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Around the country, casinos have been dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for eight months. Online casino business in New Jersey, however, report constant growth.

It put a major dent in revenue from mid-March until the resumption of live activities, which were either in July or August around New York state, and of course, continues to do so even with the casinos open.

But there may be some light at the end of the tunnel, with the vaccine on the way, which hopefully brings some much-needed relief to people around the Empire State.

At the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, they are trying to get as close to “normal” as possible, with the casino and sportsbook open for business. While there are still other parts of the resort that are closed, you can make your way over and play at the tables, slots, and various other games.

While you are there, you might want to place a few wagers on the College Football Playoff Semifinals on January 1, which will see No. 4 Notre Dame take on No. 1 Alabama in the 5 pm Rose Bowl and No. 3 Ohio State takes on No. 2 Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at 8 pm. If you do, make sure to take Clemson at -7 (if you can get it at that number), and Alabama at anything less than -21 (it is currently at -19.5), so you can maybe get back the outlay for the party.

The same can be said for the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino, which is open for business in a reduced capacity.

Both casinos have also started to reschedule some events that were postponed in 2020. Taking a look at the Seneca Niagara calendar, there are concerts on the docket starting in late March. One that immediately pops to mind is the Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes show on Saturday, April 3 at 8 pm. If you have not seen Southside, take my word for it, it is worth going. My father worked for him and the band for years in New Jersey, and the shows are something to behold.

We are almost there; just a few more months, and the flowers will start to bloom, the sun will be up until 7 pm again, and casinos will start to become alive with all manner of events along with the gambling.

If you or anyone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER.


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