The wait is over! For weeks the Las Vegas strip has been dark. There has been no place anywhere for people to go and gamble in person. This has caused a huge uptick for online gambling – but it doesn't really scratch the itch for people who want to be social and gamble in person.
Now they will have their chance again. At midnight tonight casinos in Las Vegas will be allowed to reopen. The chips will be sold. The roulette wheels will spin. Cards will be dealt and people will once again be able to shoot craps.
January and February were record-setting months for Las Vegas casinos. Clearly they now hope to bring back all that good luck and start making money again. Of course, it will be slow at first but if they can keep up with the new regulations governing casinos they should be back in action and making money right away.
Hand sanitizer will be everywhere. All the staff will be wearing masks. Most of the patrons will be masked as well. Every other slot machine and video poker machine will be closed to allow social distancing. Dice will be disinfected after they are rolled by every player.
Some restaurants will not be opened immediately. It's all going to be a work in progress, and we will see how it goes.
Another issue is that the casinos are reopening right in the middle of protests over the way African Americans are treated by the police. It is unclear how or if these protests will affect the openings.
Still, one way or another brick and mortar casino gambling in Las Vegas is coming back. The industry has adapted before and will adapt again. What form it will take is up in the air but it is definitely coming back in full force.
How this will affect online gambling is unclear. Over the past few months, online gambling has been way up. People who already were using it used it more. People who were used to going to Vegas learned about online gambling and bet a ton. Whether those people will stay with online gambling or move back to the Vegas casinos remains to be seen. We will keep you updated on what exactly happens.
Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.
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