In the United States, casinos began to close again due to coronavirus

Several casinos in the United States were re-closed or ordered to suspend operations for a certain period. In Miami, Churchill Downs ‘ Calder Casino, Hialeah Park, Casino Miami and Magic City are already closed. The Gila river Indian community suspended three casinos in the Phoenix area for the second time.

In Michigan, two employees of the Legends Diner restaurant at Soaring Eagle casino tested positive for Covid-19. Rush Street’s Rivers casino in Pittsburgh was ordered to suspend operations for a week after a gambling employee was found to have a coronavirus.

In all Mississippi casinos, visitors were required to wear protective face masks. Similar measures were taken in late June in all Las Vegas casinos.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak warned that all gambling establishments must comply with the rules on the mandatory wearing of masks. Otherwise, the casinos will be closed again. The United States is ranked first in the world for the number of Covid-19 cases. Authorities are deciding to re-close gambling establishments amid a growing number of infected people. At the same time, in the UK, the government is in no hurry to reopen land-based casinos, despite the fact that the number of new patients with confirmed coronavirus is decreasing daily.

The UK sports betting and gambling Council is calling for a casino to open in July

The sports betting and gambling Council has called on UK government Ministers to open a casino in July, assuring it is safe to do so. Last week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new measures to ease restrictions. Pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theaters will open from July 4, but casinos will remain closed. Bookmakers in England resumed their work on June 15, and lottery halls have been given the go-ahead to serve customers since July.

The industry standards body said 120 UK casinos had put in place strict health and safety measures. Gambling establishments are ready to reopen their doors, providing the necessary sanitary measures. Customers will only be able to play at one table, disinfecting their hands before and after the game.

BCG chief Executive Michael Dugher said: “We are disappointed by the government’s decision not to allow the casino to open on July 4. I urge Ministers to review the measures and allow gambling establishments to continue operating safely later in July. At a time of great economic uncertainty, the casino’s contribution to the country’s budget cannot be underestimated.”

Previously, it was expected that casinos in the UK should open on July 4 as part of the third stage of easing restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The second casino in the far East will open before the end of summer

The Shambala casino in the Primorye gambling zone will open in August 2020. 3.5 billion rubles have already been invested in the new complex.

The necessary communications are being brought to the new casino, and road works are being completed. By 2022, the second stage will be completed — Shambala will have a 5-star hotel, Spa center, conference hall, etc. Additional investments are estimated at 8 billion rubles.

According to Shambala executives, the launch of the new casino will allow the far Eastern gambling zone to attract even more Asian guests, primarily from Japan, Korea and China.

The first casino of the company “Shambala” was opened in 2004 in Krasnodar. However, due to changes in legislation, it was forced to first stop its activities, and then move to the gambling zone “Azov-city”, which, in turn, closed in early 2019.

At the moment, there is only one casino operating in the Primorye gambling zone — Tigre De Cristal, which reopened after the quarantine on July 16.

Primorye’s expansion plan calls for the opening of another twelve facilities. One of them should be the entertainment center Naga Vladivostok, which will be launched in 2021.

In total, there are four gambling zones in Russia – ” Siberian coin “in the Altai territory,” Primorye “near Vladivostok,” Yantarnaya “in the Kaliningrad region and” Krasnaya Polyana ” in the Krasnodar territory. In the coming years, a new gambling zone in the Crimea should be put into operation.

Playtech expands its presence in the Czech Republic

Estonian gambling software developer Playtech has expanded its partnership with the Czech operator Fortuna by releasing a customised Native Casino app.

The app, available on Android and iOS devices, is supported in twenty-four languages, and allows operators to add additional sections and promotions to the home screen. With Native Casino, users will get access to top games from Playtech, including Buffalo Blitz, White King, and Ways of the Phoenix.

“We have worked closely with the team from Fortuna to provide our Native Casino app to our partners in a timely manner and expand our portfolio of games,” said Playtech program Manager Artem Golikov.

Earlier it became known that Playtech has signed a deal with the software manufacturer Greentube (a division of Novomatic), thanks to which the collection of games of the Estonian developer will be supplemented with such hits as Book of Ra Deluxe, Lucky Lady’s Charm, Sizzling Hot Deluxe, etc.

English casinos will resume operation from the first of August

The UK government has announced the opening of a casino in England from the first of August after a more than four-month hiatus. This decision was made as part of the easing of restrictions related to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

“After four long months, I am very happy that the casinos will be open again. A few weeks ago, gambling houses made great efforts to improve security in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic, but permission to resume operations was not given. They will now be able to take part in the recovery of the tourism sector and allow many of the 12,000 casino employees to return to work,” said Michael Dugher, Director General of the betting and gambling Council of great Britain.

The Council also called on the Welsh and Scottish governments to follow suit and open gambling establishments.

However, it is believed that not all English casinos use the opportunity to open on the first of August. Those of them that are more dependent on the number of users are going to wait for the next stage of removing restrictions.

Recall that the reopening of the casino in England was expected on July 4, but permission to open was given only to pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theaters. On July 15, bookmakers received the go-ahead for customer service.

Tigre De Cristal casino opens after quarantine

On July 16, Tigre De Cristal casino resumes its operation. There is a casino, a bar and a hotel where you can already book rooms. From Monday to Thursday, the gambling establishment accepts guests from 12: 00 to 02: 00, from Friday to Sunday, the casino is open around the clock. Since July 17, the Cascade restaurant opens its doors to visitors.

To protect guests and staff, the casino administration conducts the following activities:

contactless thermometers are installed at the entrance to the establishment to measure body temperature;
the casino staff and guests are required to wear protective masks;
bactericidal recirculators are installed in gaming halls, restaurants, bars and other public places;
additional cleaning and disinfection is carried out every 2 hours in all casino premises;
antiseptic dispensers are installed at the ticket offices and check-in counters.
hotel rooms are equipped with air ozonation.
We remind you that at the end of June, the Altai Palace casino began accepting guests. Sochi casino plans to resume its entertainment program from July 21.

What are the advantages of online casinos

Casinos have always attracted a large number of people. And it’s not just the prospect of winning, but the excitement and atmosphere. Casinos are among the gambling games that used to be reserved for a narrow circle of people, often persecuted by the law. Today, there are a huge number of luxury casinos in the world, while in most developed countries, this industry is legal and brings considerable revenue to the state. The casino primarily attracts players with the availability of quick and easy winnings. And if earlier in order to play roulette, it was necessary to leave the house, but today gambling has mastered the expanses of the Internet, and therefore it is not difficult to find a casino on the Internet. Online casinos are constantly developing and are working to popularize such casinos that allow you to win money without leaving your home.

The gaming industry does not stand still and keeps up with the times, so modern technologies allow you to implement an impressive functionality and intuitive interface. Just a few simple actions and you are already playing poker, roulette or any other game that you like. In addition, gamification has played a significant role in the popularity and attractiveness of online casinos. Gamification ( or gamification) is a technology for using game mechanics in processes unrelated to the gaming industry. So let’s look at why people choose online casinos and what else attracts people to online casinos.

Reliability

The most reliable are online casinos that have received a license to operate. Choosing such a casino, players are not afraid to be deceived. Usually, the license and its validity period are indicated at the bottom of the main page.

Some services offer to pass the identity verification process, which also indicates the reliability of the service.

Choosing a casino, beginners often make a mistake and focus on the number of payouts and look for online casinos with a good return. This indicator is not always informative. Honest online casinos usually try not to embellish the possibility of winning at their casinos. But scammers can lure users to their resources by promising them large and easy earnings in online casinos.

Ways to Deposit and withdraw funds

An important criterion when choosing a casino is also the flexibility of the Deposit and withdrawal system. Often, in order to play in an online casino, you only need a credit card. Also, a large number of services provide the possibility of payments in Bitcoin, which is relevant for those people whose assets are placed in the cryptocurrency.

Assortment of games

Online gaming casinos can provide not only a wide selection of games, but also Live casino and even table games. Even a sophisticated player can choose a real gambling adventure.

Bonuses and loyalty programs

Due to high competition, each service strives not only to attract, but also to retain the user. Online gaming casinos usually offer a bonus for the first Deposit. You can often get a reward for subsequent deposits to your balance.

Online support

Modern online casinos provide technical support at a very high level. Almost all online gaming services are ready to answer your question or solve your problem around the clock. Major services provide technical support even in different languages.

Mobility

Those players who don’t like being tied to their computer can choose casino sites with an adaptive design or download an app for their smartphone. Mobile casinos provide the convenience of playing at any time of the day for the player, wherever he is. To hone your game skills, you need a smartphone or tablet and Internet access.

Demo casino games

A large number of online casinos offer to try their hand at the game without investing money. Thanks to the demo game, you can learn the rules and subtleties of playing in a casino without risking your money. Usually, the gameplay of the demo mode is no different from a normal game.

The ability to play at low rates

Modern online casinos allow you to play on bets equal to one cent. This allows players to feel the fullness of emotions from playing for money, without risking large amounts of money.

The modern gambling industry has already gone beyond the classic casinos. Any more or less gambling person can find something suitable in an online casino. In addition, a simple hobby can easily grow into a full-fledged income. The main thing is the right choice of online casinos and self-control. After all, a casino is a place where winning depends more on luck, and a simple person and a billionaire can, by chance, easily become millionaires.

A former dealer at Resorts World Sentosa was jailed for stealing chips

A former baccarat croupier at Resorts World Sentosa, one of Singapore’s two casinos, was this week sentenced to 20 months in prison for stealing more than 124,000 Singapore dollars (about us $ 90,000). A dealer stole casino chips from his workplace to pay off a debt to loan sharks.

Malaysian casino dealer Yeoh Zhong Cheng (Yeoh Zhong Cheng) told the court that he owed between $ 80,000 and $ 90,000 in Singapore and in his homeland.

The former Resorts World Sentosa employee started working at the casino in July 2017. Last summer, he was caught by the security service of the establishment when three chips from the fleet were thrown into a closed tray attached to the table with baccarat. Each of the stolen chips was worth $ 1,000.

The investigation revealed that the dealer involved in the theft stole chips worth more than s $ 124,000 in 28 separate cases between June and July 2019. After the croupier stole them from the table and put them in his shirt, he hid them in a locker during a break.

Yeo was unable to cash the chips himself at the casino, but it was established that he had hired accomplices, Yeo’s younger brother Zhong Jie and friend OO Shi Chao, to do so for him. Yeoh and Oo met eight times in June 2019, and the latter received chips worth 30,600 Singapore dollars.

In July 2019, brother Yeo received $ 35,100 worth of chips.

Tougher sentence for theft in a casino
Yeo could have received a much harsher sentence if he had not pleaded guilty. A dealer engaged in theft could be sentenced to 15 years in prison for misappropriating casino chips and fined $ 500,000 for each inciting fee.

It is unclear whether his brother and another accomplice are charged. According to the court statement, only three of all the chips stolen by Yeo from the casino were returned.

Yeo is not the only Resorts World Sentosa casino dealer who has been caught stealing chips from a gambling establishment in recent years. We reported on casinos that in June 2019, a former dealer of this institution was sentenced to nine months and six weeks in prison after it was discovered that he had stolen $ 77,000 worth of chips from the casino.

Ding Zhipeng, a Chinese national, also received a fine of us $ 12,000. He started working as a dealer at Resorts World Sentosa in July 2017. In November 2018, he was caught by a security officer for stealing $ 1,000 worth of chips.

He was arrested immediately and handed over two chips after being arrested that were hidden in his pants. A police search of his rented premises found another 72 chips worth $ 1,000 and $ 3,000 in cash. It was later revealed that Dean had hired a friend to exchange chips for money. The dealer was found to have used the money he stole to buy luxury items, including:

Breitling watches worth almost 6000 US dollars,
a pair of Balenciaga shoes,
a pair of Chanel earrings and more.

William Hill closes office in Stockholm

British gambling operator William Hill intends to close its Gametek office in Stockholm as part of a simplification of the company’s operating structure.

William Hill said:

The closure of the Stockholm office was a natural step in integrating MRG Group’s assets into a larger organization.
The largest gambling operator acquired MRG, the parent company of the Mr Green online gambling brand, last year as it sought a strong online partner to boost its digital performance.

William Hill will be closing its Gametek Office in stages. It is planned that the space will be completely closed by the end of 2020. The company said it had started a consultation process with employees at its office in Stockholm. Some of them will be transferred to other locations.

The operator also noted that as it moved to close its office in Stockholm, it will simultaneously strengthen its technical division in Krakow, creating new jobs in its Polish center that will support global growth projects.

In a statement confirming the closure of the Gametek office, William Hill said:

We plan to adopt a group approach to product development, where teams focus on the area of business they support.
As a result, the company said it needed to restructure the right number of teams and have the necessary skills:

We had to make some tough decisions on the ground. In addition to Krakow, we will also move some of the work to our center in Leeds.
Business in the UK
News of the closure of the Gametek William Hill office came as The company announced its intention to merge its UK online and retail divisions into a single entity. The combined division will be led by online bookmaker Director Phil Walker, while the head of the retail division, Nicola Frampton, will step down after ten years with the gambling operator.

Mr Walker and Frampton will work together for a six-month transition period.
The combination of William Hill’s UK retail and online divisions is the latest in a series of changes implemented in the group under chief Executive Ulrik Bengtsson since he took over in September last year.

The company said the decision to merge the two British divisions was made as it expects to focus on rebuilding in 2021, a year that could potentially include a busy programme of sporting events, including the UEFA European championship.

In recent years, William Hill has faced many obstacles in its domestic market, including serious regulatory problems and increased competition. We wrote on casinoz that last autumn the company had to close more than 700 bookmakers in response to the UK government’s closure of controversial fixed-odds betting machines.

The lack of sports and the closure of the betting shop chain during the coronavirus pandemic further hit the company this spring, and the merger of the two British divisions will probably not be the last change to be implemented as William Hill seeks to improve its performance and mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the financial sector.

Las Vegas casino visitors will be required to wear masks

According to the order of the Governor of the state of Nevada, masks must be worn in public areas. This means that visitors are required to wear masks at the casino, except when they are eating or drinking. The decree comes into force at noon on June 26.

Previously, the wearing of masks in casinos was not mandatory, although many establishments encouraged their use. This led to the fact that many visitors to gambling establishments went without masks, while casino employees were required to wear them. Social distance rules and other security requirements remain in effect.

The Executive order by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak follows a similar decision made last week by California Governor Gavin Newsom. In southern California to visit the newly opened casinos and card rooms require you to wear masks.

In Nevada, as in several other States, there is an increase in the incidence of Covid-19. The Department of health and human services reported that 365 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours, which is the fifth indicator during the epidemic. A total of 14,362 confirmed cases and 494 deaths were reported in Nevada.

The ruling takes effect before the big weekend of July 4 (us Independence Day), during which a large number of visitors are expected to return to Las Vegas and Reno casinos.

Las Vegas casinos opened on June 4 after a long hiatus due to the Covid-19 virus.

Construction of a second casino has begun in Altai

Construction of a second casino has begun in the Siberian coin gambling zone. The company “Golden swallow 8” started earthworks on the site of the future gambling establishment. The entertainment complex will include a slot hall, a casino and a four-star hotel complex with a fitness center, restaurant, Spa, conference room and other facilities. The total area of the entertainment complex will be more than 10 thousand square meters.

The opening of the slot hall is planned for the end of 2020. It will include 300 slot machines and 10 tables. By 2023, it is planned to put into operation a hotel complex with 150 rooms. Currently, negotiations are underway with world brands on the organization of construction and further maintenance of the complex. At the final stage, casinos and recreation areas will start operating in 2024.

The declared investment volume exceeds 3.5 billion rubles. When the entertainment complex opens, 300 jobs should be created in the region.

Every year, more than 2 million tourists visit the Altai territory. Now in the gambling zone “Siberian coin”, there is one casino “Altai-Palace.” The institution has been operating since 2014.

Evoplay slot machine developer has signed an agreement with Mozzarbet online casino

Evoplay Studio has entered into a partnership agreement with Mozzarbet. According to the terms of the deal, the gaming software operator will integrate its slot machines with the Mozzarbet platform.

Director of business development Evoplay Entertainment Vladimir Malacki said: “We are happy to partner with Mozzartbet, a recognized operator with an impressive market reach. Our portfolio uses the latest technology to offer an entertainment experience that will truly be different from others.”

Milos Ranjic, Director of Mozzartbet online casino, added: “Evoplay Entertainment’s highly innovative range of slot machines has earned popularity among a wide range of gamblers, so we are very happy to see This company on Board. The supplier’s innovative catalog is ideal for our customers, and we look forward to developing a long-term commercial relationship.”

Mozzartbet is an online casino licensed to Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Romania, Kenya and Malta.

Evoplay Entertainment is a game software developer with offices in Ukraine and Malta. The company’s portfolio includes more than 60 video slots. At the end of 2020, the company must obtain licenses from the Maltese regulator and the UK gambling Commission.

The rise of AI video slot from Endorphina was released

Endorphina company has released the Rise of AI slot machine, which is created in the style of cyberpunk. The action takes place in the distant future among the neon lights of the metropolis. A distinctive feature of the device is the coefficient, which is activated randomly with each spin. The multiplier varies from x2 to X50, and its value can be seen on the side panels.

When you start the slot, a field with five reels and three rows is displayed. The machine received 10 paylines. The player’s return rate, RTP, is 96%. There are no special characters in the slot, but the developer has implemented a special function. Regardless of the set of symbols on the playing field, multipliers become active, which are applied to all winning combinations if they are available.

In addition, the provider has added a classic risk game in which you can increase your winnings up to 10 times. By choosing one of the four closed cards, the gambler must beat the dealer’s card, otherwise the winnings will be lost.

Endorphina is a Czech provider that develops gambling games for online casinos. The last release was in may 2020. Then a slot machine called Asgardians was released, based on Norse mythology.

Bulgarian government plans to close more than 600 casinos

The head of the Budget Committee, Menda Stoyanova, unexpectedly supported a bill to restrict gambling in the country. She commented on this decision to the Flagship publication: “this is a consistent step by Valery Simeonov to restrict gambling in order to prevent ludomania among young people. I think we should even use the experience of those countries that have already introduced such restrictions.”

However, the chair of the Budget Committee confirmed that the bill will lead to “certain losses” in the country’s budget. The amount of losses should be clarified by the expert group in the near future.

The new bill provides that land-based casinos can operate:

in five-star hotels;
in the resort complexes;
within a radius of no more than 30 kilometers from railway, river, sea, and road checkpoints.
All other establishments must close no later than December 31, 2025. According to experts, more than 600 gaming establishments will be closed, and 30,000 people will lose their jobs.

Bulgaria has quarterly taxes. The organizers pay 255 euros to the Treasury for each slot machine and 11,200 euros for the game table. Since 2010, gambling establishments have added more than 50 million euros to the Bulgarian budget annually.

Casinos in Detroit will open without poker rooms

On Monday, regulators of the state of Michigan has issued recommendations on resumption of land-based casinos. According to this document, the organizers of gambling games must keep the poker rooms closed.

A report from the Detroit Free Press States that gambling establishments will operate at 15% of their capacity. Non-contact temperature checks will be carried out at the entrance to the establishments, and visitors will be required to wear masks and observe a social distance. Casinos will temporarily cancel Smoking in halls, self-service buffets and cloakrooms, and Valet services.

In an interview with the Free Press, Richard Kalm, Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Board, commented on the recommendations: “In drafting these requirements, we considered the recommendations of the CDC, the Nevada Gaming Board, and information from the National Indian Gaming Commission. We have demanded that the casino offer plans to reopen, and we have consulted with the unions about the recommendations.”

Detroit is home to the MGM Grand Detroit casino, MotorCity Casino, and Greektown Casino. The rest of the state’s gambling establishments are tribal entities and are not subject to local laws. Some of them have already reopened.

Across the country, gambling establishments are reopening, with some Las Vegas casinos opening last Thursday. However, the policy regarding poker rooms varies by state. In Florida, many poker rooms opened in late may with short games, but some rooms are already switching to a nine-hand game.

In mid-March, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive order that forced the casino to close. The opening date is still unknown.

Land-based casinos in England are ready to open on the fourth of July

The UK government has confirmed that hotels and entertainment venues could be open from July 4 as part of the third and final stage of plans to ease restrictions imposed to combat the virus. Land-based casino operators represented by the British betting and gambling Council have confirmed that they will be ready to resume operations by the specified date.

The casino will follow strict hygiene and social distancing measures to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. Customers will be required to use hand sanitizers before entering the establishment and when changing the game table. Entry will be restricted to one person at a time, with a two-meter social distance in the queue outside. On request, visitors can get a face mask.

To ensure that social distance is maintained, the floor plan will change. Slot machines will be disinfected after each session, and ATMs at least once an hour. If necessary, plexiglass screens will be used.

The British Council on betting and gambling has recognized that the high-end casino sector does not have enough social distancing measures to fully restore operations. These institutions will be able to fully open only after the removal of restrictions on the entry of foreign tourists.

Chief Executive of the British Council on betting and gambling Michael Dugher said: “I am glad that the casino is in line for re-opening on the fourth of July. The message to the government now is that they are willing and ready to open up safely. We know that the gambling sector will face very difficult times in the future, and the threat that Covid poses to many businesses will not disappear quickly. This is why we urge the government to continue to be flexible in its approach to the hospitality and leisure industry.”

Land-based casinos in the UK were closed on March 23 due to the introduction of a quarantine due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus.