Nevada regulator redacts sports betting figures in April report

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has published its revenue report for April, but sports wagering has been left out.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has redacted its figures for sports wagering, card games and horseracing revenue in its April revenue report.

According to the NGCB report, Nevada’s gambling industry generated just $3.6m in April.

Casinos in the state of Nevada temporarily closed on 17 March and remained closed throughout April due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the closure of all casinos in the state, gambling revenue fell 99.6% year-on-year.

Where did the revenue come from?

As previously mentioned, the state generated $3.6m in revenue from gambling operations in April. This is likely to have come from mobile sports wagering and online poker.

However, because the NGCB chose to redact the figures, it is unclear how much revenue was generated from each product.

In regard to sports betting, several mobile sportsbooks operate within the Silver State which creates several opportunities for residents and visitors to bet on sports without visiting a casino sportsbook. For online poker, is the only poker network that is active in the state of Nevada.

Nevada casinos to reopen

Casinos in the state of Nevada have been closed since 17 March after the state regulator and governor ordered the temporary closure of non-essential businesses to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

However, last week, Governor Steve Sisolak announced that casinos would be able to reopen from 4 June. The NGCB has also published a list of guidelines and requirements for casinos that hope to reopen amid the pandemic.

Each casino will be limited to 50% occupancy, player limits will be in place for table games, and social distancing measures must be implemented between all slot machines. Casino guests and staff will also be required to wear masks when inside a casino while casinos will implement comprehensive cleaning plans.

MGM Resorts International has outlined its plans to reopen casinos in Las Vegas as the state of Nevada eases lockdown restrictions. Caesars Entertainment also revealed its reopening plans for its  Nevada venues.

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