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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.

Tioga Downs Opens in New York, Bringing Casino Gambling to the Empire State At Last


Tioga Downs, upstate New York’s first casino, finally opened its doors on Friday. Located in Nichols, just 30 miles west of Binghamton near the Pennsylvania border, the new gaming facility represents the victory of gaming in the Empire State after many legislative battles. Despite being the last of New York’s four new casinos to receive…Read More

Phil Ivey Disputes “Legal Precedent” in Borgata Edge-sorting Case

Phil Ivey Contests Latest Borgata Claim

Phil Ivey has formally disputed the Borgata’s claim that the $9.6 million he “won” edge-sorting on the casino’s mini-baccarat tables should be repaid on the basis of a legal precedent. The Borgata has cited an “identical” legal case in which gamblers at the Golden Nugget, Atlantic City, were ultimately ordered to repay $1.5 million in…Read More

Nevada Casinos Win in October, as Non-Stop Flights from Beijing Bring in Chinese Tourists

Nevada casinos Chinese demographic

Nevada casinos won big in October, as revenues climbed 11.1 percent compared to the same month in 2015. Total win came in at $986.2 million, Nevada’s third-best month since gambling was legalized in 1931. October also marked yet another positive month for Silver State gaming operators, and puts the industry up 4.9 percent for the…Read More

Japan Could Yet Legalize Casinos Before End of Year


Japan could pass legislation to make casinos legal before 2016 wraps up, although the country’s lawmakers will be cutting it close. The Kyodo newswire reported Tuesday that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is optimistic that the country’s casino bill will be approved by the Lower House of the Diet in a plenary session on…Read More

Black Friday Indictee Paul Tate Avoids Prison Sentence

Former PokerStars payments director Paul Tate escapes prison sentence

Paul Tate, PokerStars’ payments director of the pre-Amaya era, has been spared a prison sentence by a Manhattan federal court. Tate was one of 11 people indicted by the Department of Justice On April 15, 2011 on charges of violating the Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Act, bank fraud and money laundering. On the day poker players…Read More

Andrew Cuomo Not In “Giving Tuesday” Mood, Vetoes Charitable Gaming Bill

Andrew Cuomo charitable gaming veto

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) had a severe case of the Mondays this week. Yesterday, the Democrat in his second term vetoed 72 bills passed by the State Legislature that dealt with everything from public transit improvement and natural disaster readiness to charitable gambling. One of his legislative victims was the Charitable Gaming Act…Read More

Australian Sports Commission Calls for National Lottery to Fund Olympic Team

Australian Sports Commission John Wylie Olympics

Australian Sports Commission Chairman John Wylie wants a national lottery created in order to support the country’s Olympic team. Fresh off a disappointing performance in Rio where Australia placed eighth overall on the medal board, Wylie says other countries are outspending the land Down Under in terms of supporting Olympic athletes. Wylie, along with the…Read More

Rodrigo Duterte Continues Reign of Terror, as Philippines Detains 1,240 Chinese Citizens on Alleged Illegal Gambling Charges


Hard-line Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is showing no mercy for 1,240 Chinese citizens suspected of working for illegal gambling enterprises in his country. The leader, who has made his stance on unsanctioned operations clear in just the six months in which he has assumed power, has promised to do a clean sweep of illicit gambling activities,…Read More

What American Gamblers Can Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

American gamblers Wynn Boston Harbor megaresort

American gamblers have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. Long gone are the days when traveling to Atlantic City or Nevada was required for those looking to place a wager. And the years ahead look even more promising for US citizens who enjoy the thrill and camaraderie of the casino floor. Numerous states…Read More

Macau Remains Gambling-First Destination Despite VIP Departures

Macau gambling casino revenue Parisian

Macau is in the midst of its third straight year of gaming revenue declines and will post yet another consecutive down year when 2016 is all said and done. China’s wishes to impede money moving out from its mainland through the special administrative gaming zone have been successful, and that’s forced many casino resorts in…Read More

Vegas Golden Knights Unveiled as NHL’s Newest Team

Vegas Golden Knights unveiled.

Las Vegas’ new NHL team finally has a name. The Vegas Golden Knights will become the 31st addition to the NHL, joining the Pacific Division in the Western Conference from the 2017/18 season, and Las Vegas’ first ever major league sports team. The team name, logo (designed by Adidas), and team colors (steel grey, gold,…Read More

Bankruptcy Watchdog Looks to Thwart Caesars’ Reorganization Plan

Caesars bankruptcy US Trustee objection

Caesars’ nearly two-year battle to extricate itself from bankruptcy proceedings and reorganize the industry-high debt of its main operating unit, CEOC, could be in serious jeopardy, just as the end appeared to be in sight. While CEOC’s various creditors have now all agreed to a reorganization plan, after 23 months of bitter legal squabbles, the…Read More

Lucky Dragon, Vegas’ First Chinese-themed Casino, Opens Early on Strip

Lucky Dragon Casino Opens in Vegas

The Lucky Dragon flung open its doors at short notice and two weeks early on Saturday to give visitors a glimpse of the first casino to open on the Strip in six years, since the Cosmopolitan. The centerpiece of the 200-room Chinese-themed property is the eponymous “lucky dragon,” a giant glass dragon chandelier, fashioned from…Read More

William Hill Licensed to Accept eSports Bets in Las Vegas

William Hill eSports betting

William Hill is the first gaming operator in Nevada to receive an eSports license to offer betting lines on video gaming competitions. Last week, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) approved William Hill and the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino’s application to accept wagers on eSports tournaments. Though online platforms have been participating in skins…Read More

PAGCOR Begins Privatizing Philippines State-Owned Casinos

PAGCOR Philippines casinos Duterte

PAGCOR, the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation, is in the process of selling its state-owned casinos and slots clubs to private companies and operators. The country’s Department of Finance (DOF) revealed this week that the gaming regulatory is unloading assets and returning to a governance-only operation. Chairwoman of the Philippines Senate Committee on Finance, Senator…Read More

DraftKings and FanDuel Uniting to Create Daily Fantasy Sports Dynasty

DraftKings and FanDuel merger

The rumored DraftKings and FanDuel merger is here. The two daily fantasy sports (DFS) leaders are uniting their operations to create an online monopoly on the innovative gaming contests. Estimated to control upwards of 90 percent of the DFS market in the United States, the unnamed unified company would need to be approved by the…Read More

Atlantic City Casinos Gladly Bid Adieu to Trump Taj Mahal

Atlantic City casinos October revenue

Only seven Atlantic City casinos remain following the October 10 closure of Carl Icahn’s Trump Taj Mahal, but the fifth casino resort to close since 2014 had little impact on overall gaming revenues during the month. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) announced this week that total gaming win for land-based and internet…Read More

Drunken Thug Beats Girlfriend at Sands Bethlehem And Sues Casino

Nicholas Mullins Sues Sands Bethlehem

A man who viciously beat his girlfriend in a drunken rage in a hotel room at the Sands in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is suing the casino for giving him too many free drinks. Nicholas Mullins, 31, was sentenced to four years in prison for the assault on Caitlin Shields in January 2012 which left her so…Read More

College Football Playoff Chaos Offers Attractive Betting Lines

College Football Playoff Alabama

The College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings are out for the third time this season, but aside from undefeated Alabama at #1, the all-important top four spots remain largely in limbo heading into week 12 of the NCAA season. The CFP, which replaced the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in 2014, consists of a 12-person selection committee…Read More

Atlantic City Takeover Headed by Longtime Christie Aid Jeffrey Chiesa

Atlantic City takeover Jeffrey Chiesa

Atlantic City is officially under the control of politicians in Trenton after New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs rejected the city’s five-year economic recovery plan last week in favor of a state intervention. This week, Local Government Service Director Timothy Cunningham announced that Jeffrey Chiesa would be heading up the takeover and overseeing Atlantic City’s…Read More

Sands Bethlehem Bets on Northeast Pennsylvania With $90 Million Expansion

Sands Bethlehem expansion

Sands Bethlehem is looking to add to its casino floor and expand its footprint in Northeast Pennsylvania. The most profitable casino in the state, Nevada-based Las Vegas Sands announced on November 14 that it’s investing $90 million into its Pennsylvania resort. The project will expand the property floor by almost 100,000 square feet. The space…Read More

Massive Hack on Canadian Casino Prompts $50 Million Lawsuit

Casino data breached, Charney files lawsuit

The Casino Rama Resort in Ontario has been forced to warn its customers and employees after a cyber attacker breached its systems, stealing more than a decade’s worth of sensitive data. The casino learned of the compromise on November 4th when it was contacted by the hacker, who claimed to have sensitive information dating back…Read More

Canadian Gaming Operator Amaya Inc. Sees Former CEO David Baazov Back for Takeover


Amaya, Inc., the online casino company that’s been wracked by scandal associated with former CEO David Baazov, is now seeing a private bid from the ex-company leader. Baazov, the founder and former chairman and CEO of Amaya, has launched a private bid (again) for the company he grew into one of the biggest online gambling…Read More

Australian Online Gambling Amendment Could Reverberate in New Jersey

Alan Tudge introduces Australian online gambling bill amendment

Australia has introduced the long-awaited amendment to its 2001 Interactive Gambling Act, designed to make life tougher for offshore online gambling companies targeting the country, and it could have repercussions as far away as New Jersey. The Act will clarify that only operators holding a license in Australia can offer its products to Australians, thus…Read More

Rhode Island Votes for New Casino a Stone’s Throw from Massachusetts Border

Rhode Island Votes for New Casino

Rhode Island’s voters have hit back against Massachusetts’ gambling expansion by voting to authorize a new casino in Tiverton, just a few hundred yards from the border. The casino was approved statewide Tuesday but still need local approval, which it received Thursday night following a count of mail-in ballots. The vote follows a $5 million…Read More