Crown Entertainment has announced the opening of its casinos subject to restrictions in Australia
Crown Entertainment, citing revised directives From the state government of Victoria, reported on restrictions imposed on gaming operations at Crown Melbourne: a capacity limit of 1000 people; a maximum capacity in each room of 150 visitors or the number allowed by the density of one person per four square meters; physical distance between visitors; disabling every second electronic slot machine and electronic Board game; the presence of a covid Marshal; and improved hygiene protocols.
Crown plans to start operating under the revised Guidelines from November 25, 2020, and will continue to work with the Victorian government to implement these revised guidelines. Crown Metropolitan Melbourne will reopen on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
Caesars got extra time to sell casinos in Indiana
On November 23, 2020, the Indiana gaming Commission is expected to review its ruling requiring Caesars Entertainment Inc. to sell the Horseshoe casino in Hammond by the end of the year.
Sarah Tate, the Commission’s Executive Director, said the Commission is likely to delay the mandatory sale of Caesars casino for at least one additional year.
In July, the gambling Commission ordered Caesars to sell three of its five casinos in Indiana to prevent “excessive economic concentration” of the state’s gaming industry following the company’s acquisition of Eldorado Resorts Inc. Formerly owned by Caesars Entertainment Corp.
Caesars already sold the Tropicana casino in Evansville for $ 480 million in October, and the company is currently in exclusive talks to sell the Caesars southern Indiana casino in Elizabeth through December 31.
However, Tate said the sale of the Hammond casino “poses unique challenges,” including uncertainty about the expansion of the gaming industry in Chicago and the southern suburbs of cook County, Illinois, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the gaming industry as a whole.
According to her, employees of the gaming Commission believe that “providing relief regarding the timing of the sale is in the interests of the state and the local community and will not adversely affect the operation of the facility.”
Being under the Caesars umbrella means that Horseshoe Casino remains part of the company with more than 55 casino locations worldwide, including eight in Las Vegas, two in Illinois, and gaming venues in 13 States, as well as Caesars Rewards, the largest casino loyalty program with more than 60 million members.
Caesars also owns two racetrack casinos in suburban Indianapolis, Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand, which the company chose to keep for three other Caesars properties in Indiana when faced with a gambling Commission order to sell.