Circa Las Vegas Gains License to Open Casino Next Month

There are several incredible new hotel-casinos scheduled to open in Las Vegas over the next 10 months. One that many are excited about is Circa las Vegas, located in the Downtown area of the city. New reports claim this property has officially received a license from the Nevada Gaming Commission to open next month.Circa Resort & Casino

It’s exciting news to hear. Many believe that Circa could quickly transform Downtown Las Vegas into one of the hottest areas of the city. It’s easy to see why. Now is the perfect time to look at what this hotel-casino has to offer its guests.

Let’s get into it!

Downtown Las Vegas is Working Hard to Boost Tourism

When most people think of Las Vegas nowadays, the image of the Strip comes to mind. It’s easy to see why, as this area is home to many of the biggest and best casino-resorts in the world. Downtown Las Vegas has always been a popular gambling destination too, and seems to be improving right now.

There are many great casinos in this section of Las Vegas. Many are owned by the Stevens brothers. Of course, all of the Downtown Las Vegas casinos were forced to close their doors back in March and didn’t reopen until late June.

The focus for these casino owners is now bringing in new players. Casinos have taken many different measures to achieve this goal. Not everything is running smoothly for them, though. News recently came out that the Fremont Hotel-Casino was facing official complaints for unrightfully detaining one of its patrons.

It’s been a difficult year for all of the casinos in Las Vegas. Revenue earnings are considerably lower right now than they were in 2019. That seems unlikely to change anytime soon and may even get worse as winter rolls around.

One of the most exciting new properties scheduled to open here is Circa Las Vegas. Gambling fans around the country have been eagerly awaiting news on when this hotel-casino would open its doors. It now appears we have an answer.

NGC Finally Grants Casino License to Circa Las Vegas

There are a number of large casinos being constructed in Las Vegas. To the surprise of many analysts, Circa Las Vegas has been one of the most-anticipated hotel-casinos in the city. It’s owned by the aforementioned Stevens brothers and should prove to be the most impressive venue ever built in Downtown Las Vegas.

There’s a lot of exciting features of this property. Most of the attention the media is giving this property is on its swimming pool. This is a multi-level resort pool featuring one of the largest television screens in the entire city.

Everyone knew that Circa would be opening its doors sometime in 2020. With the events unfolding around the world, however, no one seemed to know exactly when this property would begin accepting guests. One of the main delays was obtaining a casino license from the Nevada Gaming Commission.

This process is now officially complete. News has just surfaced that this property has finally obtained its elusive license from the NGC. That guarantees the casinos opening on October 28th. It’s important to note that the hotel won’t open up until December.

Circa Las Vegas may help to significantly boost tourism in Las Vegas. The casino floor here features nearly the same number of gambling options as the Golden Gate and D Las Vegas combined. It will be interesting to see how many tourists flock to this new venue once it finally opens its doors.

Stay tuned for more updates on Circa over the next few weeks.

The Las Vegas Virgin Hotel Will Open in Early 2021

As we already mentioned, there are a number of exciting new casino-resorts scheduled to open their doors in Las Vegas over the next few months. This week, we officially received news that the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel will be opening up in early 2021.

This is Virgin’s first foray into the land-based gambling industry. The company’s new casino will open in the same location as the former Hard Rock Hotel. Company officials have been working hard to make this one of the best new gambling venues in the city.

Virgin Hotel’s project was delayed several times this year. The initial hope was for this hotel-casino to begin accepting guests sometime late into 2020. That proved impossible with the delays in the renovation.

Las Vegas will soon be treated to a wave of new casino-resorts. Most of the owners of these venues could never have predicted how things look the way they do now. The gambling and tourism industry in Las Vegas is still struggling and may remain that way for years.

These casino owners aren’t letting that slow them down, though. Hopefully, these new properties help to stimulate Nevada’s tourism industry and bring casinos some much-needed revenue.

Are you excited to see Circa Las Vegas open its doors? Do you plan to visit Las Vegas this year? Let us know in the comments section below.

Lori Lightfoot Wants More Information On the New Casino in Chicago

A little over a year ago, lawmakers in Illinois approved a new measure to allow several more casinos to open around the state. One of these casinos will open in the city of Chicago. This week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot began asking potential developers for more information on the new casino in Chicago.Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

It’s been a long road trying to get this new casino up and running. That’s particularly true now that the global pandemic has shut down casinos around the country. Today, we’ll look at what this new move from Lightfoot means for the Chicago casino.

Chicago Casino Continues to Face Delays Opening

Over the years, Illinois has grown to become a popular casino destination. Lawmakers began taking a closer look at how much revenue was being earned at the gaming venues here. Many called for an expansion and looked at which cities would be willing to host new casinos.

In June of 2019, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker officially signed a new capital plan that allows for six new casinos to open around the state. Hope is that the revenue earned from these venues can go towards many of the state’s upcoming infrastructure projects.

One of the most interesting points of this new plan was opening a new casino in Chicago. This would become the first legal Class III gambling venue to ever open in “The Windy City.” It quickly became clear that doing so would be difficult, though.

Illinois set an unusually high tax rate on this proposed casino that kept potential operators away. Most felt it would be impossible to make a profit. Eventually, lawmakers agreed to lower this tax rate to better cater towards casino companies.

Location also became an issue. Several different areas were looked at to host the new casino in Chicago. None were overly appealing to potential operators of the casino. It’s still not entirely clear where this property will be located.

City officials are interested in finding out which companies want to run this casino. Lori Lightfoot is now inviting potential developers to speak about their plans.

Developers Are Invited to Speak About the New Casino in Chicago

State leaders are eager to get Chicago’s new casino up and running. Illinois, like many other states, is desperate for money right now. Additional revenue from the casino industry will be hugely beneficial.

This casino can’t be rushed, though. Officials still need to know how exactly different companies plan to run this exciting new venue. This week, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot invited potential casino developers to speak about how they plan to run the new casino in Chicago.

Lightfoot released an official statement confirming the push to open this casino.

“After securing favorable legislation that had eluded us for decades, Chicago can finally pursue a once in a generation opportunity to bring a casino to our city, generating hundreds of millions in new gaming revenues to shore up the City’s pension obligations and drive huge levels of infrastructure funding in Illinois as well as creating thousands of new and much needed jobs for local residents,” she said. “This is the right time to begin having these discussions as we continue to lay the foundation to make a strong recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Lightfoot is asking these developers nine different questions related to how they will run this property. That includes questions on how big the casino will be, and what amenities it will include. The mayor and other city officials will then have a better idea as to which company should operate the new casino in Chicago.

Another main focus will be on where this casino should be located. Lightfoot hopes that the invited developers will have some helpful ideas. We’ll continue offering updates on this meeting over the next few weeks!

What’s Going On With Illinois’ Sports Betting Industry?

In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court officially removed PASPA, a set of laws that prohibited sports betting in all states aside from Nevada. Doing so immediately gave every state the ability to legalize this form of gambling. Now, more than two years later, 18 states now have legal sports betting options available. Several more will launch these options soon.

Illinois officially launched its sports betting industry on March 9th of 2020. Both online and land-based betting is available. Eventually, in-person sports betting will even become available inside the state’s many sporting arenas.

The timing for this launch certainly wasn’t ideal. In March, nearly every major sports league around the world shut down. It wasn’t until May that sports slowly began to come back. As a result, revenue earned from this industry is very low.

Things are improving, though. Governor Pritzker recently revoked a measure that required bettors to register in-person before placing bets online. Experts feel this will increase monthly revenue by millions of dollars.

Nearly every state around the country has looked into the regulation of this industry. Many are protifing massively already. In time, almost all states will have some form of regulated sports gambling options available.

Are you excited to see the new casino in Chicago constructed? Where do you think it should be located? Let us know in the comments section below!

Colorado’s Sports Betting Industry is Already Surging

On May 1st, 2020, Colorado became the 18th state to launch its regulated sports betting industry. It’s becoming clear that this was a great move by “The Centennial State.” According to new reports, Colorado’s sports betting industry continues to bring in huge amounts of revenue.Colorado Flag Picture

Sports betting is growing more popular around the country every month. More states are now beginning to take a look at legalizing and regulating this industry. Today, we’re going to check out exactly how much money the sports betting platforms in Colorado managed to bring in last month.

Online Sports Betting is More Popular Than Ever Before

Since March, the entire US gambling industry has been shifting online. Land-based casinos around the county had shut down and more gambling fans began to realize how easy and fun it was to make their wagers online. In many parts of the country, online sports betting is now regulated and taxed.

It’s clear that online gambling is here to stay. Revenue from the industry has been increasing steadily for months. The American Gaming Association recently released a report showing exactly how much money the regulated internet casino and poker industry is generating right now.

According to this report, these casino and poker platforms have already generated $402 million in 2020. That represents a 300% increase when compared to 2019. Incredibly, only a few states currently regulate their online casino industries.

Almost every state has seen its online sports betting revenue increase in 2020. That doesn’t necessarily mean everything is going well, though. Land-based revenue across the country is down considerably. Things are beginning to improve in cities like Las Vegas, yet revenue remains significantly lower than it was last year.

It’s an interesting dilemma for gambling companies around the United States. Many are now focusing more on improving their online gaming operations. State leaders are also beginning to take a closer look at the regulation of this industry.

New reports are now showing how much the sports betting industry over in Colorado is generating.

Here’s an Update on Colorado’s Sports Betting Industry

Lawmakers in Colorado have been interested in legalizing sports betting since PASPA was struck down back in mid-2018. In late 2019, a sports betting bill was finally approved by the House and Senate. Voters approved the bills a short time later. On May 1st, the first state-regulated sports betting platform went live here.

Since that time, this industry has grown immensely. Colorado’s sports betting industry has generated more revenue with each passing month. That’s true once again in July, according to the Colorado Division of Gaming.

The state’s sports platforms generated an incredible $59,183,619.73 in July. That’s a staggering 55% increase from June. As some analysts are pointing out, that includes revenue from the newly-opened brick-and-mortar sportsbooks.

Dustin Gouker, a gaming analyst based in Colorado, gave an optimistic take on the state’s sports gambling market.

“It only took a few days of basketball and baseball games in July to show the demand that is out there in Colorado for sports betting,” Gouker said.  “In just three months, Colorado has established itself as the fifth-largest sports betting market in the U.S, and the number of sportsbook operators in the state is growing rapidly. And with a robust August schedule that includes playoff runs by the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, the short-term outlook for the state is excellent.”

There are now eight land-based sportsbooks based in Colorado. 10 different online sportsbooks are operating here, as well. To the surprise of many, baseball, soccer, and table tennis were the most popular sports wagered on in July.

Casinos in Colorado Struggle to Get Back on Track

Colorado is home to a huge number of fantastic casinos. The state legalized Class III casino gambling back in 1991 and now draws in large numbers of gambling fans from nearby states. The vast majority of gaming venues here are located in just three cities.

In March, all the casinos here were forced to close down. It was devastating for the cities that rely on these properties for tourism and employment. By early June, state leaders gave the green light for the casinos to open their doors again.

These properties are now struggling to attract players. Most are now fully operational again, albeit with major safety regulations set in place.

Lawmakers here recently introduced a measure to increase bet limits inside casinos. To qualify for the ballot, 124,632 signatures must be confirmed. The goal is to give more power to the residents who rely on these casinos.

Fortunately, Colorado’s sports betting industry is helping to make up for the lost casino revenue. Revenue from this industry increased dramatically in July. We’ll now need to wait and see how things look in August.

Are you surprised to see how popular sports betting is in Colorado? Let us know in the comments section below!

Atlantic City’s Casino Revenue Dropped by 85% in 2020’s Q2

Like all other major casino destinations, Atlantic City took a major hit over the months of April, May, and June. It was the only three months that casinos here were forced to shut down since the first one opened back in 1978. This week, reports were released that show exactly how much Atlantic City’s casino revenue fell during 2020’s second quarter.Sky View Of Atlantic City

Obviously, casinos in this city saw their earnings plummet. Things have improved since that time, however, and quarter three of this year is expected to be considerably better.

Let’s take a look at how this city’s casino industry fared over the past few months.

Casinos in New Jersey Continue Working to Draw Visitors

New Jersey was one of the first states to take a major hit due to the coronavirus now spreading around the world. Infection rates began to surge here and Governor Phil Murphy eventually ordered all casinos around the state to close down. It was unclear how long this shutdown would last for.

As time went on, Atlantic City started to suffer more and more. A huge number of people in this city rely on casinos for employment. Many local businesses also rely on the tourism that casinos generate to function.

After months of back and forth, state leaders agreed to allow casinos to reopen over the Fourth of July weekend. Several of the top casino-resorts here immediately opened their doors when allowed to. Others took their time to assure things would run as smoothly as possible.

The Borgata Hotel-Casino, Atlantic City’s biggest revenue-generator, opened its doors at the end of July. All casinos in this city are now focused on boosting rates of tourism. This has become much easier said than done.

Many residents of New Jersey and nearby states are unwilling to make the trip to a casino amid the pandemic. Things are still not completely safe inside these gaming venues, even with the safety measures set in place. As a result, revenue here remains considerably lower than it was in 2019.

Things are far better now than they were over April, May, and June, though.

Looking Back Atlantic City’s Casino Revenue During This Year’s Second Quarter

It’s now safe to say that the second quarter of 2020 was the worst in history for the US land-based casino industry. In some states, casinos were shut down for all three months. Some allowed their gaming venues to open at the end of the quarter.

New Jersey is in the latter category. It wasn’t until July that casinos were allowed to reopen, meaning land-based casino revenue was non-existent during this time. This week, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released its quarterly revenue report.

During 2020’s second quarter, Atlantic City’s casino revenue fell by an astounding 85%. Casinos here brought in a net revenue of just $121 million during this time. That’s down from the $796.8 million brought in during the same time last year.

Casino Control Commission Chairman James Plousis claims it’s impossible to even compare this year’s earnings to 2019 due to the pandemic.

“It is also noteworthy that, during this period, the casinos undertook an amazing effort and expense to prepare a safe environment for the return of employees and guests,” Plousis said. “That critical investment enabled the casinos to begin welcoming back visitors with appropriate limits in July, and started Atlantic City on the road to recovery.”

He’s certainly right about the massive effort it took to get casinos here operational again. Even today, casinos in this city are working to improve safety measures for patrons and employees. Most of these casinos are also putting special attention on their online gambling operations, too.

Online Gambling Is More Popular Now Than Ever Before in New Jersey

The world’s gambling industry is changing day-by-day. Prior to March, land-based casino revenue was surging and exciting new casino-resorts were being built around the US. Nowadays, online casinos seem to be the most popular option for most gambling fans.

More people see how convenient and easy online casinos make gambling. As of now, New Jersey is one of the few states with a regulated internet casino industry. This regulation is paying off massively, helping casinos companies to stay afloat while bringing the state valuable revenue.

Not long ago, the American Gaming Association released a report showing how much online gaming revenue has grown in 2020. In regulated markets, revenue from these online gambling options has increased by 80%. This may continue to increase, despite many land-based casinos now open around the country.

Other states are taking notice. Several lawmakers have begun presenting bills to legalize and regulate their online casino and sports betting industries. Several prominent analysts expect a surge of new online gambling regulations to begin appearing around the country.

Fortunately, Atlantic City’s casino revenue is beginning to increase with casinos now reopened. That’s great news for residents and employees in the area. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the casino earnings here over the next few months.

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

Ohio’s Casino Revenue Hit Record Levels in July

Back in March, the US casino industry was forced to shut down. Since that time, states have begun allowing their casinos to reopen, yet many felt it would be months, if not years, before revenue earnings returned to normal. Incredibly, Ohio’s casino revenue actually reached a record high in July.Great Seal of the State of Ohio

Gaming analysts are astounded to see how quickly things bounced back here. It seems like great news for casino companies around the country. Today, we’re going to look at how much money the state’s casinos managed to bring in last month.

Casinos Around the US Continue to Reopen

The US gambling industry took a massive hit back in March, as casinos around the country were forced to shut down. Some states indicated this shutdown would last longer than others. As many are aware, casinos play an important role for many communities around the United States.

As time goes on, more states are allowing casinos to reopen. Some states, such as Oklahoma and California, have seen their tribal casinos begin operating again without direct state approval. In Nevada and New Jersey, commercial casinos have been given the green light to start operating again.

This has been great for casino companies. Some health experts, however, fear that the reopening of casinos has contributed to the rise of Covid-19 cases around the United States. That’s particularly true in Nevada, which has seen a steep rise in coronavirus cases since casinos started accepting guests again.

The truth is that casinos needed to reopen in many cities around the country. Gambling revenue in places like Las Vegas has remained low, even after the city’s casinos opened back up. Most felt revenue figures would improve as the months went on.

That now appears to be true in Ohio. Reports are coming out that show gambling revenue in this state increased dramatically during the month of July. It’s exciting news for casino operators around the country, many of which have seen massive losses over the past few months.

So how much money did Ohio’s casinos actually earn?

Taking a Close Look at Ohio’s Casino Revenue in July

Many are surprised to hear that Ohio has a large and successful casino industry. Some of the gaming venues here are pure casinos offering both slots and table games. Others are “racinos,” which offer a limited number of casino games inside horse racing tracks.

July marked the first full month that casinos here were allowed to accept guests. Many analysts had questions about how the gambling properties here would fare amid the global pandemic. Fortunately, things seem much better than many had expected.

According to new reports, Ohio’s casinos and racinos set a record for the most revenue ever earned in a single month. Statewide, the traditional casinos here managed to bring in $86,407,151. That’s a major increase from July of 2019.

The Hollywood Casino Toledo set a new gaming revenue record. This casino managed to bring in an astounding $33,316,109 in July.

Prior to July, the most revenue this casino ever managed to bring in was $20,444,071. Many feel this shows that land-based casinos can thrive even with intense safety regulations set in place.

Jessica Franks, a spokesman for the Ohio Casino Control Commission, spoke to this development to the media this week.

“As best we can figure, Detroit’s three casinos have been closed until last week. And with the proximity of the Toledo casino to the Detroit area, we think a lot of those folks in Detroit came down to Toledo for gaming,” Franks said.

It’s unclear if Ohio’s casino revenue will continue to surge for months to come. We’ll continue offering updates as the weeks go on!

Ohio Lawmakers Are Still Hesitant to Legalize Sports Betting

States around the country are struggling to generate revenue at a time when it’s desperately needed. Many feel the gambling industry is one way for these states to earn money. Ohio is clearly profiting off its casinos yet lawmakers here remain hesitant to embrace the sports gambling industry.

That’s surprising to see. Since the removal of PASPA in 2018, more than 20 states have officially legalized sports betting. Most of these states are earning a huge amount of revenue from their regulated sports gambling platforms. That includes New Jersey, one of the first states to legalize this popular form of gambling.

There’s still a chance that sports betting legislation gets approved here in 2020. Ohio’s House approved a sports betting bill in May and with Senate approval, a measure to legalize sports betting could appear on this year’s ballot.

This seems more likely now that Ohio’s casino revenue is surging. Lawmakers can now see how the gambling industry can benefit the state.

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

Are you surprised to see how much money casinos in Ohio managed to generate? Let us know in the comments section below!

Workers Request Temperature Checks at Casinos

Casinos have been up and running around the US for more months. Unfortunately, many employees inside these venues continue to complain that working conditions are unsafe. Recently, workers began requesting temperature checks at casinos to better identify those with Covid-19.Temperature Check

This won’t eliminate the possibility of infection spread. It may help to make things safer, though. Now is the perfect time to look at some of the safety measures different US casinos are taking to protect their patrons and employees.

Let’s get into it!

Tourism Rates in Nevada and Atlantic City Remain Low as Covid-19 Cases Increase

Nevada is a state that relies on tourism. It’s home to cities like Las Vegas and under normal circumstances, the tourism industry here is booming. 2020 is no normal year and over the past six months, Nevada has seen the lowest rates of visitors in modern history.

It’s not for a lack of trying. Governor Steve Sisolak gave casinos in the state the green light to reopen in June of this year. Initially, only a few major gambling venues in the state opened up. Today, nearly all casinos in Las Vegas are operational again.

Hope was that the reopening of the state’s casinos would help to boost tourism rates. In some ways, this was successful. As the state’s casinos open up, more visitors are making the trip to Nevada. Unfortunately, tourism rates remain significantly lower than they were in 2019.

The same can be said for Atlantic City.

Rates of Covid-19 continue to increase. As more cases come up, less people around the country want to visit and play inside a crowded casino.

Workers are feeling the effects of this situation. Many rely on casinos for a paycheck, yet are being put at risk of catching Covid-19. Calls to increase safety measures have been increasing as of late.

Many now feel that all casinos should begin taking the temperature of all their patrons.

Employees Start Calling for Temperature Checks at Casinos

As most already know, regulations towards Covid-19 vary from state to state. Nearly all casinos across the US are taking similar measures, though. That includes plexiglass barriers at table games, separating slot players, and limiting occupancy.

Some feel this still isn’t enough.

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a number of workers inside casinos come up positive for Covid-19. Some have even died from the new virus. Obviously, it seems as if casinos are not doing enough to prevent infection spread.

There have been many attempts to increase safety measures inside casinos. Not long ago, the Nevada Culinary Union sued several major Las Vegas Strip casinos for their lack of health protocols. Earlier this week, the Sahara Las Vegas was hit with a health complaint from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Something needs to change, yet no one seems to have the best idea on how to do so. There’s now a push for temperature checks at casinos in Atlantic City. Members of the Local 54 Unite-Here union started demanding the change during an online press conference on Thursday.

Steve Callender, regional president of Caesars Entertainment, claims the company’s venues in Atlantic City are doing everything they can to keep things safe for workers.

“Caesars Entertainment’s Atlantic City health and safety plan fully complies with all governmental directives,” he said. “In addition to our enhanced cleaning protocols and other requirements that apply to our valued team members, all of our guests must pass a screening process before being allowed into our properties and must wear face masks in compliance with the governor’s orders.”

Temperature checks at casinos won’t eliminate the possibility of Covid-19’s spread. It could help casinos identify those with clear symptoms, however, and that’s a step in the right direction.

More Gambling Revenue Reports Are Starting to Surface

In 2020’s second quarter, casinos experienced some of the lowest revenue figures they’d ever seen. All casinos were closed in April and May, and many remained shut down through the month of June.

As time goes on, more companies are revealing how much they made in quarter two.

Las Vegas Sands saw its revenue earnings drop by 97% during these three months. Sheldon Adelson released a report detailing exactly how much money the company’s casinos managed to bring in. One company official told the media that Las Vegas was “in a world of hurt.”

Earlier today, Wynn Resorts revealed its second-quarter revenue reports, as well. Things aren’t much better. This Nevada-based gaming company saw a massive 95% dip in revenue over April, May, and June.

More of these reports will become available over the next week. Most analysts predict similar figures for companies such as MGM Resorts International and Eldorado Resorts.

No one knows when things will start getting back to normal. Some feel that taking steps such as temperature checks at casinos will boost public confidence in the safety of these venues. Stay tuned for more updates on the health protocols casinos take over the next few weeks.

Have you visited any major casinos recently? Let us know about your experience in the comments section below!

Motor City Casino Officially Reopens on Wednesday!

Michigan is currently home to 27 tribal and commercial casinos. The state’s gambling venues help to bring in a huge amount of valuable revenue. New reports indicate the popular Motor City Casino will officially open to the public on Wednesday.Motor City Casino

This is one of the top casinos in the Detroit area. Analysts remain torn on whether or not this venue can bring in a large number of players right now, though. Today, we’re going to talk about how the state’s casino industry will fare over the next few months.

Let’s get into it!

Report Indicates Casinos Bring in $6.3 Billion to Michigan Annually

Over the past couple of decades, Michigan has developed a large and successful casino industry. Both tribal and commercial casinos are able to legally operate here. Most of Michigan’s casinos have been very successful over the years.

Back in March, all of the state’s casinos were forced to shut down. It was a tough blow for many local communities in this state. Casinos help to employ thousands of individuals and boost tourism. Revenue from this industry is already down considerably this year.

New reports are starting to show exactly how much money the state’s casinos bring in. New reports from the American Gaming Association have just surfaced that show casinos in Michigan bring in $6.3 every single year. It’s an incredible statistic that shows how important this industry really is for the state.

Casinos generate an estimated $1.3 billion in taxes for the state every year. Casinos here also pay out nearly $2.1 billion in wages to employees here. Lawmakers realized these gambling venues couldn’t stay closed forever and finally agreed to allow some of them to reopen this week.

On Wednesday, many of the state’s commercial casinos will finally begin accepting guests again. Much of the focus is on the casinos in and around Detroit. Analysts question how many people will be willing to visit these venues right now.

Motor City Casino is Set to Open Back Up Tomorrow

Michigan has taken its time opening back up. Unlike some states around the country, it’s been slowly phasing into new reopening plans and for the most part, rates of Covid-19 have been relatively low here. As time went on, however, more residents here began demanding that casinos be allowed to reopen.

As we just mentioned, these gambling venues employ a huge number of people throughout the state. Lawmakers finally agreed to safety measures introduced by casino companies and have given the green light for many to reopen tomorrow, August 5th. That includes the highly-popular Motor City Casino.

This property first opened in 1999 and has grown to become one of the most popular casinos in the state. When it finally reopens, things will look considerably different than they did at the start of 2020. Officials within the casino are offering a quick look at what guests here can expect.

For the foreseeable future, dealers will all be required to wear shields over their faces. Everyone in the casino will be required to wear masks. Plexiglass barriers have also been installed on table games to separate and protect players. Slots have been separated to promote social distancing, as well.

In total, this popular Detroit casino will only be allowed to take in 15% of its total capacity. That comes out to just 1,600 people.

Bruce Dall, President of the Motor City Casino, also cast aside any hopes of eating inside the casino.

“There won’t be any eating inside the casino because you have to lower your mask,” Dall said. “You have the opportunity, quite frankly, to order drinks though the slot machine. A cocktail server will bring it to you in a disposable glass, and when you’re seated at a machine, you can drink it — pull your mask down, take a sip, pull your mask back up.”

Casino gambling is a different experience right now. Perhaps things will remain like this for years to come. We’ll need to wait and see how much revenue this popular gaming venue manages to bring in over the next few months.

Can Sports Betting Help to Make Up for Lost Casino Revenue?

Even after the casinos in Michigan reopen, revenue here will likely be significantly lower than it was last year. We’re seeing significant losses in cities like Las Vegas, which allowed their casinos to open back up in early June. Some are now pointing towards Michigan’s new sports betting industry as a way to generate some much-needed gambling revenue.

Lawmakers in the state began presenting bills to legalize sports betting in 2018. By late 2019, many felt they’d finally come up with a safe plan to regulate this industry. Governor Gretchen Whitmer formally approved the “Lawful Sports Betting Act” in January and sports betting is now legal throughout the state.

Under the approved bill, both land-based and online sports betting is set to become available here. Several casinos have already opened their sportsbooks. Online sports betting platforms have not yet launched here.

Initially, the state’s regulated internet sportsbooks were expected to launch in 2021. Some now feel this process will be fast-tracked. Many experts feel it will help to bring the state more revenue at a time when it’s desperately needed.

In time, the Motor City Casino is likely to loosen its restrictions. The unfortunate truth is that no one knows how things will look six months from now. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

Do you plan on visiting any casinos in Michigan? Which ones? Let us know in the comments section below!

Is a Casino to Blame for the Cardinals’ Covid-19 Cases?

The 2020 MLB season officially on July 23rd. Since that time, the world’s biggest baseball league has been plagued by issues. After new reports, some are beginning to wonder if a casino is to blame for the Cardinals’ Covid-19 cases.Casino Table Game

As many already know, the St. Louis Cardinals have seen a number of positive Covid-19 cases pop up over the past few days. It’s a serious issue that may end up forcing the cancelation of this year’s MLB season. Today, we’re going to look at what could have caused this new surge in cases.

The 2020 MLB Season is Up and Running

Baseball is and always has been one of the most popular sports in the United States. Since March, many people around the country have been calling for the 2020 MLB season to resume. After months of deliberation, league officials announced the season would begin again on July 23rd.

This is what everyone wanted to hear. Several major leagues had already started operating again. The MLB was unique, however, in the fact that it wasn’t putting its players in a bubble. Most agreed that doing so would be extremely difficult.

The season this year is significantly different from all others. All teams were scheduled to play 60 games. An expanded 16-team postseason is scheduled to begin on September 29th. Unsurprisingly, no fans are allowed to attend any games.

Baseball season is back and games are now taking place on a regular basis. Television ratings for these games have been great. Unlike many other sports, baseball doesn’t seem to suffer from its lack of crowds. Many fans are now betting on different game outcomes.

That doesn’t mean that everything is going smoothly. As the weeks go on, more teams are experiencing issues. We’ve seen many positive Covid-19 tests over the past two weeks. Many fear that if this trend continues, the season will be canceled entirely.

We’re now beginning to learn more about what led to several players on the St. Louis Cardinals coming up positive for the new coronavirus.

Visit to Local Casino May Have Caused the Cardinals’ Covid-19 Cases

Without a regimented bubble set in place, it’s been incredibly difficult for the MLB to stay away from the new coronavirus. Players have been able to move around as they please. That wasn’t making it easy for league officials who continue to deal with new coronavirus cases. Now, players are banned from leaving their hotels.

Recently, news surfaced that four players on the Cardinals and three team staff members tested positive for this new virus. Additional tests of team members have since been taken. It seems highly likely that more players will come up positive, as well.

We’re starting to hear what may have caused the Cardinals’ Covid-19 cases. Reports came out that several players visited a local casino. Exactly what casino was visited is unknown. Cardinals executive John Mozeliak is already shooting these reports down.

“I have no factual reason to believe that is true, and I have not seen any proof of that,” Mozeliak said. If they were at a casino, though, that would be disappointing.”

Casinos have been opening in Missouri for months. All have strict safety protocols set in place. With that being said, these venues remain easy places for the new coronavirus to spread from person to person.

We’ll continue hearing more about the Cardinals’ situation over the next couple of weeks. Some are now asking how this news could affect Missouri’s casino industry.

Missouri Casinos Still Struggle to Bring in Revenue

Missouri isn’t typically thought of as a major gambling destination. In reality, though, this state draws in many tourists from nearby states to take part in its gaming fun. There are 14 different casinos in the state, most of which are now open.

Casino revenue in this state remains low. Gambling revenue across the entire country is significantly lower right now than it was in 2019. The fact remains that most of the country doesn’t want to visit and play inside a crowded casino.

No one seems to have the best approach to increase Missouri’s gaming revenue. Some feel that Missouri could benefit from legal sports betting. As of now, however, the state has not passed any bills to legalize and regulate sports gambling.

The news of the Cardinals’ Covid-19 cases possibly coming from a casino certainly won’t help. Some may be even more fearful that these venues will result in infection spread.

Many different industries are hurting right now. That includes the professional sports and casino industry. Hope is that things improve over the next few months.

Do you think a casino is to blame for the Cardinals’ situation? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Dress Code at D Las Vegas is Changing Once Again

Casinos in Las Vegas are back up and running! That includes the gambling venues in Downtown Las Vegas, where the D Las Vegas is located. News is now beginning to surface that the dress code at D Las Vegas is changing.D Las Vegas

Many are happy to see this change being made. Today, we’re going to look at how the dress code inside this hotel-casino is shifting. We’ll also look more into what this massive venue has to offer its guests.

Let’s get into it!

Most Casinos in Downtown Las Vegas Are Now Open

Nowadays, most people think of the Strip when someone mentions Las Vegas. This isn’t much of a surprise. This small area of the city features a huge number of incredible casino-resorts including The Bellagio, Aria, and The Cosmopolitan.

In March, Governor Steve Sisolak ordered all of Nevada’s casinos to close down. This proved devastating to the local economy. The tourism industry in Las Vegas came to a screeching halt and casinos started losing revenue rapidly.

In early June, many of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip started to reopen. As time has gone on, more casinos in this city began to open back up. Today, nearly all of the gambling venues in Downtown Las Vegas are accepting guests.

Tourism rates are still much lower than they were at the beginning of 2020. The fact that rates of Covid-19 continue to increase certainly isn’t helping. Many are unwilling to visit Las Vegas while the pandemic continues to get worse.

Many casino companies are being forced to lay off their employees. Las Vegas Sands is taking a different route, paying all of their workers through October 31st. Hope is that as time goes on, tourism and gambling revenue will begin to increase again.

One major hotel-casino in the Downtown area of Las Vegas is now changing its stance towards certain guests.

Here’s How the Dress Code at D Las Vegas is Changing

As everyone knows, the city of Las Vegas features some of the most impressive casino-resorts ever built. Nowadays, most of the new properties are built on the Las Vegas Strip. Prior to 2012, it had been many years since a major venue was given a modern renovation in the Downtown area of the city.

Derek and Greg Stevens, two brothers with several casinos in Las Vegas, realized something needed to change. They finally began construction on a brand new casino-resort in Downtown Las Vegas called The D. This new property replaced the Fitzgeralds Hotel-Casino and officially opened to the public in the Fall of 2012.

This new hotel-casino instantly became a major hit. The remodeling helped to bring in a huge number of new guests. Many, however, took issue with the fact that The D prohibited anyone with neck or face tattoos from entering the property.

It was an unusual “dress code” for a casino to implement. This week, casino officials announced that the dress code at D Las Vegas has changed. This popular venue no longer bans those with neck and face tattoos.

The casino released an official statement to the media about the situation.

“Upon reopening, in an effort to keep both our guests and employees safe, we implemented several strict door policies, including ID scanners, extra police officers on property, temperature scanning and a more restrictive dress code. In evaluating our policy, we determined that limiting face and neck tattoos was overreaching and we have since rectified.” 

It’s good to see this change being made. The D is looking for whatever revenue it can generate right now. Hopefully, this rule change results in an increase in visitation here.

Circa Las Vegas is Open to the Public

The D Las Vegas may be the most popular hotel-casino in Downtown Las Vegas right now. In many ways, it represents a new wave of casinos in this part of the casino. It’s a true “resort-style” property with one of the most impressive pools in the city.

Much like The D, this venue is owned by Derek and Greg Stevens. These brothers have invested a huge amount of money making Downtown Las Vegas an appealing part of the city for potential visitors.

The opening of this new venue didn’t come at the most ideal time, though. It’s currently unclear when tourism rates in this city will return to normal. That puts many casino companies in a precarious position.

Las Vegas Sands recently revealed that the company’s revenue for 2020’s second-quarter is down 97% compared to 2019. One official told the media that Las Vegas was “in a world of hurt.” Even exciting new venues like Circa may struggle to bring in guests right now.

The new dress code at D Las Vegas is certainly a good move. Will this help the hotel-casino bring in more players? That remains to be seen.

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

MA’s Sports Betting Proposal is Being Set Aside

Massachusetts is home to one of the most passionate sports fan bases in the United States. Surprisingly, state leaders have not capitalized on this fan base by legalizing and regulating sports betting. Many felt that would change in 2020, yet MA’s sports betting proposal has just been pushed back.Massachusetta State

It’s disappointing news for many residents here. Several state officials are also expressing disappointment in the decision. Today, we’re going to look at why these plans have been set aside.

Let’s get into it!

More States Are Now Benefiting From Regulated Sports Betting

In mid-May, the Supreme Court decided to strike down PASPA, immediately giving every state in the country the ability to legalize sports betting. This was a monumental moment for the gambling industry. Prior to the removal of PASPA, only Nevada was legally able to offer sports betting options.

It didn’t take long for states to take advantage of the change in the law. Many began proposing bills to legalize and regulate sports betting. As time went on, more states started looking into this industry.

Back in March, all major US sports leagues shut down. We’re now entering August, and many of these leagues have now resumed their operations. Sports betting is now more popular than ever before. Overall, however, gambling revenue in the state is down considerably.

States with legal sports betting operations are profiting massively right now. New Jersey, for example, is seeing its sports betting revenue increase from the time prior to the global pandemic. The state taxes this revenue and right now, that money is more important than ever before.

Many predicted that 2020 would be the year Massachusetts decides to regulate sports gambling. With teams like the Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins, many felt that this could become one of the most profitable gambling destinations in the country.

New reports indicate the state is pushing its plans to regulate this industry back.

What’s Happening With MA’s Sports Betting Proposal?

Today, more than 20 states around the United States have now officially regulated and legalized sports betting. All of these states are now profiting massively off the industry. It seemed almost guaranteed that Massachusetts would be one of the states to embrace this new form of gambling.

Several sports betting bills have been introduced in this state over the years. Many have gained support from lawmakers. Interestingly, none have managed to get formally approved by the House and Senate.

Most recently, Massachusetts’ Senate proposed a new bill called S 2842, an amendment to the House’s bill. It seemed to include everything both legislative groups asked for. Unfortunately, the House has just passed a new economic development bill that does not allow for the legalization of sports betting.

Senator Michael Rodrigues, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, spoke about this situation to the media today.

“As it relates to sports gaming, sports wagering, I believe that certainly the time is close when we are going to be tackling this issue, but the time is not now,” he said. “Nor is this the proper vehicle to do so in.”

MA’s sports betting proposal is not completely dead, though. Several lawmakers here claim they will continue to discuss the matter in a few weeks. For now, the focus is on bringing the state as much money as possible with what’s already available.

Casinos in Massachusetts Have Finally Reopened

There’s no telling when sports betting will become officially legal in Massachusetts. Lawmakers seem interested in the proposals from the House and Senate. There simply seems to be more pressing matters at hand.

That doesn’t mean the state’s gambling industry is dead. Recently, Massachusetts’ casinos finally opened their doors. This state was one of the last to allow its major gambling venues to begin operating again.

The Encore Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield are accepting guests again. According to new reports, both of these venues are getting praise for their safety measures. There are many rules set in place in these casinos, including a mask requirement and distance between players at table games.

Revenue from these casinos are certainly still low, though. Even in cities like Las Vegas, which allowed casinos to reopen in early June, casino revenue is significantly lower than it was last year. Most analysts predict that gambling revenue will remain low for the rest of 2020.

If MA’s sports betting proposal was approved, the state could have begun earning more money from its gambling industry. The sports gambling bills have been pushed aside, for now. Things could change over the next couple of months, though.

Do you think sports betting should be legalized in Massachusetts? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s an Update on the Seminole Tribe’s New Casino Rules

Florida’s casino industry has been up and running for more than a month. Unfortunately, the state is experiencing a major rise in Covid-19 cases and officials are trying to find new ways to protect public health. Today, we’re going to take a look at the Seminole tribe’s new casino rules.Seminole Tribe of Florida

The Seminole Tribe currently operates several major casino-resorts in the state of Florida. All of the tribe’s casinos are now implementing new safety measures. Hopefully, these new regulations help to protect the casino visitors.

Florida Continues to Struggle With Surge Of Covid-19 Cases

We’re about to enter the month of August, and cases of Covid-19 continue to increase around the country. State leaders are trying to find the best way to reopen their economies while keeping new infections down. This is proving to be extremely difficult.

For months, New York was the worst-affected state in the country from the new coronavirus. That is no longer the case. Florida seems to be the new epicenter, with a huge number of new infections recorded here every single day.

Governor Ron DeSantis has faced criticism for opening Florida’s economy too quickly. Some believe it’s time for him to begin implementing more regulations. Others feel that doing so would be devastating to the state economy.

Many of the casinos in Florida have the power to set their own regulations. The Seminole Tribe controls many Native American casinos in the state and first began opening them up in early June. Due to the continuing rise in coronavirus cases, this tribe is now focusing more on improving safety measures.

Casinos around the United States are struggling. Revenue from this industry has been dropping considerably over the past few months. There are worries that the Seminole tribe’s new casino regulations will result in an even bigger drop in revenue. As of now, however, there seem to be no other options on the table.

Here’s a Quick Look at the Seminole Tribe’s New Casino Rules

Over the past decade, the Seminole tribe has created a major gambling hub in Florida. This tribe acquired most of Hard Rock International in 2006 and has been working to expand ever since. It now operates six casinos in the state, including a massive new guitar-shaped hotel-casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Up until recently, this tribe’s casino business was very successful. Jim Allen, CEO of Hard Rock International, continued pushing to open new casinos around the country. Now, this company is focused almost entirely on increasing safety measures.

Allen recently released a new press release that details some of the Seminole tribe’s new casino rules.

“Seminole Gaming is committed to the health and safety of its guests and team members, and we are upgrading our comprehensive ‘Safe + Sound’ program to further limit the threat from COVID-19,” he said. “We are making sure our resorts and casinos are safe and sound so our guests and team members have peace of mind when they return.”

Moving forward, guests inside these casinos must all wear masks. They must also stay in one place when removing their masks to eat, drink, or smoke. Temperature checks and more reduced capacity measures are also being set in place.

Many are pleased to see these new regulations set in place. Some still feel that casinos should be shut down entirely, though. That seems highly unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Florida isn’t the only state that is ramping up its public health safety measures.

Las Vegas Casinos Continue to Implement More Safety Measures

It’s clear that Florida has some trouble ahead. Rates of Covid-19 continue to increase here and it’s unclear when this trend will slow down. In reality, though, many states around the country are seeing their infection rates increase rapidly.

Las Vegas remains the gambling hub of the United States. Obviously, casino companies here are working hard to make things safe for guests. That’s proving extremely difficult. We’ve seen cases increase steadily here since casinos have reopened.

The casinos here continue adding more safety measures. Recently, several major casino companies announced they’re looking to add more self-service options inside their venues. Limiting human-to-human contact is now a priority. This is likely to bring about more casino employee layoffs.

Revenue reports for some of the largest casino companies have just been released. Things are just as bad as most figured that would be. During 2020’s second quarter, for example, Las Vegas Sands saw its revenue drop by an incredible 97%.

No one can say how the US casino industry will look by the end of 2020. More gaming companies are now focused on their online operations. Even with the Seminole tribe’s new casino rules, Florida’s gambling revenue is likely to remain low for at least the next six months.

Do you plan on visiting any Florida casinos this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

Groundbreaking Begins on New Casino in Kings Mountain

North Carolina is set to welcome an exciting new casino-resort soon. For years, the Catawbas Nation has been pushing to open a Vegas-style gambling venue in Kings Mountain, near Charlotte. Today, groundbreaking officially began on this new casino in Kings Mountain.North Carolina Flag

Gambling fans in this state are obviously excited. This new venue is expected to be one of the best casinos ever built in North Carolina. Today, we’re going to look at what is currently planned for this new casino.

Let’s get into it!

Catawbas Nation Wins Approval to Build NC Casino

The past few months have been very interesting for the Catawbas Nation. This tribe has been working hard to open a new casino in North Carolina for years. Interestingly, the tribe is actually based in South Carolina, where most forms of gambling are banned.

It should come as no surprise to hear that the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians disapprove of the Catawbas’ casino plans. The EBCI currently operates the only casinos in North Carolina. This tribe feels that the Catawbas Nation is attempting to illegally break into their state’s gambling market.

Eventually, the Interior Department of North Carolina approved the Catawbas’ plans. Shortly afterward, the ECBI filed a lawsuit against this tribe. They argue that the tribe is “reservation shopping” and plans to open a casino on land that should belong to the EBCI.

Officials within the Catawbas Nation haven’t responded to this lawsuit. State leaders in North Carolina have yet to issue a formal statement on the matter, either. As of now, this tribe has the approval to begin construction on a new casino in Kings Mountain.

The EBCI is doing everything it can to stop these plans. Many residents in the state, however, are excited to hear that a massive new casino is being constructed here. From what’s being said, this will become North Carolina’s most impressive gambling property.

Groundbreaking Has Started on the New Casino in Kings Mountain

The Catawbas Nation has been discussing construction dates for its new casino for weeks. Reports began surfacing last week that groundbreaking would begin this Wednesday. That ended up true, and the first groundbreaking has officially started on this project.

This venue is expected to cost $300 million to construct and open. As of now, the plan is for this casino to open by next spring. This could be delayed if the lawsuit filed by the EBCI begins to gain some steam in court.

Officials within Kings Mountain are excited to hear what’s being planned. The Catawbas Nation claims this new casino will produce 2,600 permanent jobs. 5,000 construction jobs will also be formed to make the casino itself.

Catawba Indian Nation Chief Bill Harris expressed his excitement about the new casino in Kings Mountain this week.

“We celebrate what a tribal government and a local and state government can achieve when they come together and treat each other equally,” he said. 

It’s clear that the Catawbas feel this will be a successful casino. The constriction comes at an unusual time, though. Casinos around the country are experiencing major revenue drops and it’s unclear when this trend will change.

Will North Carolina’s sports betting industry help to bring in some much-needed revenue?

North Carolina Will Soon Allow Sports Betting

Back in May of 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA. In doing so, every state in the country was given permission to set its own regulations on sports betting. A little over two years since the removal of PASPA, 24 states have passed laws to regulate the sports betting industry.

That includes North Carolina. Despite being a fairly anti-gambling state over the years, lawmakers in NC decided to approve a measure to allow in-person sports betting in July of last year. Unfortunately, no regulated sports betting options have become available here.

State leaders are still working to come up with specific tax rates and regulations for this new industry. There’s also a bill currently being considered to allow sports betting throughout the state. As of now, the plan is for sports betting to become available inside land-based casinos.

Some feel that sports betting will help bring North Carolina some much-needed revenue. As of now, the casinos here are struggling to bring in money. If online sports betting is allowed, the casino companies in the state can finally start bringing in money again.

It’s still unclear when the state’s sports betting regulations will become available. Obviously, things have been delayed due to the global pandemic. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation over the next few weeks!

Are you excited to hear about the new casino in Kings Mountain? Will this venue be successful? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Culinary Union’s Lawsuit Against MGM is Being Dropped

Most of the casinos in Las Vegas began operating again in June. Since that time, several union groups have complained that conditions are not safe enough for workers inside the gambling venues. This week, however, the Culinary Union’s lawsuit against MGM was dropped.MGM Resorts International Logo

Officials within MGM Resorts International have to be pleased with this decision. Now, the major hotel-casino operator needs to negotiate with the union to ensure things are safe moving forward. Now is the perfect time to look at what to expect for the future of Las Vegas’ casino industry.

Cases of Covid-19 Are Increasing in Clark County

As everyone is aware of, the novel coronavirus that first emerged in the US early this year continues to spread around the country. Cases of Covid-19 are increasing and no one seems to have an answer. Las Vegas began to reopen in June and, unsurprisingly, there’s been a steady increase of coronavirus cases here ever since.

Leaders of this city didn’t have many options. Keeping the casinos closed was devastating to the local economy. A huge number of individuals in Las Vegas are tied to these gambling venues in one way or another.

Unfortunately, many feel that things are not safe enough for the casino workers in this city. There have been reports that infection rates amongst casino workers are not even being accounted for. We do know that many of these employees have tested positive.

A recent report claims that 22 members of the Nevada Culinary Union, or their immediate family members, have died from complications from the virus. It’s unclear how many patrons inside the casinos here have been exposed. Obviously, this situation is a cause for concern.

Casinos have remained open, yet many are starting to implement more strict safety measures. Smoking at table games, for example, was just recently banned.

This week, news surfaced that the Culinary Union is dropping its major lawsuit against MGM Resorts International.

Here’s an Update on the Culinary Union’s Lawsuit Against MGM

Casino companies are trying hard to bring in players right now. As cases of Covid-19 increase, this is becoming increasingly difficult. Not long ago, the Nevada Culinary Union officially filed a lawsuit against MGM Resorts International due to their lack of safety measures for casino workers.

This week, news surfaced that the Culinary Union’s lawsuit against MGM is being dropped. Back in June, this union filed a lawsuit against the Signature at MGM Grand and Sadelle’s Cafe in The Bellagio. After weeks of discussion, the Culinary Union has announced it’s moving to dismiss the lawsuits.

Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union, gave a statement to the media about the situation this week.

“This arbitration is a first step and the Culinary Union will continue to negotiate aggressively and take any other steps necessary to ensure workers and their families are protected from the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace,” Argüello-Kline said. 

Interestingly, Culinary Union 226’s lawsuits against a restaurant inside Harrah’s remain on-going. It seems the union has not come to any kind of agreement with the owners of this venue.

It’s still not clear exactly what MGM Resorts and this union have agreed to. We’ll continue offering updates on the situation over the next few weeks.

Safety Remains an Issue for All US Casinos

Las Vegas isn’t the only city that’s struggling to revitalize its casino industry. It’s obviously important to get the casinos here operational again. Doing so while protecting the public is proving much harder than some predicted.

Atlantic City is also struggling with this issue. Casinos here have been open for the past few weeks. Due to the rise of cases in nearby states and intense safety measures set inside the casinos themselves, this city is finding it difficult to bring in players.

We haven’t heard of any lawsuits being made against the owners of the casinos here. For now, most seem to feel that these companies are working hard to make things safe. If a spike in cases is seen, however, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a civil suit made.

This is likely the toughest situation that casino companies have ever found themselves in. Not even the country’s top health experts can accurately say how things will look in six months. More casinos are now focusing on their online operations.

It’s interesting to hear that the Culinary Union’s lawsuit against MGM is being dropped. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation over the next few weeks.

How do you expect the US casino industry to look in 2021? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s a Look at the Biggest Casino Company in the US

The massive merger between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment has officially been finalized. It took more than a year and an incredible amount of effort. With the deal now done, Eldorado and Caesars have formed the biggest casino company in the US.Eldorado And Caesars Logo

This is a historic moment for the US casino industry. Many analysts are now looking at how this merger will affect different states moving forward. We’ll also look at ways this new company plans to deal with the current issues plaguing land-based casinos.

Let’s get into it!

With Final State Approval, Eldorado and Caesars Could Finally Merge

Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment first announced they planned to merge back in June of 2019. Obviously, this news spread like wildfire. Eldorado agreed to pay $17.3 billion to acquire Caesars; the most expensive purchase in the history of casino companies.

State gambling commissions around the country took notice. Before these two companies could merge, they would need approval from all the commissions they operate in. These government bodies want to ensure the newly-merged company would not result in a monopoly.

Gaining state approval became priority number one. Both Eldorado and Caesars were forced to sell many of their properties in order to get the green light from various commissions. As the months went on, more and more of these commissions approved the merger.

Last month, the FTC finally gave it the go-ahead, as well. This was a crucial step for both companies. Only three more commissions were needed to approve the deal. Eldorado and Caesars arranged meetings with members of these commissions in Las Vegas earlier this month.

First Nevada approved the deal. Not long afterward, Indiana did the same. Late last week, New Jersey’s gaming commission finally gave it a thumbs up, too. With that final approval, this massive deal could finally conclude.

The Biggest Casino Company in the US has Just Been Formed

After more than a year, the massive deal between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment has concluded. These companies are now under one banner, making this the biggest casino company in the US. That’s a big statement when considering some of the other casino companies here such as MGM Resorts International and Las Vegas Sands.

Moving forward, the company will keep the Caesars name. It will take control of all 55 properties across many different states. Tom Reeg, CEO of the newly-merged company, has some interesting ideas to immediately boost revenue. Much of his strategy involves cutting down on unnecessary costs.

It’s being reported that most of the company’s properties outside of Las Vegas will remove buffets. These are said to cost an estimated $3 million per year. Ultimately, the juice is not worth the squeeze.

Anthony Carano, COO of the company, also gave some insight on how it plans to make up for its $13 billion debt. He claims most properties outside the US will be sold. It’s possible that several more US casino sales will also take place.

This is a very interesting time for the US casino industry. The biggest casino company in the US has just been formed, yet many gambling venues around the country remain shut down. What are analysts saying about the future of this industry?

Experts Predict More Tough Months Ahead for Casino Companies

The world is in an unprecedented time right now. Never before have entire economies been shut down like they have been over the past few months. The land-based casino industry in the US has been hit particularly hard due to the regulations set in place.

In many states, only Native American casinos are able to operate. These venues sit on sovereign land and do not need to abide by state regulations. Commercial casinos, like the ones found in Las Vegas, can be shut down at a moment’s notice.

Obviously, all US casino companies have been keeping a close eye on new regulations. Some parts of the country are allowing these venues to operate. Others have not yet given the green light for casinos to reopen.

Most analysts predict another tough six months ahead for these casino companies. Even the casinos now reopened are seeing much lower revenue earnings than they did back in January. Some may be forced to close again if rates of Covid-19 don’t begin to decrease.

This obviously isn’t great news for the biggest casino company in the US. Caesars will now be looking to adapt to this market, with an emphasis on online sports betting, in particular. We may see this entire industry evolve as the months go on.

Stay tuned for more US casino news!

The New Danville Casino Plans Have Been Approved!

For years, lawmakers in Virginia have discussed ways to effectively expand the state’s gambling industry. One of the ways to achieve this goal is to open a large new casino in the city of Danville. According to new reports, the new Danville casino plans have officially been approved by the Virginia Lottery.

New Danville Casino Plans

It’s a big step in getting this venue built. Today, we’re going to look back at the state’s road to opening more casinos. We’ll also look at what else needs to be done in order for the Danville casino to open.

Let’s get into it!

History of Gambling Legislation in Virginia

Back in the 1800s, Virginia had one of the largest gambling industries in the United States. By the turn of the century, lawmakers here began to associate this industry with crime. They eventually made the decision to ban nearly all forms of traditional gambling.

This legal ban on gambling remained in place for decades. Beginning in the 1990s, however, state officials here began to change their stance. Many recognized how much money having a regulated casino industry could bring the state.

Several bills to legalize casinos were presented over the past 20 years. None managed to gain any traction. Fortunately, things appear to be changing. In March of this year, Virginia’s House of Delegates finally approved a measure to allow several commercial casinos to open around the state.

This was one of the crucial steps needed to get this bill put into legislation. Since that time, many have been working to come up with specific plans to open casinos in different cities. Casino proponents want to clearly explain how opening a casino will help the state’s economy.

Since 2019, lawmakers have been interested in opening a casino in the city of Danville. Many residents of this city have supported the idea, as well. It now appears we’re closer than ever to seeing a casino constructed here.

Virginia Lottery Approves the New Danville Casino Plans

City officials in Danville have been working hard to get their casino plans approved. It certainly hasn’t been easy, though. The state’s Lottery Commission, responsible for monitoring all gambling activities here, needed to give its approval for the project to move forward.

Fortunately, that’s what’s happened this week. The Virginia Lottery has officially pre-certified the new Danville casino plans. This paves the way for the casino referendum to make its appearance on November’s ballot. Voters in the city will then ultimately decide whether or not to allow a casino.

Ken Larking, City Manager of Danville, spoke about the situation to the media this week.

“It’s certainly good news,” he said. “We’re glad Caesars was able to pull together the necessary information and show the state that they are capable of developing a high-quality project in our community.”

Officials in the city of Danville are obviously excited to see this project move forward. Recently, the Lottery also approved casino projects in Bristol, Norfolk, and Portsmouth. Of course, approval of these projects does not mean a casino license is guaranteed. This is a separate process that takes place once voters approve the casino referendum.

It’s established that Caesars Entertainment will operate the casino expected to be built here. As many know, this company is involved in a massive merger with Eldorado Resorts right now. Here’s where things stand with that situation.

New Jersey Gaming Commission Gives Approval For Eldorado-Caesars Merger

The higher-ups in Caesars Entertainment have to be excited to hear that the new Danville casino plans have been approved. Of course, most of the company is solely focused on its merger with Eldorado Resorts. Back in June of 2019, Eldorado paid an incredible $17.3 billion to acquire Caesars and its assets.

This is the largest merger between two casino companies in history. Our team has been covering the merge for more than a year. Obviously, such a massive deal takes a long time to complete.

Initially, the plan was for everything to be finished by June of this year. After several delays, company officials pushed the finalization date to July. It now appears that things will be completed in August.

Eldorado and Caesars recently gained approval from the Nevada and Indiana Gaming Commissions. These companies now only need the green light from New Jersey’s regulators for things to move forward. Hope was that this would get done before the end of the week.

News has just broken that New Jersey has officially approved the merger. It was the final hurdle in the way of the deal closing. Only a few more easy steps are needed before the country’s largest casino merger is done!

These companies have reason to celebrate. Their deal is nearly complete, and the new Danville casino plans have officially been approved. Stay tuned for more news on Virginia’s casino industry over the next few weeks!

CGA Asks Governor Newsom to Close All California Casinos

California, like many other states around the country, is seeing a significant rise in its number of positive Covid-19 cases. As a result, lawmakers have decided to move back on the state’s reopening plans and many businesses have been ordered to close. This week, the California Gaming Association spoke with the media and asked for Governor Newsom to close all California casinos.California

It’s not entirely surprising when you look at the numbers here. It will not be easy for Governor Newsom to order Native American-run casinos to shut down. Today, we’re going to look at how California’s gambling industry may change over the next few weeks.

Let’s get into it!

Rates of Covid-19 Continue to Increase in California

For a time, California seemed to be doing fantastic in the fight against the new coronavirus. The state locked down early and cases remained low for months. Restrictions have been lifting in recent weeks, however, and cases of Covid-19 are now starting to surge here.

It’s an incredibly difficult situation. Many businesses around the state are taking a major hit due to the regulations. Now that the state is moving back in its reopening, there is a serious concern that a huge number of small businesses may go under.

There’s no doubt that infections are increasing here. More than 335,000 cases have been confirmed here and the death toll has surpassed 7,000. Things are still not as bad as they are in Florida, where health experts say the epicenter of the pandemic now is.

Covid-19 infection rates in Nevada are jumping quickly, as well. As a result, lawmakers here are taking a close look at the current set of regulations. It’s clear that tourism rates in Las Vegas are still down considerably.

Yesterday, the Las Vegas Palazzo announced that it was no longer accepting reservations on weekdays due to a drop in customer demand. There’s no way of knowing when tourism rates will begin to get back to normal here. Some feel it could be years.

Is California’s casino industry about to shut down again?

California Casinos May Soon Be Asked to Close Down Again

Obviously, California is working hard to lower its infection rates. Several new intense measures have been ordered in Los Angeles and San Diego. There is now a discussion about whether or not casinos here should be allowed to remain open.

One major group certainly doesn’t think so. Several members of the California Gaming Association recently spoke with the media about this situation. They are now asking Governor Newsom to order California casinos to temporarily shut down.

Thunder Valley Casino, located in Lincoln, has been taking some serious heat over a lack of safety measures set in place. Many employees have been complaining that the casino doesn’t care about their safety. Several of these casino workers now believe these venues need to be closed, as well.

“I think we should be sitting back and waiting, especially when the numbers are increasing again,” one employee said. 

“I know they [California casinos] are on sovereign land, but does that law supersede public health,” another told the media. 

Kyle Kirkland, President of the California Gaming Association, recently sent a letter to Gavin Newsom, asking him to close down casinos. He agrees that doing so would help to lower infection rates in the state.

This idea won’t sit well with tribal leaders in the state.

More States Are Taking a Closer Look at Their Casino Industries

Over the past month, many states have begun to reopen their casino industries. Casino companies around the country have been complaining that the regulations are making it impossible for them to survive. Today, casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City are now back up and running.

As we already mentioned, tourism rates in these cities are much lower than they were at the start of 2020. Gambling revenue is also expected to be significantly lower. As Covid-19 infection rates increase around the country, some feel that lawmakers may be forced to close some of these gambling venues.

That’s currently being considered with California casinos. Exactly how Governor Newsom could close these venues, which sit on sovereign land, to close is unknown. The CGA certainly seems to feel it’s possible.

Several major casino companies recently saw their share prices increase. This was due to China’s announcement that it was lifting restrictions to and from Macau. This will likely help the casinos in Macau to start generating more revenue.

This is a tough time for the land-based casino industry. We may see some big changes take place over the next six months.

Do you expect California casinos to shut down? Could this happen in other parts of the country? Let us know in the comments section below!

Japan Continues to Debate Hosting the 2021 Olympic Games

The cancelation of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games was unprecedented. This global sporting event has never been canceled for anything other than a major war. The current plan is to simply push everything back a year. As time goes on, however, more residents and government officials are starting to argue against hosting the 2021 Olympic Games.Olympics 2021 Logo

Interestingly, the Governor of Tokyo feels that this event should take place as a sign of global unity. It would certainly be an accomplishment. Now is the perfect time to look at the complications that go into hosting the world’s largest sporting event.

More than 50% of Tokyo Residents Want to Cancel Next Year’s Olympic Event

For the past few years, there’s been tremendous excitement over the fact that the 2020 Summer Olympics would be held in Tokyo, Japan. It was clear from the start that the government here planned on doing something special. In February, however, health officials began to warn that this event was in jeopardy of being canceled.

A new coronavirus had begun to spread throughout Asia and eventually reached Italy. It didn’t take long for different government bodies to recognize how quickly this new virus could spread. Europe began to lock down and the US quickly followed suit.

Even in March, when much of the world locked down, members of the IOC and leaders in the Japanese government were hesitant to announce the postponement of the Olympics. Things continued to get worse and these groups eventually had no other choice. Government leaders finally announced that this event was being pushed back a year.

Postponing the Olympics comes at a massive price. It’s likely to cost the government billions of dollars. Last month, a poll came out that shows more than 50% of Tokyo residents now feel this event should be canceled entirely.

The cost of pushing it back a year is obviously weighing on people’s minds. Many have also been voicing their concern with allowing so many people from around the world into the country during a pandemic. There’s no easy path forward for event organizers here.

Not everyone feels the Olympics should be canceled, though.

Tokyo Governor Pushes for the 2021 Olympic Games to Take Place

As time goes on, Japan seems to be pushing more for the cancelation of the Olympic Games. More residents here are starting to feel it’s no longer worth it to host this event. Some, however, still believe it can be done safely and without a massive economic blow.

That includes Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. The two-term Governor and Prime Minister prospect spoke about the situation recently with the media. She still feels that the Olympics can and should be held next year.

“I want to host them as a symbol of the world coming together to overcome this tough situation and of strengthened bonds among humankind,” Koike said. 

It’s somewhat surprising news to hear her say this to the media. Many believe that Koike has an opportunity to become Prime Minister in the future. Pushing to host the 2021 Olympics Games may anger many of her supporters.

For now, the plan is still to put on this event next year. 12 months is a long ways away, however, and there’s no telling how the world will look next July. Make sure to stay tuned for updates throughout the summer.

Japan’s Casino Plans Continue to Be Pushed Back

The Olympics isn’t the only major event on the mind of Japanese lawmakers. Since 2018, government officials here have been preparing to open the country’s first casinos. It’s a huge decision and many analysts believe that Japan will grow to become one of the largest casino hubs in the country. Unsurprisingly, many of the top casino companies in the US are working to enter this new market.

Of course, these plans have been pushed back due to the events unfolding around the world. Not long ago, the government announced it was nearly ready to begin the licensing process for the three casinos set to open here. Unfortunately, it now appears that this process is being delayed.

Kazuyoshi Akaba, Transport and Tourism Minister for Japan, told the media that the travel restrictions set in place are making this process difficult.

“While the new coronavirus is spreading, we are in contact with the local governments that are planning to make bids and endeavoring to confirm whether there will be any problems meeting the application period from January to July next year,” he said. 

We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes for the government to begin offering licenses to casino companies here. We’re also likely to get more information on how the government plans to put on the 2021 Olympic Games.

Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on Japan’s Olympic plans over the next few months!

Here’s An Update On the MGM Springfield

The casino industry in Massachusetts is about to begin operating again. That’s great news for gambling fans here, many of whom claim they’re excited to visit the reopened casinos. We’ve just been given an update on the MGM Springfield and many are surprised to hear what the casino’s owners are saying.MGM Springfield

It’s been a tough road getting Massachusetts’ casino industry up and running again. Many of the major gambling venues here have been losing an incredible amount of revenue over the past couple of months. Today, we’re going to look at what’s being planned for this venue.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Charlie Baker Gives Green Light for Casinos to Reopen On July 12th

Casinos were some of the first businesses ordered to shut down back in March. Over the past month, however, many of the gambling venues around the world have begun opening back up. That includes casinos in Nevada and New Jersey.

Massachusetts has been cautious to reopen as fast as many other states. Governor Charlie Baker refused to tell the media when the state’s gambling industry would resume operations. That finally changed last week.

Murphy held a press conference to speak about the state’s move into Phase 3 of reopening. He announced that casinos here would officially be allowed to accept guests again on July 6th. It was great news for the casino owners here, all of whom have been working hard to come up with a comprehensive, safe reopening plan.

At the moment, just three major land-based casinos are operating in Massachusetts. These venues have earned no revenue since March. It’s crucial for the properties to begin operating again, as many seem close to approaching bankruptcy.

Since opening back in June of 2019, the Encore Boston Harbor has become the most successful casino in MA. This property recently announced that it will begin accepting guests again on July 12th. A number of intense safety measures are being implemented here.

Another popular hotel-casino here also revealed some interesting news this week.

Casino Owners Offer Interesting Update on MGM Springfield

The MGM Springfield Casino-Resort first opened its doors to the public in August of 2018. It quickly became the most popular gambling venues in the state. It was clear that MGM Resorts invested an incredible amount of money into this property.

The opening of the Encore Boston Harbor immediately began to take away from the revenue that MGM Springfield was earning. MGM quickly began looking at new ways to attract players. Things were made worse when this property was forced to shut down in March.

Abe Berry, Vice President of Hospitality, recently offered an interesting update on MGM Springfield. He told the media that the casino will open soon, yet most of the hotel will remain closed. He feels it’s simply too early to begin allowing guests to stay in the hotel at maximum capacity.

“We don’t have a date yet set for opening but I think as we see conventions come back and hopefully a lot of the virus mitigated that definitely will make a decision about the hotel,” Berry said. “We probably won’t open the whole hotel entirely, it may be a couple of floors initially just based on what we’re seeing for demand… It’s just not viable at this point.”

This may end up proving to be the smart decision. A huge number of safety measures need to be set in place inside hotels to protect guests. For now, simply opening the casino floor may be the best option.

It’s a very interesting time for Massachusetts’ casino industry. MGM Springfield may have an opportunity to become the top casino in the state. Stay tuned for updates!

More East Coast Casino Industries Are Opening Up

Despite the fact that many casinos are now opening up, many of these venues are still struggling immensely. Revenue is very low here and no one knows when things will begin to get back to normal. More gambling markets on the East Coast are now working to resume their casino operations.

Atlantic City casinos began accepting guests again over July 4th weekend. As many already know, this city has one of the largest number of commercial casinos in the entire country. Intense social distancing is required in all of these casinos. Tourism has been gradually increasing here over the past week.

Maryland also recently announced that it was allowing its casinos to open back up. This state has recently become a major gambling destination. Hope is that the newly-reopened casinos here can begin drawing in a large number of players. News recently surfaced that shows how much gaming revenue has dropped here in fiscal 2020.

Even some of the casinos in New York have reopened. For now, only the tribal casinos here are accepting guests. It’s likely that many of the commercial casinos in this state will begin operating by the end of July.

Many were surprised to hear the recent update on the MGM Springfield. The hotel here will be mostly closed, yet the casino floor will soon open to players. It will be interesting to see which gambling venue manages to bring in the most players.

Are you excited to see the Massachusetts gambling industry open back up? Let us know in the comments section below!

Maryland’s Gaming Revenue Has Dropped Significantly in 2020

The past four months have been incredibly difficult for land-based casinos around the United States. Many of the country’s casinos have begun to reopen, yet nearly all of them are struggling to bring in players. New reports on Maryland’s gaming revenue have just been released that shows how tough of a year 2020 has been for the casinos in this state.Maryland Icon

Casino revenue is dropping in every single state. Today, we’re going to look at exactly how much money the gaming venues in Maryland managed to bring in so far this year. We’ll also discuss revenue figures in other parts of the country.

Let’s get into it!

The Casino Industry in Maryland is Now Up and Running

The state of Maryland is home to six major casinos. It wasn’t until 2012 that lawmakers began allowing table games to be played inside these gambling venues. This industry has been growing steadily since that time.

At the start of this year, things looked great for the casinos here. Revenue was increasing and some felt that Maryland was growing to become one of the new gambling hubs on the East Coast. It even looked like sports betting was set to become legal here. Unfortunately, all of the state’s casinos were forced to close down in March of this year.

State leaders were initially unwilling to say when the casinos here would be allowed to reopen. New cases of Covid-19 have been fairly low here but many remain extremely cautious to get things back on track. Early last month, Governor Larry Hogan told the media that casinos would be allowed to reopen on June 19th.

All of the state’s casinos have now reopened with safety measures set in place. That includes social distancing measures and limiting contact between players. If cases begin to spike in Maryland, there’s a chance Governor Hogan will require the state’s casinos to close once again.

It’s been an incredibly difficult time for the companies operating these casinos. These companies are now working hard to attract new players. New revenue reports are beginning to come out here that show the toll the global pandemic has taken on this industry.

Maryland’s Gaming Revenue Has Already Dropped by 27% This Year

We’re only just beginning to see how badly the US casino industry is being affected by the events happening around the world. Even the casinos that have completely reopened are finding it difficult to generate revenue. As more regulations are set in place at these casinos, fewer people are choosing to gamble.

According to new reports from state gaming and lottery officials, Maryland’s gaming revenue has dropped by an incredible 27% so far this fiscal year. Over the fiscal year, casinos here generated $1.28 billion. Obviously, the majority of this money was made prior to the casino shutdowns in March. It’s still unclear how much money has been over the past few weeks.

MGM National Harbor, arguably the biggest and most popular casino in the state reopened on June 26th and generated $8 million over the next five days. Live! Casino & Hotel reopened on June 19th and made $15.9 million that month. Horseshoe Casino opened back up to the public on June 28th and managed to bring in $2.6 million over the next two days.

In total, Maryland’s gaming revenue for June came out to $34.9 million. $14.6 million of that went directly to the state in taxes.

Most analysts predict that casino revenue will be significantly lower this calendar year than it was in 2019. Some believe the US casino industry will never look the same way it did just a few months ago. We’ll continue to offer updates on the amount of revenue earned here as the year goes on.

Nevada’s Casino Revenue Was Almost Non-Existent in May

Just a few days ago, we reported on the revenue figures for the state of Nevada in May. Incredibly, revenue here dropped by 99.4% that month. It’s not very surprising when you consider the fact that all the casinos here were closed for the entire month.

The only money generated here came from the state’s regulated online gambling options. Las Vegas Strip casinos managed to bring in $3.8 million in May. Fortunately, things are guaranteed to be better in June.

Many of the top casino-resorts in Las Vegas opened back up on June 4th. Guests have been visiting and gambling inside these venues, albeit with major restrictions set in place. Plexiglass barriers separate players and wearing a mask is now mandatory inside all casinos here.

It’s difficult to predict how much money was earned last month. It will be a major indicator for how the rest of the year will go. In fact, June may prove to be the most successful month for the casinos here after reopening.

Maryland’s gaming revenue in fiscal 2020 dropped sharply. We’ll need to see if things improve over the next few weeks.

Have you visited any land-based casinos since March? How was your gambling experience? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here Are the Three New Rules Inside AC Casinos Being Talked About

The biggest casino destination on the East Coast has officially reopened to the public. Things aren’t quite the same as they were prior to March, though. There are three new rules inside AC casinos that many visitors are beginning to complain about.Rules Sign

It will take time for US casinos to get back to normal. Some predict that casinos may never look the same as they did just a few months ago. Today, we’re going to look at three important new rules being implemented inside Atlantic City’s casinos.

Let’s get into it!

Atlantic City is Slowly Reopening to the Public

Most states around the country have begun allowing their casino industries to start operating again. That includes New Jersey, which has only recently given casino companies the green light to open for business. Getting to this point hasn’t been easy, though.

For months, New Jersey had the second-highest rates of Covid-19 in the country. The state was in lockdown for months and most businesses were forced to temporarily close down their doors. That includes all of the casinos in Atlantic City.

Closing down these gambling venues had unintended consequences. It completely stopped tourism into the city and as a result, a huge number of other businesses began losing revenue. Many felt that unless things got back on track, Atlantic City may not survive through the summer.

Eventually, lawmakers in New Jersey approved a bill to offer relief to the casinos and other small businesses in Atlantic City. Just a couple weeks later, Governor Phil Murphy announced that casinos would be allowed to reopen by July 4th. It was extremely exciting news for residents in this part of New Jersey.

Many of the casinos in Atlantic City finally opened back up this past weekend. As many have begun to realize, however, things are much different here than they were a few weeks ago.

Three New Rules Inside AC Casinos To Keep in Mind

Casinos are continuing to reopen across the country. The owners of these venues are working hard to make things as safe as possible for guests and employees while remaining fun. Balancing these two things is proving to be extremely difficult.

Atlantic City’s gambling industry is now up and running. There are three new rules inside AC casinos that visitors should keep in mind, though. Until further notice, eating, drinking, and smoking are all prohibited when on the casino floor.

It’s not much of a surprise. Casino companies here recognize how easily the new coronavirus can spread between individuals. They are doing everything they can to limit social contact.

Not everyone is pleased to see these new regulations. At the moment, all of the casinos here are operating at 25% capacity. Joe Lupo, president of the Hard Rock in Atlantic City, spoke about the opening weekend and claims many visitors are interested in seeing how things are inside these casinos.

“Obviously it will be lighter than normal. This is usually a busy weekend,” Lupo said. “I think people are going to try it out, test us out, see what it’s like.”

Those looking to make a few wagers will probably enjoy visiting Atlantic City. It’s important to keep the three new rules inside AC casinos in mind before your visit, though. No one can say when things will return to normal here.

Over in Nevada, casino companies continue working on improving safety measures.

Las Vegas Casinos Face Criticism For Lack of Employee Safety

Atlantic City casinos have only been open for a few days. Over in Nevada, things have been up and running for more than a month. Las Vegas is now focused on increasing tourism and drawing in more gamblers.

Almost all of the hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip have reopened. Safety measures are set in place inside all of these properties. Recently, many groups have complained that the casino companies here are not doing enough to protect their workers.

According to some casino employees, rates of Covid-19 are not being reported in Las Vegas. Some of these workers have fallen ill due to the new coronavirus. As a result, the Nevada Culinary Union is suing some of the casinos here over the lack of safety.

Rates of Covid-19 have been slowly increasing in Nevada. In fact, infection rates are still growing throughout the entire country. It seems unlikely that state officials in Nevada will force the casinos here to close again.

The US land-based casino industry may never look the same. The new rules inside AC casinos could be here to stay. We’ll need to wait and see how the country grapples with this new virus over the next few months.

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

Here’s How Things Will Look When Atlantic City Casinos Reopen

We’re now just a few days away from New Jersey’s gambling industry relaunching. Many of the biggest casinos in the state are set to open their doors this weekend. Now is the perfect time to discuss how things will look when Atlantic City casinos reopen.Atlantic City

Many people around the state are excited to see these gambling venues open back up. Some, however, fear this could lead to another surge of Covid-19 cases. Here’s what visitors can expect.

Governor Phil Murphy Moves Forward With Atlantic City Plans

As many know, Atlantic City is one of the top gambling destinations in the US. Millions of people, many of whom are based on the East Coast, flock to this city every year to take part in the gambling and entertainment options. Unfortunately, the entire city has been shut down since March.

New Jersey was one of the worst-hit states from Covid-19 early on. Cases began to skyrocket here over the past few months. Towards May, this trend began to slow down and new infections are now dropping in this state.

The shutdown of Atlantic City’s gambling industry cost an incredible amount of money. It also led to a massive number of layoffs. Hundreds of thousands of individuals work in Atlantic City and most were left without a job while the casino and tourism industry here was shut down.

Residents and politicians around the state have called for Atlantic City to reopen. Last month, Governor Phil Murphy told the media that he expects this to happen by July 4th. Murphy agreed to a safety plan presented by the state’s major casino companies.

Despite the sharp rise in coronavirus cases around the country, Murphy seems determined to stick with the current plan. Now, many interested in visiting Atlantic City are asking about how the gambling venues here will look after reopening.

This is What to Expect When Atlantic City Casinos Reopen

New Jersey isn’t the only state that’s working to get its gambling industry functioning again. States across the country have begun to allow their gambling venues to open back up. That includes Nevada, the world’s largest gambling destination.

As we just mentioned, the current plan is for Atlantic City’s casinos to finally reopen on July 4th. That’s exciting news for casino workers and gambling fans here. Of course, many worry that things will be completely different than they were at the start of the year.

It’s no surprise that things will look different when Atlantic City casinos reopen. All of the gaming venues here need to implement strict safety measures to protect their employees and patrons. Some of the casino companies in New Jersey have begun to reveal the measures they are taking to protect public safety.

“The health and safety of our employees and guests are at the center of all that we do, and although we respect the decision we regret that we are unable to welcome back the thousands of employees who are anxious to return to work. We look forward to a time when it is safe to welcome everyone back,” officials within Borgata Hotel & Casino said. 

Before the Atlantic City casinos reopen, they must all be cleaned extensively. Casinos can only accept 25% capacity. Smoking, eating, and drinking are prohibited inside the venue. Table games will be limited to just a few people.

Casinos have also confirmed that the table games will have plexiglass barriers between players and dealers. Strict social distancing measures will also be implemented throughout the casino floor.

We’re just a few days away from the state’s casinos opening back up. Hopefully, things are safe and revenue begins flowing back into the state.

Is it Safe to Reopen US Casinos Right Now?

The world is in an unprecedented time right now. The US has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world and states are still struggling to understand how to move forward. Many are now concerned about reopening casinos.

Covid-19 cases are growing quickly around the country. Some states are backtracking on their reopening plans. Over in Nevada, Governor Steve Sisolak announced that masks are now required in all public places. Analysts have concerns that the casinos in this state will be forced to close down again.

It’s clear that many are unhappy with the safety measures that Las Vegas casino companies have set in place. This week, the Nevada Culinary Union announced that it was suing several of the casinos in Las Vegas over this issue.

There will be many new safety measures set in place when Atlantic City casinos reopen. Will they be enough to prevent the spread of this new coronavirus? That remains to be seen. It’s the same issue that businesses around the world are dealing with.

No one can really say how to best approach this situation. For now, state leaders in New Jersey seem content with the current reopening plan.

Are you excited to see Atlantic City casinos reopen? Is now the right time for this to happen? Let us know in the comments section below!

FTC Gives its Approval For the Eldorado-Caesars Deal

For more than a year, Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment have been working hard to finalize their merger. As many are aware, this is the largest deal ever made between two casino companies. This week, the FTC officially gave its approval for the Eldorado-Caesars deal.Stamp Of Approval

This is a huge step in getting this deal done. Of course, it comes at a time when the US casino industry is hurting. Now is the perfect time to look at what still needs to be done in order to complete this merger.

Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment Delay Merger

Back in June of 2019, the world was in a much different place. The US casino industry was stronger than ever and several new gambling destinations were beginning to emerge around the country. That month, news broke that Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment were merging.

Eldorado has expanded rapidly over the past couple of decades. According to the reports, this major casino company paid an incredible $17.3 billion to acquire Caesars. A deal of this magnitude cannot finish overnight, though.

Both of these companies own major properties around the United States. In order to finish this merger, both companies need to receive approval from various state gambling commissions. That’s exactly what these companies have been working on for the past few months.

Gaining approval has been taking longer than many analysts initially predicted. Several states have required that these companies sell casinos to get the green light for the merger to move forward. Not long ago, news broke that this deal would not be finalized this June, as some thought at the beginning of the year.

Finishing a deal like this one during a global pandemic certainly hasn’t been easy. It now seems that things are closer to wrapping than ever before. Here’s why that is.

Eldorado-Caesars Deal is Officially Approved by the FTC

The US casino industry is in a very precarious position right now. Over the past few weeks, several states have slowly begun allowing their casinos to open back up. Rates of Covid-19 are now starting to surge around the country, however, and some feel that states may soon force their gambling venues to close once again.

That would have a major impact on both Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment. It isn’t stopping them from moving forward with their reopening plans, though. This week, the FTC officially approved the Eldorado-Caesars deal.

This was a crucial step in pushing the merger forward. As we mentioned earlier, these companies need approval from many different state gaming commissions. They also needed the FTC to give the green light, making sure everything is done by the books.

Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment are now closer to merging than ever before. Tom Reeg, CEO of Eldorado, spoke about the news to the media this week.

“We are delighted to announce the FTC’s approval of our planned Merger with Caesars, which is expected to create the largest owner and operator of U.S. gaming assets. We look forward to completing the Merger, subject to receipt of the remaining consents and approvals from regulators in Nevada, New Jersey and Indiana,” Reed said. 

As Reeg mentioned, these companies need approval from several more states. Based on what’s being said, this should only take a few more weeks. Many are still concerned about the health of the US casino industry as a whole.

Nevada’s Casino Reopening Plans Are Already Facing Criticism

Nevada is still the biggest and most successful casino industry in the US. Shutting down the casinos here was devastating for the state’s economy. Lawmakers realized something needed to change and officially allowed casinos to open back up on June 4th.

Most residents were excited to see this happen. Cities like Las Vegas rely heavily on tourism and casinos help to fuel that industry. Some workers expressed fear that the safety measures being implemented are not effective enough.

Covid-19 infection rates have been increasing here for the past couple of weeks. Many workers are now demanding that casinos change their safety measures. The Nevada Culinary Union even announced that it was suing some of the casinos on the Strip due to their unsafe working conditions.

Forcing the casinos in Nevada to close down again would be devastating to the local economy. It could also have a significant impact on the Eldorado-Caesars deal. Hopefully, casinos find a way to make things safer for employees without having to completely close down once again.

There are still many questions about how the land-based casino industry will look by the end of the year. We’ll have a better picture by the end of the summer. Make sure to stay tuned for updates.

When do you think the merger between Eldorado and Caesars will finish? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s an Update on New York’s Casino Industry

New York remains the hardest-hit US state from this global pandemic. Over the past few weeks, however, Covid-19 infection rates have been dropping here. As a result, New York’s casino industry has slowly begun coming back to life.New York Sign

Many of the tribal casinos in this state have reopened to the public. Many are now asking when the state’s commercial casinos can start operating again. Now is the perfect time to look at what the state has planned over the next few weeks.

New York Gears Up to Enter into Phase III Next Month

Back in March, the US began to enter into lockdown. The novel coronavirus had begun to spread rapidly throughout the country. Eventually, cases began to skyrocket in New York and New York City in particular.

Things didn’t slow down for months. New York’s Covid-19 cases continued to climb and tens of thousands of individuals were killed. By early June, it seemed as if the state’s intense social distancing measures began to work and finally, infection rates here started to fall.

It’s been an incredibly difficult time for residents and businesses in this state. Most of the casinos in upstate New York, for example, have been closed for months.

Many restrictions are starting to be lifted and a sense of normalcy seems to be emerging. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claims the state will enter into Phase III of reopening on July 6th.

This will be a welcome move for many residents here. Phase III allows for indoor dining and many outdoor activities to resume. Some are still concerned that lifting restrictions will lead to another surge in infections.

There’s no doubt that things are improving in this state. As restrictions are lifted, more individuals here are becoming interested in entertainment activities. Does this mean the state’s biggest casinos can finally start accepting guests?

New York’s Casino Industry is Already Opening Up

For months, it seemed like almost nothing was open in New York. Many are incredibly surprised to hear that some casinos have been open here since early June. How exactly is this possible?

New York is home to several Native American-run gambling venues. These casinos sit on sovereign land and can set their own regulations. The Cayuga Nation’s small Lakeside Gaming Hall began operating in mid-May. On June 10th, several of the Seneca Nation’s properties started operating again.

As many are aware, New York legalized commercial casinos back in 2013. There are now several of these Las Vegas-style gaming venues operating here. Don’t expect any of these properties to reopen soon, though.

For obvious reasons, New York is still extremely cautious to allow businesses to reopen. State leaders recently announced that visitors from several states will need to quarantine for 14 days.

“If you fly into New York,  we’ll have your name, we’ll know where you’re supposed to be staying, there will be random checks,” Governor Cuomo said. “You get pulled over by a police officer and he looks at where your residence, and says, ‘How long have you been here?’ You get sick, you go to a hospital from out of state and you test positive and you’ve been within the 14 days, you’re violating the law and you’re going to have a problem.”

Certain parts of New York’s casino industry is now back up and running. Commercial casinos here will need to remain closed for a little longer. It now appears that some casinos in states that have recently lifted restrictions are now being ordered to close down again.

Three Casinos in Arizona Have Been Ordered to Shut Down

Over the past few weeks, several states around the country have begun to lift their restrictions. Many feel that this is leading to the significant surge in Covid-19 infection rates around the country. Some states are being hit harder than others.

Arizona is seeing its cases surge significantly. Over the past 24 hours, for example, more than 3,000 new cases have been confirmed here. As a result, three casinos in this state have been forced to temporarily shut their doors.

This goes to show how quickly things can change right now. The casinos in Arizona that recently closed were following very similar guidelines to the casinos in Las Vegas. Some analysts fear that Nevada’s casinos will soon be forced to shut down again.

Covid-19 infection rates in Nevada have been increasing lately. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak recently announced that masks are now required when going into public spaces. That includes all of the state’s casinos.

No one really knows when New York’s casino industry will completely back up. The country is in an unprecedented time right now. Governor Cuomo is likely to offer more information on this situation over the next few weeks.

Are the casinos open in your state? Do you expect New York to open commercial casinos this summer? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Reopening Plans for NJ Casinos Are Being Revealed!

According to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, casinos in Atlantic City can finally reopen to the public on July 2nd. Many gambling analysts have been asking what safety measures these gaming venues will implement to ensure that things are safe. Now, the reopening plans for NJ casinos are starting to get revealed.Sky View Of Atlantic City

It’s clear that officials in the state want to open casinos in the safest way possible. There are in-depth measures being set in place to achieve that goal. Today, we’re going to look at what is currently being planned.

Let’s get into it!

New Jersey Begins to Slowly Resume Normalcy

Back in March, New Jersey joined almost all other states in completely shutting down. It didn’t take long for rates of Covid-19 to begin surging here. Eventually, New Jersey started recording the second-most infection rates in the country.

Over the past few weeks, these rates have started to drop in this state. It seems the strict lockdown measures set in place are working. That’s great news for the casinos here, many of which have lost millions of dollars this year.

Last week, Governor Murphy gave residents of this state some good news. He announced that a new phase of reopening was set to take place. This Monday, hair salons, barbershops, and other personal care businesses were given permission to reopen back up. Murphy also announced that casinos in the state would begin opening on July 2nd.

Everyone seems happy to see things slowly get back to normal. Atlantic City, in particular, has been hit hard due to this global pandemic. A huge number of businesses and individuals are struggling and reopening casinos may be the only way to turn things around.

Of courses, reopening casinos is proving to be extremely difficult during this time. Many have been wondering how exactly casino companies in this state plan to protect their guests. Now, reports are starting to surface that shed some light on this.

Reports On the Reopening Plans for NJ Casinos Start to Surface

New Jersey is actually one of the last states to allow casinos to open back up. Over the past month, many parts of the country have begun allowing their casino industries to start operating again. That includes Las Vegas, where many of the biggest and best casino-resorts on the planet are located.

Atlantic City remains the gambling hub of the East Coast. There are many fantastic hotel-casinos here, all of which have been closed down for months. As we just mentioned, these venues will finally receive permission to open back up on July 2nd.

As of now, only the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Golden Nugget, Ocean Casino Resort, and Resorts Casino Hotel plan to reopen on July 2nd. The reopening plans for NJ casinos are starting to come out. This week, for example, Borgata released its new guidelines to open back up.

Under the new set of rules, employees and guests will be required to wear masks while in public places. Everyone will also be checked for symptoms upon entering the casino floor. Social distancing measures, including separating slots by six feet, are also being implemented.

Borgata President Melonie Johnson spoke about her excitement in reopening to the media this week.

“When we reopen our doors, we do so with excitement to welcome back our employees and guests, and with an unwavering commitment to their health and safety,” she said. “Summer is a special time in Atlantic City, and we look forward to playing a part in offering some much-needed entertainment.”

More details on the reopening plans for NJ casinos are likely to be released soon.

More Las Vegas Casinos Are Set to Open Their Doors

Hope is that enough tourists flock to Atlantic City in order to keep the casinos here afloat. Even with the new guidelines, many believe people on the East Coast will be excited about gambling inside a real casino. We’re seeing tourism slowly increase in the city of Las Vegas.

Many world-class gambling venues are now opened back up in Nevada. Parts of the reopening plans for NJ casinos can be found in these venues. Fortunately, many people still seem to be enjoying themselves here.

Casino companies are doing everything they can to promote safe behavior. News recently surfaced that Caesars Entertainment is offering free slot credits to players wearing masks. Soon, this may not be optional in this city.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak recently announced that masks are likely to be required soon. This news comes as infection rates begin to surge around the country. Health officials in Nevada want to avoid another lockdown.

It seems like Atlantic City is about to start getting back to normal. Many major gaming venues are set to open back up early next month. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation as more news becomes available.

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

Commission Officials Comment on Reopening Casinos in MA

Over the past decade, Massachusetts has developed a successful casino industry. Like all other states, however, Massachusetts has forced all of its gambling venues to shut down. Some states are opening up their casino industries, yet reopening casinos in MA is taking a little longer than many expected.Encore Boston Harbor Hotel-Casino

This week, members of the Massachusetts Gambling Commission met to discuss the reopening plans. Many are still concerned about safety. Today, we’re going to talk about the state’s plans to get its industry back up and running.

Let’s get into it!

Massachusetts Casinos Have Been Closed Since March

The East Coast of the United States has slowly grown into a major gambling destination. When most people think about gambling hubs here, Atlantic City comes to mind. Over the past few years, Massachusetts has also grown a successful gambling industry.

The first major gambling venue built here was the MGM Springfield venue. MGM Resorts International invested a huge amount of money into this property and many felt it would be one of the company’s top revenue earners. Unfortunately, this casino hasn’t brought in quite as much money as many anticipated.

Much of that is due to the opening of the Encore Boston Harbor. This property was opened near Boston back in June of 2019. It became an instant success and has begun to earn the majority of gambling revenue in the state.

Back in March, all of the properties in this state were forced to shut down to the public. No one knew how long things would take to get back to normal. It’s been three months and the casinos in this state remain closed to the public.

For weeks, casino owners here have been looking at ways to safely reopen back to the public. State officials have been extremely hesitant to lift restrictions and fear that reopening casinos could lead to a spike in new Covid-19 cases. This week, members of the state’s gambling commission met to discuss plans for the future.

Commission Officials Are Starting to Look at Reopening Casinos in MA

Closing down casinos has been extremely difficult for states around the country. That’s especially true in small communities where the gambling venues are a source of valuable revenue. It’s not a surprise to see a massive number of different states allow their casinos to open back up again.

This week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission met with casino owners to discuss plans for the future. Chairwoman Cathy Judd-Stein commented on this situation.

“We want to be fair but we obviously need more information if this today presents a real challenge for you with your business model,” she said. 

Lawmakers here are proving to be much more cautious than those in other parts of the country. At the moment, reopening casinos in MA can’t take place until June 29th at the earliest. These venues will look considerably different than they did at the start of this year.

The current plan is for poker, craps, and roulette tables to be shut down. These casinos will need to limit blackjack tables to just 3 people per table. All slots will be separated by 4 to 6 feet.

“We are trying to bring some sense of normalcy,” Commissioner Enrique Zuniga said. “We’re going to have to see how it goes.” 

Waiting to see how things go is all we can do right now. It remains to be seen how much revenue the casinos here will generate once they begin accepting guests again.

Atlantic City Casinos Are Finally Given Support

Massachusetts isn’t the only state on the East Coast that has yet to get its casino industry back on track. Many have been keeping a close eye on Atlantic City, where some of the biggest and best casinos in the country are located. Lawmakers in this state have been very hesitant to open casinos again while cases of Covid-19 remain high in the state.

This has taken an incredible toll on Atlantic City. A huge number of businesses here rely on tourists and without casinos, tourism into this city has been virtually nonexistent. Some express fear that the city couldn’t last much longer under the current scenario.

Recently, the NJ State Senate officially approved a bill to help the casinos in this state. This piece of legislation is also intended to help local businesses here. As of now, the current plan is for the casinos in AC to open by the Fourth of July.

Reopening casinos in MA is expected to happen later this month. Based on the state commission’s meeting, it’s clear that everyone understands how important this really is. We’ll be sure to report on revenue earnings as soon as the reports are released.

It’s a difficult time for casino companies around the country. In places like Las Vegas, this industry seems to be getting on track.

Are you surprised to see how long reopening casinos in MA is taking? Let us know in the comments section below!

Terence Crawford’s Next Fight May Be Against Pacquiao

As boxing slowly gets back on track, fans around the world are starting to discuss their dream fights. Just about everyone wants to see Terence Crawford, one of the best welterweights in the world, fight again sometime soon. According to his promoter, Terence Crawford’s next fight could come against Manny Pacquiao.Terence Crawford In Ring

The welterweight division is arguably the most competitive in boxing. Terence Crawford sits at the top of this division. Today, we’re going to look at how a fight between him and Manny Pacquiao might play out.

Let’s get into it!

Fans Continue to Speculate About Terence Crawford’s Next Fight

The sport of boxing has only been back for a couple of weeks. In March of this year, the entire sports world was completely shut down. Boxing promotions around the world were forced to cancel their upcoming bouts and no one really knew when these would resume.

Recently, several promoters have gained approval to start holding fight cards in Las Vegas. A few events have taken place and by all accounts, they’ve been successful. Now, some of the top promoters in the sport are beginning to schedule big fights.

Terence Crawford is widely considered to be one of the best boxers in the world today. He’s 36-0 as a professional and holds wins over several top welterweights. Crawford currently holds the WBO welterweight title and is waiting for the next opportunity to defend his belt.

Many believe that welterweight is the best and most competitive weight division in boxing. Obviously, everyone wants to see who Terence Crawford’s next fight will be against. One thing was clear. He’s due for a big-name opponent.

Fortunately, that appears to be the case. Crawford is signed with Top Rank, one of the biggest promotions in the sport. The CEO of Top Rank recently spoke to the media and claims Terence has some exciting possible opponents in his future.

Here’s An Update on Terence Crawford’s Next Fight

Now that boxing events are starting to take place again, promoters are looking to book high-profile bouts. Many feel that we’ll see some dream fights take place over the next six months. Many eyes are on the welterweight division.

Terence Crawford is one of the most popular fighters in boxing right now. He has an extremely exciting style and seems almost unstoppable right now. Most fans predicted that he’d get a big name for his next bout.

Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, recently spoke to the media about Terence Crawford’s next fight. He claims the primary opponent they are hoping to secure is Manny Pacquiao. He also gave a tentative date for Crawford’s next bout.

“We’re going to have Terence fight in September, or October, period,” Arum said. “We’re looking to either match him with Pacquiao, Kell Brook, Ugas or Porter. [On Pacquiao] That’s the opponent that I would most like Terence to fight, and I think he would.”

Manny Pacquiao is one of the most legendary boxers on the planet. He’s now in his 40s, yet continues to defeat world class fighters. Back in July of 2019, for example, he defeated Keith Thurman via decision.

It may be a few more weeks before Terence Crawford’s next fight is officially announced. It seems more and more likely that it will come against Pacquiao. Odds for this bout are likely to be released soon.

Boxing Odds Are Finally Being Offered Online Again!

Combat sports fans have reason to celebrate. Sports like boxing and MMA are some of the only ones capable of taking place right now. There are several major boxing events scheduled to take place over the next three months.

Bovada, one of the top online sportsbooks operating in the US, is providing its members with odds on many of these events. Boxing fans are now flocking to this betting site to place their bets.

One fight that many are already placing their wagers on is the one between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin. This bout is currently scheduled to take place on July 4th. Whyte is currently listed as the -400 favorite. Povetkin comes in as the +300 underdog.

There’s still a chance that Terence Crawford’s next fight will come against Errol Spence Jr. Some are surprised to see that Spence comes into this proposed bout as the -135 favorite. Terence Crawford enters as the +105 underdog.

Make sure to check out Bovada today to find a complete list of boxing odds. There are some extremely exciting bouts that will take place this year.

Are you excited to see Terence Crawford compete again? Who do you want to see him take on? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Merger Between Eldorado and Caesars Won’t Finish This Summer

Almost exactly a year ago, Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment announced they were joining forces. It was the largest merger between casino companies ever put together. Unfortunately, it appears this merger between Eldorado and Caesars will take a little longer than many analysts predicted.Merger Picture

This isn’t entirely surprising. The world is in the middle of a global pandemic and casino companies have seen their revenue earnings drop incredibly fast. Now is the perfect time to look at why exactly this massive deal is being delayed.

Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Continue to Lose Revenue

At the start of the year, it seemed like the US gambling industry was unstoppable. States around the country were expanding their gambling markets. As a result, casino companies saw their revenue earnings increase sharply.

Eldorado Resorts is one of the biggest casino operators in the country. It owns many casino-resorts and, prior to March, was continuing to purchase more property every month. In June of 2019, news broke that Eldorado Resorts agreed to purchase Caesars Entertainment for an incredible $17.3 billion.

Caesars Entertainment had been struggling for years. Many felt it was only a matter of time before this company was taken over. Many analysts believe this merger worked out extremely well for Caesars.

Unfortunately, both of these companies have lost an incredible amount of money over the past four months. Casinos around the country were forced to shut down back in March. It’s only been a few weeks since most of the country’s gambling venues have reopened.

The pandemic has taken an incredible toll on the economy. As a result, the merger between Eldorado and Caesars is taking much longer to finish than most expected. New reports indicate this deal will not be complete by June, as many initially predicted.

The Merger Between Eldorado and Caesars Won’t Be Complete in June

As we’ve already mentioned, this merger is the largest ever made between two casino companies. In order for this deal to be complete, both companies need to gain approval from various state gambling commissions and the SEC. Obviously, this takes a long time to complete.

It now appears this deal won’t be complete in June. Members of the Indiana State Gambling Commission won’t look at the details of this merger until July 10th. These companies need approval from this state government body in order to push the deal forward.

It’s disappointing news for officials within these companies. For months, they told the media they expected the merger between Eldorado and Caesars to be complete by the end of June. That is no longer the case.

No one knows when exactly this merger will be complete. There are still many steps that need to be taken. Fortunately, both companies’ share prices are starting to increase.

As of today, Eldorado Resorts’ share prices were up by 9%. Caesars saw its prices jump by 2.9%. Many gambling analysts fear that if casinos are forced to shut down once again, these prices will plummet.

The next step to finalize the merger between Eldorado and Caesars is to gain approval in Indiana. We’ll be sure to report on what happens after the commission here meets on July 10th.

More States Begin Allowing Casinos to Reopen

After almost four months of being shut down, casinos around the country are finally starting to open back up. It seems like every single day, more casinos announce they’re starting to accept guests again. Various states have officially given their casinos permission to open back up.

Atlantic City is taking its time lifting restrictions. As many already know, rates of Covid-19 are still high here. State officials worry that reopening casinos will lead to another spike in cases. Governor Phil Murphy believes the casinos here will be opened back up by July 4th.

Las Vegas is slowly getting back to normal. Many of the top casino-resorts in this city have already opened back up. Several more will reopen over the next few weeks.

It’s clear that this industry is getting back on track. The merger between Eldorado and Caesars continues to move forward. Hope is that this massive deal is completed before the end of 2020.

Reopening laws are different in every state. If you want to gamble inside a casino, make sure to check out the regulations. In time, it’s likely that all of the country’s casinos will be able to accept guests.

Make sure to stay tuned for more news on the merger between Eldorado and Caesars!

NJ Senate Passes Bill to Help Atlantic City Casinos

Atlantic City is struggling right now. In fact, the past three months have been some of the hardest this city has ever gone through. Fortunately, things may start to improve soon. The NJ Senate has just passed a comprehensive relief bill to help Atlantic City casinos.New Jersey

It’s great news for residents and business owners in this area. Based on the way things are going, the casino industry here may begin operating within the next couple of weeks. Today, we’re going to look at the details of this newly-passed bill.

Governor Murphy Still Looks at July 4th Date To Reopen Casinos

New Jersey has one of the largest and most successful casino industries in the country. Since the legalization of sports betting in 2018, gambling revenue in this city has been on a steady incline. There are a huge number of world-class gambling venues here within a very small area.

As you probably already know, the casinos here were forced to close down in March. It was a devastating move for this part of New Jersey. The majority of individuals living here are tied to the gambling industry. Once it closed, money stopped flowing in.

Since March, politicians and business owners here have looked at ways to get things back on track. Everyone wants to see casinos reopen their doors. Unfortunately, New Jersey still has high rates of Covid-19 and many leaders here are worried that reopening casinos will increase these numbers even further.

In late May, Governor Phil Murphy told the media that casinos here would likely be able to reopen to the public by the Fourth of July. It was the first indication that state leaders were ready to get this industry up and running again.

The plan is still to get Atlantic City’s gambling venues reopened by July 4th. That isn’t the only thing needed to protect this city, though. This week, state officials approved a new bill that should help casinos here during these difficult times.

Here Are Some Details About the Bill to Help Atlantic City Casinos

Everyone knew that something had to be done to protect the casino companies in Atlantic City. Much like the ones in Las Vegas, some of these gambling operators have been losing an incredible amount of money every single month. Officials in Atlantic City have been discussing ways to help these companies with some of the most powerful politicians in the state.

Fortunately, the New Jersey Senate has officially approved a new relief bill to help Atlantic City casinos. This allows for new permanent and temporary tax breaks for these gambling venues. Hope is that these measures allow the casino industry here to bounce back quickly.

State Senator Chris Brown was one of the main leaders responsible for getting this bill, called S2400, passed. He’s confident that it will help residents here to keep their jobs.

“My concern has been and remains with the families who overnight found themselves unemployed and left to deal with a broken unemployment system for the last three months,” Brown said. “Working in a bipartisan manner, we took a step today toward saving 27,000 casino jobs while also assisting our small businesses so we can put our Atlantic County families back to work.”

There are several interesting things this bill allows for. First, it reduces gaming revenue taxes for the casinos here. Secondly, it eliminates hotel fees for the rest of the year. Many are also pleased to find that it allocates $100 million in federal grant money to help small businesses.

No bill is ever going to be perfect. Most politicians feel this is the best possible option to help both businesses and residents in the city, though. The next real test will be getting visitors to start visiting and gambling in Atlantic City.

More States Slowly Begin Allowing Casino Industries to Reopen

New Jersey isn’t the only state hurting due to these casino closures. In fact, every single state saw their casino industries come to a screeching halt back in March. This has resulted in an incredible amount of revenue loss across the country.

Fortunately, most states are now allowing their casinos to start operating again. Many of the biggest casino-resorts in Las Vegas reopened to the public on June 4th. Several more of the casinos here will start reopening over the next few weeks.

In some states, casinos are taking things into their own hands. California’s casinos are operated entirely by Native American tribes. Many of these tribes have begun operating their gambling venues without specific permission from state leaders. This is possible, as they sit on sovereign land.

Atlantic City should start getting back on track by Independence Day. Many analysts predict that many visitors will begin flocking here once the casinos reopen. The bill to help Atlantic City casinos should help to make this whole situation a little easier.

Anything is possible. If another major spike in cases is seen, the current plans may change once again. Make sure to stay tuned for updates.

Do you think it’s time for Atlantic City to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below.

Dana White Confirms Date For Miocic vs. DC 3!

The UFC continues to make major announcements! MMA fans around the world have been eagerly awaiting news on what will come next for the heavyweight division. Today, Dana White revealed that Miocic vs. DC 3 will take place in August.Miocic Punches Cormier

This is likely the biggest heavyweight fight the UFC could put together right now. Fans around the US are already placing their bets on the potential outcome. Today, we’re going to check out what to expect from this slugfest.

With Gym Reopen, Stipe Miocic is Ready to Fight

Stipe Miocic is undoubtedly one of the greatest heavyweight MMA fighters of all time. He’s 19-3 as a professional and is the only man to ever defend the UFC heavyweight title three-straight times. The Cleveland native has found his toughest test to be Daniel Cormier.

That’s not entirely surprising. Cormier himself is a once-in-a-generation mixed martial artist. The former Olympian has only lost twice during his MMA career. Cormier and Stipe have fought on two occasions and both hold a win over the other.

Everyone felt the trilogy bout was inevitable. Unfortunately, Miocic has been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for his training facility to reopen. Prior to this, the champion was dealing with a major retina injury.

Many states around the country are starting to allow businesses to reopen. Not long ago, news broke that Ohio had lifted much of its restrictions, and Miocic’s MMA gym was back open. Daniel Cormier then told the media he was in the training room, as well. It seemed like just a matter of time before this trilogy fight was announced.

This is probably the most important heavyweight fight in the history of MMA. The winner will likely go down as one of the division’s GOAT’s. Fortunately, fans now know when to expect this important fight.

UFC President Dana White Sets Date for Miocic vs. DC 3

There have been times when the heavyweight division was a little stagnant. Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier have reinvigorated the weight class. Their trilogy will likely be one of the biggest MMA bouts in recent history.

This week, Dana White told the media that Miocic vs. DC 3 would officially take place on August 15th. He did not reveal a specific location for this event. At the moment, the most logical option is for this bout to take place at the UFCs own arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

What’s important is that the UFC has gotten both men to sign the fight contract. Fans are now busy speculating how this fight will end up playing out. Some feel Miocic will capitalize on the body shots he found success with during his second fight with DC.

Others think Daniel Cormier will go back to his wrestling to get the win over Stipe. He’s one of the best grapplers at heavyweight and likely has the advantage here. What most agree on is this will be an incredible fight.

Miocic vs. DC 3 is just one of many exciting bouts scheduled to take place this summer. We just recently got confirmation of where the UFC’s “Fight Island” is located. Officials within the UFC also revealed several important bouts scheduled to take place on this island event.

The First “Fight Island” Event Will Feature Three Title Fights

The news that the UFC had booked its own private island to hold fight cards spread like wildfire. Fans imagined this island being located somewhere in the pacific ocean surrounded by a dense tropical rainforest. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Company officials have just announced that “Fight Island” is actually Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. For months, the UFC has been building infrastructure to host events here. The first card is scheduled here for July 11th.

We already know which fighters will headline this event. Check out the three main bouts below.

  • Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns
  • Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway
  • Jose Aldo vs. Petr Yan

Each of these bouts is for a world championship. Many feel this is one of the best line up of title fights the UFC has ever put together. It won’t be long before sites like Bovada begin offering odds on the entire “Fight Island” card.

It’s an exciting time to be an MMA fan. We now know when Miocic vs. DC 3 will take place. Soon, we’ll know where to.

Let us know who you think wins this heavyweight trilogy fight in the comments section below!

Many of Colorado’s Best Casinos Will Reopen on June 17th

Colorado is home to a large and successful casino industry. Since March, residents in this state have been asking lawmakers when these gambling venues would be allowed to reopen to the public. Now, it appears we have an answer. Some of Colorado’s best casinos plan to start accepting guests again on June 17th.Colorado Flag Picture

States across the country are starting to allow their casinos to open back up. Fortunately, no major issues have come up in doing so. Today, we’re going to look at which casinos in Colorado will reopen next week.

Let’s get into it!

The US Casino Industry is Now Up and Running

We’re now a week into June and most states have begun to lift their restrictions. In many parts of the country, that means allowing casinos to start operating again. Many state leaders realized that if they didn’t allow these gambling venues to open, many would be forced to permanently close their doors.

Each state is taking a unique approach to this situation. In some areas, such as Oklahoma and California, all of the casinos here are tribal-owned. That means the tribes operating these venues can set their own regulations without needing the state’s approval.

In Las Vegas, lawmakers need to approve each and every reopening proposal. Many of the best casino-resorts in Las Vegas began opening back up on June 4th. According to several reports, tourism rates surged here through last weekend. No serious issues have come up.

Every day, another US casino decides to open its doors. States with higher Covid-19 infection rates are obviously taking a longer time to kickstart their gambling industries. Things are getting better around the country and most feel that the casino industry will be completely back to normal before long.

Colorado is home to many fantastic casinos. The owners of these venues have continued to press lawmakers for more details about when they’re allowed to reopen. Fortunately, a set of plans to open these venues up has just been approved.

Some of Colorado’s Best Casinos Will Reopen Next Week

Colorado’s casino industry is one of the more interesting ones in the country. Here, all of the state’s gaming venues are located in just a few cities. That includes Blackhawk, Cripple Creek, and Central City. Several Native American casinos can be found in other parts of the state.

These venues were initially forced to close down back in March. No one knew how long these regulations would remain in place for. Many of the casino companies here began looking at ways to safely open back up to the public.

State officials were hesitant to set a reopening date. This week, though, that’s beginning to change. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has approved plans that allow casinos in Blackhawk and Central City to reopen with certain restrictions set in place.

As many know, some of Colorado’s best casinos are located in these two cities. Below are some of the guidelines these venues need to abide by.

  • Casinos must limit capacity to 50% of the listed occupancy code.
  • Employees will be monitored daily for symptoms.
  • Offer accommodations for any employees with Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Post signs on casino doors that tell guests with Covid-19 symptoms not to enter.

Casinos in Blackhawk and Central City will be allowed to open up on June 17th. Interestingly, they will only be allowed to offer slot machine gambling. After three weeks, state leaders will decide on whether or not to allow table games to be offered.

The casino industry in Colorado is about to be brought back to life. As many are aware of, the sports betting options here continue to grow more popular.

The Sports Betting Industry in Colorado is Growing Quickly

Nearly half the states in the country have now officially legalized sports betting. That’s thanks to the US Supreme Court striking down PASPA back in May of 2018. Just about every one of these states with regulated sports betting options are profiting massively off this industry. Soon, almost all of Colorado’s best casinos will start operating sportsbooks.

Colorado is known as a very liberal, forward-thinking state. It came as no surprise when lawmakers here decided to legalize sports betting. It then came down to a public vote and was passed in November of 2019.

The first legal sports gambling options became available in this state on May 1st. As many expected, things were highly successful. The state’s regulated sportsbooks managed to bring in $25.5 million last month.

The majority of these wagers were placed on the UFC. The MMA leader managed to become the first major sports league to resume operations in May. It’s since put on several events and is now back on its normal schedule.

Several leagues have recently approved plans to resume their seasons. As time goes on, sports betting revenue in Colorado will continue to increase. The same can be said for casino revenue here!

Are you excited to see some of Colorado’s best casinos to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Trump vs. Biden Betting Odds Have Changed!

The five months have been some of the strangest in the recent history of the United States. To make things even more complicated than they already are, we’re in for another presidential election a little over five months from today. Due to several recent events, the Trump vs. Biden betting odds have changed in a major way.Donald Trump And Joe Biden

A lot can happen in just a few months. It’s likely that the current odds will look much different when November rolls around. Today, we’ll take a quick look at where the election odds stand right now.

These odds are courtesy of Bovada, one of the top online sportsbooks in the US.

President Trump’s Approval Rating is Beginning to Drop

Donald Trump’s run as President of the United States has been highly contentious. It seems that the US population either loves him or hates him. His standing with the general population swings wildly from one direction to the next depending on the decision he makes on any given day.

The past week has proven to be one of the worst in his presidency. As most are well-aware of, massive protests are taking place around the country due to the murder of Georgy Floyd by a member of the Minneapolis police force.

President Trump hasn’t exactly calmed things down. Just a couple of days ago, he ordered law enforcement to disperse protesters near the White House to make way for a photo opportunity at the St. John’s Church.

We’re beginning to see the President’s approval rating drop quickly. In Utah, for example, 46% of the state now believes he’s doing a poor job as POTUS. His overall US disapproval rating is now at 54%.

The betting odds for the 2020 election are beginning to change quickly, as well.

Unsurprisingly, these odds are now starting to swing in Joe Biden’s favor. Not everyone is convinced things will stay this way, though. Here’s where both men stand in the eyes of the oddsmakers.

Trump vs. Biden Betting Odds Continue to Change

For many weeks, all major US sports leagues were completely shut down. As a result, political betting started to grow considerably more popular than it was at the start of the year. Many have now begun placing their bets on the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Not everyone is pleased about this fact. It’s been a struggle for a widely-supported nominee to come forward that Democrats feel can defeat Donald Trump in the polls.

the Trump vs. Biden odds seem to indicate that Joe has a real shot at winning. In fact, Joe Biden has overtaken Trump as the favorite to win the election with odds of -110.

There are some that point out Biden’s blunders on television as a reason to be concerned. Others close to Joe swear he’s still more than capable of becoming President. The oddsmakers now like his chances and based on the recent events, his chances of winning are better now than ever before.

Trump’s presidency has been one of the most contentious in history. He has a loyal fan base and many felt the economic situation during the majority of his time as President would lead to a reelection. His odds are now dead even to winning in 2020.

November is still a long time away. The current odds are almost certain to change dramatically before that time.

Sports Betting is Slowly Beginning to Come Back

This year’s election is likely to be the most-bet-on political event of all time. Part of that is due to the public opinions of Donald Trump. Another reason is the surge in sports betting seen around the United States.

Sports gambling has grown tremendously popular since the Supreme Court struck down PASPA in May of 2018. Even in states without a regulated sports betting industry, this form of gambling is growing. Fortunately, mainstream sports are now starting to make a comeback.

As we said earlier, several major leagues have already begun to resume their operations. That includes the UFC, which continues to hold major fight cards weekly. The NBA is likely to resume its operations soon, too.

Some feel that within the next few months, all US sports leagues will be back up and running. That’s an extremely exciting proposition for many people across the US. We’re finally getting some entertainment!

For now, the Trump vs. Biden betting odds might be the best available wager online. There’s a chance that Donald ends up as the betting favorite once the election rolls around. Perhaps this is the time to take advantage of the odds!

Do you plan on betting on this year’s presidential election? Who do you think wins? Let us know in the comments section below.

Now Might be the Perfect Time to Invest in Casino Companies

After months of being shut down, the US casino industry is slowly coming back to life. Several of the biggest casino-resorts in the country are scheduled to reopen this week. Some now feel that this is the perfect time to invest in casino companies.

Paper On Stocks And Shares

Stock prices have been fluctuating greatly over the past couple of months. There now seems to be a real investment opportunity in the gambling industry. Today, we’re going to look at what analysts predict to happen over the next few weeks.

Las Vegas Casino Industry is About to Reopen

The US has the biggest and most successful casino industry in the world. Many states around the country allow casino gambling. Some have legalized commercial casino gambling while others only permit Native American-run gaming venues to operate.

In March, however, this industry completely shut down. Every state ordered their casinos to close to the public. Health experts warned that these casinos were easy places for the new coronavirus to quickly spread.

These regulations hurt some parts of the country more than others. Perhaps no city took quite as big of an economic hit as Las Vegas. Closing the casinos here resulted in hundreds of thousands of job losses and an unprecedented amount of lost revenue.

Some of the biggest casino companies in the world are based in Las Vegas. All of them have seen their share prices plummet over the past three months. Fortunately, many of the casinos in this city are being allowed to reopen to the public on June 4th.

As a result, some of these company’s stocks are beginning to surge. Some analysts believe Las Vegas will see a massive influx in gamblers looking for an escape from the restrictions in their own states. Some now believe this is the perfect time to invest in casino companies here.

Here’s Why Some Analysts Are Recommending You Invest in Casino Companies

It might seem crazy to think about investing in the land-based gaming industry right now. Even in states that have reopened casinos, the revenue being earned is a fraction of what was coming in a few months ago. There’s no denying the fact that casino stock prices are surging right now, though.

Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Resorts have seen their share prices surge by more than 140% since March 18th. Penn National Gaming has risen by an astounding 780% from its lowest point in March. Ari Wald, the head of technical analysis at Oppenheimer, spoke with CNBC about the future of these stocks earlier this week.

“Typically at market turning points you’re going to see investors embrace the most beaten-up laggards. For the S&P casinos industry, we are seeing that stability over the last eight weeks. I think you test the underside of that 200-day,” he said. “It’s really just a beta trade. Yes, they overshot to the downside, getting some relief to the upside, but there’s some longer-term concerns. We think instead the premium is going to be on high-growth companies in this low-yielding recovery.”

Many feel that Macau will help to significantly raise these company’s stock prices. China has been quick to recover economically when compared to other countries. Chinese nationals are likely to begin gambling in Macau, where a number of major US-owned casino-resorts are located.

The opening of Las Vegas casinos will help things, as well. The real question is now about how many tourists will begin flocking to this city. We’ll get a much better idea over the next seven days when the casinos here open back up.

Sports Betting Continues to Grow More Popular

Since May of 2018, every state in the country has been given permission to set their own laws on sports gambling. As of today, more than 20 states have now legalized this form of gambling. It’s proven to be incredibly popular.

Prior to the global pandemic, sports betting was growing every single month. The shutdown of major sports leagues brought a stop to this. As more leagues begin to resume their operations, much of this revenue has begun to flow back in.

Interestingly, more states are becoming interested in legalizing sports betting. That includes California, which feels legalizing this industry will help the state recover economically. Lawmakers are now discussing the matter with Native American tribes in the state that want to ensure they receive revenue from the legal sports betting options in the state.

Sports betting has never been more popular than it is right now. This is another reason why so many are advising to invest in casino companies right now. Expect more of these casino companies to focus on their sports gambling options.

This is a pivotal time for the US gambling industry. We may be in for some major changes over the next few weeks.

Stay tuned for more casino news!

Casinos in New Jersey May Reopen by July 4th

Since March, all of the casinos in New Jersey have been completely shut down. Cities like Atlantic City, that rely heavily on their gambling industries, have been hurting badly from these regulations. Fortunately, Governor Murphy claims that casinos in New Jersey may finally reopen to the public by the Fourth of July.New Jersey

Many states have already begun allowing their casinos to open back up. Some will begin lifting their restrictions next week. Today, we’re going to look at what lawmakers in New Jersey have planned to revive the state’s casino industry.

Let’s get into it!

Coronavirus Cases Continue to Drop in New Jersey

For weeks, New Jersey has been the second-worst affected state in the country in terms of Covid-19 cases. As of today, more than 161,000 individuals here have been infected with this new respiratory virus. As a result, strict regulations are set in place here.

Many businesses are completely shut down in this state. Many restaurants, gyms, and other venues that draw in large crowds may be forced to permanently close. The worst thing is that many are unaware of when these restrictions will be lifted.

New Jersey’s casino industry has taken a major hit over the past few months. Atlantic City is thought to be the gambling hub of the East Coast. Since March, however, this city has been essentially shut down.

Cases of Covid-19 are continuing to drop. Many feel that it’s time to start allowing certain businesses to operate again. Governor Phil Murphy is hesitant to start getting back to normal, and fears another major wave may be just around the corner.

Tens of thousands of individuals have lost jobs due to the casino shutdown in New Jersey. Fortunately, we may be close to seeing things get better. Murphy claims that some of the gambling venues here may reopen by mid-summer.

Governor Murphy Comments on Reopening Casinos in New Jersey

Casinos were some of the first venues that states shut down when this coronavirus first began spreading in the US. Many felt that casinos were perfect places for this virus to quickly spread. As time went on, some states began slowly allowing casinos to open back up.

Governor Murphy has refused to say when casinos in New Jersey will be allowed to open back up. He claimed it would depend on how quickly infection rates started to fall. Casino owners in the state continued to push lawmakers to make a change.

Fortunately, Murphy feels that it’s almost time to reopen the state economy. The Governor spoke to the media this week about getting the state’s gambling industry back up and running. He gave some insight into when this may take place.

“It’s probably still too early to give you a very specific answer but there’s a lot of work going into that right now,” Murphy said. “But we are trying like heck to get toward, I hope, before the Fourth of July or at least by the Fourth of July … that we’re in a position where we can say, you know what, subject to a lot of different parameters the casinos can be open again.”

Murphy is correct in saying it’s difficult to reopen casinos. Many states are still looking at how to do this safely. The Governor seems to recognize how important this is, though.

Casinos in Las Vegas are scheduled to open over the next few days. Perhaps this will give the Governor some ideas on how this can be done safely and effectively.

Several Major Las Vegas Casinos Will Open Tomorrow

Atlantic City is one of the top gambling destinations in the city. Las Vegas, however, remains the biggest casino hub on the planet. Under normal circumstances, tens of millions of visitors fly here every year to enjoy the gambling and entertainment options.

All casinos here have been shut down since March. In the past, this would have seemed impossible. These are unprecedented times and an incredible amount of money has been lost due to the regulations.

On June 4th, several major casino-resorts here will finally reopen. Casino companies have established plans to protect their guests and staff. Nevada’s leaders feel these plans are good enough to allow casinos to reopen.

It remains to be seen how many tourists will begin visiting Las Vegas. Many of the casino owners here have been offering new travel deals to entice tourists. Derek Stevens, owner of The D Hotel-Casino, even offered 1,700 free flights to bring people to the city.

Hope is that the casinos here start generating serious revenue. The city certainly needs it. If all goes well, we may see the casinos in New Jersey open back up earlier than some people initially expected.

Do you think it’s time for the casinos in NJ to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below.

We Might See a Water Park in Atlantic City Soon

New Jersey is having some of its worst months in history. All of the casinos here are completely shut down and tourism is lower than it’s ever been. Interestingly, one major hotel owner claims he plans to build a massive water park in Atlantic City.Atlantic City

City officials here are looking at new ways to promote tourism. This water park is just one of many ideas to help achieve this goal. Today, we’re going to look at the details of this new and exciting project.

Revenue in Atlantic City Continues to Fall

It’s not uncommon for a casino town to see dips and raises in its gambling revenue. It is uncommon, however, for gambling revenue to almost completely stop flowing in. Unfortunately, that’s what we’re seeing here in Atlantic City.

Earlier this year, things were looking great in this city. The legalization of sports betting and improvements to the land-based casinos brought in a huge number of tourists. Many felt we were seeing a “Golden Age” for Atlantic City.

That’s no longer the case. Back in March, all of the casinos in this city were forced to close their doors to the public. This has already proven to be devastating to the local economy. Thousands of people have lost their jobs here and many businesses are losing millions of dollars.

It’s not entirely clear when this trend will begin to change. Governor Phil Murphy is still not able to say when the casinos in Atlantic City will be given permission to open their doors. Even when these casinos are able to open, it’s tough to predict how much revenue these venues will earn.

Residents and city officials are desperate to see something change. If things remain how they currently are, many of the businesses here won’t be able to stay afloat. This week, one major hotel owner in the city announced a new idea to help boost tourism rates.

Bill Blatstein Plans to Open a Water Park in Atlantic City

Now might not seem like the most ideal time to make massive investments in Atlantic City. Some feel that this is exactly what needs to happen in order to get things back to normal. Bill Blatstein, the owner of the Showboat Hotel, has announced that he plans to build a $100 million water park in Atlantic City.

This water park will sit adjacent to the Showboat Hotel. The current plan is for groundbreaking on this project to begin in August. Blatstein claims this is something the city could use to start drawing in more tourists.

“Atlantic City does not have a family market,” he said. “This will open up a whole new market that doesn’t exist.” 

Atlantic City is thought of as a major gambling destination. Not many consider it a family vacation area. The Showboat Hotel owner believes it’s time to change that perception. The water park should help with that.

Of course, nothing has been officially set in stone. Things are far from normal in New Jersey and a major project like this one may take years to complete. Many are still excited to hear that major business owners here are focused on the future.

It’s a very unusual time for casino markets across the country. As many know, Las Vegas is scheduled to open back up next week. Here’s what we can expect.

Las Vegas Casinos Are Just Days Away From Reopening

There’s no doubt that Atlantic City is the biggest casino town on the East Coast of the United States. Las Vegas, however, remains the country’s gambling hub. After Governor Sisolak’s recent approval, casinos are now scheduled to open here on June 4th.

This isn’t the first city to start allowing casinos to operate. Many parts of the country have given casino owners permission to start accepting guests again. In some areas such as Oklahoma, casinos are seeing a huge number of guests lined up to start placing bets.

We’re already seeing travel deals in Las Vegas pop up. Today, for example, casino owner Derek Stevens began offering free flights into the city. Many casinos have reduced their room rates, as well.

Only time will tell how many people decide to visit and gamble in Las Vegas. This city is in serious need of tourism right now. We’ll be sure to offer updates on the gambling revenue earned here over the next month.

Many parts of the country are beginning to open back up. Officials in Atlantic City are looking at new ways to boost tourism. If all goes according to plan, we’ll see a water park in Atlantic City built in the near future.

Do you think this water park will help the city? When do you expect casinos in AC to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below.

NJ Governor Comments on Reopening Atlantic City Casinos

The United States has recorded nearly 100,000 deaths from Covid-19. At the moment, New Jersey has the second-most fatalities in the country. Calls to reopen the state economy continue, yet many state leaders feel it’s too early to get back to normal. This week, NJ Governor Phil Murphy spoke about the reopening of Atlantic City casinos.Sky View Of Atlantic City

Many states around the country are beginning to open their gambling industries back up. Unfortunately, New Jersey’s gaming industry may remain closed for some time. Today, we’re going to look at when this state’s casinos may be given permission to reopen.

Atlantic City’s Casino Industry Remains Shut Down

New Jersey is home to one of the biggest and most successful casino industries in the United States. Over the past few years, gambling revenue has gradually increased in Atlantic City. The legalization of sports betting and online casino gambling seems to have brought new life to this area.

Since March, however, casino revenue in AC has plummeted. New Jersey has the second-most Covid-19 cases in the country and all gambling venues here remain closed. As time goes on, more officials in the gambling industry have begun asking for the state government to reopen casinos.

It’s not an easy situation. Obviously, casinos are easy places for a respiratory virus to spread. Cases have been dropping in New Jersey, yet many health experts warn that a second-wave of infections may be just around the corner.

There’s also the issue of tourism. It’s not entirely clear if reopening Atlantic City casinos would immediately draw a huge number of visitors to the city. We’ve seen recently-opened casinos in Oklahoma draw large crowds, yet no one can really say how long this will last.

Lawmakers in New Jersey are now weighing to pros and cons of reopening many different parts of the economy. As many know, the casino industry here employs tens of thousands of individuals. Governor Phil Murphy spoke to the media this week about when the state’s casinos may be allowed to accept guests again.

Reopening Atlantic City Casinos Will Take Time, Says Governor Murphy

There was a time when Atlantic City seemed on the brink of collapse. Several of the major casinos here were forced to permanently close their doors. A huge number of residents ended up losing their jobs.

Over the past five years, however, things began to turn around. More tourists began flocking to this city. New casinos started opening their doors. With sports betting now legal, Atlantic City grew to become a hub for sports fans around the country.

The past few months have undone much of the progress that was made here. Unsurprisingly, many are now calling for the reopening of Atlantic City casinos. Governor Murphy spoke about the situation this week and claims it will take more time than most had hoped.

“It’s a huge game-changer in our economy and in the lives of literally tens of thousands of people out there,” Murphy said. “I would love nothing more to say we’re ready to go. We’re just not there yet.”

The Governor could not confirm whether it would be weeks or months before casinos in AC are given permission to open up again. He acknowledges it’s an incredibly difficult situation. Some feel he may begin to change his mind after seeing the progress that cities like Las Vegas are making, though.

More Cities Begin Allowing Casinos to Reopen

To the disappointment of many, casinos in New Jersey may not open for quite some time. It’s clear that lawmakers feel it’s still too early for these venues to reopen. Not every state is taking this same cautious approach, though.

Officials in Las Vegas feel that it’s now crucial to get the city’s gambling industry back up and running. Many of the biggest casino-resorts here are expected to open their doors next month. Safety measures are being set and debates over things like whether or not to ban smoking are now taking place.

Some parts of the country have already given casinos the green light to open up. In Mississippi, for example, casinos have just finally started accepting players again. Many parts of the country are seeing a surprisingly large number of gamblers emerging.

Reopening Atlantic City casinos is going to take time. The New Jersey Gaming Commission has still not approved any guidelines to open these venues up. Governor Murphy is refusing to tell the media when he expects things to change.

As we mentioned earlier, though, infection rates are beginning to drop in New Jersey. If this trend continues over the next week or two, lawmakers are likely to change their stance.

Do you think reopening Atlantic City casinos is smart right now? When do you think things will change here? Let us know in the comments section below!

Is it Smart for California’s Casino Industry to Reopen?

We’re slowly creeping toward June and more states are beginning to open back. As many are well-aware, California has been one of the slowest states to resume normalcy. Many are now wondering if it’s smart for California’s casino industry to reopen at this particular moment.California

Many casinos around the country are starting to accept guests again. The effects of this are not yet known. Today, we’re going to talk about what some of the casinos in California have planned.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Newsom Begins Easing California’s Restrictions

Cases of Covid-19 are beginning to drop around the country. As a result, many states have begun easing their stay-at-home orders. In some parts of the country, many different businesses such as gyms and restaurants are now able to operate at limited capacity.

California is one of the most cautious states when it comes to reopening. Governor Gavin Newsom continued to delay opening plans for many weeks, amid heavy criticism. Only recently has the Governor began allowing certain businesses to open their doors again.

This state is just beginning to enter into what’s called “Phase 2” of reopening. That allows things like curbside retail and certain shopping malls to reopen. We’re beginning to see that these phases differ from county to county.

Back in March, California’s casino industry officially began shutting down. Casino owners recognized that these venues posed a serious risk for infection spread. Shutting down all of the state’s casinos has ended up costing a huge amount of revenue.

It may be some time before California’s leaders give casinos the official green light to resume operations. Many still feel that it’s too early to do so. According to new reports, however, many of the state’s casinos plan to open their doors before state leaders recommend.

California’s Casino Industry is Likely to Open Back Up Soon

The land-based casino industry has been devastated by the regulations around the country. The larger the casino industry, the worse it’s being affected. California is home to a huge number of Native American casinos, many of which are expressing a desire to reopen.

This state’s casinos have a unique ability to do so. They sit on Native American sovereign land, meaning they’re able to set their own regulations. That doesn’t mean that California’s leaders are pleased to hear they plan on opening back up.

Governor Newsom recently sent a letter to several of California’s major tribes. In it, he stresses the importance of safety. It’s clear that Newsom feels it’s too early to reopen California’s casino industry.

Some of the state’s casinos have already opened back up. That includes the Viejas Casino & Resort, located in the San Diego area. Despite requiring guests to wear masks and have their temperature checked, a huge number of gamblers flocked inside this venue.

San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher isn’t asking these tribes to shut down their casinos.

“This is a decision that is for them to make, and there is a very long and very dark history of the country of white people, in particular, telling our Native Americans what they should and shouldn’t do,” he said. “I’m not going to be a part of continuing that into the future. I respect their sovereignty.”

Based on the success of the Viejas Casino, more gambling venues in California are likely to resume their operations soon. Only time will tell how this affects the Covid-19 infection rates in the state.

Mississippi and Louisiana Allow Casinos to Reopen

As we mentioned earlier, several states have officially begun allowing casinos to operate again. That includes Oklahoma and Louisiana, both of which have large and successful gambling industries. It appears the reopened casinos are already hugely popular with locals.

Oklahoma has one of the largest Native American casino industries in the country. Many of the state’s casinos reopened recently. One saw a line of hundreds of people waiting to get inside and start playing.

Louisiana has just recently begun allowing casinos to resume operations. All casinos here will reduce their capacity to just 25%. Eldorado Resorts claims it will open three of its major casinos here over the next few days.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves also gave casinos the green light to open last week. He advised casinos in the state to make preparations to accept guests.

Hope is that this can be done safely. States like Nevada are still looking at the safest possible way to reopen major gaming venues. If other states are successful, Nevada could get back on track faster than many expected.

Are you surprised to see California’s casino industry reopen? Is this a smart thing to do right now? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Eldorado Resorts Plans to Reopen Louisiana Casinos This Week

The US land-based casino industry is slowly coming back to life. Several states have begun allowing their casinos to resume operations. It’s great news for casino companies, many of which have lost an incredible amount of money due to this new pandemic. According to new reports, Eldorado Resorts plans to reopen three of its Louisiana casinos this week.Eldorado Resorts Logo

Casino fans are already getting excited. Of course, the casinos here won’t look quite the same as they did back in February. Today, we’re going to discuss which casinos will open, and what measures they will take to protect staff and patrons.

Let’s get into it!

Louisiana is Slowly Beginning to Open Back Up

There was a brief time when Louisiana appeared to have one of the biggest clusters of Covid-19 cases in the country. The state didn’t lock down before the Mardi Gras celebration, leading to a huge number of new cases. Since that time, Louisiana has been under lockdown.

All casinos in this state were shut down almost immediately after infections began appearing inside the L’Auberge Casino. Initially, it was unclear how long these gambling venues would be closed for. Governor Edwards made it clear that the state would remain closed down until infection rates became under control.

Casino companies with property in Louisiana began complaining about the current conditions. Everyone understands that reopening the casinos here is difficult. Unless something changed, however, many of these properties may be forced to permanently shut down.

Things are now starting to change. There are a little over 34,000 cases around the entire state. Rates of infection have dropped over the past month. Now, Louisiana is entering into phase two of reopening and some casinos are preparing to open their doors.

It’s an exciting moment for many people. Casino companies are working hard to ensure these casinos are opened up in the safest way possible. Eldorado Resorts has just announced it plans to open up three of the top casinos in the state. Here’s what this company has planned.

Eldorado Resorts Plans to Reopen Three Louisiana Casinos

Eldorado Resorts is one of the biggest and most successful casino companies in the country. At the moment, it’s also one of the worst-affected gambling companies due to the global pandemic. Eldorado owns and operates casinos in many states around the country.

That includes several in Louisiana. Eldorado Resorts has been one of the most proactive companies trying to allow casinos to start operating again. It has presented several different plans to state leaders.

Not long ago, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board gave this company the green light to open some of its gambling venues. The commission announced that casinos must limit occupancy to 25% of what it was a few months ago. Eldorado has now confirmed that it will open three of its major gaming venues inside the state.

Anthony Carano, president and CEO of Eldorado Resorts, commented on the new plans to the media this week.

“As we resume operations at our properties, the health and safety of our team members and guests is our No. 1 priority,” he said. “We have been working very hard over the last two months to prepare for the reopening of our casinos and we look forward to providing the outstanding service and hospitality experiences Eldorado is known for in a safe manner.”

Today, this company will reopen the Isle of Capri Lake Charles Casino, Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, and the Eldorado Shreveport. Many expect these venues to draw large crowds once their doors are opened. Hope is that revenue figures begin to increase for all of the casino operators here.

It’s an interesting time for Eldorado Resorts. This company continues to work on its massive deal with Caesars Entertainment.

Eldorado-Caesars Merger is Still Underway

It’s not entirely uncommon for major casino companies to merge. We’ve seen this happen on several occasions over the past few decades. No merger is as big as the one currently underway between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment.

Back in June of 2019, these two companies announced they were merging. Eldorado paid an incredible $17 billion to acquire Caesars. Obviously, a deal of this magnitude takes a long time to complete.

Both of these companies need to gain approval from various state gaming commissions. Several states have already approved this deal. Unfortunately, the pandemic has significantly slowed down the progress of this deal.

That doesn’t mean things have completely stopped. In April, Eldorado announced it was selling two of its major casinos to help pay for the cost of this merger. That includes one of its Louisiana casinos.

Caesars Entertainment has also sold several major casinos to help move this deal along. Based on the way things are going, the deal will conclude before the end of 2020. We’re in an unprecedented time, however, and no one really knows how the land-based casino industry will fare over the next 12 months.

Are you excited to hear that Louisiana casinos are opening back up? Let us know in the comments section below.

MS Casinos Are Given the Green Light to Reopen

More states around the country are beginning to reopen. For weeks, officials in Mississippi have discussed ways to safely reopen casinos. As many already know, this is easier said than done. Fortunately, MS casinos have just been given the green light to reopen to the public.Mississippi

It’s great news for casino companies and gambling fans in the state. Some of the biggest gaming venues in Mississippi will soon accept players. Today, we’re going to look at the road to reopen Mississippi’s casinos and discuss what measures will be taken to ensure safety.

Let’s get into it!

Officials in Mississippi Change Tune on Casino Plans

Back in mid-March, casino companies received an order they never expected. Each of them was forced to shut down their venues to the public. Cases of Covid-19 had begun to appear around Mississippi and many state officials felt casinos were ideal places for the virus to spread.

It was unclear at that time how long the state’s casinos would stay closed for. As the weeks went on, the impact of these closures got worse. As many know, MS casinos employ tens of thousands of people and bring the state a huge amount of revenue every single month.

Calls to reopen these gambling venues increased. Eventually, Governor Tate Reeves claimed that the state’s casinos would reopen by Memorial Day. To the disappointment of many, he then backtracked on that statement and claimed it may take longer than initially expected.

Mississippi has one of the largest casino industries in the country. The gambling venues here help to boost tourism and provide money to many local communities. It’s no surprise that so many are pushing to get this industry back up and running.

Fortunately, things seem likely to improve here. It appears that the state gambling commission has approved a set of regulations to reopen casinos. Here’s what we know about this situation.

MS Casinos Set to Open On May 21st

Just about every state around the country is finding it incredibly difficult to safely reopen casinos. That includes Nevada, which is losing an incredible amount of money every single day due to these regulations. It now appears that Mississippi is set to reopen its gambling venues later this month.

According to new reports, the Mississippi Gaming Commission has approved casinos to open up on May 21st. Governor Reeves spoke to the media about these plans. He claims it was never his decision to shut down the state’s casinos.

“No executive order was ever signed that shut down the casinos by the governor,” Reeves said. “I would go ahead and start planning now.”

Reeves went on to claim that MS casinos should be making preparations to reopen right now. Several casino owners here have already voiced their excitement about this news. Most agree, however, that the casinos here won’t look the same as they did just a few months ago.

All of MS casinos will start requiring staff to wear face masks. Temperature checks may also be required. Social distancing measures will also be set in place. Based on what’s happening in other states, it seems likely that Mississippi’s casinos will be successful.

More States Begin Allowing Casinos to Reopen

Mississippi isn’t the only state that’s gearing up to reopen casinos. Many states around the country have been working on plans to get their gambling industries back in place. That includes Oklahoma, where casinos have officially been able to start operating again.

Several of the casinos in Oklahoma started reopening this week. That includes the Thunderbird Casino in Shawnee. To the surprise of some, hundreds of individuals waited in line to play inside this casino, despite the measures set in place.

Las Vegas casinos may be only a few weeks from reopening, as well. Not long ago, the Nevada Gaming Commission approved a set of guidelines to reopen the state’s gambling venues. Several of the biggest casino companies including MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts have announced they plan to open their casinos next month.

No one really knows how much revenue these Las Vegas casinos will manage to generate. It may be years before they are able to completely return to normal. Hope is that enough money is made to help the city recover from the past few months.

MS casinos are scheduled to open next week. Do you think they’ll end up drawing in players? Let us know in the comments section below.

Casinos in Oklahoma Are Starting to Bring in Players

It’s been almost two months since all of the casinos in Oklahoma closed their doors to the public. Many gaming analysts had questions about how popular these venues would be once they reopened. Some have recently started to accept guests again and it appears many are enjoying having their local casinos back.Neon Open Sign

The past two months have been some of the toughest in the history of the US casino industry. Fortunately, it appears that things may finally be improving. Today, we’re going to look at how Oklahoma’s casino industry is doing as it slowly begins to reopen.

Let’s get into it!

States Are Slowly Beginning to Reopen Casinos

The US land-based casino industry was forced to shut down weeks ago. Health officials around the country successfully argued that keeping gambling venues open to the public presented a serious health risk. As time goes on and cases of Covid-19 begin to drop, however, several states have begun allowing casinos to open back up.

That includes casinos in Oklahoma. As many know, Oklahoma is home to one of the largest Native American casino industries in the United States. Forcing casinos to close here immediately had a serious impact on the state’s economy.

Officials in Oklahoma realized it was important to reopen casinos. These venues employ a huge number of individuals and provide valuable revenue to many parts of the state. It now seems like every day, more casinos here are beginning to accept guests again.

Louisiana and Mississippi are also set to reopen their casino industries. To the surprise of many, casinos in Louisiana will open back up on Friday, albeit with heavy social distancing measures set in place. It’s not entirely clear when Mississippi’s casinos will reopen, yet Governor Reeves is aiming for Memorial Day.

Nevada is taking its time allowing casinos to open again. Leaders here recognize how important the gambling industry is, yet they want to avoid a surge in new infections. Many believe the major casino-resorts in Las Vegas will be up and running by June.

Some felt that even after reopening, casinos would have a difficult time bringing in players. That doesn’t appear to be the case in Oklahoma.

Casinos in Oklahoma Are Already Drawing in Large Crowds

There are many casinos now spread around the state of Oklahoma. Some of these venues are just finally beginning to reopen. Several major gaming analysts predicted that revenue would be slow to recover, however, as many would be unwilling to visit a casino due to concerns over safety.

Some of these analysts may be forced to change their minds. On Monday, the Thunderbird Casino in Shawnee held a soft opening to the public. Incredibly, there were hundreds of individuals waiting outside before the casino even opened its doors.

Jenny Mitchell, a regular casino player in Oklahoma, expressed her delight in seeing this venue resume its operations.

“I’ve been waiting for it to open,” Mitchell said. “I’ve been waiting this whole time and I’ve been coming here since they opened.”

Of course, things will be a little different here than they were in the past. Guests are already having their temperature taken before entering the casino. There are also strict distancing measures set in place on slots and table games.

It’s a great sign for other casinos in Oklahoma that have yet to reopen. The Thunderbird Casino is making it clear that guests still want to play inside a brick and mortar venue. Hopefully, enough revenue is earned to keep all of the casinos here above ground.

Las Vegas Casinos Start Releasing Reopening Plans

As we’ve already mentioned, Nevada has yet to formally allow casinos to start opening up again. Governor Steve Sisolak has been hesitant to reopen the state economy, much to the dismay of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Fortunately, casinos in this state seem to have come up with safe guidelines to start operating again.

Not long ago, the Nevada Gaming Commission approved these reopening plans. It was a huge moment for the state and many casino companies immediately began setting dates to accept guests.

This week, several major casinos in Las Vegas released their casino plans. All of these venues are working hard to ensure their staff and patrons stay as safe as possible. Much like casinos in Oklahoma, all of the gaming venues in Las Vegas will require strict social distancing.

The conversation is now shifting to how many visitors will start traveling to Las Vegas. Tourism here has dropped to the lowest levels in history. Many may be unwilling to board a flight right now with concerns about the coronavirus.

As we’ve seen in Oklahoma, however, there are many that will take the risk. People around the country may be looking for an escape after being in lockdown for weeks. Perhaps this will result in a huge surge of visitors to the Las Vegas casinos.

It’s an interesting time for the gambling industry. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the situation in Las Vegas over the next few weeks!

Gov. Reeves Changes His Tune on MS Casino Openings

Mississippi has one of the biggest casino industries in the United States. Not long ago, Governor Tate Reeves announced that he planned to open the state’s casinos by Memorial Day. Unfortunately, Reeves is now changing his tune on MS casino openings.Mississippi

It seems health experts have informed the governor about the dangers of opening casinos too early. This isn’t going to sit well with casino companies here, many of whom have been preparing for an upcoming opening date. Today, we’re going to look at why Governor Reeves is taking this new stance.

Let’s get into it!

Mississippi’s Casino Industry Remains Shut Down

When most people think of US gambling hubs, cities such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City usually come to mind. Some are surprised to find that Mississippi actually has one of the largest and most successful casino industries in the country. A huge number of coastal casinos are located here, most of which bring in a huge amount of revenue every month.

At the start of this year, gambling revenue in Mississippi was surging. Many predicted that 2020 would be one of the best years in history for casinos here. Unfortunately, things completely changed in March.

Lawmakers in the state decided to shut down all casinos that month. As the new coronavirus began spreading around the country, different state officials determined that casinos pose too much of a risk for major infection spread. No one could say when these gambling venues would be allowed to open once again.

Governor Tate Reeves recently gave casino companies something to get excited about. He offered a plan for MS casino openings and claimed these venues would be allowed to accept guests by Memorial Day. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.

Many states are currently looking at ways to open their gambling industries. Some are finding some relief with regulated online gambling revenue. Here’s what Mississippi’s Governor now has planned for casinos in this state.

Governor Reeves is Changing His Plan for MS Casino Openings

Closing down casinos was necessary to prevent major Covid-19 outbreaks. Unfortunately, this decision is having a massive effect on the entire state. As many are well-aware of, thousands of Mississippi residents are employed in the gambling industry. Most of these people are now out of work.

Casinos here also help to bring the state valuable revenue. They promote tourism, which in turn helps many other state businesses. It’s no surprise that so many people here are now asking for an update on when casinos in the state will reopen.

Governor Reeves recently claimed that casinos in the state would open by Memorial Day. He’s now beginning to change his tune. That doesn’t mean these MS casino openings are impossible by the end of this month. Reeves is just hesitant to confirm this date.

“It’s certainly possible,” Reeves said about casinos opening by Memorial Day. “It is something that I am interested in looking into and doing. There’s a lot of different guidelines the regulators, the industry, my team and the health team are looking at if we reopen casinos, and we will, I committed to myself on day one that we’re going to make a decision based on what is best for Mississippi residents every single time.”

When MS casino openings do take place, the state’s gambling venues won’t look the same way they did earlier this year. There will be strict social distancing measures set in place throughout all casinos. This includes limited seats at tables and more space between slot machines.

It’s a difficult situation. Mississippi isn’t the only state that’s looking at new ways to reopen casinos, though.

More States Work to Relaunch Gambling Industries

Many different industries around the country are taking a hit right now. The casino industry might be the hardest-hit. All casinos around the country are shut down and revenue has completely stopped coming in.

Some parts of the country are being hit harder than others. Las Vegas, in particular, is losing an incredible amount of revenue right now. Tourism has completely stopped in this city and many of the casinos here are losing millions of dollars every single day.

Obviously, many are now calling for casinos in Las Vegas to reopen. Governor Sisolak is extremely hesitant to do so, claiming it would pose too serious of a health risk. It’s still unclear when exactly things will start getting back to normal here.

Atlantic City is taking a major hit, as well. Several bills were recently presented here to help casino companies. Interestingly, some city leaders feel these bills will not benefit residents of Atlantic City.

It’s a tough time for the land-based gambling industry. Based on the way things are going, MS casino opening may not take place for at least a few more weeks. We’ll need to wait for another update from Governor Reeves.

Stay tuned for more Mississippi casino news!

Several Bills to Help NJ Casinos Have Been Introduced

New Jersey is experiencing one of the worst outbreaks of Covid-19 in the United States. Unsurprisingly, this virus has taken an incredible toll on the land-based casino industry in this state. Recently, several bills to help NJ casinos were introduced, yet some lawmakers here are already expressing their concerns.Sky View Of Atlantic City

Casinos help to bring a huge amount of revenue to New Jersey every year. Cities like Atlantic City are now essentially shut down. Today, we’re going to look at the details of these new casino relief bills.

Let’s get into it!

New Jersey’s Casino Revenue Fell Quickly Last Month

Everyone knew that US casino revenue figures in March would be bleak. Last week, the reports finally came out and it seems these predictions were correct. Every state with a land-based casino industry saw its revenue drop considerably.

Reports indicate that New Jersey saw a revenue decline of $124 million. That’s the largest drop in the state’s history. Not even the state’s online gambling industry helped to make up for the money lost.

This is a shame, as things were looking fantastic in Atlantic City at the beginning of this year. In January, gambling revenue here increased by 23% compared to the same month in 2019. That progress has now come to a screeching halt.

The effect that this is having on casino companies is clear. Some are losing millions of dollars every day. Not long ago, a city councilman told the media that Atlantic City may never recover from this global pandemic.

Times are certainly tough for casinos. It’s a very difficult situation, particularly due to the fact that no one can say when these casinos will be allowed to open once again. Officials in New Jersey have been looking at ways to help the gambling industry. Unfortunately, not everyone is on board with what lawmakers here are proposing.

State Legislature Proposes Several Bills to Help NJ Casinos

The land-based casino industry has been one of the hardest-hit in the country due to this pandemic. It’s becoming clear that some will never recover. This situation has also been extremely difficult for millions of workers who are employed in the hotel-casino industry.

Lawmakers recognize this and many are working to help these casino companies get through this difficult time. Recently, multiple bills to help NJ casinos were introduced. It was exciting news for many in Atlantic City who hoped this would start to push the city forward.

These bills are already taking their fair share of criticism. They are intended to offer casinos relief on taxes and fees. Other state loans would be used to cover casino property payments for the next few months.

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo isn’t on-board with the proposed relief efforts. He believes the bills will end up taking away funds from the community and granting them to casino companies. Mazzeo is particularly concerned with the idea of taking from the state’s Property Tax Relief Fund, a decision he feels is detrimental to city taxpayers.

Charity Jeffries, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman John Armato, commented on the situation to the media this week.

“The concern is not that casinos don’t need a little help, but why is it coming at the expense of Atlantic City and Atlantic County taxpayers again?” Jeffries said. “We don’t know what help they need. Casinos don’t have facts and figures. Why are we rushing?”

There are many measures that these bills set to protect casino companies. Even if they’re approved, however, they may not be enough to keep some of these companies from going under. Only time will tell how things play out in one of the country’s biggest gambling hubs.

How Are Other State Gambling Industries Doing?

New Jersey is far from being the only state with a gambling industry that’s hurting. As many are well-aware of, all land-based casinos around the country are completely closed down right now. This is taking a serious toll on many parts of the country.

Obviously, many are looking at the effect this pandemic is taking on Las Vegas. The city has completely closed down and tourism has completely stopped here. Hundreds of thousands of people are now left without a job here due to the current restrictions.

Nevada’s Governor Steve Sisolak is extremely hesitant to allow casinos to reopen. Carolyn Goodman, the Mayor of Las Vegas, has repeatedly called for the city to reopen. It’s still unclear when casinos will be given permission to open their doors again.

Many other states continue to look at plans for the future. In Washington, several tribal leaders recently began to discuss ways to reopen their casinos. This includes measures to allow social distancing inside casinos.

April’s casino revenue figures have not been released yet. Most analysts predict that last month will be the worst in the history of the US casino industry. Hope is that things began to improve as the summer approaches.

Several new bills to help NJ casinos have now been introduced. Unfortunately, some feel these will end up hurting Atlantic City’s community. Stay tuned for more updates on this situation over the next few weeks!

UFC 249 Fighters Will Be Tested for Covid-19 Before Event

On Saturday, May 9th, the UFC will become the first major sports league in the US to resume its operations. MMA fans around the world are excited, yet many still have questions about the safety of everyone involved in this event. Fortunately, news has surfaced that all UFC 249 fighters will be tested for Covid-19 prior to stepping in the cage.

UFC 249 Poster

More details of this event continue to come out. It should be one of the most-watched mixed martial arts events of all time. Today, we’re going to look at how the UFC is ensuring that all the fighters competing will stay safe.

Let’s get into it!

The UFC’s Upcoming Event is Given the Green Light to Take Place

We’re now less than a week away from UFC 249 taking place. For the past few weeks, fans have held their breath, hoping this event would be approved to take place. It’s scheduled to take place in Florida where sports were recently deemed essential.

Fortunately, it appears the UFC has been given the green light to host this event by all necessary parties. Dana White claims Florida’s sports commission and Governor have approved UFC 249. He also claims ESPN is ready to broadcast the show.

It seems very unlikely that this event will be postponed like the event back in April was. Officials within the UFC have worked hard to ensure they abide by state and federal laws. UFC 249 fighters are likely to travel to Florida in the next day or two to prepare for their bouts.

This won’t be the only major MMA event to take place this month. Dana White claims that multiple events will be held over the next two weeks. After that, the company will get back to its normal schedule.

It’s a good time to be an MMA fan. Several major fight cards are scheduled to take place over the next few weeks. The UFC’s “Fight Island” is expected to be up and running soon, as well.

Recently, news broke that the UFC plans to test all of its fighters for the new coronavirus.

All UFC 249 Fighters Are Going to be Tested for Covid-19

Holding a major sporting event right now was always going to generate controversy. Many have condemned the UFC’s decision to resume operations, claiming it puts many at unnecessary risk. Officials within the UFC have countered that argument, claiming they will ensure that the event is held in as safe a way as possible.

Several journalists have asked Dana White whether or not the fighters competing will be tested for Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus spreading around the country. For weeks, Dana White refused to answer this question. We’ve finally gotten an answer today.

A new report by ESPN confirms that all UFC 249 fighters will be tested for Covid-19. Brian Hughes, chief administrative officer of Jacksonville, discussed some of the UFC’s safety measures with the media recently.

“Part of what gave us comfort was a plan they (UFC) outlined related to testing those they’re bringing to Jacksonville related to COVID-19,” Hughes said. “Based on what we’ve been briefed, it is clear that they’re going to test for COVID and they’ll have a couple of different segments of testing throughout the week.”

This is what everyone wanted to hear. It’s great to see live sports back up and running, but not if it compromises the athletes. Based on what’s being said, this event will be held as safely as possible.

We’re now beginning to hear about the other major fights scheduled to take place this week.

Here’s Who’s Fighting Later This Month

The event scheduled to take place on Saturday is one of the biggest in UFC history. Every single fight on the card has fans interested. Recently, UFC officials started to reveal some of the other fighters scheduled to headline events this month.

On Wednesday, May 13th, light-heavyweight contenders Anthony Smith and Glover Teixeira will look to take on step closer to the title. In the co-main event of this card, Ben Rothwell will welcome Ovince St. Preux to the heavyweight division. There are several important undercard bouts scheduled to take place, as well.

Another fight card will take place on May 16th. Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris are headlining this show. In the co-main event, Claudia Gadelha will try to halt the momentum of Angela Hill. Dana White also claimed that Tyron Woodley may headline a show on May 23rd.

UFC 249 fighters are set to be tested for Covid-19. It’s safe to assume that all the other fighters competing this month will receive these tests, as well. It’s clear that the UFC is doing everything it can to protect the athletes and staff working at this event.

The next few fight cards will be held in Jacksonville, Florida. In time, fight cards may be held at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, no one expects any major combat sporting events to be held inside a Las Vegas casino anytime soon.

What UFC 249 fighters are you most excited to watch? Do you think it’s smart for the promotion to host events right now? Let us know in the comments section below.

Here’s an Update on Mississippi’s Casino Plans

Mississippi River Boat CasinoMississippi is home to one of the largest casino industries in the United States. For more than a month, however, all of the casinos in this state have been shut down. This week, Governor Tate Reeves offered an update on Mississippi’s casino plans.

It appears we may be just a few weeks away from seeing all of this state’s casinos open back up. That’s great news for gambling fans and the owners of these properties. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Casino Revenue in Mississippi Fell Quickly in March

Back in January, the first cases of COVID-19 began appearing in the United States. As the weeks went on, this new coronavirus began spreading throughout the country. Many states began shutting down all non-essential businesses as a way to prevent major surges in infections.

On March 16th, officials in Mississippi decided to take the same route. Governor Reeves announced that all casinos in the state were being forced to shut down. This was an unprecedented move, as these casinos employ thousands and help to bring valuable revenue to many parts of the state.

Reports just recently surfaced that show how much money was really lost here. According to the Mississippi Gaming Commission, casino revenue here fell by 50% last month. These gambling venues earned just $67 million in the few weeks they were open. In March of 2019, casinos in the state brought in $124 million.

Of course, these venues likely earned almost no money in April. Casinos here were shut down for the entire month. How exactly that will affect the state economy is unknown.

Many have called for the casinos in Mississippi to open back up. That includes several major casino companies, some of which are losing millions of dollars every week due to the regulations. Fortunately for these companies, casinos in the state may open back up within the next few weeks.

Governor Reeves Offers an Update on Mississippi’s Casino Plans

Several states around the country are now beginning to open back up. That includes Georgia, which is appearing to see a spike in COVID-19 cases. Interestingly, more states are now making preparations to open up different businesses.

Casinos are some of the toughest venues to reopen to the public. Generally speaking, these venues feature a large number of individuals packed into a relatively small area. They are perfect places for a virus to spread. As a result, many casino owners are making changes to ensure these venues are as safe as possible.

This week, Governor Tate Reeves claimed that casinos will likely be open by Memorial Day. He seems to agree with casino owners that it’s time to reopen the state economy.

John Ferrucci, general manager at Silver Slipper in Hancock County, was one of the first casino officials to hear about the update on Mississippi’s casino plans. He revealed some of the preparations his casino is making to ensure public safety.

“We’re excited about it and I’m glad the word is getting out today,” he said. “We’re not going to have table games probably the first weekend.”

All casinos in the state will be forced to make changes. It’s almost guaranteed that masks will be required by guests and dealers. Many also expect tables to limit the number of players. Hopefully, these venues are able to bring the state money once they finally reopen.

Las Vegas Casinos Will Remain Closed for Weeks

Over the past month, we’ve reported on the Las Vegas casino closures. The decision to close casinos here has been a major source of controversy, as the city relies heavily on its gambling industry. It’s still unclear when these gambling venues will be allowed to reopen.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has publicly ridiculed the current restrictions. She called them “total insanity.” When pressed by Anderson Cooper about how to safely reopen Las Vegas, however, she did not seem to have a clear answer.

Earlier this week, Governor Steve Sisolak decided to extend the state’s stay-at-home measures. He believes Nevada is not quite past the peak of infections. It appears he also feels it’s too early to allow visitors to gamble inside casinos.

Many casinos in this state are already preparing to open back to the public. Recently, news surfaced that MGM’s Bellagio and New York New York properties are likely to be the first to reopen. There is still no clear answer on when exactly this will take place, though.

It’s a very interesting time for the entire US casino industry. With the update on Mississippi’s casino plans, it looks like this state may be the first to reopen gaming venues. Officials in Las Vegas will be looking very closely at how this ends up working out.

Are you surprised to hear that Mississippi is opening casinos again? When do you think Las Vegas will begin to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below.

US Casino Revenue Continues to Plummet

Prior to March of this year, the casino industry in the United States was surging. Most states were earning a huge amount of revenue from their gambling venues. That is no longer the case. According to new reports, US casino revenue continues to plummet.Revenue Drop Picture

Some states are being impacted more than others. New reports indicate casinos in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware are all losing an incredible amount of money right now. Today, we’re going to look at exactly how much revenue has fallen in these states.

Let’s get into it!

Certain States Are Now Beginning to Open Up

Since March, states around the country began going into lockdown. Infection rates of the new coronavirus have risen in some areas and started to fall in others. Certain parts of the US are now experiencing relatively low rates of infection and are preparing to open back up.

This includes Georgia, which has already lifted most social distancing measures. Governor Brian Kemp has allowed businesses like restaurants to open, yet things are far from normal. Some health experts believe that opening back up to early will result in a major increase in cases in some states.

It’s a very difficult situation. State leaders are trying to weigh the pros and cons of allowing businesses to start operating again. One state that’s being hit particularly hard due to these new regulations in Nevada.

Cities like Las Vegas are nearly shut down right now. Tourism and gambling account for a huge percentage of the city’s revenue. No visitors are coming to Las Vegas right now and this revenue is simply not flowing in. Casino officials have now begun discussing plans to get things back to normal.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman is now calling for the city to open back up. Interestingly, several casinos here are preparing to open their doors in late May. We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes for revenue to start increasing here again.

New reports are revealing how the gambling industries in other states are doing right now.

US Casino Revenue is Dropping Quickly

We’ve been reporting on how much money certain casino companies are losing for weeks. Several of the top casino companies in the US have stated things need to change. New reports are now beginning to surface that show how much money has been lost in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

These three states all have something in common. Online casino gambling has become legal and regulated here. Unfortunately, it does not appear these internet casinos are able to make up for the revenue being lost by the land-based casino shutdown.

Pennsylvania’s gambling revenue dropped from $304 million in February to just $154 million in March. New Jersey saw a decrease of $124 million last month. That’s an incredible $274 million lost between these two states in just one month.

It’s clear that online gambling is surging in these states. In fact, revenue from Pennsylvania’s online gambling platforms increased by 24%. Doug Harbach, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, spoke about this situation to the media this week.

“We certainly have seen an uptick in online play, in particular table games, the biggest being poker,” he said. “It does not make up for the casino losses. It will not come close to satisfying the tax revenue we’ve been used to.”

What’s Happening in Atlantic City Right Now?

There’s been a lot of discussion about Las Vegas over the past few weeks. Many have talked about how this city will approach the new regulations around the country. Interestingly, Atlantic City hasn’t been a major talking point.

Based on the new US casino revenue reports, it’s clear that this city is hurting. All of the casinos are shut down here and it may be months before they’re allowed to open. Some have expressed fear that some of the gambling venues here will be forced to shut down permanently.

Gambling revenue dropped by 44% last month compared to the same month in 2018. Online gambling revenue increased by nearly ⅔ last month, though. Many casino companies here are likely to start investing more into their internet gambling marketing efforts.

Things are already beginning to change in Atlantic City. Last week, Caesars Entertainment announced it was selling Bally’s for $25 million. More property sales may start taking place here over the next few months.

US casino revenue is falling fast. Some states are now choosing to open up different businesses. Unfortunately, it may be a long time before any land-based casinos are able to open to the public again.

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

Bally’s Atlantic City is Purchased by Twin River Holdings

All of the casinos in Atlantic City are still shut down. That doesn’t mean ownership of these venues can’t change hands, though. New reports indicate Twin River Holdings has officially purchased Bally’s Atlantic City for $25 million.

Ballys Atlantic City

It’s not a huge surprise. The previous owners are selling property to make way for a massive deal. Today, we’re going to look at the details of this major casino sale.

Let’s get into it!

Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment Continue Merger Plans

As most are well aware of, Eldorado Resorts decided to purchase Caesars Entertainment back in June of 2019 for an incredible $17 billion. It was the largest merger between two casino companies in history. Of course, a deal of this magnitude takes time to complete.

Before these companies can join, they must be given the green light from regulatory bodies around the US. That’s exactly what’s happening right now. Both companies are working to gain government approval to push the deal forward.

Early this year, three major state gambling commissions approved this deal. For a time, it looked like this merger would be approved before the end of the year. Unfortunately, things have slowed down over the past few weeks.

The spread of the coronavirus has shut down the entire US casino industry. As a result, many major casino companies are now losing millions of dollars every single month. This has taken a toll on both Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment.

These companies are now doing everything they can to continue their plans. Caesars is working to sell properties to gain additional revenue and appease state gambling commissions. New reports claim Caesars just sold one of its biggest and most profitable gambling venues.

Caesars Entertainment Officially Sells Bally’s Atlantic City

Atlantic City is now home to many world-class gambling venues. Prior to the global pandemic, this New Jersey city was earning an incredible amount of revenue from its gambling industry. That’s now changed and all the casinos here are now closed to the public.

Many of the biggest casino companies in the country now operate gambling venues in Atlantic City. This includes Caesars Entertainment. Last week, however, news surfaced that Caesars had officially sold Bally’s Atlantic City to Twin River Holdings.

This is a major deal for Twin River, which paid $25 million for this gambling venue. 2020 has been a big year for this company, which recently acquired three new casino-resorts in Colorado. Most analysts claim this is the biggest casino acquisition for this company to date.

Soo Kim, chairman of the company’s board of directors, commented on this new deal to the media this week.

“This is a great deal for Twin River, and diversifies our business across eight states,” Kim said. “It reaffirms our commitment to employees, customers and the communities in which we operate that Twin River will be stronger than ever.”

Interestingly, Caesar’s will retain certain parts of this venue. That includes the casino’s sportsbook. Hope is that the sale of this casino allows the New Jersey gambling commission to approve the merger between Caesars and Eldorado Resorts.

New Jersey is Still Weeks Away From Reopening

The new coronavirus has taken a serious toll on the entire US economy. One of the hardest-hit industries is the land-based casino industry. As we mentioned earlier, all casinos across the country are closed to the public.

Places like Atlantic City are being hit particularly hard. Officials here have continued to ask Governor Phil Murphy for a timetable on when gambling venues will be allowed to open again. It seems this is unlikely to happen for at least the next few weeks.

New Jersey has one of the highest Covid-19 death rates in the country. Obviously, things will not be able to become normal here overnight. Governor Murphy recently spoke about the situation to the media and claims it may be some time before the state opens again.

“I think the best understanding of the data right now is that we are still a number of weeks away,” he said. “We’re not of the woods yet. The mandate to stay at home and stay away from each other is still very much in effect until we can break the back of this curve.”

How exactly this will affect casinos like Bally’s Atlantic City is still unknown. The federal government is working on ways to help casino operators. Unfortunately, even major payouts may not be enough for some of these venues to remain open.

It’s a very unusual time for the US gambling industry. Stay tuned for more Atlantic City casino news over the next few weeks!

General Assembly is Ready to Review Virginia’s New Casino Regulations

Lawmakers in Virginia have been discussing opening up the state’s casino industry for years. It seemed as if casinos were set to become legal earlier this year, yet certain state officials are still asking for revisions to the gambling legislation. This week, the state General Assembly is meeting to discuss Virginia’s new casino regulations.

Virginia Casinos

If all goes according to plan, Class III casinos will be approved in this state before the summer. Today, we’re going to discuss the changes to gambling laws here. We’ll also look at what other forms of gambling may become available over the next couple of years.

Let’s get into it!

Virginia’s Governor is Asking for Changes to Proposed Casino Laws

More states are beginning to embrace their gambling industries. It seems like every few months, another state announces it’s becoming interested in legalizing casinos. This is certainly true in Virginia, which has been looking at the legalization of casinos for years.

As we already mentioned, it seemed like casinos would become legal here last year. Things failed to materialize, however, and another push to legalize casinos began in the beginning of this year. In February, news broke that the House and Senate approved a set of casino bills.

That didn’t mean casinos instantly became legal here. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam began taking a closer look at this legislation. Eventually, the Governor asked for an amendment to the casino bills that would allow revenue from these gambling venues to go towards public school construction.

It was a little disappointing for those hoping to see casinos legal this year. Northam’s decision now means the House and Senate will need to agree on the new terms. It’s unclear whether this will take place.

The fact that all US land-based casinos are shut down right now isn’t helping either. There are some analysts that feel the country’s casino industry will never look the same once this pandemic has ended.

This week, Virginia state officials will once again look at the casino legislation being presented.

Officials Are Now Set to Review Virginia’s New Casino Regulations

It’s clear that legalizing casinos is not easy. As many in Virginia now realize, there are several legal steps that need to be taken before these gambling venues can be approved. This includes gaining approval from the state’s General Assembly.

Once again, the House and Senate will need to review the new amendment presented by Governor Northam. These state government bodies will need to approve House Bill 4 and Senate Bill 36. If both bills are approved once again, casinos may finally become legal here.

Senator Todd Pillion gave an enthusiastic statement about this new meeting to the media yesterday.

“Fixing our deteriorating schools is an issue that unites legislators across political and geographical divides,” he said. “Republicans and Democrats from Lee County to Norfolk recognize this is an issue that needs our attention. The amendment, which I support, will allow a portion of state revenues collected from casino projects to be returned to localities to fix our schools, directly benefiting our students and teachers. I am hopeful this solution will have broad bipartisan support in both the Senate and House.” 

It remains to be seen whether or not these bodies will decide to approve these bills. If they are rejected, the legislation will go back to the Governor. It would then be discussed again once again in November.

Are any other forms of gambling likely to be approved here?

Sports Betting is Likely to Become Legal in Virginia Soon

Since May of 2018, every state in the country has been able to legalize sports betting. That’s due to the Supreme Court striking down PASPA. Today, more than 20 states have officially legalized this form of gambling.

Lawmakers in Virginia have discussed plans to allow sports betting for years. It now appears 2020 is the year this happens. During today’s meeting to discuss Virginia’s new casino regulations, lawmakers will also decide on whether or not to approve sports gambling legislation.

Most feel this will happen. The main focus point will be on how much sports betting licenses cost. Under the current plans, it will cost $250,000 for a three-year license and an additional $200,000 to renew these licenses.

Most agree that sports betting will be hugely popular in this state. Virginia is known for its large sports fan base. Governor Northam seems to recognize this, and almost all analysts expect him to sign the sports gambling bills once approved by the House and Senate.

It’s an exciting time for gambling fans in Virginia. This year, two separate forms of gambling are likely to become legal here.

Do you think Virginia’s new casino regulations will be approved? Let us know in the comments section below!

UFC Simulation Betting is Now Available Online!

It’s been more than a month since most sports leagues around the country shut down. Many individuals around the country have been looking for new forms of sporting entertainment. Recently, UFC simulation betting became available online and fans are now flocking to internet sportsbooks to place their wagers on the outcomes.

Simulated UFC Fight

The UFC is likely to be the first major sports league to resume operations. Until that happens, however, betting on simulated UFC fights is the next best thing. Today, we’re going to look at this new form of sports betting and discuss when the MMA powerhouse will be back up and running.

Let’s get into it!

Dana White is Determined to Host Events Next Month

The UFC has always done things its own way. Its owners have taken some very drastic steps over the years to make it a major sports leader. With that in mind, it’s not very surprising to see the UFC working hard to get back on track.

It hasn’t been easy, though. Sports leagues around the country are completely shut down at the moment. There are now heavy restrictions now set around the country that are preventing any of these sports from running.

Owners of the UFC are determined to host events. For weeks, Dana White was adamant that UFC 249 would take place on April 18th. It was set to take place in California, yet a call from the state leader finally forced officials within the UFC to pull the plug.

White conceded that things would be temporarily shut down. That doesn’t mean the UFC is shutting down, though. Just a few days after UFC 249 was canceled, Dana White announced that the next event would be held on May 9th, likely at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas.

Anything can happen, though. It’s possible that heavy restrictions will remain in place through next month. This may force the UFC to rethink its strategy. Due to the current situation, more unique forms of sports wagering are growing more popular right now.

UFC Simulation Betting is Growing More Popular Every Day

MMA fans have been eagerly awaiting for the next event to take place. We came very close to seeing one of the biggest fights of the year with Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson. Unfortunately, no fight cards will be held for at least a few weeks.

That doesn’t mean all MMA action is shut down. Recently, some of the top online sportsbooks in the country have begun offering UFC simulation betting. Unsurprisingly, this has grown very popular with fans who aren’t able to watch the real games.

One site that’s offering a huge number of different simulated UFC betting options is Mybookie.ag. This site is known for its safe payment options and wide range of different betting odds. The UFC wagering options here are some of the best that you’ll find.

Some of these simulated fights are very entertaining. It features some matchups that we may never see in real life. Nothing is as exciting as watching a real event live, yet this is probably the next best thing.

Hope is that the UFC can start hosting fight cards again next month. Exactly where this will happen is still unknown. For now, betting on virtual UFC fights is the best option available for fans around the country.

What Simulated Fights Are Available to Bet On Right Now?

Many online sportsbooks recognize that MMA fans are looking to bet on some fights. As a result, there are now UFC simulation betting options available all day, every day. Some of these bouts are offering some fantastic opportunities to win big.

One fight is between Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano. Rousey was one of the UFC’s dominant champions at one point. She defeated Zingano back in February of 2015 and is coming in as the favorite in this virtual fight with odds of -250.

Cat Zingano has some great stats in this virtual UFC world. She’s a strong grappler with dangerous muay thai skills. She’s still listed as the +170 in this virtual fight against Ronda Rousey.

An exciting virtual fight between Dominick Cruz and TJ Dillashaw is also available to bet on. Cruz comes in as the +150 underdog. Dillashaw is listed as the -200 favorite. This is a fight that fans may see in real life if both men are able to get back to the top of the bantamweight division.

There are a huge number of great simulated fights available to bet on right now. In some cases, the odds here are better than what you would find during actual events.

Make sure to check out Mybookie.ag today for a full list of UFC simulation betting options. Let us know what fight you plan to bet on in the comments section below!

Odds on the Quarantine Eating Challenge Are Now Online!

All major sports leagues in the United States are shut down. It’s been disappointing for many people at home looking for some entertainment. On Friday, a unique new eating challenge is taking place, featuring some of the top competitive eaters in the world. Odds on the quarantine eating challenge are now being offered online!

Joey Chestnut

This should be a fun show for many people around the country. Many are already placing their wagers on who will win. Today, we’re going to break down the odds for each competitor.

Let’s get into it!

All US Sports Leagues Remain Shut Down

This has been the most unusual month in the history of professional sports. Since early March, all major sports leagues in the country have been forced to close down. It’s still unclear when any of these leagues will resume normal operations.

The UFC has worked hard to get back to normal. Officials within the company worked hard to put on an event on April 18th at the Tachi Palace Casino in California. It nearly took place, yet California’s leaders ended up putting an end to the show at the last minute.

Members of the IOC were also forced to cancel the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. This is the first time the Olympics have ever been canceled for something other than war. The event will now be postponed until the Summer of 2021.

MLB officials are also looking at ways to start holding events again. Not long ago, news broke that leaders of this league are considering holding all of the season’s games in one venue without fans. It’s unclear whether or not this is a real possibility.

All casinos across the country, including ones in Las Vegas, are shut down, too. This makes it almost impossible to make land-based wagers in-person! More people are now choosing to place bets online.

Many people around the country are desperate for some kind of live entertainment event. This week, that’s exactly what we’re getting.

A Major Eating Challenge Takes Place This Friday

Eating contests tend to be very entertaining. While they don’t have nearly as big of a fan base as traditional sports, many still enjoy watching the top competitive eaters putting everything on the line. That’s exactly what’s scheduled to take place this week. Of course, this event will be different from all of the others.

On Friday, April 27th, the biggest names in competitive eating will face off in what’s called the quarantine eating challenge. This event will be live-streamed online at 7 pm on Major League Eating’s Youtube Channel. Below is a breakdown of the foods that will be consumed.

  • Qualifying Round: Sliced Bologna — two pounds
  • Quarterfinals: Milk and Cookies — one family pack of Oreos and a half-gallon of milk
  • Semifinals: Baked Beans — 1.5 gallons
  • Finals: Ramen Noodles — 10 individual ramen cups

George Shea, chairman of the MLE, commented on this event to the media this week.

“While there has been substantial discussion about which professional sport would be the first to return — with baseball, basketball, golf and MMA all floating recent potential return plans — competitive eating is first to come back. It is a powerful statement of American resilience.”

The winner of this event will take home $5,000. People around the United States are now getting ready to bet on the event. Let’s take a look at the odds for each competitor to win.

Breaking Down the Odds for the Quarantine Eating Challenge

For years, two men have dominated the world’s competitive eating challenges. Joey Chestnut and Matt Stonie are both known for their incredible ability to put food away. On Friday, these men will be taking part in the live-streamed eating challenge.

BetOnline, one of the top online sportsbooks in the US, is now offering odds on this event.

At the moment, Joey Chestnut is listed as the favorite with odds of -110. Matt Stonie enters as the second favorite with odds to win at +350. Below is a complete list of the odds for the quarantine eating challenge.

  • Joey Chestnut: -110
  • Matt Stonie: +350
  • Darron Breeden: +500
  • Gideon Oji: +900
  • Miki Sudo: +1000
  • Michelle Lesco: +1200
  • Nick Wehry: +1200
  • Eric Brooker: +2000

Of course, most analysts feel that Joey Chestnut will take the win. He’s the most accomplished professional eater in the world. Matt Stone has a real possibility of pulling off the win, too.

Those looking to go with an underdog may want to wager on Miki Sudo. She’s won many Nathan’s Hot Dog Contests over the years and has already won several major events in 2020.

Make sure to check out BetOnline for a complete list of the odds for the quarantine eating challenge taking place this Friday! Let us know who you think will win the comments section below.

A Great New Sportsbook in Colorado is Set to Launch

The popularity of sports betting is growing every single month in the United States. More states are now choosing to legalize this popular form of gambling. According to new reports, a fantastic new sportsbook in Colorado will be launching later this year.Colorado Flag Picture

Many analysts predict that Colorado will have an extremely successful sports betting industry. Today, we’re going to look at the road to sports gambling legalization here. We’ll also look at which sports betting company is entering this state.

Let’s get into it!

Colorado Lawmakers Legalize Sports Betting

Just a few years ago, the only state in the country that could legally offer sports betting was Nevada. It was frustrating for many other state leaders who recognized how much revenue could be earned from this industry. Eventually, these officials decided to argue their opinion in court.

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court decided to remove PASPA. This immediately allowed every state in the country to set its own laws on sports gambling. Within weeks, states like New Jersey and Delaware announced that sports betting was now legal.

The states with legal sports gambling options began earning serious revenue. As a result, more state leaders began looking into the possibility of regulating sports betting. Even states known for their harsh gambling laws are starting to embrace this industry.

Since PASPA was struck down, lawmakers in Colorado began pushing to allow sports betting. Eventually, a bill was approved in the House and Senate. It then went to a public vote and was approved by the masses in November of 2019.

It’s extremely exciting for sports fans here. As most are well-aware, Colorado is home to several major sports teams. This state should manage to earn a huge amount of revenue from this newly-legalized industry.

A Great New Sportsbook in Colorado is Opening This Year

For obvious reasons, Colorado is a very exciting new sports betting market for many companies. Several of the country’s top sports gambling operators have already expressed a desire to break into this state. This week, news broke of another major sportsbook that’s set to open here.

This company, called SuperBook, has announced that it’s expanding to the Black Hawk’s Lodge Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado. Those who are familiar with this company are already getting excited. SuperBook currently operates the biggest sportsbook in Las Vegas.

The SuperBook is located at the Las Vegas Westgate Hotel. It’s 30,000 square feet and features the largest sports video wall in the city. This company is now teaming up with Jacobs Entertainment to break into the Colorado market.

JJ Garcia, vice president of operations for The Lodge, spoke about this new partnership to the media this week.

“Having Jay Kornegay lead this exciting opportunity is an added benefit Colorado fans are sure to appreciate,’’ he said. 

Jay Kornegay, the leader of this casino’s sports betting operations, is also optimistic about the future.

“We believe The Lodge is a perfect fit for our initial expansion opportunities outside Las Vegas,’’ he said. 

Initially, the new sportsbook in Colorado was set to open on May 1st. Due to new restrictions, this opening date is now being pushed back.

When Will the US Sports Industry Open Back Up?

Over the past month, the entire US professional sports industry has been turned upside down. This is due to the spread of a new coronavirus called Covid-19. This virus has a unique ability to spread and as a result, all professional sports have been forced to suspend their operations.

It’s unclear when this will change. At the moment, states around the country are seeing their infection rates increase rapidly. New York, in particular, is experiencing a huge surge in both infections and deaths.

As long as infections are increasing, sports leagues will remain closed down. This is hurting the sports betting industry, and some sportsbooks in major cities are now in danger of shutting down permanently.

Several leagues have looked at plans to get around these regulations. This includes the MLB, which is considering holding all games inside the same venue. Even the UFC has been forced to close down, despite the company’s attempts to keep things rolling.

Eventually, things will get back to normal. This will be exciting for states with legal sports betting options. We’ll need to wait and see how successful the new sportsbook in Colorado ends up being.

Stay tuned for more Colorado sports betting news over the next few weeks!

Opening of a New Casino in Pope County May be Delayed

Oklahoma is home to a huge number of popular tribal casinos. More are continuing to open around the state every few years. This weekend, the Cherokee Tribe’s attempt to open a new casino in Pope County started facing trouble from an anti-casino group in the state.

Oklahoma Casinos

It’s unfortunate news, especially considering the way the land-based casino industry is faring right now. Today, we’re going to take a look at why this group is pushing against the opening of the new gambling venue.

Let’s get into it!

All Casinos in Oklahoma Are Closed

This is the most unusual time in the history of the US gambling industry. Never before have all of the country’s casinos been forced to close. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening right now due to the spread of the new coronavirus, called Covid-19.

Since March, all casinos in the state of Oklahoma have been closed to the public. Health officials warn that these venues are ideal places for a virus to spread. It remains unclear when the state’s casinos will be able to open their doors again.

Obviously, this has resulted in a huge loss of revenue. Many Native American tribes in the state rely on their casinos for funding. Due to the closing of these venues, many are losing out on millions of dollars every single month.

Rates of Covid-19 continue to rise in Oklahoma. As of today, 1,868 individuals have been confirmed positive here. An additional 74 cases were recorded over the past 24 hours. Most experts believe the true number of cases is significantly higher.

As long as infection rates are increasing, casinos in the state are likely to remain shut down. That doesn’t mean certain groups aren’t already looking to the future, though. Unfortunately, even tribes looking to open new casinos in the state are facing backlash.

Anti-Gambling Group Fights Against New Casino in Pope County

Oklahoma’s casino laws are constantly changing. New regulations are occasionally introduced that allow for more gambling venues to be built in the state. Back in 2018, the state approved Constitutional Amendment 100, which allows a new casino to be constructed in Pope and Jefferson Counties.

Under the amendment, the new casinos must gain approval from local officials. Interestingly, a clause was introduced that claims only local officials present at the time of the application submittal need to approve the casino plans. Eventually, the Cherokee Tribe introduced plans to open a new casino in Pope County.

Local officials seemed happy with the proposed $38.8 million casino. Not everyone wants to see this venue built, though. A major anti-casino group in the state is now claiming that the approval of this casino goes against a restraining order set in place last December.

This group, called Citizens for a Better Pope County, sued the Racing Commission in December, resulting in a temporary restraining order. They now feel the Commission has no ability to approve a casino license while the restraining order is set in place.

“The Commission runs the risk of violating the [restraining order] with its announced course of action,” said Jerry Malone, an attorney for the Citizens for a Better Pope County. “Additionally, various counts in the Second Amended Complaint raise substantive allegations that it constitutes an illegal exaction for the Commission to expend taxpayer dollars in consideration of Cherokee Nation’s Good Cause Shown Application.” 

Members of the Cherokee Nation have not yet commented on this legal situation. We’ll need to wait and see what steps are taken to approve the new casino in Pope County over the next few weeks.

Oklahoma Lawmakers and Tribes Are Still Arguing in Court

The legal fight between the Cherokee and the anti-gambling group isn’t the only one taking place in Oklahoma. For months, other tribes in the state have been in a bitter dispute with Oklahoma’s leaders. This fight is all about gambling revenue.

Kevin Stitt, the Governor of Oklahoma, believes that the gaming compacts signed with tribes more than 15 years ago have expired. He claims it’s now time to negotiate the terms of these compacts. This includes seeing more of the casino revenue going to the state.

Stitt, along with many other state politicians, now believes that these tribes are operating their casinos illegally. Despite these opinions, the tribes are continuing to go about business as usual. Thus far, negotiations between the state and tribes have been largely unsuccessful.

Plans to open the new casino in Pope County have been introduced. It seemed as if they had been approved, as well. The Citizens for a Better Pope County are now working to keep this casino from ever opening its doors.

As we said earlier, this is a very unusual time for the state’s casino industry. Hopefully, things begin getting back to normal over the next month or two.

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

A Colorado Tribal Casino is Helping to Fight Covid-19

Colorado is home to a number of world-class casinos. Many of these venues help to bring the state a massive amount of revenue every single month. This week, a major Colorado tribal casino began storing goods and supplies to help with local residents stuck in quarantine during the spread of Covid-19.

Colorado Flag Picture

It’s great news to hear the state’s gambling industry work to help this situation. This is especially true when you consider the impact that the coronavirus has had on the land-based casino industry. Today, we’re going to look at which casino is now leading the fight against the virus.

Let’s get into it!

Colorado’s Casino Industry is Shut Down Right Now

Colorado, like every other state in the country, has been forced to close all of its land-based gambling venues. This is due to Covid-19, a new coronavirus that’s now infected more than 350,000 people around the United States. It’s become a global pandemic with over 1.2 million people infected all around the world.

This virus has taken a massive toll on a huge number of different industries. This includes the travel, hospitality, and gambling industry. The latter, in particular, is completely shut down in the United States.

Today, every casino in the country has been forced to close its doors. Lawmakers fear these venues are prime locations for infection spread. The shutdown of these casinos is already taking a serious toll on cities like Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

All of the casinos in Colorado are currently closed. It’s costing many companies a huge amount of revenue every single month. This includes Twin River, which recently acquired three new casinos in the state. It’s unclear when these gambling establishments will be able to open to the public once again.

One major Colorado tribal casino has decided to take things into its own hands. This casino is actively working to help those in quarantine while this virus spreads. Here’s what we know about this situation.

One Major Colorado Tribal Casino is Helping the Community

Every single day, more individuals in Colorado are testing positive for the new coronavirus. It’s a troubling time for the entire country, almost all of which is under quarantine. Most people in Colorado are currently stuck at home attempting to social distance themselves to help avoid spreading the virus.

Ute Mountain Casino, a major Colorado tribal casino in the Southwest of the state, is now helping to make the situation better for its local community. According to new reports, this casino is now providing room to help store goods and supplies for the local community. Rick Scheer, general manager of the Ute Mountain Casino and Hotel, spoke about the situation to the media this week.

“It’s great to see how the tribal communities come together,” he said. “We took our bingo room, where we have the space, and actually laid that out so the tribal members could come down, and some of the casino staff helped as well, with portioning out the food and doing the separations for the deliveries.” 

The supplies being stored in the casino are being distributed to different houses in the area. It’s become incredibly helpful for residents here, many of whom now fear leaving their house due to the quick spread of this virus. Officials at the casino say they are currently looking for new and better ways to distribute supplies.

There are about 130 employees still working at the casino right now. Unfortunately, it’s still unclear when this venue will be able to open once again. Eventually, though, Colorado is likely to enjoy a large and successful sports betting market.

Colorado’s Sports Betting Industry is Almost Ready to Launch

Back in May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. This was a huge decision, as in the past only Nevada was legally able to offer sports betting options. With this set of laws now gone, 22 different states have legalized sports gambling.

This includes Colorado, which approved sports betting legislation back in November. It went to a public vote and passed by a narrow margin. Soon, both land-based and online sports betting options will become available in the state.

Colorado is known for having a large sporting fan base. Many individuals here are known to enjoy placing bets on sporting events. The state is likely to earn a huge amount of revenue every month once regulated sportsbooks are up and running.

The state’s land-based casino industry remains shut down, though. It’s unclear when lawmakers will decide to lift these regulations. Some analysts feel it won’t happen for months.

A major Colorado tribal casino is deciding to help its local community. Perhaps more will begin doing the same over the next few weeks. Eventually, the state will get back on track and these venues will be able to generate revenue once again.

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

All Casinos in Massachusetts Are Remaining Closed

The US land-based casino industry remains completely shut down to the spread of Covid-19. Initially, lawmakers in Massachusetts announced that gambling venues would be closed until March 29th. New reports are coming out that indicate all casinos in Massachusetts are remaining closed for considerably longer.Massachusetts State Symbol

No one really knows when the casino industry will open up again. As of now, the United States has the third-most infections in the world. Today, we’re going to talk about how the situation is unfolding.

Let’s get into it!

Nearly 79,000 Covid-19 Cases Have Been Confirmed In the United States

Within just a few weeks, the number of coronavirus in the United States has skyrocketed. According to new reports, more than 79,000 individuals have been officially confirmed to have Covid-19. Some states are experiencing major outbreaks.

New York is currently the epicenter of the United States epidemic. More than 37,000 cases have officially been confirmed in this state. Just today, an additional 4,292 cases have been reported in this state.

Rates in Louisiana are beginning to jump very quickly. At the moment, more than 2,300 cases have been confirmed here. In the past 24 hours, an additional 510 cases were announced. New Orleans, in particular, is facing a major surge in new cases.

Massachusetts is seeing its rates increase, too. By tomorrow, more than 2,000 individuals here are likely to have the virus. State officials here have closed down many businesses to help avoid major infection surges.

The coronavirus has already taken a major toll on the land-based casino industry. It appears that things are not improving anytime soon, too.

Casinos in Massachusetts Will Remain Closed Until At Least April 7th

As we just mentioned, lawmakers in Massachusetts first announced that the state’s casinos would be closed until March 29th. Most felt this shutdown would last for much longer. Infection rates continue to increase and until that changes, casinos are likely to remain completely closed.

This week, the state’s Gaming Commission announced that all casinos in Massachusetts will now stay closed until at least April 7th. This applies to all three of the casinos here, including the MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor, and Plainridge Park Casino. State commissioners unanimously voted to keep these casinos closed.

Gayle Cameron, one of the commissioners who approved these measures, believes these measures are necessary right now.

“It’s a sound plan, following the governor’s order and then evaluating ahead of time so that if there are other necessary arrangements we have to make, we will be prepared to do that,” he said.  

Officials at MGM Springfield also released a statement on the extended closure to the media this week.

“The health and safety of our employees, their families, and the community is our number one concern. As COVID-19 continues to place unprecedented demand on the region, MGM Springfield will remain engaged with the local community to support frontline workers, organizations and residents most impacted.”

Online Casino Gambling is Growing More Popular

Based on the way things are going, the US land-based casino industry will be closed down for months. Infection rates continue to increase around the country. Even Las Vegas, the gambling hub of the United States, has been forced to close down all of its casinos until further notice.

This is taking a serious toll on this city. New reports indicate that these gambling venues are losing millions of dollars a day. Some claim they can only survive a few more months before going bankrupt.

As a result, online casino gambling is growing more popular all around the country. There are now a huge number of fantastic online casinos in Massachusetts. Many of them offer just as many games as the biggest land-based casinos in the state.

These gambling websites are going to continue to get more popular. Most analysts predict that casinos will remain closed until the virus is under control. That seems unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Casinos in Massachusetts are closed right now. It’s unclear how long these venues will be able to survive while shut down. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

AGA Comments on Atlantic City Casino Shutdowns

For the past few years, Atlantic City has once again emerged as one of the gambling hubs of the United States. New Jersey is profiting heavily from the revenue earned from this industry. Unfortunately, the AGA believes new Atlantic City casino shutdowns will take a serious toll on the economy.Sky View Of Atlantic City

It’s an extremely tough time for the land-based casino industry around the United States. No one knows when things will begin to improve, either. Today, we’re going to look at what the AGA is saying to expect.

Let’s get into it!

New Jersey’s Coronavirus Rates Are Increasing

For reasons unknown, the media seems to be reporting that New York and California are the two epicenters of the coronavirus outbreaks in the United States. In reality, though, New Jersey has the second-most infections in the country at 2,844. This trend is increasing and every day hundreds of new cases are reported in this state.

It’s not entirely surprising. New York City is experiencing an incredible surge in cases right now. New Jersey is right next door and is seeing infection rates increase rapidly.

Lawmakers in this state are trying desperately to slow this down. Unfortunately, reports indicate that the state’s testing sites are reaching capacity before even opening to the public. Governor Phil Murphy claims this isn’t a surprise and expects to see many more cases emerge over the next week.

Every state is coming up with new regulations to deal with these issues. Stay-at-home orders are now being seen around the country. Many businesses have been forced to close down, as well. Unfortunately, this is taking a serious toll on the land-based casino industry in many states including Nevada.

The gambling industry in New Jersey is taking a hit, too. Here, all casinos have been forced to close down. Some analysts are now trying to decide how long is too long for these gambling venues to be closed.

Atlantic City Casino Shutdowns Will Result in Major Economic Losses

For a time, it looked as if Atlantic City may emerge as the country’s biggest gambling destination. This city drew in a huge number of gamblers from the East Coast and revenue here continued to increase. As infection rates began to increase in New Jersey, lawmakers finally decided it was time for the state’s casinos to close to the public.

The American Gaming Association has been trying to warn Congress about the impact of these casino closures. This group represents casino owners across the country. It’s been warning about the impact these new regulations will have on cities like Las Vegas, which relies heavily on its casino industry.

This week, the AGA released a statement about the Atlantic City casino shutdowns. According to the group, this will end up affecting millions of people around the state.

“The impact on our employees, their families and communities is staggering, and the implications extend far beyond the casino floor,” said Bill Miller, president and CEO of the AGA. “Gaming is an economic engine, employing millions of local residents, generating community investment through vital tax revenue, and supporting small businesses in communities all across the country.” 

The AGA later went on to claim this will cost New Jersey $1.1 billion in economic losses. This is clearly a tough time for casino operators here. We won’t know the true impact this casino shutdown will cost for at least a few months.

US Online Casino Industry Continues to Surge

Covid-19 isn’t slowing down. Europe remains the epicenter of the pandemic, yet infection rates in the United States have been increasing rapidly. Soon, it’s likely that more cases will be recorded here than any other nation.

Recent reports claim that more than 90% of all land-based casinos in the country are shut down. This includes all of the ones in Las Vegas. The Atlantic City casino shutdowns prove that the land-based gaming industry in this country is hurting.

Many people are now choosing to play through online casino sites in the US. Most of these sites are available in every single state. The majority of them offer more gambling options than the biggest brick-and-mortar casinos in the country, too.

It’s unlikely that normal casinos will open anytime soon. Many major casino companies are now asking for emergency relief from Congress. While these venues are shut down, the online casino industry is growing more popular.

This is a constantly-evolving situation. New updates are being reported every few minutes. Hopefully, health officials are able to put a stop to this pandemic before things become too severe.

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

Oklahoma’s Casino Industry is Beginning to Shut Down

Gambling venues are shutting down in another state. Several major casinos in Oklahoma have confirmed the news in statements to the media. Today, we’re going to look at how this will affect Oklahoma’s casino industry in the long run.State Map Of Oklahoma

Lawmakers here have been in a fight with tribes over casinos for months. Now, it appears this legal battle is being put on hold. Here’s what’s happening here.

Covid-19 Update: More than 16,000 Positive Cases in the US

Thousands of new cases of Covid-19 have been officially confirmed in the United States. Testing protocol is beginning to improve and more people around the country are choosing to self-isolate. Some states, unfortunately, continue to see their infection rates increase rapidly.

California continues to take the most intense regulations. Gavin Newsom, California’s Governor has now called on everyone in the state to stay home unless it’s absolutely essential. Even with these measures, Newsom estimates that 56% of the entire state will eventually test positive.

New York is experiencing a major surge in cases, as well. More than 4,500 people here have been confirmed infected. As a result, much of the state is beginning to shut down right now.

Not every state was quick to act, though. Florida’s Governor is facing serious criticism for allowing casinos, public beaches, bars and nightclubs to remain open. Even yesterday, hundreds of people were seen partying together on a Florida beach.

With cases now beginning to emerge in Oklahoma, more casinos here are choosing to close to the public. Here’s how this situation is unfolding.

Oklahoma’s Casino Industry is Closing Down

Oklahoma has one of the largest casino industries in the United States. There are a huge number of Native American-run casinos here that contribute massively to the state government. Unfortunately, many of these venues are being forced to shut down.

Several casinos here have announced they are now closing to help stop the spread of the coronavirus throughout Oklahoma. Lucky Star Casino revealed that it’s temporarily shutting down all six of its Oklahoma venues.

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes claim these properties will be closed to the public starting on Friday morning. As of now, these venues will be closed until April 2nd. Employees of these properties will be paid during this time.

It’s clear that Oklahoma’s casino industry is taking a major hit. Days ago, the WinStar World Casino Resort closed its doors. This property is known for attracting many visitors from Dallas and the surrounding area.

Most of these properties expect to open again within a few weeks. If the virus continues to spread, however, this may not be possible. We’ll need to wait and see how infection rates grow here in the coming days.

How Will This Affect the State’s Legal Fight With Tribes?

It’s interesting to see Oklahoma’s casino industry closing down right now. Many felt this was possible in 2020, yet no one expected it to be due to a global pandemic. Most thought that lawmakers would force these venues to close down due to the fight over gaming licenses.

Oklahoma and tribes agreed to compacts that allowed the tribes to run casinos for 15 years. In January, these compacts expired. The tribes believe that they automatically renew. State officials claim they need to negotiate a new deal in order to receive casino licenses.

Both parties have been fighting in court over these issues. For now, though, the coronavirus is forcing the state’s casinos to shut down.

That doesn’t mean all casino gambling options are leaving, though. There are a huge number of fantastic online casinos in Oklahoma right now. Many of them offer more gambling options than the top land-based casinos in the state.

Oklahoma’s casino industry is closing down, for now. Hopefully, the casino companies here are able to take the financial toll that Covid-19 is having on the economy.

Stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks!

Florida’s Casino Industry is Still Up and Running

As Covid-19 spreads all around the world, more states are forcing their casinos to close down. For now, lawmakers in Florida are not setting these regulations. Florida’s casino industry is still up and running, despite more cases of the coronavirus popping up.Florida

Exactly how long these gambling venues will be able to keep operating is unknown. Florida’s state government may soon force these casinos to shut down. Let’s take a look at what exactly is happening here.

More Cases of Covid-19 Are Being Reported in Florida

The new coronavirus has now officially infected individuals in all 50 US states. Infection rates are beginning to skyrocket and many fear that our healthcare system will soon be put under intense strain. As time goes on, more cases of Covid-19 are beginning to emerge in Florida.

More than 280 Florida residents have tested positive for the virus. Many believe the true number is considerably higher, though. Just hours ago, news broke that the first death from the coronavirus in Northeast Florida has taken place.

Lawmakers in the state are taking a more lenient approach than many others, though. For reasons unknown, Florida is still allowing major beaches to stay open to the public. Bans on large public gatherings have not been announced here.

Every hour, it seems like more cases are emerging in this state. This is likely to continue for the next few weeks. Unless significant changes are made, Florida will continue to experience a major surge in Covid-19 cases.

Florida’s casino industry has seen its fair share of problems, yet it continues to operate. Here’s how gambling venues here are responding to the situation.

Florida’s Casino Industry Continues to Operate

Florida is home to many casinos. Some are racinos, and others are major Class III venues owned and operated by Native American tribes. The Seminole Tribe, which owns Hard Rock International, controls several major casinos in the state.

One of the biggest is the Seminole Casino Hotel. This massive venue, located in Immokalee, draws in many visitors from around the state. Not long ago, however, a man who visited this venue ended up passing away from Covid-19.

That isn’t stopping this property from operating. The Seminole Casino Hotel is continuing to run its operations. In fact, most of Florida’s casino industry is continuing to run as if nothing unusual is happening.

Not every casino is taking this approach, though. This week, two South Florida casinos announced they were officially closing their doors to the public. The Casino at Dania Beach and the Big Easy Casino have voluntarily closed their doors.

It seems very likely that the state will shut these venues down. Infection rates in Florida continue to increase. Soon, lawmakers here will have no other option than to close down all gambling establishments.

More States Are Forcing Casinos to Close

At the moment, Florida’s casino industry is continuing to operate. Many other states are taking a different approach. Casinos around the country are now being forced to shut down.

This includes Las Vegas. Yesterday, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that all casinos in the state are now being shut down. This is devastating to Las Vegas, which relies heavily on its gambling industry for revenue.

New York has also closed down its casino industry. Most of the gaming venues here are in Upstate New York. Governor Cuomo is not announcing when these casinos will be allowed to resume operations.

Online gambling is growing more popular every day in the US. Even Florida casino sites are growing extremely popular. Many of these websites offer even more gambling options than the top land-based casinos in the state.

Florida’s casino industry is still up and running. Don’t expect this to last for much longer, though. Soon, online casino gambling will be the only option available here.

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

US Casino Companies Ask Congress for Financial Help

The land-based gambling industry in the United States is in trouble. As the new coronavirus spreads around the country, more casinos are being forced to close down. As a result, several major US casino companies are now asking Congress for emergency aid.L’Auberge Casino

These companies are facing a very difficult road. It may be months before they’re able to open their doors to the public again. Today, we’re going to look at which states have forced casinos to close and how this industry is handling the new regulations.

Gambling Industry Continues to Be Hit With Tough Regulations

As of now, more than 5,300 individuals in the United States have tested positive for Covid-19. This virus is showing a unique ability to spread and containment efforts around the country are proving ineffective. As more cases are revealed, states are introducing tougher regulations.

One industry that’s being severely affected is the land-based gambling industry. In many states, lawmakers have forced all casinos to shut their doors. This includes Mississippi, New York, and New Jersey.

Obviously, this is costing these casinos a huge amount of money every single day. The troubling thing is that gaming companies have no clue when their venues will be able to open again. Unless infection rates begin to plummet, it’s unlikely they will be able to accept patrons.

Based on the current trend, that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. The lack of proper testing protocols in the country has contributed to a huge number of cases going unreported. No one really knows how many people in the US currently have Covid-19.

It’s an unprecedented time for US casino companies. Some are now going to the government in search of emergency relief.

US Casino Companies Request Help From Congress

In many parts of the country, the land-based gambling industry is hugely important. Las Vegas, for example, relies considerably on its gambling revenue. In this city, tourism is at an all-time low and most major casino-resorts have already closed their doors.

Many companies are already suffering greatly from these casino closures. Today, several began asking for emergency aid from Congress. The American Gaming Association claims that nearly 40% of casino employees are already being affected by the coronavirus regulations.

This comprehensive package would most likely come in the form of a bailout for major casino operators. It would be similar to what the government has offered to airlines and cruise companies. Several other relief options are also being considered.

The American Gaming Association commented on the situation in an official statement this week.

“As state governments close casinos as a part of the urgent public health response to COVID-19, elected leaders should move just as urgently to support the workers and businesses who will bear the brunt of those effects,” the statement said. “Our immediate priorities are actions that provide liquidity to allow us to support employees.”  

The US gambling industry currently supports nearly 2 million individuals. Obviously, this makes it an extremely important industry for many parts of the country. We’ll need to wait and see how Congress responds to this request over the next few days.

What to Expect in the Coming Months

Even the top health experts in the country are having a difficult time predicting how this situation will play out. The future depends greatly on how individuals across the country respond to the situation. Just about everyone understands that things will get worse before they get better, though.

Many more cases are going to be announced in the coming weeks. The country’s top health expert believes we may see the infection peak around 45 days from now. During this time, it’s unlikely that casinos will be able to operate.

Some states have yet to close their casino markets. It’s still unclear how these US casino companies will respond to these new regulations.

Interestingly, we’re seeing a major increase in online gambling right now. More and more individuals are choosing to stay at home to practice social distancing. Many are choosing to make wagers online while self-isolating.

There are a huge number of fantastic US internet casinos available nowadays. Most of them are fantastic. Feel free to check some of them out and see all of the different games being offered!

It’s a tough time for US casino companies right now. Hopefully, the government is able to help out. Stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks!

California’s Casinos Begin Shutting Down Due to Covid-19

On January 20th, the United States confirmed its first case of Covid-19, the new coronavirus quickly spreading around the world. Since that time, more than 3,800 people have already been infected in the country with new cases emerging every hour. California’s casinos have begun to shut down and the US land-based gaming industry is now in danger. California

This is a constantly-changing situation. Every state is now setting its own regulations to combat this new virus. Today, we’re going to look at the situation in California, and discuss how casinos here are dealing with it.

Let’s get into it!

US Coronavirus Infections Top 3,800

As Covid-19 began to spread outside of China, it seemed like just a matter of time before it hit the United States. Eventually, it did, and has now spread to just about every single state in the country. New reports claim that more than 3,800 individuals have already been infected.

Most feel that the true figures are significantly higher. Despite what some are saying, the US is not testing nearly enough individuals. Based on the current trends, we are on a similar path as Italy, which now has a health care system on the brink of collapse.

The US has already banned all travel from European nations in the Schengen Zone. Airports are dealing with massive lines of Americans trying to reenter the country. It’s beginning to look like both the north and south borders of the country are going to be closed off in the coming days.

States have begun taking things into their own hands, as well. Many have decided to close down all schools. Others have shut down bars and restaurants.

More regulations are being announced every couple of hours. This is an unprecedented situation the country finds itself in no one seems to know the best course of action. As many predicted, the country’s land-based casino industry is already taking a major hit.

California’s Casinos Are Now Closing Their Doors to the Public

Officials in California are already taking strict measures to prevent further infection spread. Many feel this is too late. On Sunday, it was announced that all bars and nightclubs in the state were being forced to close down. Restaurants were lowering their capacity by 50%.

Some began expressing concern about the state’s gambling industry. California is home to a huge number of land-based gambling venues. California’s casinos help to bring the state millions of dollars in revenue every single month.

Unfortunately, many of these venues are now being forced to close down. Cache Creek Casino Resort has announced that it’s closing its doors due to concerns about Covid-19. Anthony Roberts, Tribal Chairman of the casino, spoke to the media about this situation.

“We are in unprecedented times, and our first priority must be to ensure the safety of our tribal citizens, guests, employees, and the communities we serve,” he said. 

The casino also released an official statement that talks about the plans for the future.

“As we navigate this uncertain situation, we will continue to seek guidance from the Yolo County Public Health Department and the California Department of Public Health,” the statement read. 

More of California’s casinos are expected to close their doors in the coming weeks. The state government may take New York’s strategy and force all gambling venues to shut down.

All Las Vegas Casino Resorts Are Closing Down

Las Vegas is experiencing some major issues right now. It’s no secret that the state relies heavily on its tourism and gambling industry. Unfortunately, most of the major casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip are officially closing to the public.

Several cases of Covid-19 have now been confirmed in Las Vegas. Tourism into the city is at an all-time low. There was no other choice than to close down the resorts here.

Wynn Resorts first announced it was closing down its Las Vegas Strip venues. Fortunately, employees will continue to be paid. MGM Resorts International followed suit and is now closing its casino-resorts on the Strip.

It’s devastating news for the city. No one really knows how the drop in tourism and gambling revenue will affect Las Vegas. Hope is that these properties are able to open to the public once again before too long.

California’s casinos are shutting down. In time, the whole state may enter a lockdown. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the situation over the next few days.

All Illinois Casinos Close Due to Coronavirus Concerns

For months, lawmakers in Illinois have been working to expand the state’s gambling industry. This includes opening several new casinos in different areas of the state. Unfortunately, all Illinois casinos are closing due to concerns about the rapidly-spreading coronavirus.Illinois Symbol

This isn’t a total surprise. Many states may soon begin implementing similar measures. Today, we’re going to discuss the current plans and look at how this may affect the state’s gambling industry in the long run.

Let’s get into it!

Illinois’ Plans to Expand its Gambling Industry

Gambling has taken place in Illinois for over a century. For a time, however, lawmakers in the state worked to ban many traditional forms of gambling. Laws were eventually changed and the state began allowing casinos to open up in 1991.

Today, there are 10 different casinos here. Some are more popular than others, yet they all help to bring the state valuable revenue. Back in June, lawmakers announced they were planning to expand the state’s gambling industry.

That month, state officials approved a new capital plan that allows for six new casinos to open. The goal of this plan is to earn more revenue from the gaming industry. It even allows for one major casino-resort to open in Chicago.

Opening a casino in Chicago has proven to be more difficult than many expected, though. Lawmakers set an unusually high tax rate on this proposed gambling venue. As a result, no companies are bidding to operate the Chicago casino.

Hope was that some of the first new casinos would begin operating sometime this year. Based on the way things are moving, that may no longer be the case.

State Officials Announce that Illinois Casinos Are Set to Close

It’s clear that Illinois is beginning to truly embrace its gaming market. It was beginning to look like this may become one of the country’s next major gambling hubs. Unfortunately, the coronavirus is forcing all casinos here to close their doors.

Covid-19, the coronavirus originally found in Wuhan, has now spread to more than 125 countries and has infected at least 150,000 individuals. Most believe that the true number is considerably higher. Many more cases are beginning to appear in the United States, despite heavy quarantine efforts.

All Illinois casinos will be forced to close down on Monday for a period of 14 days. The Illinois Gaming Board released a statement on the situation to the media this week.

“The public health of patrons, casino employees, IGB staff, and others is of paramount importance,” the statement said. “The board is continuously monitoring developments and will update licensees and the public as frequently as possible.”

Whether or not this casino closure will be extended after 14 days is not entirely known. The decision will largely depend on whether or not more cases continue to appear in the state.

Sports Betting Options in Illinois Also Delayed

It’s tough to see Illinois casinos forced to close their doors. This will have a serious effect on their revenue earnings for the year. It’s also disappointing for sports fans, as the state’s first sportsbooks have just opened up.

This decision makes sense, though. Casinos are easy places for a virus to spread. A casino in Oregon was recently forced to close its doors due to an employee testing positive for Covid-19.

Illinois’ sportsbooks were expected to bring the state a huge amount of revenue. The state is known for having one of the most passionate sporting fan bases in the country. Due to the casinos closing, the ability to bet on sports here will now be delayed once again.

Of course, online sports betting was made legal in Illinois, as well. As of now, however, no state-regulated sports betting sites have begun operating here. Perhaps this will change over the next few weeks.

The coronavirus is already having a serious impact on the US gambling industry. It’s reasonable to assume that more casinos will eventually be forced to shut down. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Officials Push to Demolish Former Trump Casino

Atlantic City now has one of the strongest gambling markets in the United States. Since 2018, revenue from this state’s gaming industry has increased. Recently, a push to demolish the former Trump casino was presented by city officials.

Trump Plaza Casino

This idea has been presented in the past. For reasons unknown, this venue is still standing. Today, we’re going to look at what city officials are pushing for. We’ll also talk about the effect that the coronavirus is having on New Jersey.

Let’s get into it!

Atlantic City is One Again a US Gambling Hub

For decades, Atlantic City was one of the world’s premier gambling destinations. It drew in people from all around the world. A huge number of world-class gambling venues operated here, many of which put on exciting shows every week.

Things began to change during the late 2010s. In 2008, the recession began to take hold and the US economy was beginning to suffer. Unsurprisingly, this led to a significant decrease in tourism to Atlantic City.

Many of the casinos here were forced to close their doors. Some never opened again. It wasn’t until about a decade later that things began to really turn around.

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA, allowing every state to set its own laws on sports gambling. New Jersey quickly legalized this industry and before long, every casino in Atlantic City began offering sports betting options. Many believe this helped to bring new life to the city.

Revenue began pouring in. Tourism rates started to increase and now, Atlantic City is one of the most profitable gambling destinations in the country. Officials are now beginning to call for old casinos no longer operating to be torn down.

The Push to Demolish Former Trump Casino Continues

As most already know, Donald Trump operated a hospitality and gaming company prior to becoming president. This company, called Trump Entertainment Resorts, opened the Trump Plaza Hotel in May of 1984. It was located on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City and quickly became one of the most popular venues in the city.

Throughout the 90s, this venue began losing revenue. The hotel-casino eventually went into debt and by 2004, it was forced to permanently close down. Billionaire Carl Icahn eventually bought the land that the closed casino sits on yet nothing has taken place here.

It appears this is going to change soon. This week, city officials officially asked a judge to order that the former Trump casino be closed down. They argue this venue is now a safety hazard, as several pieces of the venue have recently broken off and fallen to the ground.

Interestingly, Carl Icahn is claiming he’s already decided to demolish the building. For that reason, the steps that city officials are taking are unnecessary. Hunter Gary, president of real estate for Icahn Enterprises, spoke about this to the media this week.

“We are puzzled by the city’s action,” he said. “In fact, we already decided to demolish the building, and have commenced the process, including finalizing contracts. If the mayor had simply called us instead of holding a press conference, we could have updated him as well.”

It seems that this famous hotel-casino will soon be torn down. We’ll need to wait and see if the judge decides to act before Icahn takes things into his own hands.

Is the Coronavirus Affecting Atlantic City?

As of March 12th, Covid-19 has now infected more than 1,500 individuals around the US and has killed thousands of people worldwide. Obviously, fear is growing that this will significantly affect the US economy. The stock market has already taken a major hit and many are curious how the country’s gambling industry will be impacted.

Things have been going very well in Atlantic City for the past few years. In fact, revenue has increased almost every single month! According to new figures, revenue here went up significantly in 2020 compared to 2019.

Many analysts don’t feel this will last in March. The US population is only now beginning to understand how serious of an issue this really is. As more people become infected, less will want to visit crowded areas such as casinos.

We won’t know exactly how this city is affected until early next month. By then, new revenue figures will become available. If things continue to get worse, perhaps it will be months before the former Trump casino is actually torn down.

This is an important time for gambling operators. Stay tuned for updates on the US casino industry over the next few months!

Oklahoma’s Gambling Issues Continue in Court

For months, lawmakers in the state of Oklahoma have been fighting with Native American tribes in the state over gambling tax rates. The state government feels it’s time to renegotiate the tax structure set on these tribes’ casinos. Unfortunately, Oklahoma’s gambling issues are continuing in court.Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt

This week, the Attorney General commented on this dispute. Today, we’re going to talk about how these problems started, and what to expect in the future.

Let’s get into it!

What Started the Dispute Between OK Lawmakers and Tribes?

There are a huge number of Native American tribes in Oklahoma. Since 2004, Oklahoma has allowed tribes in the state to operate Class III casinos. Tribal leaders and lawmakers in the state agreed to a 15-year contract that sets a tax structure of 4 to 10% of gambling revenue.

For the past 15 years, things have run smoothly. It seemed as if both the tribes and lawmakers were happy with the money coming in. Unfortunately, things began to take a turn in 2019.

Last year, Governor Kevin Stitt revealed that he wanted to renegotiate the tax structure with the tribes. He argues that since the 15-year contract has expired, the system set in place back in 2004 is no longer valid. The Native American tribes here, however, believe that this contract automatically renews and are refusing to agree to any new terms.

It’s become a serious issue in the state. Governor Stitt has claimed that the state’s tribal casinos are now operating illegally. The tribes are challenging that notion in court.

Neither of these groups has been able to make much progress. In the meantime, the tribes are continuing to run their gambling venues as if nothing is happening. It’s a complicated issue that may drag on for months.

Attorney General Comments on Oklahoma’s Gambling Issues

Lawmakers and tribal leaders are refusing to back down here. Kevin Stitt is adamant that it’s time for the state to start earning more from the casinos here. He’s proposed several ideas, including diverting the gambling revenue that tribes are earning while the legal process takes place.

This week, Attorney General Mike Hunter officially shut this idea down. Hunter claims that gambling revenue must be allocated under the state’s current laws. This calls for 12% of all revenue to be deposited into the state’s general fund and the rest to go towards public education.

Many of the tribes in Oklahoma have sued Governor Stitt in federal court. As we already mentioned, these tribes are continuing to operate their gambling revenue. In the meantime, revenue from these gaming venues is not going to the state.

In February, a federal judge ordered the tribes and Stitt to enter into mediation. The judge is now demanding that the two parties come to an agreement by March 31st. Whether or not that becomes a reality is still unknown.

Governor Stitt is suggesting that 25% of gambling revenue go towards the state government. He commented on Oklahoma’s gambling issues to the media this week.

“I don’t begrudge them for fighting for a good deal for themselves,” Stitt explained. “But guys, this is not a good deal. I would not be doing a good job as governor if I rubber stamped a contract that goes on forever.”

There’s no way of telling how this situation will play out.

Coronavirus May Have An Impact on Oklahoma’s Gambling Industry

For months, a new kind of coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China called Covid-19 has spread around the world. It’s already infected more than 110,000 individuals and killed thousands. Unfortunately, there are no indications that this virus will die off anytime soon.

In fact, Covid-19 has begun spreading rapidly around the United States. According to new reports, at least 720 people have been diagnosed in the country. Most experts feel the true number is considerably higher.

This virus is already having an impact on the country’s gambling industry. Some reports claim that tourism to Las Vegas is beginning to slow down. There are fears over the spread of the virus inside gambling venues.

There’s a chance that the coronavirus could seriously impact Oklahoma’s gambling industry. Not long ago, a case was officially confirmed in a casino in Oregon. This forced the gambling venue to shut down. If cases begin popping up in Oklahoma casinos, the state’s entire gambling industry may eventually close off.

Oklahoma’s gambling issues may just be getting started. For now, they involve just lawmakers and tribes. Hopefully, Covid-19 does not end up forcing casinos here to shut their doors to the public.

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

Plans for a Gambling Venue in Southeast MA Take a Step Forward

For now, only three casinos are operating in the state of Massachusetts. One is located in Everett, near Boston. The other is found in Springfield and another is located in Plainville. Recently, officials in a different part of the state began pushing for the right to open another casino. It may be some time before a gambling venue in Southeast MA is able to operate, though.Massachusetts State Symbol

This state’s gambling industry is in an unusual place. Today, we’re going to talk about how the current casinos here are performing. We’ll also look at the likelihood of this new casino opening in the future.

Let’s get into it!

The Casino Competition in Massachusetts Continues

Not long ago, Massachusetts had no gambling venues operating. Lawmakers here took steps to ban traditional casino gambling. Finally, in 2011, state officials passed a set of laws to allow three land-based casinos to start operating.

The first to open was the MGM Springfield, run by MGM Resorts International. At first, this venue was expected to be hugely successful. As time went on, this casino resort began to lose a significant amount of revenue.

Part of the reason for this revenue decline was the opening of the Encore Boston Harbor, owned by Wynn Resorts. This new casino captured a huge portion of the state’s gambling market, including many individuals who previously made bets inside the MGM Springfield. Since opening, this venue has earned more revenue than all of the other state’s gaming properties.

Things began improving for MGM Springfield in January. That month, this property saw its revenue increase by $2 million. The Plainridge Park Casino, MA’s third gaming venue, had a revenue increase of $1 million.

Not everyone is pleased with the way things are. Many individuals in parts of the state without a gambling venue feel the laws set in place are unfair. Here’s what’s happening with this situation.

New Push for a Gambling Venue in Southeast MA

As of now, only three casinos are legally able to operate in Massachusetts. Some state officials feel this is unfair. Back in October, a new bill was introduced to allow a new gambling venue in Southeast MA to begin operating.

The South Shore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently endorsed this bill. Peter Forman, South Shore Chamber President and CEO, commented on these plans to the media this week.

“We find it troubling that Southeastern Massachusetts is almost effectively blocked under current law from even considering a gaming option,” he said. “Your legislation will enable an open and competitive process that will lead to the best possible solution for the region, one that compliments the tourism industry and the region’s economic strength.”

Promoting tourism in this area is one of the main reasons why people are pushing for a gambling venue in Southeast MA. Under the current bill, the state’s Gaming Commission could offer a slots-only license for this new property.

There are still many steps that need to be taken for this venue to be approved. Most analysts feel it will not begin operating for at least a year. It will be interesting to see how lawmakers feel about these new plans.

Coronavirus Already Affects Massachusetts Casinos

Back in December, a new coronavirus called Covid-19 emerged in Wuhan, China. Since that time, the virus has spread to countries all over the world and has affected more than 100,000 individuals. The death toll from Covid-19 is now nearing 4,000 individuals.

There are serious concerns that the virus will become uncontainable. As of now, efforts to prevent its spread have been largely ineffective. Unsurprisingly, many people are choosing not to travel due to fears of this virus.

It’s also taking a serious toll on the country’s gambling industry. People are less willing to gamble inside casinos, where a huge number of people are crammed into a small area. According to some reports, the casinos in Massachusetts are already experiencing revenue drops due to the coronavirus.

Interestingly, more people are now choosing to play casino games online. Sites like Bovada, which offer a huge number of different casino games online, are growing more popular every single month. This trend is likely to continue as the virus spreads.

We’ll need to wait and see whether or not the gambling venue in Southeast MA is approved. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Sports Betting Options in Illinois Are About to Launch

For months, lawmakers in Illinois have been working to expand the state’s gambling industry. New casino and sports betting options in Illinois are becoming available. According to new reports, this state’s first sportsbooks are set to launch this month.Flag Of Illinois

It’s exciting news for sports fans here. Today, we’re going to look at what new gambling options are coming here. We’ll also discuss when Illinois’ sportsbooks will finally launch.

Let’s get into it!

Illinois Lawmakers Push For Gambling Expansion

A huge number of states around the country are currently working to expand their gambling industries. Much of this process began after the Supreme Court decided to remove PASPA. Doing so gave every state the ability to set its own laws on sports gambling.

This led to many states changing their set of gambling laws. Lawmakers began to realize how much money could be earned from this industry. Within just months of PASPA being removed, New Jersey and Delaware already had their sports betting options up and running.

States began looking into new casino regulations, as well. This includes Illinois. Back in June, officials in this state presented a new capital plan that allows for five new casinos to open up.

This includes a casino in Chicago. Officials immediately began looking at sites for this new venue. Unfortunately, the tax structure set for the Chicago casino was unusually high and kept many companies from wanting to enter into this city.

Within the next few years, several new casinos will officially begin operating in this city. Now, reports indicate that sports betting options in Illinois are set to launch in the coming days.

Sports Betting Options in Illinois Will Become Available For March Madness

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, also known as March Madness, is one of the most-watched sporting events in the country. It draws in millions of spectators to watch the top collegiate teams compete for the championship. Unsurprisingly, it’s also one of the sporting events that draws in a huge number of bets.

It seems like officials in Illinois want to take a piece of the revenue that will be wagered on the tournament. According to the Chicago Tribune, the first sports betting options in Illinois will officially become available in time for March Madness. The Illinois Gaming Board approved a sportsbook to open at Rivers Casino on Monday.

Dan Nita, regional president of Caesars Entertainment, parent of an Illinois casino called Horseshoe Hammond, spoke about how this may affect the state’s gambling industry.

“Obviously, just from a pure supply and demand standpoint, that will definitely have some degree of impact in guests having more choices,” he said.

Illinois will officially become the 15th state to have live, regulated sports betting. We’ll need to wait and see how successful the industry is here.

Chicago Casino is Still at a Standstill

Illinois has gradually become a popular gambling destination. There are many casinos spread around the state, many of which offer a huge range of different games. Under the new capital plan, five new casinos will open in different parts of the state.

As we already mentioned, a casino-resort will open in Chicago. At first, many predicted this would be one of the most successful gambling venues in the midwest. Unfortunately, lawmakers have set unusually high tax rates for the casino, forcing many gambling operators to turn their heads away.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot continues to push for this casino to open. She believes it will help to bring the city and state valuable revenue. Unfortunately, this property remains at a standstill.

In other parts of the state, casino plans are coming together. It’s beginning to look like Rockford and Waukegan will soon welcome new properties.

Sports betting options in Illinois are launching in just a few days. It will be interesting to see the state’s gambling industry expand as a result. Make sure to stay tuned for updates over the next couple of months!

New Jersey Casino Bills Are Still Being Discussed

New Jersey, and Atlantic City, in particular, is home to a large and successful casino industry. Years ago, lawmakers presented plans to allow more gambling venues to open in the state. Recently, state officials have begun looking at several New Jersey casino bills once again.New Jersey

Some feel that adding new casinos will help to bring the state significantly more revenue. Others worry about the impact it will have on Atlantic City. Let’s take a look at what exactly may be changing here.

Coronavirus Has Officially Hit New Jersey

There are many different gambling venues in New Jersey. Most consider this state the second-largest gambling hub in the country. Today, news broke that two cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed here.

It’s unclear exactly how many people in the US have already been infected with this virus. Estimates list it at around 200. Most feel the true number is significantly higher.

New York has already recorded several cases of the coronavirus. New Jersey now has several of its own. The second was confirmed to be a patient in his 30s. It’s unclear whether or not he managed to spread the virus to others.

Some worry about this virus hitting Atlantic City. Here, thousands of people are crammed inside massive casinos. These gambling venues are ideal places for the virus to spread from person to person.

This virus has the potential to significantly damage a state’s casino industry. Several major Las Vegas casino companies are already seeing their stock prices fall after reports of a coronavirus infection in Clark County. We’ll be monitoring the situation in New Jersey and reporting on how quickly it spreads.

Lawmakers Take Another Look at New Jersey Casino Bills

Back in 2016, several New Jersey politicians presented a bill that would allow for new gambling venues to be constructed outside of Atlantic City. The plan was to allow casinos in the suburbs near the border with New York. Some felt it would help to draw in most tourists.

Interestingly, lawmakers unanimously voted to reject these plans. Many felt this would take away from the revenue that Atlantic City earns. AC relies heavily on its gambling industry for money.

In January, another set of New Jersey casino bills was introduced that once again calls for the legalization of casinos outside of Atlantic City. Lawmakers are looking at this bill and feel it may be a way to prepare in case Atlantic City suffers some type of breakdown.

Ralph Caputo, a former casino executive in New Jersey, spoke about the bills to the media this week.

“We want to see Atlantic City succeed,” he said. “These bills are in case Atlantic City gets into trouble. The signal it sends is that we’re watching carefully to see if we need to act on this. But not at this time; I want to make that clear.”

The Casino Association of New Jersey still opposes these plans. It remains to be seen whether or not the plans will be approved.

Esports Betting Starts to Take Off in New Jersey

The popularity of Esports betting has taken off in recent years. This is especially true with younger people who enjoy watching video game streams through platforms like Twitch. Recently, lawmakers in New Jersey presented plans to start regulating Esports gambling.

This has been a long time coming. Many have asked state officials to present bills to allow Esports wagering, arguing that the revenue it earns the state would be massive. Now, this form of sports betting will be allowed during tournaments not involving minors.

The aforementioned Ralph Caputo commented on this decision, as well.

“This is the next big thing in gaming,” he said. “We want to be ahead of the curve on this. The millennial generation is into this in a major way.”

Esports betting is expected to be a massive success here. Soon, sportsbooks across the state will start offering odds on this new industry. We’ll get revenue reports on this industry soon.

The New Jersey casino bills are still being discussed by lawmakers. We’ll get a better idea as to how the state views these plans over the next few months.

It’s an interesting time in the state’s gambling industry. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Gambling Revenue in Arkansas Surpasses Expectations

Arkansas has a large and successful gambling industry. Soon, the state’s casino and sports betting market may grow. New reports indicate that gambling revenue in Arkansas surged more than most analysts initially predicted.Arkansas

That’s fantastic, and slightly unexpected news. Today, we’re going to talk about how much revenue was made from the gambling industry here. We’ll also check out how the state’s gambling industry may expand.

Additional Casinos Set to Open in Arkansas in 2020

Some are unaware that Arkansas has a large and profitable gaming industry. Perhaps this is because it wasn’t always the case. Throughout much of the 20th century, lawmakers in this state worked to ban most traditional forms of gambling.

Eventually, state politicians began allowing Class II casinos here. These gambling venues were only legally allowed to provide electronic gaming machines. In 2018, officials approved amendment four, which finally allowed Class III gambling venues to begin operating. In 2019, a law was passed to allow sports betting in the state.

Today, there are three different casinos operating in Arkansas. Two of them are racinos, which offer both horse race wagering and casino games. Recently, several tribes in the state began pushing to open gambling venues in Arkansas.

The Quapaw Nation has worked to open a new Arkansas casino for years. Plans for a massive 500,000 square foot casino have finally been approved. Reports indicate this venue will open to the public in June of 2020.

More tribes here are also working to obtain a casino license in this state. Revenue from casinos here continues to grow. Here’s how much these venues brought in last month.

Gambling Revenue in Arkansas Surpassed Expectations in February

Ever since Class III casinos were approved in Arkansas, gambling revenue has surged here. It’s fluctuated before, yet has generally increased for the past two years. Reports from the State Department of Finance and Administration just released new revenue figures and things are looking great.

New reports claim that tax revenue from casinos here came out to $2.8 million in February. That’s about $300,000 more than analysts predicted. Most felt that the coronavirus would significantly hurt the state’s gaming market.

Officials in the state expect to earn $31.2 million from the gambling industry. That’s considerably less than the $69.7 million brought in last year. Much of the reason for this decrease is the state’s new gambling tax structure.

As more casinos open here, revenue is likely to increase. Money earned from the gambling industry will help to find new highways and roads in the state.

Lawmakers are looking for new ways to generate revenue from this industry. Unfortunately, the coronavirus may end up significantly lowering the amount of money the state makes from legal gambling.

Coronavirus Expected to Lower US Gambling Revenue

Over the past few weeks, cases of the coronavirus in the United States have skyrocketed. More than 100 individuals have already been infected and more than ten have died. Many believe the actual number of people infected with the coronavirus is far higher.

This is showing no signs of slowing down, too. Health officials believe this will continue to spread around the country. Containment efforts have proved extremely difficult.

The coronavirus will certainly take a toll on the US gambling industry. Many will not be willing to visit a crowded casino if there’s a chance for infection. For this reason, gambling revenue projections in Arkansas have fallen dramatically.

Many also worry about the impact this virus will have on Las Vegas. This city relies heavily on its gambling industry. If no one is visiting the casinos here, the local economy will suffer significantly. State officials are already gearing up for a possible coronavirus outbreak.

Gambling revenue in Arkansas may drop as this virus spreads. Last month, however, things went better than expected.

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

Sports Betting at Freehold Raceway is On Its Way

New Jersey legalized sports betting back in June of 2018, less than a month after the Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Since that time, the state’s sports betting industry has grown dramatically. This week, a measure to allow sports betting at Freehold Raceway was approved by a city council.New Jersey

It’s exciting news for visitors to this racetrack. It should help to bring in significantly more money to the state, too. Today, we’ll look at the state of NJ’s sports betting industry.

Let’s get into it!

New Jersey’s Sports Betting Industry Continues to Grow

Lawmakers in New Jersey were instrumental in getting the Supreme Court to remove PASPA. Many analysts felt that this state would quickly develop a large and successful sports gambling industry. These predictions have turned out to be correct.

Gambling revenue in this state has continued to increase since sports betting laws were approved. The majority of money is being earned in Atlantic City. Here, a huge number of major casino-resorts are operating.

Allowing sports betting helped to significantly improve Atlantic City. A massive influx of visitors began flocking here to make their wagers through land-based sportsbooks. As a result, casino revenue increased here, too.

This industry growth isn’t slowing down, either. Revenue continues to increase here. New reports indicate that January of 2020 saw a 23% revenue increase from the same month the year prior.

Now, sports betting at Freehold Raceway is being discussed. Owners of this track have spoken about plans to allow sports gambling for years. Now, these plans are finally being put in motion.

Sports Betting at Freehold Raceway May Come in 2020

It’s amazing to see land-based sports betting continue to generate revenue in New Jersey. Some felt this would eventually taper off, as online sports gambling is freely available throughout the state. This goes to show that many individuals still prefer to make their bets the only fashioned way.

Another venue is now preparing to allow this form of gambling. Officials at the Freehold Raceway received approval from the city council to offer sports betting at the track. Now, owners of the racetrack will need to request a sports betting license from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

Steve Gallo, a Freehold Borough Administrator, commented on these plans to the media this week.

“What we have is a very preliminary two-page document that states their plan is to do some renovations within the envelope of the existing structure,” he said. “They’re not adding anything new. It’s not going to trigger any major land use application or anything like that, and this is their first step towards getting a license from the DGE.”

That’s certainly true. This is just the first step needed to allow sports betting at Freehold Raceway. It may be some time before any sports gambling options actually open here.

The state’s other two race tracks currently allow sports betting. Since launching sportsbooks, the tracks have brought in a combined $250 million in sports gambling revenue. Freehold Raceway now wants a piece of that revenue pie.

Is The Coronavirus Having an Effect On Atlantic City?

Since December of 2019, the world has been working to contain the spread of Covid-19, a coronavirus originating in Wuhan China. Thus far, containment efforts have failed. The virus has now spread all over the world including the United States.

About 130 people have been infected across 16 states. Several deaths have now occurred in different states. Washington is the worst-affected state right now.

No cases have yet been confirmed in New Jersey. New York, on the other hand, is dealing with a rising infection rate. It seems like just a matter of time before NJ is hit.

This virus can take a significant toll on the casino industry. It essentially forced Macau to shut down for weeks. Some worry about the effects that the Coronavirus will have on Las Vegas.

For now, Atlantic City remains safe from the new virus. It remains to be seen how officials will tackle this issue. Closing casinos here may eventually be the only option.

Sports betting at Freehold Raceway is on its way. This is exciting news for those in the Freehold Borough area.

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

CT’s Sports Betting Laws Are Coming Together

Lawmakers in Connecticut have been working to legalize and regulate sports betting for years. Now, it appears that CT’s sports betting laws are nearly set in place. This week, Governor Ned Lamont endorsed a bill that allows for this form of gambling to take place in the state.Ned Lamont

Not everyone is happy about this, though. The Mohegan Tribe has already voiced its disapproval with Lamont’s support for the new bill. Today, we’re going to take a look at what exactly is going on here.

Let’s get into it!

New Gambling Bills Continue to Pop Up in Connecticut

Connecticut is a small state, home to just 3.5 million individuals. Nowadays, it’s considered very liberal when it comes to the gambling industry. Most traditional forms of gambling are perfectly legal here, including casino gambling.

Only tribal casinos are able to operate in Connecticut. The Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino are both popular gambling venues here. For years, tribal leaders in this state have pushed to open a new casino in East Windsor. It’s unclear whether or not this new venue will be able to open anytime soon.

The discussion around sports betting has been raging here for years, as well. In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court removed PASPA, giving every state the ability to regulate sports gambling. More than 20 states have since done so, and most are earning a huge amount of revenue from this industry each month.

Several sports betting bills have been presented in Connecticut over the past few years. This includes several new ones put forward at the beginning of the year. One favors the Native American tribes in the state. The other is more favorable to the state’s non-tribal gambling operators.

This week, Governor Ned Lamont voiced his approval for one of these bills. Unsurprisingly, the decision has generated massive controversy. Here’s who’s now complaining.

CT’s Sports Betting Laws Endorsed by Lamont Angers Tribes

Ned Lamont has been studying the sports betting bills presented here for years. He hasn’t made it easy for the proponents of this new industry. Part of the reason for this hesitation to approve CT’s sports betting laws was the state’s Native American tribes claiming they should be given exclusive rights to offer sports gambling options.

At the moment, the state’s tribes are the only groups with permission to operate casino gambling options in Connecticut. This gives them significant power. These tribes help to bring the state millions of dollars every year via taxes.

Connecticut’s tribes presented a sports betting bill early this year that would only allow for sports wagers to be placed inside tribal casinos. Other lawmakers set forward a bill that would allow for the tribes, the Connecticut Lottery, and Sportech the right to offer sports gambling options.

On Tuesday, Ned Lamont endorsed the second bill. The state’s tribes were not pleased. Max Reiss, Lamont’s communication director, commented on the decision to the media this week.

“The governor is committed to a fair resolution that brings Connecticut’s gaming economy into the 21st century,” he said. “He wants to sign a sports betting bill into law over the next few months.” 

Some analysts now believe the tribes here will challenge the decision in court. If that happens, it may be some time before any sports betting regulations are set in place here.

Online Gambling Continues to Grow in Connecticut

Connecticut’s gambling industry is in an unusual place right now. As we just mentioned, lawmakers in the state and tribal leaders are battling over sports betting regulations. The tribes here are also working hard to open new casinos.

In recent years, the popularity of online gambling in Connecticut has grown considerably. This industry remains unregulated in this state. Fortunately, there are no laws in CT that claim it’s illegal to make wagers online.

One site that’s grown hugely popular is Bovada. This site is known to be one of the best online sportsbooks in the US. It offers a huge number of betting options and a safe, simple payment system.

Bovada also provides some fantastic casino gambling options. There are hundreds of slots available and all major table games including blackjack, roulette, and craps.

Hopefully, CT’s sports betting laws are agreed to by lawmakers and tribal leaders. Until that happens, the best way to place sports wagers here is through online betting sites.

It’s a very interesting time for this state’s gaming industry. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

A Case of the Coronavirus at Wildhorse Casino is Confirmed

Covid-19, the coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, has now infected individuals in ten states around the US. Health officials are working extremely hard to stop the spread of this deadly new virus. Unfortunately, a new case of the coronavirus at Wildhorse Casino in Oregon has just been confirmed.Image Of Coronavirus

It’s scary news for visitors to this gambling venue. Washington is already being hit extremely hard and some now worry that Oregon is next. Let’s take a look at what we know about the new case at the Oregon casino.

Coronavirus Has Now Spread to 10 States

In a little over two months, the coronavirus has spread from Wuhan China to nearly 70 countries around the world. More than 90,000 individuals have been infected and 3,000 have been killed. Based on the current trend, this situation will get considerably worse before it gets any better.

Health officials claimed it was only a matter of time before the US was hit. This prediction turned out to be true. As we already mentioned, cases of this virus have been recorded in 10 different states around the country. Health officials in various states are preparing for outbreaks.

Around 100 cases have been confirmed in the US. Some of these cases were from individuals flying into the country from infected areas including the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship. Some believe there are significantly more cases that simply haven’t been confirmed yet.

Washington is experiencing the worst outbreak. As of now, it’s unclear exactly how many individuals have been infected here. Some estimate that hundreds of individuals in King County are at risk.

A new case has just been confirmed at an Oregon casino. That’s troubling news, considering the potential for person-to-person spreading inside the gambling venue.

Coronavirus at Wildhorse Casino Has Been Confirmed

With Oregon’s close proximity to Washington, it seemed likely that new cases would begin popping up here. That’s now the case, as an employee at the Wildhorse Casino near Pendleton has tested positive for the virus. Health officials are now trying to find out whether or not any others were infected inside the gambling venue.

The employee, who’s reported to live in Umatilla County, is now receiving treatment in the hospital. Due to the coronavirus at Wildhorse Casino, this venue has been closed and will soon go under a sterilization process. According to reports, the infected individual also attended a youth basketball game.

The Oregon Health Authority released a statement on the situation to the media today.

“State and local health officials are moving quickly to contact people who may have been in close contact with the individual who tested as a presumptive positive case,” the statement said. “The third case is not linked to travel to a part of the world with known cases of COVID-19. It is considered a case of community transmission.” 

Casinos pose real dangers for infection spread. The large number of individuals packed into the small area makes it easy for person-to-person transmission. Hopefully, Oregon is able to contain any outbreaks over the next few months.

Oregon’s Sports Betting Industry Continues to Grow

As of March of 2020, more than 20 states have legalized sports betting. That includes Oregon, which legalized this industry back in August of 2019. Initially, only land-based sports betting was available here. In October, online sports gambling became available in the state.

This industry has grown fast here. Millions of dollars are being placed on sports wagers here every single month. Revenue from this industry has slowly climbed since becoming legal.

With the new case of the coronavirus at Wildhorse Casino, some feel the state’s gambling industry may suffer. Gamblers here may start to think twice about playing inside a land-based casino.

It’s not entirely clear how many individuals in Oregon have been infected. Health officials in the state are working to test those who may have been in contact with the Wildhorse Casino employee. We’ll get a clearer picture over the next couple of weeks.

The coronavirus continues to spread around the world. It seems like just a matter of time before one of the country’s major cities is affected. In the meantime, officials are working hard to come up with a vaccine.

Stay tuned for updates on the situation in Oregon!

MI’s Sports Betting Options Are Almost Available

Michigan’s Governor officially signed a sports betting law into place back in December of 2019. Since that time, state officials have worked to come up with specific regulations for the industry. Based on new reports, MI’s sports betting options are likely to become available next month.Michigan State Flag

It’s great news for sports fans here. Hope is that the first regulated betting options become available prior to March Madness. Today, we’ll give a quick update on the status of sports betting here.

Let’s get into it!

Michigan Lawmakers Decided to Legalize Sports Gambling

The discussion of legalized sports betting is raging around the country. Much of this is due to the fact that the Supreme Court struck down PASPA in May of 2018. After this decision, every state in the country was given the ability to legalize sports gambling.

As of now, 21 states have passed bills to start regulating their sports betting industries. This includes New Jersey. Since legalizing sports betting, New Jersey is now earning millions of dollars every single month through taxes from the industry.

More states have begun to realize how much money can be earned from sports gambling. Back in late 2019, Michigan’s lawmakers began a push to open this industry. By December of that year, Governor Gretchen Whitmer finally approved a sports betting bill.

There was some debate over when the first sports betting options would become available here. In January, it seemed as if things were getting delayed and internet sports betting would not become available until 2021. This week, reports surfaced that MI’s sports betting options are likely to become available soon.

It’s clear that state officials here are taking their time with this new form of gambling. They want to ensure that problem gambling does not become a major issue. Here’s what new reports about this industry are saying.

MI’s Sports Betting Options Should be Available By March Madness

Michigan is home to a huge number of passionate sports fans. Several major sports teams are based here and many have been asking when the first regulated online sportsbooks would become available here. It now appears that we have an answer.

Several politicians in the state claim that the first sportsbooks will start operating here before the start of March Madness. Richard Kalm, Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, claims these betting options will launch soon. Specific regulations for this industry are being finalized.

There’s a reason why the regulatory process is being streamlined. March Madness is known as one of the most popular sporting events to bet on in the country. Millions of dollars are wagered on the NCAA tournament.

Michigan will likely earn a huge piece of revenue from March Madness. State officials want to ensure they’re earning money from this new industry.

MI’s sports betting options are finally set to launch. Some feel that Michigan will grow to become one of the country’s true sports gambling hubs. Several casinos here are already gearing up to launch their sportsbooks.

North Michigan Casinos Prepare to Launch Sportsbooks

Michigan is home to several popular casinos. Many operators of these gambling venues are now expressing a desire to launch sports betting platforms. The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians announced they’re planning to launch sportsbooks before the end of the year.

This tribal group owns two casinos in Northern Michigan. Tribal leaders claim that they’ve teamed up with William Hill to launch sports betting options in these venues before the start of the next NFL season. Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, commented on the new partnership to the media this week.

“We are pleased to have found a great partner in the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and look forward to working with the Tribe to bring a leading retail and online sports betting experience to sports fans in Michigan,” he said. “Michigan will be a key state in William Hill’s U.S. expansion due to its large population and deep rooted-sports culture with so many popular college and pro sports teams.”

The Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel and Leelanau Sands Casino are both set to launch these sports betting platforms. Both land-based and online sports betting options will be available here.

MI’s sports betting options could officially launch within the next few weeks. Time will tell how successful this industry will be for the state. Stay tuned for updates!

WA’s Sports Betting Bill Advances Once More

Lawmakers in Washington are currently working to expand the state’s gambling industry. A push to legalize sports betting has been going on here for months. This week, WA’s sports betting bill officially passed through another legislative session.

Stamp Of Approval

Based on the way things are going, sports betting will be up and running here before the end of 2020. It’s an extremely exciting time for sports fans in the state. Today, we’ll look at the road to get sports gambling legalized here.

Let’s get into it!

The Casino Industry in Washington Continues to Grow

There was a time when Washington was an extremely anti-gambling state. For decades, almost no forms of gambling were allowed here. It was disappointing for the huge number of gambling fans that lived here.

Fortunately, things have improved dramatically. In the late 1980s, the Supreme Court passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This immediately gave Native American tribes in every state the option to run gambling venues on sovereign land.

About a decade later, several tribal casinos opened up in Washington. These gaming venues proved to be extremely popular. They draw in many locals and visitors from nearby states, bringing in millions of dollars through taxes. More recently, lawmakers here began looking at the possibility of legalizing sports betting.

This is all thanks to the Supreme Court striking down PASPA in May of 2018. Now, every state can set its own laws on sports gambling.

WA’s sports betting bill has been working its way through the state’s legislative process. This week, another state government body here officially approved the bill.

WA’s Sports Betting Bill Advances Once Again

As of today, 21 states have officially legalized sports betting. Based on the way things are moving, Washington will be the next. House Bill 2638 was presented earlier this year. It’s already moved quickly through the state’s legislative process.

This week, the bill was approved by the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee. It’s a huge moment for the state’s sports betting industry. WA’s sports betting bill was also recently approved by the House here by a margin of 82-14.

Lawmakers here are making the argument that online sports betting is already taking place in this state. Adding regulated sports betting options here will help earn the state valuable money. This argument seems to be working.

There are only a few more steps needed before this bill is officially approved. Eventually, Washington residents will need to vote to allow this form of gambling. Most analysts predict this will happen before the end of the year.

Unfortunately, Washington is only preparing to allow sports bets to be made in-person inside tribal casinos. This will make it hard for the state to compete with nearby states like Oregon, where online sports wagering is allowed. It remains to be seen how successful Washington’s new sports betting industry will become.

More States Push for Sports Betting Legalization

Washington seems poised to legalize sports betting this year. It’s unfortunate to see that lawmakers here aren’t interested in allowing online sports wagering. Nevertheless, this industry is likely to bring the state valuable revenue.

Several other states are likely to start regulating their sports betting industries over the next few years, as well. One state that seems poised to allow this form of gambling is California. This state is home to a huge number of tribal casinos. The legalization of sports betting would earn the state millions of dollars every single month via taxes.

There are several states that have legalized sports betting, yet have not yet launched any sports betting platforms. Gambling commissions across the country are still working to come up with specific regulations for this industry.

WA’s sports betting bill has passed through another important legislative session. It seems likely that legal, regulated sports betting options will become available here before the end of the year.

It’s an exciting time to be a sports fan in this state. Stay tuned for updates on the situation here over the next few months!

Virginia’s Gambling Industry is Ready to Expand

Over the past few months, lawmakers in Virginia have discussed plans to allow commercial casinos and sports betting. It’s a huge change, as in the past, very few forms of gambling were allowed here. Today, we’re going to look at how Virginia’s gambling industry could expand over the next few months. West Virginia

It’s an exciting time for both casino gambling and sports betting fans in the state. There’s a lot scheduled to come here over the next couple of months.

Bill to Allow Commercial Casinos Advances in Virginia

State officials in Virginia have discussed plans to allow casino gambling for years. In 2013, a push was made to start allowing riverboat casinos here. It was nearly approved, yet ultimately failed in the State Senate.

Gambling proponents haven’t given up, though. Many politicians here have continued to push for the legalization of land-based casinos. These gambling venues will help to bring the state millions of dollars, officials argue.

Finally, it appears these casinos may be on their way. In November, a bill to allow commercial casinos in Virginia was approved by a Senate Subcommittee. Lawmakers here are now reviewing this bill to see how it will impact the state.

Before this can be done, several steps need to be taken. The bill still needs to gain approval from the Senate and House. Eventually, residents in Virginia will need to approve the new casino plans, as well.

Virginia’s gambling industry is set to expand soon. This week, several experts began to raise concerns about problem gambling in the state.

Virginia Residents Warn About the Dangers of Gambling Addiction

There are several reasons why Virginia has been so anti-gambling over the years. Lawmakers here have been very concerned about the dangers that this industry poses on society. With Virginia’s gambling industry set to expand, several experts in the state have once again begun warning about the dangers of gambling addiction.

Billy Hoffman, a former gambling addict and current member of Gamblers Anonymous, spoke about the dangers of this new industry. He claims that unlike most substance addiction, gambling offers a sense of hope. Dr. Carolyn Hawley, the president of the problem gambling council in Virginia, spoke about these issues, as well.

“As we’ve seen those markets expand, we’re seeing more people reporting those problems,” she said. “We have to have those discussions and a comprehensive plan in place, because there are some people who develop significant problems. And that hurts the individual. It hurts their families. It hurts their communities.”

Several lawmakers in the state recognize the dangers of this new industry. Fortunately, they have a huge number of other states to ask for guidance. Many states around the country have recently begun to expand their casino and sports gambling laws.

There are certainly more pros than cons when it comes to the gambling industry. Virginia will likely soon begin earning millions of dollars a month in the form of gambling taxes. This is especially true if the state decides to allow sports gambling.

Will Virginia’s Gambling Industry Include Sports Betting?

Since May of 2018, every state in the country has the ability to legalize sports betting. This is thanks to the Supreme Court striking down PASPA. Since that time, 21 states have officially decided to legalize and regulate sports gambling.

Many of these states are now earning a huge amount of money from the industry. New Jersey, in particular, is bringing in an incredible amount of revenue from taxing the state’s legal sports betting operators. Virginia lawmakers seem to recognize this and seem ready to embrace the sports gambling industry.

The state’s sports betting bills recently passed through the Virginia General Assembly. Under this bill, Virginia’s Lottery Board will take control of sports betting regulation. Hope is that the state’s sports betting options are available before the end of the year.

Lawmakers seem to recognize that it’s time for Virginia’s gambling industry to grow. Many states around the country are choosing to earn more money from their gaming markets every month.

It’s still unclear exactly when the first casinos will begin operating here. Several Native American tribes have recently begun presenting plans to open casinos in different parts of the state. In time, Virginia may become one of the East Coast’s gambling hubs.

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

Slots at Encore Boston Harbor Briefly Shut Down

Massachusetts is now home to a large and successful casino industry. One of the best is Encore Boston Harbor, owned and operated by Wynn Resorts. This week, the slots at Encore Boston Harbor were briefly shut down due to a computer issue.Encore Boston Harbor Hotel-Casino

It’s always scary when a casino suffers some type of issue with its computer system. Today, we’re going to look at what caused the slots to shut down. We’ll also look at how the Encore is performing against some of the other casinos in Massachusetts.

Let’s get into it!

History of Massachusetts’ Casino Industry

Just a decade ago, almost no legal gambling options were available in Massachusetts. Lawmakers in this state worked hard to actively ban most forms of wagering. In 2012, residents here decided to officially legalize land-based casinos.

Over the next few years, lawmakers here began coming up with specific regulations for this new industry. The state’s gambling commission was tasked with issuing gaming licenses. In 2018, MGM Resorts International opened the first casino here.

This venue, called MGM Springfield, was expected to be hugely successful. Unfortunately, this has not necessarily been the case. In 2019, Wynn Resorts opened Encore Boston Harbor in the city of Everett, near Boston.

Massachusetts’ casino market is still growing. As of now, only three gaming venues are operating in the state. It’s likely that more will begin opening here over the next couple of years.

Encore Boston Harbor is without a doubt the most popular casino in the state right now. Unfortunately, it suffered a computer issue this week that affected players.

Slots at Encore Boston Harbor Fail Due to Computer Issue

There are nearly 3,000 different slot machines inside Encore Boston Harbor. These games help to bring the casino millions of dollars in revenue every single month. An issue popped up this week, causing these machines to temporarily shut down.

According to Boston 25 News, a system outage this week caused the slots at Encore Boston Harbor to fail. This left hundreds of gamblers without money after depositing cash into the slot machines. Obviously, it caused an uproar inside the venue.

Officials within Encore Boston Harbor commented on the news to the media late Friday night.

“We experienced a brief system outage with our slot ticketing system in which we reverted to hand-paid jackpots. The issue has been resolved and we are paying all winners,” the statement said. 

Customers claim that the casinos began operating again at around 9:30 pm.

This is the last thing this casino needed right now. Recently, revenue at this gaming venue began to drop. Is this a sign that MGM Springfield is beginning to take over?

MA Casino Revenue Begins to Fluctuate

Not long after Encore Boston Harbor opened to the public, it became the most popular venue in the state. It captured a huge share of the state’s gambling market and earned significantly more revenue than any other casino.

In January, things took a slight turn. That month, it was the only casino in the state to experience a revenue drop. The Encore earned $6 million less than what it brought in the month before.

Interestingly, MGM Springfield’s revenue surged. Reports indicate that the Springfield casino earned $21 million in January, up $2 million from December. For many, it was surprising to see revenue here begin to increase.

MGM Springfield has been a major disappointment for MGM Resorts over the past couple of years. The casino has generated significantly less money than initially expected. MGM continues to invest money here, though, and it now appears that the company’s hard work is paying off.

The slots at Encore Boston Harbor are back up and running. Officials at Wynn Resorts will want to ensure this does not happen again.

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

Gov. DeSantis Still Wants to Solve Florida’s Gambling Issues

For months, lawmakers in Florida have discussed ways to improve the state’s gambling industry. State officials have been trying to come to a deal with the Seminole Tribe, who own several major casinos. A deal wasn’t made this week, yet Governor Ron DeSantis is still determined to solve Florida’s gambling issues. Florida

There’s a lot going on here. As of now, the state cannot come to an agreement with the Seminoles on a new tax structure. Today, we’re going to look at what exactly is going on here.

Let’s get into it!

The Seminole’s Fight Over Gambling in Florida Has Lasted Months

The Seminole Tribe in Florida is one of the most notorious Native American groups in the country. Over the past few decades, this tribe has developed a massive casino industry. Unfortunately, tribal leaders have been fighting with Florida’s lawmakers over revenue-sharing deals.

In 2010, the Seminoles agreed to a compact with Florida that brought the state hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Tribal leaders now claim this deal is no longer valid. They are claiming that it was only agreed to for a period of 10 years.

Now, the tribe wants to negotiate the deal. In mid-2019, the first negotiations between the Seminole and Florida lawmakers took place. Hope was that a new compact could be agreed to before the end of the year.

That wasn’t the case. The previous compact officially expired in May. Since that time, the state has lost out on millions of dollars in gambling tax revenue. Both the tribe and state officials believe the other is in the wrong.

Unfortunately, this is causing some major issues. The state has threatened to shut down the tribe’s casinos. Meanwhile, Seminole leaders have been battling in the courts against politicians. Hope was that this week would finally bring an end to this fight. According to new reports, this is not the case.

Florida’s Gambling Issues Continue After Another Deal Falls Through

The Seminole tribe is taking a hardline stance here. For the most part, the tribe has been unwilling to enter into any kind of meaningful negotiations. That’s made it difficult for Florida’s House and Senate, who’ve been working to come up a new deal on their own.

This week, Florida’s House Gaming Control Subcommittee canceled another meeting between the two chambers. It was disappointing news for many who’d hoped to see this dispute finally come to an end. Even Governor Ron DeSantis is claiming he wants Florida’s gambling issues to be resolved.

“I have not met with them yet. But I would like to have a resolution, and so I anticipate meeting with them in the not-too-distant future,” DeSantis told the media. “I hope we can get something done. I think it would be good, if we can. But that is definitely on the agenda on the not-too-distant future.”

The Seminole tribe has officially stopped paying it’s annual $330 million to the state. For this reason, many lawmakers are making this dispute their number-one priority.

DeSantis seems focused on solving these issues. The tribes want a long-term deal with the state that cuts taxes. Officials want to ensure the state is getting what it’s rightfully owed. We’ll need to wait and see how this plays out over the next few months.

Sports Betting is Still Being Considered in Florida

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA, giving every state in the country the ability to legalize sports gambling. Since that time, 21 states have officially passed legislation to regulate their sports betting markets.

This industry is proving to be incredibly lucrative. Taxes from legal sports betting is helping to bring many states millions of dollars every single month. As time goes on, more states are becoming interested in legalizing this form of gambling.

In November of 2019, the first sports betting bills were presented in Florida. Senator Jeff Brandes presented the legislation “specifying requirements for accepting wagers on sports events.” State officials have been reviewing these bills for the past few months.

It seems likely that Florida will soon regulate sports betting. The only issues may come from the Seminole tribe, who are likely to argue that sports betting should only be allowed inside their casinos. As of now, however, the legalization of both land-based and online sports gambling is being considered here.

Florida’s gambling issues have been dragging on for months. Is this the year they finally end? Stay tuned for more updates!

Caesars Entertainment Signs New Deal With MLS

Caesars Entertainment is one of the biggest casino companies in the country. Over the past couple of months, Caesars has been going through some massive changes. This week, news broke that the company officially secured a deal with an MLS team.Caesars Entertainment

It comes at an interesting time. This company is currently working to merge with Eldorado Resorts. Today, we’re going to discuss this upcoming merger, and look at how this new MLS deal will help the company in the future.

Let’s get into it!

2019 Was An Interesting Year for Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Entertainment has always been one of the biggest casino operators in the country. It was founded back in 1937 and grew extremely quickly. Over the past few decades, the company’s revenue began to fluctuate.

In 2014, rumors began to circulate about Caesars struggling to turn a profit. The next year, the company’s casino unit officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. That doesn’t mean it was closing down, though.

This company remains one of the largest casino operators in the country. Many analysts predicted that Caesars Entertainment would eventually merge with another major US casino company. In 2019, these predictions turned out to be correct.

In March of 2019, news broke that Caesars was merging with Eldorado Resorts. Of course, a deal of this magnitude takes a long time to complete. Eldorado Resorts is one of the most powerful gaming companies in the world.

Over the past few years, Caesars has begun to sell some of its major properties. This is all to help prepare its upcoming merge. This week, reports came out that the company signed a new deal with one of the country’s top sports leagues.

Caesars Entertainment is Now a Sponsor of an MLS Team

It’s not uncommon for casino companies to sign sponsorship deals with sports teams. In fact, many of the top US casino companies have inked deals with sports teams overseas as a way to break into a new country. Caesars just announced that it’s signed a sponsorship deal with D.C. United.

Moving forward, members of this popular MLS team will wear Caesars’ logo on their jerseys. It’s the first time that an MLS team has ever signed a deal with a US casino operator. It comes as part of the company’s strategy to become a leader in sports.

Jason Levien, Co-Chairman of D.C. United, commented on this new deal to the media this week.

“Partnering with Caesars provides us with a great opportunity to realize the dream of Audi Field being a year-round hub of entertainment and activity and is another strong indication that global brands continue to see value in partnering with our organization,” he said. 

This deal is also allowing Caesars to appear throughout the team’s stadium. The logo will likely be featured in Audi Field. Bar, restaurant, and several new entertainment concepts are also being considered.

More States Approve the Caesars-Eldorado Merger

The merger between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment is the biggest ever between two casino companies. It’s costing $17.3 billion for these companies to combine. The deal cannot be finalized until the country’s various state gambling commissions give their approval.

Fortunately, many states around the country have already given this deal the green light. It’s fantastic news. Now, the deal has fallen into the hands of New Jersey’s gaming commission.

State commissions want to ensure that this merger does not create a monopoly. Once merged, these companies will control a huge number of casinos in different states. This includes several major gaming venues in Atlantic City.

Officials within Atlantic City are currently studying the impact of this new deal. There’s a chance that several properties will need to be sold here in order to comply with the commission’s regulations. Eventually, the FTC will also need to approve this deal.

Caesars Entertainment is still an extremely powerful gambling corporation. Hopefully, this new sponsorship deal with the MLS helps to bring even more exposure to this company.

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

Online Sports Betting in PA Continues to Bring in Revenue

Sports betting first became available in Pennsylvania in late 2018. Over the past couple of years, this industry has grown extremely popular here. New reports show that online sports betting in PA makes up for about 90% of all sports wagers placed.PA State Seal

This isn’t much of a surprise. Online gambling is growing more popular around the entire country. Now is the perfect time to check out how much revenue Pennsylvania’s sports betting industry is managing to bring in.

Let’s get into it!

Pennsylvania’s Gambling Revenue Continues to Fluctuate

Not long ago, Pennsylvania took a somewhat hardline stance towards the gambling industry. This is no longer the case. Today, just about all forms of gambling are available here. Revenue from this industry has fluctuated since these new gambling options became available.

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA. This gave every state in the country the ability to legalize and regulate sports betting. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania immediately began taking steps to open this sports betting industry and by November of that year, it became legal.

That wasn’t the only form of gambling to recently become available here. In November of 2019, lawmakers here started allowing online poker. This form of gambling has grown extremely popular in just a few months.

Pennsylvania’s gambling industry is growing bigger every single month. It has a lot of competition, though. New York, New Jersey, and Delaware all have surging gambling industries, as well.

This week, sports betting revenue reports became available here. Let’s take a look at how much this industry is managing to bring in.

Revenue From Online Sports Betting in PA is Surging

Sports betting is growing more popular every single month. This is especially true in Pennsylvania. Last month, sports betting revenue here hit a new record.

More than $384 million was spent on sports wagers last month. These wagers were placed through the state’s eight online sports betting sites and 12 land-based betting venues. Revenue from this industry came out to $31.6 million in January.

Many believe that Super Bowl bets placed in January helped to increase revenue here. Interestingly, close to 90% of all the sports wagers placed in Pennsylvania last month were done online. FanDuel’s online sportsbook continues to be the biggest revenue earner for the state.

Land-based sports betting revenue actually dropped last month by 11.8%. This is the lowest revenue from brick and mortar sports betting venues since September. It’s clear that online sports betting in PA is beginning to take over.

Gambling competition remains very high in the northeast of the country. New York, in particular, is working hard to improve its gambling industry.

New York Continues Looking at Gambling Expansion Plans

New York is another state that’s only recently begun to embrace the gambling industry. Over the past decade, a huge number of casinos have opened in the Upstate area of New York. Unfortunately, the large number of gaming venues in this state is making it hard for the casinos here to be profitable.

To help with things, lawmakers in this state decided to legalize sports betting. Hope was that it would draw in more people to the state’s land-based casinos. That hasn’t necessarily been the case.

Things do seem to be improving, though. Each of the four casinos in Upstate New York is starting to see revenue increases. Resorts World Catskills, one of the biggest casinos in the state, saw its revenue increase by 48% last year. Lottery ticket sales are decreasing here.

State officials continue discussing the possibility of allowing sports bets to be placed online. Lawmakers in New York are beginning to see how much revenue is being earned from online sports betting in PA. Many believe that online sports wagering will become legal here within a year or two.

Pennsylvania’s sports betting industry continues to grow. Other states are beginning to take notice. We’ll need to wait and see how much revenue from this industry grows for the rest of the year.

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

Revenue at MGM Springfield Jumped in January

Massachusetts’ casino industry continues to change. After months of disappointing results, it appears revenue at MGM Springfield is finally increasing. It’s fantastic news for the owners of this venue, who have invested millions of dollars to bring in more players.Revenue Increase Figure

Today, we’re going to discuss the history of the MGM Springfield Casino. We’ll also look at what this recent spike means for the property moving forward.

Let’s get into it!

MGM Springfield Has Been a Major Disappointment

Since 2011, Massachusetts has given three casinos permission to operate in the state. The first gambling venue to open here was MGM Springfield. MGM Resorts International built this property, which many believed would be extremely lucrative.

It was widely believed that Massachusetts would become one of the country’s next major gambling hubs. A huge number of individuals here make trips to Atlantic City in order to gamble inside casinos. With local casinos, this would no longer be necessary.

At first, MGM Springfield proved to be successful. As time went on, however, visitation here dropped. In June of 2019, Encore Boston Harbor opened up near Boston and captured a huge percentage of the state’s casino market.

Many gamblers who previously played inside MGM Springfield quickly made the switch to the Wynn Resorts-owned casino. As a result, revenue at MGM Springfield began to plummet. It seemed like just a matter of time before this casino was sold to the highest bidder.

That hasn’t been the case, though. Despite poor revenue figures, MGM Resorts continues to invest money here. Now, it appears that decision may be paying off.

Revenue at MGM Springfield Finally Increases

The fact that MGM Resorts continued to invest in their Massachusetts property was a little surprising. On the surface, it looked like this was a property that was bleeding money. Perhaps company officials saw something no else did.

Recent reports indicate that gambling revenue at this property officially increased in January. The casino’s gross gambling revenue was $20.6 million, compared to just $18.9 million in December. It’s not a massive increase, yet company officials have to be pleased.

Initial estimates predicted that revenue at MGM Springfield would be close to $34.8 million per month. Unfortunately, the most this property ever brought in during a single month was around $27 million. Overall, the casino brought in close to $252 million last year.

This wasn’t for a lack of trying, though. Back in early January, MGM Resorts decided to appoint a new president of this casino. Hope was that the change in leadership could help to turn things around. As of now, this strategy appears to be working.

MGM Springfield isn’t the only casino that experienced a revenue jump last month. Is this a sign that the state’s casino industry is in for a major change?

Plainridge Park Casino Revenue Jumps, Encore’s Drops

Right now, there are three different casinos operating in Massachusetts. As we mentioned earlier, the Encore Boston Harbor has proven to be the most successful of the three. That wasn’t the case in January, though.

Last month, the Plainridge Park Casino saw its gross gaming revenue increase by an astounding $876,913. This comes after seven straight months of revenue decreases. This venue managed to bring in around $11 million in January.

Encore Boston Harbor, however, saw its revenue drop. In January, this casino brought in $49 million. That’s down considerably from December’s $54 million. Wynn Resorts appears to be targeting more of a casual gambler demographic to help make up for these revenue drops.

The casino has also recently chosen to lower its minimum bet limit on several table games. Free parking is also beginning to be offered here. More strategies will be discussed during the company’s upcoming quarterly conference call.

Revenue at MGM Springfield officially jumped last month. Hopefully, this trend continues for the rest of the year.

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

More Issues With East Windsor Casino Begin to Pop Up

Since 2017, lawmakers and tribes have discussed opening a new casino in East Windsor, Connecticut. Unfortunately, several issues with East Windsor casino have begun to appear. This week, tribes in the state decided to lower investments into this new gambling venue.Flag Of Connecticut

It’s disappointing news for proponents of this new casino. Many are skeptical of how well it will perform in Connecticut’s market. Today, we’re going to look at what’s being planned, and why several tribes are starting to lower their funding for this new venue.

Let’s get into it!

Connecticut is Ready to Expand its Casino Market

Connecticut is thought of as a very liberal state when it comes to gambling. Here, just about all forms of gambling are perfectly legal. The first Class III casinos began operating here in the early 90s.

Today, there are two casinos in the state, both of which are operated by Native American tribes. These gambling venues are very popular and help to bring the state millions of dollars a year in revenue from taxes. The success of this industry has led to a push for more casinos in the state.

Recently, there’s been a major push to legalize sports betting in Connecticut, as well. As of now, 21 states have officially legalized this form of gambling. More are reviewing bills to regulate sports gambling.

Late last month, a bill was presented here to allow sports betting inside tribal casinos. Three Senate leaders have officially endorsed this bill. If approved, this bill also allows for a new casino to be constructed in Bridgeport.

State officials have not yet commented on this bill. It does seem likely that sports betting will be allowed here soon. For now, lawmakers seem focused on the new casino that’s being planned in East Windsor.

Issues With East Windsor Casino Lead to Investment Cuts

It hasn’t been easy getting a new casino built in this township. Initially, lawmakers raised their concerns due to the fact that East Windsor does not sit on sovereign land. Many felt that tribes have no legal right to operate a casino here.

Despite this, the tribes here have pushed to open this new gambling venue. The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes continue to push for the casino. Unfortunately, new issues with East Windsor casino have begun to pop up.

The two tribes in the state recently announced they were lowering their investment into this property to just $200 million. Initially, the idea was to put at least $300 million into this new casino. Tribal leaders cite concerns over “saturation of the market” as the main reason for this investment cut.

There’s a lot happening in this state. Right now, state legislators are considering the new bill to allow additional casinos and sports betting. It’s still unclear whether or not this bill will be approved.

Connecticut’s tribes recently formed the MMCT Group. This is an investment group focused on building new casinos. As of now, the group is investing millions of dollars in several different venues.

Issues with East Windsor continue. It’s still unclear whether or not it will be constructed this year.

Governor Lamont Still Unsure About Expanded Gambling

Many states around the world are beginning to embrace the gambling industry. Many have already taken steps to regulate their online casino markets. Even some states with hardcore casino laws like North Carolina have chosen to legalize sports betting.

Governor Ned Lamont is still unsure about the state’s gambling industry. He clearly sees the potential for revenue increases. Unfortunately, he feels more research is done before the state can approve sports betting and new casino options.

More and more politicians in the state are beginning to get on board with the expanded gambling bill, though. It seems very likely that Lamont will eventually green light sports betting.

The state’s tribes have already invested millions into a new casino here. As more issues with East Windsor casino arise, however, these tribes are beginning to lower these investments.

Connecticut is in a strange place. We’ll need to wait and see how lawmakers decide to approach the new gaming laws over the next few months. Stay tuned for updates!

A New Glendale Casino is Opening to the Public This Week

Arizona’s casino industry continues to expand. On Wednesday, a brand new Glendale casino officially opens its doors to the public. Based on several reports, this will be one of the best new gaming venues in the state.Desert Diamond Casino West Valley

There’s a lot happening here. Several lawmakers continue the push to have sports betting legalized in Arizona. Today, we’re going to talk about what this new casino has to offer and look at the road to make sports betting legal here.

Arizona’s Gambling Laws, Explained

Today, Arizona has a large and highly successful casino industry. This wasn’t always the case, though. Just a few decades ago, this state banned almost all forms of gambling.

In 1988, the Supreme Court passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This allows Native American tribes throughout the country to operate gambling venues on sovereign land. Not long after this law was passed, tribes in Arizona began requesting permission to open casinos.

Unfortunately, lawmakers here didn’t make things easy. Politicians began fighting the tribes in court, arguing they had no right to open casinos under state law. This legal battle lasted for five years and finally, tribes were granted permission to operate casinos.

There are now a huge number of gambling venues spread all around the state. All of these casinos are operated by tribes. They help to bring in millions of dollars to the state every single year through taxes.

A brand new Glendale casino is opening up this week. Here’s what it has to offer!

New Glendale Casino Finally Opens on Wednesday

As we’ve already mentioned, there are a huge number of fantastic casino gaming options available in Arizona right now. On Wednesday, another is opening up. The Desert Diamond Casino West Valley officially opens to the public and gambling fans have a lot to look forward to.

Construction on this venue first started in 2017. It’s now a 1.2 million-square-foot facility that features a massive range of different gambling options.

Gamblers here can choose from 1,100 slot machines, 36 poker tables, 48 blackjack tables, five different restaurants, and a VIP lounge. This makes it one of the biggest casinos in the state. The Talking Stick Resort & Casino in Scottsdale, for example, offers only 900 slot machines.

It’s operated by the Tohono O’odham Nation, who believe this will be an extremely popular gambling venue. Treena Parvello, director of Government Relations and Communications for the nation, commented on the opening of the new Glendale casino to the media this week.

“This has been a long time coming,” she said. “We’re excited to finally unveil the next phase for this unique amenity in the West Valley, which is creating jobs and opportunities. This would not have been possible without the leadership of the Tohono O’odham Nation, and the guidance of the Enterprise Management Board.” 

The ribbon-cutting ceremony officially begins at 8 pm on Wednesday. Tribal leaders expect a huge turnout for opening day. Hopefully, venues like this one can soon begin offering sports betting options.

When Will Sports Betting Be Allowed in Arizona?

This is the million-dollar question. In May of 2018, PASPA was officially struck down. This instantly gave every state in the country the ability to legalize sports betting. In the past, only Nevada was legally allowed to offer sports betting options.

Today, 21 states now have regulated sports betting options. Many more have bills being reviewed to open their sports betting markets. Arizona is one of the states currently looking into legislation to legalize sports gambling.

Several lawmakers presented HB 1158 to legalize sports betting in 2019. It failed to get approved before the end of the year. That isn’t stopping this push, though.

The main issue with bill 1158 was that it went against tribal rules. It seems that State Senators are now looking for an amendment that allows sports betting to be done throughout the state. Many analysts believe that 2020 is the year that sports betting becomes available here.

This state’s gambling industry is still growing. A new Glendale casino is opening this week and more will likely be constructed in the near future.

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

Cherokee Nation Reveals Study on New Russellville Casino

Arkansas’ casino industry is growing rapidly. Since 2018, Class III gambling venues have been able to operate here. The state’s Native American tribes have been preparing to open new casinos in the state ever since. This week, the Cherokee Nation revealed a new study that shows how much revenue the new Russellville casino will generate.Arkansas

It’s a great time to be a casino fan in Arkansas. Several new gaming venues are scheduled to open here over the next few years. Today, we’re going to look at how much money a casino-resort in Russellville could generate.

Let’s get into it!

Arkansas Finally Expands Its Gambling Industry

Arkansas hasn’t always been a gambling hub. In fact, most traditional forms of gambling were banned here until fairly recently. Finally, in 2018, lawmakers in this state decided it was time to make a change.

A bill was passed that year that allows four Class III casinos to open in the state. These venues will be operated by Native American tribes. Not long after this bill was passed, tribes began coming up with casino plans.

Arkansas also now allows sports betting. In July of 2019, the first legal sports wager was placed here.

There are now several popular gaming venues in this state. One that’s beginning to generate serious revenue is the Southland Casino. Recently, this casino began offering its first sports betting options just in time for the Super Bowl.

More casinos are scheduled to open here over the next few years. The Cherokee Nation has worked hard to have plans for a new Russellville casino approved. This week, the tribe released information about how much revenue this new casino could generate for the state.

The New Russellville Casino Will Generate Billions

Arkansas is shaping up to be a major new casino market. All of the casinos that open here are likely to be successful. According to the Cherokee Nation, the new Russellville casino will be a serious revenue generator.

The tribe released a study that indicates this casino will generate billions of dollars. An economic impact of more than $3 billion is expected over the first 10 years of operating. This study was made by the Economic Impact Group, which used information from six different counties to form these statistics.

Chuck Garrett, CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses, commented on the report to the media this week.

“In forming our plans for Legends Resort & Casino, we turned to a network of experts to help us understand how this project would impact the region’s economy,” he said. “It was fitting for us to engage this research through Dr. Russell Evans and EIG who are already very familiar with current CNB operations.”

The study also claims that more than 1,700 jobs will become available once the casino is up and running. Lawmakers are likely to see these figures and should give the green light to begin construction within a couple of months.

Casinos Already Generate Millions in Tax Money for Arkansas

Most analysts predicted that Arkansas would become a hot casino market. These predictions seem to be correct. Since casinos began opening here, revenue from this industry has been skyrocketing.

In October of 2019, a revenue record was set. Casinos in the state brought in an incredible $554.4 million. That beat the state’s forecast by $36.8 million. With sports betting now up and running, revenue earnings are increasing even more.

The new Russellville casino will be a major revenue generator for the state, as well. If the estimates are correct, it will bring in billions to the state within a decade.

As of now, only four casinos are allowed to open here. That may change in the future. As time goes now, state officials may decide to allow more gambling venues to start operating.

We’ll need to wait for the state to approve the Cherokee Nation’s new gaming venue. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Legal Sports Betting in Washington is Almost Here!

Washington may be the second state on the West Coast to officially legalize sports betting. Many politicians and sports fans want to see this form of gambling finally allowed here. Today, we’re going to talk about how this push to have legal sports betting in Washington came about.Sports Betting Picture

Many states around the country are now legalizing sports gambling. It’s proving to be an extremely lucrative industry. Lawmakers in Washington seem to recognize this fact.

Here’s what’s happening!

Washington’s Set of Gambling Laws, Explained

It might come as somewhat of a surprise to some, but Washington is home to a huge number of legal gambling options. This state is somewhat of a gambling hub for the Pacific Northwest. Most traditional forms of gambling are perfectly legal here.

This wasn’t always the case, though. For many years, Washington held a largely anti-gambling stance. In fact, some of the early leaders of this state set a blanket ban on gambling that lasted for decades.

In the 1980s, things began to change. Lawmakers here realized it was time to open a state lottery. About ten years later, the state approved plans to allow Native American tribes to operate casinos on sovereign land.

There are now a huge number of casinos in Washington that residents and tourists can access. Unfortunately, this state is against online casino gambling. A law was passed here in 2006 that seemed to criminalize playing casino games over the internet.

Some feel this law only makes it illegal to play casino games through sites based within the state. Others feel it’s a blanket ban on internet gambling.

Lawmakers are once again starting to embrace change. New reports indicate that legal sports betting in Washington may be just around the corner.

The Road to Legal Sports Betting in Washington is Almost Complete

The US Supreme Court decided to strike down PASPA in May of 2018. It was a monumental decision that immediately allowed every state in the country to set their own laws on sports betting. Today, more than 20 states have passed bills to legalize this industry.

It now looks like Washington is next. Two sports betting bills were presented here in February of 2019. This week, one of the bills to allow legal sports betting in Washington advanced to a final House vote.

This bill, called HB 2638, only allows for sports betting to take place inside tribal casinos. A House Appropriations Committee voted 25-7 to approve these new measures. The decision will now head to the House, and then the Senate for final approval.

Strom Peterson, a sponsor of this new bill, commented on the news to the media this week.

“I’m hoping to get this moving over to the Senate on a relatively fast timeline,” he said. “We’ll see if that happens, but with a very bi-partisan vote that we just had this evening, I think that helps.”

That’s certainly true. Both democrats and republicans are getting on board with the idea of legal sports betting. Most agree it will help to bring the state millions in additional revenue each year.

Will this state’s sports betting market be able to compete with Oregon’s?

Oregon’s Sports Betting Market is Set to Expand

Oregon was quick to jump on the sports betting train. Lawmakers here approved a bill to legalize this form of gambling in 2019 after months of careful consideration. Here, both land-based and online sports wagering is allowed.

Not long after approving this law, state officials began looking to expand the market. Soon, several new tribal casinos in the state will be allowed to offer sports betting odds. Several betting kiosks will also soon begin offering sports gambling options at different bars and retailers.

This isn’t going to make things easy for Washington’s sports betting market. The option to place wagers on different sporting events is welcomed here, yet the inability to make bets online is confusing.

Things are clearly going well for Oregon, though. Lawmakers in this state seem pleased with the revenue flowing in.

Legal sports betting in Washington may become available within the next few months. Hopefully, California completes the West Coast sports betting legalization this year, as well.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

Revenue From Upstate NY Casinos is Slowly Increasing

Over the past couple of years, New York lawmakers have worked hard to expand their casino industry. Unfortunately, revenue from Upstate NY casinos failed to increase for months. New reports indicate that in 2019, things began to turn around for casinos in the Upstate area.Flag Of New York

Lawmakers in this state are looking to earn more money from the gambling industry. More gaming options may soon become available here. Today, we’re going to look at how the Upstate casinos performed in 2019.

New York’s Expanded Casino Laws, Explained

For decades, New York was considered a very anti-gambling state. Lawmakers here implemented a blanket ban on casinos back in the late 1800s. Despite laws against it, many small, illegal gambling venues continued to operate in the state.

Eventually, state officials began allowing horse race wagering. In the 1950s, lawmakers decided to legalize bingo and five years later, opened a state lottery. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that officials began looking at the possibility of legalizing casino gambling.

In 1989, the Supreme Court passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This set of laws made it legal for Native American tribes to operate casinos on sovereign land. Not long after this bill was approved, New York began allowing the state’s tribes to run gambling venues.

In 2013, lawmakers completely changed their stance and decided to officially legalize commercial casinos. Since that time, several of these gambling venues have opened up, most of which are in the Upstate area. Unfortunately, revenue from Upstate NY casinos hasn’t been quite as high as many initially predicted.

There are several reasons why this is. Most cite the competition as the primary reason why these casinos have struggled to make money. According to new reports, things are beginning to improve.

Revenue From Upstate NY Casinos is Going Up

It hasn’t been an easy road for casinos in New York. As we just mentioned, almost all of these are located in the Upstate area. Many are within close proximity to each other. Competition is extremely high here and just about every single casino has struggled to bring in players.

It seems things are improving, though. The four casinos in Upstate New York are beginning to see an increase in gaming revenue. Each one saw its revenue increase last year.

Resorts World Catskills, one of the largest casinos here, saw a massive 48% jump in revenue. In total, revenue at Upstate NY casinos increased by 18% last year. That’s fantastic news for the state, as lottery sales dropped by more than 35%.

Bob DeSalvio, president of Genting New York State, says he’s not surprised to see things start to get better.

“If you look at the history of regional gaming properties over their lifetime, it’s about two years for them to really click in,” he said. “A 24-month ramp up period is not unexpected in today’s environment.”

There has been fear that the state’s casino industry might fail. Lawmakers have discussed new ways to help these gambling venues generate more money. Things are beginning to improve, and new sports betting options may help make things even better.

New Sports Betting Options Might Be Coming to New York

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court officially struck down PASPA. This decision immediately gave every state in the country the ability to legalize sports betting. Today, more than 20 states have decided to legalize this form of wagering.

New York began working to legalize sports betting in early 2019. On July 16th of that year, the first sports wager was placed here inside the Rivers Casino in Schenectady. As of now, only land-based sports betting is available in the state.

This could change soon, though. For months, lawmakers in New York have discussed legalizing online sports betting. Many feel this will help to increase revenue from NY casinos.

This is currently being decided in the courts. Officials argue that allowing online sports betting will help to bring the state more revenue and make things more competitive with New Jersey, which allows sports wagering to be made over the internet. It’s still unclear whether or not the courts will agree with this assessment.

Revenue at Upstate NY casinos is beginning to increase. State officials hope that this trend continues. We’ll need to wait and see whether or not these officials can succeed in allowing online sports wagering.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

200 Individuals Affected by Virus Outbreak at a Louisiana Casino

The world is on edge right now due to concerns over the coronavirus spreading throughout China. Tens of thousands of individuals have been confirmed infected and officials are working hard to keep it contained. This week, news broke that more than 200 individuals have been infected by a virus outbreak at a Louisiana casino.L’Auberge Casino

It’s the last thing the country needed. Health officials are now working to better understand this new virus. Today, we’re going to look at how the coronavirus is being contained, and look at the details of the new case in Louisiana.

Let’s get into it!

Coronavirus Continues Spreading to New Countries

The Wuhan Coronavirus has been in the news for months. It first appeared in December of last year and quickly spread throughout China. By late January, this virus had reached every single province in the country.

Officials are still not entirely sure how the virus first made contact with humans. We know that it comes from a seafood market in Wuhan and is able to transfer from person-to-person. It seems uniquely adapted to spread and has now affected more individuals than the feared SARS virus that gripped China in the early 2000s.

Health departments are not yet calling this particular coronavirus, currently named 2019-nCoV, a pandemic. For the most part, only China is being affected. More cases are beginning to pop up around the country, however, and there are reasonable fears that this could grow uncontrollable.

Recently, Macau’s government decided to shut down all of the territory’s casinos. The goal is to help stop the flow of infected tourists into the city. Unfortunately, this is taking a serious toll on several Las Vegas casino companies with property in Macau.

The whole world is watching how this new virus spreads. There has been little progress stopping its spread. This week, a different virus hit a popular Louisiana casino.

There’s a New Virus Outbreak at a Louisiana Casino

Louisiana is home to a huge number of casinos. The vast majority of these gambling venues are actually riverboat casinos. These casinos help to bring the state millions of dollars in additional revenue for the state every single year.

Unfortunately, casinos aren’t safe from viruses. This week, reports surfaced that show more than 200 individuals have been infected with a new virus outbreak at a Louisiana casino. This has prompted health officials in the state to conduct a new investigation.

The casino where this virus spread is the L’Auberge Casino in Lake Charles. Due to recent events here, thousands of individuals have recently visited the gambling venue. More than 200 individuals who visited this gambling establishment claim to suffer from symptoms associated with this virus.

This new virus is said to cause a variety of serious health effects. Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh, a regional medical director in the area, commented on the virus outbreak at a Louisiana casino to the media this week.

“How it started at this point doesn’t really matter anymore, because now we are getting transmission within the community,” she said. “So, however people picked it up in that setting they are now taking it home and spreading it from one family member to another family member to another family member, so that is the real message that we need to get out today.” 

There’s still no word on how this virus can spread. Hopefully, officials are able to get rid of this illness before it gets too serious.

Lawmakers in Louisiana Still Push for Legal Sports Betting Options

Over the past two years, a huge number of states have officially legalized sports betting. This is thanks to the Supreme Court striking down PASPA. Most of the states with legal sports betting options are now earning serious revenue from this industry.

Several lawmakers in Louisiana have begun pushing to allow this form of gambling. Back in 2018, a House Bill was introduced that would allow for land-based sports betting in the state. It failed to get passed that year and no progress was made in 2019.

Most feel that 2020 is the year that sports betting legislation gets approved here. Louisiana already allows casino gambling. It would make no sense for officials here to ban traditional sports betting.

As of now, however, there is no word on when this will take place. Leaders in the state are remaining silent on the sports betting topic. We’ll keep you updated on this situation over the next few months.

It’s scary to see the virus outbreak at a Louisiana casino. The public has little information on how fast it’s spreading. We’ll need to wait and see how the health department approaches the situation.

A Bill to Keep Preakness in Baltimore is Introduced

Since 1873, Baltimore, Maryland has played host to the Preakness Stakes. It’s one of the largest horse races in America, drawing in more than one hundred thousand spectators every year. This week, lawmakers in Maryland introduced a new bill to keep Preakness in Baltimore.Preakness Stakes

This comes after the state’s main track owners threatened to relocate this historic race. For obvious reasons, a huge number of individuals want to see the Preakness Stakes stay where it is. Today, we’re going to explain why the race may change locations, and what some lawmakers are doing to stop this from happening.

History of the Preakness Stakes

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of the Preakness Stakes. It’s one of horse racing’s Crown Jewels, and one of the most-watched races in the United States. As we already mentioned, the first race took place in 1873 and has taken place annually at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Some of the most famous horses in history have raced in the Preakness. Incredibly, the record for fastest track time is still held by Secretariat, set all the way back in 1973. The winning prize for this race has increased dramatically since that time.

When the Preakness Stakes first began, the winner took home just $3,000. Today, the race winner is paid an incredible $1.65 million. This figure will continue to increase as time goes on.

The Preakness has been an important part of Baltimore’s history. It helps to draw in a huge number of tourists and generates millions of dollars in revenue for the city every year. In 2019, an agreement was made to permanently keep the Preakness at Pimlico. Unfortunately, a dispute between the state and Maryland’s track owner, The Stronarch Group, began to escalate.

Eventually, TSG threatened to move this race elsewhere. Lawmakers are now doing everything they can to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Lawmakers Present Bill to Keep Preakness in Baltimore

There are obvious reasons to keep the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Track. There’s a unique history here and moving the race elsewhere would take away from its magic. Several lawmakers recognize this, and recently presented a bill to keep Preakness in Baltimore.

This bill pledges $180 million funded by state bonds to help rebuild the historic race track. TSG has argued that Pimlico is no longer suitable for the Preakness Stakes. State officials argue that TSG underinvested in the track, causing the issue that we’re seeing now.

Lawmakers also claim that TSG can only legally change the race’s location “as a result of a disaster or emergency.” The money pledged by the state will go towards rebuilding Pimlico’s grandstand, clubhouse, and improving the track itself. Jack Young, current Mayor of Baltimore, commented on this new plan to the media this week.

“Today’s bill introduction is a critical step forward for Baltimore as it preserves the great tradition of Preakness at Pimlico and signals the commitment of significant investment in the Park Heights community,” he said.

Pimlico isn’t the only major track getting an upgrade. An additional $155 million will be put towards the improvement of Laurel Park Race Track.

Hope is that the bill to keep Preakness in Baltimore is approved quickly. Most agree that it’s the best course of action to preserve the history of the race while modernizing Maryland’s best tracks.

Maryland Continues to Push for Legal Sports Betting

Horse race wagering is hugely popular in Maryland. This form of gambling has taken place in this state for more than a century. Unfortunately, this is the only real form of “sports wagering” currently allowed here. This could change soon, though.

Since May of 2018, every state in the country has been given the green light to legalize traditional sports betting. Thus far, 21 states have officially approved sports gambling legislation. Many more are likely to do so over the next few months.

In early 2018, lawmakers in Maryland presented a bill to “study the implementation of sports gaming in the state.” The goal was to better understand how much revenue could be earned from this industry. Since that time, lawmakers have continued to look for ways to make sports wagering legal in the state.

As of now, no bill has been approved. Some feel 2020 is the year that Maryland finally approves sports betting. Several nearby states including New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania all now have legal sports betting markets. Most are profiting massively as a result.

The bill to keep Preakness in Baltimore may not be the only one making headlines this year. We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes for state officials to agree on sports betting legislation.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

Casino Companies Gear Up for Atlantic City’s 2020 Gaming Conference

Atlantic City is home to some of the most popular gambling venues in the country. For years, companies have discussed ways to improve their industry at the annual gaming conference here. Atlantic City’s 2020 gaming conference is shaping up to be a great one, with several major executives already scheduled to attend.Gaming Convention Event

This is one of the biggest annual gambling conferences in the country. This year’s event should be one of the best in recent memory. Now is the perfect time to look ahead at what the East Coast Gaming Conference will have to offer in 2020.

Gambling Revenue Continues to Increase in Atlantic City

We’ve reported on the revenue growth in Atlantic City for more than a year. About a decade ago, this city was on the brink of collapse. The recession took a major toll on the businesses here, causing many casinos to permanently shut their doors.

Things have completely turned around. Now, Atlantic City is one of the most profitable gambling markets in the country. Part of the reason for this is the legalization of sports betting.

New Jersey was one of the first states to approve sports betting legislation after PASPA was removed in May of 2018. This resulted in a huge increase in tourism to Atlantic City. Many bettors would even cross into New Jersey just to make a sports wager online.

Gambling revenue here increased for almost every single month last year. Both casino gambling and sports betting continue to bring in money. There are no signs of this slowing down anytime soon.

Every year, Atlantic City hosts a major conference called the East Coast Gaming Conference. It draws in some of the country’s top industry leaders. This year’s event should be one of the best to date.

Atlantic City’s 2020 Gaming Conference is Coming Together

Many gambling companies claim that the East Coast Gaming Conference in Atlantic City is the best in the country. It brings together a huge number of leaders in sports betting and casino gambling to discuss the future of their industries. The networking options alone bring in hundreds of individuals every single year.

Some of the most powerful casino executives in the world are now scheduled to appear at Atlantic City’s 2020 gaming conference. Guests will get to hear some of the new developments directly from these company officials. Here are some of the names scheduled to appear this year.

  • Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International and CEO of Seminole Gaming.
  • Thomas Reeg, CEO of Eldorado Resorts.
  • Mario Kontomerkos, CEO of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.
  • David Cordish, CEO of The Cordish Companies.
  • Greg Carlin, CEO of Rush Street Gaming.
  • Jay Dorris, president and CEO of Wind Creek Casino and Hotel.
  • Holly Gagnon, CEO of Seneca Gaming.
  • George Papanier, president and CEO of Twin River Worldwide Holdings.

Phil Murphy, governor of New Jersey, is also scheduled to attend this event for the third straight year. The 24th event is expected to be one of the biggest ever.

The US gambling industry is changing at a rapid pace. Those wishing to learn more about the future of the industry should check this event out. Feel free to check out some of the amazing Atlantic City casinos while you’re there!

North Dakota Casinos Struggle With Electronic Gaming Machines

The state of North Dakota has a large and successful casino industry. Unfortunately, the rise of E-tabs, electronic gaming machines, are taking away from the revenue that North Dakota casinos are earning. It’s becoming a serious issue, and owners of these casinos are beginning to push back.North Dakota

There’s a lot happening in this state. Lawmakers are currently trying to decide whether or not to expand the number of gambling options. Let’s look at why so many casino owners here are complaining right now.

History of Casino Gambling in North Dakota

Back in the 1800s, North Dakota had a huge casino industry. The state was home to many small gambling venues, yet lawmakers eventually decided that these casinos were contributing to a rise in crime around the state. Eventually, state officials set a blanket ban on all forms of gambling.

This blanket ban stayed in place until 1976. At this time, lawmakers began allowing traditional games such as bingo. In 1987, officials began looking to allow traditional Class III casinos. After the passing of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, these officials decided it was time to permit Native American tribes in the state to run casinos.

Before long, several of these gambling properties began opening around the state. There are now a huge number of fantastic North Dakota casinos operating, most of which generate serious revenue for the state every year. Most of these venues are likely to operate here over the next few years.

A huge number of popular ND online casinos are available right now, too.

It’s a great time to be a casino fan in this state. Unfortunately, a rise in electronic gaming machines have been making it difficult for casinos here to attract new players. Many tribal leaders are now pushing against these E-tabs.

Tribal Casinos Argue E-Tabs Are Taking Revenue

Electronic gaming machines are popular around the world. In the UK, particularly, these machines can be found in thousands of betting shops. They’re so popular, that the government was forced to lower the maximum bet that they were allowed to accept to just £2.

These machines, called E-tabs, have begun to appear in North Dakota. Legislature approved in 2017 allows these machines to operate around the state. They can now be found in bars, clubs, and even some restaurants in just about every single county.

Many tribes feel this is unfair. These Native American groups claim they’re losing a substantial amount of money due to these E-tabs.

“It’s no small thing for us,” said Mark Fox, Chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. “It’s of dire concern, at a minimum.”

This certainly appears to be an issue for North Dakota casinos. Collette Brown, gaming commission executive director for the Spirit Lake Tribe, claims the Spirit Lake Casino saw a 42% decrease in revenue just one year after these machines began operating.

Lawmakers seem uninterested in removing these machines right now. Many are quick to point out the money they are bringing to charities. Tribes here are likely to continue pushing for them to be banned. We’ll need to wait and see what happens over the next few years.

The Push to Legalize Sports Betting in North Dakota Continues

Back in May of 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA, giving every state in the country the ability to legalize and regulate sports betting. Since that time, 22 states have made this form of gambling legal. If all goes to plan, North Dakota will have legal sports betting options available in 2020.

In January of last year, several politicians introduced House Bill 1254. Had it been approved, sports betting would have been made illegal in the state. The North Dakota Attorney General would be in charge of regulating this industry.

Unfortunately, HB 1254 did not get approved before the end of the year’s legislative session. Many analysts believe that 2020 is the year sports betting gets legalized here. Several politicians here have already voiced their support for the legalization of sports betting.

Lawmakers are currently working to change HB 1254. Several new details will need to be introduced in order for the bill to get approved. With almost all forms of traditional gambling now available here, it’s reasonable to assume that sports betting will become available here this year.

North Dakota casinos are fighting hard to make E-tabs illegal. Only time will tell how lawmakers respond to these tribe’s claims. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Half the US Population May Soon Have Legal Sports Betting Options

For nearly two years, the US has begun to embrace the sports gambling industry. A huge number of states now allow sports betting and many more have plans to legalize this form of gambling over the next few years. New reports indicate half the US population may soon have legal sports betting options.Map Of The US

It’s great news for sports fans in the country. The US is finally catching up to Europe, where sports betting is hugely popular for decades. Now is the perfect time to look at how this industry has evolved and what to expect in the future.

Let’s get into it!

The Removal Of PASPA Changed the US Gambling Industry

The United States has always been a passionate sports country. Unfortunately, sports gambling was banned here for many years. Lawmakers here approved PASPA in 1992, essentially killing the sports betting industry. This set of laws made it illegal for any state besides Nevada to offer sports betting odds.

For Nevada, this was actually a good thing. A huge number of tourists would flock to different Las Vegas casinos just to enjoy the legal sports betting options available. The city earned millions in sports gambling revenue every month.

In May of 2018, things took a massive turn. After years of lobbying from New Jersey, the Supreme Court finally decided to overturn PASPA. Immediately afterward, every state in the country had the ability to set its own laws on sports betting.

Many states began instantly crafting legislation to legalize this industry. New Jersey almost immediately allowed casinos in Atlantic City to offer sports betting odds. Today, more than 20 states now have legal sports betting options available.

It’s clear that sports betting is becoming the norm in the US. Lawmakers here recognize how much revenue can be earned from the industry. A new report detailed just how popular this form of gambling may soon become in the near future.

Bank of America Reports on the Growth of Legal Sports Betting Options

As we just mentioned, nearly half of the states in the country now have legal sports betting options available. That doesn’t mean that half the population can place bets legally in their home state, though. Some of the biggest states in the country such as California and Texas have yet to approve any sports gambling legislation.

According to a new report, though, this could soon change. Bank of American claims that more than 50% of Americans will soon have sports gambling options available in their home state by 2022. The bank also states that revenue from this industry will reach $20 billion in the same time period.

“We think the success, adoption and technology behind online and mobile sports could be a catalyst for wider iGaming penetration, a notable shift for an industry that has thus far not been widely impacted by the Internet,” said Shaun Kelley, a research analyst at Bank of America. 

Unsurprisingly, a huge number of companies are now investing heavily in the sports betting industry. Barstool Sports is set to open a sports betting platform. The company was recently valued at $450 million after securing a new deal with Penn National Gaming.

The sports betting industry is soaring right now. Even some of the biggest sports leagues in the country are getting on board. Here are some of the states that are poised to legalize this industry soon.

More States Gear Up to Legalize Sports Betting

When PASPA was first struck down, there was a debate as to how successful sports gambling would be in the United States. Some felt that it would never reach the same level of popularity as casino gambling. This is not the case.

It’s turned into one of the fastest-growing industries of all time. The amount of revenue that’s being generated is astounding. As a result, more and more states continue to push to allow legal sports betting options.

Analysts are following California’s road to sports betting legalization. This state is home to nearly 40 million people. If sports betting is legalized here, the amount of revenue that the state would earn is immense.

Several major states have already presented sports betting legislation. Many of these bills are likely to be approved over the next couple of months.

It’s a great time to be a betting fan in the US. Make sure to stay tuned for more US sports gambling news over the next few months!

Connecticut’s Gambling Industry Set for Major Expansion

Connecticut isn’t typically thought of as a gambling hub. Fortunately, lawmakers here have taken a fairly relaxed approach to the gaming industry. A major new piece of legislation has recently been introduced here, meaning Connecticut’s gambling industry may soon expand dramatically.Flag Of Connecticut

It’s extremely exciting for both casino and sports betting fans in the state. Lawmakers here clearly recognize the massive revenue potential from the gambling industry. Today, we’re going to look at the state’s current laws, and talk about how they might evolve over the next year or two.

Current Gambling Laws in Connecticut, Explained

As we already mentioned, Connecticut is thought of today as a pretty liberal state when it comes to gambling. Today, most traditional forms of gambling are perfectly legal here. A couple of popular land-based casinos operate in this state, one of which is located in Ledyard and the other in Uncasville.

Both of these casinos are run by Native American tribes. These tribes were given permission to open the gambling venues after the Supreme Court passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in the late 1980s. They now pay 25% of their slot revenue to the state.

For years, tribal leaders in Connecticut have been pushing to open a new casino in East Windsor. Unfortunately, the state has pushed against these plans, pointing out the fact that East Windsor is not sovereign land. It’s a complicated issue that continues today.

Certain lawmakers in this state have also been pushing to allow sports betting. Since May of 2018, every state in the country has been able to set its own laws on sports gambling. As of now, more than 20 states have chosen to legalize this form of gambling.

Expanded casino and sports betting laws are now officially being considered in Connecticut. If everything plays out correctly, Connecticut’s gambling industry is going to expand significantly.

Legislation to Expand Connecticut’s Gambling Industry is Introduced

More states are beginning to look closer at their set of gambling laws. Ever since PASPA was removed, lawmakers across the country have begun to realize how much revenue can be obtained through legal sports betting and casino gambling options. This is now the case with Connecticut, as well.

This week, members of the Senate Democratic majority began pressuring Governor Ned Lamont to expand Connecticut’s gambling industry. These Senate leaders officially endorsed a piece of legislation that would allow the state’s Native American tribes to offer sports betting inside casinos.

The bill would also allow for a new casino to be constructed in Bridgeport.

Lawmakers here pushed for this gambling expansion plan last year. Unfortunately, Governor Lamont struck these plans down. Senator Cathy Osten drafted this year’s legislation and believes that it will benefit the state in the long run. Senator Dennis Bradley agrees.

“This is about making sure that moving forward, everybody has a slice of the pie, that we don’t put people against each other,” Bradley said. 

Lamont and his team have not yet commented on the new plans. We’ll need to wait and see if he offers any objections over the next few months.

Online Casino Options Are Already Available in Connecticut

There are a huge number of individuals that are eagerly awaiting online gambling to become regulated in Connecticut. Many are unaware that internet casino options are already available! Some of the best US casino sites are already operating in Connecticut and most offer a massive range of wagering options.

None of Connecticut’s laws state that it’s illegal to play casino games online. The casino websites here are unregulated by the state government, yet the majority of them are perfectly safe and offer a variety of payment options.

The legislation introduced this week has the power to expand Connecticut’s gambling industry significantly. Interestingly, there’s a section of the bill that will allow for online casino games to be offered. If approved, the tribes will be able to provide internet casino gambling options to Connecticut players.

It seems very likely that sports betting will be approved here soon, as well. Most of the states with legal sports betting options are earning millions of dollars a month from the industry. Connecticut wants a piece of that action.

This is a very exciting time for gambling fans in this state. Make sure to stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Odds Favor Maryland Sports Betting Bills to Go To Ballot in November

It’s been a slow and painful process, but it appears that sports betting is finally on the horizon for Maryland. The debate is no longer whether or not sports betting should be legalized, but rather, the debate is now in regards to when legal wagering will start and where it could take place at.

Maryland Icon

These issues could be resolved this November when sports betting is expected to be on the ballots for the public to vote on. If approved, Maryland could have legal sports betting by December 2020.

Multiple Issues to Consider

The first step in this process is for the state’s legislature to pass a bill that can be voted on. Currently, there are multiple bills to consider. Last year, a sports betting bill was presented to the General Assembly, but it never really got off the ground. A version of that bill could still be in play.

Currently, the majority of discussions have been centered on bill SB 58 which was authored by Senator Chris West. This bill isn’t as comprehensive as we’ve seen from other states, but it’s a starting point that Senator West and his constituencies hope will lead to fruitful resolutions.

Online and Mobile Sports Betting

With momentum picking up, thanks to West’s bill, there’s still multiple issues that need to be resolved. For starters, where will Maryland residents be able to wager on sports. SB 58 states that residents can only wager on sports at casinos and racetracks.

Maryland has 11 casinos and racetracks, which would be the only venues to get a sports betting license if SB 58 is passed. West believes that residents wagering at these locations will help create revenue for the venues and nearby businesses. However, he’s against online betting, which would be a huge mistake.

West believes that legalized sports betting could generate $40 to $60 million dollars in revenue each year based on the proposed 20% tax rate. Unfortunately, those numbers aren’t realistic without online and mobile betting.

This is where additional bills are expected to be drafted during the state’s session. Other legislators have seen how online sports betting has created massive numbers for neighboring states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It’s believed that 80% of their sports betting revenue has come from online and mobile sports wagering.

Other sports betting issues to consider:

  • Where will the tax revenue go?
  • Who will be in charge of sports betting?
  • Will it be permitted to wager on in-state schools?

Early indications are that the majority of state leaders want to see the revenue go to education funds. Maryland Lottery is the frontrunner to oversee sports betting as they’re already set up to manage such gaming activities.

Lastly, it’s a good bet that Maryland follows what other states have done and ban all wagers on in-state schools.

Sports Betting Getting a Push From Daniel Snyder

In addition to state leaders making a significant effort, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has also entered the picture by pushing for legalized sports betting. The billionaire owner recently met with state lawmakers to share his vision on this topic.

Snyder’s team plays in Landover, Maryland, and the owner wants to build a new stadium that will allow sports betting. This scenario would boost revenue for all parties involved and add some excitement for in-stadium fans.

If all goes according to Snyder’s vision, this in-stadium betting could spread throughout the NFL as Maryland’s other football team the Baltimore Ravens might also embrace sports betting at their stadium as well.

With a major in-state sports franchise pushing for legalization, it’s just one more factor that will help sway the general public to vote for sports betting in November.

FanDuel Ready to Operate

Last month, FanDuel entered a partnership with Cordish Companies who own Maryland Live!, which is the largest casino in the state. The partnership makes FanDuel the official sports betting operator for all of Cordish Companies’ venues both in Maryland and in nearby states like Pennsylvania where they have numerous venues.

Once Maryland officially legalizes sports betting, which won’t be until December 2020 at the earliest, the state’s largest casino will be ready to launch sports betting the first day allowed. It’s safe to say that the other five casinos will also follow suit and find sports betting partnerships sooner than later.

How Will Eli Manning’s Retirement Affect the Giants Next Season?

Today, news broke that Eli Manning was officially retiring from the NFL. It wasn’t entirely surprising, yet many are still sad knowing the two-time Super Bowl MVP will no longer be competing on the field. Fans are now beginning to wonder how Eli Manning’s retirement will affect the New York Giants next season.

Eli Manning

It’s reasonable to assume it will have no effect. He only played as a starter for a few games this season and the Giants have a promising young QB to take his place. Others feel it will have an impact.

Today, we’re going to look back at Manning’s career, and discuss his reasons for retiring.

Looking Back at the Career of Eli Manning

There were times when Eli Manning was not given the credit he deserves as a world-class quarterback. He entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick for the New York Giants in 2004 and quickly established himself as one of the league’s most promising young rookies. Following his first season with 1,043 passing yards, six touchdowns, and nine interceptions, Manning was named as the starter for the Giants in 2005.

It was this year that fans truly began to take notice of Eli. He ended the season as one of the top-five quarterbacks in the league for both passing yards and touchdown passes. It seemed that it was only a matter of time before he led the Giants to a Super Bowl.

2006 proved to be a back-and-forth season for the Giants. Manning started off strong yet began struggling towards the later games. He ended the season with 3,244 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions.

The next season is when things truly took off. Eli Manning led the Giants to Super Bowl XLII against the New England Patriots. Most online casinos listed the Patriots as the considerable favorites heading into this game. Incredibly, New York pulled off the victory in a 17-14 game.

That was just the first championship for Eli. He went on to repeat the feat once again in 2011. Upon reflection, you begin to realize why Eli Manning’s retirement is hitting so many football fans in the gut.

Will Eli Manning’s Retirement Affect the Giants Next Season?

NFL quarterbacks can only remain at a high level for so long. Generally speaking, this is only a few years. Eli Manning remained one of the league’s top players for fifteen seasons. It seemed like just a matter of time before his time in the spotlight would come to an end.

Manning began the 2019/2020 season as a starter in two games. In September, news broke that Eli would not start in the third game of the season. Instead, rookie Daniel Jones stepped in as the team’s new quarterback. Manning played his finals game as a started in December and received a standing ovation after stepping off the field.

This week, multiple reports surfaced about Eli Manning’s retirement. At 39 years old, he decided that it was officially time to step away from the sport. John Mara, president and CEO of the New York Giants, commented on the retirement to the media today.

“For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field,” he said. “Eli is our only two-time Super Bowl MVP and one of the very best players in our franchise’s history. He represented our franchise as a consummate professional with dignity and accountability. It meant something to Eli to be the Giants quarterback, and it meant even more to us. We are beyond grateful for his contributions to our organization and look forward to celebrating his induction into the Giants Ring of Honor in the near future.”

In reality, this shouldn’t have a serious impact on the Giants. As we’ve already mentioned, they have a promising young QB in Daniel Jones right now. While it might be a morale hit to have Manning gone, the team is likely to move forward without any major issues.

Now is the Perfect Time to Bet on Super Bowl LIV

After an incredibly entertaining season, we’re now less than two weeks until the Super Bowl. The San Francisco 49ers will be taking on the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that many feel will produce fireworks. Odds on Super Bowl LIV are now available online and fans around the country are busy placing their wagers.

Many of these fans are heading to Bovada to make their bets. This site is one of the most popular US betting sites and is offering some fantastic odds for both teams.

At the moment, the 49ers age being given EVEN odds to get the win. The Chiefs enter with -120 odds. These odds reflect just how competitive this game should be.

NFL betting experts are torn on who will come out victorious. The 49ers have shown a powerful offense, aggressive defense and solid special teams. If they can keep up a pressuring pace, they should be able to get the victory.

We’re likely to hear more about Eli Manning’s retirement during Super Bowl LIV. It will be interesting to see how the Giants move forward next season.

Stay tuned for more Super Bowl betting news over the next few days!

What Changes Will MGM Springfield’s New Leaders Make?

Back in 2018, MGM Resorts International opened a brand new casino-resort in Springfield, Massachusetts. This venue, called MGM Springfield, has struggled to generate revenue ever since. MGM Resorts has made some major changes over the years, and hope is that MGM Springfield’s new leaders are able to turn things around.

MGM Springfield

There’s a lot going on with MGM Resorts right now. This company is currently involved in several major deals around the country. Today, we’re going to look at what exactly is happening with MGM’s major property in Massachusetts.

Let’s get into it!

MGM’s MA Property has Been a Major Disappointment

For many years, lawmakers in Massachusetts were against the gambling industry. The state government made it extremely difficult for any gambling operators to run in this state. Even Native American tribes, which are able to operate casinos in almost every state, are finding it extremely hard to open casinos in MA.

In 2011, things began to change. That year, lawmakers here officially passed the Expanded Gaming Act, paving the way for three different commercial casinos to operate in the state. Since that time, two major casinos have opened.

As we already mentioned, MGM Resorts International opened MGM Springfield in 2018. The next year, Wynn Resorts officially opened the Encore Boston Harbor. Before MGM opened its gambling venue, Massachusetts was thought to be one of the most lucrative new casino markets in the country.

Things haven’t been running smoothly for this company, though. Since opening its doors to the public, this new property has struggled to attract new gamblers. The opening of the Encore Boston Harbor made things even worse. This venue has become the most popular casinos in the state, stealing many gamblers away from MGM Springfield.

Company officials desperately want to make a change. This week, they announced that the leadership of the Massachusetts gambling venue was changing.

MGM Springfield’s New Leaders Need to Make a Change

MGM Resorts International is one of the largest and most successful casino companies in the country. It owns a huge number of major properties around the world. For many analysts, it was a huge surprise to see this company’s gambling venue in MA struggle.

This week, company officials announced MGM Springfield’s new leaders. A decision was made to bring in new faces here. Mike Mathis has officially been removed as president of the casino-resort. Chris Kelley is now taking his place.

Mike Fenton, a City Councilor and member of the Casino Oversight Committee, talked about this change to the media this week.

“My first question was is there anything wrong, is there anything to be concerned about with the Springfield project, and the answer to both questions was no,” he said. “When they vote for the casino referendum, they wanted to see the south end…not just the casino, but outside the casino, revitalized. And that does not happen overnight but I continue to be very encouraged by the progress there.” 

For now, the city of Springfield will continue to receive money from MGM’s casino-resort. If things don’t improve here, however, this gambling venue may eventually be forced to close its doors.

Property Sales Continue in Las Vegas

The change in MGM Springfield’s new leaders is one of many announcements from MGM Resorts International. Over the past few months, the company has sold some of its biggest and most profitable gambling venues in Las Vegas. This includes the Bellagio, MGM Grand, and Mandalay Bay.

This all comes as part of a new cost-cutting strategy. MGM Resorts is focused heavily on expanding overseas right now. One of the main ways to achieve this goal is to earn money through casino-resort sales.

The Las Vegas sales aren’t exactly cut and dry, though. MGM Resorts is choosing to lease back many of the properties that it’s sold. The company is paying $245 million per year to retain control of the Bellagio, for example.

There’s a chance that MGM Resorts will choose to sell its casino-resort in Springfield. Before this happens, though, the company has chosen to switch up MGM Springfield’s new leaders. We’ll need to wait and see how this affects the property’s revenue earnings.

It’s an interesting time for MGM Resorts right now. Make sure to stay tuned for more news on the company over the next few months!

Mohegan Gaming Approved to Operate New Athens Casino

For months, several companies have been pushing for the right to run a brand new casino on the Athens seafront. Unfortunately, multiple delays have kept any company from obtaining a license to take control of this new gambling venue. This week, however, Mohegan Gaming was officially given permission to operate the new Athens casino. Mohegan Gaming And Entertainment

It’s fantastic news for this casino company, which has worked hard to expand overseas over the past few years. Today, we’re going to talk about the process to obtain the Greek gaming license. We’ll also look at some of Mohegan’s other big plans for 2020.

Let’s get into it!

The Long Road to Open Hellenikon Casino

Right now, officials in Greece are preparing to build the largest urban development project in Europe. This massive project, called Hellinikon, will replace the old Hellinikon airport that’s been out of use for nearly 20 years. The ultimate goal is to create a massive metropolitan area on the Athens waterfront.

It’s one of the most ambitious projects in Greece’s recent history. Unfortunately, it’s been a difficult process finding the right companies to help in the development of this new area. One major step was choosing a reliable casino operator to run the new gambling venue that will open within the metropolitan area.

For months, both Mohegan Gaming and Hard Rock International have pushed hard to run this new venue. These companies each own numerous properties throughout the United States. It was initially unclear which one would win the contract in Athens.

In October of 2019, Mohegan Gaming officially revealed its plans for this gambling venue. Company officials pledged to invest $8 billion into a massive casino-resort in Hellinikon. It will include a state-of-the-art casino, a luxury hotel, and a sports venue.

This week, Mohegan Gaming was finally given permission to operate the new Athens casino. It’s fantastic news for the company.

When Will the New Athens Casino Open to the Public?

Unfortunately, there’s still no clear answer on this. Mohegan Gaming’s approval for this project is just one of many steps that were needed in order to move things forward. Based on new reports, however, construction is likely to begin on the new Athens casino sometime early this year.

Adonis Georgiadis, Development Minister of the Hellinikon project, claims “The goal remains to have bulldozers at Hellinikon in early 2020.” That means real progress could be made on this casino before the end of the year. Exactly how long it will take to open is still unknown.

The project is expected to create more than 10,000 construction jobs and an additional 75,000 jobs after it’s opened. According to the project managers, Hellinikon will increase tourism to Athens by an astounding 10%.

That doesn’t mean issues can’t still arise, though. Hard Rock International may still appeal the Greek gambling regulator’s decision. If that happens, the project will once again be delayed.

For now, things are looking good. Construction is likely to begin soon and so far, Hard Rock has not announced they plan to fight the decision. We’ll need to wait and see how things move over the next few weeks.

Mohegan Gaming Continues to Push for Overseas Expansion

Today, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment is one of the most successful casino operators in the United States. As we’ve already mentioned, the company is now focused heavily on expansion overseas. Japan, in particular, is a country that Mohegan Gaming officials want to break into.

Japan legalized casino gambling in 2018, yet lawmakers here have yet to license any companies to begin offering casino games here. Reports indicate that it will become the third-largest casino market in the world. Obviously, nearly every major US casino operator is now interested in breaking into this country.

Mohegan Gaming is focused on opening a massive casino-resort in either Osaka or Hokkaido. As of now, it’s still unclear which companies will be approved to operate in Japan.

For now, Mohegan Gaming will be focused on the new Athens casino. It’s one of the company’s largest projects to date and will likely be one of its most profitable.

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

Will Tribal Gambling in Oklahoma Be Made Illegal in 2020?

For years, Oklahoma has boasted one of the largest Native American tribal casino markets in the world. A huge number of tribal casinos are operating here, yet they’re in danger of soon being banned. Many are now wondering whether or not tribal gambling in Oklahoma will be made illegal next year.

Governor Kevin Stitt

Oklahoma’s governor is making it clear that he’s against the gambling industry. Today, we’re going to look at exactly why casino gambling could be made illegal here. We’ll also talk about the chances of this happening in 2020.

Let’s get into it!

Oklahoma Lawmakers Continue to Fight With Tribes

As we just mentioned, Oklahoma has a long and rich history of gambling regulation. In the 1980s, lawmakers here began allowing horse race gambling and Class II casino gambling options. It was a major step forward, as in the past, state officials banned almost all forms of traditional gambling.

Unfortunately, these officials seemed unwilling to legalize real casino gambling. Class III games, which include table games and slot machines, were banned for years. In 2000, lawmakers here finally entered into negotiations with tribes over this subject.

In 2004, Class III gambling was officially legalized in Oklahoma. This breathed new life in the state’s gambling industry. Almost immediately after this legalization, a huge number of tribes began immediately pushing to open new gambling venues. Online casinos in Oklahoma remain unregulated but are hugely popular.

The state began benefiting from this industry right away. Hundreds of millions of dollars started flowing into the state. These casinos attracted many visitors from nearby states such as Texas.

Unfortunately, Governor Kevin Stitt may end up killing the state’s gambling industry. Tribal gambling in Oklahoma could actually become illegal soon.

Kevin Stitt is Fighting Against Tribal Gambling in Oklahoma

Native American tribes in Oklahoma have been fighting with certain state lawmakers for months. It all stems from a disagreement with the state’s gambling compacts. Initially, the state granted tribes here a 15-year contract to offer Class III gambling options.

Under this contract, the tribes agreed to pay the state a certain amount of their revenue via taxes. The 15-year contracts are now expired, and Kevin Stitt believes that it’s time to renegotiate the terms of the agreement. The tribes in this state disagree.

It’s become a serious issue. Tribal leaders are under the impression that the 15-year agreement auto-renews. They are continuing to operate in the same way they have for the past decade and a half.

Stitt wants to see the tribes start paying more money to the state. Until this happens, he argues, these tribes are operating illegally. It’s a complicated issue with no real end in sight.

Not long ago, it appeared that the tribes and lawmakers were ready to negotiate. Unfortunately, these negotiations seem to have fallen through. Now, many of these tribes here are taking legal action against Governor Stitt.

Tribes Officially Sue Kevin Stitt Over Casino Dispute

Kevin Stitt isn’t backing down. He maintains that the state deserves more money from its legal casino gambling options. To their credit, the tribes aren’t backing down, either.

This week, the three most powerful tribes in the state officially filed a lawsuit against Governor Stitt. The Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw tribes are all taking legal action against the governor for not renewing the gambling compacts. The tribes all claim that they’ve met all the requirements to obtain new gambling licenses.

Chuck Hoskin, the Cherokee Nation Chief, commented on why these lawsuits are now taking place.

“For some time, we have tried to establish meaningful intergovernmental engagement regarding our gaming compacts, but you have continued to reject our compacts’ plain terms,” he said. “Recently, you have gone further, stating allegations against us and threats to our operations.”

Stitt is telling the media that he’s still open to negotiations. Until this takes place, he maintains that Class III gambling is illegal here.

Tribal gambling in Oklahoma is still available, despite its legality sitting in a grey area. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this situation over the next few months!

How Long Will Smoking in California Casinos Be Allowed?

California is home to a huge number of popular Native American tribal casinos. At the moment, these gambling venues are some of the only enclosed areas where smoking is permitted in the state. Many are now beginning to question how long smoking in California casinos will be allowed. California

It’s a complicated issue. On one hand, the ability to smoke is attractive to many gamblers. On the other, it’s damaging the health of casino workers.

Let’s look at what exactly is going on here.

California Continues to Implement New Smoking Laws

The state of California is known for having some of the strictest smoking laws in the country. It’s not entirely surprising. Smoking has been banned inside most establishments here for many years. As we’ve already mentioned, only casinos still allow patrons to smoke indoors.

It seems like every few months, a new smoking law is introduced in California. Many of these new laws have to do with vaping. Underage vaping is becoming a serious issue around the country. Never before have so many young people become addicted to nicotine.

Juul, the makers of the most popular electronic cigarette devices in the US, is at the center of major controversy. Not long ago, officials in San Francisco, where the company is based, banned all Juul products. Some feel a state-wide ban is on the horizon.

In October, lawmakers in California also decided to ban smoking and vaping at all state beaches. This ban applies to state parks, as well. Some were quick to push against this new law. Others felt it would help to crack down on underage smoking.

Smoking in California casinos is still permitted. Still, many are now calling for this to become banned. Based on new reports on the impact of smoking on Las Vegas casino workers, this may actually come to fruition.

Smoking in California Casinos May Soon Become Banned

There are a huge number of land-based casinos in California. This is all thanks to the US Supreme Court approving the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. It’s a federal law allowing Native American tribes to operate gambling venues on sovereign land.

These casinos have escaped several regulations over the years. They are able to implement laws that are not permitted in other parts of the state. This is especially true with laws on smoking.

The times may be changing, though. Not long ago, a report detailed the health effects that second-hand smoking has on casino workers in Las Vegas. According to the report, many of these workers are now suffering from life-threatening ailments.

It’s a troubling finding that may lead to major change. In California, where smoking is becoming more and more taboo, casinos may be forced to ban it. Tribal leaders are likely to push against this for as long as possible. Smoking in California casinos helps to bring in a huge number of tourists.

Narinder Dhaliwal, director of California’s Clean Air Project, believes it’s time for this ban to be implemented. She also recognizes that it could potentially have an impact on their revenue.

“These are businesses, and even though smoking is a public health issue near and dear to our hearts, we also have to remember that they have to consider the economic impact on the tribe,” Dhaliwal said.

Las Vegas Remains the Smoking Hub Of the Country

In time, it’s likely that smoking will be banned inside these gambling venues. California is working hard to cut down on all rates of smoking. It will ultimately be up to gamblers and casinos to make this ban a reality.

In case this happens, smokers in California can still find refuge in Las Vegas. This city is home to many of the country’s best casino-resorts. In almost all of them, smoking is still permitted.

There are even a huge number of fantastic bars that allow smoking in Las Vegas. Some are small, quaint bars for cigar smokers. Others are large, grandiose cocktail bars that still allow customers to light up.

Bronson Frick, director of advocacy for Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, claims that many workers are calling for smoking in California to become banned.

“The casino workforce is the job sector most exposed to cigarette smoke in the U.S.,” he said.

Only time will tell when a ban like this will be implemented. We’ll also need to wait and see how this new rule would impact the casino’s revenue.

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

DraftKings is Going Public – Is it a Smart Decision?

DraftKings is one of the country’s biggest daily fantasy sports and sports gambling operators. Over the past few years, this company has gone through several major changes. This week, news reports began claiming that DraftKings is going public.DraftKings Logo

It’s surprising news. DraftKings is hugely popular, yet it’s struggled to turn a profit over the years. Today, we’re going to talk about whether or not the decision to go public is a good one.

Let’s get into it!

History of DraftKings

In the 2000s, several sports fans began to realize that daily fantasy sports could be offered throughout the US. Unlike sports betting, which is considered a game of chance, daily fantasy sports is technically a game of skill. That made it legal in almost every state, despite it acting as a form of sports wagering.

In 2009, FanDuel launched. In 2012, DraftKings officially began operating, as well. That same year, DraftKings company received millions of dollars in outside funding.

Over the next few years, DraftKings began to expand around the country. In 2013, it paid more than $50 million in winnings to players. It also claimed to have 50,000 active users.

By 2015, the company was valued at $250 million. Unfortunately, DraftKings began facing legal trouble in several states. New York famously banned the DFS operator, claiming that it violated the state’s constitution.

After PASPA was struck down in 2018, DraftKings began breaking into the traditional sports betting industry. Today, this company is offering sports betting odds in several states.

This week, news came out that DraftKings is going public. It’s a major gamble for the company. Will it pay off?

Here’s Why DraftKings is Going Public

The US sports betting industry has never been stronger. This is all thanks to PASPA being removed. Now, every state in the country has the ability to set its own laws on sports betting. 21 states have already legalized this popular form of gambling.

The US now has the hottest new sports betting market in the world. As a result, a huge number of companies are working to offer sports gambling options in different states. DraftKings is one of these companies.

In order for a company to break into this industry, it needs considerable funding. This is a major reason why DraftKings is going public. The company plans to merge with two different companies. Afterward, the combined companies are expected to have a market value of $3.3 billion.

DraftKings claims it will have more than $500 in unrestricted cash.

Jason Robbins, co-founder and CEO of DraftKings, will lead the merged companies. He commented on his plans to the media this week.

“The goal is really to be the only company in the world that is focused primarily on the U.S. market,” Mr. Robins said. 

Going Public is a Major Gamble For DraftKings

Anytime a company goes public, it’s a gamble. DraftKings is taking a slightly different approach than most do. Instead of an IPO, DraftKings is going public through its merger with a special purpose acquisition company.

Jason Robbins also spoke with Yahoo Finance about this decision.

“We had three objectives we were trying to solve for. First was, we wanted to complete the purchase of SB Tech, which required some cash,” he said. “Second is that we wanted to raise additional capital to pursue state launches for all these new states that are legalizing online sports betting. And third, we wanted to get public. And this allowed us to do all three in the same transaction. We’re going public at a time when the sports betting industry in the U.S. is hopefully at the very early stages of taking off, so it gives public investors a real opportunity to ride that growth.” 

That certainly makes sense. The only problem is that DraftKings has struggled to earn a profit over the years. Tough regulations on a state level have made things very difficult for the company.

If more states choose to legalize this industry, the decision will certainly pay off. Robbins believes this will be the case. If, somehow the government changes its stance, then going public may ultimately prove to be the wrong decision.

DraftKings is going public in early 2020. We’ll need to wait and see just how smart this decision is in the long-run.

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

$24 Million Room Renovations at Harrah’s AC Are Set to Begin

Atlantic City has grown to become one of the country’s top gambling destinations. It’s home to several popular casino-resorts, including Harrah’s. This week, company officials announced an incredible $24 million plan for room renovations at Harrah’s AC. Harrah's Atlantic City Casino

It’s exciting news for fans of this hotel. Many have called for renovations over the past few years. Today, we’re going to talk about what will be changing here. We’ll also look at how the city is performing heading into 2020.

Let’s get into it!

Atlantic City’s Revenue Surges in Q3 of 2019

About a decade ago, Atlantic City was struggling to generate any money. The recession had taken a massive toll on the casinos operating in the city. Very few individuals were gambling here and as a result, many of the hotel-casinos were forced to permanently close their doors.

Things have completely changed over the past few years. Now, Atlantic City is one of the country’s top gambling destinations. It’s attracting visitors from around the country and most of the hotel-casinos here are now highly profitable.

For most of the year, gambling revenue has increased here. This was especially true in 2019’s Q3. Over those three months, gross profit from the city’s casinos increased to $26.5 million. This represents a massive 12.5% increase from the same period in 2018.

Borgata Casino continues to generate the most money here. In Q3, it earned $210,141,863. That’s more than double what the second-highest earner in the city, Hard Rock Atlantic City, brought in.

Harrah’s Atlantic City stands as a middle-of-the-pack casino in terms of revenue. This week, owners of this property announced a massive new renovation project.

Room Renovations at Harrah’s AC Will Soon Begin

Harrah’s Atlantic City first opened to the public in 1980. Since that time, the hotel-casino has undergone several renovation projects. Unfortunately, improving the conditions of the rooms hasn’t been a major focus point for the owners.

This week, officials in the company announced an incredible $24 million project. The money will go towards room renovations at Harrah’s AC. 416 of the rooms in the hotel’s Marina Tower will be redesigned and upgraded.

The project comes alongside a massive $300 million investment project by Caesars Entertainment, which controls Harrah’s. Ron Baumann, regional president of Caesars, recently commented on the renovation project to the media.

“We are thrilled to introduce our new Laguna Tower to our guests in 2020, which will complete over $86 million in upgrades to our rooms and suites within the last three years,” he said. 

If all goes according to plan, these plans will be completed in the early part of 2020. Hopefully, the room renovations at Harrah’s AC help to bring in more gamblers and increase the casino’s revenue.

Sports Betting Revenue Continues to Grow in Atlantic City

New Jersey was instrumental in getting the Supreme Court to strike down PASPA. Immediately after this decision, sports betting became legal throughout the state. Today, each of the casinos in Atlantic City operates both land-based and online sportsbooks.

Since becoming legal, sports betting revenue in the city has increased. Many of the casinos here are now working to improve their sportsbooks.

In September, Both Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International opened brand new sportsbooks in the city. Caesars opened its new sportsbook inside Bally’s. It’s more than 15,000 square feet and features one of the biggest sports screens in the city.

MGM opened its new Atlantic City sportsbook in the Borgata.

The $24 million room renovations at Harrah’s AC are expected to be fantastic. We’ll need to wait a few months to see exactly what comes here.

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

New Sportsbook Space Opens at Rivers Casino in Illinois

Sportsbook Room Tv Screens

On Friday, the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois, opened its first sportsbook. The problem is that the casino is still awaiting approval on the state to start accepting bets.

The BetRivers SportsBar opened a nearly 5,000-square foot space at the casino property on Friday near the main gambling floor. However, patrons will not be permitted to place bets at the venue until state regulators give them the green light to do so.

Awaiting Approval from Illinois Gaming Board

Rush Street Gaming and Churchill Downs Inc., the companies in charge of the casino property, are waiting for the Illinois Gaming Board to release new rules and regulations regarding sports betting. The companies are also waiting for the board to start releasing sports betting licenses, which will cost $10 million to obtain. We could see all of this happen after the board’s next meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, December 19.

The sparkling new sports bar features a massive 47-foot ultra LED video wall with an adjustable screen that can display as many as 27 different sporting events at the same time. There are 14 additional televisions situated throughout the lounge with 32 leather lounge seats and a full-service bar. More than 24 bar seats have their own gambling touch screens, as well. There are 10 86-inch televisions and 4 more 75-inch screens lining the walls.

The new bar occupies the space that formerly housed the Cube nightclub and special events lounge. Casino officials wanted the bar to be ready before regulators issued the updated rules and regulations. Casino officials released renderings of the bar, but photographs are prohibited as of now due to the gaming board’s rules.

There is extra space for 5 betting windows with a separate betting kiosk. Walls on both sides of the bar have been equipped with the proper wiring for the odds boards to be turned on once officials grant the casino the right to start offering sports bets.

Customers Eager for Sports Betting

Corey Wise, the general manager of Rivers Casino, told the Daily Herald, “We want to be prepared and primed once we know what the Illinois regulatory requirements are. We’re ready to go once the state is ready to go.”

Customers are chomping at the bit to be able to place bets in the sparkling new lounge. Wise added that someone played the first slot in the new space less than a minute after it opened for the first time. Another patron inquired about when sports betting will be available shortly thereafter.

In November, Rivers Casino became the first in Illinois to be granted approval from the state’s gaming board to offer land-based gambling. Rivers subsequently installed 115 slot machines throughout the site. The casino, which opened its doors for the first time in 2011 as a riverboat. However, Illinois subsequently struck down the water requirement, which opened up the possibility for 6 new casinos across the state.

There are currently plans to install more slots at the property near the main entrance. The updated law gives Rivers the opportunity to add more slots and table games, and plans to expand the building are currently in development. Wise said it’s still too early to say how large the potential expansion would be, or even where on the existing space it would be located.

However, construction has already gotten underway to add another 750 parking spaces in a new 1,550-space parking garage expansion adjacent to the property. That expansion will cost about $24 million and is due to be completed sometime in the summer of 2020.

Illinois voted to approve the legalization and regulation of sports betting back in June.

FanDuel Agrees to Sponsor 2 Pennsylvania Sportsbooks

FanDuel Logo

Cordish Companies has tapped FanDuel as its sports betting partner for the pair of Live! casino properties in Pennsylvania. Both casino properties are currently under construction with plans to open their doors for the first time sometime next year.

The deal with FanDuel will bring both sports betting and daily fantasy sports experiences to the brand-new casinos. One Live! Casino & Hotel is slated to open in Philadelphia, with the other in Westmoreland County.

The partnership is also designed so that both parties can explore potential expansion into other states in which sports betting is legal. The two already have plans to do business together in Maryland and Washington DC, and further expansion is expected as sports betting becomes legal in more and more states in the months and years to come.

FanDuel’s Pennsylvania Dominance

FanDuel entered the Pennsylvania sports betting market for the first time last spring when the company launched a land-based sportsbook at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia. FanDuel’s mobile sports betting app went online in Pennsylvania in July.

The popularity of sports betting in the Keystone State has predictably gained steam over the last few months. The state’s sports betting handle was up by about 24 percent in the month of October with about $241 million in revenue. Further growth was expected in November, though the official numbers have yet to be released to the public.

FanDuel dominated the online space. The daily fantasy sports giant accounted for just under $114 million in online revenue in October, which blew every other service out of the water. Rivers Philadelphia generated about $30 million in online handle, which ranked second in Pennsylvania. Rivers Pittsburgh was at $26.6 million, while Parx ($18.4 million) and FOX Bet ($9.7 million) rounded out the list.

Statements

Joseph Weinberg, Principal of The Cordish Companies, said that the opportunity to partner with FanDuel will “bring our customers the premier sports betting experience in the country.”

Matt King, the CEO of FanDuel Group, issued a statement that said, “With ten decades of experience, The Cordish Companies have created the model for world-class integrated sports, gaming, entertainment, and hospitality destinations” and that this new partnership allows his company to “capitalize on the incredible success of sports betting to date and bring FanDuel’s top sports betting operations to Cordish destinations across the United States.”

Property Details

The Cordish Companies recently hosted a topping off ceremony at the Live! Casino & Hotel property in Philadelphia that is currently under construction. The venue is situated near most of the city’s major professional sports venues, including the Prudential Center (Flyers, 76ers), Citizens Bank Park (Phillies) and Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles).

This was a desired location for the casino considering all 4 teams combine to bring out about 8.5 million fans on an annual basis. The casino will surely benefit from that hefty foot traffic. Live! Hotel & Casino Philadelphia will include over 1.5 million square feet of gaming space, and the casino will feature over 2,200 slot machines and 150 table games. The FanDuel Sportsbook will be situated near the 12-story hotel with a number of food and beverage locations, as well. A new parking facility will accompany the structure, as well.

The Cordish Companies’ casino property in Westmoreland County officially broke ground in November. The Live! Casino will cost about $150 million to build, and it will be located right next to the Westmoreland Mall near Hempfield Township. That space occupies 1.3 million square feet. In addition to around 750 slots and 30 table games, this property will feature a FanDuel Sportsbook of its own with several dining outlets and entertainment venues.

No official opening date has been set for either property, but it is believed that the Philadelphia casino will be the first to open.

Sports Betting at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is Finally Here!

New York officially legalized sports betting earlier this year. In July, the first legal sports wagers were placed here inside Rivers Casino. Sports betting at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is now up and running, too!

Flag Of New York

It’s great news for sports fans in the Buffalo area. Today, we’re going to look at why it took so long for this casino to launch its sportsbook. We’ll also look at how the sports gambling industry is performing in New York right now.

Let’s get into it!

New York Continues to Expand its Sports Gambling Operations

Prior to the Supreme Court striking down PASPA, not may predicted that New York would ever legalize sports betting. In fact, lawmakers here seemed determined to shut down any forms of sports wagering here. Even daily fantasy sports was prohibited in this state!

New York was one of the few states to ban offshore online sportsbooks, as well. Most states without a regulated sports betting market simple turn their heads away from the betting sites based overseas. New York was active in banning them.

Once PASPA was removed, lawmakers here seemed to change their tune. New Jersey allowed sports betting and was earning millions of dollars a month from the industry. It was so popular in this state that many New Yorkers were crossing the border into New Jersey to place sports bets.

Now, sports betting is completely legal throughout the state. Most of the casinos here, the majority of which are located in the upstate area, offer sports gambling options.

There was even an attempt to make online sports betting legal in New York. Unfortunately, the bill was stalled in mid-2019. Hope is that it’s resumed again in 2020.

This week, one of the most popular gambling venues in the upstate area officially launched its sportsbook.

Sports Betting at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is Now Available

Buffalo is known for having one of the most passionate sporting fan bases in the country. Bills fans regularly make headlines for their antics. Unfortunately, there were very few options to make sports bets in this area.

That is no longer the case. This week, sports betting at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is becoming available. This signals a larger move for Seneca Gaming Corporation to break into the lucrative sports gambling market.

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is the first of the company’s three regional properties to open a sportsbook. Rickey Armstrong Jr, president of the Seneca Nation of Indians, is set to make the first legal sports wager in the casino today.

That’s not all. Soon, sports betting will become available at both the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls and Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca.

All traditional forms of sports gambling are set to become available in this gambling venues. This includes betting on the NFL, NHL, NBA, and even collegiate sports. If you’re in Buffalo, make sure to check out the new sportsbook operating here!

NY’s Sports Gambling Revenue Drops in November

New York isn’t home to the most lucrative sports betting market in the country. That’s surprising to some, considering the state’s massive population. For several reasons, this industry just hasn’t taken off here.

In November, sports betting revenue in this state dropped by nearly 41%. New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) officially revealed November’s revenue earnings this week.

New York’s four commercial sportsbooks generated $1.3m in gross gaming revenue in November. This represents a 40.9% revenue drop from the month of October.

Rivers Casino in Schenectady was the most successful casino in terms of sports betting. Resorts World Catskills in Monticello came second, generating $549,230 in sports gambling revenue.

Sports betting at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is finally here. Hopefully, this venue manages to generate more money than the other casinos in the state.

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

Michigan’s Online Gambling Laws Are Set to Change Dramatically

For years, certain lawmakers in Michigan have been working to make sports gambling legal. This week, it appears these efforts are finally paying off. Michigan’s online gambling laws are set to change in a major way.

Michigan State Flag

Several new forms of gambling are going to become legal here. It’s extremely exciting news for both casino and sports betting fans around the state. Today, we’re looking at exactly what’s coming here.

Let’s get into it!

Gambling Laws in Michigan, Explained

Michigan is thought of today as a very gambling-friendly state. This wasn’t always the case, though. For many years, lawmakers here only allowed Class II tribal casinos to operate. Eventually, a bill was approved to allow Class III gambling establishments.

This completely revamped the state’s gaming industry. Before long, 19 fully-operational tribal casinos began operating here. They’re hugely popular with both locals and residents of nearby states where casino gambling is banned.

Laws towards online gambling were much more ambiguous here. The legality of online casino gambling and internet sports betting seemed to lie in a grey area. Despite this fact, many individuals continued to make wagers online. Lawmakers realized the state was earning no revenue from these markets and decided it was time for a change.

In 2017, officials presented a bill to make sports gambling legal and regulated. It was nearly approved in 2018 before a veto from the Governor.

Fortunately, things are moving ahead as originally planned. The House Committee approved new measures in September. It appears that Michigan’s online gambling laws are now set to change.

Michigan’s Online Gambling Laws Are About Change

As we just mentioned, lawmakers in Michigan very nearly approved sports betting in 2018. Unfortunately, Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed the bill at the last minute. This week, a package of bills is once again being presented to the Governor and this time, it seems highly unlikely she’ll put up any resistance.

Michigan’s Senate Regulatory Reform Committee voted unanimously to approve the bill. State officials agree to the proposed tax bracket for both sports betting and online casino gambling. At the moment, sports betting operators will be taxed at 8.4%. Internet casino operators face a tax between 20% and 28%.

This package of bills also lays out plans to regulate and tax the daily fantasy sports industry.

The majority of revenue earned from this industry will go to help fund schools and other social programs. Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., a democrat that supports the changes to Michigan’s online gambling laws, commented on the timeline to the media this week.

“The intention is to get this to the governor’s desk and have votes today,” he said. “It makes us like a lot of other states.”

That’s certainly true. More than 20 states have already approved sports gambling legislation. Most of these states have their sports betting operations up and running. If all goes according to plan, Michigan will join these states by the end of the week.

More States Likely to Legalize Sports Betting in 2020

Michigan’s online gambling laws are changing in a major way. Soon, both online casino gambling sports betting will be available to residents. This is far from the only state making changes, though. It’s likely that many more states change their laws in 2020.

Lawmakers around the country are simply realizing how much money can be earned with gambling expansion. New Jersey, which was one of the first states to allow both online sports betting and casino gambling, is now earning millions of dollars every month by taxing this industry.

Even small states such as Rhode Island are earning an impressive amount of money thanks to the legalization of sports betting.

Several states are on-track to legalize sports betting next year. Many believe that Massachusetts is heading in this direction. This state is well-known for having one of the most passionate sporting fan bases in the country. The legalization of sports betting here would likely bring in major revenue earnings each year.

Some believe California has a chance to legalize this industry, as well. Unfortunately, lawmakers are in a legal quarrel with Native American tribes over the matter.

Michigan’s online gambling laws will completely change this week. Gambling fans are about to have a whole new list of options to make wagers.

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

Terry Glebocki is Named CEO Of Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort

Atlantic City’s casino industry is thriving right now. The majority of gambling venues in the city are experiencing revenue increases almost every single month. This week, Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort officially hired Terry Glebocki as its new CEO.Ocean Resort Sign

It’s a huge move for this casino operator. It’s now one of the few major gambling companies in the US with a woman as its leader. Let’s look at what led to this decision.

Gambling Revenue Continues to Surge in Atlantic City

We’ve reported on the surge in gambling revenue in Atlantic City for years. Throughout almost all of 2019, casinos in this city have seen their earnings increase. Much of this can be attributed to the legalization of sports betting.

New Jersey was instrumental in getting the Supreme Court to strike down PASPA. Almost immediately afterward, lawmakers in this state began allowing sports gambling to take place. Every casino in Atlantic City now operates a land-based and online sportsbook.

The ability to place sports wagers is attracting a huge number of gamblers to Atlantic City. It’s helped to boost casino revenue, too.

Recently, the state’s gambling commission released the quarter-three revenue earnings. Incredibly, gross profit over these three months increased by an astounding 12.5%. The nine casinos in Atlantic City generated $928.9 million over this quarter.

Things aren’t slowing down here. Even during the winter months, Atlantic City is bringing in a huge number of gamblers.

Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort Hires Terry Glebocki as CEO

It’s well-known that the vast majority of leaders in the US casino industry are men. This week, however, Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort officially hired Terry Glebocki as its new CEO. Glebocki has years of experience in the industry and is an exciting new addition to Ocean Resort’s company.

Interestingly, Terry has served in an interim position since August. Initially, it was unclear whether or not she would maintain that position in years to come. It seems that the company enjoys her leadership style and has decided to make Glebocki the official CEO.

The new CEO commented on the news to the media this week.

“I’m so excited about this,” she said. “I like to think that I’m qualified for this job, whether I’m a man or a woman. But I do think I bring a different perspective to things. I like when there’s diversity in the team.”

Over the years, Terry Glebocki has worked for both Tropicana Entertainment and Trump Entertainment Resorts. She also served as CFO of Revel, which Ocean Resort eventually took control of. As a former accountant, Terry feels confident in her ability to control the casino-resort’s finances.

“I’m a detail-oriented person,” she said. “I look just as closely at a $1,000 expenditure as I do at a $1 million expenditure.” 

Hope is that the company’s new CEO can help to improve things over the next decade.

Ocean Resort Begins to See Revenue Increases

For months, Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort was one of the lowest-earning gambling venues in Atlantic City. Its location in the North Beach area of the city made it slightly less desirable than other casinos here. Recently, however, Ocean Resort has been generating more revenue than several of its competitors.

This was certainly the case in October. Reports from the NJ Gambling Commission show that Ocean Resort generated $18,427,671 that month. In terms of slot revenue, it was one of the city’s top earners.

It’s fantastic news for this resort, which at one point looked to be on the brink of collapse. Even the casino’s sportsbook is managing to generate impressive revenue figures.

Many are excited to see how Terry Glebocki’s role as CEO affects the casino-resort. Her years of experience in the casino industry should help to make things even better. Perhaps in time, Ocean Resort will be seen as one of the best venues in New Jersey.

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