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

As more and more states are re-opening 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 gaming in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia are legal. In those States plus Nevada, online poker is legal. Michigan has legalised online casinos later this year with a tentative launch date.

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 programmes require temperature tests for visitors and staff, and everyone wants 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-19 patient relief would be available at the facilities. Casinos reduced the number of guests on the floor to approximately one-third of daily operations to satisfy 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 by Gov. Kay Ivey on May 18 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 topics — creating a state lottery and authorising the Creek Indians’ Poarch Band to have casinos — failed to gain traction in the abbreviated legislative session.

Alaska

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

LEGISLATURE: Emergency coronavirus legislation passed by the legislature March 29. According to the Anchorage Daily News, it helps Alaska to tackle health and economic pandemic issues. Entry to the Juneau capital was restricted to senators, employees, officials in the administration and credential media.

Arizona

CASINOS: Navajo Nation has accepted $24.6 million in federal coronavirus funding to help support the 1,100 gaming workers of the tribe, as part of over $475 million in funding under the CARES Act,according to a news release. In March the tribe closed four casinos in Arizona and New Mexico, but continued to pay their workers until late July.

According to Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV-TV, Gila River Casinos, which operates Lone Butte, Vee Quiva and Wild Horse Pass casinos, reopened them on July 2 after the casinos closed in mid-June due to coronavirus fears of employees. Initially they reopened on May 15. The company said it was re-examining and strengthening safety procedures at the three casinos during the closure.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa and Fort McDowell Casino near Fountain Hills reopened on May 15, following strict guidelines for health 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 would 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 moved some pending legislation into the next Legislative Session, including sports betting.

Arkansas

CASINOS: Sports betting live at Casino Southland in West Memphis after the coronavirus shut down the sportsbook. Delaware North, Southland Casino’s parent company, said in a news release that betting kiosks will be installed on the casino grounds at different locations, and the sportsbook will be in Southland ‘s Sports Bar & Grill and the second-level racing mezzanine, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

The sportsbook Oaklawn Park was the only one in the state to reopen in mid-July. It took in a total handle of $179,315 for the month but had payouts of $198,948, resulting in a loss of $19,633, according to the Arkansas Racing Commission’s July gaming report. The Southland and Saracen sportsbooks were closed for the whole of July.

The Democrat-Gazette announced that a group seeking a constitutional amendment to allow 16 more casinos in the state dropped its opposition to the state secretary ‘s rejection of placing the measure on the Nov. 3 ballot. The Supreme Court appeal ends the drive to get the initiative before voters. If the amendment hit the ballot and was approved in November by voters, casino licences will be given for 16 casinos — two in Pulaski County; two in Crittenden County; and one each in 12 other counties.

According to KATV, on July 30 the Arkansas Racing Commission rejected an appeal by Cherokee Nation Businesses about the grant of a casino licence to Gulfside Partnership in Pope County. A CNB spokesperson said other legal options are being looked at.

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. Casinos would restrict their ability to one-third, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. Since 17 March the casinos were closed. In June the limit was raised to capacity of two-thirds.

LEGISLATURE: The capital city was closed, but the legislature recently met at the Arkansas-Little Rock University Arena. 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 when the house met at the Stevens Center and the State Capitol Senate. Three state legislators also tested coronavirus positive.

California

CASINOS: Two San Jose card rooms, Bay 101 and Casino M8trix, will operate outdoors under giant tents to allow social distancing. According to sanjosespotlight.com, the proposal of reopening the two card rooms outside passed 10-1 at the city council on Sept. 1.

According to The Business Journal, the state Supreme Court ruled that the North Fork Mono Indian Tribe could go ahead with a casino in Madera County along Highway 99. Former Gov. Jerry Brown was allowed to comply with a 2011 federal decision that led to approval of two tribal gaming ventures in Madera and Yuba counties that were “off-reservation.” For nearly two decades the casino and hotel resort were planned.

Stars Casino in Tracy, in the central part of the state, relocated its tables outdoors, becoming California’s first card room that allowed for outdoor activity. Closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic on a voluntary basis, Stars set up tables on its back patio and allowed fewer players according to broadcast sources. The card room now has around a dozen, with three or four players per table, the reports said, usually with about 30 to 40 players.

According to its website, the Quechan Casino in Winterhaven, which has been closed since mid March, has reopened with new social-distancing and health initiatives.

Sports fantasy provider Monkey Knife Fight and AEG have signed an agreement for three pro sports teams in the Los Angeles area. According to a press release, Monkey Knife Fight will be the primary fantasy sports partner for Los Angeles Kings of the NHL, and Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS, and an official partner for the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League. In Southern California, MKF also has collaboration agreements with Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL, and San Diego Padres of the MLB.

According to the Times of San Diego, cardroom operators have asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to order tribal casinos closed as coronavirus cases in the state experience an increase. The California Gaming Association has written a letter to Newsom, pointing out that its July 1 order closed all the cardrooms in some counties, but not the tribal casinos. Cardrooms and tribal casinos are on opposite sides of many issues related to gambling in California, including sports betting.

An extension has been granted to a group of California tribes to collect enough signatures to get its sports betting bill on the 2022 election ballot. In a preliminary ruling posted on July 1, Superior Court Judge James Arguelles gave the Coalition to Allow Supervised Sports Wagering to send signatures until Oct. 12. During a hearing in Sacramento, Arguelles made the decision official July 2.

According to NBC7 in San Diego, health officials in San Diego County said they are collaborating with tribes to investigate multiple cases of coronavirus that could be linked to some of their nearby casinos. According to Associated Press, Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine reopened May 18. Other casinos have reopened in San Diego County — Sycuan Casino Resort in El Cajon, Jamul Casino in Jamul and Valley View Casino & Hotel near Valley Center. Sycuan reopened May 20; Jamul reopened May 21; Valley View reopened May 22; Pala Casino Spa & Resort reopened May 22; and Barona Casino & Resort reopened May 27.

Three casinos in the San Francisco area recently reopened, or are preparing to reopen. Graton Resort & Casino reopened on June 18; it was reopened on Facebook by San Pablo Lytton Casino; and reopened on June 29 by River Rock Casino.

According to media sources, the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians in Southern California reopened Casino Pauma June 12.

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

Several other state-run casinos 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 socially distant 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 indicators of wellbeing and social isolation in place. There will be hand sanitisers in the gaming areas and according to media sources, players must have temperature checks and wear face masks.

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; and Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa near Cabazon.

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

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

LEGISLATURE: State Sen. Bill Dodd removed a constitutional amendment, SCA 6, from being debated on June 23 by the Senate Appropriations Committee, Bloomberg News reported. This possibly moves sports betting regulation to 2023 — if it gets on the 2022 ballot and the electorate support it. Dodd and Assemblyman Adam Gray’s legislation had been met at every hearing by resistance from California tribes since it was introduced in May. That’s why the attempt to get the referendum on the ballot ended with Dodd, published June 22 by Chris Palmeri, Los Angeles office chief for Bloomberg News.

The legislature, which had recessed owing to the pandemic, recently returned to work on passing a budget. State. Gavin Newsom must 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 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 new 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: The mobile app from William Hill went live in the state on Wednesday, just in time for the launch of the NFL season in 2020. According to a news release, former Broncos wide receiver and two-time Super Bowl winner Rod Smith made the first ceremonial bet Wednesday. His wager was on the Broncos to win on Sept. 14, along with a prop bet that the first touchdown will be scored by Chiefs tight ending Travis Kelce.

TheScore Bet was launched Sept. 2 in the new mobile sports betting market in Colorado. TheScore Bet, which was licenced by the Gaming Division of Colorado on Aug. 5, acquired market access with a deal in January through a subsidiary of U.S. gaming operator Jacobs Entertainment Inc.

The state has had around $123 million wagered in the state since it opened sports betting on May 1. The total amount wagered in July in Colorado was $59,183,620, compared with June’s $38,136,949, according to Gaming’s new report from the Colorado Department of Revenue. Mobile betting in July amounted to $58,600,805, 99 per cent of overall bets. It was just $582,815 for the retail. In July, Total Gaming Revenue was $5,196,598, a rise of 49.2 percent over $3,484,015 in June.

Owned by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the Ute Mountain Casino in Towaoc reopened on Aug. 20 with new social distancing and health initiatives in place. Because of the coronavirus pandemic it was closed after March 18.

Elite Casino Resorts has announced in a news release that it has been licenced to open the Elite Sportsbook by the state’s Gaming division. Elite Sportsbook offers online and mobile betting through www.elitesportsbook.com. There will also be a Mobile App available. Customers can bet from their phone, while at Red Dolly Casino in Black Hawk in Colorado and betting kiosks will be open. The news release confirmed that it would be Colorado’s first sportsbook to deliver a progressive parlay.

According to a news release, one of the State’s approved sportsbooks, Sportsbetting.com, launched a $1,000,000 Pro Football Pick ‘Em contest which is free to enter for state residents. The Carousel Group owns the website which began betting Sept. 1. Contest entry is now open.

PointsBet announced on Aug. 7 that it will become the official and exclusive sports betting partner for the professional teams and venue owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment in Colorado — the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, the National Lacrosse League’s Colorado Mammoth and the Pepsi Center where the teams are playing, according to a news release.

According to the Gaming Division website, Johnny Nolon’s and Colorado Grande, both of Cripple Creek, launched retail sportsbook operations. Johnny Nolon’s went live Aug. 1, while on Aug. 3 Colorado Grande went offline. Colorado currently has seven retail sportsbooks going.

According to published reports, former Denver Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith has been appointed chief brand ambassador for Denver Sports Betting, a web site for sports betting research. Smith will be active in content creation and engaging with the group. In June and July the Broncos announced joint sports betting agreements with FanDuel, BetFred and BetMGM, becoming the first NFL team with such deals.

State casinos are trying to bring a proposal to lift betting limits and introduce new casino games to the November ballot in Cripple Creek, Black Hawk and Central City, according to published reports. This will take effect in 2021 if approved. The group behind the initiative has sent the Secretary of State nearly twice the amount of signatures needed to get the referendum on the ballot, the reports said.

In June, the second month of legal sports wagering in the state, Colorado saw a 49 percent spike in the sports betting handle. The total amount wagered in June in Colorado was $38,136,949, according to a report by the Colorado Revenue Division of Gaming. In May the state saw a bet of $25,621,761. June sports betting revenue was $3,484,015, a rise of 36 per cent over $2,565,729 in May.

At the Isle Casino Hotel and Lady Luck Casino in Black Hawk, William Hill opened their first sports betting kiosks. In a news release William Hill said it will have regional futures and odds specifically catered for the Colorado market.

According to the Colorado Restricted Gaming Control Commission website, the Ameristar Casino Black Hawk opened its retail sportsbook July 21. It is the state’s fifth retail sportsbook, following Monarch Casino Black Hawk, Saratoga Casino Black Hawk, Wildwood Casino (BetWild), and the Black Hawk Mardi Gras Casino. On July 10, DraftKings opened an interim retail sportsbook at the Mardi Gras Casino. The temporary sportsbook DraftKings is housed on the casino’s first floor and is operated by Twin River Holdings. The state’s casinos reopened June 15.

The Monarch Casino in Black Hawk, which reopened in mid-June, says its business is expanding and adding 516 hotel rooms, four restaurants and more gaming in the process. According to Denver affiliate NBC-TV KUSA. It is looking to recruit 250 people, according to the survey.

TheScore received Gaming Laboratories International GLI-33 certification in Colorado on July 14, part of the regulatory approval process required to enable sports betting to be offered in the State. John Levy, the Score’s founder and CEO, said his firm had also received the same approval in Indiana days earlier.

According to the gaming commission web site, Circa Sports and BetWild have recently joined other online sportsbooks in the state. Circa has a relationship with Century Casinos, a Colorado Springs gaming company that runs casinos in Cripple Creek and Century City as well as others in North America. Circa is not planning to open retail sportsbooks at Colorado casinos, reports The Colorado Springs Gazette. According to published reports, Amelco, a UK gaming firm, helped launch BetWildwood, the first online sportsbook to launch its online betting licence under Wildwood Casino in Cripple Creek.

As originally expected, the State opened the sports betting market as of May 1. Now up and running sportsbooks in Colorado include BetMGM, BetMonarch (Monarch Casino Resort), BetRivers, BetWild, Circa, DraftKings, FanDuel, FOX Bet, SBK and Sky Ute.

Monarch Casino Black Hawk joined Saratoga Casino Black Hawk as State-operated retail sportsbooks. Saratoga recently approved the first sports retail bet on its sportsbook, which is owned by Betfred USA. According to the website of the gaming control board, Monarch is also up and running.

Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has received a Vendor Minor sports betting licence from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission for its flagship affiliate site WSN.com, the company said in a news release. GiG Media actually operates in seven states.

Betsson, a gaming company based in Stockholm, announced on June 29 that it has entered into a 10-year sports betting deal with Dostal Alley Casino, a Central City Black Hawk casino. It will be Betsson’s first entrance into the rising market for sports betting in the United States.

Casinos at Cripple Creek in Teller County reopened June 15 after obtaining state health officials’ approval. Among the new guidelines: At first only slot machines were available, and customer temperatures were tested. Even they have to wear masks. According to media sources, Gilpin County casinos reopened to long queues on June 17th. A gradual reopening began in the county, home to Black Hawk and Central City, where more than half of the state’s casinos are located. Since the middle of March Colorado casinos had been closed.

According to their website, the Sky Ute Casino Resort has announced 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 considered to be the first sportsbook of Native American origin.

Colorado sportsbooks have seen bettors placed $25.5 million in wagers in their first month, according to an email from the gaming control board. Sports betting went live in the state on May 1 amid shutdown of sports and casinos.

The commission spent almost all of its five-hour meeting on May 21 considering a modification to Gaming Regulation 30-1401, the casinos’ tiered tax limit. 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 retain the existing tax rate levels for Fiscal Year 2021 while recognising the pain everyone experienced from coronavirus.

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.

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

LEGISLATURE: On May 26, the legislature ended its temporary adjournment and implemented steps of social isolation in the state capitol. 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 legislators 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 intentions, having been at odds with the tribes about the reopening. On May 29, he reported that the casinos “took some of the thoughts we had to heart,” and were able to reopen early. They reopened June 1, to the public. The casinos had collaborated on new guidelines for social distancing and wellbeing. Hand sanitizer and sanitising wipes in the casinos were widespread and every other slot machine was open to establish sufficient distances between players. As patrons entered the building, body temperatures were checked, and cards were switched out more frequently at each table.

LEGISLATURE: Lamont has chosen 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 created Persona Internet, a social media company 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 contract enhances the relationship between the business and the state, and becomes the primary supplier. Scientific Games has been Connecticut’s provider of instant games for over 40 years, the release said.

Delaware

CASINOS: The state had $705,533 in revenue from online casino gaming in July, a rise of 144 percent from $288,675 in July 2019, but down 26.8 percent from June 2020. In June the lottery had sales of $964,607. Complete iGaming handle in July was $20,782,681, a rise of 162 percent from last year’s $7,918,402 handle in July. Delaware had $23,829,572 in his iGaming handle in June 2020. In April and May, Delaware had set state records for the iGaming handle to top $28 million in both months.

Delaware State News announced that Dover Downs experienced a net loss of $2.36 million in the second quarter due to a long closure linked to COVID-19.

The iGaming handle of the state dropped in June by nearly $ 6 million compared to May, halting the momentum of Delaware in that segment. Delaware set iGaming handle status record in both April and May. Still, June’s total of $23,829,573 was the third-best in state history; the last three months were the only ones where $20 million has been cleared for handle. Net income in June was $964,607, down 15 per cent from May ‘s high $1,134,900.

According to IGB, Delaware Lottery and online gaming company 888 have expanded their iGaming contract by two more years. The Lottery will deliver a variety of casino and poker games under the agreement, which started in 2013, and allow Delaware players to compete against players from New Jersey and Nevada.

Casinos reopened on June 1, under new guidelines on health 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%, provide eight feet between slots and other gaming machines and disinfect those machines every 15 minutes to two hours. Horse racing tracks were also reopened 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 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 Park, Dover Downs and Harrington — but not by smartphone, although it’s legal in the state.

The May iGaming report from Delaware showed revenue was $1.134.900. That was a rise of 33 percent over April’s $856,182, the state ‘s previous record. The May figure was also a year-over-year 262 percent rise from last May’s $313,648, according to the Delaware Lottery, which regulates state gaming. The iGaming handle for May total was $29,485,079, a small improvement over April’s $28,496,616 — which was easily the state’s biggest month.

LEGISLATURE: The primary presidential election, originally scheduled for April 28 but relocated 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

CASINOS: According to a report on its website, the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee will reopen on August 31, at 11 a.m. It will reopen with new steps in place for social distance and wellbeing, including temperature tests before entering and wearing masks. Any other slot machine is switched off, too.

According to West Palm Beach CBS-TV affiliate WPEC, a Miami casino has filed a lawsuit alleging that insurers should cover financial damages resulting from the facility being shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The article said Magic City Casino owners filed the case in a South Florida federal court in South Florida. The complaint claims four insurance firms were refused “business interruption” protection for damages.

On July 2nd, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced that, according to the Miami Herald, casinos, strip clubs, movie theatres and other entertainment facilities will have to close after being allowed to open by a June 4 order. He also declared a 10 p.m., due to the spread of coronavirus in the state again. Curfew that begins in town July 3.

The state suspended alcohol consumption at bars on June 26, because cases of coronavirus have spiked across Florida. Restaurants can serve alcohol on-site, and bars are permitted to sell alcohol to go, according to the state order.

According to Churchill Downs Inc., Calder Casino in Miami Gardens had reopened June 12 while Gulfstream Park reopened its casino on June 18. With new health and social distance guidelines in place, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and Seminole Classic Casino reopened in South Florida in mid-June. New safety measures include temperature tests when entering and facing masks.

Penn National announced the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club has reopened.

The Tampa Seminole Hard Rock Poker Room reopened 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 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 per cent.

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

The legislative session ended March 13 without the law 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. Industry

Georgia

CASINOS: Georgia is without a casino. According to the Associated Press, the state lottery reached a record with $1.24 billion in profit for the fiscal year 2019-20 which ended June 30. Sales plummeted in the immediate aftermath of coronavirus but recovered sufficiently to set sales and profit records for the ninth consecutive year for Georgia. Having an online lotery alternative in April and May helped the state recover its financial footing.

LEGISLATURE: On the last day of the legislature on 26 June, the House refused to take up any of the gaming bills on its agenda. That ends any sports betting opportunities in Georgia this year. There was some hope when a bill requesting a state referendum on legalising casinos, horse racing and sports betting in the state was approved by the House Regulated Industries Committee on June 22 according to the Newnan Times-Herald. That came just days after a bill allowing the Georgia Lottery to operate online sports betting was approved by the Senate Special Judiciary Committee on 19 June, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The tax revenue, the paper said, will be earmarked for the state’s HOPE scholarship. The new failure comes after two previous attempts failed earlier this year to pass a sports betting bill. 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 also failed to set the deadline for March 12.

Hawaii

CASINOS: Hawaii without casinos.

LEGISLATURE: A stay-at – home order is in effect until June. It was extended in late April by the Governor. Hawaiian legislators postponed 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 health standards have been placed in place for casino guests and workers including masks and fewer games. Other tribal agencies and facilities also say their phased re-openings will begin. Other 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 closed its legislative session. According to the Associated Press, the house ended its session March 20.

Illinois

CASINOS: DraftKings reached an agreement with the state’s Accel Entertainment to help sports bettors register for remote signing. According to a news release: “Accel’s more than 2,300 video gaming locations across the entire state of Illinois will promote exclusive DraftKings content and programming across all Accel marketing channels, including the Accel’s in-location digital display screens, to drive awareness of and retention for sports betting among its loyal player base.”

The retail sportsbook FanDuel Par-A-Dice opened on Sept. 10 in East Peoria, the same day the NFL kicked off. It is the 12th retail sportsbook FanDuel has to sell in nine states. On August 28, FanDuel became the third mobile sports betting application to go live in the state, joining BetRivers and DraftKings. The app’s called the “Sportsbook FanDuel Par-A-Dice.”

According to The News-Gazette, the Danville City Council has approved a new casino bid from Danville Development LLC. Construction of a casino about a mile from a site that was originally intended for the project is expected, the study said. Haven Gaming LLC’s first bid was rejected after the Illinois Gaming Board said it was incomplete. Danville Creation will apply a draught application for approval to the Mayor’s office. This will then apply to the gaming board if accepted.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has rolled back in-person casino registration — again. On 21 August Pritzker restored the order suspending in-person registration due to the coronavirus pandemic and it will be in place until at least 19 Sept. From June 4 to July 26 bettors weren’t allowed to register for mobile sports betting at casinos. He did not extend his order at the end of July, but did so on 21 Aug.

Two new sportsbooks at the Hollywood Aurora and Hollywood Joliet casinos opened Aug. 20 in Illinois. They are the state’s fifth and sixth sportsbook store. Managed by Penn National Gaming, the casinos are about 40-45 miles south of Chicago.

According to published reports, Sportradar will collaborate with the Chicago-based regional sports network Flagship Sports Network to provide game information, analysis support, analytics and graphics. Marquee is a joint venture between Sinclair Broadcast Group and the Chicago Cubs.

Illinois casinos made slightly more than $82.6 million in sales for July, their first full month since reopening. From July 2019, that was down 28.6 per cent. The 10 casinos saw almost 500,000 admissions combined over the month when running at a state-mandated 50 percent capacity.

According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, lower tax rates could make a Chicago casino “attractive enough” to developing companies. Originally, a Las Vegas consulting firm was sceptical about the proposal but lower tax rates could make it possible.

The retail sportsbook DraftKings at Casino Queen in East St. Louis and the mobile sports betting app went live Aug 5. The casino is located about 300 miles from Chicago across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.

William Hill opened the first sportsbook in Illinois on Aug. 1 at Grand Victoria Casino Elgin about 40 miles west of downtown Chicago, according to a gaming company press release. The Sportsbook is available from 10 a.m. daily. Before 10 pm. The first bet was on Money Line for the Detroit Tigers. Casinos in Illinois reopened July 1. The William Hill Sports Book at Grand Victoria Casino is the start of William Hill’s expansion into the sports betting industry in Illinois. William Hill will soon provide mobile sports betting for fans around the state pending regulatory approval, the release said.

In addition to authorising a sports wagering licence for the Hawthorne Race Track and making its co-branding rules permanent, on July 30 the Illinois Gaming Board debated why certain sports, including motor sports, PGA events and Korean Baseball, were unavailable to be betting on recently. Recently, when the sports were not accessible at betrivers.com, the board said Rule 1900.120 had an issue on. During the meeting, IGB Administrator Marcus Fruchter said the Board received 39 requests to add events on 23 July. State law says the IGB needs to wait 30 days before incorporating the events.

During the meeting, the IGB also accepted a request by Haven Gaming to withdraw its application for a licence for Danville casino owners. According to media reports the organisation plans to resubmit the application at a later date.

Sports bettors will again have to register in person at a state-owned casino before they can position wagers. The in-person requirement had been suspended by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in early June because the 10 state casinos were closed in mid-March due to a coronavirus pandemic. But his executive order was not extended a second time, and the online registration capability expired on July 26. The initial order, posted June 4, was once expanded, but was not among a number of orders re-issued by Pritzker on July 24.

According to a PointsBet press release, PointsBet obtained a provisional operating licence from the Illinois Gaming Board on July 15, contingent on partner Hawthorne Race Course obtaining a Master Sports Wagering licence. On 17 July, DraftKings and FanDuel were issued temporary operating licences.

According to the VIXIO Gambling Enforcement website, Rivers Casino has challenged the gaming board ‘s emergency rule which would allowallow co-branding co-branding for online sports betting, calling the rule unconstitutional. Lawyer Paul Gaynor, in a public statement, wrote that according to Gambling Law, the Sports Wagering Act forbids co-branding by online-only operators. He also wrote that there was not enough ground for the gaming board to act, the storey said.

The board released the Co-branding emergency rule on May 28. 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.

According to a news release, Rush Street Interactive’s Rivers Casino in Des Plaines launched its online sportsbook BetRivers.com on June 18, taking the first online / mobile legal sports bet from the State. The retail sportsbook Bet Rivers also took the state’s first legal sports bet on March 9.

DraftKings will enter the sports betting business in Illinois after having signed a market access agreement with Casino Queen in East St. Louis.  “DraftKings can confirm it has a market access deal with Casino Queen per our recent S-1 filing on June 16, 2020,” the company said in a statement on June 30. “We look forward to working with both the Illinois gaming board and Casino Queen to bring our legal sports betting product to Illinois.”

As casinos reopened July 1 with new health and social distancing policies in place, according to media reports there were long lines of patrons waiting to get into some casinos. On June 25, the gaming board announced that casino and video gaming operations will resume at 9 a.m. on July 1. “The Gaming Board collaborated with the Governor’s Office, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to create a plan of gaming restoration that protects the public health of employers and workers while restarting gaming in a substantive manner,” said Gaming Board Administrator Marcus Fruchter in a news release. The announcement comes as the state prepares to transfer its reopening strategy into Step 4.

Pritzker signed SB 516 into law, finalising a gaming package that paves the way for a casino in Chicago by reworking current tax systems, enabling gambling at the State Fair and offering relief during the pandemic, the governor’s office announced June 30 in a news release. “After decades of proposals and false-starts, the Chicago casino has now become law, paving the way for a transformative new funding source for Illinois’ infrastructure, as well as helping shore up Chicago’s own significant pension obligations, in addition to serving as the impetus for a dynamic new entertainment district in our city,” ” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot in the release.

According to published reports Illinois lawmakers approved the Chicago casino on May 23. The Senate, before sending it to Pritzker ‘s desk, approved the casino plan 42-14. 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.

According to media sources, Arlington International Racecourse and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen ‘s Association signed a two year agreement on June 22 to begin racing at Arlington in July. Race began again July 23 and runs through Sept. 26 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The season was scheduled to start May 1.

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

Indiana

CASINOS: State sportsbooks wagered $70,876,622 in July after having a cumulative handle of just $29,783,580 in June, according to state statistics published Aug. 10. That was a month-over – month rise of 138 percent. Mobile led the way in July with a rise of 121 percent. Casinos were also open all July and more opportunities for betting were available.

Nuvei, a global provider of full-service payments to iGaming and sports betting firms, announced in a news release on August 5 that it has been authorised by the Indiana Gaming Commission to provide services in Indiana. Nuvei will be able to help gaming operators and businesses accept payments from Indiana based customers. According to the report, Nuvei said it’s the start of her efforts to expand into the U.S. market.

The Indiana Pacers and PointsBet have reached a multi-year partnership which makes PointsBet an official NBA team sports gaming partner. According to a news release, PointsBet branding will appear in what is known as “the apron,” the out-of-bound space between the baseline and the team bench. This is the first time there will be a sports betting operator occupying that room, the release said.

The Indiana Gaming Commission approved the imminent merger of Eldorado-Caesars, but on condition that the two companies sell three casinos in Indiana combined. The Northwest Indiana Times announced on July 13 that Thomas Reeg, CEO of Eldorado, told the Indiana Horse Racing Commission that his company would fulfil the requirement. The storey said Reeg told the IHRC that the new company will sell the Elizabeth Caesars Southern Indiana Casino, the Horseshoe Hammond Casino and the Evansville Tropicana Casino. Caesars also operates Shelbyville’s Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and Anderson’s Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino; Eldorado will buy those assets under the merger.

According to media accounts, there were queues outside several casinos when 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 the middle of 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 reported that it has reopened the Ameristar Casino Hotel in East Chicago and the Lawrenceburg Hollywood Casino.

The IGC added the Nippon Professional Baseball League, The Basketball Tournament (TBT), updated its FIBA leagues on June 29, adding the Austrian, German, and Spanish Liga tennis series to the list of sports on which Indiana sportsbooks can give wagers. The IGC added the following events in mid-June — the German Bundesliga Basketball, including BBL Pokal; the National Hockey League Draft Lottery; the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL); and World Team Tennis. You can find the updated list here.

Recently the IGC revised its Emergency Rules For Sports Wagering. The rules went into force on 20 May.

According to ESPN, which released a study on the integrity 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 relationship to sanctioning bodies to assess whether integrity policies apply.

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

LEGISLATURE: On June 12, Gov. Eric Holcomb pushed Indiana into Step 4 of a five-part initiative to reopen Indiana. The state has managed to lighten some of the limitations in effect since mid-March.

Iowa

CASINOS: The state had $22,859,622 in total sports betting handle in July, a rise of almost 80 percent over $12,711,201 in June, according to figures released by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission on Aug. 7.

WinnaVegas Casino resumed table games in Sloan on July 17, and extended its hours. Masks are mandatory for visitors and gloves and masks are to be worn by vendors. June 12, the casino reopened.

Betfred became the latest operator in the state to open a mobile sportsbook, beginning July 7. Betfred is partnered with the Larchwood Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort to provide sports betting services. The Premium Sportsbook is also on sale at the casino.

According to parent company Caesars Entertainment, Harrah ‘s Council Bluffs reopened July 3. It practises state health and policies that isolate itself from society. Restricted seating at slot machines will be open, and table games will remain closed, depending on publication. On June 1, a sister property called Horseshoe Council Bluffs reopened.

According to their website, Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona reopened June 15 under new health and social distance guidelines. Also that day the Blackbird Bend Casino near Onawa reopened. According to a company news release, two properties owned by the Eldorado Resorts — Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf and Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo — reopened June 1. The business said it adheres to the regulations implemented by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds that restrict capacity to 50 percent to ensure that the requirements for social distance are met.

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

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

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

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

According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission at its June 4 meeting accepted a proposal by DraftKings to authorise daily fantasy sports games, but refused an application by the Iowa Gaming Association to authorise casino betting on esports. DraftKings operates three sportsbooks at casinos Clinton, Jefferson and Emmetsburg.

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

LEGISLATURE: According to radio Iowa, the legislature has voted to ban the use of credit cards for sports betting in casinos. Legalized 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: US sued by the ministry. Department of Interior on Aug. 10 banning Oklahoma’s Wyandotte Nation from constructing a casino on property it owns in Park City, the Associated Press reports. The case, filed in the United States District Court in Kansas, attempts to reverse an Interior Department decision released in May that approved the proposal. The decision overturned a 2014 ruling rejecting the request by the tribe to build the casino on the property it acquired in 1992, the AP published.

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 tested people’s temperatures in and added additional health and social distance interventionsUnder the State’s “Phase Two” plans, casinos were allowed to reopen May 22.

LEGISLATURE: The state house was closed to the public — only senators, workers, executive branch employees and lobbyists are authorised. The legislature continues to hold committee meetings and also works on the state budget and any emergency measures, but remains in recess until April 27.

Kentucky

CASINOS: Churchill Downs Inc. announced the opening of a new outdoor gaming patio in Louisville on the South side of Derby City Gaming on Sept. 3. According to a news release the proposed 8,000 square foot patio would include 225 historic racing machines.

In September Kentucky Downs opened a historic horse racing computer gaming hall as part of its gaming expansion. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, the 30,000-square-foot facility opened in time for the start of a six-day horse racing meeting which began Sept. 7.

In a recent press release Churchill Downs announced that it has agreed to purchase 1,250 historic racing machines from International Game Technology (IGT). The machines will run 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 Popular, there are no casinos or sports betting. The Spring Meeting at Churchill Downs opened on May 16. Live racing without fans continues from 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, ended up running Sept. 5.

The state was considering legislation to expand gambling beyond horse race betting, but this year that will not happen. There’s an indefinite order of stay-at-home in effect, but Kentucky is working with neighbouring states to coordinate when they can reopen.

LEGISLATURE: According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, on April 1 state legislators passed a streamlined one-year budget that maintains government spending at current levels. It did not include a potential revenue stream that could have been added to sports betting legislation.

Louisiana

CASINOS: Caesars Entertainment and VICI Properties Inc. have announced the sale to Rubico Acquisition Corp. of Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Casino, Racing & Entertainment for $22 million, according to a press release. It is estimated that the sale will close by the end of 2020 or early 2021, subject to regulatory approval.

The Golden Nugget Casino and L’Auberge Casino, both in Lake Charles, are temporarily closed after suffering damage at the Louisiana landfall of Hurricane Laura late in August. Video posted on The Advocate ‘s website in Baton Rouge showed high winds blowing off the Golden Nugget section of the roof.

According to the Associated Press, Penn National Gaming plans to lay off nearly 1,150 casino employees in the State in August due to economic difficulties caused by the coronavirus. Approximately 161 staff at the L’Auberge Hotel and Casino in Baton Rouge and 441 additional employees are expected to be released at the L’Auberge Lake Charles casino, the AP announced, according to notices from the Louisiana Workforce Board. Penn National also operates Boomtown Casino in Harvey and by Aug. 15 approximately 200 workers are expected to be let go there. Approximately 350 employees are also supposed to be laid off at the Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City according to AP.

According to Churchill Downs Inc., on June 13, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans reopened under new health and social-distance guidelines from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board and city health officials. According to news 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 around $440 million in revenue based on state revenue reports. 20 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 have reopened under more stringent health and social distance steps, including the facilities’ capacity of 25 percent. According to media 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.

The state commenced its first reopening process on May 15. According to a report in The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared 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, will expand to a quarter of their usual capacity as well. A residence-at-home order was in effect till mid-May.

LEGISLATURE: On June 23, the Senate gave the final passage to HB 64, which sets the daily sports fantasy tax limit, by a 36-0 vote. The House already approved it by an vast majority. Since it includes taxes, passage in both chambers required two-thirds of the vote. The legislature is in a special session called immediately after the June 1 regular session closed. Edwards signed the bill creating an online DFS betting tax rate of 8 per cent, clearing one of the final hurdles. Edwards signed up to the DFS regulations in June.

On June 15, Edwards signed Senate Bill 130, and the issue of legalising the state’s sports betting will now be on the November ballot. With the signature of Edwards, voters in the 64 parishes in the state get a final say on whether or not they want sports betting in their premises. The bill became Act No. 215, after it was signed on June 11.

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

Maine

CASINOS: The two state casinos — Hollywood Casino Bangor and Oxford Casino — have reopened, the Bangor Daily News reports. According to a new release by owner Churchill Downs Inc. the Oxford Casino reopened July 9. The Bangor Casino in Hollywood reopened July 10. According to new health and social distance plans approved by state officials, the Daily News announced, casinos would be limited to 200 people (50 people in four different zones).

LEGISLATURE: According to media reports, on 21 May the State Gambling Control Board approved online betting on horse races. Bettors will put online wagers on races around 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: Despite operating at 50 percent capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic, Maryland ‘s six casinos produced $149.5 million in gaming revenue in August, down just $4.7 million year-over-year. August was just the second full month that the casinos were open since the state closed from March 16 to June 19. According to a news release from Maryland Lottery and Gaming, the revenue figure for August is the eighth-best month in the history of the Maryland casino programme. A total of $154.2 million from last August was the fourth-best month ever. In July the casinos generated revenue of $139.9 million.

According to WBAL-TV, the expansion of iGaming and iLottery choices in the state was recently brought up at a hearing in House Ways and Means Committee. Gordon Medenica, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, said that iLottery ‘s offer has seen its iLottery revenues “absolutely explode,” adding that “the best asset for all the experience everyone’s had with iLottery, it doesn’t hurt brick-and-mortar sales, and that’s very important to us.” That led to questions from lawmakers about iGaming choices, the WBAL report said. In November, Maryland voters will get an opportunity to allow sports betting.

Some workers at the six commercial casinos in the state don’t want to return to work because of coronavirus health issues, casinos’ general managers told lawmakers at the same hearing Tuesday, according to The Baltimore Sun. And casino tax income, usually about $60 million a month, was nothing in April and May, when casinos were shut down, and $14.9 million in June, after part of the month reopening. Casino revenues go to public colleges, horse racing, addiction to gambling and other community programmes.

According to The Baltimore Sun, the State’s casinos have seen a 27 percent fall in revenue to $529 million over the last fiscal year. That was $194.3 million less than the previous fiscal year, when the coronavirus pandemic forced casinos to be closed for three months.

In June, casino revenue was $34.9 million, a year-over-year decrease of 75 percent over the month. In addition to casinos, fitness centres / gyms and malls started reopening June 19, among other businesses. As of mid-March, casinos were closed.

MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County, the state’s largest casino, reopened June 29 with improved social-distancing security measures in place. They included temperatures tested upon entry, disabled any other slot machine and mounted plexiglass barriers. Like all MGM assets nationally, masks must be employed inside the casino at all times. Initially the poker room didn’t open.

On 29 June Maryland Live Casino reopened. Slots and table games were available but before entering guests had to wear face masks, follow social distancing guidelines and have their temperature tested.

Baltimore horseshoe reopened June 28. June 19 reopened Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Ocean Downs Casino near Ocean City, and Rocky Gap Casino in western Maryland.

LEGISLATURE: On April 20, Senate and House Leaders declared that they would not hold a special session in May. Maryland’s General Assembly ended its legislative session on March 18 due to concerns regarding coronavirus, but not before endorsing a sports betting bill calling on 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 pass the bill, the legislature will have to figure out how sports betting, tax rates and who gets licences will be put into effect. The electoral referendum is allowed by law in Maryland.

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

Massachusetts

CASINOS: Aug. 31 is the MGM Springfield separation date set for about 1,900 workers it laid off in March but was unable to recall jobs, according to masslive.com MGM Springfield had 2,000 workers prior to the pandemic, and it did so with 700 employees when it reopened in July. In May, MGM decided to offer coverage to furloughed workers enrolled in the company’s health plan by Aug. 31. On 24 August the casino celebrated its two year anniversary.

The state ‘s three casinos — Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville and MGM Springfield — combined in July for $45,422 million in gross sales, but weren’t open all month. Plainridge Park reopened July 8, while Springfield MGM and Encore Boston Harbor reopened days later, with new initiatives for health and social distance. Casino reopenings were part of state plan Step 3. All three were closed from mid-March.

Masslive.com announced that the state’s Gaming Commission voted on Aug. 13 to refuse a request from casinos to add craps and roulette as options during the coronavirus pandemic. The commission was pleased with the manner in which casinos complied with new safeguards and protocols COVID-19. During the meeting, commission chairwoman Cathy Judd-Stein said, according to Masslive: “At this juncture, it just wouldn’t be prudent to expand the options right now.”

Wynn Resorts announced that Encore Boston Harbor ended the second quarter with a loss of $53.8 million as it stayed closed due to the coronavirus pandemic along with other casinos in Massachusetts, according to masslive.com.

In fiscal 2020, amid the coronavirus closure, the Massachusetts Lottery has had the third-largest sales increase in its 49 years, according to masslive.com. It received revenues of $5.252 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30, the study said. The record for the preceding fiscal year was $5.5 billion. According to masslive.com, it also had a profit of $979 million after costs and payouts for the 2020 fiscal year.

Gov. Charlie Baker said legalising betting on sports would raise much-needed state revenue as it struggles with the coronavirus pandemic. His remarks came at a July 22 news conference at a distribution centre for the Salvation Army in Lynn. Baker’s query was answered by David Friedman, senior vice president of legal and government affairs for the Boston Red Sox, who proposed that a bill legalising sports betting could be passed by the end of the July 31 legislative session, masslive.com reported. Speaking at a meeting of the Special Committee on Resilience and Recovery on 21 July, Friedman said legalising sports betting would benefit pro sports teams, casino operators and others who are suffering during the coronavirus pandemic. A bill published by the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies in March will allow adults 21 or older to gamble on state casinos, slot parlours, and horse tracks, reported masslive.com. It also facilitates online and mobile sports betting within state limits. The bill has been sent to the Committee on House Ways and Means, but it is uncertain if it will be approved by the end of the current legislative session.

LEGISLATURE: The legislature is meeting and there is already a sports betting bill pending and it may be included in the state budget.

Michigan

CASINOS: The Michigan Gaming Control Board will hold a public hearing on Sept. 23 to hear input on new online sports betting and Igaming regulations as the State moves a step closer to the adoption of laws and the opening of markets. The public hearing is conducted remotely by Microsoft Teams. The proposed rules are posted here.

According to a news release, Scientific Games Corp. has started retail sports betting for FireKeepers Casino, operated by the Potawatomi Nottawaseppi Huron Band. It also partners with FireKeepers to provide digital sports betting and iGaming when regulations are approved by the state.

The live standardbred races of Northville Downs restarted on Aug. 14, and will continue on 17 other Fridays and Saturdays through October 10, following an order given by the Michigan Gaming Control Board. Under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-160, Pari-mutuel racing was allowed to restart at the track, the board said in a news release. The track must restrict capacity to no more than 896 people under the MGCB order — a reduction of 85 percent. It will take over 100 tables, 500 chairs and 200 tvs.

Three casinos in Detroit reopened this week. On 5 August, MotorCity Casino and Greektown Casino reopened to the public. According to media sources, MGM Grand Detroit reopened to the general public on 7 Aug. According to an executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the casinos were allowed to reopen at 15 per cent capacity. Many of the tribal casinos in Michigan — that are not under state control — reopened with special precautions weeks ago. The three casinos in Detroit closed March 16 after taking their first legal sport bets.

The American Gaming Association had three key takeaways about the state’s 27 commercial and tribal casinos in a recently published study on Michigan’s gaming industry. The casinos have an estimated economic effect of $6.3 billion on the state, raise $1.3 billion in state and local taxes every year and fund $2.1 billion in salaries along with almost 38,000 jobs, the study said.

The three Detroit casinos reported a 59.3 percent decrease in revenue for the first six months of 2020 compared to the same time in 2019, according to state revenue estimates. They have managed to bring in almost $300 million in sales from January through June — but in fact it was from January through March only.

On July 17th, Little River Casino Resort in Manistee began sports betting. According to published reports, Bettors can place wagers at a betting window and kiosks at the River Rock Sportsbook. Manistee mayor Roger Zielinski has made the first bet — $20 to win the Super Bowl on the Detroit Lions, the reports said. According to the casino website, Little River is partners with Rush Street Interactive.

On July 13, former Chicago Bears star defensive lineman Steve “Mongo” McMichael made the first symbolic bet — $20 on the Bears to win the Super Bowl — as New Buffalo ‘s Four Winds Casino started taking sport wagers.

According to mlive.com, three Gun Lake Casino workers have been found positive for coronavirus. Officials have confirmed the three cases on 7 July. After a thorough cleaning of the property the casino will remain open and will continue to track the situation, the report said. Gun Lake Casino, located just south of Grand Rapids and west of Lansing, reopened June 8 with new guidance on health and social distance.

Global sports betting provider Kambi has entered into an agreement with the Potawatomi Four Winds Casinos Pokagon Band to carry on-site and online sports betting goods to three state casinos — New Buffalo, Dowagiac and Hartford — according to a news release dated July 1st. A launch online is expected to follow. “We look forward to announcing the specifics of the sports betting options that we will be providing in the near future at our Michigan locations,” said Frank Kennedy, senior vice president of gaming operations at Four Winds in the statement. The Four Winds properties reopened their three Michigan casinos on June 15 as well as one in South Bend in Indiana.

Northville Downs, Michigan’s only horse racing track, will now carry out advance deposit wagering under an order from the Michigan Gaming Control Board. MGCB Executive Director Richard S. Kalm released the order on June 26 along with a second order granting TVG a conditional 30-day permit.

Rush Street Interactive, which has just launched the first online sportsbook in Illinois, announced a collaboration with the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee as a service provider for its retail sportsbook on June 22. The collaboration with the Ottawa Indians Little River Band also enables Rush Street to co-brand online sports betting and online casino as soon as Michigan regu.

According to wwmt.com, FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek opened its new sportsbook on June 22 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. According to its website, the casino, owned by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi, reopened on June 1 according to tighter health and social distance guidelines.

DraftKings revealed on June 4 that it will partner with Bay Mills Resort & Casino to join the online sports betting market in Michigan. The agreement provides mobile and online access, and Michigan bettors will be able to position in-person wagers at the Bay Mills Resort & Casino on a new DraftKings sportsbook. The partnership is subject to licencing and approval by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

According to mlive.com, Odawa Casino Mackinaw reopened on May 22 with improved security and social distance initiatives, including wearing face masks. Odawa Casino in Petoskey reopened on May 29, as did Leelanau Sands Casino and Lodge and Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel near Traverse City. Owned and run by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

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

According to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Saganing Eagles Landing Casino and Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant reopened June 1, 2013.

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

Five casinos in the Upper Peninsula owned by the Chippewa Indians’ Sault Ste. Marie Tribe — Christmas, Hessel, Manistique, Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignacehas — reopened June 1.

The Michigan Gaming And Control Board announced that income from the three Detroit casinos declined steeply in March, with a total adjusted income of $57,445,827. That was down 52.8 percent from $121.761.104 in February and down 59 percent year on year. 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 nervous about going home and infecting family members with the coronavirus.

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

LEGISLATURE: On August 3, the legislature cancelled the week’s session and hearings because, according to the Associated Press, a Lansing-area state senator confirmed the coronavirus as positive. Republican Sen. Tom Barrett’s positive result came from screening that his Michigan Army National Guard service required. The AP announced that the Senate and House cancelled a voting session scheduled for Aug. 6, and all committee hearings on Aug. 5-6.

According to media reports, a Senate bill introduced in the spring seeks to speed up the online gaming process by granting temporary internet gaming licences to suppliers of commercial and tribal casinos before regulations are established. Senate Bill 969 was referred to the Senate Administrative Reform Committee. Another indication that Michigan is one of the states that shows determination to get iGaming up and running.

Minnesota

CASINOS: The Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, according to a post on its website, began a phased reopening on June 22, with improved health 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 said. “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.”

According to Twin Cities Fox-TV affiliate KMSP, Operating Aces Casino in Columbus reopened June 15th with reduced capacity and new health initiatives in place. The Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton also reopened June 15 according to their websites, as did the Fond-du-Luth Casino in Duluth. The two are owned and run by the Lake Superior Chippewa Fond du Lac Band.

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 approved 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. Reopened June 1st at Treasure Island near Red Wing. According to the Grand Casino website, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley reopened on June 1.

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

Missippi

CASINOS: The sports betting handle for the state in June was $1,575,859, up 566.3 per cent from May, when the handle was $236,503 as casinos worked most of the month after being closed since mid-March. But, according to estimates from the Mississippi Gaming Commission, the June figure was down 89.6 per cent from June 2019 ($15,190,666). In June sports betting sales, the State lost $62,231. In May it made $87,697, and in June 2019, $1,625,113.

According to media reports, Dakia Entertainment Hospitality and Broadwater Development has signed a formal letter of intent to redevelop the former Broadwater Beach hotel, marina and golf course. Biloxi has given developers tax breaks for the $1.2 billion, 266-acre entertainment complex. It is expected to open by summer 2023.

According to media reports 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 told employees of the positive test in a memo to casino workers that has been shared on social media. Mississippi casinos reopened May 21. Doors opened around 8 a.m. And there were casinos that had queues of people waiting to get in. The casinos have taken steps to strengthen security measures and to establish protocols that separate themselves from each other.

Penn National Gaming announced its 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.

The Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunic was reopened by MGM Resorts on May 25, followed by Biloxi’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on June 1, both in limited availability.

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

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

Missouri

CASINOS: Twin River Worldwide Holdings said it would spend $61 million to rebuild Kansas City’s Isle of Capri Casino, according to the Kansas City Star. Twin River, who bought Eldorado’s casino last month, plans to replace the riverboat-themed façade, add a new restaurant and retail space, and possibly a hotel, according to the article.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, on June 24 the Missouri Gaming Commission approved the selling of Lumière Location, a St. Louis casino, to Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. (GLPI), which is purchasing the real estate. Eldorado Resorts Inc., will continue to own and operate the Lumière company. The Post-Dispatch reported that GLPI now owns the assets of the six St. Louis-area Casinos.

According to media news, casinos in St. Louis County reopened on June 15 under more stringent health and social-distance guidelines. Some state casinos have opened earlier but St. Louis County has not relaxed its casino restrictions at the same time as the state. According to a company news 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 company said it’s restricting casino ability to ensure proper social distance.

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

According to a report in the Post-Dispatch, MLB and the NBA terminated contracts with lobbyists representing their Missouri sports-betting interests. The move comes after sports betting in the state had gained traction. But in mid-March, lawmakers cut their spring session off short. The legislature has returned to pass budget and coronavirus legislation, according to The Post-Dispatch, but is shying away from acting on several critical state policy reforms. . “It appears 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 gambling bills in recent years.

LEGISLATURE: According to a press release, the State extended its contract with Science Games to manufacture 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 sent it to the Senate, the Associated Press reported. Because of the coronavirus the budget takes into account lost sales. The constitution of the State demands that the budget be accepted by May 8.

Montana

CASINOS: Montana Lottery extended its two-year deal with Scientific Games Corporation for instant scratch-off lottery games by August 2022, according to a news release released by Scientific Games on 28 July.

Restaurants, pubs, casinos, and breweries reopened May 4, following new guidelines on health and safety. Some of the latest regulations contain steps of social distance and a decreased capacity inside the establishments. According to news accounts, officers at Billings and Butte casinos spent the weekend before the reopening spacing out equipment to keep social space and set up barriers to protect customers and employees.

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

Nebraska

CASINOS: Three bill sponsors who would allow casino gambling on the state’s horse tracks asked the Supreme Court of Nebraska to interfere after the State Secretary ruled against the question being put on the ballot, published the Lincoln Journal-Star. State Secretary Bob Evnen is blocking the presence before voters of three proposals. Lynne McNally, speaking for the supporters of a petition drive to get the three bills on the ballot, told the newspaper that Evnen ‘s decision was “incorrect as a matter of law because each of the three measures fulfils the applicable formal and procedural requirements of the Nebraskan constitution.”

According to published reports, the pro-gambling campaign attempting to put in place legislation that would authorise horse-racing casinos on the November ballot submitted the requisite number of signatures to the Secretary of State. According to the Related Pre, the party, Keep the Money in Nebraska, has around 475,000 signatures for the three petitions, each with more signatures than necessary

One petition wants to legalise gambling, amending the constitution of the state; another aims to modify the law of the state in order to approve and control casinos; the third concerns where gambling tax revenues will go, according to AP.

Nebraska has four tribal casinos, two of which remained open during the pandemic with additional security measures being taken. However, the state has been losing tax revenue to neighbouring states with regulated gambling such as Iowa.

Gov. Pete Ricketts opposes the initiative of the ballot to legalise gambling and said that he might use his own resources to try to block the laws, the AP said.

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

Nevada

CASINOS: MGM Resorts said it expects Park MGM to reopen in mid-October, according to the Reno Gazette Journal, the company’s last closed hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Park MGM is scheduled to reopen within the next 30-45 days, the study said. Park MGM ‘s return comes less than two weeks after MGM announced it would lay off 18,000 employees nationally due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

Boyd Gaming Corp. said it introduced a new version of B Connected Sports in Nevada, updating its mobile sports betting app for the start of the NFL season. B Linked is also the name of a reward programme for the organisation.

Sale listings were taken from a commercial real estate website for two Reno Station Casino properties, with a company source telling the Reno Gazette Journal that a new casino is still a possibility in Reno. The listings were taken down Tuesday after the Gazette Journal posted on the Commercial Real Estate Exchange website listing the Station assets. The listings were updated as of Sept. 5, said the article.

The Las Vegas Tuscany hotel / casino is partnering with Circa Sports to rebrand the sportsbook for the facility, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The new sportsbook for the Tuscany is scheduled to open in March according to the report.

On the casino floor Treasure Island opened its latest sportsbook, the Golden Circle Sportsbook and Bar. According to published reports it allows for more than 750 guests and has a vast screen curtain. There is space for social distancing about 12,000 square feet apart.

According to media reports, Las Vegas based MGM Resorts International started laying off 18,000 furloughed employees nationwide on Aug. 31. MGM CEO Bill Hornbuckle said the layoffs were due to the coronavirus pandemic, in a letter to the workers. Before the pandemic, the figure is about a quarter of the company’s workers. Employees will receive coverage from the health system by September. MGM could recall some employees when it reopened two remaining closed properties — the MGM Park in Las Vegas and the MGM Empire City in New York.

One of the legendary properties of MGM Resorts, The Mirage, re-opened on the Vegas Strip. With new social-distancing and wellness programmes in place, the casino reopened Aug. 27. It was closed from 16 March. MGM Resorts did not disclose plans to reopen their other Strip land, MGM Park.

According to the Review-Journal, Penn National Gaming has postponed reopening its sole property on The Strip, the Tropicana, until Sept. 17. It was planned tentatively to reopen Sept. 1. Along with other Nevada casinos the Tropicana was closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Review-Journal has confirmed that as many as 12 Las Vegas Strip casinos have not reopened since the coronavirus pandemic, and may remain closed. Uncertain futures properties include those owned by MGM Resorts, Station Casinos, Caesars, and Boyd Gaming.

According to a news release, International Game Technology (IGT) has signed a long-term contract with casino operator Boyd Gaming to finance their retail sportsbooks in Nevada. According to the release, Boyd will use IGT’s PlaySports network, along with its Nevada-based mobile sports app and online sports betting site. IGT’s PlaySports self-service kiosks will also be installed at the gaming venues.

Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill that gave most companies limited liability rights as a defence against COVID-19 litigation, the Review-Journal reported on Aug. 12. Senate Bill 4 protects employers from disciplinary action on the part of workers contracting coronavirus, as long as they adhere to reasonable health measures, the study said. The bill excluded schools, and most health facilities.

The Culinary Union and MGM claim the health and safety problems that led to litigation have been resolved because of the coronavirus pandemic due to SB 4. The bill also protects some companies from coronavirus-related legal liability, the Associated Press announced.

According to CDC Gaming News, Nevada gaming regulators have charged the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno with violating the State’s COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. The Gaming Control Board filed a three-count lawsuit on Aug. 7 claiming that the gaming agents saw Grand Sierra customers at three separate times without face coverings or masks. The state mandates face coverings or masks. In the lawsuit, the gaming agents said casino workers did not take steps to get customers to comply and wear face coverings.

ZenSports has secured an option to buy the Big Wheel Casino in Lovelock in a contract with Strategic Gaming Management, with an additional option to run the sportsbook at Baldini ‘s Sports Casino in Reno according to a news release. The agreements would give ZenSports, headquartered in San Francisco, a physical presence that the Nevada Gaming Control Board needs to operate its state-run mobile sports betting site, the release said.

Las Vegas tavern owners will be installing up to seven upright slot machines temporarily to replace games installed in bar tops which were shut down in July, according to CDC Gaming News. The Replacement Machines Resolution was authorised by the Clark County Commission on Aug. 5. According to Gaming Reports, Nevada gaming regulators on Aug. 14 allowed the tavern and bar operators to use stand-alone slot machines. The Gaming Control Board said in the notice that restricted gaming operators — locations with 15 or fewer slot machines — may have stand-alone slot machines that attach to the slot management system of the area.

Four Station Casinos facilities in southern Nevada that may not be reopening due to the coronavirus pandemic, Frank Fertitta III, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Red Rock Resorts, Station Casinos’ parent company, said in an earnings call on Aug. 4, according to the Las Vegas Sun. Despite other casinos in the company reopening June 4, the Palms, Texas Station, Fiesta Rancho and Fiesta Henderson remain closed.

Wynn Resorts, located in Las Vegas, posted net revenue of $85.7 million for the second quarter of 2020. For the second quarter of 2019, that was a 95 percent fall from the $1.66 billion for the year. Like other gaming businesses, Wynn Resorts was pounded in the second quarter by casino closures from mid-March through June. On the other side, according to media reports, the company’s sportsbook and casino app is now available in New Jersey after it receives state regulatory approval.

According to media reports, the Las Vegas Sands Corp. has announced it will continue to pay workers and provide benefits until at least Oct. 31. Owing to the pandemic, Sands has neither furloughed nor laid off any of its workers. Casinos reopened in early June.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal the Tropicana is back on the market. The landlord of the hotel, Gaming and Leisure Properties, hopes to sell the resort, then either rent it back, or sell it directly to a new owner, said the article. In April, Gaming and Leisure Assets bought the Tropicana from Penn National Gaming in exchange for $307.5 million in loan credits. Penn National said at the time that it will continue to manage the property for two years, or until the Tropicana is sold.

According to media sources, Bally’s Casino on the Las Vegas Strip reopened July 23. Caesars Entertainment has also restored other properties in town including Harrah’s, Paris Las Vegas, Caesars Palace and the Flamingo.

The Las Vegas Sands announced a second quarter loss of $985 million due to the coronavirus pandemic on July 22, down from the second quarter of 2019 ($1.11 billion) by 97.1 percent. According to published reports, the pandemic has effectively turned Las Vegas from a global destination into a regional gambling centre based on the “drive-in” market, President and COO Rob Goldstein said in an earnings call.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Wynn Resorts, which owns Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, and Penn National Gaming, the Tropicana ‘s owner, will have more layoffs and furloughs. The Tropicana is scheduled for reopening on 17 Sept. Furthermore, by Sept. 1, Circus Circus expected to lay off about 250 employees according to a notice filed with the state, The Sun reported. Boyd Gaming, a Las Vegas-based casino corporation, also announced it would lay off more than 6,000 casino workers across 10 states, according to a July 16 storey in the Reno Gazette Newspaper. That would constitute at least a quarter of the U.S. workforce at Boyd. All of the company’s casinos have reopened in Las Vegas except for three, the study said.

The state Gaming Control Board ruled over hundreds of parlay wagers in favour of BetMGM from June on KBO League and Chinese Professional Baseball League games that had already begun, ESPN announced. BetMGM will void more than $200,000 in outstanding parlay bets made at Bellagio self-serve kiosks on June 28 in the early morning and on BetMGM ‘s mobile betting app, ESPN said.

Betfred USA has been announced as the sportsbook partner at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas for the Mohegan Sun Casino. Nevada is the fourth state where a sportsbook was founded by Betfred USA, joining Pennsylvania, Colorado and Iowa. The Mohegan Sun Casino undergoes upgrades and is expected to reopen by the end of 2020.

Gov. Sisolak ordered all bars to close on July 10 after a statewide increase in COVID-19 cases that impacted many of the small licence slot facilities in the state. Limited areas are those with 15 slot machines or less. Sisolak directed bars to close in many Nevada counties and make more of their money from alcohol (as opposed and places listed as restaurants, where much of the revenue comes from food even though they sell alcohol.) Bars in Las Vegas (in Clark County) and Reno (in Washoe County) are amongst those affected.

Nevada regulators approved the $17.3-billion merger between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment on July 8, moving it one step closer to completion. The Nevada Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission gave their approvals to the agreement at special meetings that took place right after each other. They also approved the taking over of Caesars sportsbook operations from William Hill. Willam Hill, Eldorado’s sportsbook provider, currently has 113 sportsbooks available in Nevada. The merger, already approved by the Federal Trade Commission, faces two remaining hurdles because the merger must be approved by Indiana and New Jersey regulators.

According to a post on its Facebook page, Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino temporarily closed its table games on July 7 due to the rise in coronavirus numbers in the State. The casino owners want thorough cleaning of the tables and sanitising them.

Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Las Vegas Sands Corp. say employees could be fired for not wearing face masks at their state casinos. According to the Review-Journal, casino companies are seeking to comply with Sisolak ‘s order from June 24. As the state seeks to reverse the rise in COVID-19 incidents, Sisolak has ordered that face masks or coverings must be worn in public. The order came into effect on June 26 and includes casinos, which began reopening throughout the state on June 4 after being closed from mid March.

According to iGB North America, Sporting Solutions, a sportsbook and lottery company, collaborated with Las Vegas-based SCCG Management, gaming consultants, to try to gain entry into the U.S. sports betting market. SCCG will provide Sporting Solutions market growth and strategic support, the study said.

Avi Resort & Casino reopened July 10 in Laughlin. It declared in late June that it would temporarily close; it cancelled a July 4 fireworks display. A news release said the casino re-closed early after a few workers had tested positive. Prior to reopening the casino was thoroughly cleaned.

On June 25, the Nevada Gaming Commission approved amendments to current cashless gaming laws that will make it easier for gamblers to move money by debit card from bank accounts while they are in casinos. According to the Review-Journal the amendments are effective immediately. The changes could lead to new cashless gaming systems that are available to convert into electronic payments using currency in casinos.

According to published reports, the poker rooms at Bellagio and Caesars Palace re-opened June 18. There are fewer seats at the tables, and due to social distancing laws plexiglass was installed.

On June 17, the State Gaming Control Board revised its health and safety regulations and directed 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 published reports, Las Vegas Sands, which owns the Venetian and Palazzo, will attempt to restrict coronavirus among its employees by using “smart rings” that can detect infection before symptoms appear. After two studies showed that the devices would reliably predict the onset of symptoms, the company bought 1,000 of the rings from Oura, a finnish technology startup.

Las Vegas casinos reopened June 4 following a 78-day closure. It was Nevada’s first day allowed in the aftermath 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 operation. It has proven to be a good 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 Review-Journal that the company has already begun to plan 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 report in the Review-Journal, MGM has called back “several thousand” employees, and Hornbuckle hopes to get back 50 to 60 percent of the hourly workforce by the end of the summer.

On the first day, Boyd Gaming reopened nine of their Nevada properties — The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Aliante, Cannery, Sam’s Town, Fremont, California and Jokers Wild.

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

UFC held a fanless card in Las Vegas over the weekend of May 30-31 and popular boxing promoter Bob Arum staged a five-fight card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on June 9 after gaining local and state approval. The card was the first in a series of fights at MGM Grand over the next two months. There was a second fight card on June 11, kicking off twice weekly June and July shows at the hotel. The fights will be covered on ESPN.

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

According to KSNV Ch, on May 7 Circa Sports began curbside sports betting at the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino. 3. It will be available from 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 current customers can make deposits, without having to leave their cars in a drive-thru at the valet entrance of the house.

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

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 give wagers for these sporting events — the 2020 Overwatch Season, the 2020 Season of European Legends Championships and the 2020 ESL ONE-DOTA Los Angeles event. It accepted wagering on eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series 2020 earlier in April. Nevada is one of the few states legalising betting on eSports.

LEGISLATURE: Lawmaking in Nevada is not in session. It occurs only in odd-numbered years.

New Hampshire

CASINOS: According to a press release, DraftKings and South Side Tavern in Manchester announced the opening of DraftKings Sportsbook in Manchester on 3 Sept. It is the state ‘s second retail sportsbook. DraftKings opened the first New Hampshire retail sportsbook at Seabrook’s The Brook Casino on 12 Aug.

According to a press release, IWG has rolled out 2 new e-Instant games for the New Hampshire Lottery. The two e-Instant seasonal games accompany retail versions of the titles. Halloween Intense went live on Aug. 18, and Frosty Fun on Oct. 28. Both e-Instant games are linked through cross-promotional free play awards with their printed counterparts. According to a news release, IWG previously released their first online instant win game for the state’s iLottery site. New Hampshire Cash Expander, a localised title specifically developed for state lottery, follows the launch of the Michigan Lottery and Pennsylvania Lottery’s localised eInstant games, the release said.

According to its websites and social media pages, the Brook Casino in Seabrook reopened 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 remained in effect until June 15. On its website the Brook Casino said it would close for deep cleaning on June 22-23 and June 29-30 and be open daily starting July 1.

According to gamingintelligence.com, Instant Win Gaming will become the ‘e-Instant’ game provider for the New Hampshire Lottery. In the fall, the lottery commission requested proposals for iLottery ‘s e-Instant Games to produce, design, introduce 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, hair salons, and campgrounds.

The state lottery recorded $8,768,769 in the sports betting handle in March, down 60 percent from the total handle registered in February for $22,130,928. State profits 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 website of licensed sports 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 news release. “This new sporting event gives our players an exciting new chance to taste the excitement of a victory.”

LEGISLATURE: Criminal proceedings have been postponed until 4 May.

New Jersey

CASINOS: New Jersey recorded a $112 million loss in gross operating income from the nine casinos at Atlantic City in the second quarter , compared to $159 million in profit in the second quarter of 2019, reported The Press of Atlantic City. The Gaming Report was issued by the State Gaming Enforcement Division on Aug. 24. The casinos were closed in April , May and June (most reopened July 2) and they had only available online gaming and some sports betting to provide revenue.

According to ESPN, the State Division of Gaming Compliance has ruled that FanDuel must pay disputed soccer bets since mid-July which led to regulators investigating. There were odds posted by FanDuel on MLS, Premier League, La Liga and Serie A games at issue and whether the pricing was the product of a mistake. The DGE released its decision on 13 Aug. In a statement to Gambling.com on Aug. 14, FanDuel said “a new bet type that was installed by a vendor incorrectly resulted in erroneous lines being made available to customers.”   It also said that customers would receive their winnings in their online accounts and that it had asked one retail customer to return to the Meadowlands to collect his winnings. The DGE also issued a statement Friday: DGE’s general policy is to not automatically void wagers when errors occur on the part of sports wagering operators. Although operators are free to request that those wagers be voided after patrons have placed bests, DGE treats those requests on a case-by-case basis. This practise encourages operators to have appropriate controls in place to avoid offering erroneous sports wagers, and they reinforce the integrity of sports wagering in New Jersey and confidence in the industry by the public.”

According to a news release, GameCo has obtained approval from the New Jersey Gaming Compliance Division for an enterprise licence for a casino service industry. The Las Vegas-based company will introduce betting, skill-based iGaming, and Video Game Gambling goods to casinos and sportsbooks in New Jersey. The release said that GameCo, the developer of the first Video Game Gambling Machine (VGM), released the first skill-based VGMs at New Jersey casinos in 2016. IGaming Cloud, a subsidiary of pf Gaming Innovation Company, has obtained a licence from the DGE to enterprise the casino service industry. This will allow the provider to give New Jersey operators its online casino platform.

According to The Press of Atlantic City, the Borgata became the ninth and final Atlantic City casino to reopen when it allowed guests to come into the casino on July 23. On July 26 it will re-open to the public. Borgata postponed its reopening after Gov. Phil Murphy declared that no drinking, eating or smoking would be permitted in casinos in Atlantic City when they reopened on July 2.

On July 2nd Resorts, Tropicana, Beach, Golden Nugget and Hard Rock all reopened. On July 3, Harrah’s, Caesars, and Bally reopened.

On June 22, Murphy had announced that casinos will reopen at a capacity of 25 percent on July 2. He initially intended to allow 25 percent capacity indoor dining at restaurants, but he reversed course in other states after outbreaks.

After a three-day hearing the New Jersey Casino Control Commission approved the merger of Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts on July 17. The merged company will own more than 50 U.S. casinos, including four of the nine casinos at Atlantic City, and will operate under the Caesars Entertainment name, while Eldorado will own 56 percent of the corporation. It will become the country’s largest casino company.

Gaming Enforcement Division of the state suspended betting on Ukrainian table tennis on July 9 in the wake of match-fixing allegations around six players, several media outlets have announced. Colorado regulators did the same.

According to EGR, Tipico, a German sports betting firm, has applied with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement for a sports betting licence. Tipico expects to open on time for the start of the NFL season in New Jersey, where it has its U.S. offices in Hoboken.

On-site betting will resume on July 2, Murphy announced at horse racing tracks. Live bets on horse races on the tracks and on simulcast races from around the world can be made. On July 2 Monmouth Park reopen its William Hill Sportsbook. The Meadowlands reopen their sportsbook FanDuel the same day.

Before the casinos will reopen, the state’s Gaming Compliance Division must give its approval and 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.

According to the Associated Press, a construction firm has abandoned its bid to bring sports betting to the site of a former racetrack, Garden State Park in Cherry Hill. Cherry Hill Towne Center Partners said it wants a lawsuit dismissed against GS Park Racing and related firms, the successor to the company that ran the South Jersey track where horse racing was last held in 2001, AP said. State law requires sports betting to be provided by casinos and existing and former racetracks

On May 18, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit between professional sports leagues, the NCAA and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen ‘s Association. The case now reverts to the New Jersey federal court. A federal judge will decide the amount of damages the horsemen ‘s association will obtain after hearing evidence from both sides.

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

LEGISLATURE: According to media sources, a bill that would permanently add esports to the legal wagering choices of the state passed the House on July 30. The law extends the scope of what bettors in New Jersey can wager to include skill-based activities such as esports. The bill passes for consideration in the Senate.

According to nj.com, the legislature on June 15 passed a package of tax reduction initiatives for Atlantic City casinos. Legislation extended tax deductions casinos can take on promotional gaming credits and reduce the gross income tax liability for one year if a casino has seen losses during the pandemic. Licensing fees to the State will be postponed until six months after reopening of the casinos. A licence fee of $500 will be waived for each slot machine until June 30th, 2021.

New Mexico

CASINOS: According to a press release, the Santa Ana Pueblo Tribe said that it is delaying reopening the Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel for another 30 days. Until reopening, tribal leadership said it wanted to see a “more consistent and stable public health environment.”  As of March 15, the casino has been closed.

Route 66 Casino Hotel, owned and run by Pueblo de Laguna, reopened according to its website on June 27th. For now the Dancing Eagle Casino is still closed.

According to published sources, the Ohkay Hotel Casino in Ohkay Owinge reopened to VIP customers on June 13, and the general public on June 15. Even the Isleta Casino in Albuquerque reopened to invited guests and VIP clients, including members of the Gold Band. According to its website the Taos Mountain Casino also 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 — will reopen on July 5 at 50 percent capacity. There will be additional steps for health and safety including workers wearing face masks.

LEGISLATURE: The legislative session is over.

New York

CASINOS: Empire City Casino in Yonkers has announced it will reopen Sept. 21 at a rate of 25 percent. Guests must wear masks inside the casino at all times, according to the casino ‘s website, and some of the facility’s devices have been disabled to encourage social distancing. The bar will remain closed and beverage service will not be available on the premises.

The State ‘s four commercial casinos and 11 racinos started reopening for the first time since March 16 on September 9. On Sept. 3, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reported that casinos and racinos will reopen at a capacity of 25 percent and with strict health and social distance measures in place. In June, six upstate casinos run by the nations Oneida and Seneca reopened with new social distancing and health initiatives. The Connecticut Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods both opened in June, and the nine casinos in Atlantic City began reopening in July.

According to a press release, International Game Technology has signed a two year extension with the New York Lottery, extending its existing contract to August 2022. As part of the expansion, IGT will manufacture 400 new self-service GameTouch vending machines, and will continue to provide the lottery with an integrated central infrastructure, terminals and ongoing services.

Seneca County’s Del Lago Resort and Casino replied to media news that it will lay off more than 1,000 workers, saying nothing has changed. It said the notices that were filed with the state were appropriate because layoffs began in April, reports said. Since mid-March, the four commercial casinos of the State have been closed and a reopening date is unclear, which is why Del Lago filed the notices with the court.

Tioga County is demanding that Cuomo allow reopening of non-Indian casinos in the state, including Tioga Downs in Nichols. According to local website binghamtonhomepage.com, the county legislature recently adopted a resolution endorsing the reopening of the county’s casino.

According to Syracuse.com, the Oneida Indian Nation resumed sports betting on July 22, at three casinos in the state’s central region. All three casinos – the Bridgeport Point Place Casino, the Chittenango Yellow Brick Road Casino and the Verona Turning Stone Resort Casino – reopened June 10 for gaming and some other activities. Bettors are only permitted to wager inside casinos.

On July 14, the Middletown Times Herald-Record announced that more than 4,100 casino employees in the state will receive notices of layoffs. Since April the staff had been on furlough already. Several tribal casinos have already reopened in the state.

The Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady posted an update on their July 7 website saying it will remain closed temporarily until further notice.

Hogansburg’s Akwesasne Mohawk Casino will reopen Aug. 3, announced general manager Todd Papineau via Facebook. He said new health and social-distancing steps would be in place, including a lower range. It will reopen, he said in the Facebook video, without table games.

According to published sources, the Oneida Indian Nation reopened its three casinos – Turning Stone Resort Casino, Point Position Casino, and Yellow Brick Road Casino – on June 10. In addition to new health and social distance initiatives, according to a syrauose.com report, the casinos did not allow anyone beyond a 120-mile radius of the casinos to join.

According to a news release the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino and Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino have been reopened by the Seneca Nation. According to media sources, other Seneca Nation gaming sites in Irving, Salamanca and Cuba as well as larger casinos including reopened on June 18.

The Lakeside Entertainment Casino at Union Springs was New York’s first gaming operation to reopen. The slot machine-only facility, owned by the Cayuga Government, says it is excluded from Cuomo ‘s state restrictions, the report said. It also reopened under more stringent guidelines on health and social distance.

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

Sports betting in New York rebounded with $99,514 in March, according to figures released by the New York State Gaming Commission. Despite being struck hardest by the coronavirus and not getting mobile sports betting, New York experienced a modest improvement in sports betting revenue from its February loss of $179,593.

LEGISLATURE: Tourists were locked to the capitol and its adjacent buildings. Three New York State Assembly representatives also tested coronavirus positive. According to news sources, Cuomo and the legislators reached a preliminary budget deal on April 1. Mobile sports betting is not listed on the programme. Cuomo has been a vocal opponent of introducing state mobile sports betting, even as sports betting sales in the state hit new levels.

North Carolina

CASINOS: A coranvirus cluster at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino has been confirmed by the Jackson County Department of Public Health and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Public Health and Human Services according to a news release from the health department. The Public Health Division of North Carolina describes COVID-19 clusters as a minimum of five cases with onset of illness or initial positive outcomes within a 14-day period and possible association between cases in the same setting within the same time. Five casino table games employees have tested COVID-19 positive, the release said. Both optimistic workers obey directives to separate themselves.

According to WBTV, the Catawba Indians are breaking ground on July 22, at a $300 million casino 35 miles west of Charlotte in Kings Mountain. The study said the South Carolina based Catawbas plans to open the casino in late spring or early summer 2021. The groundbreaking comes amid a lawsuit by the Eastern Band of Cherokees, which runs its own casinos in western North Carolina, against the initiative. In March, the tribe received federal permission to purchase 16 acres close to Interstate 85 in Cleveland County.According to the Associated Press, it also faces an amended lawsuit by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. It’s the most recent dispute between the two tribes over the casino. The North Carolina-based Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians filed the amended lawsuit in early July questioning the approval of the federal government for the casino in March. The latest case is part of a lawsuit brought to federal court in D.C. Five days after the Agency’s announcement, by the Cherokee tribe in March. In April a judge dismissed an Eastern Band motion for a preliminary injunction.

According to Harrah’s Cherokee website, the two casinos in western North Carolina — Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel in Murphy — reopened by reservation May 18. They were closed after 18 March. Both casinos have robust steps to separate themselves from health and society, the study said. Employees are screened, their temperature tested 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 orders. The legislature would attempt to pass relief legislation for coronavirus and then adjourn to July or August.

North Dakota

CASINOS: A federal judge rejected an application by Powerhouse Gaming, a gaming equipment corporation, to reactivate approximately 500 electronic pull tab machines that were shut down by the state attorney general on July 8, according to the Associated Press.

PlayUp Ltd, a wagering and fantasy sports provider in Australia, has been approved for North Dakota advance deposit wagering (ADW) licence. According to a news release, the state racing commission approved the application by late May. The licence requires PlayUp to accept wagers from approximately 20 states on all types of racing.

According to media reports, Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise reopened its Dakota Magic Casino & Hotel, Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel and Dakota Link Casinos on June 6.

According to its website, the 4 Bears Casino in Minot reopened on May 16 under new health and social distancing initiatives  that did not involve blackjack or tables sports. It is open on Thursdays-Sundays. According to a published article, the Standing Rock Tribal Council reopened its Prairie Knights Casino and Resort near Fort Yates in Sioux County in mid-May.

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

Ohio

CASINOS: August ‘s total casino and racino revenue was around $172 million, just shy of the July high of $181 million. But, according to Cleveland.com, the August number was good enough to set a state record for the month. The paper stated that in 2020, the $172 million was 4.7 percent higher than the 2019 August record.

According to cleveland.com, casinos and racinos reopened in mid-June but being closed for three months due to coronavirus has left the industry behind around $500 million in gaming revenue at the same stage as last year. The state report , published July 7, indicates a loss to the state of about $160 million in fees and taxes, the cleveland.com report said. $76.7 million in June ‘s sales was around half of what it was last June ($161.4 million).

State casinos and racinos reopened on June 19 after mid-March close. Gov. Mike DeWine gave the approval for the June 5 reopenings after new health and social-distancing proposals were submitted by the casinos. According to Churchill Hill Downs Inc., Miami Valley Gaming opened the first day again. Hollywood Gaming re-opened 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. MGM Northfield Park reopened at 12 noon on June 20.

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

Revenue at the casinos was $71,902,867 from the first 13 days of March. In February the total revenue was a state high of $171,423,785. The fall was 58 percent on a monthly basis.

LEGISLATURE: HB 194, which legalises sports betting, was passed by an overwhelming 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 gaps in the bills would need to be sorted out before going to DeWine and entering the Senate.

With a few exceptions, DeWine extended the stay-at-home order for the state until May 29. Building, manufacturing , and distribution activities will commence again on May 4, and offices will reopen. Non-essential retail stores will open again on Will 12.

Oklahoma

CASINOS: The United States has approved two new gaming pacts between Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Kialegee Tribal Town and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. According to IGB North America, the Department of Interior and the tribes may adhere to the terms of when they are posted in the federal register. The Compacts cover Class III and table games, declared in July, but not sports betting. The gaming pacts with the Keetoowah Band and Kialegee Tribal Town are currently before the State Supreme Court after State Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat and House Speaker Charles McCall questioned their validity, as they did earlier Stitt-negotiated compacts. On 21 July the Supreme Court invalidated the previous compacts.

The state Supreme Court ruled that Stitt ‘s signed gaming compacts with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe were unconstitutional. The compacts were announced in April and according to the Tulsa Nation, Treat and McCall filed the complaint early June, claiming Stitt could not agree to clauses in the compacts that are not authorised under Oklahoma law. “The tribal gaming compacts Governor Stitt entered into with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribes are invalid under Oklahoma law,”   the Supreme Court opinion said, according to The World. “The State of Oklahoma shall not and can not be legally bound by those compacts until such time as the Legislature enacts laws allowing for the particular Class III gaming at issue and, in exchange, enabling the Governor to obtain additional revenue.”

The Associated Press announced that four tribes are trying to have a federal court void gaming compact between the state and two tribes — the Comanche Nation and the Otoe-Missouira Tribe — that was invalidated on July 21 by the state Supreme Court. The case was brought in the U.S. on Aug. 7 by the Cherokee, Chickasaw , Choctaw and Resident Potawatomie Nations District Court in Washington , D.C. It is seeking a statement that the U.S. The Interior Department has violated federal law by authorising the deals, the AP has reported.

According to The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association revoked Otoe-Missouria and Comanche Nation memberships for signing the gaming pacts. They are suspended for the remainder of the calendar year, the association said in a statement, after which time they could request reinstatement.

Black Hawk Casino in Shawnee and Sac and Fox Casino in Stroud have reopened according to their websites, and are “clean and sanitised.” According to ktul.com, the casinos closed June 22, after an employee had tested positive for coronavirus.

The Golden Mesa Casino in Guymon announced its reopening on June 22 on their website and social media.

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

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. Besides the pandemic, the casino was forced to close for two months last year because the Arkansas River flooded. The casino has improved security measures and social distance controls.

According to media reports, the WinStar Casino at Thackerville and the Choctaw Casino & Resorts at Durant reopened May 27. Both are situated close to the Texas border.

On May 27, Chickasaw Nation commenced a phased reopening of its casinos and gaming centres. Officials of the Chickasaw Nation reopened at a full 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 nearly 250 people long. Temperatures were taken at the entrance, masks were handed out and visitors were expected 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 granted Stitt additional powers to combat the coronavirus pandemic under the state ‘s declaration of a health emergency.

Oregon

CASINOS: According to a press release, Roar Digital has formed a sports betting deal with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon. Under the deal, Road Digital, MGM Resorts’ joint venture with GVC, will act 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 rules and gives approval, the release said.

A casino that reopened briefly closed again in June after a member of staff tested COVID-19 positive. Bend TV station KTVZ announced that the Indian Head Casino in Warm Springs closed on July 8, after the positive test. In response to concerns regarding coronavirus, Indian Head had reopened on June 18 after it was initially closed for some months.

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. All have new recommendations for wellbeing and isolation from community in place.

LEGISLATURE: May call a special session to discuss coronavirus and other other things the pandemic leaves unknown.

Pennsylvania

CASINOS: On September 2 Ira Lubert, the chairman and co-founder of Independence Capital Partners and Lubert Adler Partners, won an auction for a licence to run a “mini-casino” in Pennsylvania. He put in the winning $10,000,101 bid. The mini-casino will be in Unionville Borough, near Centre County State College. The auction had two bids, and was held before the general meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Lubert is approved by the gaming board for his ownership interest in Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. According to the gaming control board, the Category 4 casino — mini-casino — could have between 300 and 750 slot machines, along with a maximum of 30 table games at launch. After its first year of service it can add 10 table games.

According to a press release, Gaming Realms has a contract to bring its online gaming services into the state after reaching an agreement with Rush Street Interactive. Gaming Realms already offers online gaming products in New Jersey with their complete Slingo Originals. Slingo Originals games will be incorporated into the Rush Street Interactive platform right away, according to the update.

According to FOX56 news, Mohegan Sun Pocono has told 240 furloughed workers that they could face layoffs unless they are called back to work by the end of September.

GAN, an interent provider of gaming apps, released the new “PlayLive! “State branded internet gambling company for The Cordish Cos. It helps residents of Pennsylvania to enrol for their Live online in advance! Players Card Incentives. The announcement in an Aug. 17 press release comes as Cordish Gaming Croup prepares to launch two new Live! -Branded Pittsburgh and Philadelphia gaming facilities in late 2020 and early 2021.

A study published by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Aug. 13 indicates that the six harnesses and thoroughbred tracks in the state reported increases in starts, races and purse numbers. Nevertheless, according to the Center Square website, the taxable handle fell by 10.8 per cent last year to $300.1 million.

The state lost $968.8 million in operating income, resulting in a $424 million gaming tax shortfall, the Allegheny Institute estimated during the shutdown for coronavirus concerns.

In collaboration with Pala Interactive the Wind Creek Casino in Bethlehem has introduced an online gaming platform. According to a news release, Pala is providing Wind Creek with their online player account management system for the online casino. The launch is the completion of the first phase of real money and social casino plans for the casino, with the next step being sports betting launched later this year in collaboration with Betfred USA and Scientific Games.

According to the IGB, the state lottery generated revenues of $1.14 billion in the fiscal year 2019-20 which ended June 30 for services that benefit senior citizens. It is the ninth consecutive year the contribution was over $1bn. The lottery has also reported $4.5 billion in revenue on conventional goods such as scratch-offs, IGB reported.

The $88,313 million June handle for online sports betting in the state increased 13.9 per cent from the $77,510 million recorded in May. Retail betting from the reopening of casinos helped lift the state’s overall sports betting handle for June to $89 million , up 14.8 percent from May, according to state-released figures. Gross sports betting revenue in June amounted to $6,663 million , up 38 percent from the $4,828 million estimate in May.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia reopened July 17, becoming the last casino in the state to get back into action. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the casino had been waiting to set a reopening date since the town had some of its limitations in place.

Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh reopened July 10 after being briefly shut down by an order from the Department of Health in Allegheny County. New health regulations are in place — visitors in the casino need to wear a mask and their temperature will be checked before they are allowed in. Originally reopened on June 9, Rivers Casino and the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington (about 30 miles outside Pittsburgh) with new health and social distance initiatives. According to KDKA the demand at Rivers Casino was so high that it opened two hours early. According to media sources, since the reopening two workers have been testing positive for coronavirus at Rivers Casinos.

International Game Technology (IGT) reported on July 7 that the gaming control board has approved its video gaming terminals CrystalDual 27 and CrystalSlant, and that they can be attached to truck stops, according to a news release. In Pennsylvania, IGT has a gaming presence with slots and video poker games, casino management systems, iGaming, sports betting and the central online gaming system, the release said.

According to a news release sent June 24th, FanDuel has released a standalone casino app in the state. Initially, it can be downloaded by Android users but soon iOS users will be able to buy it. Rival DraftKings unveiled a separate, New Jersey casino app on June 23. FanDuel is partnering with Valley Forge Casino just west of Philadelphia for sport betting and online casino gaming in Pennsylvania. Those who wish to use the new app can sign up for a new account, or use an existing sportsbook account from FanDuel.

According to their web site, Presque Isle Downs and Casino reopened June 26. At reopening, half of the casino’s slot machines and table games were available to allow for proper social distancing. Upon entering, visitors and workers wore masks and had their temperatures monitored. Horse racing is scheduled to start without spectators on July 27.

On its website, Mohegan Sun Pocono revealed that it reopened on June 22 — “We are open and excited to welcome you back to a world at play,” he proclaimed.”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. Even Mount Airy Casino reopened at noon on June 22.

Harrah’s Philadelphia and Valley Forge Casino reopened on June 26, while Parx Casino and Wind Creek Bethlehem reopened on June 29.

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. According to Churchill Downs Inc. the Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Farmington reopened June 12.

DraftKings Online Casino went live May 1st via a collaboration in Poconos with Hollywood Casino. The gaming operator revealed in a social media post on June 23 that DraftKings Roulette is now available in their sportsbook app. Caesars Online Casino also went live in the first week of May, through 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 June 10, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved a petition from Wind Creek Bethlehem to perform sports wagering. Voting on the board was unanimous. According to the Allentown Morning Call, Wind Creek hopes to start work on the sportsbook by mid-August and open about Nov. 21. Betfred USA will run the sportsbook. Betfred has a sportsbook in Iowa and opened one on 17 June in Colorado.

The Gaming Control Board outlined the minimum standards for reopening the facilities of the State’s casinos. The 10 page guidance document can be found on the Board ‘s website. The criteria include new initiatives relating to health and social distance. Additionally, because of players handling cards and chips, “poker rooms are not authorised to operate,” the board said in the study. Poker room operations will be re-examined based on evolving 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 news release on June 11, Scientific Games has agreed to be the distributor of eInstant games for SidePlay Entertainment in North America. Pennsylvania Lottery is the first to launch content for SidePlay through the OpenGaming platform for Scientific Games, the release said.

LEGISLATURE: State Senate Republicans are pressing for gambling legislation that would legalise slot machine-like terminals in pubs , restaurants, non-profit social clubs and other liquor licenced businesses, the Associated Press reported. The bill could yield tax revenue at a time when states are attempting to compensate for coronavirus revenue losses. The law also aims to prohibit unregulated “power” cash-paying game terminals from laundromats, pizza parlours, grocery stores, corner stores and bowling alleys that do not have liquor licences, the AP reported.

Rhode Island

CASINOS: According to The Providence Newspaper, the Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton laid off more than 1,300 employees this month, citing records filed with state labour authorities. The layoffs, effective Aug. 11, include over 1,000 employees at Lincoln and almost 300 at Tiverton.

According to The Valley Breeze, Twin River Worldwide Holdings will go ahead with plans to expand its Lincoln casino by 40,000 square feet. Officials from the organisation appeared before the Technical Review Committee of the Lincoln Planning Board on Aug. 18 to discuss the expansion plans.

Tax income from the Twin River Tiverton Casino Hotel for the fiscal year that started July 1 will be kept on a reserve account and can not be used by the City of Tiverton until the fiscal year that, according to the Marlborough Enterprise, starts July 1, 2021. The city council approved the ordinance 5-2. City Council President Patricia Hilton, who initiated the ordinance, said it was required so that expected gaming revenue is not put into the current budget for the fiscal year, reported the newspaper. Since Rhode Island’s casinos were closed in mid-March, the town faced a budget deficit of $1.8 million.

On July 22, Gov. Gina Raimondo signed two bills, SB 2919 and HB 8097, repealing the state ‘s requirement for people to register in person either at the Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln or at the Tiverton Casino Hotel before putting mobile sports betting. The two bills, introduced by state Sen. Dominick Ruggerio and state House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, were approved by lawmakers on July 16, Providence TV station WPRI says.

According to the Twin Rivers web site, the Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln and the Tiverton Casino Hotel, the two state casinos, reopened June 8 by invitation only to selected members. New policies related to wellbeing and social isolation were in effect. The new guidelines included temperature controls and each facility was limited to around 25 percent capacity. Just screen slots spaced six feet apart, and there were virtual table games at reopening.

The total sports betting handle for May at Rhode Island was $1,533,114, a rise of 159 percent over April’s $591,377 but still a fraction of the regular month. May 2019 saw a cumulative handle of $18.900.152. May ‘s revenue was $163,472, six times higher than April’s $27,381, but far smaller than May’s $899,165, 81.8 percent.

According to the Newport Daily News, a Superior Court judge has rejected an application for an injunction to stop sports betting in Rhode Island. Former mayoral candidate of Providence Daniel Harrop requested a summary judgement on his argument that online sports betting had violated the state constitution at the two casinos of the state, the newspaper published. The judge has found that in 2012 and 2016, voters approved sports betting.

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

Stay-at-home order for the state 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 deal. According to the Providence Journal, the commission voted 7-1 on 28 April to reject the lawsuit. Both legislative sessions were indefinitely adjourned.
Carolina of the South

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

LEGISLATURE: Stay-at – home order for the state was lifted on May 4. It makes the “home or work” order of the governor voluntary, and allows certain restaurants to start serving patrons according to strict guidelines. State parks were reopened May 1. According to The State, the legislature returned April 8 to discuss emergency legislation and adopt a resolution that would allow it to function after the session ends May 14.

South Dakota

CASINOS: Executive director of the Deadwood Gaming Association Mike Rodman told keloland.com that the betting handle for June 2020 was 13.75 percent higher than in June 2019. For June 2020 the net consolidated gross revenue was $10,239,651. For the month of June, it was Deadwood ‘s largest handle since at least 2014, Rodman said.

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

Deadwood casinos reopened on May 10. According to the Deadwood Advantage website, the Deadwood City Commission voted on May 7 to allow casinos and other businesses in the town to reopen.

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

LEGISLATURE: Recently, the State Attorney General published details on the ballot for the November election, including Constitutional Amendment B entitled “An amendment to the South Dakota Constitution authorising the Legislature to allow sports wagering in Deadwood,” according to Pierre ‘s capital newspaper. The statement 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 authorises the legislature to also include wagering on sporting events as a type of gaming allowed in Deadwood. Under federal law, any gaming authorised 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 referendum. On March 30 the legislature concluded its session.

Tennessee

CASINOS: In the fiscal year 2019-20 which ended June 30 the Tennessee Lottery set a record $1.84 billion in revenues. Proceeds from the lottery generated $438.2 million for the state’s education fund.

The Lottery hired Danielle Boyd as vice president of sports gaming operations just days after Jennifer Roberts revealed that she was leaving as the sports gaming regulation director for the lottery. Boyd comes from William Hill, U.S.A., to Tennessee where she has been head of government relations for two years. Prior to that, she had been overseeing the West Virginia Lottery’s general counsel for nearly seven years but resigned shortly after the state launched sports betting in 2018.

Roberts confirmed on her Twitter account that June 26 is her last day as the Tennessee Lottery’s director of sports gaming control. She joins the Las Vegas-based GameCo as vice-president / general counsel beginning July 1. As of Dec. 2 Roberts had been with the Tennessee Lottery.

IGT (International Game Technology) 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 loyalty website and mobile app for the lottery, which will include new player comfort features, according to a news 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 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: Mega Millions and Powerball tickets can now be bought at business centres in the State’s participating H-E-B grocery stores, according to a news release from Texas Lottery. The tickets are written on receipt paper from the cash register.

Retama Park and Sam Houston Race Park reopened by Penn State.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Texas Supreme Court on May 8 sent a case back to a lower court concerning the town of Fort Worth and operators of eight-line gambling machines. The Supreme Court directed the Fort Worth Second Court of Appeals to determine the lawfulness and constitutionality of the devices.

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

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

Utah

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

LEGISLATURE: Legislative session closed on 13 March.

Vermont

CASINOS: Vermont is without casinos. According to IGB, Intralot has broadened its agreement with Vermont Lottery. Under the new contract, Intralot will provide the lottery with its central Lotos system, Photon terminals, and Winstations technologies.

LEGISLATURE: According to media reports, the Senate passed legislation Wednesday creating a committee to study how the state could tax and regulate sports betting in Vermont. SB 59 now passes to consideration in the Assembly. By the end of June, the legislature is to adjourn.

The stay-at – home order of the state ended May 15 but until June 15, Gov. Phil Scott held an emergency state in place. The senate convened by phone on 24 March, and the house held a token session on 24 March. We may temporarily interrupt further sessions. It also proposed a sports betting bill.

Virginia

CASINOS: On Sept. 1 the Danville City Council voted 7-0 to approve the agreement between the city and Caesars Entertainment for a planned casino, Danville Register & Bee announced. The sides decided on a final casino agreement, in which Caesars said it would invest 400 million dollars and provide at least 1,300 jobs. City voters will vote in November as to whether to approve the plan.

The state started a public comment period on the sports betting rules that were issued at a Lottery Board meeting. The time of public comment ended 9 Sept. July 1 came into force the State law allowing sports betting. According to the timetable on the lottery website, rules will be released after the comment period in mid-September. After passing the rule, Del. Mark Sickles, who represents the 43rd District and introduced the House bill, said it would be “nice to have before college football and the NFL seasons, but I think we’ll be fortunate to have it by the Super Bowl, much less by the NFL season.” That falls in line with the lottery’s timeline, as it has 90 days to authorise the operators who apply, which brings the process into December. 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.” It is more likely to be early in 2021.

Mega Millions, Powerball, Cash4Life and more instant-win games became available online in Virginia on July 1, according to media reports, the lottery reported. It becomes the seventh state to have online lottery games.

Late May, the city of Bristol reached agreement on Hard Rock International being its preferred partner on a casino deal. Bristol residents would need to pass a November referendum to allow a casino. Bristol, along with Richmond, Danville, Portsmouth and Norfolk, is one of five Virginia cities approved to request casino voter approval.

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

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

Washington

CASINOS: The Toppenish Legends Casino reopened with restricted availability August 13. Time is 10 a.m. Deep cleaning happens during the eight hours that the plant is closed before 2 a.m. According to 500nations.com, the casino will run at around 50 per cent capacity according to social distance guidelines.

According to the published reports, the state gambling commission will begin the process of establishing rules and regulations for sports betting after a vote on July 17. Four tribes in the state — Kalispel, Suquamish, Snoqualmie, and Tulalip — applied for sports betting licences. Washington legalised tribal casino sports betting in March and Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill into law on March 25. The tribes are working on meeting the criteria of the new State law through a state gaming commission. Betting is allowed on pro sports but not on college sports and the current legislation does not allow mobile sports betting.

According to its website, the Skagit Valley Casino, owned and run by the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, reopened June 24 with strengthened security and social-distancing initiatives. In the new rules — capacity will be 30%, visitors will have to wear masks and undergo temperature checks when entering and table games will be locked.

According to its website, the Snoqualmie Casino close to Seattle reopened on June 11 with new health and social distance guidelines in place.

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 Lummi Nation members and to the public on May 22.

The Tulalip Resort Casino and Quil Ceda Creek Casino reopened May 26, announced by the Tulalip Tribes on the casinos’ website. It included new standards for 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 health and social remoteness programmes in place.

The Stillaguamish Tribe-run Angel of the Winds Casino Resort in Arlington reopened May 13, according to a report in the Seattle Times. It is the first casino to reopen in western Washington since a state stay-at – home order was placed in place in March.

The casino put in place new health and social-distancing steps as part of the reopening. According to The Times, one of the recent improvements is a requirement 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 facility 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, owned by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, reopened May 5.

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

LEGISLATURE: Legislative session concluded on 13 March. The senate passed legislation earlier in the month to allow sports betting in tribal casinos. 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 legislation in 2020.

West Virginia

CASINOS: Mobile and retail sportsbooks are operational on time at Mardi Gras Casino and Wheeling Island Casino. The Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack’s mobile sportsbooks, in Wheeling, and Cross Lanes’ Mardi Gras Casino both operate via Betly.com. Their presence means that all five commercial casinos in West Virginia now have at least one option for retail sports betting, and that four of the five have mobile sportsbooks.
The 17-year run of state lottery with annual gross sales of over $1 billion has ended, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, primarily because the coronavirus pandemic shut down casinos and Small Video Lottery sites for over two months. Gross revenue for the 2019-20 budget year ending June 30 was $955.7 million, a decrease of $187.4 million from the previous fiscal year, according to state-released estimates.

On July 16, DraftKings introduced their mobile gaming product line into the territory. Players will wager on Blackjack , Roulette, 3-card poker and more by using either the standalone DraftKings Casino app or the DraftKings Sportsbook app. West Virginia has joined with Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware in offering casino games online.

Under strict health and social distance guidelines, the 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 reopened June 5th.

Small retailers of video lottery started reopening May 30.

Sportsbooks from West Virginia took $2,965,302 for the duration from March 29 through May 1. West Virginia reports regularly on her numbers. The weekend ending May 2 saw $1,063,604 in sports betting handle, double the amount in each of the preceding four weeks, obviously helped by NFL betting on the draught that week.

LEGISLATURE: IGaming began in mid-July under provisional rules which will be replaced by permanent rules which are scheduled to be submitted by the legislature during the regular session of 2021 in the fall for review. The new legislative session is coming to a close.

Wisconsin

CASINOS: According to Milwaukee CBS-TV affiliate WDJT, the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee announced on 24 August that it would not restrict entry to club members only. Anyone over 21 may book sessions on gaming. You will need masks and temperature checks to join. According to the Milwaukee Journal, the Potawatomi had previously announced it would permanently lay 1,600 workers out in August.

State casinos, with improved security measures in place, started reopening May 26, according to media reports, including the Oneida Casino and the North Star Mohican Casino. Menominee Resort Casino opened May 27. The Ho-Chunk Nation reopened casinos on June 3 in Madison, and on June 16 in Nekoosa. According to media sources, the tribe also announced plans to reopen casinos in Wisconsin Dells, Black River Falls and Wittenberg on 29 June.

LEGISLATURE: Voters voted April 7 in Wisconsin’s presidential primary, following legal challenges to the state and the U.S. Special Courts. Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Tony Evers had tried to postpone the primary until June 9.

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

The assembly concluded its session when the last Senate met on 24 March.

Wyoming

CASINOS: The Wind River Hotel & Casino in Riverton has postponed reopening due to “extenuating circumstances,” according to the casino’s Facebook post of 21 July. The reopening scheduled for July 22. The casino hasn’t confirmed a new reopening date, closed since mid-March.

According to the Wyoming Business Report, voters in Park County will be asked in November if they want to support pari-mutuel gambling, after county commissioners support their most recent meeting. Pari-mutuel includes racing sports but is only related to Wyoming horse racing, the study said. Terminals will be put in the county, if voters support the bill, to take live bets on simulcast horse races.

On March 16, Northern Arapaho Tribe closed down its casinos indefinitely. The Eastern Shoshone Tribe closed their casino, too.

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

Puerto Rico

CASINOS: According to IGB North America, Puerto Rico is taking a step towards launching sports betting after it is legalised in July 2019. It has commenced a 30-day consultation period on regulations established in collaboration with Gaming Laboratories International. Among the regulations: A land-based betting income tax of 7 per cent and online betting tax of 12 per cent. According to IGB, fantasy contest operators will be subject to a 12 per cent tax on contest entry fees. Betting may be provided in casinos, casinoless hotels, inns, racetracks, horse betting companies, shops, and any other venue licenced by the Puerto Rico Gaming Commission. Online and smartphone betting, the study said, may be non-tethered too.

LEGISLATURE: On July 20, Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced declared that she would convene a fifth special session of the body to discuss health and retirement initiatives for the island.