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Un letrero colocado en la puerta del casino que dice "leer antes de entrar".
Benjamin Payne

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Los apostadores pudieron probar su suerte una vez más en Nevada, ya que los casinos en el estado abrieron sus puertas con una capacidad máxima del 50 por ciento este pasado viernes, 4 de junio. Pero como informa Benjamin Payne de KUNR, los trabajadores siguen preocupados por la seguridad debido a la pandemia de COVID-19.

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Ben Payne

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Gamblers can once again try their luck in Nevada, as casinos across the state begin reopening Thursday under 50% maximum occupancy, but as KUNR's Benjamin Payne reports, workers are concerned about safety. 

A casino in Reno.
Brian Bahouth of the Sierra Nevada Ally

The Nevada Gaming Control Board is making final regulatory preparations to reopen casinos as soon as June 4. Our contributor Brian Bahouth with the Sierra Nevada Ally reports. 

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State of Nevada

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions, as portions of the state begin to reopen.

KUNR’s senior reporter, Paul Boger, spoke with Noah Glick, who’s been following the updates, to learn what changes take effect today.

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Westgate Resorts

The COVID-19 pandemic is now threatening the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, following a number of high-profile sporting events that have already been postponed or canceled. These cancelations have some sportsbooks looking for different things to bet on.

Stevie Tavener said, "Finding different breathing patterns or different things we can do to stay present in the moment. Things are changing hourly, so we kind of just have to stay as present as possible and that's what I'm focusing on most."
Stephanie Serrano / KUNR

Many Nevadans working in the service industry, who have the opportunity to file for unemployment, are currently in the process of doing so after the mandated statewide closure of all non-essential businesses for 30 days. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to two Reno locals who have been impacted.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing federal, state and local governments to take drastic measures. And in Nevada, Gov. Steve Sisolak did something never done before: he ordered all casinos in the state to shut down for 30 days.

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University of Nevada, Reno

COVID-19 is halting sports events around the country. The National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer are all suspended. And March Madness is canceled.

That’s affecting one industry particularly hard: sports betting.

First Days In America: Casino Exec. Karen Goforth

Jul 11, 2019
Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano
Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano

Wanting to explore and see the world in her early twenties, Karen Goforth came to the United States from Melbourne, Australia about 40 years ago. When she arrived, she discovered more opportunities for women in the states. Today, she tells us her story for our series, “First Days in America.”

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Virtual reality is potentially making its way onto the casino floors in Nevada. KUNR contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has the details.

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A New Jersey-based company has agreed to pay Nevada gaming regulators $150,000 for illegally approving a cash wagering system for casinos but never doing the required testing. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has more. 

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With more casinos popping up across the country, Reno properties are chasing diverse types of non-gaming revenue. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the story.

Nevada casinos have now reported three consecutive months when total win exceeded a billion dollars. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly breaks down the numbers.

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The casinos in the Reno-Tahoe area have long offered much more than just gambling, but the world of casino entertainment has changed quite a bit through the years. Historian Alicia Barber shines a spotlight on the golden era of casino showrooms in this episode of Time & Place.

Reno’s casinos started opening their own elegant nightclubs and dinner showrooms in the 1940s, and by the fifties, they were in fierce competition to book big-name entertainers to headline them, often for a week or two at a time. Lounge and opening acts could stay on even longer.

For the first time in Northern Nevada, thousands of employees at three Reno casinos have access to an onsite clinic. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray checks out what this type of healthcare looks like.

Smoke-Free Gaming of America

Workers and patrons fed-up with breathing in secondhand smoke in Nevada casinos are rallying outside the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas Tuesday. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray has the details.

More than five thousand bridge players from 15 countries have descended on downtown Reno for the Spring North American Bridge Championships this week. According to the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, the event contributes about $8 million to the local economy. And as Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray discovers, it also brings in some passionate devotees.

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Nearly $5 million in gaming tax revenue has not been collected by Washoe County due to an accounting error. Our contributor Bob Conrad with ThisisReno has the story.

The tax went uncollected for more than five years and county officials say that money could have helped during the recession. County manager John Slaughter:

Noah Glick

This Sunday, the NFL hosts Super Bowl 50. And with more money being wagered on the game than ever before, there’s a lot at stake for Nevada casinos. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

This year, an estimated $4.2 billion will be bet on the Super Bowl. However, 97 percent of that, or 4.1 billion, will be done illegally. That’s because of one important distinction.

“There are casinos everywhere, but the only place you can bet on sports is in Nevada.”

The Nevada Historical Society has a new exhibit featuring photographs taken inside Reno casinos during the 1970s and '80s. Reno Public Radio's Danna O'Connor has the details. 

The exhibit is called “Black and White Risk” and the photos are unusual in that photography is banned in Nevada casinos.  The photographer is Jan Aphelin who started working in casinos in the early 1960’s and began secretly taking photos almost immediately.

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