Nine months ago, all of the casinos in California closed their doors to the public. It was an unprecedented situation for the state’s gambling industry. Fortunately, most have since reopened and are seeing modest revenue increases. New reports now claim that five popular California casinos are now set to host major NYE celebrations.
There’s a serious debate raging over whether or not these venues should be allowed to hold these events. They sit on sovereign land, however, meaning they don’t need to abide by state regulations. Today, we’re going to talk about what is being planned.
Let’s get into it!
California’s Casino Industry is Still Working to Recover
The state of California is home to more than 60 casinos. Interestingly, the state does not allow any commercial casinos to operate in this state. All of the gambling venues operating here are Native American-run.
This gives these casinos the ability to operate outside of state regulations. They sit on sovereign land and can set their own rules. Despite that fact, all of the casinos around the state closed their doors back in March.
Unlike most other businesses in the state, however, the casinos here were quick to start operating again. Some opened their doors within just a month or two. Some of California’s top officials began pleading with Native American tribes to implement more intense safety regulations.
Since that time, this industry has been slowly recovering. Revenue remains far below what was seen in 2019. It’s not a surprise, as all casinos are operating at significantly reduced capacity. Many are simply happy to see any guests come in under the current circumstances.
State leaders have been advising the public to avoid any large gatherings for New Year’s Eve. Doing so, they argue, could lead to greater issues for California leading into 2021. Some of the casino owners in the state aren’t listening and now plan to host major celebration parties.
It’s a troubling development for health officials. Here’s what we know about the parties being held in different casinos around California.
NYE Celebrations Are Being Held at Five Popular California Casinos
New Year’s Eve tends to be one of the largest celebration weekends of the year. Prior to 2020, this holiday brings massive parties around the country. Major tourism hubs such as Las Vegas would see millions of visitors arrive to take part in the festivities.
Many of the biggest casinos in California would also hold New Year’s Eve events for their guests. These celebrations helped the casinos earn a huge amount of money each year. It’s not recommended, yet some of the most popular California casinos are choosing to hold NYE celebrations this year.
The Thunder Valley Casino Resort has announced that it plans to host a 6,000-person “invite-only” New Year’s Celebration. It’s a similar event to the one originally planned to take place at the Graton Resort and Casino, which plans to hold a 4,000-person NYE celebration. This has since been scrapped due to pressure from the public.
The Cache Creek Casino Resort hasn’t changed its big plans for New Year’s. In fact, it continues to promote its celebration event. The owners of this venue have refused to state how many guests will be attending the party tonight.
Harrah’s, in Ione, all plan to stay open for New Year’s Eve. The casino released a statement on its plans for the holiday to the media this week.
“As part of Harrah’s Northern California’s ongoing quest to keep guests and team members safe, the casino is following a comprehensive outline of enhanced health and sanitation protocols,” the statement read. “Guests returning to the property will notice changes to the experience, including limited guest capacity on the casino floor and dining outlets, social distancing procedures and enhanced sanitation protocols.”
State leaders aren’t happy to see the path these casinos are taking. Hopefully, these events are able to take place in a fun, safe manner. Stay tuned for updates!
The Sports Betting Industry in California Could Launch in 2022
California is the most populous state in the country. Since 2018, many gambling proponents have been pushing hard to get sports betting legalized here. Unfortunately, it’s failed to come together for a number of different reasons.
Many now believe 2022 is the year this finally changes. Earlier this month, sports betting supporters managed to pull together the required signatures to county governments to get sports betting on the November 2022 ballot. It was a crucial step needed to get this measure approved.
The current plan is to allow land-based sportsbooks to begin operating within tribal casinos. As of now, there is no plan to legalize and regulate online sports betting. That could come sometime within the next few years, though.
Many of the popular California casinos are supporting this measure. Sports betting has proven to be extremely lucrative around the country. Places like New Jersey are seeing hundreds of millions in monthly betting handles.
A lot can happen between now and November of 2022, though. We’ve seen the state’s efforts to get this industry running fail several times already. Hopefully, things finally come together within the next couple of years.
Are you surprised to see casinos in California holding NYE celebrations? Let us know in the comments section below!