This is an ongoing story and will be updated regularly
The uncontrollable spread of COVID-19 has brought the casino industry to a grinding halt. Across the country, casinos are closing their doors to casual and experts bettors in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
On March 19, the American Gaming Association issued a release on the crisis. AGA President and CEO Bill Miller said:
“An estimated 616,000 casino gaming employees are prevented from working because of the important health and safety decisions made by state governments. Nearly all (95%) of the country’s 465 commercial casinos, and eight-in-ten (83%*) of the country’s 524 tribal casinos, have shuttered their doors.
“The impact on our employees, their families, and communities is staggering, and the implications extend far beyond the casino floor. Leading technology companies that supply the industry, and the nearly 350,000 small business employees that rely on gaming for their livelihood, are also feeling the devastating blow of this unprecedented public health crisis.”
So when will US casinos re-open amid the crisis? Only time will tell.
Though many gamblers will turn to horse betting, online casinos and online poker, our staff at PlayUSA wants to keep you up to date with a list of casino properties that have suspended operations in the wake of this global pandemic.
Casinos in Alabama will remain closed until at least March 30.
Closed casinos are owned and operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
- Wind Creek Casino Hotel Atmore
- Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Wetumpka
- Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Montgomery
Fortunately, Arizona has not been hit as hard by coronavirus, at least officially, anyway. Seemingly as a result, Gov. Doug Ducey has not been as aggressive in preventing the virus’ spread.
Schools have closed under his order, and gatherings of more than 50 people have been discouraged, but Ducey has yet to require restaurants and bars from cutting off sit-down dining, for example.
Regardless, a handful of Arizona casinos have taken proactive measures by temporarily closing their doors:
- Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass: closed for two weeks starting March 18
- Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Lone Butte: closed for two weeks starting March 18
- Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Vee Quiva: closed for two weeks starting March 18
- Talking Stick Resort: closed March 18 to March 31
- Casino Arizona: closed March 18 to March 31
- Fort McDowell Casino: closed March 18 to April 2
- We-Ko-Pa Resort: expected to open April 2
Several Arkansas casinos are temporarily closing due to the coronavirus outbreak. Southland Casino Racing, Saracen Casino Resort, and Oaklawn Casino will be closed for two weeks. According to reports, thoroughbred racing will continue without spectators.
Like most states, California has called for the suspension of events with 250 or more people while also ordering bars and restaurants to close up shop temporarily.
As for California casinos, some tribal properties have already started to take precautionary measures that include temporarily closing.
Beginning March 15, San Manuel Casino closed and will remain that way until the end of the month. Augustine Casino and Casino Pauma also suspended operations March 15; Augustine will reopen “at the discretion” of the tribe and the casino’s executive team, while Casino Pauma is closed until further notice.
Both Pechanga Resort Casino and Harrah’s Resort Southern California joined the list of closed casinos on March 16 and will stay that way at least until the end of March.
The tribal casinos in San Diego County — Barona, Campo, Jamul, Sycuan and Viejas — will close beginning March 20 and last at least until the end of the month.
This order, which took effect March 17, will continue for at least 30 days.
More than 30 commercial and tribal casinos call Colorado home. Tribal properties, however, are not mandated to follow the order.
Regardless, below is a list of casinos that have temporarily closed and appear to be following Polis’ timeline unless otherwise stated:
- Golden Gates
- Mardi Gras
- Golden Gulch
- Ameristar Black Hawk: Closed until further notice
- Century Casino
- Bronco Billy’s
- Isle of Capri
- Lady Luck Black Hawk
The states two casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort, have agreed to close for two weeks under a deal announced by Gov. Ned Lamont.
According to the ctpost, both properties are no longer accepting new hotel reservations. As of Monday, table games at Foxwoods, operated by Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, were closed while “alternating slot machines were turned off to create distance between players.”
Mohegan Sun spokesman Cody Chapman told the ctpost, similar measures were taken to create space at slot machines and table games, where players were limited to three people per table.
- Delaware Park
- Dover Downs
- Harrington Casino and Raceway
3/20/2020 Update: The Seminole Tribe of Florida amended its previous position Friday, opting to temporarily close its Florida casinos. These locations include Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, Seminole Casino Brighton, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, and Seminole Classic Casino.
- Calder Casino: closed for at least two weeks starting March 16
- Palm Beach Kennel Club: closed for at least two weeks starting March 16
- Hialeah Park Casino: closed until further notice
- The Casino @ Dania Beach: closed March 17 to April 1
- The Big Easy Casino: closed March 17 until further notice
- The Casino at Gulstream Park: closed March 17 until further notice
The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) extended its closure of all casinos and video gaming terminals until April 8. This includes all Illinois casinos, all video gaming operations, and all Illinois sports betting. There are 35,483 video gaming terminals in the state operating at 7,307 bars, restaurants and truckstops.
Gov. JB Pritzker also announced all dine-in service will be suspended at all bars and restaurants across the state.
Casinos and racetracks closed:
- Argosy Casino Alton
- Casino Queen
- Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel
- Grand Victoria Casino
- Hollywood Casino Aurora
- Hollywood Casino Joliet
- Rivers Casino
- Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
- Harrah’s Metropolis Casino & Hotel
- Jumer’s Casino & Hotel
- Fairmont Park
- Hawthorne Casino and Race Course
The Indiana casino industry suspended operations on Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes popular casino locations like Ameristar East and Horseshoe Casinos, both located minutes from downtown Chicago.
In total, the state has 14 casinos that will be closed for at least two weeks beginning March 16. These include:
- Ameristar Casino East Chicago – East Chicago
- Belterra Casino – Florence
- Blue Chip Casino – Michigan City
- Four Winds South Bend – South Bend*
- French Lick Resort Casino – French Lick
- Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg – Lawrenceburg
- Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing and Casino – Anderson
- Horseshoe Casino Hammond – Hammond
- Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana – Elizabeth
- Indiana Grand Racing & Casino – Shelbyville
- Majestic Star I & II – Gary
- Rising Star Casino – Rising Star
- Tropicana Evansville – Evansville
On Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds declared a statewide public health emergency limiting gathering to 10 people and closing bars, restaurants, casinos, and other businesses until the end of the month.
Casinos and racetracks closed:
- Casino Queen
- Catfish Bend
- Diamond Jo Dubuque
- Diamond Jo Worth
- Grand Falls
- Hard Rock
- Iowa Greyhound Park
- Isle Bettendorf
- Isle Waterloo
- Prairie Meadows
- Q Casino
- Rhythm City
- Wild Rose Emmetsburg
- Wild Rose Jefferson
- Wild Rose Clinton
On Tuesday, the Kansas Lottery announced the four state-owned casinos will shut down to help “slow the spread of COVID-19.”
- Hollywood Casino in Kansas City
- Kansas Crossin in Pittsburg
- Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane
- Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City
Casinos will remain closed until March 30.
Churchill Downs announced Tuesday it has postponed the Kentucky Derby until Saturday, September 5. The historic racetrack also closed their gambling parlors for the time being.
Keeneland and Red Mile racetrack have also closed their gambling facilities, following guidance by the CDC. Keeneland also announced it has canceled its entire 2020 spring racing meet.
Effective March 16 at midnight, the shutdown of the Lousiana casino industry will commence. Ronnie Jones, chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, announced that state police would be working to help implement the shutdown process.
“In an effort to protect the health and wellbeing of [casino] employees and guest, the board is in the process of preparing a formal order directing the closure of the gaming operations at all 20 casinos in the state for a period of 14 days, subject to extension,” Jones said.
- Boomtown Bossier
- Eldorado Resort
- Diamond Jacks
- Sam’s Town
- Isle Lake Charles
- L’auberge Lake Charles
- Golden Nugget Lake Charles
- Amelia Belle
- Boomtown New Orleans
- Treasure Chest
- Belle of Baton Rouge
- Hollywood Baton Rouge
- L’auberge Baton Rouge
- Harrah’s New Orleans Casino
- Delta Downs
- Harrah’s LA Downs
- Evangeline Downs
- Fair Grounds
Taking the health and well being of guests and team members, Jay Snowden, president and CEO of Penn National Gaming, which owns Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway in Bangor, Maine, has decided to close the casino for two weeks.
Oxford Casino & Hotel, has also voluntarily suspended operations for 14 days beginning on Monday, March 16.
Both casinos have followed the actions of other casinos across the country in closing their doors amid the COID-19 outbreak.
Gov. Larry Hogan announced the closure of the state’s 12 casinos and racetracks and all simulcast betting facilities effective on Monday, March 16. There has been no announcement on when properties will re-open but all are expected to remain closed for at least two weeks.
Casinos and racetracks closed:
- MGM National Harbor
- Live! Casino & Hotel
- Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
- Hollywood Casino Perryville
- Ocean Downs Casino
- Rocky Gap Casino Resort
- Laurel Park
- Pimlico Race Course
- Timonium Race Course
- Fair Hill Races
- Rosecroft Raceway
- Ocean Downs
Massachusetts’ three casinos were temporarily shut down Sunday by the state’s gaming commission. The status of Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield, and Plainridge Park Casino will be reevaluated in two weeks.
The three commercial casinos in downtown Detroit are expected to remain closed till at least April 13th, according to The Detroit News.
- MGM Grand
- Greektown Casino
- MotorCity Casino
Native American tribes across the state are suspending gaming operations and closing their doors in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
On Monday, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Casino Hickley were the latest to close for no fewer than 14 days.
The state has 11 Native American tribes operating 21 separate casinos across Minnesota. As of Thursday, all properties will remain closed for a two week period.
Mississippi casinos have followed the lead of other properties around the country and closed their doors for the time being. The gaming commission ordered all casinos in the state to close on March 16 until further notice.
The state has 26 casinos in total, all of which will be evaluated on a daily basis the commission said.
- Central region casinos closed: 7
- Coastal region casinos closed: 12
- Northern region casinos closed: 7
These casinos include:
- 1st Jackpot Casino Tunica
- Ameristar Casino Hotel
- Beau Rivage
- Boomtown Casino Biloxi
- Fitzgerald’s Tunica
- Gold Strike Tunica
- Golden Nugget Biloxi
- Hard Rock Casino Biloxi
- Harlow’s Casino Resort
- Harrah’s Gulf Coast
- Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast
- Hollywood Casino Tunica
- IP Casino Biloxi
- Island View Casino
- Isle of Capri
- Magnolia Bluffs Casino
- Palace Casino
- Riverwalk Casino Hotel
- Sam’s Town Tunica
- Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort
- Silver Slipper Casino
- Treasure Bay Casino
- WaterView Casino and Hotel
After consulting with the Missouri Gaming Commission, Gov. Mike Parson announced the closure of all 13 casinos in the state until March 30.
- St. Jo Frontier Casino
- Mark Twain Casino
- Ameristar Casino Kansas City
- Ameristar Casino St. Charles
- Harrah’s Kansas City
- Century Casino Cape Girardeau
- Century Casino Caruthersville
- Isle of Capri Casino, Kansas City
- Isle of Capri Casino, Boonville
- Lumiere Place Casino & Hotels
- Argosy Riverside Casino
- River City Casino
- Hollywood Casino St. Louis
Some states have not been hit as hard with coronavirus. Montana is one of those states.
Yet while Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive limiting gatherings to fewer than 50 people, several counties have been more proactive in attempting to slow the virus’ spread. Counties such as Silver Bow, Gallatin and Yellowstone have ordered temporary closures of nonessential businesses.
As for the state of Montana casinos:
- Glacier Peaks Casino: closed for two weeks starting March 15
- Lil Peaks Casino: closed for two weeks starting March 15
- Gray Wolf Peak Casino: closed for two weeks starting March 16
- KwaTaqNuk Resort & Casino: closed for two weeks starting March 16
- Fort Belknap Casino: closed until further notice
Montana does feature state-sanctioned sports betting as well as a modified version of mobile wagering.
Sports Bet Montana exists on betting terminals in select retailers scattered throughout the state. Those businesses are also equipped with communication beacons that allow customers to log on to the betting app and wager on mobile devices. Bettors must be physically inside those businesses to bet online.
Despite a shortage of sports to wager on, so long as Montana allows these locations to remain open, residents will have gaming opportunities.
This came mere days after Sisolak provided strong support for “any decision our properties make … whether or not to close.”
Details of the order, including when casinos must close and the duration of the closure, were not available at the time of writing.
Prior to this announcement, Wynn Las Vegas and its attached sister property Encore elected to suspend operations for at least two weeks, beginning March 17 at 6 p.m.
*(Note: As of this writing on March 31, Wynn Las Vegas is now taking reservations for the dates of April 17, 2020 and beyond via its website.)
MGM Resorts will also close its nine Vegas casinos on March 17 “until further notice.” Those properties include:
- MGM Grand
- Mandalay Bay
- New-New York
- Aria and Vdara at CityCenter
- Park MGM
- The Mirage
On March 17, Venetian and Palazzo resort-hotels announced it would follow their lead, closing through April 1.
Caesars Entertainment’s Las Vegas properties are staying open–for now.
For properties remaining open, the Nevada Gaming Control Board on March 16 issued “Restrictions on Operations during COVID-19 Outbreak” to all of the state’s gaming licensees.
The board emphasized that it will enforce the following restrictions, which will remain in place until further notice:
- There may be no more than three chairs at each table game.
- Each gaming machine must be cleaned and sanitized at least once every two hours.
- Patrons may not serve themselves from buffets that remain open. Similarly, employees may not
serve themselves in employee dining areas.
- The gaming floor and other public areas of a licensee’s property must operate under the latest
social distancing guidance from Nevada’s medical advisory team.
For those wishing to stay home, Nevada offers online poker via the World Series of Poker website and WSOP app.