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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.

New Jersey Residents Despise Casinos and Heavily Oppose Expansion, New Poll Finds

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New Jersey residents aren’t too fond of casinos. A poll from Quinnipiac University finds that voters in the Garden State don’t believe gambling is good for the state, or even for Atlantic City. An astonishing 62 percent of respondents said casino-style gambling, legalized in New Jersey in 1976, hasn’t been good for the state. Just…Read More

Baseball Sports Betting Tops $1 Billion at Nevada Sportsbooks in 2016

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The Major League Baseball sports betting market has much to celebrate this holiday season, as the latest numbers from the Nevada Gaming Control Board show the sport received more wagers in 2016 than any other year in Silver State history. In total, more than $1 billion was bet on MLB games through October of 2016….Read More

Sports Betting Might Expand Under Trump Administration, Says DC Think Tank

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Legalized sports betting might expand over the next four years as President-elect assumes the White House and the Republican Party controls both chambers of Congress. That’s according to R Street Institute, a public policy think tank in Washington, DC, that largely promotes conservative and libertarian ideas. R Street believes Trump’s long history in gambling could…Read More

Atlantic City Historians Betting on Future With Donald Trump Museum

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Atlantic City historians are asking city officials to assist in finding and collecting artifacts pertaining to Donald Trump’s time spent in the region in order to create a museum dedicated to the president-elect. A group of local historians believes a museum celebrating Trump’s long history in the area could attract visitors to the Boardwalk and…Read More

Philippines Casino Owner on the Lam from Rodrigo Duterte’s Hit, Er, Police Squads


Chinese citizen Jack Lam is on the run this week after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte ordered his law enforcement agency to arrest the casino operator. Lam is being accused by the president of attempting to bribe Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman Andrea Domingo, as well as “economic sabotage.” Through his Jimei Group holdings…Read More

Tioga Downs Opens in New York, Bringing Casino Gambling to the Empire State At Last


Tioga Downs, upstate New York’s first casino, finally opened its doors on Friday. Located in Nichols, just 30 miles west of Binghamton near the Pennsylvania border, the new gaming facility represents the victory of gaming in the Empire State after many legislative battles. Despite being the last of New York’s four new casinos to receive…Read More

Phil Ivey Disputes “Legal Precedent” in Borgata Edge-sorting Case

Phil Ivey Contests Latest Borgata Claim

Phil Ivey has formally disputed the Borgata’s claim that the $9.6 million he “won” edge-sorting on the casino’s mini-baccarat tables should be repaid on the basis of a legal precedent. The Borgata has cited an “identical” legal case in which gamblers at the Golden Nugget, Atlantic City, were ultimately ordered to repay $1.5 million in…Read More

Nevada Casinos Win in October, as Non-Stop Flights from Beijing Bring in Chinese Tourists

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Nevada casinos won big in October, as revenues climbed 11.1 percent compared to the same month in 2015. Total win came in at $986.2 million, Nevada’s third-best month since gambling was legalized in 1931. October also marked yet another positive month for Silver State gaming operators, and puts the industry up 4.9 percent for the…Read More

Japan Could Yet Legalize Casinos Before End of Year


Japan could pass legislation to make casinos legal before 2016 wraps up, although the country’s lawmakers will be cutting it close. The Kyodo newswire reported Tuesday that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is optimistic that the country’s casino bill will be approved by the Lower House of the Diet in a plenary session on…Read More

Black Friday Indictee Paul Tate Avoids Prison Sentence

Former PokerStars payments director Paul Tate escapes prison sentence

Paul Tate, PokerStars’ payments director of the pre-Amaya era, has been spared a prison sentence by a Manhattan federal court. Tate was one of 11 people indicted by the Department of Justice On April 15, 2011 on charges of violating the Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Act, bank fraud and money laundering. On the day poker players…Read More

Andrew Cuomo Not In “Giving Tuesday” Mood, Vetoes Charitable Gaming Bill

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) had a severe case of the Mondays this week. Yesterday, the Democrat in his second term vetoed 72 bills passed by the State Legislature that dealt with everything from public transit improvement and natural disaster readiness to charitable gambling. One of his legislative victims was the Charitable Gaming Act…Read More

Australian Sports Commission Calls for National Lottery to Fund Olympic Team

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Australian Sports Commission Chairman John Wylie wants a national lottery created in order to support the country’s Olympic team. Fresh off a disappointing performance in Rio where Australia placed eighth overall on the medal board, Wylie says other countries are outspending the land Down Under in terms of supporting Olympic athletes. Wylie, along with the…Read More

Rodrigo Duterte Continues Reign of Terror, as Philippines Detains 1,240 Chinese Citizens on Alleged Illegal Gambling Charges


Hard-line Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is showing no mercy for 1,240 Chinese citizens suspected of working for illegal gambling enterprises in his country. The leader, who has made his stance on unsanctioned operations clear in just the six months in which he has assumed power, has promised to do a clean sweep of illicit gambling activities,…Read More

What American Gamblers Can Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

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American gamblers have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. Long gone are the days when traveling to Atlantic City or Nevada was required for those looking to place a wager. And the years ahead look even more promising for US citizens who enjoy the thrill and camaraderie of the casino floor. Numerous states…Read More

Macau Remains Gambling-First Destination Despite VIP Departures

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Macau is in the midst of its third straight year of gaming revenue declines and will post yet another consecutive down year when 2016 is all said and done. China’s wishes to impede money moving out from its mainland through the special administrative gaming zone have been successful, and that’s forced many casino resorts in…Read More