Legal Atlantic City Sports Betting Sets Records As Casinos Continue To Struggle

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Atlantic City’s sports betting and online gambling numbers continue to make up for the decline in the revenue of the city’s nine brick and mortar casinos.

Atlantic City casinos reported a year over year decrease of 8% in Gaming wins for the month of October. However, online gaming revenue increased by more than 106% last month, contributing a total of $93.45M to the total monthly revenue of the industry. The total gaming revenue for the month of October, per the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, was $304M.

Atlantic City Casino Control Commission chairman James Plousis gave credit to the gambling industry’s October 2020 performance during these difficult times. Said Plousis:

“During this time, Atlantic City continues to show resilience in the face of necessary and ongoing restrictions on capacity, amenities and entertainment.”

Impact of the Pandemic

The decrease in the revenue from table games and slot machines shows the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Atlantic City casinos. These brick and mortar gambling places were forced to close for 107 days beginning March 16th. They were allowed to reopen in early July but the capacity limitations, travel restrictions, and national recession have resulted in the decline of casino win in every month.

Atlantic City casinos reported $186.1M in casino win for October 2020. That amount is short of at least $16M from the total for October 2019. Of the nine Atlantic City casinos, only the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Ocean Casino Resort, reported an increase in casino win for October 2020.

Through the first 10 months of 2020, the total gaming revenue and casino win have decreased by 23% and 46% respectively, compared to the same period last year. With two months left in the year, it’s unlikely that this year’s revenue will match 2019’s high of $3.29B in total casino industry gaming revenue.

Sports Betting Sets Records

While Atlantic City casino revenues continue to struggle, AC’s sports betting industry continues to set records. Sports gamblers wagered a record $803M during the month of October. These included bets placed at brick and mortar casinos, Atlantic City online gambling sites, and the city’s three racetracks.

Legal Atlantic City sports betting benefited from the MLB’s World Series and the NBA Finals which were both held last month. Likewise, the the NFL and NCAA college football started their respective seasons in October. As a result, October’s monthly handle easily bested the previous record of $748.6M set in September 2020.

New Jersey’s sportsbooks have taken nearly $4.1B in legal sports bets on a year to date basis. This has put the Atlantic City sports betting market on pace to break Nevada’s single-year record of $5.3M in sports wagers made .

Atlantic City Casino Restaurants are Ordered to Shift Hours

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The US casino industry continues to get hit with tough regulations. Most recently, state officials in New Jersey have begun setting new rules towards the casinos in Atlantic City. Moving forward, Atlantic City casino restaurants will need to close their indoor operations by 10 pm every night.

It’s a tough blow for these venues. Fortunately, the state isn’t requiring a complete shutdown. Today, we’re going to talk about why these new rules are being set in place.

Let’s get into it!

Sports Betting Remains Hugely Profitable for New Jersey

Many credit New Jersey with helping to revolutionize the US sports betting industry. Almost immediately after PASPA was struck down back in 2018, this state officially legalized and regulated this industry. It’s already proving to be hugely profitable for the state.

We’ve been covering the growing sports betting revenue figures in New Jersey for months. To the surprise of many, these figures have increased throughout 2020. The sportsbooks here have seen their handle hit all-time records in both August and September.

It’s fantastic news for the state. New Jersey taxes sports betting revenue at 8.5% for land-based bets, and 13% for online sports wagers. As more revenue comes in, the state earns more money via taxes. This money goes to fund various public projects.

NFL betting is helping to fuel much of this revenue increase. We’re now in week 10 of the regular season. A huge amount of money is being placed on the regular-season games every single week.

Sports betting has helped to lessen the blow that casinos are feeling this year. As many already know, casino revenue has been much lower in 2020 than it was last year. No one can accurately say when land-based casinos will begin seeing their revenue figures reach pre-pandemic levels.

This week, a new regulation was announced that could have an effect on tourism rates in Atlantic City.

Gov. Murphy Orders Atlantic City Casino Restaurants to Change Hours

New Jersey was one of the worst-affected states from the pandemic early on. For months, nearly the entire state went into lockdown in an attempt to lower infection numbers. This proved to be devastating for Atlantic City and the thousands of individuals employed here.

Finally, in July, Governor Murphy gave the green light for the casinos in this city to begin operating again. As the weeks went on, more of the gambling properties began opening their doors. Today, all of New Jersey’s casinos are operational again.

Unfortunately, New Jersey has once again begun seeing a large spike in Covid-19 cases. As a result, the Governor has been forced to implement heavier restrictions. News has just broken that, beginning on Thursday, all Atlantic City casino restaurants will need to close their indoor operations by 10 pm.

This could affect tourism rates into the city. Many complain this measure does not make sense given the relatively low infection rates in Atlantic City. The Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey offered a statement on this new measure to the media this week.

“The CCSNJ respects Gov. Murphy’s decision to enact additional restrictions as the state again sees COVID-19 cases rise. However, the CCSNJ is disappointed that the governor has once again taken a statewide, one-size-fits-all approach, refusing to consider the vast disparities in health metrics throughout different geographical areas of the state,” the statement said. “The health and safety of New Jersey residents should always be the first priority, but there is no harm in assessing the data and making smart health and economic decisions that do not treat every area of the state similarly when the health data supports that approach.”

Casinos may be thankful that another shutdown wasn’t ordered. For now, these venues can continue operating at limited capacity. We’ll offer more updates on the situation here over the next few weeks.

Are More Regulations Coming to Las Vegas?

In some ways, Las Vegas has been the city hardest-hit by the pandemic. So much of the economy here relies on tourism. Even today, tourism numbers are down considerably from what they were in 2019.

The casino companies operating here are certainly feeling the effects. Many have been forced to lay off thousands of employees. Some, including Encore Las Vegas, have started changing their operating hours as a way to save money.

Many fear that new regulations will soon be announced here. Infection rates have been increasing in recent weeks. State leaders will need to weigh the pros and cons of implementing health protocols.

Doing so could prove devastating for the gambling and tourism industry in Las Vegas. We’ll need to wait and see what ends up taking place in this city. Hopefully, the casinos can remain open while keeping things as safe as possible for employees and patrons.

Beginning on Thursday, all Atlantic City casino restaurants will need to stop operating indoors at 10 pm. This measure will remain in place until further notice.

Are you surprised to see more regulations set in place in New Jersey? Do you think this new rule will affect tourism here? Let us know in the comments section below!

Twin River Pledges $90M For Rehab of Bally’s Atlantic City

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The Rhode Island company which is buying the worst-performing Atlantic City casino has pledged to upgrade the property and beef up its current offerings.

During a public hearing before the Casino Control Commission last Wednesday, Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. committed to spending $90M over the next five years to rehabilitate Bally’s Atlantic City and make it competitive again.

Twin River is requesting for an interim casino authorization, a preliminary regulatory procedure before the granting of a full casino license, to operate Bally’s Atlantic City. The Rhode Island company, which will be changing its name to Bally’s on November 9th, agreed to purchase the casino hotel property from Caesars Entertainment Inc. and VICI Properties for $25M.

Said, Marc Crisafaulli, Twin Rivers executive vice president of strategic development and government relations:

“We want to make sure Bally’s is competitive again and return it to its former glory. We’re committed to making it a signature property again, right at the center of the Boardwalk. We know it’s going to take a lot of time, effort and investment.”

Expanding the Atlantic City Market

At Wednesday’s hearing, Executives from Twin River highlighted several key areas for the development plan for Bally’s. These include a partnership with FanDuel for a permanent sportsbook which will be opened in March, the renovation of more than 900 hotel rooms, creation of 30-40 mini-suites, and a brand new restaurant with bar which will be completed by summer.

Twin River CEO and President George Papanier also addressed the issue of a re-launched Bally’s hurting the other Atlantic City casinos. Papanier assured the Commission that it would be using its existing customer database from the New England, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia regions to expand AC’s gambling market.

Dead Last Among Nine AC Casinos

Bally’s Atlantic City was the third Atlantic City casino to open in 1979 and once led the market. But it has seen a steady decline and the last years have not been kind to it as Bally’s as it currently ranks dead last among the nine Atlantic City casinos in terms of revenue wins from gamblers. Bally’s Atlantic City has reported a win of $72M for the period January to September 2020. In contrast, AC’s top performing casino, the Borgata, has posted a $373M win over the same period.

Twin River initially planned to invest $56M in Bally’s but during Wednesday’s statement, it revealed that the amount has been increased to $90M. According to its Chief Finance Officer Stephen Capp, Twin Rivers has close to half-a-billion dollars worth of liquidity to draw upon.

Atlantic City Casinos Tell Governor: We Need Conventions

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A group composed of local officials, casino executives, and labor unions have asked Gov. Phil Murphy to ease restrictions on indoor gatherings so that conventions, meetings, and trade shows can resume in Atlantic City and so restaurants can accommodate more customers.

According to the group, if the current restrictions will be retained, businesses will incur significant losses, more jobs could be lost, and the economy will take longer to recover.

Said Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and John Armato in a letter to the Governor:

“Without the convention and meeting industry, the negative economic impact to both large and small businesses, including lost wages, will be devastating to the market and residents of Atlantic City and Atlantic County,”

Added Mark Gianntonio, President and CEO of Resorts Casino Hotel:

“The casino industry has developed the most stringent health and safety protocols with the guidance of top healthcare experts. We have successfully and safely welcomed back indoor dining, and now is the time to begin to safely welcome back the convention and meeting business.”

Time of the Year For Conventions

November is traditionally the the time of year when Atlantic City is busy hosting multi-day conventions, bringing in thousands of visitors who would stay in hotels, patronize local restaurants and shops, and even finding their way to Atlantic City casinos. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, conventions are still prohibited right now.

On a normal year, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities’ and New Jersey Education Association would be in AC holding their conventions this month. However, they have resorted to holding virtual conventions due to the pandemic. Those are just the tip of the iceberg.

Lost Economic Activity

According to an estimate from Meet AC, the sales and marketing organization of AC’s resorts, more than $182M in economic activity has been lost up to last week from cancelled conventions and meetings this year. This figure does not even include the canceled events at the casinos and the $112M that Atlantic City casinos lost during their forced closure from March to June this year.

The resorts have struggled with the 25% restriction in their properties and the total absence of conventions. Casino gaming has not returned to pre-pandemic figures mainly due to the restriction of travel and fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Because of this, Atlantic City casinos have been forced to cut jobs to mitigate losses. Last month, Atlantic City’s casinos reported a net decrease of 17.5% in employment versus 2019 figures.

Lucky Gambler Hits Massive Jackpot at Hard Rock Atlantic City

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New Jersey’s casino industry is gradually improving as the months go on. Many are now heading to the casinos in Atlantic City to test their luck at the slots and table games. Today, news broke of one lucky player hitting a massive jackpot at Hard Rock Atlantic City.

This is likely one of the biggest casino jackpots hit in New Jersey this year. Today, we’ll take a look at how it was won. We’ll also talk about how Atlantic City is faring so far this year.

Let’s get into it!

Online Casino Gambling Grows More Popular Around the US

The US casino industry remains in a difficult position. Most casinos in the country are now open, yet many are seeing massive revenue losses this year. Certain states are faring better than others, though.

It’s no surprise that most are focused on the success of Nevada. This state remains the biggest gambling destination in the world. Cities like Las Vegas are now working hard to attract new players, yet tourism rates and casino revenue remains far lower this year than it was in 2019.

Some states’ casino industries are doing great, though. Colorado reopened its casinos back in May. Some that time, revenue from the industry has increased with each passing month. Sports betting revenue is surging here, too.

All land-based casinos are hurting right now. Interestingly, the popularity of online casino gambling sites has been surfing this year. It seems that many people now prefer to make their wagers from home, rather than inside a crowded casino.

There are a huge number of great internet casino platforms now available throughout the country. Several states are now pushing to regulate this industry. A few already do and are earning a huge amount of revenue each month.

Land-based casinos are doing everything they can to bring in more players. This week, one of the most popular casino-resorts in Atlantic City announced a huge jackpot winner.

New Jersey Resident Wins Huge Jackpot at Hard Rock Atlantic City

For the past few years, Atlantic City has grown to become one of the biggest and best casino destinations in the United States. The legalization of sports betting here seems to have brought new life to the city. Tourism started booming here and many casinos underwent major renovations.

There are many popular gambling venues in this city. There’s no doubt that the Hard Rock Atlantic City is one of the biggest and best. It was originally opened as the Trump Taj Mahal, but was converted to the Hard Rock brand in 2018.

This venue has been open for months and is seeing a steady increase in players. One lucky gambler from South New Jersey has just hit a massive $1.3 million jackpot while playing Texas Hold’em inside this casino. This gambler, named James, spoke about the win to the media this week.

“It is surreal to have hit a $1.3 million jackpot, especially because playing cards is a little different than laying pipe,” James said. “We plan to take care of our family, put money away for our kids and my wife deserves a nice trip.” 

This jackpot was one of several earned at the Hard Rock Atlantic City this week. These types of jackpots are likely to entice new gamblers. Hope is that other casino-resorts in the city begin seeing a surge in new players soon, as well.

Unfortunately, some analysts predict that winter will prove to be extremely difficult for the casinos here.

What to Expect in Atlantic City Over the Next Few Months

For months, health experts around the country have been warning that this winter will be one of the toughest in recent memory. Most expect to see a massive surge in Covid-19 cases. That could result in many cities and states being forced to shut down again.

Another shutdown would be devastating to casino companies. Many seem to be barely hanging on as it is. Officials in Atlantic City believe things will be tough this winter, yet don’t expect the type of shutdown seen this summer.

Las Vegas would be hit hard from another casino shutdown, as well. Casinos here are still seeing major dips in revenue and it’s unclear when things will return to normal. Several casinos here are being forced to close permanently.

Even the major casino-resorts are being impacted. Earlier this week, Wynn Resorts announced that the Encore Las Vegas would now only open for four days a week. This rule will remain in place until tourism rates increase in the city.

Now might be the perfect time to visit these gambling destinations like Las Vegas and Atlantic City. No one knows how things will look in the future. One lucky gambler just earned a huge jackpot at Hard Rock Atlantic City and you might be next!

Do you plan on gambling in Atlantic City this fall? Which casino do you plan on visiting? Let us know in the comments section below!

Judge Orders Ex-Borgata Executive to Return Mobile Phone

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Borgata Casino got a shot in the arm from Lady Justice last Thursday as a federal judge in Nevada ordered a former Borgata casino executive, among others, to return a company-issued mobile phone which contained valuable information on Borgata’s top players and highest rollers.

Aside from instructing the former Borgata exec to return the cell phone, U.S. judge Gloria Navarro also issued a temporary restraining order preventing the two former executives who left Borgata this summer to work for the Ocean Casino Resort from contacting any past, present, or prospective clients of the Borgata Casino. Navarro also ordered the two former Borgata executives not to share trade secrets or confidential information to their new employers.

Poaching Accusation

However, the judge did not order the two executives removed from their jobs at Ocean Casino despite violating unfair competition laws and agreements. In not terminating the two, Navarro reasoned that the plaintiff did not present evidence that proved Ocean knew that the two were using Borgata trade secrets in their current employment.

Last month, Borgata Casino accused Ocean Casino of “poaching” six former executives in what it called an “attempt to cripple “ it by using trade secrets and sensitive information about its top clients. Borgata proceeded to filing a lawsuit after it asserted that the hiring of their former officers violated New Jersey’s unfair competition laws.

Attempt To Cripple Borgata

The case centered on William Callahan and Kelly Ashman Burke, who worked with Borgata’s top clients, and who were recently hired by Ocean Casino. Borgata took exception of Callahan for his failure to return a company-issued cell phone which was said to contain top secret information regarding Borgata’s high-rollers. Borgata claimed that Callahan refused to return the phone even after he had resigned from his post at their casino.

Callahan worked with Borgata’s highest-level customers who spent around $1.5M-$4M per visit. Borgata claimed that these clients were worth a collective $25M per year and Ocean was “crippling” their business using the information that Callahan took from Borgata using his cell phone. The case was filed in Nevada because MGM Resorts International, Borgata’s parent company, is located there.

Atlantic City Casinos to Resume Food and Beverage Operations on September 4

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Good news for Atlantic City casinos and gambling patrons.

On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 183 which states that food and beverage operations in the state’s casinos may resume operations but at a 25% capacity. The order, which takes effect on Friday, September 4th at 6 am, is expected to boost casino operations during the coming Labor Day weekend.

The move came after New Jersey continues to improve its COVID-19 figures. The state has seen a total of 3,989 COVID-19 positive cases with 245 deaths and 2,697 recoveries as of last Tuesday. However, according to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health, there were no COVID-19 related deaths for a six-day period ending last Tuesday.

Said Gov. Murphy:

“Given the progress we continue to see statewide, and with the proper precautions and limitations in place, I am proud that we can take this step today to allow our restaurants to once again welcome patrons back for indoor dining services.”

A Big Relief

The news came as a big relief to the Atlantic City casino industry which as been reeling since the coronavirus pandemic forced them to shut down for four months beginning March this year. They were allowed to reopen last July but at a limited capacity and without food, drinks, and smoke.

Atlantic City casinos are coming off a three-month period where they suffered an aggregate loss of $112M with the Golden Nugget as the only gambling operator to have a positive result. The negative figure was an 85% decline from their performance for the same quarter in 2019.

Booze and Smoke Now Allowed

Under the Executive Order, casinos will be allowed to serve drinks to its customers on their gaming floors. However, booze must be ordered through a server and guests are prohibited from leaving their seats while consuming their beverages. E.O. 183 also permits gamblers to resume smoking on the gaming floors although casinos are given the option to maintain their smoking bans.

Casinos have been smoke-free since their reopening and while smokers find this decision as a relief, those who advocate smoke-free gambling will most certainly be disappointed, especially since many of them thought that the temporary ban would eventually become permanent.

The legislation also allows the operation of “indoor performance-based entertainment centers” but subject to the 25% capacity limit, a cap of 150 non-staff guests in any single venue, plus health and safety protocols. However, it remains to be seen if the casinos will open their entertainment venues since the income from limited operations may not compensate the cost to produce the shows.

Budget Shortfall Looms in Atlantic City Due to PILOT Bill

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The crippling effect of the coronavirus pandemic to Atlantic City’s casinos will have a direct impact in the Garden State’s 2021 budget. That’s because the casinos’ total direct revenue is the basis of their annual payment to the city based on the 2016 PILOT bill.

Under the bill, which was enacted in 2016, casinos make annual payments to the city based on revenue rather than pay property taxes based on property value. Last year, Atlantic City’s casinos had a total revenue of $3.2B and they made a total of $150M payments to the city in 2019.

But with the pandemic halting casino operations for four months starting March 2020 and the imposition of health and safety restrictions that limited gaming operations since they were allowed to reopen, the casinos in Monopoly City are unlikely to duplicate last year’s performance.

Unlikely to Duplicate 2019 Performance

From January to July 2020, Atlantic City’s nine casinos have reported a total gaming revenue of $1.2B. That’s well off the $1.845B they made through the first seven months of 2019. Also, the casinos reported an average revenue increase of 11.48% per month beginning August 2019 to the end of the year.

But with the current restrictions, it’s not expected that they will overperform their previous month’s income and because of that, they are expected to come up very short of last year’s totals. Casino win has been down by more than 58% through July and is not expected to pick up with the prohibitions and restrictions currently in place.

Need For Tangible Solution

The PILOT Bill was passed to put an end to the casinos’ property tax appeals filed before the city. It was seen as a means to stabilize Atlantic City’s tax base. The bill was projected to bring a steady $120M in annual payments from the city’s nine casinos and it had been working before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

Sen. Chris Brown (R-Atlantic) who voted for the PILOT bill in 2016, recognizes the need to modify the legislation. Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic), a prime sponsor of the PILOT bill, recognized the need to do something but noted that the city has to “be careful on how to navigate” through the looming shortfall. Meanwhile, the absence of a tangible solution has made locals fear of an imminent increase in property taxes or a decrease in municipal services.

Borgata Casino Files Lawsuit Against Ocean Casino

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Atlantic City’s top casino has filed a lawsuit against one of its competitors, claiming that the rival hired half-a-dozen of its former Marketing Executives in an effort to steal trade secrets.

The case was filed on Thursday by MGM Resort International’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa against Ocean Casino after the latter allegedly poached former Borgata executives in an attempt “to cripple” it by using details of its most profitable customers. According to Borgata, Ocean Casino violated unfair competition laws and agreements that prohibit at least two of the highest ranking executives from working for a competitor for a year after leaving.

High-Roller Customer Data

At the center of the complaint is former Borgata exec William Callahan who now works for Ocean Casino. It is alleged that Callahan has retained his Borgata-issued phone which contains valuable information about Borgata costumers. The lawsuit states that Callahan has refused to return the phone as recently as Monday this week.

Callahan was in charge of Borgata’s high-roller customers. These were patrons who spent $1.5M to $4M per visit and who would be flown in and out of the casino’s events using Borgata’s private jet. According to Borgata, these individuals were worth at least $25M per year to the company.

Aside from Callahan, Borgata also mentioned the name of former executive Kelly Ashman Burke in the document. The plaintiff also said that four other ex-marketing personnel have been hired by Ocean Casino in an attempt to “cripple” Borgata’s casino operations in Atlantic City.

Direct and Primary Competitor

The Borgata leads the nine-casino market in the area but in the lawsuit, it asserts that Ocean City is a direct and primary competitor for high-level customers in Atlantic City. Interestingly, Ocean Casino ranks just sixth among the nine Atlantic City casinos in terms of total revenues, making just one-thirds of what Borgata has raked in over the period.

The Ocean City Casino is the former Revel Casino which was shut down in 2014. The Revel operated for over two years and never came close to making a profit. But the casino reopened in 2018 under a new name and ownership and it has improved its ranking in the market.

Last month , Ocean Casino ranked second in Atlantic City casino win with its revenue of $23.6M a 23.1% increase against its July 2019 figures. Ocean saw nine straight months of slot pay growth before the coronavirus pandemic hit last March. Borgata was closed for the most part of July but in terms of income, it still makes three times more than any of its competitor.

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!