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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.

American Gaming Association Recommends Repealing Sports Betting Ban

American Gaming Association sports betting Geoff Freeman

The American Gaming Association (AGA) is recommending to Congress that it repeal the nearly quarter-century old federal ban on sports betting. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) passed in 1992 prevented states from offering gambling lines on sports. Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana were granted special exemptions, as all four of those states…Read More

North Jersey Casino Expansion Ad Campaign Comes Down, Amid Growing Sense It Ain’t Gonna Happen

Chris Christie Jeff Gural NJ casino expansion

Backers of a North Jersey casino expansion ad campaign, one which supported a referendum vote to take gaming into the north part of the Garden State, have thrown in the towel. OUR Turn NJ, which was backed by billionaire investor Paul Fireman and real estate mogul Jeff Gural, pulled its media advertising campaign, apparently unwilling…Read More

Caesars Bumps up Bankruptcy Offer by $1.6 Billion

Caesars bankruptcy offer increased by $1.6 billion

Caesars’ controlling private equity backers, Apollo Global and TPG Capital Management, are ready to sweeten the pot by $1.6 billion, as they vie to win the backing of their junior creditors for a multi-billion-dollar bankruptcy plan. Caesars is seeking to reorganize $18 billion of the debt of its main operating unit, Caesars Entertainment Operating Corp…Read More

Maryland Live Casino Purchases Nearby Hotel as Expansion Continues

Maryland Live Casino hotel MGM National Harbor

Maryland Live isn’t playing any games when it comes to preparing itself for the arrival of the $1.2 billion MGM National Harbor this fall. Located 14 miles southwest of downtown Baltimore, Maryland Live announced this week that it has purchased a nearby hotel located just across from the casino. The Cordish Companies, the parent group…Read More

North Jersey Casino Poll Reveals Dwindling Support

North Jersey casino referendum poll Chris Christie

The North Jersey casino referendum facing voters in November isn’t likely to pass, according to a new poll conducted by Rutgers-Eagleton’s Center for Public Interest. In a study consisting of 735 registered New Jersey voters, Rutgers-Eagleton found that just 40 percent of respondents support bringing casino-style gambling north in the Garden State. That’s four percent…Read More

Fighting Among Arkansas Casino Ballot Opponents Picking Up Steam

Arkansas casino fight spills onto TV

The war of words over Arkansas’ casino ballot heated up this week, as the pro-casino movement requested to have a lawsuit that would block the ballot that was dismissed by the Arkansas Supreme Court. The Arkansas Winning Initiative (AWI), which wants voters to amend the constitution to allow up to three casinos in the state,…Read More

Revel Atlantic City Rebrands, as Glenn Straub Names the Resort “TEN”

Revel Atlantic City TEN Glenn Straub

Revel Atlantic City is officially no more. The $2.4 billion resort that opened in 2012 only to close 29 months later got a new owner in 2015, and now it’s getting a new name. Glenn Straub, the real estate developer who paid $82 million for the bankrupt property, has revealed the Revel will be known…Read More

YouTube Stars Charged for Promoting Gambling by UKGC

YouTube stars FIFA coins UK Gambling Commission

YouTube stars Craig Douglas and Dylan Rigby have been charged by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for encouraging underage video gamers to gamble. In what are first-of-its-kind charges, the Gambling Commission alleges the two vloggers inspired children to gamble and provided instructions on how to do so. Douglas and Rigby focus on the FIFA video…Read More

Nevada Senator Harry Reid Attacks Donald Trump, Calls Him A “Human Leech”

Nevada Senator Harry Reid Donald Trump

Nevada Senator Harry Reid (D) was an amateur boxer in his youth, and this week the Senate Minority Leader came out swinging at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. On Wednesday, September 15, Reid said on the Senate Floor, “He’s (Trump) a spoiled brat raised in plenty who inherited a fortune and used his money to…Read More

California Indian Casino Project Near Napa Causes Turf War

California Indian casino Napa Valley

The California Indian casino project in Vallejo proposed by the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians is generating a turf war between neighboring counties that differ on whether casino-style gambling should be permitted in the wine-rich area. Napa County supervisors are currently deliberating if they’re going to support or oppose the measure. The casino would…Read More

Online Betting To Top One Trillion Dollars by 2021, Driven by Mobile and VR

Trillion dollars to be bet on online gambling by 2021

The online gambling industry will process almost $1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars) in bets per year by 2021, according to a whitepaper published this week by analyst Juniper Research. That equates to a 42 percent increase on the $550 billion expected this year. The surge will be driven by the increasing power of the mobile technology…Read More

The Football Pools Sold for Nearly $130 Million to Sportingbet Founder

The Football Pools Sportech Sportingbet

The Football Pools are being sold to private equity firm Burlywood Capital for £97.25 million ($129.4 million). The self-proclaimed oldest soccer sportsbetting house in the world, The Football Pools were first launched 93 years ago in 1923. The operation once claimed to have 10 million customers, but today that number is around just 300,000. On…Read More

Parisian Macau Casino Resort Opens Tonight

Parisian Macao opening night tonight

Sheldon Adelson’s lavish $2.7 billion casino resort on Macau’s Cotai Strip, the Parisian Macau, opens tonight, complete with 3,000 rooms, hundreds of shops, a theater, a water park and an obligatory half-sized Eiffel Tower replica. Around 500 journalists descended on the gambling hub for the opening night, most of them from publications based in mainland…Read More

Hillary Clinton Health Scare Causes UK Bookies to Cut Odds on Trump Victory

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The odds of Hillary Clinton reaching the White House lengthened overnight, after an apparent fainting spell while watching Sept. 11 ceremonies forced her party’s hand in revealing that the former secretary of state is suffering from pneumonia. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power dropped its odds on Donald Trump from 6/4 to 2/1, giving the billionaire mogul…Read More

Jimmy Kimmel’s Cousin Sal Announces NFL Sports Betting Show

Jimmy Kimmel Cousin Sal NFL weekly picks

Cousin Sal, as his older cousin Jimmy Kimmel affectionately calls him, is launching his own NFL sports betting and daily fantasy sports (DFS) show on Facebook. The NFL season kicked off Thursday night with the reigning champion Denver Broncos once again defeating the Carolina Panthers in a Super Bowl 50 rematch. For fans in Nevada…Read More