Atlantic City’s Casino Employment Down Slightly in 2019

Ocean Casino Resort, Atlantic CityAs compared with numbers from the end of 2018, the total number of people working in Atlantic City’s nine casino hotels declined slightly at the end of 2019.

Experts say the 2019 decrease in employment isn’t a cause for concern, though. It’s also not an indicator that the industry is moving in the wrong direction, but rather a more accurate reflection that AC’s casino market added two properties in June 2018 — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Ocean Casino Resort.

But the lowered numbers are showing the market self-correcting after the previous addition of those two huge properties.

The Executive Director of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism at Stockton University, Rummy Pandit, said the industry is still figuring itself out, as the nine casinos attempt to identify the best way to operate in an expanded market.

“The casinos were “more efficient” in 2019 and were therefore “able to generate higher levels of revenue at a lower expense rate,” Pandit said.

Employment Eclipsed with Hard Rock & Ocean Casino Opening

Hard Rock and Ocean Resort brought in a lot of traffic and excitement to the beachfront gaming mecca. And these marks hadn’t been met in over a decade. Only one month after the Hard Rock and Ocean reopened the shuttered Boardwalk casino properties, the entire casino hotel industry reported employing more than 30,000 people.

That was the first time employment eclipsed the 30,000 mark for the first time in four years. The last time the city reached those employment numbers was in 2014, right before four properties closed.

The dual openings of Hard Rock and Ocean resulted in the creation of 7,741 jobs in June 2018. By the end of that year, those two properties employed 6,927 people. As of December, Hard Rock (3,630) and Ocean (2,949) accounted for 6,579 casino hotel jobs, or just shy of 25% of the industry’s total labor force.

The Market Self-Corrects

According to Pandit, “New properties can take anywhere from six months to a year to stabilize in its market segments, and will adjust staffing levels accordingly.” After a strong summer and initial enthusiasm once the two properties opened, Atlantic City saw a 4.5% reduction in casino positions in September 2018.

Ocean Resort actually reported the largest decrease in the number of jobs lost (228) from the year 2018 to 2019. Bally’s Atlantic City reported the largest decrease in jobs as a percentage of its total workforce, with a nearly 9% difference in 12 months.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is currently responsible for employing the most NJ residents out of all the Atlantic City casinos. The casino reported over 5,500 jobs just last month. Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City provided 3,095 jobs at the end of 2019, third-most among the resort’s casino hotels. Tropicana rounded out the top five in 2019, reporting 2,947 employees.

Will 2020 Numbers Increase?

Heading into 2020, Atlantic City seems to be in a generally more optimistic spot, as it’ll be buoyed by an expanded casino market with more jobs and more revenue. On the contrary, it’s uncertain whether all nine casinos will make it the finish line of 2020, and whether nearby states will bite into the city’s main strengths right now: online gambling and sports betting.

2019 marked the first full year that all nine Atlantic City casinos were in full operation. How the city chooses to navigate the changing tides of the industry will be the biggest determining factor of how 2020 will go for them.

David Schwartz, a gambling historian with the University of Nevada Las Vegas, said this of key factors that will merit AC’s success this year:

“I think we will see the city continue to adjust to the new gambling landscape.

Sports betting and online betting will continue to grow in importance. Anything that gives people a reason to visit Atlantic City in person when there are plenty of places to gamble closer to home — including home — will be key.”

Ocean’s CEO, Terry Glebocki, is confident this will be a booming year for his casino, which he refers to as the fastest growing casino in Atlantic City. Saying it is “better positioned today than ever before.”

2020 could also see new life for the former Atlantic Club casino, which has been dark since Jan. 2014. Colosseo Atlantic City Inc., a New York investment and construction firm, bought the property in October and announced plans to reopen it as a non-gambling hotel.

Lupo, Hard Rock’s president, said:

“The challenge will continue to be seeing casino revenue growth continue. Most of the growth has been online gambling and online sports wagering. Can we keep people coming to the market and increase visitation?”

Only time will tell.

Hard Rock May Operate a Casino in Bristol, VA

Earlier this year, lawmakers in Virginia officially approved a plan to expand the state’s gambling industry. Almost immediately afterward, many of the top US casino companies began pushing to open a casino here. News has just come out that Hard Rock International may soon operate a casino in Bristol, VA.Hard Rock Logo

Virginia could establish a strong casino market on the East Coast. Having Hard Rock running casinos here is a great first step. Here’s what we know about these plans.

Virginia Allows More Casinos to Open Up

Virginia isn’t necessarily thought of as a gambling-friendly state. It’s unfortunate, as many lawmakers have continued to push for the legalization of casinos here. The first real attempts came in 1995 when state officials began pushing to open riverboat casinos.

These efforts were all unsuccessful. Another push to open these gambling venues came in 2013. Once again, no bills managed to make it onto the casino floor. Officials tried to convince state politicians that Virginians are gambling in Maryland, which is benefiting the most through taxes.

Finally, things took a turn. In March, legislators in Virginia approved a bill to allow commercial casinos in the state. Several cities are now lobbying to gain approval to open a casino.

Bristol is one city that’s ready to welcome a gambling venue. Randy Eads, city manager of Bristol, commented on the idea of opening a casino to the media this week.

“I cannot think of a better place for Hard Rock Casino to be than here in Bristol, Virginia,” Eads said. “Hard Rock is synonymous with music. With our storied history of music here in Bristol, to have a new partner aligned with the music industry like Hard Rock is, I cannot think of a more exciting time to be in the city of Bristol.”

Hard Rock is Open to Running a Casino in Bristol, VA

Hard Rock International is one of the fastest-growing casino companies in the US. The Seminole Tribe-owned company now has casinos in many states including Nevada, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Oklahoma, among others. It seems that Hard Rock is now open to running the proposed casino in Bristol, VA.

Proponents of this casino recently met with officials at Hard Rock International. According to reports, this meeting was successful.

“Hard Rock’s iconic brand speaks to its deep roots in live music entertainment and world-class memorabilia collection, which will play a prominent role at Hard Rock Casino Bristol. This focus on music will complement our region’s country music heritage and dynamic music scene in the Twin City,” said Jim McGlothlin, CEO of The United Company and a co-partner on the Bristol resort and casino development.

At the same time, Hard Rock is investing $300 million into a new land-based casino in Gary, Indiana. The company is also preparing to open a gambling venue in Rockford, Illinois.

The casino in Bristol, VA, has not been officially approved. It seems likely that state officials will give it the green light within the next few months. It’s an exciting time for gambling fans in this state.

Virginia Isn’t Quite Ready to Legalize Sports Betting

Lawmakers in Virginia are just beginning to embrace the gambling industry. Unfortunately, they don’t seem ready to start regulating sports betting. A bill was presented here that would legalize this form of wagering, yet it hasn’t made much progress in the state legislature.

This is frustrating for many individuals who believe the state would benefit massively from the legalization of this industry. Today, 20 states have officially legalized sports gambling. Most of them are earning millions of dollars every month by taxing this industry.

There’s a chance that sports betting in Virginia could be legalized in 2020, though. House Bill 4 is currently being reviewed by state lawmakers. Specific details of this bill are being withheld.

In order for it to be legalized, cities would need to officially approve this bill. Voters will also need to approve the legalization of sports betting on the 2020 ballot.

Stay tuned for more news on the casino in Bristol, VA over the next few months!

Hard Rock Sacramento is Now Open to the Public

Hard Rock International is having an extremely busy year. This major US casino company has been expanding across the US, opening venues in several new states. The Hard Rock Sacramento Hotel & Casino is now open and from what we’re heading, it’s a major hit with locals.

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California is no stranger to casinos. Hope is that this new venue helps to capture the Sacramento market. Let’s look at what this exciting new gambling establishment has to offer.

California Continues to Expand its Casino Industry

California isn’t necessarily thought of as a US gambling hub. That’s a little surprising, considering the massive number of gambling venues here. Since the 90s, Native American tribes in this state have been opening casinos in California.

This is thanks to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which was passed by the US Supreme Court in 1988. This set of laws allows tribes to operate brick-and-mortar casinos on sovereign land. Today, more than half of all the tribes in this state now own and operate gambling establishments.

There are a huge number of casinos now spread around the entire state. Amazingly, tribes are continuing to construct and open new venues. These casinos help to generate massive revenue earnings for the state government. Many great online casinos in CA are available here, as well, yet none of them are regulated by the state.

California is also showing some interest in the newly-emerging sports betting industry. Since May of 2018, every state has been granted the option to legalize sports betting. Many believe that in time, this form of gambling will be allowed in the Golden State.

This week, one of the biggest and most profitable casino companies in the country opened a new casino in Northern California.

Hard Rock Sacramento Finally Opens to the Public

As we’ve already mentioned, officials within Hard Rock International has been working hard this year. For months, this company has been preparing to open a new gambling venue in Wheatland, in the Sacramento area of the state. Construction has finally concluded and the Hard Rock Sacramento venue is now open to the public.

According to multiple reports, this $450 million casino is already proving to be successful. It features several four-star restaurants, multiple bars, and 100 pieces of museum-quality rock and roll collectibles.

As of now, Hard Rock Sacramento offers its guests 1,500 slot machines, 57 table games, and a host of other fun gambling options. There’s also a massive entertainment venue now open here with major acts such as Def Leppard set to perform this week.

With more than 40 casinos in the area, this casino will have its work cut out. Competition in the California tribal casino market is extremely strong. It’s clear, however, that Hard Rock International feels this will be one of the most popular gambling venues in the state.

“People know the brand and we really think that will allow us to grow the market, bring people in from all over the region and bring people on from the western part of the United States,” said President of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento Mark Birtha. 

Hard Rock International Pushes for Overseas Expansion

Today, many of the biggest US casino companies are pushing hard to open venues overseas. Asia, in particular, is becoming a hotbed for casino gambling. Soon, Japan and the Philippines could be considered some of the biggest casino markets in the world.

Hard Rock International is now working hard to open a gambling venue in Japan. Officials within the company claim they’d like to open a venue in either Okaka or Yokohama. Only three casino licenses are being handed out in this country.

The Las Vegas Strip is also starting to look more appealing to Hard Rock International. Jim Allen, CEO of the company, told the media that purchasing a property on the Strip is “certainly a possibility.”

For now, however, the company is content to keep opening venues in other parts of the country. Hard Rock Sacramento is up and running and many seem to be flocking here.

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

Deep Purple to Perform in Tulsa on September 21

The giants of classic rock, Deep Purple, will perform at The Joint, which is located in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tulsa. The band which has managed to define the genre and become popular worldwide now feels that they have to say goodbye to their fans as the tour is called “The Long Goodbye Tour.” Therefore, if you happen to be in Tulsa in September, make sure to check this legendary band out, as you will probably not have an opportunity to listen to them after that. The tickets went on sale on May 10, and their prices start at $79.50. Make sure to buy them as soon as possible, since the hard rock legends are likely to have their performance sold-out soon.

Who Are Deep Purple?

Deep Purple is a band from the United Kingdom that managed to sell over 100 million albums around the world, and they are one of the most active classic rock bands ever. Known for their hard work and dedication, as well as their legendary songs, the band gained cult following, filling entire arenas wherever they perform.

The band also has a very long history, with a lot of members coming and going and a couple of hiatuses in the past. The most successful band lineup, which is remembered even today, included Ian Pace on drums, Roger Glover on bass, the late John Lord on keyboards, and the two most distinctive members, Ian Gillan on vocals and Ritchie Blackmoore on guitar. At the moment, fans who attend Deep Purple concerts have an opportunity to listen to Gillan’s voice, which is still amazing, and enjoy the groove created by Glover and Pace. Sadly, Lord passed away in 2012, and Blackmoore left the band to pursue his other projects, such as Blackmoore’s Night. Other notable members that are also once a part of Deep Purple are Rod Evans, who was the first lead vocal, David Coverdale, Nick Simpler, Glenn Hughes, Tommy Bolin, and Joe Lynn Turner.

Steve Morse is currently the guitar player in the band. He is a popular American guitarist who founded the Dixie Dregs and played guitar in bands such as Kansas and Flying Colors. Furthermore, Don Airey is an active keyboard player in Deep Purple. Airey is an English musician who has been actively touring with the band since 2002 after Jon Lord retired. Airey had a pretty successful career and played with the likes of Gar Moore, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and more.

Deep Purple and Casinos Have a Long History

One of the most famous songs by the band, “Smoke on the Water” actually mentions the Montreux Casino in one line and describes an event that took place in the casino where they were supposed to record their new album. When they arrived in Montreaux, Frank Zappa and the Mothers had a brilliant performance, until somebody decided to shot a flare gun in a closed casino space. The flare went straight for the ceiling which was covered with flammable material. Zappa had to stop the concert and the audience exited the venue as soon as possible. Nevertheless, the casino burned down to the ground, with smoke from the raging fire covering the nearby Lake Geneva, thus inspiring Roger Glover to name the song.

What came after that was a riff that is often the first thing many new guitar players learn to play, impacting generations of rock musicians after them. In other words, Deep Purple is a real institution with dozens of recognizable riffs and skilled musicians who are able to burn the place – not with flare guns, though, but only by the power of their music.

Hard Rock Hotel In Tulsa Hosts Hank Williams Jr.

Country music history is filled with amazing artists who have done a great job to contribute to this exceptional genre that is popular not only in the US but also in the world. One of the best-selling artists of the country music ever is Hank Williams Jr., and the visitors of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tulsa will have an opportunity to listen to this legendary artist perform on June 21.

If you are interested in going to this show, you will be able to obtain tickets starting March 28. The starting price will be $79.50.

Randall Hank Williams, who is known in the music industry as Hank Williams Jr., was born on May 26, 1949. His music is often described as a blend of traditional country, blues, and even Southern rock. What’s interesting about this artist is that his father was also a very popular country music musician who was also called Hank Williams. Moreover, Hank Williams Jr. is the father of Hank Williams III and Holly Williams, both of whom are actively playing music.

Hank Williams Jr. had a very interesting life and career that began with him following his father and covering his songs. It was obvious that his father was a person he wanted to follow, but he managed to find his unique expression which resulted in some memorable songs by this artist. Nowadays, people have an exact idea of what Williams Jr.’s songs and voice sound like due to his unique style, music, and performance.

That was not an easy task for him. In fact, Williams Jr. struggled for some time in order to find his place under the sun and become as big of a star as his father was. It often happens that people’s perspective of the world changes when they face a near-death experience, which is something that happened to young “Bocephus,” who fell off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana back in 1975. This experience was nearly fatal for him, and since then his music was different—in a good way.

As a matter of fact, Willimas Jr. challenged the traditional notion of country music by introducing various other genres to it. As he was recovering from the fall, he was influenced by other musicians, mainly from rock and blues, which are the two genres most present in his music after country.

The 80s were his years, as he managed to achieve the biggest success during that period, and he has remained one of the most popular country musicians in the US. He was received both within and outside the country music lovers and was also respected by his colleagues for being an multi-instrumentalist. Apart from guitar and singing, Williams Jr. Also plays steel guitar, banjo, dobro, keyboards, sax, fiddle, harmonica, drums, and upright bass.

His career is filled with popular songs that music enthusiasts have been able to enjoy for more than forty years. His song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” was even the opening tune for Monday Night Football from 1989 to 2017.

After the album “Family Tradition,” Williams Jr. published “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound,” which is an album that sold in more than a million copies worldwide. It was an event that rose him from being a popular country singer into being a country-rock superstar with millions of fans. Many hits followed this release, including “Texas Women,” “A Country Boy Can Survive,” Born to Boogie,” “All My Rowdy Friends (Have and Settled Down).”