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March 23, 2020

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Is more actually more at video poker?
Grochowski explains that the increased frequency of big jackpots in video poker is offset by reductions lower on the pay table, where winners are more common.  read more

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WSOP not ready to pull the plug on 2020 events

With more than eight weeks until the 2020 schedule is set to begin, World Series of Poker officials are still holding out hope that the COVID-19 outbreak won't wipe out the entire schedule of live events in Las Vegas.  read more
WSOP not ready to pull the plug on 2020 events



COVID-19 could cost Nevada $39 billion

The Nevada Resort Association made a plea to the state’s congressional delegation, claiming the current shut down of businesses will be “devastating” for the state’s economy.  read more



MGM donates to employee emergency fund

On top of the $1 million crisis and disaster relief pledge, the company is donating the equivalent of 400,000 meals across the U.S.  read more

SAHARA holds food distribution event

On Thursday, the Las Vegas resort and casino invited employees to receive complimentary bags of groceries, including milk, eggs, cheese, beverages, and fresh fruits and vegetables.  read more

Harrah's Northern California to provide full insurance coverage

To ensure no team member experiences a lapse in medical benefit coverage, beginning 1 April Harrah’s Northern California will begin paying 100% of both employer and employee health insurance premiums.  read more

Seminole Casinos in Florida closed

The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming voluntarily decided to temporarily close all Seminole and Hard Rock Casinos throughout Florida on Friday.  read more

Boyd Gaming closes Nevada properties temporarily

The company announced it temporarily closed all of its southern Nevada properties for the next 30 days.  read more

Pennsylvania advocacy group calls for skill games shutdown

Pennsylvanians Against Illegal Gambling says "games of skill" pose public health concerns related to spread of coronavirus.  read more

Sycuan Casino Resort temporarily closes

The temporary closure of the California resort began on Friday and will last through at least 31 March.  read more

Penn National Gaming temporarily closes Nevada properties

Pursuant to an order from Governor Steve Sisolak, the company temporarily suspended operations for 30 days at Tropicana Las Vegas, M Resort and Cactus Petes Resort Casino  read more

The Book and The Poker Room in NH temporarily close

Eureka Casino Resorts, which owns and operates both properties, has committed to provide all employees a two-week paid leave of absence.  read more



William Hill US bolsters sports wagering menu

With most major sporting events canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, William Hill is still offering active wager offerings across US markets, including soccer, darts, rugby and hockey.  read more

Maryland Senate approves sports betting bill

Maryland voters will decide in November whether to legalize sports betting after the Senate approved a bill on Wednesday that, after revisions, does not specify who will be allowed to operate sportsbooks in the state. (The Baltimore Sun)  read more

PA sportsbooks surpass $2 billion in lifetime bets

Pennsylvania's sportsbooks produced $329.8 million in wagers in February, just short of the $348.4 million record set in January, according to a report last week.  read more

GBGB announces racing has moved behind closed doors

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain announced that, in light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, British greyhound racing is to move behind closed doors at all licensed stadiums in England.  read more



WPT President speaks on upcoming events

Due to the circumstances surrounding the current crisis, the World Poker Tour postponed its televised final tables set to tape between 31 March and 2 April at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas.  read more

European Poker Tour Sochi postponed

It is expected that EPT Sochi will now take place from 2-11 October, with the EPT Main Event running from 6-11 October.  read more

Did You Know
Did You Know?
With 92% of all U.S. gaming properties closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak as of Sunday, nearly 644,000 casino gaming and resort employees have been affected, according to the American Gaming Association.
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