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!

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

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

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

Let’s get into it!

Many Of California’s Casinos Have Already Reopened

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Bay Area Casinos May Not Open in June

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

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

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

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

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

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

California Continues to Push for Legal Sports Betting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s get into it!

California’s Casino Industry is Slowly Coming Back to Life

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

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

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

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

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

Legal Sports Betting in California Should Arrive in 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sports Leagues Are Beginning to Operate Again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Let’s get into it!

California’s Casino Industry Remains Shut Down

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

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

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

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

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

Pechanga Casino Plans to Reopen on June 1st

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Happening in Las Vegas Right Now?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graton Casino in CA Furloughs a Third of its 2,000 Employees

Graton Casino & ResortThe Graton Resort & Casino is the Bay Area’s largest gambling hub, and one of Sonoma County’s largest employers.

But with a nationwide casino shutdown that’s lasted nearly two months, the casino-resort had to look into cutting costs to survive the economic downfall caused by COVID-19.

While the company was able to pay a majority of its workers and cover healthcare benefits through April, with the realization that it might be a few more weeks until casino doors everywhere can reopen again, they were forced into looking at would drastically help their business’ bottom line.

In an effort to massively reduce payroll costs, the Graton Resort & Casino furloughed a third of its employees last Friday.

Furloughs, Lay-Offs, and Management Cuts

The company’s latest move to financially protect its assets involved not only furloughs, but complete lay-offs to recent employees, and pay cuts to upper management members, says Greg Sarris, tribal chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, owner of the casino property.

According to Sarris, recognizing that coronavirus restrictions on nonessential businesses would put off the casino reopening for weeks, it became time to look into ways to help save on payroll costs to prepare for being shut down even longer.

Workers who were with the casino property for less than 90 day were laid off, while top members of management received a 20% pay cut.

Sarris says that as the company watched the virus go from bad to worse, they started asking what they had to do to make up for lost revenue during these challenging times.

Casino Workers Likely Eligible for Unemployment Assistance

When casino workers began receiving federal checks, it started to become clear that these workers would also be eligible to receive unemployment assistance.

Realizing this made the hard decision to furlough three-quarters of the casino’s 2,000 workers a bit easier, because it gave upper management peace of mind that they would receive state unemployment assistance.

According to Graton’s general manager, Lana Rivera, 350 salaries workers remain employed currently. Another 150 workers also remain employed with the casinos, in roles ranging from casino security to cleaning crews and kitchen staff.

Impact on Sonoma County’s Hospitality Workforce

The Sonoma County hospitality workforce accounts for nearly 23,000 jobs.

According to the California Hotel & Lodging Association, over a third of the county’s hotel properties have been shut down. Countywide, there are 160 hotel properties, all of which have been impacted to varying degrees due to the coronavirus shut down.

Although pay for furlough workers has ceased, many of Sonoma county’s hotel properties continue to provide healthcare benefits for qualifying workers, according to the lodging association’s CEO, Lynn Mohrfeld.

Four-Step Plan to Reopening

Sarris says he foresees a “modest reopening” for early June, and mentioned Wynn Resorts’ prediction of a Memorial Day weekend reopening for its properties in Las Vegas.

To ease California Gov. Newsom’s concerns for the casinos reopening, Sarris has developed a four-step reopening plan.

“We will work very closely with him to reopen in phases, and it’ll look a lot like a ‘Brave New World’,” Sarris said. “Machines will be 6 feet apart and you cannot take off your mask unless you’re seated at a machine. Tables will be spaced apart and only three people allowed at a time, with the dealer heavily masked.”

The casino property’s four-stage reopening plan echoes the Governor’s four-stage plan for reopening the state’s economy. However, since the tribal casino is a sovereign nation, it isn’t tied down Newsom’s statewide order or the county’s shutdown.

Sarris says he agrees with the Governor’s data and science-based approach to dealing with the outbreak, and their property will adhere to all possible safety precautions should they reopen ahead of the governor and the county.

“I’ve never had the attitude of, ‘Well, we don’t have to do what you tell us’,” Sarris said. “We are good neighbors, and we live here, too.”

State Prepares to Reopen Retail Stores, And Restaurants in Rural Counties

This Friday, Gov. Newsom is allowing the shutdown restriction to be lifted for some retail sectors, including bookstores, clothing shops, sporting goods stores, and flower shops.

These specific retail businesses will be able to resume operations, so long as local officials give their approval, and make operational changes to support coronavirus safety measures, such as having workers wear masks and other protective equipment.

The Governor said many counties across the state are preparing to reopen retail for curbside pickup Friday, which will help maintain physical-distancing measures, which will in turn help to continue to fight the spread of COVID-19.

The reopening of these retail sectors are a part of Stage 2 of the Governor’s four-stage plan and includes the reopening of restaurants and hospitality in rural counties with approval from elected leaders and health officers.

Stay Tuned

With some of the restrictions being lifted in California by week’s end, it will provide some valuable insight into how well the state will fare once sectors begin reopening and should hopefully help determine when casinos in the state can open back up.

Currently, the state has 54,937 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2,254 related deaths.

We hope that the Governor’s four-stage plan will help effectively prevent the further spread of COVID-19, but the fluid outbreak situation and phased reopening of sectors will need to be monitored closely before the next steps can be taken.

What do you think about California reopening retail businesses and restaurants in rural communities? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Wilton Rancheria Gains Fire Support From the CSD

For years, the Wilton Rancheria has discussed plans to open a major new casino-resort in northern California. The tribe is now working to gain approval from various state government bodies. This week, the tribe received a guarantee of support by the Cosumnes Community Services District.

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It’s great news for the tribe, which currently plans to open this new venue in 2021. Today, we’re going to look at what exactly this venue will have to offer. We’ll also look at the current state of California’s casino industry.

Let’s get into it!

California’s Casino Industry Remains Shut Down

All around the United States, land-based casinos are completely closed down. It’s all due to the new coronavirus, which has now infected more than 420,000 individuals around the country. It’s been devastating for casino companies, some of which are losing an incredible amount of money every single day.

Of course, some parts of the country are being affected by the casino shutdowns more than others. In places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City, this has been incredibly troublesome. A huge number of businesses are now shut down in these areas and tourism has slowed down considerably.

California is under stay-at-home orders. Essentially, residents in the state are unable to leave their homes for anything non-essential. Obviously, this means casinos in the state are unable to open their doors to the general public.

It’s still unclear when these casinos will be able to open again. Despite that fact, several tribes are currently working on plans to open new gambling venues in the state. This includes the Wilton Rancheria.

As we’ve already mentioned, this tribe plans to open a brand new casino-resort next year. This week, they’ve taken a major step forward to get this done.

CSD Agrees to Support Wilton Rancheria With Medical Services

It’s not easy to open a new casino-resort in California. Native American tribes need to gain approval and support from various government bodies. This week, the Cosumnes Community Services District has agreed to provide the Wilton Rancheria with medical services for its proposed casino-resort.

Under the current agreement, the tribe will provide the CSD with several things including a new fire truck, a one-time payment of $805,500 and an annual fee of $887,500. The agreement also makes the Cosumnes Fire Department the exclusive agency to provide fire services for the casino-resort.

Raymond “Chuckie” Hitchcock, a chairman at the Wilton Rancheria, spoke about this new agreement to the media this week.

“We’re excited for our future and our generational partnership between the tribe and the (CSD),” he said. “You are the lifeline between the safety of our future employees and patrons, (you are) the protectors of our gaming facility in the case of any structural emergency.” 

CSD Director Rod Brewer also praised the new partnership this week.

“It took a lot of years and a lot of conversations in just making sure that the stars are aligned to make sure we have something that is mutually beneficial,” Brewer said.

This is a huge move for this tribal group. With this now settled, the tribe can begin looking at construction plans. Of course, we’ll need to want and see how long it takes for the state’s land-based casino industry to get back up and running.

US Land-Based Casino Revenue Continues to Drop

As everyone knows, this is a tough time for the land-based casino industry. Casinos across the country are shut down and no one can say when they’ll open back up. For some casino operators, this will have permanent effects.

Revenue from this industry continues to drop. In New Jersey, for example, casino companies are losing millions of dollars every month. The same is happening in Las Vegas.

California casinos are hurting, as well. All of the Native American gambling venues in the state are currently shut down. There are some analysts that believe things will remain this way for at least a few months.

Despite that fact, the Wilton Rancheria is focused on opening its new casino-resort. This tribe is banking on this whole situation being cleared up by next year. With support from the CSD, this casino is on track to open in 2021.

Major casino companies continue to ask the government for financial aid. Hope is that the stimulus package provides these companies with some relief. Another package is likely to be approved in the coming months.

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

A Major Poker Cheating Scandal Has Just Been Revealed

Las Vegas is home to a huge number of professional poker players. This week, one of these players announced that she’s been cheated out of thousands of dollars at a venue in California. Today, we’re going to discuss the poker cheating scandal in detail.Poker Hand

It’s troubling news for poker fans. No one wants to hear that professionals are finding new ways to work the system. Here is what we know about this situation.

Las Vegas Casinos Remain Closed

Las Vegas is the gambling hub of the United States. As everyone knows, huge number of massive casino-resorts are located here. Many of the biggest casino companies in the country are also based in this city, some of which have major properties around the world.

For the past few years, revenue in Las Vegas has been surging. Tourism has increased here and several huge new casinos are being constructed in the city. Unfortunately, things have taken a massive turn.

Since January, a new coronavirus called Covid-19 has begun spreading throughout the United States. Hundreds of cases have been recorded in Nevada and new infections are being reported every single day. This has led to the Governor forcing all casinos in the state to close their doors to the public.

This is devastating to the Las Vegas economy. Almost no visitors are coming here and a huge number of individuals are now out of work. Not even the top officials in the state can accurately say when things will return to normal.

The closing of these casinos is costing many companies here millions of dollars every single day. Many professional gamblers based in the city are now forced to play in other states. This week, one of these players revealed she was cheated out of a major jackpot.

Las Vegas Player Reveals a New Poker Cheating Scandal

As we just mentioned, there are many professional poker players that call Las Vegas home. It’s not surprising, considering there are massive tournaments being held here every single week. Due to the casino closures, some players are being forced to hone their craft in other parts of the country.

This is exactly what Marle Cordeiro is doing. Recently, the Las Vegas resident took part in a major game inside of a California casino called the Stones Gambling Hall in Citrus Heights. She’s now suing fellow player Mike Postle, who she claims cheated her out of thousands of dollars. Cordeiro’s lawyer is now asking for the money she lost in the game, along with $250,000 in further damages.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Postle had access to a phone during the game. He would use the device to see the hole cards of other players, in real-time. The lawsuit alleges that Postle was “aided by one or more confederates … who furnished him with this information, for purposes of carrying out a fraud, through one or more concealed communicative mechanisms.”

Several other lawsuits have been made against Postle over the years. Many players claimed to have lost in unusual circumstances against him. This is perhaps the biggest poker cheating scandal in recent memory.

The casino responded by saying, “Stones had no stake in who won money or lost money in the poker games. All Stones did was to provide a venue for the poker game. Plaintiffs decided whether they wanted to play, for how long, how much to bet, and in which hands to participate.”

It’s a very unusual development for the poker world. We’ll need to see how the lawsuit proceeds over the next few months.

When Will Las Vegas Open its Casinos Again?

This is the question that many residents and city officials are now asking. At the moment, both the federal government and state leaders are requesting that people stay in their homes to avoid spreading the virus. It seems to be helping things, yet thousands of new infections are still being reported every single day.

The mayor of Las Vegas is trying to argue that the city cannot survive long in the current conditions. It’s an extremely difficult time for many companies and individuals here. Lawmakers seem to understand this yet are unable to make any changes.

The truth is that no one knows when the Las Vegas casinos will open to the public once again. Several major construction projects are currently underway, despite the current conditions.

That includes construction on the multi-billion-dollar Resorts World Las Vegas. This week, another construction employee at Resorts World tested positive for Covid-19. Some now fear that many projects in the city will be forced to shut down.

In reality, the city will not truly return to normal until the virus is successfully eliminated. Even if the casinos open, very few visitors are likely to gamble inside casinos while new infections are being reported. It’s one of the most difficult situations Las Vegas has ever experienced.

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

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.

Virgin to Build $.4.8B Las Vegas to Southern California Bullet Train

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Plans to start construction on a new high-speed bullet train, currently being known as the XpressWest, will begin during the second half of this year. Construction is estimated to take nearly three years, finishing up in 2023. It’s expected to generate over 15,000 construction jobs.

Virgin Trains USA is the company that will oversee the development. Virgin was authorized a $3.2 billion tax-exempt bond issuance from the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank at the end of last year to help fund the $4.8 billion project.

The bond issuance will help cover important project costs, mainly “hard construction costs.” This includes, but is not limited to, design and development, construction, rail system maintenance, a maintenance facility, passenger stations and more.

With one million of Las Vegas’ annual visitors coming from Southern California alone, it was the easy choice as one of the first places to implement a high-speed rail system in the US. The train will run from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, at speeds of up to 180 miles per hour along the route. The total trip time will take around 90 minutes one way.

Saving Time is the Selling Point Over Cheaper Costs

Compared to parts of Europe and Asia that have extensive, efficient rail systems in place that make it the most viable and affordable method of transformation, the United States still lacks a solid infrastructure that makes it the most viable option for American travelers who prefer taking a quick flight over a lengthy train ride.

The country’s first high-speed bullet train that would connect Southern California to Southern Nevada will seek to address those issues by becoming an attractive transportation option by shortening travel time.

While air travel currently retails at a fraction of the cost of train travel in the US, updated technology and high-speed rail systems will hopefully reduce train travel costs if the demand is high. The most important piece of leverage to the rail system will be the time travelers will save as opposed to making the drive between the two cities. It will effectively cut the travel time by more than half.

Business travelers could also find the additional time saved as more attractive, as it would allow them to do work on the train ride versus productive time lost making the drive themselves.

Another California Bullet Train Seems Like a Distant Dream

For decades, the state of California has been trying to build a route that would go from Los Angeles to San Francisco, but it keeps getting derailed. The $77 billion project promises to “transform how Californians travel.” So what’s the hold up?

Talks of a bullet train that would connect eight of California’s largest cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, first began in 1981. High-speed rail advocates plead that the alternative source of travel would help to greatly alleviate the state’s notorious traffic issue, and clear up pollution caused by heavy vehicle use.

But, decades later, the costly plan is still in a stalemate. California governor Gavin Newsom said this in his 2019 state address:

“The project, as currently planned, would cost too much and take too long.”

Plan Opponents

Californians who aren’t on board with the plan cite concerns of the rail system cutting into their state’s beautiful landscape, and that the high price tag won’t show high returns when the demand for this mode of transportation will be on the lower end.

“It’s an unambiguous money-waster at a time when we have many demands on public resources,” said James Moore, director of the University of Southern California’s Transportation Engineering Program, in an interview with the Guardian.

“It’s economically clear that it’s not going to turn a profit, even if we take construction out of the project, even if we just focus on operating costs,” Moore said. “By law, the system has to operate without a subsidy. The fares that would be necessary to begin to recover cost will be so high that there will be insufficient demand for that mode of transportation.”

Plan Supporters

Californians in favor of the bullet train say that a state as widespread as California, that has multiple big cities that residents regularly travel between, needs an alternative mode of transportation.

Matt Regan, the senior vice-president of housing policy for the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, points to the Bay Area housing crisis that causes 200,000 residents to drive in from the Central Valley to get to work every day.

Regan says that a high-speed rail would offer two-fold benefits: Create an easier commute for those 200,000 affected residents and reduce air pollution that’s caused by cars sitting in traffic. According to Regan, 40% of the state’s greenhouse gas is caused by idle cars in traffic.