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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.

Florida Regulators Allow Magic City to Ditch Dog Racing in Landmark Ruling

Florida Regulators Allow Magic City to Scrap Dog Racing

The Magic City Casino in Miami has been grated permission by gaming regulators to scrap greyhound races while retaining its more-profitable slot machines and card games. It’s an ironic quirk of Florida’s gambling laws that, while greyhound racing has been banned in 40 states often on grounds of cruelty, Florida actually requires its parimutuel venues…Read More

Philippines Police Arrest 43 After Violent High-Roller Kidnapping at Solaire Casino

43 arrested for Solaire Manila kidnapping

Police in the Philippines have arrested 41 Chinese and two Malaysian nationals in connection with the kidnapping of a 48-year-old Singaporean woman from the Solaire Casino Resort in Manila on Monday. Wu Yan, believed to be a high-stakes tourist gambler, was rescued by police from a condo in the city the following day. Authorities said…Read More

Sacramento Casino Project Clears Major Hurdle, Governor Brown Signs Tribal Gaming Compact

Sacramento casino Elk Grove

A Sacramento casino in the neighboring community of Elk Grove is one step closer to reality. On Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed off on a gaming compact with the Wilton Rancheria tribe, which all but assures a $400 million gambling resort will be built 12 miles south of the state’s capital city. Brown’s…Read More

Mystery Duo Sets Up ‘Camp’ in $2 Billion Future Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Lot

Homeless camps Las Vegas Oakland

The Las Vegas Raiders might need to evict two homeless people off the land they paid $77.5 million for earlier this year. The 62.6-acre plot will become the location of the NFL team’s $1.9 billion football stadium, but for now, the highly valued ground is reportedly the “residence” of a couple that presumably won’t be…Read More

NBA Summer League Total Hit With Fans

NBA Summer League

Even though the scores don’t count, fans flocked to Las Vegas to check out this year’s top draft picks and, in the process, set an attendance record for the NBA Summer League. Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas, Nevada hosted 127,843 people, shattering last year’s previous record of…Read More

Michigan Gaming Regulators Celebrate 20 Years of Revenue from Detroit Casinos

MGM Grand Detroit

Detroit and Michigan have been on a 20-year winning streak, as three city casinos have paid them approximately $4.5 billion in taxes, according to the Michigan Gaming Control Board. The Motor City on Monday recognized the 20-year anniversary of the Michigan Gaming and Revenue Act going into effect by celebrating its positive impact. The bulk…Read More

Russia Casino Development Sites for Sale, Unclear If Any Companies Are Rushing In

Russia casino Primorsky Krai

Three Russian casino land parcels reserved for gaming and hotel development are on the auction block near Vladivostok. The world’s largest country has been trying to transform the Far East port city into a bustling entertainment and gambling destination that attracts tourists and high rollers from China, South Korea, and Japan. In 2009, Russia’s federal…Read More

Macau Casino Stocks Plunge with VIPJunket Ops in Beijing’s Anti-Corruption Crosshairs

Macau casino stocks Steve Wynn

Investors folded on Macau casino stocks after Suncity Group, the region’s biggest VIP junket company, reportedly warned its employees to take extra caution when moving money to the Chinese enclave where gaming is permitted. Wynn Macau, traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, lost nearly five percent of its share price on the news. Galaxy…Read More

Poker Pro Phil Ivey Misses World Series of Poker to Have His Day in UK Court

Phil Ivey Crockfords UK edge sorting case

Poker legend Phil Ivey would normally have been ensconced in Las Vegas this week, battling it out at the World Series of Poker Main Event (WSOP). Instead, Ivey is in London, fighting his legal battle to claim £7.7 million ($10 million) in punto banco winnings from London’s tony Crockfords Casino, which he contests has been…Read More

OJ Simpson Perfect Candidate for Parole, Clark County District Attorney Says

OJ Simpson parole Las Vegas

OJ Simpson could be released from prison as early as October, and according to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, there’s good reason to let The Juice loose. Fielding questions on Reddit, a commenter asked Wolfson on his predictions for OJ’s parole hearing, which is scheduled for July 20. “In my opinion, most people who…Read More

Japan to Slash Pachinko Payouts by Half as Part of Problem Gambling Review

Japan to cut Pachinko payouts

Shares in Japan’s Pachinko companies fell this week on the news that the government is planning to tighten regulations on the machines and slash payouts by 50 percent. According to the Japan Times, the National Police Agency wants to lower the amount that can be won within four hours’ play from ¥100,000 ($880) to ¥50,000…Read More

Connecticut Enacts Sports Betting Legislation

Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy has signed into a law a bill that would permit the regulation of sports betting within the state, should New Jersey be successful in its bid to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). New Jersey has long sought to legalize sports betting at its casino and racetracks and…Read More

Galaxy Gaming’s Bid for New Nevada License Fails Due to Concerns About CEO

: Galaxy Gaming’s Robert Saucier fails to capture Nevada license

Nevada gaming regulators failed to recommend Galaxy Gaming for a new license due to reservations about its founder, CEO, chairman and president, Robert Saucier, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported this week. Following a two-day hearing of the Gaming Control Board, Galaxy, a Las Vegas-based developer of electronic casino table-games, withdrew its application rather than risk…Read More

US Drops Felony Charges Against Calvin Ayre, Gambling Pioneer to Remain in Antigua

Calvin Ayre cleared Bodog

Calvin Ayre, the online gambling entrepreneur who made his fortune by founding the Bodog brand back in the early 1990s, will no longer have to worry about facing federal felony charges in the United States. According to Forbes, a Baltimore federal court case document showed the online operator has admitted by phone from Vancouver to…Read More

Charitable Gambling Bill Vetoed by North Carolina Governor on Video Poker Concerns

charitable gambling North Carolina Roy Cooper

A bill to authorize charitable gambling that is taking place at nonprofits throughout North Carolina has been rejected by Governor Roy Cooper (D). House Bill 511 sought to allow charities and nonprofits holding a liquor license to host “game nights” four times a year. Permissible casino games included roulette, blackjack, poker, craps, simulated horse racing,…Read More