Kangwon Lan Casino Pause Extends to May 4

Kangwon Land (pictured), the only casino resort in Korea where domestic gambling is allowed, has decided to extend the temporary closure of its gaming venues for a seventh time. Kangwon Land currently says it will reopen at 6 a.m. on May 4, a date that means the resort has been suspended for nearly two and a half months for its gaming business.

The initial casino closure notice was described by Kangwon Land, the resort’s promoter, as a precautionary measure related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a serious national impact.

Kangwon Land originally announced the temporary closure of the casino from noon on Feb. 23 to 6 a.m. on Feb. 26, but extended the closure six times in a row until April 20.

The company said in a filing on Thursday that it expects casino sales lost since casino shutters began on Feb. 23 to reach 261.1 billion won ($214.1 million), at the time it declared a seventh extension of the closure. The estimate was based on Kangwon Land’s daily casino revenue for all of 2019, the plan’s promoter added.

The company previously announced that it would suspend its non-gaming business from March 2. On Thursday, Kangwon Land said the complex’s non-gaming facilities will gradually open as the country’s COVID-19 disease evolves.

At least two Korean foreigner-only casino operators also announced that they are temporarily suspending their gaming operations in line with South Korea’s efforts to curb the further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grand Korea Leisure Inc. suspended its gaming operations until Apr. 20. Paradise Inc. said Monday that it reopened its casinos on Jeju Island but extended the operations of three other gaming venues until Apr. 20.

As of Thursday, South Korea had recorded a total of 10,613 cases of COVID-19 infection and 229 deaths, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The country reported 22 new cases on Thursday, according to the latest official data.

BY: 파워볼실시간

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