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Todays Gaming-News NTG: 20/July/2020.

Todays Gaming-News NTG: 20/July/2020.

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Eldorado closes on deal to acquire Caesars Entertainment
National (merger) - Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal - Reno-based Eldorado Resorts Inc. on Monday closed on the $17.3 billion deal to acquire Caesars Entertainment Corp., forming the nation’s largest gaming company and triggering a new flurry of layoffs at Caesars. The newly formed company will be called Caesars Entertainment Corp. and the public company stock will be traded using the CZR ticker symbol on the Nasdaq exchange. https://bit.ly/39kBrqL

Siletz tribe moves forward with Salem casino
Oregon (Indian gaming) - Jake Thomas, Salem Reporter - The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians is pushing forward with its effort to build a casino in Salem, setting up a clash with the nearby Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. The tribe has applied to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs for authority to establish a 20-acre off-reservation casino located at 4751 Astoria Street N.E. in Salem, according to a letter sent out to local governments. https://bit.ly/2OJ7J5l

Monmouth Posts Record Handle on Haskell Day
New Jersey (racing) - Thoroughbred Daily News - Monmouth Park set a track record for handle for a non-Breeders’ Cup day when bettors wagered a total of $20,479,392 on Saturday’s 14-race Haskell card. The overall handle from all sources surpassed the previous non-Breeders’ Cup record of $20,024,509 set on Haskell Day on Aug. 2, 2015. https://bit.ly/39hfjxJ

Svenska Spel delivers on social mandate despite COVID-19
Europe (Sweden) - Erin-Marie Gallagher, SBC News - Svenska Spel reported a 10% drop in net gaming revenues compared to 2019, having fallen by SEK 394 million to SEK 3.7 billion (€356m). Operating profit during the first half of the year amounted to SEK 1.2 billion (€121m), reflecting an increase of SEK 121 million. https://bit.ly/30wA3xo

Tourists still love Las Vegas, even through COVID-19 shutdowns
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2WGIkgS

Construction flaw in downtown’s Circa gains fan base
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/32EX7wx

Detroit casino revenues tank by nearly 60% during coronavirus pandemic
Michigan (Detroit) - Matt Durr, Michigan Live - https://bit.ly/32EeWf7

Illinois Lottery reopens 4 of 5 claim centers by appointment only
Illinois (lottery) - Todd Northrop, Lottery Post - https://bit.ly/2Bij49o

Washington Prepping for Sport Betting Rule Making
Washington (sports) - Jill R. Dorson, Sports Handle - https://bit.ly/2CQIZWi

Competition has begun to capture market for legalized sports
California (sports) - Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times - https://bit.ly/3hkcP4j

Jobs in region are recovering; still below March numbers
Connecticut (Indian gaming) - Matt Grahn, Bulletin - https://bit.ly/2CxQQbm

Wind River Hotel & Casino to reopen next week
Wyoming (Indian gaming) - Brandon Foster KPVI - https://bit.ly/32LMRmp

Potawatomi casino complex laying off 1,600
Wisconsin (Indian gaming) - Cary Spivak, Journal Sentinel - https://bit.ly/2WHe4Ti

Summer tribute series adds new shows at Pala Casino
California (Indian gaming) - Valley News - https://bit.ly/2CTLmYe

Repatriation Bill to Require State to Consult with Indian Tribes
California (Indian law) - Nanette Kelley, Native News - https://bit.ly/3eUJNXy

Landmark Supreme Court ruling confirms Muscogee treaty rights
Oklahoma (Indian law) - Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Today - https://bit.ly/3eN9TLX

Authentic Fends Off Ny Traffic to Take Haskell
New Jersey (racing) - Bob Ehalt, Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/32JtTN1

Authentic to Train Up to Kentucky Derby
Kentucky (racing) - Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/2ZO7fBg

Haskell 1-2-3 finishers headed to Kentucky Derby
Kentucky (racing) - Jay Privman, Daily Racing Form - https://bit.ly/3eNeKge

Paris Lights Delivers for WinStar Syndicate in CCA Oaks
New York (racing) - Byron King, Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/3hkQP9u

Bodexpress targets Saratoga's Whitney after Monmouth scratch
New York (racing) - Horse Racing Nation - https://bit.ly/3g1c9Rj

Decorated Invader, Gufo being pointed to Saratoga Derby
New York (racing) - David Grening, Daily Racing Form - https://bit.ly/2OKlXTu

Saez Named to Ride July 24 After Quarantine
New York (racing) - Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/3hnDXQ4

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Todays Gaming-News NTG: 21/July/2020.

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Deadwood casinos bounce back with big June
South Dakota (results) - Bob Mercer, KELO - Legal gambling on slot machines and table games returned to Deadwood casinos with a bit of a roar in June….betting handle was up 13.75 percent from the total for June 2019. He said the taxable adjusted gross revenues for June 2020 totaled $10,239,651. That reflected a 15.39 percent increase from slot machines and a 12.08 percent decrease from table games. https://bit.ly/3ho5ZL3

Portsmouth unveils building layout, design for proposed casino
Virginia (expansion) - Arianna Herriott, WTKR - The City of Portsmouth and Rush Street Gaming unveiled new renderings of the proposed casino. The City Council approved the proposal with Rush Street Gaming during the open session in May. Rivers Casino Portsmouth’s front facade of the approximately 400,000 square foot facility will feature clean, contemporary architectural lines with glass windows to fill the indoor experience with light. https://bit.ly/3hpw1gY

Culinary union drops lawsuit against MGM Resorts
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - The Culinary union has dropped its lawsuit against MGM Resorts International. Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 had filed a lawsuit against the company’s Sadelle’s Cafe at Bellagio and The Signature at the MGM Grand in late June, accusing the company of not offering safe working conditions during the pandemic. https://bit.ly/2Cz80VW

Grosvenor Casinos to reopen branches from August 1
Europe (UK) - Joanna Bourke, Evening Standard - Grosvenor Casinos will next month reopen sites in England that closed for the Covid-19 lockdown, with social distancing measures in place. The casino operator, part of Rank Group, had to close branches here in March. It said its 44 venues in England will welcome back customers from August 1. There are eight sites in London. https://bit.ly/3eOUVoJ

‘A lot of equity in the Caesars name’
National (corporate) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2OKJnIn

AGA study: Legal betting taking business from illegal bookmakers
National (sports) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/3fOn5S8

Duel, DraftKings Get Temporary Sports Betting Permits In Illinois
Illinois (sports) - Chris Altruda, Sports Handle - https://bit.ly/3jt9KRh

Mohegan Sun Pocono stops alcohol sales on casino floor
Pennsylvania (Wilkes-Barre) - James Halpin, Morning Call - https://bit.ly/3eU0T7z

CFO: Some job cuts coming, but ‘bullish on Las Vegas’
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bryan Horwath, Las Vegas Sun - https://bit.ly/2WJcTCF

Stardust brand returns as free social casino mobile app
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2Bo8tKc

California visitor hits $873K jackpot at McCarran Airport
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Lukas Eggen, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/30EcUsM

Bally’s Grand Bazaar Shops already back in the swing of things
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Brock Radke, Las Vegas Sun - https://bit.ly/2CRNwYq

Cherokee, Chicksaw and Choctaw withdraw from agreement
Oklahoma (Indian Gaming) - Chris Casteel, Oklahoman - https://bit.ly/2ZORB8M

Osage Nation's Land-into-Trust Applications Approved
Oklahoma (Indian gaming) - Red Lake News - https://bit.ly/2ZPQzt8

Citizen Potawatomi Nation Requiring Face Masks
Oklahoma (Indian gaming) - Allison Herrera, KOSU - https://bit.ly/2WJwTFA

COVID-19 "cluster" identified at Harrah's Cherokee Casino
North Carolina (Indian gaming) - John Boyle, Asheville Citizen Times - https://bit.ly/3jsSyvj

San Carlos Tribe placing all positive patients in hotels
Arizona (Indian gaming) - Adam Waltz, KNXV - https://bit.ly/2WHwp2u

Pueblo Turns Former Casino into Film Production Space
New Mexico (Indian gaming) - Native Business - https://bit.ly/32KW6D8

OST President Bear Runner suspended for 30 days
South Dakota (Indian law) - Travis Dewes, Native Sun News Today - https://bit.ly/3hpCCbc

Heat Wave Claims Monday Racing at Delaware, Parx
East Regional (racing) - Thoroughbred Daily News - https://bit.ly/30x91WM

Tiz the Law Favored in KY Derby Future Wager Pool 6
Kentucky (racing) - Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/3jmUbux

Del Mar weekend cards jam-packed with races, stakes
California (racing) - Jay Privman, Daily Racing Form - https://bit.ly/2CC8Hhd

CHRB Approves Los Alamitos' Safety Plan
California (racing) - Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/2ZPpg2f

Saratoga opening week handle jumps 9.4%
New York (racing) - Horse Racing Nation - https://bit.ly/3eQ9t7w

Uncle Chuck gears up for Travers
New York (racing) - Daily Racing Form - https://bit.ly/3eR7Fey

Gluck Foundation to Develop Equine Biological Passport
National (racing) - Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/32LNmg3

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Todays Gaming-News NTG: 22/July/2020.

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Coronavirus vaccine testing set to begin in Las Vegas
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Sara MacNeil, Las Vegas Sun - An experimental COVID-19 vaccine that has reportedly shown the ability to spur an immune response will be tested in Las Vegas starting this month. Wake Research-Clinical Research Center of Nevada will be testing a vaccine developed by pharmaceutical company Moderna on 300-500 people in Las Vegas. The volunteers in Las Vegas, chosen for the study because it’s been a hot spot for the virus, will be among 30,000 people testing the Moderna vaccine in cities around the country. https://bit.ly/30EmQ5I

Sports betting supporters make final push for legalization
Massachusetts (sports) - Steph Solis, Republican - As lawmakers solicited ideas to accelerate the state’s economic recovery, a Boston Red Sox attorney made a push to get a sports betting legalization bill passed before the end of the legislative session this month. David Friedman, senior vice president of legal and government affairs for the Red Sox, told lawmakers that legalizing sports betting would provide at least a modest amount of relief to pro sports teams, casino operators and other companies hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. https://bit.ly/2CWRW0j

Osage Nation to build new casinos in Bartlesville, Pawhuska
Oklahoma (Indian gaming) - Randy Ellis, Oklahoman - The Osage Nation has finally received federal approval to put land into trust that will enable it to construct new tribal casinos in Bartlesville and Pawhuska. Near Bartlesville, the Osage Nation is planning to build a 57,400-square-foot casino and a hotel with 150 rooms…In Pawhuska, the plan is to move the existing Pawhuska Osage Casino. Eventually, the plan is to "replace it with a proposed casino and hotel project. https://bit.ly/2BpI6Dz

SkyCity gets $9.4m in further wage subsidies
Oceania (New Zealand) - Asia Gaming Brief - New Zealand’s SkyCity Entertainment Group has received a further $9.4 million (US$6.2 million) in wage subsidies to support employment during Covid-19, taking its total to $31 million…the company got $21.6 million when its workforce was 3,272 employees and has not received a further $9.4 million for its 2,219 workers…core gaming business doing relatively well, but the “employee-heavy areas of hotels, food and beverage, slower to pick up. https://bit.ly/32U9tRo

Las Vegas’ June unemployment rate falls as businesses reopen
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Eli Segall, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2OMOhVv

Circus Circus gives workers notice of layoffs
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/39mFQtc

Small crew removes scaffolding, shoring from MSG Sphere project
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2WMtlC8

Boutique hotel being built in Las Vegas’ Arts District
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Eli Segall, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2Bt5foO

The D’s Manneken Pis creates a ripple in new mask
Nevada (Las Vegas) - John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/3eUPGne

Eldorado is now Caesars as Reno history comes full circle
Nevada (Reno) - Jason Hidalgo, Reno Gazette Journal - https://bit.ly/2OLM5xs

Senate committee approves Atlantic City open container law
New Jersey (Atlantic City) - David Danzis, Press of Atlantic City - https://bit.ly/3eVQlVy

New owner plans to rename Isle of Capri, give it $61M makeover
Missouri (Kansas City) - Kevin Hardy, Kansas City Star - https://bit.ly/2CEuZio

Monarch Casino in Black Hawk is hiring hundreds of people
Colorado (Black Hawk) - Matt Renoux, KUSA - https://bit.ly/30JgFNT

Texas Lottery introduces new in-lane option
Texas (lottery) - Kate Northrop, Lottery Post - https://bit.ly/32Jxw5L

Oklahoma high court says governor overstepped his authority
Oklahoma (Indian gaming) - Sean Murphy, Associated Press - https://bit.ly/2OS4rwC

Protests Held Over Proposed Deal with Oklahoma AG
Oklahoma (Indian gaming) - Levi Rickert, Native News - https://bit.ly/2OM8Hhc

Agua Caliente pushes forward with construction, to hire 500
California (Indian gaming) - Amanda Ulrich, Desert Sun - https://bit.ly/3fSOsuk

Blue Lake Casino closed again after 4 days open
California (Indian gaming) - Shomik Mukherjee, Times-Standard - https://bit.ly/2OPkHi3

More Chumash employees test positive for COVID-19
California (Indian gaming) - KSBY - https://bit.ly/3eRFLz6

Wind River Hotel & Casino cancels re-opening
Wyoming (Indian gaming) - Brendan LaChance, Oil City News - https://bit.ly/2CY4Lr1

Baffert reloads with another big three for Derby
Kentucky (racing) - Ron Flatter, Horse Racing Nation - https://bit.ly/3hGvvvt

Mint Gaming Hall at Kentucky Downs to Open in September
Kentucky (racing) - Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/2ZT6JSF

Top Thoroughbred in doubt in this week’s NTRA Poll
National (racing) - Matt Shifman, Horse Racing Nation - https://bit.ly/3fV5xDS

No Spectators at Colonial Downs for Upcoming Meet
Virginia (racing) - Thoroughbred Daily News - https://bit.ly/3jrH4Im

Lone Star Approved for Two Additional Race Dates
Texas (racing) - Christine Oser, Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/2WNruNJ

Maximum Security Back in Action in San Diego Handicap
California (racing) - Byron King, Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/3eTngtW

Golly I'm Lucky in top form for Kembla Grange handicap
Australia (racing) - Steve Andersen, Daily Racing Form - https://bit.ly/2ZRWFcn

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Bally’s on Las Vegas Strip reopens
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - Caesars Entertainment Inc. is reopening its fifth Las Vegas hotel-casino Thursday. Bally’s is set to reopen at 10 a.m. This is the first Caesars Strip property to reopen since Eldorado Resorts Inc. completed acquisition of Caesars. Caesars Palace, the Flamingo, Harrah’s and Paris Las Vegas also have reopened. The Linq Hotel’s gaming floor also open. Planet Hollywood, The Cromwell and the Rio remain closed. https://bit.ly/2OSCwwH

Atlantic City's Borgata begins soft-opening Thursday
New Jersey (Atlantic City) - WTXF - The Borgata casino began their soft-opening Thursday as they hosted an invitation-only event. The Borgata is the last of Atlantic City's nine casinos to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic and is expected to open to the public on July 26. The top-performing casino in Atlantic City, the Borgata was the only one that did not to immediately reopen on July 2. https://bit.ly/32Sftdp

Casino, LVL closures end state Lottery's 17-year streak
West Virginia (results) - Phil Kabler, Gazette-Mail - With state casinos and Limited Video Lottery locations shut down for more than two months for the COVID-19 pandemic, a 17-year streak of state Lottery annual gross revenues topping $1 billion ended in June. Gross revenue for the 2019-20 budget year topped out at $955.7 million…June was an especially strong month for the Lottery, with gross revenue of $103.74 million up 10% from June 2019. https://bit.ly/3eRcuVa

Russia overhauls sports betting legislation
Europe (Russia/sports) - Asia Gaming Brief - Russia has approved legislation that will significantly overhaul its sports betting industry, imposing tax on bets placed on overseas events and extending financial obligations to all market participants. The new rules pose limits on the types of events that can be wagered on, limiting activity to those held by Russian national sports federations and professional sports leagues. https://bit.ly/2OUQk9O

Pandemic sends Las Vegas Sands to loss of nearly $1 billion
Global (results) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/30I3Cw2

Furloughs, credit line adjustments soften coronavirus blow for Monarch
National (results) - Matthew Crowley, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2E7rO39

No need for federal oversight, gaming’s chief lobbyist tells senators
National (sports) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/3fYrNN8

Las Vegas ‘in a very difficult place’ until air travel recovers
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bryan Horwath, Las Vegas Sun - https://bit.ly/3g10qlI

Wynn Resorts furloughing workers
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/30PAnaO

Las Vegas Strip magic show with tigers gets county OK
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Shea Johnson, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2ZXCk5O

Musk’s tweet sparks interest in LV underground people-mover
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/30IIaqH

Awful Awful burger ends as Reno’s Little Nugget closes
Nevada (Reno) - Johnathan L. Wright, Reno Gazette Journal - https://bit.ly/32RRiMc

West Springfield asks $200K in casino mitigation funds
Massachusetts (Springfield) - Jim Kinney, Republican - https://bit.ly/3eV4DFV

Tennessee’s Sept. 1 Sports Betting Launch Date Likely Delayed
Tennessee (sports) - Jill R. Dorson, Sports Handle - https://bit.ly/3jDtSQU

Native American casinos go smoke free after pandemic reopening
Iowa (Indian gaming) - Matt Kelley, Radio Iowa - https://bit.ly/2D1143S

Leaders break ground on new casino in Kings Mountain
North Carolina (Indian gaming) - Amanda Foster, WBTV - https://bit.ly/2WUsUpx

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino to reopen August 3
New York (racing) - WWNY - https://bit.ly/2OWsqe0

OSHA complaints against Emerald Queen Casino
Washington (Indian gaming) - Debbie Cockrell, News Tribune - https://bit.ly/3jAZINX

Governor Taps Commission on Path Forward after McGirt Decision
Oklahoma (Indian law) - Levi Rickert, Native News - https://bit.ly/2D11cAo

Jockeys return to Del Mar and so does racing
California (racing) - Steve Andersen, Daily Racing Form - https://bit.ly/2CNq2DY

Tom's d'Etat Tops First Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings
Kentucky (racing) - Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/39rBRMb

Art Collector confirmed for Ellis Park Derby
Kentucky (racing) - Marty McGee, Daily Racing Form - https://bit.ly/3eYX8Oe

Colonial Downs to Run Without Spectators This Summer
Virginia (racing) - Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/3jG2ou2

By My Standards to take on 'very strong field' in Whitney
New York (racing) - Carolyn Greer, Horse Racing Nation - https://bit.ly/3hCsfkF

New York Lawmakers Move Bills Forward to Protect OTTBs
New York (racing) - Tom Precious, Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/39n5BKa

California Chrome picks up first win as sire in Russia
Russia (racing) - Horse Racing Nation - https://bit.ly/30LqPNM

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Tropicana for sale on Las Vegas Strip
Nevada (Las Vega) - Eli Segall, Las Vegas Review-Journal - Las Vegas had a string of blockbuster casino deals the past few years as investors pumped billions into properties on or near the Strip. Now the Tropicana is up for grabs, in a business climate that was unthinkable not long ago. Tropicana landlord Gaming and Leisure Properties is looking to sell the 35-acre hotel-casino and rent it back or sell it outright, listing broker Michael Parks, of CBRE Group’s global gaming group, said Monday. https://bit.ly/307xanM

Icahn’s ownership stake in Caesars down to 2%
National (corporate) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - It appears corporate raider Carl Icahn has decided his work was done with Caesars Entertainment is done. The 84-year-old billionaire and activist investor sold the bulk of his stake in the newly reconfigured gaming company that he helped create. According to Stifel Financial gaming analyst Steven Wieczynski, Icahn reduced his ownership to less than 2%. Icahn acquired more than 17% of Caesars stock starting in late 2018 – and controlled up to 25% – in order to force a sale of the casino company to rival Eldorado Resorts. https://bit.ly/2X5ogVG

Gov. Kevin Stitt loses another tribal gaming lawsuit
Oklahoma (Indian gaming) - Randy Ellis, Oklahoman - A federal judge Tuesday handed Gov. Kevin Stitt another defeat in his effort to restructure Oklahoma's nearly three dozen tribal gaming compacts, ruling the compacts automatically renewed on Jan. 1. Stitt had argued that the 15-year compacts expired on that date, which would have made it illegal for tribes to continue offering Las Vegas-style Class III games unless they renegotiated new deals. Stitt wants the tribes to pay the state more in exclusivity fees. https://bit.ly/3gcbuw6

Emirates Loto pauses operations 3 months after launch
Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - iGaming Business - The recently launched Emirates Loto has paused its operations to undergo upgrades to its platform, just three months after its first official draw in April this year. The Loto is expected to return for Q4 2020, when it says it will be back “with a fun and exciting player experience”. Emirates Loto was the first fatwa-approved digital lottery to be launched in the United Arab Emirates. https://bit.ly/30SBIxq

Icahn representative Keith Cozza resigns from Caesars board
National (corporate) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/30ZzKeM

Analysts: Vegas needs to return to its ‘gambling roots’ to survive
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/3gcQlBZ

Nevada scraps phased reopening plan, unveils new approach
Nevada (COVID-19) - Sam Metz, Associated Press - https://bit.ly/3jRKG6M

Hotel room rates in Las Vegas low but still above US average
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/30XmWp7

CES cancels 2021 in-person Las Vegas show, moves online
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/3gcbKey

Circa Sports staring at $3.86M loss in NFL contests
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Todd Dewey, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/3hNXt8i

MGM Resorts to lay off majority of entertainment staff
Nevada (Las Vegas) - John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/3078jQO

Todd DeRemer new GM of Rail City Casino in Sparks
Nevada (Sparks) - Northern Nevada Business Weekly - https://bit.ly/30XmR4N

Relying on casino money has painful aftermath in Tiverton
Rhode Island (Tiverton) - Marcia Pobzeznik, Daily News - https://bit.ly/309CLtL

Rush Street to Go Public
National (sports/finance) - Matt Rybaltowski, Sports Handle - https://bit.ly/2DcJhH4

Hollywood says it probably can’t bring back hundreds of employees
West Virginia (Charles Town) - Brad McElhinny, Metro News - https://bit.ly/3gbAhAC

Akwesasne casino delays reopening
New York (Indian gaming) - WCAX - https://bit.ly/31cUOP9

Seneca postpones entertainment shows through October
New York (Indian gaming) - Frontier Publications - https://bit.ly/334ZvNf

Seven Clans Casino will be opening on Friday, July 31, 2020
Minnesota (Indian gaming) - Red Lake Nation News - https://bit.ly/2P8pgUF

Navajo Gaming lays off 900; more to come
Arizona (Indian gaming) - Donovan Quintero, Navajo Times - https://bit.ly/2BE8p99

For the Puyallup Tribe, Healing Is More Than Just Health Care
Washington (Indian gaming) - Andrew Ricci, Indian Business - https://bit.ly/3hJHc4r

Mashpee Wampanoag tribe gets backing from House bill
Massachusetts (Indian law/gaming) - Associated Press - https://bit.ly/335uUPH

Maximum Security back in top 5 of NTRA poll
National (racing) - Horse Racing Nation - https://bit.ly/3hMlGMh

NY Commission Again Punts on Whip Rule Reform
New York (racing) - T. D. Thornton, Thoroughbred Daily News - https://bit.ly/3jRcd8p

United Stays Perfect in 2020 With Eddie Read Win
California (racing) - Meredith Daugherty, Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/2Dbr90d

United likely to stay on turf for next start
California (racing) - Brad Free, Daily Racing Form - https://bit.ly/2P2ILOu

McKinzie headlines field of 10 set for Del Mar's Bing Crosby
California (racing) - Horse Racing Nation -https://bit.ly/312pP84

Keith Asmussen Notches First Career Victory as Jockey
Texas (racing) - Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/2X8K96H

Sunlight Tops Magic Millions Broodmare Sale Session
Australia (racing) - Tim Rowe, ANZ Bloodstock News - https://bit.ly/310H0a6

European Gaming-News: http://bit.ly/2T5abV9
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Todays Gaming-News NTG: 29/July/2020.

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June’s relaunch of gaming in Nevada reduces declines
Nevada (results) -Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - The relaunch of Nevada’s gaming industry on June 4th following a 78-day shutdown led to a 45.5% decline in gaming revenues for the month – a marked improvement considering statewide results fell 99.6% in April and 99.4% in May. Nevada casinos collected $566.8 million from gamblers during the 27 days casinos were open in June, compared to $1.04 billion a year ago. Las Vegas Strip casinos reported gaming revenues of $238.2 million, down 61.3%...Reno gaming revenues of $46.6 million was an 8.5% decrease over 2019. https://bit.ly/2EsPIq0

House passes growth bill with sports betting
Massachusetts (sports) - Steph Solis, Republican - The Massachusetts House passed a $459 million economic development bill Tuesday night that includes funding for nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic, local projects and language legalizing sports betting. https://bit.ly/2P5EJoy

DraftKings becomes PGA TOUR’s first “Official Betting Operator”
National (sports) - CDC Gaming Reports - The PGA Tour and DraftKings today announced an expansion of their multi-year content and marketing relationship that now designates DraftKings as the first “Official Betting Operator of the PGA Tour.” In July 2019, DraftKings became the Tour’s first “Official Daily Fantasy Game of the PGA Tour” as part of a multi-year, exclusive arrangement. https://bit.ly/3fdYBjV

Manitoba casinos re-open under Phase 4 protocols
Canada (Manitoba) - Malika Karim, Global News - Casinos in Manitoba have been given the green light to re-open under the province’s Phase 4 guidelines…South Beach Casino opened its doors to customers on July 25. “We’re operating at 30 per cent capacity, which is about 445 customers and employees at a time,” said Stephanie Thiessen, South Beach Casino’s director of marketing. “We have just over 460 machines operating.” https://bit.ly/3jWAsCf
Boyd’s Q2 results better than expected
National (results) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/33aWpri

Nevada files disciplinary complaints for COVID-19 violations
Nevada (regulation) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2XaH4mq

McCarran airport eclipses 1 million passenger mark in June
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/30d1pK7

Jon Gruden welcomed to Las Vegas with Shelby GT500
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2Dgrm2m

Former MGM exec: Expect an NBA team in Las Vegas
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bryan Horwath, Las Vegas Sun - https://bit.ly/2D2jS35

Tavern owners in Las Vegas try to hang on
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bryan Horwath, Las Vegas Sun - https://bit.ly/39EpAUR

Atlantic City gets $11.2 million for runway
New Jersey (Atlantic City) - Michelle Brunetti Post, Press of Atlantic City - https://bit.ly/3gkdWkA

Lawmakers consider online gaming as casino revenues sink
Maryland (legislation) - David Collins, WBAL - https://bit.ly/3fe7A4T

Panel chair exits choice on Pope County casino
Arkansas (expansion) - Bill Bowden, Democrat Gazette - https://bit.ly/3gdxjf5

Miami’s Magic City casino sues insurers over COVID-19 losses
Florida (Miami) - Jim Saunders, Miami Herald - https://bit.ly/3k1IWIn

Colorado Sees Sharp Uptick in Sports Betting Handle For June
Colorado (sports) - Chris Altruda, Sports Handle - https://bit.ly/2P9QpXn

Mohegan Sun gaming revenues were up 20%
Connecticut (Indian gaming/results) - Brian Hallenbeck, New London Day - https://bit.ly/3jRZ4vL

Foxwoods announces employee tests positive
Connecticut (Indian gaming) - Patrick Johnson, Republican - https://bit.ly/30akgp1

Northern Arapaho Tribe Finalizing Re-Opening Plans
Wyoming (Indian gaming) - Savannah Maher, Wyoming Public Media - https://bit.ly/3jTWdCC

Hundreds of people in line at job fair in Cathedral City
California (Indian gaming) - KESQ - https://bit.ly/39HLois

Native Nations Own Broadband Spectrum on Tribal Lands:
National (Indian law) - Native Business - https://bit.ly/3jWhUSo

Wisconsin's tribes have relatively low COVID-19 cases
Wisconsin (COVID-19) - Frank Vaisvilas, Press-Gazette - https://bit.ly/3geLL6u

Limited Owner Access for Racing Granted at Del Mar
California (racing) - Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/316dboy

Flourent Geroux back in the irons after COVID-19 diagnosis
Kentucky (racing) - Horse Racing Nation - https://bit.ly/2EwbOrH

Mountaineer Jockey Serrano Suspended After Drug Test
West Virginia (racing) - Byron King, Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/2X7612g

Cinco Charlie Gets First Winner at Belterra
Ohio (racing) - Thoroughbred Daily News - https://bit.ly/3hLrt4E

One-two finish in Bernard Baruch extends Maker's hot hand
New York (racing) - Mike Welsch, Daily Racing Form - https://bit.ly/2XcXDhJ

Midnight Bisou, Code of Honor lead graded stakes work
New York (racing) - Horse Racing Nation - https://bit.ly/30ZVwPv

Stradivarius Lands Historic Fourth Goodwood Cup
Qatar (racing) - Lewis Porteous/ Mark Storey, Racing Post - https://bit.ly/2XcEexn

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iGaming Daily News: http://bit.ly/31mqL5P
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Governor allows Detroit casinos to reopen
Michigan (reopening) - David Eggert, Associated Press - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday tightened pandemic restrictions in northern Michigan while letting Detroit’s three casinos reopen at limited capacity after four-plus months of being closed to curb the coronavirus. The new limits covering 32 northern counties match ones already in place in the rest of the state. The three casinos in Detroit can open Aug. 5. They will have to ban smoking and limit capacity to 15%. https://bit.ly/3k5yMXd

Casinos get good marks in reopening, ask for roulette, craps
Massachusetts (regulation) - Jim Kinney, Republican - Massachusetts’ three casinos have handled the first three weeks of their reopening from coronavirus shutdowns well, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission was told…said MGM has since expanded its offerings to 855 slots while still maintaining social distancing. Lillios also said that the two casinos with table games — Encore and MGM — have asked to restart roulette and craps games, which were not allowed at the reopening. https://bit.ly/30gvmsL

Navajo Nation leaders propose more relief
Arizona (Indian gaming) - Chelsea Curtis, Arizona Republic - Navajo Nation leaders on Thursday will continue discussions about proposed expenditure plans for the tribe's remaining federal COVID-19 aid, which could include allocating more than $20 million to its four casinos. This week, the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise laid off about 900 of its more than 1,000 employees. https://bit.ly/3fgVJ5Z

Scottish govt sets August date for casino reopening
Europe (UK) - iGaming Business - Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set a provisional date of 24 August for the country’s casinos and bingo halls to reopen. As the country continues to implement phase three of its four-stage post-lockdown easing of restrictions designed to limit the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), Sturgeon has set out a series of “indicative dates” for venues reopening. The indicative dates are not confirmed. https://bit.ly/3fbRubO

Churchill Downs posts mixed 2Q results
National (results) - Matthew Crowley, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/33jAdeF

No more ‘acting,’ Hornbuckle named permanent CEO of MGM Resorts
National (corporate) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2BM2kYt

Sports betting legislation halted despite high-powered backing
Massachusetts (sports) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2Xf5CLa

House wants report on possible third casino license
Massachusetts (expansion) - Colin A. Young, State House News Service - https://bit.ly/3fhJFkW

Another setback for casino amendment
Arkansas (expansion) - Max Brantley, Arkansas Times - https://bit.ly/2DjVJF8

Garth Brooks reschedules concert at Allegiant Stadium
Nevada (Las Vegas) - John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/3jVxcH3

Vegas Vickie’s, Legacy Lounge highlight Circa’s venues
Nevada (Las Vegas) - John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2Xhq4v7

Hotel-casinos paying rent on time, landlord Vici Properties says
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2Pgd8Ru

LV Sands to continue paying workers through at least Oct. 31
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2Pf1Wot

Atlantis to reopen its buffet with changes, first Reno casino
Nevada (Reno) - Johnathan L. Wright, Gazette Journal - https://bit.ly/3feJpTB

'Vote Yes for Bristol' group to advocate for proposed casino
Virginia (Indian gaming/expansion) - Tim Dodson, Herald Courier - https://bit.ly/2XbxIqz

Hard Rock International Honored by Forbes
National (Indian gaming) - PRNewswire - https://bit.ly/316jsRd

Esselen Tribe Purchases Ancestral Lands
California (Indian law) - Native Business - https://bit.ly/3jRW6HA

Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City under construction
California (Indian gaming) - Alex Groves, Press-Enterprise - https://bit.ly/30hP1IF

Navajo Nation Flattening of the Curve Continues:
Arizona/New Mexico (Indian Country) - Native News - https://bit.ly/3k8EQ14

Tom's d'Etat, Code of Honor set for Whitney
New York (racing) - Horse Racing Nation - https://bit.ly/3fggQ8C

Tom's d'Etat Retains Top Spot in BC Classic Rankings
Kentucky (racing) - Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/39NKBMH

Status of Dismissed Lawsuit to Block Lasix Ban in Flux
Kentucky (racing) - Eric Mitchell, Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/2PaSNwW

Honor A. P. puts owner Lee Searing in the spotlight
California (racing) - Jay Privman, Daily Racing Form - https://bit.ly/39NKGjt

Baffert: McKinzie to Scratch from Bing Crosby Stakes
California (racing) - Meredith Daugherty, Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/2CZvhkm

Oklahoma Derby headlines Remington Park stakes schedule
Oklahoma (racing) - Horse Racing nation - https://bit.ly/39IVVK5

Turf Paradise Reschedules Opening Day
Arizona (racing) Thoroughbred Daily News - https://bit.ly/2PbMJEB

Mohaather gains Breeders' Cup Mile berth with win
Qatar (racing) - Horse Racing Nation - https://bit.ly/3giU9Si

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iGaming Daily News: http://bit.ly/31mqL5P
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This Week in Gambling: Merger creates world's largest gambling company.

This Week in Gambling: Merger creates world's largest gambling company. https://bit.ly/2D8spkX

Following a year long process with regulators in different jurisdictions, the merger between Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts is finally complete.

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Todays Gaming-News NTG: 31/July/2020.

Asia Gaming Brief: https://bit.ly/30ivVC2

The United States Igaming Revenue Report — June 2020
National (results) - Deke Castleman, CDC Gaming Reports - In June, Pennsylvania Internet-casino revenues totaled $50 million, down 11% from May. Slot revenues were $36.8 million, down 5%, table-games decreased May to $10 million. Online poker accounted for $3.2 million in revenues…New Jersey’s igaming revenues dropped to $84.9 million from $85.9 million in May…revenue from sports betting: $12.6 million…Delaware’s igaming revenues of $965,000, down 13%. Total igaming revenue for June in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware was $136 million. https://bit.ly/2Dpq2u4

After 993 days of work, Allegiant Stadium is (mostly) done
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal - Nine-hundred-ninety-three days after ground was broken on what was then a 62-acre lot of dirt, the $2 billion Allegiant Stadium now holds its own on the Las Vegas skyline. Workers hit the long-targeted July 31 substantial completion date, marking the end of major construction on the 65,000-seat home of the Raiders and UNLV football. https://bit.ly/3162L8F

MGM Grand Detroit to reopen Aug. 7
Michigan (Detroit) - Detroit News - MGM Grand Detroit is expected to reopen with limits next week following months of being shut amid the COVID-19 pandemic, officials announced Thursday. The casino will reopen at 10 a.m. Aug. 7. An representatives said in a statement. The site's amenity offerings are expected to be limited and additional venues, including the hotel and spa, will open later. Capacity is capped at 15%, per state rules. https://bit.ly/39OyL4R

Boris Johnson delays reopening of casinos in England
Europe (UK) - Erin-Marie Gallagher, SBC News - Casinos in England are facing further delays in reopening their doors after Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that the government will ‘squeeze that brake pedal’ in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. A number of venues, including casinos, were due to reopen on 1 August as the country began to ease restrictions. However, following a spike in cases across Greater Manchester and other northern cities, the reopening of such venues is delayed ‘by at least a fortnight’. https://bit.ly/3k3wF6b

No surprise: With properties closed, MGM Resorts sees net loss in Q2
Global (results) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/30hmGCc

MGM plans to lay off sports and entertainment employees
Massachusetts (Springfield) - Steph Solis, Republican - https://bit.ly/3jXkpnL

VICI Properties collects all rents for Q2
National (results) - Matthew Crowley, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2Xil09C

LV Sands president says Las Vegas will see ‘more pain’
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Kevin Stankiewicz, CNBC - https://bit.ly/3fo5i30

Station Casinos poker rooms approved for 8-handed games
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Jim Barnes, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2DaMEhV

Investor in failed Las Vegas Strip project taking ownership
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Eli Segall, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/33hTQn1

38 acres of undeveloped land on Strip sells
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Caitlin Lily, KVVU - https://bit.ly/2PeZ76H

D Las Vegas pulls back on dress code banning some tattoos
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/30gvdVY

Casinos, businesses seek protection from coronavirus lawsuits
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bryan Horwath, Las Vegas Sun - https://bit.ly/3fdUqVq

Four Winds Sportsbook opens
Indiana/Michigan (Indian gaming/sports) - John Brokopp, Northwest Indiana Times - https://bit.ly/33i0Q3C

Elk Valley announces permanent closure of Tsunami Lanes
California (Indian gaming) - Triplicate - https://bit.ly/2CZVNdp

Quechan Casino reopens after more than four months
California (Indian gaming) - KYMA - https://bit.ly/3hYBSKI

Chippewa Downs salvages racing season amid COVID setbacks
North Dakota (Indian gaming/racing) - Faith Hatton, KFYR - https://bit.ly/3flxqnw

Legends Casino Hotel plans to reopen on Aug. 13
Washington (Indian gaming) - Yakima Herald-Republic - https://bit.ly/3hU2i03

Reinvesting in Itself: Snoqualmie Tribe
Washington (Indian gaming) - 425 Business - https://bit.ly/2Xlxrlg

Judge Hits Pause on Kiowa Tribe’s CARES Act Spending
Oklahoma (Indian law) - Lenzy Krehbiel Burton, Native News - https://bit.ly/39LPPbT

Hawthorne Wins Preliminary Approval for Casino
Illinois (racing/expansion) - Bob Kieckhefer, Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/2PeZgXN

Churchill Downs cuts off sales of Derby infield tickets
Kentucky (racing) - Horse Racing Nation - https://bit.ly/3gqBFj6

Negative COVID-19 Tests Required for Keeneland Sale
Kentucky (racing) - Meredith Daugherty, Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/3i1iWLl

Classic Winner War of Will to Claiborne Upon Retirement
Kentucky (racing) - Thoroughbred Daily News - https://bit.ly/2PhNoEq

Another First-Time Starter Winner for American Pharoah
New York (racing) - Thoroughbred Daily News - https://bit.ly/3giLP52

Del Mar Hikes Purses 10%, Strong Handle
California (racing) - Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/2DtdG3P

Golden Gate starts summer-fall season
California (racing) - Chuck Dybdal, Daily Racing Form - https://bit.ly/30nYRJf

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Todays Gaming-News NTG: 3/August/2020.

Todays Gaming-News NTG: 3/August/2020.

Asia Gaming Brief: https://bit.ly/2PkRjQW

IGT and FanDuel extend sports betting and igaming agreement
National (sports) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - International Game Technology and FanDuel Group announced an extension and enhancement Monday of the companies’ multi-year agreement covering sports betting and igaming in the U.S. According to the announcement, IGT PlaySports platform will be utilized by FanDuel retail sportsbooks in eight states and FanDuel agreed to offer IGT’s online casino games in the two states – New Jersey and Pennsylvania – where it currently operates, the agreement runs through September 2024…More than 200 IGT PlaySports self-service kiosks are currently located at FanDuel sportsbooks across the U.S. https://bit.ly/2DjeGYN

AC casinos seeing younger crowd
New Jersey (Atlantic City) - David Danzis, Press of Atlantic City - The casinos have successfully managed to bring a younger crowd to Atlantic City, particularly in the past decade, the shift has been amplified since the reopening…The presence of younger gamblers and the number of families staying at the hotels has increased at most of the city’s casinos since the industry was permitted to reopen July 2, several executives and employees said, while at the same time, many older players are staying away. https://bit.ly/3gtXu0X

EDC canceled for 2020, plans to return next May
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Max Michor, Las Vegas Review-Journal - The Electric Daisy Carnival won’t return to Las Vegas until May 2021, the electronic dance music festival’s founder announced Sunday. The festival will now take place between May 21-23 next year and will celebrate EDC’s 25th anniversary. https://bit.ly/3fsIyPt

Wynn Resorts closes Yokohama office
Asia (Japan) - Ben Blaschke, Inside Asian Gaming - Wynn Resorts has closed its Yokohama office in what could well be the latest withdrawal from the race to develop an integrated resort in Japan. The company, which had previously ended its pursuit of an IR in Osaka to focus its energies on Yokohama, issued a statement confirming it was reconsidering its global operational strategy and employing language that many may interpret as suggesting that Wynn Resorts will follow the lead of Las Vegas Sands in withdrawing from the Japanese market. https://bit.ly/2BWiFK3

Casinos reopening, fiscal moves boost Gaming and Leisure Properties
National (results) - Matthew Crowley, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2DcM2Zs

Detroit casinos may be reopening, but restrictions will drain city revenue
Michigan (Detroit) - Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press - https://bit.ly/30txm0J

Las Vegas Xpress train project plans for 2021 launch date
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/3iay21c

Las Vegas Strip workers want mandated testing
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/39TG6At

Senate passes public drinking law, awaits Murphy's OK
New Jersey (Atlantic City) - David Danzis, Press of Atlantic City - https://bit.ly/31i8BDV

Arkansas casino fight gets a special master
Arkansas (expansion) - Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette - https://bit.ly/2ERbmVd

Powerball jackpot for Wednesday rises to $147 million
National (lottery) - Magnolia Reporter - https://bit.ly/33rnFBK

Capital One Arena ready to take cash bets at box office
District of Columbia (sports) - David Purdum, ESPN - https://bit.ly/3hZEBU6

Golden Moon set to re-open this month
Mississippi (Indian gaming) - Neshoba Democrat - https://bit.ly/31dQbEi

Casino backers have started their push t
Virginia (Indian gaming/expansion) - Ryan Murphy, Virginian-Pilot - https://bit.ly/3iayhJE

COVID-19 forces temporary closure of Menominee casino
Wisconsin (Indian gaming) - Landen Moore, WLUK - https://bit.ly/2DC3shD

Oneida-Owned Bay Bank Plans Branch for Menominee
Wisconsin (Indian Country) - Native Business - https://bit.ly/2ETG7ch

Stitt loses leverage at gaming compact negotiating table
Oklahoma (Indian gaming) - Barbara Hoberock, Tulsa World - https://bit.ly/39TUad4

Oklahoma tribal members protest over state’s new jurisdiction agreement
Oklahoma (Indian law) - Michael Rogers, KXII - https://bit.ly/2Xuyu2l

TwinSpires revenue climbs
National (racing/online results) - Matt Stahl, Horse Racing Nation - https://bit.ly/2DhFkRG

Collusion Illusion Beats Older Rivals in Bing Crosby
California (racing) - Byron King, Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/2PqFmcG

Thousand Words upsets Honor A. P. in Shared Belief
California (racing) - Victor Ryan, Horse Racing Nation - https://bit.ly/2PpS9Mo

Whitney Day Generates Record All-Sources Handle
New York (racing) - Thoroughbred Daily News - https://bit.ly/2ERbEvh

Echo Town Turns Tables in H. Allen Jerkens Stakes
New York (racing) - Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/3ftpz7x

Cross Border Elevated to Victory in Bowling Green
New York (racing) - Blood-Horse News - https://bit.ly/3idjGNz

Dubai Tycoon projects for winning trip in Forbes Cup
Australia (racing) - Steve Andersen, Daily Racing Form - https://bit.ly/2DAPvR6

European Gaming-News: http://bit.ly/2T5abV9
iGaming Daily News: http://bit.ly/31mqL5P
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APCW Perspectives: The other shoe drops for GVC Holdings.

APCW Perspectives: The other shoe drops for GVC Holdings.

After reporting an 11% drop in revenue for the first half of this year, GVC Holdings Chief Executive Kenny Alexander suddenly stepped down. But was a dip in profits really the reason for his exit? We're also covering news from America and the UKGC

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Todays Gaming-News NTG: 5/August/2020.

Todays Gaming-News NTG: 5/August/2020.

Asia Gaming Brief: https://bit.ly/3a0oCT3

Detroit Casinos Plan Reopening with Limited Capacity
Michigan (reopening) - Bria Brown, WWJ - Detroit casinos are preparing to open their doors again. Casinos will be limited to 15 percent capacity. Greektown and Motor City Casino open Wednesday. Followed by MGM Grand Detroit on Friday. https://bit.ly/3fBZeEd

Relief bills for Atlantic City casinos stalled
New Jersey (Atlantic City) - David Danzis, Press of Atlantic City - Two emergency casino relief bills introduced by state lawmakers during the peak of the novel coronavirus outbreak have not moved in weeks as South Jersey's largest economic engine totters under the weight of onerous restrictions and consumer health concerns…even as lawmakers in Trenton have expedited and prioritized other COVID-related relief measures, the casino bills have stalled. https://bit.ly/3iixWVk

Senators advance bill to shield businesses from COVID-19 liability
Nevada (legislation) - John Sadler, Las Vegas Sun - State senators, by an overwhelming majority, early this morning advanced legislation that would extend COVID-19 liability protections to Nevada businesses, nonprofits, schools and governmental agencies while also outlining several measures intended to protect hospitality workers…now advances to the Senate floor for final action as lawmakers continue to meet in special session. https://bit.ly/31qecbl

Wirecard processed payments for mafia-linked casino
Europe (Italy/Malta) - Miles Johnson/ Dan McCrum, Financial Times - Wirecard processed payments for a Maltese online casino that was later revealed to have laundered money for a powerful arm of the ’Ndrangheta, one of Europe’s most dangerous mafia organizations…up to 2017, Wirecard processed payments for CenturionBet, a Malta-based gaming company that was later judged by Italian courts to have been used by organized criminals to move cash out of the country in a sophisticated money laundering operation. https://bit.ly/2XBcgM3

IGT focusing on cost savings
National (results) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/3gzxjWX

Longtime executive, State Rep. Randy Fine hospitalized with COVID-19
Florida (COVID-19) - CDC Gaming Reports/ Florida Today - https://bit.ly/2DBESxA

Nevada governor: Bar top slot machines to remain closed
Nevada (Las Vegas/Reno) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/3ig5Cmq

Las Vegas bars removing, relocating gaming machines
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Al Mancini, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/33CQ9bR

No fans at Allegiant Stadium for maiden season
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Ray Brewer, Las Vegas Sun - https://bit.ly/2XuMsBh

M Resort in Henderson will lay off 300 employees
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bryan Horwath, Las Vegas Sun - https://bit.ly/30yAlF5

Fremont Street Experience hiring at least 8 positions
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/3ideBEP

Downtown Grand’s Gallery Tower accepting reservations in September
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/3a6ecRF

Station Casinos reopens 3 poker rooms with 8-handed play
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Las Vegas Sun - https://bit.ly/3kdrgcN

William Hill launches first sportsbook in Illinois at Grand Victoria
Illinois (sports) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2DAewMp

BetMGM signs with PGA TOUR as an Official Betting Operator
National (sports) - CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2C32PNN

Virginia Lottery releases new Keno game
Virginia (lottery) - Kate Northrop, Lottery Post - https://bit.ly/3a05JPU

Wisconsin lottery sales jump during pandemic
Wisconsin (lottery) - Steven Walters, Gazette Xtra - https://bit.ly/31xdDg6

Employees at two Ho-Chunk casinos test positive for COVID-19
Wisconsin (Indian gaming) - WKOW - https://bit.ly/3fEe6BP

First phase of local casino project could cost $100M
North Carolina (Indian gaming) - Charlotte Business Journal - https://bit.ly/3kjblJM

Red Lake Casino reopens for business
Minnesota (Indian gaming) - Red Lake Nation News - https://bit.ly/2ERKK6o

Bok Homa To Open Friday
Mississippi (Indian gaming) - Laurel Leader Call - https://bit.ly/2Px07Di

First Tribally Affiliated Medical School Inaugural Class
Oklahoma (Indian Country) - Native Business - https://bit.ly/3igmo4C

Churchill May Require Jockeys to be in Kentucky by Aug. 24
Kentucky (racing) - Bill Finley, Thoroughbred Daily News - https://bit.ly/2DFo4po

Max Player breezes for Travers at Belmont Park
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Del Mar adds another race date to summer meet
California (racing) - Horse Racing Nation - https://bit.ly/33wkGIo

Fighting Mad Wires Clement L. Hirsch Stakes
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Thousand Words, Honor A. P. headed to Kentucky Derby
California (racing) - Jay Privman, Daily Racing Form - https://bit.ly/2Xybrn8

Chapman Enters Three in Wide Open Sorrento
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Several cities all across America were contacted by the Coronavirus Task Force over concerns they were not addressing the outbreak aggressively enough.

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GVC Holdings has a new Chief Executive, following months of falling profits and criminal investigations. Plus, there are virtual conferences coming up, and virtual magazine being distributed.

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Indiana casino, sports wagering revenue nearly back
Indiana (results) - Dan Carden, Northwest Indiana Times - Gambling in the Hoosier State is roaring back following an unprecedented three-month casino shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic…$175.8 million in statewide casino win was just was $10.1 million below for July 2019. The $30.5 million in July win at the Horseshoe once again led all 13 state-regulated casinos, and was just $2 million less… $70.9 million wagered on sports, win was $6.6 million. https://bit.ly/33Rp4lt

Shutdown of casinos caused lost tax revenue, analysis finds
Pennsylvania (report) - Dave Lemery, Center Square - Like many sectors of the economy, Pennsylvania’s casinos took a massive hit when they were forced to close in the effort to fight the spread of coronavirus. The Allegheny Institute, in an analysis by research assistant Hannah Bowser and Executive Director Frank Gamrat, sought to quantify those losses. They calculated that from March to June, casinos in Pennsylvania missed out on $968.8 million in revenue – which, in turn, meant a loss of $424.2 million in tax revenue. https://bit.ly/3fRVkHg

Caesars' 'The Glory of Rome' riverboat casino departs
Indiana (Elizabeth) - WDRB - A longtime staple of southern Indiana for more than 20 years unmoored and began its long journey to its new home Tuesday morning. The Glory of Rome, Caesars' riverboat casino has been purchased by Caribe Ventures, based in Orange Beach, Alabama. The Glory of Rome opened in 1998 and is the largest riverboat in the U.S. It closed in December 2019 to make way for Caesars Southern Indiana, a $90 million, 110,000 square foot casino that opened in December. https://bit.ly/2Fi4Ve6

Ukraine gambling bill enacted by President Zelensky
Europe (Ukraine) - Ted Menmuir, SBC News - Ukraine’s regulated gambling marketplace developments remain on track for 2020 after President Volodymyr Zelensky formally signed the ascension of Bill-2285D, following July’s legislative approval by the Verkhovna Rada. Bill-2285D maintains the Rada-approved legislative framework and guidelines forming the ‘Ukraine Gambling Law’, a mandate which will overturn Ukraine’s 11-year prohibition of all forms of gambling except for lotteries. https://bit.ly/2DYeKNo

Online sports betting, digital gaming drives stock purchase
National (corporate) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2DBR55T

New look Twin River, says preliminary July results were ‘strong’
National (results) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/3gLTFEy

Caesars switches accountants as part of acquisition by Eldorado
National (corporate) - Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/31Iw1m1

Orleans, South Point poker rooms go 8-handed
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Jim Barnes, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2DBR7ux

McCarran airport no longer using WeChat app
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/33RpisP

A longtime Las Vegan aims to revitalize Showboat land
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bryan Horwath, Las Vegas Sun - https://bit.ly/2DJwdte

HyperX Esports resumes booking in-person LV events
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Mike Shoro, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/3fRVRce

Grand Sierra facing disciplinary action for violating COVID-19 guidelines
Nevada (Reno) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2XU6dCk

Virginia Proposed Phase 2 Sports Betting Regulations
Virginia (sports) - Jill R. Dorson, Sports Handle - https://bit.ly/3kDUBxi

New Pritzker order leaves Illinois sports betting at risk
Illinois (sports) - Matthew Waters, Legal Sports Report - https://bit.ly/3fYobtT

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Caesars launches casino referendum campaign in Danville
Virginia (expansion) - John Crane, Danville Register & Bee - Caesars Entertainment, which hopes to build and operate a $400 million casino resort at Schoolfield, has officially launched its “Caesars for Danville” referendum campaign…The company has plans to build a facility with 500 hotel rooms, a 35,000-square-foot conference center, a 2,500-seat live entertainment venue, restaurants and bars, 2,000 slot machines, 75 table games, 16 poker tables and a sportsbook to wager on various sports competitions. https://bit.ly/2POVAwb

Sisolak signs business liability and worker protection bill
Nevada (legislation) - Sam Metz, Associated Press - Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation Tuesday expanding workplace safety protections for hotel and casino employees and shielding businesses that follow health directives from coronavirus-related lawsuits…The law grants legal immunity to most businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies as long as they follow health standards set by local, state and federal authorities and don’t exhibit “gross negligence.” https://bit.ly/3kOGvcz

New Hampshire unveils state’s first retail sportsbook
New Hampshire (sports) - CDC Gaming Reports/ Associated Press - The first sports betting retail location is opening in New Hampshire, a little over a year since Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill legalizing betting on professional and college sports in the state. DraftKings, The Brook and the New Hampshire Lottery announced the opening of the DraftKings Sportsbook, located at The Brook. https://bit.ly/2DOk7za

Colombian Health Ministry approves casino reopening plans
Americas (Columbia) - iGaming Business - Colombia’s Ministry of Health has approved a plan to allow casinos and bingo halls in the jurisdiction to begin reopening. Under the greenlit plans, physical barriers must be used to separate players at slot machines, with all devices to be disinfected after use. The consumption of food and alcoholic beverages will also be prohibited. This may see some of the nation’s 2,765 gaming venues begin to reopen across 417 municipalities. https://bit.ly/3al3NSi

Dover Downs reports multimillion-dollar loss through end of June
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Gov. Murphy silent on demand for guests' temperature taking
New Jersey (Atlantic City) - David Danzis, Press of Atlantic City - https://bit.ly/31OjKwn

Monorail acquisition could come by Sept. 1, official says
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2FnoRfF

Convention center set to finish in December despite CES cancellation
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2XZdD7w

Cameras assist in COVID-19 contact tracing for workers at Westgate
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bryan Horwath, Las Vegas Sun - https://bit.ly/3atrzLZ

Sportsbooks face $50M hit if college football canceled
Nevada (sports) - Todd Dewey, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/30UIUdD

Sports betting won’t go bust if college football is cancelled
National (sports) - Patrick Everson, Covers - https://bit.ly/31SVvNA

Was Kambia too soft on DraftKings migration deal
National (sports) - Brad Allen, Legal Sports Report - https://bit.ly/2DIIVZw

Massachusetts to consider return of roulette, craps
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NJ casinos, tracks win $264M in July after virus reopening
“Visitors are again enjoying the playground by the sea that is Atlantic City.”
New Jersey (results) - Wayne Parry, Associated Press - New Jersey’s casinos and horse tracks won $264.5 million in July, down nearly 21%…Internet gambling revenue more than doubled to $87.4 million, and sports betting revenue was $29.5 million, up 65%. Just two of the nine casinos won more in July than they did a year ago. The Ocean Casino Resort won $26.2 million, up 30.3%, and the Golden Nugget won $40.3 million, up nearly 17%. Hard Rock won over $31 million, down nearly 24%. https://bit.ly/2PTiSkB

Churchill Downs will allow 23,000 fans at Kentucky Derby
Kentucky (racing) - Jason Frakes, Louisville Courier Journal - Churchill Downs officials announced an operations plan that will limit attendance for the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby to less than 23,000 guests. The plan includes no general admission, and the infield will be closed. Pre-purchased general admission tickets will be refunded. Reserved seating will be limited to a maximum of 40% occupancy. Standing-room-only tickets have been eliminated. https://bit.ly/30TW2Q6

Gaming Commission won’t allow roulette, craps
Massachusetts (regulation) - Peter Goonan, Republican - The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, citing concerns about a recent trend of increased coronavirus cases in the state, decided Thursday to reject a request by casinos to restore roulette and craps to their gaming options. Commission members said they are very pleased with staff reports that MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park are complying with the commission’s guidelines for COVID-19 safety precautions, but do not believe adding to the games is prudent at this time. https://bit.ly/3ap0TvT

G2E Asia cancels 2020 events in Macau, Philippines
Asia (G2E) - Ben Blaschke, Inside Asian Gaming - Organizers Reed Exhibitions and the American Gaming Association have announced the cancellation of both G2E Asia and G2E Asia @ the Philippines due to ongoing global travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19. Originally scheduled to be held in May, G2E Asia at The Venetian Macao had already been postponed twice – first until July then again to December – while G2E Asia @ the Philippines was due to be held on 3 and 4 November. https://bit.ly/3iHnOW4

William Hill’s Strip sportsbook presence grows
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2Y4Dwmu

Kerkorian estate donates $2 million to MGM employee fund
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/3kKe7bc

12 major Las Vegas hotel-casinos remain dark indefinitely
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2DSvPc5

Reno City Council Approves Plan for Verdi Crossing Casino
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Planning Commission approves plan for gambling complex
Virginia (expansion) - Brett Hall, WAVY - https://bit.ly/3iI3cx6

Sports betting Simplebet launches with all-star investor lineup
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Will Deion Sanders Succeed At Barstool Sports?
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Sports Illustrated owner gears up for deal with sports betting company
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Sports betting in the age of coronavirus
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Arkansas lottery revenue for July up by $8.5M over last year
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After a lazy week of gambling news things get back to normal. We're covering stories from the United Kingdom, where William Hill is reducing its presence. And from the United States, where William Hill is expanding its presence. We also discuss industry events and over regulation.

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This Week in Gambling: The good and bad gambling news.

Nevada Governor Sisolak extended several COVID-19 related emergency directives last week, including limits on the size of public gatherings and a half-capacity restriction on indoor business occupancy.

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Illinois casinos take in $82.6 million in July
Illinois (results) - Mitchell Armentrout, Sun-Times - Illinois’ 10 casinos are limited to half capacity in the age of COVID-19, but they still raked in about three-quarters of the cash they did for a comparable period last year, before the virus slashed admissions…The casinos racked up about $82.6 million as people made more than 483,000 trips through their turnstiles. That’s down about 29% compared to July 2019, when the house won about $115.8 million with almost double the admissions: about 931,000…the 35,680 slot machines that are installed at 7,137 establishments outside casinos won $166.1 million..$133.4 million in July 2019. https://bit.ly/2Ysh2vZ

Nevada regulators OK taverns use of stand-along slots
Nevada (slots/regulation) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - Nevada gaming regulators have formally allowed tavern and bar operators to utilize stand-alone slot machines, although the governor’s directive that closed bar top areas in the state’s largest counties remains in effect. In a notice posted Friday afternoon, the Gaming Control Board said restricted gaming operators – locations with 15 or fewer slot machines – can have stand-alone slot machines that touch the bar top areas, in order to connect with the location’s slot management system. https://bit.ly/34d821c

Casino workers to hold rally, urge Cuomo to reopen gaming
New York (reopening) - Robert Harding, Citizen - New York casino employees will head to Albany this week with a message for Gov. Andrew Cuomo: We need to work. A rally is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday outside of the state Capitol. It is being organized by three casino employees…The trio, along with approximately 5,200 casino employees in New York, has been out of work since Cuomo directed casinos to close in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. https://bit.ly/3haBLvA

Football's return releases pent-up GB betting demand in June
Europe (UK) - iGaming Business - The return of major football leagues and competitions in June led to a significant increase in sports betting revenue. Gross gaming yield (GGY, stakes minus payouts) for the vertical totaled £217.5m (€241.3m/$285.1m) in June, up 115% from May. The amount of bets placed also jumped 146% month-on-month to 255.5m, while the number of active players for the vertical was up 81%. https://bit.ly/3hamBGv

Wynn Las Vegas closes ‘Le Rêve’ for good
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Brock Radke, Las Vegas Sun - https://bit.ly/3g9izNj

Food service vendor at airport to lay off 940 employees
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Associated Press - https://bit.ly/3gb4xuy

Eldorado in Henderson requests non-operational gaming license
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Elaine Emerson, KVVU - https://bit.ly/2CC5FK5

Work resumes at MSG Sphere site on Strip
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bryan Horwath, Las Vegas Sun - https://bit.ly/3aBcAjm

Casinos await punishment for coronavirus violations
Nevada (regulation) - Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/3h6rUH7

Live! Casino Pittsburgh is expected to open by the end of the year
Pennsylvania (expansion) - Daniel Urie, Patriot-News - https://bit.ly/2CAxORC

DraftKings Stock Dips on Mixed Bag of Q2 Result
National (sports/results) - Brad Allen, Legal Sports Report - https://bit.ly/3l5akFQ

WSGC To Ask for Forgiveness on Sports Betting Loan
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This Week in Gambling: News from the Las Vegas Strip to Fremont Street.

It's another week of gambling news. This time, we have several stories about Vegas casino news to share from the Palms to Texas Station. Plus, a delayed Vegas casino reopening and a story from the new "adults only" casino opening on Fremont Street later this year.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board is to fine a Vegas casino. The Sahara Las Vegas was found to have four breaches of emergency health and safety guidelines issued because of the novel Coronavirus outbreak.

In early June 2020, the Board received a complaint that the Sahara, operated by the Muruelo Group, had been allowing more players on the slot floor than permitted in the state’s policies for reopening after closures that lasted from mid-March.

Following this, the Board witnessed three instances of customers at tables or machines where they were not playing and one meeting that exceeded the limit on meeting sizes.

Also, Vegas casino news from the Tropicana, where a scheduled reopen may be delayed. The CEO of Tropicana’s parent company on Thursday hinted that the Las Vegas resort might not open as planned on September 1st saying that there’s a possibility the opening of the property could be delayed based on market conditions.

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AC casino employment down 15% in July
New Jersey (Atlantic City) - David Danzis, Press of Atlantic City - Employment across the city's nine casinos was down more than 15% last month, representing yet another reminder of the novel coronavirus' negative impact on the industry and regional economy. Atlantic City casinos employed 4,261 fewer people in July 2020 compared to the same month last year. The 24,880 reported jobs "include a significant number of individuals on furlough due to COVID-19," according to the DGE. https://bit.ly/34iAEGf

Danville OKs new casino partnership
Illinois (expansion) - Jennifer Bailey, Commercial-News - The Danville City Council Tuesday night approved a new casino operating partner, new casino site and new concept plans to present as part of new application to the Illinois Gaming Board. Danville Development LLC which is the Wilmot family with Wilmorite Construction…Construction on Phase 1 could start in spring 2021 and be completed by the end of 2021. It would include 500 slot machines and 10 gaming tables…the investment would be around $100 million. https://bit.ly/2Ekb1u0

With no purse money from casino, Vernon Downs closing
“The purses for horse racing come from the slot machines. So, there is no purse money.”
New York (slots/racing) - WKTV - With Vernon Downs casino still closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, owner Jeff Gural says there isn’t enough purse money to keep the racetracks open. Without money coming from the casinos, Gural says Vernon’s track, as well as the one at Tioga Downs in Nichols, will close mid-September. https://bit.ly/2EofWKw

Crown Sydney on track for Dec. opening
Oceania (Australia) - Asia Gaming Brief - Crown Resorts said its new luxury resort in Sydney is still on track to open in December this year, despite the challenges posed by Covid-19. In its annual results announcement, the Australian operator said more than 1,300 workers are currently on the Barangaroo site to complete the project, which involves a 275-meter tower. Recruitment activities are underway for the 2,000 staff expected to be employed at the VIP-only property. The company has so far invested $1.7 billion. https://bit.ly/3aEhb4c

Wynn: Strained U.S.-Chinese relations could pose a risk
Global (corporate) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2QgtmdT

Tavern operators ponder next move in effort to restore bar top slots
Nevada (litigation) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2FI8zOD

Pandemic has slowed, not stopped, downtown progress
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2YkVLEd

Showboat waterpark plan in Atlantic City clears first hurdle
New Jersey (Atlantic City) - David Danzis, Press of Atlantic City - https://bit.ly/34gijtv

The slow dismantling of the old Trump Plaza City has begun
New Jersey (Atlantic City) - Amy Rosenberg, Inquirer - https://bit.ly/2COJVe8

Cripple Creek/Victor area maintaining coronavirus-free track record
Colorado (Cripple Creek) - Mountain Jackpot - https://bit.ly/2CITtXU

Hundreds of furloughs become permanent at West Virginia casino
West Virginia (Charles Town) - Associated Press - https://bit.ly/34ksWLU

Committee to study Coin Operated Amusement Machines
Georgia (slots) - Teresa Whitaker, WRBL-TV - https://bit.ly/31e00U7

Tennessee Sports Betting’s New Live Date: Nov. 1
Tennessee (sports) - Jill R. Dorson, Sports Handle - https://bit.ly/3hi8oas

"Lottery Lawyer" charged with robbing winners of millions
National (lottery) - Kate Northrop, Lottery Post - https://bit.ly/326DlZ6

Indiana Lottery sees slight dip amid coronavirus turmoil
Indiana (lottery) - Tom Davies, Associated Press - https://bit.ly/31d7ZAt

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The U. S. Igaming Revenue Report - July 2020
National (igaming results) - Deke Castleman, CDC Gaming Reports - Even with all of Pennsylvania’s brick-and-mortar casinos open in July, online casino and poker revenue for the month totaled $54.4 million. Online gambling in New Jersey set a new record by bringing in $87.5 million in July…Delaware’s online-gambling posted revenues of $705,533 in July, a drop of 27% from June’s $964,607…Igaming in West Virginia launched on July 15, recorded a handle of $37.2 million and revenue of $824,639….Total igaming revenue for July 2020 in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware added up to $142.6 million. https://bit.ly/3aJxNYl

Vegas-area bars might open again midnight Thursday
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Associated Press - Las Vegas bars and taverns might be allowed to reopen Thursday at midnight, even though a Nevada judge decided not to force Gov. Steve Sisolak to lift a coronavirus closure order, an attorney who sued the state said Tuesday. Attorney Dennis Kennedy pointed to a directive the governor issued last Friday that would allow an earlier closure order to expire unless a coronavirus task force extends the restrictions based on its assessment of Clark County’s case load. The task force meets Thursday, just hours before restrictions would expire. https://bit.ly/3aIfK4M

Tennessee sports betting to start by Nov. 1
Tennessee (sports) - Associated Press - The Tennessee Lottery’s leader expects the state’s first sportsbooks under its online-only sports betting law to go live no later than Nov. 1. Lottery President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove said four operators have submitted completed applications to date. She said their financial info has been sent to a third-party vendor and she hopes background checks will be completed by middle September. “At this point, I’m pleased to tell you we’ll start no later than Nov. 1, and potentially a week or two ahead of that if we can get all of the background checks back from the folks who have them,” Hargrove said. https://bit.ly/3hw7wzr

Re-opening of Scottish casinos on August 24
Europe (UK) - Lewis, G3 Newswire - The Betting and Gaming Council has welcomed confirmation that Scottish casinos will re-open their doors on 24 August. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement as she outlined further easing of the Covid-19 lockdown in Scotland. Casinos in Scotland have been closed since March as part of the national effort to slow down the spread of the virus. https://bit.ly/2Qrl2Zf

Barstool founder’s claim of coronavirus causes dip in Penn’s stock
National (corporate) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2Eo98fS

IGT’s sports betting technology to be utilized by Boyd
Nevada (sports) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/32hUNtu

Casino revenues won’t rebound till spring, exec predicts
New Jersey (Atlantic City) - Mark Gruetze, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2QapnQa

Las Vegas preparing for Labor Day boost
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/34sOc1Y

Cirque has new owners, same COVID challenges
Global (corporate) - John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/3hk6pT0

Las Vegas hotel-casinos offer midweek deals to attract visitors
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/3aJxZqx

Union claims casino employees aren’t following mask policies
Mississippi (Biloxi) - WLOX - https://bit.ly/2CR1ABS

Oak Grove set to open gaming operations Sept. 18
Kentucky (expansion/slots) - Kentucky New Era - https://bit.ly/2YnrPHM

Fanduel Sportsbook to go live in Illinois with Par-A-Dice casino
Illinois (sports) - Jill R. Dorson, Sports Handle - https://bit.ly/34rS9Et

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What Coast casinos are doing during the pandemic
Mississippi (results) - Mary Perez, Sun-Herald - The 12 Coast casinos were closed for most of two months during the coronavirus shutdown, and after reopening May 21, Mississippi reports revenue is down — but not by much. There are fewer people coming to the casinos, and a higher percentage of them are from Mississippi. The costal casinos reported $115.8 million, down from $117.4 million in 2019. July 2020 saw 1,045,000 visitors to costal casinos, with 41% of visitors from Mississippi; July 2019 had 1,561,000 visitors, with 34% of them from Mississippi [Mississippi total casino revenue for July was $195.0 million, up 5.0% from July 2019. Sports win was $1.3 million on a handle of $7.9 million; the handle in 2019 was $13.8 million.] https://bit.ly/34kF2EV

Eagle Mountain Casino Reopens Friday at noon
California (Indian gaming) - Recorder - The Tule River Tribal Council and Eagle Mountain Casino Management have been closely monitoring COVID 19 cases in Tulare County and the state. In a meeting this week, Tribal Council has approved to reopen the casino doors on August 21st. Eagle Mountain Casino table games and slot machines begin at noon on Friday August 21st. https://bit.ly/3l5Engu

Gaming and Leisure to move Baton Rouge casino on land
Louisiana (Baton Rouge) - Evan Jones, Reading Eagle - Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. said Friday that its Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge facility received approval from the Louisiana Gaming and Control Board to move its gaming operations to a new landside facility…it expects to complete the $21-$25 million project in early 2022 and believes the change to a landside facility will bring significant economic benefits to downtown Baton Rouge. https://bit.ly/2YppfRf

BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban
Europe (UK) - Erin-Marie Gallagher, SBC News - The Betting and Gaming Council has praised the ‘success of the whistle to whistle ban’ after data has shown a significant reduction in the number of TV gambling ads seen by children. Research carried out by Enders Analysis found that during the whistle to whistle period, the number of betting ads seen by children fell by 97%. https://bit.ly/34smaDV

Golden Nugget Online Gaming reports a record second quarter
National (results) - CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/329zBFW

MGM appoints Barry Diller to company’s board
National (corporate) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2Eg4EYU

Maddox gives back his stock to reward key employees
National (corporate) - Howard Stutz, CDC Gaming Reports - https://bit.ly/2YqH0jh

Wynn employees to receive stock in move to keep workers
Global (corporate) - Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/3laKUGQ

Las Vegas landmark Piero’s sets reopening date
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Al Mancini, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/3ljr8ZQ

Virgin-branded hotel in Las Vegas reconsidering fall opening date
Nevada (Las Vegas) - Eli Segall, Las Vegas Review-Journal - https://bit.ly/2EoJUOk

Vegas/Reno bars won't be opening for at least two weeks
Nevada (Las Vegas/Reno) - Ed Komenda, Reno Gazette Journal - https://bit.ly/3gmoSNI

Live entertainment returning to Atlantic City casinos: Mr. A.C. Casino
New Jersey (Atlantic City) - Darryl McEwen, Press of Atlantic City - https://bit.ly/2E7HnbH

Indiana sports betting surged 138% in July
Indiana (sports) - Steve Watkins, Cincinnati Business Courier - https://bit.ly/2EkoLFc

Hollywood Casino opens sportsbooks at Aurora and Joliet
Illinois (sports) - Chris Altruda, Sports Handle - https://bit.ly/3hkufON

Twin River moving forward with expansion
Rhode Island (Lincoln) - Nicole Dotzenrod, Valley Breeze - https://bit.ly/3gmR03h

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