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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.

Vegas Oddsmakers Take 2017 Warriors Over 1996 Bulls in Hypothetical Matchup

Las Vegas oddsmakers Warriors Bulls

Las Vegas oddsmakers believe if the NBA world could get their dream matchup, a Finals between the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors and 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, the smart money would be on this year’s likely champs. Up 2-0 on the defending title holders, the Bay Area team seems impossible to beat. Sportsbooks in Nevada give the…Read More

How (Palmer) Luckey Can You Get? Paypal Founder Peter Thiel Backing Mexico Virtual Reality Wall Project with Oculus VR Creator

Palmer Luckey Peter Thiel Mexico border wall

Virtual reality (VR) Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, who sold his business to Facebook the same year he turned legal for $2 billion, now has his eyes focused on an even more challenging project: changing how the United States defends its southern border. But he won’t be facing this daunting task alone, because PayPal founder and American…Read More

Casino Stocks Outsmart Tech in 2017, Analysts Love Top Three Gaming Operators

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Casino stocks have been hitting the jackpot en masse on Wall Street and international exchanges over the last 12 months. The industry is outpacing the tech world, a surprising reality given the general cultural adoration of all things technology vs. gaming’s sometimes vilified status. The Dow Jones US Gambling Index (INDEXDJX: DJUSCA) is up 22.2…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Likely Frontrunner for Japanese Casino License, Investment Firm Says

Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelson

When it comes to a casino in Japan, Las Vegas Sands might have the upper hand over its rivals in bidding on one of the forthcoming casino licenses expected to be issued. That’s according to investment firm Morningstar, which believes billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s gaming conglomerate is best positioned to win a coveted permit. In a…Read More

Oakland Raiders Games to Air on FOX5 Las Vegas Beginning in August

Oakland Raiders Las Vegas media partners

The Oakland Raiders have already begun their marketing campaign to establish a fan base in Las Vegas, and come this August, each and every single one of the NFL team’s games will be broadcast live on FOX5. The Fox-affiliated television channel serves Las Vegas and the Southern Nevada region from its Henderson studio. While FOX5 will…Read More

Former Topless Club Owner, Rick Rizzolo, Enters Plea Agreement on Tax Evasion Charges

Rick Rizzolo tax evasion

Rick Rizzolo, who was the owner of the troubled Crazy Horse Too topless gentleman’s club, was in a federal courthouse, Wednesday to enter a plea in his tax evasion case. The charges stretch back to 2014 when he was indicted by a grand jury on two counts. The accusations are he evaded $1.7 million in…Read More

FBI Arrests Lucchese Mobsters for Gambling Offenses, Fraud and Murder

Mafia boss Matthew Madonna.

Leading members of the Lucchese crime family have been arrested by the FBI on charges including running an illegal gambling operation and fraud linked to a $25 million hospital development. According to a court filing on May 31, 19 mafia-type figures were arrested in a New York City charged with a host of crimes. Many…Read More

Silk Road Founder’s Life Sentence Upheld, Adding to Prosecutor Preet Bharara’s Legacy

Silk Road Ross Ulbricht life sentence

Ross Ulbricht spent his criminal adult life operating the most notorious online drug marketplace in the world, better known as Silk Road. He lived in the shadows of law enforcement who were trying to track him down. Some three years and eight months after his October 2013 arrest, the mastermind who ran the exchange under…Read More

Melco’s Lawrence Ho Breaks Silence on Split From James Packer’s Crown

Lawrence Ho James Packer Melco Crown

Hong Kong billionaire Lawrence Ho is finally opening up about what led to his company severing ties with fellow billionaire James Packer’s Crown Resorts. Speaking with the Financial Times, an Aussie business media outlet, the Melco Resorts owner said Crown used an aggressive marketing strategy that upset government officials in China. He also explained it…Read More

Macau Residents Gambling More Frequently Than in Previous Years

Macau gambling rate study

Macau gambling revenues are finally beginning to trend in the right direction, thanks to a return in the VIP segment, and mass marketing efforts from casino resorts. But there’s another factor in the reversal of fortune, and that’s the local resident. According to a paper published by the Study of Commercial Gaming at the University of…Read More

Chinese Ping Pong Legend Suspended Over Gambling Debts with Sands Casino in Singapore

Kong Linghui, table tennis champion and gambler

One of the greatest players in the history of ping pong found himself in the global spotlight this week, not for his accomplishments in table tennis, but rather for his apparent failures at the tables in a casino. Kong Linghui, coach of the Chinese women’s table tennis team, was summoned on Monday to return to…Read More

ESports Betting Now Fully Recognized Under Nevada Law, Gov. Sandoval Signs Parimutuel Bill

eSports betting parimutuel Brian Sandoval

ESports betting is finally getting the type of recognition the rapidly emerging space perhaps deserves. Over the weekend, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) made wagering on competitive video gaming fully legal. By signing a bill that adds the tournaments to the state’s parimutuel code, Governor Sandoval solidified the legality of eSports betting in the state…Read More

Stanley Cup Finals Odds Favor Penguins Over Predators

Stanley Cup Finals odds Sidney Crosby

The Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators begin their best-of-seven faceoff tonight in Pennsylvania, and bettors are taking the defending champs to emerge victorious and hoist the famed metal trophy for a second straight year. Following an epic, double-overtime thriller in game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals last week to…Read More

NBA Finals Odds Favor Golden State Over Cleveland in Rubber Match Series

NBA Finals odds Cavaliers Warriors

For the third straight year, the NBA Finals odds in Las Vegas favor the Golden State Warriors to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy over the Cleveland Cavaliers. But if history tells us anything, it’s that the rubber match series is anything but a foregone conclusion. On Thursday night, the Cavs took care of business by…Read More

Rio Olympic Infrastructure Left in Economic Chaos, Was It Worth the Gamble?

Olympics hosting Rio gambling

The Olympics no longer have the upper hand in determining where its summer and winter games will be contested. That’s because the international sporting competitions have left a path of destruction, both in a financial and infrastructural sense, in recent decades. Cities are finally wising up that the gamble on hosting the Olympics far outweighs…Read More