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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.

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Melco Resorts Announces $500 Million Stock Buyback

Melco Resorts announced this week that it plans to purchase $500 million worth of its issued stock over the next three years. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Melco Resorts… Read More

Two State Regulators Approve Penn National Takeover of Pinnacle Entertainment

Penn National is one step closer to completing its proposed takeover of Pinnacle Entertainment, as the gaming firm received approval from two state-level regulatory bodies for the transaction. According to a statement from Penn… Read More

Man Utd Star Zlatan Ibrahimovic Pulls Out of BetHard UK Launch Over Threat of FA Sanctions

Online gambling site BetHard was forced to postpone its UK launch today (Wednesday) after it discovered its brand ambassador, soccer legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic, faced possible sanctions from English soccer’s governing body for promoting the… Read More

UK Government Faces Party Revolt Over FOBT Max Stakes

The UK’s governing Conservative Party could face open rebellion from within its own ranks if it fails to reduce the maximum stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals, the controversial betting shop machines that currently allow… Read More

Downtown Las Vegas Casino Owner Derek Stevens Scores on March Madness Bets

Downtown Las Vegas casino owner Derek Stevens bet $11,000 on each of the 32 First Round games of NCAA March Madness. And when the buzzers concluded, the D Casino boss found himself $16,000 richer…. Read More

Wynn Lawyers Report Woman to FBI for Extortion Over Sexual Misconduct Claims

A lawyer for Steve Wynn reported a woman to the FBI, accusing her of extortion for threatening to go public with sexual misconduct claims about the casino mogul, according to documents recently filed in… Read More

Analysts: Genting Group Might Be Odds-On Favorite for Wynn Resorts Takeover

Genting Group might be best positioned to one day acquire Wynn Resorts. That’s according to three analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein Global Gaming Research, who concluded that Wynn’s Macau operations might leave few potential… Read More

Floyd Mayweather Confirms MMA Training, Potential $1 Billion UFC Deal Lurks

Floyd Mayweather says he’s finished with boxing after capping off a perfect 50-0 career with a victory over UFC star Conor McGregor last year, but he remains committed to trying his hand (and feet)… Read More

MGM Springfield: More Table Games, Fewer Slot Machines Add Up to Millennial Marketing Push

The new MGM Springfield in Massachusetts hopes to attract millennials to its $960 million integrated casino resort by offering innovative table games for the ever-elusive 20 and 30-something demographic. Appearing before the Massachusetts Gaming… Read More

BC Casinos Would Lose $88 Million Per Year from High Stakes Transaction Ban

A proposal to restrict table game “buy-ins” at British Columbia casinos to no more than CA$10,000 ($7,650) would cost the sector up to CA$88 million ($67 million) per year, according to a confidential BC… Read More

Alabama Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Throttled to Death on Senate Floor

Alabama’s daily fantasy sports bill went down in flames in the State Senate on Wednesday. Despite being unanimously approved by the Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee earlier this month, Senator Paul Sanford’s bill didn’t… Read More

Sportech Shares Crash as Takeover Talks Break Down

Shares in Sportech, the former owner of the UK’s Football Pools, nosedived on the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday, wiping more than 50 percent off the company’s market cap. The crash came after the… Read More

Three Online Gambling Operators Quit Malta Over MGA Anti-Mafia Investigation

An unprecedented anti-Mafia investigation by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) into all its Italian licensees has resulted in three companies “unilaterally terminating their own licenses,” according to Malta Today. Betent.com (Betent Group Ltd), Potterbet… Read More

Tiger Woods Favored in PGA Tour Event for First Time Since 2014

Tiger Woods is the odds-on favorite to win this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. It’s the first time since 2014 that the golfing great has been the betting frontrunner in a PGA… Read More

Melco Resorts Billionaire Lawrence Ho Predicts Japan Casino Bidding to Commence in 2019

Lawrence Ho says his Melco Resorts, one of six licensed casino operators in Macau, is readying to make its case to Japanese lawmakers as to why the company is best suited to receive one… Read More

Beijing Spies on Chinese Officials Gambling in Macau, Says Senior Lawmaker

The Chinese mainland officials who once piled the proceeds of their embezzlement onto the baccarat tables of Macau are a thing of the past, according to Ho Iat Seng, president of the enclave’s legislative… Read More

Backed into a Corner, Wynn Resorts Drops Litigation Against Kazuo Okada

Wynn Resorts on Monday dropped its six-year-long court battle with its former majority shareholder, the Japanese pachinko magnate Kazuo Okada. The move comes just days after the embattled Las Vegas casino giant agreed to… Read More

Vietnamese Communist Regime Arrests Police Chief in Gambling and Corruption Bust

Vietnamese state-controlled media has announced the arrest of a former head of the country’s High-Technology Police Department, on suspicion of organizing an international gambling ring. Nguyen Thanh Hoa, 60, was arrested on Sunday as… Read More

March Madness Odds Favor Virginia and Villanova, 24 Million People Expected to Fill Out Brackets

The 68-team bracket is set, but March Madness odds show that bettors believe only a handful of teams have a realistic shot at scoring the men’s basketball NCAA national championship. Virginia and Villanova are… Read More

Tiny California Tribe Pays Highest Interest on Casino Junk Bond Since Economic Crash

The Buena Vista Rancheria band of Me-Wuk Indians has finally received financial backing for its long-cherished dream of a casino in Amador County, California. But unfortunately, it comes in the form of a junk… Read More

Pennsylvania Satellite Casino Bidding Stalls, No Proposals Received During Fifth Auction

No satellite casino bids were presented at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s (PGCB) Friday auction. Postponed from Wednesday due to a snowstorm, the state’s six qualified remaining bidders opted against submitting proposals for the… Read More

New SLS Las Vegas Owner Alex Meruelo Gets Nevada Gaming Control Board Licensing Thumbs Up

The beleaguered SLS Las Vegas is getting another shot at success at long last. On Wednesday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) unanimously recommended the transfer of a gaming license for the North Las… Read More

Carl Icahn Denies Having Steel Tariff Knowledge Before Dumping Stocks

Carl Icahn, the billionaire activist-investor and owner of the Tropicana in Atlantic City, has said he had no idea President Trump planned to impose 25 percent tariffs on steel imports when he sold his… Read More

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Pressures Teams to Stop ‘Tanking’

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has reportedly told certain teams that appear to be purposely losing to quit it. The Chicago Bulls, which have lost 14 of their last 17 games, confirmed they’ve been in… Read More

Stars Group Makes Big Move for Australian Sports Betting Market, Ups Stake in CrownBet to 80 Percent

PokerStars’ parent company, the Stars Group, formerly Amaya Gaming, is suddenly a major player in the Australian sports betting market, just over six months after it was forced to pull PokerStars out of Australia… Read More