How Are Gambling States Handling Coronavirus?

How Are Gambling States Handling Coronavirus?

The emergence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has left the US gambling industry shocked. While many prominent players were already facing issues because of their exposure to Macau, others have started feeling the effects of the pandemic only recently. Here is how some prominent gambling states are handling the impact of this global health emergency.

California casinos shut down

The tribal casinos in the state of California started shutting down over the weekend alongside the poker rooms and casinos of the Los Angeles County. Most gambling avenues in the state chose to shut down voluntarily, hoping to open their doors at the end of the month if the situation gets better. Harrah’s Resort is hoping for a March 30 re-opening. The California legislature stopped its session halfway through for the first time in 158 years, after approving $1 billion to help fight the outbreak.

How Are Gambling States Handling Coronavirus?

Casinos in Florida also chose to shut down voluntarily. This includes casinos like Gulfstream Park casino and the Calder Casino. Tribal casinos continue to keep their doors opens for patrons but shows and concerts have been canceled. The Seminole Tribe, which runs three tribal casinos in the state, recently noted that it has no plans to shut down its establishments. However, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa will close its poker room on Tuesday and shut down slot machines.

Michigan, Nevada and New Jersey casinos take a beating

MotorCity, Greektown and MGM Grand casinos in Detroit have planned to close down the coming Monday. The state of Michigan had a tough time with the outbreak as it recently accepted its first ceremonial bet on sporting events. Now that major sporting events are canceled, it’s betting revenues will negligible. The state has 23 tribal casinos, some of which are choosing to shut down voluntarily.

In Nevada, Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered casinos in the state to shut down by Wednesday noon. The coronavirus outbreak has hit the state’s economy hard as it depends extensively on leisure, travel, and entertainment for its revenues. New Jersey casinos will be closed on Monday. The state legislature is canceling committee meetings. Online casinos may thrive in this environment but sports betting will remain lukewarm because major sporting events have been canceled or suspended until further notice.

Overall, the US gambling industry is going through tough times as practices of social distancing and advisories against “non-essential” movement are being released.

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