The Rivers Casino in NY is Holding a Job Fair Soon!

Rivers Casino In NY

New York is home to a fast-growing gambling industry. The casino companies here are now working hard to bring in more guests. It seems they want more employees, as well. New reports claim that the Rivers Casino in NY is set to hold a major job fair on Thursday!

There are many in the Schenectady area looking for a job at this popular casino right now. Now might be the perfect time to jump at the opportunity.

Let’s take a look at what exactly is happening with New York’s casino industry.

Major Casino Hubs Begin Ordering Restrictions Again

The US casino industry has been steadily improving since the mass shutdowns ordered in 2020. Last year showed how vulnerable this gambling industry really is. Over the past seven months, the country’s major casino hubs have been seeing a steady increase in their tourism and gambling revenue.

There is now a real fear that this industry could be heading back toward the way it was in 2020. The Delta variant seems to be spreading around the country and infections are increasing. As a result, many of the country’s top casino destinations are ordering a fresh set of restrictions.

Over in Las Vegas, masks are now once again required on the casino floor. This rule has been scrapped for months. It’s mandated for guests and employees to wear masks again and many gaming analysts fear this could lead to a drop in tourism.

The current restrictions are not nearly as intense as what was seen over the summer last year. Hope is that things stay this way. Ordering lower capacity limits and installing plexiglass barriers inside of Las Vegas casinos will almost certainly affect tourism numbers.

Smaller casino hubs around the country are ordering new restrictions too. These specific regulations vary from state to state. Lawmakers in New York have been discussing whether or not to implement new rules, yet things have largely remained the same over the years.

The casinos in New York are now working hard to boost their revenue figures. Here’s an exciting update on one of the most popular gambling venues in the state!

A Job Fair is Being Held at the Rivers Casino in NY This Week

There are now a large number of popular casinos operating in the state of New York. For many years, only tribal casinos were given permission to operate in this state. Things changed in 2013 when lawmakers approved a measure to allow commercial casinos to operate, as well.

The Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady is without a doubt one of the most popular gambling venues in the state. It first opened its doors back in 2017. It’s a commercial casino and allows all major table games on the casino floor.

This week, news broke that a major job fair is being held at the Rivers Casino in NY. This event will take place on Thursday between 10 am to 2 pm. There are said to be 50 openings in its food and beverage department available. Linda Waters, Director of Human Resources at Rivers Casino, spoke about this job fair to the media this week.

“Working at Rivers Casino is more than just a job, it’s a whole lot of fun and very rewarding,” she said. “It’s a great place to work and we always celebrate diversity, encourage personal and professional growth, and stay focused on enriching the lives of our team and their families.”

Anyone interested in getting into the casino industry in New York may want to attend this job fair. The Rivers Casino & Resort is already one of the most popular gambling properties in the state. It will likely continue to grow more popular over the next few years.

Many are still asking for an update on the casino plans for New York City. Here’s a quick look at what is happening with this situation.

NYC’s Casino Plans Seem to be Put on Hold, For Now

New York is clearly focused on expanding its gambling industry. Here, both casino gambling and sports betting are now legal. In many ways, however, these two forms of gambling are limited in this state, though.

Only land-based sports betting is currently allowed in New York. Lawmakers are calling for a change and point toward neighboring New Jersey’s massive revenue earnings from online sports gambling. Governor Cuomo agrees and it appears that online sports gambling will become available here in the near future.

The casino industry here is relatively limited, too. All of the state’s true Class III casinos are currently based in Upstate New York. A growing number of individuals now feel it’s time to open a major casino-resort in New York City.

Plans for this proposed gambling venue have been slowly coming out over the past year. Unfortunately, it seems that these plans are being put on hold. The city has a huge number of major issues to deal with right now and opening a new casino doesn’t seem to be high on the list of priorities.

Things move fast and it wouldn’t be a shock to see a casino open in NYC open its doors sometime over the next few years. It seems likely that this property would grow to become a major hit. We’ll be sure to offer updates on this property over the next few months!

Are you interested in working at Rivers Casino in NY? When do you expect a casino to open in New York City? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s What We Know About Station Casinos’ New Property

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Station Casinos has been steadily recovering since the devastating casino shutdowns experienced in 2020. It now seems that this major Nevada-based gaming operator is focused on expansion. Today, we’ll talk about some of the details surrounding Station Casinos’ new property.

There have been several major casino openings in Southern Nevada lately. It appears another one is set to take place in the near future.

Here’s what you need to know!

Las Vegas Orders Another Indoor Mask Mandate

Las Vegas is and always has been the country’s top gambling and entertainment destinations. For that reason, the events that unfolded in 2020 took a massive toll on this city. When the casinos shut down, tourism into the city came to a screeching halt.

This trend continued through much of the year. Most of the casinos in Las Vegas reopened to the public in June and July. Unfortunately, tourism rates remained extremely low throughout almost the entirety of 2020.

Things have completely turned around in 2021. Restrictions toward casinos have been lifted and, as a result, a huge number of individuals around the US have been flocking to Las Vegas. The opening of major casino-resorts such as Resorts World has helped to fuel that tourism drive.

Some now worry that things could soon go back to the way they were in 2020. Yesterday, news broke that the state of Nevada has ordered another indoor mask mandate. This is due to the large increase in Covid-19 cases caused by the Delta variant.

Moving forward, those vaccinated or not will need to wear masks while inside casinos. This alone is unlikely to halt tourism into the city. If more restrictions are ordered, however, there is a chance that the gaming and entertainment industries here could be affected in a major way.

Casino companies here continue to look toward expansion. That includes Station Casinos, which just released some of the details of another property it plans to open in the future.

Details of Station Casinos’ New Property are Starting to Come Out

Many of the world’s biggest and best casinos are currently based in Las Vegas. A huge number of massive gambling properties are based here including MGM Resorts and Las Vegas Sands. Station Casinos may not have quite the same name recognition, yet it’s one of the state’s most successful gaming operators.

This company suffered greatly throughout 2020. In fact, it kept many of its venues closed for longer than other casino companies. Station Casinos wanted to ensure that when its casinos reopened, they did so in a way that was profitable.

This week, more details of Station Casinos’ new property were released to the public. This company revealed that it is planning to open another major casino-resort near Durango Drive and the 215 Highway. It will feature more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space and should take between 18 to 24 months to complete. CEO Frank Fertitta III spoke about this news to the media this week.

“Our primary focus right now is really down on Durango, which we think is a great development opportunity and the most underserved part of the Las Vegas Valley,” he said. “The area is fast growing, with a high-income population base, large gaming demographic, and zero competition for five miles.”

Fertitta has a point claiming there is very little competition in the area. Station Casinos’ new property would likely be a major hit with locals in the area. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on this situation over the next few months.

Most casino fans in Southern Nevada are still focusing on Resorts World Las Vegas. It seems this property helped to boost tourism rates in the state last month!

Nevada’s Gaming Win Passed $1 Billion in June

Nevada’s gambling revenue has been steadily increasing over the past six months. It appears this trend has continued into the month of June. Reports surfaced this week claiming that Nevada’s gaming win surpassed the $1 billion mark once again in June.

Resorts World Las Vegas helped the state achieve this feat. This property opened its doors in late June. A massive number of individuals from around the country have been flocking here to see what exactly the property’s $4.3 billion price tag can offer.

The state managed to bring in $1.193 billion last month. That represents a staggering 110.5% increase when compared to June of 2020. Clark County appears to be the big winner in the state of Nevada.

Here, gambling revenue came out 130.6% higher than it was a year prior. Gaming win on the Strip was even higher at 156.3% more than in June of 2020. Resorts World Las Vegas seems to be directly responsible for this massive spike of revenue on the Strip.

Many will now be interested to see if the recent spike in infections will affect gaming revenue here. Las Vegas remains vulnerable to state restrictions. We’ll offer more updates on the tourism and revenue figures here as 2021 continues.

Are you excited to hear about Station Casinos’ new property? Do you expect revenue figures to continue increasing in Las Vegas? Let us know in the comments section below!

More Issues Arise Opening the First Casino in Chicago

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For years, officials in Illinois have been interested in getting a major casino-resort open in the city of Chicago. Unfortunately, numerous issues have come up trying to move these plans forward. It now appears there are very few companies interested in opening the first casino in Chicago.

It’s disappointing news for gambling fans to hear. Today, we’ll talk about what needs to be done for this casino to open. We’ll discuss how the state’s current gambling industry is faring right now.

Let’s get into it!

Casino Officials Continue to Express Fear Over Additional Restrictions

The events that unfolded in 2020 proved just how vulnerable the US casino industry really is. For months last year, all of the casinos across the country were completely shut down. This took a devastating toll on the cities that these casinos are located in.

Even after reopening to the public, US casinos were forced to abide by intense health regulations. That includes lowered capacity limits and mandatory mask-wearing. These rules kept many individuals from making the journey to places like Las Vegas.

Things have been steadily improving for casinos throughout 2021. Tourism to major gambling hubs has been increasing and gambling revenue has been steadily rising. Unfortunately, there are some that fear a return to how things were last year.

The spread of the new Delta variant has many health officials worried. Some areas of the country have already begun ordering a new fresh set of health regulations. Several major casino officials are now expressing fear that their casinos could be ordered to implement more restrictions in the near future.

This would be a major blow for the major casinos in Las Vegas. These properties are beginning to see pre-pandemic levels of revenue right now. If a new wave of restrictions is implemented, much of the progress that was set in place here has been undone.

A group of officials in Illinois continues pushing to open a major casino-resort in Chicago. More issues continue to get in the way of this venue opening, though.

Here’s Another Update on the First Casino in Chicago

Illinois is known for its lenient laws toward gambling. Today, both casino gambling and sports betting are completely legal. In fact, the state’s sports betting industry is now the second-largest in the country after only New Jersey.

Back in 2019, lawmakers here approved a Capital Plan that allows for several new casinos to open around the state. This new plan also allows for a Class III casino to open its doors in Chicago. Unfortunately, getting this property up and running has been much more difficult than some initially expected.

Much of that has to do with the state’s regulations. Illinois set an unusually high tax rate on this Chicago casino. This has kept many of the country’s biggest gaming companies from expressing interest in opening the first casino in Chicago.

It seems that casino companies are still skeptical about the opportunity here. Four companies have expressed interest in opening this property. Two have formally dropped out and another seems to be showing more hesitancy. Alan Woinski, president of Gaming USA, spoke about this situation to the media this week.

“The casinos in the state have been in nothing but a downward spiral for a decade, except for Rivers,” Woinski said. “There’s no reason to believe that if you add a casino downtown that you’ll do anything but cannibalize the others, including Rivers. It’s kind of a zero-sum game and everybody loses.”

It seems there are still a huge number of issues in the way of this property opening its doors. Stay tuned for more updates on the effort to open a casino here over the next few months!

Will Sports Stadiums in Chicago Soon Allow Sportsbooks?

Illinois is now one of the country’s biggest and most profitable sports gambling hubs. Here, both online and land-based sportsbooks are operating. Some have been disappointed to see that none of the sports stadiums here have launched any sportsbooks, though.

When Illinois first launched its sports gambling bills, it was expected that stadiums here would allow sportsbooks. That hasn’t been the case, though. Chicago has set a ban on sportsbooks inside casinos since 2020.

This could soon change. News broke last week that Alderman Walter Burnett proposed a new ordinance that would allow for sports stadiums to purchase sports betting licenses. This could allow for Soldier Field, Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, the United Center, and Wintrust Arena to each launch their own sportsbooks.

It remains to be seen if this new ordinance will gain any support from fellow lawmakers. Many in Illinois are beginning to see how much revenue can be earned from this industry. Sports fans are excited to hear that sports betting could be allowed inside stadiums.

If approved, this ordinance would also allow for sports betting to become available in the first casino in Chicago. This casino has to be built first, though. As of now, very few companies seen interested in opening this venue.

When do you expect a casino to finally open in Chicago? Do you think a gambling venue here will be successful? Let us know in the comments section below!

Caesars Entertainment, New Orleans Saints Sign Superdome Naming Rights Deal

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Caesars Entertainment and the NFL’s New Orleans Saints have inked a 20-year agreement that will give the Nevada-based gambling company the naming rights to the home of the Saints, the Superdome.

Aside from the naming rights, the two parties also plan to make joint investments that will use Caesars Entertainment’s leverage in the sporting and entertainment world in order to bring more world class events to the Superdome while also enhancing Championship Square as a venue.

The deal is the first explicit naming rights contract between an NFL team and a major casino operator as the league has steadily eased restrictions on gambling-related deals.

Investing Hundreds of Millions in NOLA

The terms of the deal were not made public although last week, the state budget committee pegged the overall value at $138M. The payment will go directly to the Saints as part of their 2009 contract with the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District or the Superdome Commission, which has oversight functions over the property.

The Superdome deal is the largest sponsorship deal ever entered into by Caesars Entertainment. With the planned $320M expansion of Harrah’s at the riverside end of Canal Street, which is set to break ground this month, Caesars Entertainment in investing hundreds of millions of dollars in New Orleans.

Mercedes to Focus in Atlanta

Caesars Entertainment thus replaces Mercedes Benz which was the first naming rights sponsor to the 51-year old Superdome. Mercedes Benz’s 10-year deal expired this month and the German automotive maker decided not to renew in NOLA in order to focus its investments in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mercedes Benz recently moved its North America headquarters to Atlanta and they also have the naming rights to the stadium of Atlanta’s NFL team in the Atlanta Falcons. The Mercedes deal reportedly gave the Saints around $5.5M to $6M annually. Meanwhile, the new deal with Caesars is worth $6.9M per annum for the franchise.

Superdome Renovation

The Caesars Entertainment deal will spare taxpayers money from being used in the maintenance and renovation of the Superdome over the duration of the contract. However, the state will still contribute $90M to the current $450M renovation that is currently underway.

The ongoing renovation is set to add a dozen new luxury field-level suites. Under the new sponsorship deal, Caesars will own one of those suites while it will upgrade the two 400-level suites it currently owns to a more premium mid-field location.

Here’s What We Know About the Marina Bay Sands Closing

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Some of the world’s biggest and best casino-resorts are located in Singapore. Unfortunately, things have not gone as smoothly for these gambling venues as some have hoped. Today, we’ll explain the situation surrounding the Marina Bay Sands closing.

This property is owned by Las Vegas Sands. Its closure is the last thing this major US-based casino company wants right now. Things have been far from easy for LVS over the past couple of years.

Here’s what you need to know!

Las Vegas Sands Continues Focusing on US Expansion

There is a good chance that even the most casual gambling enthusiast is aware of Las Vegas Sands. This company was founded back in 1988 by Sheldon Adelson. It quickly expanded and is today one of the most powerful gambling corporations on the planet.

Las Vegas Sands, like all other major US casino companies, faced some serious difficulties throughout 2020. For a time, all of its gambling venues were forced to shut down. As a result, company officials began looking toward the Asian market as a way to make up for the lost revenue.

This wasn’t just a temporary strategy. Las Vegas Sands ended up selling some of its biggest and most profitable casino-resorts in Las Vegas as a way to focus more on Asia. Macau and Singapore, in particular, were seen as hot destinations for his company.

Macau has not recovered in the way that LVS officials expected. Las Vegas seems to be faring considerably better right now.  As many are aware, Sheldon Adelson also passed away earlier this year at a time when the company was struggling immensely. It added even more fuel to the fire that engulfed the company.

Las Vegas Sands now seems determined to expand more within the US again. The company is working hard to break into the currently-unavailable Georgia casino market. It is also doing what it can to allow Class III casinos in the state of Texas.

The hits keep coming for LVS. We’re now beginning to hear more information about the recent closing of this company’s biggest casino-resort in Singapore.

Reports Have Confirmed the Marina Bay Sands Closing

Las Vegas Sands is still one of the most powerful gaming companies in the world. It currently owns several major casino-resorts throughout Asia. That includes the Marina Bay Sands, which opened to the public in 2010.

This property has been one of LVS’ flagship venues over the years. The company has been banking on this venue finding success in 2021. Unfortunately, that may take longer than initially expected.

Reports have surfaced this week confirming the Marina Bay Sands closing. Officials within Singapore have ordered this venue to close until August 5 to undergo a “deep cleaning.” The Ministry of Health in Singapore claims this was done in an attempt to be as thorough as possible in its attempts to limit the spread of Covid 19.

“In these unprecedented times, we continue to be vigilant on all fronts, working closely with the authorities to respond and adapt quickly to the situation,” it said. 

This property managed to report earnings of $112 million throughout the second quarter of 2021. That is a massive increase from the losses sustained in 2020. Closing down will certainly lessen Q3’s revenue figures, yet hope is that it can fully reopen to the public again in early August.

Las Vegas Sands will likely continue looking at US casino expansion. What other states could this massive gambling corporation possibly move into in the future?

More States Look to Embrace Casino Gambling

The entire US gambling industry is expanding at a rapid pace right now. Much of this has to do with the legalization of sports betting across the country. Some states are also expressing an interest in expanding their casino regulations, as well.

Illinois is home to one of the largest casino industries in the country. Back in 2019, lawmakers here approved a capital plan to allow several more commercial casinos to open around the state. That includes one in the city of Chicago.

Virginia also seems focused on getting its first casinos up and running. This state has prohibited traditional Class III gambling venues for decades. The Lottery Board recently approved the set of casino laws here, however, sending final approval to allow casinos to the Governor’s desk.

Sports betting has already proven to be massively successful in Virginia. The state has seen a huge increase in its monthly revenue figures over the past six months. This is likely to continue with the start of the upcoming NFL season just around the corner.

These states simply cannot ignore the massive revenue potential on the table. There has never been a more exciting time for gambling enthusiasts around the country. Hope is that US gambling companies like Las Vegas Sands continue to find success, despite the hiccups along the way.

Were you surprised to hear about the Marina Bay Sands closing? Do you expect this property to remain closed longer than expected? Let us know in the comments section below!

Virginia’s Casino Laws Gain Approval by State Lottery Board

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Certain lawmakers in the state of Virginia have been looking to legalize sports betting for many years. It now appears that the state is closer than ever to doing so. Reports have just confirmed that Virginia’s casino laws have been approved by the state Lottery Board.

It’s exciting news for casino fans in this state. Many are excited to see the first true gambling venues open their doors here. Today, we’ll talk about the recent progress in launching the first casinos in this state.

Let’s get into it!

Casino Companies Fear a Return of Major Restrictions

The US casino industry faced its toughest test to date back in 2020. All casinos across the country were forced to be shut down in March of last year. It took several months for any of them to begin accepting guests again.

Things have been steadily improving for casinos since the beginning of 2021. Much of this is due to states lifting their various restrictions toward these gambling venues. That includes the removal of the mandatory mask mandate and capacity limits.

Many of the country’s most powerful casino companies are now fearing the return of these restrictions. These companies have noticed the concerning rise in Covid-19 cases around the US. They are also taking note of the new rules being set in place in various states.

Analysts are debating whether or not another mask mandate in Las Vegas will be ordered anytime soon. This city remains the biggest and most profitable gambling hub in the United States. It seems unlikely, yet the decision to order masks will ultimately come down to Nevada’s top leaders.

Not everything is so bleak for this industry. Most casino hubs have been reporting impressive revenue gains over the past few months. It seems likely that this trend will continue, at least throughout the near future.

Several states are now taking a closer look at expanding their gambling regulations to generate more tax revenue. That includes Virginia, which appears closer to legalizing casinos than ever before.

Here’s an Exciting Update on Virginia’s Casino Laws!

The state of Virginia is known for having an unusually strict set of gambling laws. Here, most traditional forms of gambling remain prohibited. That includes traditional Class III casinos, despite the large number of individuals pushing to allow these properties to open their doors here.

There is some progress being made here. Lawmakers in the Senate and House have been discussing the pros and cons of casino legalization. More of these state officials seem to be opening up to the idea of allowing these properties.

This week, news broke that the Virginia Lottery Board officially approved Virginia’s casino laws! It’s a huge step forward and paves the way for real Class III gambling venues to open their doors here. Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall released a statement about this news to the media this week.

“The Lottery’s Gaming Compliance Department and Office of General Counsel have been diligently working to set up the regulatory and licensing framework to ensure casino gaming in Virginia is secure and transparent,” he said. “In this role, we see the Lottery as the public’s watchdog, confirming that the law and regulations are followed, and the integrity of casino gambling is protected.”

These rules will now be sent to the Governor’s office. If given the green light here, these rules will undergo a 60-day public comment period. It’s here that Virginia’s residents can voice their opinion of allowing casino gambling in the state.

Virginia seems closer than ever to getting its first real gambling properties up and running. We’ll be sure to offer more information on this situation over the next few weeks!

Sports Betting Proves to Be a Major Hit in Virginia

It’s clear that Virginia is expanding its gambling industry at a rapid pace. Sports betting officially became legal here at the beginning of 2021. It instantly became a major hit and has been helping to bring the state an impressive amount of revenue each month.

This week, reports surfaced showing how much money the state’s sports gambling industry brought in during the month of June. Approximately $234.9 million was bet on sports in this state during that month. This brings the total handle throughout 2021 above $1.3 billion.

Basketball remains the most popular sport to bet on in this state. More than 30% of all sports wagers made here were done on the NBA. Some feel that the beginning of the upcoming 2021/2022 NFL season could change that trend, though.

NFL betting is, overall, the most popular form of sports betting in the country. The upcoming season is expected to be a good one and it seems likely that a huge number of individuals in Virginia will bet on how the action unfolds. This could further help to boost sports gambling revenue in the state.

Casino gambling will likely be extremely popular here, as well. There are clearly a large number of passionate gamblers in Virginia right now. Stay tuned for more news on the road to legalize Class III casinos here over the next few months!

Are you surprised to hear that Virginia’s casino laws have been approved? When do you expect the first casino to open here? Let us know in the comments section below.

Massachusetts House to Debate Sports Betting Bill on Thursday

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The Massachusetts House is getting ready for a debate on the legislation that would legalize sports betting in the state.

According to a memo sent by the office of House Speaker Ronald Mariano to the House of Representatives, legislators were told to prepare for a debate at Thursday’s formal session on the revised version of Rep. Dan Cahill’s sports betting bill.

Cahill’s bill was redrafted by the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies and favorably reported out by the committee over the weekend. It could still be edited by the House Ways and Means Committee before it hits the debating floor on Thursday.

In-Person and Mobile Sports Betting

Under the 38-page bill reported by the committee, legal sports betting in Massachusetts would be regulated by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission with casinos, slot parlors, simulcasting facilities, and horse racing tracks in the state allowed to apply for licenses to accept in-person sports wagering.

Operators will be allowed between one to three mobile sports betting platforms. Those who wish to offer mobile-only sports betting are also welcome to apply for licenses and all bettors must be at least 21 years old and physically present in Massachusetts to make place a legal bet.

Entities who wish to apply for a sports betting license will be required to pay an application fee of $100,000. Approved applicants will pay an initial $5M in initial fee for the license and another $5M to renew after five years. The first time fee will be reduced to $4M for companies which paid $1M for a temporary license to start taking bets while their request is pending with the commission.

Details of Massachusetts Sports Betting Bill

Bets on professional and collegiate sports contests would be allowed. However, wagers on the individual performances of college sports athletes are not permitted. The provision to allow bets on college sports has been a recurring theme in the three years that lawmakers have been discussing sports betting.

Although fantasy sports isn’t covered by the legislation, it also permits legal bets on motor race events, e-sports, competitive video games, and any other sporting event that is approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Mobile bets will be charged 15% under the bill while in-person wagers will be taxed at 12.5%. An additional 1% tax would be levied for bets made on events in Massachusetts and this additional fee will be distributed proportionately between the facilities that hosted the said events to be utilized for “sports wagering security and integrity.”

Several Companies are Pushing to Legalize Casinos in Georgia!

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Georgia is well-known for having some of the strictest gambling laws in the country. Over the years, many have been pushing for lawmakers here to make changes to these laws. One prominent group of gambling companies are now pushing to legalize casinos in Georgia!

A growing number of residents support this move. It would likely help to bring Georgia a huge amount of tax revenue every single month. Today, we will talk about what needs to happen for casinos to become legal here.

Let’s get into it!

US Casino Revenue Jumped Considerably in June

It’s been more than a year since most casinos around the US reopened to the public. Since that time, the US land-based casino industry has been slowly recovering. Tourism to major gambling hubs has been increasing and revenue has been steadily rising.

Many states recently released their casino revenue reports for the month of June. The majority of these states saw a major jump in their revenue figures. It’s great news for the various casino companies across the country.

New Jersey set a new monthly gambling revenue record this June. Combined GGR came out to $392.8 million last month. The land-based casinos in this state managed to bring in $214.5 million. $154.1 million was earned from slots and $60.4 came from table games.

Mississippi is known for having one of the largest casino industries in the Southern US. In June, the casinos here managed to bring in $147 million in total gross gaming revenue. That is a new monthly revenue record for the state.

Not every state’s casino industry saw such a large increase in gambling revenue. Massachusetts and Louisiana both ended up seeing revenue drops last month. Most analysts expect things to turn around in these states in July, though.

Georgia is one of the few states without any legal casinos. It now appears that there is another major push to finally allow Class III gambling venues in this state. Here’s what we know about this situation.

More Gaming Companies Push to Legalize Casinos in Georgia

Gambling regulations vary widely across the country. Places like Nevada and New Jersey are known for their liberal take towards the gaming industry. Others states such as Georgia are known for their intense, restrictive laws towards all forms of gambling.

Casinos have been prohibited in Georgia for decades. Many residents and lawmakers here have complained about this fact. Allowing casino gambling, they argue, would help to bring the state an incredible amount of revenue every single month.

Reports surfaced this week claiming that a group of several companies is now pushing to legalize casinos in Georgia. Major gaming companies including Caesars Entertainment, Bally’s Corporation, Hard Rock International, and Wynn Resorts are all pushing for this change. These companies (and others) have formed their own lobbying group in an attempt to change the state’s gambling laws in 2022.

This is likely the most intense effort to allow casinos in Georgia to date. The group claims that revenue from legal casinos would help to revive the HOPE Scholarship Program in the state, as well as bring money to various other education projects. Atlanta commercial real estate executive Rick Lackey spoke about a possible vote on this issue to the media this week.

“It would be a vote against $5 billion in brick-and-mortar construction and 50,000 new jobs in Georgia,” Lackey said. 

Gambling fans in Georgia are likely happy to hear about this new effort to allow casinos. There will be major pushback, though. Georgia is home to a huge number of anti-gambling groups that are expected form their own counter-lobbying effort.

There is a chance that gambling laws in Georgia will change in the future. Could sports betting become legal in Georgia at some point soon, too?

When Will Georgia Legalize Sports Gambling?

The US sports gambling industry has been expanding rapidly over the past few years. More than half the states across the country have a legal sports betting industry up and running. Most of these states are earning a huge amount of revenue, as a result.

Most of the lawmakers in Georgia have shown little interest in getting sports gambling up and running. It’s a shame when considering how many sports fans are living here. Most analysts believe Georgia could develop one of the most profitable sports gambling industries in the country.

The same group pushing to legalize casinos in Georgia is also working hard to allow sports betting in this state. Several of the major sports franchises in Atlanta may show support for this move. These franchises likely recognize their own potential for revenue earnings with legal sports betting available.

One mobile sports betting bill made it all the way through the Senate in Georgia this year. Unfortunately, it failed to progress any further. Some believe that 2022 is the year this form of gambling finally becomes available in Georgia.

It seems there could be some major changes taking place here. Several powerful companies are working hard to allow gambling in the state. We’ll be sure to offer updates on this situation over the next few months!

Do you think this group will manage to legalize casinos in Georgia? Let us know in the comments section below!

MA’s Casino Revenue in June Drops Slightly From May

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Massachusetts is home to just three casino-resorts. Interestingly, these properties help to bring the state a massive amount of revenue every single month. Reports surfaced this week showing that MA’s casino revenue in June dropped ever so slightly when compared to the month prior.

That isn’t a major disappointment. Much of the state’s land-based casino industry has yet to fully recover. Today, we’ll take a close look at exactly how much money the different casinos in this state managed to bring in last month.

Let’s get into it!

Most US Casino Hubs Continue to See Tourism Surges

The US casino industry continues to perform considerably better in 2021 than it did last year. That isn’t a surprise when considering how long casinos across the US were shut down for last year. Most have since reopened and many people around the country have been consistently flocking to different casinos throughout the year.

The country’s biggest gambling hubs were struggling immensely throughout 2020. This year, however, most of these casino destinations have been reporting huge surges in tourism. That includes places like Las Vegas.

This doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon, either. Las Vegas is likely to see its tourism figures increase as the year goes on. Part of that could be due to the opening of Resorts World Las Vegas last month. At $4.3 billion, this is the most expensive casino-resort ever built in the city.

Atlantic City took a little longer to see its tourism and revenue figures increase this year. Fortunately, most restrictions on casinos have been lifted here. Many of the biggest resorts here are now undergoing major renovations in an effort to bring in more tourists.

As tourism increases, revenue goes up, too. Even many of the smaller casino hubs in the country like Colorado have been seeing increases in gaming revenue. It’s an exciting trend and one that should go on throughout the rest of 2021.

Massachusetts has developed a small, yet successful gaming industry over the years. We’re now beginning to hear about how much money the casinos here brought in last month.

Here’s a Look at MA’s Casino Revenue in June

The Northeastern US is quickly turning into one of the biggest gambling destinations in the United States. Places like New Jersey and Pennsylvania are now well-known for their huge number of popular casinos. Massachusetts is also now developing a successful casino industry.

Three casino-resorts are currently based here. That includes the Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield, and Plainridge Park. Some of the country’s most powerful gaming companies own and operate these popular gambling venues.

This week, reports on MA’s casino revenue for June finally came out to the public. Some are surprised to hear that casino revenue here actually dropped slightly when compared to the month of May. It wasn’t by much, however, and likely didn’t worry the casino owners in the state.

Overall, casino revenue in Massachusetts came out to $84 million during June. That represents a very slight drop from the $$86.6 million earned during May. Poker remains closed in all casinos here, meaning this revenue was earned solely from slots and table games.

When poker returns, revenue figures will likely surge once again. There is certainly reason to be optimistic about the future of Massachusetts’ gaming industry. Many are now looking ahead at how the state’s gambling options may expand in the future.

Several prominent lawmakers here are pushing to get sports betting legal in Massachusetts. Here’s a quick update on this situation here.

When Will Sports Betting Become Legal in Massachusetts?

The US casino industry continues to improve at a rapid pace. The growth of this industry pales in comparison to the US sports betting industry, though. In just a few years, it has grown to become one of the most popular forms of gambling around the country.

More than half the country now has a regulated sports gambling industry up and running. The regulation of sports betting is helping to bring many states a huge amount of revenue. Obviously, a growing number of individuals now believe it is time for Massachusetts to launch its own sports gambling industry.

Not long ago, one major state government body met to discuss the pros and cons of sports betting legalization. There are now several bills being presented to launch this form of gambling. Little progress has been made to this point, however, and it’s unclear when any of these bills will receive State and House approval.

There is reason to believe that 2022 is the year sports betting becomes available in this state, though. There are a huge number of hardcore sports fans here. That is partly due to several popular professional teams being based here including the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox.

The US gambling industry continues to expand at a rapid pace. There are many reasons to be excited about the future of Massachusetts’ gaming options. Stay tuned for updates on the legalization of sports betting here over the next few months.

Are you surprised to see where MA’s casino revenue in June stands? When do you expect sports betting to launch here? Let us know in the comments section below.

Cherokee Tribal Council Approves $275M Expansion of Valley River Casino

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The Cherokee Tribal Council recently approved a master plan for a major expansion at the Valley River Casino in Murphy.

The approved master plan represents an investment of more than double the $110M spent to create the initial facility in 2015. The Valley River Casino opened with a gaming area of 50,000 square feet, 1,050 slot machines, 70 table games, and a food court type dining area. In 2018, 41,000 square feet of of entertainment area was added in a $13M renovation. To keep it edge over the competition, a large-scale expansion was needed.

Said Harrah’s Regional Vice President for Marketing Brian Saunooke:

“We’re thrilled with Tribal Council’s support of the resolution and are optimistic that Chief Sneed will ratify the resolution.”

A $275M Project Cost

According to the resolution, the Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise will appoint JCJ Architecture to conceptualize and develop the project design while also providing for the cost estimate. For the project, the TCGE will obtain a loan not to exceed the amount of $275M.

The resolution did not name the projects in the master plan and the latter was not made public. However, key features in the expansion include an additional hotel tower, a new dining venue, a hotel lobby cafe, a spa, and indoor pool, additional gaming space, and additional parking.

North Carolina’s First Sports Betting Venues

Last March, the Cherokees partnered with Caesars Entertainment and William Hill U.S. to open the state’s first sports betting venues just in time for the NCAA’s March Madness. Dubbed as The Book, the sportsbooks opened at the Valley River Casino and at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee.

The sportsbook at the Valley River Casino has a 32-foot ultra-high definition screen and comfortable reclining chairs. It boasts of a total of gour ticket-writer windows and five self-service betting kiosks.