With the number of the coronavirus cases declining and the number of vaccinations increasing, gambling in the casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada, is slowly approaching normalcy once again.
On May 19th, 2021, MGM Resorts International, which owns The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, The Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, The Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, and The Aria, announced that vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks within their properties.
Caesars Entertainment, which owns the Caesars Palace, Bally’s Hotel, Harrah’s, and The Planet Hollywood, has also made this public as well. I do not believe it will not be long before all other hotels in Vegas do the same. If not, vaccinated individuals especially will be much more inclined to stay in an MGM Resort of Caesars Entertainment hotel instead.
While unvaccinated individuals are still required to wear masks, this is a big step towards restoring order to what Vegas once was in 2019. In fact, the casinos are not the only ones benefiting. On June 1st, all hotels and restaurants will be allowed to operate at 100% capacity once again.
Because of these announcements, I suspect gambling all across the board, including sports betting, will increase tremendously. After all, the more people visit Las Vegas, the more likely gambling will go up.
It has been well over a year since the coronavirus has hit the United States. Those who enjoyed coming to Vegas and gambling large amounts of money before the pandemic will be more than willing to do so once again.
Not only will the rate of gambling increase, but the minimums the casinos decide to choose will increase too. The more individuals there are, the more likely you will find someone willing to pay a little extra to gamble.
From a sports betting perspective, these announcements coincide greatly with the timing of the NBA Playoffs. With the height of the playoffs, more people will be betting on games on a nightly basis than they would have been if Vegas was not fully open.
If the announcements were made after the postseason, I do not believe the sports betting industry would not have received as much attention as they are now.
As mentioned above, unvaccinated individuals are still required to wear a mask, “If you are not fully vaccinated, please take the proper precautions and wear a face covering,” MGM Resorts told customers. With that being said, all MGM properties will not ask for proof of vaccination. Instead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is relying on the honor system to trust guests to tell the truth.
Considering how much this global pandemic has affected our country, I am extremely surprised that proof of vaccination is not required. Nonetheless, I believe their leniency will only increase gambling which is, at the end of the day, the goal for all casinos.
It will be interesting to see how long it will take before masks, social distancing, etc., will be completely eradicated. Once that happens, I expect a record-breaking amount of gambling and sports bets to be placed.