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.
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!