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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.

Beijing Spies on Chinese Officials Gambling in Macau, Says Senior Lawmaker

Ho Iat Seng

The Chinese mainland officials who once piled the proceeds of their embezzlement onto the baccarat tables of Macau are a thing of the past, according to Ho Iat Seng, president of the enclave’s legislative assembly. Speaking to Chinese state-run media during a trip to Beijing this week, Ho claimed that the facial recognition technology used…Read More

Backed into a Corner, Wynn Resorts Drops Litigation Against Kazuo Okada

Wynn Resorts stops suit against Kazuo Okada

Wynn Resorts on Monday dropped its six-year-long court battle with its former majority shareholder, the Japanese pachinko magnate Kazuo Okada. The move comes just days after the embattled Las Vegas casino giant agreed to pay $2.6 billion to settle out of court with Universal Entertainment, a company Okada controlled until he was ousted last year….Read More

Vietnamese Communist Regime Arrests Police Chief in Gambling and Corruption Bust

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang

Vietnamese state-controlled media has announced the arrest of a former head of the country’s High-Technology Police Department, on suspicion of organizing an international gambling ring. Nguyen Thanh Hoa, 60, was arrested on Sunday as part of an online gambling and money laundering case. Hoa was stripped of his “people’s police” title by the nation’s Communist leader…Read More

March Madness Odds Favor Virginia and Villanova, 24 Million People Expected to Fill Out Brackets

March Madness odds NCAA bracket

The 68-team bracket is set, but March Madness odds show that bettors believe only a handful of teams have a realistic shot at scoring the men’s basketball NCAA national championship. Virginia and Villanova are the two heavy favorites, and Las Vegas oddsmakers have them in a league of their own. But sportsbooks are having a…Read More

Tiny California Tribe Pays Highest Interest on Casino Junk Bond Since Economic Crash

Buena Vista Rancheria casino

The Buena Vista Rancheria band of Me-Wuk Indians has finally received financial backing for its long-cherished dream of a casino in Amador County, California. But unfortunately, it comes in the form of a junk bond with the highest interest rates seen since the financial meltdown. According to International Financing Review, the tribe will pay 14.425…Read More

Pennsylvania Satellite Casino Bidding Stalls, No Proposals Received During Fifth Auction

Pennsylvania satellite casino auction

No satellite casino bids were presented at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s (PGCB) Friday auction. Postponed from Wednesday due to a snowstorm, the state’s six qualified remaining bidders opted against submitting proposals for the gaming facilities that are permitted to house up to 750 slot machines and 40 table games. The minimum bid is $7.5…Read More

New SLS Las Vegas Owner Alex Meruelo Gets Nevada Gaming Control Board Licensing Thumbs Up

Alex Meruelo, owner SLS Las Vegas

The beleaguered SLS Las Vegas is getting another shot at success at long last. On Wednesday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) unanimously recommended the transfer of a gaming license for the North Las Vegas Strip-located casino to gaming operator Alex Meruelo, principal of the California-based Meruelo Group. Meruelo agreed to buy the struggling SLS,…Read More

Carl Icahn Denies Having Steel Tariff Knowledge Before Dumping Stocks

Donald Trump and Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn, the billionaire activist-investor and owner of the Tropicana in Atlantic City, has said he had no idea President Trump planned to impose 25 percent tariffs on steel imports when he sold his $31.3 million stake in Manitowoc Co. Icahn dumped the shares a week before the Trump administration announced the tariffs. As a…Read More

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Pressures Teams to Stop ‘Tanking’

NBA odds tanking Chicago Bulls

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has reportedly told certain teams that appear to be purposely losing to quit it. The Chicago Bulls, which have lost 14 of their last 17 games, confirmed they’ve been in contact with the league regarding the alleged issue. Despite no reported injuries, starters Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday have been inactive…Read More

Stars Group Makes Big Move for Australian Sports Betting Market, Ups Stake in CrownBet to 80 Percent

The Stars Group ups stake in CrownBet

PokerStars’ parent company, the Stars Group, formerly Amaya Gaming, is suddenly a major player in the Australian sports betting market, just over six months after it was forced to pull PokerStars out of Australia due to a change in gambling laws. Having bought a controlling 62 percent interest in CrownBet last week for $117.7 million,…Read More

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 Sun tribes, Connecticut’s two Native American groups that respectively…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