Circa Las Vegas Gains License to Open Casino Next Month

There are several incredible new hotel-casinos scheduled to open in Las Vegas over the next 10 months. One that many are excited about is Circa las Vegas, located in the Downtown area of the city. New reports claim this property has officially received a license from the Nevada Gaming Commission to open next month.Circa Resort & Casino

It’s exciting news to hear. Many believe that Circa could quickly transform Downtown Las Vegas into one of the hottest areas of the city. It’s easy to see why. Now is the perfect time to look at what this hotel-casino has to offer its guests.

Let’s get into it!

Downtown Las Vegas is Working Hard to Boost Tourism

When most people think of Las Vegas nowadays, the image of the Strip comes to mind. It’s easy to see why, as this area is home to many of the biggest and best casino-resorts in the world. Downtown Las Vegas has always been a popular gambling destination too, and seems to be improving right now.

There are many great casinos in this section of Las Vegas. Many are owned by the Stevens brothers. Of course, all of the Downtown Las Vegas casinos were forced to close their doors back in March and didn’t reopen until late June.

The focus for these casino owners is now bringing in new players. Casinos have taken many different measures to achieve this goal. Not everything is running smoothly for them, though. News recently came out that the Fremont Hotel-Casino was facing official complaints for unrightfully detaining one of its patrons.

It’s been a difficult year for all of the casinos in Las Vegas. Revenue earnings are considerably lower right now than they were in 2019. That seems unlikely to change anytime soon and may even get worse as winter rolls around.

One of the most exciting new properties scheduled to open here is Circa Las Vegas. Gambling fans around the country have been eagerly awaiting news on when this hotel-casino would open its doors. It now appears we have an answer.

NGC Finally Grants Casino License to Circa Las Vegas

There are a number of large casinos being constructed in Las Vegas. To the surprise of many analysts, Circa Las Vegas has been one of the most-anticipated hotel-casinos in the city. It’s owned by the aforementioned Stevens brothers and should prove to be the most impressive venue ever built in Downtown Las Vegas.

There’s a lot of exciting features of this property. Most of the attention the media is giving this property is on its swimming pool. This is a multi-level resort pool featuring one of the largest television screens in the entire city.

Everyone knew that Circa would be opening its doors sometime in 2020. With the events unfolding around the world, however, no one seemed to know exactly when this property would begin accepting guests. One of the main delays was obtaining a casino license from the Nevada Gaming Commission.

This process is now officially complete. News has just surfaced that this property has finally obtained its elusive license from the NGC. That guarantees the casinos opening on October 28th. It’s important to note that the hotel won’t open up until December.

Circa Las Vegas may help to significantly boost tourism in Las Vegas. The casino floor here features nearly the same number of gambling options as the Golden Gate and D Las Vegas combined. It will be interesting to see how many tourists flock to this new venue once it finally opens its doors.

Stay tuned for more updates on Circa over the next few weeks.

The Las Vegas Virgin Hotel Will Open in Early 2021

As we already mentioned, there are a number of exciting new casino-resorts scheduled to open their doors in Las Vegas over the next few months. This week, we officially received news that the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel will be opening up in early 2021.

This is Virgin’s first foray into the land-based gambling industry. The company’s new casino will open in the same location as the former Hard Rock Hotel. Company officials have been working hard to make this one of the best new gambling venues in the city.

Virgin Hotel’s project was delayed several times this year. The initial hope was for this hotel-casino to begin accepting guests sometime late into 2020. That proved impossible with the delays in the renovation.

Las Vegas will soon be treated to a wave of new casino-resorts. Most of the owners of these venues could never have predicted how things look the way they do now. The gambling and tourism industry in Las Vegas is still struggling and may remain that way for years.

These casino owners aren’t letting that slow them down, though. Hopefully, these new properties help to stimulate Nevada’s tourism industry and bring casinos some much-needed revenue.

Are you excited to see Circa Las Vegas open its doors? Do you plan to visit Las Vegas this year? Let us know in the comments section below.

Officials Have Finally Revealed the LV Virgin Hotel’s Opening Date

For months, gambling fans have been eagerly awaiting news on when the new Virgin Hotel-Casino would open its doors in Las Vegas. This property’s opening has already been delayed several times. This week, company officials gave the media more information on the LV Virgin Hotel’s opening date.Virgin Brand Logo

Based on what’s being said, this will be the best new hotel-casino to open in this city for years. It certainly has big shoes to fill inside the former Hard Rock Hotel. Today, we’re going to talk about when this venue is expected to reopen.

Let’s get into it!

Looking Back at How Virgin Hotels Moved Into Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of the world’s biggest and most popular gambling destinations. Over the past few years, this city has seen its casino revenue increase quickly. Many exciting new casino-resorts were being constructed around the city.

Back in 1995, the Hard Rock Hotel opened its doors near the Las Vegas Strip. It quickly became one of the most popular venues in the city. As the years went on, however, it began seeing a major drop in earnings. Eventually, this venue was forced to close its doors.

The newly-formed Virgin Hotels brand saw an opportunity. It agreed to purchase this property for $500 million and immediately began the renovation and rebranding process. Hope was that this venue would be available to open in the fall of this year.

In August, reports began to surface that fall no longer seemed like a realistic possibility. Things have been delayed here several times already. Many analysts began questioning whether or not this new property would manage to open in 2020.

It’s clear that the owners of the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel are taking their time making the venue as good as they possibly can. We’re now finally beginning to hear about when this hotel-casino is expected to open its doors.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

The LV Virgin Hotel’s Opening Date is Set for January 15th, 2021

It’s no surprise that so many people are excited to see Virgin’s latest move into the casino industry in Las Vegas. This company is known for taking things to a whole new level. Many believe that this will grow to become one of the best new gaming properties in the city.

The renovation efforts on this venue were halted for a time. This caused the LV Virgin Hotel’s opening date to be pushed back once again. Some then felt that this property would open its doors in winter.

That no longer seems to be the case. Company officials recently held a major press conference to announce this venue’s official grand opening date. It’s now been confirmed that this hotel-casino will open to the public on January 15th, 2021.

“We have worked with amazing partners to combine Virgin Hotels’ signature amenities and our new property design to make Virgin Hotels Las Vegas a one-of-a-kind destination,” said Richard “Boz” Bosworth, President and CEO of JC Hospitality, owner of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.

It’s exciting to finally have a date in mind. This venue’s opening has already been pushed back several times. It’s Virgin’s first major hotel-casino ever built, though, and many are cutting the company some slack for taking its time with the events unfolding around the world.

How are some of the other casino-resorts being built in this city faring right now?

Resorts World Las Vegas is Opening in Summer of 2021

The Las Vegas Virgin-Hotel isn’t the only new casino scheduled to open in Las Vegas next year. For years, construction has been taking place on Resorts World Las Vegas. This is expected to become the biggest and most impressive casino ever built in the city.

At more than $4 billion, this is also the most expensive casino-resort ever built in Las Vegas. Many expect it to become the most impressive gambling venue in the United States. Much like the Virgin Hotel, this one has seen its opening date delayed for years.

Fortunately, it seems that this casino-resort will finally open its doors in summer of 2021. It will have a unique Asian theme with over 115,000 feet of gaming space. Not long ago, the owners of this property recently revealed some of the incredible new luxury suites the hotel is offering.

The opening of this venue certainly didn’t come at the most ideal time, though. Las Vegas has been struggling immensely over the past seven months. Some analysts feel it could take years for this city to get back to pre-pandemic levels of tourism and revenue.

There are a number of exciting new gambling venues opening their doors in Las Vegas. The LV Virgin Hotel’s opening date has just officially been revealed. It will be interesting to see how successful this venue becomes.

Are you excited to hear that the Virgin Hotel is opening its doors next year? Let us know in the comments section below!

Palace Station Workers Agree to Leave the Culinary Union

Station Casinos has been in a feud with the Nevada Culinary Union for years. It now appears that one of the company’s casinos has decided to withdraw from the union. Today, we’re going to talk about why Palace Station workers have decided to make this move.Palace Station Casino

Many are surprised to hear this news. Officials within Station Casinos are likely pleased with this new development, though. It will be interesting to hear how this affects other casinos in Las Vegas over the next few months.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Station Casinos Has Been Forced to Close Several Casinos This Year

The world’s land-based casino industry continues to be affected by the global pandemic. States around the US are working hard to protect their casino industries while keeping things safe. This is proving to be more effective in some parts of the country than others.

Nevada was one of the first major commercial casino destinations to reopen its casinos. It was extremely important to protect cities like Las Vegas. In early June, several of the major casino-resorts in this city opened their doors.

As the weeks go on, more casino companies open up their properties. That includes Station Casinos. Interestingly, this company has chosen not to reopen four of its major casinos located in the city. Officials within this company recently announced that these casinos will never open their doors again.

Casino companies are still struggling to bring in players and generate revenue. It’s clear that tourism in cities like Las Vegas is down considerably. Fortunately, new reports indicate that gambling revenue in the city is slowly beginning to increase.

Intense safety regulations remain in place inside all major casinos around the country. In Nevada, many casino workers are represented by the Culinary Union. Some casino companies have pushed against this union making its way into their properties.

Station Casinos is now seeing one of its properties leave the Culinary Union.

Palace Station Workers Vote to Leave NV Culinary Union

Station Casinos has been in a public feud with Station Casinos for many years. It’s been a long, oftentimes ugly battle between two powerful groups. Despite Station Casinos’ best efforts, however, some of the company’s casinos have voted to become represented by this union over the past decade.

Not all of these casinos seem to be enjoying their experience under this representation. News is now coming out that Palace Station Workers have voted to leave the Nevada Culinary Union. Station Casinos Chief Operating Officer Bob Finch confirmed the news to the media this week.

“Our team members at Palace Station have spoken. Station Casinos respects their decision and certainly appreciates the confidence that our team members have placed in us,” Finch said. 

Palace Station Casinos voted to join this union back in 2017. It’s not entirely clear what caused this split between the two groups. It didn’t take long for members of the Culinary Union to express their disappointment with the casino worker’s decision.

“Station Casinos has withdrawn union recognition at Boulder and Palace Station. The Culinary Union believes it has done so unlawfully. Station Casinos continues to disrespect their workers by wasting time with litigation and union-busting efforts,” Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer of the Culinary Union, said in a statement. “The Culinary Union has filed an unfair labor practice charge regarding the withdrawal and has demanded to negotiate immediately.” 

It’s an interesting time for Palace Station to make this decision. Many casino workers in Las Vegas have expressed disappointment in the lack of necessary safety measures set in place. It appears Palace Station did not feel that the Culinary Union was successfully helping their cause.

Should Casinos Increase Their Safety Regulations?

The past seven months have been some of the toughest in the history of the land-based casino industry. Never before have cities like Las Vegas and Atlantic City been forced to completely shut down. Obviously, these cities did everything they could to immediately reopen their gambling and tourism industries.

City and state leaders wanted to ensure that this was done in the safest way possible. Casino companies began coming up with specific safety measures to protect their patrons and employees. Most casinos now require masks to be worn at all times and have many other safety measures set in place.

Not everyone believes that these measures are strict enough, though. Many reports have surfaced that show hundreds of casino workers in cities like Las Vegas have been infected with the new coronavirus. Some even claim that casinos are actively hiding these reports from the media.

It’s a difficult situation. Casinos are still seeing massive drops in revenue even months after being able to reopen. Some analysts predict that things will get even worse when the colder winter months approach.

Many certainly feel that casinos need to start implementing better safety measures. Some have begun to ban smoking in public places. That includes some of the biggest casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. We’re likely to see more measures like this one appear over the new few months.

Are you surprised to hear that Palace Station workers are leaving the Culinary Union? Do you think casinos need to increase their safety measures? Let us know in the comments section below!

Fremont Hotel-Casino is in Hot Water With the NGCB

Downtown Las Vegas has been slowly coming back to life over the past few months. Unfortunately, not everything has been going perfectly for the casinos that are now open here. New reports indicate the Fremont Hotel-Casino is in trouble with the NGCB over the wrongful detainment of a patron.Fremont Hotel-Casino

The reports certainly give this venue a bad look. It comes at an unfortunate time, too, as all casinos in Las Vegas are working hard to attract new players right now. Today, we’re going to look at the details of these new reports.

Let’s get into it!

Andrew Simon is the New CEO of the Fremont Street Experience

In December of 1995, the Fremont Street Experience officially opened to the public. At the time, it was one of the impressive structures ever built in Las Vegas. Several renovations have taken place here over the years and it remains one of the most-visited areas of the city.

A huge number of famous hotel-casinos are located on the Fremont Street Experience. That includes the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, The D Las Vegas, and Fremont Hotel-Casino. Of course, the number of tourists here has plummeted in 2020.

Back in July, Patrick Hughes announced he was stepping down as the CEO of this popular outdoor venue. Last week, news broke that Andrew Simon was named as the new CEO of the Fremont Street Experience. The longtime marketing expert enters the role coming from AXS TV and should help to boost tourism numbers here over the next six months.

“There is an unprecedented level of excitement at Fremont Street Experience with the $32 million upgrade in Viva Vision, the upcoming opening of Circa Resort & Casino, and the milestone celebration of our 25th anniversary this December,” Simon said in a statement to the media. 

Simon is right about the excitement surrounding the Fremont Street Experience. Several new gambling venues are opening here over the next few years. Most of the focus is on Circa Resort & Casino. This new venue will feature the largest and most impressive swimming pool ever built in Las Vegas.

Things are still difficult for all of the casinos in Las Vegas. One has recently been hit with new complaints from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Fremont Hotel-Casino Faces Official Complains From the NGCB

As we just mentioned, several popular casinos are located directly on the Fremont Street Experience. One of the most popular is the Fremont Hotel and Casino, which first opened its doors back in 1956. This venue has seen its room occupancy and casino revenue drop considerably over the past six months.

Things seemed to be slowly improving. Tourism rates in Las Vegas have been gradually increasing as the months go on. Gambling revenue remains significantly lower in the city than it was in 2019, though.

The progress that the Fremont Hotel-Casino might be coming to an end soon. New reports claim this venue is facing four official complaints from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. These complaints allege this property unrightfully detained one of their patrons and failed to properly investigate the incident.

Back in November of 2019, a female patron inside this venue’s casino was detained for more than 90 minutes for allegedly using another player’s money to gamble at a slot machine. Video footage investigated by the NGBC shows the patron did not, in fact, do anything wrong inside the casino.

“Under the circumstances, there was no need to detain the patron or subject her to the treatment given to her and the threats to try and force a confession out of her. The matter could have been resolved without even speaking to her, let alone detaining her for 90 minutes,” the NGCB claims. 

This is not the type of publicity that this casino needs right now. All of the major hotel-casinos in Las Vegas are struggling to attract players. This new report may give the Fremont Hotel-Casino the image of a casino that illegally detains its players.

We’ll continue offering updates on this situation over the next few weeks!

Is it Time for Las Vegas Casinos to Ramp Up Security?

2020 has been the worst year in history for the city of Las Vegas. Prior to March, the idea of shutting down all of the city’s casinos would have seemed impossible. Even now, Las Vegas is seeing its tourism and casino revenue down from last year.

Most of the top casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip are now open. Intense safety measures are set in place to help protect guests and employees from the new coronavirus. Some now feel it’s time for these properties to ramp up with security, as well.

Just a few weeks ago, a massive fight broke out at the Wynn Las Vegas Casino-Resort. It didn’t take long for the hotel to file charges against those involved. This Wednesday, a shooting was reported at the Aria Hotel-Casino.

These violent incidents are not unheard of in Las Vegas. Some feel they are ramping up this year, though. Several major hotels, including the Aria, have announced they are increasing their security as a result of this rise in violence.

It’s been a tough year for the city of Las Vegas. The latest news on the Fremont Hotel-Casino certainly won’t help things. It will be interesting to see how things look at the end of the year.

Do you plan to visit Las Vegas before the end of the year? Which hotel are you staying at? Let us know in the comments section below!

USA Today Names Best Casinos in the US for 2020

The US remains the biggest casino destination in the world. It’s impressive, especially considering many casinos in the country were shut down for months. Recently, USA Today named the best casinos in the US for 2020 and many are surprised at the results.Slot Machines Inside Casino

Some of these venues were expected to make the list. Others were wholly unexpected. Today, we’re going to take a look at the results of this USA Today list. We’ll also offer some updates on the US casino industry as a whole.

Let’s get into it!

US Casinos Are Still Working to Improve Safety Measures

The US has one of the most unusual casino industries operating today. Here, a mix of both commercial and Native American-run casinos are operating. All of the country’s casinos shut their doors back in March and most have since reopened.

Casino companies are still working hard to make things safe for their patrons. All casinos have safety measures set in place. That includes limiting total casino occupancy, lowering the number of players at table games, and requiring masks to be worn on the casino floor at all times.

Some feel these measures are not enough. There is still a lot that scientists do not know about this new virus spreading around the world. Casinos are now starting to focus on even stricter regulations to help the prevention of infection spreads.

Not long ago, ParkMGM announced it would prohibit smoking once it reopens. Other casino companies started to take notice. Just a few days later, the Cosmopolitan Casino-Resort announced that it was banning smoking in all public walkways and resort corridors.

Casino revenue is still low around the country. Online gambling earnings, however, are jumping quickly around the US. Many of the country’s top casino companies are now working hard to draw in new players while keeping things safe.

Here’s a look at USA Today’s breakdown of the best casinos now operating in the United States.

Here’s a Look at USA Today’s Best Casinos in the US for 2020

Every year, USA Today released a list of its best casinos for the year. This list tends to change each year. It’s not uncommon to see some of the same, world-renowned casinos listed here each year, though.

Many were curious to see how the list would be made in 2020. This is obviously one of the most unusual years in the history of the casino industry. This list has just come out and there are some fantastic gambling venues being featured.

USA Today lists the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut as the best overall hotel-casino in the nation. This venue features three impressive hotel towers for guests. The casino features a massive gaming floor with a wide range of slots and table games.

Las Vegas is home to some of the greatest casinos in the world. Many were astounded to see The D Las Vegas listed as the best gambling venue in the city. It’s located Downtown and offers some unique glimpses into what old Las Vegas felt like.

Feel free to check out the full list of the best casinos in the US for 2020. There are many venues listed that come as somewhat of a surprise. Hope is that all of these casinos see their revenue earnings increase as the year goes on.

New reports show that tourism rates in some of the country’s top casino destinations are still down.

Tourism Rates in Casino Destinations Are Still Low

Every major casino destination around the US has been struggling this year. None have been hit quite as hard as Las Vegas, though. This city’s casinos were shut down back in March and didn’t reopen until June.

Casino-resorts have been slow to reopen here. Today, nearly all of the major casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are now open. Recent reports show that tourism rates are still down considerably in this city when compared to 2019, though. There’s already been a 55% drop in visitation to the city this year.

Analysts are torn on whether or not this will improve as the year goes on. More casinos are opening in Las Vegas every single month. As the colder weather approaches, however, many health experts predict that cases of Covid-19 will start to rapidly increase around the country.

Cities with regulated online gambling operations are bringing in some much-needed revenue right now. Atlantic City, in particular, is seeing massive earnings from its online sports betting and casino industry. Many are now calling for Las Vegas to finally regulate internet casino gambling.

Some feel that USA Today’s list of the best casinos in the US for 2020 could help to boost visitation rates for casinos. It will be interesting to see if things improve as time goes on. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

Do you agree with this top-10 list? Let us know in the comments section below!

Las Vegas Tourism Rates Are Still Down Considerably

It’s been more than half a year since the casino industry in Las Vegas began operating again. Everyone hoped that things would be nearly back to normal in this city by now. That has not turned out to be the case. New reports show that Las Vegas tourism rates are still much lower this year than they were in 2019.Famous Sign In Las Vegas

Casino companies in this city are doing everything they can to attract new players. That has proven to be much easier said than done. Today, we’re going to take a look at how many visitors the world’s top entertainment destination is pulling in right now.

Let’s get into it!

More Casino-Resorts Continue to Reopen in Las Vegas

Many are surprised to hear that some of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip still have not reopened. These venues were all forced to shut down back in March. Since that time, they’ve been slowly opening up again to the public.

Not long ago, ParkMGM announced it was set to reopen in October. This property has grown hugely popular over the past decade, yet its owners have been relatively slow reopening. When its doors open, smoking will be completely prohibited.

Many properties near the Strip have reopened, as well. That includes the OYO Hotel-Casino. This venue finally opened its doors on September 16th. Like almost all other hotels in the city, room rates are considerably cheaper right now than they were last year.

Things are far from normal in Las Vegas, though. Intense safety measures are set inside each hotel-casino that’s opened. That includes limiting the number of players at table games, requiring masks at all times, and separating slot machines on the casino floor.

Casinos seem determined to make things as safe as possible while remaining open. Most people around the country are still unwilling to visit a crowded gambling venue, though. It’s now clear that tourism into Las Vegas is slow right now.

Let’s take a look at how many visitors this city is bringing in right now.

Reports on Las Vegas Tourism Rates Are Out!

It’s been extremely difficult trying to predict how much tourism will increase in Las Vegas each month. As we’ve already mentioned, most of the casinos here are now open. People around the country are choosing to avoid travel, though.

This week, reports surfaced that show Las Vegas tourism rates are down 55% when compared to 2019. Interestingly, there’s been a huge uptick in visitors driving into Las Vegas, rather than flying. It’s clear that many people around the country are still wary of boarding a crowded aircraft.

Things are down here. Visitor volume and hotel occupancy remains low. Fortunately, the charts show that things are improving. Nelson-Kraft, the Senior Vice President of Communications at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, expressed his excitement with this trend to the media this week.

“Each step is really a testament to the good work the entire community is doing to reduce the spread of the virus,” he said. “News like the tri-state area back east changing its travel advisory, or travel to Nevada that doesn’t require quarantining afterward is a great positive step. Our taverns getting to reopen late Sunday night is another step in the right direction. We need to remain really diligent on social distancing, wearing masks, doing all those things, those easy things that we’ve been asked to do for the good of our industry.” 

Some fear the positive trend will soon come to an end. Many analysts predict that colder weather will lead to a major increase in Covid-19 cases. By the time winter rolls around, we may see a massive increase in infections around the country.

Las Vegas is hurting right now. Casino revenue and tourism rates remain low. We’ll need to wait and see how things unfold over the next four months. Stay tuned for updates!

US Casino Companies Try to Adapt to New Regulations

Over the past few years, land-based casino revenue in the US has been increasing. The country’s casino industry had been surging and many states presented plans to increase their number of gambling venues. That includes Illinois, which is set to open several new casinos over the next few years.

Casino companies are now being forced to adapt to the situation the world now finds itself in. All casinos must implement intense safety regulations. Even with these set in place, the majority of people around the country aren’t willing to visit and play inside a crowded casino.

Some states have regulated online casino industries set in place. This is proving to be hugely successful. Many now feel that states like Nevada should introduce online casino legislation to help make up for the massive loss in land-based gambling revenue.

Many different states around the country now have regulated online sports betting options, as well. Perhaps the most successful is New Jersey. In August, this state set a new US record with $668 million in sports gambling revenue.

US casino operators may soon be forced to focus more on their online gambling platforms. We’re already seeing this take place in many parts of the country. Hopefully, it helps to protect some of the best casino destinations.

Are you surprised to hear that Las Vegas tourism rates are still low? When do you expect things to get back to normal? Let us know in the comments section below.

Elon Musk’s Underground Tunnel in Las Vegas is Almost Complete!

For more than a year, Elon Musk has been working to build a tunnel underneath Las Vegas that connects the Convention Center with the Strip. It’s an exciting project that many feel could expand to affect the entire city. News has just surfaced that Musk’s underground tunnel in Las Vegas is almost complete!Tunnel Picture

More details on this tunnel are still coming out. Casino companies in Las Vegas are now taking a look at whether or not tunnels like the one nearing completion could help to bring in more guests to their venues. Today, we’re going to look at how The Boring Company could change Las Vegas in the future.

Let’s get into it!

More Casinos Continue Opening Their Doors in Las Vegas

It’s been more than three months since Governor Sisolak gave the green light for casinos in Nevada to open their doors. Initially, only a few of the major casino-resorts on the Strip opened their doors. That includes the New York-New York Hotel-Casino and The Bellagio.

As time went on, more major casino-resorts started to open their doors. That includes The Wynn Las Vegas and The Venetian. Tourism rates have gradually increased since the major casinos opened here.

Some casino-resorts have taken longer than others to open back up. Just last week, news broke that Park MGM will finally begin accepting guests again in October. When it does, it will be the first casino-resort on the Strip to prohibit smoking.

It seems like every week, news breaks that another major casino is reopening here. The OYO Las Vegas has just finally begun accepting room reservations again. It won’t be too much longer before all major hotel-casinos here are open again.

Most casino companies in this city are now focused almost entirely on boosting tourism rates. It’s more difficult now than ever before. Most analysts predict that things will not truly return to normal here for at least a couple of years.

Could a tunnel transportation system under the city help to boost tourism?

The Boring Company’s First Underground Tunnel in Las Vegas is Nearly Finished

Elon Musk is known for operating fascinating, transformative businesses. He’s the CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and a co-founder of Neuralink. One of Musk’s more unusual businesses is The Boring Company.

This is a tunnel construction company initially founded in 2016. Its goal is to create large, transportation tunnels underneath major cities. Back in March of 2019, The Boring Company gained approval to construct a tunnel that connects the Las Vegas Convention Center to the Strip.

News is now coming out that this tunnel is nearly complete. Elon Musk confirmed the news on his Twitter account this week.

“Tunnels under cities with self-driving cars will feel like warp drive. First operational tunnel under Vegas almost done. The @Boring Company,” Musk wrote. 

Casino companies are already taking notice. Both Wynn Resorts and Resorts World have already submitted proposals to connect their properties via the tunnels. Many feel this could be the perfect way to connect major casino-resorts on opposite sides of the Strip.

These tunnels could completely transform transportation in the city. For years, many have asked for a better way to connect the casinos here. The first underground tunnel in Las Vegas is almost complete and many more are now being planned. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on this situation over the next few weeks.

Nevada’s Casino Companies Still Struggle With Covid-19 Cases

Nevada is known for being one of the largest casino destinations in the world. Las Vegas, in particular, is home to some of the biggest and most expensive casino-resorts ever built. Since reopening to the public, these casinos have been struggling to limit cases of Covid-19.

This is proving to be extremely difficult. Casinos can only do so much to identity sick patrons. It’s impossible to completely eliminate this problem. Employees inside casinos are now at serious risk of being infected.

New reports have just come out that show Wynn Resorts has seen almost 550 of its employees test positive for this new virus. That’s a large percentage of their workforce. Some even feel that the true number could be higher.

This is the new reality that casinos are facing right now. Land-based casinos are proving to be easy places for this new virus to spread. Until this changes, tourism and revenue rates inside gambling destinations will drop.

Online gambling, however, is surging right now. Many states now have regulated online gambling options up and running. Most of these states are earning a huge amount of revenue every month from this industry.

Are you excited to see that Elon Musk’s underground tunnel in Las Vegas is almost complete? Do you think tunnels will eventually connect casinos? Let us know in the comments section below!

Gaming Revenue in Arkansas Finally Starts to Increase

The state of Arkansas is home to just three casinos. Over the past few months, these properties have seen their gambling earnings drop dramatically. Fortunately, it appears that gaming revenue in Arkansas is finally starting to increase.Arkansas State Sign

Like all other states, Arkansas has a casino industry that is struggling. It will likely be years before things go back to pre-pandemic levels. Today, we’re going to take a look at exactly how much money the state’s different gambling platforms managed to bring in.

Let’s get into it!

Arkansas’ Casino Industry Was Given Permission to Reopen in May

It’s been a very unusual year for the US land-based casino industry. Each state has set its own regulations towards casino properties. Over in Arkansas, these regulations were fairly strict and all casinos were closed here for months.

Lawmakers in Arkansas ordered casinos to shut their doors back in March. The three gambling venues here immediately ceased all operations and even state officials were unaware of when these properties would open again. It wasn’t until mid-May that permission was given for casinos here to open back up.

Obviously, these regulations crippled the state’s gambling industry. That includes the new sports betting market here. As many are aware, Arkansas passed a law to allow sports betting back in July of 2019.

Unfortunately, online sports betting is not allowed in Arkansas. Most states with legal sports betting options offer internet wagering platforms. This has helped these states to bring in some valuable revenue over the past few months.

Over in Arkansas, only in-person sports betting is regulated by the state. Many now feel it’s time for the state to change these regulations. It would almost certainly result in a major revenue increase each month.

Casinos have been open here months. Things aren’t great, yet they finally seem to be improving.

Analysts Predict that Gaming Revenue in Arkansas Will Continue to Increase

Almost every state around the country has seen its casino revenue decrease this year. In some states, this has proven to be devastating. Arkansas isn’t known as a major gambling destination, yet it’s still lost an estimated $1.4 billion in gambling revenue in 2020.

The casino companies here are feeling the effects of this drop. Revenue has remained low since July and no one seems to know if things will ever return to normal. Analysts are now looking at the figures over the past two months and reports show that the state is beginning to see an upward trend.

Most of the casinos in Arkansas are still only operating about half of their gambling machines. Interestingly, revenue from these casinos has increased each month since reopening. The amount of money earned at the Hot Springs Casino, for example, increased to $104 million in June and $120 million in July.

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort is seeing a modest increase, too. General Manager Wayne Smith expressed his excitement with this development to the media this week.

“We are pleased with where our business volumes are today given we are in the middle of a pandemic,” he said. “We are proud to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and believe we are one of the safest businesses to visit.”

Southland Casino Racing is seeing the biggest monthly increase. This property earned $92 million in mid-May, $200 million in June, and $242 million in July. It’s clear that gaming revenue in Arkansas is increasing and most analysts predict this will continue for the rest of 2020.

New Jersey Sets New Sports Betting Revenue Record

Nearly all states are now allowing their casino industries to reopen. Some are finding more success than others. It’s now clear that the states with regulated online gambling options are profiting the most.

New Jersey took its time getting its casino industry back on track. It wasn’t until July that gambling venues here were allowed to begin operating again. Tourism rates were slow to increase here and land-based casino revenue remained fairly low.

Sports betting revenue, however, has been surging in this state. Here, online sports betting is regulated and hugely popular. News has just surfaced that New Jersey earned $668 million from its sports gambling industry in the month of August.

That’s the most sports betting revenue ever earned from a US state during a single month. Casino companies here are profiting massively from this surge. More states without a regulated online sports betting industry are now taking a closer look at their regulations.

That includes Arkansas. It’s now clear that gaming revenue in Arkansas is increasing each month. The introduction of online sports gambling will help the state to make up for much of the money that was lost throughout 2020.

Are you surprised to see casino earnings finally increase? Let us know in the comments section below!

Casinos in Colorado Are Finally Beginning to Bounce Back

It’s been several months since Colorado’s commercial casinos were given permission to begin operating again. Unfortunately, the amount of revenue earned from these gambling venues has been considerably less than it was last year. New reports show that the casinos in Colorado are finally starting to bounce back.Shape of Colorado State, Red Casino Chip on Top of State

It’s fantastic news for the state. The casinos here help to boost tourism, provide jobs, and bring Colorado large amounts of revenue every month. Today, we’re going to look at what is contributing to the rise in gambling earnings here.

Let’s get into it!

The US Casino Industry Continues to Struggle Heading into Fall

When casinos around the US were ordered to shut down back in March, many felt things would only remain that way for a couple of weeks. It was an unprecedented move for cities like Las Vegas that rely almost entirely on these casinos. As the weeks went on, it became clear that the casino industry would be severely affected.

Certain areas of the country were hit harder than others. Las Vegas and Atlantic City immediately began looking at ways to safely get casinos open again. Other states made it clear that it would take time to get any crowded casinos, including casinos, open to the public again.

Each state has taken its own approach to reopening casinos. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak gave casinos the green light to open back up in June. New Jersey waited until July to get Atlantic City up and running again.

New York was the last state to lift its restrictions on commercial casinos. News broke at the end of August that casinos in the state would finally open up in mid-September. Several of these casinos are now operational again.

Some fear that things may be forced to shut down again once the colder weather approaches. Health experts warn that cases are likely to increase dramatically over the next few months. Casino companies will likely do everything they can to prevent another major shutdown.

Over in Colorado, the gambling industry appears to be slowly improving.

NFL Betting and Table Games Are Already Helping the Casinos in Colorado

Many are surprised when they hear that Colorado has one of the largest casino industries in the Western United States. Lawmakers in this state ordered all casinos to shut their doors in March. It wasn’t until June that commercial casinos here were allowed to begin operating again.

The casinos in Colorado took longer to bounce back than others in nearby states. It was tough for the many residents employed inside these properties. Officials inside the three cities where casinos are located have been looking at ways to boost gaming revenue.

Not long ago, a measure was approved to finally allow table games inside the state’s casinos. These have been prohibited over the past few months over fears they attract crowds. Casino owners here claim they are already seeing a major increase in visitors with these games now available.

“Our dealers are really excited to be back at work,” Monarch Casino COO David Farahi said. “We want to make sure that we have a density that still allows for social distancing in the building.”

Sports betting was made legal in Colorado earlier this year. This industry is already helping to boost revenue. With the 2020 NFL season now underway, gambling revenue in the state is increasing rapidly once again.

Things are far from normal for the various casinos in Colorado now operating. Things may never return to the way they were in 2019. Fortunately, it appears that these casinos are seeing an uptick in revenue. Hope is that this continues for the rest of the year.

US Sports Betting Revenue is Expected to Surge This Fall

The popularity of sports gambling has been rapidly increasing around the United States since May. Interestingly, many states have seen record revenue earnings in 2020. It’s a surprising statistic when considering many US sports leagues were completely shut down for several months this year.

On September 10th, the 2020 NFL Season officially kicked off. It’s expected to be one of the most-watched seasons in recent history. Many analysts also expect it to be one of the most wagered on seasons ever.

Sports betting revenue is already increasing with the season now underway. As we just mentioned, casinos in Colorado saw their revenue earnings increase dramatically. Sportsbooks around the country are expected to see an increase, as well.

Some fantastic online sportsbooks are available throughout the entire country right now. One that many football fans are flocking to is Bovada. This site is known for being safe and offering its members a huge range of different NFL odds.

It’s great to see that sports betting earnings are up right now. Casinos certainly need it. Stay tuned for more reports on gambling revenue over the next few weeks!

Do you plan to visit any casinos in Colorado this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Reopening of Park MGM is Almost Here!

It’s been more than three months since Governor Sisolak began allowing casinos in Nevada to reopen. Nearly all of the major casino-resorts in the city of Las Vegas are now operational. News is now coming out that the reopening of Park MGM is taking place next month.

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Park MGM is one of the newest hotel-casinos to open on the Las Vegas Strip. Many are excited to see this property up and running again. Today, we’re going to talk about what has led to this casino finally getting back on track.

Let’s get into it!

How is Casino Revenue Looking in Nevada Right Now?

The past six months have been the most unusual in the history of the casino industry. As most are aware of, all major casinos across the United States were forced to close their doors back in March. Most are now open, yet revenue earnings fluctuate from state to state.

Over in New Jersey, revenue earnings have been low. Casinos here weren’t able to open back up until July. Even with regulated sports betting and online casinos, gambling revenue has been significantly lower here than it was in 2019.

Things are different in Ohio. This state also started to allow its gambling venues to reopen in July. Analysts were torn on whether or not the casinos here would become successful after reopening. Incredibly, Ohio’s gaming revenue actually hit record levels in July.

Nevada’s casino revenue has been the center of major discussion over the past couple of months. Casinos were given permission to reopen here in June. As the months go on, revenue seems to be increasing here. Unfortunately, tourism rates remain low in major gambling cities such as Las Vegas.

Casino companies are certainly feeling the effects of this drop in tourism. Interestingly, most major casino-resorts are now open in Las Vegas. Only one of the big casinos on the Strip has remained closed. We’re now starting to hear about when this property will reopen.

The Reopening of Park MGM is Taking Place in October!

Las Vegas is filled with historic gaming properties. Many of them are located on the Las Vegas Strip. Back in 1996, The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino opened its doors on the Strip and for a time, was a major success. The property went through several renovations over the years and rumors of its rebranding began to surface around 2016.

These rumors ended up being true. In 2018, the Monte Carlo officially became Park MGM, named after the nearby dining and entertainment area. The property was improved and visitation rates here quickly started to increase.

Like all other casinos, Park MGM was closed back in March. Unlike many other casinos, however, this venue has remained closed over the past few months. Fans of this casino have been asking when it would finally begin accepting guests again.

An update on the reopening of Park MGM has just come out. MGM Resorts sent out a press release that claims this venue will open its doors sometime in October.

“With the reopening of Empire City on Monday, September 21st, MGM Resorts will have reopened all of its domestic properties, with the exception of Park MGM and Four Seasons in Las Vegas, following temporary closure earlier this year amidst the COVID-19 crisis,” the statement reads. “Park MGM is expected to reopen within the next 30-45 days.”

It’s exciting news for gambling fans around the country. Park MGM has developed a huge fan base over the years. Many are also excited to see that all major casino-resorts are now open on the Las Vegas Strip.

We’ll be sure to report on any more updates over the next few weeks!

Will MGM Sell Any of Its Las Vegas Casinos?

As we mentioned earlier, the land-based casino industry has been taking a serious hit this year. That’s especially true in Nevada. Some of the largest casino companies in the state are now being forced to take new measures to generate revenue.

One of those measures include casino closures and sales. Caesars Entertainment recently sold one of its major casinos in Louisiana. It’s one of many casino sales the company has already made this year.

Station Casinos has opened all but four of its casinos in Nevada. Unfortunately, it appears the four casinos that haven’t reopened will never open to the public again. Company officials recently confirmed these rumors to the media.

Some are now asking whether or not MGM Resorts will be forced to sell some of its casinos. This company was one of the first to reopen its casino-resorts in Las Vegas. With revenue earnings still fairly low, some feel that selling casinos could be the best strategy moving forward.

There is still no indication that MGM plans to sell any of its major casinos, though. Officials within the company are instead focused on other ways to cut down on costs.

Are you happy to hear about the reopening of Park MGM? Do you plan on visiting Las Vegas before the end of the year? Let us know in the comments section below!