The Palms Las Vegas Opening Date is Being Delayed

Palms Las Vegas

The Palms Casino-Resort in Las Vegas is one of the most popular venues located off the Strip. Unfortunately, it’s remained closed since the mass casino shutdowns back in March. New reports claim the Palms Las Vegas will likely stay shut down until tourism rates return to normal.

This property is owned by Station Casinos, which has kept several of its major casinos closed over the past eleven months. Today, we’ll talk about Station Casinos’ plans for the future. We’ll also discuss when the Palms might finally reopen.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Casino Companies Fear Domestic Travel Restrictions

For almost a year, the city of Las Vegas has been struggling to bring in tourists. That’s made things extremely difficult for the casino companies operating here. These companies rely on tourists and have seen significant drops in revenue due to their low visitation rates.

Not many expected that tourism would still be low in February of 2021. Despite these company’s best efforts, attracting players remains a difficult task. The global health crisis is far from over and many are unwilling to travel during this time.

There is now a real fear that new rules on domestic air travel may soon be implemented. President Joe Biden recently announced he may order a negative PCR test in order to board any aircraft. This would likely take a devastating toll on the airline industry.

Major tourism hubs would also suffer. Las Vegas is finding it difficult enough to bring in visitors right now. If testing is required within the country, it’s likely that even fewer individuals will decide to make the trip over to this gambling and entertainment destination.

The Las Vegas International Airport continues to see massive declines in the number of incoming travelers. In December of 2020, the airport saw a staggering 60% drop in travelers when compared to the same month in 2019. It’s a difficult situation that no one seems to have an answer for.

Station Casinos has been hit hard by the events unfolding around the world. Unfortunately, it appears this company isn’t quite ready to open one of its most beloved properties.

Station Casinos Chooses Against Opening Palms Las Vegas

Most of the world’s biggest casino companies operate gambling venues in the city of Las Vegas. That includes MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands. Station Casinos has been operating here for decades and owns some of the most popular casino-resorts located off of the Strip.

One of Station Casinos’ most successful venues is Palms Casino-Resort. This company purchased this hotel-casino in 2016 and has worked hard on renovations and improvements. The casino (and all others in Las Vegas) was forced to close down in March and has remained shut down since that time.

Unfortunately, it seems that Palms Las Vegas will remain closed until tourism numbers begin to increase significantly. Red Rock Resorts CEO Frank Fertitta claims restrictions are more intense now than ever before. As a result, keeping properties closed remains the best option.

“I think the Palms is very oriented towards the tourist market visitation to Las Vegas,” Fertitta said. “[We’re working on] getting that business to return to normal. And in the local properties, we’re going to continue to look at how the older demographic response, given the vaccine, and get business back to normal before we do anything unless we’re certain that we can be cash-flow positive.”

Station Casinos is known for its business-first approach towards all of its properties. Officials within the company clearly believe that now is not the time to reopen casinos. This is unlikely to take place until the company can see a positive revenue flow.

Many are disappointed to hear the news. The Palms has been one of the best options for visitors to Las Vegas interested in staying off the Strip. For now, this property and many others will keep their doors closed.

LV Casino Companies Remain Optimistic for Upcoming Tourism Boom

Las Vegas has been the hardest-hit US city, from an economic standpoint, over the past year. An incredible number of jobs have been lost here. Many of the biggest and most powerful companies here continue to see major revenue drops.

There is reason to be optimistic, though. Many believe that as more people around the country receive vaccines, travel will begin to increase. Hope is that summer of 2020 brings about a massive new surge of travelers to the city.

Some incredible new casino-resorts will be opening their doors in this city over the next year, as well. That includes Resorts World Las Vegas. This massive new property is being constructed on the northern area of the Strip. It’s expected to be one of the most impressive casino-resorts ever opened in the city.

The new Virgin Hotel-Casino will also be opening its doors in Las Vegas this year. It’s an exciting move for the Virgin brand. This will be the company’s first foray into the casino industry and it’s clear this property will offer patrons something special.

There’s a chance the Palms Las Vegas will finally open its doors this summer, as well. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Are you surprised to hear the Palms is remaining closed? When do you think this property will open? Let us know in the comments section below.

Jobs at Resorts World Las Vegas Are Already Filling Up

Resorts World Las Vegas

This summer, one of the biggest and most exciting casino-resorts ever built will open its doors in Las Vegas. Resorts World is expected to be an incredible new property for the city. This week, reports surfaced that many of the jobs at Resorts World are already filling up.

Tens of thousands of individuals have applied to work inside this brand-new casino. Many are excited to see what this venue has to offer. Today, we’ll take a quick look at the details of this new casino-resort.

Let’s get into it!

Resorts World Still Prepares for Summer 2021 Opening Date

Las Vegas is home to many of the world’s best casino-resorts. The majority of them are located on the Las Vegas Strip. This area boasts several multi-billion-dollar properties and regularly draws millions of individuals every single year.

It seems like every few years, another amazing casino-resort opens its doors here. Casino companies recognize the revenue potential in this city. Of course, revenue from this industry has been dropping considerably when compared to years prior.

Despite the recent difficulties, Resorts World continues to plan for a summer 2021 opening. This property has been under construction for many years. It cost $4.3 billion to construct, making it the most expensive casino ever built in Las Vegas.

There’s a lot to look forward to here. Resorts World features more than 111,000 square feet of gaming space and 3,500 rooms for guests. It has a unique Asian theme with some of the most high-tech amenities ever seen inside a casino-resort.

From an entertainment standpoint, this property is expected to be amazing. A 5,000-seat theater will open here. The Resorts World will also be home to several world-class restaurants.

It’s no surprise to see people already preparing to visit Resorts World when it opens. It now appears that a huge number of people are also looking forward to working inside this property.

Tens of Thousands Are Now Applying for Jobs at Resorts World Las Vegas

It’s becoming clear that Resorts World Las Vegas will be one of the most impressive gambling venues ever built. It’s truly state-of-the-art and should help to significantly boost tourism into the northern area of the Las Vegas Strip. An official opening date has not yet been revealed, yet it is guaranteed to take place sometime this summer.

Many are now looking for the opportunity to work inside this property. Resorts World recently announced that it needs to hire around 6,000 individuals. That news spread like wildfire, and more than 85,000 people have now sent in their applications.

Lori Calderon, executive director of talent acquisition for this property, spoke about this situation to the media this week.

“We’re waking up at night sometimes and taking notes, I’m doing that myself,” Lori said. “We’re identifying individuals every day who will be receiving offers. The time is now. It’s a large applicant pool, and we’re going to continue to communicate with applicants as much as we can. It’s a big job and we still have a lot of work to do.”

This surge of applications isn’t entirely surprising. A staggering number of residents in Las Vegas lost their jobs after the shutdowns back in March. Many of these individuals are still without work.

Hope is that Resorts World can make up for some of this job loss. Of course, only a fraction of those that applied will end up receiving a job inside this property.

Resorts World is perhaps the most exciting new gambling venue to open in Las Vegas in years. It’s not the only new property openings its doors here, though.

More Properties Scheduled to Open in Las Vegas in 2021

The past eleven months have been extremely challenging for the city of Las Vegas. This city remains the world’s biggest entertainment hub. Unfortunately, tourism remains low here and many of the casino-resorts are struggling to bring in revenue.

This isn’t stopping new casinos from opening up here. In fact, Las Vegas will see several exciting new properties opening their doors over the next year. That includes Resorts World Las Vegas in the north of the Strip.

One property that people are excited about is the new Virgin Hotel-Casino. This venue will open where the Hard Rock Hotel-Casino formerly sat. It’s Virgin’s first foray into the casino industry and many expect it to be one of the city’s best new venues.

This hotel-casino was expected to open its doors in February. That date has since been pushed back. It now seems this new casino will be opening its doors sometime over the next couple of months.

Several other small casinos will be opening here soon, too. These venues will help the city’s struggling job market considerably. The jobs at Resorts World Las Vegas are already filling up with the venue’s opening date now just around the corner.

Are you excited to see Resorts World opening up? Let us know in the comments section below!

Three Top LV Casino Companies Earned a Prestigious Award This Week

Las Vegas Casinos

Las Vegas has been through a lot over the past year. It’s still home to most of the world’s best casino-resorts, though. This week, three of the top LV casino companies earned a prestigious award from Fortune magazine.

It’s a huge accomplishment for these properties. Unfortunately, they still have a long road back to total recovery with the situation the land-based casino industry is in. Today, we’ll talk about which Las Vegas-based companies earned these awards this week.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Casinos Hope for Tourism Boost Over Super Bowl Weekend

Las Vegas is still doing the best with what it has. Since March, the world’s most popular entertainment hub has been struggling. Tourism numbers remain low here and casinos continue to see dips in their monthly revenue figures.

There is no clear way to remedy this situation. Las Vegas is a city that relies heavily on its tourism industry. Without regular visitors heading to the city, many of the businesses here simply cannot stay afloat.

That includes the massive casino-resorts dotting the city. Even major properties such as The Palazzo have been forced to close for certain times of the week to cut down on costs. Until tourism returns to normal, the city will be kept under stress.

Many of the major casino-resorts here are now doing everything they can to bring in tourists for Super Bowl weekend. In the past, this has been a hugely successful time for the gambling properties here. Things will be significantly different this year than they have in the past, though.

Casino-resorts are doing what they can. Circa Las Vegas announced it was bringing back its hugely-popular Super Bowl betting squares game. Some of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are offering discounted room rates.

It’s a difficult time for the entire casino and entertainment industry. This week, some of the casino companies in Las Vegas were awarded for the excellence they bring to their guests and employees. Here’s what we know about this situation!

Fortune Lists Three Top LV Casino Companies on “Most Admired” List

Becoming one of the most powerful gaming companies in American isn’t easy. It takes a lot of work to get to where many of the casino companies based in Las Vegas are. Fortunately, many of these companies still work hard to do right by their patrons and employees.

This week, Fortune Magazine released its annual list of “most admired companies.” This year, three of the top LV casino companies were named. That includes Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts, and MGM Resorts International.

The companies that earn a spot on this list are judged on nine different criteria. It seems that Fortune was impressed with how these casino operators handled the events that unfolded in 2020. Patrick Dumont, President and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, spoke about the award in a news release this week.

“We’ve built an enduring reputation as a global business leader on the foundation of innovative hospitality concepts, solid operational execution and financial performance, and a strong dedication to being a good corporate citizen,” Dumont said. 

This is a huge accomplishment for these companies. It may also help officials within these companies gain some confidence that they are on the right path. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that these awards will help to increase the visitation number inside properties.

Hopefully, we see tourism numbers in Las Vegas gradually increase over the next few months. We’ll be sure to offer updates on this situation.

There’s Still Time to Bet on Super Bowl LV Online

Super Bowl 55 officially takes place on February 7 in Tampa, Florida. It’s expected to be a huge game with more viewers than any before in history. Land-based sports betting on the big game may drop, yet analysts expect a massive surge in online Super Bowl betting this year.

There are now a huge number of fantastic online sportsbooks operating around the entire country. One of the most popular is Bovada. This site launched in 2011 and has grown to become one of the biggest and most trusted internet sportsbooks in the United States.

Bovada is offering some tremendous odds on Super Bowl LV. With just a few days remaining until game day, the Kansas City Chiefs are listed as the -160 favorites. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come in as the +140 underdogs.

Even the best football analysts are having a difficult time predicting how this game will play out. The Chiefs have one of the best offensive rosters in the NFL. Tom Brady has looked great with Tampa Bay lately, however, and might be able to use his experience to earn another championship victory.

Those lucky enough to head to Las Vegas this weekend will be treated to some fun Super Bowl parties. It’s also easy to bet on the game and enjoy it from home now, too. Stay tuned for a recap of all the action once the game concludes on Sunday.

Are you surprised to see three LV casino companies make Fortune’s “most admired” list? Let us know in the comments section below!

Hard Rock Atlantic City is Giving Out Big Employee Bonuses

Hard Rock Atlantic City

Atlantic City’s casino industry has been through a lot lately. The same can be said for the thousands of individuals that work inside these venues. Fortunately, news is now breaking that Hard Rock Atlantic City plans to give out an incredible $1 million worth of bonuses to its employees.

It’s great news for the workers here. Atlantic City still has a long road to get back to normal, though. Today, we’ll discuss Hard Rock’s plans and look at how some of the other casinos in New Jersey are faring right now.

Let’s get into it!

New Jersey’s Casino Revenue is Down, Sports Betting Revenue is Up

Back in the 1980s, Atlantic City developed into one of the country’s premier gambling destinations. Major developers moved into the city and opened world-class casinos. Tourism numbers began to boom and revenue was increasing every month.

Things began to decline throughout the 90s and by the mid-2000s, this city was struggling immensely. Many of the casinos here were forced to permanently close their doors. There was a time when it seemed like Atlantic City would never recover.

Incredibly, things began to turn around in mid-2018 when the Supreme Court removed PASPA, giving New Jersey the ability to finally legalize sports betting. Many sportsbooks almost instantly began operating. This led to a surge of new tourism and valuable revenue for the casinos here.

Unfortunately, 2020 halted much of the progress the casinos have been making lately. For several months of the year, the casinos here were forced to completely shut down. When they finally did reopen, they were forced to operate at a limited capacity and with intense regulations set in place.

Casino revenue remains low here. Sports betting, however, has been on a steady rise in New Jersey. Online sports gambling has been surging particularly high lately. The state’s sports betting operations are expected to bring in a huge amount of revenue as Super Bowl LV approaches.

Hard Rock Atlantic City continues to struggle. Despite that fact, the casino plans to give its guests bonuses over the next few weeks.

Hard Rock Atlantic City Employees Are Set to Receive Bonuses

Casino workers have been under some serious stress lately. A huge number of them were laid off after the casino shutdowns in March. Many casinos are now reopened, yet continue to see low visitation rates.

The Hard Rock Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City opened its doors again over the summer. Since that time, Hard Rock has been working hard to bring in more players. It hasn’t been easy and no one seems to know when things will begin to return to normal.

This week, news broke that Hard Rock Atlantic City is set to give out $1 million worth of bonuses to its employees. More than 2,000 of the casino’s employees are set to receive one of these bonuses. It comes as a thank-you to the workers who have worked during these difficult times.

Hard Rock Chairman Jim Allen spoke about the company’s new plans to the media this week.

“We believe that this continued support of our employees, and our belief that this will continue to enhance our respect and appreciation that we’ve provided to them and that they have given back to us, will continue to grow customer service in the property, and more importantly, continue to separate us from the rest of the industry,” he said. “We know Atlantic City still has a great history behind it, and still has a better history in front of it.”

It has been confirmed that these bonuses will be reflected in the paychecks distributed this week. The specific amounts will vary depending on every worker’s position. It’s a fantastic move for Hard Rock and one that its employees can appreciate.

Officials within Hard Rock are optimistic that things will improve as the year goes on. Just about all of the other casino companies are hopeful of this, as well.

NJ Casinos Hope for a Tourism Boom by Summertime

2020 seemed to prove how vulnerable the US casino industry really is. If tourism stops, casinos are unable to bring in players. That is exactly what happened in places like Macau, Las Vegas, and Atlantic City.

Casinos are still doing everything they can to bring in more players. Boosting tourism isn’t as easy as it might sound at a time like this, though. Many major casinos are now hoping that with effective vaccine distribution, travel will begin to surge around the country.

No one seems to know what to expect. Some feel that vaccine distribution will end up allowing more to take trips. Some analysts believe most will want to travel within the US and to fun entertainment hubs such as Atlantic City.

There are some who are less optimistic, though. New variants of the virus spreading around the country cast doubt on vaccine efficacy. That could lead to additional surges around the country and more travel restrictions being set in place.

It’s a difficult time for the entire casino industry. Fortunately, there are some good things taking place with casinos in different parts of the country. Hard Rock Atlantic City is even working hard to give its employees bonuses right now.

When do you expect Atlantic City to return to normal? Let us know in the comments section below!

Casino Winnings in Nevada Took a Dive in December

Las Vegas City

Nevada’s casino industry has been doing everything it can to draw in visitors from around the country. Tourism remains low here, however, and many of the casinos are struggling to bring in revenue. New reports shed light on the casino winnings in Nevada earned during the month of December.

Things are clearly still difficult for major casino hubs around the US. It’s difficult to say when things will completely return to normal. Today, we’ll take a look at how much money the casinos in Las Vegas managed to bring in last December.

Let’s get into it!

Casino Owners Hope Vaccines Boost Tourism in Las Vegas

It has been almost a year since the casinos in Las Vegas first shut down to the public. It was an unprecedented moment for the city. The tourism industry here came to a screeching halt and casino owners were left in the dark of when the city would reopen.

Nevada’s casinos began to reopen in June. Over the summer, tourism into the city slowly began to increase. Numbers remained far below what was seen in 2019, yet casinos were happy to see an influx of visitors.

As the colder months approached, tourism rates dropped once again. Health experts began warning against any unnecessary travel. Due to the drop in visitors here, many of the casinos in Las Vegas were forced to close during weekdays.

There is reason to be optimistic. Many analysts believe that with effective vaccine distribution, places like Las Vegas could begin seeing a surge of new visitors. There are high hopes that leisure travel will begin to surge again by the time summer rolls around.

It’s a fascinating time for this city. Several massive new casino-resorts are scheduled to open in Las Vegas over the next eleven months. All of the casino operators are hopeful that things begin to turn around over the next several months.

For now, Las Vegas is still struggling. December proved to be a very rough month for the casinos here. We’re now seeing exactly how much money was brought in.

Casino Winnings in Nevada Dropped by 35% in December

Casinos around the country saw double-digit revenue drops throughout most of 2020. As winter approached, revenue earnings dropped considerably. This week, the reports on casino revenue in Nevada during December finally came out.

These reports confirm that Nevada saw an astounding 35.35% drop in GGR during December. All of the casinos throughout the state brought in just $683.7 million over the month. It’s a significant drop from the more than $1 billion earned the same month a year prior.

The Las Vegas Strip recorded the biggest loss of nearly 50% in year-on-year revenue. This area of the city is home to the biggest and most-expensive casinos in the state. Unfortunately, the Strip brought in just $292 million during December.

Casino winnings in Nevada are still low. Every single part of the state saw a significant drop in earnings last month. Based on the state of the country, many analysts expect revenue earnings to be even lower for the month of January.

Las Vegas isn’t the only casino hub to see a significant dip in revenue. Every city that is home to a casino industry is hurting right now. That includes several popular gambling destinations on the East Coast.

Atlantic City is facing many of the same issues that Las Vegas is. Fortunately, this city is still seeing money come in from its profitable sports betting industry.

Atlantic City’s Sports Betting Industry Continues to Surge

Since May of 2018, the US sports betting industry has grown exponentially. More than half the country now has a regulated sports betting up and running. That includes New Jersey, which continues to see huge revenue earnings from its sports betting options.

Here, both land-based and online sports betting is perfectly legal. In 2020, the online sports gambling options here saw a major increase in popularity. New Jersey saw its all-time sports betting handle record broken on several occasions throughout the year.

Revenue from this industry continues to surge. It comes at a great time. The casinos in Atlantic City are still struggling to bring in players right now. Fortunately, these casinos are still managing to bring in money via sports gambling.

The gambling industry in Atlantic City is about to get some more competition. Soon, a new casino-resort will be opening its doors in Philadelphia. That of course is the Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia.

It will be interesting to see if this new PA gambling venue takes away from Atlantic City’s gambling revenue. Many are also curious to see if this property manages to see large revenue increases.

Are you surprised to see where casino winnings in Nevada stand in December? When do you expect things to improve here? Let us know in the comments section below!

LVS Continues to Push for Legal Casinos in Texas

Texas State Flag

Texas is known for its hardline stance towards the gambling industry. Lawmakers here have worked hard to ban virtually all traditional forms of gambling in the state. That could soon change, though. Las Vegas Sands is working hard to finally allow legal casinos in Texas.

Many are excited to see Texas make this change. There are still a huge number of questions that surround this entire situation, though. Today, we’ll talk about what LVS has planned in the Lone Star State.

Here’s what we know about this situation!

The Past Ten Months Have Been Tough for Las Vegas Sands

Most gambling fans have heard of Las Vegas Sands before. This company was founded decades ago by Sheldon Adelson. It has since grown into one of the most powerful gambling companies in the world.

Prior to 2020, this company was doing fantastic. LVS owns and operates casinos around the world. It’s major casino-resorts in Las Vegas and Macau were bringing in an incredible amount of money every single month. Then, in March of last year, all of the casinos around the US were ordered to shut down.

Places like Las Vegas saw their revenue figures immediately plummet. Casinos here remained closed for months and no one could accurately say when things would turn around. Finally, in June, the casinos in Las Vegas began to open back up.

Unfortunately, casino revenue from Las Vegas and Macau has been extremely low over the past twelve months. As a result, Las Vegas Sands began closing their biggest venues for certain times of the week. Company officials even claim they are interested in selling some of their biggest casino-resorts entirely.

To make things worse, CEO Sheldon Adelson passed away earlier this year. It was a huge blow for Las Vegas Sands and only intensified what has already been a difficult time. LVS is still pushing hard for recovery and has some big plans for the future.

That includes a break into Texas. This state is known for its tough gambling laws, yet LVS seems to feel it can make a change here.

Will We See Legal Casinos in Texas in the Next Few Years?

Despite the complications they’ve faced, US casino companies continue looking to expand. We’ve seen a large number of major casino deals take place over the past few months. Many of these companies are working hard to break into developing casino destinations.

That is certainly the case with Las Vegas Sands. This company has been doing everything it can to increase revenue right now. Lately, officials within LVS have been pushing hard to allow commercial casinos in the state of Texas.

Lawmakers in Texas haven’t embraced this idea. Here, not even tribal casinos are able to legally operate. Residents in this state often flock to nearby Oklahoma to play at the state’s many world-class casinos.

Las Vegas Sands is now arguing that legalizing casinos will help to keep money in the state of Texas. It should also help to bring in more visitors from around the country. Governor Greg Abboud now claims it should be up to state voters on whether or not to allow casinos.

“All that will happen in the Legislature this next session is for the state Legislature to put it on the ballot and to let voters decide,” Abboud said. “And then business leaders and community groups and the policymakers need to get involved in the process and make sure that this is done the right way.”

Anti-gambling groups are already pushing against the idea of legal casinos in Texas. There are some that feel it will result in an increase in crime and other societal issues. The state needs money right now, however, and casinos could be an effective way to generate revenue.

It’s an interesting time for the country’s gambling industry. We’ll offer more information on this situation over the next few months!

US Casino Revenue is Still Dropping Quickly

The events in 2020 had a devastating impact on the US casino industry. Never before have casinos around the country been forced to close down. Even today, this industry has a long way to go before it gets back to the revenue seen in 2019.

There was a time when it seemed as if US casino companies were bouncing back in a big way. Travel restrictions began to loosen during the summer months and more visitors started heading to casino hubs such as Las Vegas. As the colder winter months approached, however, this trend came to a complete halt.

We’re still beginning to see the effects that 2020’s fourth quarter had on casino companies. Over October, November, and December, Las Vegas Sands saw an incredible 67% drop in revenue. It’s a larger dip than many analysts predicted.

This company managed to bring in just $1.15 billion over Q4 of 2020. That’s down considerably from the $3.51 billion seen in 2019. It goes to show how difficult the times are even for the largest gaming operators in the country.

Other casino companies including Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts are also seeing massive revenue drops. It’s unclear when exactly this trend will change. Perhaps Texas could help to turn things around for these companies. We’ll be sure to offer updates over the next couple of months.

Do you think we’ll see legal casinos in Texas anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Pass Casino in Henderson is Expected to Open Soon!


Casino Floor In Michigan

Clark County Nevada is home to many of the world’s best casinos. Many new ones are expected to open their doors in 2021. New reports indicate The Pass Casino in Henderson will officially be opening to the public sometime this year.

Many are excited to see this venue open. It’s replacing one of Henderson’s favorite gambling venues. Today, we’re going to talk about the details of this new casino.

Here’s what we know!

Nevada’s Casino Industry is Still Struggling

For decades, Nevada was home to the biggest and most successful casino industry in the United States. A huge number of incredible casino-resorts are located here, the majority of which saw large revenue figures every month. In March of last year, all of the casinos in this state completely closed down to the public.

This had a devastating effect on the state’s economy. Places like Las Vegas immediately saw their tourism numbers plummet. That, in turn, led to a significant drop in gambling revenue and many businesses started to suffer.

The casinos in Las Vegas were given permission to reopen in June. Tourism numbers remained low, however, and many of the major casino-resorts here were forced to adjust their operating hours to save money. Even today, some of the largest gaming venues here are still closed during the weekdays.

The Las Vegas Strip accounted for nearly all of the revenue earned between July of 2019 and June of 2020. This area of the city is still the most successful for the casinos in Nevada. Things are far from ideal, though.

Nearby Henderson is also seeing a drop in tourism and gambling revenue. This city isn’t necessarily known as a major gambling hub, yet there are several popular casinos. Soon, a new casino will be opening its doors here.

Many of the locals in Henderson are getting excited. Here’s what we know about this new gambling property.

Here’s What We Know About the Pass Casino in Henderson

Henderson is a city of just over 300,000 individuals. Located directly next to Las Vegas, it’s no surprise that several great casinos are located here. Several of them are located on Water Street and have been working hard to attract new players.

Back in 1993, Boyd Gaming acquired one of the casinos here and renamed it Eldorado Casino. It became a hit with locals and helped to bring in most visitors to the city of Henderson. In 2007, this venue underwent a major renovation.

Obviously, the events that unfolded in 2020 took a devastating toll on many casino companies in Nevada. Last year, news broke that Boyd Gaming agreed to sell the Eldorado Casino to DeSimone Gaming. This company announced it planned to renovate and rebrand this venue.

This week, news broke that this new casino is being called The Pass Casino and is expected to open sometime later this year. It will have a modern design and will open several new, fresh restaurants. Residents are also excited to see what this new casino has to offer.

It doesn’t come at the easiest time. Hope is that by the time The Pass Casino in Henderson opens, the US casino industry is in a much better position than it currently finds itself in. There is reason to be optimistic.

Many analysts expect that 2021 could be a great year for Nevada. Here’s a look at why exactly that is.

Vaccines Could Help to Turn Things Around for Las Vegas This Year

Like all major tourism hubs, Las Vegas is a place that relies on visitors. Millions of people come here to take part in the gambling, entertainment, and nightlife. These visitors then help to fund many of the other businesses that cater to tourists.

When tourism stopped here, the city seemed to stop, too. Even today, there is a notable decrease in tourism and casinos continue to feel the effects. Some feel that by summertime, we will begin seeing a major increase in visitors once again.

Vaccine distribution could help to achieve that goal. Many people around the country are still against traveling right now due to health concerns. If more people are vaccinated, it seems likely that places like Las Vegas will see a spike in tourism.

Just about everyone wants to see this happen. 2021 is expected to be a big year for the city. Most notably, Resorts World Las Vegas will be opening its doors this summer. It’s the most expensive casino-resort ever built in Las Vegas and is expected to be one-of-a-kind.

Other nearby cities would benefit from an increase in tourism, too. The Pass Casino in Henderson would love to see more players coming in from around the country. We’ll be sure to report on the tourism numbers in Clark County over the next few months.

Are you excited to hear about the new casino coming to Henderson? When do you expect Las Vegas to begin seeing a large increase in visitors? Let us know in the comments section below!

Hard Rock Casino Near Bakersfield Gets Approval from Federal Government

Casinos in California
The Hard Rock Cafe & Casino project near Bakersfield moved one step closer to becoming a reality after the federal government gave its approval for the Tejon Indian Tribe to operate a casino venue at the proposed location.

In a statement, Tejon Indian Tribe chairman Octavio Escobedo III said:

“From the start of our relationship with the United States government in 1851, our Tribe has fought for a homeland for our people. Today we are two major steps closer to that dream. The Department’s decision enables us to move closer to the promise of self-determination through economic development.”

Up to Gov. Newsom Now

As reported by the Bakersfield Californian, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney issued a secretarial decision that that found the proposed Bakersfield casino site suitable for the Tejon Indian Tribe’s plans. In the decision, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs wrote that the Bakersfield casino best allows the Tejon Indian Tribe to be self-sufficient and maintain a stable source of income for government projects.

The environmental review process began as early as 2016. With the Federal Government’s determination, the onus is now with Gov. Gavin Newsom, who must concur with the decision of the Federal Government within a year. If the governor agrees, the U.S. Department of Interior will take the land into trust and the tribe will finally have a land they can call home.

A $600M Project

The Tejon Indian Tribe Bakersfield casino project is located in Mettler which is about 14 miles away from Bakersfield. The tribe is planning to build a 166,500 square foot gaming venue there, along with an 11-storey luxury hotel. The hotel building will have 400 rooms, more than 10 restaurants, a convention space, as well as a Hard Rock live events center. A sheriff’s office, fire station, and an RV park are also be built on the site.

The Bakersfield casino project has an estimated cost of $600M and the entire complex is expected to support 3,000 full-time jobs once operational. Hard Rock consultant Scott Nielson said that there are still several steps that need to be completed before an official timeline for the project could be made public.

NC’s Kings Mountain Casino Could Go Under Construction Soon

North Carolina Flag

For years, the South Carolina-based Catawba Nation tribe has been pushing to open a Las Vegas-style casino in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Many are pushing against these plans and claim the tribe does not have the right to open this venue in the state. There is progress being made, however, and it seems likely that NC’s Kings Mountain Casino could soon go under construction.

It’s exciting news for gambling fans in this area of the state. Today, we’ll talk about some of the new developments surrounding this property. We will also look at some of the other ways that the gambling industry in North Carolina is expanding.

Let’s get into it!

Looking Back at the Catawba Nation’s Move into North Carolina

North Carolina is known for being somewhat of an anti-gambling state. For decades, the lawmakers here pushed against allowing any traditional forms of gambling. A state lottery was eventually approved and Native American-run casinos began opening here shortly after.

The Catawba Nation is working to take advantage of this new leniency towards the gambling industry. For years, officials within the tribe have been pushing to open a new casino-resort in North Carolina. The tribe has faced serious push-back recently.

The Cherokee Tribe currently operates several popular casinos in North Carolina. This tribe is arguing that the Catawba Nation has no legal right to open a gambling property in this state. Some feel it’s a valid point, as the Catawba are based in South Carolina.

Some within the federal government are also pushing against the tribe’s plans. It’s a difficult situation that could take years to settle.

There is some progress being made. Governor Roy Cooper has been in negotiations with the tribe over the past few years. This week, these two groups reached an important new agreement. It could help to begin construction on this new property.

Here’s what you need to know about this proposed casino-resort.

Roy Cooper Approves Revenue Plan for NC’s Kings Mountain Casino

North Carolina has been slowly expanding its gambling industry over the past decade. This is proving to be a great decision for the state. The casinos and other various regulated gambling options here are bringing the state a large amount of revenue every month.

Governor Roy Cooper has been working hard to settle the dispute between the Catawba Nation and the Cherokees. As we just mentioned, he has been in intense negotiations with these tribes in recent weeks. Today, news broke that Cooper officially approved a new revenue plan for this casino-resort.

This is a huge move for the Catawba Nation. Approving this revenue plan could even allow for the tribe to begin construction on this venue. That is according to the tribe, yet some feel federal approval is still necessary.

Not everyone is excited about this news. Principal Chief Richard Sneed of the Cherokee Tribe released a statement about this situation to the media this week. He believes future legal battles will keep this property from ever being built.

“This compact changes nothing,” Sneed said. “We continue to believe the courts will affirm the illegality of this casino and when that happens, the Catawba agreement will be nothing more than a worthless piece of paper.”

The Catawba continue to discuss the economic benefits this property will bring. It could bring thousands of jobs to the area and millions of dollars in annual tax revenue for the state. This alone could push NC’s leaders to finally approve this property. It won’t be the only new gambling option coming to this state.

North Carolina’s Sportsbooks Are Expected to Launch Soon

It’s been fascinating to see North Carolina’s gambling industry expand recently. Over a year ago, lawmakers here approved a measure to legalize and regulate sports betting. To the disappointment of many NC residents, none of the state’s sports betting platforms have officially gone live.

Under the current regulations, North Carolina will only allow land-based sports betting. These wagers will need to be placed inside licensed venues. Many have been openly calling for the state to allow online sports betting, too. The other states that allow internet sports betting are earning a massive amount of revenue each month.

That may come in the future. In the meantime, only land-based sports betting is set to be allowed here. Many expect the first sportsbooks to officially launch in this state sometime in the next few months.

Two sportsbooks have already been constructed here. Both sit within tribal casinos in the state. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see NC’s Kings Mountain Casino open a sportsbook to the public in the future, too.

There is still no official word on when these sportsbooks will open. State officials are doing a last-minute review of the plans. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on this situation as soon as they come out.

Do you think the Catawba Nation should be allowed to open a casino in North Carolina? Let us know in the comments section below!

Andrew Yang Supports New York City Casino Plans

Andrew Yang

For years, several officials in New York have been pushing to open a new casino-resort in New York City. This idea is now beginning to gain attention from powerful individuals in the state. That includes Andrew Yang. New reports claim that Yang now supports the New York City casino plans.

It’s exciting news for gambling proponents in this state. Some, however, feel this isn’t the right time to discuss opening a casino in the city. Today, we’ll talk about what exactly might be coming to New York City in the future.

Let’s get into it!

New York’s Casinos Are Continuing to Struggle

For many years, New York was known as one of the most anti-gambling states in the country. Lawmakers here began cracking down on this industry decades ago due to its connection with crime groups. Some felt that we’d never see a booming casino industry here.

Eventually, the state began allowing Native American-run casinos to begin operating in the state. These grew extremely popular with residents and revenue started to increase. In 2013, officials in New York decided to pass a bill to allow commercial casinos in the state.

This was a huge moment for the country’s gambling industry. It became clear that New York saw the upside in gambling. Several commercial casinos have since opened in the state, mostly in the Upstate area.

2020 proved to be a devastating year for New York’s casino industry. In March, all of the casinos here were forced to shut down. They reopened over the summer, yet all of the casinos in the state have seen extremely low revenue figures since that time. Some are at risk of a permanent shutdown.

New York isn’t alone in this situation. All major casino destinations around the US are seeing extremely low revenue figures right now. It’s a complicated issue that even the top gaming experts are having a difficult time solving.

Could opening a casino-resort in New York City help things? Some certainly think so. That includes one man currently pushing to become mayor of NYC.

More Show Support for New York City Casino Plans

It’s clear that New York has changed its stance on gambling over the past few years. Interestingly, nearly all of the casinos in this state are located in the Upstate area. Many state leaders have been hesitant to allow any casinos in New York City.

Some now feel this is the time to make a change. We’ve seen several states open major casino-resorts lately. Prior to 2020, these venues were proving to be hugely successful. Even Chicago has recently approved a measure to open a new casino-resort.

This week, NYC Mayor-hopeful Andrew Yang gave his opinion on this situation. He addresses the fact that casinos can bring a variety of issues. Ultimately, however, he supports the New York City casino plans due to the massive revenue potential.

“We need big ideas,” Yang tweeted this week. “There are many downsides of casinos but the upside is $700m+ recurring annually largely from tourists now going to CT and NJ. That’s money for teachers, hospitals and other services. We should be trying to grow revenue where possible.”

Yang certainly has a point. Many gambling fans based in New York City are heading to neighboring states to play their favorite casino games. Opening a gambling venue in the city would help to keep this money inside the state.

It will be interesting to see if these plans move forward over the next few years. Many feel that Andrew Yang will end up becoming the next Mayor of NYC. Perhaps he will push these casino plans forward. Stay tuned for updates!

Will New York Approve Mobile Sports Betting This Year?

The casino industry in New York is growing at a steady pace. Prior to 2020, this industry was helping to bring the state valuable revenue in the form of taxes. Hope is that casinos here begin seeing pre-pandemic levels of revenue over the next few months.

As many know, New York also legalized sports betting years ago. Unfortunately, only land-based sports wagers are available here. It’s unusual, as online sports betting has proven to be a far more lucrative industry.

Many are now calling for mobile gambling to finally be approved in 2021. There are several bills to start regulating this form of gambling moving through the legislative process. Many believe lawmakers will give online sports betting the green light this year.

That will be bad news for New Jersey. This state has seen massive revenue figures from its online sports gambling industry over the past twelve months. Many sports fans in New York make the move into New Jersey’s borders in order to place online sports wagers.

If New York’s online sports betting industry goes live, this money will stay inside the state. It’s a similar thought process to the New York City casino plans. Officials in the state are tired of seeing money go into other parts of the country.

Do you think a casino should open in New York City? Would this be successful? Let us know in the comments section below.