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U.S. gaming industry hanging hopes on stimulus package

Mar 31, 2020, 8:47 am

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Hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the American gaming industry, including the expanding legal sports betting market, is optimistic the federal relief bill signed into law Friday by President Donald Trump will help its recovery.

The $2 trillion CARES Act provides emergency liquidity, tax relief and additional support for small businesses, among other measures that could benefit the gaming industry. The funds will be allocated to states then apportioned to individual industries based on economic figures like number of workers and taxable revenue generated.

It's a jolt of a good news for an industry that was excluded from federal relief packages after Hurricane Katrina and the 2008-09 financial crisis and is now facing its darkest days.

Essentially every commercial gaming establishment in the United States is closed, with no definitive timeline for a return. The American Gaming Association estimates 650,000 direct gaming employees have had work stoppages and $43.5 billion in economic activity could be lost if the shutdown were to last two months.

"We've made the case that we are important employers and important economic engines, whether it's the Gulf Coast, tribal country in Oklahoma or Western Pennsylvania," Bill Miller, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, told ESPN. "These legislators understand that they don't want to see these gaming communities go down."

On Thursday, Washington became the 21st state to pass sports betting legislation in the past two years. Legal bookmakers were operating in 16 states, with more jurisdictions preparing to launch, before casinos around the nation began closing.

While in-person sports betting has ceased, several online bookmakers in the U.S. remain open. Indiana, New Jersey, Nevada and Pennsylvania are among the states with active online sports betting, albeit with much smaller wagering menus.

The pandemic has stopped all major American and international sports, leaving bookmakers scrambling to find betting offerings for customers. Table tennis and hockey from Belarus were among the highlighted events at sportsbooks this week. On Thursday, Nevada Gaming Control authorized its sportsbooks to take bets on an esports tournament.

The new betting markets, however, are doing little to mitigate the loss of the NBA, the NHL and Major League Baseball. Multiple sportsbook operators told ESPN this week that they sometimes go hours without taking a single bet.

"It's certainly unfortunate," Miller said in a phone interview this week. "There is no sports in the U.S. to speak of so there is no sports betting industry in America."

With people around the world encouraged to stay at home, other forms of online gambling have seen upticks, including poker. PokerStars, a leading international online cardroom, held its largest online tournament ever this week, with an $18.6 million prize pool that attracted a record 93,016 entries.

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The whole world is, has, or will be hit hard by COVID-19 

 Right now I do miss baseball.

 "We are all in this together!" 

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    "While in-person sports betting has ceased, several online bookmakers in the U.S. remain open."

    Maybe Online poker, but no major sports are playing so there is not much else to bet on.

    Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again

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      "While in-person sports betting has ceased, several online bookmakers in the U.S. remain open."

      Maybe Online poker, but no major sports are playing so there is not much else to bet on.

      I have no problem with an Employer getting funds from the Relief Package to pay those Employees.

      I do have a problem with the the Gaming Industry getting any help itself. 

      Remember who these people are and how much they prey upon the rest of us.  They should be sitting on enough cash to get by ok. 

      If one goes down, a replacement will appear in an instant.

      During the break, Americans are not Losing.  If anything they be able to spend that Lost Cash on essential things.

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        The whole world is, has, or will be hit hard by COVID-19 

         Right now I do miss baseball.

        Yeah, I was really looking forward to baseball also. Texas Rangers have a brand new indoor ballpark opening. Air conditioning! Went to a game couple years ago at old Globe Life Park (which I will miss, was a great ball park) and the game time temperature was 108. That's the only thing I will miss is the heat.

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          I have no problem with an Employer getting funds from the Relief Package to pay those Employees.

          I do have a problem with the the Gaming Industry getting any help itself. 

          Remember who these people are and how much they prey upon the rest of us.  They should be sitting on enough cash to get by ok. 

          If one goes down, a replacement will appear in an instant.

          During the break, Americans are not Losing.  If anything they be able to spend that Lost Cash on essential things.

          Read where someone on Facebook complained about people getting more money being laid off than other people that are working. Apparently they don't understand the stimulus package with no interest small and large business loans that includes an extra $600 a week unemployment benefit is meant to stimulate and keep the economy going. This of course includes the gaming industry and those employees will get the extra $600 too. 

          "Remember who these people are and how much they prey upon the rest of us."

          They offer us something we want to do and nobody is forced to participate. Some horse race tracks are open so those betters are happy, but I'm not sure if those tracks are open to the public or just have Online wagering. As for legal sports betting in person, the risk is about the same as going to bank or a store. And hopefully if those parlors are open, the betters observe social distancing. But most offer Online wagering so the betters don't have to leave their homes. 

          The key word is "non-essential" work places and that certainly includes the gaming industry, but all those industries no matter how we feel about them have an affect on the economy and why they're all part of the stimulus packages.

          Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again

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            "While in-person sports betting has ceased, several online bookmakers in the U.S. remain open."

            Maybe Online poker, but no major sports are playing so there is not much else to bet on.

            very funny GIF " Not much else to bet on?"...... Wanna bet that someone here is gonna be upset!

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              If the bookmakers are taking bets on table tennis, I would put my money on Forrest Gump to win!

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