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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.

Phil Mickelson Severs Ties With Longtime Caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay

Phil Mickelson Bones caddie

Phil Mickelson, affectionately known as “Lefty,” and caddie Jim Mackay, nicknamed “Bones,” are going their separate ways after a 25-year partnership. The announcement brings to an end one of the most famed PGA Tour player-caddie combos in the history of the game. The split was amicable, according to both parties. “After 25 very rewarding and…Read More

Churchill Downs Announces $60 Million Gaming Facility at Former Track

Churchill Downs historical racing

Churchill Downs Incorporated has received initial approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to build a gambling parlor at Trackside, a closed racetrack facility that was previously used as a training facility. The planned 85,000-square-foot venue will cost Churchill Downs between $50 million and $60 million. When completed, the gaming center will house up to…Read More

Aussie Authorities Give Go-Ahead for $9B Tabcorp Takeover of Tatts Group to Create Betting Giant

Tabcorp Chair Paula Dwyer

The merger of Australian betting giants Tabcorp and Tatts was approved by regulators Tuesday and could be finalized within the next few months. Just one day earlier in the US, the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit to block the proposed merger of daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel on grounds that it would…Read More

Touchdown for Redskins, as Supreme Court Overturns ‘Disparaging’ Trademark Patent Office Ruling

Supreme Court Washington Redskins

In a major ruling that reverses a longstanding statute, the United States Supreme Court has sided with the Slants, an Asian-American rock band that was denied a trademark by the US Patent and Trademark Office on the grounds that the name was disparaging to persons of Asian descent. Writing in the majority opinion, Justice Samuel…Read More

Jamaica Moves to Legalize Online Gambling, Consolidate Gaming Regulators

Jamaica online gambling Audley Shaw

Jamaica is ready to jump on board the online gambling train, with government ministers proposing fast-track legislation that would allow the government to collect taxes and charge licensing fees for interactive casinos operating in the country. Speaking at the 7th Caribbean Gaming Show & Summit, held last week at the Montego Bay Convention Center, Audley…Read More

Russian Sports Betting Market Expected to More than Double by 2022

Russia’s sports betting market expected to grow

Russia’s budding licensed sports betting market is set to more than double over the next five years, according to a report by Bookmaker Ratings. Growth will be driven by NEW entrants to the market, as more international operators begin to partner with domestic companies, and by high-profile sporting events based in Russia, like the 2018…Read More

Lottery Fraud Eddie Tipton to Reveal His Methods in Return for Plea Deal

Eddie Tipton comes clean over rigged lottery

Lottery scammer Eddie Tipton pleaded guilty in Wisconsin this week to charges of theft and computer crime, part of a plea bargain that will see him him reveal precisely how he was able to rig lottery draws successfully in multiple states over a six year period. The deal, worked out with prosecutors in Wisconsin, will…Read More

Vegas Golden Knights Team with D Las Vegas, While “Vegas Vickie” Rides into Sunset

Vegas Golden Knights have partnered with the D Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ new hockey team and the city’s first ever major league sports team (beating the Raiders by a whisker) announced its official downtown casino partner this week. The Vegas Golden Knights have partnered with the D Las Vegas in an exclusive six-year deal that will see the casino hold an annual “fan fest” in…Read More

Japan Considers Banning VIP Junket Operators from Its Fledgling Casino Industry

VIP junket Japan integrated resort

As Japan moves forward in the early stages of building its own casino gaming industry, the country is considering disallowing the use of VIP junket operators to help future casinos bring in high rollers to their properties. That’s the opinion of an advisory board charged with presenting ideas to the National Diet, Japan’s legislative body,…Read More

DraftKings FanDuel Merger on the Ropes, Insiders Say

DraftKings FanDuel merger on or off

A DraftKings FanDuel proposed merger could be in serious jeopardy, according to sources with insider knowledge of the faltering deal. Three sources who spoke to technology business website Recode this week said they believe the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could be gearing up to block the deal, because of serious concerns about the ramifications of…Read More

Golden State Warriors Almost a Sure Bet to Repeat in 2018, Oddsmakers Say

Golden State Warriors odds 2018

The Golden State Warriors made easy work of the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers in this year’s NBA Finals, and if the early future odds in Las Vegas are correct, history is almost certainly going to repeat itself next June. The Westgate SuperBook posts the champs at 1-2 to win the 2018 Larry O’Brien Trophy. With…Read More

Australian Lawmakers Force Inquiry into Online Poker Ban

Leyonhjelm forces online poker inquiry in Australia

Two Australian Senators have made progress in their push to block Australia’s de facto ban on online poker. Senators David Leyonhjelm and Cory Bernardi, respectively of the Liberal Democrats and Australian Conservatives, two minor political parties in the country, had their motion to establish an inquiry into online poker approved this week.      …Read More

Wynn Resorts Allegedly Bans Social Media Entrepreneur for Marijuana Ties

Wynn Resorts Red Card

Wynn Resorts reportedly turned away a gambling patron who tried to enroll in its Red Card rewards program for his ties to the cannabis industry. MassRoots CEO Isaac Dietrich tells Leafly, a marijuana information website, that he signed up for the loyalty card while in Las Vegas last week. But after submitting his registration, Wynn…Read More

American Gaming Association Ups Ante to Repeal Sports Betting Ban

American Gaming Association sports betting ban

The American Gaming Association (AGA) is leading the lobbying effort in Washington, DC, to repeal the federal ban on sports betting. It continued those endeavors this week by sitting down with the players’ associations representing the Big Four professional sports leagues, the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL. The AGA, and its President Geoff Freeman, presented…Read More

US Open Golf Odds Favor Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson’s Withdrawal Costs Sportsbooks

golf odds Dustin Johnson US Open

The golf odds at Las Vegas sportsbooks for this week’s US Open at Erin Hills unsurprisingly put defending champ Dustin Johnson in the frontrunner position for the second straight major. The Westgate SuperBook has DJ at 7-1 as of Monday morning to win in Wisconsin. He’s followed by 2014 US Open and four-time major titleholder Rory…Read More