Workers Request Temperature Checks at Casinos

Casinos have been up and running around the US for more months. Unfortunately, many employees inside these venues continue to complain that working conditions are unsafe. Recently, workers began requesting temperature checks at casinos to better identify those with Covid-19.Temperature Check

This won’t eliminate the possibility of infection spread. It may help to make things safer, though. Now is the perfect time to look at some of the safety measures different US casinos are taking to protect their patrons and employees.

Let’s get into it!

Tourism Rates in Nevada and Atlantic City Remain Low as Covid-19 Cases Increase

Nevada is a state that relies on tourism. It’s home to cities like Las Vegas and under normal circumstances, the tourism industry here is booming. 2020 is no normal year and over the past six months, Nevada has seen the lowest rates of visitors in modern history.

It’s not for a lack of trying. Governor Steve Sisolak gave casinos in the state the green light to reopen in June of this year. Initially, only a few major gambling venues in the state opened up. Today, nearly all casinos in Las Vegas are operational again.

Hope was that the reopening of the state’s casinos would help to boost tourism rates. In some ways, this was successful. As the state’s casinos open up, more visitors are making the trip to Nevada. Unfortunately, tourism rates remain significantly lower than they were in 2019.

The same can be said for Atlantic City.

Rates of Covid-19 continue to increase. As more cases come up, less people around the country want to visit and play inside a crowded casino.

Workers are feeling the effects of this situation. Many rely on casinos for a paycheck, yet are being put at risk of catching Covid-19. Calls to increase safety measures have been increasing as of late.

Many now feel that all casinos should begin taking the temperature of all their patrons.

Employees Start Calling for Temperature Checks at Casinos

As most already know, regulations towards Covid-19 vary from state to state. Nearly all casinos across the US are taking similar measures, though. That includes plexiglass barriers at table games, separating slot players, and limiting occupancy.

Some feel this still isn’t enough.

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a number of workers inside casinos come up positive for Covid-19. Some have even died from the new virus. Obviously, it seems as if casinos are not doing enough to prevent infection spread.

There have been many attempts to increase safety measures inside casinos. Not long ago, the Nevada Culinary Union sued several major Las Vegas Strip casinos for their lack of health protocols. Earlier this week, the Sahara Las Vegas was hit with a health complaint from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Something needs to change, yet no one seems to have the best idea on how to do so. There’s now a push for temperature checks at casinos in Atlantic City. Members of the Local 54 Unite-Here union started demanding the change during an online press conference on Thursday.

Steve Callender, regional president of Caesars Entertainment, claims the company’s venues in Atlantic City are doing everything they can to keep things safe for workers.

“Caesars Entertainment’s Atlantic City health and safety plan fully complies with all governmental directives,” he said. “In addition to our enhanced cleaning protocols and other requirements that apply to our valued team members, all of our guests must pass a screening process before being allowed into our properties and must wear face masks in compliance with the governor’s orders.”

Temperature checks at casinos won’t eliminate the possibility of Covid-19’s spread. It could help casinos identify those with clear symptoms, however, and that’s a step in the right direction.

More Gambling Revenue Reports Are Starting to Surface

In 2020’s second quarter, casinos experienced some of the lowest revenue figures they’d ever seen. All casinos were closed in April and May, and many remained shut down through the month of June.

As time goes on, more companies are revealing how much they made in quarter two.

Las Vegas Sands saw its revenue earnings drop by 97% during these three months. Sheldon Adelson released a report detailing exactly how much money the company’s casinos managed to bring in. One company official told the media that Las Vegas was “in a world of hurt.”

Earlier today, Wynn Resorts revealed its second-quarter revenue reports, as well. Things aren’t much better. This Nevada-based gaming company saw a massive 95% dip in revenue over April, May, and June.

More of these reports will become available over the next week. Most analysts predict similar figures for companies such as MGM Resorts International and Eldorado Resorts.

No one knows when things will start getting back to normal. Some feel that taking steps such as temperature checks at casinos will boost public confidence in the safety of these venues. Stay tuned for more updates on the health protocols casinos take over the next few weeks.

Have you visited any major casinos recently? Let us know about your experience in the comments section below!

Here’s How Much Revenue Wynn Resorts Made in 2020’s Q2

Officials within Wynn Resorts are busy working to come up with new ways to safely attract guests to their major casino-resorts. This week, the company found some time to look back at the year’s second-quarter revenue earnings, and things are about as bleak as most would predict. Today, we’re going to take a look at how much revenue Wynn Resorts managed to bring in during the months of April, May, and June.Wynn Resorts Logo

Wynn Resorts is far from being the only casino company to see its earnings drop. The year’s second quarter was the worst recorded in history for the US gambling industry. Fortunately, things seem to be slowly improving.

Let’s take a look at the numbers!

US Casino Companies Continue to Struggle Enforcing Health Regulations

Most states around the country have begun allowing their casinos to start operating again. Some of these states have been more successful than others. All of the casino companies around the United States face the same issue; protecting public health while trying to draw in players.

This is proving to be extremely difficult. Casinos draw in large numbers of people into a very small area. Obviously, these properties are easy places for the new coronavirus to spread. That’s true even with the safety measures being set in place.

All land-based casinos are trying to prevent gatherings. Slot machines are separated. Plexiglass barriers have been installed at table games. In many cases, eating, drinking, and smoking are completely banned inside casinos, as well.

Not every company is finding success implementing these new measures. Recently, the Nevada Gaming Control Board filed a complaint against the Sahara Las Vegas. The regulatory group claims this hotel-casino held a luncheon of more than 100 people and failed to limit large gatherings on its casino floor.

More of these complaints are likely to come up over the next few weeks. Casino companies are struggling to abide by the rules while staying profitable. It’s been difficult to see how much money some of the country’s top casinos have lost over the past six months.

This week, reports surfaced that show how much money Wynn Resorts has lost this year.

Reports Show How Much Revenue Wynn Resorts Lost Last Quarter

Starting in June, most of the top US commercial casinos began operating again. It was a much-needed change for the industry. Casinos around the country had been closed since March and revenue during this time was almost non-existent.

Not long ago, Las Vegas Sands released a report that shows it saw a nearly 97% drop in revenue during 2020’s second quarter. Officials within the company made it clear that they were hurting. The company’s revenue earnings have likely begun to increase since that time.

We’re now seeing a drop in the revenue Wynn Resorts earned during the year’s second quarter. This company is one of the biggest casino operators in the nation, yet it saw its revenue drop by 95% over the months of April, May, and June.

During this time, Wynn Resorts earned just $85.7 million. That’s a staggering drop from the $1.66 billion made over the same three months in 2019. CEO Matt Maddox claims the company is in a tough situation, yet it’s one that it will recover from.

“There will be winners and losers that come out of this,” he said. “When this is over, and we come out, we want to make sure that we have the capital available to grow, and we have the culture in place to take care of our people and our customers.”

It’s incredible to see how much revenue Wynn Resorts has lost over the course of a few months. It’s important to note, however, that the company’s casinos were shut down for most of 2020’s second quarter.

How will things look in quarter three?

Casino Revenue is Fluctuating Around the Country

Back in 2019, the US casino industry seemed stronger than ever before. Gambling markets around the country were thriving. That’s particularly true in states with legalized sports betting options such as New Jersey and Nevada.

2020 tells a different story. Most casinos are now open, yet many are unwilling to visit one of these gambling venues over safety concerns. Casino revenue is now fluctuating and even the top gaming analysts cannot say when we’ll see a sense of normalcy resume.

Everyone knows that 2020’s third quarter will be better than its second, though. Over the past two months, states have begun lifting their restrictions towards casinos.

In June, Nevada saw its casinos earn $566.8 million. That’s a 45.5% decrease when compared to the same time last year. Many still feel that it’s a win for the state, especially considering how little money was earned in the months prior.

It seems likely that more money was earned in July. We’re likely to see how much revenue Wynn Resorts made within the next two weeks. Stay tuned for updates!

Are you surprised to see how much money casino companies lost last quarter? When do you expect this trend to change? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Sahara Las Vegas is Hit With a Health Complaint

Casinos across the state of Nevada are working hard to attract players while protecting public safety. All have implemented measures to promote social distancing and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. These measures aren’t perfect, though. News is now coming out that the Sahara Las Vegas has been hit with a health and safety complaint from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.Sahara Las Vegas Logo

It’s tough news for this venue that’s already struggling to bring in players. The news isn’t entirely surprising, though. Today, we’re going to look at why this popular hotel-casino is facing this new complaint.

Looking Back at the Sahara Hotel-Casino Rebranding

Back in the 1950s, Las Vegas was just becoming a tourist destination. One of the first major hotel-casinos to open here was the Sahara Las Vegas. It opened its doors in 1952 and quickly became a favorite amongst celebrities.

This property went through many renovations and expansions over the years. By the 1960s, the Sahara began entering into a decline. Several new properties opened on the Las Vegas Strip during this time, drawing away visitors from the Sahara.

Revenue at this hotel-casino started to drop quickly. In 1981, the property was sold in order to escape the debt it had accumulated. In 1992, the Sahara Las Vegas was sold once again.

Several more renovations and sales took place over the years. By 2011, the owners of this property decided it was time to move on. The entire hotel-casino was rebranded to the SLS Las Vegas. Hope was that this new name and features would help to bring in more players.

This strategy didn’t exactly work out. This property lost an incredible amount of money since its rebranding. In 2019, things took a turn and the owners decided to go back to the Sahara name.

Like many other casinos, the Sahara reopened to the public in June. Now, it’s facing a complaint due to a lack of safety regulations.

Here’s Why the Sahara Las Vegas is Receiving a Health Complaint

All casinos in the city of Las Vegas were closed down in March. It wasn’t until June that these gambling venues were able to begin operating again. All of the major hotel-casinos are now open in this city with intense health measures set in place.

Some of these hotels are implementing more strict health measures than others. According to new reports, the Sahara Las Vegas has already violated some of the health rules set in place. The Nevada Gaming Control Board alleges this venue recently held a luncheon for 135 people.

Another part of the complaint focuses on gatherings on the casino floor. Workers at the Sahara allegedly did nothing to stop individuals from gathering near casino games, despite the fact that they were not playing.

Officials within the Sahara claim there was a “misunderstanding” about the acceptable occupancy limit. The Control Board acknowledges that Sahara officials worked to correct the casino floor situation after it was brought to their attention.

“When asked about the instances of noncompliance, the Assistant Casino Manager acknowledged and immediately corrected the situations at the craps and blackjack table (the patrons congregating at the slot machine had already dispersed of their own accord),” the complaint says. “The Assistant Casino Manager also spoke with the dealers at the respective tables about the requirements.”

These types of complaints are not uncommon right now. More are likely to come up as time goes on. Several major casino companies are now announcing they may soon be forced to close down some of their venues.

Station Casinos Announce Casino Closures Are Likely

All major casino companies are feeling the effects of the regulations right now. June’s revenue reports show how much money these companies are losing. Station Casinos has opened 16 of its major properties across Las Vegas, yet several have remained closed.

Frank Fertitta III spoke about this situation to the media. He claims the properties currently closed are unlikely to ever open again. Additional property closures may take place over the next few months.

As of now, none of the major casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip have been forced to close down. Experts feel this is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

All of the casinos in Las Vegas are trying to abide by safety measures. This is proving to be much easier said than done. We’ll probably see more complaints like the ones the Sahara Las Vegas received as time goes on.

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

Four Station Casinos Properties May Be Forced to Permanently Close

Station Casinos, one of the top casino companies in Nevada, has been hurting over the past few months. Casino revenue remains low around the United States and casinos are beginning to shut down in different states. According to new reports, four different Station Casinos properties are likely to be permanently closed soon.Frank Fertitta III

It shows how difficult things currently are for casino operators. Today, we’re going to look at which casinos may soon close down. We’ll also give an update on some more major casino companies operating in Nevada.

Let’s get into it!

Downtown and Strip Casinos Are Up and Running Again

When Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak ordered the state’s casinos to shut down, the news spread like wildfire. Cities like Las Vegas rely almost entirely on this gaming and tourism revenue. Without casinos, everyone felt the city would be in trouble.

No one knew how long this casino shutdown would last for. As the weeks dragged on, the effects of these regulations got worse. Businesses began to close and residents across the state started demanding that Sisolak allow casinos to start operating again.

By May, the Nevada Gaming Board agreed to a set of safety measures introduced by casino companies. Casinos were finally given permission to reopen here on June 4th. We’re now in August, and almost all of the casinos in Downtown Las Vegas and on the Las Vegas Strip have officially reopened.

This doesn’t mean that things are back to normal. Tourism rates in cities like Las Vegas are still significantly lower than they were in early 2019. This drop in visitation rates is also leading to a major dip in casino revenue earnings.

In June, Nevada’s casinos earned just $566.8 million. That’s a 45.5% dip in gambling revenue when compared to June of 2019. Experts are torn on whether or not revenue in July will be higher.

Casino companies are stuck in a very difficult situation. Many are being forced to take drastic measures in order to stay afloat. This week, Station Casinos gave some insight into what it has planned over the next few months.

Frank Fertitta III Claims Four Station Casinos May Close Permanently

Station Casinos launched back in 1967. At that time, the company was focused on building and operating casinos for locals in the Las Vegas area. Today, Station Casinos owns more than 20 casinos and employs over 11,000 individuals.

Over the years, this casino company has grown considerably. Some felt it was slowly becoming one of Nevada’s next big up and coming gaming operators. Of course, the global pandemic has taken a major toll on the US casino industry.

Gambling revenue remains low around the country. Many casino companies are being forced to lay off thousands of their workers to cut down on costs. Station Casinos is hurting badly and now it appears the company is close to permanently shutting down some of its gaming venues.

Frank Fertitta III, CEO and chairman of the board of directors for Red Rock Resorts, the parent company of Station Casinos, spoke about the current situation to the media this week.

“We don’t know if or when we’re going to reopen any of the closed properties,” Fertitta said. “We think it’s too early to make that decision.”

Not all Station Casinos properties are bleeding revenue, though. New reports indicate 16 of the company’s Las Vegas gaming venues have actually seen their year-on-year revenue increase.

“So far, we’re pleased with the results we’ve had and the ability to move some of the play from our closed properties to our existing properties,” Fertitta added. “We’re going to continue to get clarity and to navigate the situation to make well-informed decisions. Whatever decisions we make will be made in the best interest of shareholder value.”

It seems likely that Station Casinos will shut down several of its properties for good. Some are now wondering whether or not the major operators on the Las Vegas Strip will be forced to take similar measures.

Will Any Las Vegas Strip Casinos Be Forced to Shut Down?

Casino companies across the nation are hurting right now. That includes the major players with property on the Las Vegas Strip. Over the past few months, revenue earnings at MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands have dipped considerably.

The latter saw recently released its second-quarter revenue reports. Las Vegas Sands saw an incredible 97% dip in its earnings between April and June when compared to the same months in 2019. Company officials told the media that Las Vegas was “in a world of hurt right now.”

That doesn’t mean major casino-resorts are likely to close down. It would take a lengthy, sustained revenue dip for any Strip casinos to permanently shut down. Some, however, fear that construction projects in the city may be delayed.

There are several properties currently being constructed on the Las Vegas Strip right now. That includes Resorts World Las Vegas, set to be the most expensive casino-resort ever built in the city. Construction on this new venue is still taking place, yet there are concerns over how this property will fare if revenue does not bounce back.

We expect several Station Casinos properties to shut down soon. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation here over the next few months.

Are you surprised to hear Station Casinos’ plans? Let us know in the comments section below!

What’s Happening With Wynn Resorts in Japan Right Now?

US casino companies are doing everything they can to increase their revenue right now. As most already know, casinos are struggling to bring in players around the country. Many of these companies are now looking at overseas investment opportunities. Today, we’re going to look at what’s going on with Wynn Resorts in Japan.Wynn Resorts Company Logo

Wynn Resorts is one of the biggest casino operators in the world. Unfortunately, it’s been having a difficult time finding success breaking into the newly-emerging Japanese casino market. Now is the perfect time to look at why this is.

Let’s get into it!

Japan’s Casino Plans Continue to Face Delays

For decades, Japan’s government banned virtually all forms of traditional gambling. Despite the clear demand, lawmakers here pushed against the regulation of this industry. Many felt it would end up leading to an increase in crime and gambling addiction.

As time went on, the revenue potential from this industry became too large to ignore. Government officials began looking at how to safely allow major gambling venues to begin operating. In mid-2019, news broke that Japan officially approved a bill to legalize casino-resorts in three different cities.

It was extremely surprising for casino operators around the world. Many of the top US casino officials immediately began looking at ways to break into this country. It didn’t take long for them to realize opening a casino here will be a lengthy process.

Japan’s leaders wanted to ensure that these casinos are opened in the safest way possible. Different cities around the country needed to bid for the rights to host one of these new integrated resorts. Hope was that casino licenses would be awarded by the summer of 2020.

That timetable has since been pushed back. The global pandemic has made this entire process significantly more difficult. Several casino companies have abandoned their plans to break into this country altogether.

We’re now starting to hear more about Wynn Resorts’ plans to enter the Japanese casino market.

Here’s What’s Happening With Wynn Resorts in Japan

As we just mentioned, many of the world’s biggest casino companies have been working hard to gain a casino license in Japan. It’s been two years since casinos were legalized here, yet no licenses have been awarded. This is becoming incredibly frustrating for the companies hoping to operate in the country.

Wynn Resorts was one of the first companies to push for a Japanese casino license. Unfortunately, it’s looking as if the Las Vegas-based casino company may be close to putting its plans to the side. New reports claim Wynn Resorts has just closed down its Yokohama office due to the delay in being awarded a casino license.

The company released an official statement to the media this week about the situation.

“The pandemic is having an unprecedented negative impact on integrated resort development, and resort companies such as Wynn are considering how we evolve our operations to align with a post-pandemic market,” the statement said. “Long-term, we remain interested in the Japan integrated resort market and will monitor the situation closely.”

The prospect of Wynn Resorts in Japan isn’t completely dead. For now, officials within this company simply want to step back and watch how things unfold. They may choose to focus more on improving revenue figures from their US gambling venues.

Las Vegas Sands and Caesars Entertainment have both pulled out of the race to obtain a casino license in Japan. Unless things begin to change soon, Wynn may do the same.

How are things looking over in Macau?

US Casino Revenue is Recovering Faster Than Macau’s

Nearly all US casinos were completely shut down this past March. It took months for many states to begin allowing their casinos to start operating again. Some have still not allowed casinos to reopen.

Most of the country’s biggest gambling destinations are now up and running again. All of the major casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip are accepting guests again. Unfortunately, revenue here is still significantly lower than it was a year ago.

Many felt that US casino companies would begin relying on their properties in Macau for revenue. This Chinese territory opened its casinos many months ago, yet revenue is still extraordinarily low here. It doesn’t appear this small city will be the saving grace many expected it to be.

It’s an incredibly unusual time for the land-based casino industry. Some fear that states will eventually be forced to shut down their gambling venues once again. That seems highly unlikely to happen in major gaming areas like Nevada.

We may see Wynn Resorts in Japan sometime soon. Like all other companies, it seems content to wait and see how things unfold before it commits to opening a casino in this country.

Do you think Wynn Resorts will ever open a casino in Japan? Let us know in the comments section below!

Motor City Casino Officially Reopens on Wednesday!

Michigan is currently home to 27 tribal and commercial casinos. The state’s gambling venues help to bring in a huge amount of valuable revenue. New reports indicate the popular Motor City Casino will officially open to the public on Wednesday.Motor City Casino

This is one of the top casinos in the Detroit area. Analysts remain torn on whether or not this venue can bring in a large number of players right now, though. Today, we’re going to talk about how the state’s casino industry will fare over the next few months.

Let’s get into it!

Report Indicates Casinos Bring in $6.3 Billion to Michigan Annually

Over the past couple of decades, Michigan has developed a large and successful casino industry. Both tribal and commercial casinos are able to legally operate here. Most of Michigan’s casinos have been very successful over the years.

Back in March, all of the state’s casinos were forced to shut down. It was a tough blow for many local communities in this state. Casinos help to employ thousands of individuals and boost tourism. Revenue from this industry is already down considerably this year.

New reports are starting to show exactly how much money the state’s casinos bring in. New reports from the American Gaming Association have just surfaced that show casinos in Michigan bring in $6.3 every single year. It’s an incredible statistic that shows how important this industry really is for the state.

Casinos generate an estimated $1.3 billion in taxes for the state every year. Casinos here also pay out nearly $2.1 billion in wages to employees here. Lawmakers realized these gambling venues couldn’t stay closed forever and finally agreed to allow some of them to reopen this week.

On Wednesday, many of the state’s commercial casinos will finally begin accepting guests again. Much of the focus is on the casinos in and around Detroit. Analysts question how many people will be willing to visit these venues right now.

Motor City Casino is Set to Open Back Up Tomorrow

Michigan has taken its time opening back up. Unlike some states around the country, it’s been slowly phasing into new reopening plans and for the most part, rates of Covid-19 have been relatively low here. As time went on, however, more residents here began demanding that casinos be allowed to reopen.

As we just mentioned, these gambling venues employ a huge number of people throughout the state. Lawmakers finally agreed to safety measures introduced by casino companies and have given the green light for many to reopen tomorrow, August 5th. That includes the highly-popular Motor City Casino.

This property first opened in 1999 and has grown to become one of the most popular casinos in the state. When it finally reopens, things will look considerably different than they did at the start of 2020. Officials within the casino are offering a quick look at what guests here can expect.

For the foreseeable future, dealers will all be required to wear shields over their faces. Everyone in the casino will be required to wear masks. Plexiglass barriers have also been installed on table games to separate and protect players. Slots have been separated to promote social distancing, as well.

In total, this popular Detroit casino will only be allowed to take in 15% of its total capacity. That comes out to just 1,600 people.

Bruce Dall, President of the Motor City Casino, also cast aside any hopes of eating inside the casino.

“There won’t be any eating inside the casino because you have to lower your mask,” Dall said. “You have the opportunity, quite frankly, to order drinks though the slot machine. A cocktail server will bring it to you in a disposable glass, and when you’re seated at a machine, you can drink it — pull your mask down, take a sip, pull your mask back up.”

Casino gambling is a different experience right now. Perhaps things will remain like this for years to come. We’ll need to wait and see how much revenue this popular gaming venue manages to bring in over the next few months.

Can Sports Betting Help to Make Up for Lost Casino Revenue?

Even after the casinos in Michigan reopen, revenue here will likely be significantly lower than it was last year. We’re seeing significant losses in cities like Las Vegas, which allowed their casinos to open back up in early June. Some are now pointing towards Michigan’s new sports betting industry as a way to generate some much-needed gambling revenue.

Lawmakers in the state began presenting bills to legalize sports betting in 2018. By late 2019, many felt they’d finally come up with a safe plan to regulate this industry. Governor Gretchen Whitmer formally approved the “Lawful Sports Betting Act” in January and sports betting is now legal throughout the state.

Under the approved bill, both land-based and online sports betting is set to become available here. Several casinos have already opened their sportsbooks. Online sports betting platforms have not yet launched here.

Initially, the state’s regulated internet sportsbooks were expected to launch in 2021. Some now feel this process will be fast-tracked. Many experts feel it will help to bring the state more revenue at a time when it’s desperately needed.

In time, the Motor City Casino is likely to loosen its restrictions. The unfortunate truth is that no one knows how things will look six months from now. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

Do you plan on visiting any casinos in Michigan? Which ones? Let us know in the comments section below!

Is a Casino to Blame for the Cardinals’ Covid-19 Cases?

The 2020 MLB season officially on July 23rd. Since that time, the world’s biggest baseball league has been plagued by issues. After new reports, some are beginning to wonder if a casino is to blame for the Cardinals’ Covid-19 cases.Casino Table Game

As many already know, the St. Louis Cardinals have seen a number of positive Covid-19 cases pop up over the past few days. It’s a serious issue that may end up forcing the cancelation of this year’s MLB season. Today, we’re going to look at what could have caused this new surge in cases.

The 2020 MLB Season is Up and Running

Baseball is and always has been one of the most popular sports in the United States. Since March, many people around the country have been calling for the 2020 MLB season to resume. After months of deliberation, league officials announced the season would begin again on July 23rd.

This is what everyone wanted to hear. Several major leagues had already started operating again. The MLB was unique, however, in the fact that it wasn’t putting its players in a bubble. Most agreed that doing so would be extremely difficult.

The season this year is significantly different from all others. All teams were scheduled to play 60 games. An expanded 16-team postseason is scheduled to begin on September 29th. Unsurprisingly, no fans are allowed to attend any games.

Baseball season is back and games are now taking place on a regular basis. Television ratings for these games have been great. Unlike many other sports, baseball doesn’t seem to suffer from its lack of crowds. Many fans are now betting on different game outcomes.

That doesn’t mean that everything is going smoothly. As the weeks go on, more teams are experiencing issues. We’ve seen many positive Covid-19 tests over the past two weeks. Many fear that if this trend continues, the season will be canceled entirely.

We’re now beginning to learn more about what led to several players on the St. Louis Cardinals coming up positive for the new coronavirus.

Visit to Local Casino May Have Caused the Cardinals’ Covid-19 Cases

Without a regimented bubble set in place, it’s been incredibly difficult for the MLB to stay away from the new coronavirus. Players have been able to move around as they please. That wasn’t making it easy for league officials who continue to deal with new coronavirus cases. Now, players are banned from leaving their hotels.

Recently, news surfaced that four players on the Cardinals and three team staff members tested positive for this new virus. Additional tests of team members have since been taken. It seems highly likely that more players will come up positive, as well.

We’re starting to hear what may have caused the Cardinals’ Covid-19 cases. Reports came out that several players visited a local casino. Exactly what casino was visited is unknown. Cardinals executive John Mozeliak is already shooting these reports down.

“I have no factual reason to believe that is true, and I have not seen any proof of that,” Mozeliak said. If they were at a casino, though, that would be disappointing.”

Casinos have been opening in Missouri for months. All have strict safety protocols set in place. With that being said, these venues remain easy places for the new coronavirus to spread from person to person.

We’ll continue hearing more about the Cardinals’ situation over the next couple of weeks. Some are now asking how this news could affect Missouri’s casino industry.

Missouri Casinos Still Struggle to Bring in Revenue

Missouri isn’t typically thought of as a major gambling destination. In reality, though, this state draws in many tourists from nearby states to take part in its gaming fun. There are 14 different casinos in the state, most of which are now open.

Casino revenue in this state remains low. Gambling revenue across the entire country is significantly lower right now than it was in 2019. The fact remains that most of the country doesn’t want to visit and play inside a crowded casino.

No one seems to have the best approach to increase Missouri’s gaming revenue. Some feel that Missouri could benefit from legal sports betting. As of now, however, the state has not passed any bills to legalize and regulate sports gambling.

The news of the Cardinals’ Covid-19 cases possibly coming from a casino certainly won’t help. Some may be even more fearful that these venues will result in infection spread.

Many different industries are hurting right now. That includes the professional sports and casino industry. Hope is that things improve over the next few months.

Do you think a casino is to blame for the Cardinals’ situation? Let us know in the comments section below!

Churchill Downs is Likely to Buy Caesars Southern Indiana Casino

Indiana’s casino industry is in a very interesting position. Not long ago, the state’s Gaming Board officially approved the massive merger between Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts. Rumors are now beginning to surface that Churchill Downs is interested in buying Caesars Southern Indiana Casino.Churchill Downs

Many feel this move makes sense. This purchase would give this company a huge new stake in the Indiana casino industry. Today, we’re going to look at when Caesars Southern Indiana might be taken over.

Let’s get into it!

Indiana Gaming Board Finally Approves Eldorado-Caesars Merger

In mid-2019, officials within Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment announced they planned to merge. Caesars had been struggling for years and some experts predicted that another casino company would take it over. The news of the Eldorado-Caesars merger spread like wildfire.

After the merger, this would become the most powerful casino company in the United States. Obviously, a deal of this size takes a long time to complete. The FTC and various state gambling commissions around the country needed to approve the deal before it could come together.

As time went on, more of these commissions gave approval. Towards the end, only Nevada, New Jersey, and Indiana were left to give the green light. In early July, officials within the Indiana Gaming Board gave Eldorado and Caesars the thumbs up to come together.

It was incredible news for these companies. They have since gained all final approvals to come together. Eldorado will take on the Caesars name and now has permission to control all of its properties around the world.

In order for Indiana to approve this deal, however, the Gaming Board requires Caesars to sell some of its properties. That includes the Caesars Southern Indiana Casino. Some analysts are now making their predictions on which company will purchase this popular casino.

Experts Predict Churchill Downs Will Buy Caesars Southern Indiana Casino

As we just mentioned, the new Caesars is now the most powerful casino company in the country. Indiana’s Gaming Board recognized that once the merger is complete, the new company would control 50% to 60% of the state’s gambling revenue. Board members required the company to sell three of its major properties in the state before the merger could be approved.

The Caesars Southern Indiana Casino is set to go up for sale. Many now feel that Churchill Downs will acquire this new venue. It would give the Louisville, Kentucky-based company a major advantage in the local gambling scene.

Indiana gambling analyst Ed Feigenbaum called the move a “no-brainer,” and believes it would help to significantly increase Churchill Downs’ revenue flow.

“Churchill can protect its backyard, add to its Indiana customer base, and obtain a missing link between its Chicagoland properties and Louisville,” he said. “The company has the resources, and should have no trouble being licensed.”

Officials at Churchill Downs are keeping quiet about this possibility. It’s likely that several different companies will bid for the right to acquire this gambling venue.

Is now the best time for companies to invest in new properties, though?

US Casino Companies Remain in a Tough Spot

When the merger between Eldorado and Caesars was first announced, it seemed like the perfect move for both companies. No one could have predicted where the casino industry would be at the time of the merger’s completion. Obviously, things are not ideal right now for major US casino companies.

Gambling revenue across the country remains significantly lower than it was in 2019. Despite most states reopening their casinos, visitation to these gambling venues remains low. Many simply don’t want to play inside a crowded casino during a global pandemic.

This is affecting certain parts of the country worse than others. Casino companies continue to do everything they can to increase their revenue figures. That includes increasing safety measures inside casinos and focusing more on online gambling operations.

Some feel that this is not the best time for casino companies to buy major properties. No one really knows how things will look six months from now. There’s a chance that the US casino industry is in an even worse spot than it is right now.

On the other hand, casino sale prices may be lower now than they were last year. Perhaps that offers Churchill Downs a good opportunity with Caesars Southern Indiana Casino. We’ll need to wait and see how this company moves forward over the next few weeks.

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

Here’s a Look at the Hawthorne Race Track’s New Casino

The state of Illinois has been working hard to expand its gambling industry. Lawmakers here feel that increasing the regulated gambling platforms here will help bring the state valuable revenue. We’re now beginning to hear more about the Hawthorne Race Track’s new casino, set to be the first “racino” in Illinois.Hawthorne Race Track

Many are excited to see this gambling venue open up. Hawthorne Race Track is one of the most historic horse racing arenas in the state. Today, we’re going to talk about what the track’s new casino will have to offer.

Let’s get into it!

Looking Back at Illinois’ Gambling Expansion Plans

2020 has been a tough year for the US land-based casino industry. Casino companies across the country are seeing their revenue earnings drop. Just a year ago, however, this industry was thriving and many states were focusing on increasing their number of casinos.

That certainly applies to Illinois. Back in mid-2019, lawmakers here approved a new capital plan that allows for many new casinos to be built around the state. This bill even approves a new casino to be constructed in the city of Chicago.

The global pandemic has delayed some of the state’s gambling expansion plans. Hope was that construction on some of these new casinos would be underway by now. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

In March of 2020, Governor Pritzker officially signed a new bill to legalize and regulate sports betting. Under the new laws, both in-person and online sports betting will become legal here. To the enjoyment of many sports fans, betting options will even become available inside major sporting venues such as Wrigley Field.

Several new casinos will begin opening up in Illinois over the next few years. Obviously, gambling fans here are excited about this news. News is just coming out that one of the most historic race tracks in the state is set to open a new casino, as well.

More Details On the Hawthorne Race Track’s New Casino Are Coming Out!

As we already mentioned, Illinois recently approved a new measure to allow new casinos to open throughout the state. Some of these casinos will be standalone gambling venues. Others will open inside race tracks.

Today, the Illinois Gaming Board officially approved the Hawthorne Race Track’s new casino plans. The owners of the state’s oldest horse race track have been pushing to open a casino for years. They believe adding more gambling options will help to bring in more players from Illinois and other nearby states.

Dakota Schultz, the Director of Communications at the Hawthorne Race Course, expressed his excitement about this news to the media this week.

“We’ll have a full blown casino- I mean it’s slots, it’s table games, we’ll have dining amenities featuring some of Chicago’s, you know, well known culinary brands. Plus racing which no other casino has. So, we’re really excited for the first racing casino,” Schultz said. 

That’s not the only good news for this track. Hawthorne also gained approval from the Gaming Board to begin offering sports betting options, as well.

The current plan is for the track’s casino to open within a year and a half. Sports betting options should become available here in time for football season. We’ll continue offering updates on this new casino over the next few months!

What’s Happening With the Chicago Casino?

There’s been a tremendous amount of media attention surrounding the new casino in Chicago. It’s set to be the first major gambling venue ever built in the city. For more than a year, lawmakers have been trying to find a suitable company to operate this casino.

Most casino companies were staying away. For reasons unknown, Illinois set extremely high tax rates on this casino. Under the initial plans, it would have been almost impossible for any companies to profit off their gambling venue.

About a month ago, Governor Pritzker approved a measure to lower the tax rate for the Chicago casino. Mayor Lori Lightfoot is certainly eager to get this venue constructed. She’s come up with five potential locations for this new gaming venue.

It’s still unclear which company will take control of this proposed casino. With the tax rates now lowered, this is starting to look like a much more appealing project.

We now have confirmation that the Hawthorne Race Track’s new casino is on its way. Based on what’s being said, this may become one of the most popular new gambling venues in the state.

Are you excited to see more casinos opening in Illinois? When do you expect the Chicago casino to open? Let us know in the comments section below!

MA’s Sports Betting Proposal is Being Set Aside

Massachusetts is home to one of the most passionate sports fan bases in the United States. Surprisingly, state leaders have not capitalized on this fan base by legalizing and regulating sports betting. Many felt that would change in 2020, yet MA’s sports betting proposal has just been pushed back.Massachusetta State

It’s disappointing news for many residents here. Several state officials are also expressing disappointment in the decision. Today, we’re going to look at why these plans have been set aside.

Let’s get into it!

More States Are Now Benefiting From Regulated Sports Betting

In mid-May, the Supreme Court decided to strike down PASPA, immediately giving every state in the country the ability to legalize sports betting. This was a monumental moment for the gambling industry. Prior to the removal of PASPA, only Nevada was legally able to offer sports betting options.

It didn’t take long for states to take advantage of the change in the law. Many began proposing bills to legalize and regulate sports betting. As time went on, more states started looking into this industry.

Back in March, all major US sports leagues shut down. We’re now entering August, and many of these leagues have now resumed their operations. Sports betting is now more popular than ever before. Overall, however, gambling revenue in the state is down considerably.

States with legal sports betting operations are profiting massively right now. New Jersey, for example, is seeing its sports betting revenue increase from the time prior to the global pandemic. The state taxes this revenue and right now, that money is more important than ever before.

Many predicted that 2020 would be the year Massachusetts decides to regulate sports gambling. With teams like the Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins, many felt that this could become one of the most profitable gambling destinations in the country.

New reports indicate the state is pushing its plans to regulate this industry back.

What’s Happening With MA’s Sports Betting Proposal?

Today, more than 20 states around the United States have now officially regulated and legalized sports betting. All of these states are now profiting massively off the industry. It seemed almost guaranteed that Massachusetts would be one of the states to embrace this new form of gambling.

Several sports betting bills have been introduced in this state over the years. Many have gained support from lawmakers. Interestingly, none have managed to get formally approved by the House and Senate.

Most recently, Massachusetts’ Senate proposed a new bill called S 2842, an amendment to the House’s bill. It seemed to include everything both legislative groups asked for. Unfortunately, the House has just passed a new economic development bill that does not allow for the legalization of sports betting.

Senator Michael Rodrigues, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, spoke about this situation to the media today.

“As it relates to sports gaming, sports wagering, I believe that certainly the time is close when we are going to be tackling this issue, but the time is not now,” he said. “Nor is this the proper vehicle to do so in.”

MA’s sports betting proposal is not completely dead, though. Several lawmakers here claim they will continue to discuss the matter in a few weeks. For now, the focus is on bringing the state as much money as possible with what’s already available.

Casinos in Massachusetts Have Finally Reopened

There’s no telling when sports betting will become officially legal in Massachusetts. Lawmakers seem interested in the proposals from the House and Senate. There simply seems to be more pressing matters at hand.

That doesn’t mean the state’s gambling industry is dead. Recently, Massachusetts’ casinos finally opened their doors. This state was one of the last to allow its major gambling venues to begin operating again.

The Encore Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield are accepting guests again. According to new reports, both of these venues are getting praise for their safety measures. There are many rules set in place in these casinos, including a mask requirement and distance between players at table games.

Revenue from these casinos are certainly still low, though. Even in cities like Las Vegas, which allowed casinos to reopen in early June, casino revenue is significantly lower than it was last year. Most analysts predict that gambling revenue will remain low for the rest of 2020.

If MA’s sports betting proposal was approved, the state could have begun earning more money from its gambling industry. The sports gambling bills have been pushed aside, for now. Things could change over the next couple of months, though.

Do you think sports betting should be legalized in Massachusetts? Let us know in the comments section below!