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: According to their websites, the three Alabama properties of Wind Creek-Atmore, Wetumpka and Montgomery-remain closed. Wind Creek CEO Jay Dorris says that when they do reopen, the casinos will have improved safety and social isolation programmes in place. In late April, Dorris issued a statement saying “we will be limiting the number of guests, stepping up the frequency and intensity of sanitisation, and increasing the use of PPE by our team members.”

LEGISLATURE: The legislature returned on May 4 to pass the two budgets of the state, and was adjourned on May 18. The spending bills were signed on May 18 by Gov. Kay Ivey according to media 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 concerns — creating a state lottery and authorising the Creek Indians’ Poarch Band to have casinos — did not gain momentum during the abbreviated legislative session. On 30 April, the state started reopening in stages after the state switched to a “safer-at-home” rule. Under strict health and social distancing guidelines several non-essential companies reopened. The order for “Safer-at-home” expires at 5 p.m. on May 22.

Alaska

CASINOS: Alaska contains no casinos. State legislation permits bingo halls and pull-tab games.

LEGISLATURE: The legislature passed legislation on emergency coronavirus March 29. According to the Anchorage Daily News, it allows Alaska to combat health and economic pandemic issues. Entry to the Juneau capital was limited to senators, employees, officials in the administration and credential media.

Arizona

CASINOS: According to the Associated Press, the Navajo Nation has said its casino east of Flagstaff would remain closed until at least June 7.

At least five Arizona casinos reopened May 15 — Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa, Fort McDowell Casino in Fountain Hills, and the three casinos of Gila River (Wild Horse Pass and Lone Butte in Chandler and Vee Quiva near Laveen) — under strict rules on safety and social distance. And they’ll probably open in stages (before others, certain areas of the casinos), according to other published reports. The stay-at – home order from Gov. Doug Ducey expired May 15.

Desert Diamond West Valley Casino in Glendale and Casino del Sol announced on May 18 that they will remain closed until May 28, at least. Bucky’s Casino and Yavapai Casino in Prescott Valley confirmed on their website the reopening at 8 a.m. on June 1st. On its website, Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson said it will begin a “phased reopening” on May 21. On April 24, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort near Scottsdale announced they will remain closed through May.

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

On May 12, Ducey said his state will be open to professional sports, without fans, starting May 16. No professional league has said it’s ready to start too soon, but according to the Associated Press, Ducey said he’s had talks with some of the leagues’ members. 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 an article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the three casinos in the state reopened May 18 under new capacity limits and health guidelines. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said casinos would be limited to one-third of their size. 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 capitol has been locked, but at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock arena the legislature recently convened. House members followed the guidelines for social distancing by spreading throughout the Jack Stevens Center and approved 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 legislators also tested coronavirus positive.

California

CASINOS: According to the Sacramento Bee, a Northern California card room, Towers Casino in Grass Valley, was shut down for reopening without state approval by the California Department of Justice May 19. Towers opened ahead of when of being allowed and it would be a temporary closure, a DOJ agent has said. The state Gambling Control Commission oversees California’s 70-plus card rooms and is subject to the state’s “stay-at – home” orders, the newpaper reported. Neither are tribal casinos.

According to The Riverside Press-Enterprise, more Southern California casinos are reopening May 22. The casinos planning to reopen that day — Spotlight 29 Coachella Casino and Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms (10 a.m.); Harrah’s Southern California Resort near Valley Center (noon); and Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa near Cabazon (2 p.m.).

According to the Associated Press, Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine (San Diego County) re-opened May 18. There was a big crowd to get in and people had to wear masks and take their temperatures, the AP reported. Three other casinos are expected to reopen this week in San Diego County — Sycuan Casino Resort in El Cajon, Jamul Casino in Jamul, and Valley View Casino & Hotel near Valley Centre. Sycuan reopen at noon on May 20; Jamul reopen May 21 at 10 a.m. According to published reports, and Valley View will reopen May 22 at 8 a.m.

The Pechanga Tribe ‘s leaders targeted June 1 as the reopening date of the Pechanga Resort Casino, located between Los Angeles and San Diego around halfway between. The casino says in a post on its website that the exact date will be decided “in the days ahead.” At the initial reopening the post said limited gaming would be permitted.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians extended San Manuel Casino’s closure at least until May 31, it announced on their website. It is about sixty-five miles east of Los Angeles. The tribe said it will continue to pay adjusted salaries to employees through May, including benefits. According to a news release, a tribal casino near Fresno-Table Mountain-has extended its temporary closure until June.

On 14 March, tribal casinos had begun closing around the state. The Riverside Press-Enterprise has an extensive and updated list of casino closures in Southern California.

LEGISLATURE: At a news conference on May 18, Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the state’s pro sports and sporting activities could return without fans in the first week of June.

According to published reports, the legislature returned May 4 to take up coronavirus bills and the budget, which now faces a deficit, for the first time in nearly two months. The legislative stoppage was the first in 158 years, reported by Associated Press. Newsom announced California will be reopening “Stage 2” on May 8th. The second step permits reopening of grocery, manufacturing and other companies. Colorado and Nevada have joined California, Washington and Oregon in drafting a proposal to reopen the states.

The original stay in the state in California’s home order has had an effect on the state’s tribes getting enough signatures to have a November ballot sports betting measure put. The tribe needs around one million valid signatures to get the issue on the ballot and the state must validate the signatures. With California residents barred from public interaction, it could be difficult, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, to get the signatures needed for sports betting and other ballot initiatives. Doing not get the initiative on the ballot might potentially lead to a better bill. Mobile sports betting is not permitted under the current law.

Colorado

CASINOS: The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission spent almost all of its five-hour meeting on May 21 considering a change to Gaming Regulation 30-1401, the tiered tax rate the casinos pay. Members of the Commission heard testimony, among others, from towns facing budget shortfalls due to a reduced rate, and from the Colorado Gaming Association, which said reducing the rate would help the state’s 33 casinos recover from being closed since mid-March. Unanimously, the commission voted to maintain the current tax rate levels for Fiscal Year 2021 while acknowledging the pain all suffered from coronavirus.

As originally expected, the State opened its sports betting market as of May 1. The now up and running sportsbooks in Colorado are BetMGM, BetMonarch (Monarch Casino Resort), BetRivers, DraftKings, FanDuel and FOX Bet. FOX Bet went live the 19th of May. SBK (or getsbk) has been accepted and could be released soon too.

According to a press release, Century Casinos, Inc. confirmed 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 platform will power 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.

A article in the Denver Post revealed 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.

With the “Safer At Home” system in place, casinos are expected to remain closed until late May. In an earnings call on May 13th, Full House Resorts, owner of Bronco Billy’s Casino in Cripple Creek, announced it would reopen the Colorado casino on June 14.

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

The state closed the 33 casinos in Colorado’s mountain towns March 16. Casinos will partner with sportsbooks (be it for land-based or online operations). When voters passed Proposition DD in November, Colorado became only the second state to legalise sports betting with a ballot measure.

Gov. Jared Polis has issued guidelines for the next phase of State reopening. Branded “Safer At Home,” on April 27, several retail outlets reopened with curbside collection. Retail shops opened on May 1, under strict health and social isolation controls for customers. Commercial enterprises reopened on May 4, with up to 50 per cent of employees employed in the entity.

The legislature has extended its temporary postponement to 26 May. It was scheduled to tentatively return May 18. The legislative session was adjourned on March 14. The legislature has a state budget to pass. 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: According to ABC News, one of the world’s largest casinos, Foxwoods, in Mashantucket, is working on reopening under social distancing and safety guidelines. Rodney Butler, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation president, told ABC that hand sanitiser and sanitising wipes would prevail, and any other slot machine would be accessible to establish sufficient distances between players. Body temperatures are tested as patrons reach the building and cards are more regularly switched out at each table, Butler said, according to ABC. On May 12, Butler said he expected the casino would open before Memorial Day, according to the New Haven Register.

The Uncasville Mohegan Sun will extend its closure until at least May 26, the casino reported on its website. State casinos shut down March 16. “Re-opening date options continue to be discussed by working closely with the Mohegan Tribal Council and the State of Connecticut’s Governor’s Office, and by monitoring federal health and safety guidelines,” the casino said in an email to masslive.com.

By order of Gov. Ned Lamont, the state remains shut down until May 20.

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

On 21 April the legislature ended 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 provider of instant games for over 40 years, the release said.

Delaware

CASINOS: 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 timeline for incorporating 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 Castle, Dover Downs and Harrington — but not by smartphone, although it’s legal in the state.

Following new safety and social-distance guidelines, casinos will reopen on June 1. Stay-at-home order of the State is in place until May. According to published reports, casinos must provide a security plan, maintain capacity at 30%, have eight feet between slots and other gaming machines and disinfect those machines every 15 minutes to two hours. Horse racing tracks can start off June 1 without fans.

Delaware’s April iGaming report shows revenue to be $856,182, an increase of 66 percent from March ($514,959) and more than tripled from April 2019 ($263,183), according to the Delaware Lottery, which oversees gaming throughout the State.

LEGISLATURE: According to PBS station WHYY in Philadelphia, the State’s presidential primary, initially scheduled for April 28 but shifted to June 2 due to coronavirus, has now been postponed to July 7. The legislative session is expected to convene again tentatively on May 26. The decision was declared on 18 March by members of the House and Senate.

Florida

CASINOS: The Hard Rock Poker Room in Seminole reopened at 7 p.m. on May 21. Since new health and social distance initiatives were adopted by the initial customers, people waited in line until the evening to get into. New rules include providing a 50 percent capacity poker room (23 out of 46 tables); active tables with Plexiglass dividers; games running at a rate of 6 handed; and staff and visitors were forced to wear masks (gloves are optional); and cards and chips were periodically cleaned according to the website of the casino.

On May 13, Hard Rock International chairman Jim Allen had told Fox Business TV that the company could reopen some casinos in Florida as early as the end of this month. The Florida Seminole Tribe closed its casinos on March 20, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, — Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood; Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa; Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee; Seminole Casino Brighton; Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and Seminole Classic Casino Hollywood Calder Casino, and The Casino at Gulfstream Park, South Florida.

If they reopen, the casinos will have expanded safety and social-distance interventions in place.

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

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

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

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON U.S. CASINO INDUSTRY

Georgia

CASINOS: No casinos operate in the state of Georgia.

LEGISLATURE: State officials allowed some non-essential enterprises to reopen on April 24. On April 27, restaurants and theatres were well allowed to open again. Gov. Brian Kemp relaxed restrictions by allowing for the reopening of gyms, barber shops, beauty salons, tattoo parlours and bowling alleys. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia had two sports betting proposals that did not make enough headway before a legislative deadline passed. House Resolution 378 would have amended the constitution of the state to allow such forms of sports betting, but the bill never came to a full vote in Parliament. The amendment would have provided 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. According to a statement from the legislature the General Assembly postponed its session indefinitely after March 13. The house and senate said they would meet again at a later date.

Hawaii

CASINOS: No casinos operate in the state of Hawaii.

LEGISLATURE: A stay-at – home order is in effect through May. The governor extended it late April. Hawaiian lawmakers postponed the regular session indefinitely on March 17, according to the Associated Press. The recess began on 18 March.

Idaho

CASINOS: The Casino Coeur d’Alene re-opened May 1. The Coeur d’Alene tribe started 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 institutions and facilities also say their phased re-openings will begin. According to a published article, other state casinos have suggested that they could reopen May 16. The Nez Perce Tribe decided that day to open the Clearwater River, and the casinos It’se Ye-Ye.

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

Illinois

CASINOS: Stay-at-home order of the State is in place until May. The Illinois Gaming Board has announced that the 10 casinos in the state will remain closed “until further notice” and will extend a temporary order. Illinois made its first bet on sports March 9.

LEGISLATURE: According to the Chicago Tribune, Senate President Don Harmon is requesting more than $41bn from federal lawmakers as part of the new coronavirus stimulus package.

According to Capitol News Illinois, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled April 16 that daily fantasy sports do not fit the concept of gambling by the State statute. The house had gone into recess indefinitely in the legislature. The senate has been adjourned until 28 April at least.

Indiana

CASINOS: Caesars Interactive Entertainment has been granted full mobile sports betting authorization by the Indiana Gaming Commission through its Hammond Horseshoe Casino. It had been operating under licence from August under a temporary vendor.

On May 1 Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the state would take the next steps to reopen safely. On its website, the gaming commission said no reopening dates for casinos have been set at this time, but “it is not anticipated that casinos will open until after the beginning of phase 4,” which is mid-June. The commission has provided guidelines for reopening Indiana casinos and as they are determined, will post opening dates here.

On 18 May, the IGC updated its options for PGA and LPGA sports betting. According to the gaming commission, which revised the list of Approved Events for Sports Wagering on May 4, it had previously added the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) League to the list of sports that sportsbooks in Indiana would make wagers on.

The Indiana Gaming Commission reported on March 14 that the 13 state-regulated gaming facilities had to close March 16 “based on changing circumstances and in the public health interest” for at least two weeks. The state’s only tribal casino, Four Winds Casino in South Bend, is closed until further notice. Casinos in the state remain locked. According to a report in the Times of Northwest Indiana, many of the Indiana casino employees , particularly those in the northwest part of the state, are likely to be on furlough by the weekend.

LEGISLATURE: Phase 2 of the “Back on Track Indiana” plan by Gov. Eric Holcomb to slowly reopen the state began May 4 and will run until May 24. It continues to ease some of the constraints already in place since mid-March. Casinos are not reopening at this time.

Iowa

CASINOS: Gov. Kim Reynolds extended her order to keep the 19 private casinos of the State closed. The casinos closed first in mid-March, and the closure was extended three times. Several businesses started reopening May 15, including restaurants, fitness centres, and barber shops / salons. This reopening process will not involve casinos and bars and will be closed until at least May 27.

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

LEGISLATURE: The legislative session was adjourned. Initially expected to return April 15.

Kansas

CASINOS: Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, a Wichita suburb, announced May 20 that it will open again at 11 a.m. 23 May, with new health and social distance policies in effect, subject to approval by the Government. In the initial reopening process the Kansas Star Casino said table games and live poker will remain closed, but slot machines will be available. Under the State’s “Phase Two” plans, casinos will reopen May 22.

LEGISLATURE:  The statehouse was locked to the public — only senators, administrators, executive branch employees and lobbyists are allowed. The legislature continues to conduct committee meetings and still works on the state budget and any emergency measures, but remains in recess until April 27.

Kentucky

CASINOS: In Kentucky, where horse racing is King, there are no casinos or sports betting. The Spring Meeting at Churchill Downs opened on May 16. Live racing without fans continues through saturdays on Thursdays. Memorial Day (May 25) will also feature a special race. “There will be no fans for racing”,  said Gov. Andy Beshear on April 29. “This is one of the most detailed plans we’ve seen about specific security checks that everybody has to go through and be temperature-checked to masking to having a very limited group that’s there.” The Kentucky Derby, which should have been held May 2, was moved and Sept. 5.

The state was proposing legislation to expand gambling beyond horse race betting, but this year that will not happen. There’s an indefinite stay-at – home rule in effect, but Kentucky is collaborating with neighbouring states to coordinate when to reopen.

LEGISLATURE: State lawmakers on April 1 passed a streamlined one-year budget that, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader, keeps government spending at current rates. This did not provide a potential revenue source which could have been added to the sports betting regulations.

Louisiana

CASINOS: Penn National Gaming announced the reopening on May 18 of its five Louisiana casinos — 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 were permitted to reopen under more stringent health and social distance controls, including availability at facilities at 25 percent. According to news accounts, the tourists 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 commenced its first reopening phase. According to a 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. Many corporations, as well as churches, can also expand to a quarter of their usual size. In mid-May a stay-at – home order had been in place.

Twenty casinos shut down in the State on March 17.

LEGISLATURE: Sports betting legislation could be approved by the House as early as this week, raising the issue of legalising sports wagering before voters in November’s 64 parishes in the state. Legislation has been going through the primary committee of the House and is now pending a full House vote. The Senate approved the legislation transmitted to the House on May 13.

Maine

CASINOS: The casinos are closed permanently after a “Stay Healthy at Home” order declared by Gov. Janet Mills on March 31, in effect until April. Penn National reported on March 16 that it would shutter the Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway in Bangor for two weeks starting on March 16. On March 16, Oxford Casino Hotel announced it had shut down operations for at least 14 days.

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

Maryland

CASINOS: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has started this week to lighten restrictions and on Friday (May 15) the “safe at home” policy becomes a “safer at home” policy. Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica said in a news release that while there is no timetable for reopening the casinos, plans are being developed to ensure the health and safety of employees and patrons. MGM released its security protocols for reopening their casinos this week, including the MGM National Harbor in Price George’s County.

Last month Medenica said the state could see a $250 million decline in revenue this fiscal year because revenue from casinos and lottery games has declined.

The six casinos, three horse racing tracks, and off-track betting parlours in the state were closed on March 15 indefinitely. He released an indefinite order on March 30, for state residents to remain at home.

On Tuesday, the state lottery reported a year-over-year April revenue loss of $60 million because the six state casinos were shut down in mid-March.

Overall sales in the last 10 months is down more than $85 million relative to Fiscal Year 2019. The ministry, in April 2020, had no revenue from casino gaming.

In April 2019, the casinos posted revenue of $145.2 million, with $60 million going to the state to fund education ($45 million to the Education Trust Fund), community and horse racing programmes, according to a report from the commission.


LEGISLATURE: On April 20, senate and house leaders announced that they will not hold a special session in May. 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 amendment 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: According to media reports, the three casinos of Massachusetts were closed indefinitely by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission starting March 15 and the closure was extended to May. According to NBC Boston, proposals being reviewed by the gaming commission to allow casinos to reopen include thermal cameras that take temperatures, tables and slot machines that are moved to ensure proper social space, masks worn by employees and employers, enhanced hand sanitizer stations and Plexiglass barriers between employees and employers.

Gross gaming revenue for the casinos in March was less than half the total in February. Encore reported $20,525,175.42 for Boston Harbour; $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 there is already a sports betting bill underway and it may be included in the state budget.

Michigan

CASINOS: In some parts of the state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is beginning to loosen restrictions, including the far north Upper Peninsula, where many tribal casinos are located. Whitmer signed an executive order on May 18 allowing the partial reopening of bars and restaurants starting on May 22 at a capacity of 50 percent. The Traverse City area can reopen under the order, too.

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

Five Upper Peninsula casinos operated by the Sault Ste are temporarily closed. According to Bridgemi.com, Marie Tribe of the Chippewa Indians was moved back to June 1. The tribe said continuing coronavirus safety issues were reasons for the delay, and the state’s stay-at – home order was extended. They ‘d previously planned on May 16 to reopen.

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 ‘d be surprised if a vaccine would develop within a year. So, we’re going to have to deal with it. Do the casinos end up reopening with capacity of 25 or 30 percent? I don’t know, “Duggan told the newspaper. Taxes and development fees from the gaming houses brought in last year’s $184 million for Detroit, and $118 million for the state, representing 20 percent of the general fund of the city.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board announced that income from the three Detroit casinos fell steeply in March, with a total consolidated 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 has shut down 23 tribal casinos.

LEGISLATURE: The Michigan Gaming Control Board has begun approving  online gaming supplier applications for the online gaming provider. It’s another move that the state takes to bring mobile sports betting in effect early in 2021, if not earlier.

The gaming control board will soon enable online and mobile horse-racing betting. Gaming Control Board Chairman Richard Kalm released the order Tuesday authorising third-party facilitators to buy a licence and sell wagering for advance deposits.

In December 2019, the state’s 1995 Horse Racing Legislation 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: Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort in Granite Falls reopened on May 18, according to the casino ‘s website, the first day of the state’s new Stay Safe order. According to their websites, two casinos in Prior Lake — Mystic Lake and Little Six Casinos — owned by Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux announced they would reopen May 26.

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

Mississippi

CASINOS: According to published reports the casinos reopened on 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 steps to improve security measures and to create protocols that distance 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 has announced the reopening of the Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica on May 25, followed by the reopening of Biloxi’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on June 1, both at limited capacity.

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

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

Missouri

CASINOS: Missouri’s 13 casinos could reopen June 1, according to a article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Missouri Gaming Commission announced May 13 after extending the date two weeks from the original scheduled reopening. Since mid-March the Riverboat casinos have been closed.

The state has also started to lift some business restraints on staying at home.

According to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MLB and the NBA have ended relationships for lobbyists representing their Missouri sports-betting rights. 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 like we are running out of time to take action on both sports betting and video lottery,” told the newspaper Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, who has introduced numerous gaming bills in recent years.

LEGISLATURE: According to a press release, the State extended its contract with Scientific Games to develop Scratchers games until June 2021. Scientific Games, the world’s biggest supplier of instant lottery games, has been the state’s primary provider since 2011, the release said. Legislators went back to work and approved a state budget and submitted it to the Senate, the Associated Press reported. Instead 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 begin reopening on May 4, following revised rules for health and safety. Some of the latest rules provide provisions of social isolation and a limited capability inside the establishments. According to news accounts, officials at Billings and Butte casinos spent the weekend spreading out equipment to maintain social space and set up barriers to protect guests and staff.

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

Nebraska

CASINOS: Many tribal casinos have remained open with additional safety precautions being taken but some are temporarily closed, according to their websites, such as the Ohiya Casino & Resort in Niobrara and the Rosebud Casino in Valentine.

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

Nevada

CASINOS: According to a news release Thursday, Caesars Entertainment Corp. is to resume gaming and hospitality operations in Las Vegas at its Caesars Palace and in the Flamingo Las Vegas properties on the date that the state allows casinos to reopen. The casinos are set to follow new guidelines on health and safety. Caesars also announced that Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, and LINQ Hotel & Casino’s gaming floor, are expected to be the next properties to reopen. Timing of it would be focused on requests from consumers, Caesars added.

Prominent boxing promoter Bob Arum is preparing to stage a five-fight card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on June 9, awaiting city and state recognition, he said May 21. The card will launch a series of fights at the MGM Grand over the next two months. A second fight card will be issued two nights later, kicking off twice weekly shows in June and July at the hotel. The fights will be televised on ESPN.

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

Station Casinos issued revised health requirements for reopening and recent sources say that while the majority of the properties do, the poker rooms of the casinos do not reopen.

The State Gaming Control Board approved rules to reopen casinos on May 7. Matt Maddox, CEO of Wynn Resorts, said the company will likely reopen both its strip resorts — Wynn Las Vegas and Encore — together at a limited capacity, Las Vegas Sun reports. Casinos in the state can’t reopen until at least 15 May. As of mid-March, casinos have been closed.

According to FOX5 Vegas, Maddox on April 19 called for the Las Vegas Strip to reopen in mid- to late May. During an interview on MSNBC April 21, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said that she still plans to reopen casinos. “Auppose everyone is a carrier. And then you start from an even slate. And tell the people what to do. And let the businesses open up and competition will destroy that business if, in fact, they become evident that they have disease, they are closed down.

According to KSNV Ch. 3, Neo Sports began curbside sport betting at the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino on May 7, which will be open seven days a week between 10 a.m. which 6 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. Potential users may sign up, and current clients may make deposits, without parking their vehicles in a drive-thru at the valet entrance to the casino.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, once casinos are reopened, Las Vegas-based GameCo will begin selling skill-based video game gaming equipment 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 facilities, 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 read.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board also issued permission on April 14 to provide wagers for such sporting events — the 2020 Overwatch Season, the 2020 Season 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: Lawmaking in Nevada is not in session. This occurs only in odd-numbered years.

 New Hampshire

CASINOS: 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.

Any non-essential state-owned corporations reopened May 11 under strengthened guidance for safety and social distancing. Among the reopening company — golf courses, drive-in theatres, convenience shops, barbers and hair salons, and campsites. Casinos are still closed.

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 income from sports betting in March was $394,229, down 41 per cent from $671,435 in February.

New Hampshire began selling eNASCAR betting this year, according to the website of licenced sport wagering leagues and activities 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.”

The stay-at – home order of Gov. Chris Sununu expired May 4.

LEGISLATURE: Legal hearings were postponed until 4 May.

New Jersey

CASINOS: On May 18, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear a lawsuit between major sports teams, the NCAA and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen ‘s Association. The case now reverts to the New Jersey federal court. A federal judge will determine the amount of damages the horsemen ‘s association will receive after hearing testimony from both sides.

According to published reports, Scientific Games and the Golden Nugget Online Casino will launch content on ReelPlay. The launch will include El Dorado Infinity Reels as collaborator of Science Sports, ReelPlay.

While outlining a proposal to redevelop New Jersey, according to the Associated Press, Gov. Phil Murphy is yet to say when casinos will redevelop. The state’s Gaming Enforcement Division, which must give approval before the nine casinos in Atlantic City can reopen, said it “has engaged with the casino industry to develop plans for the safe reopening of retail casino operations in Atlantic City when authorised by the governor,” the AP reported.

LEGISLATURE: a bill was presented in the legislature on May 7 that calls for “temporary modifications to payment and use of certain casino gaming taxes and fees due to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency; allows full deduction of promotional gaming credits and certain coupons from gross revenues.”

New Mexico

CASINOS: Statewide casinos closed in mid-March. According to the Associated Press, the Navajo Nation said its three casinos in New Mexico close to Farmington, Shiprock and Gallup would remain closed until at least June 7. The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise told the AP that its employees are still receiving health benefits and are still being paid.

LEGISLATURE: The legislative part-session is over.

New York

CASINOS: The Oneida Indian Nation is tentatively preparing to reopen three casinos on June 10, according to a report on syracuse.com — Turning Stone Resort Casino, Point Place Casino and Yellow Brick Road Casino.  The casinos do not allow anyone in a 120-mile radius of the casinos to join in addition to new safety and social-distancing steps, according to the study.

The website announced that Union Springs Lakeside Entertainment Casino was the first casino operation to reopen in New York. The Cayuga Nation-run slot machine-only facility claims it is excluded from state limits levied by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the article said. It also reopened under more stringent guidelines regarding health and social distance.

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 set.

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 hit hardest by the coronavirus and not having mobile sports betting, New York witnessed a slight turnaround in sports betting revenue from its February loss of $179,593.

LEGISLATURE: Tourists were locked to the capital and its adjacent buildings. Three New York State Assembly representatives also tested coronavirus positive. According to news sources, Cuomo and the lawmakers announced a preliminary budget deal on April 1. Mobile 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 record highs.

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 after 18 March. All casinos have robust programmes in place for safety and social distancing, 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.

NASCAR returned to the South Carolina race on May 17, and will hold another Cup race on May 20, including in Darlington. With a majority of NASCAR teams based in Charlotte or nearby Concord and Mooresville, NASCAR will run four races at Darlington and Charlotte over an 11-day span, two tracks near those garages.

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

North Dakota

CASINOS: The 4 Bears Casino in Minot reopened on May 16 according to its website under new safety and social distance initiatives that did not include blackjack or tables play. It will be open Sunday-Thursdays. The Standing Rock Tribal Council, according to a recent article, will begin the reopening process for the Prairie Knights Casino and Resort near Fort Yates in Sioux County. It will reopen tentatively on 29 May.

Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise has closed the Dakota Magic Casino & Hotel, Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel, and Dakota Link Casino will remain closed until further notice according to the websites of the casinos.

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

 Ohio

CASINOS: According to the Akron Beacon Journal, MGM Northfield Park warned on May 8 that it could have to lay off some of the 900 employees it temporarily furloughed. The State ‘s four casinos and seven racinos reopened March 13 after Gov. Mike DeWine barred more than 100 people from public meetings.

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

LEGISLATURE: With certain variations, DeWine has extended the stay-at – home directive of the State until May 29. Those exceptions do not include casinos at this time. Building, 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: The Thunderbird Casinos in Norman and Shawnee, owned by the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, reopened May 11 and, according to The Oklahoman, the casino in Norman had a queue of about 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. According to The Oklahoman, tribal casinos owned by the tribes of Chickasaw, Cherokee, Choctaw and Muscogee Creek will remain closed, at least until May 15. On March 23, Oklahoma casinos were temporarily closed.

According to The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association revoked memberships of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and Comanche Nation for signing gaming compacts with Gov. Kevin Stitt. They are suspended for the remainder of the calendar year after which, the association said in a statement released Thursday, they could seek reinstatement after it.

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 allowed Sports betting.

On April 21, Stitt revealed he was forming new gaming compacts with the tribes. “The new compacts recognise the sovereign rights of individual tribes to conduct gaming in Oklahoma. The compacts take a sound approach to assessing the value of substantial exclusivity in a modernised tribal gaming industry, and importantly, the compacts expand opportunity for both the compacting tribes and the state to compete in future gaming markets,” Stitt said in a statement.

LEGISLATURE: According to The Oklahoman, the legislature recently granted Stitt expanded authority to combat the coronavirus pandemic under the state ‘s declaration of a health emergency.

Oregon

CASINOS: The Eastern Oregon Wildhorse Casino was the first to close 3rd of March following a positive check from an employee. It reopened before the end of the week and then closed again on 18 March. Statewide tribal casinos briefly closed.

LEGISLATURE: Can call a special session to discuss coronavirus and other key aspects that the pandemic left unclear.

Pennsylvania

CASINOS: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) outlined the basic conditions for reopening the facility for 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.

A reopening date for casinos has not been set. In a letter to the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, Gov. Tom Wolf said that entertainment centres such as casinos, theatres and horse racing tracks should be able to reopen as counties join the “green phase.” Several counties started reopening on May 8 and have switched from the red phase to purple, but a green phase timeline has not been set. There are three thoroughbred tracks in the county — Bensalem PARX, Hershey Penn National Race Course and Erie Presque Isle Downs. Each one of them has a casino. Through order of the California Gaming Control Board, all casinos were suspended March 17.

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 also went live last week via its collaboration 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.

On 29 April, Wind Creek Bethlehem filed a petition with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to conduct sports wagering, according to an article  in the Allentown Morning Call.

LEGISLATURE: Lawmakers and Wolf agreed to postpone the primary state from April 28 to June 2 on March 22.

Rhose Island

According to Providence Business Journal, CASINOS: International Game Technology (IGT) and William Hill have expanded the Rhode Island Sportsbook smartphone app and website. Among other enhancements, the redesigned software and website would have 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 order for the state has been lifted May 8, but the two state casinos remain closed. Twin River Casino Hotel and Tiverton Casino Hotel were briefly closed on March 14, and were extended by the Rhode Island Lottery to an permanent closing on March 27. According to a press release, The Twin River Casino in Lincoln acts as a drive-through test site for coronavirus.

LEGISLATURE: The State Ethics Commission found that Gov. Gina Raimondo did not commit an ethics violation during talks with IGT (International Game Technology) for a 20-year no-bid lottery deal. According to the Providence Journal, the court voted 7-1 Tuesday to reject the lawsuit. All legislative sessions were indefinitely adjourned.

South Carolina

CASINOS: There are no casinos in South Carolina but on May 17, when NASCAR races in Darlington, its first event since the pandemic shut down racing, sports bettors will be looking at the state. A few days later NASCAR travels to Charlotte , North Carolina, to stage races. 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 order for the state was lifted on May 4. It keeps the “home or work” order of the governor optional, and 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: Deadwood casinos reopened last week according to news released. Other casinos will soon follow in or near the area. According to the Deadwood Advantage website., the Deadwood City Commission voted last week to allow casinos and other companies in the town to reopen.

Monday ‘s decision allowed slots and table games to continue under the rules for social distancing and well-being. On March 23, Deadwood Mayor David Ruth Jr. ordered the town’s 25 casinos to briefly close.

LEGISLATURE: This week, the State Attorney General published the ballot reasons for the November election, including Constitutional Amendment B entitled ‘An amendment to the Constitution of South Dakota authorising the Legislature to allow sports wagering in Deadwood,’ according to the Capital Journal of Pierre. The explanation reads: The constitution currently authorises 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 deal, IGT will update the reward website and ios app for the lottery, which will include additional customer comfort features, according to a press release.

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

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

Texas

CASINOS: On May 8, the Texas Supreme Court referred down a lawsuit to a lower court concerning the town of Fort Worth and eight-liner slot machine owners, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Supreme Court ordered the Fort Worth Second Court of Appeals to determine the lawfulness and constitutionality of the devices.

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 closures.

LEGISLATURE: In 2020, was not in session, which only happens  in ODD-numbered years.

Utah

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

LEGISLATURE: Parliamentary session closed on 13 March.

Vermont

CASINOS: Vermont is without casinos.

LEGISLATURE: The Government continues under house arrest until 15 May. 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. Japan also passed a sports betting bill.

Virginia

CASINOS: The Virginia State Lottery posted key dates and frequently asked questions on sports betting last week and maybe the first sports bet in Virginia will not take place until 2021. In the segment 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 will not be legal in Virginia until mid-to-late December 2020, as early as possible.’

According to a press release, IGT (International Game Technology) announced April 28 that it has signed a six-year deal with Virginia Lottery to offer Scratcher sales, strategic planning, and services. Under the deal, for the first time in Virginia, IGT will become the principal vendor for instant ticket sports. The contract is due to run through June 30th, 2026.

LEGISLATURE: The annual session was suspended, but on April 22, the General Assembly reconvened to discuss changes proposed by the President to the bill that had been enacted since the assembly was adjourned in March.

Washington

CASINOS: According to the Bellingham Herald, the Silver Reef Casino Resort in Frendale will reopen on May 21 to Lummi Nation leaders and the public with updated health and social-distancing measures in place.

The Tulalip Resort Casino and Quil Ceda Creek Casino are reopening May 26, the Tulalip Tribes reported last week on the casinos’ website. This contained new legislation related to health and safety.

According to media accounts, three other tribal casinos reopened May 18—Emerald Queen, Little Creek in Shelton and Nisqually Red Wind in Olympia. They had safety and social remoteness initiatives 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. It is the first casino to reopen in Western Washington since the state’s stay-at – home rule was put in effect in March and runs through May.

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 revealed on its social media pages that the casino will be smoke-free. It said it would be the State’s first smoke-free casino.

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

State orders are not binding upon the tribes. The tribal casinos fund many operations of tribal government, and have thousands of employees, the Associated Press reports.

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

West Virginia

CASINOS: Hollywood Casino & Inn at Charles Town Races, Mardi Gras Casino & Resort at Nitro, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort in Hancock County and The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs could reopen on June 5, under strict guidance on health and social space, according to published reports. The statement was made on May 18, by Gov. Jim Justice, whose family owns the Greenbrier.

Sportsbooks from West Virginia took $2,965,302 for the duration from March 29 to May 1. West Virginia updates regularly on her statistics. The weekend ending May 2 saw $1,063,604 in sports betting handle, double the total in each of the previous four weeks, obviously helped by NFL betting on the draft that week.

LEGISLATURE: On April 29, the state lottery commission approved emergency rules for iGaming that would require video poker and other casino-style games via mobile apps, according to the Gazette-Mail. According to Metro News website, the emergency law will be sent to the state secretary later this month governing iGaming and it will launch in West Virginia during the summer. The interim regulation will be supplemented by new rules which are scheduled to be tabled by the legislature during the annual session of 2021 in the fall for review. The new legislative session is coming to a end.

Wisconsin

CASINOS: The florida Supreme Court overturned the stay-at – home order imposed by the governor on May 13 and pubs, restaurants and other businesses reopened that day. Tribes in the state said they would keep casinos closed by May 26 at least, Shannon Hosley, president of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans and the Inter-Tribal Council of Great Lakes, told the Associated Press.

LEGISLATURE: Voters voted April 7 in Wisconsin’s presidential primary, despite legal threats to the party and the U.S. Supreme Tribunals. Regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Tony Evers had tried to delay primary until June 9.

Polling sites have been streamlined and updated to meet the key criteria for social distancing. Votes will not be reckoned until April 13 at least.

The assembly ended its session when the last Senate assembled on 24 March.

Wyoming

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

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