BetMGM App Goes Live at Nationals Park

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The Entain-MGM Resorts owned BetMGM App went live in DC last Thursday, bringing the MGM brand to th D.C. sports betting market.

Said BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt in a statement:

“Launching in Washington, D.C. at Nationals Park sets the stage for our plans to expand BetMGM within the region, as we’ve already seen great success in Virginia. The Washington Nationals have been a fantastic partner, committed to innovating the in-stadium fan experience and we’re looking forward to opening our retail sportsbook at the stadium later this year.”

Part of Exclusive Partnership With Nationals

The launch of the BetMGM App is part of the exclusive partnership that MGM Resorts signed with the Washington Nationals five months ago. Under that agreement, BetMGM will also build a retail sportsbook connected to Nationals Park. That project is expected to launch later this year.

Meanwhile, the BetMGM App can now be downloaded by DC residents via Android or iOS. While the app can be downloaded and accessed throughout the region, wagers can only be placed within a two-block radius from Nationals Park, as per DC law.

Since the BetMGM App is integrated with MGM Resorts M Life Rewards Program, Nationals fans can redeem their gameplay for world-class experiences at all MGM properties across the United States.

Completing Presence in DMV

BetMGM’s mobile app launch in D.C. also completes its presence in the Washington Metroplex known as the DMV ( D.C.-Maryland-Virginia ).

Last January, the BetMGM mobile sports betting app launched in Virginia. BetMGM is also set to have a presence in Maryland where voters approved to legalize sports betting last year. MGM Resorts also operates the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, just outside of DC.

The BetMGM App is the second mobile sports betting app attached to a sports team in DC. Last summer, William Hill launched in the nation’s capital via its partnership with the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals. Like BetMGM, wagers placed via the William Hill app have to be placed withing a two-block radius from the Capital One Arena.

What’s Happening With MGM Springfield Right Now?

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Massachusetts is home to a relatively small casino industry compared to many areas of the country. With that being said, this state is home to some world-class casino-resorts. Today, we’ll talk about what is happening over at MGM Springfield.

This gaming venue has been struggling over the past few years. There are some signs that things are beginning to bounce back, though.

Here’s what you need to know about this property!

US Gambling Revenue Surged in 2021’s First Quarter

The US gambling industry was devastated by the events that unfolded in 2021. Early in the year, all land-based casinos across the country were forced to shut down. It took months for any casinos to begin operating again.

2021 is proving to be a much different story. Major casino companies are now reporting consistent revenue surges every month. Not long ago, reports surfaced that showed just how much US gambling revenue has been increasing.

Incredibly, gambling revenue through 2021’s first quarter increased by 17.7% when compared to the same quarter in 2020. It’s also risen by 4.1% compared to 2019’s first quarter. It goes to show how far things have come over the past few months.

Overall, gambling revenue throughout the country surpassed $11 billion. That makes it the highest-earning quarter in the history of the US gambling industry. Much of this is due to the massive surge of revenue earned during the month of March.

Both casino gambling and sports betting revenue have been steadily increasing lately. Major casino hubs such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City are starting to see massive surges in their tourism figures. Many expect this trend to ramp up over the summer months.

The casinos in Massachusetts are beginning to experience a comeback. Here’s a look at what is happening with one of the most popular casino-resorts here.

Here’s an Update on the MGM Springfield

For many years, Massachusetts banned most forms of traditional gambling. Even casinos were prohibited from operating in this state. Things changed about a decade ago and there are now several popular gaming venues operating around the state.

The MGM Springfield first opened its doors to the public in 2018. As the name suggests, this property is owned and operated by MGM Resorts. It quickly became the most popular casino-resort in the city and drew in many gamblers from neighboring states.

Eventually, the Encore Boston Harbor opened its doors here. This ended up capturing much of the state’s casino market. As the years went on, MGM Springfield’s revenue figures began to decrease.

News broke this week that MGM Resorts has sold MGM Springfield to the company’s real estate trust. This will not have any impact on the casino-resort’s day-to-day operations. MGM Resorts will now lease the property and continue running it as before.

MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle spoke to the media this week and claimed this transaction “serves the best interests of the shareholders of both companies and further advances our asset-light commitment… [MGM Springfield] has exhibited strong financial performance as it emerges from the pandemic.” 

It’s interesting news. MGM Resorts is clearly happy with the progress that this MA-based casino is making right now. It has received a large sum of money for the recent transaction and can still retain control of its operations. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on this situation over the next few months!

New Jersey Casinos Brace for Summer Tourism Boom

Massachusetts is far from the only casino hub on the East Coast. As many are aware, New Jersey is still home to the biggest casino market in this area of the country. Lately, the casinos here have been seeing a major surge of tourism and revenue.

Gambling revenue has been steadily rising here throughout 2021. Some of the gambling venues here are experiencing bigger monetary increases than others. Most analysts expect a huge surge of tourism here by the time summer rolls around.

As a result, some of the casino companies here have recently announced upcoming renovations. The Ocean Casino-Resort is set for a $15 million renovation over the next few months. Caesars Entertainment has also announced it will invest $400 million into its Atlantic City properties over the next few years.

More entertainment options are becoming available in this city. It seems likely that major shows will be able to take place at 100% crowd capacity by the time July rolls around. This should help to boost tourism rates in the city as the months go on, too.

In the meantime, the state’s online gambling options have been growing steadily. Internet sports betting is more popular here than ever before. Hope is now that the land-based casinos here will see pre-pandemic revenue figures over the next few months.

Are you surprised to hear what is happening with MGM Springfield? Let us know in the comments section below!

MGM Resorts Passes on Running the Chicago Casino

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For years, officials in Illinois have been working on ways to build and open a new casino-resort in Chicago. Many are now beginning to question which company will choose to operate this gaming venue. New reports indicate MGM Resorts has no desire to operate the proposed Chicago.

There are several reasons why this is. Today, we’ll explain what has led to MGM Resorts passing on this venue. We will also talk about when and where this property could finally open its doors.

Let’s get into it!

Gaming Revenue Continues to Ramp Up Around the US

The US casino industry has been in a major recovery over the past few months. States around the country continue to report increases in revenue. Some, of course, are seeing more impressive revenue figures than others.

Nevada had a hugely impressive month during March. That month, the state saw an amazing 67% jump in overall gambling revenue. The Las Vegas Strip ended up bringing the largest revenue figures, yet the entire state saw a big increase.

New Jersey also experienced a major revenue boost during March. The casinos here reported an increase of 75% in revenue when compared to the same month in 2020. Both casino and sports betting revenue are up here.

Many of the country’s smaller gaming hubs have been seeing revenue increases, too. As a result, many states are once again looking at expanding their gambling industries. Many exciting new casino-resorts are expected to open around the country over the next few months.

Casino companies are seeing their stock prices increase. This trend is expected to continue as tourism rates into major gambling hubs increase. It’s an extremely exciting time for the country’s gambling industry as a whole.

Illinois is one state looking hard to open new casinos. That includes one in Chicago. Unfortunately, officials here are finding it difficult to find companies willing to operate this property.

MGM Resorts Shows No Desire to Operate the Chicago Casino

The US is home to many of the biggest, most successful casino companies on the planet. That includes MGM Resort, which owns and operates a huge number of major casino-resorts in Las Vegas. This company has expanded around the country over the past few years.

Interestingly, MGM Resorts is showing no desire to operate the proposed Chicago casino. Like many other companies, MGM feels there are too many issues surrounding this venue. That includes the high tax rate set in place here.

Company officials have confirmed that they are unlikely to apply for a casino license here. Instead, MGM is focused on locations such as Japan, Florida, and New York. Officials within the city of Chicago released a statement on this news this week.

“MGM Resorts is a respected company and Chicago would have been delighted to receive an MGM casino proposal,” the statement said. “We understand each casino operator will need to determine which opportunities are best suited for their organization and that MGM has prioritized its focus for several years on opportunities in Japan and its mobile wagering businesses. However, we believe other well-respected casino operators have a different view of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Chicago, and we expect to receive outstanding proposals for the Chicago casino.”

Many believe it’s time for Chicago to update its regulations. The tax rate set for the casino here is still considerably too high. Until this changes, more companies are likely to pass on applying for a license here.

Many are still asking where this new casino will be located. We are beginning to hear more about that as the year goes on.

What is the Most Likely Location for the Casino in Chicago?

There has been a huge amount of attention placed on Chicago’s casino plans in recent months. Officials here are realizing how much revenue can be earned from the gambling industry. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been working hard to get this venue up and running as soon as possible.

Not long ago, reports surfaced that officials want to get this casino operational by 2025. It’s exciting news for gambling fans in the state. Of course, there is still no confirmation of where this casino will be located.

Eleven different companies have voiced their opinions on where this casino should be located. Most of them are favoring a downtown location. Ultimately, the location will be chosen by the company that receives permission to develop this property.

Hope is that this casino ends up being a major revenue-generator for the state. Many of Illinois’ lawmakers are expecting big things from this venue. If all goes according to plan, it will help to significantly boost tourism rates in Chicago.

The state’s sports betting industry continues to expand, too. Revenue from this industry continues to increase with each passing month. It’s an exciting time for the gaming market here.

Are you surprised to hear that MGM Resorts isn’t interested in opening the Chicago casino? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s What We Know About the MGM Resorts Lawsuit

MGM Resorts Lawsuit

MGM Resorts is known as one of the biggest, most successful casino companies in the world. That doesn’t make it immune to lawsuits, though. It appears the company is now facing legal trouble over its resort fees. Today, we’ll discuss the details of this new MGM Resorts lawsuit.

This lawsuit doesn’t come at the most ideal time. MGM Resorts continues to see large revenue drops from its properties around the world.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

MGM Resorts Continues to Expand Casino Operations

MGM Resorts, along with all other major casino companies, were hit extremely hard in 2020. The mass casino shutdowns in March of last year took a devastating toll on the entire casino industry. Every state across the country ordered its gambling venues to shut down.

That was almost exactly one year ago. Incredibly, revenue from this industry still has not recovered. Casino companies are still seeing big drops in their monthly earnings and no one knows when things will return to normal.

Some of the country’s biggest gambling hubs are beginning to recover, though. Places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City are seeing major increases in their tourism rates. It’s a welcome sight for the casino operators in these areas.

MGM Resorts has decided to resume 24-hour operations for many of its properties in Las Vegas. The company clearly feels that enough tourists will begin flocking to the city to make this profitable. More companies are choosing to do the same.

There are some reasons to be optimistic about the future of the US casino industry. Infection rates are beginning to drop and vaccine distribution is ramping up. That could bode extremely well for major casino hubs by the time summer rolls around.

Casino companies face legal troubles from time to time. We’re now beginning to hear more about what is happening with MGM Resorts right now.

More Details on the MGM Resorts Lawsuit are Coming Out

MGM Resorts has been one of the biggest casino companies in the US for many years. It currently owns a huge number of casino-resorts in Las Vegas. This company also has some massive gaming properties in Macau.

Like all other casino companies, MGM Resorts is known to charge what are known as “resort fees.” These are essentially charges to guests that help to fund various amenities of casino-resorts. That includes things like the pool, gym, WiFi, etc…

This week, a major travel advocacy group called Travelers United officially filed a lawsuit against MGM Resorts for engaging in deceptive resort fee charges. The group claims that MGM Resorts does not accurately reflect their resort fees during booking. It’s a complaint that many have made against this company over the years.

Essentially, Travelers United claims that MGM advertises a less expensive price to their customers. Only later in the booking process are these resort fees revealed. The group believes this directly goes against the Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

This MGM Resorts lawsuit is not entirely unexpected. It comes at a difficult time when the company is already dealing with major revenue drops, though. MGM has yet to formally issue a response to the news of this legal case.

If Travelers United wins, it may change how MGM Resorts advertises its rates moving forward. Stay tuned for updates on this situation over the next few months!

More Casino Companies Begin Focusing on Macau

For a time, Macau was one of the worst-hit casino companies in the world from the events that unfolded in 2020. Tourism into Macau remained extremely low throughout last year. Finally, things are beginning to improve here.

Macau’s travel restrictions to and from Mainland China are now getting lifted. Mandatory quarantine laws are also being removed. As a result, tourism rates in this city are steadily increasing each month.

Many US casino companies are now focusing more on their operations here. That includes Las Vegas Sands. This company recently sold some of its biggest properties in Las Vegas as a way to focus more on Macau.

These companies believe that Macau will soon become the world’s most profitable casino industry. As tourism here increases, the casino-resorts will see a massive surge in revenue. It’s an exciting time for the companies with gaming venues here.

It’s an interesting time for the world’s gaming industry. Hopefully, casino companies begin seeing revenue increases over the next few months. It will be interesting to see how the MGM Resorts lawsuit affects the company in the future.

Do you think the lawsuit against MGM Resorts is fair? Let us know in the comments section below.

All MGM Resorts Properties Are Now Open

MGM Resorts International is one of the biggest casino companies in the United States. Over the past six months, this company has been working hard to reopen its various casinos around the world. Now, all MGM Resorts properties are open to the public.MGM Resorts Logo

Things are far from normal for MGM, though. This company is still seeing its revenue earnings significantly lower this year than it was in 2020. Today, we’re going to take a look at the final two properties left for MGM Resorts to reopen.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Casino Companies Work to Bring Back Conventions

The city of Las Vegas is known primarily as a major casino and tourism destination. Over the past few decades, it’s also turned into a massive business hotspot. Many business leaders from around the country often meet here to discuss their future plans.

It’s not uncommon for massive business conventions to take place here. Hundreds of thousands of individuals used to flock to this city every year to take part in these conventions. Unfortunately, these huge meetups have been prohibited for almost all of 2020.

As most are aware, the casinos in Las Vegas all shut down back in March. It was an unprecedented move and cost the city an untold amount of revenue. Finally, in June, Governor Sisolak gave permission for the casinos to open their doors again.

Recently, several of the biggest casino companies in Las Vegas began pushing to bring back conventions. That includes MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts, both of whom feel safely allowing conventions will help the city recover. City officials are now reviewing this request and will make a decision sometime over the next couple of weeks.

The logic here certainly makes sense. MGM Resorts properties would likely benefit greatly if conventions are allowed to resume in the city.

Fortunately, this company has now reopened all of its gambling venues.

The Final Two MGM Resorts Have Finally Reopened

The entire US casino industry has been hurting this year. Nevada wasn’t the only state to shut down its casino industry. In fact, every state around the entire country forced its casinos to close to the public.

All eyes have been on Las Vegas, though. This city remains the largest gambling destination in the United States. Even today, there are many world-class gambling venues in Las Vegas that have still not opened back up.

Don’t include MGM Resorts in that list, though. Officials within this company have been working extremely hard to get their hotel-casinos up and running again. This week, the final two MGM Resorts properties left closed finally began accepting guests again.

It’s a major accomplishment for this gambling operator. Many of the country’s largest casino companies still have numerous properties closed down. Some, including Station Casinos, recently announced that some of their closed hotel-casinos will never reopen.

It will be interesting to see MGM Resorts’ revenue reports for the month of September. New reports showed that casino revenue in Las Vegas has slowly increased each month. It seems likely that September will be the most successful month for the company since March.

Will some of the new regulations set in place here help to bring in more players.

Non-Smoking Casinos May Help to Boost Tourism in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is home to many of the very best casino-resorts in the world. For decades, smoking has been allowed in almost all the casino-resorts here. Health experts have complained about this rule and many have called for more restrictions towards smoking.

Obviously, the calls to ban smoking in Las Vegas casinos have intensified in recent months. Many have expressed fear that this is now a matter of public safety. There’s been serious discussion over whether or not to ban smoking for months.

Not long ago, news broke that Park MGM will officially prohibit smoking after reopening to the public. This venue is known as one of the most popular of MGM Resorts properties. Park MGM officially opened back up this Wednesday, September 30th.

Some believe this will help to boost visitation rates into Park MGM. Many other casino-resorts are now interested in prohibiting smoking, as well. There have been several reports that smoking will soon be prohibited in some of the other casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

It’s already happening! Officials at the Cosmopolitan Casino-Resorts recently decided to ban smoking in all public walkways. Many have praised the move and feel it’s now time to set a blanket ban on smoking inside casinos while the pandemic remains ongoing.

MGM Resorts’ last two properties have finally opened back up to the public. Do you plan on visiting any of the company’s venues this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Reopening of Park MGM is Almost Here!

It’s been more than three months since Governor Sisolak began allowing casinos in Nevada to reopen. Nearly all of the major casino-resorts in the city of Las Vegas are now operational. News is now coming out that the reopening of Park MGM is taking place next month.

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Park MGM is one of the newest hotel-casinos to open on the Las Vegas Strip. Many are excited to see this property up and running again. Today, we’re going to talk about what has led to this casino finally getting back on track.

Let’s get into it!

How is Casino Revenue Looking in Nevada Right Now?

The past six months have been the most unusual in the history of the casino industry. As most are aware of, all major casinos across the United States were forced to close their doors back in March. Most are now open, yet revenue earnings fluctuate from state to state.

Over in New Jersey, revenue earnings have been low. Casinos here weren’t able to open back up until July. Even with regulated sports betting and online casinos, gambling revenue has been significantly lower here than it was in 2019.

Things are different in Ohio. This state also started to allow its gambling venues to reopen in July. Analysts were torn on whether or not the casinos here would become successful after reopening. Incredibly, Ohio’s gaming revenue actually hit record levels in July.

Nevada’s casino revenue has been the center of major discussion over the past couple of months. Casinos were given permission to reopen here in June. As the months go on, revenue seems to be increasing here. Unfortunately, tourism rates remain low in major gambling cities such as Las Vegas.

Casino companies are certainly feeling the effects of this drop in tourism. Interestingly, most major casino-resorts are now open in Las Vegas. Only one of the big casinos on the Strip has remained closed. We’re now starting to hear about when this property will reopen.

The Reopening of Park MGM is Taking Place in October!

Las Vegas is filled with historic gaming properties. Many of them are located on the Las Vegas Strip. Back in 1996, The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino opened its doors on the Strip and for a time, was a major success. The property went through several renovations over the years and rumors of its rebranding began to surface around 2016.

These rumors ended up being true. In 2018, the Monte Carlo officially became Park MGM, named after the nearby dining and entertainment area. The property was improved and visitation rates here quickly started to increase.

Like all other casinos, Park MGM was closed back in March. Unlike many other casinos, however, this venue has remained closed over the past few months. Fans of this casino have been asking when it would finally begin accepting guests again.

An update on the reopening of Park MGM has just come out. MGM Resorts sent out a press release that claims this venue will open its doors sometime in October.

“With the reopening of Empire City on Monday, September 21st, MGM Resorts will have reopened all of its domestic properties, with the exception of Park MGM and Four Seasons in Las Vegas, following temporary closure earlier this year amidst the COVID-19 crisis,” the statement reads. “Park MGM is expected to reopen within the next 30-45 days.”

It’s exciting news for gambling fans around the country. Park MGM has developed a huge fan base over the years. Many are also excited to see that all major casino-resorts are now open on the Las Vegas Strip.

We’ll be sure to report on any more updates over the next few weeks!

Will MGM Sell Any of Its Las Vegas Casinos?

As we mentioned earlier, the land-based casino industry has been taking a serious hit this year. That’s especially true in Nevada. Some of the largest casino companies in the state are now being forced to take new measures to generate revenue.

One of those measures include casino closures and sales. Caesars Entertainment recently sold one of its major casinos in Louisiana. It’s one of many casino sales the company has already made this year.

Station Casinos has opened all but four of its casinos in Nevada. Unfortunately, it appears the four casinos that haven’t reopened will never open to the public again. Company officials recently confirmed these rumors to the media.

Some are now asking whether or not MGM Resorts will be forced to sell some of its casinos. This company was one of the first to reopen its casino-resorts in Las Vegas. With revenue earnings still fairly low, some feel that selling casinos could be the best strategy moving forward.

There is still no indication that MGM plans to sell any of its major casinos, though. Officials within the company are instead focused on other ways to cut down on costs.

Are you happy to hear about the reopening of Park MGM? Do you plan on visiting Las Vegas before the end of the year? Let us know in the comments section below!

MGM Resorts is Concerned About Entering Japan’s Casino Industry

In 2018, Japan lawmakers shocked the world by legalizing casino gambling. It was a huge step forward for this country that had previously banned virtually all forms of gambling. Unfortunately, companies like MGM Resorts International are now wary of breaking into Japan’s casino industry.MGM Resorts International Logo

Casinos around the world are being devastated right now. Japan’s leaders are now struggling to find companies willing to operate a casino in their country. Today, we’re going to discuss why this process has been so difficult.

Let’s get into it!

Japan is Still Struggling to Finalize Casino Plans

The news of Japan’s decision to legalize casinos spread like wildfire. This country is home to a huge number of passionate gamblers. Unfortunately, no legitimate casinos have been able to operate here. Casino companies immediately saw the potential in this new market.

Japan eventually revealed that three casino-resorts would be allowed to open in the city. Different city officials quickly began preparing plans to host one of these new casinos. Residents around Japan seemed torn on whether or not these new gaming venues would benefit the country.

In 2018, analysts predicted that Japan would grow to become the third-largest casino market in the world. Obviously, casino companies began jumping at the opportunity to operate here. Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Resorts all expressed a desire to run one of the country’s three casinos. MGM planned to enter into Osaka, a city that’s been pushing hard to host one of these properties.

Unfortunately, Japan has struggled to get the licensing process finished. There seem to be several issues getting this industry moving. As of now, it’s still unclear where exactly the different casinos will be located.

Things have been made worse by the global pandemic. Casinos around the world have been forced to close down permanently. Many of the ones now open have seen their revenue earnings drop immensely.

It now appears another major casino company is dropping out of the race to enter this new market.

MGM Resorts International No Longer Seems Interested in Breaking Into Japan’s Casino Industry

It’s been incredible to watch how quickly Japan’s plans to revitalize its gambling industry have fallen apart. For several reasons, this no longer appears to be a strong location to open a casino-resort. That is the general consensus among major casino companies.

Over the past few months, Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts have both decided to stay away from Japan. MGM Resorts International appeared to be one of the only major US companies interested in a casino license here. That may no longer be the case, though.

MGM Resorts is now slowly backtracking on its move into Japan. News is beginning to surface that the company only wants a minority stake in the Osaka casino. President and CEO Bill Hornbuckle spoke about this move to the media this week.

“[MGM will] only make this investment if we think it’s going to be prudent, if we think it’s going to pay the kind of returns that it needs to pay and to meet our expectation,” he said. 

MGM recognizes that public opposition to the casino plans has intensified over the past year. To make things worse, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently announced his resignation. The country’s next leader may have different plans for Japan’s casino industry.

Experts are questioning whether or not it makes sense for Japan to welcome casinos right now. The country is still working hard to come up with plans for the 2021 Olympic Games. It may be best to put the casino plans on hold, for now.

Concerns About 2021 Olympic Games Linger in Japan

As most are aware, Japan was originally scheduled to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The country had invested a huge amount of money into this event. In March, members of the IOC and Japan’s government were forced to announce the postponement of this global sporting event.

Event organizers then announced it would be pushed back to summer of 2021. Hope is that the global pandemic will be under control by then. Much of the country remains skeptical this will be the case.

Infection rates continue to increase around the world. Europe is beginning to enter into a second wave of infections. Japan continues to enter in lockdowns each time major virus clusters are spotted.

Some officials here are pushing to host the event next summer. Others point to the massive economic cost of doing so and feel it’s now better to simply cancel the event entirely. This entire situation is taking a toll on other industries, including Japan’s casino industry still struggling to come together.

There’s no telling how things will look by next summer. As of now, the likelihood of Japan hosting the Olympics in 2021 appears to be slimming. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation over the next few months.

Are you surprised to see more companies setting their plans to break into Japan aside? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Culinary Union’s Lawsuit Against MGM is Being Dropped

Most of the casinos in Las Vegas began operating again in June. Since that time, several union groups have complained that conditions are not safe enough for workers inside the gambling venues. This week, however, the Culinary Union’s lawsuit against MGM was dropped.MGM Resorts International Logo

Officials within MGM Resorts International have to be pleased with this decision. Now, the major hotel-casino operator needs to negotiate with the union to ensure things are safe moving forward. Now is the perfect time to look at what to expect for the future of Las Vegas’ casino industry.

Cases of Covid-19 Are Increasing in Clark County

As everyone is aware of, the novel coronavirus that first emerged in the US early this year continues to spread around the country. Cases of Covid-19 are increasing and no one seems to have an answer. Las Vegas began to reopen in June and, unsurprisingly, there’s been a steady increase of coronavirus cases here ever since.

Leaders of this city didn’t have many options. Keeping the casinos closed was devastating to the local economy. A huge number of individuals in Las Vegas are tied to these gambling venues in one way or another.

Unfortunately, many feel that things are not safe enough for the casino workers in this city. There have been reports that infection rates amongst casino workers are not even being accounted for. We do know that many of these employees have tested positive.

A recent report claims that 22 members of the Nevada Culinary Union, or their immediate family members, have died from complications from the virus. It’s unclear how many patrons inside the casinos here have been exposed. Obviously, this situation is a cause for concern.

Casinos have remained open, yet many are starting to implement more strict safety measures. Smoking at table games, for example, was just recently banned.

This week, news surfaced that the Culinary Union is dropping its major lawsuit against MGM Resorts International.

Here’s an Update on the Culinary Union’s Lawsuit Against MGM

Casino companies are trying hard to bring in players right now. As cases of Covid-19 increase, this is becoming increasingly difficult. Not long ago, the Nevada Culinary Union officially filed a lawsuit against MGM Resorts International due to their lack of safety measures for casino workers.

This week, news surfaced that the Culinary Union’s lawsuit against MGM is being dropped. Back in June, this union filed a lawsuit against the Signature at MGM Grand and Sadelle’s Cafe in The Bellagio. After weeks of discussion, the Culinary Union has announced it’s moving to dismiss the lawsuits.

Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union, gave a statement to the media about the situation this week.

“This arbitration is a first step and the Culinary Union will continue to negotiate aggressively and take any other steps necessary to ensure workers and their families are protected from the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace,” Argüello-Kline said. 

Interestingly, Culinary Union 226’s lawsuits against a restaurant inside Harrah’s remain on-going. It seems the union has not come to any kind of agreement with the owners of this venue.

It’s still not clear exactly what MGM Resorts and this union have agreed to. We’ll continue offering updates on the situation over the next few weeks.

Safety Remains an Issue for All US Casinos

Las Vegas isn’t the only city that’s struggling to revitalize its casino industry. It’s obviously important to get the casinos here operational again. Doing so while protecting the public is proving much harder than some predicted.

Atlantic City is also struggling with this issue. Casinos here have been open for the past few weeks. Due to the rise of cases in nearby states and intense safety measures set inside the casinos themselves, this city is finding it difficult to bring in players.

We haven’t heard of any lawsuits being made against the owners of the casinos here. For now, most seem to feel that these companies are working hard to make things safe. If a spike in cases is seen, however, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a civil suit made.

This is likely the toughest situation that casino companies have ever found themselves in. Not even the country’s top health experts can accurately say how things will look in six months. More casinos are now focusing on their online operations.

It’s interesting to hear that the Culinary Union’s lawsuit against MGM is being dropped. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation over the next few weeks.

How do you expect the US casino industry to look in 2021? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Opening Date of the Excalibur Has Just Been Revealed

Some of the most impressive hotel-casinos in the world are located directly on the Las Vegas Strip. There are still some fantastic budget options for visitors looking to stay for cheap. On that note, the opening date of the Excalibur has just been announced.Excalibur Hotel Casino

This hotel-casino is one of the least-expensive ones on the Strip. It’s not the flashiest venue in the city, yet it offers guests everything they need for a great vacation. Today, we’re going to look at what this property will look like once it opens back up.

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The Excalibur Hotel-Casino Remains One of the Most Popular Venues in Las Vegas

By looking at it, you might think that the Excalibur was built back in the 1960s. Many are surprised to find that this massive hotel-casino actually opened to the public in 1990. That makes it fairly new when compared to some of the other properties in this city.

The Excalibur has always been a popular choice for visitors looking to save some money on their Vegas trip. It’s not particularly flashy. In fact, many reviews made in recent years criticize this venue for its lack of renovations.

There’s some validity to these statements. Unlike many of the other properties here, The Excalibur has gone through very few major renovations over the years. It’s one of MGM Resorts’ lowest-earning venues and it seems they are uninterested in doing a major overhaul here.

Back in March, this venue was forced to close its doors to the public. It was disappointing news for many visitors here. This wasn’t unique to the Excalibur, though. Every hotel-casino in the city closed its doors in March.

Several of the biggest properties on the Las Vegas Strip finally reopened on June 4th. Unsurprisingly, this brought a huge surge of tourists into the city. New reports indicate the Excalibur will open its doors in just a few days.

Here’s An Update On the Opening Date of the Excalibur!

Officials in Las Vegas are doing everything they can to get the city back to normal. For months, tourism here was at an all-time low. Gambling revenue was almost non-existent and a huge number of residents here were left without work.

Tourism is starting to increase here once again. As we just mentioned, many venues here including The Bellagio, New York-New York, and The Venetian opened their doors on June 4th. Most visitors claimed they enjoyed their trip, despite some of the new safety measures set in place here.

According to new reports, the opening date of the Excalibur is June 11th. Bill Hornbuckle, President and CEO of MGM Resorts, spoke about this situation to the media this week.

“We are very pleased by the enthusiasm we are seeing from guests ready to come back to Las Vegas,” he said. “As business demand increases, we are able to open additional properties and bring more of our employees back to work.”

Many of the same measures set in the already-opened Las Vegas hotel-casinos will be set in The Excalibur. Company officials want to ensure that things are as safe as possible here. Reservations can already be made.

Soon, most states in the country will allow their casinos to reopen.

Atlantic City Casinos Expected to Open By July 4th

It’s been great seeing Las Vegas return to normal. This city relies on its tourism and gambling revenue and finally, these are starting to increase again. Many are now looking at Atlantic City, one of the other top gambling destinations in the country.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently spoke to the media about reopening the state’s casino industry. He seems to recognize how important this is. Murphy recently announced that Atlantic City casinos should be allowed to reopen by July 4th.

It’s great news for the state. New Jersey was one of the worst-affected states in the country from the new coronavirus. Fortunately, infection rates have been on the decline here for the past few weeks.

Just a few days ago, reports came out about what these venues will look like once they reopen. Social distancing measures will be set in place here. Some of the same things found in Las Vegas casinos such as plexiglass separators at table games will be set here.

The entire US casino industry is slowly getting back on track. Many states are starting to allow their gambling venues to open back up. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on how things go in Las Vegas over the next few weeks.

Are you excited to hear about the opening date of the Excalibur? Do you plan on staying in this venue? Let us know in the comments section below!

Sisolak Approves LV Casinos to Open on June 4th

Las Vegas is just a little over a week from getting back to some sense of normalcy. Earlier this week, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak approved plans to reopen many of the state’s major casinos. The current plan is for LV casinos to open on June 4th.

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Just about everyone in Nevada is anxious to see these gambling venues reopen. As most know, they provide a huge amount of money and jobs to the state. Today, we’re going to discuss which venues plan to reopen, and what this means for Nevada’s economy.

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Reopening the Casinos in Nevada Hasn’t Been Easy

Every state in the country has been economically affected by the new coronavirus spreading around the world. Some, obviously, are being hit harder than others. There are some that feel Nevada is being the worst-affected in terms of direct money and job loss.

Casinos in this state were forced to close down back in March. This instantly left hundreds of thousands of individuals without work. Many of the casino companies here also began losing millions of dollars each week.

Nevada’s tourism industry immediately came to a halt. That proved to be devastating for many of the restaurants in this city that rely on outside visitors. It’s easy to see how so many businesses started to suffer due to the shutdown of major casino-resorts.

Carolyn Goodman, the mayor of Las Vegas, controversially called for the city to start opening up weeks ago. Governor Sisolak didn’t budge, and continued to tell the media it was too early. Residents around the city eagerly awaited news on what was to come.

Now, it appears state officials feel things are safe enough to finally open back up. Many of the biggest casino-resorts are expected to open their doors next week. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Governor Sisolak Gives Green Light For LV Casinos to Open

Forcing all of the casinos in Las Vegas to close was completely unprecedented. Never before has this taken place in this city. It’s likely that most felt doing so would be impossible. For the past couple of months, the focus has been on getting back to normal.

Governor Sisolak has been cautious in allowing the state’s casinos to start accepting guests again. That’s perfectly understandable, as these venues are easy places for a contagious respiratory virus to spread. Sisolak seems content with the safety measures set in place and has given the green light for LV casinos to open their doors on June 4th.

Josh Swissman, one of the founders of The Strategy Organization, believes that opening back up will be a learning process for many of the casino companies here.

“Once their doors re-open on the 4th, operators are going to learn so much from those critical first few hours and days,” he said. “There will undoubtedly be tweaks and fine-tuning made to their re-opening procedures as a result of what they will see. Marketers should be watching visitation volume and guest behavior closely, and should look to pivot quickly if changes to their marketing plans need to be made.”

Not all of the casinos in Las Vegas are going to open back up at once. It will be a slow process and companies will look to slowly figure out what works and what doesn’t. The important thing will be to encourage social distancing on the casino floor.

Which Las Vegas Casinos Will Open Up Next Month?

The casino industry in Las Vegas is the biggest in the country. More than 40 million people flock to this city every year to enjoy the entertainment and gambling options available. With Sisolak’s approval for LV casinos to open next month, many of the major casino companies are gearing up to start accepting guests.

Caesars Palace and The Flamingo are scheduled to be the first casino-resorts to reopen. These venues will be accepting guests starting on June 4th. These venues will offer free parking and plan to open many of their restaurants, pools, and casino options.

MGM Resorts International claims that New York-New York and The Bellagio will be their first properties to reopen. A specific opening date for these venues has not been officially revealed.

Wynn Resorts has just recently announced that both of its Las Vegas properties will reopen to the public on June 4th.

“We are ready to provide our guests with a full Las Vegas experience with a collection of luxury amenities and unmatched service,” Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox told the media. “The entire Wynn team is looking forward to welcoming our guests back.”

If all goes according to plan, all of the casinos in Nevada will start accepting guests next month. Hope is that enough tourists begin flocking to Las Vegas to keep these properties profitable.

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