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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.

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

Alex Meruelo, owner SLS Las Vegas

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 Vegas Strip-located casino to gaming operator Alex Meruelo, principal of the California-based Meruelo Group. Meruelo agreed to buy the struggling SLS,…Read More

Carl Icahn Denies Having Steel Tariff Knowledge Before Dumping Stocks

Donald Trump and Carl Icahn

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 $31.3 million stake in Manitowoc Co. Icahn dumped the shares a week before the Trump administration announced the tariffs. As a…Read More

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Pressures Teams to Stop ‘Tanking’

NBA odds tanking Chicago Bulls

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 contact with the league regarding the alleged issue. Despite no reported injuries, starters Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday have been inactive…Read More

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

The Stars Group ups stake in CrownBet

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 due to a change in gambling laws. Having bought a controlling 62 percent interest in CrownBet last week for $117.7 million,…Read More

Sheldon Adelson Still Richest Man in Gaming, Per Forbes Billionaires List

Sheldon Adelson, Forbes Billionaires List

There’s change at the top of Forbes Billionaires List this year, with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos for the first time supplanting Microsoft founder Bill Gates as the richest man in the world. But when it comes to gaming, Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson remains an apparently permanent fixture in the top spot. Adelson…Read More

Poll: Integrated Resorts Still Hugely Unpopular Among Japanese Populace

Japanese casinos unpopular despite strong support from Shinzo Abe

Japan’s impending integrated resorts have been a long-cherished dream of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – part of his grand plan for economic growth and increased tourism. But the general populace isn’t quite so sure. And they still aren’t, according to the latest polls. While the Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill has strong backing in the Diet…Read More

Boxer Canelo Alvarez Tests Drug-Positive Ahead of GGG Rematch, Blames Mexican Meat

Canelo Alvarez boxing odds GGG

Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez has tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, a drug that’s used in some countries to help clear breathing disorders, by working as a bronchial dilator and decongestant. As a sympathomimetic drug, which typically are compounds that stimulate the nervous system and produce adrenaline, clenbuterol is often used illegally by athletes as a…Read More

Demolition at Future Connecticut Casino Site Proceeds Despite Ongoing Legal Challenges

Connecticut casino satellite East Windsor

The Connecticut casino project in East Windsor is moving forward with demolition of a closed movie theater that currently occupies the 26-acre site. However, ongoing legal challenges questioning the validity of the tribal satellite gaming facility continue to jeopardize its future. The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Sun tribes, Connecticut’s two Native American groups that respectively…Read More

Steve Wynn Cannot Sell Shares in Wynn Resorts, Says Nevada Judge

Steve and Elaine Wynn

Steve Wynn may not be able sell off his stock in Wynn Resorts even if regulators demand he must in order to safeguard the casino group’s gambling licenses. On Friday, a Nevada judge denied Wynn’s motion to void a shareholder agreement drawn up between the casino mogul and his ex-wife, Elaine Wynn, as part of…Read More

PASPA Repeal Odds Lengthen, Supreme Court Sports Betting Decision Could Come Monday: States’ Rights at Issue

SCOTUS PASPA Sports betting decision 2018

PASPA — the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that has kept all but four grandfathered US states from offering legal sports betting for the past 26 years — could possibly be overturned sometime Monday by the US Supreme Court, if a decision determining whether the federal sports betting ban violates the US Constitution is…Read More

Caesars CEO Mark Frissora Visits Japan, Company Presents Two Integrated Resort Concepts

Caesars Mark Frissora Japan

Caesars Entertainment CEO Mark Frissora is in Japan this week trying to solicit support for his company to land an integrated casino resort license in the island nation. According to Asia Gaming Brief, Frissora, along with other company executives, met Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui and Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura to discuss their casino resort strategy. Caesars…Read More

March Opening Weekend Madness at Las Vegas Sportsbooks

Las Vegas sportsbooks March Madness

Finding a seat at a Las Vegas sportsbook might be difficult this weekend, as March opens up with a busy slate of various sporting events taking place around the Valley. And that’s expected to attract more than 150,000 fans to Sin City. NASCAR will hold three races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the NHL’s Vegas…Read More

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe Fights to Keep Texas Electronic Bingo Venue Open, State Pushes for Shutdown and Fines

Alabama- Coushatta bingo battle

In the long-simmering legal battle between the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and the State of Texas, nobody is backing down. And despite losing a key ruling in February, a judge has now allowed the tribe to appeal that decision, which will affect the future of its Naskila Gaming facility on the tribal reservation north of Houston. On one…Read More

Las Vegas Casino Resort Fees Rise at MGM, Station Properties, as Guests Pick Up Tab for Expected Wage Increases

Jim Murren’s MGM to raise resorts fees

Resort fees, those mysterious charges that casinos slyly add onto your hotel room bill, are going up again in Las Vegas. Beginning Thursday, March 1, certain MGM Resorts and Station Casinos properties will hike up their resort fees, taking a cue from Caesars Entertainment, which raised its own rates at the beginning of February The…Read More

SJM Holdings Net Profit Plunges 16 Percent in 2017, as Macau Market Share Continues to Decline

SJM Holdings revenue Casino Lisboa

SJM Holdings delivered less profit to shareholders in 2017, with the company saying in its year-end financial report that earnings per share fell 15.6 percent. The casino company credits its continuing loss of market share in Macau for the drop. As of December 31, SJM owned 279 VIP gaming tables, 36 less than it did…Read More