Casino Closures Cause Major Dip in PA’s Gambling Revenue

Casino in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is home to one of the largest gambling industries in the United States. Unfortunately, this industry has been suffering due to the events unfolding around the world. Most recently, the state-ordered casino shutdowns have led to a major dip in PA’s gambling revenue.

Now is a perfect time to talk about how much money the casinos in Pennsylvania have lost recently. It’s been a tough past few months for the gaming companies operating here.

Let’s take a look at what exactly is going on here.

Will the Casino Industry in Pennsylvania Close Down Again?

Back in March, the entire US casino industry experienced something unprecedented. Due to the global pandemic, state leaders forced all of the casinos around the country to shut their doors. This was devastating in the areas that rely on these casinos for money and employment.

Places like Las Vegas certainly fit that bill. As most know, this is the world’s largest casino destination. It relies heavily on its tourism industry, which all but stopped completely when the casinos were forced to close their doors.

It took months for the casinos in the city to reopen. When they did, these venues were met with extremely low tourism figures. Even today, nearly a year after the casinos were forced to close, tourism figures in Las Vegas remain low.

Smaller gambling hubs like Pennsylvania felt the effects of these regulations, too. The casinos here were finally able to open again over the summer. In December, state leaders once again forced the casinos to shut their doors. They have since reopened.

Some fear that the casinos in this state may be forced to shut down once again. An order like this one could have irreversible effects on the gambling industry here. Fortunately, this has not yet been mandated by any state leaders.

We’re now beginning to hear just how devastating 2020 was for the gambling companies in this state. Here’s a look at how badly these companies were hurt.

PA’s Gambling Revenue Dropped by 20% Last Year

Every single state has been experiencing drops in gambling revenue over the past twelve months. Some are seeing larger dips than others. We are now beginning to hear how much money the different gambling platforms over in Pennsylvania managed to bring in during 2020.

According to new reports, PA’s gambling revenue fell by an astounding 20% over the course of the year. That is when compared to 2019. Certain gambling options here managed to perform better than others.

The state’s casinos, sports betting operators, and DFS platforms managed to bring in $2.65 billion throughout 2020. That’s a significant drop from the $3.5 billion earned in 2019. Obviously, the gaming industry operators here has reason to be concerned.

Pennsylvania’s casinos themselves brought in $2.4 billion in 2020. Fortunately, the state’s online casino platforms have helped to make up some of the losses. These internet casinos actually saw an increase from just $34 million in 2019 to an incredible $566 million in 2020.

As you might expect, the gambling companies here are focusing more on their online gambling platforms. This is the safer industry at this stage for these companies. Hope is that we see the land-based casinos here experience larger revenue increases over the next six months.

It’s a very interesting time for the entire country’s casino industry. Sports betting is helping to bring many states, including Pennsylvania, some much-needed revenue right now. Which states will we see legalize and regulate this form of gambling in 2021?

More States Plan to Regulate Sports Betting in 2021

It’s been amazing to see how quickly the US sports gambling industry has grown in just a few short years. It wasn’t until 2018 that states were legally able to provide sports betting options. Now, less than three years later, more than half the country has a regulated sports betting industry up and running.

Even states with a historically anti-gambling stance over the years are beginning to embrace this industry. That includes places like North Carolina and New York. Officials here can’t ignore the massive revenue potential industry any longer.

It appears that several more states are set to legalize sports betting in 2021. This is likely to be the biggest year for the industry so far. We could see some of the most populated states in the country finally embrace this industry.

Many are hopeful that California decides to embrace the sports betting industry this year. For years, state leaders and tribal casino owners have been negotiating on a way to allow sports gambling. There seems to be some progress being made and many are excited to see things come together.

Oklahoma is in a similar position. This state is home to a massive number of tribal casinos. State officials are actively working with the owners of these venues on ways to offer legal, regulated sports betting options.

PA’s gambling revenue is already increasing thanks to the state’s sports betting platforms. Which states do you think will legalize this industry in 2021? Let us know in the comments section below!

Casino Owner Removes Bids to Demolish Trump Casino

Trump Plaza Casino

Not long ago, reports surfaced claiming there would soon be a bidding process available for those looking to demolish the Trump Plaza Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City. Unsurprisingly, many expressed interest in earning the right to take this property down. This week, reports came out claiming Carl Icahn has removed bids to demolish Trump casino.

It’s an interesting move for Icahn. This venue will still be demolished, albeit without the same spectacle that some predicted. Today, we’ll talk about what is happening with this property.

Here’s what we know.

Atlantic City Casinos Hope for a Better Year in 2021

Over the past decade, Atlantic City has grown to become one of the largest casino destinations in the world. It’s not much of a surprise. This city is home to a huge number of world-class casino-resorts. Many have gone through huge renovations over the past few years.

Things appeared to be going smoothly here. With the introduction of sports betting back in May of 2018, the casino industry here began to grow quickly. Many expected casino revenue here to rise steadily as the years went on.

2020 halted all of the progress made here. In March of last year, state leaders in New Jersey forced all of the casinos in this city to close their doors. It wasn’t until July that Atlantic City’s casino industry was given permission to reopen again.

Revenue has remained extremely low since this time. Atlantic City continues to see extremely small tourism numbers when compared to 2019. As a result, the casinos here are having a difficult time bringing in money.

The casino owners are now hopeful that 2021 proves to be a significantly better year for the industry here. Many believe that with effective vaccine distribution, more visitors will begin flocking to Atlantic City’s casinos. We should get a better idea of what to expect here this year over the next few months.

We’ve seen several major casino-resorts permanently shut their doors over the last few years. That includes one formally owned by Donald Trump. Here’s an update on this venue.

Carl Icahn Removes Bids to Demolish Trump Casino

The Trump Plaza Casino first opened its doors in Atlantic City back in 1984. For a time, it was one of the hottest gambling venues in the city. Due to competition and a drop in tourism rates, this property eventually went bankrupt and officially shut down in 2014.

Billionaire Carl Icahn eventually took control of this property and the land it sits on. Interestingly, he hasn’t decided to tear it down. To the disappointment of many officials in Atlantic City, this venue has simply remained closed and is beginning to fall apart.

Officials finally decided that a change was needed. News broke last year that Carl Icahn would soon be demolishing this venue. Reports then came out that a group was allowing businesses and individuals to bid for the right to demolish this property.

It now appears that Icahn has ordered to stop all bids to demolish Trump casino. Icahn reportedly sent a cease-and-desist letter on this bidding process. Instead, he will personally donate $175,000 (the amount expected to come in from bids) towards the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City.

Icahn believes that allowing untrained individuals to be involved with this demolition process is unsafe. A spokesperson offered more information about this situation to the media this week.

“From the beginning, we thought the auction and any other related spectacle presented a safety risk, and we were always clear that we would not participate in any way,” the spokesperson said. 

Those hoping to personally tear this property down are now out of luck. That doesn’t mean the Trump Plaza Casino will remain standing, though. Icahn still prepares to demolish the venue early this year. We’ll offer more information on this situation over the next few weeks!

Biggest US Casino-Resorts Opening in 2021

It will be interesting to see the Trump Plaza Casino torn down. This was one of Atlantic City’s most beloved venues for decades. It will now be torn down, making way for an exciting new casino-resort to open its doors here.

There are many incredible new casino-resorts scheduled to open their doors throughout the US over the next few years. Obviously, most are looking at Las Vegas. There are several major venues opening here in 2021.

The biggest and most exciting is Resorts World Las Vegas. This multi-billion-dollar venue is slated to open its doors to the public sometime this summer. More details on this casino-resort have been coming out lately. It’s expected to be one of the most impressive gambling properties ever built in Las Vegas.

Many are also excited about the new Virgin Hotel-Casino opening its doors this year. This is the first casino ever owned and operated by Virgin. It is also expected to be incredible and is expected to open its doors in Las Vegas early this year.

We will see many casinos built around the US this year. There are also a large number of casino-resorts scheduled to be torn down. Don’t expect to make any bids to demolish Trump casino, though.

Are you surprised Carl Icahn stopped the demolition bidding process? Let us know in the comments section below!

Where Will the New Casino in Chicago be Situated?

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Lawmakers in Illinois continue pushing to expand the state’s casino industry. Much of the discussion is centering around plans for the new Chicago casino. Many analysts are now debating where the new casino in Chicago should be located.

There are several locations that could accommodate a new casino. Some are thought to be more ideal than others. Today, we’ll talk about some of the most-likely areas for the new gambling venue to open its doors.

Let’s get into it!

Illinois’ Casino Industry is About to Reopen Once Again

There are a large number of world-class casinos in the state of Illinois. Some of these are tribal casinos owned and operated by Native American tribes. Others are commercial casinos owned by some of the country’s most powerful gaming companies.

Interestingly, state officials want to expand this industry. Back in 2018, Governor Pritzker passed a new Capital Plan to open several more casinos around Illinois. That includes a new casino-resort in Chicago; the first of its kind.

2020 ended up halting these plans. For several months last year, all of the casinos in this state were completely shut down. They began reopening during the summer, yet state officials forced commercial casinos to close down again several months later.

Soon, the casinos in Illinois will finally be allowed to reopen. It’s exciting news for the companies that operate these venues. As Illinois enters into Tier 2 of its reopening process, casinos will be given permission to begin operating at a limited capacity.

It will take a long time before these casinos see the revenue figures experienced back in 2019. The world’s casino industry has been devastated by the events that unfolded last year. Hope is that we see an improvement over the next six months.

Many are now looking ahead to the casino expected to open in Chicago. Here’s a quick update on this exciting new property!

Analysts Continue to Debate a Location for the New Casino in Chicago

When news broke that officials were preparing to open a new casino in Chicago, it spread like wildfire. Many felt it would never happen. This city has never hosted an established casino-resort in its history.

Initially, it seemed likely that this would be a hugely successful gambling property. Chicago is already a major tourist destination. Many believed that opening a casino-resort here would help to significantly boost tourism rates in the city.

Unfortunately, the state set unusually high tax rates on this venue. Many casino companies withdrew from the running to obtain a license to operate this property. The issue of location has also been a big one lately.

No one seems to know where in Chicago this property will be situated. There are several areas of the city still in the running. Lakeside Center and The Chicago Tribune’s Freedom Center are two interesting locations. Many city officials are putting more thought into opening the new casino in Chicago in these areas.

It’s an interesting situation. Everyone wants to ensure that this new casino is as successful as possible. Location will play a huge role in its success. Most analysts agree that the locations being discussed are the best options right now.

Chicago is set to receive an incredible new casino-resort in the near future. We’ll be sure to offer more information on this situation over the next few months. Stay tuned for updates!

State Officials Set a New Tax Rate on Sports Betting Winnings

Back in May of 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA. This gave every state in the country the option to legalize and regulate sports betting. Now, three years later, more than half the country has a sports betting industry.

Illinois’ first sports betting options went live back in March of 2020. Since that time, the industry here has grown steadily. Both land-based and online sports wagering are available in this state. It’s proven extremely valuable in the form of taxes.

This week, reports surfaced claiming anyone that makes over $600 in sports bets will now need to report their winnings to the state. These earnings will be taxed at 15%. Nicholas Royer, a financial advisor for MRFC, believes this will benefit the state in a big way moving forward.

“What happened is the state realized that 94% of sports gambling is now done online. And so they looked at this as, Oh, it’s a revenue that we can create for ourselves now that this is actually happening,” he said. “Illinois, is the fourth biggest in online gambling and sports betting right now in the country. Only behind Nevada, I think New Jersey and Pennsylvania. So it’s a pretty big deal and if we just look at September to October, just in that timeframe from September to October. There was a 42% increase in sports in sports gambling online.”

Many bettors are likely to be disappointed by this news. An increased tax rate could result in some choosing to wager through unregulated sites. In the long run, however, this will play a big role in bringing in some much-needed revenue for the state.

Are you excited to see the new casino in Chicago? Where do you think it should be located? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s What We Know About Philadelphia’s Newest Casino!

New Philadelphia Casino

Pennsylvania is now home to one of the largest gambling industries in the United States. Here, a huge number of world-class casinos are currently up and running. Today, we’re going to talk about the details surrounding Philadelphia’s newest casino.

Many were surprised to see this gambling venue opening its doors. It comes at a difficult time for the entire US gambling industry. Hope is that this property helps to boost gaming revenue in the state of Pennsylvania.

Let’s get into it!

Pennsylvania’s Gambling Industry Continues to Expand

Just a couple of decades ago, Nevada was thought to be one of the only major gambling hubs in the United States. Things have changed in a big way since that time. Today, nearly every state in the country has at least some kind of gambling industry up and running.

Pennsylvania has recently begun to expand its number of gaming options. Perhaps the biggest move came after the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA in May of 2018. Immediately after this decision, Pennsylvania formally legalized sports betting.

Here, both land-based and online sports betting is available. This industry is now helping to bring the state of Pennsylvania an incredible amount of money every single month. More of the world’s biggest sports betting companies are now working hard to break into the state’s market.

The casino industry here has been expanding recently, too. There are now 14 traditional casinos operating in the state. Pennsylvania also operates a huge number of popular mini-casinos. More are slated to open their doors over the next few years.

2020 proved to be an extremely difficult year for the casino industry in Pennsylvania. Of course, gambling companies benefited from the ability to offer casino games online. Hopefully, 2021 proves to be a more successful year for the industry.

For years, news has been surfacing about a new gambling venue opening its doors in the city of Pennsylvania. This week, this casino will finally open to the public.

Looking at the Details of Philadelphia’s Newest Casino

Prior to 2020, gambling revenue in Pennsylvania was rising steadily. The casinos here were proving to be hugely successful and many companies were pushing to open new properties here. Many of these companies have wanted to open one of these venues in the city of Philadelphia.

That includes Cordish Gaming, one of the largest gambling companies on the East Coast. Cordish Gaming owns and operates several popular casinos around this area of the country. Recently, this company has been constructing the Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia.

On Saturday, this exciting new property is finally set to open its doors. This $700 million casino is located in Philadelphia’s Stadium District and will hold several open sessions for those making reservations. It’s a sort of test for the owners to see how the casino operates.

Beginning on February 11, this property will officially open to the public. Reservations will not be needed at that time. That gives residents in the city the option to play any of the casino’s 2,100 slot machines and 121 table games.

Joseph Weinberg, chief executive officer of Cordish Gaming, spoke about his excitement in opening this property this week. He claims it will help to significantly boost gaming revenue throughout the state.

“We have the ability to not only attract people from Pennsylvania and New Jersey but from a much wider market area,” Weinberg said. “This is the only place in the country where you have a major resort casino and four major-league sports teams all in one location, so we think this will really attract people from all over the country to come for sports entertainment and gaming.”

Obviously, there are intense safety regulations set inside this casino. Many hope that with effective vaccine distribution, the casinos here will see their visitation rates increase. Stay tuned for more revenue updates over the next few months.

New Jersey Looks to Increase Casino Revenue This Year

Pennsylvania is now known for having a large, successful casino industry. It pales in comparison to the one over in New Jersey, though. Atlantic City is home to some of the country’s biggest casino-resorts.

Like all other major casino hubs, Atlantic City struggled immensely in 2020. Tourism rates here dropped throughout the year. For several months, all of the casinos in this city were completely shut down. Many are now hopeful that 2021 brings about a major change.

Casinos here are doing everything they can to see this change. Many have recently begun offering new, exciting deals to guests. There have also been a large number of new entertainment options becoming available in Atlantic City.

It’s extremely difficult to predict how things will look here this year. As we mentioned earlier, vaccine distribution could help to promote travel around the country. Many are still unlikely to want to visit a crowded casino, though.

It might be years before the casinos here see pre-pandemic levels of revenue. Fortunately, the sports betting industry here is helping to make up for the losses. New Jersey has been seeing consistent sports betting revenue increases for the past few months.

Many analysts are excited to see how things turn out here. Do you plan to visit Philadelphia’s newest casino? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Silver Legacy Resort in Reno is Set for a Major Upgrade

Reno Nevada

Caesars Entertainment has been busy over the past few years. This massive casino company is working hard to renovate some of its most popular gambling venues. New reports claim that the Silver Legacy Resorts in Reno, owned by Caesars, is set for a major upgrade in the near future.

It’s great news for residents and tourists with trips planned to Reno. Today, we’ll talk about what is being planned for this property. We’ll also look at some of the other plans for Nevada in the future.

Here’s what we know!

Caesars Entertainment Continues Working to Expand

The past ten months have been extraordinarily difficult for major US casino companies. Despite that fact, Caesars Entertainment has been working extremely hard to expand its operations. It seemed to begin after the company’s huge merger with Eldorado Resorts.

This was one of the biggest moves for the US casino industry in history. Eldorado paid an astounding $17.3 billion to acquire this company. That makes it the largest casino company purchase to ever take place in the country.

In order to push this deal forward, Caesars and Eldorado were forced to sell many of their casinos around the country. That includes several in Atlantic City. The money earned from these sales helped the newly-merged company cover costs associated with the deal.

Officials within Caesars haven’t slowed down since this merger. Last year, news broke that the company had agreed to purchase William Hill. This gives Caesars a massive new hold over the US sports betting industry.

Caesars has always been a huge player in the US casino industry. It’s quickly becoming one of the most powerful gambling companies in the world now. Many expect more major deals to be announced with this company over the next few years.

As many know, Caesars Entertainment owns a major gaming property in Reno. It now appears the company is planning a major renovation for this venue.

A Renovation is Being Planned for the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno

Reno is a popular gambling and tourist destination in northern Nevada. It’s a fun city filled with several world-class gambling venues. Like other US casino hubs, Reno has been facing a steep decrease in tourism and revenue throughout the past year.

Some feel that things are set to improve here soon, though. Several analysts claim that with effective vaccine distribution, Reno could quickly see a steep increase in its tourism numbers. That’s great news for the casino companies operating here.

You can add Caesars Entertainment to that list. This company operates the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, which first opened its doors in 1995. This week, Caesars announced that it is planning an astounding $47 million renovation for this venue.

Silver Legacy Regional President and General Manager Glenn Carano spoke to the media about the company’s plans this week.

“We want to give guests a visit to remember when they stay with us at Silver Legacy,” he said. “Part of that memorable experience includes one of the most important elements to a trip: the hotel accommodations.”

Caesars wouldn’t be making this move unless they felt it would be profitable. It’s clear that the company feels that Reno will soon begin seeing a large increase in visitors. Some of the expected renovations for Silver Legacy Resort can be seen below.

  • Installing new hardwood furniture.
  • Updated window treatments and drapery.
  • Renovations of the bathrooms with new tile.
  • Replacing the carpets and flooring.
  • Installing new art and decor pieces.
  • Self-serve coffee makers, updated lounge seating and flat-screen, high-definition televisions.

This renovation process should be completed sometime in the near future. We’ll continue offering updates over the next few months!

When Will Tourism Rates Begin to Increase in Las Vegas

There has been a huge amount of attention placed on the Las Vegas economy over the past year. 2020 proved to be devastating for this city. That’s almost entirely due to the significant drop in tourism here.

Casinos are doing everything they can to boost the city’s tourism rates. It’s much easier said than done, though. Many are now cautiously optimistic that the city will finally begin seeing large numbers of tourists coming later this year.

Much like Reno, Las Vegas is relying on vaccines to help with things. It seems likely that this would help the entire country’s travel industry. Anything is possible, however, and casino owners are now getting ahead of themselves.

In the past, Las Vegas saw approximately 40 million visitors every single year. Will 2021 bring about those kinds of numbers? Probably not.

If everything goes according to plan, we could begin seeing a major improvement by the time summer rolls around. This is generally the most popular time for visitors to enter the city. Hopefully, we see that trend begin around this time.

Are you excited to see the renovations at the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno? Let us know in the comments section below!

Will Vaccines in Las Vegas Help to Reboot the Economy?

Las Vegas Strip View

Las Vegas remains the hardest-hit city from an economic standpoint in the country. For nearly a year, officials here have been working hard to increase tourism rates in the safest way possible. Many now believe that with enough vaccines in Las Vegas, the city’s economy could quickly recover.

Analysts seem torn on what to expect this year. Some believe we’ll see major casino hubs experience huge increases in tourism and gambling revenue. Others feel we could continue the same trend set in March of last year.

Let’s take a look at how things could change in Las Vegas over the next 12 months.

Las Vegas Casinos Push to Increase Tourism Rates

Prior to 2020, Las Vegas was one of the most-visited cities in the United States. More than 40 million individuals visited the city every single year. Many of these tourists were international, coming in from all different parts of the world.

Beginning in March of last year, the tourism industry here came to a screeching halt. All of the casinos in this city were forced to shut down. Travel restrictions were implemented around the country and the Las Vegas International Airport closed down several of its concourses.

It wasn’t until June that the casinos in Las Vegas finally reopened. Over the next few months, tourism rates began to gradually increase in the city. The colder months approached and visitation numbers started to fall once again.

The year ended with significant drops in gaming revenue when compared to the same months in 2019. It’s an extremely difficult situation for the casinos in Las Vegas. Many have been forced to close down during the week to cut down on costs.

These casinos are still trying to boost their tourism rates. It’s proving to be extremely difficult. The country is in a difficult position right now and not many individuals are choosing to travel. It’s unclear when exactly things will begin getting back to normal.

Many are now speculating what will help the tourist situation here. There is one strategy that many feel will help things right now.

Calls to Increase Vaccines in Las Vegas Continue

Las Vegas is far from being the only city to see its tourism industry hurting right now. All major cities that rely on visitors are taking hits every single month. Even the top travel analysts are having a difficult time predicting when things will get back to the way things were in 2019.

There are many ways that city officials are working to increase tourism numbers. Travel deals and intense safety regulations are one way to achieve that goal. Of course, many people still have concerns over their health when considering travel.

The calls to increase vaccines in Las Vegas are ramping up right now. Most believe these are the key to increasing travel around the world. Getting casino workers vaccinated will also help the casino industry in the city deal with the current situation.

Governor Sisolak has approved a measure to add casino workers to the “prioritized” list of individuals for the vaccine. The goal is to set up to 45,000 vaccine shots a week for Las Vegas residents.

Virginia Valentine, president of the Nevada Resort Association, spoke about the benefits of seeing more vaccines in Las Vegas to the media this week.

“The more Nevadans are swiftly vaccinated, the sooner our transmission rates decrease across the community,” she said. “We believe this will provide peace of mind to visitors and influence their travel decisions against other communities where the rates of vaccination among front staff would be less certain.”

There are now many in the casino and tourism industry pushing to get this vaccine distribution plan up and running. It could help to significantly increase tourism rates throughout Nevada. We’ll continue offering more updates on this situation over the next few weeks!

Here’s What is Set to Open in Las Vegas This Year

Not everything is doom and gloom over in Sin City. Over the next 12 months, several incredible casino-resorts are preparing to open their doors here. Many are hoping these new properties will help to significantly boost tourism rates here.

The biggest and most-anticipated is Resorts World Las Vegas. This venue is set to open in the northern area of the Las Vegas Strip, across from the popular Wynn Las Vegas Casino-Resort. It’s the most expensive gambling venue ever built in the city.

More details about Resorts World have come out over the past few months. The owners of this venue are doing everything they can to make this the next-big-thing in Las Vegas. This venue will finally open its doors to the public this summer.

Many are also looking forward to seeing the Virgin Hotel-Casino. This is Virgin’s first foray into the casino industry. It is located where the former Hard Rock Hotel-Casino sat, not far from the Las Vegas Strip.

This Virgin hotel is expected to be one of the coolest new properties off the Strip. We’ve seen a large number of popular new hotel-casinos being built in different areas of Las Vegas lately. The Virgin property is delaying its opening date to a later day this year.

Hopefully, we’ll see more vaccines in Las Vegas over the next couple of months. Do you think this will help to increase tourism rates in the city? Let us know in the comments section below!

Sheldon Adelson’s Death Hits the Struggling Casino Industry Hard

Sheldon Adelson

Casino companies around the United States are still struggling to bring in players right now. It’s been a dark time for many of these companies with no clear end in sight. One of the men responsible for helping this industry growth has just passed away. Today, we’re going to discuss the details of Sheldon Adelson’s death.

Many knew that the Las Vegas Sands CEO was in poor health. It wasn’t entirely clear how serious his situation was, though. His death will have a lasting impact on LVS over the next few decades.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Looking Back at Sheldon’s Adelson’s History in the Casino Business

The US casino industry has grown considerably over the past few decades. Many credit Sheldon Adelson for being one of the key figures in growing casinos around the country. His time in the gambling industry dates back to the 1980s.

First, Sheldon purchased the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for a mere $110 million. He then took his experience in the convention industry and purchased the Sands Expo and Convention Center. This was the only privately-owned convention center in the country.

Just a few years later, Adelson decided to open his first mega-resort with The Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip. Over the next few decades, he continued to open massive casino-resorts around the world. He eventually grew his fortune to more than $35 billion.

Adelson has served as the CEO of Las Vegas Sands for decades. His decisions helped the company grow bigger than anyone expected. Last week, news broke that he was stepping down as CEO of the company to focus on cancer treatment.

It was surprising news to hear. No one seemed to know how serious Adelson’s health issues truly were. It was confirmed he was suffering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It now seems that his case was more severe than many initially thought.

Adelson was a major player in the casino industry. He certainly had some detractors, yet there’s no doubt he played a huge role in helping the country’s casino industry grow.

Sheldon Adelson’s Death Has Been Confirmed

Hearing that Sheldon Adelson was stepping down as CEO of Las Vegas Sands spread fast. There were obvious concerns for the gaming mogul. As we just mentioned, however, no one really knew how serious his condition was.

It’s now clear that Adelson was struggling immensely. Numerous reports have confirmed that he has passed away at the age of 87. It’s also been confirmed that his death came from his battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

The casino mogul was well-known for his major donations to the Republican Party. He spent millions helping with Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016. Trump released a statement offering condolences to the LVS CEO shortly after his death was announced.

“His ingenuity, genius, and creativity earned him immense wealth, but his character and philanthropic generosity his great name,” the statement said. “Sheldon was true to his family, his country, and all those that knew him. The world has lost a great man. He will be missed.”

Sheldon Adelson’s death is sending shockwaves through the casino industry. It comes at an extremely difficult time for Las Vegas Sands. The company will now move forward with Robert Goldstein serving as CEO.

Las Vegas Sands, like all other US casino companies, has a difficult year ahead. There are many now wondering what steps the company will take to increase revenue.

What is Next for Las Vegas Sands?

The past ten months have been extremely difficult for Las Vegas Sands. 2020 wasn’t the only tough year for this company, though. Over the past two decades, LVS has gone through several rough patches. In 2009, Sheldon Adelson saw his net worth drop to just $2 billion due to the company’s struggles.

This is now a different situation than LVS has ever faced before. Sheldon was well-known for being the primary decision-maker in the company. There will likely be a feeling out process while the company adjusts to his permanent departure.

Sheldon Adelson’s death also means that Las Vegas Sands will need to make a decision on the proposed casino sales brought up last year. This company made headlines by announcing it was interested in selling both The Venetian and The Palazzo. These two venues have been major revenue-earners for LVS in the past.

The situation in Macau is also a serious talking point. Las Vegas Sands owns and operates several casino-resorts in the Chinese territory. Unfortunately, Macau has seen extremely low tourism figures and revenue has plummeted. It wouldn’t be a shock to see some of the casinos here sold soon, too.

All major US casino companies are struggling right now. Hopefully, effective vaccine distribution helps casino destinations recover as the year goes on. We’ll continue offering more updates on the situation with Las Vegas Sands over the next few months.

Are you surprised to hear about Sheldon Adelson’s death? How do you think this will impact Las Vegas Sands? Let us know in the comments section below!

Plaza Las Vegas Officially Opens Wheel of Fortune Slot Area!

Casino Wheel of Fortune Slot Machine

Las Vegas casinos are still in recovery mode. Most of them are working to come up with new ways to increase their visitation numbers. New reports claim that the Plaza Las Vegas has officially opened up a new Wheel of Fortune slot area.

Wheel of Fortune slot games are extremely popular. Many feel they offer the best opportunities to cash out of any slot game available today. Today, we’ll talk about how the Plaza Las Vegas has expanded in recent months.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Casino Revenue Dropped Considerably in November

Over the past ten months, we’ve been reporting on the casino revenue figures in Nevada. For months, casinos here were earning almost nothing. Finally, in June, the casino industry here began operating once again.

Things began to improve over the summer. For a time, it seemed as if the casinos in Las Vegas were on the road to a full recovery. As the colder months approached, however, tourism numbers dropped and gaming revenue plummeted.

We recently heard news on the revenue figures for the month of November. This month proved to be one of the toughest for Las Vegas casinos in recent history. Revenue during November of 2020 dropped by an astounding 32.5% when compared to the same month in 2019.

Each casino is dealing with this situation in its own way. Many have been forced to close down during the weekdays. Others are offering unique deals in an attempt to bring in more visitors. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that things will get back to normal here any time soon.

More games are becoming available in Las Vegas casinos every single month. The casinos here are constantly trying to offer their players more gaming options. That includes the Plaza Las Vegas, one of the most popular gaming venues off the Las Vegas Strip.

The Plaza Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas has been dealing with major issues over the past year. It’s now offering an exciting new gaming area.

Plaza Las Vegas Reveals New Wheel of Fortune Slot Area

Las Vegas is filled with some of the world’s best casino-resorts. Many feel that the best ones are all located on the Las Vegas Strip. Others are adamant that Downtown Las Vegas is home to the best hotels and gambling venues.

The Downtown area has been expanding over the years. It’s here that the Plaza Las Vegas is located. This property is home to an 80,000 square foot gaming floor and a number of world-class restaurants. Like all other casinos, the Plaza has been struggling lately.

The owners of this venue are working to change things around. This week, news broke that the Plaza is set to feature a new Wheel of Fortune-branded slot area. This zone covers 2,900 square feet and is located in the heart of the casino floor.

Casey P. Adras, the Plaza Hotel & Casino Director of Slot Operations, recently spoke about the debut of this new gaming area to the media.

“When Plaza Casino guests enter our new Wheel of Fortune Slots Zone, it is immediately apparent that they’re in Las Vegas’ epicenter of Wheel of Fortune slots fun,” Casey said. “We’ve collaborated with IGT to create a compelling space that delivers an exceptional guest experience, features the most in-demand Wheel of Fortune games and embodies the jackpot-paying legacy of the iconic slots brand.”

The IGT Wheel of Fortune slot game is considered the most successful of all-time. Since the games debuted in casinos around 25 years ago, they have paid over $3 billion in jackpots. The Plaza Hotel-Casino will now be the first to feature an entire area dedicated to this game.

It’s an exciting moment for this property. We’ll be sure to offer more information on this gambling area over the next few months!

Las Vegas CES 2021 is Set to Begin Today

As most are aware, Las Vegas is home to many of the biggest trade shows in the world. One of the most popular ones is CES, hosted in the city every year. Unfortunately, the 2021 CES event in Las Vegas will be unlike any other in the past.

This year’s event is being hosted entirely online. No visitors are allowed at the event in Las Vegas. It’s a major change and one that is already having a major impact. The city has likely lost millions of dollars due to CES being live-streamed online.

The event officially begins today! It will conclude on January 14. Many small businesses are struggling with the lack of visitors surrounding this event. Most are now looking ahead at how things will look at this time next year.

No one really knows when major trade shows and conventions will begin again. Obviously, these are a major part of the Las Vegas economy. The next few months will tell a lot about how things will look over the next few years.

Places like the Plaza Las Vegas are doing everything they can to stay afloat. It will be interesting to see how popular the new Wheel of Fortune slot area becomes. Stay tuned for updates!

Are you excited about the Plaza’s new Wheel of Fortune gaming area? Let us know in the comments section below!

Sheldon Adelson’s Health Forces Leave of Absence From LVS

Sheldon Adelson

Las Vegas Sands has been dealing with a variety of serious issues over the past year. To make things worse, the company’s founder and CEO is now in poor health. New reports indicate that Sheldon Adelson’s health problems have forced him to take a leave of absence from Las Vegas Sands.

There’s a lot happening with major Las Vegas casino companies right now. Today, we’ll talk about Adelson’s departure from LVS. We’ll also discuss some of the other plans that Las Vegas Sands has for the future.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Sands Continues to Hint at Major Casino Sales

The city of Las Vegas is still struggling to bring in tourists. As a result, the casino companies here are seeing significantly lower revenue figures than they did in 2019. It’s a difficult situation that some feel will take years to fix.

Casino companies around the country have seen major drops in their monthly revenue figures. That includes Las Vegas Sands. As a result of these revenue drops, company officials have hinted towards selling some of their biggest venues in Las Vegas. That includes The Venetian and The Palazzo.

This announcement was surprising to hear. These two casino-resorts are some of the biggest and best in Las Vegas. Prior to 2020, these venues helped to bring Las Vegas Sands a huge amount of revenue every month.

It now seems this company no longer sees these venues as viable properties. There have been several other casino operators that expressed interest in taking control of these venues. As of now, Hard Rock International seems to be the most likely candidate.

Las Vegas Sands is clearly in a difficult situation. Unfortunately, CEO Sheldon Adelson is also dealing with serious health issues. These are now serious enough to force him out of his position as the leader of this company.

Adelson has been one of the most powerful men in the casino industry for years. We’re now beginning to hear more about the health problems that forced him away from the company.

Here’s What We Know About Sheldon Adelson’s Health Issues

Sheldon Adelson has been in the casino industry for decades. In recent years, reports began to circulate that he was dealing with serious health complications. He’s now 87 years old and some have questioned how long he would remain the leader of Las Vegas Sands.

This week, reports came out that shed more light on Sheldon Adelson’s health issues. It’s been confirmed that the CEO is now taking a leave of absence to undergo treatment for cancer. He “recently decided” to resume treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Many knew that Sheldon was dealing with cancer. It wasn’t entirely clear how severe his case was, though. It’s now clear that things are serious enough to remove him from his position as the CEO of Las Vegas Sands.

Robert Goldstein will now take over as CEO of the company. He takes this position in one of the most difficult times in the company’s history. He and other officials will now need to further discuss the possibility of selling major Las Vegas properties.

Adelson is still optimistic about the future. Despite the difficulties, he feels that Las Vegas Sands will recover from the situation it finds itself in.

“Our properties in Las Vegas may be empty right now, but our hearts are full of hope for the future,” he said in a public statement late last year. 

Hope is that Adelson recovers soon. He played a big part in expanding the Las Vegas casino industry. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation over the next couple of months.

How Are Other Casino Companies Faring Right Now?

Las Vegas Sands is far from being the only company seeing its revenue figures drop. As we mentioned earlier, this is an issue that is affecting just about every major casino operator around the United States. Most analysts agree this is the hardest time in the history of the US casino industry.

Wynn Resorts has been seeing big dips in its revenue lately. Las Vegas isn’t entirely to blame for these issues. Wynn Resorts’ casinos in Massachusetts and Macau have also been losing money for the past ten months.

The Encore Boston Harbor was hugely successful in Massachusetts not long after opening. Beginning in March, however, this casino began to see massive revenue declines. There is now a fear that all of the casinos in Massachusetts could close down again in the near future.

MGM Resorts has also been experiencing huge drops in revenue. All of the company’s casinos in Las Vegas have been suffering lately. MGM Springfield in Massachusetts is hurting, too. This company recently had its worst-ever month since opening to the public.

The country’s land-based casino industry is hurting right now. Sheldon Adelson’s health issues are likely to take a toll on Las Vegas Sands. Hopefully, we begin to see things improve over the next couple of months.

Are you surprised to hear about Sheldon Adelson? How do you think this will impact Las Vegas Sands? Let us know in the comments section below!

More Information on the Live! Casino in Philadelphia is Coming Out

Pennsylvania Casinos

Pennsylvania is home to one of the largest, most successful casino industries in the country. There is one massive new casino-resort now scheduled to open its doors in Pennsylvania. This week, we received more information about Live! Casino in Philadelphia.

This is set to be one of the biggest casino-resorts ever opened in Pennsylvania. Many feel it will help to significantly boost tourism into the state. Now is a great time to discuss the details of this exciting new gaming property.

Let’s get into it!

Pennsylvania’s Casino Industry Has Finally Reopened

The casino industry in Pennsylvania was completely shut down back in March. This proved to be extremely difficult for the casino companies based here. Finally, after several months, state leaders gave permission for these casinos to open back up.

For a time, things were improving here. Casinos were operating at limited capacity and began seeing their revenue earnings increase. It wasn’t perfect, yet the casinos in Pennsylvania seemed to be staying afloat.

This only lasted for so long. In December, news broke that state officials were ordering all casinos to temporarily shut down once again. It was a huge blow for the owners of these venues and the thousands of workers inside them.

On Monday, Pennsylvania’s casino industry was finally given permission to reopen. Moving forward, these properties will operate at a limited capacity and will need to implement more intense health regulations. Hope is that enough money is made to keep these casinos operational.

The casino industry is hurting around the United States. No one seems to know when things will begin to truly improve. Interestingly, there are still several new casino-resorts scheduled to open their doors in Pennsylvania in the near future.

That includes Live! Casino and Hotel. We’re now beginning to hear more information about this exciting new gambling venue.

The Opening Date for Live! Casino in Philadelphia Has Been Revealed

As we mentioned earlier, Pennsylvania is home to a large and rapidly-expanding casino industry. We’ve seen several casinos open their doors here over the past few years. More will begin operating here in the future!

The Live! Casino in Philadelphia is one of the most-anticipated casinos ever opened in Pennsylvania. We’re now hearing about when this property will finally open! New reports claim that this venue is set to first open its doors to guests on January 19. That will come before an official grand opening on February 11.

Joe Billhimer, Executive Vice President of Cordish Gaming Group, gave a statement to the media about this casino finally opening.

“We are beyond excited to go Live! in Philadelphia and bring this world-class gaming and entertainment destination to the heart of the Stadium District,” Billhimer said. “What we have created here is unrivaled anywhere in the country. Sports fans, foodies, gaming enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a night of fun and excitement only has to make one stop to experience it all.”

Just about everyone is excited to see this casino open its doors. It will feature more than 2,000 slot games, 150 table games, and a 29-table poker room. The casino will also be home to a variety of dining and entertainment options.

If you’re located near the Philadelphia area, make sure to check this casino out! Many believe it’s the best new gaming property in the state.

Major Las Vegas Property Sales Are on the Horizon

Las Vegas remains the world’s biggest casino destination. There are a huge number of world-class gambling venues located in this city. Unfortunately, the casino industry here has seen massive dips in revenue throughout the year.

As a result, several casino companies have announced they plan to sell some of their casinos in the city. That includes Las Vegas Sands. The Sheldon Adelson-run gambling venue claims it’s interested in putting both The Venetian and The Palazzo up for sale.

Many were surprised at this news. These venues are known for being two of the most popular ones in Las Vegas. Under normal circumstances, these venues help to bring LVS a massive amount of revenue every month.

We’re in unprecedented times, though. It seems that Las Vegas Sands simply wants to cut its losses and get rid of some of its biggest gambling venues. It’s unclear exactly how much LVS plans to sell these casino-resorts for.

It seems that Hard Rock International is interested in purchasing this property. Nothing has been made official, though. We’ll be sure to offer more information on these sales over the next few months.

Are you excited to see Live! Casino in Philadelphia finally open? Let us know in the comments section below!