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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.

Federal Court Rules for Seminoles in Florida Blackjack Squabble 

Seminoles win Blackjack Case against State of Florida

Florida’s Seminole tribe can continue to offer blackjack at their seven casinos throughout the state until 2030, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. The judgment draws a line over the longstanding dispute between tribe and state over the former’s right to offer so-called “banked” games at their properties. It is not yet known how the…Read More

North Jersey Casino Referendum Busts on Election Day

North Jersey casino referendum fails

The North Jersey casino referendum presented to voters on Election Day in the Garden State failed in crushing fashion. Roughly eight in 10 voters voted against Public Question 1, which asked if the New Jersey Constitution should be amended to allow two casinos to be built at least 72 miles outside of Atlantic City. A…Read More

Nevada Legalizes Marijuana, But The Casinos Are Not Feeling It

Nevada legalizes medical marijuana

Nevada’s voters, along with those of California and Massachusetts, opted yesterday to legalize recreational marijuana. But Las Vegas’ casinos aren’t high on the idea, especially Las Vegas Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson. Medical marijuana was first legalized in Nevada in 2000, but in 2013 the state passed a bill that would actually allow businesses to dispense…Read More

Australia Shuts Down Norfolk Island Gaming Association

Australian minister Fiona Nash shuts down Norfolk Island Gaming Authority

The Australian government is set to close down the Norfolk Island Gaming Association (NIGA) on the recommendations of a report that concluded its framework was “largely ineffective” and its authority as a regulator “barely viable.” The Pacific island is an Australian territory and an Australian racing jurisdiction, which, until recently, licensed respectable foreign companies such…Read More

Oakland Raiders Shine on “Sunday Night Football,” Take AFC West Lead

Oakland Raiders Las Vegas Mark Davis

The Oakland Raiders players don’t get to decide whether they’ll play in Las Vegas in the coming years, but they do possess the power to dictate how the franchise will potentially conclude its time in the San Francisco Bay Area. While professional sports teams rumored to be relocating often underperform, the Raiders are wildly exceeding…Read More

New York to Leapfrog Nevada in Casino Tax Dollars

New York to Outstrip Nevada in Casino Tax Dollars

New York State is poised to overtake Nevada as the second biggest casino state tax generator in America, according to data from the American Gaming Association, although both are still some way behind Nevada. Its casino sector may be almost brand new, but last year New York was closing in on Nevada in the tax…Read More

Election Odds Soar in Hillary Clinton’s Favor Following FBI Investigation Latest

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Election odds are once again surging in Hillary Clinton’s favor following FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that his agency’s position on its investigation into her use of a private email server while serving as US secretary of state has not changed. What has changed is which candidate bettors are placing their wagers on. On PredictIt.org,…Read More

Steve Wynn Expresses Frustration Over Wynn Palace Access in Macau

Steve Wynn Macau construction

Steve Wynn told investors during his company’s third-quarter conference call that revenues are being impacted at the new Wynn Palace resort in Macau due to ongoing city infrastructure projects. Macau, the special administrative region in China that is permitted to offer gambling, is currently building a much-needed citywide light rail transportation system. The public transportation…Read More

Phil Ivey Crockfords Edge-sorting Appeal Dismissed by London Court

Phil Ivey Loses Crockfords Appeal

Phil Ivey was dealt another bad beat this week in his quest to prove that edge-sorting is not cheating. It’s a battle Ivey is fighting on two fronts, on both sides of the Atlantic. On Thursday, an appellate court in London upheld a 2014 judgement that the £7.7 million ($9.64 million) he “won” at a…Read More

Paris Las Vegas Power Outage Forces Evacuation at City of Light-Themed Resort

paris-las-vegas-power-outage

Paris Las Vegas is back open for business again this morning after the City of Light-themed Strip resort was forced to evacuate its employees and guests following a power outage at 9:45 am on November 3. A construction crew working deep below the casino floor in the building’s boiler room accidentally drilled through the property’s…Read More

Nevada Sportsbooks Lose World Series, as Chicago Cubs Win First Title Since 1908

Nevada sportsbooks Chicago Cubs World Series

Nevada sportsbooks lost a lot of money today after the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series since 1908 over the Cleveland Indians last night. The preseason favorite to go all the way in the minds of baseball analysts, for Cubs fans, the team remained underdogs until the last out of game seven last night in…Read More

Targeting Millennial Gamblers Is Bad Business, Casino Exec Says

millennial gamblers Penn National Tim Wilmott

Millennial gamblers have been the elusive and much sought-after demographic for many casino executives in recent years, but one gaming boss has little interest, at least in the short term. During a third quarter conference call with investors, Penn National CEO Tim Wilmott told shareholders that older generations continue to deliver the bulk of the…Read More

World Series of Poker 2016 Main Event Sees Qui Nguyen Sweep Top Prize

World Series of Poker Main Event

Las Vegas resident Qui Nguyen won the World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio in Las Vegas in the early hours of Wednesday morning, following a grueling eight-hour heads-up battle against Gordon Vayo. Nguyen proved himself to be a gutsy passionate player, whose flamboyant dress sense is reminiscent of that other Vietnamese-American poker…Read More

EVE Online Seizes $620,000-worth of In-game Currency

EVE Online confiscates in-game currency related to third-party gambling sites

The maker of EVE Online, the massive multiplayer online (MMO) platform, is believed to have seized an estimated $620,000 of in-game currency as part of its crackdown on gambling, according to Polygon.com. Several weeks ago, CCP Games announced changes to its new End User License Agreement would establish a zero-tolerance on the trading of in-game goods…Read More

Sheldon Adelson Wagers $25 Million on Donald Trump Victory

Sheldon Adelson super PAC donation Donald Trump

Sheldon Adelson has reportedly donated $25 million to Future 45, a super PAC working to put Donald Trump in the White House. Exactly one week until Americans cast their votes on Election Day, the Las Vegas Sands casino billionaire is making a substantial wager on the Republican. Fresh off the FBI’s announcement that its investigation…Read More

New York Slots Player Wins $43 Million Steak Dinner

New York slots player Resorts World

A New York slots player is out what she believes to be $42.9 million of her own casino winnings, but not before she first won a free steak dinner. In August, Katrina Bookman, a single mother of four, was playing a slot machine at Resorts World in Queens, New York, that offered a maximum payout…Read More

Coral Launches Digital Personalized Prop Betting

Coral Launches Player Bets

UK bookmaker Coral launched a completely unique betting product this week, one that incorporates elements of exchange betting and daily fantasy sports. “Player Bets” is a player prop bets solution, developed by Digital Sports Tech, that allows customers to customize their own bets on player performances across a range of sports markets, including soccer, basketball,…Read More

Isadore Hall, California Gaming Lawmaker, Locks Horns with Opponent in Ugly Congressional Race

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California State Assemblyman Isadore Hall’s (D-35th) bid for Congress has descended into a mud-slinging match with his opponent Nanette Barragan. Hall, who has been called a champion of the gambling industry and is a former co-sponsor of California’s online poker legislation, is seeking to replace outgoing Representative Janice Hahn in the 44th Congressional District. But…Read More

Las Vegas NBA Franchise Could Follow NHL and NFL Teams

Las Vegas NBA Jim Murren T-Mobile Arena

Las Vegas is going all-in on professional sports. The National Hockey League (NHL) is expanding its league to Vegas for the start of the 2017 season, and owners in the National Football League (NFL) are likely going to be forced to soon vote on whether to approve Mark Davis’ wishes to relocate the Oakland Raiders…Read More

Calabrian Mafia Point Man Turned Informer in Malta Now Granted Gaming License in Italy

Mario Gennaro Resurrects Betuniq

Mario Gennaro, the former point man for ’Ndrangheta crime syndicate’s gambling operations in Malta, has received a gaming license from the Italian regulatory authority, according to Malta Today. Gennaro has been permitted to resurrect Betuniq in Italy, the company he ran in Malta on behalf of the ’Ndrangheta, the Calabrian Mafia. The decision, which has…Read More

New Jersey Casino Expansion Strongly Opposed by Likely Voters

New Jersey casino expansion poll Don Guardian

Betting on the New Jersey casino expansion referendum passing is about as good of a wager as putting your chips on the tie bet in baccarat. According to all available data, there’s little chance of Garden State voters approving the state constitutional amendment to end Atlantic City’s gambling monopoly on November 8. According to a…Read More

Borgata Gains Momentum in Phil Ivey $9.6 Million Edge-sorting Case 

Phil Ivey and Cheng Yin Sun were in breach of contract with Borgata

Poker legend Phil Ivey’s hopes of clinging onto the $9.6 million he “won” playing mini-baccarat in the VIP rooms of the Borgata, Atlantic City are hanging in the balance. Ivey, along with accomplice Cheng Yin Sun, acquired the disputed funds during four sessions of high-stakes gambling back in 2012, using a tactic known as edge-sorting….Read More

Sports Betting Repeal Could Soon Get an Act of Congress

sports betting repeal PASPA Frank Pallone

Sports betting has been banned in the United States in all but Nevada, Oregon, Montana, and Delaware since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was passed in 1992. US Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-New Jersey) says it’s time to amend the federal statute and bring the law into the modern technological world. Pallone said…Read More

FanDuel to Close DFS Esports site AlphaDraft

AlphaDraft to Stop Real Money Games

FanDuel’s daily fantasy esports site, AlphaDraft will cease to offer real-money contests from this Friday (21 October), after the conclusion of the League of Legends World Championship, the site announced this week. It is not known whether AlphaDraft will continue offering free to play games and esports content or if it intends to pull the…Read More

Newark Casino Proposed by New Jersey Developer

Newark casino New Jersey referendum Prudential Center

A Newark casino could someday take bets in New Jersey’s most populated city should voters approve the state constitutional referendum question presented to them next month. Those odds appear slim, but that isn’t stopping one real estate developer from readying plans to build should voters back casino expansion and end Atlantic City’s nearly 40-year gambling…Read More