IFMP Nations Cup Attracts the World’s Best Poker Players From Twelve Countries

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As a result of the coronavirus outbreak and social distancing protocol, the IFMP Nations Cup will be played across a digital platform for the first time ever this weekend. IFMP President Patrick Nally said this in response to questions about the event, 

“We must adapt and respond to the global pandemic by hosting the Nations Cup in a manner that allows all team members, from around the world, to play from the safety and security of their own homes.” 

Technology Provided by Cisco Webex

Cisco Webex will be providing the technology for the match play throughout the entire tournament this year. Founded in 2007, this company develops and sells video conferencing and web conferencing tools. They are a trusted company that produces high-quality products and always strives to update their technology to ensure their products are top of the line.

Countries Participating in the Nations Cup This Year

Twelve countries are participating in the Nations Cup this year. Competing teams include last year’s victor, Ukraine, plus Spain, India, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, Belarus, Ireland, Germany, Poland, and Lithuania. Expect to see 120 competitors playing 450 hands of poker over two days.

The event will be streamed on Twitch, and score updates will be published on the IFMP website and PokerNews. This Nations Cup is the end of a three-part series that began with the European Nations Cup in Ukraine and was followed by the Asian Nations Cup.

Match Poker Overview

Match Poker is a variation of Texas hold ’em. Each team will be separated into two different tables, with one player from each team sitting in a different position than their teammate. All players start each hand with the same amount of chips and with the same amount of cards. 

Each team’s combined chips are compared, and points are granted accordingly. The team with the most points at the end of the tournament wins.

Wrap Up

The IFMP Nations Cup will be played on a digital platform designed by Cisco Webex. This will be the first time this event will take place online instead of in person. Twelve countries will come together electronically to play in this event, and I can’t wait to see who takes the Nations Cup this year. Will it be the reigning champions from Ukraine or an unexpecting country this year? 

I’ll do my best to keep you guys posted, be sure to check back for more news here at BestUSCasinos.org!

Las Vegas Casinos Are Set to Open With Restrictions

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I think we could all use a little good news right about now, so here it is; Las Vegas casinos will be reopening soon!

Vacationers and locals alike are ecstatic to hear that Governor Steve Sisolak set a tentative date for casinos to be reopened. That date is June 4th. Of course, this reopening is dependent on the continued decrease of new COVID-19 cases.

Virginia Valentine, the CEO of Nevada Resort Association, said this in response to the news that casinos will be reopening:

“Our members are excited to show off the enhancements they’ve made that preserve the experience while ensuring the well-being of our employees and visitors.”

Reopen, But Not Back to Normal Yet

When casinos do reopen, things will not go back to business as usual. Each casino is required to submit plans for reopening that include details on how they will properly enforce social distancing and increase their sanitation policies.

Casinos will be required to post signs urging people to wash their hands thoroughly and to stay six feet apart at all times. Groups larger than four will be discouraged. While wearing masks won’t be required for casino guests, many of the larger resorts will hand them out for free for anyone who feels they need extra protection. 

In addition to that, you can expect to see limitations on how many people can appear at each gaming table. Craps is limited to six people, roulette is limited to four, and blackjack is limited to three. Even the slot machines will look scarce as some machines will be shut down to discourage people from sitting too close to one another.

Sanitization procedures are expected to increase during the reopening process as casinos will be required to take the necessary precautions to prevent germs from spreading from person to person. Chips, dice, and shooters will be disinfected after each use on the casino floor. In hotel rooms, the cleaning staff will ensure that all remotes, light switches, and other heavily-touched items get a thorough cleaning.

Other businesses found on the Strip, including nightclubs and buffets, will remain closed until further notice. Concerts and events, such as the legendary Cirque Du Soleil, will also continue to be put on hold during this time.

The Wrap Up

While there’s no telling when or if the casinos on the Strip will ever go back to “normal,” we are encouraged to hear that casinos will start opening their doors again soon. Will the casino experience look and feel different? Yes. Can you still enjoy yourself? Absolutely! Just while being socially distant.

Let us know what you guys think about Vegas reopening in the comment section below!

Free Poker Training Courses Offered at Rounder Casino

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Allow me to try and paint a picture for you. You’re playing poker online, you’re losing hand after hand, and you’re frustrated. All of a sudden, you think to yourself, “Wow, I wish I knew more about poker.” 

Have you ever thought that? No? Oh well, I tried. I still have some news for you.

Rounders Casino is offering two free poker training courses. There are a few different ways that you can take advantage of this great offer. But before we dive into that, we should go over some other details.

What is Rounder Casino?

Rounder Casino is a relatively new player to the market that specializes in real money Poker. They also have what they call a stream team. They utilize streaming software to show their team members playing poker live. 

If you want to find them, you can look up #ChipBandits on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitch. 

What Classes Are Available?

There are two different classes that you can take. 

The first course you can take on Youtube. It’s an introduction into Texas Holdem Poker Strategies for beginners. 

You can view that course in the video embedded below. Talk about convenience!



The second course that you can sample is an advanced strategy for No-Limit Texas Holdem.

This one isn’t as easy as signing into Youtube, but it’s still very easy. All you need to do is head to Rounder University! I don’t think it’s an accredited university, though.

We live in a day and age where casinos now also have universities that go along with them. Strange times indeed. But, in this crazy universe, the tuition is…free? Score!

More Promo Offers from Rounder Casino

Rounder Casino has tons of different real money promotions going on to take advantage of. One most noteworthy is the $100 freeroll tournament that is held every night! You can get into this tournament at 6 PM eastern time with no strings attached. Anyone can get in at any time.

There is also a $1,000 freeroll that is held each week that starts at 3:05 PM.

The Wrap Up

Rounder Casino is offering two free courses for beginner poker players and advanced players alike. Be sure you take advantage of these courses while you can. The beginner free course is on Youtube, so that will probably be around for a while. However, the advanced course might not be around forever, be sure you check it out now!

If you have any questions or comments, you can reach out and let me know. Enjoy everyone!

Casino in Oklahoma Reopens Despite Rise of COVID-19 Cases

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Give me liberty or give me…Corona?

Wait, that’s not right, is it? Oh well.

New developments are coming out daily about COVID-19. Today we’re going to talk about how a casino in Oklahoma is set to reopen, even with Corona numbers on the rise.

Why? Well, people are doing lots of crazy things these days, so who am I to judge. Let’s get into a few details:

Thunderbird Casino in Oklahoma Has Lines Out the Door

Sam Caruso, GM of Thunderbird Casino had this to say:

“It was time for everyone to get back to work, we were ready to get back to work, it just seemed like the right time to do it. We decided to do what we call a soft opening without a lot of fanfare.”

Well, “without a lot of fanfare” certainly didn’t pan out. People were literally lined up out the door to get into this casino. You can’t really blame people, though.

We’ve all been cooped up going crazy the past few months. A lot of people are trying to homeschool their kids and take care of everything else. At least liquor stores were deemed essential during all this, right?

Thunderbird Casino has seen great feedback so far from the community despite the threat of the Coronavirus. Even with the numbers rising in the state of Oklahoma, nothing will stop these people from hitting those slots.

It’s great for people that are willing to go out, too, because other local tribal casinos are staying closed.

New Casino Protocols For Reopening

Just the other day, I wrote a piece on whether I thoughtfacemasks will be the new norm in all casinos. This Oklahoma casino is just strengthening that argument.

All patrons entering the Thunderbird casino are required to wear a mask upon entry and must remain on for the duration of their stay. I didn’t see anything about temperatures needing to be taken, that might just be a Vegas thing, at least for now.

I can only imagine restrictions will continue to grow as time goes on. Even if the virus cools down a bit, it’s not likely these health and safety protocols will die down.

But for now, people don’t seem to mind having to wear the masks and be separated in the casino. People are just happy to see something open.

Caruso again had this to say:

“Every guest that has come in the facility has been very appreciative. They understand and when we tell them to put a mask on they put their mask on.”

The Wrap Up

In closing, I’ll leave you with this, casinos are reopening, and people absolutely love it. Virus or no virus, people need their slot machine action.

I’m the last person to give anyone advice, let alone medical advice. So I’ll leave my opinions together and just say that I hope you all do what you think is right, and stay as safe as possible.

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you guys think about this whole situation!

The Encore Requiring Masks Upon Reopening – Will This be the New Norm for Casinos?

These are strange times we are living in.

As the entire world is still working on recovering, casino owners are shaking with anticipation of when they can reopen.

Well, we’re getting closer.

The shutdown is ending in some states, and casinos are gearing for the grand reopening of their businesses.

But, there will, of course, be some strings attached. What are the strings? Let’s get into that now.

Gotta Wear Your Mask, Everybody

The Encore Boston Harbor doesn’t have a set date of when they will be able to reopen, but that’s not stopping them from getting ready.

However, to get the all-clear, there are some new rules the casino must abide by. All employees and patrons of the casino must wear a facemask at all times.

Looking to play some craps? Maybe some roulette even? Good luck.

These games will not be allowed to be played at first until there is a way to offer these games with proper social distancing.

Get Ready to Have Your Temperature Taken

Another thing Encore is implementing is having to take temperatures of employees, and also guests. So, you’ll be sitting at a slot machine, and then you’ll just get stopped to have your temperature taken like your at the doctors.

Not only that, but you will also be separated from other patrons by a pane of plexiglass. I say again, weird times we’re living in.

The Encore in Boston is not the only place though, Vegas casinos such as The Venetian and Palazzo will also be taking your temperature when they reopen.

Is This the New Normal for Casinos?

The question has to be asked, “Is this the new normal?”

It certainly isn’t something that will be going away any time soon, that’s for sure. Basically, every casino and even every company will have to follow guidelines similar to this.

Casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and around the globe are working to be ready for this transition. Many states are in multiple step plans for their businesses to reopen.

People Wearing Mask Inside of a Casino

So, when you are finally able to go into your local casino again, be prepared to see a sea of facemasks being worn.

Welcome to 2020.

Rise of Online Casinos

With all of this going on, it’s no surprise that people are divided on how to handle the situation. You have people that are buying 12-year supplies of toilet paper, so they never have to leave their homes. On the flip side, you have people already running around without masks on basically asking to get the virus.

People that are staying home will be looking for other methods of real money casino games. That’s where online casinos come in. Now more than ever, people are seeing the importance of having virtual options for things.

There are plenty of real money games to choose from, all of which the team here at BestUSCasinos.org has reviewed. I’ve reviewed some myself, some of them our team members have helped with.

The Wrap Up

That does it for today. We have facemasks, temperatures, and online casinos all on the table right now. Remember, stay inside until you’re cleared, now more than ever. The murder hornets might get you. Let’s hope we all make it through level six of Jumanji.

World Poker Tour and Theta Labs TV Launching a 24/7 Poker Streaming Channel

Do you ever just stop and think, “man, I wish I could watch poker for 24 hours straight.” If you’re a normal person, then probably not. 

World Poker Tour Logo

But, if you do wish there was a way for it to be possible to watch poker matches and have them more easily accessible, you’re in luck!

Theta Labs, the creator of Theta.tv, is in works with the World Poker Tour to create a streaming channel that will have an “always-on” approach to showing poker.

“Theta Labs and WPT are innovators in our respective industries and this global partnership will provide our users with a new, ground-breaking way to watch the best televised poker product in the world, all powered by our peer-to-peer Theta blockchain technology, We’re looking forward to deeper integration of the Theta Network within WPT.” – CEO of Theta Labs, Mitch Liu

Who is Theta Labs?

Okay, but who exactly is Theta Labs? Are they poker experts?

No, not exactly poker experts, but they are experts in the world of streaming. 

Theta Labs, or Theta.tv, is best known for being a streaming channel that has a network with its own blockchain. This is designed to incentivize people to share bandwidth.

Theta.tv is a p2p network that is working to help with the issues of VDN’s having little to no reach in lesser developed countries.

Why Poker?

This is a move down by Theta Labs in an attempt to broaden their horizons outside fo their traditional esports market. Expanding a portfolio is by no means out of the ordinary for companies. While I’m not exactly sure why they started with poker, I’m definitely not going to complain about it!

During this time of pandemic in the world right now, streaming services and virtual playing of games will only become more and more important.

The Wrap Up

So, now we have another streaming platform to be able to enjoy poker. We will be able to us Theta.tv to watch the following:

  • World Poker Tour Seasons VIII through XVI
  • WPT Alpha8 Seasons I-III
  • WPT Greatest Season I-III
  • King of the Club

Hopefully, we continue to see a rise in streaming content that compliments fans of the online gambling world. 

If you guys have suggestions for some, or just have any questions or comments in general, feel free to drop a comment down below!

Red Rake Gaming Launches New Online Slot Game

Slots, slots, and more slots! They just keep on coming, and I have no complaints at all. Just yesterday I talked about NetEnt launching a new slot, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to keep up with them all at this point.

To start this week off, we have a game called Secrets of the Temple courtesy of Red Rake Gaming. We’re going to go over a few details about this game and what Red Rake Gaming is all about.

Let’s get into it!

About Red Rake Gaming

Red Rake Gaming has been around making online slot games since 2011. Starting out, they only worked with social casinos. However, back in 2015, they started to branch out into the real money casino market.

They have a team of about 40 people that all work together in order to produce high-quality slot games. Even now, they are working to create more games for all of us to enjoy.

About Secrets of the Temple

Secret of the Temple Slot Game

Secrets of the Temple is the newest slot game added to the library of Red Rake gaming. When starting this game, you will be partnered up with an archeologist to go on an adventure through a rainforest. In this rainforest, you will find a vast amount of symbols, ranging from wild symbols, multipliers, and you’ll even find a few surprises along the way!

Right off the bat, when you start this game, you’re greeted with the scene of an ancient temple inside of a rainforest. The visuals of the reels and the nature sound effects will have you coming back for more and more!

You’ll find reels of your archeologist, planes, maps, ancient ruins, compasses, and more! My only question is, what are you waiting for?

Game Details

  • 5×3 reel
  • Over 240 ways to win
  • Secret minigame with varying jackpots
  • Secret symbols that unlock grand jackpots
  • Ability to stack wild symbols to gain multipliers
  • Mobile compatible

Wrap Up

New games are going to continue to flood the market. Secrets of the Temple is just another stunning innovation of where game developers can take video slots these days.

Be sure to check back often to get all the latest casino gaming related news here at BestUSCasinos.org.

NetEnt Launches Brand New Ape Themed Jungle Slot Game

Welcome to the planet of the …slots? That’s right! NetEnt has just dropped a brand new gorilla themed slot game as of today for us to enjoy.

If you have ever wanted to experience the thrill of traveling through the jungle, with a gorilla chasing after you, now you can! Minus the gorilla chasing you, though.

We’re going to dive into a few details about NetEnt and what this new real money slot game entails.

Let’s check it out!

Gorilla Kingdom – Newest Online Slot Game

Gorilla Kingdom Slot Game on Computer and Mobile Devices

Gorilla Kingdom sends you to a jungle world filled with apes and wonderful features. You will have over 1,000 different ways to bet with gameplay that offers free spins and much more!

This is a 5-reel slot with four panels, and also has a surprise twist. There are totem poles on each side of the reels. These totem poles will fill up every time you get a free spin by collecting gorilla masks.

Some of the animals that you will see on the reels are:

  • Leopards
  • Hornbills
  • Okapis
  • Pangolins

When an animal line is completely filled with gorilla masks, that animal turns itself into a gorilla, and that can give you a massive payout and the chance at free spins! If you can fill all 24 slots of the totem poles, every animal on the screen turns into gorillas, which gives players even more opportunities to win big!

Who is NetEnt?

NetEnt is an online slot and casino game provider based out of Sweden. They have many different games they offer, including a massive slot game library.

NetEnt is best known for its slots, so naturally, they put out new games regularly. I’ve put out a few news posts recently about new slot games, and all of them have included at least one NetEnt title.

They also as of last year acquired Red Tiger gaming, so any games you see that are provided by Red Tiger are now owned by NetEnt as well.

Wrap Up

Be on the lookout for new slot games courtesy of NetEnt. I will do my best to bring you all the up to date news that you need when new slot games drop. Whether they are from NetEnt or any of the other great slot providers out there, I will try and keep you covered!

Florida Nonprofit My Warrior’s Place Hosting Virtual Bingo Games

BINGO!

Don’t act as you’ve never heard that being yelled out at a local park or Firehall. Heck, you might have even gotten the chance to yell it out yourself.

Animated Bingo Card

People seem to think that Bingo is only for the older generation, but I’m 24, and I love a good game of Bingo. You can catch me with your grandparents playing Bingo anytime, no shame!

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread across the US, I hope we’re all doing our part and staying inside as much as we can. As dull as we may feel right now, many businesses and services are trying their best to step up and provide things for their communities.

That’s where Florida comes in.

Virtual Bingo Making Strides in Florida

A non-profit in the sunshine state of Florida called “My Warrior’s Place” is hosting Bingo games virtually on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings at 7:45 pm EST. All you will need to participate is a working internet connection and a way to connect to Facebook live.

Playing on Facebook live might not give you the same rush as being able to scream BINGO in front of your peers to let them know you are the dominant player, but at least it’s something.

Not only is My Warrior’s Place supplying people a fun pastime to take part in, but they are also providing prizes! I mean, what is Bingo without a prize to win? You can win gift cards of your choice that comes for local area patrons, according to The Observer News.

Local residents can participate by donating at least $20 to get a Bingo card emailed to them, and if you donate $30, you can get 3 cards. The proceeds go back into local businesses to help those struggling due to the closures.

What better way to fight boredom by playing Bingo online and supporting local businesses!

Words from “My Warrior’s Place”

Kelly Kowall, the president of the organization, had this to say:

“I would encourage people to do it for three good reasons. One, it gives you something to do three nights a week instead of just sitting there just doing nothing. Two, it helps to support our restaurants. And three, any funds left over from buying the gift certificates support My Warrior’s Place.”

The Wrap Up

Even though we’re stuck inside, that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to have fun and help one another! The advancement of technology we have in this day and age truly allows us to go to incredible places. We should all be truly thankful for what we have, and try and spread more positivity, now more than ever. 

Personally, I would love to see more places do things like this and take advantage of the virtual opportunities for games that we have. In a perfect world, though, this virus will be over soon, and we can all meet up in brick and mortar Bingo rooms!

Newest Slot Games to Hit the Online Casino Libraries

Slot Machines in a Row

Alright, all you slot enthusiasts, let’s talk about all the newest slots that just dropped! We’ll go over a few of the brands that have just launched new games, what the games are, and a little bit of information about them.

If you’re not a slots fan, maybe you will be after this! If you’re stuck at home bored right now looking for something to do, real money slots are a great way to pass the time. These software providers are launching games now more than ever to help everyone out there fight boredom during this national pandemic.

Even if you aren’t looking to spend money, almost all of these casinos will offer free versions of there games that you can enjoy. I don’t personally see much point in playing slots without the thrill of money on the line but to each their own. 

Anyways, let’s get to the new slots!

Hellcatraz by Relax Gaming

Hellcatraz Online Slot Machine
Go back in time back to the ‘80s when video games were all 8-bit, and people still wore leg warmers with Hellcatraz. This new online slot courtesy of Relax Gaming can help you do just that, relax. The soundtrack to this game is almost nostalgic, and the graphics take you back to a simpler time.

About the Game

In this game, you can switch between two different modes, played on a 6×6 grid. You have mystery symbols that will appear with every spin, which turns into a pre-designated symbol after a certain number of spins.

There are also free spins that can be acquired by collecting keys throughout the game. And you can even win additional spins if you get the golden mystery symbol. 

The Wild Hatter by Red Tiger

The Wild Hatter Online Slot Machine
Definitely not a bad rip off of the mad hatter tea party, actually quite the opposite! I wouldn’t call this a rip off at all, this game is a refreshing tastefully done inspired slot game that is very enjoyable to play. 

You can sit back, win some money, and relive some great characters throughout the literary world all at the same time!

About the Game

This is a 5×4 grid, 30 payline slot game encased in a gold and mushroom-filled frame. The reels all contain different characters from the mad hatter tea party, accompanied by a soundtrack you’ll want on repeat.

You have free spins available by triggered from the wilds, which will lock down one symbol type. This gives you higher multipliers and respins to enjoy!

Bronco Spirit by Pragmatic Play

Bronco Spirit Online Slot Machine
Bronco spirit is a great game to give you a little country-western escape if you’re into that. The visuals and soundtrack transport you to a different world entirely.

About the Game

This game has a whopping 75 payline on a 5×4 grid. You have a free spin option that will allow you to pick your volatility and choose spins that have less wild symbols or more wild symbols with fewer pins.

Melissa Summerfield, Commercial Officer of Pragmatic Play, had this to say:

“We have seen plenty of appetite for our western-themed games, and Bronco Spirit is another title where players hop on to their trusty stallion and race across the dusty plains in search of big wins.”

The Wrap Up

These are just some of the games that we wanted to highlight this week! Be sure to continue to check back for more of my news posts and all the news our team here puts together at BestUSCasinos.org. 

Stay safe everyone and good luck!

Virgina Getting Closer to Casino Legislation

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Virginia is on its way to potentially get casinos regulated. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has been taking action to delay bans on gambling machines. The machines are called “gray machines” and are found most commonly in bars, grocery stores, restaurants, and other various types of convenience stores.

Gov. Northam is trying to get lawmakers to delay the ban because he thinks that there needs to be a new approach to the economy due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The effects of this virus have not been minimal; so far, it has shut down all casino operations in the US.

Both Las Vegas and Atlantic City are bearing a large part of the casino shutdown burden. However, not just the major casinos are being affected. Plenty of smaller casinos in various other states are also feeling the effects of this shutdown.

The gambling machines are helping the state of Virginia, and Northam doesn’t want to lose that. In the restaurants especially, they may be needing the extra revenue. The governor also wants to use the tax to set up a relief plan from the virus that will aid small businesses and others.

Clark Mercer, the chief of staff to governor Northam, is saying that the restaurants will be reliant on the extra revenue since their operations are mainly shut down, and people will not be coming out as much.

Will Casinos Be Legal in Virginia?

Previously, governor Northam has been fighting to legalize casinos in five different cities. The cities are:

  • Bristol
  • Danville
  • Richmond
  • Portsmouth
  • Norfolk

Unfortunately for Virginia, it is one of the only few states that still has outright banned gambling and casinos. However, online casinos in Virginia are a different story. But now’s not the time to discuss online casinos!

Hopefully, with Governor Northam continuing to push for casino regulation, the state of Virginia can see casinos fully regulated soon.

Where is Virginia With Current Laws

As of right now, casino games are not currently fully legal in the state of Virginia. However, you can play the lottery and bet on horses in regulated areas.

You must be at least 18 to gamble in the state of Virginia, as with most other states around the US.

The Wrap Up

As the entire United States casino industry recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 virus, many news reports will continue to come out. We will see more news about legislation updates, shutdowns, and more.

Virginia is making moves right now, but will soon be followed by others. Be sure to check back often to our team here at BestUSCasinos.org for all of your casino news needs.

Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Casino Holding Annual Tax Day Tournament

Poker Chips on Cards

Calling all online poker fans! It’s time for the annual Tax Day tournament! 

Not sure what I’m talking about? Well, let me fill you in! Every year Intertops and Juicy Stakes Casino team up to offer a unique tournament that has a 2,500 dollar GRD prize pot to win.

This tournament will run from now until April 15th, and playing in the satellite tournaments allow you the opportunity to play at the main table.

This tournament is put on every year and will continue this year despite the COVID-19 concerns. Hopefully, for some, this brings a speck of good news; a poker tournament that is in line with social distancing regulations.

Tournament Details

Here is the need to know details about the tournament:

$2,500 Guaranteed Prize Pool Satellite

  • One Finals Ticket Guaranteed
  • Goes till April 15th
  • Starts at 4:05pm EST
  • Full Buy-In With Fees: $2 + $0.20

$2,500 Guaranteed Prize Pool Finals

  • Starts April 15th
  • Starts at 4:06pm EST
  • Starts at 7:10pm EST
  • Full Buy-In With Fees: $20 + $2

Information About the Casinos

If you’re unsure about either of these casinos, I’ll take a little time to go over some of the aspects that you should know about.

About Intertops Casino

Intertops launched back in 1996, meaning it’s almost as old as I am! Being on the market for as long as it is, you can rest assured this casino is reputable and trustworthy. 

Intertops is licensed by Kahnawake Gaming Commission, so it’s definitely a casino you can feel comfortable making a deposit at.

Obviously, Intertops accepts US customers, so you can play from any state you find yourself in. You can bank with many different options, some of the most popular being credit card and cryptocurrency.

About Juicy Stakes Casino

While Juicy Stakes Casino hasn’t been around as long as Intertops, that doesn’t mean it’s not as trustworthy. Launching back in 2010, Juicy Stakes Casino still has a solid reputation. 

Licensed in Curacao, this casino does not accept US players. However, they offer many different deposit options like cash transfers, American Express, and Visa cards, Skrill, and Neteller.

So, if you’re US-based and looking to play in this tournament, we recommend that you use Intertops.

The Wrap Up

I hope this article has helped you get set up to participate in the Tax Day tournament courtesy of the joint efforts of Intertops and Juicy Stakes Casino. Don’t forget you can start playing today and try and win your spot at a final table before April 15th.

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try and get back to you and help you in any way I can.

Station Casinos to Extend Pay and Benefits for Employees Through May 15th

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If you guys have been following the news here we provide at BestUSCasinos.org, then you’re not surprised by how much we’ve been covering news related to COVID-19.

This should come at no surprise with that being the hot button topic right now. And as you can guess, it’s hurting the casino industry terrible. Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and all other land-based casinos are struggling through these times.

However, even in the midst of all of this, I have some good news to share. If you follow my posts specifically, then you’ll know about the Vegas Knights players who teamed up to feed healthcare workers and more.

Today we’re talking about some different good news, though!

Station Casinos Paying Full-Time Workers Through

Today, we found out that Station Casino’s in Las Vegas are extending pay and benefits for full-time workers through May 15th.

So this applies to only the full-time employees; however, 700 employees were part-time but made full-time in March, and this extends to them as well.

The employees of the Station Casino properties were very appreciative of this.

Which Casinos are Station Brand?

Station Casinos have 20 different properties throughout Las Vegas. They are:

  • Red Rock Casino
  • Green Valley Ranch
  • Palms
  • Palace Station
  • Sunset Station
  • Boulder Station
  • Santa Fe Station
  • Texas Station
  • Fiesta Rancho
  • Fiesta Henderson
  • Barley’s Casino
  • The Greens Gaming & Dining
  • Wildfire Boulder
  • Wildfire Rancho
  • Wildfire Casino & Lanes
  • Wildfire Sunset
  • Wildfire Anthem
  • Wildfire Valley View
  • Wildfire Lake Mead
  • Wild Wild West

Station Casino Statement

Reported first by Fox5Vegas, they received this quote in a memo by Richard J. Haskins, the Red Rock President:

“Nothing is more important to us than the health and wellbeing of our team members, guests and the entire Las Vegas Community. In the interim, please do all you can to stay safe and healthy.”

The Wrap Up

That’s it for today, folks. There isn’t much more information on this story, but I’ll be sure to update you if any new information comes out. So, be sure to check back often here for all your casino-related news from me and our team here at BestUSCasinos.org.

GameCo Is Partnering with Etermax and Bringing Trivia Crack to Online Casinos

Remember back in 2013 when everyone had Trivia Crack downloaded on their phone? We would all sweat with anticipation waiting to answer questions for the ever so wondrous bragging right with your friends?

Trivia Crack Logo

I remember, and it was great fun for a few months. Then it sort of seemed like the hype died a bit, but that’s probably more for the younger crowds that played. The game actually to date has more than 500 million downloads and stayed at the top charts in the app stores!

Fast forward 7 years, and here we are in 2020. Now Trivia Crack is back but with a surprising new twist.

Gambling!

That’s right, coming to a casino (possibly) near you in late 2020 are Trivia Crack gambling machines!

GameCo Excited to Offer Gambling Machines

GameCo is excited to offer this option to its customers and strives to produce a game that will be based on the player’s skill and not just pure luck. However, it will still have similar elements to the casino games of chance.

Not only Trivia Crack, but Gameco also has other games that it is releasing via its GamersEdge technology. 

Gameplay

The game isn’t too far into development yet, so there isn’t much to know in terms of how it looks. But what we do know is that the game will be very similar to its mobile counterpart.

You will spin a wheel, which is split into a few different categories to choose from:

  • Arts
  • Science
  • Sports
  • Entertainment
  • Geography
  • History

Just like in the game, the object is to collect the six characters from each category by answering the questions. The gambling aspect comes in as you will be able to place bets during gameplay.

The Wrap Up

With Trivia Crack coming to casinos later this year, does this open up the door for other skill games to be turned into gambling machines? Maybe we’ll be able to play other mobile games for money in the near future.

Will you guys play Trivia Crack for real money? What other games do you think will follow? Let me know in the comment section below!

Golden Knights Donating Meals to Las Vegas Healthcare Workers

The great city of Las Vegas is coming together for one another in these trying times. Since we don’t have sports, the Las Vegas Golden Knights are making great use of their time to help their city.

Vegas Golden Knights Helmet Logo

Three members from the NHL team are partnering with the Las Vegas Golden Knights Foundation to give out more than 7,000 meals to healthcare workers in the Vegas area. The players getting involved are William Karlsson, Jon Merrill, and Deryk Engelland.

The food will be provided courtesy of chefs at the MacKenzie River. MacKenzie River is the restaurant that is located inside of City National Arena.

The team will provide 300 meals per day, five days a week, for the next five weeks. As of right now, this is with the current three players assisting with the foundation, but more players could potentially be added and increase the amounts of meals.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights Foundation president, Kim Frank, had this to say in an interview:

“Medical professionals throughout Las Vegas are battling this virus on the front lines in an effort to keep our families and community safe, we’re proud to show our support for those working in healthcare across the Las Vegas Valley by providing thousands of meals over the coming weeks.”

When Will the NHL Return?

As the entire world waits to come back after the unfortunate COVID-19 outbreak, we’re all just stuck quarantining in the meantime. While this is happening, obviously, no major sports are being played.

We lost March Madness, the finish to the NBA season, NHL, MLB, and so many. Too many. 

Every industry in the US and the world is hurting right now, and there just is, unfortunately, no telling when things will come back. 

President Trump said yesterday after a meeting with multiple different sports league commissioners, including NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, that he is hopeful for the NFL season to start as scheduled. 

This doesn’t really mean much to die-hard NHL fans, but take it for what it is right now. Hopefully, we are on the mend, as there is talk about trying to see a full 2020-21 schedule.

The Wrap Up

I love hearing news like this. As someone who lived in Las Vegas myself, I love to see a local sports team like the Vegas Knights to help out those in need.

Not just Vegas, but we’re all in this together during this global pandemic. What do you guys think about the Knights? Do you hope to see other teams step up and help in times like this? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Atlantic City Losing Upwards of 500 Million Dollars Per Month Amid Global Pandemic

Atlantic City Boardwalk at Night

Could you imagine walking into a casino, any casino in the world, and it just being empty? Caesar’s in Atlantic City would be a very strange casino to see completely desolate. Yet that’s exactly where we are.

The unfortunate outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has left hundreds of thousands of people unemployed across the world. In the US, where the virus has spread to be the worst country so far, we’re seeing a massive hit to the casino industry.

I won’t sit here and claim that casinos are an essential business. Still, it’s definitely cause for concern for these companies.

The Declining of Atlantic City

Since the state-regulated shutdowns started in early March, casinos around the globe are facing financial struggles. Atlantic City is now losing 540 million every month. These numbers are staggering, losses of which the casino industry as a whole as ever seen.

The big question floating around for everyone is, “will the industry bounce back?” 

With the amount being lost every month as high as it is, it does seem hard to imagine scenarios where Atlantic City casinos would be able to bounce back from this. However, I’m not saying that it can’t happen.

A professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande had this to say during an interview with New York Post:

“We haven’t seen it play out yet, but if you look at the economic numbers that are going to start coming out in the coming weeks, this portends to be a worse economic downturn than we even saw in the great recession.”

Unemployment All-Time High

With all the casinos being closed, obviously, that leaves thousands of workers in the casino industry without jobs during this time. 

Currently, there are 26,000 people from the Atlantic City casino industry that are out of work.

Unemployment across the entire US is hitting some of the highest numbers that the country has ever seen. It’s tough seeing the casino industry going through this, but they are definitely not the only ones affected. 

The Wrap Up

Atlantic City is a beautiful area with great people and tourists that flock from all over. Even though some tough times are being gone through right now, I have high hopes that they will bounce back from this stronger than ever.

What do you guys think? How has the COVID-19 virus outbreak affected you? Please let me know in the comments below.

And also, be sure to check back often and be on the lookout for more news from me and my friends here at BestUSCasinos.org.

Atari Is Trying to Start a Cryptocurrency Casino

So… Atari is trying to start a cryptocurrency casino? 

Atari Logo Red

Yeah, you read that read. It was weird for me to type it out. At the same time that Atari is trying to start this casino, they are also trying to get into the hotel industry as well.

What is going on?

Well, I’m sure you have a lot of questions, and so do I, so let’s try and unpack some of this together

What Is Going On With Atari?

Does Atari seem to be the same to you as when we were kids? The company used to be an absolute powerhouse. The first atari gaming console came out well before I was even born, back in 1977.

Jump ahead to 2020 where we are now, and now Atari is trying to push out a VCS system. So, yeah, Atari has a lot on their plate right now. What are they thinking?

Why are they trying to do all of this? I’m not entirely sure, but I definitely don’t think its the right move for them. Personally, after the number of delays we’ve seen and the breaking contracts with their designers and getting sued, it just doesn’t seem like the right move to keep piling on more and more.

Why a Casino?

Maybe the better question is, why a cryptocurrency casino? I have no answers that I could find as to exactly why they are breaking into the casino industry. One can only imagine that they are trying to take advantage of any financial gain they can get right now. 

Publicity even? Bad press is good press, right? Isn’t that the saying? I don’t know, and it just is all so bizarre to me.

All of that considered, honestly, maybe it’s a great move on their part. Maybe people will love it, and it will really take off and be great for their business. Even though it seems odd to me, it doesn’t mean the next generation won’t love it. I’ve been around, and I know Atari a certain way, so having it run a casino is just really out there for me.

Who knows, though, people younger than me that don’t know any different might send them to the next level!

Oh, and maybe the hotel will take off as well!

When Does the Casino Launch?

According to Atari’s website: soon. 

I couldn’t find an exact launch date, this is what I found from Atari themselves:

Atari Cryptocurrency Casino Launch Banner

Multiple reports that I found definitely think that it will launch this year.

Along with this, they are releasing two official tokens, the Atari token, and the Pong token. They are doing this by partnering up with another company that will help strengthen their case in the ICO world. 

The Wrap Up

I just don’t know, guys. It’s too weird for me. Atari and a casino? Still, it just odd to think about. 

Will I play at the casino? Maybe. I might try it out to see what it’s all about, but not till some kinks have been worked out. 

What do you guys think about the news? How does an Atari crypto casino make you feel? Let me know in the comments below!

Caesars Entertainment UK Fined £13 Million

Caesars Entertainment UK has been slapped with a £13 million dollar fine. Ouch.

Caesars Entertainment

This fine comes in relation to failures that relate to VIP schemes. And, it comes not long after online casino Betway was hit with an £11.6 million fine back in March.

Why Did Caesars Receive a Fine?

So, the main reason behind the find is that Caesars UK was found guilty of failings in their treatment of their VIP’s. The VIP’s are typically offered perks and other comps to entice them to spend more money.

However, the failure on Caesar’s part came in for neglecting to catch gambling addiction in some of their VIP’s. Such as allowing a customer to lose £323,000 in one year and gambling for five hours or more on more than 30 occasions.

Others also had fallen prey to gambling addiction. Unfortunately, there was a gambler that was very common to sign up to “self-exclude” from gambling had started again, and lost £240,000. Another gambler who was a nanny lost that reported she was borrowing money from family, and playing from her overdraft was had lost £18,000 in a year.

Neil McArthur, an executive of the Gambling Commission, had this to say:

“In recent times the online sector has received the greatest scrutiny around VIP practices but VIP practices are found right across the industry and our tough approach to compliance and enforcement will continue, whether a business is on the high street or online.”

Caesar’s Response

In response to the fine given by the Gambling Commission, Caesars UK said that they:

“acknowledges falling short of its standards and accepts the settlement reached with the British Gambling Commission”

What Can Caesars US Learn?

If there is any takeaway from this it’s hopefully that Caesars other brands can learn from these mistakes. While the actions of one brand certainly don’t reflect the actions of all, the responsibility does come down to Caesars as a whole in my opinion.

I believe the response to their actions was acceptable; however, I also believe there is more that can be done in the fight against problem gambling.

Right now, there isn’t much gambling action going on, as all US casinos have closed due to complications with the recent COVID-19 virus outbreak.

The Wrap Up

To close this up, I will say that I will do my best to keep you updated with news that develops in regards to Caesars and the Gambling Commission. Be sure to check back for more of my news here at BestUSCasinos.org.

Newest Online Slots Available This Month

This is no April fools joke! We have a large new selection of slots that are just waiting to be played!

Let’s take a look at what providers are offering these new games, and what the new games are!

Blown Away by Lightning Box Games

Lightning Box Games hit us with a new game called “Blown Away.” 

Blown Away Slots

Blown away is a fun new game that has a theme based around animal characters that are stuck on a desert island after a storm hit. This game has all of the following features: wilds, free spins, 7x multipliers, scatters, and re-spins!

Here are all the specs that Blown Away offers:

RTP 95.70%
Reels 5
Paylines/Ways 25
Betting Range 0.25 – 200
Progressive Jackpot No
Max Jackpot 900x

This slot seems to have a lot of great offers, however after we looked a little more at the RTP and the top payouts, we feel this game might not be the best for serious players. But for casual play, this could be a fun game.

Microgaming – The Vault

The Vault is the newest addition to Microgaming’s slot library. This also comes from help from Microgaming’s independent game studio creator Snowborn Games.

The Vault Slot by Microgaming

This game has incredible graphics and is set to the theme of a man named Jewel, who is a trained burglar.

This is a 5-reel slot with 20 paylines and has excellent features such as respins, extra spins, and even stacked wilds.

The CCO of Microgaming had this to say:

“We are pleased to add Snowborn Games to our growing content partner network and look forward to working with the team, who are set to expand our diverse portfolio with unique and entertaining content, starting with their debut title, The Vault.”

The Wrap Up

This obviously is not an extensive list of all the slot games that have dropped for this month, but these are a few I thought were note-worthy. All in all, though, it looks like there are some great slot games that are continuing to come out.

Microgaming really out-did themselves with The Vault, and I’m excited to see what they do next.

I hope everyone has a great month, even though we’re stuck inside at least there are some great new slots to play! Stay safe, everyone!

Greektown Casino-Hotel is Opening its Door to First Responders in Detroit Area

img-responsive Greektown Hotel-Casino in Detroit

The numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the USA are continuing to rise. Despite this news, there are still people in the casino industry that are trying to shed a little bit of light during these times. 

The Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, is offering free rooms to first responders. They are offering this for those who have fears of taking the virus to their homes and putting their families’ health at risk.

Reports show that there are 40 rooms available for emergency workers, medical workers, and Detroit police officers and firefighters. Of course, this comes with risks and complications, the hotel is taking every precaution possible to keep everyone safe.

Everyone that goes into the hotel undergoes a medical examination, getting their temperatures taken and answering questions. As of right now, the casino is closed due to the order to close all non-essential businesses.

Words from the Greektown Casino-Hotel

The Casinos community relations and public affairs VP had this to say:

“There are so many first responders who are out there working and coming in contact with a lot of people. We’re providing them a safe place to go instead of going home and potentially exposing their families.”

COVID-19 in Michigan

Michigan has unfortunately seen a surge of cases, and now has the 3rd most cases in the United States. Mainly in the Detroit area, which is where most of the first responders are sent to for help. 

That’s why this is such a very generous offer from Greektown Casino-Hotel, as they are opening up their business and potentially bring the virus into their building. This will, of course, give them a hit as they will have to continually clean everything. 

I find it inspiring and selfless and hope other people in the casino industry will follow suit.

Where Michigan Stands 

So far, around 39 members of law enforcement in the Detroit area have been confirmed to have the virus. The President of Detroit Police Officers Association said this:

“We discussed this with the mayor on Friday because one of our concerns is officers who are scared to go home. It’s nice that they’re giving those officers a place to stay during this crisis. Right now, we have to keep our citizens calm and we also have to keep our officers calm.”

The Detroit first responders are obviously very appreciative of this gesture. As I said before, I hope more people in the casino industry will follow suit for our first responders, putting themselves at risk for us.

Online Casino Sofware Provider Betsoft Announces New Slot Game: Monster Pop

Betsoft is coming in hot with yet another new online slot game! Yesterday they dropped a new game called Monster Pop, and you’re going to want to try it!

Monster Pop Slot Game by Betsfot

This is one of the most innovative slots from Betsoft that we have seen to date. This is a cascading real video slot, and it offers a 5×5 grid that actually expands into a 13×13 grid! This means that you have the potential to have a major win with cluster pay that could pay out 1921x your original bet!

What are you waiting for?

Where Can I Play Monster Pop?

I know, I know. You want to go play right now! Lucky for you, one of the top online casinos that we recommend has Monster Pop right now ready for play! We have many great online casinos, but one stands out to us in this instance that you will want to use.

Head on over to Wild Casino, and you can start playing this game today!

Monster Prop Specs

Release Date March 26, 2020
Game Type Video Slots
Number of lines 5×5 (up to 13×13), Cluster Payouts
RTP 97.07%
Max Possible Win 1921.12 x bet
Supported Platforms Desktop (HTML5), Mobile (iOS, Android)

What Betsoft’s Team is Saying

Marketing Director of Betsoft has said the following about Monster Pop:

“We are renowned for great storyboards and for true cinematic quality. Monster Pop strengthens this reputation. It also delivers an innovative take on cluster pays slot games, offering players excitement and huge win potential. Player response has been fantastic so far and we expect Monster Pop to be a long term hit.”

Obviously, Betsoft has taken a lot of time and effort into making this game and hopes to have it be around for the long haul. This is great for us as slot players and goes to show that Betsoft is a company that genuinely cares for its players.

Other Real Money Slot Options

If you don’t want to try Monster Pop but are looking for other slots to try, never fear! Our team here at BestUSCasinos.org has an extensive guide to the best real money slots.

There are countless slot games you can play that have pay lines and reels very similar to Monster Pop. There are also classic slots available for real money if that’s more your speed. 

No matter what, there is something for everyone!

William Hill US CEO Joe Asher to Donate His Entire Salary to Furloughed Employees

It’s a breath of fresh air when we can actually hear some good news for once. Amidst all the panic and unemployment, employees of William Hill US that are on furlough will continue to receive an income.

William Hill Classic Logo

How?

Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, is donating his entire salary to his furloughed employees. He is doing this through a foundation he set up within the company.

In an interview, Joe said:

“It wasn’t that hard, to be honest with you, it didn’t feel right to take a paycheck when we have so many employees that were out of work.”

“I told them we are in this together and whatever they can do, they should help, even if it’s only 20 bucks, it’s totally cool. But I want everyone to do something.”

Joe Asher has received a very positive response from this, and he says that he hopes to inspire and motivate others in the gaming community.

What’s Happening with the Casino Industry?

As of Wednesday, US-based casinos were forced to close their doors. This means casinos have been labeled as “non-essential,” which has forced over 400,000 people out of work across the US.

This is no different than other industries that have been closed to shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, the casino industry plays a substantial economic impact in places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

How Long Can Casinos Survive?

Only the casinos themselves can know for sure, but it’s projected the Caesars Palace has enough money to sustain itself anywhere from 8 – 16 months. Money is still being burned daily, and the country as a whole has no idea how long these quarantine rules will be applied.

Right now, the state of Nevada closed all non-essential businesses for 30 days, and who knows if that’s the end of it.

William Hill US Cares for Their Employees

Joe Asher seems to genuinely care for the employees of his company. Part of the foundation he has set up is set to pay for 100 percent of the William Hill US workforce health insurance.

“We can’t lose people to illness in a medical crisis because they didn’t have insurance,” he said. “That’s immoral.”

This is an incredibly kind gesture on the part of Joe Asher and William Hill, and I hope that other industries and business owners take notice of this.

Joe Asher had this to say about the pandemic as well:

“We don’t know how long this is going to last,” he said. “But this company has been around for 86 years. William Hill survived World War II and I’ll be damned if it dies on my watch. We’ll get through it.”

In Closing

Like the rest of you, I have no idea as to when this will be over with. All we can do for now is wash our hands, keep our distance and wait this out.

If having no casinos to go to is driving you crazy, consider trying some of theonline casinos we have recommended here on our site.

Stay safe, everyone!

All US-Based Casinos Will Be Closed By Wednesday

Unfortunately, things just keep getting worse for the casino industry. It has been announced that all US casinos will be closed down as of Wednesday. This is in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Sorry We're Closed Sign

The American Gaming Association reported on Monday that more than 900 casinos had closed around the US. It has now been announced that 100% of casinos around the US will be closed.

This is a massive blow to the commercial casino industry in the US in terms of revenue. This couldn’t have come at a worse time, as casinos around the US were preparing for one of the busiest seasons of the year: March Madness.

Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US told ESPN

“Obviously, it’s unprecedented times. It’s tough right now, timing was bad, wiping out March Madness. Losing the [NCAA men’s basketball] tournament was a real punch in the gut. But, look, a punch in the gut hurts, but you recover from it.”

The closure of all these casinos around the US will diminish the number of jobs in the US by over 640,000 people.

When Will US Casinos Reopen?

This is a very difficult question to answer. As of right now, places are still continuing to quarantine close to aid in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

US President Donald Trump has made a statement today claiming that he wants to reopen businesses by Easter (April 11, 2020). People are very divided on this statement, as most of the country is when Donald Trump says anything. 

Do I think that casinos will be reopened by Easter? I would certainly hope so, but I’m not holding my breath. I think personally that we will be stuck in quarantine for a little while longer, as many health officials have stated they are not sure when this could be over. 

Here’s my simple advice: be patient. 

I know that’s not what you want to hear, but that’s the best advice I can give at this time. You can always try casino games and other types of gambling that will still be offered from the comfort of your own home.

Online Casinos are Also Suffering

With no sports to bet on with everyone being closed, even the online casinos are struggling. Online casinos and gambling sites are being forced to shift their main focus to casino games and poker.

But with no sports actively competing, there is a lot of revenue being lost and casinos alike are scrambling to pick up the pieces.

Online casinos have gone as far as to start offering betting odds on the weather. Yes, you read that right: the weather. This is a screenshot taken from US-based sportsbook BetNow:

BetNow Weather Betting Lines

Crazy times we live in, right? It’s funny, but it at least gives people options!

In Closing

It looks like us Americans and people around the world for that matter will have to be happy with betting on weather, playing casino games or poker for the foreseeable future.

Everyone stay safe out there. Hopefully, everyone understands that decisions like this are not easy to make and are not made lightly. People’s jobs are being lost and revenue is decreasing for the casino industry. 

Stay safe everyone and please stop hoarding toilet paper.