a college basketball game

March Madness, the single-elimination tournament in which 68 NCAA teams vie to reach the Final Four competition for the national championship has been a little different this year. Thanks to last year’s May 2018 SCOTUS ruling that gave states the right to legislate for Vegas casino sports betting in their jurisdictions, sports fans are able to bet on the competition at legal on-site and online casino sportsbooks.

a view of the casinos on the Vegas Strip

While our own Grande Vegas Casino is popping with excitement and forever adding new games and promotions to add to the fun of our players, real casinos in Vegas are showing some slipping numbers.  Causing worry for the casino industry, let's look deeper.

Map of New York State

While we're all enjoying the convenience of our favorite online casino, Grande Vegas online casino, many of New York’s upstate land-based casinos reported that their 2018 earnings fell below early projections. Yet the operators believe that their revenues will increase this year, especially if the moratorium on New York City-area gambling licenses is lifted. 

sports betting window

Mobile sports betting apps are already legal and operating in several states. Additional state lawmakers are now considering legislating for online casino and mobile sports betting in their own states. Presently, sports betting is legal, in one form or another, in Arkansas, Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

Security man of a land-based casino

As scammers become more technologically-adept and sophisticated, Vegas casino venues invest massive funds and efforts to stay one step ahead of the cheats. Each game has its own soft spot but the most frequently targeted game is the slot machine. Slots are viewed as an easy mark and that’s where casinos focus most of their security efforts but casino security must cover the entire casino venue. 

Wynn Casino

Nobody could have predicted the long-lasting repercussions of last year’s reports that former Wynn Resorts owner and CEO Steve Wynn had sexually molested casino employees.

the front of a bank

It’s very difficult to live in the 21st century without having an account with some sort of money transfer service. Any type of online purchase, from online shopping to Vegas casino online casino gambling, requires that you be able to move funds. Regardless of whether you’re opening your own online store or you plan to make online purchases of goods and services you’ll need an account with an online payment service. 

Baseball game

The NFL, NHL, and NBA have already begun to create partnerships with betting operators with the signing of additional such partnerships expected in the near future. The leagues, which originally opposed the idea of sports betting, are coming around and are taking the point of view that, if online casino sports betting is going to take place, the leagues, teams, and players might as well get their share of the action.

the interior of a land based casino

While we continue to enjoy our Grande Vegas online casino from wherever and whenever, there are some interesting goings on in the state of Nebraska.  The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska opened the new Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake Iowa this winter. Before the fight with city and state governments is over the tribe’s right to operate that casino, and any other new casino venue might well end up in Federal Court. 

Ryan Zinke

Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision to deny two Indian tribes authorization to open either a commercial casino or an online casino in Connecticut has led to a federal investigation based on allegations that Zinke lied to the investigators over whether he favored the tribes’ competitor, MGM Resorts. Prosecutors have begun to present evidence to a Washington grand jury which is probing the matter.  

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