Atlantic City's casinos — all but one — reopen with no smoking, drinking, or eating inside
Atlantic City casinos welcomed gamblers for the first time in almost four months on Thursday, but the seaside city famous for not enforcing Prohibition couldn’t let its guests drink on the casino floors.The booze ban was one of several state restrictions that casinos complied with to open during the coronavirus pandemic. Gamblers wore masks and were separated by empty seats or acrylic glass partitions. No one could smoke, eat, or drink on the casino floor.The casinos were limited to 25% capacity, too, but that wasn’t a problem. Social distancing was easy, as some customers had entire rows of s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Former Trump Plaza Casino in Atlantic City to be imploded, officials say
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The old Trump Plaza Casino at the center of the Atlantic City Boardwalk will be imploded, officials said Thursday.The casino has been closed and vacant since 2014, and the city has long sought its demolition, especially as pieces of its facade were falling to the ground and, more recently, onto the Boardwalk in high winds.The sprawling property is owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, who submitted a plan calling for imploding the casino and its tower by June 2021 after the city went to court seeking an emergency order. The city wants the property down sooner, Mayor Marty Smal...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bryce Miller: Del Mar racetrack moves opener to July 10, adjusts racing and safety protocols
SAN DIEGO — You think the logistics of a normal opening day at Del Mar racetrack are tricky? Try putting it on … without fans … during a chilling, unprecedented health crisis … in an industry still squirming in the public-relations spotlight.Judging hats the size of apartment buildings and pouring an ocean’s worth of Del Margaritas hardly matter when you’re simply trying to open the gates.The track will open its iconic summer meet July 10, eight days earlier than planned. Horses will race three days each week, instead of five. Only essential workers will be allowed, which — coupled with no fan...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Warriors await NBA to reschedule draft lottery, combine
While teams at the top of the NBA standings await the league’s plan to restart the season, teams like the Warriors, at the bottom of the standings, are more curious about what the draft lottery and combine will look like when they are rescheduled.Since the NBA season was suspended on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic, league operations have been at a standstill. Not only were games postponed indefinitely, the NBA draft lottery and combine — which were supposed to take place this week in Chicago — have yet to be rescheduled.Because they are officially eliminated from the playoffs, the Wa...
The Mercury News
Dennis Anderson: Minnesota environment loses again if GOP has its way with trust fund money
MINNEAPOLIS — Now again on a fine spring day we must consider anew the complexities that politics can make of simplicity, referencing here what should be the straightforward process of distributing money from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF.)Recall that at or about this time last year and also in 2018 I wrote columns suggesting that Republican legislators had made a banana republic-like laughingstock of the ENRTF appropriation process.The heart of the matter then is not so different now: Senate Republicans, hesitant to fund through bonding much-needed rural wastewater t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Scratch-off lottery sales soar
WASHINGTON — At a time when cooped-up Americans are looking for entertainment and hoping for a windfall more than ever, scratch-off lottery ticket sales have skyrocketed.It’s a rare bright spot for state budgets, since most states’ tax revenue has dropped and spending is up because of the coronavirus.For example, in Oklahoma, total lottery sales were just over $7.7 million for the week ending April 25, up about 75% compared with the same time last year, driven almost entirely by scratch-offs. That included nearly $5.9 million in scratch-off sales, up from $2.5 million last year.“The numbers ar...
Stefan Bondy: There's no point in having NBA lottery teams finish the regular season. Here's what to do instead.
NEW YORK — It’s early May, normally the time of the conference semifinals, and the NBA still has no idea when or if it will play again.There are all kinds of proposals floating around about location and format, but conflicting interests are the giant flaw for anything involving the resumption of a regular season. Nets owner Joe Tsai acknowledged disagreements at the highest level.“Think about this: the Los Angeles Lakers or the Milwaukee Bucks, they’re in first place when the season got suspended. There’s a chance of them going for the championship. Of course, they want to play,” Tsai said at ...
New York Daily News
Online Poker: A Significant Part Of The Online Gambling Industry
Gambling is one of the oldest sports and has been present since ancient times. However, instead of fading away, its charm continues to allure people of all ages. The gambling industry has witnessed a true revolution, from being just limited to cards to numerous digital gamesand from real-land gigantic casinos to online gambling sites.Q1 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreOnline Gambling Industry Worth Billions Of DollarsThe result of this revolution is the emergence of the online gambling industry, which is now worth billions of dollars. One significant factor that has made the onlin...
Bryce Miller: Del Mar horse racing faces many questions amid coronavirus crisis
At Del Mar racetrack, coronavirus-related questions remain the odds-on favorite with answers the 99-1 longshot.When can it race in 2020? Will it race in front of empty grandstands? Can it race at all? And what does it mean if the summer meet, scheduled for a potentially muted opening day July 18, is shelved entirely for the first time since World War II?What happens to as many as 1,600 horses coming to Del Mar for stabling? How about the 750 or so backstretch workers? The 500 to 800 race-day employees? The annual $1.25 million bond obligation to the state’s 22nd Agricultural District?So many r...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Dave Hyde: With games gone, so is gambling's temptation for these addicts
His name is Douglas, he’s an addicted gambler and he values this world without games.“It’s like being an alcoholic and there’s no alcohol anywhere,” he said.His name is Joe, he’s an addicted gambler and he also sees a prism of positive in this sports world gone dark.“This is a great opportunity for anyone with a gambling problem to get a foundation of recovery for when things start up,” he said.There’s a long list of what we’re missing in sports due to the new coronavirus pandemic, from basketball to baseball to just this past weekend Tiger Woods doing a puzzle at home with his children rather...