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Brendan Bussmann quoted in GGB News

Three Strikes for Japan?

by Marjorie Preston

In recent comments about Japan’s planned integrated resort (IR) industry, Bloomberry Resorts Chairman and CEO Enrique Razon called the IR development process there “a bit of a joke.”

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Brendan Bussmann quoted on CDC Gaming Reports

Coronavirus influenced shutdowns has brought casino industry ‘to a near standstill’

by Howard Stutz

More than three dozen states with commercial casinos or Indian gaming facilities have taken actions to suspend casino operations, enacted limitations that led to a shutdown, or have seen gaming companies and tribal leaders independently close their properties.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in GGR Asia

Covid-19 not likely to hurt Japan IR plan: consultants

The Covid-19 pandemic is unlikely – for now – to affect the timetable of Japanese local governments seeking private-sector partners for a tilt respectively at having a casino resort in that country.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Some Las Vegas Strip workers see hours cut amid COVID-19 tourism impact

by Bailey Schulz

Strip workers are starting to see their hours cut as the coronavirus outbreak weakens the travel and tourism industries.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Nevada Independent

Coronavirus outbreak causes empty Nevada sportsbooks, reduced gaming and hotel revenues

by Howard Stutz

It’s going to be a quiet few weeks inside Nevada’s sportsbooks.

The cancellation of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Championships on Thursday – better known as March Madness – added to the financial burden heaped onto the state’s resort industry by the coronavirus outbreak.  Domestic and international travel to Las Vegas has diminished and large conventions have been cancelled.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Las Vegas Strip hotels see drop in tourism

by Sabrina Schnur and Bailey Schulz

A torrent of canceled conventions, shows and special events slammed Las Vegas Strip casino operators for a second straight day Thursday as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, underscoring the pandemic’s blow to the valley’s tourism economy, its largest employers and hundreds of thousands of residents whose livelihoods depend on it.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in Las Vegas Review Journal

Virus outbreak could alter Japan’s resort development calendar

by Richard N. Velotta

How will the next frontier for gaming, Japan, respond to the effects of the coronavirus?

While the next key steps in the process of licensing companies to build integrated resorts in Japan are still months away, it’s possible the rapidly spreading COVID-19 disease could affect the current timeline.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Nevada Independent

Downtown Vegas casinos growing revenues and visitation from customers seeking a “vibrant” and “value-centric” experience

by Howard Stutz

Analysts cautioned that the construction of Circa Casino Resort in downtown Las Vegas would disrupt the market’s gaming results in 2019.  Gaming insiders said redevelopment of the Interstate 15-U.S. Highway 95 interchange – part of the Department of Transportation’s Project Neon – would impede downtown visitation throughout the year.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted on MassLive.com

As sports betting moves forward, bar owners in Western Massachusetts say they’re being left out

by Steph Solis

More than two dozen TV screens are crammed into the Rumbleseat sports bar, which sits on the corner of Springfield Street and Asinof Avenue in Chicopee.  Customers watch golf, baseball, football and other sports.  Sometimes they play Keno at the counter while sipping their beer.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted on SportsHandle.com

Washington On Cusp of Legalizing Sports Betting, But Not For Mobile Wagering

by Jill R. Dorson

With one more vote, and the stroke of a pen, Washington State will be the first to legalize sports betting in 2020.

Late Thursday night, the Senate approved ESHB 2638, a tribal-only sports betting bill that will not permit statewide mobile sports-wagering, in the face of heated objections by several lawmakers.  The 34-15 vote was a huge victory for the state’s tribes, but at least one card-room owner is threatening a legal challenge to what could be the country’s first sweeping tribal-only sports betting legislation.

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