Vegas prepares to reopen casinos this week

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A number of Las Vegas casinos said that they will be reopening this week after being closed for more than two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Yahoo News reports The Bellagio, New York-New York, Caesars Palace and the Flamingo are some of the resorts that will open their doors on June 4, with strict social distancing practices in effect.

“We welcome the visitors from across the country to come here, to have a good time, no different than they did previously, but we’re going to be cautious,” Governor Steve Sisolak told reporters.

Sisolak said he made the decision to reopen the multi-billion dollar gaming industry, the bedrock of Nevada’s economy, following consultations with health experts.

“We’ve taken every precaution possible,” he said.

“I don’t think you’re going to find a safer place to come than Las Vegas by June 4, with the protocols we have put in place, with the testing we have put in place, with the contact tracing that will be in place by that time,” he added.

“We’re encouraging visitors to come and enjoy themselves and have a good time.”

The Gaming Control Board issued guidelines this month on the reopening of casinos, including limiting them to half-capacity and restricting to three the number of people at the gaming table.

It also recommended the removal of every other chair at slot machines to maintain safe social distancing margins.

Casinos workers, however, have balked at returning to work without enhanced measures to protect them.

The Culinary Union, which represents some 60,000 Las Vegas workers said in a statement: “This is a matter of life-or-death for workers, and I urge everyone to proceed very deliberately and very carefully.”

“Culinary Union members and other casino workers will become frontline workers because we are the ones who will interact with guests daily and frequently.”

The union is demanded workers who will be most exposed be tested regularly for coronavirus and given protective equipment if needed.

“What happens if someone who arrives in Vegas asymptomatic develops symptoms here and decides to hole up in their room for a couple of days instead of asking for medical attention?” the union said.

MGM Resorts’ acting chief executive and president Bill Hornbuckle said the company will be following a set of protocols to mitigate the spread of the virus, including increased testing of employees, contactless check-in and digital menus.

“As we plan for these openings, the health and safety of our guests and employees is at the forefront of all we do,” he said in a statement.

“Getting many of our employees back to work and welcoming guests through our doors again will allow us to do what we do best – entertain.”

Punters wins almost $1M on Madonna’s Vegas pokies

Aristocrat’s most popular pokies, Madonna, gave a whopping payout of $931,640 to a lucky Hawaiian resident in October last year.

Free Aristocrat Pokies reported in March the lucky player played Madonna pokies at Main Street Station in Vegas.

According to a press release, the player had initially thought she had won a $9,000 jackpot but was elated to have heard she had won more than 100 times that amount.

She hit the grand jackpot by hitting four Madonna symbols and a wild.

Madonna Pokies from Aristocrat is based on the well known ‘Queen of Pop’ Madonna.

The best selling female artist of all time now has a new name up in bright pink neon lights on the reels of her very own pokies which was released in 2018 after signing a multi-million dollar branding deal with Aristocrat, one of the world’s largest pokies machine manufacturers.

This debut Madonna pokies focuses on her chart-topping success during the 1980s.

Those of you who preferred Madonna’s wild side during the 1990s will be pleased to hear that a sequel that focuses on her hits from that decade is already in the pipeline.

Housed in Aristocrat’s powerful new Edge X cabinet, Madonna comes to life across dual 43-inch high-definition LCDs.

She strikes a seductive pose alongside the game’s logo and five progressive jackpot counters on the top screen of the large-form cabinet.

Directly below this screen, you’ll see cinematic symbols of Madonna landing on a 3×5 game matrix.

Aristocrat has also incorporated a small LCD screen into the options panel which displays the lyrics to the song currently being played.

The value of coins can easily be adjusted in the options panel, with 001 being the lowest denomination available.

If you like to play with less sum of money then you’ll be pleased to hear there is a low limit of 50 credits.

Betting sizes increase to 100, 150, 250 and 500 credits.

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