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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.

President Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Could Fund Los Angeles to Las Vegas High-Speed Rail

President Trump infrastructure Phil Ruffin

President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan calls for $1 trillion in spending, and many in Las Vegas are hoping part of those funds are allocated to help build the long-conceptualized high-speed railway connecting Southern California to Sin City. Las Vegas became an isolated city when Amtrak discontinued its Desert Wind service in 1997. Though Amtrak offers…Read More

Trump Tower Wiretapped During Russian Mafia Gambling Probe

Trump Tower wiretap president FBI

Trump Tower was indeed the target of a wiretap while former President Barack Obama was in the White House, but the surveillance wasn’t directed at then-candidate Donald Trump. The 45th commander-in-chief has spawned allegations that his campaign headquarters inside Trump Tower in New York City was wiretapped during the 2016 election cycle as he took on…Read More

Philippines Gaming Regulator Announces $500 Million Integrated Casino Resort in Cebu

Philippines casino PAGCOR Andrea Domingo

Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has approved a $500 million casino resort in the central island of Cebu. When the project is completed, it will mark the country’s first integrated gambling destination outside of the Manila capital. PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) has been directed by President Rodrigo Duterte to grow gaming revenues and make…Read More

David Baazov Forms New Global Investment Company

David Baazov forms investment company Ahaka Capital

David Baazov has a new career. The Amaya founder and former CEO and chairman, who resigned from the board last year as accusations of insider trading threatened to bury him, has formed a new company, installing himself as chairman of the board. Ahaka Capital is a “global multi-sector private equity firm” which was incorporated last…Read More

Russian Slots Hacking Gang Refocused on Europe and South America After US Arrests

Russian slots cheat gang targeting Europe and South America

A sophisticated team of slots hackers that bilked US casinos of millions of dollars has moved on to new territories, a security expert told regulators at a conference in Las Vegas last week. The group is now focusing its attention on the casinos of South America and Europe, following the arrest of four of its…Read More

NCAA March Madness Selection Committee Lambasted, as Upsets Shakeup Tournament

March Madness NCAA Vegas odds upsets

The first weekend of March Madness is in the books, and there are now plenty of Monday morning “quarterbacks” scolding the NCAA Selection Committee. The field of 68 is down to just 16, and as is the case with any NCAA men’s championship basketball tournament, there were plenty of early-round upsets. None was more glaring…Read More

With No Clear NCAA Favorite, Vegas Sportsbooks Writing Bountiful 2017 March Madness Story

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is underway with the first round tipping off on Thursday night at four locations across the country. And in Las Vegas, the sportsbooks are taking bets on every single game. An influx of bettors descend on the Mojave Desert each March in hopes of capitalizing off their bracket predictions, and…Read More

Funeral Today for Tourist Kirk Henry, Paralyzed After 2001 Las Vegas Strip Club Attack, Still Owed Millions by Owner

Crazy Horse Too strip club Las Vegas

Las Vegas tourist Kirk Henry, owed millions in damages by an allegedly Mob-connected Vegas strip club owner, died last month having only received a fraction of his compensation money, the Las Vegas Review-Journal revealed this week. In September 2001, Henry, a computer cable salesman from Kansas, was left paralyzed from the neck down after being…Read More

New York State Senate Factors Revenue from Online Poker into Draft Budget Plan

New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow will back online poker in the House this year.

The New York State Senate has included revenue from legalized, regulated online poker in its 2017-18 budget plan. But before you New York poker players break out the ticker tape start dancing, a couple of caveats. First, online poker was also included in the first draft of the Senate’s 2016-17 budget and yet regulation did…Read More

Colombia Blocks 325 Unlicensed Online Gambling Domains When Operators Refuse to Pay Up

Colombia internet gambling operator crackdown

Colombia has a reputation for extreme violence and massive illegal drug trade, and neither problem seems anywhere close to being curtailed. But when it comes to online gambling, the South American country is taking a hardline approach and cracking down on illegal internet casino platforms. Last week, Coljuegos, the South American country’s gambling regulator, announced…Read More

North Dakota “Historic Racing” Machine Bill Poses Threat to State’s Charitable Gambling Industry

North Dakota instant racing plan would hurt charitable gaming

North Dakota’s plans to expand gambling by creating up to six state-owned casinos have been grabbing the headlines in the local news, because of the probable impact on tribal and charitable gaming operators. But now an under-the-radar bill, spotted by local radio host Mike McFeeley this week, poses a second threat to the 300-odd charitable…Read More

Las Vegas Tourism Numbers Continue to Smash Records, Non-Gaming Attractions Hold Their Own

Las Vegas tourism boom 2016

Tourists are flocking to the city of Las Vegas, and the Southern Nevada gambling metropolis hold on the global gaming market continues to grow substantially year after year. Not only are the people coming in bigger numbers than ever before, they’re spending more in shops, restaurants, and nightclubs, sometimes surpassing even gaming revenues. A report…Read More

Warren Buffett Has Millions at Stake on March Madness, But Doesn’t Support Sports Betting

Warren Buffett NCAA March Madness

Billionaire Warren Buffett is one of the richest people in the world, and while his attention is normally focused on the financial markets, come March he sets his sights on the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. In 2014, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO put up a $1 billion prize for anyone who could successfully predict the entire tournament….Read More

Atlantic City Casinos Win Again Thanks to Online Gambling, Atlantic Club Sold

Atlantic Club Wynn Sinatra Atlantic City revenue

Atlantic City casinos are once again thoroughly enjoying counting their monthly income bounty. And as was the case in previous months, in February it was online gambling that kept the seven remaining land-based venues in the black. Total gaming win for February came in at $205.36 million, a feeble 0.3 percent gain compared to the…Read More

UK Bookies Hope Cheltenham Festival Will Break “Right” Kind of Records This Year

Thistlecrack missing from Cheltenham

UK bookies are expecting a record Cheltenham Festival this week, as the country’s biggest horse racing meet gets underway on Tuesday and continues through Friday. The kind of record they’re hoping for, though, will the exact opposite of last year’s, when they suffered record-breaking losses, the “worst in living memory,” according to one. It was…Read More