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David Sheldon

David Sheldon

Happiest when playing Blackjack and Baccarat, David has been playing cards since he was old enough to pick them up. He covers news stories related to casino table games and poker and is never happier than when he has some green felt in front of him. He is an avid online gamer and has embraced gambling's move to the Internet.

Ottawa’s Hard Rock Casino Clears Major Hurdle Toward $318-million Expansion

Ottawa's Hard Rock Casino.

 It isn’t the final roadblock that needs to be cleared, but it’s a big one. Ottawa’s Hard Rock Casino is one step closer to a moving ahead with $318-million expansion after the city’s rural affairs committee gave their stamp of approval to the plan. All the Hard Rock needs now to officially proceed with the…Read More

Conor McGregor ‘Going to Jail,’ Says UFC President Dana White After Bus Attack

Conor McGregor bus attack UFC odds

Conor McGregor has been charged in New York with three counts of assault and a single count of criminal mischief after the UFC superstar allegedly attacked a bus at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. According to reports from various news sources including MMAJunkie, McGregor and his entourage of roughly 20 were granted access to the…Read More

Wynn Macau Extends Maternity, Paternity Leave in Anticipation of License Renewal

Wynn Macau careers benefits

Wynn Macau is getting its ducks in line — and toeing the line — in anticipation of the Chinese gaming enclave’s license renewal process and following in the wake of a scandal that shook the entire company to its core. Wynn Macau Ltd. announced this week that beginning May 1, 2018, both female and male…Read More

Pennsylvania County Bluffed for Satellite Casino by Sands Bethlehem Still Wants Gambling

Pennsylvania satellite casino Mercer County

A Pennsylvania county that was deceived into thinking it had been bid on to locate a satellite casino within its boundaries still hopes to welcome a gambling venue, but local leaders admit those odds now seem slim. Mercer County in Western Pennsylvania learned in February that Sands Bethlehem had bid $9.9 million with the state’s…Read More

NCAA Odds Favor Villanova Wildcats Over Michigan Wolverines in National Championship

NCAA odds Villanova Michigan

The NCAA odds for tonight’s national championship game in San Antonio show that sports bettors feel there’s a strong chance the Villanova Wildcats win their second title in three years. After ‘Nova easily took care of business Saturday night against Kansas, the final remaining #1 seed, the Wildcats face #3 Michigan Monday night for a…Read More

Elaine Wynn Testifies She Reported Husband’s Alleged Rape of Employee to Wynn Resorts in 2009

Elaine Wynn testified about alleged Steve Wynn rape

Elaine Wynn said on Wednesday that she reported a Wynn Resorts’ employee’s accusation of rape against her then-husband, Steve Wynn, to the company’s board in 2009. Ms. Wynn was giving evidence in a Nevada courtroom as part of ongoing litigation against her now ex-spouse and the company in which she remains among the biggest shareholders….Read More

Galaxy Entertainment Confident of Passing Wynn Deal Probity Checks in Nevada

Galaxy Entertainment on Wynn share purchase

Macau operator Galaxy Entertainment is unconcerned by the Nevada Gaming Commission’s decision to investigate its suitability as an owner of Las Vegas-based casino giant Wynn Resorts. Galaxy Entertainment bought a 4.9 percent stake in Wynn Resorts for just under $1 billion last week from the divestiture of Steve Wynn’s shares. Usually, only entities owning more…Read More

Florida Lawmakers Mulling Special Session to Address Gambling

Florida lawmakers casino gambling

Florida lawmakers are considering reconvening in the state capital of Tallahassee for a special session to discuss casinos and parimutuel gambling, and who gets to offer what at their venues. The Florida Legislature adjourned for 2018 three weeks ago without coming to terms on a new gaming compact with the powerful Seminole Tribe. Leaders in…Read More

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Rejects Idea of Casino Bailouts

Andrew Cuomo New York casinos

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) warned owners of commercial casinos this week that there will be no financial bailout from the state regardless of how bad they’re struggling. Responding to a petition from del Lago Resort & Casino seeking some sort of tax break, Cuomo told reporters, “The upstate gaming casinos are private concerns….Read More

Casino Bus Driver Arrested for DUI in California, Potential Tragedy Averted

casino bus DUI Graton California

A female casino bus operator was arrested for DUI Sunday morning after law enforcement received numerous 911 calls reporting erratic driving. Transporting 40 passengers from San Francisco to the Graton Casino some 50 miles north, riders say it quickly became apparent that driver Angela Teasley, 34, was in no condition to operate a vehicle. According…Read More

Police Bust Alleged Lucchese Gambling, Loan-sharking Operation in New York State

Lucchese gambling operation busted

New York State law enforcement has broken up an illegal gambling and loan-sharking racket with alleged links to the notorious Lucchese crime family. Ten people, most from New Rochelle, Westchester County, were arrested and indicted Tuesday on charges of first-degree usury and first-degree promoting illegal gambling, according to the state attorney general’s office. It was…Read More

Feds Seize $10.1M in ‘Illegal Gambling’ Money from Pojoaque Pueblo Tribe of New Mexico

Governor of the Pojoaque Pueblo, Joseph Talachy

The US Department of Justice on Friday filed forfeiture proceedings in a federal court to seize $10.1 million from a bank account linked to the Pojoaque Pueblo tribal gaming operator in New Mexico. The DOJ said it deemed the money to be the proceeds of illegal gambling. It’s the latest twist in the longstanding fight…Read More

Connecticut Open Competition Casino Bill Will Kill Rev Share Payments, Tribes Warn

Connecticut tribes’ warning over Open Competition Casino Bill

Connecticut’s two tribal operators, the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans, have warned the state lawmakers that a casino expansion bill wending its way through the legislature could lead to the cessation of revenue share payments. In a letter to Governor Danel P Malloy released Monday tribal chairmen Rodney Butler and Kevin Brown cautioned that the state’s…Read More

Nevada Regulator to Scrutinize Galaxy Entertainment Over $1 Billion Wynn Resorts Deal

Nevada Gaming Control Board Galaxy Entertainment

Galaxy Entertainment, which last week bought a 4.9 percent stake in Wynn Resorts for just under $1 billion, will be the subject of a suitability probe by the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB), the regulator has confirmed. Entities owning more than 10 percent of a casino in Nevada are subject to scrutiny from gambling regulators…Read More

Soccer World Cup Not Immune to Match-fixing, Say Regulators

World Cup match-fixing

Gambling regulators and operators have warned that this summer’s soccer World Cup in Russia could be vulnerable to match-fixing. Representatives of various sporting and gambling bodies met at last week’s Betting on Football conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium to discuss the forthcoming tournament and the potential integrity challenges it faces. Received wisdom suggests…Read More