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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.

Fitch Ratings Upgrades Macau 2018 GGR Forecast Following Strong January

Fitch Ratings Macau gross gaming revenue

Fitch Ratings now expects Macau gross gaming revenue (GGR) to grow 13 percent in 2018. That’s a two percent increase on earlier forecasts, which called for an 11 percent hike on last year’s $33.2 billion haul. Fitch senior gaming analyst Alex Bumazhny said more luxury room capacity, predominantly on the Cotai Strip, is the leading…Read More

Futuristic Las Vegas Concert Venue MSG Sphere Waits for FAA Clearance for 2020 Takeoff

MSG Las Vegas Sphere

Madison Square Garden and Las Vegas Sands have a proposal to bring a giant futuristic spherical glass arena to the city of Las Vegas, and they’re eager to get the ball rolling, but first they need approval from the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA). Representatives of the two companies told the Clark County Commission on Wednesday…Read More

Shareholder Lawsuits Pile Up Against Wynn Resorts

Wynn Resorts lawsuits

Wynn Resorts’ board could be facing an avalanche of legal action from disgruntled shareholders, angered by its apparent failure to keep the alleged behavior of its disgraced former chairman and CEO in check. Lawsuits were beginning to mount this week, as a class action suit in New York joined two shareholder derivative suits filed in…Read More

Maine Tribes Want Right to Open Casinos Without State Permission

Maine Indian tribes casinos

Indian tribes in Maine are hoping to gain the ability to open casinos in the state without first seeking state approval. In order to do so, they hope to get a legislative order from the Maine House of Representatives that would ask the state’s Supreme Judicial Court whether that is possible under state law. The…Read More

Vegas Golden Knights Favored to Win Stanley Cup Finals at Nevada and Online Sportsbooks

Vegas Golden Knights NHL odds

The Vegas Golden Knights are the odds-on favorites to win the Stanley Cup Finals at both online and Sin City sportsbooks. With a record of 39-16 and 82 points, Vegas sits atop the Western Conference, and are tied with the Boston Bruins for the second best overall record behind only the Tampa Bay Lightning (40-17,…Read More

Controversial Counter Strike Streamer ‘Phantoml0rd’ Sues Twitch Over Skin Gambling Ban

James “Phantoml0rd” Varga sues Twitch

Counter Strike: Global Offensive streamer James “Phantoml0rd” Varga, who was kicked off Twitch in 2016 for allegedly failing to disclose ownership of a site he promoted online, is suing the platform that made him famous. As reported by gaming and esports website Polygon, Varga filed a complaint on Wednesday in San Francisco’s Superior Court of…Read More

Iowa Sports Betting Bill Passes House Committee Without ‘Integrity Fee’

Iowa sports betting law PASPA

An Iowa sports betting bill that doesn’t include a so-called “integrity fee” earmarked for the professional sports leagues recently passed the state’s House Government Oversight Committee. House Study Bill 592, first introduced by Rep. Ken Rizer (R-District 68), would permit the state’s commercial casinos to operate sportsbooks after obtaining the necessary permit. The first $1…Read More

Caesars Switching ‘Do Not Disturb’ Policy to Mandated Daily Room Checks, in Line with New Industry Trend

Caesars do not disturb

Caesars Entertainment is the latest gaming firm to announce a change to its “do not disturb” policy, saying that they will now have employees visually check all occupied rooms once per day. The move comes as part of a trend in the gaming and hotel industries to take steps that might help prevent incidents like…Read More

Potential China Hainan Casino Won’t Steal Macau Profits, Credit Agency Fitch Opines

Hainan Island China casino expansion

Another Chinese gambling destination in the form of a Hainan casino is unlikely to shake up Macau’s gaming grip any time soon, according to a leading credit rating agency. Unless, of course, it is. As officials in Beijing contemplate whether to allow gambling on the southern tourist island of Hainan, Fitch Ratings is reporting that…Read More

Las Vegas in Running to Host 2020 NFL Draft, 2023 Super Bowl

Las Vegas NFL Draft Super Bowl

Las Vegas is on the shortlist to host the 2020 NFL Draft. If America’s gambling capital is selected, the event would coincide with the scheduled arrival of the Raiders franchise in Sin City. Las Vegas is one of five candidate cities for the 2019 and 2020 NFL Draft. The other nominees are Nashville, Cleveland/Canton, Kansas…Read More

Japanese Lawmakers Propose Restricting Casino Visits For Nationals

Lawmakers propose limiting visits to Japanese casinos

Lawmakers in Japan tasked with drawing up a framework of regulation for the country’s future casino market presented a plan on Thursday designed to restrict Japanese nationals’ exposure to gambling. Under the proposal, Japanese citizens and foreigners living in the country would be limited to three visits to casinos in one week and a maximum…Read More

River Rock VIP Manager Arranged Illegal Third-Party Cash Delivery for Gambler

River Rock Casino, British Columbia

Lisa Gao, the former director of VIP guest relations at British Columbia’s River Rock Casino, was deregistered by the Canadian province’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB) for arranging a third-party cash delivery for a high-rolling client. Gao’s actions were in direct violation of anti-money laundering laws (AML). Recent police and GPEB investigations suggest that…Read More

Pennsylvania Mini-Casino Back in Picture for Harley-Davidson Maker Springettsbury, Previously Opted Out

Springettsbury Pennsylvania mini-casino

In the tiny township of Springettsbury, the prospect of a Pennsylvania mini-casino, just a few months after being rejected, is getting a second look. City supervisors have pulled an about-face since nixing the possibility as recently as December. The small town only two weeks ago finalized plans to expand its existing fabrication, paint, and assembly facility…Read More

NCAA College Bracket Preview has Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, and Purdue No. 1 Seeds

Virginia College Basketball

The University of Virginia is the No. 1 ranked team and a member of the NCAA Selection Committee said they, along with Villanova, Xavier and Purdue are the current No. 1 seeds. Committee Chairman Bill Rasmussen released a preview of the top 16 teams on Sunday and said the Cavaliers would get the overall No….Read More

Jurors Hear Closing Arguments at ‘Skinny Joey’ Merlino Mob Boss Trial

"Skinny" Joey Merlino trial

It’s been a colorful week in the trial of alleged Philadelphia Mob boss “Skinny” Joey Merlino, as a jury in Manhattan heard the closing arguments on Tuesday. The celebrity gangster has spent over a decade in prison for illegal gambling, racketeering and extortion – but beat a murder wrap. He says he went straight years…Read More