More Information on the Richmond Casino-Resort is Coming Out!

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Virginia is still in the process of legalizing its casino industry. Some powerful casino companies are now getting ahead of the game, proposing their plans for future gambling properties here. Today, we’re going to talk more about the proposed Richmond Casino-Resort.

There has been a tremendous amount of attention placed on this venue. Many believe it will become one of the most popular new gambling properties on the East Coast. There is some major progress being made to get a casino here up and running.

Here’s what you need to know!

Virginia Continues Moving Towards Casino Legalization

Most of the states throughout the southern United States have tough laws towards casino gambling. That includes Virginia. For decades, lawmakers here have pushed against the legalization of casinos and some felt things would never change.

Recently, many lawmakers here have changed their thinking. Many have begun to realize how much revenue can be earned from this industry. Some of Virginia’s lawmakers are also seeing the huge demand for legal casinos from many state residents.

There have been some exciting updates lately. In early February, a state Senate committee decided to allow residents in five different cities to vote on whether or not to allow casinos. This is a huge move and is likely one of the final steps needed to get the state’s casino industry operational.

Many are pointing towards the economic benefits that legal casinos will bring to different areas of Virginia. That includes several low-income areas desperate for more employment and revenue opportunities. This seems to be the primary reason for this new push to allow casinos here.

Richmond is one area of Virginia working hard to host a new casino-resort. There have been several major companies expressing interest in opening a gambling property here. That includes Bally’s Corporation.

Bally’s officially submitted a proposal to operate this venue. Many are excited to hear what this major casino company has planned.

Bally’s Submits Proposal to Operate a Richmond Casino-Resort

Bally’s Corporation is well-known in the US casino industry. This company launched in 2004 and now owns and operates casinos around the country. Lately, the company has been looking to expand into new states.

This week, Bally’s submitted an official proposal to operate a new casino-resort in Richmond. The company revealed its plans to create and run a “state-of-the-art destination hotel, resort, and casino.” Bally’s has some big plans for this property.

If approved, Bally’s will open a massive 1.6 million-square-foot casino. It will feature a casino, sportsbook, hotel, and resort-style pool. A variety of restaurants and entertainment options will also be constructed here.

Bally’s is also teaming up with several different local companies to ensure this project moves forward in the best way possible. The construction of this property is expected to take 18 months and is expected to cost around $650 million. It is then projected to generate $415 million in gross gaming revenue.

George Papanier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bally’s Corporation expressed his excitement about this project in an official statement this month.

“We are honored about the prospect of partnering with the City of Richmond as it embarks upon this exciting and unique adventure,” he said. “Our proposal represents an unprecedented project for the Richmond community that will embrace and showcase the city’s existing culture and traditions in an environment positioned towards entertainment and leisure. The Bally’s Richmond would provide the city with a vibrant new attraction that is sure to turn Richmond into a dynamic tourist destination.”

Nothing has been approved yet and it’s still unclear if Bally’s will be given permission to operate the casino in Richmond. These plans will certainly stand out with lawmakers, though. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

Las Vegas Tourism Rates Are Expected to Increase Soon

Virginia is choosing to embrace the casino industry at an unusual time. For almost a year, land-based casino revenue has been on a steady decline around the country. Las Vegas has been hit the hardest by this economic situation.

Fortunately, there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Infection rates around the United States are dropping right now. Some of Nevada’s leaders claim a loosening of restrictions is likely just around the corner.

These two factors will likely result in a major tourism boom in Las Vegas. Casino companies are banking on this fact. Some have recently chosen to resume weekday reservations. There’s a real sense of optimism for the city’s gambling industry.

2021 will also feature a number of exciting new casinos in Las Vegas. The most-anticipated is of course Resorts World Las Vegas. This property will be opening to the public sometime this summer and is the most expensive casino-resort ever built in Las Vegas.

Many are excited to see the new Virgin Hotel-Casino open its doors in Las Vegas soon, too. This property is taking the place of the former Hard Rock Hotel-Casino. Virgin is working hard to make this a truly special property.

Are you excited to hear Bally’s plan for a Richmond Casino-Resort? Let us know in the comments section below!

Bill to Allow Commercial Casinos in Virginia is Making Progress

The gambling industry is one of the hottest topics for lawmakers in Virginia. Many officials here want to see the state expand its number of legal gambling options. This week, a bill to allow commercial casinos in Virginia advanced through a Senate sub-committee.Virginia Sign

This is a huge win for gambling fans and proponents throughout the state. It seems likely that these commercial gambling venues will be approved in 2020.  Today, we’re going to look at the state’s current casino laws, and discuss how they might change this year.

Virginia’s Current Gambling Laws, Explained

Virginia is home to more than 8 million people. Over the past couple of years, more residents here have begun pushing to change the state’s gambling laws. Virginia is known for its hardline stance towards the gambling industry, with almost no legal gaming options available right now.

This includes casino gambling. Virginia is one of the states which does not currently allow any tribal or commercial casinos. This wasn’t always the case, though. In the 1800s, Virginia was home to several major gambling venues.

These were eventually shut down in the early 1900s. Almost all forms of gambling remained illegal here throughout the 20th century. In 1987, Virginia finally legalized a state lottery. Eight years later, lawmakers began pushing to allow riverboat casinos. Unfortunately, this was shot down in the Senate committee.

Another attempt to legalize river casinos was made in 2013. Once again, these plans were quickly shut down. There are several online casinos available in VA, yet none are regulated by the state.

Finally, it appears officials here are open to allowing some gambling venues. A bill to allow commercial casinos was introduced in November of 2019. This week, it was approved by the state Senate sub-committee.

Commercial Casinos in Virginia May Soon Become Legal

The US gambling industry is growing at an unprecedented rate. More states are beginning to realize how lucrative legal casino gambling and sports betting can be. It seems this is the case in Virginia. Lawmakers here are finally beginning to embrace the idea of legal casinos.

This week, the Senate General Laws and Technology Subcommittee on Gaming officially approved the recent bill to legalize commercial casinos in Virginia. This bill is a continuation of another bill, called SB 1126, that called for a study on the impact that casinos would have on Virginia.

State officials are beginning to sign-off on this new legislation. Residents in the state will need to approve new casino proposals before any of these venues can be built. A majority of voters are needed to approve the new plans.

Most agree that Virginia’s casino industry will be successful. There are already several cities here that claim to be interested in opening one of these venues.

Conservative groups continue to raise concerns over this new bill. Fortunately, there are enough statistics available that prove how valuable these venues may be to the state. It seems as if we already know where some of these casinos will open.

Five Virginia Cities May Soon Open Casinos

There are still several steps that need to be taken before the bill to allow commercial casinos in Virginia is approved. Interestingly, there are several states where lawmakers want to see these venues open. Each one is struggling financially and would benefit from the extra revenue obtained through the gambling industry.

For now, Richmond, Bristol, Danville, Portsmouth, and Norfolk have all qualified to open a casino.

Some of Virginia’s top lawmakers are still reviewing ways to regulate the new casino market. As of now, the Virginia Lottery is being tasked with monitoring these venues. Gaming revenue will be taxed at 27%.

Native American casinos may eventually be allowed here, as well. Recently, the Pamunkey Tribe has requested permission to operate a new casino in Norfolk and Richmond. These plans have not yet been approved.

It seems like commercial casinos in Virginia are on their way. Perhaps in time, every state in the country will allow traditional casino gambling. Stay tuned for more updates on this situation over the next few months!