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June 15, 2020

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June 15, 2020

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The biggest changes
When asked what he thought was the biggest change he has seen in his 30-plus years on the casino scene, John Grochowski says it is the expansion of legal gambling beyond its Nevada and New Jersey homes.  read more

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Five more Las Vegas Strip casinos ready to go

After many Nevada casinos reopened their doors last week, more big-name Las Vegas Strip properties announced plans to resume operations due to high demand.  read more
Five more Las Vegas Strip casinos ready to go



Boyd Gaming reopens three more properties

Today, Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa and Belterra Casino Resort will reopen in Indiana, followed by Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center in Ohio on 19 June.  read more

Foxwoods Resort Casino continues with phased reopening

The Connecticut resort moved to the next phase of its reopening plan with the reintroduction of The Fox Tower Casino, six in-restaurant dining outlets, additional hotel capacity and more.  read more

Century Casinos reopen five Alberta properties

Century Casino Edmonton, Century Casino St. Albert, Century Mile Racetrack and Casino, Century Downs Racetrack and Casino as well as Century Casino Calgary resumed operations on Saturday.  read more

Three Seminole casino resorts reopened

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, along with Seminole Classic Casino and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek welcomed back guests for the first time in nearly three months.  read more

The Brook Casino in NH will reopen on Friday

The 100% employee-owned casino has implemented new health and safety plans, including limited casino capacity, substantially spreading out the gaming floor and reduced seating.  read more

Churchill Downs to reopen properties in five states

Churchill Downs is resuming operations at five casino properties in Florida, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Maryland and Ohio.  read more

TWiG: Casinos opening and sports betting

Our new video features more Las Vegas casino opening announcements. Plus, another state regulates sports betting and one pushes legislation to legalize it.  read more

Illinois Gaming Board announces casino reopening protocols

The board provided details on the new measures operators must follow to obtain approval to safely resume casino gambling operations.  read more

UKGC releases information on reopening casinos

As restrictions on the lockdown ease and casino prepare to reopen today, the Gambling Commission published a number of frequently asked questions covering its expectations from land-based operators.  read more



South Point debuts expanded poker room

The Las Vegas casino debuted a renovated poker room on 4 June, adding eight tables. The room now has 30 tables, with social distancing requirements in place.  read more



New Jersey sportsbooks surprise in May

New Jersey's online sportsbooks more than doubled the state's combined handle in May, but still fell short of an ordinary May by nearly $400 million  read more

Sky Ute Casino Resort announces sports betting app

The app went live last week and allows anyone 21 and older in the state of Colorado to place legal bets on sporting events  read more

Indiana sportsbooks rebound in May

May's wagers produced $3.2 million in adjusted gross revenue, doubling the $1.6 million in April. But a more typical May would have attracted more than $200 million in bets  read more

Saratoga Casino Hotel to welcome back harness racing

The New York track announced that harness racing will resume on Thursday, but no spectators are allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  read more



Paris Las Vegas to reopen Thursday

The Las Vegas Strip resort will offer renovated guest rooms and suites, a variety of food and beverage amenities, access to the outdoor pool, as well as slot machines and table games.  read more

Live entertainment to return to Freemont Street

Fremont Street Experience is pressing play once again on Wednesday to celebrate the return of free live entertainment under the legendary Viva Vision screen in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.  read more

Westgate Las Vegas accepting hotel reservations

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is accepting hotel reservations for check-in dates starting 18 June with new safety and health guidelines in place.  read more

Wynn offers complimentary rooms for first responders

Through Tuesday, 30 June 2020, hospital and medical workers, police, and fire fighters are invited to take advantage of a well-deserved respite at the five-star Las Vegas Strip resort.  read more

SAHARA Las Vegas expands restaurant hours

Meeting popular demand, the Las Vegas resort-casino has expanded hours for its top culinary destinations including Northside Café & Chinese Kitchen, Uno Más and Bazaar Meat by José Andrés.  read more

Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel and Casino to reopen

The award-winning steakhouse will reopen for dinner Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m., beginning Thursday.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
75% of gamblers in the U.K. said that they did not increase their gambling activity more than normal during the March and April period of the COVID-19 lockdown, according to the Gambling Commission.
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