Pursuant to an order from Governor Steve Sisolak, The M Resort Spa and Casino, Tropicana Las Vegas Casino and Hotel, Cactus Petes Resort Casino and the Horseshu Hotel and Casino will be temporarily suspending gaming operations at midnight through the end of April, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing spread of COVID-19. The Governor will remain in consultation with the state’s licensed casinos, public health authorities and government officials to determine safe protocols for when operations may resume.

The health and well-being of our guests and team members will always be our paramount concern and since the coronavirus threat began, we have implemented stringent CDC-recommended protocols throughout our enterprise, including increased daily cleaning regimens at our facilities, maximizing air circulation, and cancelling or postponing all concerts and live events, reducing the number of chairs at dining facilities, table game and poker rooms, as well as the number of slot machines in play at any one time, to increase social distancing, among other initiatives.

As for our nearly 3,200 team members at our Nevada properties who will be impacted by this temporary closure, we plan to continue to pay their wages and benefits through the end of March. In addition, we will be donating perishable food items to area food banks and local charities.

The casino closures will be effective at midnight; however, guests staying in our hotels the evening of March 17, 2020 through March 19, 2020 will be able to access opened food and beverage offerings until noon on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. All guests will be required to check out by 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. For all guests with reservations from the evening of March 19 until April 16, 2020, we will automatically cancel your reservation and provide a full refund for any deposits or payments. It may take seven to 10 days before we are able to process all refunds due to the volume. We appreciate your patience.

This is an unprecedented and challenging time, and we are very appreciative of the overwhelming support from loyal customers like you who enjoy our casinos and spending time with our team members. While we are closed, we will be taking the opportunity to further deep clean our facilities and will be preparing for the day when we welcome you back! We look forward to seeing you soon for more winning moments. We will continue to stay connected with federal and state health officials to monitor the ongoing situation and will provide you with regular updates about our reopening date.


entertainment updates

The following entertainment acts have been cancelled. If you have purchased tickets for an event, please see point of purchase for refunds.

  • Sam Riggs – April 3 & 4
  • MWA Wrestling – April 10 & 11
  • UFC 249 live on PPV – April 18
  • The Iron Maidens – May 1 & 2
  • Sir Mix-A-Lot – May 15 & 16

our statement

Penn National Gaming to Temporarily Suspend Operations at Its Casinos in Nevada

March 18, 2020

WYOMISSING, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) (“Penn National” or the “Company”) announced today that pursuant to an order from Governor Steve Sisolak, it will temporarily suspend operations for thirty days at Tropicana Las Vegas, The M Resort, and Cactus Petes as a precautionary measure against the ongoing spread of COVID-19. All gaming operations will be closing at midnight tonight and all non-gaming operations, other than hotel operations, will be closing by noon on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. All hotel operations will be closing by 6:00pm on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The Governor will remain in consultation with the state’s licensed casinos, public health authorities and government officials to determine safe protocols for when operations may resume.

“The health and well-being of our guests and team members will always be our paramount concern,” said Jay Snowden, President and CEO of Penn National Gaming. “Since the coronavirus threat began, we have implemented stringent CDC-recommended protocols throughout our enterprise, including increased daily cleaning regimens, maximizing air circulation, cancelling or postponing all live events, and we’re in the process of reducing the number of chairs at our dining facilities, table games and poker rooms, as well as the number of slot machines in play at any one time, to increase social distancing, among other initiatives.

“As for our nearly 3,200 team members at our Nevada properties who will be impacted by this temporary closure, we plan to continue to pay their wages and benefits through the end of March. In addition, we’ll be donating perishable food items to area food banks and local charities.

“This is a challenging time for all of us, and we are very appreciative of the overwhelming support and understanding from our guests and team members. We look forward to reopening our doors just as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will be taking the opportunity to continue our deep cleaning efforts and preparing our casino to welcome our loyal customers back,” concluded Mr. Snowden.

About Penn National Gaming
Penn National Gaming owns, operates or has ownership interests in 41 gaming and racing properties in 19 jurisdictions and video gaming terminal operations with a focus on slot machine entertainment. We also offer live sports betting at our properties in Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In total, Penn National’s properties feature approximately 51,000 gaming machines, 1,300 table games and 8,800 hotel rooms. In addition, the Company operates an interactive gaming division through its subsidiary, Penn Interactive Ventures, LLC, which recently launched iGaming in Pennsylvania and, through strategic partnerships, operates online sports betting in Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Company also has a leading customer loyalty program, mychoice, with over five million active customers.

Forward-looking Statements
All statements included in this press release, other than historical information or statements of historical fact, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements, including statements regarding COVID-19, the length of time Penn National’s casinos in Nevada will be required to remain closed and the impact of these or other potential closures on Penn National and its stakeholders are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that could significantly affect the Company’s future financial results and business. Accordingly, Penn National cautions that the forward-looking statements contained herein are qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by such statements. For more information on the potential factors that could affect the Company’s financial results and business, review the Company’s filings with the SEC, including, but not limited to, its Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. The Company does not intend to update publicly any forward-looking statements except as required by law. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release may not occur.