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GMA quoted on Casino.org

Nevada Casinos Remain Shuttered More Than a Year After Pandemic Began

by Larry Henry

Some Nevada casinos have not reopened since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic last year.

In Southern Nevada, the casinos that have remained closed for more than a year include one in downtown Las Vegas and others across the Las Vegas Valley, according to a statewide analysis by the Las Vegas Review Journal.  No major resorts on the Strip are closed.

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GMA quoted in CDC Gaming Reports

Resorts World Las Vegas puts exclamation point on recovery of leisure travel

by Buck Wargo

The Strip’s weekend hotel-room occupancy has already recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic and the opening of Resorts World Las Vegas on June 24th is expected to put an exclamation point on it, according to a Wall Street analyst.

Excitement is growing about the debut of Malaysia-Based Genting Group’s $4.3 billion resort on the site of the former Stardust, which was demolished in 2007 by previous owner Boyd Gaming.  It’s expected to continue the transformation of the north end of the Strip and bring more visitors and development to the corridor.

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GMA quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Some Nevada casinos still closed, some may never reopen

by Dylan Svoboda

Despite the state’s full reopening on June 1, several Nevada casinos remain closed.  Some won’t reopen for at least another year.  Others have closed their doors for good.

As of June 1, Gov. Steve Sisolak gave Nevada the green light to remove capacity limits and social distancing requirements.  Las Vegas casinos had been operating under capacity restrictions since reopening last summer.  But even as masks come off, doctors administer hundreds more vaccines a day and tourists come from across the world, some gaming houses are still getting their bearings.

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GMA quoted in the Omaha World-Herald

Group behind proposed casino at Omaha’s Horsemen’s Park seeks $17.5 million in TIF

by Reece Ristau

Developers behind a plan to transform Omaha’s Horsemen’s Park into one of Nebraska’s first casinos are counting on the city to pony up $17.5 million in tax incentives to bring the project over the finish line.

A $220 million plan by Warhorse Gaming Omaha – a subsidiary of Ho-Chunk Inc/. the economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska – calls for a significant renovation and expansion of the current Horsemen’s campus near 60th and Q Streets.

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GMA quoted on PennBets.com

National report spells out the sharp disparity, higher return of PA’s approach to taxing gambling

by Gary Rotstein

Pennsylvania’s different approach to taxation of gambling – one that is onerous to some eyes, successful to others – is never starker than when the American Gaming Association releases its annual report on the industry’s performance.

The AGA’s State of the States 2021 report came out last week, and as always, it provided many tables and charts comparing breadth, revenue, taxation, and other aspects of each jurisdiction’s gaming industry.

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GMA quoted in the Nevada Independent

Will California sportsbooks lure away Nevada gamblers? Analysts say don’t bet on it

by Howard Stutz

California voters will wait 16 months before weighing in on a tribal-backed ballot referendum that asks them to legalize sports betting.

Whatever occurs, it won’t change the opinion of gaming observers.

Though there is apprehension from a few Nevada sportsbook operators about potential competition from the largest feeder market to casinos in Las Vegas and Reno, analysts and sports betting experts don’t believe sportsbooks in California – the nation’s leading Indian gaming state – will slice into Nevada’s multi-billion-dollar business.

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GMA quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Leading off in Las Vegas: World of Concrete 1st major US trade show since pandemic

By Richard N. Velotta

A rapidly recovering Las Vegas will be the focus of the global tourism industry Monday, when World of Concrete stages the first major trade show in the United States since the COVID pandemic wiped out the lucrative convention and meeting business.

The spotlight is especially welcome in Southern Nevada because World of Concrete will be the first big show at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s new $1 billion West Hall, a project completed during the region’s visitation collapse to keep Las Vegas positioned as the country’s meetings leader.

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GMA quoted on USBets.com

Maryland Permitting Up To 60 Mobile Sportsbooks, But Reality Could Be Far Less

by Gary Rotstein

One gambling industry consultant calls Maryland’s wide-open new sports betting legislation the “Oprah bill.”

“YOU get a license, and YOU get a license, and YOU get a license,” is how Brendan Bussmann, director of government affairs for Global Market Advisors, jokingly refers to a law that, in theory, could give Maryland more than twice as many online sportsbook operators as any other state currently has.

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GMA quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Las Vegas ‘buzzing,’ recovering faster than expected, experts say

by Mike Shoro and Bailey Schulz

People ready to declare Las Vegas is “back” are a bit premature, experts in and around Nevada’s gaming and tourism industries say.

Still, it’s returning faster than many thought it might.  And there still appears to be room to grow, which has hotel-casino executives and industry observers feeling good about Las Vegas’ future.

The valley’s economic drivers, hospitality and gaming, are on the upswing, and there’s a noticeably different vibe these days in its resort corridor.

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GMA quoted on PlayUSA.com

Why Arizona sports betting law could be a huge revenue boost for state pro teams

By Brant James

Multiple American jurisdictions have allowed professional sports teams to benefit financially form legal sports betting:

The Chicago Cubs have a plan for a DraftKings Sportsbook at Wrigley Field.

Capital One Arena in the District of Columbia has a William Hill sportsbook that operates even when the Washington Capitals, Wizards or Mystics aren’t playing inside.

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