It’s typical for global occurrences can bring the world to a halt. But, there are very few capable of winding things backward, like the Coronavirus. Diverse issues and events can cause gambling, particularly government-sponsored gambling, to close down.
Everyone has seen the COVID-19 achieve something no one else could; it has influenced the Triple Crown of America to reverse its schedule of the three thoroughbred races. The plan has been in play for the last 90 years. First, it was the Kentucky Derby at the start of May, then came the Preakness less than two weeks later, and lastly, the Belmont, at the beginning of June.
This year’s schedule saw the Belmont race come first on the 20th of June; The race was formerly the Triple Crown’s big one-mile half endurance test. However, in 2020, it was shortened to a mile and an eighth, which makes it the shortest of the three. The Derby, conventionally a speed event, remains unchanged at a mile and an eighth but has been rescheduled to 5th of September, while the middle distance, the whole length is a mile and three-sixths, will be held early October.
Even with this mix-up in distance and dates, one striking feature of 2020’s Triple Crown is its overall attendance. In 2020, there won’t be any attending the event. The Belmont was held in an empty arena. Preakness nigh let a few fans come and cheer up the participants, although this is not official. The Derby might have a few fans under tight supervision. However, there are no guarantees.
There are no known vaccines for the Coronavirus, only preventive measures like face masks, and physical distancing. While the diligent focus is on the new rules and how to behave in a public setting, it crucially lacks in the aspect of entertainment.
The reason people go to the gambling establishment is that they are seeking that relaxing atmosphere. However, the COVID-19 virus demands meticulous attention to details, something most people consider a buzzkill.
Perhaps California’s Indian Casinos paint a better picture. All of them closed down after the first outbreak, but when the Governor brought back the quarantine on some businesses, the tribes did not close shop the second time.
They depend on the theory of tribal sovereignty, which means that in this specific case, they can operate their businesses without making any reference to the State. Tribal companies adhered to physical distancing rules, including wearing masks at all times. This also implies that they are operating at 30 percent capacity, and revenues are down 66 percent. Even if the businesses managed to scrap through this pandemic, things would be tight onwards.
Something else that has not been resolved is the question of Jurisdiction. Here is some content. If the poker webpage of a foreign country is logged on by a local, would that give the local country jurisdiction over the poker site? While we are on this subject, should state borderlines count when supervising virtual gambling.
If a resident of the State of New Jersey, who can sign on to a licensed poker operation, is playing then crosses into another state, say, New York, the link she was using in the previous State will not work unless she rejoins the site while in the last State. Why?
New York has stringent laws that prohibit the promotion of unlicensed gambling. But, can we say that the example given above amounts to offering gambling services? Well, you can’t, even if you tried. Each poker player is only allowed to own one poker account, and anyone who lets others use that link will be canceled.
Plus, since the actual location of the poker operation is in the State of New Jersey, we can argue that gambling, the game that is, is occurring at the operator’s service webpage.