What Happens in Vegas is Now Nothing For 30 Days

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Mar 18, 2020 12:03Joe Tarzaiski

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak ordered a month-long closure of non-essential businesses Tuesday, including land-based casinos. All of the slot machines in Nevada were ordered by the state to shut down at midnight. As of noon Wednesday (3/18/2020), full operation of state casinos will be temporarily suspended.

“I know this directive will cause many of our friends and neighbors to distress, but I ask you: What are you willing to do to save your own life ad the lives of those you love?,” Sisolak said. “We absolutely must take this step for every Nevadan’s health and safety. Please take this seriously. Lives are at stake, and with each passing day, this pandemic is growing. Please, stay home for Nevada.”

Casino Owners Voice Their Opinion

Tony Rodio, CEO of Caesars Entertainment stated: “It has become clear that we must take this extreme action to help contain the virus and protect the safety and well-being of our team members and guests.”

Derek Stevens, owner of the D Las Vegas and Golden Gate, also made a statement in regard to Sisolak’s decision. “Although this is a devastating time for our country and our community, I’m confident the Las Vegas resiliency will allow us to rise again, stronger than ever.”

What Online Platforms Will Still be Available in Nevada?

Without surprise, questions quickly emerged regarding access to online gaming action. With the Las Vegas strip becoming a ghost town and the community basically quarantined to their homes, the smell of tables and slots continue to fill the Nevada air.

Circa Sports and William Hill have released statements that their applications will remain open. The South Point and Westgate determined they will be closed, per Sisolak’s mandate. The Nevada Gaming Control told ESPN’s David Purdum mobile gaming, including sports betting apps, will remain operational during temporary casino closures.

With the void of nearly all sporting events, special promotions are saturating the online market, including NFL prop and futures bets of win totals for the 2020 campaign from platforms such as Circa Sports.

Quentin Martin, CEO of eSports betting site Luckbox, stated: “While the eSports calendar has also been affected, it’s much more resilient in this situation because matches can be played online, without players needing to be in the same place.

“And, while having fans live in an arena generates a great atmosphere, it doesn’t make too much difference to the hundreds of thousands of fans watching via live stream.”

What this all boils down to? If casinos, restaurants and bars are shut down, three things remain guaranteed. Closed restaurants won’t restrict people from eating. Bars closing won’t curb people from having a drink. And casino closures will definitely not keep gamers away from gambling thanks to the accessibility of online platforms.

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Joe Tarzaiski began his sports writing career in 2004 in the Philadelphia market, analyzing and handicapping professional sports, college sports, poker and various table games. He currently reports on the increased efforts on the legalization and continual growth of sports betting throughout the United States. A Philadelphia University alum, Joe is dedicated to following current trends in both the gaming community and daily news throughout the sports world.
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