Impact Of Coronavirus (COVID-19) On Each US State

As more and more states are shutting down daily practises, here is where gambling is at in each state and where the meetings of the General Assembly are since several states discuss sports betting legislation.

Online casino gambling is legal in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. In those States plus Nevada, online poker is legal. West Virginia and Michigan legalised online casinos and later this year target launch dates will be planned.

Social casinos, like Chumba, are legal even in states which prohibit online gaming.

Alabama

CASINOS: The three Alabama casinos in Wind Creek — Atmore, Wetumpka and Montgomery — had a soft reopening on June 4 for small groups of invited guests, followed by the reopening of the public on June 8. New health and social-distancing measures include temperature checks for guests and employees, and everybody needs masks or face coverings. Visitors were asked to bring their own masks, but a small donation to help local emergency responders, health care professionals and COVID patient relief would be made available at the facilities. Casinos restricted the number of guests on the floor to roughly one-third of normal operations to accommodate social distance. Many state casinos have reopened or are getting ready to reopen under an order dubbed “Safer At Home,” which has recently been extended to include casinos, camps and theatres.

LEGISLATURE: On May 4, the legislature returned to pass the two budgets of the state, and adjourned on May 18. The spending bills were signed on May 18 by Gov. Kay Ivey according to published reports. “While we have yet to know the full impact of COVID-19 on our state, these budgets will ensure continuity of government, while being fiscally responsible,” Ivey said in a statement. According to the Associated Press, two gambling issues — establishing a state lottery and allowing the Creek Indians’ Poarch Band to have casinos — did not gain traction during the abbreviated legislative session.

Alaska

CASINOS: Alaska is without casinos. State legislation permits bingo halls and pull-tab games.

LEGISLATURE: Emergency coronavirus law passed by the legislature March 29. According to the Anchorage Daily News, it allows Alaska to combat health and economic pandemic issues. Access to the Juneau capital was restricted to lawmakers, staff, officials in the administration and credential media.

Arizona

CASINOS: Gila River Casinos, operated by Lone Butte, Vee Quiva and Wild Horse Pass casinos, have closed the casinos because of coronavirus issues among workers, according to ABC15. On 15 May they reopened. The company issued a statement June 18 saying, “The closure will be effective on all three properties beginning at 2 a.m. on June 18, and it will be in place for two weeks.”

According to KNAU, the Navajo Nation said its casino east of Flagstaff, the Twin Arrows Casino, would reopen by mid-June with new guidelines for health and social distances in place. The hotel was listed on its website as reopening on 5 July.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa and Fort McDowell Casino near Fountain Hills reopened on May 15, following strict guidelines for safety and social distancing. The stay-at – home order for Gov. Doug Ducey expired that day.

According to published reports, Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona reopened June 1, in Scottsdale. West Valley Casino of Desert Diamond plans to reopen June 5, according to a news release. Other casinos in Desert Diamond will be closed at least until May.

On their website, Bucky’s Casino and Yavapai Casino in Prescott Valley announced they were reopening on June 1. On its website, Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson said it will begin a “phased reopening” on May 21.

LEGISLATURE: Legislature leaders reconvened May 1 and ended the current session due to coronavirus which had been on recess since March 27. It pushed some pending bills into the next Legislative Session, including sports betting.

On May 12, Ducey said his state would be open to professional sports, without fans, starting May 16. No professional league has said it’s ready to start that soon, but according to the Associated Press, Ducey said he’s had discussions with some of the leagues’ leaders. He did not say which ones, or elaborate on what might happen in the state. Arizona has players in all four major sports leagues.

Arkansas

CASINOS: According to media reports, a coalition would pursue a constitutional amendment for the Arkansas Racing Commission to add 16 casino licences in the State. The state has three casinos approved for a fourth place in Pope County. Efforts to expand casino numbers have failed in the past.

According to an article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the three casinos in the state reopened May 18 under new capacity restrictions and health guidelines. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said casinos will be limited to one-third of their capacity. As of March 17, the casinos had been closed.

The three Arkansas casino sportsbooks announced a 63 percent decrease in the February sports betting handle in March. The $1.59 million cumulative sports betting handle from the Oaklawn Park, Southland, and Saracen casinos in March was a decline of $2.7 million from the sports betting handle for February.

LEGISLATURE: The capital was closed, but the arena of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock was recently convened by the legislature. House representatives adopted the recommendations for social distancing by spreading across the Jack Stevens Center and accepted funding for emergency coronaviruses. On April 8, Hutchinson delivered his State of the State address as the house met in the state capital at the Stevens Center and the Senate. Three state lawmakers also tested coronavirus positive.

California

CASINOS: Three tribal casinos in San Francisco area have announced reopening on their websites or via social media. Graton Resort & Casino said it would reopen on June 18; on Facebook, the San Pablo Lytton Casino said it would reopen soon; and on Twitter, River Rock Casino said it would reopen June 29.

According to media sources, the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians in Southern California has announced it will reopen Casino Pauma June 12.

Colusa County health officials released a alert on June 5 warning of possible coronavirus contamination at northern California’s Colusa Casino Resort, according to CBS 13. Possible exposure was on June 1.

Several other State casinos have reopened. According to the Desert Sun of Palm Springs, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino owned by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians reopened June 2 with new health and social distance guidelines in place.

According to their web site, Cache Creek Casino Resort near Sacramento reopened June 8. On the same day three other tribal casinos reopened — Jackson Rancheria, Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, and Placerville ‘s Red Hawk Casino. They’ll have new measures of health and social distance in place. There will be hand sanitizers in the gaming areas and according to media sources, players will have temperature controls and wear facemasks.

More casinos in Southern California reopened May 22. The reopening of the casinos that day — Spotlight 29 Coachella Casino and Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms; Harrah’s Southern California Resort near Valley Center; and Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa near Cabazon.

According to the Associated Press, Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine (San Diego County) re-opened May 18. There was a huge crowd to get in and people had to wear masks and check their temperatures, the AP reported. Three other casinos reopened in San Diego County — Sycuan Casino Resort near El Cajon, Jamul Casino in Jamul, and Valley View Casino & Hotel close to Valley Centre. Sycuan reopened on 20 May; Jamul reopened on 21 May; and Valley View reopened on 22 May.

On June 1st the Pechanga Tribe reopened the Pechanga Resort Casino, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. The reopening allowed limited gaming.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise has an extensive list of casino reopenings in Southern California.

LEGISLATURE: A hearing on SCA-6, a constitutional amendment putting sports betting on the November ballot, was delayed by the Senate Appropriations Committee to 23 June.

The legislature, which had recessed owing to the pandemic, recently returned to work on passing a budget. It needs to do that by June 15. Gov. Gavin Newsom will have it signed before July.

The original remain in the state in California’s home order has had an impact on the state’s tribes having enough signatures to get a November ballot sports betting measure placed. The tribe needs about one million valid signatures to get the question on the ballot and the state must verify the signatures. With California residents banned from public contact, it could be difficult, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, to get the signatures required for sports betting and other ballot initiatives. Doing not get the measure on the ballot could actually lead to a better bill. Mobile sports betting is not permitted under the current law.

Newsom said at a May 18 news conference that the state’s pro sports and sporting events could return without fans in the first week of June.

Colorado

CASINOS: Casinos at Cripple Creek in Teller County reopened June 15 after gaining state health officials’ approval. Among the new guidelines: At first only slot machines were available, and customer temperatures were checked. They will wear masks, as well. According to news sources, Gilpin County casinos reopened to long queues on June 17th. A phased reopening began in the county, home to Black Hawk and Central City, where more than half of the state’s casinos are located. As of mid-March, Colorado casinos have been closed.

According to their website, the Sky Ute Casino Resort has said it will launch the Sky Ute SportsBook, a new mobile sports betting app. The casino is located on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in Ignacio, in the southwest corner of the state. It is thought to be the first sportsbook of Native American origin. It’s going to be the eighth sports betting app to go live in the state when it launches. According to Jason Trost, founder and CEO of Smarkets, a UK-based betting exchange, SBK was the most recent, starting June 4 with a soft start.

According to a news release, the SBK launch was a milestone for Smarkets, which is debuting its platform in the US after last year’s partnership with casino operator Full House Resorts. As originally planned, the State launched its sports betting market as of May 1. BetMGM, BetMonarch (Monarch Casino Resort), BetRivers, DraftKings, FanDuel, FOX Bet, SBK and Sky Ute are the sportsbooks now up and running in Colorado.

According to an email from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission, Colorado sportsbooks have seen bettors placed $25.5 million in wagers in their first month. Sports betting went live in the state on May 1 despite shutdown of sports and casinos. A more detailed May report is expected to be published in mid-June.

The commission spent almost all of its five-hour meeting on May 21 considering a change to Gaming Regulation 30-1401, the casinos’ tiered tax rate. Members of the Commission heard testimony, among others, from municipalities facing budget shortfalls due to a reduced rate, and from the Colorado Gaming Association, which said lowering the rate would help the state’s 33 casinos rebound from being closed since mid-March. Unanimously, the commission voted to retain the existing tax rate rates for Fiscal Year 2021 while recognising the discomfort everyone experienced from coronavirus.

According to a news release, Century Casinos, Inc. announced May 19 that it has reached an agreement with bet365 to become the company’s second online sports betting operator partner in the state. Century has a master licence through a subsidiary. Bet365 would require a state gaming board approval.

In a news release on May 19th, International Game Technology (IGT) announced that its PlaySports technology will control retail and mobile sports betting at Wild Card Saloon and Sasquatch Casino in Black Hawk. Ed & Shirley ‘s Inc. owns and operates the two casinos.

An article in the Denver Post reported that the most popular gambling sport among Coloradans since the launch of sports betting was table tennis, which, according to DraftKings data, had the most volume and dollar bets in the first 10 days. According to The Post, UFC was second, followed by Korean baseball, and Belarus Premier League Soccer.

BonusFinder.com states that a Colorado licence has been granted. It also operates in New Jersey, Indiana and Pennsylvania.

LEGISLATURE: On May 26, the legislature ended its temporary adjournment and practised measures of social distance throughout the state capitol. The legislative session was adjourned on March 14. The legislature has a state budget to approve. According to the Denver Post, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled April 1, that state lawmakers do not have to meet during a declared public health emergency for 120 consecutive days.

Connecticut

CASINOS: Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket and Uncasville’s Mohegan Sun Casino had soft reopenings on May 30, two days earlier than they initially scheduled for reopening. Gov. Ned Lamont was on board with their plans, having been at odds with the tribes over the reopening. On May 29, he announced that the casinos “took to heart some of the thoughts we had,” and were allowed to reopen early. They reopened June 1, to the public. The casinos had worked on new guidelines for social distancing and health. Hand sanitiser and sanitising wipes throughout the casinos were prevalent and every other slot machine was open to create proper distances between players. As patrons entered the building, body temperatures were checked, and cards were swapped out more frequently at each table.

LEGISLATURE: Lamont has selected Rob Simmelkjaer, 48, who has spent his career working at NBC Sports and ESPN as the next chairman of the governing board of Connecticut Lottery Corp. Simmelkjaer founded Persona Media, a social media startup based in Norwalk, Connecticut, following the NBC Sports and ESPN.

On 21 April the legislature closed its session early. According to a news release April 13, the state has given Scientific Games Corp. a new, five-year contract to serve as the primary instant game supplier for Connecticut Lottery. The deal increases the partnership between the company and the state, and becomes the primary provider. Scientific Games has been Connecticut’s supplier of instant games for over 40 years, the release said.

Delaware

CASINOS: Casinos reopened on June 1, under new guidelines for safety and social distance. Stay-at-home order for the state had been in effect until May. According to published reports, casinos had to present a security plan, maintain capacity at 30 percent, have eight feet between slots and other gaming machines and disinfect those machines every 15 minutes to two hours. Horse racing tracks were also resumed on June 1, without fans.

Although the state has been losing revenue from closed casinos since mid-March, state lottery director Vernon Kirk told Wilmington, Delaware ‘s News Journal that there is no schedule for adding mobile sports betting. Kirk said it’s not on the “front burner” of the lottery. Sports betting is available at the three brick-and – mortar casinos — Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington — but not via mobile, although it’s legal in the state.

Delaware ‘s report on May iGaming has shown revenue to be $1,134,900. That was an increase of 33 percent over April’s $856,182, the state ‘s previous high. The May figure was also a year-over-year 262 percent increase from last May’s $313,648, according to the Delaware Lottery, which oversees state gaming. The iGaming handle for May total was $29,485,079, a slight increase over April’s $28,496,616 — which was easily the state’s biggest month.

LEGISLATURE: The primary presidential state, originally scheduled for April 28 but moved to June 2 due to coronavirus, has now been postponed to July 7, according to WHYY Philadelphia PBS station. The legislature practically began meeting on May 26; sessions in person were suspended in March.

Florida

According to Churchill Downs Inc. CASINOS: Calder Casino in Miami Gardens reopened June 12. Gulfstream Park is set to reopen its casino on June 18, it announced on its website on Thursday. The news came a day before the reopening of The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and Seminole Classic Casino with new health and social distance guidelines in place in South Florida. New safety initiatives include temperature checks upon entry and facemasks.

Penn National announced the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club has reopened.

Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Room reopened May 21. After new health and social distance measures were introduced by the initial customers, people waited in line until the evening to get into. New guidelines including providing a 50 percent capacity poker room (23 out of 46 tables); active tables with Plexiglass dividers; games running at a limit of 6 handed; and staff and visitors were required to wear masks (gloves are optional); and cards and chips were periodically cleaned according to the website of the casino.

Some Florida restaurants and stores were allowed to reopen on May 4 at a capacity of 25 percent.

LEGISLATURE: Gov. Ron DeSantis said in mid-May that, according to published reports, professional sports teams are welcome to practise and play in Florida — without fans — if they can not hold practises or games in their own states. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey made the same offer for the pro sports teams earlier that week. Florida has already hosted fanless live UFC events.

The legislative session ended March 13 without the legislation on sports betting and without a new compact deal with the Seminole Tribe, which had paid the state $350 million a year.

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Georgia

CASINOS: Georgia is without a casino.

LEGISLATURE: On April 24, state officials allowed certain non-essential enterprises to reopen. On April 27, restaurants and theatres were well allowed to open again. By allowing gyms, barber shops, hair salons, tattoo parlours and bowling alleys to reopen, Gov. Brian Kemp lightened restrictions. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia had two sports betting plans that did not make enough headway until a statutory deadline expired. House Resolution 378 would have amended the constitution of the state to allow certain types of sports betting, but the measure never came to a full vote in Parliament. The amendment would have allowed for both casino gambling and sports betting, including parimutuals. Senate Bill 403 also dealt with sports betting, but it also failed to set the deadline of March 12, so sports betting in Georgia will have to wait until 2021. Following a release from the legislature, the General Assembly suspended its session indefinitely after March 13. The house and senate said they would meet again at a later date.

Hawaii

CASINOS: Hawaii is without casinos.

LEGISLATURE: A stay-at – home order is in place until May. It was extended in late April by the Governor. Hawaiian legislators suspended the legislative session indefinitely on March 17, according to the Associated Press. The recess commenced on 18 March.

Idaho

CASINOS: The Casino Coeur d’Alene reopened May 1. The Coeur d’Alene tribe began the process on April 27 with a limited opening of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel followed by reopening of the casino. New safety guidelines have been placed in place for casino guests and workers including masks and fewer games. Many tribal agencies and facilities also say their phased re-openings will begin. Many state casinos, including The Nez Perce Tribe expected to open the Clearwater River and Casinos It’se Ye-Ye, reopened in mid-May.

LEGISLATURE: On 19 March the Senate ended its legislative session. According to the Associated Press, the house ended its session March 20.

Illinois

CASINOS: According to the Chicago Sun-Times, on June 9 the Illinois Gaming Board published regulations for reopening casinos. Each of the 10 casinos in the state must present a plan that includes disinfecting measures, equipping employees with protective gear including face masks and maintaining social distance throughout the facility. Patrons have to wear face masks, too. Capacity will be limited to 50 per cent and there will be no open poker rooms. However, the board has set no date for the reopening of the casinos.

The gaming board has released emergency rules that would require the online sports betting co-branding. According to the website of the gaming board, an emergency rule is a rule adopted which takes effect immediately upon first filing with the Secretary of State and expires automatically after 150 days. Illinois made its first sporting bet on March 9th at a brick-and – mortar casino.

According to published reports, Illinois lawmakers approved a Chicago casino on 23 May. A spending package passed early Sunday to get Illinois through the rest of the year, and next one. The fourth day of a special session was Saturday. The Senate approved the plan for casinos 42-14, and it will be sent to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who has indicated in the past that he will sign it. According to bill sponsor Sen. Bill Cunningham of Chicago, the state’s capital projects will get $45 million up front in licencing fees before the casino opened.

LEGISLATURE: According to Capitol News Illinois, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled on April 16 that daily fantasy sports do not fit the definition of gambling in the State law.

Indiana

CASINOS: According to published reports, there were lines outside some casinos, as they reopened in Indiana on June 15. The 13 state-regulated casinos in Indiana were allowed to reopen with new safety plans submitted to the Indiana Gaming Commission. Since Mid-March the casinos have been closed.

Four Winds Casino in South Bend, the state’s only tribal casino, also reopened June 15. The two Indiana casinos of Boyd Gaming Corp.—Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City and Belterra Casino in Florence — also reopened June 15. Penn National announced that it has reopened the Ameristar Casino Hotel in East Chicago and the Lawrenceburg Hollywood Casino.

Recently the Indiana Gaming Commission updated its Emergency Rules for Sports Wagering. The rules went into effect on 20 May.

According to ESPN, which released a study on the validity of table tennis matches on May 25, the IGC on June 1 suspended betting on lower-tier table tennis games, while undertaking a review of the leagues and their affiliation to sanctioning bodies to assess what fairness policies applied.

Also on June 1, the IGC added Professional Bull Riding and the Premier Lacrosse League to the sports list that Indiana sportsbooks can offer wagers on, according to the gaming commission, which updated the list of Approved Sports Wagering Events. It updated its sports betting options for PGA and LPGA on May 18, and previously added the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) League.

The IGC has granted full mobile sports authorisation to Caesars Interactive Entertainment through its Hammond Horseshoe Casino. It had been operating under licence from August under a temporary vendor.

LEGISLATURE: Step 2 of the “Back On Track Indiana” programme for Gov. Eric Holcomb to restore the state gradually began on May 4 and remained in place until May 24. It helps to relieve some of the restrictions already in place since mid-March.

Iowa

CASINOS: At its June 4 meeting, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved DraftKings’ request to allow daily fantasy sports games, but rejected the Iowa Gaming Association’s request to allow casinos to bet on sports, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. At the Clinton, Jefferson and Emmetsburg casinos, DraftKings runs three sportsbooks.

Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona reopened June 15 under new health and social-distancing guidelines, according to its website. The same day the Blackbird Bend Casino near Onawa reopened. According to a business press release, two properties owned by the Eldorado Resorts — Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf and Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo — reopened June 1. The company said it adheres to the regulations imposed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds that limit capacity to 50 per cent to ensure that the guidelines for social distance are met.

Penn National announced it has reopened the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Council Bluffs.

According to the Sioux City Journal, the Hard Rock Sioux City reopened June 2 with new social distance and health measures in place. The Lyon County Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort reopened June 1 along with over a dozen casinos in Iowa. Casinos were allowed to reopen June 1 at a capacity of 50 percent with other health and social distance measures in place.

Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson reopened June 1, with the reopening of the Lakeside Hotel Casino in Osceola June 3. According to KCCI, the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel will reopen July 1, in Tama.

The casinos closed first in mid-March, and the closure was extended three times. Some businesses began reopening May 15, including restaurants, fitness centres, and barber shops / salons.

Scientific Games recently announced it has signed a 10-year expansion to its Iowa Lottery deal for a new regional gaming programme.

LEGISLATURE: According to Radio Iowa, the legislature has voted to prohibit the use of credit cards for sports betting in casinos. Legalised sports betting was legalised at the state’s casinos last year, but Rockwell City’s Rep. Mike Sexton says credit cards were not expressly listed in the law. “We have established in the State of Iowa that you are not allowed to use credit cards for other forms of gambling,” said Sexton according to Radio Iowa.

Kansas

CASINOS: Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City and Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg reopened May 22, and the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane reopened May 23, the Associated Press reported. Penn National’s Hollywood Casino in Kansas Speedway reopened slot machines on May 25 and the Sac and Fox Casino in Powhattan reopened on June 1.

The casinos that reopened checked people’s temperatures in and added additional health and social distance measures. Under the State’s “Phase Two” plans, casinos were allowed to reopen May 22.

LEGISLATURE: The state house was locked to the public — only senators, workers, executive branch personnel and lobbyists are admitted. The legislature continues to conduct committee hearings and still deals on the state budget and any emergency legislation, but remains in recess until April 27.

Kentucky

CASINOS: Churchill Downs announced Monday in a news release that it has agreed to purchase 1,250 historic racing machines from IGT. The machines will operate at Derby City Gaming in Louisville, Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel in Oak Grove (opening in September), and Newport Racing & Gaming in Newport (opening in early fourth quarter).

In Kentucky, where horse racing is king, there are no casinos or sport betting. The Spring Meet at Churchill Downs opened on May 16. Live racing without fans continues through Saturdays on Thursdays. “There will be no fans for racing,” said Gov. Andy Beshear on April 29. “This is one of the most detailed plans that we have seen about specific security checks that everybody has to go through and be temperature-checked to masking to having a very limited group that is there.” The Kentucky Derby, which would have been running May 2, was moved to Sept. 5.

The state was considering legislation to expand gambling beyond horse race betting, but this year it will not happen. There’s an indefinite stay-at – home order in place, but Kentucky is working with surrounding states to coordinate when to reopen.

LEGISLATURE: On April 1 the state legislature passed a streamlined one-year budget that keeps government spending at existing rates, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. It did not provide a new revenue source which should have been added to the sports betting regulations.

Louisiana

CASINOS: New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots reopened on June 13, according to Churchill Downs Inc., under new guidelines from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board and city health officials. According to published reports Caesars Entertainment reopened Harrah’s New Orleans the same day. Harrah’s, the only land-based casino in the state, reopened initially at capacity of 25 percent.

The Lafayette Daily Advertiser reported on June 11 that in March and April, riverboats, land based casinos, racetracks with slots and other video gaming spots lost about $440 million in revenue based on state revenue reports. Twenty casinos shut down from the State on March 17.

Penn National Gaming reopened its five Louisiana casinos on May 18-Boomtown Casino Bossier City, Boomtown Casino New Orleans, L’Auberge Casino Baton Rouge, L’Auberge Casino Lake Charles and Margaritaville Casino Bossier City. State casinos recently reopened with more rigorous safety and social isolation initiatives, including facilities capability of 25 percent. According to published reports, the visitors waited in long lines to get into the facilities.

The Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, and Treasure Chest Casino reopened on May 20. In the coming weeks it will resume operations at Amelia Belle Casino and Sam’s Town Shreveport, the company said.

On May 15, the state resumed its first reopening process. According to an article in The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on May 11 that he would allow casinos, gyms, barber shops, hair salons, food permit bars and others to reopen at 25 percent capacity. Other companies, as well as churches, may also grow to a quarter of their normal capacity. By mid-May a stay-at – home order had been in place.

LEGISLATURE: On June 17, the Louisiana House passed an overwhelming bill setting the tax rate for the State’s daily fantasy sports. It now moves for consideration in the Senate.

83-9 was approved in HB64, sponsored by Rep. John Stefanski, R-Crowley. Since it involves taxation, it required to pass two-thirds of the vote. The legislature is in a special session called immediately after the June 1 regular session closed. Last week Edwards signed a bill setting fantasy sports regulations.

On June 4, Edwards announced that he has appointed state police Lt. Col. Mike Noel as the new Louisiana Gaming Control Board chairman. Noel, who is retiring from the state police, will replace Ronnie Jones, who has served since 2013 and was not confirmed by the legislature on June 1st. Noel spent more than 30 years with the Louisiana State Police. Jones, who was reappointed to the position by Edwards in July, was among 11 appointees selected to serve on boards and commissions by statewide elected officials who did not receive Senate approval.

Sports betting legislation putting the question of legalising sports wagering before voters in the 64 parishes of the state in November will soon move to the Governor for signing after SB 130 passed by the House on Wednesday. Legislation had passed through the House and Senate and one such division had to support the bill of the other. The legislature has also called for a special session to begin immediately after the normal session ends June 1 to consider items on the budget. The rules on fantasy sports are on the table, too. The parishes approved DFS in 2018 but lawmakers have yet to come to an agreement on regulations.

Maine

CASINOS: Casinos remain closed, but were working on plans to reopen.

LEGISLATURE: According to published reports, on 21 May the State Gambling Control Board approved online betting on horse races. Bettors can place online wagers on races across the globe. The governor vetoed a bill that would have allowed sports betting and in February, the House refused to overturn the veto after the Senate did.

Maryland

CASINOS: Casinos reopened June 19. That day, fitness centres / gyms and malls began reopening along with casinos, among other businesses. As of mid-March, casinos have been closed.

Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Ocean Downs Casino in Ocean City, and Western Maryland’s Rocky Gap Casino reopened on June 19.

Maryland Live Casino has announced on its website that it will reopen to the public on June 29 and launch a “phased” reopening for holders of the loyalty card from June 19 through June 28. Games of slots and tables will be open to visitors who will wear face masks, follow social distancing procedures and have their temperature tested before they arrive.

Plans have been created by the casinos to ensure the health and welfare of workers and customers, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica said. MGM recently released its safety protocols for reopening its casinos, including the MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County.

On May 23, the Baltimore Sun reported that at table games the casinos will use thermal cameras to take temperatures and placed in place acrylic dividers. They were also supplying interchangeable facemasks.

LEGISLATURE: On April 20, Senate and House Members declared that they would not hold a special May session. Maryland’s General Assembly ended its legislative session on March 18 due to concerns about coronavirus, but not before approving a sports betting bill calling for voters to legalise sports betting in November.

The Senate voted to pass the bill on March 18 after a crucial provision was introduced by the House the previous day. If voters approve the measure, the legislature will have to work out how sports betting, tax rates and who gets licences will be put into practise. The electoral referendum is required by law in Maryland.

The legislative session was supposed to end April 6 and this is believed to be the first time since the Civil War that a session has been shortened.

Massachusetts

CASINOS: Phase 2 of the reopening plan for Gov. Charlie Baker began on June 8 according to boston.com. Phase 2 will feature hotels with casinos and restaurants with outdoor seating. Playgrounds and youth sports can be used by children. Gaming floors will be part of Phase 3, which could start in late June at the earliest.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission closed three casinos indefinitely beginning March 15 and the closure was extended through May. The gaming commission is now reviewing plans to allow casinos to reopen include thermal cameras to take temperatures, tables and slot machines to relocate to ensure proper social distance, masks worn by employees and employers, increased hand sanitizer stations and Plexiglass shields between employees and employers, according to NBC Boston.

March gross gaming revenue for the casinos was less than half of February ‘s total. Encore Boston Harbour recorded $20,525,175.42; $9,328,326.66 for MGM Springfield; and $4,756,695.12 for Plainridge Park in March, according to masslive.com.

LEGISLATURE: The legislature is meeting and a sports-betting bill is still active and could be included in the state budget.

Michigan

CASINOS: While no date has been set for the reopening of the three casinos in Detroit, the Michigan Gaming Control Board has approved minimum requirements to do so, including limiting capacity to 15 percent, taking guest temperatures upon entry and taking social distance measures. The three casinos closed March 16 after making their first legitimate sports bets.

DraftKings revealed on June 4 that they would work with Bay Mills Resort & Casino to join Michigan’s electronic sports-betting market. The deal allows online and mobile access, and bettors from Michigan will be able to place in-person wagers on a new DraftKings sportsbook in the Bay Mills Resort & Casino. The Alliance is subject to Michigan Gaming Control Board licencing and approval.

Gun Lake Casino was reopened on June 8, just south of Grand Rapids and west of Lansing. The casino, in Allegan County, had new health and social-distancing guidelines in place for the reopening.

According to mlive.com, Four Winds expects to open their casinos on June 15. The Pokagon Gaming Authority has announced that the three Michigan casinos — New Buffalo, Dowagiac and Hartford — and one in Indiana — South Bend will reopen. Four Winds has been working with the Pokagon gaming and health officials to develop a reopening plan.

In some parts of the state, including the far north Upper Peninsula, where many tribal casinos are located, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has loosened restrictions. Whitmer signed an executive order on May 18 authorising the partial reopening of bars and restaurants starting on May 22 at a rate of 50%. The Traverse City area will reopen under the decree, too.

According to mlive.com, Odawa Casino Mackinaw reopened on May 22 with increased security and social isolation initiatives in place, including wearing facemasks. The Petoskey Odawa Casino reopened on 29 May, as did the Leelanau Sands Casino and Lodge and Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel near Traverse City. They ‘re owned and operated by the Ottawa and Chippewa Indian Grand Traverse Band.

Northern Waters Casino Resort in Watersmeet, owned and operated by Lake Superior Chippewa’s Lac Vieux Desert Band, reopened on May 22, its web site reported.

According to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Saganing Eagles Landing Casino and Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant reopened June 1, 2013. The Battle Creek FireKeepers Casino, run by the Potawatomi Nottawaseppi Huron Band, also reopened June 1.

The Island Resort and Casino, a tribal casino run by the Hannahville Indian Community in Harris close to the Wisconsin border, has posted new customer guidlines on its website. It reopened 16 May. It was closed from 21 March. The state-at-home order for Michigan is in place until 28 May.

Five casinos in the Upper Peninsula owned by the Sault Ste. Chippewa Indian Marie Tribe-Christmas, Hessel, Manistique, Sault Ste. Marie and Saint Ignatius reopened June 1.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan told the Detroit News that without a COVID-19 vaccine, the three casinos in the city probably won’t reopen completely. “I would be surprised if a vaccine develops within a year. So we’re going to have to deal with it. Do the casinos end up reopening with 25% or 30 percent capacity? I don’t know,” Duggan told the newspaper. Taxes and construction fees from the gaming houses took in last year’s $184 million for Detroit, and $118 million for the municipality, representing 20 percent of the general fund of the region.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board reported that revenue from the three Detroit casinos declined steeply in March, with a combined adjusted revenue of $57,445,827. That was down 52.8 percent from $121.761.104 in February and down 59 percent year on year. Detroit ‘s three casinos-MGM Grand, Greektown, and MotorCity-closed on March 16. According to the Detroit News, the Greektown on March 30 opened 40 rooms free to Detroit police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who are concerned about going home and infecting family members with the coronavirus.

Legal sports betting started in Michigan on March 11, after first ceremonial wagers were placed in the casinos of MGM Grand Detroit and Greektown. The state also shut down 23 tribal casinos.

LEGISLATURE: A Senate bill introduced this week aims, according to published reports, to speed up the online gaming process by granting temporary internet gaming supplier licences to commercial and tribal casinos before regulations are drawn up. The Senate Bill 969 was referred to Regulatory Reform Committee. Another sign that Michigan is one of the states that shows urgency to get iGaming up and running.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board has begun receiving licencing applications forms for the online gaming provider. It’s another step that the state takes to get mobile sports betting in place early in 2021, if not sooner.

The gaming control board will soon allow online and smartphone horse-racing betting. Director of the Gaming Control Board Richard Kalm released the order on 5 May allowing third-party facilitators to obtain a licence and provide advance deposit wagering.

In December 2019, the state’s 1995 Horse Racing Law was changed to require bettors to create an account with a third-party facilitator and use a mobile device or computer to make bets online. The only horse racing track in the state is Northville Downs, a harness racing venue about 30 miles west of Detroit.

Minnesota

CASINOS: Operating Aces Casino in Columbus reopened June 15 with reduced capacity and new safety policies in place, according to Twin Cities Fox-TV station KMSP. The Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton also reopened June 15, as did the Fond-du-Luth Casino in Duluth, according to their websites. Both of these are owned and run by the Lake Superior Chippewa Fond du Lac Band.

The Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, according to a report on their website, is targeting a staggered reopening on June 22, with improved safety and social distance initiatives. “As we plan the gradual process of reopening our economy and returning employees to work, we have taken measures to combat the potential impact on our resort and facilities,” the post read. “We will continue to monitor the situation. As it evolves, our reopening date could change, based upon external factors, such as the planned June 21 reopening of the US/Canadian border.”

As of mid-March, casinos have been closed. But the Prairie ‘s Edge Casino Resort at Granite Falls reopened on May 18, according to the casino ‘s website, the first day the state’s new Stay Safe order allowed it. According to their websites, two casinos in Prior Lake — Mystic Lake and Little Six Casinos — owned by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux reopened May 26. Red Wing Treasure Island reopened June 1. According to the Grand Casino website, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley reopened also June 1.

LEGISLATURE: The legislature returned April 14 and approved a new package on coronavirus relief.

Mississippi

CASINOS: Dakia Entertainment Hospitality and Broadwater Development have signed a formal letter of intent to redevelop the former hotel, marina and golf course in Broadwater Beach, according to published reports. Biloxi ‘s Developers won tax breaks for the $1.2 billion, 266-acre entertainment centre. It is scheduled to open by summer 2023.

According to media sources a Vicksburg casino employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee may have been working days in the Riverwalk Casino before symptoms developed. General Manager Ginny Tzotzolas informed employees of the positive test in a memo to casino employees that has been posted on social media. Mississippi casinos reopened May 21. Doors to open at 8 a.m. And there were casinos that had lines of people waiting to get in. The casinos have taken action to strengthen security procedures and to establish mechanisms that separate themselves from each other.

Penn National Gaming announced the reopening on that day of its Mississippi properties including 1st Jackpot Casino Tunica, Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg, Boomtown Casino Biloxi, Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast and Hollywood Casino Tunica. Boyd Gaming announced the reopening of the Biloxi IP Casino Resort Spa and Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Tunica on 21 May.

MGM Resorts reopened the Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunic on May 25, followed by a reduced expansion of Biloxi’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on June 1.

According to the Clarion Ledger, the gambling commission ordered casinos closed at midnight March 16.

LEGISLATURE: According to The Ledger, the legislature adjourned its regular session indefinitely.

Missouri

CASINOS: According to media sources, the St. Louis County casinos reopened on June 15 under tighter safety and social-distance rules. Some state casinos opened earlier this month but St. Louis County did not lift its casino restrictions at the same time as the state. According to a group press release, three properties owned by Eldorado Resorts — The Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Boonville, Isle of Capri Casino Kansas City and Lumière Place Casino & Hotel — reopened June 1. The organisation said it’s limiting casino capacity to ensure sufficient social space.

The Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa in Riverside, Hollywood Casino in St. Louis and River City Casino & Hotel were renovated by Penn National. The 13 Missouri casinos began reopening June 1. Since mid-March the Riverboat casinos have been closed. The state has already begun to lift certain limits on stay at home for companies.

According to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MLB and the NBA have terminated contracts with lobbyists representing their Missouri sports-betting interests. The move comes after sports betting in the state had gained momentum. But in mid-March, lawmakers cut their spring session off short. The legislature has returned to pass budget and coronavirus measures, according to The Post-Dispatch, but is shying away from acting on many important state policy changes. “It appears we are running out of time to take action on both sports betting and video lottery.”

Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, who has introduced numerous casino bills in recent years, told the newspaper.

LEGISLATURE: According to a press release, the state extended its contract with Scientific Games to manufacture Scratchers games by June 2021. Until 2011, the release added, Scientific Games, the world’s leading manufacturer of instant lottery products, has been the state’s main provider. Legislators went back to work and approved a state budget and submitted it to the Senate, the Associated Press reported. Because of the coronavirus the budget takes into account missed sales. The constitution of the state requires that the budget be adopted by 8 May.

Montana

CASINOS: Restaurants, pubs, casinos and breweries began reopening on May 4, following revised rules for health and safety. Many of the latest rules provide provisions of social isolation and a limited capability inside the institutions. According to published reports, officials at Billings and Butte casinos spent the weekend spacing out machines to keep social distance and put up shields to protect customers and employees.

LEGISLATURE: There is no State legislature in session. It had arranged committee sessions postponed and allowed workers to operate remotely.

CASINOS: Several tribal casinos were open during the pandemic, and extra security measures were taken.

LEGISLATURE: The Nebraska Legislature is on an extended recess and the resumption of the session is undetermined.

Nevada

CASINOS: According to published reports, the poker rooms at Bellagio and Caesars Palace reopened June 18. There are fewer seats at the tables, and owing to social distancing laws plexiglass was installed.

On June 17, the State Gaming Control Board updated its health and safety regulations and ordered Nevada casinos to require patrons at table and card games to wear face masks “if there is no barrier, partition or shield between the dealer and each player.”

According to media sources, Las Vegas Sands, which owns the Venetian and Palazzo, will seek to restrict coronavirus within its staff by using “smart rings” that can detect illness before symptoms occur. Since two tests showed that the apps would reliably forecast the onset of symptoms, the company purchased 1,000 of the rings from Oura, a finnish technology startup.

Las Vegas casinos reopened June 4 after a 78-day closure. It was Nevada’s first day allowed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and some of Las Vegas’ largest casinos — MGM Grand, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Venetian, The Flamingo, Wynn Las Vegas, Sahara, The Plaza and Encore — were back in business. It has appeared to be a successful reopening from most accounts.

The Bellagio reopening went so well on June 4 that MGM Resorts International President and Acting CEO Bill Hornbuckle told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the company has already begun to prepare for its next reopenings. Luxor will reopen on June 25; on July 1st, Aria and Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons Las Vegas will open again.

According to the article in the Review-Journal, MGM has called back “several thousand” staff, and Hornbuckle hopes to bring back 50 to 60 percent of the hourly staff by the end of the summer.

Nine of its Nevada resorts were reopened on the same day by Boyd Gaming Corp. — The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Aliante, Cannery, Sam’s Town, Fremont, California and Jokers Wild. A list of Las Vegas casino reopenings from June 4 is available here.

Cactus Petes Resort Casino and M Resort Spa Casino Las Vegas, reopened by Penn National.

Last wednesday, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak gave casinos the go-ahead for reopening after the state reported drops for almost two weeks in new COVID-19 incidents and hospitalisations.

On May 27, the Gaming Control Board issued updated guidelines on health and safety for the reopening. In addition to social-distancing steps, some of the current criteria include testing temperatures upon entry; providing an environment where travellers can be screened for coronavirus and wait for the results; and making facemasks accessible to tourists.

UFC held a fanless card in Las Vegas over the weekend of May 30-31 and prominent boxing promoter Bob Arum staged a five-fight card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on June 9 after receiving local and state approval. The card was the first of a series of fights at MGM Grand over the next two months. On June 11, there was a second fight night, kicking off shows twice a week in June and July at the casino. The fights would be broadcast on ESPN.

According to Las Vegas Sun, the Colorado Belle will not be reopening in Laughlin. According to a statement issued May 18 by the parent company Golden Entertainment, staff were laid off “indefinitely.”

According to KSNV Ch, Circa Sports began curbside sport betting in the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino on May 7. 3. It will be open between 10 a.m., seven days a week. And 6:00 p.m. According to its website, the South Point Hotel Casino on South Las Vegas Boulevard launched a Mobile Betting Sports App on May 6. New users can sign up and existing customers can make deposits, without having to leave their cars in a drive-thru at the valet entrance of the property.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas-based GameCo will shortly begin selling skill-based video game gaming apps in Nevada. The newspaper announced that a six-month field trial involving two games-” Nothin’ but Net 2 “and” All-Star Hoops-was “conducted at four casino locations, The Linq, MGM Grand, and Park MGM in Las Vegas and Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa in Reno. The firm said it is planning to sell other Nevada video game gambling apps.

The Lakeside Inn and Casino in Lake Tahoe on April 14 announced it was permanently closing after 35 years on their website. “This decision was not made lightly. We hoped that we would be able to resume operations once this COVID-19 situation improved. However, that’s just not in the cards for us,” the post said.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board also granted approval on April 14 to offer wagers for these sporting events — the 2020 Overwatch League, the 2020 League of European Legends Championships and the 2020 ESL ONE-DOTA Los Angeles event. It approved wagering on eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series 2020 earlier in April. Nevada is one of the few states legalising bets on eSports.

LEGISLATURE: The Nevada legislature is not in session. This rarely happens in odd-numbered years.

New Hampshire

CASINOS: On its website the Brook Casino in Seabrook announced that it will reopen June 19 under new health and social distancing steps. In a news release, the casino said it “not only meets, but exceeds the New Hampshire Lottery Commission and Governor’s Economic Reopening Task Force’s health and safety standard.” Casinos closed in mid-March and Gov. Chris Sununu’s stay-at – home order was in place until June 15.

According to gamingintelligence.com, Instant Win Gaming will become the “e-instant” software provider for the New Hampshire Lottery. The lottery commission was seeking proposals for iLottery ‘s e-Instant Games tin the fall for production, design, deployment and related services.

Some non-essential state-owned companies reopened May 11 under enhanced guidelines for health and social distancing. Among the reopening company — golf courses, drive-in theatres, convenience shops, barbers and hair salons, and campsites.

The state lottery recorded $8,768,769 in the sports betting handle in March, down 60 percent from the overall handle registered in February for $22,130,928. State revenue from sports betting in March was $394,229, down 41 percent from $671,435 in February.

New Hampshire began offering eNASCAR betting this spring, according to the webpage of approved sport wagering leagues and events from the New Hampshire Lottery. “The New Hampshire Lottery is constantly looking for ways to engage our players and to attract new audiences and eNASCAR represents a strategic addition to our sports betting portfolio,” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of lottery, in a press release. “This new sporting event offers an exciting new opportunity for our players to experience the thrill of winning.”

LEGISLATURE: Legal hearings have been postponed until 4 May.

New Jersey

CASINOS: According to media sources, Gov. Phil Murphy said he plans to reopen the nine casinos in Atlantic City by July 4 with improved health and social isolation initiatives in place. On June 1 Murphy revealed reopening details for Phase 2. According to the Associated Press, reopening retail businesses, outdoor dining with a reduced capacity and allowing the reopening of libraries and museums while limiting the number of people are among the plans.

The state’s Gaming Enforcement Division, which will grant permission until the nine casinos in Atlantic City will reopen, said it “has engaged with the casino industry to develop plans for the safe reopening of Atlantic City’s retail casino operations when authorised by the governor,” the AP stated.

On May 18, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit involving major sports teams, the NCAA and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen ‘s Association. The case now reverts to the New Jersey federal judge. A federal judge will assess the amount of restitution the horsemen ‘s association will seek after receiving evidence from both sides.

According to news sources, Scientific Games and the Golden Nugget Online Casino would launch material on ReelPlay. The launch will include El Dorado Infinity Reels as collaborator of Scientidic Games, ReelPlay.

LEGISLATURE: On Monday, according to nj.com, the legislature approved a package of tax relief measures for the Atlantic City casinos. Legislation expanded tax deductions casinos can take on promotional gaming credits and reduce the gross revenue tax liability for one year if a casino has seen losses during the pandemic. Licensing payments to the State would be delayed until six months after reopening of the casinos. A licence fee of $500 will be suspended on each slot machine until June 30th, 2021.

New Mexico

CASINOS: According to published reports, the Ohkay Hotel Casino in Ohkay Owinge reopened to VIP clients on 13 June and to the general public on 15 June. The Albuquerque Isleta Casino has now reopened for invited visitors and VIP clients and members of the Gold Card. According to its website the Taos Mountain Casino has reopened on June 15. Statewide casinos closed in mid March. According to a news release, the Navajo Nation said its three New Mexico casinos — Fire Rock, Northern Edge, and Flowing Water casinos — would reopen on July 5 at 50 per cent capacity. There will be additional health and safety policies in operation for facemasked workers.

LEGISLATURE: The parliamentary part-session is over.

New York

CASINOS: The Oneida Indian Nation reopened its three casinos on June 10, according to published reports-Turning Stone Resort Casino, Point Place Casino and Yellow Brick Road Casino. In addition to new safety and social isolation initiatives, according to a syracuse.com report, the casinos did not allow people in a 120-mile radius of the casinos to visit.

According to the casino website, the Seneca Nation plans to reopen the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino on July 2,. According to published reports, other Seneca Nation gaming sites in Irving, Salamanca and Cuba, as well as larger casinos including the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino will reopen on June 18.

The Lakeside Entertainment Casino at Union Springs became New York’s first gaming operation to reopen. The Cayuga Nation-run slot machine-only facility says it is exempt from state restrictions imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the report said. It has reopened under more strict rules on safety and social space.

Also on its website, the Saratoga Casino and Hotel announced that it is working with the state on how to reopen, but said a reopening date “has not been determined.”

Casinos closed on March 16 as part of a three-state regional directive which included Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. Sports betting in New York rebounded with $99,514 in March, according to figures posted by the New York State Gaming Commission. Despite being struck worst by the coronavirus and not getting internet sports betting, New York experienced a modest rebound in sports betting income from its February loss of $179,593.

LEGISLATURE: Visitors were closed to the capitol and its surrounding buildings. Three New York State Assembly representatives also tested coronavirus positive. According to news sources, Cuomo and the lawmakers announced a preliminary spending deal on April 1. Online sports betting is not listed in the bill. Cuomo has been a vocal critic of introducing state internet sports betting, even though sports betting sales in the state hit new levels.

North Carolina

CASINOS: The two casinos in western Carolina — Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel in Murphy — reopened by reservation on May 18, according to the Harrah’s Cherokee website. They were closed since 18 March. Both casinos have robust steps to separate themselves from health and culture, the study said. Employees are screened, their temperature checked and face masks are worn. In the state the stay-at – home order expired on May 8.

LEGISLATURE: For the first time since the pandemic started, the State legislature returned April 28. According to the Raleigh News and Observer, lawmakers wore masks and followed social-distancing directives. The legislature should try to pass relief legislation for coronavirus and then adjourn until July or August.

North Dakota

CASINOS: Dakota Nation Gaming Company reopened on June 6, according to media sources, the Dakota Magic Casino & Hotel, Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel and Dakota Link Casinos.

According to its website, the 4 Bears Casino in Minot reopened on May 16 under new health and social distancing measures that did not include blackjack or tables games. This will be open Sunday-Thursdays. According to a news article, the Standing Rock Tribal Council reopened the Prairie Knights Casino and Resort near Fort Yates in Sioux County in mid-May.

LEGISLATURE: In odd-numbered years the annual assembly meets.

Ohio

CASINOS: the State’s casinos and racinos reopened on 19 June. Gov. Mike DeWine gave the OK for the June 5 reopenings after new health and social-distancing plans were submitted by the casinos. According to Churchill Hill Downs Inc., Miami Valley Gaming opened the first day again. Hollywood Gaming reopened on June 19 in Austintown.

Penn National reopened Hollywood Casino in Columbus, Hollywood Casino in Toledo, Dayton Raceway Gaming in Hollywood and Mohoning Valley Race Course Gaming in Hollywood.

On June 12, MGM Northfield Park announced it would open the Casino at noon on June 20.

Horse racing could resume on May 22. According to the Akron Beacon Journal, MGM Northfield Park on May 8 warned it might need to lay off some of the 900 employees it temporarily furloughed. The State ‘s four casinos and seven racinos closed March 13 after DeWine barred more than 100 people from public meetings.

Revenue from March’s first 13 days at the casinos has reached $71,902,867. The February combined revenue was a State record of $171,423,785. The decline was 58 percent on a monthly basis.

LEGISLATURE: HB 194, which legalises sports betting, was approved by an unprecedented 83-10 vote by the House on 28 May. Now it’s going to the Senate, for its own gaming bill. The Senate bill, SB 111, has some variations including having a separate sports betting agency regulating it. The differences in the bills will have to be worked out before moving to DeWine and passing the Senate.

With a few exceptions, DeWine extended the stay-at – home order for the state until May 29. Construction, processing, and delivery activities will resume again on May 4, and offices will reopen. Non-essential retail stores may open again on May 12.

Oklahoma

CASINOS: According to The Oklahoman, a federal judge rejected the appeal by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt to assess his power to enter into gambling compacts with the State tribes. With Chief Judge Timothy DeGiusti ‘s decision in Oklahoma City, the decision on whether Stitt had jurisdiction to enter into gaming compacts with two tribes in April may now remain with the Oklahoma Supreme Court, reported The Oklahoman. DeGiusti also denied Stitt ‘s request to suspend mediation in the lawsuit until the Governor’s right to negotiate the deals had been clarified.

On its website the Golden Mesa Casino in Guymon confirmed it would reopen on June 22.

The Comanche Nation reopened two casinos on June 12—Comanche Nation Casino in Lawton and Comanche Red River Casino in Devo — and, according to media sources, will reopen the Comanche Spur Casino in Elgin and Comanche Star Casino in Walters on June 15.

According to the Associated Press, the federal government has approved separate gaming compacts between Oklahoma and two tribal nations — Otoe-Missouria Tribe and Comanche Nation. Gov. Kevin Stitt, who proposed the compacts in April, said the consent was issued on June 8, but he is also facing a legal battle over tribal gaming with other state tribes. The two compacts were both “deemed approved” by the US Interior Department after a review period of 45 days had elapsed, AP reported.

According to The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association suspended Otoe-Missouria and Comanche Nation memberships for signing the gaming pacts. Members are suspended for the rest of the calendar year, the organisation said in a statement, at which time members could request reinstatement.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued a formal opinion May 5 saying Stitt is unable to enter into new gaming compacts with the two tribal nations authorising sports betting. The state legislature has not approved Sports betting.

According to the Tulsa World, the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa reopened May 31 to VIP guests and the general public on June 1. Despite the pandemic, the casino was forced to shutter for two months last year when the Arkansas River flooded. The casino has improved security controls and psychological isolation controls.

According to local accounts, the WinStar Casino at Thackerville and Choctaw Casino & Resorts in Durant reopened May 27. Both are located close to the Texas border.

On May 27, Chickasaw Nation began a staggered reopening of their casinos and gaming centres. Officials of the Chickasaw Confederacy reopened at a maximum capacity of 25 percent.

The Norman and Shawnee Thunderbird Casinos, owned by the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, reopened May 11 and, according to The Oklahoman, the casino in Norman had a line of approximately 250 people long. Temperatures were taken at the door, masks were handed out and guests were required to sit at least six feet away from the nearest person on slot machines.

According to the American Gaming Association, two other tribal casinos in Oklahoma-7 Clans Casino Resort and Tonkawa Hotel & Casino-have reopened. On March 23rd Oklahoma casinos were temporarily closed.

LEGISLATURE: According to The Oklahoman, the legislature recently gave Stitt additional powers to address the coronavirus pandemic under the state ‘s declaration of a health emergency.

Oregon

CASINOS: According to a news release, Roar Digital has entered into a sports betting partnership with Grand Ronde’s Confederated Tribes in Oregon. Under the agreement, Road Digital, MGM Resorts’ joint venture with GVC, will serve as the tribe’s exclusive sports betting partner. It will also open a sportsbook on BetMGM retail at its Spirit Mountain Casino. Roar has the option of a mobile sports betting app on-reservation if the state sets regulations and approves, said the release.

According to KTVZ, the Confederated Warm Springs Tribes reopened the Indian Head Casino on June 18. The Mill Casino Hotel in North Bend opened on May 18, the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City opened on May 21, the Three Rivers Casino in Florence and Coos Bay, and the Seven Feathers Casino Resort opened on May 22, according to the Associated Press. Everyone will have new guidelines for health and social distance.

LEGISLATURE: May call a special session to discuss coronavirus and any key elements that the pandemic left unknown.

Pennsylvania

CASINOS: On June 10, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved a petition by Wind Creek Bethlehem for sport wagering. The vote was unanimous on the board. According to the Allentown Morning Call, Wind Creek hopes to start construction on the sportsbook by mid-August and open around Nov. 21. Betfred USA will operate the sportsbook. Betfred has a sportsbook in Iowa and opened one on 17 June in Colorado.

Hollywood Casino reopened June 19 at Penn National Race Course. The poker room has not opened and the sportsbook will remain closed but, according to the casino ‘s website, there will be betting at the sports wagering kiosk.

On its website Mohegan Sun Pocono announced it would reopen on June 22. “With the guidance of industry experts, regulatory agencies, and in closely mirroring the comprehensive protocols put in place by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment’s flagship property in Connecticut, we feel we are well-prepared for our doors to open and can’t wait to welcome guests to a clean, safe and fun environment,” wrote Anthony Carlucci, president and managing director of Mohegan Sun Pocono. Mount Airy Casino has announced it is reopening on June 22.

On June 9, Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington (about 30 miles outside Pittsburgh) reopened with new health and social-distancing measures. According to KDKA the demand at Rivers Casino was so high that it opened two hours early.

According to Churchill Downs Inc. the Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Farmington reopened June 12. The three reopened casinos are in the western part of the state, which under its next phase was allowed to re-open some businesses.

In a news release, The Rivers Casino announced its extensive “Rivers Clean” cleaning programme, which will take place throughout the property. Earlier the report said the Environmental Protection Department was working in shifts to clean the land completely. Now the Rivers Clean Team will have continuing concurrent transfers, disinfectants approved by EPA, and additional commercial cleaning equipment. There’ll also be a new focus on sanitising games and pieces of gaming.

The Gaming Control Board outlined the minimum requirements for reopening their facilities at the State’s casinos. The 10-page instruction guide can be found on the Board ‘s website. The requirements include new measures relating to health and social distance. Additionally, instead of players holding cards and chips, “poker rooms are not authorised to operate,” the board said in the study. Poker room activities should be re-examined based on shifting guidelines from health authorities, the gaming control board said.

By order of the state Gaming Control Board, all casinos were closed March 17.

According to a June 11 press release, Scientific Games has agreed to be the publisher of SidePlay Entertainment’s eInstant titles in North America. The Pennsylvania Lottery is the first to launch the content for SidePlay through the OpenGaming platform of Scientific Games, the release said.

DraftKings Online Casino went live May 1 through a partnership with Hollywood Casino in the Poconos with the state’s casinos closed due to the coronavirus. Caesars Online Casino went live on the same week through a partnership with Harrah’s Philadelphia. Online casino gaming in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware is legal and online poker sites in those three and Nevada are legal.

LEGISLATURE: Lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf voted on 22 March to delay the primary of the state from 28 April until 2 June; that day’s voting took place.

Rhode Island

CASINOS: According to the Twin Rivers website, the Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln and the Tiverton Casino Hotel, the two state casinos, reopened June 8 by invitation only to chosen guests. New measures relating to health and social distance were in place. The new guidelines included temperature controls and each facility was limited to about 25 percent capacity. Just screen slots spread six feet apart, and there were computer table games at reopening.

According to the Newport Daily News, a Superior Court judge has rejected an appeal for an injunction to prohibit sports betting in Rhode Island. Former mayoral candidate of Providence Daniel Harrop sought a summary judgement on his claim that online sports betting and violated the state constitution at the two casinos of the state, the newspaper reported. The judge has ruled that in 2012 and 2016, voters approved sports betting.

The Sportsbook Rhode Island mobile app and website has been upgraded by International Game Technology (IGT) and William Hill according to Providence Business News. Among other enhancements, the redesigned app and website will include an improved gui, and a wider betting menu. Bettors will have a wider choice of futures and prop-bets, and sporting events like Russian table tennis and Taiwanese basketball, PBN reported.

Stay-at – home directive for the administration has been lifted May 8.

LEGISLATURE: The State Ethics Commission ruled that Gov. Gina Raimondo did not commit an ethics violation during negotiations with IGT (International Game Technology) for a 20-year no-bid lottery contract. According to the Providence Journal, the commission voted 7-1 on 28 April to reject the lawsuit. Both joint sessions were indefinitely adjourned.

South Caroline

CASINOS: South Carolina is without casinos. According to a press release, the South Carolina Education Lottery recently awarded Scientific Games a new six-year contract to provide “warehousing and distribution services with a new state-of-the-art distribution facility, a next generation lottery mobile app, and interactive services.”

LEGISLATURE: Stay-at – home directive for the police was lifted on May 4. This makes the “home or work” order of the governor optional, which encourages certain restaurants to continue serving customers according to strict guidelines. State parks were reopened May 1. According to The State, the legislature returned April 8 to consider emergency legislation and adopt a resolution that would allow it to operate after the session ends May 14.

South Dakota

CASINOS: The Royal River Casino & Hotel in Flandreau, owned and run by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, reopened on May 29. Flandreau lies approximately 45 miles north of Sioux Falls.

Casinos in Deadwood reopened about May 10. According to the Deadwood Advantage wesbite, the Deadwood City Commission voted on May 7 to allow casinos and other companies in the town to reopen.

The decision allowed for slots and table games to begin under social distancing and health guidelines. On March 23, Deadwood Mayor David Ruth Jr. ordered the town’s 25 casinos to temporarily close.

LEGISLATURE: Recently, the State Attorney General released details on the ballot for the November election, including Constitutional Amendment B called “An amendment to the South Dakota Constitution authorising the Legislature to allow sports wagering in Deadwood,” according to Pierre ‘s capital magazine. The explanation reads:The constitution currently authorizes the legislature to allow certain types of gaming in the city of Deadwood: roulette, keno, craps, limited card games, and slot machines. This constitutional amendment authorizes the legislature to also include wagering on sporting events as a type of gaming allowed in Deadwood. Under federal law, any gaming authorized by the legislature to be offered in Deadwood would also be allowed at on-reservation tribal casinos upon amendments to current tribal gaming compacts. Vote ‘Yes’ to adopt the amendment. Vote “No” to leave the constitution as it is.

In March the legislature approved a bill demanding a vote. On March 30 the legislature ended its session.

Tennessee

CASINOS: IGT (International Game Technology) has recently announced a two-year extension of its contract with Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation until June 2027. As part of the agreement, IGT will upgrade the loyalty website and mobile app for the lottery, which will provide new player convenience features, according to a news release.

There are no casinos in Tennessee but they are getting closer to an all-mobile sports betting market. Sports betting rules were approved by the Tennessee Education Lottery Company on April 15, but they have a contentious 10 percent lock. The state hopes sports will bet up and run when sports return. The state is under an order of stay-at-home until April.

LEGISLATURE: Legislature recessed at least until June 1, on March 19.

Texas

CASINOS: Retama Park and Sam Houston Race Park re-opened by Penn National.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Texas Supreme Court on May 8 sent a lawsuit back to a lower court concerning the town of Fort Worth and owners of eight-line slot machines. The Supreme Court ordered the Fort Worth Second Court of Appeals to determine the lawfulness and constitutionality of the machines.

The State’s tribal casinos formally closed. A stay-at – home policy running through April has come to an end, but some counties have extended restrictions.

LEGISLATURE: In 2020, was not in session. It meets in odd-numbered years.

Utah

CASINOS: Utah is without casinos. The State bans gambling.

LEGISLATURE: Parliamentary session closed on 13 March.

Vermont

CASINOS: Vermont is without casinos.

LEGISLATURE: According to media sources, the Senate passed legislation Wednesday creating a commission to study how the state could control and regulate sports betting in Vermont. SB 59 is currently going to debate of the Senate. The house must dissolve by the end of June.

The stay-at – home order of the state expired May 15 but until June 15, Gov. Phil Scott kept an emergency situation in place. The senate convened by phone on 24 March, and the house had a small session on 24 March. Additional sessions can be postponed for the time being. It also proposed a sports betting bill.

Virginia

CASINOS: Mega Millions, Powerball, Cash4Life and more instant-win games will be available online starting July 1, the Virginia Lottery reported, according to media reports. This is the seventh state to have electronic lottery games.

Important dates were released by the Virginia State Lottery and commonly posed Monday questions about sports betting and the first sports bet in Virginia does not occur until 2021. In the section on the state lottery website “FAQs On Virginia Sports Betting” one of the questions was “When will I be able to place a legal sports bet? “The answer: ‘Legal sports betting in Virginia will not be available before mid-to-late December 2020, at the earliest.”

According to a news release, IGT (International Game Technology) announced April 28 that it has signed a six-year contract with Virginia Lottery to provide Scratcher tickets, strategic planning, and services. Under the agreement, for the first time in Virginia, IGT will become the principal vendor for instant ticket games. The deal is expected to continue until June 30th, 2026.

LEGISLATURE: Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City County, presented his bill to expand lottery sales online at a gaming subcommittee meeting in January.

Washington

CASINOS: The Snoqualmie Casino near Seattle reopened on June 11 with updated wellness and social-distancing protocols in place, according to its website.

According to its website the Swinomish Casino & Lodge in Anacortes opened May 28. According to the Bellingham Herald, the Silver Reef Casino Resort in Frendale reopened May 21 to members of the Lummi Nation and the public on May 22.

The Tulalip Resort Casino and Quil Ceda Creek Casino reopened May 26, the Tulalip Tribes reported on the casinos’ website. It included new health and safety guidelines.

According to published reports, three other tribal casinos reopened May 18—Emerald Queen, Little Creek in Shelton and Nisqually Red Wind in Olympia. They had wellbeing and social-distancing programmes in place in place.

According to an article in The Seattle Times, the Angel of the Winds Casino Resort at Arlington, owned by the Stillaguamish Tribe, reopened May 13. This is the first casino to reopen in western Washington since a stay-at – home order was placed in effect in the state in March.

The casino set in motion new wellness and social-distancing steps as part of the reopening. True to The Times, one of the recent improvements is a provision that all visitors have a cellphone to use as part of check-in.

The Angel of the Winds Casino Resort has recently declared on its social media pages that the hotel will be smoke-free. The said it would be the State’s first smoke-free casino.

According to all casinos’ websites, Northern Quest Resort and Casino near Spokane and Kalispel Casino in Cusick, owned by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, reopened May 5.

State directives are not binding upon the tribes. The tribal casinos finance other activities of federal government, which have thousands of employees, the Associated Press reports.

LEGISLATURE: Legislative session concluded on 13 March. The senate approved bills in the tribal casinos earlier this month to allow sports betting and Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill into law on March 25. In doing so, Washington became the twenty-first state with legal sports betting (plus Washington , D.C. and Puerto Rico) and the first to sign the bill in 2020.

West Virginia

CASINOS: Charles Town Races’ Hollywood Casino & Inn, Nitro’s Mardi Gras Casino & Resort, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, Hancock County’s Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort, and White Sulphur Springs’ Greenbrier reopened on 5 June under strict guidelines for health and social distance.

Limited retailers of video lottery started reopening May 30.

Sportsbooks from West Virginia took $2,965,302 for the duration from March 29 to May 1. West Virginia reports weekly on her figures. The weekend ending May 2 saw $1,063,604 in sports betting handle, doubling the amount in any of the preceding four weeks, undoubtedly helped by NFL betting on the draught that week.

LEGISLATURE: On April 29, the state lottery commission approved emergency rules for iGaming that would allow video poker and other casino-style games via mobile apps, according to the Gazette-Mail. According to Metro News website, the emergency rule could be submitted to the state secretary later this month governing iGaming and it could begin in West Virginia during the summer. The temporary rule will be replaced by permanent rules which are expected to be tabled by the legislature during the regular session of 2021 in the fall for review. The new legislative session is coming to a end.

Wisconsin

CASINOS: Some casinos in the state, with enhanced safety measures in place, began reopening May 26, including the Oneida Casino and the North Star Mohican Casino, according to published reports. Casino resort Menominee opened May 27. On May 13, the State Supreme Court lifted the stay-at – home order of the state and bars , pubs, and other businesses reopened that day.

LEGISLATURE: Residents voted April 7 in Wisconsin’s presidential primary, following legal challenges to the state and the U.S. Supreme Tribunals. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Tony Evers had sought to delay primary until June 9.

Polling sites were consolidated and altered to accommodate social distancing guidelines for the primary. Votes will not be reckoned until April 13 at least.

The assembly has ended its session while the senate last convened on March 24.

Wyoming

CASINOS: On March 16, the Northern Arapaho Tribe closed their casinos indefinitely. The Eastern Shoshone Tribe closed their casino, too.

LEGISLATURE: The session of the legislative budget concluded on 12 March.