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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.

Georgia GOP Governor Hopefuls Stand United in Opposition to Gambling

Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle

They might not have agreed on much, but the four leading Republican candidates for governor of Georgia were in unison about their opposition to casinos. Participating in an election forum on Saturday, all four in the Georgia GOP quartet voiced their commitment to resisting efforts to expand gambling in the Peach State. Lt. Gov. Casey…Read More

High-Stakes Belgian Cops Stole Identities for Online Gambling

Belgian police officers stole identities to gamble online

In Belgium, at least 30 police officers are under investigation by the country’s gambling commission over allegations they stole the identities of hundreds Belgian citizens to open online gambling accounts. Law enforcement agents are prohibited from participating in all forms of gambling in Belgium and their national registration numbers appear on a blacklist distributed among…Read More

Las Vegas Casinos, Police Working Together to Assess Security in Shooting Aftermath

Las Vegas casinos shooting memorial

As Las Vegas tries to move forward after last week’s massacre on the Strip, police are still investigating what happened while working with casino security operations to figure out what happens next. Changes to security tactics are inevitable, and determining best practices will rely on coordinated efforts between federal agencies, local law enforcement, and private…Read More

College Football’s Upset Saturday Alters National Championship and Heisman Odds

college football upset Michigan

College football is never predictable, and that was certainly the case on Saturday. Heading into week six of the NCAA season, it seemed to be a rather ho-hum smorgasbord of matchups, as there were just two games where both teams were ranked inside the top 25. But the underdogs came through in making up for…Read More

Paddock Well-Known to Wynn Staff, ‘Seemed Rational,’ Says Steve Wynn

Steve Wynn says Vegas shooter Paddock seemed rational

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had the “most vanilla profile one could imagine,” according to Steve Wynn. The casino mogul told Fox News on Sunday that Paddock and his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, had been frequent visitors to the Wynn Las Vegas for 11 years and were known to staff. The interview came one week after…Read More

Carolina Quarterback Cam Newton Throws Insensitive Remark, Apologies for Verbal Fumble

Cam Newton

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton opened his mouth and quickly inserted his foot, insulting a female reporter for a question she asked during a Wednesday press conference. He spent part of his day Thursday apologizing for his remark. Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer asked the NFL signal caller about the route-running of wide receiver Devin Funchess. Newton…Read More

Tribes ‘Oversold’ on Sports Betting, Suggests Pechanga Chairman

Pechanga chairman Marc Marcarro skeptical about sports betting

The economic benefits of legal and regulated sports betting may have been oversold to tribal operators, according to the leader of California’s Pechanga tribe. Speaking at G2E this week, Mark Marcarro, chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, said projected revenues may have been exaggerated, or are at least difficult to quantify, and has…Read More

Maine Casino Developer Shawn Scott Vilified by PAC Website

Shawn Scott

In Maine, a contentious casino proposal, which has found its way onto the November ballot, became the target of a no-holds-barred web campaign this week which seeks to characterize the its developer as “Shady Shawn.” WickedShady.com, launched by political action committee “A Bad Deal for Maine,” urges voters to reject the proposal of casino entrepreneur…Read More

Tropical Storm Nate Heads to Gulf Coast, Casinos Hope to Remain Open

Gulf Coast Casinos Tropical Storm Nate

Tropical Storm Nate is now the latest in a series of natural disasters that could be heading towards the Gulf Coast this weekend, where it’s expected to make landfall as a hurricane. Mississippi residents have been warned to prepare, but for now, Gulf Coast casinos are expected to remain open over the upcoming Columbus Day…Read More

Can Anyone Beat the Indians and Dodgers Before the World Series? Las Vegas Doesn’t Think So

Cleveland Indians Dodgers World Series

The Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers are going to meet in the World Series later this month, that is of course assuming Las Vegas oddsmakers have their lines correctly in order. The Division Series of the MLB Playoffs begins today, with the four remaining teams in the American League taking the honors. The Boston…Read More

Revel Atlantic City Reportedly Sold, Owner Glenn Straub Again Plays Dumb

Revel Atlantic City sold Glenn Straub

Revel Atlantic City reportedly has a new owner. According to an “agreement of sale” filed with the Atlantic County Clerk’s Office, Glenn Straub is finally ready to unload the Boardwalk casino resort after months of speculation. The buyer is Colorado-based Mile High Dice MGR, LLC, presumed to be the working limited liability company that will…Read More

Casino Stocks and Firearm Shares React to Las Vegas Massacre

Stock market reacts day after Las Vegas massacre

Las Vegas casino stocks faced a turbulent day of trading on Monday. The market reacted strongly after a 64-year-old killer opened fire late Sunday night in Las Vegas from a 32nd-floor suite at Mandalay Bay, aiming an automatic weapon onto 22,000 concertgoers attending an outdoor country music festival. The massacre resulted in the loss of…Read More

OJ Simpson Out on Parole, Staying in Nevada at Undisclosed Las Vegas Location For Now

OJ Simpson released from Lovelock

OJ Simpson is a free man once more, albeit not without caveats, after he was released from a Nevada prison just after midnight Sunday morning. The controversial former sports hero was serving nine years of a 33-year sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery, but was approved for parole in July. The one-time NFL and movie…Read More

Uruguay Bans Online Gambling, Approves ISP Blocking

Luis Suarez, Nacional Uruguay

Uruguay just sunk its teeth into online gambling as viciously as Luis Suarez might attach his gleaming dentition to the soft shoulder-flesh of an Italian defender. New gambling laws, enacted as part of a budget package this week, officially banned all forms of commercial online gambling outright, while giving authorities the power to “adopt preventative…Read More

Presidential Inaugural Committee, Funded by Casino Money, Donates $3 Million to Hurricane Relief

Trump inauguration committee hurricane relief

The Presidential Inaugural Committee is giving $3 million to help support hurricane recovery work in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean, and few may realize the level of casino involvement in these efforts. The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Samaritan’s Purse will each receive $1 million. The inaugural committee, formed to help cover expenses associated with…Read More