WSOP Launch in Pennsylvania Pushed Back To Early 2021

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Pennsylvania online poker players were excited about the possibility of having the popular WSOP platform in the Keystone State. However, a representative from Caesars confirmed that the reported WSOP launch has been pushed back to early 2021.

The WSOP’s site now has a page advertising signup bonuses for real money online poker players in Pennsylvania. 888 has also began sending promotional emails to potential customers in the Keystone State. But despite these welcome developments, 888 still has some matters to address before a full launch.

Issues That Need to Be Settled

There are however a couple of PA-related issues that need to be settled. One of those involved the need for WSOP to establish a separate server for the Pennsylvania site as per regulatory requirements. The other issue involves the question of whether or not the WSOP can share player liquidity with its other sites in different states. 

It’s uncertain right now whether the WSOP wants an interstate compact already in place before its Pennsylvania launch. But that is definitely a plus for the WSOP because PA players can play against larger fields including players from other states. With these compacts in place, WSOP players in Nevada and New Jersey were able to compete against each other for WSOP online bracelets last summer.

Pokerstars Finally Has a Competitor

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved 888 Holdings’ application for an interactive manufacturer’s gaming license in the Keystone State. The move came after the online poker market in the United States posted record revenue numbers in the previous months. 

888 is a longtime online poker partner of Caesars and is a solutions provider to the popular World Series of Poker  or WSOP.com. With the approval of its license, WSOP.com online poker could be launched in Pennsylvania. 888 and Caesars officials refused to comment on when they will actually launch in Pennsylvania but rumors are pointing at early 2021 as their targeted date.

The entrance of 888 in the Keystone State means that Pokerstars will finally have a competitor. Since its launch in 2019, Pokerstars has been the only real money online poker site in Pennsylvania. Despite the pandemic, Pokerstars registered a revenue of $2.7M in August and $2.9M last month. 

 

BetMGM and NASCAR Forge Partnership for In-Race Betting

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MGM Resort International’s BetMGM App and NASCAR have entered into a multi-year sports betting partnership that will offer in-race betting options for racing fans across the United States.

Authorized Gaming Operator

In an announcement made on Tuesday, NASCAR Managing Director for Gaming Scott Warfield said that NASCAR will be collaborating with MGM to create and promote engaging sports betting experiences. Said Warfied:

“Partnering with a best-in-class operator like BetMGM positions NASCAR to build on the positive energy and momentum we’re seeing around gaming and in particular the live in-race experience. We’re excited to have such an iconic brand on board to expand our offerings and deepen our engagement with the most passionate fans in sports.”

As an authorized gaming operator, BetMGM will have the rights to use NASCAR marks and will promote NASCAR betting markets on BetMGM’s mobile app, BetMGM.com, BetMGM social media channels, and in BetMGM retail sportsbooks. BetMGM and NASCAR will offer cross-promotional opportunities that could include the promotion of BetMGM on NASCAR’s digital platforms, NASCAR.com, the NASCAR mobile pp, and NASCAR’s social media channels.

BetMGM will expand the betting markets currently available on its mobile app throughout the NASCAR season. The inclusion of pre-race and in-play bets are among the top markets being discussed. Other bet types that are being explored include top-finishing drivers, drivers matchups, stage bets, and over/under bets tied to the winning car’s number.

In Race- Betting Option in 2021

To strengthen its position around in-play sports betting, live betting on NASCAR races will be offered in 2021. This live betting option will be established by BetMGM with the partnership of Betgenius, the sports betting division of data company Genius Sports. Aside from this, BetMGM and NASCAR are also working on developing a free-to-play NASCAR game.

Said BetMGM Chief Marketing Officer Matt Prevost:

“We’re excited to work with the Nascar team to build immersive sports betting experiences that 21st-century racing fans crave.BetMGM’s unparalleled betting technology combined with Nascar’s iconic races will create a superior betting experience for racing fans all over the US.”

BetMGM is the gambling app of MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings. It is the only betting app to offer sports betting, online poker, and online casino game all under one login. Established in 2018, it is currently available in seven states in the U.S. and will be up in an additional four more states next year.

BetMGM’s growth has lagged but it has began to pick up over the last year with improved selection of bets, live betting menu, and mobile app. Earlier this month, BetMGM also entered into an agreement with golf’s PGA Tour to become an official betting partner. MGM Resorts International got a fresh $1B investment from Fox Broadcasting founder Barry Diller recently.

IFMP Nations Cup Attracts the World’s Best Poker Players From Twelve Countries

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As a result of the coronavirus outbreak and social distancing protocol, the IFMP Nations Cup will be played across a digital platform for the first time ever this weekend. IFMP President Patrick Nally said this in response to questions about the event, 

“We must adapt and respond to the global pandemic by hosting the Nations Cup in a manner that allows all team members, from around the world, to play from the safety and security of their own homes.” 

Technology Provided by Cisco Webex

Cisco Webex will be providing the technology for the match play throughout the entire tournament this year. Founded in 2007, this company develops and sells video conferencing and web conferencing tools. They are a trusted company that produces high-quality products and always strives to update their technology to ensure their products are top of the line.

Countries Participating in the Nations Cup This Year

Twelve countries are participating in the Nations Cup this year. Competing teams include last year’s victor, Ukraine, plus Spain, India, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, Belarus, Ireland, Germany, Poland, and Lithuania. Expect to see 120 competitors playing 450 hands of poker over two days.

The event will be streamed on Twitch, and score updates will be published on the IFMP website and PokerNews. This Nations Cup is the end of a three-part series that began with the European Nations Cup in Ukraine and was followed by the Asian Nations Cup.

Match Poker Overview

Match Poker is a variation of Texas hold ’em. Each team will be separated into two different tables, with one player from each team sitting in a different position than their teammate. All players start each hand with the same amount of chips and with the same amount of cards. 

Each team’s combined chips are compared, and points are granted accordingly. The team with the most points at the end of the tournament wins.

Wrap Up

The IFMP Nations Cup will be played on a digital platform designed by Cisco Webex. This will be the first time this event will take place online instead of in person. Twelve countries will come together electronically to play in this event, and I can’t wait to see who takes the Nations Cup this year. Will it be the reigning champions from Ukraine or an unexpecting country this year? 

I’ll do my best to keep you guys posted, be sure to check back for more news here at BestUSCasinos.org!

Free Poker Training Courses Offered at Rounder Casino

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Allow me to try and paint a picture for you. You’re playing poker online, you’re losing hand after hand, and you’re frustrated. All of a sudden, you think to yourself, “Wow, I wish I knew more about poker.” 

Have you ever thought that? No? Oh well, I tried. I still have some news for you.

Rounders Casino is offering two free poker training courses. There are a few different ways that you can take advantage of this great offer. But before we dive into that, we should go over some other details.

What is Rounder Casino?

Rounder Casino is a relatively new player to the market that specializes in real money Poker. They also have what they call a stream team. They utilize streaming software to show their team members playing poker live. 

If you want to find them, you can look up #ChipBandits on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitch. 

What Classes Are Available?

There are two different classes that you can take. 

The first course you can take on Youtube. It’s an introduction into Texas Holdem Poker Strategies for beginners. 

You can view that course in the video embedded below. Talk about convenience!



The second course that you can sample is an advanced strategy for No-Limit Texas Holdem.

This one isn’t as easy as signing into Youtube, but it’s still very easy. All you need to do is head to Rounder University! I don’t think it’s an accredited university, though.

We live in a day and age where casinos now also have universities that go along with them. Strange times indeed. But, in this crazy universe, the tuition is…free? Score!

More Promo Offers from Rounder Casino

Rounder Casino has tons of different real money promotions going on to take advantage of. One most noteworthy is the $100 freeroll tournament that is held every night! You can get into this tournament at 6 PM eastern time with no strings attached. Anyone can get in at any time.

There is also a $1,000 freeroll that is held each week that starts at 3:05 PM.

The Wrap Up

Rounder Casino is offering two free courses for beginner poker players and advanced players alike. Be sure you take advantage of these courses while you can. The beginner free course is on Youtube, so that will probably be around for a while. However, the advanced course might not be around forever, be sure you check it out now!

If you have any questions or comments, you can reach out and let me know. Enjoy everyone!

World Poker Tour and Theta Labs TV Launching a 24/7 Poker Streaming Channel

Do you ever just stop and think, “man, I wish I could watch poker for 24 hours straight.” If you’re a normal person, then probably not. 

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But, if you do wish there was a way for it to be possible to watch poker matches and have them more easily accessible, you’re in luck!

Theta Labs, the creator of Theta.tv, is in works with the World Poker Tour to create a streaming channel that will have an “always-on” approach to showing poker.

“Theta Labs and WPT are innovators in our respective industries and this global partnership will provide our users with a new, ground-breaking way to watch the best televised poker product in the world, all powered by our peer-to-peer Theta blockchain technology, We’re looking forward to deeper integration of the Theta Network within WPT.” – CEO of Theta Labs, Mitch Liu

Who is Theta Labs?

Okay, but who exactly is Theta Labs? Are they poker experts?

No, not exactly poker experts, but they are experts in the world of streaming. 

Theta Labs, or Theta.tv, is best known for being a streaming channel that has a network with its own blockchain. This is designed to incentivize people to share bandwidth.

Theta.tv is a p2p network that is working to help with the issues of VDN’s having little to no reach in lesser developed countries.

Why Poker?

This is a move down by Theta Labs in an attempt to broaden their horizons outside fo their traditional esports market. Expanding a portfolio is by no means out of the ordinary for companies. While I’m not exactly sure why they started with poker, I’m definitely not going to complain about it!

During this time of pandemic in the world right now, streaming services and virtual playing of games will only become more and more important.

The Wrap Up

So, now we have another streaming platform to be able to enjoy poker. We will be able to us Theta.tv to watch the following:

  • World Poker Tour Seasons VIII through XVI
  • WPT Alpha8 Seasons I-III
  • WPT Greatest Season I-III
  • King of the Club

Hopefully, we continue to see a rise in streaming content that compliments fans of the online gambling world. 

If you guys have suggestions for some, or just have any questions or comments in general, feel free to drop a comment down below!

Matt Berkey Stars in Poker Central’s New Series “2020 Hindsight”

Poker Cards and Chips on TableProfessional high-stakes poker player and Solve For Why founder Matt Berkey is teaming up with Poker Central for a new original series titled “2020 Hindsight.”

Streaming exclusively on Poker Central’s subscription-based media platform, PokerGO, the new show features in-depth analysis of the World Series of Poker’s $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament, better known to poker fans as the Main Event.

PokerGO initially launched in May 2017, featuring original programming, live event streaming, and archival content from iconic shows like “Poker After Darkand “High Stakes Poker.”

Early subscribers to the streaming platform may remember Berkey previously starred in an original series titled “Dead Money,” which documented his come-up in the high-stakes poker world, as well as his preparation for the third annual Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB), following a fifth-place finish and cashout of $1,100,000 in 2016.

Breaking Down the Main Event

The first episode of “2020 Hindsight” premiered on April 21st and features Berkey analyzing the final table of the 2010 WSOP Main Event. Pros Joseph Cheong and Jonathan Duhamel feature in a teaser clip from Episode 1, in which Cheong fires away with A7 off-suit only to run into Duhamel’s pocket queens.

Berkey explains how 2010’s online aggressive tendencies may have prompted Cheong to defy the Independent Chip Model (ICM) implications of shoving in this spot. While Berkey has been known to play a bit looser than the average pro, the often-dapper dude clearly has a deep theoretical understanding of the game.

With the advent of game theory optimal solvers, machine learning bots, and in-depth online strategy courses, it’s clear there’s been a significant shift in how professional pokers think about the game. “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em,” will only get you so far at the table these days.

Accordingly, for novice poker players, the concepts discussed in “2020 Hindsight” may be a little overwhelming. However, PokerGO is providing subscribers with a downloadable tutorial on advanced poker theory as supplemental material for understanding Berkey’s approach to poker.

Teaching Poker Theory

“This is a great forum for us to introduce advanced concepts to the masses,” Matt Berkey said of PokerGO’s new series. He also stated that,

“Understanding where mistakes were made on the biggest stage can be useful to players across all skill levels.”

Poker Central’s Chief Business Officer, J.R. McCabe, explained the importance of the new show’s analytical format, saying,

“This new series will provide teachable moments to sharpen individual gameplay, all while reliving some of the most iconic WSOP hands.”

Streaming “2020 Hindsight”

Five additional episodes of “2020 Hindsight” are scheduled to premiere on PokerGO in the coming weeks, and each episode is approximately 40 minutes long.

The 2020 World Series of Poker has been postponed, but poker aficionados and fans alike can get their fix of Main Event moments via “2020 Hindsight” by subscribing to PokerGO. The streaming service is currently offering $30 off the cost of an annual subscription. Just use the promotional code POKER30 at checkout.

2020 World Series of Poker Postponed

World Series of Poker (WSOP) announced on Monday, April 21st , that the 51st poker series, which was scheduled for next month on May 26th, will now be postponed for later this year. The reason for this, as stated by the WSOP, is the current crisis that we all are facing globally, the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The poker event was going to be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and was going to start on May 26th and run through the middle of July. With 80+ tournaments and $293 million in cash, this six-week long event invites the best, the elite, and the newcomers to compete at the same tables for glory and fame.

The highlight of this event is a $10,000 Texas Hold’em tournament, which sees players from all across the globe. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the shutdown of most Las Vegas casinos, leading to the event’s postponement. No new dates for the event have been announced yet. However, the World Series of Poker officials have informed that they will soon announce the format and updated schedule for the poker event.

In a statement released by Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, Stewart said, “We are committed to running the World Series of Poker this year but need additional time to proceed on our traditional scale while prioritizing guest and staff well-being.”

Players Agree With Decision to Postpone

Some of the event attendees agreed that this decision by WSOP was the right one. The federal government recommends that certain steps must be taken for reopening businesses. The main guideline is to follow social distancing measures and limit crowd sizes. Hosting an event as big as the World Series of Poker, while keeping up with social distancing guidelines, would be quite challenging.

In another statement released by Ty Stewart, he said:

“In the interim, official WSOP competitions are expected to be played online this summer, and we will soon announce details of an expanded series of tournaments to be played on WSOP.com and through a partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes.”

Online Poker Tournaments Available

Although in-person poker tournaments won’t be happening anytime soon, it’s still not a complete loss for the WSOP. They have announced the other WSOP competitions to be held online. Right now, the online event is legally available only for the residents of New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. Participants who choose to play online must be 21 years old and above.

The actual WSOP poker tournament cannot be held online as of right now, considering the legality of casino games around the world. Any news regarding this and any other competition held by the World Series of Poker will be updated on their official website at WSOP.com.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Raise $1.7M for Food Banks Through Online Celebrity Poker Tournament

Poker Cards Falling onto TableIn today’s bit of good news, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have raised $1.75 million through an online celebrity poker tournament they headed up. Thank you, fellas!

The All in For America’s Charity poker tournament had a $10,000 buy-in and featured a star-studded line up of players.

Some entrants included NFL star player Tom Brady, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, leading man Adam Sandler, actresses Sarah Silverman and Cheryl Hines, Maroon 5 front-man Adam Levine, actors Jason Bateman, Jon Hamm, Tobey Maguire, Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith and more.

The poker tournament raised the funds for Feeding America, which is a nonprofit that has been providing food to the needy throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Professional poker player and Twitch streamer Ebony Kenney came out on top against veteran actor Kevin Pollak in The All in For America’s charity event.

Brian Cranston made an impressive play, finishing in fifth place overall. Tobey Maguire was also a top player in the event.

The Texas Holdem tournament was hosted by professional poker commentators Justin Kelly and Michael Loncar on Twitch.

A Hollywood Helping Hand for Feeding America

Ben Affleck took to his Instagram earlier this week to announce the charity event, sharing his excitement over partnering with Feeding America on this noble cause during a time when people need hunger-relief the most.

Hollywood Stars Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

The virus hasn’t skipped over Hollywood’s brightest stars.

Notable names who have tested positive for COVID-19 include Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Idris Elba. Other celebrities include Olga Kurylenko, Debi Mazar and Rachel Matthews; and actors Kristofer Hivju and Daniel Dae Kim.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Hollywood

The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted normal life on so many different levels, and the entertainment landscape is no exception.

From the postponement of many major theatrical releases, like Ben Affleck’s ‘Hypnotic’ that has production paused, to film festivals, TV conferences, live shows and more, COVID-19 has put Hollywood on a major standstill.

Luckily, many celebrities, especially musicians and famous DJ’s, have been going ‘live’ on Instagram to perform for their fans during this time of self-quarantine at home.

Celebrities’ Philanthropic Efforts throughout the Coronavirus Crisis

Since April 14, a slew of celebrities have participated in the All in Challenge, a digital fundraiser that was started by Fanatics, a sports retail company.

100 percent of the proceeds raised by the fundraiser are mainly being donated to America’s Food Fund, a hunger relief organization cofounded by Leonardo DiCaprio, with support also given to Meals on Wheels and No Kid Hungry.

The All In Challenge can take one of two approaches. One, celebrities can either urge their fans to donate money in exchange for a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to meet the star. Two, fans can donate in an auction-exchange for the famous figures’ prized possessions.

So far, the fundraised has raised an incredible $11,023,750. To bid on auction items and experiences, check out their official fundraising page.

About Feeding America

Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The organization works with individuals, charities, businesses and government to help end hunger in the places and areas of most need.

For over 40 years, Feeding America has responded to the needs of individuals struggling with food insecurity in America, and fight daily to accomplish their mission of ending the fight against hunger nationwide.

About America’s Food Fund

Founded by Leonardo DiCaprio, Emerson Collective, Apple, and the Ford Foundation, America’s Food Fund was launched with the goal of helping people all across the country have reliable access to food.

Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Casino Holding Annual Tax Day Tournament

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Calling all online poker fans! It’s time for the annual Tax Day tournament! 

Not sure what I’m talking about? Well, let me fill you in! Every year Intertops and Juicy Stakes Casino team up to offer a unique tournament that has a 2,500 dollar GRD prize pot to win.

This tournament will run from now until April 15th, and playing in the satellite tournaments allow you the opportunity to play at the main table.

This tournament is put on every year and will continue this year despite the COVID-19 concerns. Hopefully, for some, this brings a speck of good news; a poker tournament that is in line with social distancing regulations.

Tournament Details

Here is the need to know details about the tournament:

$2,500 Guaranteed Prize Pool Satellite

  • One Finals Ticket Guaranteed
  • Goes till April 15th
  • Starts at 4:05pm EST
  • Full Buy-In With Fees: $2 + $0.20

$2,500 Guaranteed Prize Pool Finals

  • Starts April 15th
  • Starts at 4:06pm EST
  • Starts at 7:10pm EST
  • Full Buy-In With Fees: $20 + $2

Information About the Casinos

If you’re unsure about either of these casinos, I’ll take a little time to go over some of the aspects that you should know about.

About Intertops Casino

Intertops launched back in 1996, meaning it’s almost as old as I am! Being on the market for as long as it is, you can rest assured this casino is reputable and trustworthy. 

Intertops is licensed by Kahnawake Gaming Commission, so it’s definitely a casino you can feel comfortable making a deposit at.

Obviously, Intertops accepts US customers, so you can play from any state you find yourself in. You can bank with many different options, some of the most popular being credit card and cryptocurrency.

About Juicy Stakes Casino

While Juicy Stakes Casino hasn’t been around as long as Intertops, that doesn’t mean it’s not as trustworthy. Launching back in 2010, Juicy Stakes Casino still has a solid reputation. 

Licensed in Curacao, this casino does not accept US players. However, they offer many different deposit options like cash transfers, American Express, and Visa cards, Skrill, and Neteller.

So, if you’re US-based and looking to play in this tournament, we recommend that you use Intertops.

The Wrap Up

I hope this article has helped you get set up to participate in the Tax Day tournament courtesy of the joint efforts of Intertops and Juicy Stakes Casino. Don’t forget you can start playing today and try and win your spot at a final table before April 15th.

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try and get back to you and help you in any way I can.

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!