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Baccarat problems
Despite some players believing that baccarat can be one of the easiest casino games, Grochowski explains it can have its quirks. Here's how players should handle those idiosyncrasies.  read more

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TWiG: The first step toward reopening Las Vegas

We've been waiting for two months, but finally the first steps toward reopening Las Vegas have taken place. We discuss how many steps there will be and how long each may take.  read more
TWiG: The first step toward reopening Las Vegas



Nevada allows casino restaurants to reopen

The Nevada Gaming Commission and Control Board gave casino restaurants with separate entrances and dedicated restrooms permission to reopen for dine-in services last week.  read more

What gamblers want from the post-COVID casino industry

While the data shows gamblers’ confidence in casinos — 51% say they’ll return to casinos once they reopen — it also reveals the need for some long-term changes.  read more

Las Vegas Sands ends pursuit of Japanese development

Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson announced the company will discontinue its Integrated Resort development bid in Japan.  read more

Detroit casinos take big hit so far in 2020

Detroit casinos reported $299.2 million in aggregate revenue through April, down 39.2% from $492.1 million in revenue reported for the same four months in 2019.  read more

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana to reopen 1 June

The Dominican Republic hotel will open its doors to the public again on 1 June with new safety and health protocols for employees and guests.  read more

Mississippi casinos get green light to reopen

The Mississippi Gaming Commission released guidelines required for the state's casinos to reopen at their discretion, no sooner than 8 a.m. on 21 May.  read more

Navajo Nation casinos to remain closed until 7 June

Fire Rock Casino, Flowing Water Navajo Casino, Northern Edge Casino in New Mexico and Twin Arrows Navajo Casino in Arizona will remain closed after the Navajo Nation's Declaration of a State of Emergency was extended.  read more

MGM Resorts unveils seven-point reopening plan

The casino giant expects to resume operations at Southern Nevada properties by early June with a number of safety measures in place, including temperature checks, mandatory masks and digital innovations.  read more

Caesars announces plan to reopen properties

The casino operator will resume operations in phases "in line with business demand" and all employees will be required to wear masks.  read more

Cherokee Nation's plan to reopen casinos

Released today, the “Responsible Hospitality” plan addresses new protocols, including casino gaming, food and beverage offerings, hotel, retail, golf and live entertainment.  read more



Sportsbooks struggle in PA during April

Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks generated just a fraction of the bets that they would have expected during a normal April, while online casinos and poker rooms smashed their revenue record with $43.1 million.  read more

Preakness Stakes rescheduled for 3 October

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that the 145th running of the Triple Crown race will take place on Saturday, 3 October at Pimlico Race Course.  read more

Louisiana sports betting makes big stride

Last Wednesday, the state Senate voted 28-9 in favor of having sports betting on the ballot in November.  read more

Two-year low for New Jersey sportsbooks

While land-based sportsbooks and casinos languish, revenue at online casinos and poker rooms continue to skyrocket in the Garden State, hitting a record $80 million in April.  read more

Horse racing in Ireland will resume in June

The Board of Horse Racing Ireland announced racing will return behind closed doors at Naas on 8 June, with National Hunt racing resuming at Limerick on 22 June.  read more

New York Governor approves racetracks to open

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said on Saturday that horse racing tracks in New York and Watkins Glen International Racetrack will be allowed to open without fans as of 1 June.  read more



Slot machine partition that cleans itself

Smith Rosen Gaming Partitions is manufacturing and distributing scratch resistant slot machine partitions that not only enforce social distancing, but actually clean themselves.  read more



Hard Rock brand could return to Las Vegas

Hard Rock International and its affiliates will no longer be restricted from developing, managing or operating any Hard Rock-branded casino and integrated resort within Clark County, Nevada.  read more

Milestone reached on underground transportation system

Elon Musk's Las Vegas West Hall expansion and Convention Center Loop are scheduled to debut to the public in January 2021, despite dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
Last week marked the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn PASPA, the federal law that made sports betting illegal. Since that time, 22 states, plus Washington D.C., have adopted sports betting.
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