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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.

Facebook Killer Steve Stephens Dead, New Details on Troubled Past Emerge

Facebook killer Steve Stephens

Facebook killer Steve Stephens is dead, and numerous state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as millions of Americans residing in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and other states, are breathing a sigh of relief. Soon after Stephens posted a brutal video to the social media platform showing him gunning down an innocent man, rumors surfaced that a serious gambling addiction…Read More

IGT to Sell Double Down Social Casino to DoubleU Games in $825 Million Deal

IGT sells Double Down

Multinational slot and lottery giant IGT has announced the sale of its social casino subsidiary Double Down to South Korean games developer DoubleU Games in a deal worth $825 million. The sale will mark the establishment of a strategic partnership between the two companies, as they enter into a game development, distribution and services agreement…Read More

MGM Resorts Ramps Up Fight Against No-Bid Connecticut Tribal Gaming Expansion

MGM Resorts Uri Clinton Connecticut casino

MGM Resorts is in Connecticut this week trying to make its case against the state giving the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Native American tribes permission to build a satellite casino in East Windsor. The tribal partnership is justifiably concerned that MGM’s $950 million resort in Springfield, Massachusetts, will siphon gaming dollars from Connecticut’s two casinos. Springfield…Read More

India’s Casino Hub State, Goa, to Impose Locals Ban on Sector

Goa to impose locals ban

Goa’s Chief Minister has announced that a full ban on locals gambling in the Indian state’s casinos would be implemented in “the days to come.” “I sincerely believe that gambling is not good,” Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told India’s DD News in an interview on Saturday. “If we can, we should remove it from the…Read More

Golden State Warriors Golden Child of NBA Playoffs, Sports Bettors Heavily Taking Curry and Durant

Golden State Warriors NBA Isaiah Thomas

The Golden State Warriors are the heavy favorites in Las Vegas to win the NBA title, and challengers like the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs aren’t doing much to entice bettors on taking their chances at an upset. After winning 67 games during the regular season, the most in the NBA, the Warriors opened…Read More

Roulette Makes Its Vegas Comeback

Roulette makes a comeback

Roulette is back in fashion on the casino floors of Las Vegas. That’s according to figures released this week by the Nevada Gaming Control Board which show that roulette win shot up 58.87 percent in Nevada in February compared to the same month last year. The popularity of the game was also climbing steadily for…Read More

Las Vegas Raiders-Themed Brothel Coming Close to Sin City Thanks to Bunny Ranch Owner Dennis Hof

Las Vegas Raiders brothel Dennis Hof

A Las Vegas Raiders-themed brothel is being developed by prostitution kingpin Dennis Hof. The owner of the Bunny Ranch and numerous other brothels in Nevada is hoping to capitalize off the NFL franchise moving from Oakland to Las Vegas in the next few years. Hof is licking his chops at the prospect of having hundreds of wealthy…Read More

“WeChat” Betting Operation Busted in Macau

Macau WeChat gambling ring

Seven Chinese nationals have been arrested in Macau, accused of operating a highly unusual illegal betting ring involving high stakes baccarat and the Chinese social messaging service WeChat. According to Macau’s Judiciary police, the gang encouraged gamblers on the Chinese mainland to bet on the results of real baccarat games taking place at the VIP…Read More

South Korean Government Raked $54.56 Billion in 15 Years But Casino Boom May be Short-lived   

South Korea rakes in billions from gambling

The South Korean government has earned trillions from gambling over the past 15 years. Trillions of South Korean won (SKW), that is, but it’s not doing too badly in US dollars either. According to a report published this week by the Korea Taxpayer Association, the country’s gambling industry has paid $54.56 billion (62.5 trillion SKW) to…Read More

Amaya Stock Insider Trading Allegations Hit Toronto’s Aston Hill Asset Management Former Execs

Ben Cheng, former Aston Hill exec, accused of insider trading

Canada’s Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has accused former executives of asset management firm Aston Hill of insider trading in Amaya stock. Ben Cheng, the company’s former president and chief investment officer at the time, and John David Rothstein, its ex-senior VP and national sales manager, are alleged to have profited from the trades in 2014,…Read More

Greyhound Activists Weigh in on Florida’s Gambling Battle

Florida gambling bill could lead to greyhound racing ban

Greyhound activists in Florida have spied an opportunity amid the tangle of legislation that is the state’s proposed gambling reforms. Among the proposals of Senator Bill Galvano’s sprawling reform bill is the authorization of “decoupling” for horse and dog tracks, which means racing operators would no longer be required to run live races in order…Read More

Japan National Diet Expected to Focus on Social Issues Relating to Integrated Resorts Bill

Japan National Diet integrated resorts casinos

Japan’s National Diet is in the process of coming to terms on regulatory specifics on its recently passed integrated resorts bill, legislation that will legalize commercial gambling in the Asian country, and the statute’s social impacts are thought to be of utmost concern. Union Gaming, an advisory firm focused on the global gaming industry with offices…Read More

Connecticut Casino Outlook Grim, as Neighboring Competition Continues to Hurt State’s Two Resorts

Connecticut casinos gaming revenue decline

Connecticut casinos have endured nine consecutive years in the red in terms of year-over-year performance, and with continued gaming expansion in neighboring states, it doesn’t appear likely that the unwanted streak will come to an end anytime soon. In a new market study compiled by Nathan Associates, a Virginia-based financial consulting firm, principal economist Dr….Read More

Ukraine Must Legalize Gambling to Help Justify $17.5 billion IMF Assistance Package

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman prepares for gambling reforms.

Ukraine has assured the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that it is ready to legalize gambling next year and, more importantly, ready to capitalize on the ensuing economic benefits. The move comes as part of a series of economic reforms designed to convince the IMF that the country is worthy of a $17.5 billion financial assistance…Read More

Showboat Atlantic City Hosting Weekend Millennial Expo Throughout Summer Months

Showboat Atlantic City millennial expo

Showboat Atlantic City is going all-in on the millennial. Starting Memorial Day weekend and repeating every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the summer, the hotel-only property will host an experimental gaming expo in its renovated 150,000-square-foot convention space. Dubbed the Atlantic City Fan Xpo (ACFX), the weekly event will bring esports, video games, innovative gaming…Read More