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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.

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

Las Vegas in Running to Host 2020 NFL Draft, 2023 Super Bowl

Las Vegas NFL Draft Super Bowl

Las Vegas is on the shortlist to host the 2020 NFL Draft. If America’s gambling capital is selected, the event would coincide with the scheduled arrival of the Raiders franchise in Sin City. Las Vegas is one of five candidate cities for the 2019 and 2020 NFL Draft. The other nominees are Nashville, Cleveland/Canton, Kansas…Read More

Japanese Lawmakers Propose Restricting Casino Visits For Nationals

Lawmakers propose limiting visits to Japanese casinos

Lawmakers in Japan tasked with drawing up a framework of regulation for the country’s future casino market presented a plan on Thursday designed to restrict Japanese nationals’ exposure to gambling. Under the proposal, Japanese citizens and foreigners living in the country would be limited to three visits to casinos in one week and a maximum…Read More