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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.

Sheldon Adelson Still Richest Man in Gaming, Per Forbes Billionaires List

Sheldon Adelson, Forbes Billionaires List

There’s change at the top of Forbes Billionaires List this year, with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos for the first time supplanting Microsoft founder Bill Gates as the richest man in the world. But when it comes to gaming, Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson remains an apparently permanent fixture in the top spot. Adelson…Read More

Poll: Integrated Resorts Still Hugely Unpopular Among Japanese Populace

Japanese casinos unpopular despite strong support from Shinzo Abe

Japan’s impending integrated resorts have been a long-cherished dream of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – part of his grand plan for economic growth and increased tourism. But the general populace isn’t quite so sure. And they still aren’t, according to the latest polls. While the Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill has strong backing in the Diet…Read More

Boxer Canelo Alvarez Tests Drug-Positive Ahead of GGG Rematch, Blames Mexican Meat

Canelo Alvarez boxing odds GGG

Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez has tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, a drug that’s used in some countries to help clear breathing disorders, by working as a bronchial dilator and decongestant. As a sympathomimetic drug, which typically are compounds that stimulate the nervous system and produce adrenaline, clenbuterol is often used illegally by athletes as a…Read More

Demolition at Future Connecticut Casino Site Proceeds Despite Ongoing Legal Challenges

Connecticut casino satellite East Windsor

The Connecticut casino project in East Windsor is moving forward with demolition of a closed movie theater that currently occupies the 26-acre site. However, ongoing legal challenges questioning the validity of the tribal satellite gaming facility continue to jeopardize its future. The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, Connecticut’s two Native American groups that respectively operate…Read More

Steve Wynn Cannot Sell Shares in Wynn Resorts, Says Nevada Judge

Steve and Elaine Wynn

Steve Wynn may not be able sell off his stock in Wynn Resorts even if regulators demand he must in order to safeguard the casino group’s gambling licenses. On Friday, a Nevada judge denied Wynn’s motion to void a shareholder agreement drawn up between the casino mogul and his ex-wife, Elaine Wynn, as part of…Read More

PASPA Repeal Odds Lengthen, Supreme Court Sports Betting Decision Could Come Monday: States’ Rights at Issue

SCOTUS PASPA Sports betting decision 2018

PASPA — the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that has kept all but four grandfathered US states from offering legal sports betting for the past 26 years — could possibly be overturned sometime Monday by the US Supreme Court, if a decision determining whether the federal sports betting ban violates the US Constitution is…Read More

Caesars CEO Mark Frissora Visits Japan, Company Presents Two Integrated Resort Concepts

Caesars Mark Frissora Japan

Caesars Entertainment CEO Mark Frissora is in Japan this week trying to solicit support for his company to land an integrated casino resort license in the island nation. According to Asia Gaming Brief, Frissora, along with other company executives, met Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui and Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura to discuss their casino resort strategy. Caesars…Read More

March Opening Weekend Madness at Las Vegas Sportsbooks

Las Vegas sportsbooks March Madness

Finding a seat at a Las Vegas sportsbook might be difficult this weekend, as March opens up with a busy slate of various sporting events taking place around the Valley. And that’s expected to attract more than 150,000 fans to Sin City. NASCAR will hold three races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the NHL’s Vegas…Read More

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe Fights to Keep Texas Electronic Bingo Venue Open, State Pushes for Shutdown and Fines

Alabama- Coushatta bingo battle

In the long-simmering legal battle between the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and the State of Texas, nobody is backing down. And despite losing a key ruling in February, a judge has now allowed the tribe to appeal that decision, which will affect the future of its Naskila Gaming facility on the tribal reservation north of Houston. On one…Read More

Las Vegas Casino Resort Fees Rise at MGM, Station Properties, as Guests Pick Up Tab for Expected Wage Increases

Jim Murren’s MGM to raise resorts fees

Resort fees, those mysterious charges that casinos slyly add onto your hotel room bill, are going up again in Las Vegas. Beginning Thursday, March 1, certain MGM Resorts and Station Casinos properties will hike up their resort fees, taking a cue from Caesars Entertainment, which raised its own rates at the beginning of February The…Read More

SJM Holdings Net Profit Plunges 16 Percent in 2017, as Macau Market Share Continues to Decline

SJM Holdings revenue Casino Lisboa

SJM Holdings delivered less profit to shareholders in 2017, with the company saying in its year-end financial report that earnings per share fell 15.6 percent. The casino company credits its continuing loss of market share in Macau for the drop. As of December 31, SJM owned 279 VIP gaming tables, 36 less than it did…Read More

Judge Dismisses Casino Owner’s Claim in $3 Million High-Stakes Poker Feud

Leon Tsoukernik case against Jason Kirk dismissed

A Czech casino owner who lost $3 million in a drunken heads-up match to Australian high-stakes poker player Matthew Kirk had his claim thrown out by a Nevada judge on Tuesday. Facing a lawsuit from Kirk, Leon Tsoukernik countersued claiming the Aria Las Vegas had conspired with Kirk to ply him with booze and take…Read More

OK’d in Oklahoma: State’s Sports Betting Bill Clears First Hurdle

Oklahoma sports betting bill clears hurdle

An Oklahoma sports betting bill that would also expand tribal gaming to include non-house-banked table games cleared an important legislative hurdle on Monday evening. The Oklahoma House of Representatives Appropriations and Budget Committee approved HB 3375 by a healthy 18-8 margin. As well as authorizing the table games, the bill would legalize parimutuel sports wagering…Read More

Jeju Shinhwa World Casino Begins Games of Another Kind in South Korea, Just as Winter Olympics Wrap Up

Jeju Shinhwa World casino opens

At the newly opened Jeju Shinhwa World Casino, 300 miles to the south of the Winter Olympics that just finished up in Pyeonchang on Sunday, a whole new set of games are ready to pit opponents against one another. This time, it’s the classic battle of gambler vs. the house, with the latter in this case…Read More

Tiger Woods Masters Odds Shorten Following Strong Performance at Honda Classic

Masters odds Tiger Woods

The Masters odds on Tiger Woods donning his fifth green jacket in April are now at 16/1 at Las Vegas’ Westgate SuperBook. That’s the seventh-shortest line of any player. Following a strong performance at The Honda Classic where Woods finished 12th with rounds of 70-71-69-70, oddsmakers are shortening Tiger’s line as his game seemingly progresses…Read More

Showboat Atlantic City Could Reopen, But as What Still Up in the Air

Showboat Atlantic City Bart Blatstein

New Showboat Atlantic City owner Bart Blatstein has taken the first steps towards obtaining a casino license from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE). But whether or not he’s up to the task of running a venue that had failed in the past is up for discussion. During an interview this week with…Read More

Fitch Ratings Upgrades Macau 2018 GGR Forecast Following Strong January

Fitch Ratings Macau gross gaming revenue

Fitch Ratings now expects Macau gross gaming revenue (GGR) to grow 13 percent in 2018. That’s a two percent increase on earlier forecasts, which called for an 11 percent hike on last year’s $33.2 billion haul. Fitch senior gaming analyst Alex Bumazhny said more luxury room capacity, predominantly on the Cotai Strip, is the leading…Read More

Futuristic Las Vegas Concert Venue MSG Sphere Waits for FAA Clearance for 2020 Takeoff

MSG Las Vegas Sphere

Madison Square Garden and Las Vegas Sands have a proposal to bring a giant futuristic spherical glass arena to the city of Las Vegas, and they’re eager to get the ball rolling, but first they need approval from the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA). Representatives of the two companies told the Clark County Commission on Wednesday…Read More

Shareholder Lawsuits Pile Up Against Wynn Resorts

Wynn Resorts lawsuits

Wynn Resorts’ board could be facing an avalanche of legal action from disgruntled shareholders, angered by its apparent failure to keep the alleged behavior of its disgraced former chairman and CEO in check. Lawsuits were beginning to mount this week, as a class action suit in New York joined two shareholder derivative suits filed in…Read More

Maine Tribes Want Right to Open Casinos Without State Permission

Maine Indian tribes casinos

Indian tribes in Maine are hoping to gain the ability to open casinos in the state without first seeking state approval. In order to do so, they hope to get a legislative order from the Maine House of Representatives that would ask the state’s Supreme Judicial Court whether that is possible under state law. The…Read More

Vegas Golden Knights Favored to Win Stanley Cup Finals at Nevada and Online Sportsbooks

Vegas Golden Knights NHL odds

The Vegas Golden Knights are the odds-on favorites to win the Stanley Cup Finals at both online and Sin City sportsbooks. With a record of 39-16 and 82 points, Vegas sits atop the Western Conference, and are tied with the Boston Bruins for the second best overall record behind only the Tampa Bay Lightning (40-17,…Read More

Controversial Counter Strike Streamer ‘Phantoml0rd’ Sues Twitch Over Skin Gambling Ban

James “Phantoml0rd” Varga sues Twitch

Counter Strike: Global Offensive streamer James “Phantoml0rd” Varga, who was kicked off Twitch in 2016 for allegedly failing to disclose ownership of a site he promoted online, is suing the platform that made him famous. As reported by gaming and esports website Polygon, Varga filed a complaint on Wednesday in San Francisco’s Superior Court of…Read More

Iowa Sports Betting Bill Passes House Committee Without ‘Integrity Fee’

Iowa sports betting law PASPA

An Iowa sports betting bill that doesn’t include a so-called “integrity fee” earmarked for the professional sports leagues recently passed the state’s House Government Oversight Committee. House Study Bill 592, first introduced by Rep. Ken Rizer (R-District 68), would permit the state’s commercial casinos to operate sportsbooks after obtaining the necessary permit. The first $1…Read More

Caesars Switching ‘Do Not Disturb’ Policy to Mandated Daily Room Checks, in Line with New Industry Trend

Caesars do not disturb

Caesars Entertainment is the latest gaming firm to announce a change to its “do not disturb” policy, saying that they will now have employees visually check all occupied rooms once per day. The move comes as part of a trend in the gaming and hotel industries to take steps that might help prevent incidents like…Read More

Potential China Hainan Casino Won’t Steal Macau Profits, Credit Agency Fitch Opines

Hainan Island China casino expansion

Another Chinese gambling destination in the form of a Hainan casino is unlikely to shake up Macau’s gaming grip any time soon, according to a leading credit rating agency. Unless, of course, it is. As officials in Beijing contemplate whether to allow gambling on the southern tourist island of Hainan, Fitch Ratings is reporting that…Read More