Indiana Horse Racing Commission Approves Eldorado and Caesars to Merge

The merger between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment has been ongoing since June of 2019. As many already know, it’s the largest deal ever made between two casino companies. Before this merger can be completed, both companies need approval from various state gambling commissions. This week, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission officially approved Eldorado and Caesars to merge.Eldorado And Caesars Logo

It’s fantastic news for these major casino operators. This deal is close to being finalized. Now is the perfect time to look at what still needs to be done for this massive deal to finally conclude.

Let’s get into it!

Meetings With State Gambling Commissions Have Concluded

Back in June of 2019, Eldorado Resorts shocked the US gambling industry by announcing it paid an incredible $17.3 billion to acquire Caesars Entertainment. Both Eldorado and Caesars have major casino-resorts all over the country. This merger would form the largest casino company in the United States.

It takes a long time for something like this to come together. Various state gambling commissions need to approve this merger. Before it could come together, the FTC also needed to ensure this deal would not result in a monopoly.

After more than a year, it seems this merger is nearly finished. The FTC has officially given the green light for both companies to join forces. After, only three more state gambling commissions needed to approve the deal.

This month, members of Eldorado and Caesars have been meeting with members of the New Jersey, Indiana, and Nevada gambling commissions. Nevada gave its approval for the deal last week. Only two more commissions were left.

Officials within Eldorado and Caesars met with regulators in Indiana on July 10th. Some felt that these commission members may find some issues with the deal. Fortunately, they have given the green light for things to move forward.

Indiana Horse Racing Commission Approves Eldorado and Caesars to Merge

The meetings taking place in Las Vegas right now are historic. With approval from the three commissions, these companies can finally come together. New reports confirm that two of these commissions have now officially given the green light.

The official Indiana Gaming Commission approved this deal to move forward last Friday. Today, members of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission unanimously voted to allow Eldorado and Caesars to merge, as well. It’s the final hurdle needed for both companies to come together in Indiana.

With this decision, horse racing licenses from Harrah’s Hoosier Park and the Indiana Grand can now be transferred from Caesars to Eldorado Resorts. Of course, there are 22 conditions that must be met for the licenses here to remain valid.

Eldorado Resorts’ CEO Tom Reeg commented on the approval during the meeting, promising to help grow the state’s gambling industry.

“We know that racing is why you have the casino opportunities that you have in these two properties, and our pledge to you is to drive that racing business to another level,” Reeg said. “You’re already at a really high level. We’ll work to take it even higher.”

With the news, these two companies only need approval from one more state. Investors are now looking closely at how Eldorado’s share prices may change over the next few weeks.

Investors Are Now Looking Closely at Eldorado Resorts

Everyone feels that commission members in New Jersey will give the green light for this merger to move forward. Once that happens, Eldorado Resorts will become the largest casino company in the US. Obviously, that’s an exciting prospect for investors.

Recently, several major US casino companies saw their share prices surge. China announced that travel restrictions to and from Macau were lifting. As a result, many US casino companies with property in Macau are likely to see their earnings increase rapidly.

This goes to show how many opportunities are available for investors in this industry. According to a new report, Eldorado’s stock price could increase by an incredible 150% over the next couple of weeks.

It’s an extremely unusual time for the world’s land-based casino industry. Casino companies are doing everything they can to attract new players and increase their revenue. Just about everyone expects Eldorado and Caesars to merge sometime next month.

We’ll continue to offer updates on this historic deal. Our team will also continue to write about the situation over in Macau. Stay tuned!

Casino Stock Prices Are Starting to Jump: Here’s Why

The world’s casino industry is slowly beginning to get back on track. As you might expect, investors are starting to take notice. This week, casino stock prices began to surge and many are wondering why.Paper On Stocks And Shares

There’s one key reason for this jump. Fortunately, there’s still time for investors to profit. Let’s take a look at what’s going on here.

How is the US Casino Industry Faring Right Now?

The months between March and June were likely the worst in the history of the US casino industry. It was the first time that all of the country’s casinos were forced to completely shut down. Obviously, casino companies around the country earned almost no revenue during this time.

As time went on, state officials realized something needed to change. Many parts of the country rely on their gambling industries to bring in tourists. That’s especially true in Nevada, the largest gambling destination in the world.

Governor Steve Sisolak gave Nevada’s casinos the green light to begin operating again on June 4th. Today, nearly all of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are now operating again. Tourism rates are still down here, though. This probably won’t change until the casinos are able to operate without major restrictions set in place.

New Jersey took a little longer to get back on track. Governor Murphy announced that casinos in Atlantic City would open back up over the Fourth of July weekend. Opening day was a success, yet it will be a long time before gaming revenue gets back to the level it was last year.

Casino companies have begun operating again, but things are far from ideal. Many of these companies are now looking at their overseas properties as primary money-makers. To the surprise of many, casino stock prices began to surge this week.

Here’s Why Casino Stock Prices Jumped This Week

Many investors were excited to see the US casino industry get back on track. Unfortunately, rates of Covid-19 have continued to climb in the United States and many casinos may be forced to close down again soon. Perhaps that’s why so many were surprised to see the share prices for many casino companies go up recently.

There’s a key reason why this is.

The Chinese government has just announced that it plans to loosen travel restrictions on visitors from Macau. Previously, China has made it very difficult for mainlanders to make the trip to Macau and come back. This is huge news for the territory of Macau which, like Las Vegas, relies almost entirely on tourism and gambling revenue.

As many already know, many of the top US casino companies have casinos in Macau. Restrictions are significantly looser in this city. Now that travel restrictions are loosening up, revenue here is likely to increase significantly.

Casino companies are profiting off this news. This week, Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, and MGM Resorts International all saw their share prices increase. It’s great news for all three of these companies, each of which has property in Macau.

If tourism rates begin to truly surge, we may see casino stock prices rise even more. Investors are certainly taking a good look at this situation. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Eldorado-Caesars Merger is Nearly Complete!

As we’ve already mentioned, this has been an extremely tough past few months for casino companies in the US. While everything has been going on, Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment have been working to complete their merger. In case you’re unaware, Eldorado paid an astounding $17.3 to acquire Caesars in June of last year.

This is the largest merger ever made between two casino companies. Before it can be complete, though, both companies need approval from various groups. That includes state gambling commissions around the country. They also needed the green light from the FTC.

It appears this deal is finally about to wrap up. Eldorado and Caesars have received approval from many different gambling commissions already. Recently, the FTC approved the merger. These companies are now meeting with members of the last state gambling commissions to receive final approval.

The Indiana Gaming Commission is requiring that Ceasars sell three of its properties before the deal can be complete. Under normal circumstances, that wouldn’t be too difficult for the company. Some feel it could take time to find a buyer for these venues right now, though.

Casino stock prices are always going up and down. We’re likely to see this trend continue over the next few months. Hopefully, the US casino market improves and casino companies here are able to earn enough revenue to function normally.

Do you plan on investing in any US casino companies? Tell us which ones in the comments section below!

The Las Vegas Palazzo is No Longer Taking Weekday Reservations

Nearly all of the major casino-resorts are now open in Las Vegas. As many analysts predicted, however, tourism rates in this city are still significantly lower than they were at the start of the year. According to new reports, the Las Vegas Palazzo has decided to stop accepting weekday reservations due to the drop in occupancy.Las Vegas Palazzo

This goes to show how low visitation rates in this city still are. Some believe that more hotel-casinos will begin taking similar measures over the next few months. Today, we’re going to look at what this new decision means for the Palazzo and Venetian Casino-Resort.

Let’s get into it!

Tourism Rates in Las Vegas Remain Low

A city like Las Vegas, known as the gambling and entertainment capital of the United States, relies on tourism to function. That’s especially true on the Las Vegas Strip, where nearly every business is catered to tourists. In March of this year, this city completely shut down to visitors.

Things remained shut down for months. Casino owners were working hard to come up with reopening plans, yet state leaders remained hesitant to start lifting restrictions. Finally, the casinos here were given permission to start opening back up on June 4th.

Analysts were torn on how quickly tourism rates in the city would increase. Some felt that many would flock to the city, looking for an escape from the regulation in their own states. Others believed that visitation would remain significantly lower than it was prior to the shutdown in March.

The latter is proving to be true. Despite the best efforts from casino companies and city officials, tourism rates are much lower here than they were at the start of 2020. As rates of Covid-19 increase throughout the country, these tourism rates are dropping.

It hasn’t been easy for the casinos in Las Vegas. Gambling revenue was virtually non-existent in May. It’s unclear how much revenue these casinos earned during the month of June. We’ll hear more about this at the end of July.

New reports indicate that one of the top casino-resorts in this city is cutting down on its occupancy.

The Las Vegas Palazzo Announces it’s No Longer Taking Weekday Reservations

The Las Vegas Strip is home to some of the biggest and best casino-resorts in the world. Many believe that the Las Vegas Palazzo is one of the top venues for guests in the entire city. It’s a part of the larger complex that comprises the Venetian Casino-Resort, all of which are owned by Las Vegas Sands.

Before the shutdown in March, the Palazzo was one of the most popular hotels in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, occupancy here has remained low over the past few weeks. As a result, the owners of this venue have announced that they are stopping weekday reservations.

Las Vegas Sands spokesperson Keith Salwoski released a statement on this situation to the media this week.

“In response to travel demand for the summer we have made a slight adjustment to our hotel operation to better reflect occupancy patterns,” he said. 

This new rule will officially begin on July 21st. As of now, the plan is for only the Venetian to remain open Monday through Thursday. Las Vegas Sands will then open both the Venetian and the Las Vegas Palazzo on weekends.

The hotel here will remain closed on weekdays, yet the casino, restaurants, and parking garage at the Palazzo will remain open. We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes for this venue to open back up on weekends.

Are Some Casinos in Las Vegas in Danger of Closing?

As of now, it doesn’t seem likely that any of the casinos here will be forced to permanently shut down. We’re in unprecedented times, though, and anything is possible at this point. It’s clear that occupancy is still down considerably in this city.

The fact that the Las Vegas Palazzo has stopped taking weekday reservations says a lot. Las Vegas Sands would not make this decision unless it needed to. Some now believe that we’ll see more casinos take this approach over the next couple of months.

It’s still unclear how much gambling revenue is being earned in this city. The tough regulations set in place has taken a toll on tourism numbers here. The fact that masks are now required on the casino floor is also having an impact on visitation.

Much of the US casino industry is now opening back up. Earlier this month, Atlantic City began allowing its casinos to reopen. In fact, several states on the East Coast have recently started allowing their casino industries to resume operations.

It’s a very unusual time for this industry. Las Vegas casinos are now taking completely unique approaches to cut down on costs. We’ll need to wait and see how effective this is over the next few weeks.

Do you plan on visiting Las Vegas this summer? Which hotel will you stay at? Let us know in the comments section below!

Circus Circus Plans to Sue Insurance Company

Las Vegas is home to some of the best casino-resorts in the world. Some consider Circus Circus to be one of the least-impressive venues in the city. This week, news broke that Circus Circus plans to sue its insurance company due to an unpaid claim.Circus Circus In Las Vegas

As many are aware, Las Vegas casinos have taken a major hit due to the global pandemic. Many are now in desperate need of support in order to remain functional. Today, we’re going to look at the lawsuit that the owners of Circus Circus have planned.

Let’s get into it!

Nearly All Las Vegas Strip Casinos Have Reopened

At the start of this year, the idea of shutting down the Las Vegas Strip was inconceivable. This is one of the largest tourist destinations in the country, drawing in millions of visitors each year to take part in the gambling and entertainment. By March, the US began entering into lockdown and all of the casinos in Nevada were forced to close down.

Governor Sisolak was very hesitant to get the state’s casino industry back to normal. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, however, almost immediately begin demanding that casinos be allowed to reopen. It wasn’t until June 4th that the state’s gaming venues were allowed to start accepting guests again.

Initially, only a few casinos in Las Vegas reopened. As the weeks went on, more of the state’s major gambling venues opened back up. Today, almost all of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are operating again.

That doesn’t mean things are completely back to normal here. The casinos in Las Vegas look much different than they did prior to March. Slots are separated, plexiglass barriers separate table game players, and masks are now officially required when on the casino floor.

It’s a very unusual time for what is considered the entertainment capital of the United States. The amount of revenue that casinos here are earning is considerably lower than it was pre-pandemic. One major casino in this city is now filing a lawsuit, alleging it should be paid for the damage caused by the coronavirus spreading around the world.

Circus Circus Plans to File Lawsuit Against AIG Specialty Insurance Company

Every single casino in Las Vegas has been affected by the events unfolding around the world. Some are being hit harder than others. For the venues that were already struggling, this situation has become extremely difficult.

That can be applied to Circus Circus. This property is now considered one of the worst hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. It was recently purchased by Phil Ruffin, who felt he could turn things around here.

This week, officials within Circus Circus announced they plan on suing AIG Specialty Insurance Company. Casino officials claim the insurance company is refusing to cover losses that Circus Circus has experienced during the pandemic. The company released a statement that claims the “All-Risk” policy AIG offers does not live up to its word.

“AIG relies on sleight-of-hand, distortions of fact and contortions of law to escape from Circus Circus’s covered claim,” Circus Circus lawyers claimed. “But no illusion or death-defying feat can alter the plain language of AIG’s policy and the broad all risks coverage that it provides.”

Interestingly, Circus Circus claims that it suffered major losses even before shutting down. The casino claims people infected with Covid-19 had already visited this property and spread the virus to employees. More than 1,600 sick days were recorded between January 1st and March 18th, Circus Circus claims.

We’ll need to wait and see how AIG Insurance responds to this lawsuit.

What to Expect in Las Vegas Over the Next Six Months

Not even the best gambling analysts in the country can accurately say how the US casino industry will look by the end of the year. This is the toughest spot this industry has ever been in. As of now, the casinos in this country are simply trying to earn enough money to stay above water.

Tourism is still extremely slow in Las Vegas. Rates of visitors dropped even further after Governor Sisolak’s announcement that masks are now required on the casino floor. As rates of Covid-19 increase around the country, fewer people are willing to travel.

It seems highly unlikely that the casinos in Las Vegas will be forced to close down again. These companies are doing everything they can to make things safe for employees and guests. There are still complaints that workers inside casinos are still being put in danger.

Circus Circus plans to sue its insurance company. The Nevada Culinary Union is planning a lawsuit of its own against several major casinos on the Strip. This union represents workers inside casinos, many of whom claim things are not safe enough.

Casinos will remain open here. As time goes on, tourism rates are likely to increase. It could be years before the casinos in this city return to the way they were at the start of 2020.

Are you surprised to hear Circus Circus plans to sue its insurance company? Do you think this casino will win the lawsuit? Let us know in the comments section below!

Maryland’s Gaming Revenue Has Dropped Significantly in 2020

The past four months have been incredibly difficult for land-based casinos around the United States. Many of the country’s casinos have begun to reopen, yet nearly all of them are struggling to bring in players. New reports on Maryland’s gaming revenue have just been released that shows how tough of a year 2020 has been for the casinos in this state.Maryland Icon

Casino revenue is dropping in every single state. Today, we’re going to look at exactly how much money the gaming venues in Maryland managed to bring in so far this year. We’ll also discuss revenue figures in other parts of the country.

Let’s get into it!

The Casino Industry in Maryland is Now Up and Running

The state of Maryland is home to six major casinos. It wasn’t until 2012 that lawmakers began allowing table games to be played inside these gambling venues. This industry has been growing steadily since that time.

At the start of this year, things looked great for the casinos here. Revenue was increasing and some felt that Maryland was growing to become one of the new gambling hubs on the East Coast. It even looked like sports betting was set to become legal here. Unfortunately, all of the state’s casinos were forced to close down in March of this year.

State leaders were initially unwilling to say when the casinos here would be allowed to reopen. New cases of Covid-19 have been fairly low here but many remain extremely cautious to get things back on track. Early last month, Governor Larry Hogan told the media that casinos would be allowed to reopen on June 19th.

All of the state’s casinos have now reopened with safety measures set in place. That includes social distancing measures and limiting contact between players. If cases begin to spike in Maryland, there’s a chance Governor Hogan will require the state’s casinos to close once again.

It’s been an incredibly difficult time for the companies operating these casinos. These companies are now working hard to attract new players. New revenue reports are beginning to come out here that show the toll the global pandemic has taken on this industry.

Maryland’s Gaming Revenue Has Already Dropped by 27% This Year

We’re only just beginning to see how badly the US casino industry is being affected by the events happening around the world. Even the casinos that have completely reopened are finding it difficult to generate revenue. As more regulations are set in place at these casinos, fewer people are choosing to gamble.

According to new reports from state gaming and lottery officials, Maryland’s gaming revenue has dropped by an incredible 27% so far this fiscal year. Over the fiscal year, casinos here generated $1.28 billion. Obviously, the majority of this money was made prior to the casino shutdowns in March. It’s still unclear how much money has been over the past few weeks.

MGM National Harbor, arguably the biggest and most popular casino in the state reopened on June 26th and generated $8 million over the next five days. Live! Casino & Hotel reopened on June 19th and made $15.9 million that month. Horseshoe Casino opened back up to the public on June 28th and managed to bring in $2.6 million over the next two days.

In total, Maryland’s gaming revenue for June came out to $34.9 million. $14.6 million of that went directly to the state in taxes.

Most analysts predict that casino revenue will be significantly lower this calendar year than it was in 2019. Some believe the US casino industry will never look the same way it did just a few months ago. We’ll continue to offer updates on the amount of revenue earned here as the year goes on.

Nevada’s Casino Revenue Was Almost Non-Existent in May

Just a few days ago, we reported on the revenue figures for the state of Nevada in May. Incredibly, revenue here dropped by 99.4% that month. It’s not very surprising when you consider the fact that all the casinos here were closed for the entire month.

The only money generated here came from the state’s regulated online gambling options. Las Vegas Strip casinos managed to bring in $3.8 million in May. Fortunately, things are guaranteed to be better in June.

Many of the top casino-resorts in Las Vegas opened back up on June 4th. Guests have been visiting and gambling inside these venues, albeit with major restrictions set in place. Plexiglass barriers separate players and wearing a mask is now mandatory inside all casinos here.

It’s difficult to predict how much money was earned last month. It will be a major indicator for how the rest of the year will go. In fact, June may prove to be the most successful month for the casinos here after reopening.

Maryland’s gaming revenue in fiscal 2020 dropped sharply. We’ll need to see if things improve over the next few weeks.

Have you visited any land-based casinos since March? How was your gambling experience? Let us know in the comments section below!

New Microgaming Titles Are Officially Revealed!

The online casino industry is growing every single month. One of the top gaming software providers, Microgaming, has continued working to come up with exciting new games. This week, several new Microgaming titles were officially revealed to the public.Microgaming Logo

Many of the top US casino sites operating today utilize Microgaming for their software. Now is the perfect time to look at the company’s new titles revealed this week.

Let’s get started!

US Online Casino Industry is Growing Quickly

For months, nearly all land-based casinos in the United States were completely shut down. States began entering into lockdowns and even the biggest gambling destinations in the country were forced to close. Many states are now allowing their casinos to reopen, yet they’re operating at limited capacity with major restrictions set in place.

It’s not much of a surprise that the online casino industry in the US has grown during this time. Many people around the country have been stuck at home with nothing to do. Online casino sites allow players to make bets from anywhere with an internet connection.

Casino fans are also starting to recognize how many different games these websites offer. In some cases, these casino websites provide more gambling options than the biggest land-based gaming venues in the country. That includes fun, unique gaming options such as live dealer games.

No one can really say when the country’s land-based casinos will return to normal. Rates of Covid-19 are still surging throughout the country. There is evidence that infection spreads are taking place inside casinos.

Online gaming software providers are starting to ramp up their operations. That includes Microgaming. This week, this respected company revealed several exciting new games that will soon become available.

Here Are the New Microgaming Titles You Should Know About

As we just mentioned, many of the best US casino sites currently use Microgaming for their software. This company has gained a fantastic reputation for offering a wide range of different games. Over the past six months, this company has been focused on coming up with exciting new titles their players will enjoy.

On Sunday, July 5th, four new Microgaming titles were officially revealed. Below is a quick breakdown of each game.

Miami Glow: Microgaming has officially revealed a new 80’s-themed slot game featuring 5 reels and 3 rows. This exciting new game has a 96.09% RTP and wins up to 12,500 times the stake.

Mayan Eagle: The next one is a 6-reel, 5-row slot game with a unique ancient Mayan theme. It’s an exciting new game that offers several different jackpots. Players that manage to spell MAYA by hitting four scatter symbols will receive up to 13,000 times the stake.

Arthur’s Gold and Immortal Glory: Fantasy-style slot games are hugely popular right now. Arthur’s Gold and Immortal Glory is a unique fantasy-style high variance slot with a range of different spin bonuses.

Diamond Inferno: On July 21st, Microgaming will release Diamond Inferno. This is an action-packed fiery slot game with classic casino icons such as golden bars, dice, dollar signs, and lucky sevens. It has the feel of a standard slot game with impressive new visuals added.

Each of the new Microgaming titles that were revealed sound incredible. Expect them to become available on many of the best internet casino sites in the US!

Land-Based Casinos Are Beginning to Reopen

The past four months have been some of the strangest in US history. Land-based casinos are taking a major hit and many were closed for an extremely long period of time. Fortunately, many of the casinos here have begun to reopen.

Las Vegas casinos were given the green light to open back up on June 4th. Today, nearly all of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip have reopened. Tourism is gradually beginning to increase here.

Casinos in Atlantic City finally began to reopen this past weekend. There are several new rules set in place at these venues that some are complaining about. The fact is these casinos will look much different for the foreseeable future.

That doesn’t mean the online casino industry will slow down anytime soon. In fact, most predict that these casino websites are going to continue growing in popularity. With new Microgaming titles being offered, these sites will keep attracting new players.

This is an unusual time for the gambling industry around the world. We may see a major overall shift from land-based gaming to online gambling as time goes on. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

The four titles we listed above are all fantastic. Let us know which one you’re most excited about in the comments section below!

Here Are the Three New Rules Inside AC Casinos Being Talked About

The biggest casino destination on the East Coast has officially reopened to the public. Things aren’t quite the same as they were prior to March, though. There are three new rules inside AC casinos that many visitors are beginning to complain about.Rules Sign

It will take time for US casinos to get back to normal. Some predict that casinos may never look the same as they did just a few months ago. Today, we’re going to look at three important new rules being implemented inside Atlantic City’s casinos.

Let’s get into it!

Atlantic City is Slowly Reopening to the Public

Most states around the country have begun allowing their casino industries to start operating again. That includes New Jersey, which has only recently given casino companies the green light to open for business. Getting to this point hasn’t been easy, though.

For months, New Jersey had the second-highest rates of Covid-19 in the country. The state was in lockdown for months and most businesses were forced to temporarily close down their doors. That includes all of the casinos in Atlantic City.

Closing down these gambling venues had unintended consequences. It completely stopped tourism into the city and as a result, a huge number of other businesses began losing revenue. Many felt that unless things got back on track, Atlantic City may not survive through the summer.

Eventually, lawmakers in New Jersey approved a bill to offer relief to the casinos and other small businesses in Atlantic City. Just a couple weeks later, Governor Phil Murphy announced that casinos would be allowed to reopen by July 4th. It was extremely exciting news for residents in this part of New Jersey.

Many of the casinos in Atlantic City finally opened back up this past weekend. As many have begun to realize, however, things are much different here than they were a few weeks ago.

Three New Rules Inside AC Casinos To Keep in Mind

Casinos are continuing to reopen across the country. The owners of these venues are working hard to make things as safe as possible for guests and employees while remaining fun. Balancing these two things is proving to be extremely difficult.

Atlantic City’s gambling industry is now up and running. There are three new rules inside AC casinos that visitors should keep in mind, though. Until further notice, eating, drinking, and smoking are all prohibited when on the casino floor.

It’s not much of a surprise. Casino companies here recognize how easily the new coronavirus can spread between individuals. They are doing everything they can to limit social contact.

Not everyone is pleased to see these new regulations. At the moment, all of the casinos here are operating at 25% capacity. Joe Lupo, president of the Hard Rock in Atlantic City, spoke about the opening weekend and claims many visitors are interested in seeing how things are inside these casinos.

“Obviously it will be lighter than normal. This is usually a busy weekend,” Lupo said. “I think people are going to try it out, test us out, see what it’s like.”

Those looking to make a few wagers will probably enjoy visiting Atlantic City. It’s important to keep the three new rules inside AC casinos in mind before your visit, though. No one can say when things will return to normal here.

Over in Nevada, casino companies continue working on improving safety measures.

Las Vegas Casinos Face Criticism For Lack of Employee Safety

Atlantic City casinos have only been open for a few days. Over in Nevada, things have been up and running for more than a month. Las Vegas is now focused on increasing tourism and drawing in more gamblers.

Almost all of the hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip have reopened. Safety measures are set in place inside all of these properties. Recently, many groups have complained that the casino companies here are not doing enough to protect their workers.

According to some casino employees, rates of Covid-19 are not being reported in Las Vegas. Some of these workers have fallen ill due to the new coronavirus. As a result, the Nevada Culinary Union is suing some of the casinos here over the lack of safety.

Rates of Covid-19 have been slowly increasing in Nevada. In fact, infection rates are still growing throughout the entire country. It seems unlikely that state officials in Nevada will force the casinos here to close again.

The US land-based casino industry may never look the same. The new rules inside AC casinos could be here to stay. We’ll need to wait and see how the country grapples with this new virus over the next few months.

Do you plan on visiting Atlantic City this summer? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Encore Boston Harbor Will Reopen on July 12th!

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are currently working to reopen the state’s economy. It’s been a tough year for the casinos here, all of which have been closed down since March. According to new reports, the Encore Boston Harbor will officially reopen to the public on July 12th.Encore Boston Harbor Hotel-Casino

Many casinos are now opening across the country. Some fear that these venues may soon be forced to close down again as Covid-19 infection rates continue to increase. As of now, however, Massachusetts seems determined to get this industry back on track.

Let’s look at what’s being planned at the Encore Boston Harbor!

Casinos Around the US Have Begun to Reopen

In March of this year, every state around the country began shutting down in one way or another. Some states took drastic measures and began ordering residents to remain inside their homes. Others had much more lenient regulations and instead focused on keeping the state economy running.

We’re now in July, and states are still trying to balance the economy and public safety. Every state has begun to reopen. It should come as no surprise that some are doing so much quicker than others.

Casinos have started to reopen in many different states around the country. In states like Mississippi, lawmakers have allowed the commercial gambling venues to open back up. Other states, such as California, have seen their tribal casino industry reopen without the specific approval of Governor Newsom.

Unfortunately, rates of Covid-19 have started to increase around the United States at an unprecedented pace. Most states have slowed their reopening process. Some analysts now believe that casinos may eventually be forced to close down once again.

It’s an incredibly difficult situation. States are still looking at ways to reopen businesses without putting the public in danger. Over in Massachusetts, one major casino-resort is preparing to reopen to the public.

Encore Boston Harbor Plans to Start Accepting Guests Again on July 12th

Massachusetts has a very new land-based casino industry. It wasn’t long ago that lawmakers here decided to officially legalize these gambling venues. Today, three casinos are operating in this state.

The biggest and arguably best is the Encore Boston Harbor, owned by Wynn Resorts. This venue was opened in June of 2019. It didn’t take long for the Encore to become the most popular casino in the state.

Governor Charlie Baker recently announced that Massachusetts is entering into Phase 3 of reopening on Monday. Just hours after this announcement, the Encore Boston Harbor announced that it was reopening to the public on July 12th. The casino released a statement claiming they want to make things as safe as possible.

“Every effort has been made to preserve Encore’s luxury experience and provide guests with the peace of mind needed to enjoy a fun and relaxing return,” the statement said. 

When the Encore Boston Harbor opens, only slots and blackjack will be available to players. Plexiglass barriers will be set on these blackjack tables. Other games such as poker and craps will become available sometime later this summer.

Gambling fans here are extremely excited to see this venue open back up. We’ll need to wait and see how many people begin visiting this venue after July 12th.

How is the US Casino Industry Faring Right Now?

2020 has been the toughest year in history for the land-based casino industry. For months, these venues were shut down. Many have reopened, yet the amount of revenue these venues are earning is significantly lower than it was just a few years ago.

Strict social distancing measures are still in place inside these venues. They are also operating at limited capacity. It’s not entirely clear when these casinos will be given permission to function normally again.

As we mentioned earlier, rates of Covid-19 have been steadily increasing for weeks. Some states are being hit much harder than others. There are still fears that casinos around the state will be forced to shut down. That’s already happened in Arizona.

Las Vegas remains the world’s biggest gambling hub. Casinos here have been open for more than a month, yet tourism remains low. Hope is that some of the new, recently-opened venues here will help to attract new visitors.

The Encore Boston Harbor will officially open back up on July 12th. Gambling fans in Massachusetts are already getting excited. We’ll report on the revenue earned here over the next few weeks!

Are you excited to see the US land-based casino industry start to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below!

Merger Between Eldorado and Caesars Should Complete Next Month

The highly-publicized merger between Eldorado and Caesars has been taking place since June of 2019. It’s the largest deal ever made between two US casino companies. According to new reports, this massive merge should be completed by next month.Eldorado And Caesars Logo

It’s exciting news for both of these companies. The process of joining forces has been hugely expensive and time-consuming. Today, we’re going to look at what still needs to be done for the merger to be officially approved.

Let’s get into it!

FTC Officially Approves Eldorado Resorts-Caesars Entertainment Deal

Eldorado Resorts is one of the fastest-growing casino companies in the country. It owns and operates several major casinos around the country. Officials within this company have continued to tell the media that they plan to expand as soon as possible.

Back in June of last year, news broke that Eldorado had agreed to pay $17.3 billion to acquire Caesars Entertainment. As we just mentioned, this was the largest merger ever made between two casino companies. Many analysts immediately began looking into what it takes to complete a deal like this one.

Both Eldorado and Caesars Entertainment own major casinos in different states. That means both companies need to receive approval from various state gambling commissions before this deal can go through. They also need to get permission from the Federal Trade Commission.

This process takes time. Initially, officials within these companies told the media they expected the deal to be completed by June of this year. That date has now been pushed back. Fortunately, the FTC recently approved the merger between Eldorado and Caesars to move forward.

This was a crucial step for both of these companies. Now, only a few more states need to give the signal for the deal to move forward. When can we expect that to take place?

With State’s Approval, the Merger Between Eldorado and Caesars Will be Complete

It’s not completely unusual to see casino companies merge. It’s happened several times over the years, yet never between two companies as large as Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment. State Gaming Boards want to ensure that this deal does not result in the companies forming a monopoly.

Many states have already approved the deal. The FTC seems content with that’s coming together, as well. Now, these companies only need approval from regulators in Nevada, Indiana, and New Jersey.

Meetings between the heads of these companies and the various state commissions have now been scheduled to take place in Nevada. The Nevada Gaming Control Board will meet to discuss the matter on July 8th. Indiana regulators are meeting on July 10th and ones in Indiana will do the same on July 15th.

After receiving approval, the merger between Eldorado and Caesars can finally be complete. Eldorado CEO Tom Reeg is confident this will take place. Most gaming analysts predict the states will give approval for this deal, as well.

The stars seem to be aligning here. One condition the FTC required was for Eldorado Resorts to sell several of its major properties. News recently broke that these casino sales have officially concluded.

Eldorado Resorts Has Officially Sold Two Major Casinos

The FTC recognizes how powerful these two companies will be once this deal concludes. As a result, they want to ensure that things are still fair for markets affected by the merger. The government body ordered Eldorado Resorts to sell two properties in order to receive approval for the merger.

The Montbleu Resorts & Casino in Lake Tahoe and the Isle of Capris in Kansas City were both recently sold by this company. It was a serious move, as both were known to be big money-makers for Eldorado. Obviously, the merger between Eldorado and Caesars proved to be more important.

This is just one more step needed to finalize this important merger. Now, much of the focus is on the meetings taking place this month in Nevada. Only three more Gaming Boards need to give their official approval for this bill.

Most predict all three will give the green light for this merger to move forward. Eldorado and Caesars have both checked all of the boxes needed to get this deal finished.

Anything is possible, though. The country is still dealing with the effects of Covid-19 and many are unsure of how the land-based casino industry will look over the next 12 months. We’ll be sure to offer updates on this situation as it unfolds.

Do you think the Eldorado Resorts-Caesars Entertainment merger will finish this summer? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s How Things Will Look When Atlantic City Casinos Reopen

We’re now just a few days away from New Jersey’s gambling industry relaunching. Many of the biggest casinos in the state are set to open their doors this weekend. Now is the perfect time to discuss how things will look when Atlantic City casinos reopen.Atlantic City

Many people around the state are excited to see these gambling venues open back up. Some, however, fear this could lead to another surge of Covid-19 cases. Here’s what visitors can expect.

Governor Phil Murphy Moves Forward With Atlantic City Plans

As many know, Atlantic City is one of the top gambling destinations in the US. Millions of people, many of whom are based on the East Coast, flock to this city every year to take part in the gambling and entertainment options. Unfortunately, the entire city has been shut down since March.

New Jersey was one of the worst-hit states from Covid-19 early on. Cases began to skyrocket here over the past few months. Towards May, this trend began to slow down and new infections are now dropping in this state.

The shutdown of Atlantic City’s gambling industry cost an incredible amount of money. It also led to a massive number of layoffs. Hundreds of thousands of individuals work in Atlantic City and most were left without a job while the casino and tourism industry here was shut down.

Residents and politicians around the state have called for Atlantic City to reopen. Last month, Governor Phil Murphy told the media that he expects this to happen by July 4th. Murphy agreed to a safety plan presented by the state’s major casino companies.

Despite the sharp rise in coronavirus cases around the country, Murphy seems determined to stick with the current plan. Now, many interested in visiting Atlantic City are asking about how the gambling venues here will look after reopening.

This is What to Expect When Atlantic City Casinos Reopen

New Jersey isn’t the only state that’s working to get its gambling industry functioning again. States across the country have begun to allow their gambling venues to open back up. That includes Nevada, the world’s largest gambling destination.

As we just mentioned, the current plan is for Atlantic City’s casinos to finally reopen on July 4th. That’s exciting news for casino workers and gambling fans here. Of course, many worry that things will be completely different than they were at the start of the year.

It’s no surprise that things will look different when Atlantic City casinos reopen. All of the gaming venues here need to implement strict safety measures to protect their employees and patrons. Some of the casino companies in New Jersey have begun to reveal the measures they are taking to protect public safety.

“The health and safety of our employees and guests are at the center of all that we do, and although we respect the decision we regret that we are unable to welcome back the thousands of employees who are anxious to return to work. We look forward to a time when it is safe to welcome everyone back,” officials within Borgata Hotel & Casino said. 

Before the Atlantic City casinos reopen, they must all be cleaned extensively. Casinos can only accept 25% capacity. Smoking, eating, and drinking are prohibited inside the venue. Table games will be limited to just a few people.

Casinos have also confirmed that the table games will have plexiglass barriers between players and dealers. Strict social distancing measures will also be implemented throughout the casino floor.

We’re just a few days away from the state’s casinos opening back up. Hopefully, things are safe and revenue begins flowing back into the state.

Is it Safe to Reopen US Casinos Right Now?

The world is in an unprecedented time right now. The US has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world and states are still struggling to understand how to move forward. Many are now concerned about reopening casinos.

Covid-19 cases are growing quickly around the country. Some states are backtracking on their reopening plans. Over in Nevada, Governor Steve Sisolak announced that masks are now required in all public places. Analysts have concerns that the casinos in this state will be forced to close down again.

It’s clear that many are unhappy with the safety measures that Las Vegas casino companies have set in place. This week, the Nevada Culinary Union announced that it was suing several of the casinos in Las Vegas over this issue.

There will be many new safety measures set in place when Atlantic City casinos reopen. Will they be enough to prevent the spread of this new coronavirus? That remains to be seen. It’s the same issue that businesses around the world are dealing with.

No one can really say how to best approach this situation. For now, state leaders in New Jersey seem content with the current reopening plan.

Are you excited to see Atlantic City casinos reopen? Is now the right time for this to happen? Let us know in the comments section below!