Golden Nugget revenue jumps by almost 50 percent in H1 ’21

While 2021 is proving to be a brutal slog for large numbers of world citizens, it's an absolutely fabulous time to be Golden Nugget chairman and chief executive, Tilman Fertitta. Fertitta's land-based properties saw an H1 2021 revenue jump of nearly percent over annus horribilis 2020. Revenue over at Golden Nugget Online Gaming, which as…

Mask mandate returns for Nevada casinos

With cases of the dreaded Delta variant surging across the state, Nevada hotels and casinos are once again asking guests to wear masks in public places. The return of the mask mandate was ordered by Governor Steve Sisolak in an attempt to temper skyrocketing COVID-19 infections in Clark County and the rest of the Nevada.…

UK operators rejoice as casinos and bingo halls reopen

UK land-based casino and bingo hall operators caught some great news this week when government officials lifted its most recent coronavirus closure notice. Though they'll be allowed to open their doors again, the casinos and bingo halls will still be operating under some restrictions and will not be at full capacity. Regardless, it's an era…

Free parking and no resort fees at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

How will the hotels and casinos of Las Vegas fight for customers in the waning days of the pandemic? And how will they set themselves apart from their competition when a vaccinated populace emerges from a year or two on lockdown? The answers to some of these questions may be found in the opening of…

Crowds cheer demolition of Trump Casino in Atlantic City

Running a casino isn't easy, even if you fancy yourself to be one of the greatest businessmen in history. If you don't believe that, just ask former US President and failed casino boss, Donald Trump. His reign in Atlantic City came to a crashing conclusion this week when the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino was…

Nevada casino gaming revenue was as bad as you can imagine

It's really hard to overstate what a calamitous year 2020 was for Nevada's casino gaming industry. From a 78-day closure, when no money was coming in, to a public that's still reluctant to travel, there was hardly any good news to be had from the birthplace of modern casino gambling in 2020. Not surprisingly, 2020…

Canadian casino CEO jumps COVID vaccine line

A Canadian casino CEO and his wife are in hot water after executing a clever effort to jump massive coronavirus vaccine line in the Great White North. Unfortunately, most people take a pretty dim view of this kind of chicanery and the couple are facing some pretty serious legal issues as a result of their…

VIP’s won’t pull gambling from pandemic slump

The gambling industries has long been one of those 80/20 kind of industries. Those are the businesses where 80 percent of the revenue comes from 20 percent of the customers. More specifically, gambling operators rely on a minuscule portion of the player pool who spend disproportionate amount of cash and, therefore, generate a disproportionate amount…

Nonsmokers lobby AGA for smoke-free casinos

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANRF), an advocacy group for (you guessed it) non-smokers, has visited America's casinos and they didn't like what they saw. Now they're lobbying the American Gaming Association (AGA) to call for casinos that allow smoking to forgo desperately needed COVID-19 relief funds. It's a long-shot bid that's not likely to get…

NY pol calls for emergency injection of casino revenue

Former New York Governor David Patterson thinks that new casinos could be the Empire State's ticket out of COVID-related financial catastrophe. As such, he's promoting a plan that would see three new casinos in the state, but he's going to need some serious political help if the plan is going to come to fruition. Patterson,…