Casinos want the state Legislature to provide protection from potential lawsuits related to the coronavirus as long as the companies are following the appropriate public health guidelines. "The risk of frivolous litigation that mounts each day threatens the resort industry's continued operations," the Nevada Resort Association says.
Las Vegas' Venetian Resort has teamed up with TerraCycle to send its staff's and guests' used masks, which contain plastic, to a recycling facility that will break them down for use in composite lumber. In Reno., Nev., the Atlantis casino is the first in the area to open its buffet dining option, thanks to new plastic barriers between the food and guests.
Casinos in the UK were supposed to reopen Saturday, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson must wait at least two more weeks, due to a resurgence of coronavirus cases. He has not mandated a lockdown but has required face masks in additional indoor settings.
The Illinois Gaming Board decided last week that sports betting customers must sign up in person, giving outlier PointsBet an edge over Rush Street, DraftKings and FanDuel. The board also granted PointsBet a license to work with Hawthorne Race Course -- which now is the closest venue to downtown Chicago.
The future of sports betting is still uncertain in Massachusetts, but the bill passed by its House of Representatives includes an integrity fee designed to give 1% of gross revenue to the venue hosting the match. Responding to rumors of lobbying, the NFL's New England Patriots, which owns its stadium, says that "neither the team nor the league asked for, as suggested, this 'integrity' fee."
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will open its third casino in the greater Palm Springs area with the Agua Caliente Cathedral City this fall. The 30,000-square-foot property will include 536 slot machines, eight table games, a sports bar, restaurant and 12,000-square-foot outdoor event center.
A man used prosthetic face masks, other elements of disguise and dozens of counterfeit driver licenses to pass himself off as various Michigan and Kansas casino patrons, stealing nearly $100,000 in cash advances from VIP casino kiosks. On a single day in May 2019, the man withdrew $30,000 in 15 transactions within 30 minutes, and he was finally arrested in March at the Prairie Band Casino and Resort in Kansas.
Young reality TV influencers in Britain are said to be using social media accounts to promote betting through various tipster sites, despite rules that prohibit anyone under 25 from advertising gaming products and despite many of their followers being underage. "This type of advertising is totally unacceptable and violates advertising regulations on content, including giving a false impression of financial success," a Betting and Gaming Council spokesperson says.
Many gaming-addiction-assistance employees of the UK's National Health Service have shifted to other departments in need during the coronavirus, leaving a hole in the help net. Some patients seeking treatment were to the national Gamcare helpline and similar support services.