Las Vegas casinos still suffering COVID cruelty

The glittering casinos of the Las Vegas Strip were once the standard bearers for the worldwide gambling industry. Those temples of gaming were, and are, the model for practically every large scale casino on the planet. But in the wake of the chaos caused by the corona virus revenue for Silver State casinos is way…

Nevada teachers advocate for increased casino tax

When it comes to funding public education in Nevada, some local teacher's unions are looking to casinos for relief. The Clark County Education Association (CCEA) is advocating for a significant increase in both casino taxes and sales taxes in an effort to pump more cash into the Clark County's revenue-famished public schools. According to a…

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas (finally) outlaws on-site smoking

The Cosmoplitan of Las Vegas is scaling back the number of areas on its premises where smoking is still allowed. While the move is certainly music to the ears of the health-conscious Vegas travelers, the new no-smoking areas are more likely part of a broader effort aimed at halting the spread of COVID-19. According to…

MGM Resorts set to permanently lay off 18,000 workers

News that MGM Resorts will be permanently laying off at least 18,000 employees is something that seems all to inevitable for the struggling land-based casino business. After all, even the busiest, most successful casinos in the world have trouble operating at half-capacity in a year that included a three-month forced shutdown. What's really awful is…

Las Vegas Casinos July losses seem like big wins for 2020

Las Vegas casinos are slowly coming back to life after being locked down for months. July 2020 marked their first full month of operation since Nevada's casinos re-opened in June. Their revenues were down plenty over previous years, but look like major victories compared to March, April and May. According to a recent report from…

Pandemic coin shortage impacting land-based casinos

Remember when one of the indelible sounds of a casino was the jingle-jangle of piles of coins pouring out of slot machines? That memory may not date you as much as you might think. The COVID-19 pandemic, and its attendant shortage of cash and coins, are sending casino operators scrambling to come up with enough…

Sahara casino sues local blog over false shutdown rumor

The Sahara Las Vegas casino is not making plans for a permanent shutdown. That's the message the company wants the world to know and they're not afraid to back up that assertion in a court of law. It's a message that the Las Vegas blog Vital Vegas is learning the hard way after reporting rumors…

Italian casino operators barely migrated online during quarantine

When the world went into lockdown during the winter and spring of 2020, land-based casinos shut down with them. With their favorite land-based casinos closed, gambling critics worried that frequent gamblers would turn into problem gamblers as they shifted their activities online. As it turns out, those worrywarts got themselves all worked up for nothing.…

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino set to reopen

Florida is on track to become the second southern state to reopen its casinos as the US slowly emerges from a two and a half month COVID-19 lockdown. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is leading the way with plans to have its Tampa Bay location open for business as soon as today. But casino…