Upstate New York’s Casino Market Continues to Improve

New York is beginning to truly embrace the gambling industry. For much of 2019, lawmakers have worked on ways to bring in more revenue from the gambling industry. Upstate New York’s casino market is expanding rapidly and competition is fiercer than ever before.  New York State Logo

There’s a lot to be excited about in this state. Today, we’re going to look at what new gambling options are now available in New York. We’ll also look at how casinos are responding to this rise in competition.

New York’s Recent Embrace of the Gambling Industry

New York hasn’t always been a gambling-friendly state. In fact, for many years, lawmakers here laid out several laws that suppressed the gambling industry. Even daily fantasy sports, which is legal in many states as a “game of skill” was prohibited by lawmakers here, who believed it to be a form of sports wagering.

Things have begun to change here. In case you’re unaware, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA in May of 2018. Now, every state in the country has the ability to set laws on sports gambling.

Certain NY government officials immediately began calling for the state to make this form of wagering legal. Nearby New Jersey was the first state post-PASPA to legalize sports betting and immediately began making millions of dollars a month. A sports betting bill was approved by New York Governor Anthony Cuomo earlier this year.

In July, the first legal sports wager in New York was placed at the Rivers Casino in Schenectady. Now, sports betting is legal inside brick and mortar casinos around the state. Many are profiting massively from the current NFL season. Legal sports betting isn’t the only new form of gambling available in New York, though.

Not long ago, state legislators also approved commercial casinos to operate in New York. These new gambling venues, along with tribal casinos, is helping to make Upstate New York’s casino market one of the most competitive in the country.

Upstate New York’s Casino Market is Growing Quickly

There are now many different tribal and commercially-run casino venues in New York’s Upstate area. Competition in this industry has never been higher. These gambling establishments are working extremely hard to out-do each other. One of the most popular casinos in this area just won a prestigious award.

The Del Lago Casino, located in Tyre, recently gained several awards from Casino Player and USA Today. Casino Player magazine asks its readers to name the “best of the best” casinos in the country every year. Del Lago Casino was awarded for having the best hotel staff, best suite, best craps, best roulette, and best VIP services.

It’s an impressive accomplishment for this gambling venue. Lance Young, executive vice president of the casino, commented on the awards to the media this week.

“We are incredibly grateful for the 11 awards we received from Casino Player, especially because the honors were submitted by readers who are also del Lago guests,” he said. 

There are some exciting new venues entering Upstate New York’s casino market. This week, Hilton has announced that it’s constructing a new hotel on land adjacent to the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona.

Unfortunately, not every casino in this state is flourishing. Several have struggled to generate revenue amid the rise in competition. Recently, several of these casinos have begun calling for online gambling to be made legal here.

Casinos Begin Calling for Online Casino Gambling Regulation

With so many different gambling venues in Upstate New York, it’s been difficult for many of these casinos to bring in the money they initially projected. As a result, officials at many of these casinos have begun calling on lawmakers to make internet casino gambling regulated.

New Jersey began regulating its internet casino market last year. It’s extremely successful, helping to bring the state millions of dollars every single month. In fact, more people are gambling online here now than playing inside land-based casinos.

Interestingly, there are many different online casinos in NY available right now. The state government does not regulate these websites, yet they’ve grown extremely popular over the years, particularly for those located far from the Upstate area.

Many of these websites offer just as many different gambling options as the state’s brick and mortar casinos. The majority of them are extremely safe and offer their players a wide range of easy payment options.

Upstate New York’s casino market is growing. With that growth comes a rise in competition. Hopefully, all of the casinos here manage to generate more revenue. We’ll need to wait and see whether or not lawmakers choose to make online casino gambling legal.

Make sure to stay tuned for more casino news in New York over the next few months!

Legislation on Hotel Resort Fees is Introduced to US House

Nevada, and Las Vegas, in particular, is home to many of the best casino-resorts in the world. Millions of people stay in these resorts every year, yet many are beginning to complain about the hidden fees that are added on to their bills. Last week, a bill was presented to the US House that will require hotels to clearly feature their resort fees.Animated Image Of Bill And Casino Chip

It’s a welcome sight for many who have been blindsided by these additional fees. Today, we’re going to look at why this bill has been presented to the House. We’ll also talk about what exactly resort fees are. Let’s get into it!

Resort Fees: Why Are They Charged?

If you’ve ever stayed in a hotel-resort, there’s a good chance you’ve come across a resort fee. Essentially, these are fees that hotels will charge their guests on top of the normal room rates and government fees. They go towards funding hotel’s different amenities including Wifi, gym/pool access, and even parking.

Today, most major hotels charge these fees. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to find out how much you will be charged until after you’ve booked your room. All of the top Las Vegas hotels operating today charge resort fees.

There are a few different ways to find out how much you’ll need to pay the resort you are staying at. Sometimes, hotels will list the fee rates directly on their website. Others don’t mention these at all. You can usually contact the hotel that you’re planning to stay at to find more information on these hidden fees.

Many have begun to complain about the fees that different hotel-resorts are charging. Recently, several lawmakers presented a new bill to the US House that calls for hotels to clearly feature all fees for guests. Officials in Nevada are now reviewing this bill to study its ramifications.

NV Resort Association Set to Study New Bill

As we just mentioned, several lawmakers have presented a new bill that will require all hotels to list their resort fees for guests to see. These hotels will no longer be able to advertise room rates without including the hidden fees attached. This week, the Nevada Resort Association is set to review this bill and study the impact it will have on hotel companies in the state.

This association has 71 different members, 59 of which are based in Southern Nevada. Officials in the Resort Association claim that they have not yet reviewed the details of this bill and cannot comment on its conditions. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Texas Congresswoman, believes the bill will benefit travelers who may be unaware of the hidden fees that different hotels charge.

“This summer, we witnessed a record number of Americans take the opportunity to travel,” she said. “Unfortunately, this also meant a record number of travelers were subjected to deceptive hidden fees charged by hotels, motels and other places of accommodation. It is projected that in 2019, over $3 billion in revenue alone will be collected from consumers due to these hidden fees. Consumers should be able to enjoy their vacation without being ripped off and financially burdened. This bill would require that the prices advertised by hotels and online travel agencies must include all mandatory fees that will be charged to a consumer, excluding taxes.”

This would be a major change for hotels around the country. Several groups have already expressed their support for this bill.

Several Groups Support New Hotel Fee Bill

This week, two major groups have claimed that this new bill will benefit travelers. Consumer Reports and Travelers United are both pushing for lawmakers in the House to approve the bill. Director of financial policy for Consumer Reports, Anna Laitan, thinks hotels should be responsible for listing their fees.

“Travelers shouldn’t have to read the fine print to figure out all the fees they’ll be charged for staying at a hotel,” she said. “Hotels should be required to disclose all fees in their advertised rate, so consumers won’t get stung with a higher bill than what they’re expecting to pay when booking a room.”

The FTC is beginning to get involved, as well. Years ago, this government body called on dozens of hotels to begin disclosing their resort fees for guests. It wasn’t entirely effective, as many individuals have continued to complained about these hotel’s hidden fees.

Resort fees in Las Vegas hotels range from $15 to $45. MGM recently announced that their fees would increase. If this bill is approved, these hotels will be required to include all fees to room rates. We’ll need to wait and see how the country’s top lawmakers approach these new regulations.

Make sure to stay tuned for more US casino-hotel news over the next few weeks!

Sheldon Adelson is Being Sued by the Las Vegas Sun

One of the most powerful men in Las Vegas is in hot water with a local newspaper. According to several reports, Sheldon Adelson is being sued by the Las Vegas Sun. The popular newspaper claims the casino mogul is attempting to “monopolize” the Las Vegas news industry.

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Today, we’re going to look at why exactly the Las Vegas Sun is taking legal action against Adelson. We’ll also talk about the newspaper’s decision to sue the Las Vegas Review-Journal, as well. Let’s get into it!

The Las Vegas Sun and LVRJ’s Recent Quarrel, Explained

Las Vegas is home to two main newspaper companies, the Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. These two companies are fierce competitors, yet since 1989, they’ve been bound by an official Joint Operating Agreement (JOP) that allows them to “combine production, marketing, distribution, and sales, provided they remained competitive and editorially independent of one another.” Unfortunately, the LVRJ seems to have backed out of this agreement.

The Las Vegas Sun is now taking legal action against the Review-Journal. This company claims that by backing out of the JOP, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is making it impossible for the Sun to stay afloat. According to the Las Vegas Sun, this is all a part of Sheldon Adelson’s plan.

Back in 2015, Adelson anonymously purchased the LVRJ. It wasn’t until reporters within the company underwent their own investigation that Adelson’s ownership was revealed. All of the journalists working on this report eventually left the company.

The Las Vegas Sun believes that Adelson’s goal is to control the flow of information within Las Vegas. The company is now officially suing the LVRJ for backing out of its JOP. They’re also suing Adelson, who they claim is unlawfully monopolizing the city’s news industry.

Sheldon Adelson is Being Sued By the Las Vegas Sun

Sheldon Adelson is one of the most powerful men in the gambling industry. The 86 year old casino mogul is the CEO of Las Vegas Sands. His company owns and operates many different casinos around the world, including several in Las Vegas and Macau.

Adelson’s purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal was criticized by many. The Las Vegas Sun, in particular, feel that his ownership of this newspaper violates the first amendment. In the recent lawsuit, the Sun gives its opinion on Adelson’s ultimate goal.

“Defendant Sheldon Adelson has been a long-time enemy of the First Amendment and the press,” the lawsuit claims. “For decades, he has filed and prosecuted one frivolous and ultimately unsuccessful defamation case after another. His object has always been clear: chill free speech and silence those that would speak out against him.” 

That’s a major statement to make. Officials at the Review-Journal believes this new lawsuit is only being made because of the company’s decision to remove itself from the 1989 JOP. Benjamin Lipman, vice president of the LVRJ, claims that the company intends to “fight the case and we’re confident we will succeed…”

Sheldon Adelson Continues to Push into Japan

Sheldon Adelson is being sued by the Las Vegas Sun, yet it’s unlikely to have much of an impact on his company’s day to day operations. For months, Las Vegas Sands has been working hard to break into the newly emerging Japanese casino market. Last year, officials in Japan passed a bill to allow three casino-resorts in the country.

Nearly all of the top US casino companies are now working to obtain a license to operate one of these Japanese casinos. Many gambling analysts predict Japan will be one of the most lucrative casino markets in the world. Las Vegas Sands has recently claimed that it’s interested in opening in a casino-resort in either Tokyo or Yokohama.

The company is also continuing to invest in its Macau properties, which have been losing revenue for the majority of 2019. China’s trade war with the US has hurt Macau’s economy and many gambling operators in the territory are experiencing monetary losses. Las Vegas Sands isn’t deterred and continues to put billions of dollars into its Macau casino-resorts.

We’ll need to see how this new legal battle plays out. As we’ve already mentioned, many believe that Sheldon Adelson is being sued for his attempts to monopolize the Las Vegas news industry. If the Las Vegas Sun can successfully argue this in court, we may him forced to give up ownership of the Review-Journal.

Make sure to stay tuned for more Las Vegas news over the next few months!

New York’s Casino Dispute With Seneca Nation Continues

New York’s gambling industry is expanding rapidly. Not long ago, this state approved plans to allow additional casinos and sports betting operations. Unfortunately, New York’s casino dispute with the Seneca Nation is still ongoing.

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Lawmakers in New York are in a bitter disagreement with the Seneca over casino tax payments. Today, we’re going to look at what this dispute is all about. We’ll also talk about what state officials are doing to end it.

New York Lawmakers Approve Gambling Expansion Plans

In the past, New York was known as one of the least gambling-friendly states in the US. Lawmakers here showed very little willingness to open any form of gambling aside from tribal casino gaming. Over the past two years, however, state officials have begun to change their stance.

Several bills were presented here to significantly expand the state’s gambling industry. Much of these expansion plans focused on sports betting. With PASPA now gone, every state can set its own laws on the sports gambling industry. Several New York politicians began actively campaigning for sports betting to be made legal.

The state approved a sports betting bill in June. On July 16th, the first legal sports wager in New York was made by Gary Pretlow, a state lawmaker instrumental in getting this industry legalized and regulated. Today, most of the state’s casinos operate land-based sportsbooks. It’s proving to be an extremely lucrative industry, bringing in major revenue earnings through taxes.

In April, New York lawmakers also approved plans to add several new casinos to the upstate area. Several popular casinos already operate in this area, including Resorts World Catskills, which was recently sold to investors in Malaysia. Now, both tribal and commercial casinos are operating here. Online casinos in NY are still unregulated.

Unfortunately, officials are engaged in a major dispute with one of the largest tribal casino operators in the state.

New York’s Casino Dispute with Seneca Nation, Explained

For years, the Seneca Nation has operated a casino in Salamanca. Since first opening, this casino has been required to pay a 25% tax fee to the state on its revenue from the Class II bingo games it was able to offer. In March of 2017, the casino was given a Class III gambling license, granting it the power to offer slots and table games.

The tribe now believes that it’s no longer required to pay the 25% tax fee. Tribal leaders argue that this tax fee was only required from the Class II license. The Tribe believes that there was no provision stating that the revenue sharing would continue.

State officials obviously disagree. An official arbitration panel quickly ruled that the tribe owed $255 in back payments. The Seneca Nation is now working to fight this ruling in the courts. Unfortunately, this dispute is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

It’s taking a toll on the city of Salamanca, which relies on revenue from the casino to operate. Now, state officials are working on ways to help this city out.

New York Sends Salamanca $2.35 Million in Revenue Relief

New York’s casino dispute with the Seneca Tribe has been going on for years. During this time, the tribe has sent no money to Salamanca, where their casino is located. It’s a major disappointment for this city, which uses the money to fund social projects.

Government officials in New York have sent a check to Salamanca for $2.35 million. This city generally receives nearly $5 million in annual revenue from the Seneca casino. Kathy Sarver, City Comptroller of Salamanca, states that the rest of the money would also come from the state if the tribe does not agree to pay.

“If it is settled, then there won’t be any need to advance us any money because we’ll be getting the payments from the casino,” Sarver said. “It’s just an advance. If and when the casino compact issue is settled, we’ll have to pay the state back this money.”

It’s unclear exactly when this fight will end. Both the tribe and state officials believe that they are in the right.

Make sure to stay tuned for more updates to New York’s casino dispute with Seneca Nation over the next few months!

Officials Raise Concerns About New Casino in Norfolk, VA

For years, the Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia has discussed plans to open a casino. Recently, the tribe agreed to pay $10 million for a plot of land in Norfolk, where the proposed casino will be constructed. This week, several Virginia city officials raised their concerns over the plans to construct a new casino in Norfolk.

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There are still several steps the Pamunkey Tribe needs to take before this casino will be approved. Today, we’re going to look at what we know about these casino plans so far. We’ll also look at why officials are hesitant to approve the plans.

Pamunkey Tribe Eager to Open Their First Casino

The Pamunkey Tribe is one of 11 Virginia Native American tribes. It’s the first federally-recognized tribe in the state. For years, heads of this tribe have pushed hard to open a casino venue. Unfortunately, Virginia has a restrictive set of gambling laws that bans full-scale casinos from operating.

Interestingly, the state does allow certain forms of casino-style games. Today, there are several gambling venues in Virginia that offer electronic slot-style games. These machines have grown extremely popular in the state and have generated major revenue.

Earlier this year, several Virginia lawmakers presented a new bill to significantly expand the state’s gambling operations. If approved, traditional casino games such as table games and slot machines will be fully legalized. It will be until 2021 until these plans are officially set into law.

That isn’t stopping the Pamunkey Tribe from working to have casino plans approved. Earlier this month, the tribe agreed to pay $10 million for a plot of waterfront land in Norfolk. The tribe has also presented plans to construct a massive $700 million casino-resort in this city.

Unfortunately, several city officials are raising their concerns with a new casino in Norfolk opening its doors.

Councilmembers Weigh Pros and Cons of New Casino in Norfolk

For many, the idea of a fully-operating casino in Norfolk is extremely exciting. It’s clear that a casino would help to generate revenue earnings for the city. Others worry about the impact it will have on emergency services, local businesses, and crime.

In an official city meeting on Monday, councilmember Andria McClellan raised several questions. She wants to know exactly how much the city will receive in tax revenue. She’s also pointing out the fact that no study has been conducted on exactly how much money a casino here will generate, and what the impact will be on city residents.

Several studies on these matters are being conducted, yet the results will not become available until after the council votes on whether or not to approve the tribe’s purchase of the land tonight. Councilman Tommy Smigiel states that the council is taking this decision very seriously. He’s taking public opinion into account.

Many Norfolk residents are unhappy with the decision to open a casino in the city. Civic League secretary Lorraine Connaughton believes the public simply doesn’t have enough information to make a decision.

“It really came across as people were skeptical … and that they were being railroaded on a deal that they quite frankly don’t have enough information on,” she said. 

We’ll need to wait and see how the city council decides to approach the plans to construct a new casino in Norfolk.

Gambling Options Available in Virginia Right Now

As we mentioned earlier, Virginia has a set of restrictive laws towards the gambling industry. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to play your favorite casino games in this state. Today, there are several fantastic VA online casinos that are available to residents. Most of them offer a huge range of different gambling options.

Lawmakers in Virginia have not yet taken steps to regulate the online casino industry. Unlike several states such as Delaware and New Jersey, Virginia has set no direct laws on internet casino sites. Interestingly, more people in Virginia are choosing to play at US casino sites every month.

The state of Virginia appears very close to allowing traditional land-based casinos. Before long, lawmakers here may also choose to regulate internet casinos. States with state-regulated online casino platforms are earning millions of dollars a month by taxing these websites’ earnings.

Over the next few months, we’ll see whether or not the new casino in Norfolk will be approved. Perhaps in time, several brick and mortar casinos will begin opening around the state.

Make sure to stay tuned for more Virginia casino news!