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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.

LVS to Pay DOJ $7 Million to End Investigation into Payments in China 

LVS settles with DOJ for $7 million

Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands will pay almost $7 million to resolve a Department of Justice investigation into federal anti-bribery law violations in China and Macau. It is illegal, under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, for companies and their executives to attempt to influence foreign government officials with personal payments. The investigation found no…Read More

Las Vegas Raiders One Step Closer to Reality as Mark Davis Files Relocation Paperwork

Las Vegas Raiders Mark Davis

The Las Vegas Raiders franchise is officially in the works. After months of speculation, Mark Davis, the owner of the storied California football team, has filed paperwork to relocate from Oakland to Sin City. Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak broke the news in a tweet. The NFL confirmed the development on its website. This…Read More

Donald Trump Inauguration Has UK Bookmakers Speculating on Every Aspect

Donald Trump inauguration Uk betting odds

Donald Trump’s inauguration is less than a day away, and bookies in the UK are having a field day. The soon-to-be president has shown himself to be a pretty unpredictable orator, which makes guessing the contents of his inauguration speech even more challenging. Will he even write one, or will he just turn up and…Read More

MGM Delays Cotai Casino Opening to Second Half of 2017, Macau Considers Tax Change

MGM Cotai casino delayed

The opening of MGM’s Cotai casino is being pushed back for a second time. The $3.1 billion resort in Macau will now open in the second half of 2017, as opposed to the second quarter. MGM China Holdings, the incorporated subsidiary of Las Vegas-headquartered MGM Resorts International, announced the setback as required by rules governing…Read More

Caesars Hauls Itself Out of Bankruptcy

Caesars to Emerge from Bankruptcy

Caesars Entertainment is at last ready to drag its main operating unit, Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. (CEOC), out of bankruptcy. Its bankruptcy reorganization plan was approved Tuesday by Judge Benjamin Goldgar in a Chicago court, putting to bed (we hope) a two-year saga that one of Caesars own lawyers described as “the largest and most…Read More

Macau VIP Segment Grows 13 Percent as High Rollers Return

High Rollers Return to Macau

Macau’s VIP industry is showing signs of resurgence, as Chinese high rollers return to the high stakes baccarat tables of the world’s gambling capital. VIP gaming rose 13 percent in the final quarter of 2016, according to Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ). Mass market, meanwhile, improved 7.3 percent, the second consecutive quarter of…Read More

Nevada’s Casino Sector Turns a Profit for First Time Since 2008

Nevada casinos turn a profit in 2016

Nevada’s casino industry is back in the black for the first time since the Great Recession.  According to the Nevada Gaming Abstract, a comprehensive new review of the industry’s financial results, the state’s 273 biggest casinos generated $979 million in income in 2016. That’s compared with a net loss of $662 million in 2015. It’s…Read More

Vietnam Casinos Soften Policies on Allowing Locals to Play, But Only If They Meet Certain Income Levels

Vietnam casinos Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Two Vietnam casinos will soon be permitted to welcome locals, but those patrons will have to meet minimum income requirements before they can play. The day after Christmas, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc announced that the Vietnamese government was going to allow its own citizens to finally enter certain designated casinos. The Southeast Asian country…Read More

Atlantic City Casinos Win $2.6 Billion, First Yearly Increase Since 2006

Atlantic City casinos Matthew Levinson

Atlantic City casinos won more than $2.6 billion in 2016, a 1.5 percent increase on 2015 and the region’s first annual gain in a decade. It’s been a turbulent, if not catastrophic, 10 years since the New Jersey gambling locale posted a yearly win in the black. The last 12-month gain came back in 2006…Read More

Downtown Las Vegas Outpaces Rest of Nevada Gaming Markets

Downtown Las Vegas Nevada 2016 fiscal year

Downtown Las Vegas led the way during the 2016 fiscal year in terms of overall revenue percentage gain. Thanks largely to the Fremont Street Experience, the bustling entertainment and gaming hub home to the Golden Nugget, D Las Vegas, Downtown Grand and others, the market jumped 6.1 percent during fiscal year 2016 compared to 2015….Read More

Amid Fake News Assertions, Ladbrokes Brings Donald Trump Impeachment Odds Down to a Coinflip

Donald Trump Ladbrokes impeachment odds cut

UK bookmaker Ladbrokes has slashed the odds of a Donald Trump impeachment to just around even money, or a 50-50 proposition. The British bookie changed the odds in the wake of a firestorm following publication of a dossier, controversially presented by Buzzfeed on Wednesday, which claims Putin’s Russia had been “cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for…Read More

Steve Wynn Reportedly Aiding FBI Probe of Japanese Billionaire Kazuo Okada

Steve Wynn Kazuo Okada

Steve Wynn has been reportedly assisting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since the Las Vegas billionaire brought a lawsuit against Japanese businessman Kazuo Okada in early 2013. Okada’s Universal Entertainment Corporation (UEC) was an early investor of Wynn’s Las Vegas vision. In exchange for financing the completion of Wynn Las Vegas and Wynn Macau to…Read More

James Packer Rejoins Crown Resorts Board as Company Remains in Crisis

James Packer Crown Resorts

James Packer is returning to Crown Resorts, the Australian gaming and hospitality conglomerate he founded in May of 2007. The billionaire will serve on the company’s board of directors, and as the largest shareholder of Crown, is shaking up the executive roster following multiple turbulent months for the Southbank-headquartered group. Packer’s longtime business confidant John…Read More

Judge Orders Israel’s Slot Machines Reactivated, Operator Battles State

Israeli slot machines reactivated per court order

An Israeli judge has ordered the country’s slot machines, shut down by government order at midnight on New Year’s Eve, switched back on. With a smack of his gavel, Justice Yoram Danzinger set the reels spinning again on Sunday, mandating that the machines be reactivated, at least until the High Court of Justice could reach…Read More

“Las Vegasization” Name of the Game for Macau Casinos in 2017

Las Vegasization Macau Wynn Palace

“Las Vegasization” is a term coined by UNLV International Gaming Institute Executive Director Bo Bernhard that refers to casinos focusing on nongaming visitors in order to diversify their targeted demographic. It’s a concept based on the evolution of Sin City. What originated as a desert escape for gamblers and a gangster’s paradise, Las Vegas has…Read More