More Information on the Proposed Casino in Danville, VA is Coming Out

Caesars Entertainment Danville Casino With Smoke Stacks

Caesars Entertainment continues to expand its operations around the United States. This week, the company revealed its first look at the proposed casino in Danville, VA. Many are excited to see what this new casino will have to offer its patrons.

It will take time for this property to open its doors. It’s clear that Caesars Entertainment is planning something special. Now is a great time to talk about some of the latest details surrounding this venue.

Let’s get into it!

Caesars Entertainment Releases Details on Proposed Casino in Danville, VA

Officials in the city of Danville, Virginia, have been looking into the possibility of opening a new casino-resort for years. After gaining approval to do so, city leaders began deciding which company should open and operate this casino. Eventually, Caesars Entertainment was chosen.

It seems this is becoming a major focus point for Caesars. The company released its official renderings for this $500 million property to the public this week. It is expected to have 500 rooms, a massive casino floor, a sportsbook, a several-thousand-seat theater, and a convention center.

The $500 million price tag is considerably more than what was initially expected. Caesars now claims it will begin groundbreaking in late 2021. The current goal is to get the proposed casino in Danville, VA opened at some point in 2023. Anthony Carano, President and CEO of Caesars Entertainment, spoke about the impact this casino will have on the city to the media this week.

“Caesars Virginia will be an economic driver for the region, both as a tourist and entertainment draw and through the more than a thousand good-paying jobs the resort will create,” Carano said. “The people of Danville have entrusted us to build a world-class resort, and we look forward to proving that trust was well-founded with an incredible resort worthy of the iconic Caesars brand.”

If all goes to plan, this will be the biggest and most luxurious casino in Virginia. Stay tuned for more updates on the opening of this venue over the next few months.

Analysts Expect to See Virginia’s Sports Betting Revenue Increase this Fall

Lawmakers in Virginia seem determined to expand the state’s gambling industry. New casinos are expected to open their doors here over the next few years. That includes the proposed casino in Danville, VA being planned by Caesars Entertainment.

Back in January of 2021, the first regulated sportsbooks launched in this state. Both land-based and online sports betting is now legal and regulated here. The sports betting operators here have seen fluctuating revenue figures since going live.

July proved to be a slow month for this industry. Most analysts expect things to pick up considerably over the fall months, though. This is primarily due to the 2021/2022 NFL season, which officially began last week.

A massive number of bets have already been placed on the season. More are expected to come in over the next few months. This will likely result in millions of dollars for the state of Virginia via taxable revenue.

It’s an exciting time to be a gambling fan in Virginia. Fortunately, many of the other East Coast gambling hubs are also faring very well right now.

New Jersey Reports Large Increase in Year-on-Year Casino Revenue

Virginia is quickly developing a large and profitable gaming industry in the East Coast’s central region. There is no doubt that New Jersey remains the largest casino hub in this part of the country, though. Many of the country’s most popular casino-resorts are currently located here.

New Jersey was one of the hardest-hit cities in the country from an economic standpoint throughout 2020. The casinos here were shut down for much of the year. Fortunately, most are seeing a major turnaround in 2021.

This August is proving to be a successful month for the gambling industry here. Reports have just surfaced showing that year-on-year gaming revenue increased by 31% this August. Total GGR came out to $427.6 million last month.

Casino revenue in the state may begin to fall as the year goes on. Sports betting revenue, however, is expected to rise considerably. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on the revenue reports in this state as the months go on.

Are you excited to hear about the proposed casino in Danville, VA? Let us know in the comments section below!

ONE Casino+ Resort and Hotel Vote Officially Included in November Ballot

Richmond Virginia

The Richmond Circuit Court approved on Tuesday the petition of the Richmond City Council to put a referendum on the November ballot for voters to decide the fate of the ONE Casino + Resort.

If the project is passed, the casino is expected to open in October 2024 at the former Phillip Morris Operations Center on Richmond’s southside near Interstate 95. The hotel would follow in October 2025.

Said Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney who recommended the casino project:

“We thank the court for its review and order to place on the November ballot a referendum on the One Resort & Casino project. This economic development project will bring 1,300 well-paying jobs and millions in much-needed revenue to our city while continuing the revitalization of South Richmond. And as we said from the beginning, the people will have the final say.”

The One Chosen Among Six Proposals

The $562.5M Richmond project on the 300,000 square foot facility owned by Altria Group Inc. will include a sportsbook, 250 hotel rooms, a 3,000-seat theater, 100,000 square feet of gaming area, 12 bars and restaurants.

It was chosen among six proposals received by the city last January and sent to the City Council for recommendation last May. The council in turn, voted 8-1 last June to request the Richmond Circuit Court to add a referendum on the November ballot.

The proposed ONE Casino + Resort is backed by Urban One, which operates 55 radio stations, one cable TV network, and is a minority investor in the MGM National Harbor Hotel and Casino in Maryland. If approved, the ONE Casino + Resort will be the first casino in the United States under Black ownership.

Last of Five Virginia Cities to Vote on Casino Gambling

The casino owners have pledged to a minimum wage of $15 per hour as well as $25 million in upfront payments to the city. At least a thousand permanent jobs are expected to be created as a result of the project. The casino resort is also projected to have a massive $5.7B economic impact to Richmond in its first 10 years of existence.

Richmond is the last of five Virginia cities to vote on whether to allow casino gambling in its jurisdiction. Last year, the Virginia General Assembly voted to allow five economically challenged cities across the state to have at least one casino in their locality if approved by the voters.

Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, and Portsmouth all passed casino referendums last November by a significant margin. Their casino projects are expected to be completed in the next two years.

Virginia’s Casino Laws Gain Approval by State Lottery Board

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

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

Let’s get into it!

Casino Companies Fear a Return of Major Restrictions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sports Betting Proves to Be a Major Hit in Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

City Council Approves ONE Casino + Resort Project in Richmond

Richmond Virginia
The proposed ONE Casino + Resort in Richmond passed the City Council on a vote of 8-1 on Monday, taking it to the city’s November 2 ballot for the approval of voters.

If passed, it will become the first casino in the United States under Black ownership.

The Richmond casino is a project of Urban One Inc., a Maryland-based African-American owned media conglomerate with over 55 radio and TV stations owned including the TV One cable network, and Peninsula Pacific Network, the owner of the Rosie’s Gaming Emporium franchise and the Colonial Downs Group.

Said Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney in a statement on Monday:

“ONE Casino + Resort is a $562.5 million project that will create 1,300 well-paying jobs with benefits in South Richmond, and every Richmond resident will benefit from the new revenue created by the project. City Council’s vote tonight paves the way for every voting Richmond resident to have their voice heard on this important project.”

According to the office of the City Mayor, the city will now submit the preferred operator and site to the Virginia Lottery Board for pre-certification. They will also make the petition to the Richmond Circuit Court to hold the November 2 referendum.

A $562.5M Project

It is slated to be built at the former Philip Morris building off Walmsley Boulevard in the city’s South Side, near interstate 95, which is an economically deprived area in the city.

The $562.5M project includes a sportsbook, 250 hotel rooms, a 3,000 seat theater, 12 bards, a restaurant and 100,000 square feet of gaming area.

Six Richmond casino proposals were received last January but a city-appointed advisory committee recommended the ONE Casino + Resort plan to be approved by the city council after narrowing down the field.

Catalyst to the South Side

Urban One’s Richmond casino proposal is being hailed as a “catalyst to the south side” which lawmakers agree need significant infrastructure and economic development. Aside from that, it is seen as an amazing opportunity for the city overall.

According to Urban One, its Richmond casino project will create an estimated 1,300 permanent jobs which would pay a minimum wage of $15 per hour. The company will also pay an upfront $25M to the city and is expected to generate a $5.7B economic impact over its first decade of operations.

As such, the transformational project will generate millions of dollars in much-needed tax revenue that can be used by the city for schools, affordable housing, development of workforce, infrastructure, and other city projects.

Richmond Rejects Bally’s Casino Proposal at Stratford Hills

Richmond Virginia

The city of Richmond has removed Bally’s casino project at the Stratford Hills area from its shortlist of casino development proposals.

After two weeks of public protests against Bally’s, the city announced the decision on Wednesday while also saying that it is still evaluating the two other proposals it has received ahead of a planned November referendum where voters will decide whether to allow a casino resort in the city.

According to the Richmond City Economic Development Department, the proposal of Bally’s was rejected because of concerns about site access, environmental factors, and required approvals from non-city entities that may not be granted or extend the timeline of the project.

Said Leonard Sledge, director of the City Economic Development Department:

“We appreciate Bally’s interest to develop a resort casino project in Richmond. We also appreciate the many Richmond citizens who have shared their thoughts throughout this process.”

Potential Impact of Traffic

Those opposed to Bally’s project to build a Richmond casino claimed among others its potential impact of traffic. Protesters also pointed to environment, public safety, and the graves of enslaved and freed Black people whose descendants still live nearby.

Bally’s tried to offer a solution to the potential traffic congestion at Forest Hill Avenue by changing the road configuration on its primary development plan. The Rhode Island based gambling company offered to build new parkway ramps with access to the property.

Requesting Casino Proposals

The city requested Richmond casino project proposals last December after a new state law legalizing it in Richmond and four other localities – Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, and Portsmouth if the local voters approve it.

Richmond received a total of three proposals. With Bally’s out, the remaining two belong to Washington media conglomerate Urban One and the Cordish Companies which operate the Live! Casino brand. Urban One’s proposal is located at the Philip Morris USA land off Commerce Road while Cordish’s proposal is to build a casino at the 17-acre Movieland Property.

Richmond Casino Applicants Down to Three

Richmond Virginia
Richmond has narrowed down its field of casino applicants, rejecting three out of the six proposals submitted to the city last month.

Per an official statement from the city:

“The top ranked proposals stood out because the operators provided strong proposals with detailed financial and operational analyses to support their vision for a resort casino in Richmond.”

The applications of Bally’s Richmond Casino Resort, Live! Casino & Hotel Richmond, and One Casino + Resort. Meanwhile, the proposals of Golden Nugget, Wind Creek Hospitality, and Pamunkey Indian Tribe & Reservation were disapproved.

A Single Casino Operator

According to the press release, the three Richmond casino proposals were rejected due to factors like “lack of site control, concerns about the feasibility of financial projections, lack of organizational experience, and deficiency in the proposal”.

The decision was revealed as the city continues to collect public feedback on the resort-casino proposals it requested for last year. Under a new law introduced by the state last year, Richmond is allowed to have a single casino operator if local voters approve it in a referendum that the city is planning to hold this coming November.

Next Step

Now that the choices are down to three, the next step is for the Evaluation Panel to start negotiations with bidders while continuing to engage the community. The Panel is composed of seven administration officials plus city council members Andreas Adison and Ellen Robertson.

The city will be hosting three virtual meetings next week where the three advancing Richmond casino applicants will discuss their proposals and give citizens a chance to voice out their inquiries or ask questions. The meetings will be held virtually, via Microsoft Teams and these are open to the public. Those interested can join the meeting using a link, or by calling 804-316-9457 with phone conference ID 934 627 185.

BetMGM Offers Special Sports Bets at Buffalo Wild Wings

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BetMGM is offering a unique sports betting experience to customers who are physically present inside a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in select U.S. states. Using geolocation technology, sports fans can access custom promotions and bets when inside a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Colorado, New Jersey, Indiana, Iowa, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Said BetMGM Chief Revenue Officer Matt Prevost:

“Our partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings is incredibly innovative and allows BetMGM to redefine how fans enjoy sports. The introduction of geolocation technology to offer bettors a customized experience in a Buffalo Wild Wings location is a great example of what we’re able to activate through this groundbreaking relationship.”

In-Bar Channel

At the same time, Buffalo Wild Wings also announced the launch of an in-bar channel dubbed as OT Odds Powered by BetMGM. The network will air on selected screens in participating sports bars nationwide. The channel will deliver sports betting contents such as live game odds, fantasy sports, and sports betting advice programs. 

In states where mobile sports betting is legal, a new and exclusive feature called Blazin’ Bets is now offered within the BetMGM app. This new promo has curated boosts, bets, and parlays available through a customer’s personal device. 

Picks and Props Upgrade

Buffalo Wild Wings’ free-to-play game Picks and Props, which is available via the company’s mobile app,  also received an upgrade in its design. The new features include a parlay-style gameplay with new BetMGM elements. BetMGM odds can be used to make picks from any state where free-to-play games are legal. Major Prizes are awarded monthly while select winners will be inducted to the newly created BWW Hall of Fame.

BetMGM and Buffalo Wild Wings entered into a strategic partnership in 2019. The agreement was the first of its kind between a gaming provider and a national sports bar. Since its launch,  there have been over 500,000 users who have played BWW and BetMGM free-to-play games.

 

More Information on the Richmond Casino-Resort is Coming Out!

Richmond Virginia

Virginia is still in the process of legalizing its casino industry. Some powerful casino companies are now getting ahead of the game, proposing their plans for future gambling properties here. Today, we’re going to talk more about the proposed Richmond Casino-Resort.

There has been a tremendous amount of attention placed on this venue. Many believe it will become one of the most popular new gambling properties on the East Coast. There is some major progress being made to get a casino here up and running.

Here’s what you need to know!

Virginia Continues Moving Towards Casino Legalization

Most of the states throughout the southern United States have tough laws towards casino gambling. That includes Virginia. For decades, lawmakers here have pushed against the legalization of casinos and some felt things would never change.

Recently, many lawmakers here have changed their thinking. Many have begun to realize how much revenue can be earned from this industry. Some of Virginia’s lawmakers are also seeing the huge demand for legal casinos from many state residents.

There have been some exciting updates lately. In early February, a state Senate committee decided to allow residents in five different cities to vote on whether or not to allow casinos. This is a huge move and is likely one of the final steps needed to get the state’s casino industry operational.

Many are pointing towards the economic benefits that legal casinos will bring to different areas of Virginia. That includes several low-income areas desperate for more employment and revenue opportunities. This seems to be the primary reason for this new push to allow casinos here.

Richmond is one area of Virginia working hard to host a new casino-resort. There have been several major companies expressing interest in opening a gambling property here. That includes Bally’s Corporation.

Bally’s officially submitted a proposal to operate this venue. Many are excited to hear what this major casino company has planned.

Bally’s Submits Proposal to Operate a Richmond Casino-Resort

Bally’s Corporation is well-known in the US casino industry. This company launched in 2004 and now owns and operates casinos around the country. Lately, the company has been looking to expand into new states.

This week, Bally’s submitted an official proposal to operate a new casino-resort in Richmond. The company revealed its plans to create and run a “state-of-the-art destination hotel, resort, and casino.” Bally’s has some big plans for this property.

If approved, Bally’s will open a massive 1.6 million-square-foot casino. It will feature a casino, sportsbook, hotel, and resort-style pool. A variety of restaurants and entertainment options will also be constructed here.

Bally’s is also teaming up with several different local companies to ensure this project moves forward in the best way possible. The construction of this property is expected to take 18 months and is expected to cost around $650 million. It is then projected to generate $415 million in gross gaming revenue.

George Papanier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bally’s Corporation expressed his excitement about this project in an official statement this month.

“We are honored about the prospect of partnering with the City of Richmond as it embarks upon this exciting and unique adventure,” he said. “Our proposal represents an unprecedented project for the Richmond community that will embrace and showcase the city’s existing culture and traditions in an environment positioned towards entertainment and leisure. The Bally’s Richmond would provide the city with a vibrant new attraction that is sure to turn Richmond into a dynamic tourist destination.”

Nothing has been approved yet and it’s still unclear if Bally’s will be given permission to operate the casino in Richmond. These plans will certainly stand out with lawmakers, though. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

Las Vegas Tourism Rates Are Expected to Increase Soon

Virginia is choosing to embrace the casino industry at an unusual time. For almost a year, land-based casino revenue has been on a steady decline around the country. Las Vegas has been hit the hardest by this economic situation.

Fortunately, there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Infection rates around the United States are dropping right now. Some of Nevada’s leaders claim a loosening of restrictions is likely just around the corner.

These two factors will likely result in a major tourism boom in Las Vegas. Casino companies are banking on this fact. Some have recently chosen to resume weekday reservations. There’s a real sense of optimism for the city’s gambling industry.

2021 will also feature a number of exciting new casinos in Las Vegas. The most-anticipated is of course Resorts World Las Vegas. This property will be opening to the public sometime this summer and is the most expensive casino-resort ever built in Las Vegas.

Many are excited to see the new Virgin Hotel-Casino open its doors in Las Vegas soon, too. This property is taking the place of the former Hard Rock Hotel-Casino. Virgin is working hard to make this a truly special property.

Are you excited to hear Bally’s plan for a Richmond Casino-Resort? Let us know in the comments section below!

William Hill Mobile is the Latest Online Sportsbook to Launch in Virginia

State of Virginia Made out of Money With Sportsbook Background

William Hill Mobile became the latest Virginia sports betting operator after launching on Wednesday.

Partnered with Caesar Entertainment’s Caesars Casino in Virginia, William Hill Mobile is one of the leading online sportsbooks in the United States. It’s launch is just in time for Sunday’s Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay. The Super Bowl is considered as the biggest betting event annually in the United States.

Said William Hill President of Digital Kenneth Fuchs:

“Just in time for Sunday’s Game, our Virginia app will give football fans over 1,000 ways to bet this incredible matchup, from the opening coin toss to whether the game will be decided in overtime.”

Live in 10 U.S. Jurisdictions

The William Hill Mobile app is now live in a total of 10 U.S. jurisdictions, namely Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C. It also operates the trading services for the Rhode Island Lottery mobile app.

WIlliam Hill entered the Mid-Atlantic region in 2020 via its partnerships with the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, and Washington Mystic. By virtue of those affiliations, William Hill became the first sports betting company to operate inside a U.S. sports venue at the Capitol One Arena.

Operators Could Reach 20 in the Future

Virginia legalized sports betting in 2020 after a long legislative process. Legal Virginia sports betting was finally launched last January 21, 2021 with FanDuel went live on the launch date, earning the exclusive opening day rights because of its partnership with the NFL’s Washington Football Team. DraftKings followed on January 24, 2021 while BetMGM and BetRivers rolled out on January 27th.

State law allows up to 12 Virginia sports betting operators. However, this number could go up to 20 in the future with five proposed casinos in the state and two sports teams currently without sportsbook partners. These are not counted towards the maximum number of Virginia sports betting operators.

BetMGM, BetRivers Go Live in Virginia

State of Virginia Made out of Money With Sportsbook Background
Online sports bettors in Virginia now have four operators to choose from.

FanDuel was the first to launch in Virginia last Thursday. DraftKings followed on Sunday, just hours before the NFL’s Conference championship games. This week, two more online sportsbooks followed with BetMGM and BetRivers launching on Wednesday, just in time for next weekend’s Super Bowl LV game.

When Virginia sports betting was legalized, the state agreed to cap the number of sports betting operators to 12 after receiving a total of 25 applications for license. The General Assembly tasked the Virginia Lottery to screen the applicants and with four already live, that means there are 8 on the way.

Third Virginia Sports Betting Operator

BetMGM became the third Virginia sports betting operator after getting its temporary permit to accept wagers last Sunday. The operator, which is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Entain Plc. now has presence in a total of 12 states, including 10 with online sportsbooks. As part of its latest offering, Virginia bettors will get access to the MGM Resorts M Life Rewards Program.

The Roar Digital operated sportsbook recently announced a partnership with Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. The partners plan to open a retail sportsbook at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.

Partnership With Rivers Casino

BetRivers meanwhile, received approval to launch Virginia sports betting on Tuesday. After going live on Wednesday, BetRivers now has a total of 8 mobile states. The company has a deal for market access via a new casino which Portsmouth voters approved in last November’s vote. BetRivers is one of three operators partnered with a Virginia casino.

Caesars/William Hill (Danville) and Hard Rock (Bristol) are the other two Virginia sports betting operators partnered with a casino. When all is said and done, the state will have a total of five land-based casinos. However, the cities of Norfolk and Richmond, who have sold land and have agreed to let the Pamunkey Indian Tribe build and operate a casino, have not yet announced the names of the would be operators.