Land-Based Casinos in the US Are Reopening

Land Based Casino Open Were Back

We have been dealing with the world health crisis for almost a year now. Throughout this time, online sportsbooks and gambling websites have thrived because they provide their users with a casino experience that’s accessible from a smartphone.

The land-based casino industry, however, has had an unpredictable and uncertain year. The initial nationwide closure of all land-based casinos and gambling establishments dealt a heavy blow to the industry, especially in states without access to legal online casinos.

The reopening process began slowly at the end of April 2020. As of February 2021, around 90% of commercial and tribal land-based casinos are currently open. I would love to tell you we are out of the woods, but there is a catch.

Please Note:
A second wave of closures is afoot for land-based casinos, but this time, it does not come in the form of a blanket shutdown for the whole country.

States are acting independently, and any implemented shutdowns are for shorter periods of time. On this page, you’ll find several updates on the land-based casino openings across the country to give you a better picture of the progress made since last March.

The Impact of Casino Closures

Before I became I full-time writer, I was employed by a small regional company as a route sales representative in Pennsylvania. It was my job to manage a particular sales territory, supplying grocery stores and restaurants in that area on a weekly basis. One of my accounts was a land-based casino in the Northern West Virginia panhandle.

I remember that day, in March of 2020, when I was told they were suspending their operations until further notice due to an impending health crisis.
Within the span of a few weeks, all gambling establishments in the United States were brought to a screeching halt. The closure of both land-based casinos and restaurants greatly impacted workers all over the country, myself included. States like Pennsylvania and Nevada, which heavily relied on revenue from these establishments, were heavily affected by the shutdown.

Thankfully, a slow reopening process began within the next month, in April of that year. By June, many casinos and restaurants were beginning to make a strong comeback. Since then, more land-based casinos have since implemented safety measures to keep their businesses thriving. While there have been some setbacks and reclosures within the past year, 90% of establishments are open.

The Big Picture

Since March 2020, the country has yet to see 100% reopening of all casinos, but we are certainly on the right track to get there. 911 out of 998 reopened casinos is not bad at all.
All information is current as of February 18th, 2021.

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island

New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
South Dakota

South Carolina

States With All Casinos Open: 25

States With Some Casinos Open: 17

States With No Casinos: 8

1. 911 US casinos are currently open.
2. 87 casinos are currently closed or have never reopened.
3. No states are fully closed.

A New Way of Doing Business

Although 90% of casinos are open and operating, it is not business as usual for most.
Most tribal casinos have sovereignty to regulate and conduct business how they see fit. For the most part, mandates from the state do not apply to these establishments. They have the carte blanche to operate independently of the governing bodies.

Commercial casinos follow regulations from the state in which they are located. Each jurisdiction has differing guidelines, but many of the new recommendations and strategies are found to be similar.

On your next trip to a land-based casino near you, I would not be surprised if they had several precautions already in place for their staff and guests.

CDC Guidelines and Recommendations

Casinos and other gambling outfits are now tasked with encouraging certain behaviors to keep customers and staff safe. They have also suggested additional precautions and operating procedures to ensure a healthy environment.

New Guidelines
Customers or staff should stay home if they feel ill.
Everyone is encouraged to wash their hands often, adequately cover any coughing or sneezing, and avoid touching their face.
If possible, wear a mask, especially in large crowds and when distancing is not possible.
New Operating Procedures
Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting of all surfaces
Stocking up adequate supplies such as hand sanitizer, soap, and masks
Ensuring proper ventilation and water systems
Addition of new signs with messages promoting protective measures
Inclusion of physical barriers like partitions and plexiglass
Closing off or restricting capacity on communal spaces to reduce risk

Visit Centers for Disease Control and Preventionsfor more details.

Updates on Partially Open States

With half of the states’ land-based casinos operating once again, let’s look at the 17 partially opened states. We don’t want you to waste time calling around when you can get the most up-to-date information right here!

Casino Del Sol
Casino of the Sun
Del Sol Marketplace
Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort

Redwood Hotel Casino
All state card rooms are closed inside, but many have set up outdoor operations.
All Los Angeles County card rooms remain completely closed.

Ute Mountain Casino
The following are only allowing slots:
Cripple Creek Casino
Monarch Casino – Black Hawk
Central City Casino

Benewah Family Foods (slot machine room)

Diamond Jacks (closed permanently)
Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lake Charles (closed from hurricane damage)

Kings Club Casino
Bay Mills Resort and Casino

Glacier Little Peaks Casino
Fort Belknap Casino

Yankton Sioux Travel Plaza
Turtle Creel Crossing Super Foods
Prairie Wind Casino

Horseshu Hotel and Casino
Say When Casino
Harrah’s Reno
Lakeside Inn and Casino
Cal-Nev-Ari Casino
Colorado Belle Casino Resort
Siegel Slots and Suites
Fiesta Rancho Casino Hotel
Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel
Main Street Station Casino Brewery
Palms Casino Resort
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Eastside Cannery Casino
Fiesta Henderson Casino
Eldorado Casino
Moapa Tribal Store
Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza

Jicarilla Apache Nation
Fire Rock Navajo Casino
Flowing Water Navajo Casino
Northern Edge Navajo Casino
SunRay Park and Casino
Apache Nugget Travel Center and Casino
Wild Horse Casino and Hotel
Sky City Casino Hotel
Dancing Eagle Casino
Route 66 Casino Express
Palace West Casino
The Downs Racetrack and Casino
Sandia Resort and Casino
Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel
Black Mesa Travel Center – Slot Stop
Tesuque Casino
Buffalo Thunder Resort
Jake’s Casino
Cities of Gold Casino
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino
Elk’s Lodge Casino
Billy the Kid Casino
Zia Park Casino

Cherokee Tribal Bingo

Turtle Mountain Bingo Palace
Knights of Columbus

Cherokee Casino and Hotel Grove
Cherokee Casino and Hotel Siloam Springs
Cherokee Casino and Hotel South Coffeyville
Cherokee Casino and Hotel Ramona
Cherokee Casino and Hotel Will Rogers Downs
Cherokee Casino and Hotel – Roland
Cherokee Casino and Hotel – Sallisaw
Cherokee Casino and Hotel – Tahlequah
Cherokee Casino and Hotel – Fort Gibson
Tonkawa Casino
Choctaw Travel Plaza
Choctaw Casino – McAlester
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Tulsa

Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort

Two Rivers Casino
Last Chance Casino
Indoor play at state poker rooms is currently prohibited.

Ho-Chunk Gaming Tomah
Oneida Travel Center
Lake of the Torches Bingo
Bad River Lodge and Casino
Grindstone Creek Casino

789 Smoke Shop and Casino
Shoshone Rose Casino

Recent Casino Closures and Reopenings

There have been a few recent closures in the past week, but not due to any health-related concerns.
On February 15, we gained the opening of one land-based casino—Route 66 Casino Hotel in New Mexico. .

Unfortunately, gamblers also suffered another loss with Ten Cherokee Nation casinos in Oklahoma closing because of ongoing power-grid tribulations

On February 16, Three Cherokee Nation casinos in Oklahoma closed due to severe winter weather. American Gaming Association’s COVID-19 Casino Tracker is a great tool to get an accurate picture of what is going on with all casinos across the nation.

Progress is Being Made!

If you enjoy spending your free time making some extra cash at in-person casinos, the great news is that the one down the road from you is most likely open and operating!

Pro Tip:
We all know in today’s world things can change quickly. Consider calling ahead before making your way there just to get a feel for their setup and guest expectations.

But 90% of land-based casinos are currently up and running, so this gives you an excellent opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy some normalcy after a strange, unconventional year.

Matt Marino / Author

Matt Marino is a writer with a passion for learning to adapt to new situations and discovering innovations along the way. Through his day job as a Route Sales Representative at Cellone’s Italian Bread, Matt has learned to meet a large volume of client needs and deadlines quickly while maintaining a high level of quality. Matt is a graduate of Geneva College with a B.A. in Communications and a concentration in Public Relations and Writing. If he's not on the road or at his computer, you will likely find Matt watching Pixar’s Cars for the 109th time with his 3-year-old son or drinking iced coffee in his recliner.