Venetian Las Vegas set for June 1 reopening

The Venetian Las Vegas is gearing up to reopen its Strip hotel and casino on June 1 with enhanced safety protocols for guests and staff, according to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It's an ambitious goal that sets a new standard for Vegas casinos and it will be interesting to see whether or…

Mississippi casinos first in country to reopen

Is it safe to head back into a casino? That's a question that Mississippi casino operators are set to answer this week when they reopen their businesses for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown began. Operators in the southern state got the OK from the Mississippi Gaming Commission (MGC) to resume operations on Friday,…

Casinos ready to re-open…casinos workers aren’t so sure

Casino owners across the world are, understandably, interested in re-opening their shuttered facilities as soon as it is safely possible to do so. In many cases, they're getting ready to open their doors sooner rather than later using new governmental safety guidelines such as those recently published by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. But while…

Should small casinos qualify for COVID-19 relief funds?

Should small casinos qualify for federal assistance to help them cover payrolls during COVID-19-related shutdowns? That's a question US lawmakers are posing their nation's president as businesses of all sizes struggle to stay afloat during the unprecedented lockdown that has most Americans staying very close to home. The issue of whether or not small casinos…

Trump's trade war with China takes its toll on casino construction

In the mind's eye, the glimmering casinos of the Las Vegas seem like the last places on earth that would be impacted by US President Donald Trump's trade war with China, but that's not exactly the case. Casino construction and remodeling, it turns out, is heavily reliant on steel beams. Most steel, it also turns…

Land-based US casinos clock record revenue for 2018

2018 was a very good year if you happened to own a land-based casino in the United States. That's the word from the the American Gaming Association's (AGA) State of the States 2019: The AGA Survey of the Commercial Casino Industry. According to the report, America's casinos clocked in a record-breaking $41.7 billion in revenue…

Boyd Gaming sued for alleged racial discrimination

A former casino executive for Boyd Gaming is suing the company for alleged acts of racial and sexual discrimination. Among the claims made by former sales director Kim Carpenter is that the company avoids booking musical acts that would attract large African American or Hispanic audiences to its casinos. Carpenter, whose duties included booking acts…

Casinos Working on Turning e-Sports Players into Regular Gamblers

Land-based casinos are dealing with a challenge that casino affiliates are all too familiar with, converting players. Only in this case, the casinos are struggling with the challenge of converting e-sports players into traditional gamblers; the kind who sit at the tables and lose big bucks over extended periods. It's a massive challenge that could…

Atlantic City Continues to Bleed as Trump Taj Mahal Shuts Down for Good

Atlantic City's, seemingly, never-ending bloodbath took another victim this week as the Trump Taj Mahal shut it doors for good. The casino is the fourth in AC to close to since 2014 and is leaving more than 3,000 workers without jobs. Though the once glitzy jewel of the Atlantic City Boardwalk carries the name of…

Nevada Casino Gaming Revenue Sees 10 Percent July Spike

July proved to be a scorching hot month for Nevada's casino and sportsbooks. The Silver State's regulated gambling industry saw a very solid 10 percent July revenue jump over the previous year's results. Casinos and sportsbooks across Nevada did land rush business built on an unusually busy month for the state's regulated sportsbooks. According to…