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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.

Caesars Entertainment Nearing $1 Billion Deal to Buy Two Indiana Racinos

Caesars Entertainment Indiana racetrack

Fresh out of bankruptcy, Caesars Entertainment is reportedly ready to go on a spending spree. The Nevada casino conglomerate is said to be in negotiations with Centaur Gaming to acquire its two Indiana racetrack casinos, Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand. The acquisitions, according to Bloomberg, are expected to cost Caesars more than $1 billion. Gaming…Read More

The 13 Still Hasn’t Submitted a Macau Gaming Application, and Permits Are Running Dry

The 13 Macau satellite casino

The 13, an ultra-luxury resort concept from flamboyant Hong Kong businessman Stephen Hung, has ran up a construction tab of over $1.6 billion. The much-delayed 200 all-villa hotel located south of the Cotai Strip in Coloane Village is finally slated to open in March, but when it does, the property presumably won’t have a casino….Read More

Booted: Italy Fails to Qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup, First Miss in 60 Years

Italian soccer team, unqualified

Many soccer fans in Italy have gone their whole lives without knowing what it feels like to not be a contender in the World Cup. But this is 2017, and the four-time World Cup champions missed the cut for the first time in six decades, after a stunning loss in a playoff qualifier with Sweden….Read More

American Gaming Association Joins Tax Reform Talks, Pushes for Full Interest Deduction Preservation

AGA Geoff Freeman US tax reform bill

The American Gaming Association (AGA), the lobbying arm of the gambling industry, has jumped on the tax reform bandwagon. One of the major goals of Republicans in Congress is to pass tax-reform legislation by the end of 2017, a move that has largely been supported by big business, due to proposed cuts to the corporate…Read More

Las Vegas Raiders Break Ground on NFL Stadium in America’s Sportsbetting Epicenter

Raiders stadium groundbreaking Las Vegas

Dirt has officially been moved at the future home of the Las Vegas Raiders. Team owner Mark Davis, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R), and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell were just a few of the notable dignitaries who attended the showy groundbreaking ceremony Monday night at the stadium site that sits at Interstate 15 and Russell…Read More

Connecticut Senators Seek Clarification from Feds About Positions on East Windsor Casino

Connecticut senators East Windsor casino

An East Windsor, Connecticut joint casino project being built on non-sovereign lands by the Mashantucket and Mohegan Sun tribes needs more clarification from the US Department of the Interior (DOI), say Democratic US Senators from Connecticut Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, who have asked the DOI to weigh in on the matter. The Bureau of Indian Affairs…Read More

Richard Desmond Plans to Bid for UK National Lottery

richard desmond

Billionaire newspaper owner Richard Desmond is planning to submit a bid for the UK’s National Lottery, hoping to take over the business when an opportunity to acquire the lucrative franchise comes up again in 2019. Currently, the UK’s largest lottery is operated by a company known as Camelot, which has run the drawings since 1994….Read More

PAGCOR Auctioning Two Parcels of Land at Site of Solaire Casino

PAGCOR Solaire auction

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is auctioning two parcels of land in Manila which make up the current location of the Solaire Resort and Casino. According to the PAGCOR announcement, the “item” up for bid, known as Bay City Properties, comprises two plots that include approximately 160,000 square meters of land. The minimum…Read More

Duke Enters NCAAM Season as Title Favorites, Bettors Like Michigan State

Duke NCAA March Madness basketball odds

The top-ranked Duke Blue Devils are the consensus favorite among college basketball analysts to be the team to beat for the 2017-18 NCAAM season. After being upset by South Carolina in the round of 32 during March Madness, the Blue Devils return perhaps the most talented roster in the nation. Welcoming in Trevon Duval at…Read More

Paradise Papers Show German Banks Flouted Law to Process Online Gambling Payments

Wirecard headquarters in Munich, Germany

Several German financial institutions have been caught up in the Paradise Papers leak after reports that they have been illegally processing payments to online casinos that are not allowed to operate in the country. According to a report by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung in collaboration with public broadcaster NDR, banks including Postbank, DZ Bank, and…Read More

College Football Coach Rankles Bettors with Point Spread Tweet After 4th Quarter Safety

Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin

Florida Atlantic University football coach Lane Kiffin said he was only joking when he tweeted about not covering the point spread in Friday’s game against Marshall, but the NCAA wasn’t laughing. Gambling is one subject that the governing body of college athletics doesn’t find funny. The 42-year-old coach, who is in his first year at…Read More

New Jersey Governor-Elect Phil Murphy Supports Casino Expansion, While AC’s Fresh Pick for Mayor, Frank Gilliam, Does Not

New Jersey governor Atlantic City

Democrat Phil Murphy is New Jersey’s next governor, and he’s all about broadening casino locales in the Garden State. The former Goldman Sachs top executive and US Ambassador to Germany easily defeated his Republican challenger, Governor Chris Christie’s (R) right-hand woman, Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno. Murphy’s win might not be the best news for Atlantic…Read More

DraftKings Would Consider Becoming Sportsbook on PASPA Repeal, For Now Will Stream EuroLeague

DraftKings Jason Robins sports betting

DraftKings CEO Jason Robins tells Bloomberg that the daily fantasy sports (DFS) company would consider transitioning into an online sportsbook in the United States should there be a change to the federal law that currently bans sports betting in all but four states. Next month, the US Supreme Court will hear an appeal from New…Read More

GOP Tax Reform Could Increase Cost of Las Vegas Raiders Stadium by $100M

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

Tax exempt bonds financed from a hotel charge on Las Vegas casino resorts being used to build Raiders Stadium could increase the cost if a provision in federal tax code legislation is approved. House Republicans unveiled their tax plan Thursday, and part of the proposal would eliminate the ability of stadiums to use the popular…Read More

2018 Macau Casino Revenue Projections Looking Sexy and Stable, Ongoing Upward Trends

Lionel Leong Macau 2018 casino projections

Macau’s gaming industry is having a very good year, and can expect those revenue growth trends to continue. According to the gaming enclave’s Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lionel Leong, the local government is projecting that gross gaming earnings at casinos in the territory will continue to burgeon in 2018. That projection follows 15 straight…Read More