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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.

Super Bowl Shocker: Majority of Bets in US Wagered Illegally

Super Bowl odds Las Vegas sportsbook

Super Bowl LI goes down this Sunday between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Texas, and while Americans are expected to wager roughly $4.7 billion on the big game, the vast majority of the bets will be placed illegally. That’s a reality that should come as no surprise to most gamblers who…Read More

Former California Gaming Regulator Rocks the Boat with Controversial Career Choice 

Tiffany Conklin California gaming regulator turned consultant

A former California Gambling Control commissioner is making waves by launching a gambling consulting business just four days after quitting the state regulatory body. Tiffany Conklin’s career change is largely only controversial, though, because it echoes the far more scandalous case of gambling enforcement chief Robert Lytle. Lytle resigned from the Bureau of Gambling Control…Read More

Steve Wynn Tapped as Republican National Committee Finance Chairman

Steve Wynn Republican National Committee RNC

Steve Wynn, the man who sat on the fence during President Donald Trump’s tumultuous rise to power, will now be squarely in the arena with the Republican leader. Joining the unofficial “Billionaires’ Club” of advisers and policy makers, Wynn may have surprised a few pundits with his latest appointment. The Wynn Resorts founder has agreed…Read More

Valve Trying to Save Skin, as Gaming Company Begins Blocking Team Fortress Exchanges

Valve skin trading market gambling

Valve is advising its player base to avoid using third-party websites that exchange skins, and while the gaming company has long held that position, the developer is recognizing the growing issue of buying and selling in-game items. In a post published to its Team Fortress site, Valve says it “has no business relationship” with popular skin…Read More

L.A.’s Hawaiian Gardens Casino, Still Saddled with Anti-Money Laundering Shadows, Seeks New License

Hawaiian Gardens casino Los Angeles AML violations

Hawaiian Gardens, the small city on the outskirts of Los Angeles County, is waiting anxiously to hear the fate of the casino that also bears its name. Last October, Hawaiian Gardens Casino was fined $2.8 million for repeated anti-money laundering (AML) violations after the US Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) accused it of lacking…Read More

Macau Casinos Filled for Chinese New Year, Wynn Posts Strong Earnings

Macau casinos hotel occupancy Wynn Palace

Macau casinos are booked solid for the Chinese New Year, a telling sign that the city’s efforts to market towards the more casual gambler and visitor are finally paying off. The most important holiday in the world’s most populated country, the Chinese New Year is known as the Spring Festival in the mainland. The official…Read More

Google Killed 17 Million Ads for Unlicensed Online Gambling in 2016

Google Kills Unlicensed Online Gambling Ads

Google wiped out over 17 million ads that promoted illegal, unlicensed online gambling last year, the company announced in a blog post this week. The search giant said that it had witnessed “more attempts to advertise gambling-related promotions without proper authorizations from regulators in the countries they operate.” The increase in illegal gambling advertising may,…Read More

Las Vegas Wants Adele to Say “Hello” to Residency Show

Adele Las Vegas residency show

“Adele, hello, can you hear me?” Las Vegas is reportedly in a calling frenzy to land the British singer-songwriter for a residency show on the famed Strip. According to various reports, as many as three prevalent casinos on South Las Vegas Boulevard are making pitches to the London-based superstar to relocate to the Mojave Desert…Read More

Georgia Renews Bid to Legalize Casinos with Scaled Down Proposition

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal “open” to casino discussions

Two Georgia casino bills are expected to be introduced to both chambers of the legislature in Atlanta today. State Senator Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) and State Representative Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) have almost identical legislation and high hopes to authorize two casinos in Georgia, one in the Metro Atlanta area and another in a smaller city, possibly…Read More

Gambling Stocks Rise, as Dow Jones Crosses 20,000 Threshold

gambling stocks casinos Jim Cramer

As the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 20,000 for the first time in American history, a symbolic milestone that shows a renewed optimistic mindset in America, gambling stocks have also been riding the wave. Knowing that someone with an open mind towards Las Vegas and Atlantic City now sits in the Oval Office, investors on…Read More

Steve Wynn Proves the Rich Get Richer, Gets $12.5M Payday, Thanks to Macau and Vegas Rebounds

Steve Wynn $12.5 million in stock options

Steve Wynn is $12.5 million richer this week, after his Wynn Resorts awarded the founder and CEO a generous stock package distribution. According to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, the billionaire received 137,468 shares of the hotel and casino corporation, which is publicly traded on NASDAQ. The transaction occurred on January 19, when shares…Read More

Pennsylvania Casinos Smash Revenue Records in 2016, Driven by Table Games

Pennsylvania Casinos Post Record Revenues

Pennsylvania’s casino sector is booming with overall revenue topping $3.2 billion in 2016, according to new figures, a record for the state. The upward trend has been driven largely by table games, particularly at the Sands Bethlehem. While slot machine revenues remained flat, as they have for the past six-years, table games revenues grew at…Read More

Floyd Mayweather Flaunts Sports Betting Streak, Green Bay Packers Ride Ends

Floyd Mayweather sports betting streak

Floyd Mayweather isn’t known for being humble, and considering his all-time 49-0 boxing record, perhaps that’s warranted. Affectionately known as “Pretty Boy” and “Money,” the boxing GOAT (greatest of all time) is spending his hard-earned retirement fortune by placing some not-so-casual sports bets. A lifelong gambler who calls the Las Vegas Valley home, Mayweather recently…Read More

Tennis Players Attacked on Social Media by Angry Fans Allegedly Gambling on Matches

tennis players betting Madison Keys

Multiple tennis players are speaking out against social media attacks levied by persons who are allegedly gambling on matches and frustrated from losing. Over the past year, numerous tennis stars, the majority of which are women, have revealed threatening messages they’ve received on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. According to a CNN investigation, sports betting has…Read More

LVS to Pay DOJ $7 Million to End Investigation into Payments in China 

LVS settles with DOJ for $7 million

Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands will pay almost $7 million to resolve a Department of Justice investigation into federal anti-bribery law violations in China and Macau. It is illegal, under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, for companies and their executives to attempt to influence foreign government officials with personal payments. The investigation found no…Read More