The Nevada State Gaming Commission Sued Over Strict Reopening Standards
The casino that closed down in Connecticut was one of the newest that has recently opened. The casino is spotlessly clean, the elevators impeccably working, and even the old and worn hotel rooms are being treated with the latest stricter protocols. As the newly appointed management crew completed their last walkthroughs, all the beautiful new gleam of an impending reopening lays just ahead upon the horizon. For Connecticut residents, who were not lucky enough to have experienced this wonderful change of heart, it can be difficult to see how it happened so quickly and with such efficiency. However, once you do, you will surely understand what it represents to Connecticut’s gaming community.
Connecticut is home to many popular gambling establishments including the Bellagio, the Connecticut Lottery Museum, the Connecticut Roller and Roll Casino, the Connecticut Lottery headquarters, the Farmington River State Park and the Penobscot High Stakes Bingo Palace. As soon as these gaming establishments closed their doors for the winter months, there was a glut of potential buyers that had no desire to wait. Some may have even thought that they would never own a piece of land again. When the newly-opened casino appeared on their doorstep in late January, however, it instantly changed everyone’s perspective.
With all of the wonderful advertising and marketing that were done for the casino’s reopening, it was expected that it would receive many accolades from the media and the public. Instead, few were there to help. Very few, if any, were there to even show up to the grand opening. In fact, many were too busy trying to avoid missing the event to even give it a chance to become newsworthy. The general public, which is generally filled with more than enough disposable cash to cover a casino reopening, literally ignored the casino. There was no mention, no advertisement, no nothing.
By the time spring rolled around and the weather was nice, only one casino that had been in operation for several years was offering its services. The other casinos had long since closed up shop and left nothing but clean sand on the floor. The reopening represented a complete and utter lack of effort on behalf of the casino.
Why was the casino so lethargic in getting things back on track? Did the casino owners simply realize that they were far from being a top destination? One possible answer lies in the timing of when the decision was made to reopen. Right before Christmas was the first major lull in casino gambling activity since the Great Depression. A huge push was needed to get casino traffic moving once again.
Another possibility is that the casino owners simply underestimated the financial hit that the move would take. The casino had already lost half of its workers in the days leading up to Christmas. Even though the unemployment rate nationwide was close to an all-time high, there was no room for another blow by hiring so many new staff. The casino was forced into a scramble to fill available positions and it didn’t happen fast enough.
Either way, it was apparent that something was going to have to give. The casino would be undergoing major repairs and would not open again for another year. The owners could barely afford to keep the lights on in the casino and were making plans to have Christmas food baskets delivered to the casinos to feed the people working there. The casino’s management was scrambling to figure out a way to operate the casino while paying the bills.
In an effort to save money, casino owners were cutting back on things like free meals and dancing. People were told that the casino would be temporarily closed while they worked out what was wrong. No one was expecting the massive numbers of people streaming into the casino to play their favorite casino games. Instead of celebrating what was supposed to be a great holiday, some of them were left disappointed, angry, and confused.