Many offline casino proprietors are considering selling their establishments and others are wondering if Las Vegas can survive the COVID-19 pandemic. At the very least, they are mulling over what the landscape in the Sin City will look like once the situation is over.
However, there is some positive news coming out of Las Vegas, which could suggest that everything will be okay. We will not find out until next week, but it could be that a new casino will be springing up south of Las Vegas in Henderson.
A New Casino Could be Heading for Nevada
According to Marnell Gaming Management, they are in discussions to purchase nine acres of land in Northern Henderson. That plot would be just south of the capital of land-based gambling, Las Vegas. What Marnell is discussing is whether the city council will permit them to build a hotel and casino resort on the spot.
The $250 million project would come on top of the $4.1 million it will cost Marnell to acquire the land. While its estimated worth is thought to be closer to $6.5 million, the council are believed to be open to a figure of around $4.3 million. The final decision about whether Henderson will gain a new casino is expected to come through next week.
Vegas Sees Plenty of Construction of Late
Marnell’s potential new casino is not the only positive sign that everything is going to be tickety-boo for the Las Vegas gambling scene. In October (long after new restrictions came in limiting casino activities), Circa Resort opened its doors for the very first time. It was the first hotel and casino resort to be constructed from scratch in over 40 years. For the time being, the 777 hotel rooms that the Circa Resort has to offer remain closed but they are expected to open within weeks.
The Slowdown Continues
For the time being, the slowdown in Las Vegas is continuing. An ongoing feud between the Governor of Nevada and the mayor of Las Vegas is threatening to boil over, while casinos in Las Vegas struggle to fill their tables and hotel rooms.
The pandemic has seen a significant slump in gambling-related tourism in Nevada overall. Recently, The Palazzo became the latest resort to close its hotel, due to lack of customers. The MGM and Mirage casinos currently only open their hotels over the weekend, while the Wynn is closed only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Gambling at the tables had steadily been increasing until new restrictions a fortnight ago.