Marriot Providing $10M Worth in Hotel Stays for Healthcare Workers

Marriott International Logo RedIn a positive trend that we’ve been seeing over the past couple weeks, Marriot International is joining other hotel properties like Diamond Resorts and Greektown in Detroit, Michigan in providing free stays for healthcare professionals fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

In their new initiative called “Rooms for Responders,” Marriot International will be offering complimentary rooms in cities across the US where the COVID-19 outbreak has been the most disruptive.

Those cities include New York City, the country’s coronavirus epicenter, Newark, N.J., Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.

Partnering with the American College of Emergency Physicians & Emergency Nurses Association

The hotel property has joined forces with the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Nurses Association to set up healthcare professionals with comped stays at the participating Marriot properties.

According to Mariott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson, American Express and JPMorgan Chase, the hotel’s credit card partners, will be joining in on their humanitarian effort.

Doctors and nurses, who have the biggest risk of catching COVID-19 since they’re in close, constant daily contact with patients, will be able to have a comfortable, clean, and safe space to rest their head after a long shift.

Complimentary hotel stays help in the fight against COVID-19 because it alleviates the worry that many healthcare workers or first responders have about getting their families or loved ones at home infected with the virus.

Community Caregiver Program

Outside of the free stays offered in the select cities where COVID-19 has made the biggest impact, Marriot International has also initiated their new Community Caregiver Program.

This program offers discounted rates to first responders and healthcare workers at over 2,500 of their properties. The initiative is beneficial for workers who are looking to book stays at locations that are closer to the hospitals they’re working at.

The initiative is available in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Properties Across US Offering Over 3 Million Hotel Rooms to Healthcare Workers

Hotel chains and independent properties have really stepped up to the plate during the coronavirus pandemic. They’re helping in the best way that they’re able to, providing a free stay to those who need it the most during the outbreak.

In a new nationwide initiative called “Hospitality for Hope,” over 15,000 hotels have signed up to match healthcare and emergency frontline workers with complimentary stays at participating properties.

Through this and several over initiatives that the hospitality industry have recently joined, a combined total of 3.4 million hotel rooms have been made available to our country’s healthcare workers in this desperate time of need.

According to Chip Rogers, President and CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), the company that organized Hospitality for Hope, the hospitality industry is “uniquely positioned” to support communities by taking care of frontline workers during this public health crisis.

Rogers explained that as an industry of people that’s used to taking care of people, now’s the time to really be there for our healthcare heroes and emergency workers who are putting their lives on the line every day just to keep the citizens of this country safe.

Stay Tuned

We are grateful for the hospitality industry for providing a safe haven for our country’s healthcare professional and first responders. During a time where their own industries have been rocked with economic loss, they’re still doing their part to give back in a major way.

Because these workers have a comfortable, free room to rest in and a space to keep themselves at a safe distance from their loved ones, we imagine it’s helping lift some of the stress out of their daily routines during this new normal.

While we can imagine how tough it is for these workers to be away from their families during this time, we imagine it helps remove the burden of worrying about whether or not their families will get sick.

Do you know someone who is a healthcare professional or frontline worker? Leave a shout-out to them in the comments below and give them our many thanks! We are humbled by your continued sacrifice.

Stay safe and healthy out there, everyone.

Governor Northam Amends Virginia’s Casino Legislation

For years, lawmakers in Virginia have been pushing to expand the state’s gambling industry. The legalization of casinos, they argue, would help to bring the state millions in additional revenue every single year. Unfortunately, Governor Northam has amended Virginia’s casino legislation and it’s unclear when casinos will be able to operate here.

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It’s disappointing news for gambling fans in this state. Today, we’re going to discuss when casinos may finally be able to operate here. We’ll also look at how other state’s casino industries are faring right now.

Let’s get into it!

Virginia’s Road to Casino Legalization

Virginia is one of the few states in the country that does not currently allow casino gambling. It wasn’t always this way, though. Many decades ago, this state had a large and successful gambling industry. Today, however, almost no legal forms of wagering are allowed here.

The first attempts to legalize casinos here appeared in the mid-90s. None of these early attempts made it to the Senate. That hasn’t stopped proponents of this industry from trying, though.

Recently, another major push to allow casinos has been taking place. This time, it appears things may actually be successful. Two different bills are being considered here to officially allow casinos in five different cities.

In February, news broke that lawmakers had advanced these bills. Several anti-gambling groups began voicing their concerns, claiming it would lead to higher rates of crime and gambling addiction. Despite these claims, state leaders seemed to be embracing the land-based casino industry.

Things are being delayed once again. News is now coming out that the Governor is amending the policy to allow casinos to start operating. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Governor Decides to Amend Virginia’s Casino Legislation

Allowing land-based casinos to operate in Virginia was never going to be easy. Completely new laws had to be introduced. This week, Governor Ralph Northam decided to delay things a little bit to ensure the money earned from legal casinos goes to the right place.

Governor Northam is now proposing an amendment that would use casino revenue to fund public school construction. Carter Hutchinson, deputy policy advisor for the Governor, recently spoke about the situation to the media.

“The governor is going to amend that provision of the bill that says roughly two-thirds of the [tax] revenue goes to the general fund,” he said. “He is going to amend that language to designate the funding go to school construction, renovation and repairs. The language is going to be relatively broad given the revenue from the casinos won’t start coming in for at least a couple years, probably more.”

Lawmakers in Virginia will meet once again on April 22nd to further discuss Virginia’s casino legislation. At this time, a decision will be made on whether or not to officially approve the new bills.

A 2019 study concluded that legalized casinos could bring Virginia $900 million within five years. A casino in Bristol could bring the state $15 million annually.

We’ll need to wait and see how things go later this month.

US Casino Industry Remains Shut Down

It’s an unusual time for Virginia to consider allowing land-based casinos. As most are well-aware, almost all land-based casinos in the state are completely shut down due to Covid-19. It’s unclear when this will change.

It’s a difficult situation. Health experts believe that casinos pose a serious risk for infection spread. Because of this, some feel it may be months before any land-based gaming venues are able to open again.

The casino shutdown has been seriously damaging for several states. Nevada, in particular, is losing out on an enormous amount of revenue right now. Several major casino operators in Las Vegas are losing millions of dollars every single day due to these regulations.

Atlantic City is beginning to suffer, as well. A recent report claims the city may begin losing $500 million every month. Unless things change, it will be extremely difficult for many casino companies to continue operations here.

Virginia’s casino legislation may soon be approved. It will be interesting to see how the new coronavirus affects these plans.

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

Opening of a New Casino in Pope County May be Delayed

Oklahoma is home to a huge number of popular tribal casinos. More are continuing to open around the state every few years. This weekend, the Cherokee Tribe’s attempt to open a new casino in Pope County started facing trouble from an anti-casino group in the state.

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It’s unfortunate news, especially considering the way the land-based casino industry is faring right now. Today, we’re going to take a look at why this group is pushing against the opening of the new gambling venue.

Let’s get into it!

All Casinos in Oklahoma Are Closed

This is the most unusual time in the history of the US gambling industry. Never before have all of the country’s casinos been forced to close. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening right now due to the spread of the new coronavirus, called Covid-19.

Since March, all casinos in the state of Oklahoma have been closed to the public. Health officials warn that these venues are ideal places for a virus to spread. It remains unclear when the state’s casinos will be able to open their doors again.

Obviously, this has resulted in a huge loss of revenue. Many Native American tribes in the state rely on their casinos for funding. Due to the closing of these venues, many are losing out on millions of dollars every single month.

Rates of Covid-19 continue to rise in Oklahoma. As of today, 1,868 individuals have been confirmed positive here. An additional 74 cases were recorded over the past 24 hours. Most experts believe the true number of cases is significantly higher.

As long as infection rates are increasing, casinos in the state are likely to remain shut down. That doesn’t mean certain groups aren’t already looking to the future, though. Unfortunately, even tribes looking to open new casinos in the state are facing backlash.

Anti-Gambling Group Fights Against New Casino in Pope County

Oklahoma’s casino laws are constantly changing. New regulations are occasionally introduced that allow for more gambling venues to be built in the state. Back in 2018, the state approved Constitutional Amendment 100, which allows a new casino to be constructed in Pope and Jefferson Counties.

Under the amendment, the new casinos must gain approval from local officials. Interestingly, a clause was introduced that claims only local officials present at the time of the application submittal need to approve the casino plans. Eventually, the Cherokee Tribe introduced plans to open a new casino in Pope County.

Local officials seemed happy with the proposed $38.8 million casino. Not everyone wants to see this venue built, though. A major anti-casino group in the state is now claiming that the approval of this casino goes against a restraining order set in place last December.

This group, called Citizens for a Better Pope County, sued the Racing Commission in December, resulting in a temporary restraining order. They now feel the Commission has no ability to approve a casino license while the restraining order is set in place.

“The Commission runs the risk of violating the [restraining order] with its announced course of action,” said Jerry Malone, an attorney for the Citizens for a Better Pope County. “Additionally, various counts in the Second Amended Complaint raise substantive allegations that it constitutes an illegal exaction for the Commission to expend taxpayer dollars in consideration of Cherokee Nation’s Good Cause Shown Application.” 

Members of the Cherokee Nation have not yet commented on this legal situation. We’ll need to wait and see what steps are taken to approve the new casino in Pope County over the next few weeks.

Oklahoma Lawmakers and Tribes Are Still Arguing in Court

The legal fight between the Cherokee and the anti-gambling group isn’t the only one taking place in Oklahoma. For months, other tribes in the state have been in a bitter dispute with Oklahoma’s leaders. This fight is all about gambling revenue.

Kevin Stitt, the Governor of Oklahoma, believes that the gaming compacts signed with tribes more than 15 years ago have expired. He claims it’s now time to negotiate the terms of these compacts. This includes seeing more of the casino revenue going to the state.

Stitt, along with many other state politicians, now believes that these tribes are operating their casinos illegally. Despite these opinions, the tribes are continuing to go about business as usual. Thus far, negotiations between the state and tribes have been largely unsuccessful.

Plans to open the new casino in Pope County have been introduced. It seemed as if they had been approved, as well. The Citizens for a Better Pope County are now working to keep this casino from ever opening its doors.

As we said earlier, this is a very unusual time for the state’s casino industry. Hopefully, things begin getting back to normal over the next month or two.

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

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is Dropping Charges Against NHL Player

Back in November of 2019, the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas announced that it was suing San Jose Sharks player Evander Kane for failing to pay back $500,000 in gambling markers. It now appears this lawsuit is ending. The Cosmopolitan has confirmed that it’s dropping charges against Kane this week.

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

This isn’t the first time a casino has asked for its money back. Today, we’re going to look at the details of this case. We’ll also talk about some of the other measures that the Cosmopolitan is taking right now.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Remains Shut Down Due to Covid-19

Over the past month, we’ve covered the progression of the new coronavirus. It’s now spread to hundreds of thousands of individuals around the country and many have lost their lives. Some cities are being impacted more than others.

New York is the worst hit in terms of overall cases. This state now has more cases than any country in the world. Extreme social distancing measures set in place here seem to be having a positive effect, yet death rates are continuing to rise here.

Other states including New Jersey and Michigan are seeing their infection rates surge, as well. Lawmakers in these areas are working to change this trend. It’s unclear when the stay-at-home orders set in place here will be lifted.

Las Vegas is still seeing relatively low rates of infection, yet the city is taking a major toll economically. The entire gambling industry here is completely shut down. Governor Sisolak recently extended this casino shutdown. Not even the top officials here can accurately say when the city will get back to normal.

Casino companies here are doing everything they can right now. Many of them are losing millions of dollars every single day. The mayor of Las Vegas has told the Governor that things cannot remain the way they are. This week, one of the biggest casinos here decided to drop an ongoing lawsuit.

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is No Longer Suing NHL Player

As most are well-aware, many casinos in Las Vegas will offer casino credit to certain players. Occasionally, these players fail to pay back the money they lose. According to officials at the Cosmopolitan, this is what happened with NHL player Evander Kane.

This casino claims to have offered the San Jose Sharks player $500,000 in casino markers. He is said to have taken out eight credits of varying amounts in mid-April of 2019. It’s being alleged he never attempted to pay back the losses.

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas then decided to press charges. They asked for the money back as well as legal fees. Since November, there has been little coverage of this lawsuit and some feel it was already settled.

It’s now being reported that the casino has dropped this lawsuit. Whether or not the case was settled out of court is still unknown. Some believe the effect of the coronavirus has pushed the Cosmopolitan to take this route.

Lawrence Semenza, an attorney at the Cosmopolitan, claims the lawsuit may still be brought up again in the future. We have not received a statement from Kane. We’ll need to see whether or not this is brought up again over the next few weeks.

More Workers Are Furloughed at Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is one of the biggest and most lucrative casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. This property cost billions of dollars to construct and, unsurprisingly, costs a huge amount of money to operate. Unfortunately, the coronavirus is taking a serious toll on this property.

It’s clear that this casino-resort is bleeding money right now. As a result, the owners are doing everything they can to cut costs. According to new reports, Cosmopolitan has decided to furlough a huge number of its employees.

“As a result of the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Sisolak’s extension of the resort closure mandate through April 30, 2020, we have had to make the very difficult decision to reduce staffing and furlough employees,” the casino said in a statement. 

As we’ve already mentioned, it’s unclear when Las Vegas will get back to normal. State officials continue to set new regulations. Some analysts feel it may be more than a year before the Strip is back to the way it was earlier this year.

How this will affect casino companies here is still unknown. Much of it depends on the ability of health officials to form a vaccine.

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

Proposed Indian Springs Casino is Now Officially Approved

Nevada is set to welcome another casino. This week, the state’s Gaming Control Board approved the licensing for a proposed Indian Springs Casino. It’s exciting news for residents in this area, about 45 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Nevada Sign On Highway

It’s not entirely clear when this new gambling venue will open its doors. At the moment, all casinos in Nevada are currently closed down. Today, we’re going to discuss what exactly is happening in this state.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Sisolak Orders More Statewide Closures

Since early March, lawmakers in Nevada have been looking at ways to combat the new coronavirus. It’s been quickly spreading around the country and hundreds of cases are now confirmed in Clark County. In mid-March, Governor Sisolak announced that all non-essential businesses were being forced to close their doors.

It was an extremely tough blow to the state’s economy. As most are well-aware, several cities in Nevada rely heavily on their tourism and gambling industries. This is especially true in Las Vegas, where many of the country’s biggest casino-resorts are located.

All casinos in the state are currently closed. This week, the Governor announced another set of measures. This time, he said that all sporting and recreation venues, golf courses, and showrooms are all now officially closed.

New measures are also being introduced at grocery stores. For at least the next few weeks, these stores will limit the number of people being let in. Employees must also stay at least six feet away from customers.

There were some that hoped things would return to normal by early April. That does not appear to be the case. Additional regulations are being set around the state and more are likely to come here over the next few weeks.

Indian Springs Casino Gains Approval From Control Board

There are a huge number of casinos spread around Nevada. Not all of these are located in Las Vegas and Reno. It’s easy to find great gambling venues all around the entire state. This week, a proposed casino has been approved by the state’s Gaming Control Board.

For years, groups have worked to open an Indian Springs casino. This town is located northwest of Las Vegas and residents here have expressed a desire to see a gambling venue. Fortunately, plans for this new casino have been officially approved.

During an online meeting, the Control Board approved a license for Herbst IS Holdings LLC to open a casino in this town. Now, the company will need to gain approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission. If this happens later this month, the casino may be opened by Memorial Day.

This won’t be the first Indian Springs casino to open. The first one began operating here back in the mid-1980s. It was forced to close down in 2014 after the nearby Air Force Base decided to purchase the land that this venue sat on.

Tim Herbst, the manager for Herbst Holdings, claims this new casino will feature 75 slot machines, an eight-pump gas station, and a charging station for electric vehicles. It’s an extremely exciting time for residents in this area. Hopefully, things in the state will be back to normal by the proposed opening date.

Atlantic City Casinos Continue to Lose Revenue

There’s no doubt that Las Vegas is the biggest and most profitable gambling destination in the country. Over the past few years, Atlantic City has emerged as a close second. This city in New Jersey is home to many great casino-resorts and revenue was increasing here considerably for the past few months.

That is no longer the case, though. Due to the coronavirus, revenue in this city has plummeted. All of the casinos in Atlantic City have been forced to shut down. According to some reports, these venues are losing up to $500 million every single month.

It’s an extremely difficult situation. Some are pointing to the recession of 2008 when many gambling venues in this city were forced to permanently close. It’s still unclear how long many of the casinos here will be able to hold out during this situation.

In fact, the entire US land-based casino industry is now shut down. Casinos around the country are unable to open their doors to the public. Many are claiming they will not be able to survive long under the current conditions.

Many are happy to see the proposed Indian Springs casino gain approval. Residents in Nevada are looking for some positive news during this unprecedented time.

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

Wilton Rancheria Gains Fire Support From the CSD

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

California

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

Let’s get into it!

California’s Casino Industry Remains Shut Down

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

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

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

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

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

CSD Agrees to Support Wilton Rancheria With Medical Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Land-Based Casino Revenue Continues to Drop

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Major Poker Cheating Scandal Has Just Been Revealed

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

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

Las Vegas Casinos Remain Closed

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

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

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

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

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

Las Vegas Player Reveals a New Poker Cheating Scandal

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

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

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

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

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

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

When Will Las Vegas Open its Casinos Again?

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Colorado Tribal Casino is Helping to Fight Covid-19

Colorado is home to a number of world-class casinos. Many of these venues help to bring the state a massive amount of revenue every single month. This week, a major Colorado tribal casino began storing goods and supplies to help with local residents stuck in quarantine during the spread of Covid-19.

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It’s great news to hear the state’s gambling industry work to help this situation. This is especially true when you consider the impact that the coronavirus has had on the land-based casino industry. Today, we’re going to look at which casino is now leading the fight against the virus.

Let’s get into it!

Colorado’s Casino Industry is Shut Down Right Now

Colorado, like every other state in the country, has been forced to close all of its land-based gambling venues. This is due to Covid-19, a new coronavirus that’s now infected more than 350,000 people around the United States. It’s become a global pandemic with over 1.2 million people infected all around the world.

This virus has taken a massive toll on a huge number of different industries. This includes the travel, hospitality, and gambling industry. The latter, in particular, is completely shut down in the United States.

Today, every casino in the country has been forced to close its doors. Lawmakers fear these venues are prime locations for infection spread. The shutdown of these casinos is already taking a serious toll on cities like Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

All of the casinos in Colorado are currently closed. It’s costing many companies a huge amount of revenue every single month. This includes Twin River, which recently acquired three new casinos in the state. It’s unclear when these gambling establishments will be able to open to the public once again.

One major Colorado tribal casino has decided to take things into its own hands. This casino is actively working to help those in quarantine while this virus spreads. Here’s what we know about this situation.

One Major Colorado Tribal Casino is Helping the Community

Every single day, more individuals in Colorado are testing positive for the new coronavirus. It’s a troubling time for the entire country, almost all of which is under quarantine. Most people in Colorado are currently stuck at home attempting to social distance themselves to help avoid spreading the virus.

Ute Mountain Casino, a major Colorado tribal casino in the Southwest of the state, is now helping to make the situation better for its local community. According to new reports, this casino is now providing room to help store goods and supplies for the local community. Rick Scheer, general manager of the Ute Mountain Casino and Hotel, spoke about the situation to the media this week.

“It’s great to see how the tribal communities come together,” he said. “We took our bingo room, where we have the space, and actually laid that out so the tribal members could come down, and some of the casino staff helped as well, with portioning out the food and doing the separations for the deliveries.” 

The supplies being stored in the casino are being distributed to different houses in the area. It’s become incredibly helpful for residents here, many of whom now fear leaving their house due to the quick spread of this virus. Officials at the casino say they are currently looking for new and better ways to distribute supplies.

There are about 130 employees still working at the casino right now. Unfortunately, it’s still unclear when this venue will be able to open once again. Eventually, though, Colorado is likely to enjoy a large and successful sports betting market.

Colorado’s Sports Betting Industry is Almost Ready to Launch

Back in May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. This was a huge decision, as in the past only Nevada was legally able to offer sports betting options. With this set of laws now gone, 22 different states have legalized sports gambling.

This includes Colorado, which approved sports betting legislation back in November. It went to a public vote and passed by a narrow margin. Soon, both land-based and online sports betting options will become available in the state.

Colorado is known for having a large sporting fan base. Many individuals here are known to enjoy placing bets on sporting events. The state is likely to earn a huge amount of revenue every month once regulated sportsbooks are up and running.

The state’s land-based casino industry remains shut down, though. It’s unclear when lawmakers will decide to lift these regulations. Some analysts feel it won’t happen for months.

A major Colorado tribal casino is deciding to help its local community. Perhaps more will begin doing the same over the next few weeks. Eventually, the state will get back on track and these venues will be able to generate revenue once again.

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

Atlantic City’s Casino Industry is Hurting Badly

All casinos in the United States are officially shut down right now. It’s been devastating for many cities that rely on tourism and gambling revenue to operate normally. According to new reports, Atlantic City’s casino industry is losing an incredible amount of money every single day.

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It’s a tough time for this city, and many others around the country. Today, we’re going to discuss exactly how much money gambling venues in New Jersey are losing. We’ll also look at some other cities that are suffering due to casino shutdowns.

Let’s get into it!

Casinos Around the Country Are Still Shut Down

Just a few months ago, the US casino market was extremely strong. Many states were experiencing huge surges in gambling revenue and many new casinos were popping up around the country. Unfortunately, every single land-based casino in the United States is now officially closed due to the spread of Covid-19.

As this virus began to spread, more states started implementing tough regulations. Unsurprisingly, this involved closing down casinos. The entire US casino industry is now essentially closed down and it’s unclear when these gaming venues will open up again.

This is extremely troublesome for some parts of the country. Nevada, for example, is known to rely heavily on its gambling industry. All casinos in the state are now closed down and tourism into Las Vegas is the lowest it’s ever been.

It’s a very unusual time. Many US casino companies are losing a huge amount of money. Some expressed hope that Macau would help to make up for this revenue loss. Unfortunately, even Macau is seeing extremely low revenue earnings right now.

New Jersey has one of the biggest casino markets in the country. The casinos in Atlantic City draw in visitors from many nearby states. New reports are now shedding light on how much money these casinos are losing right now.

Atlantic City’s Casino Industry is Losing Millions Right Now

About a decade ago, Atlantic City was on the brink of collapse. The recession had taken a major toll on this city and several of the biggest gambling venues in the city were forced to close their doors. Since that time, Atlantic City has slowly recovered and has been posting incredible revenue figures for the past few months.

The legalization of sports betting certainly helped things. New Jersey was one of the first states to allow this form of gambling. Now, both online and land-based sports gambling options are available here.

Now, things are beginning to decline here once again. The new coronavirus has led to New Jersey closing down its gambling venues. Atlantic City’s casino industry is now losing millions of dollars every single day.

No one really knew how bad things were here. New reports are beginning to reveal the extent of these new regulations. They claim that this shutdown is costing casino companies in Atlantic City more than $500 million every single month.

Clyde Barrow, a professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, commented on how things are looking to the media this week.

“We haven’t seen it play out yet, but if you look at the economic numbers that are going to start coming out in the coming weeks, this portends to be a worse economic downturn than we even saw in the great recession,” he said. “It will be the biggest blow to the casino industry that we’ve seen in a lifetime.” 

Hopefully, things begin to improve before too long.

How Are Other Cities Doing With These Regulations?

A huge number of industries are being devastated right now. This includes the airline industry, which is in desperate need of government aid. Obviously, some cities are being affected more by the casino shutdown than others.

Las Vegas is probably being hit the hardest by these new regulations. This city is home to one of the largest gambling industries in the world. It relies on its tourism and gambling market and right now, these are basically non-existent.

No one knows when things will recover in Las Vegas. Some analysts believe the economy here will bounce back in a major way once these regulations are removed. Others think this entire situation will change the city forever.

Atlantic City’s casino industry isn’t the only one on the East Coast that’s hurting. Over in New York, all gambling venues are completely shut down. This state is now the epicenter of this virus outbreak and it seems unlikely that casinos here will open anytime soon.

It’s a very difficult time for the land-based gambling industry. We’re all waiting to see whether or not regulations will be extended.

Stay tuned for more Atlantic City casino news over the next few months!

How Will the Coronavirus Affect the Las Vegas Economy?

Rates of Covid-19 continue to surge around the country. In Nevada, more than 1,700 individuals have been diagnosed with the virus, including 228 additional cases over the past 24 hours. Interestingly, some experts believe the Las Vegas economy will bounce back in a big way once this crisis is over.

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This is a very unusual time for Nevada and the country as a whole. Today, we’ll be looking at how casino companies in Las Vegas are responding to the situation. We’re also going to discuss how the city may look in the future.

Let’s get into it!

All Nevada Casinos Remain Closed to the Public

For weeks now, almost all of the land-based casinos in the United States have been shut down. This is done to help stop the spread of Covid-19, a new coronavirus that first emerged in Wuhan, China. As you might expect, it’s taking an incredible toll on the country’s many casino companies.

Nevada ordered all of its casinos to shut down in mid-March. This came with sharp criticism from the Las Vegas mayor. Eventually, however, it became clear how important it was to limit large public gatherings.

The casino shutdown is still going on today. It’s costing many companies in this city millions of dollars every single day. It’s still unclear when exactly the state’s gambling venues will be able to function normally again.

Some analysts felt that Macai would prove hugely lucrative for many Las Vegas casino companies. Unfortunately, the Chinese territory is experiencing very low revenue figures. A new report even claims the casinos here will earn no revenue at all during April.

The tourism industry is at a standstill right now. Many worry that the Las Vegas economy may suffer for months due to this new virus. This week, one analyst claimed that things may bounce back in a big way once this situation clears up.

Here’s What May Happen to the Las Vegas Economy

Nevada, and specifically Las Vegas, is being hit extremely hard by Covid-19. This city relies heavily on its tourism and gambling industry. Right now, unfortunately, both of these industries are essentially shut down in Las Vegas.

Mike PeQueen, an analyst at HighTower, believes the Las Vegas economy will improve rapidly once the coronavirus is no longer an issue.

“When this ends, we will have gone through a great deal of suffering, both physically and economically,” he said. “But it will end, and this city is perfectly poised to be the place that people come to re-enter the social phase of their lives.”

PeQueen also believes the Raiders’ move into Las Vegas will help the economy, as well.

“I absolutely agree that when we can all get together in Raiders Stadium,” said PeQueen, “whether or not we’re wearing masks or not, it will absolutely be one of the catalysts back to Las Vegas’s recovery. No question.”

Things are still escalating around the country. It may be a long road for Las Vegas to get back to normal. Eventually, however, that’s exactly what will happen.

How Are Other States Faring?

Relatively speaking, Nevada is doing fairly well in its fight against the Coronavirus. The same cannot be said for many states around the country. New York has just seen its total number of infections rise to 113,704.

New Jersey is also seeing a huge spike in cases right now. Louisiana is experiencing a massive surge in infections, as well. All of these states are seeing their economies suffer significantly. The gambling industries here are hurting significantly.

All of New York’s land-based casinos are shut down. Over in New Jersey, the world-famous Atlantic City is closed down. Many believe this will continue for at least the next four weeks. The restrictions may last for months.

Some states are managing to fare better than others. As we’ve already seen, however, things can change extremely quickly. We’ll need to wait and see how health officials around the country try to tackle the virus.

The Las Vegas economy is still suffering. Many are out of work here and it may be some time before the casinos are able to open up again. Hopefully, the city experiences a wave of tourism once things clear up.

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