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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.

Sports Betting Legalization as Polarizing as National Politics, New Poll Finds

sports betting legalization Donald Trump

Sports betting legalization is on the minds of many state politicians across the country, and gaming companies are licking their chops at the potential prospect of taking bets on pro and college sports. But the topic of ending sports gambling prohibition in the United States and repealing the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)…Read More

Scott Tom, Absolute Poker Founder and Fugitive, Plays His Hand in Federal Court at Last

Scott Tom Absolute Poker federal court

Black Friday fugitive Scott Tom, the founder of Absolute Poker (AP), pleaded not guilty in Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday to charges of violating internet gambling laws and conspiracy. The 37-year-old had been at large since he was indicted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2011, but turned himself in yesterday, arriving back in…Read More

Casino Developers Will Have to be Patient on Japanese Regulation, Says Analyst

Japan casino regulations will have to wait till fall, says Grant Govertsen

Global casino operators are bending over backwards to get a piece of the future Japanese casino industry, but they may have to wait just a little bit longer. The Japanese Diet passed its Integrated Resorts Promotion Bill in December, after years of mulling the issue, paving the way for the opening up of a market…Read More

Raiders Secure Financial Backing for Vegas Move Following Adelson Blow Out

Raiders get funding for Vegas stadium

The Oakland Raiders has secured financial backing to build a new home in Las Vegas, just three weeks after Sheldon Adelson pulled his $650 million commitment to the project and Goldman Sachs followed him out of the door. On Monday, Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak confirmed rumors to FOX 5 that the Raiders had…Read More

Caesars Merger Moves One Step Closer as Bankrupt Unit Prepares to Emerge

Caesars moves closer to reorganization

Caesars Entertainment Corp (CEC) has amended the terms of a forthcoming merger between itself and subsidiary Caesars Acquisition Company (CAC), according to a filing this week to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Under the new terms, Caesars Acquisition shareholders will receive 1.625 shares of Caesars Entertainment for each share they hold. The move represents a…Read More

Canada Daily Fantasy Sports Expected to Remain Unregulated

Canada daily fantasy sports Justin Trudeau

Canada daily fantasy sports (DFS) players aren’t necessarily blocked by any federal statute from participating in the online contests, but they also aren’t explicitly authorized to place financial incentives on the games. Led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Parliament has shown little interest in tackling the legality of the growing DFS industry. Unfortunately for Canadians looking…Read More

Nevada AG Adam Laxalt Mulling Gubernatorial Run, No Friend to Online Gambling

Adam Laxalt Nevada governor

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is reportedly preparing a run for the Republican slot as a contender for next governor of the Silver State. Current Governor Brian Sandoval (R) will be forced out of office when his second term comes to a close in early January of 2019. The state’s GOP and the national caucus…Read More

BetOnline Live Dealer Seen False Dealing as Rumors Surface About AbsolutePoker

BetOnline Live Dealer possible cheating, AbsolutePoker’s Brent Beckley joins the team

Online sports book and casino BetOnline.com has been severely embarrassed this week by a video uploaded to YouTube on Saturday that shows one of its live blackjack dealers apparently cheating. The dealer clearly uses a sleight-of-hand cheating technique, as old as card games themselves, known as the second shuffle, in which the dealer deals the…Read More

Florida Gambling Expansion Reaches Impasse Between State House and Senate

Bill Galvano Florida gambling expansion bill

A new Florida gambling expansion bill is diametrically opposed to the wide-ranging gambling reform package proposed in the Senate by the influential lawmaker Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton). Galvano’s bill (SB 8) received unanimous backing from senators at its first hearing late last month. It’s a political confrontation that one gaming lobbyist called “the stand off…Read More

Death by Selfie: How Kim Jong-nam’s Facebook ‘Casino Selfies’ May Have Done Him In

Kim Jong-nam Facebook selfie at Wynn Macau

As the shocking facts of the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, continue to unfold, it’s looking more and more like his love of Facebook and documenting casinos he’d visited may have hastened his demise. His habit of posting his travels photographically may have made it that much…Read More

Pennsylvania Sports Betting Bill Introduced, Penn State Football Popular at Sportsbooks

Pennsylvania sports betting Penn State football

A Pennsylvania sports betting bill has been introduced by State Rep. Rob Matzie (D-District 16) that seeks to allow residents in the Keystone State to place financial wagers on sporting outcomes should a federal law be repealed. House Bill 519 would allow the business of accepting wagers on sporting events or on the individual performance…Read More

MGM Resorts Misses Fourth-Quarter Projections, but Springfield Casino Construction Ahead of Schedule

MGM Resorts Jim Murren earnings

MGM Resorts posted improved fourth-quarter revenues in 2016 compared to the previous year, but the generated income fell far short of projections. The Las Vegas-headquartered gaming and hospitality company reported net income of nearly $70 million for the final three months of the year. That translates to four cents per share, a far cry from…Read More

Trump Name Removed from Shuttered Taj Mahal In Atlantic City

Trump name removed from Taj

President Donald Trump’s name has been removed from the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, four months after it was closed by his friend and Special Adviser on Regulatory Reform, the billionaire corporate raider Carl Icahn. It was Icahn who had persuaded Trump to allow the name to remain above the door when he rescued…Read More

Brandon Steven, 2010 WSOP Main Event Top-10 Poker Player, Subject of Federal Investigation

Brandon Steven WSOP DOJ investigation wiretap

Kansas businessman and well-known poker player Brandon Steven is under surveillance by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), and he apparently wants the world to know about it. Media outlets in Kansas have published a letter this week provided by Steven that clearly shows his involvement in a federal investigation. According to the document, the…Read More

South Carolina Casino Bill Has Small Odds of Becoming Law

South Carolina casino bill Todd Rutherford

A South Carolina casino bill introduced in early 2017 has little odds of one day becoming law. One of the most conservative states in the union, South Carolina is one of just four jurisdictions today that does not have commercial or tribal casinos, racetrack or pari-mutuel wagering, or even charitable gambling. The Palmetto State does, however,…Read More