Nevada Redacts Sports Betting Figures in April Gaming Report
The Nevada Gaming Control Board on Friday said it is not releasing April sports betting numbers for “confidentiality” reasons and because casinos have been closed.
A statement from the board:
"Due to statutory limitations regarding the confidentiality of financial records and the extremely limited amount of reported gaming revenue for the month of April 2020, several portions of the Monthly Revenue Report have been redacted."
The board said in an email that it was done to “adequately preserve the confidentiality of an individual licensee’s revenue. This was required under NRS 463.120(4)(a).”
The limited report released Friday showed Nevada casinos had just $3.64 million in overall gaming revenue for April, a 99.6% decline year over year.
The revenue came from the limited mobile sports betting apps and interactive poker, which is legal in the state. Nevada still requires in-person registration at its casinos for mobile betting.
In March, Nevada sportsbooks had $141.108 million in total sports betting handle. A year ago, the sports betting handle was almost $600 million ($597.045) million) in March.
Nevada’s March sports betting handle was a 71% drop from a record February sports betting handle of $491.706 million.
Nevada Casinos Opening Next Week
Nevada casinos will be allowed to reopen June 4. The Gaming Control Board on Wednesday issued updated health and safety guidelines for the reopening.
In addition to social-distancing measures, some of the new requirements include checking temperatures upon entering; having an area where visitors can be tested for coronavirus and wait on the results; and making facemasks available to guests.
Most of the biggest Las Vegas casinos, including MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, Bellagio, and Wynn Resorts, plan to reopen June 4, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. Boyd Gaming Corp. also announced that it would reopen nine of its Nevada properties that day — The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Aliante, Cannery, Sam’s Town, Fremont, California and Jokers Wild.
Mobile Sports Betting Registration Requirements
Nevada has more licensed physical sportsbooks than any other state with legal and regulated sports betting, but they have been closed since mid-March when the casinos had to shut down.
With sports like UFC, NASCAR, overseas soccer and golf beginning to return, drive-through mobile sportsbooks recently began to dot the Vegas Strip so bettors could register or access their accounts.
That was being done because Nevada bettors must first register at a physical sportsbook. Nevada trails New Jersey sportsbooks and at Pennsylvania sportsbooks in mobile betting because of the registration requirements.
Despite the limiting mobile regulations, Nevada has another online gaming option. Along with New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, it can offer online poker sites. They are legal in those states.
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