Mississippi’s 26 commercial casinos were on the upswing until the Covid-19 shutdown. Larry Gregory (l.), executive director of the Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association, says the industry that came back after Hurricane Katrina will survive the latest crisis.
Esports is taking its place as a preferred betting option during this time when all major sporting events have been postponed or cancelled. Rahul Sood (l.), the CEO of the esports betting site Unikrn, says it’s not the way he thought it would happen, but he’ll take it.
Hurting for some sports betting action? How about a little Russian ping pong, Mexican rugby or English darts? GGB News spoke to Nick Bogdanovich (l.), director of trading for William Hill US, to find out how the sportsbook found interim betting options for U.S. gamblers.
The coronavirus has shaken the gaming industry to the core. For the first time in history virtually every casino around the world is closed down. What’s next? Check out the new webinar series, Gaming In Crisis: The Path Back
Jeff Hwang, President and CEO, High Variance Games, wrote a piece last week on the Motley Fool website, talking about how he believes the Las Vegas Strip will not fully recover until 12 to 18 months. He explains why that might not be a bad thing in this special edition of the GGB Podcast.
As the gaming and tourism industries reach the first full month of an unprecedented shutdown due to the coronavirus—with no firm end in sight—U.S. states are suffering massive revenue losses as well.
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The Catawba Indian Nation of South Carolina is seeking to build a casino resort in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. But gaming in that state is the domain of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, led by Chief Richard Sneed (l.). Sneed says the Catawbas received preferential treatment from the government of North Carolina.
With 75 percent of the U.K. gaming market erased by the coronavirus, profits will plummet from 2019 levels. Bookies and bettors have turned to virtual sports to remain relevant (and make some money). At left, an empty Betfred betting shop.
Singapore’s two casinos, Resorts World Sentosa (l.) and Marina Bay Sands, have closed due to increasing fears of a local coronavirus contagion. As of now, the properties are set to remain closed until May 4.
Fitch Ratings Inc. says the “low net debt position” and “highly variable cost structure” of Australian casino operator Crown Resorts will give it “headroom to absorb the effect of the government shutdown of casinos” due to the coronavirus.
Many of the biggest companies in the supply sector are shedding employees, burning cash and seeing shares nosedive due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The downturn could deepen. As analyst Todd Eilers (l.) wrote, “We are also assuming that player demand does not immediately return to prior levels.”
Japan legalized integrated resorts in 2016, and has been preparing ever since to launch its casino industry. Now the pet initiative of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (l.) seems to have been stymied by the coronavirus.
The coronavirus lockdown could cost New Jersey $540 million a month in casino-related revenues, and one expert predicts some casinos in Atlantic City may not survive.
The UFC plans to defy the state of California, the California State Athletic Commission and the Association of Ringside Physician and hold an event on April 18. Reportedly the location for the pay-per-view event will be the Tachi Palace casino (l.) in central California.
The many small communities that make up southeastern Connecticut support the state’s two gaming tribes in their push to offers online gaming. Governor Ned Lamont shot down their request last week, but many think it has legs, including state Senator Cathy Osten (l.).
Hard Rock Atlantic City is keeping its online sports customers engaged with the “Hard Rock Heat Streak.”
Sheldon Adelson (l.) sometimes gets some bad press but when you examine his influence, it may just be a blip. Longtime gaming observer Richard Schuetz suggests that Nevada residents reconsider who loves them best.
This week, the GGB Podcast sits down with Bruce Merati, CEO at UPLAY1, on how the current Covid-19 crisis has been an unfortunate way to demonstrate the importance of online gaming going forward.
Early checks by analysts indicate Macau may be facing its worst month yet since the Covid-19 pandemic effectively closed off travel from mainland China and Hong Kong. It’s reported that on some days visitation to the city is being counted in the hundreds.
Hong Kong-listed NagaCorp announced last week that its Cambodian integrated resort, NagaWorld (l.), posted 15 percent year-on-year growth for the first quarter of 2019, based on significant VIP growth. Then casinos in the country closed.
South Shore Holdings, developer of the luxurious 13 Hotel (l.) in Macau, is in arrears on a HK$2.95 billion bank loan used to construct the ill-fated luxury hotel. Now, the bank is demanding full repayment, or else.
The first casino in Vietnam to welcome local gamblers attracted more foreign patrons. Foreign guests made up 55 percent of the patron base at the Corona Resort and Casino (l.) in Phú Quốc.
The U.K. Gambling Commission recently suspended the licenses of two online operators for failure to comply with self-exclusion requirements, which included installation of GamStop.
Panama casino operators just caught a break from lawmakers, who approved legislation allowing them to delay the payment of services amid the Covid-19 shutdown.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says it’s not renewing contracts with the 14 offices that market Las Vegas to visitors from outside the U.S. Plans are to make do with existing domestic staff until global travel recovers.
New online gaming licenses could be issued in Greece as early as June. Applicants are standing in line to enter the country’s newly re-regulated iGaming industry, which has been characterized by disorder in the past.
Betsoft Gaming has signed a strategic content partnership with Slot.com which will include a wide range of Betsoft content under the Slots3 umbrella.
Playson has signed an agreement with online gaming operator Twin Casino to supply its games in an expansion of the supplier’s footprint in Europe.
With traditional sports shut down by the coronavirus, states are getting creative when it comes to sports betting. Indiana approved wagers on soccer leagues in former Eastern Bloc nations. And Nevada has embraced esports, from virtual NASCAR (l.) to video game tournaments.
While casinos are closed and most sports activities have ceased during the coronavirus pandemic, the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission will issue licenses to meet the state mandate to have sports betting ready to go by May 1. At least 10 will be ready to roll, including Roar Digital (l.).
An Illinois legislative committee has approved the state gaming board's Phase II Rules package for sports betting, though casinos, including Rivers Des Plaines (l.), remain closed through April due to Covid-19, and will use the BetRivers platform from Rush Street Interactive. The rules prioritize operators who can generate maximum tax revenues.
Cordish Companies officials say they won’t put a sportsbook in their Live! Casino Pittsburgh mini-casino after regulators refused to waive the $10 million fee.
The Covid-19 pandemic will cause a decline in gaming business due to retail closures and sports cancellations. But with positive revenues through mid-March, U.K.-based GVC Holdings expects to mitigate the losses.
This could be the year that Massachusetts adopts legal sports betting. All signs point to a bill that almost all parties like. The question is: will legislators think sports betting is important in this coronavirus year? Senator Brendan Crighton (l.) hopes the answer is yes.
Major League Baseball came to a halt before the season began. While the coronavirus pandemic still rages in the U.S., the league has started conversations about how to resume play. One idea includes playing all games in the Phoenix area, without spectators.
The NFL Draft will take place as planned April 23-25, but without the three-day Las Vegas extravaganza. Club personnel will work out of their homes with league reps at draft headquarters or via phone or online.
With U.K. racetracks closed, Tote Betting has partnered with the Hong Kong Jockey Club to give fans something to wager on.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has come through with a pledge of new funding for Nevada health care workers and first responders battling the coronavirus. Governor Steve Sisolak (l.) is seeking federal aid for the growing number of Nevadans in need.
A private bond offering from Wynn Resorts (Beach Club at Encore Las Vegas at left) is aimed at shoring up the company’s finances in the wake of the coronavirus, which has shut down its three U.S. casinos. The company said it’s burning through more than $4 million a day to pay its employees and service its debt.
With an estimated $3.9 billion on the balance sheet and additional resources to tap if necessary, MGM Resorts International can hold out for months with no money coming in.
Fearing they will lose their livelihoods, horse owners and jockeys are urging the governor of New Mexico to allow live racing, but without anyone in the stands (Downs at Albuquerque at left). Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has stopped other sporting events in the state. There have been no races in the state since March 15.
The man who owns Golden Nugget casinos and the restaurant line Landry’s Inc. is seeking $250 million in loans to stay afloat until the end of 2020. Billionaire Tilman Fertitta (l.) is offering very attractive terms to the investors willing to take that chance: 15 percent.
FanDuel's election betting lasted about two hours on April 7. Officials claim the West Virginia Lottery approved the launch but Secretary of State Mac Warner said "somebody jumped the gun." FanDuel's launch would have been the first legal betting on the U.S. election.
Penn National Gaming is providing 26,000 furloughed employees health benefits through June 30 and access to an emergency fund while 41 properties are idle.
Maryland casinos including MGM National Harbor (l.) generated $68.6 million in revenues in the first half of March, before the coronavirus shut them down beginning March 16.
Massachusetts casinos won’t open again until May 4, at the earliest. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission last week voted to extend the closure; there are three casinos in the state, including Plainridge Park (l.) in Plainville.
The Ho-Chunk Nation is seeking an architect for a new $400 million casino resort in Beloit, Wisconsin—although the Bureau of Indian Affairs hasn't yet taken the 33-acre site into trust. Even so, Tribal Public Information Officer Ryan Greendeer (l.) said, "You can see the finish line."
The Ione Band of Miwok Indians has won a long battle to build a casino in Amador County, California. According to the tribe, the U.S. Department of the Interior is poised to put land into trust.
California’s Cahuilla Band of Indians has delayed the opening of its casino hotel (l.) in Anza. The opening had been scheduled for April 2.
Scientific Games has won a new 10-year contract for the statewide gaming system in Iowa, including 2,400 retail locations in which the lottery’s games are sold.
Lottery players in Canada now have an extra six months to claim prizes for tickets that expire between March 17 and September 17. The extensions were offered due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Connecticut Lottery had a very successful two years between June 2015 and June 2017, according to a new report from auditors. The lottery paid $667.5 million to the state for the period.
Tony Alamo Jr. (l.), chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission for nearly eight years, has resigned. Alamo said his responsibilities as a physician require his full-time attention during the Covid-19 outbreak.
IGT has promoted Dorothy Costa (l.) to the position of head of people and transformation. Current executive VP of People and Transformation Mario Di Loreto has assumed a new position advising CEO Marco Sala.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has canceled the contract of former Mayor Oscar Goodman (l.), due to the coronavirus threat. Goodman was chief ambassador for the tourism agency.
Horst Dziura (l.), former president of the Flamingo Hilton, died March 17 at 79. Dziura was known for his daily walks around the casino floor at the Hilton, South Point and Orleans, where he was beloved by employees. Dziura was known for recognizing the importance of non-gaming.
Sheldon Adelson (l.), chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., took home 62.4 percent of the 2019 annual compensation paid to the group’s top five executives, for a total of $24.7 million.
Jody Cummings (l.) has been named general counsel for Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. He was deputy solicitor and senior counselor for Indians affairs for three years with the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Missouri Gaming Commission Executive Director David Grothaus (l.) will leave his post May 1 due to a dispute with the Missouri Highway Patrol. Grothaus says MHP members assigned to the state's 13 casinos engaged in "guerrilla warfare" to keep him from replacing them with civilians.
"Uncle" Phil Maloof (l.) has died from Covid-19 at age 93. His family owned the Fiesta Hotel in Las Vegas from 1994-2001, then sold it to Station Casinos and opened the Palms. The Maloofs also previously owned the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings.
TCSJohnHuxley has retooled its production facility to produce disposable face shields for health-care workers in Britain’s National Health Service amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Company engineers retrofitted an existing machine (l.) to produce the face shields.
Problem gambling researchers have released a study that concludes casino employees are at no greater risk to develop gambling addictions than the general public.
Carsten Koerl (l.), CEO of Sportradar, will speak at the SBC Digital Summit, April 27-May 1. Koerl will join 140 industry leaders in separate panels and presentations to help sports betting operators survive the Covid-19 shutdown.
The background checks that employees need to work at Colorado casinos are basically the same as those required to work in the marijuana industry. It’s being used as a way to quickly find employment for workers furloughed because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
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