Gamblers have lost high-profile sports events to bet on in the past few days, and they soon will have to go without some places to make wagers.
The biggest name among the closures announced Friday is in Las Vegas, where officials at the Wynn Las Vegas resort told ESPN that it will shut down its sportsbook and poker room temporarily starting Sunday.
In Illinois, where sports betting became legal on Monday, all 10 casinos were told to suspend operations for two weeks, effective next Monday, citing the need to limit gatherings of people in the wake of the spread of the coronavirus.
“The public health of patrons, casino employees, IGB staff, and others is of paramount importance,” the Illinois Gaming Board said in a release.
Ohio’s casinos don’t literally have to shut down, but to keep operating, they must find a way to keep their body count — workers and patrons — under 100, effective midnight Friday.
On Thursday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered no “mass gatherings,” defined as groups of 100 or more people. On Friday, the state’s Casino Control Commission confirmed that the mandate included casinos.
“The governor was clear that the order applies to casinos,” Dan Tierney, a spokesman for DeWine, said in an emailed in response to questions from cleveland.com.
While the feared spread of the coronavirus has led to the shutdown of the NBA, NHL and college sports, among many other sports, gamblers could still bet on UFC, soccer matches in Argentina’s second division and Liga MX in Mexico, and horse races.
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