Nebraska’s Casino Industry May Soon Open Up

The state of Nebraska is known for having some of the strictest gambling laws in the country. Here, all commercial gambling venues are completely prohibited. Interestingly, a new measure has just been approved here that could help to finally expand Nebraska’s casino industry.Nebraska Casinos

Many feel that it’s time for this state to update its regulations towards the gambling industry. That’s particularly true now, at a time when the state is in serious need of revenue. Today, we’re going to look at how the state’s casino laws may change.

Let’s get into it!

Most States Have Now Reopened Their Casino Industries

For the past few years, the casino industry in the United States has been thriving. Several states quickly grew to become major gambling destinations. That includes several states in the midwest such as Ohio and Oklahoma.

This past March, things took a major turn. State leaders around the country began ordering their casinos to shut down as the global pandemic took hold. This proved to be devastating for states like New Jersey and Nevada.

As the weeks went on, officials in these states began to see that these regulations could not remain in place forever. Casinos employ a huge number of people around the country and are necessary for bringing states revenue. Finally, Nevada’s leaders announced that casinos would be allowed to open back up in June.

Other major casino destinations took notice. Eventually, news broke that New Jersey was set to allow its major casino-resorts to open their doors in July. We’re now in September, and almost every single state has decided to open its casino industry.

New York was the last state to allow its commercial casinos to reopen. This state was hit extremely hard by the pandemic early on. As a result, the state’s leaders have been very hesitant to allow crowded venues such as casinos to open their doors again. Fortunately, Governor Cuomo has confirmed that casinos here will reopen next week.

Many are now looking at whether or not it’s time for Nebraska to change its casino laws.

The Public Will Soon Vote On the Future Of Nebraska’s Casino Industry

As we said earlier, Nebraska is known for having an extremely tough set of gambling laws. Here, most traditional gambling venues are completely banned. Tribal casinos are allowed here, yet commercial casinos are illegal.

Many of the state’s lawmakers have complained that these regulations are outdated. Most states around the country now allow and are profiting massively off their casinos. This week, several gambling proponent groups have succeeded in getting a measure to allow casino gambling in state race tracks on November’s ballot.

Residents in the state will now have the opportunity to vote on whether or not to allow Class III casino games inside Nebraska’s race tracks. Omaha, Lincoln, South Sioux City, Columbus, Hastings and Grand Island all have tracks that could offer these casino games. Many analysts predict the measure will be approved by a wide margin.

Not everyone is pleased with this decision, though. Governor Pete Ricketts has condemned this decision and is calling on Nebraskans to push against this move.

“While I respect the judgment of the Court on the gambling initiatives, I urge Nebraskans to keep gambling out of the Good Life when they head to the polls in November,” he said. 

The supporters of this bill believe that opening Nebraska’s casino industry will help the state generate some much-needed revenue. Many residents here make the trip to neighboring states to gamble. Legal casinos would help to keep money inside Nebraska.

We’ll need to wait and see how state residents respond to this measure in November.

Sports Betting Could Soon Become Legal in Nebraska

Nebraska’s Supreme Court made a historic decision to allow a gambling measure to appear on November’s ballot. For the first time ever, commercially-run casinos may finally be allowed in the state. Interestingly, sports betting could finally come to this state, as well.

Back in May of 2018, the Supreme Court decided to strike down PASPA. Doing so gave every state in the country the ability to legalize and regulate sports gambling. 24 states around the country have already passed bills to allow sports gambling and most are seeing huge revenue jumps from this industry.

Nebraska’s casino industry may open up after November’s ballot. Many now feel that a measure to allow sports betting should appear on the ballot, as well. It will almost certainly help to bring the state a huge amount of money each year.

Sports betting revenue is up around the entire country. That’s particularly true in areas of the country that allow online sports gambling. Many states, even those with harsh laws towards casino gambling, are now choosing to allow this form of gambling.

It’s a very interesting time for the gambling industry in Nebraska. Things are clearly changing here. Stay tuned for more updates as November rolls around.

Are you excited to see Nebraska’s casino industry open up? Should sports betting be legal here? Let us know in the comments section below!

General Assembly is Ready to Review Virginia’s New Casino Regulations

Lawmakers in Virginia have been discussing opening up the state’s casino industry for years. It seemed as if casinos were set to become legal earlier this year, yet certain state officials are still asking for revisions to the gambling legislation. This week, the state General Assembly is meeting to discuss Virginia’s new casino regulations.

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If all goes according to plan, Class III casinos will be approved in this state before the summer. Today, we’re going to discuss the changes to gambling laws here. We’ll also look at what other forms of gambling may become available over the next couple of years.

Let’s get into it!

Virginia’s Governor is Asking for Changes to Proposed Casino Laws

More states are beginning to embrace their gambling industries. It seems like every few months, another state announces it’s becoming interested in legalizing casinos. This is certainly true in Virginia, which has been looking at the legalization of casinos for years.

As we already mentioned, it seemed like casinos would become legal here last year. Things failed to materialize, however, and another push to legalize casinos began in the beginning of this year. In February, news broke that the House and Senate approved a set of casino bills.

That didn’t mean casinos instantly became legal here. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam began taking a closer look at this legislation. Eventually, the Governor asked for an amendment to the casino bills that would allow revenue from these gambling venues to go towards public school construction.

It was a little disappointing for those hoping to see casinos legal this year. Northam’s decision now means the House and Senate will need to agree on the new terms. It’s unclear whether this will take place.

The fact that all US land-based casinos are shut down right now isn’t helping either. There are some analysts that feel the country’s casino industry will never look the same once this pandemic has ended.

This week, Virginia state officials will once again look at the casino legislation being presented.

Officials Are Now Set to Review Virginia’s New Casino Regulations

It’s clear that legalizing casinos is not easy. As many in Virginia now realize, there are several legal steps that need to be taken before these gambling venues can be approved. This includes gaining approval from the state’s General Assembly.

Once again, the House and Senate will need to review the new amendment presented by Governor Northam. These state government bodies will need to approve House Bill 4 and Senate Bill 36. If both bills are approved once again, casinos may finally become legal here.

Senator Todd Pillion gave an enthusiastic statement about this new meeting to the media yesterday.

“Fixing our deteriorating schools is an issue that unites legislators across political and geographical divides,” he said. “Republicans and Democrats from Lee County to Norfolk recognize this is an issue that needs our attention. The amendment, which I support, will allow a portion of state revenues collected from casino projects to be returned to localities to fix our schools, directly benefiting our students and teachers. I am hopeful this solution will have broad bipartisan support in both the Senate and House.” 

It remains to be seen whether or not these bodies will decide to approve these bills. If they are rejected, the legislation will go back to the Governor. It would then be discussed again once again in November.

Are any other forms of gambling likely to be approved here?

Sports Betting is Likely to Become Legal in Virginia Soon

Since May of 2018, every state in the country has been able to legalize sports betting. That’s due to the Supreme Court striking down PASPA. Today, more than 20 states have officially legalized this form of gambling.

Lawmakers in Virginia have discussed plans to allow sports betting for years. It now appears 2020 is the year this happens. During today’s meeting to discuss Virginia’s new casino regulations, lawmakers will also decide on whether or not to approve sports gambling legislation.

Most feel this will happen. The main focus point will be on how much sports betting licenses cost. Under the current plans, it will cost $250,000 for a three-year license and an additional $200,000 to renew these licenses.

Most agree that sports betting will be hugely popular in this state. Virginia is known for its large sports fan base. Governor Northam seems to recognize this, and almost all analysts expect him to sign the sports gambling bills once approved by the House and Senate.

It’s an exciting time for gambling fans in Virginia. This year, two separate forms of gambling are likely to become legal here.

Do you think Virginia’s new casino regulations will be approved? Let us know in the comments section below!

Governor Northam Amends Virginia’s Casino Legislation

For years, lawmakers in Virginia have been pushing to expand the state’s gambling industry. The legalization of casinos, they argue, would help to bring the state millions in additional revenue every single year. Unfortunately, Governor Northam has amended Virginia’s casino legislation and it’s unclear when casinos will be able to operate here.

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It’s disappointing news for gambling fans in this state. Today, we’re going to discuss when casinos may finally be able to operate here. We’ll also look at how other state’s casino industries are faring right now.

Let’s get into it!

Virginia’s Road to Casino Legalization

Virginia is one of the few states in the country that does not currently allow casino gambling. It wasn’t always this way, though. Many decades ago, this state had a large and successful gambling industry. Today, however, almost no legal forms of wagering are allowed here.

The first attempts to legalize casinos here appeared in the mid-90s. None of these early attempts made it to the Senate. That hasn’t stopped proponents of this industry from trying, though.

Recently, another major push to allow casinos has been taking place. This time, it appears things may actually be successful. Two different bills are being considered here to officially allow casinos in five different cities.

In February, news broke that lawmakers had advanced these bills. Several anti-gambling groups began voicing their concerns, claiming it would lead to higher rates of crime and gambling addiction. Despite these claims, state leaders seemed to be embracing the land-based casino industry.

Things are being delayed once again. News is now coming out that the Governor is amending the policy to allow casinos to start operating. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Governor Decides to Amend Virginia’s Casino Legislation

Allowing land-based casinos to operate in Virginia was never going to be easy. Completely new laws had to be introduced. This week, Governor Ralph Northam decided to delay things a little bit to ensure the money earned from legal casinos goes to the right place.

Governor Northam is now proposing an amendment that would use casino revenue to fund public school construction. Carter Hutchinson, deputy policy advisor for the Governor, recently spoke about the situation to the media.

“The governor is going to amend that provision of the bill that says roughly two-thirds of the [tax] revenue goes to the general fund,” he said. “He is going to amend that language to designate the funding go to school construction, renovation and repairs. The language is going to be relatively broad given the revenue from the casinos won’t start coming in for at least a couple years, probably more.”

Lawmakers in Virginia will meet once again on April 22nd to further discuss Virginia’s casino legislation. At this time, a decision will be made on whether or not to officially approve the new bills.

A 2019 study concluded that legalized casinos could bring Virginia $900 million within five years. A casino in Bristol could bring the state $15 million annually.

We’ll need to wait and see how things go later this month.

US Casino Industry Remains Shut Down

It’s an unusual time for Virginia to consider allowing land-based casinos. As most are well-aware, almost all land-based casinos in the state are completely shut down due to Covid-19. It’s unclear when this will change.

It’s a difficult situation. Health experts believe that casinos pose a serious risk for infection spread. Because of this, some feel it may be months before any land-based gaming venues are able to open again.

The casino shutdown has been seriously damaging for several states. Nevada, in particular, is losing out on an enormous amount of revenue right now. Several major casino operators in Las Vegas are losing millions of dollars every single day due to these regulations.

Atlantic City is beginning to suffer, as well. A recent report claims the city may begin losing $500 million every month. Unless things change, it will be extremely difficult for many casino companies to continue operations here.

Virginia’s casino legislation may soon be approved. It will be interesting to see how the new coronavirus affects these plans.

Stay tuned for more Virginia casino news over the next few weeks!

All Illinois Casinos Close Due to Coronavirus Concerns

For months, lawmakers in Illinois have been working to expand the state’s gambling industry. This includes opening several new casinos in different areas of the state. Unfortunately, all Illinois casinos are closing due to concerns about the rapidly-spreading coronavirus.Illinois Symbol

This isn’t a total surprise. Many states may soon begin implementing similar measures. Today, we’re going to discuss the current plans and look at how this may affect the state’s gambling industry in the long run.

Let’s get into it!

Illinois’ Plans to Expand its Gambling Industry

Gambling has taken place in Illinois for over a century. For a time, however, lawmakers in the state worked to ban many traditional forms of gambling. Laws were eventually changed and the state began allowing casinos to open up in 1991.

Today, there are 10 different casinos here. Some are more popular than others, yet they all help to bring the state valuable revenue. Back in June, lawmakers announced they were planning to expand the state’s gambling industry.

That month, state officials approved a new capital plan that allows for six new casinos to open. The goal of this plan is to earn more revenue from the gaming industry. It even allows for one major casino-resort to open in Chicago.

Opening a casino in Chicago has proven to be more difficult than many expected, though. Lawmakers set an unusually high tax rate on this proposed gambling venue. As a result, no companies are bidding to operate the Chicago casino.

Hope was that some of the first new casinos would begin operating sometime this year. Based on the way things are moving, that may no longer be the case.

State Officials Announce that Illinois Casinos Are Set to Close

It’s clear that Illinois is beginning to truly embrace its gaming market. It was beginning to look like this may become one of the country’s next major gambling hubs. Unfortunately, the coronavirus is forcing all casinos here to close their doors.

Covid-19, the coronavirus originally found in Wuhan, has now spread to more than 125 countries and has infected at least 150,000 individuals. Most believe that the true number is considerably higher. Many more cases are beginning to appear in the United States, despite heavy quarantine efforts.

All Illinois casinos will be forced to close down on Monday for a period of 14 days. The Illinois Gaming Board released a statement on the situation to the media this week.

“The public health of patrons, casino employees, IGB staff, and others is of paramount importance,” the statement said. “The board is continuously monitoring developments and will update licensees and the public as frequently as possible.”

Whether or not this casino closure will be extended after 14 days is not entirely known. The decision will largely depend on whether or not more cases continue to appear in the state.

Sports Betting Options in Illinois Also Delayed

It’s tough to see Illinois casinos forced to close their doors. This will have a serious effect on their revenue earnings for the year. It’s also disappointing for sports fans, as the state’s first sportsbooks have just opened up.

This decision makes sense, though. Casinos are easy places for a virus to spread. A casino in Oregon was recently forced to close its doors due to an employee testing positive for Covid-19.

Illinois’ sportsbooks were expected to bring the state a huge amount of revenue. The state is known for having one of the most passionate sporting fan bases in the country. Due to the casinos closing, the ability to bet on sports here will now be delayed once again.

Of course, online sports betting was made legal in Illinois, as well. As of now, however, no state-regulated sports betting sites have begun operating here. Perhaps this will change over the next few weeks.

The coronavirus is already having a serious impact on the US gambling industry. It’s reasonable to assume that more casinos will eventually be forced to shut down. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Virginia’s Gambling Industry is Ready to Expand

Over the past few months, lawmakers in Virginia have discussed plans to allow commercial casinos and sports betting. It’s a huge change, as in the past, very few forms of gambling were allowed here. Today, we’re going to look at how Virginia’s gambling industry could expand over the next few months. West Virginia

It’s an exciting time for both casino gambling and sports betting fans in the state. There’s a lot scheduled to come here over the next couple of months.

Bill to Allow Commercial Casinos Advances in Virginia

State officials in Virginia have discussed plans to allow casino gambling for years. In 2013, a push was made to start allowing riverboat casinos here. It was nearly approved, yet ultimately failed in the State Senate.

Gambling proponents haven’t given up, though. Many politicians here have continued to push for the legalization of land-based casinos. These gambling venues will help to bring the state millions of dollars, officials argue.

Finally, it appears these casinos may be on their way. In November, a bill to allow commercial casinos in Virginia was approved by a Senate Subcommittee. Lawmakers here are now reviewing this bill to see how it will impact the state.

Before this can be done, several steps need to be taken. The bill still needs to gain approval from the Senate and House. Eventually, residents in Virginia will need to approve the new casino plans, as well.

Virginia’s gambling industry is set to expand soon. This week, several experts began to raise concerns about problem gambling in the state.

Virginia Residents Warn About the Dangers of Gambling Addiction

There are several reasons why Virginia has been so anti-gambling over the years. Lawmakers here have been very concerned about the dangers that this industry poses on society. With Virginia’s gambling industry set to expand, several experts in the state have once again begun warning about the dangers of gambling addiction.

Billy Hoffman, a former gambling addict and current member of Gamblers Anonymous, spoke about the dangers of this new industry. He claims that unlike most substance addiction, gambling offers a sense of hope. Dr. Carolyn Hawley, the president of the problem gambling council in Virginia, spoke about these issues, as well.

“As we’ve seen those markets expand, we’re seeing more people reporting those problems,” she said. “We have to have those discussions and a comprehensive plan in place, because there are some people who develop significant problems. And that hurts the individual. It hurts their families. It hurts their communities.”

Several lawmakers in the state recognize the dangers of this new industry. Fortunately, they have a huge number of other states to ask for guidance. Many states around the country have recently begun to expand their casino and sports gambling laws.

There are certainly more pros than cons when it comes to the gambling industry. Virginia will likely soon begin earning millions of dollars a month in the form of gambling taxes. This is especially true if the state decides to allow sports gambling.

Will Virginia’s Gambling Industry Include Sports Betting?

Since May of 2018, every state in the country has the ability to legalize sports betting. This is thanks to the Supreme Court striking down PASPA. Since that time, 21 states have officially decided to legalize and regulate sports gambling.

Many of these states are now earning a huge amount of money from the industry. New Jersey, in particular, is bringing in an incredible amount of revenue from taxing the state’s legal sports betting operators. Virginia lawmakers seem to recognize this and seem ready to embrace the sports gambling industry.

The state’s sports betting bills recently passed through the Virginia General Assembly. Under this bill, Virginia’s Lottery Board will take control of sports betting regulation. Hope is that the state’s sports betting options are available before the end of the year.

Lawmakers seem to recognize that it’s time for Virginia’s gambling industry to grow. Many states around the country are choosing to earn more money from their gaming markets every month.

It’s still unclear exactly when the first casinos will begin operating here. Several Native American tribes have recently begun presenting plans to open casinos in different parts of the state. In time, Virginia may become one of the East Coast’s gambling hubs.

Stay tuned for more Virginia gambling news over the next few months!