s major gambling venue, yet theft is still an issue here. Sang Ho Lee was arrested on Monday for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from multiple Las Vegas casinos.

Lee didn’t rob these gaming venues “Oceans Eleven” style. Instead, he’s being accused of using fraudulent checks and insufficient funds.

According to the District Attorney, between December of 2016 and January of 2017, Lee signed three $100,000 checks to the Wynn Las Vegas and two checks totaling $25,000 to The Palazzo.

Las Vegas casinos will grant what are known as casino markers to their patrons. These are interest-free loans for gamblers to play with. They’re considered checks and must be paid within 30 days. Those who fail to pay these markets back face fraud charges.

Sang Ho Lee has been released from custody. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for October 7th.

Biggest Cases of Stealing From Las Vegas Casinos

Many have attempted to rob Las Vegas casinos. Generally speaking, these attempts fail miserably. Some, however, have managed to steal from these gambling venues, only to be caught later. Below are some of the most noteworthy cases of stealing from Las Vegas casinos over the years.

Biker Bandit Bellagio Theft

In December of 2010, Anthony Carleo rode up to the Bellagio on a motorcycle, ran inside the casino with a gun and demanded a craps dealer give him chips. He managed to escape with more than $1.5 million worth of casino chips.

Several weeks later, Carleo attempted to sell these chips online using the Alias “Biker Bandit.” Eventually, he was caught inside the Bellagio trying to sell his stolen chips to undercover police officers.

Bellagio Cashier Theft

The Bellagio actually had a string of robberies in the early 2000s. In June of 2000, three men stormed this casino with body armor and robbed the cashier cage for $165,000. On their way out, one of the men fired at a security officer.

These three men were arrested by Las Vegas police several weeks later. This famous robbery changed how many of Las Vegas’ top casinos secure their cashier cages.

Huge Stardust Robbery

In September of 1992, William John Brennan, a former sportsbook cashier at the Stardust casino, walked out of the gambling venue with more than $500,000. It was one of the largest and most simplistic robberies in Las Vegas history.

Interestingly, Brennan has not been seen since the robbery. A warrant was quickly made for his arrest, yet he’s managed to avoid capture.

Las Vegas Revenue Finally Begins to Increase

For the first five months of 2019, revenue in Las Vegas decreased. Things finally took a turn in June. That month, gambling revenue on the Las Vegas Strip increased by 17.7%. Much of this was due to baccarat.

Gambling earnings from baccarat increased by 19.5% last month. Nevada’s overall gambling revenue increased by 11.6% to $1.041 billion. It’s a great sign for the United States’ major gambling hub.

Internet gambling is also growing more popular here. There are many fantastic online casinos in Nevada available to players. Most offer a wide range of online slots and table games.

The US gambling industry has never been more competitive. Many states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, now have flourishing land-based and online gambling markets.

As you can see, stealing from Las Vegas casinos is never a good idea. Sang Ho Lee is facing serious prison time for theft. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this story!

Las Vegas Revenue in June Increases Thanks to Baccarat

For the first month in 2019, Las Vegas revenue has finally increased. Reports indicate that June finally brought an increase in casino revenue for Las Vegas casinos. It’s great news for this city, which is facing stiff competition from several East Coast states.

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Things are looking great for this major gambling hub. Today, we’re going to look at exactly how much gambling revenue increased last month. We’ll also discuss what this means for Las Vegas over the rest of 2019. There’s a lot of information to unpack!

Vegas Struggled Through First Five Months of 2019

It hasn’t been a great year for Las Vegas. Over the past five months, gambling revenue in this city has decreased. Many feel this is due to a major increase in competition around the country. A number of states have begun to expand their land-based and online gambling operations.

Most agree that New Jersey is the biggest competitor to Las Vegas right now. This state was instrumental in changing US laws towards the sports betting industry. It was the first state outside of Nevada to officially legalize sports gambling.

New Jersey also has a thriving online casino gambling industry. All of the casinos in Atlantic City now operate internet casinos. Most of these offer a wide range of different gambling options including slots and table games.

Gambling revenue in New Jersey has increased every single month. It’s one of the most successful gambling markets in the country. Many people on the East Coast are now choosing to gamble here instead of making the trip to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Revenue in June Finally Increases

Las Vegas’ five-month losing streak in 2019 has finally come to an end. Overall, Nevada’s gaming revenue increased by 11.6% to $1.041 billion. On the Vegas Strip, gambling revenue increased by 17.7% to $616.6 million. It’s a huge win for casino operators in this city.

Some analysts are quick to point out the three-month trend here. Combining April, May, and June, gambling revenue here has increased by just 0.7%. It’s still a promising sign to see gambling earnings rise by so much last month.

Baccarat contributed massively to this revenue increase. Michael Lawton, senior research analyst for the Vegas Control Board commented on how Baccarat helped to boost the city’s gambling industry last month.

“The baccarat increase was the result of volume ($762.5 million) being up 19.5 percent and most importantly, baccarat’s hold percentage was significantly higher than normal coming in at 20.71 percent vs.11.55 percent last year,” Lawton said. “If you recall, last month the hold was just 7.55 percent.”

Slots also helped to boost gaming revenue in Vegas last month. Slot machine revenue was up by 3.9% to $6.4 billion on the Strip. The Las Vegas Strip’s total slot handle increased by 7.7% year-on-year. Things are definitely looking good here.

Will Vegas Revenue Increase for the Rest of 2019?

Las Vegas and Atlantic City are battling it out as the country’s top gaming destination. The sports betting industry, in particular, is extremely competitive right now. Late last month, news came out that New Jersey has surpassed Nevada in total sports betting volume.

Not everyone is convinced that New Jersey is taking over the sports betting industry. Michael Lawton recently commented on this to the media.

“Volumes were $321.8 million, an all-time record for the month of June, which was an increase of $34.5 million or 12 percent. Baseball and basketball wagering led the way with increases of $19.8 million and $18.7 million, respectively. I believe New Jersey recorded $273.2 million in handle in June which is $48.6 million less than Nevada or 17.8 percent for the same period.”

Las Vegas isn’t going anywhere. This city remains the hottest gambling hub in the country with the best-rated casinos and best entertainment options. We’ll need to wait and see whether or not gambling revenue continues to increase here for the rest of 2019.

Harrah’s Philadelphia Set to Offer Legal Sports Betting

Pennsylvania has begun allowing a variety of different casinos to offer online casino gaming and sports betting operations. Several of the state’s top gaming venues now have live internet gambling options available to players. Today, Harrah’s Philadelphia have announced they will have live online sports betting before the upcoming NFL season begins. Sports Betting Inside A Casino

The NFL is the most-watched and bet-on sports league in the United States. It makes sense for Harrah’s to begin offering sports wagering before the next season. Let’s take a look at what this popular casino will offer, and how Pennsylvania’s sports betting market is performing.

Online Sports Betting Is a Major Success for Philadelphia

For many years, only one US state was legally allowed to offer sports betting odds. In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA, allowing every state to set laws on sports gambling. Today, ten states have outright legalized this industry and many more have pending legislation to open this industry.

Pennsylvania technically agreed to legalize sports betting in October of 2017. After PASPA was removed, this state finally had the right to offer sports wagers. It’s proving to be a massively successful industry.

More than $244,000 has already been spent on sports wagers in this state. The government has earned nearly $8 million already. As we just mentioned, this is in less than a month of sports betting becoming legal.

Many casinos in Pennsylvania now offer online sports betting. In just a month of allowing internet sports wagering, this market has brought in nearly $400,000 in revenue. Many analysts believe that this will become one of the East Coast’s top online gaming hubs.

Harrah’s Philadelphia is the Next Casino to Offer Online Sports Betting

There are currently four state-regulated sports betting operators in Pennsylvania. Many wondered when Harrah’s Philadelphia, one of the most popular casino venues in the state, would begin offering online sports wagers, as well. Today, we got the answer.

Officials at Harrah’s announced that they plan to roll out sports betting operations by August. This casino wants to have their online sportsbook ready before the start of the 2019-2020 NFL season. It’s exciting news for football fans here.

“It’s always been about that magical date of getting things up and running before football season, so we expect to launch online sometime in August,” said Chris Albrecht, Senior Vice President of Harrah’s Philadelphia. “Everything’s been going great so far [with the brick and mortar sportsbook], we opened earlier this year and we’re really excited to get into our first football season to really see what the sportsbook can become for us.”

Albrecht also claims that the casino will begin offering a variety of new promotions before the online sportsbook launches. Others have raised concerns that the online sports betting platform may take away from the land-based sportsbook. Albrecht believes it will only help to boost the casino’s overall revenue.

Pennsylvania Casinos Begin Offering Online Casino Services

Harrah’s launching an online sportsbook isn’t the only exciting news for this state. Just last week, three major casinos in Pennsylvania announced that they were launching internet casino operations. The Parx, SugarHouse, and Hollywood Casino all offer online casinos.

These casinos provide a variety of different internet gambling options. Each one offers slots, table games, and poker. Interestingly, some here prefer to play through the websites not directly regulated by the state.

There are a range of online casinos in Pennsylvania that have operated for years. Many of these are hugely popular. Competition in this industry is fierce, and as a result, most of the online casinos operating throughout the US work to offer their members safe payment options and a wide variety of different gambling options.

Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on Harrah’s Philadelphia. If all goes according to plan, this casino will have internet sports betting operations up and running by August.

Two of the Top-Ranked US Casinos Are in Las Vegas

Not long ago, Business Insider conducted a study on the top-ranked US casinos based on TripAdvisor reviews. The top two casinos in the country are located in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s not entirely surprising, considering this city is home to many of the biggest casino companies in the United States.

Wynn And Encore Casino In Las Vegas

Today, our team is looking at which two casinos are ranked the highest right now. We’ll also look at some of the other Las Vegas casinos that made this year’s list. Let’s get into it!

#1 Casino: Wynn Las Vegas

The Wynn Las Vegas has long been considered one of the top hotel-casinos in the world. It opened its doors in 2005 and cost more than $2.7 billion to construct. Over the years, this casino has undergone a series of major renovations.

Today, this casino boasts a 110,000 square foot gaming area featuring thousands of slot games and 165 different table games. There’s more than just gambling available here, too.

There are also 12 world-class restaurants here. Three separate nightclubs are available here, some of which are located outside.

Wynn Las Vegas has 18,874 five-star reviews out of 25,166 in total. It’s earned five AAA five-diamond and a five-star review from Forbes. In early 2018, owner Steve Wynn announced that this hotel-casino was gearing up for another major expansion. A “Wynn West” hotel will open in the future and will hold more than 2,000 rooms.

It’s not surprising to see the Wynn at the top of the top-ranked US casinos list. Check out our Wynn Las Vegas review today!

#2 Casino: Encore Las Vegas

The Encore Las Vegas, also known as the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, is ranked as the second-best casino in the US right now. This Wynn-owned casino opened up in 2008 and, much like the Wynn Las Vegas, has undergone a series of renovations over the years. The first came in 2010 and another expansion came in 2015.

There are more than 800 slot machines inside the Encore Las Vegas. 110 table games can also be played here. A brand-new sportsbook was also revealed here in August of 2017.

It’s clear that players love the Encore Las Vegas. It has 12,997 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor out of 17,466 total. There is a wide range of fun amenities for those not interested in gambling.

The Encore theatre hosts some of the top artists in the world. Beyonce, Garth Brooks, and Robbie Williams are just a few of the names to sign exclusive contracts with Encore Las Vegas.

Encore is an extremely popular casino for good reason. There are thousands of different gambling options and some of the best suites in the city. If you’re in the Las Vegas area, make sure to check out this hotel-casino!

More of the Top-Ranked US Casinos Are in Las Vegas

The Wynn and Encore earned the most top-five reviews on TripAdvisor. Many of the other casinos in Las Vegas also gained favorable reviews here. The Palazzo in Las Vegas ranked sixth on the list. It has earned 12,378 five-star reviews out of 17,663.

The Cromwell Casino in Las Vegas ranked 11th on the list with 3,611 five-star reviews out of 5,409.

Are none of the top-ranked US casinos near you? Don’t worry about it! It’s 2019, and there are many incredible online casinos in the US that provide just as many casino gaming options as the top brick-and-mortar casinos in the country.

Most of these gambling sites provide a range of different games. Some even offer live dealer games, which makes it feel as if you’re really playing inside a casino venue! Spend some time finding the casino site that fits your needs.

It’s a great time for casino gambling fans in the United States. There are hundreds of great land-based and internet gambling options available around the country. Good luck making your bets!

Plans for Moulin Rouge Casino Announced

For months, Las Vegas residents have been waiting to hear news about who will purchase the historic Moulin Rouge Casino. Several companies announced they were interested in purchasing and renovating the gambling establishment, yet none officially went ahead with the sale. Now, new plans for the Moulin Rouge Casino are being revealed.Roulette Wheel

It’s an exciting time for Las Vegas gambling fans. Today, we’re looking at exactly what’s being planned for this gaming venue. Let’s get into it!

Several Companies Attempted to Purchase Moulin Rouge Casino

The Moulin Rouge Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the most historic gambling venues in the country. It opened in 1955 and made history as the first non-segregated gambling venue in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, this casino was forced to close its doors after just a year of operating.

Since then, this casino has been empty. Interestingly, the owners have maintained a gambling license here and stay open by offering limited gambling options for the state-mandated eight hours every two years.

Many have called for Moulin Rouge Casino to sell. Hope is that a company will purchase and renovate the casino. Several put their name in the mix, including the National Restaurant Services and Southern Nevada Regional Housing.

This week, a major company revealed its plans for the land. Let’s look at what’s being discussed.

Las Vegas Moulin Rouge LLC Ready to Purchase Casino

For a time, Clark County bid to purchase this casino. Many local residents didn’t want to see the famous casino and hotel owned by the government. Eventually, Clark County dropped their bid. Now, a new company is gearing up to buy this land and property.

Las Vegas Moulin Rouge LLC is revealing its plans this week. The company plans to purchase the property for $9.5 million. They also plan to invest $1.6 billion to add a brand new development here.

Scott Johnson, an official in Las Vegas Moulin Rouge LLC expects the deal to be closed by August 2nd. A lender has already approved financing, according to Johnson.

Transforming Las Vegas’ Westside

The Moulin Rouge Casino is located in the historic Las Vegas Westside area. For decades, this district has been ignored by casino operators and tourists. Hope is that the new development will change how the Westside is viewed.

Las Vegas Moulin Rouge LLC plans to invest more than $400 million directly into the new Moulin Rouge Hotel & Casino. It will feature more than 25,000 square feet of gambling amenities and 400 guest rooms. There will also be two restaurants, a swimming pool, and a nightclub.

Gene Collins, another official in the LVMR LLC, spoke to the media about his goals for the new casino.

“When people see the Moulin Rouge is being developed, all around the world, people want to come to Las Vegas,” he said. “It’s not a Westside thing, it’s an international thing.”

The company will have until Tuesday to deposit the purchase price into escrow. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on this situation in the future!

Texas Tribes Can Finally Offer Legal Gambling

Lawmakers in Texas have been battling with tribes over the right to operate casinos. For years now, two Texas tribes have fought for their right to operate small gambling venues. This week, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that allows the tribes to offer legal gambling.

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It’s great news for the tribes and gambling fans in the state. Now is the perfect time to look at how this decision to allow Texas casino was made. We’ll also talk about exactly what forms of gambling these tribes are now allowed to offer.

History of Texas Vs. Native American Tribes

Texas is the second-most populous states in the US. For inexplicable reasons, lawmakers here have taken a hardline stance on the gambling industry. For decades, virtually all forms of gambling including casino games and sports betting have been completely illegal here.

In 1989, the US Supreme Court passed the Indian Gambling Regulatory Act. It gave Native American Tribes the legal right to operate casinos on tribal land. Unfortunately, many states have pushed against this.

Texas is one of the most anti-gambling states in the country. State officials have worked to stop tribes from operating any casino establishments. The Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta tribes fought back and opened their own gambling establishments despite Texas’ laws against it.

These tribes have been battling with Texas lawmakers in the courts for years. In January, Texas Representatives proposed the Fair Opportunity Settlement Act. This week, tribes in the state officially settled on the agreement.

Texas Tribes Can Now Operate Class II Casinos

Both of the aforementioned tribes currently operate land-based casinos in Texas. In 2016, the Alabama-Coushatta tribe opened a gambling venue in Livingston, Polk County. Lawmakers disagreed with the legality of this establishment. They’ve called for a $10,000 fine for each day it’s remained open, now amounting to more than $10 million.

The Tigua tribe opened a casino in El Paso back in 1993. Officials quickly shut this venue down. Now, the US Interior Department is claiming the state had no legal right to shut this popular gambling establishment down.

The US House of Representatives has officially passed the Fair Opportunity Settlement Act, giving tribes “overdue justice and fair treatment under law.” These two tribes now have free-reign to operate gambling venues. Strangely, these casinos have only been granted a Class II license.

This only allows the casinos to offer bingo games for money. Traditional casino games such as blackjack and slot machines are still banned. Nevertheless, these tribes are happy to see the state is finally allowing at least some forms of legal gambling.

Representative Will Hurd commented on the passing of this bill to the House floor this week.

“H.R. 759 is not about whether one agrees or disagrees with gambling. This bill isn’t about gambling. It’s about letting two tribes in two of Texas’ most economically distressed zones engage in what every other tribe in America engages in.”

Other Casino Gambling Options in Texas

Even with the passing of this bill, there are very limited land-based gambling options in this state. Fortunately, many amazing online casinos in Texas are now available. Most of these gambling sites offer a wide range of fun wagering options.

If you’re a slot fan, look for a gambling site offering hundreds of different slots. If you love playing table games, find a Texas casino site that provides you with popular games like blackjack and roulette! It’s that easy.

In recent years, live dealer games have grown extremely popular, too. These are casino games connected to a live video stream from a real-life dealer in a casino. It’s the best way to feel as if you’re really playing hands in a brick-and-mortar casino.

As you’d probably expect, more people are deciding to gamble online in Texas every year. Only two land-based gaming venues are now available here, both of which only offer bingo games. Check out some sites today and find one offering the games you want to play.

It’s great news to see Texas tribes win their fight to offer casino gambling. It’s very likely that within a few years, full-scale Class III casinos will be legalized here. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on this story over the next few months!

Las Vegas Sands Revenue Boosts in 2019’s Second Quarter

One of the most powerful gambling companies in the world just released its quarterly financial results and things are looking good. Las Vegas Sands revenue has increased substantially in the last three months. It’s a great sign for this company, which is investing heavily in both Las Vegas and Macau.Hundred Dollar Bills Laid Out

Today, we’re looking at exactly how much this company earned during this year’s second quarter. We’ll also look at some of the major projects that the Sands is investing in. There’s a lot of information to unpack here, so let’s get into it!

Sands’ Revenue Figures in Q2 of 2019 Look Great

Las Vegas Sands is well-known as one of the biggest and most profitable gambling companies in the world. It operates many casinos throughout the United States, including two on the Las Vegas Strip. Not long ago, this company also opened a massive casino resort in Singapore.

This company is not averse to taking risks. Some analysts felt the numerous investments that this company was working on could result in revenue loss. These analysts were wrong. Las Vegas Sands revenue is boosting significantly this year.

Revenue increased by 15.9% to $466 million last quarter. The company recorded a net income of $1.108 billion with a stock sale price of $1.24. During the same quarter last year, Sands stock prices were selling at 70 cents a share.

Rob Goldstein, Chief Operating Officer of Las Vegas Sands, claims this is likely the best quarter in company history. He maintains that the company is profiting massively from both its casino and hotel operations.

“Our future in Las Vegas has become less and less dependent on the super high end,” he said in a recent conference call. “You can make a lot of money here if you focus on the hospitality piece and you have the right gaming mix and you’re running your floor properly and watch your costs.”

Las Vegas Sands Continues to Make Investments

This company has gained a fantastic reputation for making high risk-high reward investments. Back in June, we talked a little bit about Las Vegas Sands’ new project in Macau. On the surface, it seemed like a huge gamble considering revenue in Macau has been dropping for the majority of 2019.

In case you’re unaware, Las Vegas Sands is currently investing more than $1.3 billion to renovate, expand, and rebrand the Sands Cotai Central complex in Macau. This casino-resort will be renamed the Londoner. This isn’t the only Macau venue that the Sands is investing in.

This company is also putting $450 million towards the expansion of the Four Seasons Tower in Macau. The new hotel will feature 290 brand new luxury suites and is expected to be completed by 2020. There’s also an additional $450 million being invested to add more suites to the Londoner Tower Suites in Macau.

Las Vegas Sands is also benefiting from some casino sales. The company earned a $556 million gain from the sale of the Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania earlier this year.

Things are definitely looking good for this company. The completion of Macau investments will surely help bring this company significantly more revenue over the next few years.

Las Vegas Revenue Continues to Decline

It’s no secret that Las Vegas’ revenue isn’t coming in like it used to. Gambling analysts have a number of theories as to why. Some feel it’s due to a rise in online gambling. There are now a huge number of amazing online casinos in Nevada, most of which offer all the same games you can find inside casinos.

There’s also the issue of competition. States like New Jersey and Pennsylvania are both working to expand their casino gambling operations. In recent months, Atlantic City in NJ has grown to become one of the biggest gambling hubs in the United States. Casino and sports betting revenue have climbed here for more than a year.

Many gamblers on the East Coast are now skipping the trip to Las Vegas and choosing to play in Atlantic City. This past April, gambling revenue in Las Vegas dropped by 6% year-on-year. This trend does not appear to be slowing down.

This may be a key reason why Las Vegas Sands is investing so heavily in Macau. Of course, Macau is having some revenue issues of itself, yet things have improved in the past two months.

Make sure to stay tuned for more updates to Las Vegas Sands investments. This company is posting solid revenue figures. Hopefully, this continues.

The MSG Sphere in Las Vegas Sounds Incredible

A lot is happening in Las Vegas right now. Hotels and being renovated and certain casinos are rumored to go for sale. This week, we got a look at the MSG Sphere in Las Vegas and based on what’s being shown, tourists and locals here are in for a real treat.

Artist Rendition Of MSG Sphere

This massive entertainment venue is being constructed by the Madison Square Garden Company. Hope is that this new venue becomes the hottest destination for concerts, comedy shows, and more. Let’s take a look at what we know so far.

MSG Sphere in Las Vegas Set to Become the City’s Top Entertainment Venue

Officials at Madison Square Garden Co have been tight-lipped about what to expect from this new venue. Construction officially began in 2018 and has continued for the past year. No one really knew what this establishment had to offer.

This week, it became immediately clear. Madison Square Garden Company is working to build the ultimate entertainment venue for Las Vegas. Company representatives gave the first glimpse into what this amazing establishment is set to provide.

The 17,500 seat venue will stand nearly 370 feet tall and 516 feet wide. It’s scheduled to open in 2021. An exact opening month has not been revealed. The price of construction is also being withheld from the public.

Officials at MSG company claim it will set a new standard for entertainment venues. Guests to this venue will be surrounded by the largest LED screens currently available. There’s also an advanced acoustic system being set in place to give a truly unique audio experience.

Nick Tomasino, project manager for the MSG Sphere in Las Vegas, wants everyone to know that the venue can hold more than just concerts.

“Our venue allows for a wide variety of attractions,” he told the media this week. “We’re looking to be able to host concerts, residencies, corporate events and much, much more. It’s very flexible.”

Where is This New Venue Located in Las Vegas?

The new MSG Sphere is being constructed in Paradise, Nevada adjacent to the Venetian Hotel and Casino located just off the Las Vegas Strip. The land is being provided by Las Vegas Sands, one of the most powerful gambling companies in Las Vegas.

As of now, 400 workers are currently constructing this venue. According to Tomasino, more than 1,200 will be employed to work on the project once it reaches peak development. Several more construction cranes will be needed, as well.

More than 110,000 cubic yards of dirt have already been excavated here. Underneath the MSG Sphere is a 55,000 square foot basement. This area will serve as a public space for events and will include dressing rooms and other amenities for entertainers and guests.

Everyone was excited to see what the MSG Sphere in Las Vegas had in store. Now, we’re getting a first-hand look at exactly will be available here. It comes at a good time, as Las Vegas needs an increase in tourism.

It’s well-known that the city’s gambling revenue has dipped in 2019. Some feel this is due to the large number of online casinos in Nevada now available. There’s also an increase in gambling competition from East Coast states such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Hope is that the MSG Sphere in Las Vegas can help to bring in tourists to the city’s hotels and casinos.

This new entertainment venue is still years away from opening to the public. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on its construction over the next several months!

Is the Eldorado-Caesars Merge Affecting Lake Tahoe?

About a month ago, two of the top gambling companies in the US agreed to an official merge. Eldorado Resorts purchased Caesars Entertainment for over $17 billion. Eldorado is taking over all of Caesars’ properties, some of which are located in Lake Tahoe. Is the Eldorado-Caesars merge affecting Lake Tahoe? Harveys Resort In Lake Tahoe

That’s what we’re looking at today. This deal is still in the process of being finalized, yet some major changes have already taken place for both companies. Let’s talk about how one of the country’s top gambling destinations is going to be impacted by this historic merge.

Eldorado and Caesars Deal Continues to Move Forward

Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment have been rumored to merge for years. Not long ago, Caesars was struggling financially. The company emerged from bankruptcy and immediately began looking for ways to turn things around.

On June 24th, news broke that the merge was official. Eldorado agreed to purchase Caesars Entertainment for $17 billion. Before this deal can be solidified, however, a number of steps must be taken.

Obviously, paying $17 billion is a major investment for Eldorado Resorts. This company has quickly begun selling several of its properties as a way to make up for the huge amount of money being paid. Caesars is also gearing up to sell a number of its major casinos.

There are rumors that Caesars is planning to sell one or more of its properties on the Las Vegas Strip. Tilman Fertitta, owner of Golden Nugget Casinos, has stated he’s interested in purchasing any Strip properties that go for sale.

These two companies must also receive permission from many gambling commissions around the country. Atlantic City’s commission, in particular, is taking a close look at this deal to ensure it’s fair to other companies in the city. Many are now asking, is the Eldorado-Caesars deal affecting Lake Tahoe?

How is the Eldorado-Caesars Merge Affecting Lake Tahoe?

Lake Tahoe has always been a hugely popular gambling destination. This small city, located on the border between Northern California and Nevada, is home to many casinos. Some of these casinos are owned and operated by the two companies listed above.

Both of these companies have been tight-lipped on their specific plans for the future. Right now, Caesars Entertainment operates Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe. Eldorado Resorts began operating MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in 2018 after purchasing Tropicana Entertainment.

Once this deal is complete, Eldorado Resorts will acquire all of Caesars’ properties. This includes Harrahs and Harveys. Eldorado claims it will make more than $500 million in its first year of merging. Many believe the company will be forced to lay off hundreds, if not thousands of casino employees.

That’s one major concern. There’s also the issue of having so much control in Lake Tahoe’s gambling scene. The three casinos we just mentioned are the most popular gaming venues in this city. The other casinos here, including Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Lakeside Inn, and Dotty’s Casino will be forced to compete.

CEO of Eldorado Resorts Tom Reeg has confirmed that properties will be sold in order to comply with SEC guidelines. There has been no word on whether or not a Tahoe casino will go on the market.

Is the Eldorado-Caesars merge affecting Lake Tahoe right now? No. In the future, this could certainly change. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on this situation as they come out!

Top Live Dealer Online Casinos for Summer 2019

Online gambling has never been more popular. There are many incredible internet casino sites in the US, most of which offer a wide range of different gaming options. Today, we’re breaking down the top live dealer online casinos for summer 2019. Casino Dealer At Table

August is just around the corner, but there’s still a lot of summer left! Several online casinos sites are offering their members amazing summer promotions for the next few weeks. Below are some of the US casino sites that we feel offer the best live dealer gaming options. Check them out today!

Bovada Casino

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Bovada Casino. This site launched more than a decade ago and has grown to become one of the biggest and best gambling sites available in the United States. It offers hundreds of different slots and table games for players all day, every day.

This website is also known for offering extremely safe payment options. Bovada allows deposits to be made using both debit and credit cards. At the moment, the best withdrawal option here is using Bitcoin. Bovada sets very low fees for depositing and withdrawing your money.

When it comes to live dealer games, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better site than Bovada. Unlike some websites, Bovada offers an entire page dedicated to this popular form of internet casino gambling. It’s extremely easy to find the exact live games that you want to play.

Bovada Casino shows the games available and the name of the live dealer. This site utilizes incredible software that makes the live dealer gambling process extremely easy. We can’t say enough good things about this site. Make sure to check it out today!

Ignition Casino

This is another site that’s hugely popular throughout the US. Ignition Casino is relatively new in the US market, yet the site provides more gambling options than almost any other. There are enough casino gaming options here to keep even the most hardcore gamblers busy.

Ignition has one of the best all-around customer support systems that we have found online. The site offers a direct phone line to members 24/7. There’s also a great FAQ section of the website that can explain many common issues without the need to contact a customer service representative.

We feel that this is without a doubt one of the top live dealer online casinos for summer 2019. Much like Bovada, this site also has an entire page dedicated to its live dealer gambling options. Ignition features one of the largest collections of live dealer games online right now.

Members of this site can play live blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and more. As you’d probably expect, the user interface for these live dealer games is fantastic. Do yourself a favor and check out this website today. You won’t be disappointed!

Slots.lv

The last addition to our list of the top live dealer online casinos for summer 2019 is Slots.lv. This website isn’t the most well-known in the US, but it’s gained a massive fanbase in Europe and South America. Part of the reason for this success is the amazing live dealer games offered.

There aren’t quite as many live dealer games here as there are on the previous two sites we listed. Fortunately, the live games that Slots.lv provides are all fantastic. You can find all of the major table casino games here including blackjack and roulette. There simply aren’t as many variations of these games that you can find at sites like Bovada Casino.

We love this website for a number of reasons. First, it offers a modern and simplistic user interface. The betting process at this site is very easy. Secondly, it offers players some of the best promotions of any US internet casino.

Right now, new players of this site have access to a welcome bonus worth up to $5,000. There are also several weekly bonuses available to players that can help to boost your spending money. This is without a doubt one of the top live dealer casino websites in the US right now.

Take some time to check out each of the three sites listed above. They are all unique and offer players something different. Feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions. Good luck making your bets!

Betfred Set to Offer Sports Betting in Iowa Casinos

The US sports betting market continues to grow. This week, UK-based gambling company Betfred has agreed to begin offering sports betting in Iowa. This company will officially take over the sportsbooks for Elite Casino Resorts, which operates three gambling venues around the state. State of Iowa On Map

It’s a great development for this state. Today, our team is going to take a look at when Iowa will officially begin taking sports wagers. We’ll also talk about why Betfred is deciding to operate here. Let’s get into it!

Iowa Legalizes Sports Betting

Back in May of 2018, the US Supreme Court shocked the gambling world by striking down PASPA. Before this, only Nevada could provide legal sports wagers. With PASPA now gone, every state can choose to legalize and regulate this popular industry.

Unsurprisingly, many already have! 10 states have already legalized their sports betting markets. Most of them are already profiting massively. New Jersey, for example, is earning millions every single month from its sports betting operations.

Back in May of this year, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a sports betting bill into law. It sets a legal framework for sports betting companies to offer their services. These companies must by a $45,000 licensing fee before any wagers can be offered.

Sports betting revenue is taxed at 6.25%. Interestingly, this bill also allows for mobile and online sportsbooks in Iowa to begin operating. A number of companies are already beginning to work their way into Iowa’s sports gambling market.

Betfred Signs Deal to Offer Sports Betting in Iowa Casinos

Until very recently, no one knew which sports betting companies would operate in Iowa. This week, one of the biggest gambling companies in Europe announced they are heading to this state. Betfred, a bookmaker based in the United Kingdom, officially signed a deal with Elite Casino Resorts.

Betfred launched back in 1967 as a single sports betting shop. Today, this company operates more than 1,650 shops and one of the most successful online sportsbooks in the UK. This company is now making its way into the US market.

After approval from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, Betfred will begin to offer land-based, online, and mobile betting services for Elite Casino Resorts. This decision comes just a month after the IRGC gave Elite Resorts permission to begin offering sports wagers.

Starting out, Betfred will only offer land-based sports betting services in the Grand Falls Casino & Resort located just minutes from Sioux Falls. Over time, this company will begin expanding into Elite Casino’s other gambling venues.

Dan Kehl, CEO of Elite Casino Resorts, commented on the new deal with Betfred to the media this week.

“We are excited to offer our guests another world-class product.  With Betfred, Grand Falls Casino and Resort will be the best place in Iowa for sports betting at our casino and on a safe and secure platform,” he said. 

Other Sports Betting Options in Iowa

It’s exciting to see Betfred offering sports betting in Iowa casinos. This isn’t the only company that provides sports wagering options here, though. There are many internet sports betting websites here that offer thousands of different odds every single day. One of the best online sportsbooks available to Iowa bettors is Bovada sportsbook.

This site launched more than a decade ago. It’s well-known for providing thousands of sporting odds every single day. Members of this site will find lines on the NFL, MLB, NBA, and more. Bovada also utilizes one of the easiest and safest payment systems of any internet sports betting website today.

It makes sense for Betfred to enter the Iowa betting market. This state is home to some of the most passionate sports fans in the country. Our team of betting experts has noticed a growing number of sports bettors here over the past several months.

Betfred has not commented on when its online platform will officially launch. Analysts predict it will be in the next two months. This company is actively negotiating to expand to 30 more states with pending sports betting legislation.

Sports betting in Iowa casinos is just around the corner. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on when this state’s internet sports gambling options become available!

Regulators Claim Encore Casino is Not Cheating

Earlier this week, an individual filed a lawsuit against the Encore Boston Harbor, alleging that the casino offered illegal odds and withheld slot payments. It was a serious accusation against one of the fastest-rising casinos on the East Coast. Now, regulators in Massachusetts claim that the Encore Casino is abiding by all of the state’s gambling laws.

Encore Boston Harbor Logo

This is great news for the Wynn-controlled Encore Boston Harbor. The last thing this gaming establishment needed was a reputation for cheating. Let’s take a look at why this lawsuit was filed, and how the Encore and state regulators are responding.

Encore Boston Harbor Hit With Lawsuit

This casino officially opened its doors on June 23rd of 2019. It opened in the town of Everett, which was previously known as an industrial, non-tourist area. The Encore hoped to change this perception.

Fortunately, this casino’s efforts paid off. In their first few weeks of operating, the Encore Boston Harbor generated more than $17 million. It’s one of the highest-earning new casinos in recent US history. Based on reports, it’s becoming one of the most popular casino gambling options in Massachusetts.

One individual claimed that these revenue earnings were not all that they appeared to be. Richard Shuster, a casino patron here, filed a lawsuit that claims this casino offers blackjack odds of 6 to 5. Under Massachusetts gambling laws, these odds must be offered at 3 to 2. This may not seem important, yet it could save the casino millions every year.

Shuster also claims that the Encore rounds up slot winnings to the nearest whole dollar amount. It keeps whatever change is left over. This too could result in millions of dollars over a long period. These accusations were serious enough to permanently cause damage to the casino’s reputation. State regulators got involved, and have determined that the casino is operating by the book.

Encore Casino is Not Cheating, Says State Regulators

It’s not a surprise to see Massachusetts’ gambling authority get involved. This casino represented a serious investment for the state, and any reports of cheating are taken very seriously. Immediately after the lawsuit was set forward, officials began looking into the casino’s operations.

Massachusetts’ Commission Investigation and Enforcement Bureau quickly began reviewing these claims. In a “preliminary” report, these investigators claim that the Encore Casino is abiding by all state laws. Chairwoman of the group Cathy Judd-Stein claims the casino will be monitored for the next several weeks to ensure these operations are all legal.

The slot machine issue is still ongoing. These slots do not pay winnings to the exact amount because they only dispense dollars. Encore’s President states it’s a matter that company officials realize and are looking into.

It has to be a relief for this casino. The state feels that all operations taking place here are legal. Whether or not this lawsuit will continue is unknown.

Encore President Claims this Lawsuit is Unfounded

Bob DeSalvio, President of Encore Casino, was quick to dismiss this lawsuit. Speaking to the media this week, he claims that all claims made by Shuster are false.

“The claims in the lawsuit are false and unfounded,” he said. “Every customer gets every penny that they deserve at Encore Boston Harbor, and never would we engage in a practice that would actually keep any of our customers’ money.”

Mr. Shuster’s attorney, Joshua Garick, is disappointed in the way state regulators conducted their investigation.

“If the Commission’s goal is to ensure gaming in Massachusetts is conducted with integrity, we question why Encore representatives sat with the (Investigations and Enforcement Bureau) investigators and participated in the presentation, while we were not contacted or invited to participate in any way,” he said. 

The Encore casino is winning this battle. With the state’s gambling authority on the casino’s side, it’s going to be extremely difficult to win in court. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on this situation as they come out!

Lori Lightfoot Discusses Potential Chicago Casino Sites

Illinois voters have recently approved plans for several new commercial casino establishments to be built around the state. This includes a brand new casino in the state’s most populous city, Chicago. This week, Illinois mayor Lori Lightfoot discussed a few potential Chicago casino sites. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

It’s an exciting time for this state’s gambling market. It’s clear that officials here want this casino in Chicago to be successful. Let’s take a quick look at where this new gambling establishment could be located.

Illinois’ Voters Approve New Casinos

In June of this year, lawmakers in Illinois presented a bill that calls for more casinos, legalized sports betting, and a new gambling infrastructure program. Voters in this state could decide whether or not to allow this gambling expansion.

Illinois has always had some pretty lenient gambling laws. Land-based casino gambling was fully legalized here in 1991. At this time, however, only casinos located on riverboats were allowed to operate. Over the past several years, laws changed to allow casinos to operate on land. There are also a huge number of online casinos in Illinois that are currently available.

State officials here have been working hard to increase gambling revenue. Hope was that the bill to expand casino gambling would accomplish this goal. Voters in the state felt that expanding the casino gambling operations was a good idea, as well.

This bill, which Governor JB Pritzker called the “the most comprehensive reconstruction effort in this state’s history,” allows for six new casinos in Illinois. As we mentioned above, this includes a new casino in the Windy City. The mayor of Illinois has recently begun to talk about the potential Chicago casino sites being considered.

Possible Chicago Casino Sites

The new casino in Chicago will be the first in the city’s history. It’s a huge development for this city, which is well-known for having one of the most passionate casino and sports gambling fan bases in the country. A legal gaming venue here is expected to bring in some massive revenue figures.

Of course, there are many steps that need to be taken before this casino will be constructed. As soon as this bill was approved, several analysts began wondering where exactly the Chicago casino would be constructed. The city’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, began to shed light on this earlier this week.

According to Lightfoot, there five potential Chicago casino sites are being constructed. All of them lie in the South and West side of the city. One potential location, in Bronzeville, is quickly being shut down by other city officials. The other potential locations can be seen below.

  • A site near the Harborside International Golf Center site at 111th and the Bishop Ford Freeway.
  • Pershing Road and State Street.
  • Roosevelt Road and Kostner Avenue.
  • The former U.S. Steel parcel at 80th and Lake Shore Drive.

Governor Pritzker has made it clear that he wants the casino constructed outside of the downtown business area. Samir Mayeker, deputy mayor for economic and neighborhood development, claims that finding the right site is hugely important for the success of the casino’s future.

“This is not about sites. This is about putting in test cases for … an economic feasibility study,” he said. 

Concerns Linger Over Chicago’s City Future

It’s an extremely exciting time in Illinois’ gambling scene. It’s also great to see officials in this city looking for quality Chicago casino sites. Unfortunately, many feel this casino is facing an uphill battle.

Much of this is due to the tax rates that Illinois is charging for this future casino. It will be the highest-taxed gambling venue in Illinois and will cost companies millions just to secure a license to begin operating here. A number of companies, including Las Vegas Sands, states that it has no intention of entering into the Chicago gaming scene.

Once these Chicago casino sites are narrowed down, gambling companies can begin to weigh the pros and cons of operating here. Some of the biggest names in Chicago are pushing for the casino to be built in certain areas. Michael Edwards, CEO of Chicago Loop Alliance, believes that the Loop (Chicago’s central business area) is the perfect place for this new casino.

“Chicago Loop Alliance has been involved in past conversations around a casino in the city, and we hope that involvement will continue with this administration. During past discussions, a site in the Loop made sense to us given the area’s access to transportation, lodging, entertainment, retail, and other amenities.” 

Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the state’s decision for Chicago casino sites. We’ll keep you informed as developments come out!

Hossein Ensan Wins WSOP 50 Main Event

The 2019 World Series of Poker tournament has officially concluded. It was an incredible event featuring many of the world’s top poker players. Yesterday, Hossein Ensan became WSOP 50 Main Event champion.Hossein Ensan Playing Poker

It’s a long-time coming for Hossein, who’s a first-time WSOP Main Event winner. Today, we’re going to look at some of the full results of the 2019 WSOP tournament. We’ll also discuss how exactly Ensan managed to win this year’s Main Event. Let’s get into it!

2019 World Series Event Officially Concludes

We’ve been covering news on the World Series of Poker for the past few weeks. The tournament kicked off in June and has now officially concluded. It took place at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2019 WSOP was the largest in history. More than 28,000 people competed in this event, including some of the top players in poker including Phil Hellmuth and Kevin Maahs. The pool prize for this tournament was also the highest in history, with the Main Event winner guaranteed a $10 million cash prize.

The WSOP 50 Main Event kicked off on July 3rd. It concluded yesterday, on July 17th. Now is the perfect time to look at how exactly Ensan managed to win the most prestigious event in professional poker.

Hossein Ensan Gets Past Dario Sammartino for Main Event Win

Ensan isn’t the biggest name in professional poker. He didn’t look like a newbie this year, though. He was ahead for the majority of the Main Event and breezed past Dario Sammartino to capture his first WSOP bracelet.

Hossein was ahead for the first three days of the Main Event. Sammartino began to pull ahead in the heads-up battle, yet Ensan began to regain his lead in the final few hours of the Main Event.

This heads-up fight reached a boiling point in the 301st hand. Ensan raised $11 million and Sammartino quickly called. After the flop, Ensan once again raised $33 million and Sammartino went all-in with 140 million. Ensan held king hearts-king clubs, while Sammartino held 8s-4s with hopes of securing a straight or flush.

It wasn’t meant to be. The river revealed a queen of clubs, and Ensan officially secured the WSOP 50 Main Event win with a pair of kings.

“It’s unbelievable, I cannot understand this moment. … I must go to sleep and wake up, and then maybe I know I have the bracelet,” said Ensan. “Maybe it’s a dream. I don’t know.”

This year’s Main Event saw 8,569 players compete. The total prize pool totaled $80,548,604. In total, it was the largest and most lucrative poker tournament in US history.

Online Poker Gambling Options in the US

Just because you didn’t compete in this year’s World Series of Poker tournament doesn’t mean you need to wait until next year to enter a major tournament! There are a huge number of amazing online casino sites in the US that put on poker tournaments every single month. Many of them offer huge payouts.

Bovada Casino is widely considered to be the most popular online poker site available in the US right now. It’s been operating here for more than a decade and provides a wide range of different poker gaming options on games such as Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and three-card poker.

This popular US casino website also offers all of the most popular internet casino games. You can find online slots, table games, and even live dealer gaming options all day, every day. If you want to play poker for real money online, this is probably the best site available right now.

Hossein Ensan came in as an underdog but shocked the world by winning the WSOP 50 Main Event. We’ll have to wait until next year to see whether or not he can do it again. Stay tuned for more US poker news!

California Casino Roof Collapse Injures 11 People

California is home to a huge number of tribal casinos. Millions of people visit these casinos every year, and the state earns a massive amount of revenue from their operations. This week, news is coming out that a California casino roof collapse has occurred, injuring 11 people.California Casino Floor Room

It’s a terrifying incident that fortunately didn’t result in any deaths. Today, we’re going to talk about what we know of the roof collapse. Later on, we’ll talk about the state of California’s casino industry. Let’s get into it!

Where Did This Take Place?

The roof collapse took place at the Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena, California. This casino is known for staying up 24 hours a day and offers a wide range of different slots, table games, and poker tournaments. This casino is also home to several popular restaurants.

Officials at the Lucky Lady Casino gave an official statement on the roof incident. The homepage of the website states the following:

“Temporary Closed: 

A portion of our roof sustained damage, and as a result, we will need to close our doors while we make all necessary repairs. We look forward to announcing our reopening soon. In the meantime, please feel free to visit our sister casino down the street, HUSTLER Casino.” 

This casino establishment has changed hands numerous times over the years. The first owners opened the casino doors all the way back in 1940. It’s one of the most popular gaming establishments located in the Southern Los Angeles region.

How Did This California Casino Roof Collapse Happen?

Los Angeles Fire Department officials are still working to figure this out. Some were quick to point to the huge number of different earthquakes taking place around the LA area. On July 5th, a massive 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Ridgecrest, a small town east of Los Angeles. Just a day before that, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit this area.

There are no indications that an earthquake is to blame. Tony Imbrenda, fire captain of the LA County Fire Department, gave a statement to the media this week.

“Currently we don’t have the exact cause of why this happened,” he said. “But clearly, as evidenced by the photographs that we’re seeing right now live on television, the area of this collapse was primarily around the area where a couple of large commercial air conditioners are situated on top of that roof.”

Flynt Management Group is hiring architects to figure out how this California casino roof collapse happened. As of Tuesday, there are no real leads. We will have to wait to hear more information over the next couple of weeks.

California’s Casino Industry Continues to Grow

There are a staggering amount of casinos in California. At the moment, only Native American Tribes are eligible to operate full-scale casino gaming establishments. There have been some attempts to legalize commercial casinos here, yet lawmakers in the state have pushed these requests to the side.

Many individuals choose to play at online casinos in California. At the moment, lawmakers here have shown no willingness to regulate internet casino gaming. It’s a shame because California is well-known to have one of the biggest casino markets in the country.

Fortunately, there are many amazing casino websites available here right now. Most of them offer a wide range of different casino gambling options including internet slots and table games. All of the ones that we recommend provide a wide range of safe payment options, as well.

All in all, this state’s casino industry is growing quickly. It seems like every single year, a new gaming venue opens up here. The California casino roof collapse is unfortunate, yet no one was seriously injured and the Lucky Lady will be up and running again soon.

Stay tuned for more news on how this casino’s roof collapsed!

Encore Boston Harbor is Being Sued for Cheating

Less than a month ago, the first casino establishment in Everett, Massachusetts officially opened its doors. It was an unusual location choice, yet analysts predicted the casino would become one of the biggest gaming venues on the East Coast. Unfortunately, the Encore Boston Harbor is being sued for alleged cheating. Court Gavel and Lawsuit Sign

It’s a tough blow for this Wynn-owned casino, which hoped to become the top gambling establishment in Massachusetts. Today, we’re looking at why players are suing this casino. We’ll also look at its revenue earnings over the past few weeks.

Encore Boston Harbor Posts Impressive Revenue Figures

The Wynn casino in Boston officially opened its doors on June 23rd, 2019. The decision to open this casino in Everett was met with some serious backlash. Everett is not known as a tourist destination. It’s largely an industrial zone, home to a water and sewage agency and power plant.

Of course, the Wynn has a proven track record of operating successful casinos. This company runs some of the top casinos in Las Vegas and other cities around the country. It’s not entirely surprising to see that it’s already posting some impressive revenue figures.

In its first week of operating, the Encore Boston Harbor has generated more than $17 million. According to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, this casino generated more than $2 million per day. Alan Woinski, president of the New Jersey-based Gaming USA Corporation, is impressed with how well the casino is doing right now.

“This was the best opening period for a new casino in a long time,” he said. 

John DeCree, a Union Gaming analyst, claims the high earnings are not entirely surprising. He feels the trend will continue as Wynn Boston Harbor begins to expand their marketing efforts.

“Usually the first 30 days of a new casino opening are very strong, so it’s not surprising,” DeCree said. “However, Wynn Resorts executives said they haven’t even really started marketing to their higher end players yet until they have a few months of smoothing out the operations, so it looks like Encore Boston is off to a good start with a promising outlook.”

Unfortunately, Encore Boston Harbor is being sued. Let’s take a quick look at why.

Encore Boston Harbor is Being Sued This Week

According to new reports, the huge revenue earnings coming into this casino may not be all that it seems. An individual is claiming that this casino is cheating blackjack players and withholding slot winnings from players. A class-action lawsuit alleges that the Encore Boston Harbor “willfully and intentionally” altered playing odds in the casino’s favor.

This lawsuit states the Wynn casino paid customer with odds of 6 to 5 for blackjack. Under state law, casinos are required to pay players odds of 3 to 2. That may not seem tremendously important, yet it could save the casino an estimated $30 million each year, according to reports.

There is also an issue with this casino’s slot winnings. According to the lawsuit, the Encore only pays out slot winnings in whole dollar amounts. Extra change is simply added to the casino’s coffers. Over time, this small amount of money adds up to millions.

Officials at Wynn are denying the allegations. Company spokesperson Michael Weaver claims that the Encore is following all of Massachusetts state gambling laws.

Future of Encore Boston Harbor

It’s never a great thing when a casino is sued during its first month of operating. With that being said, a huge number of New England gamblers have already played in this establishment. As one of the only major casinos in the Boston area, it’s unlikely that this lawsuit will have much of an impact.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission states that it’s aware of the lawsuit. Before this casino opened, Commission officials visited and approved the games.

Gambling experts believe the Encore Boston Harbor will generate more than $800 million in its first year of operating. As we mentioned earlier, this casino has not made much of an effort to target VIP players. Once it ramps up the marketing efforts, this gaming establishment may grow to become the biggest land-based casino on the East Coast.

Encore Boston Harbor is being sued. Most feel it won’t have any major impact on its operations moving forward. The state Gaming Commission may be forced to review the casino’s gambling structure and ask for changes to be made.

Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this lawsuit over the next few weeks!

David Paterson Pushing Hard for NYC Casino

Lawmakers in New York has been working to expand the state’s gambling industry for years. It’s interesting, considering this state was largely against most forms of gambling for years. David Paterson, former NY state governor, is now lobbying for Las Vegas Sands to get a NYC Casino opened.Former Governor David Paterson

It’s no secret that the Sands is looking to expand into New York. Voters in the state have approved a casino in the Big Apple, yet the current set of laws claim none can open here until 2023. Paterson and officials at Las Vegas Sands feel that this wait is unnecessary.

New York’s Casino Laws, Explained

As we mentioned above, New York has had a love-hate relationship with gambling over the years. Back in 1957, this state legalized bingo gambling. Nine years later, lawmakers here approved a state lottery.

In 1988, Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This allows Native American tribes to operate casinos in tribal land throughout the country. Since this law was passed, a large number of Indian casinos begin to open in New York, the majority of which are located in the upstate area.

In 2013, New York held a vote on the future of casino gambling. Interestingly, voters here approved plans to open up commercial gambling establishments. This vote allows for seven new casinos to open up.

Four of these new commercial casinos will open in upstate New York. Another three are eligible to open downstate, including New York City and its suburbs. So why are some claiming that a NYC casino isn’t possible anytime soon?

Former Governor Wants a NYC Casino to Open Next Year

The vote to add commercial casinos in New York was historic. For decades, the only legal casino establishments operating in this state were run by Native American Tribes. Finally, the top US casino companies have the chance to break into this market.

Unfortunately, the laws set in place makes it a little difficult for these casinos to begin operating. Under these laws, the first NYC casino cannot officially open until 2023. Lawmakers here decided to delay the downstate casinos in order to give the upstate casinos a fair shake in the state’s casino market.

Not everyone feels this makes sense. Former Governor David Paterson is pushing for Las Vegas Sands to open a casino in New York City by next year.

“Is it going to happen in 2023 or 2020? Why not start three years earlier?” he said. “This is really a tremendous opportunity to create jobs in New York.”

Anthony Cuomo, the current governor of New York, is not quite as optimistic about the state’s casino industry as Paterson. Speaking to the media, Cuomo explained that the effects of expanded casino gambling options are still not entirely known.

“I’m not a great fan of the gaming industry, but it’s here, it’s real, states all around New York are doing it,” he said. “Obviously more people lose in gambling than win, and if there’s not a significant economic benefit to the state, or a region of the state, then I would rather not do it.”

Competition is Fierce in New York’s Casino Market

Obviously, a huge number of the country’s top casino operators are working to enter into this market. There are more than 8.5 million people in New York City alone, many of whom love to gamble. It’s likely that any casino built in this city becomes one of the biggest gambling establishments in the country.

MGM Resorts and Genting Group have both expressed a desire to open full-fledged casinos in NYC. Las Vegas Sands is working hard to gain a foothold here, as well. Having David Paterson is certainly going to help their chances.

Casinos in downstate New York will face a licensing fee estimated at $500 million. If any casinos manage to break into this area before 2023, they will also need to pay additional early entry fee costing millions. Still, the potential earnings associated with a NYC casino is enough for major companies to pay these fees.

We’ll have to wait and see which companies manage to enter into the downstate area first. Many gambling fans here choosing to access the online casinos in New York. Perhaps in time, the state will begin to regulate this industry, too.

Stay tuned for updates on this situation over the next few weeks!

Eldorado Resorts Officially Selling Two Casinos

The Eldorado Resorts – Caesars Entertainment merge continues to unfold. This week, news is coming out that Eldorado is selling two of its casino properties. Experts claim it will help the major gaming company prepare for the upcoming acquisition of Caesars Entertainment. Hundred Dollar Bills

This sale is not entirely surprising. Earlier this week, we reported on the news that these companies may both begin selling casinos. Today, we’re going to look at which casinos are being sold, and talking about how this will affect Eldorado moving forward.

Deal Between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Getting Closer

Just a few weeks ago, two of the biggest gambling companies in the United States announced they planned to merge. Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment had been rumored to join together for years. It was reported that Eldorado agreed to purchase Caesars for more than $17 billion.

Of course, this deal cannot be sealed right away. A number of steps must first be taken, including getting approval from numerous gaming boards across the country. These companies are both working to cut down on costs before the merger is completed, and property sales are one of the best ways to accomplish this.

There are rumors that Caesars plans to sell some of its Las Vegas Strip properties. A number of major Nevada casino operators have announced they are interested in acquiring these casinos. This week, news is coming out that Eldorado Resorts is officially selling two of its properties.

Eldorado Officially Selling Two Casino Properties

The $17 billion paid for Caesars is one of the largest gaming purchases in US history. Obviously, Eldorado is going to be looking for any way to balance their sheets before this money is paid. The company has announced that they are selling two separate casinos to help with this.

One of the casinos is the Isle of Capri located in Kansas City, Missouri. The other is the Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg, located in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Eldorado is gaining a combined $230 for the two casinos.

Union Gaming analysts James McCree commented on the sale today.

“The sale is relatively small compared to the acquisition of Caesars, but it does help free up some balance sheet capacity to help finance the larger acquisition,” he said. 

These sales may also be required by law. Once the merge is complete, the new Caesars company will be the largest gaming operator in the US. The Federal Trade Commission will almost certainly force this new company to sell some of its assets.

Even after losing these properties, Caesars will control more than 60 casinos once the deal is complete. Most feel that a Vegas Strip sale is now even more likely to take place in the near future.

Who is Buying These Properties?

Eldorado Resorts has announced that it’s selling these two casinos to Rhode-Island based Twin Rivers Worldwide Holdings Inc. Twin Rivers is quickly growing to become one of the largest gaming companies based on the East Coast. The acquisition of these two properties will help to increase their presence in other states.

Twin Rivers may very well purchase the Vegas Strip casinos rumored to go for sale in the future. Others feel that this company will avoid the Las Vegas area, and instead stick to buying regional properties. Only time will tell.

The sale of these two casino is certainly having an impact on Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment. Eldorado’s stock dropped by 3.8% to $45.54 today. Caesars stock lowered by 1.1% to $11.85. Ultimately, it’s the right decision to make before this historical merge taking place in 2020.

There are some big changes coming to the US casino industry. Many states are beginning to legalize online casino gambling and even more are opening their sports betting markets. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on this situation as they unfold!

Next PFL Season Taking Place at Atlantic City Casinos

The Professional Fighters League has grown to become one of the most popular MMA promotions in the world. Some of the top fighters in the world compete in tournament events for the chance to win $1 million dollars. The next PFL season is taking place inside Atlantic City Casinos, meaning anyone in this area can check out the fights!PFL Logo Design

It’s an exciting time for those in the Atlantic City area. Fortunately, those located in other parts of the country can still place wagers on these fights. Today, we’re looking at the fights taking place, and discussing which US gambling sites are offering odds on them. Let’s get into it!

Ocean Casino Resort Hosting the Next PFL Season

Atlantic City has hosted some of the biggest combat sports events in history. Legendary fighters like Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, and Arturo Gatti have all competed here. More recently, the UFC has come into town featuring fighters like Donald Cerrone, Edson Barboza, and Kevin Lee.

Now, this historic gambling city is hosting the next PFL season. Three separate events are taking place inside the Ocean Casino Resort, one of the more popular casinos located in this city. Recently, this gaming establishment teamed up with a few others to promote the North Beach section of Atlantic City.

PFL 4, 5 and 6 will all take place inside this casino. These events will take place on July 11th, July 25th, and August 8th. Each of the PFL’s top fighters across multiple weight classes will be competing for their chance to make the tournament finals.

Ocean Casino is certainly popular, yet it hasn’t generated as much revenue as many of the other casinos in this city. Perhaps hosting the next PFL season will help! Let’s take a quick look at who’s competing.

Major Upcoming PFL Fights in Atlantic City

PFL 4 is taking place today. We’ll skip the fight breakdown for that event. On July 25th, the 5th event is scheduled to take place and features some of the top fighters in the promotion. Kicking off the main card is Gadzhi Rabadanov and Daniel Pineda.

Rabadanov is a product of Dagestan and training partner of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. He’s accumulated an 11-2 record in his professional career, including his first PFL win against veteran Steven Siler back in May. Pineda is a UFC vet with 25 wins against 13 losses. It’s an intriguing matchup between a promising up and comer and a longtime competitor.

In the co-main event, Lance Palmer is taking on Luis Rafael Laurentino. Palmer managed to win last year’s PFL season using his dominant wrestling and is the current favorite to do the same this season. Laurentino is no pushover, though. He has one of the best records in MMA right now at 34-1 with the majority of his wins coming via stoppage. It’s perhaps the most intriguing matchup in the entire tournament.

Finally, Chris Wade will fight Akhmet Aliev in the main event. Wade was a UFC standout and has the well-rounded game to give anyone trouble. Akhmet is another Russian star with 18 wins and just 4 losses. This entire event is stacked.

PFL Season Betting Odds for 2019

There are a huge number of amazing online casinos in New Jersey. In fact, most of the online casinos operating in this state are available throughout the entire country. Many of these internet casino sites operate sportsbooks as well and provide betting odds on the next PFL season.

One of the best is Bovada Casino. This site is well-known for offering a huge number of great MMA odds in 2019. Unfortunately, Bovada has not yet released lines for PFL 5. They did, however, provide some amazing odds for the PFL event taking place tonight.

Tonight’s event is headlined by Chris Curtis and Magomed Magomedkerimov. Curtis is listed as the underdog with odds of +330. Magomedkerimov comes in as the heavy favorite with current odds to win at -400.

There are a number of other odds available here. Kayla Harrison competes in the co-main event and is the biggest favorite on the entire card. Her odds sit at -1500, while her opponent, Morgan Frier, enters with odds of just +950.

The next PFL season is taking place in Atlantic City. There are some incredible fights scheduled to take place. If you can head to this city and bet on the fights, great! If not, feel free to check out some of the gambling sites here and place your bets from anywhere in the country!

Are Las Vegas Strip Casinos Going For Sale?

The Las Vegas Strip is likely the most lucrative casino destination in the world. This stretch of road is home to many of the biggest and most lucrative casino-resorts currently operating. With the Eldorado Resorts merging with Caesars Entertainment, many analysts predict a number of Las Vegas Strip casinos will go for sale. Las Vegas Tourist Sign

It’s an exciting time for casino operators in this city. Some of the top gaming companies in the US have expressed interest in buying properties here. Let’s look at why these casinos may go for sale, and who are looking to buy them.

Eldorado – Caesars Merge Updates

Just a few weeks ago, we reported on the news that Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment had agreed to merge. Eldorado paid more than $17 billion to acquire Caesars properties, many of which are located in Las Vegas. It’s one of the largest casino deals ever made in the United States.

The newly merged company, now called Caesars, will be based in Reno, Nevada. Interestingly, it comes just two years after Caesars emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The deal also came after billionaire Carl Icahn purchased a 16% stake in Caesars Entertainment.

With this merger, the company now operates more than 80 casinos around the United States. A number of these casinos operating inside Atlantic City. There are some in AC’s Gambling Board that feels the merger could result in an almost monopoly-like situation. There’s a meeting scheduled to take place here on the subject.

There are many that feel Caesars will begin to sell a number of it’s Las Vegas Strip casinos. Eldorado CEO Tom Reeg claimed it’s a real possibility in the future.

“I would expect that we would be a seller of a Strip asset, but that decision has not been made,” he said in a recent Las Vegas gaming conference. 

Companies Already Interested in Buying Las Vegas Strip Casinos

It’s an extremely exciting time for the Las Vegas casino industry. A number of major players in the gambling industry have already expressed interest in purchasing a property up for grabs. Most notably, Tilman Fertitta.

Fertitta and his company own and operate the Golden Nugget Casinos. The group has a proven track record of success. It would certainly be a major upgrade for this company, as Fertitta does not currently own any casinos located on the Strip.

Union analysts James DeCree, a Union Gaming analyst, feels it’s inevitable for Caesars to sell some of its properties. He claims it’s too early to tell which casinos will be sold, yet at least one is likely to be up for grabs within the next few years.

Not many companies have publicly stated they plan to purchase one Caesars properties. Experts predict that a number of them will in the near future. Boyd Gaming and Penn National Gaming are two of the top options. Even smaller companies could get in the mix.

Advantages of Buying One of Caesars Properties

Buying an already-constructed casino certainly has its advantages. Constructing a new casino-resort from scratch can cost billions. Purchasing a casino that’s already been made costs considerably less and offers the opportunity for a quick cash return.

Of course, buying one of these properties will come with a heavy price tag. DeCree feels this may make it difficult for Caesars to find a buyer.

“You’re looking at peak prices right now in Las Vegas at this point in the economic cycle,” he said. 

Caesars is very likely to sell at least one of its Las Vegas Strip casinos. It’s also possible that they sell some of the smaller casinos in Las Vegas located off the Strip, as well. It would be nothing new for Eldorado, which sold three of its smaller properties last month.

The Federal Trade Commission still needs to make an inquiry into the details of this merger. This government body may actually force Caesars to sell a few casinos before the deal can be officially sealed.

A few Las Vegas Strip casinos are almost definitely going for sale in the near future. How long it takes a company to purchase one of these properties is unknown. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks.