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Mobile Sports Betting, Betting on Local College Teams Stripped From Nebraska Sports Betting Bill

By Jill R. Dorson

A half page amendment that would ban mobile sports wagering and prohibit betting on in-state college teams created a firestorm on the floor of the unicameral Nebraska Legislature Thursday morning, complete with name calling and finger pointing.

The amendment to LB 561 strikes the section of the bill relating to geofencing and bans betting on University of Nebraska and other college teams.  The amendment, which passed 31-4, also altered what keno will look like in casinos.  The bill was then sent back to be engrossed by a vote of 39-3.  The amended bill, which would limit wagering to physical sportsbooks located at racinos, racetracks, and tribal casinos, will likely come up for a vote next week.

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Station, Caesars, MGM properties approved for 100 percent casino capacity

By Bailey Schulz

Three of the largest casino operators in Las Vegas can now run their casinos at full capacity.

MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment Inc. and Station Casinos are the latest companies to have gaming floor capacity and social distancing restrictions waived by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The Wednesday announcements mean an additional 24 casinos across the valley can now operate at full capacity, effective immediately.

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LVCVA calendar shows many conventions already booked for 2022

By Richard N. Velotta

It begins and ends with CES.

The massive consumer electronics show, sponsored by the Washington-based Consumer Electronics Association, will fill every convention hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Sands Expo and Convention Center and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in the first week of the 2022 calendar.

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MGM Resorts bringing back paid self-parking

By Bailey Schulz

One of the few perks to emerge from Las Vegas’ pandemic-related casino shutdowns – free parking – is on its way out.

Paid event parking at select MGM Resorts International properties is set to return this month, followed by the return of paid self-parking at all of the company’s Strip properties starting June 1. Locals will have free parking for the first three hours, a new policy from the company.

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Virgin LV to Add Pool, Restaurants, More

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, which opened on March 25, is planning to add new amenities including a pool, a beach club, a number of restaurants and a sportsbook.

Richard “Boz” Bosworth, president and CEO of the resort’s ownership group, told the Las Vegas Review Journal that hotel occupancy is “hovering below” 30 percent during the week rooms and up to 80 percent on weekends.

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Will Sports Betting Operators Besides Hard Rock Be Able to Find A Way Into Florida?

by Jill R. Dorson

In less than two weeks, Florida lawmakers will reconvene in a special session with the goal of approving a gaming compact between the Seminole Tribe and Gov. Ron DeSantis and passing legislation that builds a sports betting framework around that pact.

Just as there was an initial frenzy around the legalization of mobile sports betting in New York in April, so too has there been a frenzy in the industry about legal wagering in Florida.  But if Florida does legalize – and it would become the largest state to do so – it could very well create a monopoly, leaving sports bettors with no choices and, potentially, less attractive odds.

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Wynn, Encore casinos can operate at 100 percent capacity

by Bailey Schulz

Wynn Resorts Ltd.’s Las Vegas gaming floors have been given the green light to operate at full capacity, effective Monday.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board granted the Strip casino operator permission to amend its occupancy and physical distancing requirements after it showed that it had 88 percent of its employees vaccinated as of Saturday.

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Brendan Bussmann: “Japan is one of the last strong markets that can exist”

Exclusive interview – Brendan Bussmann, partner and director of government affairs at Global Market Advisors, shares his views on the future of gaming in Asia and Las Vegas’ bounce back from Covid-19.

In Las Vegas, things are starting to look up.  Summer is in sight and casinos are looking forward to getting back to full capacity from June.

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Virgin Hotels CEO says Vegas property to grow with market

by Mike Shoro

The Las Vegas Valley’s newest integrated resort is still without a pool, a beach club, multiple planned restaurants, an operating sportsbook and hotel occupancy rates in line with the average.

All as expected, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas executives said Friday.  But that situation will change soon.

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Good news about tourism economy comes in bunches

by Richard N. Velotta

When it comes to good news about Southern Nevada’s tourism economy, it doesn’t get much better than it did last week.

The good vibrations came in bunches.

The McCarran International Airport passenger numbers started things off with the report that passenger traffic was up 60 percent from February to March and up 25 percent from March 2020 to March this year.

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