Atlantic City Casinos Surpass Pre-Pandemic Earnings in 2021

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Atlantic City’s casino industry is stronger than ever.

According to data released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement last Friday, Atlantic City’s casino earnings from the previous year have surpassed its pre-pandemic numbers.

America’s Playground generated a total of $766.8 million in casino earnings for 2021, eclipsing the collective total of $594 million earned in 2019 or before the COVID-19 pandemic. Atlantic City’s nine casinos made an aggregate $117.5 million in 2020.

Eight of the nine casinos in Atlantic City posted a gross operating income in 2021. Gross operating income is the widely-accepted measure of profitability in the casino industry. It reflects profit before taxes, interests, depreciation, and other expenses.

Borgata Had the Highest Gross Operating Profit

The Borgata had the highest operating profit for 2021 at $174 million, which is nearly 300 times better than the $650,000 it made last year. Meanwhile, the Tropicana made $118.7 million last year, way up from its $18.7 million operating profit in 2020. Hard Rock came next at $107 million, up from $11 million two years ago, and the last casino to report at least a $100 million earnings.

Ocean Casino earned $91 million from $21.8 million in 2020 while Caesars generated $62 million, after making only $10.4 million the previous year. Golden Nugget had $35.5 million, up from $7.2 million, and Resorts produced $27.6 million after reporting a loss of $10.5 million in 2020. The only casino to report an operating loss for 2021 was Bally’s although it’s $13 million loss is half the size of its loss in 2020.

Golden Nugget Topped Online Gaming

Golden Nugget was the top performing online gambling entity with a $32.8 million profit in 2021 which was 72% better than its previous year’s performance. Caesars Interactive Entertainment New Jersey earned $16.5 million last year but the numbers were down 17% from its 2020 figures. Likewise, Resorts Digital saw its 2020 online profits drop by 29% to $15 million in 2021.

Meanwhile, Ocean Casino topped its Atlantic City peers as far as hotel occupancy rate is concerned at 89%. The Borgata had the lowest occupancy rate in 2021 at 53%. Ocean also had the highest average room rate at $238.40 while Resorts had the lowest at only $116.31.

Temporary Hard Rock Casino in Bristol to Open on July 8th

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Hard Rock International announced last Wednesday that the grand opening of its temporary full-service casino in Bristol will be on July 8th. Dubbed as The Bristol Casino-Future Home of Hard Rock, the facility is located at 500 Gate City Highway.

Said Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol President Allie Evangelista:

“I cannot wait to open the doors on July 8 for our temporary casino in Bristol. We continue to hire new team members daily and are working hard to fill remaining positions with hiring events over the next couple of months, including two events next week. Visitors will be thrilled to enjoy fantastic gaming and dining opportunities at our new property. Bristol Casino — Future Home of Hard Rock will be a major draw to Bristol and the region as we move toward completion of our full-scale resort and casino.”

Temporary Facility

The temporary facility will have 30,000 square feet of gaming area. It will feature 900 slot machines, 20 table games, and a retail sportsbook, giving its patrons a variety of gambling options. It will have a non-smoking and high-limit gaming area. According to Evangelista, The Bristol Casino will open with the Hard Rock loyalty program called Unity which is being launched all over the world.

The casino will also have a store where Hard Rock merchandises are sold, and a display area that will showcase the permanent Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Bristol that is currently being constructed. Dining options are a restaurant and a grab-and-go food outlet. A sports bar with lounge and entertainment along with an adjacent smoking sports lounge.

Simultaneous Construction

Simultaneous to the construction of The Bristol Casino – Future of Hard Rock is the building of the permanent Hard Rock casino at the Sears store location at the former Bristol Mall. The permanent casino has an estimated cost of $400 million and will have 90,000 square feet of gaming area. It will have a 3,200 seat performance venue and a 20,000-person capacity outdoor entertainment venue.

While the temporary casino is expected to generate 600 jobs, the permanent structure will create 2,000 permanent jobs once operational and 1,500 indirect jobs. The state projects that once it’s in full blast mode, the permanent casino will bring an estimated $21 million in annual tax revenue in Bristol. Hard Rock projects the permanent casino to open in late 2024 or 2025.

Chicago Receives Five Bids for First Casino Resort Project in the City


The city of Chicago has received a total of five bids for the casino-resort project.

According to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, her office has received a total of five proposals from four groups to operate the mega-casino that the city has been trying to land for several decades and she is thrilled with this development.

Said Mayor Lightfoot:

“The submission of bid responses represents a major step toward the thoughtful development of a casino resort that uplifts our businesses, employs and empowers our residents, and encourages tourism. We look forward to the next phase of discussions to bring this world-class entertainment experience to our city.”

Bally Submitted Two Proposals

Bally’s Corporation, HR Chicago, Rivers Chicago at McCormick, and Rivers 78 Gaming beat Friday’s deadline to submit the bids. Bally’s submitted two proposals for two different sites: one at the Near North site of the Chicago Tribune publishing center near Chicago Avenue and Halsted, and another at the McCormick Place truck marshaling yards south of the sprawling convention center.

Both proposals by Bally’s call for a $1.6 billion investment and will include a luxury hotel, indoor and outdoor entertainment space, fine dining, and a green space. According to Bally’s, minority investors have a total stake of 25% of the project, with investors including philanthropists, business owners, sports stars, celebrities, and even ordinary Chicagoans.

Neil Bluhm Going All-In

Chicago magnate Neil Bluhm’s Rush Street Gaming signaled that it was going all-in on a Chicago casino proposal by withdrawing its application for a casino at Waukegan. Friday’s announcement revealed that Bluhm’s company is spearheading two development groups with names that tip their hand on where they’d like to break ground: Rivers 78 Gaming LLC and Rivers Chicago at McCormick LLC.

Bluhm has long been considered as a shoo-in to get the Chicago casino project because of his successful track record running the state’s most successful gambling property in the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines and his close ties with Mayor Lightfoot. Lightfoot received over $200,000 in campaign contributions from Bluhm’s daughters Leslie and Meredith.

Hard Rock Endorsed by Rick Nielsen

Hard Rock’s bid as HR Chicago LLC was endorsed by legendary Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen. It comes nine months after the company received approval from the Illinois Gaming Board to break ground on a casino project in Rockford and nearly six months after opening a casino in Gary, Indiana which is not even a one-hour drive from the office of the Chicago City Mayor

Hard Rock became controversial after it won the Rockford approval despite the fact that state gambling regulators considered disciplinary action against another corporation owned by one of the lead investors of the project.

Another Company Shows Interest in Opening Casinos in New York City

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For years, officials in the state of New York have been looking into the possibility of allowing a real Class III gambling venue in the Big Apple. This news has attracted the attention of many of the country’s top gaming companies. This week, another prominent gaming company expressed interest in opening casinos in New York City.

There is reason to believe that a casino in NYC would be hugely successful. Several major companies are eager to see how things change here in the near future.

Here’s a look at the latest company looking to expand in New York.

Hard Rock Shows Interest in Opening Casinos in New York City

New York has a rich, unusual history of gambling regulation. Back in 2013, legislators agreed to a new measure allowing casinos to operate throughout the state. Unfortunately, specific laws were set in place that prohibited any casinos from opening their doors in New York City.

That could soon change. Several major politicians and business leaders in the state have recently made a push to allow a real casino inside NYC. These individuals point toward the massive opportunity to boost tourism and increase tax revenue with a casino-resort operating inside the city.

It now seems that Hard Rock is one company interested in opening casinos in New York City. Officials within Hard Rock revealed plans this week two open two gambling venues in the area, including one within the New York City limits. Jim Allen, a key figure within Hard Rock, spoke to the media about the possibility of opening a casino here earlier this week.

“We’re interested in both markets [New York and New Jersey], and if God is good enough to allow us to operate in both, we would be happy to do so,” Allen said. “How many casinos do you have lined up right here? One hundred percent, the market is large enough.”

Four commercial casinos and seven tribal casinos are currently based in New York. We’ll be sure to continue reporting on the push to get a casino in NYC over the next few months.

New York’s Online Sports Betting Launch Will Likely Come in 2022

New York’s entire gambling industry seems prepped to expand. Officials here are showing more interest in allowing more casinos in the state. Some feel it’s only a matter of time before several casinos in New York City open their doors.

The first regulated sportsbooks went live in New York back in 2019. Unfortunately, the laws set in place here did not allow for any regulated online sportsbooks to go live. Low revenue figures from this industry led state leaders to change their stance and a push to allow online sports betting has been ongoing here.

Not long ago, the NY Gaming Commission began accepting bids from major sports betting operators. It should come as no surprise to see some of the top sports betting operators applying for a sportsbook license here. That includes BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, and Barstool Sportsbook.

The process to launch internet sportsbooks in New York has been a long, arduous one. Fortunately, all signs point to the first online sports betting platforms going live here in 2022. Many analysts expect New York to quickly develop one of the largest sports betting markets in the United States.

New York’s gambling industry will always face competition from nearby New Jersey. Let’s take a look at how the casinos over in Atlantic City have been faring lately.

Gaming Revenue Continues to Increase in New Jersey

Since 2018, New Jersey has seen its gaming industry rapidly expand. Much of this is due to the legalization of sports betting in 2018. New Jersey was instrumental in getting PASPA struck down and has since developed the most successful sports betting industry in the country.

The casinos over in Atlantic City are benefiting from this expansion. These properties have been experiencing impressive revenue gains throughout 2021. That was once again the case last September when the casinos here managed to bring in $248.5 million in total gross gaming revenue.

Sports betting proved to be wildly popular here last September. For the first time ever, the sports betting operators in New Jersey took in over $1 billion during a single month. This is largely due to the start of the 2021/2022 NFL season.

There is reason to believe things will continue to improve here. Many of the casinos in Atlantic City are currently undergoing multi-million dollar renovations. The owners of these venues expect to see more surges in tourism heading into 2022.

Do you expect to see casinos in New York City anytime soon? Which company will gain permission to open a casino in the Big Apple? Let us know in the comments section below.

Hard Rock Atlantic City is Giving Out Big Employee Bonuses

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Atlantic City’s casino industry has been through a lot lately. The same can be said for the thousands of individuals that work inside these venues. Fortunately, news is now breaking that Hard Rock Atlantic City plans to give out an incredible $1 million worth of bonuses to its employees.

It’s great news for the workers here. Atlantic City still has a long road to get back to normal, though. Today, we’ll discuss Hard Rock’s plans and look at how some of the other casinos in New Jersey are faring right now.

Let’s get into it!

New Jersey’s Casino Revenue is Down, Sports Betting Revenue is Up

Back in the 1980s, Atlantic City developed into one of the country’s premier gambling destinations. Major developers moved into the city and opened world-class casinos. Tourism numbers began to boom and revenue was increasing every month.

Things began to decline throughout the 90s and by the mid-2000s, this city was struggling immensely. Many of the casinos here were forced to permanently close their doors. There was a time when it seemed like Atlantic City would never recover.

Incredibly, things began to turn around in mid-2018 when the Supreme Court removed PASPA, giving New Jersey the ability to finally legalize sports betting. Many sportsbooks almost instantly began operating. This led to a surge of new tourism and valuable revenue for the casinos here.

Unfortunately, 2020 halted much of the progress the casinos have been making lately. For several months of the year, the casinos here were forced to completely shut down. When they finally did reopen, they were forced to operate at a limited capacity and with intense regulations set in place.

Casino revenue remains low here. Sports betting, however, has been on a steady rise in New Jersey. Online sports gambling has been surging particularly high lately. The state’s sports betting operations are expected to bring in a huge amount of revenue as Super Bowl LV approaches.

Hard Rock Atlantic City continues to struggle. Despite that fact, the casino plans to give its guests bonuses over the next few weeks.

Hard Rock Atlantic City Employees Are Set to Receive Bonuses

Casino workers have been under some serious stress lately. A huge number of them were laid off after the casino shutdowns in March. Many casinos are now reopened, yet continue to see low visitation rates.

The Hard Rock Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City opened its doors again over the summer. Since that time, Hard Rock has been working hard to bring in more players. It hasn’t been easy and no one seems to know when things will begin to return to normal.

This week, news broke that Hard Rock Atlantic City is set to give out $1 million worth of bonuses to its employees. More than 2,000 of the casino’s employees are set to receive one of these bonuses. It comes as a thank-you to the workers who have worked during these difficult times.

Hard Rock Chairman Jim Allen spoke about the company’s new plans to the media this week.

“We believe that this continued support of our employees, and our belief that this will continue to enhance our respect and appreciation that we’ve provided to them and that they have given back to us, will continue to grow customer service in the property, and more importantly, continue to separate us from the rest of the industry,” he said. “We know Atlantic City still has a great history behind it, and still has a better history in front of it.”

It has been confirmed that these bonuses will be reflected in the paychecks distributed this week. The specific amounts will vary depending on every worker’s position. It’s a fantastic move for Hard Rock and one that its employees can appreciate.

Officials within Hard Rock are optimistic that things will improve as the year goes on. Just about all of the other casino companies are hopeful of this, as well.

NJ Casinos Hope for a Tourism Boom by Summertime

2020 seemed to prove how vulnerable the US casino industry really is. If tourism stops, casinos are unable to bring in players. That is exactly what happened in places like Macau, Las Vegas, and Atlantic City.

Casinos are still doing everything they can to bring in more players. Boosting tourism isn’t as easy as it might sound at a time like this, though. Many major casinos are now hoping that with effective vaccine distribution, travel will begin to surge around the country.

No one seems to know what to expect. Some feel that vaccine distribution will end up allowing more to take trips. Some analysts believe most will want to travel within the US and to fun entertainment hubs such as Atlantic City.

There are some who are less optimistic, though. New variants of the virus spreading around the country cast doubt on vaccine efficacy. That could lead to additional surges around the country and more travel restrictions being set in place.

It’s a difficult time for the entire casino industry. Fortunately, there are some good things taking place with casinos in different parts of the country. Hard Rock Atlantic City is even working hard to give its employees bonuses right now.

When do you expect Atlantic City to return to normal? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s an Update on the Seminole Tribe’s New Casino Rules

Florida’s casino industry has been up and running for more than a month. Unfortunately, the state is experiencing a major rise in Covid-19 cases and officials are trying to find new ways to protect public health. Today, we’re going to take a look at the Seminole tribe’s new casino rules.Seminole Tribe of Florida

The Seminole Tribe currently operates several major casino-resorts in the state of Florida. All of the tribe’s casinos are now implementing new safety measures. Hopefully, these new regulations help to protect the casino visitors.

Florida Continues to Struggle With Surge Of Covid-19 Cases

We’re about to enter the month of August, and cases of Covid-19 continue to increase around the country. State leaders are trying to find the best way to reopen their economies while keeping new infections down. This is proving to be extremely difficult.

For months, New York was the worst-affected state in the country from the new coronavirus. That is no longer the case. Florida seems to be the new epicenter, with a huge number of new infections recorded here every single day.

Governor Ron DeSantis has faced criticism for opening Florida’s economy too quickly. Some believe it’s time for him to begin implementing more regulations. Others feel that doing so would be devastating to the state economy.

Many of the casinos in Florida have the power to set their own regulations. The Seminole Tribe controls many Native American casinos in the state and first began opening them up in early June. Due to the continuing rise in coronavirus cases, this tribe is now focusing more on improving safety measures.

Casinos around the United States are struggling. Revenue from this industry has been dropping considerably over the past few months. There are worries that the Seminole tribe’s new casino regulations will result in an even bigger drop in revenue. As of now, however, there seem to be no other options on the table.

Here’s a Quick Look at the Seminole Tribe’s New Casino Rules

Over the past decade, the Seminole tribe has created a major gambling hub in Florida. This tribe acquired most of Hard Rock International in 2006 and has been working to expand ever since. It now operates six casinos in the state, including a massive new guitar-shaped hotel-casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Up until recently, this tribe’s casino business was very successful. Jim Allen, CEO of Hard Rock International, continued pushing to open new casinos around the country. Now, this company is focused almost entirely on increasing safety measures.

Allen recently released a new press release that details some of the Seminole tribe’s new casino rules.

“Seminole Gaming is committed to the health and safety of its guests and team members, and we are upgrading our comprehensive ‘Safe + Sound’ program to further limit the threat from COVID-19,” he said. “We are making sure our resorts and casinos are safe and sound so our guests and team members have peace of mind when they return.”

Moving forward, guests inside these casinos must all wear masks. They must also stay in one place when removing their masks to eat, drink, or smoke. Temperature checks and more reduced capacity measures are also being set in place.

Many are pleased to see these new regulations set in place. Some still feel that casinos should be shut down entirely, though. That seems highly unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Florida isn’t the only state that is ramping up its public health safety measures.

Las Vegas Casinos Continue to Implement More Safety Measures

It’s clear that Florida has some trouble ahead. Rates of Covid-19 continue to increase here and it’s unclear when this trend will slow down. In reality, though, many states around the country are seeing their infection rates increase rapidly.

Las Vegas remains the gambling hub of the United States. Obviously, casino companies here are working hard to make things safe for guests. That’s proving extremely difficult. We’ve seen cases increase steadily here since casinos have reopened.

The casinos here continue adding more safety measures. Recently, several major casino companies announced they’re looking to add more self-service options inside their venues. Limiting human-to-human contact is now a priority. This is likely to bring about more casino employee layoffs.

Revenue reports for some of the largest casino companies have just been released. Things are just as bad as most figured that would be. During 2020’s second quarter, for example, Las Vegas Sands saw its revenue drop by an incredible 97%.

No one can say how the US casino industry will look by the end of 2020. More gaming companies are now focused on their online operations. Even with the Seminole tribe’s new casino rules, Florida’s gambling revenue is likely to remain low for at least the next six months.

Do you plan on visiting any Florida casinos this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

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.