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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.

MGM Launches ‘Welcome to the Show’ Promo Targeting Nongaming Millenials

MGM Resorts brand campaign

MGM Resorts wants to make it very clear in its latest over-the-top marketing ploy that it’s not merely in the casino or hotel business, but rather in the more expansive “Holy Sh*t Business.” In the conglomerate’s first-ever corporate branding video that premiered to TV viewers during Sunday’s ratings fiasco of the Emmy Awards, MGM’s Welcome to…Read More

Universal Denies Kuzuo Okada Has Retaken Control of Parent Company

Universal denies Kazuo Okada is back in charge

Japanese gaming giant Universal Entertainment has denied that its founder and former chairman Kazuo Okada has reinstalled himself as a director of its parent company Okada Holdings. Okada was ousted from the boards of both Universal and Okada Holdings in early summer. Universal has accused him of three instances of fraud, related to the alleged…Read More

MGM Blindsides Connecticut with Surprise $675 Million Bridgeport Casino Bid

MGM Bridgeport, Connecticut proposal

MGM Resorts on Monday submitted a shock bid to build a $675 million casino in Bridgeport, on Connecticut’s southwest coast and within travelling distance from New York City. The casino giant’s apparently unsolicited proposal has rolled a political grenade into Connecticut, which has authorized the creation of a “satellite casino” just inside its northern border,…Read More

Alabama, Clemson Hold Top Two Spots in College Football Poll

College Football Week 3

For the third consecutive week Alabama was voted the No. 1 college football team in the country, but its stranglehold on the top spot is loosening. The Crimson Tide, who were also the preseason top selection, are being challenged by last year’s National Champion Clemson, who moved up a spot to No. 2. The Tigers…Read More

Japan Snap Election Threatens to Pigeonhole Casino Regulation Rollout

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mulls snap election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is mulling the idea of an October snap election in a bid to consolidate power in the Diet while opposition is weak. But such a move would delay the process of casino regulation until next year, analysts said on Monday. A snap election, which cannot occur under the US political…Read More

GGG vs. Alvarez Ends in Controversial Draw, Delivers Knockout Blow to Nevada Sportsbooks

Gennady GGG Golovkin Canelo Alvarez

For most of Saturday night, Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez delivered at a sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas what boxing purists wanted to see. A marquee clash between two megastars captivated and entertained the 22,358 in attendance, and millions more watching on television. But then it ended after 12 rounds, and a controversial…Read More

Economic Uncertainty Returns to Macau as Beijing Escalates Anti-Corruption Drive

Casinos make up the Macau skyline

Macau’s economic rebound continues, and even appears to be typhoon-proof. But another ill-wind blew past the Cotai strip last week as analysts warned that Beijing had “escalated significantly” its anti-corruption campaign, injecting uncertainty into the casino resort industry in Macau. Analysts for investment research firm Bernstein noted on Thursday that a large increase in “anti-graft…Read More

NFL Ratings Fumble in Week One, Sports Betting Legalization Hyped as Solution

NFL ratings sports betting

NFL ratings were down 13 percent in week one of the regular football season compared to 2016, and supporters of ending sports betting prohibition in all but Nevada are arguing that liberalizing the industry would help stop the declining audience trend. NFL executives are blaming hurricanes Harvey and Irma for their dismal 2017 debut, saying…Read More

Big Bets Placed on Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez Gennady Golovkin boxing

Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez step into the ring at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night in Las Vegas, and sportsbooks in the city and around the state are beginning to take big wagers on the fight’s outcome. Several low six-figure bets have been placed in Sin City on the boxing match, with money relatively…Read More

JP Morgan Chief Calls Bitcoin a ‘Fraud’ That Will Crash Like 17th Century Tulips

Jamie Dimon predicts curtains for Bitcoin

Is Bitcoin a virtual bubble that’s about to burst, or a dependable safe haven that can withstand market turbulence and economic uncertainly? Opinion is unquestionably divided, but the head of one of the world’s biggest banks is emphatic that the digital currency that’s been skyrocketing up is certain to come crashing down. At a Barclay’s…Read More

With Hurricane Irma Now History, Florida Casinos Offer Locals Somewhere to Cool Off

Florida casinos Hurricane Irma

With five million southwest Florida residents still without power following the weekend ravages of Hurricane Irma, the state’s casinos may have a new marketing tool: air conditioning. As triple-digit temps and stultifying humidity cripple repair teams and residents alike, the lure of AC may be greater than even that of winning money. Not that casinos…Read More

Pennsylvania Budget Crisis Keeps Online Gambling Hopes Alive, Michigan Introduces Bill

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf waiting for the House to resolve his budget woes.

The Pennsylvania legislature is back in session this week, as lawmakers reconvene to resume squabbling about an ever-elusive budget agreement that could, eventually, legalize online gambling. Urgency is growing, though, as the state could go broke on Friday for the first time in its history. Treasurer Joe Torsella and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale have warned that…Read More

UK Bookies Stand to Lose £150 Million Per Year in Likely Outcome of FOBT Review

Bookies to take 150 million hit from FOBT review

UK bookmakers will take a £150 million annual hit as a result of the UK’s regulatory review into fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). That’s based on the most likely outcome of the review, which is expected to slash maximum stakes on the machines from £100 per spin to either £20 or £30, according to government sources…Read More

Cleveland Indians Win Streak Hits 20, Tribe Now World Series Favorites in Las Vegas

Cleveland Indians World Series odds

The Cleveland Indians had basically wrapped up their Tuesday night game against the Detroit Tigers after their leadoff hitter Francisco Lindor hit his 30th homerun of the season to take a 1-0 lead. It would be all the Tribe needed, as ace Corey Kluber pitched nine scoreless innings in route to the defending American League…Read More

Typhoon Hato Reveals Shortcomings in Government Attention to Macau Infrastructure

Macau infrastructure Typhoon Hato

The Macau government has been too conservative with its tax revenue when it comes to funding and improving infrastructure throughout the city. Last month’s Typhoon Hato and subsequent Tropical Storm Pakhar exposed the aging city, as bridges, business buildings, and residences in certain parts of the town had no answer for the powerful Category 3…Read More