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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.

Japan Considers Banning VIP Junket Operators from Its Fledgling Casino Industry

VIP junket Japan integrated resort

As Japan moves forward in the early stages of building its own casino gaming industry, the country is considering disallowing the use of VIP junket operators to help future casinos bring in high rollers to their properties. That’s the opinion of an advisory board charged with presenting ideas to the National Diet, Japan’s legislative body,…Read More

DraftKings FanDuel Merger on the Ropes, Insiders Say

DraftKings FanDuel merger on or off

A DraftKings FanDuel proposed merger could be in serious jeopardy, according to sources with insider knowledge of the faltering deal. Three sources who spoke to technology business website Recode this week said they believe the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could be gearing up to block the deal, because of serious concerns about the ramifications of…Read More

Golden State Warriors Almost a Sure Bet to Repeat in 2018, Oddsmakers Say

Golden State Warriors odds 2018

The Golden State Warriors made easy work of the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers in this year’s NBA Finals, and if the early future odds in Las Vegas are correct, history is almost certainly going to repeat itself next June. The Westgate SuperBook posts the champs at 1-2 to win the 2018 Larry O’Brien Trophy. With…Read More

Australian Lawmakers Force Inquiry into Online Poker Ban

Leyonhjelm forces online poker inquiry in Australia

Two Australian Senators have made progress in their push to block Australia’s de facto ban on online poker. Senators David Leyonhjelm and Cory Bernardi, respectively of the Liberal Democrats and Australian Conservatives, two minor political parties in the country, had their motion to establish an inquiry into online poker approved this week.      …Read More

Wynn Resorts Allegedly Bans Social Media Entrepreneur for Marijuana Ties

Wynn Resorts Red Card

Wynn Resorts reportedly turned away a gambling patron who tried to enroll in its Red Card rewards program for his ties to the cannabis industry. MassRoots CEO Isaac Dietrich tells Leafly, a marijuana information website, that he signed up for the loyalty card while in Las Vegas last week. But after submitting his registration, Wynn…Read More

American Gaming Association Ups Ante to Repeal Sports Betting Ban

American Gaming Association sports betting ban

The American Gaming Association (AGA) is leading the lobbying effort in Washington, DC, to repeal the federal ban on sports betting. It continued those endeavors this week by sitting down with the players’ associations representing the Big Four professional sports leagues, the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL. The AGA, and its President Geoff Freeman, presented…Read More

US Open Golf Odds Favor Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson’s Withdrawal Costs Sportsbooks

golf odds Dustin Johnson US Open

The golf odds at Las Vegas sportsbooks for this week’s US Open at Erin Hills unsurprisingly put defending champ Dustin Johnson in the frontrunner position for the second straight major. The Westgate SuperBook has DJ at 7-1 as of Monday morning to win in Wisconsin. He’s followed by 2014 US Open and four-time major titleholder Rory…Read More

Puerto Rico Casinos Could Benefit Should American Statehood Materialize, But Still a Long Shot

Puerto Rico US statehood referendum vote

Puerto Rico, like many tourist destinations with balmy temperatures, has long offered casinos as a lure to visitors. But an economy that is now in shambles has affected the island nation’s gaming industry, and on Sunday, Puerto Ricans voted emphatically for statehood, although an even more emphatic number stayed at home. Ninety-seven percent of those who…Read More

Resorts World Manila’s License Suspended, Lax Security Blamed for Deadly Rampage

Resorts World Manila killer Jesse Javier Carlos

As police investigate a double-murder possibly connected to the fatal rampage at a Philippines casino last week, gambling regulator PAGCOR has indefinitely suspended Resorts World Manila’s gaming license, after identifying security flaws that the killer exploited. PAGCOR cited “serious security lapses” at the casino, which, it says, led to the deaths of 37 people at…Read More

Shocking Result of UK Election May Have Been No Surprise to Bookies

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May face off in UK election.

The UK woke up to a hung parliament on Friday morning, which means no party gained the number of seats needed to form a clear majority government. In a sense, it was a draw, but a draw in which the second-placed Labour Party “won” and the first-placed Conservative (Tory) Party lost. Confused? So are they….Read More

Warriors Sweep Would Cost Golden State $22 Million, Odds Favor 4-0 Victory

Warriors sweep Kevin Durant LeBron James

The odds favor a Warriors sweep tonight in Cleveland during game four of the NBA Finals. Up three games to none on the defending champs, extending their perfect postseason run to 15, Golden State now looks to eliminate LeBron James and the Cavs and win their second title in three years. Las Vegas oddsmakers say…Read More

“Casino Chip Forger” Toh Hock Thiam Gets Seven Years in Singapore Prison

Toh Hock Thiam imprisoned for casino chip scam

The mastermind behind a casino chip counterfeiting operation that bilked the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore out of HK$1.29 million ($165,500) was sentenced to seven years in prison on Wednesday (June 7). The court heard how Toh Hock Thiam, 54, recruited two accomplices, Seow Piak Long, 65, and Chia Wei Tien, 48, to distribute fake…Read More

Rhode Island Casino Workers Vote to Strike, Walkout Could Commence Friday

Rhode Island casino UNITE HERE Local 26

Rhode Island casino workers are threatening to walk off the job at Twin River in Lincoln unless their healthcare benefits are restored to previous levels. UNITE HERE Local 26, the Boston-based chapter of the national union that represents workers in hospitality industries, says Twin River Management slashed healthcare benefits for its members without any collective…Read More

Late Vote in Carson City Keeps Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion on Track

Proposed $1.4B overhaul of Las Vegas Convention Center

To keep Sin City positioned as the top convention destination worldwide, Nevada legislators passed a last-minute bill early Tuesday to avoid derailment of a $1.4 billion expansion plan for the Las Vegas Convention Center. The project slated to break ground later this year could’ve stalled had both chambers in Carson City not approved Senate Bill…Read More

PAGCOR Says Manila Casino Mass Killing Won’t Hurt Gaming Revenue, or Impact Martial Law Directive

PAGCOR Andrea Domingo Manila attack

PAGCOR, the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation, is none too concerned over the long-term fiscal implications stemming from the recent terror wreaked on Resorts World Manila that left 37 innocent dead. PAGCOR CEO Andrea Domingo told reporters this week that her agency doesn’t expect the country’s casino industry to suffer as a result of the…Read More