Here’s What We Know About Station Casinos’ New Property

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Station Casinos has been steadily recovering since the devastating casino shutdowns experienced in 2020. It now seems that this major Nevada-based gaming operator is focused on expansion. Today, we’ll talk about some of the details surrounding Station Casinos’ new property.

There have been several major casino openings in Southern Nevada lately. It appears another one is set to take place in the near future.

Here’s what you need to know!

Las Vegas Orders Another Indoor Mask Mandate

Las Vegas is and always has been the country’s top gambling and entertainment destinations. For that reason, the events that unfolded in 2020 took a massive toll on this city. When the casinos shut down, tourism into the city came to a screeching halt.

This trend continued through much of the year. Most of the casinos in Las Vegas reopened to the public in June and July. Unfortunately, tourism rates remained extremely low throughout almost the entirety of 2020.

Things have completely turned around in 2021. Restrictions toward casinos have been lifted and, as a result, a huge number of individuals around the US have been flocking to Las Vegas. The opening of major casino-resorts such as Resorts World has helped to fuel that tourism drive.

Some now worry that things could soon go back to the way they were in 2020. Yesterday, news broke that the state of Nevada has ordered another indoor mask mandate. This is due to the large increase in Covid-19 cases caused by the Delta variant.

Moving forward, those vaccinated or not will need to wear masks while inside casinos. This alone is unlikely to halt tourism into the city. If more restrictions are ordered, however, there is a chance that the gaming and entertainment industries here could be affected in a major way.

Casino companies here continue to look toward expansion. That includes Station Casinos, which just released some of the details of another property it plans to open in the future.

Details of Station Casinos’ New Property are Starting to Come Out

Many of the world’s biggest and best casinos are currently based in Las Vegas. A huge number of massive gambling properties are based here including MGM Resorts and Las Vegas Sands. Station Casinos may not have quite the same name recognition, yet it’s one of the state’s most successful gaming operators.

This company suffered greatly throughout 2020. In fact, it kept many of its venues closed for longer than other casino companies. Station Casinos wanted to ensure that when its casinos reopened, they did so in a way that was profitable.

This week, more details of Station Casinos’ new property were released to the public. This company revealed that it is planning to open another major casino-resort near Durango Drive and the 215 Highway. It will feature more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space and should take between 18 to 24 months to complete. CEO Frank Fertitta III spoke about this news to the media this week.

“Our primary focus right now is really down on Durango, which we think is a great development opportunity and the most underserved part of the Las Vegas Valley,” he said. “The area is fast growing, with a high-income population base, large gaming demographic, and zero competition for five miles.”

Fertitta has a point claiming there is very little competition in the area. Station Casinos’ new property would likely be a major hit with locals in the area. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on this situation over the next few months.

Most casino fans in Southern Nevada are still focusing on Resorts World Las Vegas. It seems this property helped to boost tourism rates in the state last month!

Nevada’s Gaming Win Passed $1 Billion in June

Nevada’s gambling revenue has been steadily increasing over the past six months. It appears this trend has continued into the month of June. Reports surfaced this week claiming that Nevada’s gaming win surpassed the $1 billion mark once again in June.

Resorts World Las Vegas helped the state achieve this feat. This property opened its doors in late June. A massive number of individuals from around the country have been flocking here to see what exactly the property’s $4.3 billion price tag can offer.

The state managed to bring in $1.193 billion last month. That represents a staggering 110.5% increase when compared to June of 2020. Clark County appears to be the big winner in the state of Nevada.

Here, gambling revenue came out 130.6% higher than it was a year prior. Gaming win on the Strip was even higher at 156.3% more than in June of 2020. Resorts World Las Vegas seems to be directly responsible for this massive spike of revenue on the Strip.

Many will now be interested to see if the recent spike in infections will affect gaming revenue here. Las Vegas remains vulnerable to state restrictions. We’ll offer more updates on the tourism and revenue figures here as 2021 continues.

Are you excited to hear about Station Casinos’ new property? Do you expect revenue figures to continue increasing in Las Vegas? Let us know in the comments section below!

More Issues Arise Opening the First Casino in Chicago

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For years, officials in Illinois have been interested in getting a major casino-resort open in the city of Chicago. Unfortunately, numerous issues have come up trying to move these plans forward. It now appears there are very few companies interested in opening the first casino in Chicago.

It’s disappointing news for gambling fans to hear. Today, we’ll talk about what needs to be done for this casino to open. We’ll discuss how the state’s current gambling industry is faring right now.

Let’s get into it!

Casino Officials Continue to Express Fear Over Additional Restrictions

The events that unfolded in 2020 proved just how vulnerable the US casino industry really is. For months last year, all of the casinos across the country were completely shut down. This took a devastating toll on the cities that these casinos are located in.

Even after reopening to the public, US casinos were forced to abide by intense health regulations. That includes lowered capacity limits and mandatory mask-wearing. These rules kept many individuals from making the journey to places like Las Vegas.

Things have been steadily improving for casinos throughout 2021. Tourism to major gambling hubs has been increasing and gambling revenue has been steadily rising. Unfortunately, there are some that fear a return to how things were last year.

The spread of the new Delta variant has many health officials worried. Some areas of the country have already begun ordering a new fresh set of health regulations. Several major casino officials are now expressing fear that their casinos could be ordered to implement more restrictions in the near future.

This would be a major blow for the major casinos in Las Vegas. These properties are beginning to see pre-pandemic levels of revenue right now. If a new wave of restrictions is implemented, much of the progress that was set in place here has been undone.

A group of officials in Illinois continues pushing to open a major casino-resort in Chicago. More issues continue to get in the way of this venue opening, though.

Here’s Another Update on the First Casino in Chicago

Illinois is known for its lenient laws toward gambling. Today, both casino gambling and sports betting are completely legal. In fact, the state’s sports betting industry is now the second-largest in the country after only New Jersey.

Back in 2019, lawmakers here approved a Capital Plan that allows for several new casinos to open around the state. This new plan also allows for a Class III casino to open its doors in Chicago. Unfortunately, getting this property up and running has been much more difficult than some initially expected.

Much of that has to do with the state’s regulations. Illinois set an unusually high tax rate on this Chicago casino. This has kept many of the country’s biggest gaming companies from expressing interest in opening the first casino in Chicago.

It seems that casino companies are still skeptical about the opportunity here. Four companies have expressed interest in opening this property. Two have formally dropped out and another seems to be showing more hesitancy. Alan Woinski, president of Gaming USA, spoke about this situation to the media this week.

“The casinos in the state have been in nothing but a downward spiral for a decade, except for Rivers,” Woinski said. “There’s no reason to believe that if you add a casino downtown that you’ll do anything but cannibalize the others, including Rivers. It’s kind of a zero-sum game and everybody loses.”

It seems there are still a huge number of issues in the way of this property opening its doors. Stay tuned for more updates on the effort to open a casino here over the next few months!

Will Sports Stadiums in Chicago Soon Allow Sportsbooks?

Illinois is now one of the country’s biggest and most profitable sports gambling hubs. Here, both online and land-based sportsbooks are operating. Some have been disappointed to see that none of the sports stadiums here have launched any sportsbooks, though.

When Illinois first launched its sports gambling bills, it was expected that stadiums here would allow sportsbooks. That hasn’t been the case, though. Chicago has set a ban on sportsbooks inside casinos since 2020.

This could soon change. News broke last week that Alderman Walter Burnett proposed a new ordinance that would allow for sports stadiums to purchase sports betting licenses. This could allow for Soldier Field, Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, the United Center, and Wintrust Arena to each launch their own sportsbooks.

It remains to be seen if this new ordinance will gain any support from fellow lawmakers. Many in Illinois are beginning to see how much revenue can be earned from this industry. Sports fans are excited to hear that sports betting could be allowed inside stadiums.

If approved, this ordinance would also allow for sports betting to become available in the first casino in Chicago. This casino has to be built first, though. As of now, very few companies seen interested in opening this venue.

When do you expect a casino to finally open in Chicago? Do you think a gambling venue here will be successful? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s What We Know About the Marina Bay Sands Closing

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Some of the world’s biggest and best casino-resorts are located in Singapore. Unfortunately, things have not gone as smoothly for these gambling venues as some have hoped. Today, we’ll explain the situation surrounding the Marina Bay Sands closing.

This property is owned by Las Vegas Sands. Its closure is the last thing this major US-based casino company wants right now. Things have been far from easy for LVS over the past couple of years.

Here’s what you need to know!

Las Vegas Sands Continues Focusing on US Expansion

There is a good chance that even the most casual gambling enthusiast is aware of Las Vegas Sands. This company was founded back in 1988 by Sheldon Adelson. It quickly expanded and is today one of the most powerful gambling corporations on the planet.

Las Vegas Sands, like all other major US casino companies, faced some serious difficulties throughout 2020. For a time, all of its gambling venues were forced to shut down. As a result, company officials began looking toward the Asian market as a way to make up for the lost revenue.

This wasn’t just a temporary strategy. Las Vegas Sands ended up selling some of its biggest and most profitable casino-resorts in Las Vegas as a way to focus more on Asia. Macau and Singapore, in particular, were seen as hot destinations for his company.

Macau has not recovered in the way that LVS officials expected. Las Vegas seems to be faring considerably better right now.  As many are aware, Sheldon Adelson also passed away earlier this year at a time when the company was struggling immensely. It added even more fuel to the fire that engulfed the company.

Las Vegas Sands now seems determined to expand more within the US again. The company is working hard to break into the currently-unavailable Georgia casino market. It is also doing what it can to allow Class III casinos in the state of Texas.

The hits keep coming for LVS. We’re now beginning to hear more information about the recent closing of this company’s biggest casino-resort in Singapore.

Reports Have Confirmed the Marina Bay Sands Closing

Las Vegas Sands is still one of the most powerful gaming companies in the world. It currently owns several major casino-resorts throughout Asia. That includes the Marina Bay Sands, which opened to the public in 2010.

This property has been one of LVS’ flagship venues over the years. The company has been banking on this venue finding success in 2021. Unfortunately, that may take longer than initially expected.

Reports have surfaced this week confirming the Marina Bay Sands closing. Officials within Singapore have ordered this venue to close until August 5 to undergo a “deep cleaning.” The Ministry of Health in Singapore claims this was done in an attempt to be as thorough as possible in its attempts to limit the spread of Covid 19.

“In these unprecedented times, we continue to be vigilant on all fronts, working closely with the authorities to respond and adapt quickly to the situation,” it said. 

This property managed to report earnings of $112 million throughout the second quarter of 2021. That is a massive increase from the losses sustained in 2020. Closing down will certainly lessen Q3’s revenue figures, yet hope is that it can fully reopen to the public again in early August.

Las Vegas Sands will likely continue looking at US casino expansion. What other states could this massive gambling corporation possibly move into in the future?

More States Look to Embrace Casino Gambling

The entire US gambling industry is expanding at a rapid pace right now. Much of this has to do with the legalization of sports betting across the country. Some states are also expressing an interest in expanding their casino regulations, as well.

Illinois is home to one of the largest casino industries in the country. Back in 2019, lawmakers here approved a capital plan to allow several more commercial casinos to open around the state. That includes one in the city of Chicago.

Virginia also seems focused on getting its first casinos up and running. This state has prohibited traditional Class III gambling venues for decades. The Lottery Board recently approved the set of casino laws here, however, sending final approval to allow casinos to the Governor’s desk.

Sports betting has already proven to be massively successful in Virginia. The state has seen a huge increase in its monthly revenue figures over the past six months. This is likely to continue with the start of the upcoming NFL season just around the corner.

These states simply cannot ignore the massive revenue potential on the table. There has never been a more exciting time for gambling enthusiasts around the country. Hope is that US gambling companies like Las Vegas Sands continue to find success, despite the hiccups along the way.

Were you surprised to hear about the Marina Bay Sands closing? Do you expect this property to remain closed longer than expected? Let us know in the comments section below!

Will We See a Mask Mandate in Las Vegas Return?

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Over the past year, Las Vegas has experienced a massive surge in tourism and gambling revenue. Some now fear that things are headed in the wrong direction once again. There is even a chance that another mask mandate in Las Vegas will soon be ordered.

Many of the casino companies will likely push against this move. The decision will ultimately come down to the city and state leaders. Now is a great time to talk about what exactly is happening in this city right now.

Let’s get into it!

Tourism Figures Continue to Increase in Las Vegas

2020 made it abundantly clear that Las Vegas is a city that relies on tourism. This city has been known as one of the true gambling and entertainment hubs in the world. When the casinos and entertainment options here shut down, tourism came to a screeching halt.

This has some massive implications for the city and its workforce. The businesses that rely on tourists immediately saw their revenue figures plummet. Even after the casinos began to reopen in June, far fewer people were making the journey to Sin City than in years prior.

Over the past twelve months, things have been steadily improving here. All of the major casino-resorts in Las Vegas are open. They have been reporting consistent increases in their hotel bookings, particularly over the summer months.

With this increase in tourism comes a jump in gambling revenue. Many have also been flocking to see the opening of exciting new venues such as Resorts World Las Vegas. This casino-resort cost $4.3 billion to construct, setting a new record in the city.

It appears that the new Delta Covid-19 variant is causing another spike in infections in various areas of the country. That includes Nevada. Health officials are taking notice and some claim that it’s just a matter of time before a new wave of restrictions is implemented.

Some of the casino companies in Las Vegas are already expressing fear of another mandatory mask-wearing order from the state. Could we see this happen in Las Vegas once again?

Fear of Another Mask Mandate in Las Vegas Returns

There were a variety of factors that led to the economic slump Las Vegas faced in 2020. Obviously, no one could have expected a complete shutdown of the city’s casinos. These casinos reopened within a few months, however, and the intense safety rules set in place ended up being what kept many tourists away.

Casino companies here learned that most people simply do not want to visit a casino if they are required to wear a mask and play games separated by plexiglass. This is part of the reason why so many of the casinos here pressed city leaders to lift restrictions. Much of Las Vegas’ recovery seems to be related to the lifting of these restrictions.

Covid-19 infection rates are jumping once again and health officials in Nevada are being forced to make difficult decisions. Some casinos are also choosing to take things into their own hands. Two separate casinos are now requiring their employees to wear masks at all times.

The Southern Nevada Health District has also just recommended that everyone in Las Vegas wear masks. This is in an effort to drop infection rates once again. You can see this state government body’s official statement on this situation below.

“As COVID-19 case counts and the positivity rate continues to increase in our community, the Southern Nevada Health District is now recommending both unvaccinated and vaccinated people wear masks in crowded indoor public places where they may have contact with others who are not fully vaccinated,” the statement says. 

Does this mean that another mask mandate in Las Vegas will be ordered? It’s difficult to say. Health experts are still unaware of exactly what kind of problems this latest variant causes. If mass hospitalizations are seen, another mask rule will likely go into effect. A jump in cases without a subsequent spike in hospitalizations and deaths, however, may not warrant such a move.

Most of the other, smaller casino destinations around the US are also expressing fear at another fresh set of restrictions. Here’s a look at how some of these gambling hubs are faring right now.

Will US Casino Revenue Continue to Surge Through 2021?

Las Vegas is far from the only casino destination seeing a major recovery this year. Most of the country’s casino hubs experienced a similar slump that Sin City did in 2020. These areas are now seeing consistent increases in their monthly revenue figures.

Gaming analysts are beginning to question how long this trend will continue for. There is a real fear that the same type of restrictions seen last year could be ordered again. What that would mean for various industries, not just the casino industry, is unclear.

It seems unlikely that any kind of stay-at-home orders will be required again. This would certainly lead to a major slum in casino revenue. Instead, casinos around the US may be ordered to require masks work by guests and employees again.

If that is the case, it seems likely that some areas will require plexiglass barriers at table games, as well. Another round of occupancy limits will likely follow. Specific restrictions will, of course, vary from state to state.

No one seems to know how casino revenue will rise or fall as the year goes on. We remain in uncharted waters and it will take time to see what various health officials recommend. Hope is that the casino industry can continue to thrive.

Do you expect another mask mandate in Las Vegas? How would this affect the casinos here? Let us know in the comments section below.

Several Companies are Pushing to Legalize Casinos in Georgia!

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Georgia is well-known for having some of the strictest gambling laws in the country. Over the years, many have been pushing for lawmakers here to make changes to these laws. One prominent group of gambling companies are now pushing to legalize casinos in Georgia!

A growing number of residents support this move. It would likely help to bring Georgia a huge amount of tax revenue every single month. Today, we will talk about what needs to happen for casinos to become legal here.

Let’s get into it!

US Casino Revenue Jumped Considerably in June

It’s been more than a year since most casinos around the US reopened to the public. Since that time, the US land-based casino industry has been slowly recovering. Tourism to major gambling hubs has been increasing and revenue has been steadily rising.

Many states recently released their casino revenue reports for the month of June. The majority of these states saw a major jump in their revenue figures. It’s great news for the various casino companies across the country.

New Jersey set a new monthly gambling revenue record this June. Combined GGR came out to $392.8 million last month. The land-based casinos in this state managed to bring in $214.5 million. $154.1 million was earned from slots and $60.4 came from table games.

Mississippi is known for having one of the largest casino industries in the Southern US. In June, the casinos here managed to bring in $147 million in total gross gaming revenue. That is a new monthly revenue record for the state.

Not every state’s casino industry saw such a large increase in gambling revenue. Massachusetts and Louisiana both ended up seeing revenue drops last month. Most analysts expect things to turn around in these states in July, though.

Georgia is one of the few states without any legal casinos. It now appears that there is another major push to finally allow Class III gambling venues in this state. Here’s what we know about this situation.

More Gaming Companies Push to Legalize Casinos in Georgia

Gambling regulations vary widely across the country. Places like Nevada and New Jersey are known for their liberal take towards the gaming industry. Others states such as Georgia are known for their intense, restrictive laws towards all forms of gambling.

Casinos have been prohibited in Georgia for decades. Many residents and lawmakers here have complained about this fact. Allowing casino gambling, they argue, would help to bring the state an incredible amount of revenue every single month.

Reports surfaced this week claiming that a group of several companies is now pushing to legalize casinos in Georgia. Major gaming companies including Caesars Entertainment, Bally’s Corporation, Hard Rock International, and Wynn Resorts are all pushing for this change. These companies (and others) have formed their own lobbying group in an attempt to change the state’s gambling laws in 2022.

This is likely the most intense effort to allow casinos in Georgia to date. The group claims that revenue from legal casinos would help to revive the HOPE Scholarship Program in the state, as well as bring money to various other education projects. Atlanta commercial real estate executive Rick Lackey spoke about a possible vote on this issue to the media this week.

“It would be a vote against $5 billion in brick-and-mortar construction and 50,000 new jobs in Georgia,” Lackey said. 

Gambling fans in Georgia are likely happy to hear about this new effort to allow casinos. There will be major pushback, though. Georgia is home to a huge number of anti-gambling groups that are expected form their own counter-lobbying effort.

There is a chance that gambling laws in Georgia will change in the future. Could sports betting become legal in Georgia at some point soon, too?

When Will Georgia Legalize Sports Gambling?

The US sports gambling industry has been expanding rapidly over the past few years. More than half the states across the country have a legal sports betting industry up and running. Most of these states are earning a huge amount of revenue, as a result.

Most of the lawmakers in Georgia have shown little interest in getting sports gambling up and running. It’s a shame when considering how many sports fans are living here. Most analysts believe Georgia could develop one of the most profitable sports gambling industries in the country.

The same group pushing to legalize casinos in Georgia is also working hard to allow sports betting in this state. Several of the major sports franchises in Atlanta may show support for this move. These franchises likely recognize their own potential for revenue earnings with legal sports betting available.

One mobile sports betting bill made it all the way through the Senate in Georgia this year. Unfortunately, it failed to progress any further. Some believe that 2022 is the year this form of gambling finally becomes available in Georgia.

It seems there could be some major changes taking place here. Several powerful companies are working hard to allow gambling in the state. We’ll be sure to offer updates on this situation over the next few months!

Do you think this group will manage to legalize casinos in Georgia? Let us know in the comments section below!

MA’s Casino Revenue in June Drops Slightly From May

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Massachusetts is home to just three casino-resorts. Interestingly, these properties help to bring the state a massive amount of revenue every single month. Reports surfaced this week showing that MA’s casino revenue in June dropped ever so slightly when compared to the month prior.

That isn’t a major disappointment. Much of the state’s land-based casino industry has yet to fully recover. Today, we’ll take a close look at exactly how much money the different casinos in this state managed to bring in last month.

Let’s get into it!

Most US Casino Hubs Continue to See Tourism Surges

The US casino industry continues to perform considerably better in 2021 than it did last year. That isn’t a surprise when considering how long casinos across the US were shut down for last year. Most have since reopened and many people around the country have been consistently flocking to different casinos throughout the year.

The country’s biggest gambling hubs were struggling immensely throughout 2020. This year, however, most of these casino destinations have been reporting huge surges in tourism. That includes places like Las Vegas.

This doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon, either. Las Vegas is likely to see its tourism figures increase as the year goes on. Part of that could be due to the opening of Resorts World Las Vegas last month. At $4.3 billion, this is the most expensive casino-resort ever built in the city.

Atlantic City took a little longer to see its tourism and revenue figures increase this year. Fortunately, most restrictions on casinos have been lifted here. Many of the biggest resorts here are now undergoing major renovations in an effort to bring in more tourists.

As tourism increases, revenue goes up, too. Even many of the smaller casino hubs in the country like Colorado have been seeing increases in gaming revenue. It’s an exciting trend and one that should go on throughout the rest of 2021.

Massachusetts has developed a small, yet successful gaming industry over the years. We’re now beginning to hear about how much money the casinos here brought in last month.

Here’s a Look at MA’s Casino Revenue in June

The Northeastern US is quickly turning into one of the biggest gambling destinations in the United States. Places like New Jersey and Pennsylvania are now well-known for their huge number of popular casinos. Massachusetts is also now developing a successful casino industry.

Three casino-resorts are currently based here. That includes the Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield, and Plainridge Park. Some of the country’s most powerful gaming companies own and operate these popular gambling venues.

This week, reports on MA’s casino revenue for June finally came out to the public. Some are surprised to hear that casino revenue here actually dropped slightly when compared to the month of May. It wasn’t by much, however, and likely didn’t worry the casino owners in the state.

Overall, casino revenue in Massachusetts came out to $84 million during June. That represents a very slight drop from the $$86.6 million earned during May. Poker remains closed in all casinos here, meaning this revenue was earned solely from slots and table games.

When poker returns, revenue figures will likely surge once again. There is certainly reason to be optimistic about the future of Massachusetts’ gaming industry. Many are now looking ahead at how the state’s gambling options may expand in the future.

Several prominent lawmakers here are pushing to get sports betting legal in Massachusetts. Here’s a quick update on this situation here.

When Will Sports Betting Become Legal in Massachusetts?

The US casino industry continues to improve at a rapid pace. The growth of this industry pales in comparison to the US sports betting industry, though. In just a few years, it has grown to become one of the most popular forms of gambling around the country.

More than half the country now has a regulated sports gambling industry up and running. The regulation of sports betting is helping to bring many states a huge amount of revenue. Obviously, a growing number of individuals now believe it is time for Massachusetts to launch its own sports gambling industry.

Not long ago, one major state government body met to discuss the pros and cons of sports betting legalization. There are now several bills being presented to launch this form of gambling. Little progress has been made to this point, however, and it’s unclear when any of these bills will receive State and House approval.

There is reason to believe that 2022 is the year sports betting becomes available in this state, though. There are a huge number of hardcore sports fans here. That is partly due to several popular professional teams being based here including the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox.

The US gambling industry continues to expand at a rapid pace. There are many reasons to be excited about the future of Massachusetts’ gaming options. Stay tuned for updates on the legalization of sports betting here over the next few months.

Are you surprised to see where MA’s casino revenue in June stands? When do you expect sports betting to launch here? Let us know in the comments section below.

Las Vegas Sands has Donated Millions to Florida Political Body

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Las Vegas Sands has been working hard to expand over the past few years. This major US gaming company now seems focused on entering Florida’s market. Reports have confirmed that Las Vegas Sands has donated millions to one of Florida’s political committees in another effort to break into the state.

LVS is hoping this helps them secure a move into Florida’s growing casino industry. The company may also benefit from the expected legalization of sports betting here. Now is a great time to look at what exactly is happening with this situation.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Sands Continues to Focus on Expansion

The past couple of years have been difficult for Las Vegas Sands. The company immediately saw its revenue figures plummet after the US land-based casino industry shut down. The closure of all casinos in Las Vegas, in particular, proved devastating for this company.

It took months for the casinos across Nevada to reopen. Most casinos in Las Vegas reopened in June, yet tourism figures in the city remained extremely low. To make things worse, Las Vegas Sands founder Sheldon Adelson passed away last year amid the company’s struggles.

Las Vegas Sands operates a huge number of popular casinos across Asia. Like the US, most casinos across Asia were forced to shut down for months throughout 2020. It appeared, for a time, that the Asian casino industry was recovering faster than the US industry.

This didn’t make it past the officials within LVS. To the surprise of many analysts, officials within this company sold several of their biggest and most profitable US casino-resorts to focus more on operations in Asia. That includes The Venetian Casino-Resort located on the Las Vegas Strip.

This hasn’t exactly gone as planned. The tourism situation in Macau has been slower to recover than many anticipated. This is due largely to Mainland China’s constantly changing travel restrictions to and from the territory of Macau.

It now seems that Las Vegas Sands is beginning to focus more on US expansion once again. Will this company soon break into the emerging Florida casino market?

Reports Confirm Las Vegas Sands has Donated Millions in Florida Recently

Florida was once seen as one of the more anti-gambling states in the country. Things have changed lately, however, and there are now some truly world-class gambling venues operating here. These venues are all tribal-run, and no commercial casinos have been given permission to operate within the state.

Las Vegas Sands wants to see this change. The company has been taking a close look at breaking into Florida’s gaming industry for years. It’s not a surprise, as LVS has also been working to break into other Southern states like Texas.

New reports from the Las Vegas Review-Journal have surfaced this week claiming Las Vegas Sands has donated an astounding $17 million to a major Florida political committee called Florida Voters in Charge. This comes in an attempt for the company to secure a spot on the voting ballots. Essentially, LVS wants to gain public permission to open a casino-resort here.

Not long ago, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis approved a new measure that further restricts gambling in the state to the Seminole Tribe. LVS is working to change this law already. Donating to this political committee seems to be their primary strategy to accomplish that goal.

There is clearly a lot happening with Florida’s gaming industry. Several major commercial gaming companies have expressed interest in operating here recently. Unless something changes with the Seminole Tribe, however, that seems unlikely to happen.

Many are also looking forward to Florida’s legalization of sports betting. It appears that many companies are now focused on launching sports gambling operations here.

More Companies Push Florida to Legalize Sports Betting

The US sports gambling industry has been expanding rapidly since 2018. Today, more than 30 states across the country have approved measures to get this form of gambling regulated. Most of these states are earning a huge amount of revenue, as a result.

New reports have also surfaced this week claiming several of the country’s top sports betting companies have been investing into Florida in an attempt to get sports gambling legal. That includes DraftKings and FanDuel.

These sports gambling operators are supporting a new constitutional amendment that would formally allow Florida to legalize sports betting. They donated this money to the Florida Education Champions political committee, which is pushing for sports gambling to become commercially available in the state. If approved, the amendment could unravel the recent deal struck between DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe.

“Thank you to DraftKings and FanDuel for stepping up to the plate in an incredible way to kick off our amendment process that stands to help all Floridians. Our amendment will direct hundreds of millions of additional dollars toward Florida’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund and open up the market for online sports betting to competition,” said David Johnson, chairman of this political committee. 

Florida is home to some of the most passionate sporting fans in the country. It seems likely that a huge amount of tax revenue will come from the commercial legalization of sports gambling here. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Are you surprised to hear that Las Vegas Sands has donated so much into Florida? Will this company ever open a casino in this state? Let us know in the comments section below.

Here’s What We Know About the Caesars Palace Renovation

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Las Vegas is filled with some of the most impressive casino-resorts in history. That includes Caesars Palace, located directly on the Las Vegas Strip. Today, we’ll talk about the upcoming Caesars Palace renovation being planned!

This venue is owned by Caesars Entertainment, one of the most powerful gaming companies in the world. It appears this company is ready for one of its prized casino-resorts to go through a major overhaul. It’s exciting news for gambling fans around the country.

Let’s get into it!

The Grand Opening of Resorts World Las Vegas Draws in Thousands

Every decade or so, an incredible new property opens its doors in the city of Las Vegas. The most recent one took place on June 24 in the northern area of the Las Vegas Strip. This is Resorts World Las Vegas, which cost an incredible $4.3 billion to construct.

This venue is owned by Genting Group and has been highly-anticipated for years. Gambling fans around the country have been eagerly waiting to hear what this property has to offer. Expectations have been high leading into its grand opening.

Resorts World Las Vegas finally opened its doors to the public on June 24. New reports have surfaced claiming that tens of thousands of individuals made the trip to Las Vegas to visit and play inside this new property. Most have been massively impressed with what this venue has to offer.

Governor Steve Sisolak certainly seems impressed with what this venue has to offer. He spoke to the media this week about its opening and expressed his excitement about what it is being seen.

“People, if you dream it, you can build it. You cannot dream what is inside these walls. It is so magnificent. It is so phenomenal,” Sisolak said. “There is no better project to keep people working. We built the stadium, a convention center and a magnificent hotel because construction workers went above and beyond.”

Expect to see a massive surge of visitors making the trip to Las Vegas to visit this property. Some may also soon flock to Las Vegas to see how Caesars Palace changes! Here’s what we know.

New Reports Offer More Details on the Caesars Palace Renovations

Caesars Palace opened its doors in Las Vegas back in 1966. At the time of its opening, this property was widely considered to be the hottest new property on the Strip. Even today, more than fifty years later, it remains one of the hottest and most popular venues in the city.

This property has expanded massively over the years. It’s a colossal casino-resort featuring several towers. Some patrons here have recently begun to complain that some of the amenities inside this resort are becoming outdated.

It seems that Caesars Entertainment, the company that owns this venue, has taken these complaints to heart. News broke yesterday that a multi-million dollar Caesars Palace renovation is being planned. The original entrance, main casino, and several gaming areas are being completely renovated here. Sean McBurney, Caesars Entertainment Regional President, spoke to the media about these plans this week.

“Caesars Palace brought a sense of grandeur to the Las Vegas Strip when it was built in 1966, and we’re proud to continue that legacy with a full reimagining of our main entrance,” McBurney said. “Completely rebuilding the front entrance of one of the world’s most iconic destinations is no small task, and we’re excited to get started and create a stunning new visual welcome for our guests.”

This massive project will begin in July and is expected to conclude in December. Hope is that this brings some new life to Caesars Resort. This project may also help the resort draw in a considerable amount of visitors who will be curious to see what has changed.

Las Vegas isn’t the only city renovating some of its most popular resorts. Over in Atlantic City, several popular casinos are currently being redesigned and improved!

Here’s an Update on the Major Atlantic City Casino Renovations

Las Vegas is and almost always has been the biggest casino destination in the United States. There are a huge number of popular casino-resorts here that draw in millions of visitors every year. Over on the East Coast, Atlantic City remains the biggest gambling hub.

This New Jersey city is also home to a massive number of casinos. Most of these properties have recently seen an incredible surge in gambling revenue. That includes the Ocean Casino-Resort, which is now the third most successful venue in the city.

News recently broke that this venue is set to undergo a massive renovation soon. The Ilitch Family has agreed to invest a staggering $15 million to upgrade this venue. Some believe these renovations could push the Ocean Casino-Resort to become the most popular gambling property in the city.

The Hard Rock Casino-Resort is also one of the most popular gaming venues in Atlantic City. It opened its doors back in 2018 under the current name and has been slowly growing in popularity ever since. This venue is also set to undergo a $20 million renovation.

Casino and sports betting revenue have been slowly increasing in Atlantic City over the past six months. This is expected to increase as the year goes on. Stay tuned for updates on the economic situation in this city!

Are you excited to hear about the new Caesars Palace renovation? Let us know in the comments section below!

Workers Push to Ban Smoking Inside Atlantic City Casinos

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Atlantic City is home to one of the largest casino industries in the United States. Many world-class casinos are operating in the city, most of whom have seen large jumps in revenue over the past few months. New reports claim that workers are now pushing to ban smoking inside Atlantic City casinos.

Many US gambling hubs have been pushing for a similar rule to limit smoking inside casinos. These efforts have been mostly unsuccessful. Today, we’ll talk about what could lead to Atlantic City changing its rules on smoking.

Let’s get into it!

Many of the Casino-Resorts in Atlantic City are Undergoing Renovations

Atlantic City has been a popular gambling hub for decades. It has faced its ups and downs over the years. The economic crash of 2008 nearly resulted in the collapse of the city’s entire land-based casino industry.

In 2020, Atlantic City faced perhaps its biggest test to date. It was this year that all of the casinos in the city were ordered to shut down by Governor Murphy. It took months for any of the gambling venues in the city to begin operating again.

These venues began operating again over the summer, albeit with a huge number of restrictions set in place. Fortunately, most of the rules set in place last year have now been removed. As a result, the city has been seeing a steady increase of tourists flocking in.

Many of the biggest casinos here are now set to undergo major renovations. That includes the Ocean Casino-Resort, which recently announced it plans to begin a $15 million renovation that will update the rooms and casino floor. As some are aware, this property is now the third-most-successful casino in Atlantic City.

These renovations may help to further boost tourism rates in the city. It’s an exciting moment for the casino companies here and other businesses that rely on visitors. Hope is that the upward trend continues over the rest of 2021.

Some of the workers in this city are now pushing hard to make things safer. Here’s what we know about the latest push to prohibit smoking inside the city’s gambling venues.

Workers Group is Now Pushing to Ban Smoking Inside Atlantic City Casinos

The majority of casinos around the country allow their patrons to smoke. It’s a common allowance seen in even the most expensive casino-resorts in the country. Many of these properties invest in state-of-the-art filtrations systems to limit the damage caused by smoking.

There’s no doubt that the conditions are unhealthy for the workers inside these venues, though. Some workers groups in Las Vegas have been successful in getting smoking banned on the casino floor. Unfortunately, the casinos that established this rule almost all saw a massive drop in their visitation numbers.

Casinos want to avoid losing their much-needed players. Of course, the owners of these properties are also beginning to take a closer look at the danger it presents to their workers. Many casino companies are working to address this issue in the best way possible.

New reports claim that a group of workers is now pushing to ban smoking inside Atlantic City casinos. This takes place as the city is set to begin allowing smoking again starting on Sunday. Many are now pushing hard to get this activity permanently banned, at least in some of the city’s casino-resorts.

Governor Murphy seems open to this idea. The Casino Association of New Jersey, however, claims this would put the state’s gaming industry at a disadvantage with other nearby gaming destinations.

“Going completely nonsmoking would place Atlantic City casinos at a competitive disadvantage with other nearby casinos that allow smoking,” the group said. 

This is an interesting situation and one that many are likely to be torn on. We’ll be sure to continue offering updates on the situation here over the next few months!

Las Vegas Casinos Brace for Another Major Surge of Tourism

Most of the country’s land-based casino destinations are seeing impressive increases in revenue this year. That includes Las Vegas, which was the hardest economically hit city in the country in 2020. This city has rebounded and is now seeing steady growth in tourism as the months go on.

On June 24, Resorts World Las Vegas opened to the public. This is the most expensive resort ever built in the city and has been highly anticipated with gaming fans around the country. Opening day was a massive success, with at least 20,000 individuals attending its opening ceremony.

The Fourth of July weekend is just around the corner and most analysts expect another massive surge of tourism. That includes Scott Sibella, President of Resorts World LV. He claims this may end up being the best weekend in history for the city of Las Vegas.

Most casinos are getting ready to offer new entertainment options to their guests over the holiday weekend. Most have slightly increased their room rates over the weekend, as well. Hotel bookings are up and the city should experience a surge of revenue.

It may not be long before officials begin pushing to ban smoking inside casinos in Las Vegas. That won’t be easy when considering some of the power these venues hold in the city. Stay tuned for updates!

Do you think smoking inside Atlantic City casinos will eventually be prohibited? Let us know in the comments section below!

July 4th in Las Vegas is Expected to Bring in Thousands of Visitors

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One of the biggest travel days of the year for Las Vegas is just around the corner! Many of the casino companies in Las Vegas have been seeing a massive surge of tourists over the past few months. New reports indicate July 4th in Las Vegas could end up being one of the most successful ones in history.

This holiday weekend is always a busy one for the city. In 2021, things may end up more exciting than ever before. Now is a great time to talk about why so many analysts are expecting such a massive surge of visitors this year.

Here’s what you need to know!

Looking Back at the Grand Opening of Resorts World Las Vegas

There are a huge number of casino-resorts spread around the city of Las Vegas. It seems like every decade, a new one opens its doors that takes the city by storm. Back in 2010, the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas achieved that feat.

In more recent years, Resorts World Las Vegas has been under construction in Las Vegas. This property cost $4.3 billion to construct. As many are aware, that makes it the most expensive resort ever built in the city, and expectations for this venue have been extremely high.

Resorts World LV was being built in the northern area of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s here that other highly popular venues such as the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas are located. After several delays, this casino finally held its grand opening on June 24.

This opening night proved to be a huge success. Tens of thousands of individuals flocked to the city to see its latest world-class property. Many were also excited to check out the impressive brand-new cashless gaming system set in place here.

Tourism rates into Las Vegas seem to be increasing at a rapid rate and some claim this is due to the opening of Resorts World Las Vegas. Reservations are now available for this property. Now may be the perfect time to see what exactly $4.3 billion can generate.

The Fourth of July is just around the corner and casino companies in Las Vegas are reporting a jump in hotel bookings. Many analysts now anticipate one of the most successful weekends in history for this city!

Analysts Expect to See a Major Surge in Tourism for July 4th in Las Vegas

The city of Las Vegas has, in many ways, been leading the return of normalcy in the United States. The casinos here took a tremendous hit due to the events that unfolded in 2020. These venues have since worked hard to give their guests the best experience possible throughout 2021.

Nearly all of the restrictions toward casinos here have been removed. That includes the requirements for individuals inside these casinos to wear masks. With the removal of these restrictions comes a major surge in tourism.

July 4th in Las Vegas tends to be a busy time for the casinos here. If all goes according to plan, the 2020 holiday will truly be one for the ages. Scott Sibella, President of the aforementioned Resorts World Las Vegas, spoke about his expectations for the holiday weekend to the media prior to the venue’s opening last week.

“The city has been through a lot,” Sibella said. We’ve all been through a lot, and I think this will be the biggest celebration the city’s ever seen. The message throughout America is that we can finally do things that we want to do.” 

The Resort World Las Vegas President certainly isn’t alone in that sentiment. A huge number of analysts are expecting one of the busiest tourism weekends in years. That will likely result in a massive amount of revenue for the casinos here and some valuable tax money for the city and state.

Las Vegas is far from the only major casino hub hoping to see a surge of visitors over the Fourth of July. Here is a quick look at how other gaming destinations might fare over this holiday weekend.

Atlantic City Also Prepares for a Major July 4th Weekend

There is no doubt that Las Vegas remains the most successful gambling hub in the country. It’s here that more billion-dollar casinos are located than anywhere else. Most agree, however, that Atlantic City remains the biggest gambling hub on the East Coast.

This is another city that was hit extremely hard by the events that unfolded in 2020. All of Atlantic City’s casinos were completely shut down for months last year. Even after reopening, heavy restrictions remained in place that kept most tourists from making the journey here.

We’re beginning to see revenue increase steadily here. Both the casinos and sports betting companies here have consistently reported solid monetary increases. Some of the previously struggling properties are even beginning to see huge surges in revenue. These companies are preparing for a huge surge of tourism over the Fourth of July Weekend.

That includes the Ocean Casino-Resort. This venue is set to undergo a massive renovation soon. It is now the third-most-successful property in the city. Terry Glebocki, President of the Casino Association of New Jersey, claims that July 4th weekend is the perfect time for visitors to make the journey into the city to visit venues like the Ocean Casino-Resort.

“Atlantic City casinos are a great, safe place to enjoy outstanding entertainment, food, shopping, fireworks and beaches this Fourth of July weekend,” he said. “We are excited to welcome back our valued guests after a difficult year and return to a sense of normal. Atlantic City is the place to be this summer, and we are committed to offering visitors a world-class experience during their stay.”

Do you plan on making a trip for July 4th in Las Vegas? Will this holiday weekend be the biggest in the city’s history? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!