Coushatta Casino Resort, Rush Street Interact Introduce New Social Casino
The Coushatta Casino Resort in Louisiana has teamed up with Rush Street Interactive to introduce a new social casino and sports betting product.
The namesake Coushatta Casino4Fun runs on a dedicated platform supplied by Rush Street. There, players can find over 300 slots, table games, live dealer titles, and all sorts of virtual chips to enable players to participate.
Rush Street has launched similar social products in other jurisdictions, including New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Based on the efforts so far, these solutions have been great for driving customer acquisition and engagement.
According to Scott Sirois, Coushatta Casino Resort’s general manager, the brand has been thrilled to introduce the Casino4Fun to create “fun and excitement” for the property’s guests once they have decide to sign up and play.
The brand is hoping to develop the online segment via marketing and promotions and help generate more revenues. Richard Schwartz, Rush Street Interactive president, expressed his thanks to the Coushatta Tribe for giving RSI this vote of confidence. He specifically said:
“This partnership will provide them with a powerful marketing tool to increase their current casino customer engagement, reactivate lapsed players, and acquire new customers cost-efficiently.”
Gov. J.B. Pritzker Enables Remote Registration for Sports Betting
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has temporarily suspended in-person registrations at sportsbooks and allowed sports fans to register remotely instead. The measure will last through September 19.
The measure was enacted on Friday, August 21, after it was previously planned for June 4, but the state and governor never proceeding with the measure’s signing. In light of returning Covid-19 infections, however, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has found it appropriate to reintroduce the measure.
Most casinos in Illinois opened at 50% occupancy on July 1, but sportsbooks will now have to limit themselves to just remote registrations. At the same time, starting on Wednesday, August 26, the governor has introduced new restrictions for Region 7 and Region 4, reducing occupancy at casinos to 25% from 50% before.
These measures are necessary because health authorities in Illinois have tested a rate of infection of 8% or higher in three consecutive days in the specific regions. Authorities will monitor the situation over 14 days before they decide if measures should be tightened or lessened.
Churchill Downs Incorporated to Hold Kentucky Derby behind Closed Doors
The Kentucky Derby is quite frankly the most important competition on the calendar. It has it all – from a great racing program to a strong pull that saw a record-breaking 150,000 people attend the 2019 edition of the race.
Yet, The Churchill Downs race will now have to be held behind closed doors, for the first time in the race’s near 150-year history. Originally, the event was going to be held at a greatly reduced capacity with only 23,000 people attendance.
At the time, some people speculated that the attendance rate would most likely have to be reduced further. Earlier this week, Churchill Downs released an official statement confirming that no live attendance would be allowed to the stadiums:
“Our team members feel strongly that it is our collective responsibility as citizens of Louisville to do all we responsibly can to protect the health, safety and security of our community in these challenging times and believe that running the Derby without spectators is the best way to do that.”
Besides the Kentucky Derby race, the hosts will also have to cancel live audience for the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, September 4. All ticket holders will be reimbursed, with Churchill Downs having already started the process.
ESPN Opens a New Studio at The Linq Hotel + Experience, LV
ESPN continues to expand its foothold in the world of sports with a fresh announcement that it will open a new studio at Caesars Entertainment’s The Linq Hotel + Experience based in Las Vegas.
The new studio will host ESPN’s dedicated sports betting show, Daily Wager to the new venue and is in a way an extension on a previously agreed partnership between Caesars and ESPN for odds data sharing and supplier services.
ESPN is investing generously in the new broadcasting facility with three studios sprawling on 6,000 square foot and 12 cameras providing spectators with coveted sports analysis. With the appetite for sports betting content growing among fans, according to ESPN VP of Content Connor Schell, adding another broadcasting facility was the right call to make.
Casino Royale to Lay Off 98 Employees due to COVID-19
Even the best brands in the casino industry have had to make difficult decisions. Casino Royale is one of those with new 98 layoffs announced.
While all workers should have provided a 60-day advance notice, as per the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN), the casino has argued that it was impossible to comply with the timeframe due to the “unprecedented and unexpected” impact the virus has had.
Workers would also not be able to use their union-backed “bumping rights” due to the severity of the financial fallout. Casino Royale is not the only property to have been forced to enact tough measures. Elsewhere, Wynn Las Vegas has been forced to lay off 252 employees and further 52 staff members were released from the Hakkasan restaurant chain.
New York Casino Workers Want to be Back at Work, More Rallies Planned
A week after the Albany’s protest rally took place workers at Upstate New York’s discontinued casinos are calling for a swifter action by the governor. Protestors are demanding the reopening of properties so they can return back to business.
Employees will rally once again at five or six of the gaming venues that have been shut down since March. Workers have also protested against the fact that tribal casinos have been running for months now where private properties had to stay shut, appealing to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to assist in the matter.
However, Gov. Cuomo has responded that in deciding whether to open the casinos would solely depend on the risk the state would take in terms of spreading COVID-19 if commercial casinos were to reopen.