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The ‘Perspective’ is bleak

A grim picture was painted for economic development officials and business leaders during the Las Vegas Perspective 2020, an annual economic outlook event traditionally characterized by exuberance about Southern Nevada’s future. Jeremy Aguero, the principal analyst at Applied Analysis and a regular presenter at such events, said travel and tourism that drive the area’s economy would most likely take between 18 to 36 months to recover from Covid-19 related decline.

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8/5/2020

article Nevada gaming regulators file complaint against the Sahara Las Vegas for violating COVID-19 protocols
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada gaming regulators filed a two-count disciplinary complaint against the Sahara Las Vegas this week alleging the Strip resort had four instances...
article Sahara slapped with regulatory complaint on coronavirus safety
(Las Vegas) -- The state Gaming Control Board on Wednesday issued a complaint against Sahara Las Vegas, alleging the Strip resort failed to comply with Gov. Steve...
article Bars in Clark County Can Now Move Gaming Machines Off the Bar Top and Into the Lounge
(Las Vegas) -- Bar owners get a bit of a reprieve now that Clark County voted to temporarily allow taverns to move up to seven bar-top gaming machines to stand-alone...

8/4/2020

article No reprieve for bar-top slot operators in Las Vegas and Reno
(Nevada) -- In the western American state of Nevada and Governor Steve Sisolak (pictured) has reportedly announced that the coronavirus-related prohibition on the...
article Ichiban restaurant, in shuttered Harrah's Reno, might reopen in the Eldorado
(Reno) -- The teppanyaki might have a new home. Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, a fixture of the now-closed Harrah's Reno, could be reopening in the...

8/3/2020

article Four properties face fines from Nevada Gaming Control Board for improper COVID-19 operation
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has completed 10,135 inspections and opened 156 regulatory cases since gaming properties were able to reopen on June 4...

8/2/2020

press release M Resort in Henderson will lay off 300 employees in August
(Nevada) -- More than 300 M Resort employees will be permanently laid off this month, according to a letter from the Henderson casino property’s general manager to...

8/1/2020

article Nevada scraps phased reopening plan, unveils new approach
(Nevada) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Monday that he planned to scrap the phased reopening plan put in place in March and replace it with a “long-term...
article Trial set for man charged in fatal beating at Reno casino
(Nevada) -- A Nevada man accused of killing a woman at hotel and casino in Reno last year is scheduled for trial in March 2021. Tevin Johnson, 23, pleaded not guilty to...

7/31/2020

article Nevada casinos, small businesses seek protection from coronavirus lawsuits
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Resort Association is pressing state lawmakers to pass legislation to protect casinos from unfounded coronavirus-related lawsuits it says could...

7/30/2020

article Atlantis to reopen its buffet with big COVID-19 changes, first Reno casino to do so
(Nevada) -- No more browsing. When Toucan Charlie's Buffet & Grille reopens Aug. 4 in the Atlantis casino, folks won't meander the main drag (or side streets...
article Nevada gaming win bounces back in June with slower recovery in Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- With the exception of the Strip and downtown Las Vegas, Nevada’s gaming markets made a strong rebound after being allowed to reopen in early June....

7/29/2020

article The ‘Perspective’ is bleak
(Nevada) -- A grim picture was painted for economic development officials and business leaders during the Las Vegas Perspective 2020, an annual economic outlook event...
article Carson City area gaming revenue in June among Nevada's best to rebound after shutdown
(Nevada) -- With casinos reopening statewide on June 4, gaming revenue showed signs of rebound for the month, including those establishments around Carson City, which...
article Casino Win Down in First Month After Reopening
(Nevada) -- Nevada casinos posted a gaming win of $566.8 million in June, the first month that properties could open after the state’s shutdown due to COVID-19....
article Nevada casino winnings down 45.5% in June
(Nevada) -- Travel and gambling fallout in the wake of COVID-19 has Nevada casinos struggling to recapture revenues recorded a year ago. Nevada Gaming Control Board data...
article Casino regulators seek coronavirus fines in 3 Nevada cases
(Nevada) -- State casino regulators are seeking fines against two casinos and a bowling alley in rural Nevada, alleging that employees and patrons failed to comply with...
article Moran Promoted to Permanent Chair of Nevada Gaming Commission, Brown Named Commissioner
(Las Vegas) -- Ogonna Brown, a partner at the Las Vegas office of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, recently was named the fifth member of the Nevada Gaming Commission...

7/28/2020

article Casino regulator investigating 150+ cases of health and safety noncompliance
(Nevada) -- Nevada casino regulators have opened more than 150 cases over noncompliance with health and safety policies and, among that tally, filed three formal...
article SCHUETZ: Stanley Ho and Community
(Nevada) -- Stanley Ho has died, and anyone who knows anything about Macau and gambling knows that Dr. Ho was “The Man.” Granted monopoly control of gambling...

7/27/2020

article At least 123 visitors to Nevada test positive for coronavirus after casinos reopen
(Las Vegas) -- At least 123 visitors to Nevada tested positive for the coronavirus while visiting the state in recent weeks or shortly after returning home, according to...
article Governor scraps phased re-opening plan
(Nevada) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Monday that he planned to scrap the phased reopening plan put in place in March and replace it with a “long-term...
article People: Todd DeRemer new GM of Rail City Casino in Sparks
(Nevada) -- Rail City Casino, an Affinity Gaming company, announced recently that Todd DeRemer was appointed Vice President and General Manager of Rail City Casino in...

7/26/2020

article Peppermill sportsbook sees uptick in bettors, revenue
(Nevada) -- Business is booming at Reno’s Peppermill Casino & Spa sportsbook. “Once people saw that it was a safe environment (they) showed up with their...
article Reno’s Little Nugget closing, Carson Nugget not going anywhere
(Nevada) -- With the announcement that the Little Nugget in downtown Reno is closing its doors, some folks seem to have gotten confused and think the Carson Nugget is...
article Casinos Open, Churches Closed
(Nevada) -- Nevada’s churches are being subject to substantially more severe restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic than casinos and churches. In a 5-4...
article Dissenting Supreme Court Justices Rip Policy That Lets More Visitors into Nevada Casinos Than into Churches
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Supreme Court recently upheld a Nevada policy that limits church crowds to 50 worshipers while casinos are typically allowed to operate at a...

7/25/2020

article John Moran Jr. appointed chairman of Nevada Gaming Commission
(Nevada) -- Longtime Nevada Gaming Commissioner John Moran Jr. has been named chairman of the commission, and Gov. Steve Sisolak also appointed Las Vegas attorney Ogonna...

7/23/2020

article Nevada's casinos and COVID-19: Should they be open? It's complicated, experts say.
(Nevada) -- It's the question at the heart of a quagmire Nevada has yet to figure out: Should casinos be open? COVID-19 cases are climbing here. Death tolls are...

7/17/2020

article Nevada’s June jobless rate drop most dramatic in the country
(Nevada) -- Nevada’s jobless rate fell the most in the country last month as casinos reopened, a new report says, but its share of unemployed workers was still...

7/16/2020

article At least 123 visitors to Nevada test positive for coronavirus after casinos reopen
(Nevada) -- At least 123 visitors to Nevada tested positive for the coronavirus while visiting the state in recent weeks or shortly after returning home, according to...

7/13/2020

article Clark County Finds Casinos, Restaurants Not Enforcing Mandatory Mask Order
(California) -- Businesses in unincorporated Clark County still seem to have an issue mandating that employees and staff must wear masks or facial coverings. On June 26...

7/12/2020

article Nevada closes small gaming ops, casinos' fears mount
(Nevada) -- Spokeswoman Meghin Delaney confirmed that bars inside those county casinos must close although drinks will still be available, but patrons won't be able...

7/11/2020

article Nevada closes small gaming ops, casinos’ fears mount
(Nevada) -- Nevada casino operators fear that they could be forced to close their venues a second time as the state struggles with a resurgence of COVID-19 infections....

7/10/2020

article Gov. Steve Sisolak Recloses Bars on Friday to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
(Nevada) -- Bars in Clark County and some additional counties in Nevada will reclose on Friday after health officials warned Gov. Steve Sisolak that the number of COVID-...
article Many of Nevada's bars are closing again. Are casinos next? Here's what we know.
(Nevada) -- Three miles west of the glittering Strip, Brian Slipock runs a modest watering hole called Jacksons. It's the kind of spot that draws neighborhood folks...

7/9/2020

article Nevada’s restricted gaming industry to close Friday following spike in coronavirus cases
(Nevada) -- The bulk of Nevada’s restricted gaming industry – locations with 15 or fewer slot machines – will shut down Friday night under a directive...

7/8/2020

article Closed casinos yielded near-zero Nevada tax revenue in May
(Las Vegas) -- Casinos that were closed through May due to the coronavirus pandemic yielded nearly no tax revenue for Nevada, state regulators reported Tuesday. Gambling...
article Gaming and Hospitality Legal News, Volume 12, Number 12: Nevada Gaming Commission Regulatory Adoption Presents New Opportunities for Wager Funding
(Nevada) -- On June 25th, 2020, the Nevada Gaming Commission held a hearing in which it adopted amendments to the Nevada Gaming Regulations to permit the direct or...

7/7/2020

article Laughlin casino temporarily suspends table game operations
(Nevada) -- Due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the community, Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino announced on Monday that it would...

7/6/2020

press release Is Nevada the ‘gold standard’ for casino coronavirus response?
(Las Vegas) -- Whenever experts begin comparing gaming jurisdictions, you’re bound to hear the phrase “gold standard” dropped in the conversation. It...
article MORON ALERT: Nevada man arrested after refusing to wear mask in casino
(Nevada) -- A Nevada man was arrested for trespassing Sunday after refusing to either leave a Stateline, Nev., casino or put on a mask. Security asked the man to leave...
article Officials: Quicker COVID-19 test results needed to boost contact tracing efforts in Nevada
(Nevada) -- Nevada health officials are again urging labs to more quickly return coronavirus test results as the state tries to track down individuals who may have...
article OSHA: Complaint volume has ‘increased significantly’ since Sisolak’s June 26 mask mandate
(Nevada) -- Officials with the Division of Industrial Relations’ Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted another round of observations on...

7/5/2020

article Nevada Man Charged with Trespassing After He Allegedly Refused to Wear Mask at Hard Rock Casino Bar
(Nevada) -- A 32-year-old Nevada man was arrested for trespassing early Saturday (July 4) after he allegedly refrained from putting on a facial covering while sitting at...

7/4/2020

article Laughlin casinos confirm COVID-19 employee cases; some close
(Nevada) -- Some hotels and casinos in Laughlin. Nevada, have closed again after employees tested positive for COVID-19, officials said. Harrah’s Laughlin...

7/3/2020

article After 7,461 casino inspections, 111 cases opened for non-COVID compliance
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Gaming Control Board announced July 1 that it’s opened 111 investigative cases looking into allegations of non-compliance with COVID-19-...

7/2/2020

article 7 Harrah’s Laughlin workers test positive for COVID-19
(Nevada) -- Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment Corp. says seven employees have tested positive with the coronavirus. “Harrah’s Laughlin has had seven team...
article More employees of Laughlin hotel-casinos test positive for COVID-19
(Nevada) -- Harrah’s Laughlin says 7 of its team members have tested positive for COVID-19 since reopening June 4. No employees have passed away because of the...
article Nevada casinos report $5.8 million in May winnings; it $981.7 million a year ago
(Nevada) -- To no one”s surprise with all of Nevada’s casinos closed for the month of May, gambling win totals came out to just $5.8 million. That amounts to...
article Fiesta Henderson Resort to Remain Closed Until Further Notice
(Las Vegas) -- Following confirmation North Las Vegas’ Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho resorts will officially be on hiatus for as long as a year, new paperwork...

7/1/2020

article Gaming regulators: 111 cases for violations since June 4 casino reopenings
(Las Vegas) -- Gaming regulators have 111 cases of violations to Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s emergency directive, according to a Wednesday news release. Whether...
article Casinos have no standard protocol for temperature checks
(Nevada) -- At Red Rock Resort, there’s a separate line for Chairman-level players club members — much like there was at the buffet, back when we still had...

6/30/2020

press release Nevada casino, tourism, airport data reflect May closures
(Nevada) -- Casinos that were closed through May due to the coronavirus pandemic yielded nearly no tax revenue for Nevada, state regulators reported Tuesday. one of a...
article Nevada casinos were devastated two months in a row: May revenue down 99.4% year-over-year
(Nevada) -- For two months in a row, the COVID-19 shutdown devastated Nevada casino revenues. Nevada Gaming Control Board data released Tuesday revealed some gambling...
article Problem gambling help during COVID-19 pandemic
(Nevada) -- 8 News NOW’s Jonh Langeler speaks with Ted Hartwell from the Nevada Council On Problem Gambling on Good Day Las Vegas with issues he is seeing across...

6/29/2020

press release Las Vegas, Reno Casinos Mandate Face Masks For Casino Visitors As Of Friday Morning
(Nevada) -- Masks must be worn in Nevada’s public indoor spaces, the state’s Governor has ordered. That means casino visitors anywhere in the state must...
article Coronavirus: 56 new cases in Washoe; Virus spreading faster in Nevada than any other state
(Nevada) -- Washoe County health officials reported 56 new cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County, according to the Regional Information Center. That brings the total of...
article Nevada Gaming Commission Opens The Door To Cashless Wagering
(Nevada) -- In a Thursday meeting last week, the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) took a small but important step toward modernizing the state’s gambling industry....

6/28/2020

article Contact tracing, a public health tool challenged by coronavirus, faces new test in Nevada and its casinos
(Nevada) -- Long before contact tracing became the stuff of household conversations, it was a crucial but unassuming tool used by rank-and-file public health...

6/27/2020

article Harrop: In reopening casinos, the virus is the dealer
(Las Vegas) -- Those who care to wager on a visit to Las Vegas will confront mixed messages on mask wearing, to say the least. The Nevada Gaming Control Board just...

6/26/2020

article Casinos in Nevada May Face Disciplinary Actions if Visitors Don’t Wear Masks
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Gaming Control Board discussed possible disciplinary actions for operators which do not follow the rules for guests wearing masks within their...

6/25/2020

article Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak Issues Mandatory Face Mask Order Effective on Friday
(Nevada) -- Starting Friday, everyone who goes out in public will have to wear a mask or face covering. Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a new directive that makes wearing a...

6/23/2020

press release Station Casinos Announces Plans For 4th Of July Fireworks
(Nevada) -- Station Casinos will once again host two of the valley’s largest 4th of July fireworks shows. The shows, which will begin at approximately 9 p.m. on...

6/21/2020

article Sportsbooks see betting enthusiasm, especially via mobile apps, even as athletic events are slow to return
(Nevada) -- They’re the place inside casinos where cheers spontaneously erupt as fortunes change based on stunning athletic feats and, in some cases, buzzer-...

6/20/2020

article STUTZ: The quiet death of Harrah’s Reno; it deserved a better departure
(Reno) -- Sadly, one of the Nevada gaming industry’s historic landmarks won’t have a proper send-off. To be fair, the announcement Wednesday that Harrah...

6/19/2020

article Nevada gamblers now required to wear masks at table games that have no barriers
(Nevada) -- Nevada gamblers are now required to wear face masks at table games that have no barriers, reported the Reno Gazette Journal, a USA TODAY Network paper. The...

6/18/2020

article Masks required at casino table games in Nevada
(Nevada) -- The state Gaming Control Board has ordered Nevada casinos to require players and spectators of most casino table and card games to wear protective face...

6/17/2020

article Control Board requires masks at casino table games in Nevada
(Nevada) -- The state Gaming Control Board late Wednesday ordered Nevada casinos to require players and spectators of most casino table and card games to wear protective...
article Nevada gamblers now required to wear masks at table games that have no barriers
(Nevada) -- Nevada gamblers are now required to wear face masks at table games that have no barriers. The Nevada Gaming Control Board updated its health and safety...
article Harrah’s Reno permanently laying off 471 workers, Peppermill to lay off 103 employees
(Nevada) -- Nevada’s reopening of hotel-casinos is not enough to stave off layoffs at some properties, with recent job cuts totaling in the hundreds at two Reno...

6/16/2020

article Nevada sees bump in COVID-19 cases 2 weeks after casinos reopen
(Nevada) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak says the state has no plans to advance to Phase 3 of its reopening plan in the near future due to recent uptick in the number of...
press release Customers return as Nevada tavern operators restart their slot machines
(Nevada) -- As soon as the green light turned on June 4, Nevada’s taverns, bars and other restricted gaming locations flipped on slot machines that had been...
article Masks recommended but not mandatory for casino guests in Nevada — for now
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Gaming Control Board isn’t reconsidering requiring facial coverings for casino patrons, but will if new COVID-19 cases reach the point of...

6/15/2020

article ‘Pent-up demand’ – Customers return as Nevada tavern operators restart their slot machines
(Nevada) -- As soon as the green light turned on, Nevada’s taverns, bars and other restricted gaming locations flipped on slot machines that had been silenced for...

6/14/2020

article Despite casinos reopening and tourism activity resuming, many workers remain left behind
(Nevada) -- A television ad beckoning tourists to Las Vegas debuted last week, showing the casino-dotted boulevard lighting up with the flick of a giant switch. The 30-...

6/11/2020

article ‘Not a lot of high-end play’ so far at Nevada’s just-reopened casinos
(Nevada) -- Members of the state’s Economic Forum were told Wednesday that customers are returning to newly opened casinos in greater numbers than originally...

6/7/2020

article EDITORIAL: Nevada can’t afford to lose grip on tourism, entertainment supremacy
(Nevada) -- When a basketball player gives up a dominating dunk to an opponent, there’s an old slang term for it. It’s called getting posterized, meaning...
article Atlantis guest wins $200,000 jackpot days after casino reopens
(Nevada) -- A guest at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno won a $200,000 jackpot on a slot machine Saturday morning, just two days after casinos could reopen under...

6/6/2020

article End of an Era: Harrah's Reno "Does not plan to reopen"
(Nevada) -- While many of the casinos across the State reopened, an icon of the gaming world remains closed. Harrah’s Reno has operated for more than 82 years, but...

6/5/2020

article South Lake Tahoe Hotels Struggle As Nevada Casinos Reopen
(Nevada) -- In South Lake Tahoe it is a tale of two sides of the state line. The California side is still closed for non-essential travel and feeling the pain. At the...

6/4/2020

article Laughlin’s revival begins: Gamblers, casinos get reacquainted
(Nevada) -- Gaming has finally returned to Nevada and Laughlin has come back to life. Throngs of people came pouring back into town from all across America, thanks in...
article Reno casinos reopening: Atlantis reopens, puts emphasis on drawing locals
(Nevada) -- Nearly 30 years ago, when John Farahi opened the first tower of the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, commencing its ascent from motor lodge to hotel-casino, he...
article Sparks' Nugget Casino Resort officially back open for business on Thursday
(Nevada) -- After more than two months of casinos being closed, people waited outside the Nugget Casino Resort this morning ahead of it's 8 a.m. reopening time....
article Casinos reopen under Phase 2
(Nevada) -- Casinos reopened statewide June 4 after the entire gaming industry was closed more than two months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We opened this...
article Fresh marketing campaigns aim to get customers back in casinos
(Nevada) -- With the doors of Nevada casinos opening Thursday, companies are rolling out fresh marketing campaigns to get customers through them. And, while some...

6/2/2020

article Q+A: Gaming Control Board chair talks safety compliance ahead of casinos reopening
(Las Vegas) -- In less than 48 hours, slot machines can light up, cards can fly and dice can roll inside Nevada casinos again. The unprecedented closure put the gaming...

6/1/2020

article Carson City area’s major casinos geared up and ready to reopen
(Nevada) -- Carson area casinos have been closed for over 70 days but operators say they haven’t been idly waiting for permission to reopen. Customers can expect...
article From $936.5 million to $3.65 million: Nevada casino win down to near-zero in April
(Nevada) -- With gaming floors completely dark, Nevada casinos reported just $3.65 million in win for the month of April. That is a 99.6 percent, $932.9 million decrease...
article Why Is There So Much Secrecy Around Nevada Online Poker Revenue?
(Nevada) -- Online poker was one of the few forms of gambling available during April, with all 989 US casinos closed by the coronavirus pandemic. Those shutdowns drove...
article Some Navajo Nation casinos ramp up safety measures as they prepare to reopen
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is preparing to reopen four of its casinos in the next couple of weeks. Those include Twin Arrows Casino in Arizona and Fire Rock,...

5/31/2020

article Nevada National Guard Sent to Reno to Keep Order, Casinos Work to Reopen
(Nevada) -- Several Reno, Nevada casinos still apparently plan to reopen on Thursday after months of shuttering, despite scattered violence, looting, and vandalism that...
article Nugget prepares for reopening
(Nevada) -- In mid-May, Governor Steve Sisolak announced that it is looking at June 4 for when Nevada casinos can reopen as part of its next phase of reopening as long...

5/30/2020

article Bleak casino, tourism reports showing Nevada shutdown impact
(Nevada) -- Bleak reports in Nevada are showing the economic impact of a full month of casino and business closures enacted because of the coronavirus pandemic. With...
article Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, Boulder properties to reopen June 4
(Nevada) -- Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder will reopen at 12:01 a.m. on June 4. “We are thrilled to welcome back our neighbors...
article Coronavirus outbreak could speed cashless gaming to Nevada casinos
(Nevada) -- A coronavirus carrier may be as close as your back pocket or your purse. It’s cash. The dollars that gamblers pursue in high denominations at casinos...

5/29/2020

article Stark casino, airport numbers show effect of Nevada closures
(Nevada) -- Stunning and stark numbers are showing the effect of casino and business closures enacted in Nevada in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. With most...
article State gaming win down 99.6% in April with coronavirus closures
(Nevada) -- Some analysts are viewing Friday’s release of April gaming win philosophically: Any number above zero is a positive. And, the numbers can’t go...
article With casinos shut down, gaming revenue plummets to near-zero in April
(Nevada) -- Signaling the deep economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, statewide gambling revenue in April dropped 99.61 percent compared to what casino and online...
article Want To Know How Nevada Sports Betting Did In April? You’re Not Alone
(Nevada) -- It’s the end of the month, which normally brings a monthly breakdown of Nevada sports betting handle and revenue. Not this month, it appears. Nevada...

5/28/2020

article Casino Shutdown Batters Town, Forces Mayor To The Food Bank
(Nevada) -- West Wendover Mayor Daniel Corona visited the local food bank recently, but not for a photo op. He was there to get something to eat. Corona, like the bulk...
article Nevada is starting to reopen, including its hotel-casinos. Now, will people show up?
(Nevada) -- Nevada has officially reopened for business. Now we just need people to show up. That was the takeaway from a much-anticipated Tuesday night press conference...
article Peppermill, Atlantis reopening on June 4. Atlantis testing employees today for COVID-19
(Nevada) -- Two Reno hotel-casinos announced on Thursday that they are officially reopening their doors on June 4, with one property already performing COVID-19 tests on...
article Tahoe, Las Vegas casinos lure customers with deals, giveaways after opening date set
(Nevada) -- Casinos from Lake Tahoe to Laughlin started announcing plans Wednesday to lure back customers beginning June 4, with one downtown Las Vegas hotel owner...

5/27/2020

article Five key updates from the Gaming Control Board for reopening casinos
(Nevada) -- The state Gaming Control Board on Wednesday updated its health and safety policies for reopening casinos, ordering licensees in resort hotels to provide for...
article Nevada Gives Casinos Go-Ahead For June 4 Reopening
(Nevada) -- Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said Tuesday that the state’s casinos, including gambling meccas Las Vegas, are allowed to reopen starting June 4, 2020,...
article Laughlin casinos to reopen next week
(Nevada) -- Laughlin is scheduled to make a comeback next week with a planned June 4 opening. “Laughlin has long been a popular destination for summer getaways to...

5/26/2020

article Gaming regulators told Nevada’s healthcare system ‘can take care of’ casino visitors with COVID-19
(Nevada) -- Nevada gaming regulators were told Tuesday the state’s healthcare system has the ability to take of casino visitors, as well as the local population,...
article Governor: Nevada casinos can welcome back visitors on June 4
(Nevada) -- Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak gave the nation’s largest casino industry the official green light to reopen the Las Vegas Strip and other statewide...
article Nevada governor targets June 4 date for reopening casinos
(Nevada) -- Casino operators and employees in the largest U.S. gambling market got some welcome news at the start of the Memorial Day weekend: a June 4 target date for...
article Nevada Will Start With Phase 1 Reopening Casinos From June 4
(Nevada) -- Nevada went into lockdown mode in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all of its casinos have been closed since then. Casino operators as well as the...
article Cashless sports betting coming to Nevada?
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Gaming Commission will hold a public hearing June 25 that could pave the way for bettors to make wagers at the race and sportsbook counter without...
article Mobbed Up podcast: The Family Business – Part 2
(Las Vegas) -- It could have ended with a fistfight. Instead, the chance encounter sparked a friendship that would span decades. As former mobster Frank Cullotta recalls...
article Nevada Guard helps distribute food at Palace Station Casino
(Las Vegas) -- It’s no surprise that Americans are in need since major cities throughout the nation began shutting down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.This...

5/25/2020

article Nevada targets June date to reopen casinos... with big changes
(Nevada) -- Free parking, but no valet service. Bartenders, blackjack dealers, and waiters wearing masks. Hand sanitizer everywhere. Yes, dice will roll, cards will be...
article Nevada’s casinos could reopen June 4
(Las Vegas) -- By the time June 4 rolls around, casinos in Nevada will have been closed for just under three months. Governor Steve Sisolak, in response to the growing...

5/23/2020

article Nevada casinos could open for business June 4, Sisolak says
(Nevada) -- Nevada’s gaming industry, shuttered since mid-March, could reopen on June 4, and the next phase of relaxed restrictions in the state’s rebound...
article Nevada governor details target date to reopen Vegas casinos
(Nevada) -- Gambling in Vegas casinos could soon return. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said Friday that the state has a target date of June 4. More details for Nevada are...
article Sisolak says Nevada casinos can tentatively reopen on June 4 pending evaluation
(Nevada) -- Gov. Steve Sisolak is set to release more details on the next phase of his plan to reopen businesses at a news conference on Tuesday. According to a news...
article Reno-Sparks’ casinos excited to get back to business, albeit a very changed one
(Nevada) -- Reno-Sparks’ gaming companies welcomed the governor’s Friday announcement about a potential June reopening date for the state’s casinos. At...

5/22/2020

article Nevada casino industry expected to reopen on June 4
(Nevada) -- Nevada’s casino industry, shuttered for more than two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, could reopen on June 4, Governor Steve Sisolak said in a...
article Nevada casinos may reopen June 4 if coronavirus cases don’t spike this weekend
(Nevada) -- Nevada’s hotel-casinos can reopen June 4 if the number of COVID-19 cases doesn’t soar during Memorial Day weekend, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said...
article Reno-Sparks’ casinos excited to get back to business, albeit a very changed one
(Nevada) -- Reno-Sparks’ gaming companies welcomed the governor’s Friday announcement about a potential June reopening date for the state’s casinos. At...
article VIDEO: Gov. Steve Sisolak on not mandating face masks be worn
(Nevada) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks about not mandating the public to wear face masks and bringing manufacturing jobs to Las Vegas.

5/21/2020

article Nugget, Peppermill, Hyatt Regency Tahoe announce plans to reopen soon with precautions
(Nevada) -- The Nugget Casino in Sparks announced on Thursday that it will resume operations soon, with added health and safety protocols in the midst of the coronavirus...
article When will Nevada's hotel-casinos reopen? Here's what you need to know.
(Nevada) -- The pandemic has turned Nevada's premier tourist destinations into deserts of uncertainty. No one can say when COVID-19 will loosen its grip or when the...

5/20/2020

article Reno's Peppermill Casinos to provide free COVID-19 testing for all employees
(Nevada) -- Peppermill Casinos Inc. has announced that they will provide free COVID-19 testing to all Peppermill Reno and Western Village employees beginning today....
article A look at when and how Nevada casinos plan to reopen
(Nevada) -- A nearly empty sportsbook at Wynn Las Vegas on Saturday, March 14, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent) Although most retail businesses in the state...
article Nevada gaming regulators plan health, safety workshop with casinos
(Nevada) -- Nevada gambling regulators are calling casino companies to a workshop next week with health and safety officials aimed at sharpening rules for reopening the...
article Nevada gaming regulators to hear from health and safety experts as casino market nears potential reopening
(Nevada) -- Insight into how Nevada plans to reopen casinos that have been silenced since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic could become clearer next week. The...
article Casino reopening clues may come in Control Board workshop Tuesday
(Nevada) -- The state Gaming Control Board will conduct a workshop meeting Tuesday that could provide clues on when Nevada’s shuttered casino industry will reopen...

5/18/2020

article Employees laid off ‘indefinitely’ at Colorado Belle casino in Laughlin
(Nevada) -- When casinos reopen in Nevada, the Colorado Belle in Laughlin won’t be among them. The resort’s 400 employees have been laid off “...
article Laughlin’s iconic Colorado Belle to stay closed indefinitely; 400 to lose jobs
(Nevada) -- The Colorado Belle, an iconic hotel-casino on the Colorado River in Laughlin, will stay closed for the foreseeable future and lay off its 400 workers. Casino...
article Some Nevada casinos hesitant to reopen restaurants due to financial impacts
(Nevada) -- General managers at some local casinos are hesitant to reopen their restaurants despite Governor Sisolak allowing them to do so. “Our group just doesn...
article Nevada Gaming Control Board keeping reopening plans confidential
(Nevada) -- The state Gaming Control Board requires every licensee, from the megaresorts to the corner gas station convenience store slot machine operators, to submit...

5/16/2020

article Hundreds visit AZ casinos for reopening, NV's casinos remain closed
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas casinos on the world-famous Strip have been shut down for the better part of two months as authorities grapple with the spread COVID-19, but...
article Casino restaurants are allowed to reopen. But will they?
(Nevada) -- Restaurants inside casinos are now allowed to reopen. But that doesn’t mean they will. “We want to wait and see,” said George Karpaty,...

5/15/2020

article Restaurant Impossible: Eateries Inside Nevada Casinos Will Struggle to Open Under State Regulations
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) yesterday issued a notice to licensees informing casinos that their inside restaurants are able to reopen in Phase One...

5/14/2020

article Gaming regulators say casino restaurants are allowed to reopen, with restrictions
(Nevada) -- Nevada gaming regulators are giving restaurants inside still-shuttered casino properties the green light to reopen, with some significant restrictions still...

5/11/2020

article FRANK: Mistakes: the best lessons
(Nevada) -- Jon Ralston is one of the top political reporters in Nevada. He started his career in the Silver State back in 1984 and has been writing or broadcasting ever...

5/10/2020

article As Nevada slowly reopens, gaming comeback could be a long road
(Nevada) -- Eliminating 276,300 gaming and tourism jobs in the weeks following the unprecedented shutdown of Nevada’s casino industry on March 18 was a painful...
article Nevada economy’s overreliance on tourism is taking a toll
(Nevada) -- Nevada has one of the least-diversified economies in the nation, such that even other tourist hot spots such as Hawaii are better equipped to handle the...

5/9/2020

article Nevada releases industry-specific guidelines for reopening, strongly urges use of masks
(Nevada) -- The State of Nevada released industry-specific guidance ahead of Saturday's Phase One reopening for the state's economy. Nevada Health Response...

5/8/2020

article Nevada casinos will look different when they reopen. Here's what you need to know.
(Las Vegas) -- Would you like a complimentary squirt of hand sanitizer? The offer will soon become as common in casinos as a complimentary beer or cocktail. In the...

5/7/2020

article Nevada casinos will look different when they reopen. Here's what you need to know.
(Las Vegas) -- Would you like a complimentary squirt of hand sanitizer? The offer will soon become as common in casinos as a complimentary beer or cocktail.
article Gaming Commission approves guidelines for casino reopening
(Nevada) -- Casino capacity would be cut in half, gamblers would keep their distance at slot and table games and surfaces would be cleaned frequently when casinos reopen...

5/6/2020

article Control Board recommends gaming license for Water Street’s Rainbow Club
(Nevada) -- The state Gaming Control Board on Wednesday recommended licensing a downtown Henderson casino that has changed ownership. The Rainbow Club and Casino,...

5/5/2020

article Nevada casino closures cut gaming win to lowest total since 1998
(Nevada) -- The impact of the March 17 mandatory casino closures hit the March gaming numbers like a sledgehammer. The win amount fell just shy of 40% compared to the $1...
article Explained: The Story Behind Las Vegas’ Infamous ‘Black Book’
(Las Vegas) -- Amid the glitter and glamour of Las Vegas, the gambling Mecca of the world, there is no shortage of exclusive clubs that all of the would-be high rollers...
article Casinos required to limit occupancy to 50% in order to reopen
(Reno) -- When casinos reopen, they'll have to enforce strict guidelines from the Gaming Control Board, including limiting occupancy to 50 percent for each gaming...

5/4/2020

article Coronavirus fallout: Limits to be placed on occupancy, gaming when Nevada casinos reopen
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada casinos will be limited to no more than 50% their maximum occupancy capacity, space between slot machines will be increased, and table games will...
article Nevada wants casinos' plans to open
(Nevada) -- When Nevada casinos eventually reopen, customer numbers will be cut in half, nightclubs will remain closed, convention groups will be limited and gamblers...
article Virus Task Force Looking At Testing, Businesses Re-Openings
(Nevada) -- A task force of Nevada business leaders trying use to their global contacts to bolster the state’s coronavirus response has expanded its initial focus...
article Casinos required to cut occupancy in half, limit table game players to reopen
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada casinos will have to enforce strict social distancing policies, including limits on the number of table game players, should they reopen. The state...
article Casinos required to cut occupancy, limit table game players to reopen in Nevada
(Nevada) -- Nevada casinos will have to enforce strict social distancing policies, including limits on the number of table game players, should they reopen. The state...
article Clark County Commission Makes Coronavirus Testing Available at Orleans Casino
(Nevada) -- In partnership with University Medical Center (UMC), the Clark County Commission is offering drive-thru coronavirus testing at the Orleans Casino on Tuesday...
article Coronavirus reopening plan deals Las Vegas casinos a losing hand
(Nevada) -- Las Vegas casinos will get hit with a “double whammy” of lower revenue and higher promotional spending as they alter their businesses to deal...
article Nevada Casino Gaming Revenue Plummets Down 40% In March
(Nevada) -- Last week the Nevada Gaming Control Board reported that the amount of money won by Nevada casinos in March fell by almost 40% compared to the same period...
article Nightclubs and Pool Parties Will Not Reopen When Casinos in Nevada Do
(Nevada) -- Casinos will look very different when they can finally reopen. The Nevada Gaming Control Board issued its guidelines for casinos to resume gaming operations...

5/3/2020

article Nevada jobless level nears 20%; extended benefits triggered
(Nevada) -- Unemployment benefits in Nevada are being extended for a second 13 weeks, officials said Friday, as the wave of workers idled by casino and business closures...

5/2/2020

article Gaming Control Board details casino requirements for reopening
(Nevada) -- The state Gaming Control Board has issued a pair of new health and safety policy statements detailing instructions for the reopening of casinos with...
article Nevada Gaming Control Board Releases Guidlines To Enforce Social Distancing As Casinos In Las Vegas Seek To Reopen
(Nevada) -- Cheering crowds next to gaming tables will be a thing of the past when casinos reopen in Nevada after the coronavirus lockdown ends, according to guidance...

5/1/2020

article Sports wagers down 76% in Nevada
(Nevada) -- Sportsbooks in Nevada have reported a 76 per cent year on year drop in wagers in March due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the global sporting blackout....

4/30/2020

article Sisolak says most Nevada businesses will reopen by May 15
(Nevada) -- Nevada’s roadmap to a “new normal” in the wake of the virulent COVID-19 pandemic will start by mid-May as the state sees continued declines...
article Nevada casino regulator considering casino capacity limits for reopening
(Nevada) -- The state Gaming Control Board is considering restricting the number of people inside a casino at one time. Control Board Chairwoman Sandra Morgan on Monday...

4/29/2020

article Nevada casino regulator considering guidelines for reopening
(Nevada) -- Several Las Vegas Strip casino operators have outlined the precautions they will take once they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. One of their regulators...
article Sisolak says he’ll extend stay-at-home order; casinos won’t reopen until ‘3rd or 4th phase’
(Nevada) -- Nevada’s stay-at-home order, which was set to expire Friday, will be extended, Gov. Steve Sisolak said in an interview with ABC’s “Good...
article After Vegas Revenue Tumbles 46%, Nevada Plots a Comeback
(Las Vegas) -- Casino revenue on the Las Vegas Strip tumbled 46% to just under $300 million in March, underscoring the steep hit to jobs and tax revenue that Nevada is...
article Coronavirus takes heavy toll on Nevada betting in March
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada sportsbooks saw the amount wagered in March plummet 76% year-over-year as the coronavirus pandemic halted sports midway through what is typically...
article March Sports Betting Handle Declines 76% in Nevada with Las Vegas Strip Shut Down Amid Coronavirus
(Nevada) -- Numbers published by the Nevada Gaming Control Board on Wednesday showed just how much the shutting down of sports affected the state’s sportsbooks...
article Nevada casinos report almost 40% drop in winnings in March
(Nevada) -- Mid-March casino closures in Nevada due to the coronavirus outbreak had a predictable effect, halting a streak of three $1 billion months in house winnings...
article Nevada Sports Betting Revenue And Handle Plummet In March
(Nevada) -- Sports betting handle fell 76% in Nevada last month as all major sports shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Handle hit $141.1 million in March, a...
article Casino Fandango launches free virtual game
(Nevada) -- Casino Fandango in Carson City has created a free virtual game for Players Club members as well as the general public to play each week. Prizes range from...

4/28/2020

article Before coronavirus, lines were drawn between Sisolak, Goodman
(Las Vegas) -- During a March 15 conference call with local elected leaders, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman was expressing concern to Michelle White, the chief of staff...
article Nevada governor to unveil 'roadmap to recovery' plan Thursday
(Nevada) -- Gov. Steve Sisolak said he will be unveiling a plan Thursday detailing Nevada’s recovery, a step that’s been anticipated as other states begin reopening...
article ‘We’re not Las Vegas’; Mesquite holds off on reopening of casinos
(Nevada) -- When Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said she offered to be a control group for the reopening of the country in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper...

4/27/2020

article Las Vegas' Plight Is Nevada's Plight After Five Weeks of Shutdown
(Nevada) -- Slot machines are powered down, casinos boarded up and barricaded. Sidewalks are largely deserted and electronic marquees that once flashed neon calls for...

4/25/2020

article Twin River Acquires New Properties, Pending On Eldorado Caesars Merger Completion
(Nevada) -- Property divesting related to the ongoing merger between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment continues, as the Reno-based operator announced Friday it...
article Ex-Nevada gaming regulator conflicted on COVID-19 business reopenings
(Nevada) -- Tony Alamo is going to war. After spending 19 years as a regulator, 12 of them with the Nevada Gaming Commission, Alamo has decided that the place for him to...

4/24/2020

article Lakeside Inn and Casino to stay permanently closed
(Nevada) -- Lakeside Inn and Casino did not make it through the coronavirus crisis. Lakeside announced April 14 through an emailed newsletter and a post on its website...

4/23/2020

article Nevada Governor shuts down Las Vegas mayor’s wish to reopen: 'I certainly will not allow it'
(Nevada) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak joined Anderson Cooper 360 Wednesday night and responded to the bizarre interview earlier in the day, in which Las Vegas Mayor...
article 'Absolutely not': Mesquite casinos won't open anytime soon, despite Vegas mayor's comments
(Nevada) -- In an interview with Anderson Cooper on Wednesday, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman stressed that she would like to re-open casinos that have been shut down...
article Regulators want reopening plans from Nevada casino operators, although no timetable for restart
(Nevada) -- Nevada’s casino operators will need to file a plan of reopening with state gaming regulators for each of their properties before the nation’s...

4/22/2020

article Gaming regulators outline steps for reopening casinos
(Nevada) -- In anticipation of reopening Nevada casinos, state gaming regulators issued a six-page memo outlining steps to resuscitate an industry shuttered amid the...
article Nevada gaming board issues policy memo regarding procedures for reopening casinos
(Nevada) -- Pursuant to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Declaration of Emergency Directive 002 issued on March 18, 2020, the Nevada Gaming Control Board will continue to...
article Nevada gaming officials detail requirements for casino reopenings
(Nevada) -- The state Gaming Control Board has issued a six-page, 18-point policy memorandum on procedures for reopening casinos after their temporary closures due to...
article Sisolak says business reopenings can begin when state meets health benchmarks; schools to stay closed
(Nevada) -- Gov. Steve Sisolak will extend the state’s shutdown order to an as-yet undetermined date and close schools for the rest of the academic year, but he...

4/21/2020

article Governor’s Plan to Reopen Nevada Contingent on COVID-19 Cases Dropping
(Nevada) -- A stay-at-home directive from Gov. Steve Sisolak to slow the spread of COVID-19 remains in place through April 30, but on Tuesday, he unveiled a plan to...
article Nevada’s casinos want to be among the first businesses to reopen next month
(Nevada) -- In an April 19 open letter to Nevada governor Steve Sisolak asking to reopen the state’s casinos next month, Matt Maddox, the CEO of Wynn Resorts,...
article Sisolak States Nevada Not Ready Yet to Reopen Businesses Closed Because of Coronavirus
(Nevada) -- While some governors have already announced plans to start reopening their states during the COVID-19 pandemic, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak doubled down on...
article Nevada saw jump in construction jobs amid coronavirus
(Nevada) -- Nevada construction employment growth led the nation last month with another Southwestern state, even as the coronavirus pandemic started shutting down the...
article Las Vegas’ South Point Casino furloughs staff
(Nevada) -- At the southern end of Las Vegas, the South Point casino wasn’t willing to wait until May 1 to see if Governor Steve Sisolak would re-open gambling...
article South Point Furloughs Employees Indefinitely, Owner Michael Gaughan Says Workers Better Off
(Nevada) -- South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas is immediately furloughing its 2,200 workers, owner Michael Gaughan saying the decision is in their best...

4/20/2020

article Trump says he’s ‘OK’ with Sisolak’s shutdown order for Nevada
(Nevada) -- President Donald Trump defended Gov. Steve Sisolak’s shutdown order for Nevada on Sunday, even as he voiced sympathy for Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn...
article Local non-profit to provide free meals to Reno's displaced hospitality workers
(Reno) -- Hospitality Industry Partnerships is providing free meals to Reno’s displaced hospitality workers on Monday's, Wednesday’s and Friday's...

4/18/2020

article With Nevada casinos closed, how much in winnings have disappeared?
(Nevada) -- We know it’s bad, but just how much money are the state’s closed casinos losing every day as a result of the coronavirus pandemic? Based on win...

4/17/2020

article STUTZ: Investment banker says Nevada casino recovery will be slow; locals market positioned for a rebound
(Las Vegas) -- An investment banker who has been involved in the gaming sector over the last four decades told Nevada’s casino leadership that an economic recovery...
article Sisolak: Reopening Businesses Will Be Incremental Process
(Nevada) -- Nevada‘s reported death toll from the coronavirus outbreak continues to rise and Gov. Steve Sisolak says reopening businesses and relaxing other...
article ‘We were a family:’ Many memories built at Lakeside Inn over 35 years
(Nevada) -- Rob Evans has a favorite memory of Lakeside Inn and Casino and it doesn’t involve the good food, birthdays, championship games and big wins at the...

4/15/2020

article Lakeside Inn and Casino at Lake Tahoe closes permanently due to pandemic crisis
(Nevada) -- Lakeside Inn and Casino on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe announced Tuesday that it won't reopen after the coronavirus concerns are over. It is the first...

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