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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.

William Hill Accused of Customer Withdrawal Conspiracy

William Hill defends withdrawal procedures to Guardian

William Hill was forced to defend its withdrawal procedures this week following accusations that it and other operators within the online bookmaking industry “use their terms & conditions to delay or even avoid payment on winning bets.” The accusation comes from one Brian Chappell, owner of the website, via the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Chappell…Read More

Presidential Betting Odds Say Election a Foregone Conclusion, but Final Debate Remains

presidential betting odds final debate

Presidential betting odds on the 2016 election say the race for the White House is essentially over, and former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will become the 45th president of the United States. Bovada lists Clinton at -500 to win the presidency, meaning a bettor will need to wager $500 to win…Read More

Iowa Lottery Winner Wins Right to Sue Over Eddie Tipton Lottery-fixing Scandal

Lottery winner can sue over Tipton-rigged lottery rollover

A nine-million-dollar Iowa lottery winner is free to sue the Multi-State Lottery Association (MSLA), a district court judge has ruled. “Lucky” Larry Dawson won the Hot Lotto jackpot in May 2011. Good for Larry, you say, but why the litigation? Well, Lucky Larry won the jackpot the week after notorious lottery fraudster Eddie Tipton, and…Read More

Vegas NFL Stadium Scores Touchdown, as Governor Sandoval Signs Funding Bill

Vegas NFL stadium Sheldon Adelson

The Las Vegas NFL stadium project appears to be in a two-minute drill driving down the field, and there doesn’t seem to be any defense capable of slowing down the movement to bring professional football to Sin City. Funding for the 65,000-seat domed stadium scored its first major touchdown last Friday when the Nevada Legislature…Read More

Manchester United Becomes First Soccer Club to Launch Branded Online Casino

Manchester United Launched Online Casino

Manchester United has launched its own branded online casino, a move the club is hailing as a “world-first for both United and football.” The casino, operated by the team’s official betting partner, Marathonbet, will offer classic live-dealer casino games like roulette and blackjack to fans, while they are “immersed in a Manchester United-themed environment.” Meanwhile,…Read More

Taunton Casino Appeal Denial Considered a Win by Mashpee Wampanoag

Taunton casino Mashpee Wampanoag Massachusetts

The Taunton casino being pushed by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe in Massachusetts was denied a rehearing this week by the same district judge who previously ruled against the project. In July, Massachusetts District Judge William Young said the Mashpee Wampanoag people could not build a $1 billion Indian casino in Taunton on its land because…Read More

After Closing Trump Taj Mahal, Carl Icahn Stands With Donald Trump

Trump Taj Mahal Carl Icahn Donald Trump

The Trump Taj Mahal resort is no more thanks to Carl Icahn, or depending on your point of view, the local labor union that went on strike at the Atlantic City casino. And while Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump opined that the resort that continued to bear his name didn’t need to close, Icahn…Read More

Gambling Supporter Ray Lesniak Folds on New Jersey Gubernatorial Campaign

Ray Lesniak New Jersey governor campaign

New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak (D-District 20) has officially ended his gubernatorial campaign to replace Chris Christie (R) as governor of the Garden State. The longtime state politician, who has fought for gambling expansion perhaps more than any other state lawmaker in the country, said his opponent has too much money already in place….Read More

Duterte Changes Tune on Philippine Gambling Cafés 

Rodrigo Duterte to bring back online gambling cafes

Philippine president Rodrigo Dutere’s war on online gambling appears to be at an end. Having systematically dismantled the country’s gambling giant, Philweb, the government is now considering permitting the existence of the online gambling cafés, which were once Philweb’s specialty, although rules will be more strictly enforced by the new government. Up until a few…Read More

Short Stack Donald Trump Shoves Against Hillary Clinton in Second Presidential Debate

Donald Trump Hillary Clinton debate odds

Donald Trump entered the 2016 presidential election against Hillary Clinton as the severe short stack. He’s only hurt his chances over the last week after a video from 2005 surfaced with the Republican candidate boasting about grabbing women by the genitals. Before last night’s second presidential debate in St. Louis, Trump’s run at the Oval…Read More

Florida vs. Seminoles Long-Standing Blackjack Battle Likely to Get Ruling


A federal judge in Tallahassee appears to be siding with the Seminole Tribe in their quest continue to offer “banked” card games at their seven Florida casinos. The case, of course, is more than just a row over a bunch blackjack tables, it’s one that could shape the future of gambling in Florida and completely…Read More

NFL TV Ratings Drop the Ball, But Advertisers Aren’t Punting

NFL TV ratings down Colin Kaepernick

NFL TV ratings are down through the first four weeks of the regular season. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), overall viewership is 10 percent less through September than it was in 2015. Nielsen ratings show the steepest audience declines on primetime broadcasts. ESPN’s Monday Night Football, the long-running franchise that…Read More

Las Vegas NFL Stadium Would Bring Throngs of Tourists to Town, Report Asserts

Las Vegas NFL stadium economic impact

The Las Vegas NFL football stadium being proposed by billionaire Sheldon Adelson and Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis would create a substantial influx of new visitors to Sin City. That’s according to a new report from Applied Analysis, a Las Vegas-based economic analytics firm. The $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium would bring 451,417 “incremental visitors,”…Read More

CG Technology Fined $22.5 Million for Illegal Gambling and Money Laundering Charges


CG Technology (CGT), formerly Cantor Gaming, has agreed to pay $22.5 million to US authorities to settle charges of illegal gambling and money laundering. The fine will release the bookmaker, which operates sports books in Las Vegas at the Venetian, the Palms, the Hard Rock Hotel, the Tropicana, and others, from liability for prosecution. Federal…Read More

Was a Cuban Casino on Donald Trump’s Mind in 1998?

Cuban casino Donald Trump Cuba embargo

Donald Trump has denied a report from Newsweek claiming that a Cuban casino was being considered by the Republican Party presidential candidate in the late 1990s. The report implied that the billionaire’s company violated the United States embargo against Cuba back in 1998, but Trump has maintained that he never made any deals in that country….Read More

Deutsche Bank Plummets, Then Rebounds, as Major Station Casinos Shareholder Causes Market Turmoil


Deutsche Bank is causing more thrills and chills in the global stock markets than Brexit and the impending US elections combined. The Station casinos major shareholder rebounded early Friday, closing up six percent, following two key announcements: one from CEO John Cryan, who emailed staffers that rumors of the sky falling had been exaggerated, and…Read More

Adelson Donated $20 million to GOP PAC Day Before “New RAWA” Introduced to Senate

Sheldon Adelson donation precedes new RAWA-like bill

Sheldon Adelson is a Republican “mega donor.” So there’s nothing necessarily unusual about his donation, made public this month, of $20 million to a GOP super PAC called the Senate Leadership Fund. His recent donation of $25 million to the Trump campaign makes him the biggest donor of either party of the 2016 election cycle,…Read More

Caesars Reaches Deal with Creditors to End Bankruptcy Lawsuit

Caesars Finds Agreement with Creditors as Bonderman’s TPG Cedes Controlling Stake

Caesars’ junior creditors have accepted an improved debt restructuring deal, a breakthrough that looks to mark the beginning of the end of the tortuous bankruptcy of Caesars main operating unit, CEOC. According to Forbes, just one creditor, Trilogy Capital Management, is now holding out. CEOC filed for bankruptcy in January 2015 with industry-high debts of…Read More

Ryder Cup Odds Favor United States Over Europe in Golf’s Marquee Team Event

Ryder Cup odds Rory McIlroy

The Ryder Cup odds in Las Vegas say the smart money is on Team USA. That’s perhaps surprising to some sports fans, considering Team Europe has won eight of the last ten competitions. The Ryder Cup is a biennial golf event that brings together the best players from the PGA Tour to square off against the…Read More

Las Vegas NFL Opposition Organizes Against Sheldon Adelson and the Raiders

Las Vegas NFL Raiders Mark Davis Sheldon Adelson

The Las Vegas NFL scheme being developed by billionaire Sheldon Adelson and Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis to bring professional football to Sin City is finally meeting opposition from local organizations. Adelson, whose Las Vegas Sands empire includes The Venetian and Palazzo, wants to build a 65,000-seat domed stadium just steps from the Strip. Davis…Read More

G2E Focused on Gamblified ESports, Changes in Sportsbetting Outlook


The Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the world’s largest casino and gaming conference and trade show, kicked off Monday at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. The four-day event is expected to attract 25,000 industry professionals, and offers a giant platform for the industry’s top service providers and suppliers to showcase the very…Read More

American Gaming Association Recommends Repealing Sports Betting Ban

American Gaming Association sports betting Geoff Freeman

The American Gaming Association (AGA) is recommending to Congress that it repeal the nearly quarter-century old federal ban on sports betting. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) passed in 1992 prevented states from offering gambling lines on sports. Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana were granted special exemptions, as all four of those states…Read More

North Jersey Casino Expansion Ad Campaign Comes Down, Amid Growing Sense It Ain’t Gonna Happen

Chris Christie Jeff Gural NJ casino expansion

Backers of a North Jersey casino expansion ad campaign, one which supported a referendum vote to take gaming into the north part of the Garden State, have thrown in the towel. OUR Turn NJ, which was backed by billionaire investor Paul Fireman and real estate mogul Jeff Gural, pulled its media advertising campaign, apparently unwilling…Read More

Caesars Bumps up Bankruptcy Offer by $1.6 Billion

Caesars bankruptcy offer increased by $1.6 billion

Caesars’ controlling private equity backers, Apollo Global and TPG Capital Management, are ready to sweeten the pot by $1.6 billion, as they vie to win the backing of their junior creditors for a multi-billion-dollar bankruptcy plan. Caesars is seeking to reorganize $18 billion of the debt of its main operating unit, Caesars Entertainment Operating Corp…Read More

Maryland Live Casino Purchases Nearby Hotel as Expansion Continues

Maryland Live Casino hotel MGM National Harbor

Maryland Live isn’t playing any games when it comes to preparing itself for the arrival of the $1.2 billion MGM National Harbor this fall. Located 14 miles southwest of downtown Baltimore, Maryland Live announced this week that it has purchased a nearby hotel located just across from the casino. The Cordish Companies, the parent group…Read More