The continued expansion of gaming throughout the United States was praised by Bill Miller, President and CEO of the American Gaming Association, as well as highlighting a ‘urgent need’ to resolve the national economic crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Casino gaming was expanded this week by voters in Colorado, Nebraska, and Virginia, while Louisiana, Maryland, and South Dakota also approved ballot measures legalising sports betting.
“With their affirmative votes, Americans welcomed gaming’s world-class entertainment to their communities along with our new jobs and vital state and local tax revenue,” Miller commented.
“Some form of legal gaming is currently authorized in 44 states, and 45 per cent of American adults live in states that provide the safeguards of a legal, regulated sports betting market.”
Referendums conducted in four Virginia cities also saw voters green-light the construction of four casino resort properties in addition to these aforementioned projects.
Norfolk is to acquire a $500 m Pamunkey Indian Tribe built resort, Caesars Entertainment has vowed to fulfil “the trust the voters have put in us” with its $400 m Danville-based casino, and “a great day for Portsmouth” was lauded as the $300 m Rush Street Gaming project got the nod.
Miller has ensured that the AGA will collaborate with “gaming champions” to ensure that politicians recognise the dedication of the industry to transparency and the significant economic effects that can be felt in communities around the nation.
“There remains an urgent need, in the near term, to address the national economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he continued.
“The AGA is focused on ensuring leaders in the current Congress and the Trump administration provide critical relief for gaming that aids employee retention and rehiring, provides liability protections for responsible operators, supports tribal nations, and jumpstarts the travel and tourism industry.
“From the Cares Act to sharing innovations in health and safety, our unity as an industry this year has been pivotal to our advocacy efforts and responsible reopening.
“The AGA will continue to bring our industry together to speak with one voice and a common purpose as we navigate gaming’s recovery. A recovery that is not only crucial to our industry’s future, but also for the people and communities where we operate, which is why we won’t let up.”