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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.

Sports Bettor Goes After Deadspin with $10 Million Defamation Suit

RJ Bell Sues Deadspin

Vegas-based professional sports-better and handicapper RJ Bell, who runs the tipster website Pregame.com, has launched a $10 million defamation case against sports site Deadspin. Proving his knack for backing a winner, Bell has hired lawyer Charles Harder, who represented Hulk Hogan in his $140 million invasion of privacy suit against Gawker, which published a sex-tape…Read More

Supreme Court to Hear New Jersey Case for Legalized Sports Betting

Raymond Lesniak, fighting for sports betting

In a surprise move, the US Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it will hear arguments in New Jersey’s case to legalize sports betting within its own borders, casting aside an opinion from the solicitor general that there was little for the Court to consider. The case could effectively repeal provisions of the 1992 Professional…Read More

Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture Pushing Its Global Profile in Race for a Casino

Wakayama Prefecture casino resort

How do you get front-of-mind attention when you’re a David in a sea of Goliaths, all vying for one of Japan’s precious casino projects? For Wakayama, a district on the Kii Peninsula of Japan’s Honshu Island, a fair amount of creativity is going into how best to beat out more obvious and better-funded rivals, such…Read More

Australian Slotmaker Aristocrat Leisure Plans Las Vegas Headquarters to Service Growing US Customer Base

Aristocrat Leisure Summerlin headquarters

After 64 years in Australia, the country of its origin, Aristocrat Leisure is moving its epicenter to the heart of the gaming universe: Las Vegas. Well, Summerlin, to be specific. Hoping to feel the heartbeat of what now comprises 65 percent of its business, the game manufacturer and slot machine maker broke ground on its…Read More

Jeff Gural Plans to Close Vernon Downs Unless Tax Break Issued for Struggling Racino

Jeff Gural Vernon Downs

New York real estate developer Jeff Gural says he can no longer justify keeping Vernon Downs open for business unless the state gives him a substantial tax break. Located in Vernon, New York, about a 45-minute drive east from Syracuse, the racetrack is no longer attracting enough entries to maintain adequate racing programs. And gaming…Read More

Reuters Exposes Shell Companies Processing Online Payments for American Gamblers

My Fabric Factory exposed as “transaction laundering” site.

A report by Reuters this week exposed shell online retail companies that act as a front for processing illegal online gambling payments.    The news agency’s reporters uncovered a network of sites purporting to sell household goods, but which instead engage in a practice known “transaction laundering,” in which shell businesses process payments on behalf…Read More

New Online Gambling Lobbying Group iDEA Forms in DC, Backed by Amaya and Other Power Brokers

Donald Trump Washington DC lobbying group iDEA

An online gambling lobbying group called iDEA (iDevelopment and Economic Association) has set up shop in Washington, DC, just steps from the White House and President Trump’s Oval Office. The coalition includes many of the most prominent players in internet gambling, including Amaya, parent company to PokerStars, plus GVC Holdings, owner of bwin and partypoker,…Read More

Phil Mickelson Severs Ties With Longtime Caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay

Phil Mickelson Bones caddie

Phil Mickelson, affectionately known as “Lefty,” and caddie Jim Mackay, nicknamed “Bones,” are going their separate ways after a 25-year partnership. The announcement brings to an end one of the most famed PGA Tour player-caddie combos in the history of the game. The split was amicable, according to both parties. “After 25 very rewarding and…Read More

Churchill Downs Announces $60 Million Gaming Facility at Former Track

Churchill Downs historical racing

Churchill Downs Incorporated has received initial approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to build a gambling parlor at Trackside, a closed racetrack facility that was previously used as a training facility. The planned 85,000-square-foot venue will cost Churchill Downs between $50 million and $60 million. When completed, the gaming center will house up to…Read More

Aussie Authorities Give Go-Ahead for $9B Tabcorp Takeover of Tatts Group to Create Betting Giant

Tabcorp Chair Paula Dwyer

The merger of Australian betting giants Tabcorp and Tatts was approved by regulators Tuesday and could be finalized within the next few months. Just one day earlier in the US, the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit to block the proposed merger of daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel on grounds that it would…Read More

Touchdown for Redskins, as Supreme Court Overturns ‘Disparaging’ Trademark Patent Office Ruling

Supreme Court Washington Redskins

In a major ruling that reverses a longstanding statute, the United States Supreme Court has sided with the Slants, an Asian-American rock band that was denied a trademark by the US Patent and Trademark Office on the grounds that the name was disparaging to persons of Asian descent. Writing in the majority opinion, Justice Samuel…Read More

Jamaica Moves to Legalize Online Gambling, Consolidate Gaming Regulators

Jamaica online gambling Audley Shaw

Jamaica is ready to jump on board the online gambling train, with government ministers proposing fast-track legislation that would allow the government to collect taxes and charge licensing fees for interactive casinos operating in the country. Speaking at the 7th Caribbean Gaming Show & Summit, held last week at the Montego Bay Convention Center, Audley…Read More

Russian Sports Betting Market Expected to More than Double by 2022

Russia’s sports betting market expected to grow

Russia’s budding licensed sports betting market is set to more than double over the next five years, according to a report by Bookmaker Ratings. Growth will be driven by NEW entrants to the market, as more international operators begin to partner with domestic companies, and by high-profile sporting events based in Russia, like the 2018…Read More

Lottery Fraud Eddie Tipton to Reveal His Methods in Return for Plea Deal

Eddie Tipton comes clean over rigged lottery

Lottery scammer Eddie Tipton pleaded guilty in Wisconsin this week to charges of theft and computer crime, part of a plea bargain that will see him him reveal precisely how he was able to rig lottery draws successfully in multiple states over a six year period. The deal, worked out with prosecutors in Wisconsin, will…Read More

Vegas Golden Knights Team with D Las Vegas, While “Vegas Vickie” Rides into Sunset

Vegas Golden Knights have partnered with the D Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ new hockey team and the city’s first ever major league sports team (beating the Raiders by a whisker) announced its official downtown casino partner this week. The Vegas Golden Knights have partnered with the D Las Vegas in an exclusive six-year deal that will see the casino hold an annual “fan fest” in…Read More