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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.

Oakland Raiders Hope To Regain Playoff Form by Spending $100 Million on Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden

The Oakland Raiders are hoping that Jon Gruden can bring the team back to Super Bowl contention and are paying him a reported $100 million over 10 years to do so. The franchise, which will be moving to Las Vegas in 2020, made the announcement on Saturday after the ESPN analyst broadcast his last game…Read More

Spokane Tribe Opens New Casino in Airway Heights

Spokane Tribe Casino opens

After several years of legal challenges, the Spokane Tribe will open their new casino in Airway Heights on Monday, a move the tribe hopes will bring much needed economic benefits for their community. Known as the Spokane Tribe Casino, the new facility is an off-reservation gaming venue that has been in the works since at…Read More

PGA Tour Players Forced to Undergo Anti-Gambling Program

PGA Tour gambling policy

The wraparound PGA Tour season got back in full swing this week with the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui, Hawaii. But before players who won an official event in 2017 teed off, all were required to watch an online anti-gambling tutorial. The PGA Tour announced the formation of its Integrity Program last fall, and…Read More

Tiger Woods Hopes to Roar Back From Back Surgery at San Diego Tournament

Tiger Woods

The latest come back for Tiger Woods will take place at the site of his last attempt to return from back surgery and he is hoping it goes better than 2017. The 42 year old has committed to play at the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open the last week of January. Woods put out a…Read More

Israeli Government Reaches $6.7 Million Settlement with GBI Racing

GBI Racing Israel settlement

The Israeli government has agreed to pay a settlement of 23 million shekels ($6.7 million) to GBI Racing following the implementation of a ban on betting on horse racing that came into effect last week. The settlement provides GBI with compensation for the remainder of their contract, which was initially set to expire this coming…Read More

Russia Eases Tax Filing Requirements for Casinos in Effort to Attract New Investment

Russia casino tax Valdimir Putin

Russia no longer requires casinos to withhold taxes from gamblers who win at least R15,000 ($237). The modification is presumably an effort by the federal government to spur new gaming investment, as Russia’s recently liberated commercial market remains stagnant. President Vladimir Putin signed the casino tax law amendment just before the end of 2017. The…Read More

‘What Happens Here, Stays Here’ Ad Campaign Takes Las Vegas Marketing Back in Time, Literally

Las Vegas marketing campaign

“What Happens Here, Stays Here” is now part of the American vernacular, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), stumbling to remarket Sin City after the October 1 massacre at Mandalay Bay, is still trying to figure out how to rework its message post-shooting. After briefly suspending the iconic ad campaign in the…Read More

Alabama Favorite Against Georgia to Win College Football National Championship

nick saban

Alabama went from barely getting in to the College Football Playoffs to the favorite to win it all after defeating Clemson, 28-6, in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. The fourth seeded team was installed as a 4 ½-point favorite to defeat the other semifinal winner, Georgia, who defeated Oklahoma in double overtime, 54-48….Read More

MGM, William Hill Ban Las Vegas Sports Gambler After Interview Reveals Secret to Rigging Games

sports gambler banned Rob Gorodetsky

Self-proclaimed professional sports gambler Robert “Big Rob” Gorodetsky thought he was simply getting a bit of media attention when he sat down with USA Today Sports to discuss the future of sports betting. But what he got was a ban by at least two major Las Vegas casino operators. MGM Resorts confirmed to USA Today that…Read More

Patriots Favored to Repeat as Super Bowl Champions as NFL Playoffs Begin Saturday

Tom Brady

Not surprisingly the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots are favored to repeat as the playoffs are set to begin on Saturday with four games. The Patriots, who are 2-1 to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the third time in four years, won’t begin their title defense until the following week. Because of…Read More

Casino and Gaming Industry Most Memorable Moments of 2017: What Made Us Cheer, What Made Us Jeer

gambling memorable moments 2017

As we push into the New Year, let’s take a final look back at the one just past. 2017 saw some unwelcome changes in the iconic Vegas tourism marketing model, and of course, one of the greatest tragedies of our time, right on the Las Vegas Strip. But there were more highs than lows, including some…Read More

Fallen Sports Heroes: Which Athletes Lost Their Luster in 2017

The world of sports has the potential to create heroes, which is one of the reasons why we love watching athletes compete. But those same great heroes can also take big falls, either on the field or in the world at large, and 2017 saw more than its fair share of athletes who tumbled from their…Read More

Cyber Security in 2017: Who Won, Who Lost, Who Freaked Us Out

Online gambling cyber-security in 2017

Globally, 2017 saw cybersecurity become a key issue across all industries, and online gambling was no exception. Internet operators have long been targets for DDoS attacks, which have become more frequent in recent years, as well as more powerful and more creative, and this year, all hell broke loose. DDoS (distributed denial of service) attackers use…Read More

Daily Fantasy Sports in 2017: How DraftKings, FanDuel, and Everyone Else Rode the Coaster

daily fantasy sports DFS DraftKings FanDuel

In 2017, the daily fantasy sports industry, specifically market leaders DraftKings and FanDuel, experienced a ride as good as any at a major amusement park. Not surprising, the two industry frontrunners that control more than 90 percent of the US market felt the jolts most jarringly. Victories came by way of states taking steps to…Read More

Craziest Casino Robberies of 2017: Who Ultimately Stole the Show

casino robbery 2017 holdups

Casino robberies are almost inevitable: you have a ton of cash, cashier cages that are publicly accessible, and in many gambling towns like Las Vegas, plenty of people who are desperate for dough. Despite casinos having some of the most high-tech surveillance in the world, known as the “eye in the sky” and totally visible…Read More