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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.

North Jersey Casino Poll Reveals Dwindling Support

North Jersey casino referendum poll Chris Christie

The North Jersey casino referendum facing voters in November isn’t likely to pass, according to a new poll conducted by Rutgers-Eagleton’s Center for Public Interest. In a study consisting of 735 registered New Jersey voters, Rutgers-Eagleton found that just 40 percent of respondents support bringing casino-style gambling north in the Garden State. That’s four percent…Read More

Fighting Among Arkansas Casino Ballot Opponents Picking Up Steam

Arkansas casino fight spills onto TV

The war of words over Arkansas’ casino ballot heated up this week, as the pro-casino movement requested to have a lawsuit that would block the ballot that was dismissed by the Arkansas Supreme Court. The Arkansas Winning Initiative (AWI), which wants voters to amend the constitution to allow up to three casinos in the state,…Read More

Revel Atlantic City Rebrands, as Glenn Straub Names the Resort “TEN”

Revel Atlantic City TEN Glenn Straub

Revel Atlantic City is officially no more. The $2.4 billion resort that opened in 2012 only to close 29 months later got a new owner in 2015, and now it’s getting a new name. Glenn Straub, the real estate developer who paid $82 million for the bankrupt property, has revealed the Revel will be known…Read More

YouTube Stars Charged for Promoting Gambling by UKGC

YouTube stars FIFA coins UK Gambling Commission

YouTube stars Craig Douglas and Dylan Rigby have been charged by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for encouraging underage video gamers to gamble. In what are first-of-its-kind charges, the Gambling Commission alleges the two vloggers inspired children to gamble and provided instructions on how to do so. Douglas and Rigby focus on the FIFA video…Read More

Nevada Senator Harry Reid Attacks Donald Trump, Calls Him A “Human Leech”

Nevada Senator Harry Reid Donald Trump

Nevada Senator Harry Reid (D) was an amateur boxer in his youth, and this week the Senate Minority Leader came out swinging at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. On Wednesday, September 15, Reid said on the Senate Floor, “He’s (Trump) a spoiled brat raised in plenty who inherited a fortune and used his money to…Read More

California Indian Casino Project Near Napa Causes Turf War

California Indian casino Napa Valley

The California Indian casino project in Vallejo proposed by the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians is generating a turf war between neighboring counties that differ on whether casino-style gambling should be permitted in the wine-rich area. Napa County supervisors are currently deliberating if they’re going to support or oppose the measure. The casino would…Read More

Online Betting To Top One Trillion Dollars by 2021, Driven by Mobile and VR

Trillion dollars to be bet on online gambling by 2021

The online gambling industry will process almost $1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars) in bets per year by 2021, according to a whitepaper published this week by analyst Juniper Research. That equates to a 42 percent increase on the $550 billion expected this year. The surge will be driven by the increasing power of the mobile technology…Read More

The Football Pools Sold for Nearly $130 Million to Sportingbet Founder

The Football Pools Sportech Sportingbet

The Football Pools are being sold to private equity firm Burlywood Capital for £97.25 million ($129.4 million). The self-proclaimed oldest soccer sportsbetting house in the world, The Football Pools were first launched 93 years ago in 1923. The operation once claimed to have 10 million customers, but today that number is around just 300,000. On…Read More

Parisian Macau Casino Resort Opens Tonight

Parisian Macao opening night tonight

Sheldon Adelson’s lavish $2.7 billion casino resort on Macau’s Cotai Strip, the Parisian Macau, opens tonight, complete with 3,000 rooms, hundreds of shops, a theater, a water park and an obligatory half-sized Eiffel Tower replica. Around 500 journalists descended on the gambling hub for the opening night, most of them from publications based in mainland…Read More

Hillary Clinton Health Scare Causes UK Bookies to Cut Odds on Trump Victory

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The odds of Hillary Clinton reaching the White House lengthened overnight, after an apparent fainting spell while watching Sept. 11 ceremonies forced her party’s hand in revealing that the former secretary of state is suffering from pneumonia. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power dropped its odds on Donald Trump from 6/4 to 2/1, giving the billionaire mogul…Read More

Jimmy Kimmel’s Cousin Sal Announces NFL Sports Betting Show

Jimmy Kimmel Cousin Sal NFL weekly picks

Cousin Sal, as his older cousin Jimmy Kimmel affectionately calls him, is launching his own NFL sports betting and daily fantasy sports (DFS) show on Facebook. The NFL season kicked off Thursday night with the reigning champion Denver Broncos once again defeating the Carolina Panthers in a Super Bowl 50 rematch. For fans in Nevada…Read More

US Open Match-Fixing Scandal Once Again Plagues Tennis

US Open match-fixing scandal sports betting

The US Open match-fixing scandal in New York has once again put the sport front and center in the media, with critics calling the sport’s integrity into question. On August 30, 15th-ranked Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland beat Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko in straight sets. But after a 6-1, 6-1 match, tennis’ governing body was asked to…Read More

Welfare Recipients Allegedly Gambled With EBT Money in Florida

welfare recipients EBT cards gambling casino

Welfare recipients in Tallahassee, Florida, have purportedly been using their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards to purchase, among other things, alcohol and tobacco, and also used the funds to gamble. A multi-agency investigation led by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee has identified 132 suspects involved in an illegal gambling and fraud scheme. Four…Read More

Vietnam Gambling Ban for Residents Remains, Billions in Investment Revenues Left on the Table

Vietnam gambling ban remains Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Vietnam gambling laws prevent residents of the Southeast Asian country from accessing their own domestic casinos. And that reality won’t change any time soon, after the government now led by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc once again opted not to overhaul gambling laws and take advantage of the potentially massive revenue source. Home to nearly 95 million…Read More

Parisian Macau Awarded 150 Gaming Tables Despite Growth Regulators

Parisian Macau allocated 150 gaming tables

Sands China’s new $3 billion casino resort, The Parisian Macau, located on the Cotai Strip will open on September 13th with just 100 gaming tables. The allocation by the Macau regulator represents fewer tables than Las Vegas Sands Corp Chairman Sheldon Adelson had hoped for, but considerably more than some analysts thought the casino might…Read More

Ted Leonsis DraftKings Investment Sign of Possible DFS Market Revitalization

Ted Leonsis DraftKings investment

Daily fantasy sports market leader DraftKings has raised $153 million in new investment money. Ted Leonsis, the billionaire owner of the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards sports teams, has bought a significant, but undisclosed, stake in the company through his investment firm Revolution Growth. This is DraftKing’s second major round of funding in just over a…Read More

Wolves Would Make Better Gamblers Than Dogs, or At Least Take More Risk

wolves dogs gamblers risk aversion

Wolves take greater risks when hunting for food than canines, a new study finds. The Wolf Science Centre in Ernstbrunn, Austria, a research institute where dogs and wolves live harmoniously in the wild, says wolves routinely take more risks than their four-legged tamed counterparts when searching for food. Researchers challenged wolves and dogs to decide…Read More

Arkansas Casino Measure to Go Before Voters in November

Arkansas casino measure Governor Asa Hutchinson

An Arkansas casino measure will go before voters this November asking residents if they’re ready to finally end gambling prohibition. Led by a group called Arkansas Wins, Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin revealed this week that the petition had garnered 100,977 valid signatures, more than the 84,859 required for a state constitutional amendment to…Read More

Nevada Casino Revenue Benefits From July’s Bonus Weekend

Nevada casino revenue July $1 billion

Nevada casino revenue soared in July and surpassed $1 billion in total gaming win for the first time in 14 months. Thanks to five full weekends and a long Independence Day holiday, the state’s gambling floors took in $1,015,015, a 9.96 percent increase year-over-year. The even better news for the gambling industry in the Silver…Read More

Macau Economy Finally Trending in Better Direction

Macau economy casino revenue Steve Wynn

The Macau economy has been in a two-year downward spiral and that trend continued in the second quarter of 2016. The Chinese special administrative region saw its gross domestic product (GDP) fall 7.1 percent. While that would be devastating news to most countries, in Macau a 7.1 percent decline is actually being viewed as a…Read More

Malta Daily Fantasy Sports License Coming Soon

Malta daily fantasy sports license Valery Bollier

A Malta daily fantasy sports (DFS) license will soon be offered through the island country’s Gaming Authority that classifies the online contests as skill-based competition and not games of chance. At present, DFS networks like DraftKings and FanDuel need to obtain standard internet gambling permits to commence operations in markets with regulated online gaming. Since…Read More

Caesars Awarded Critical Five-Week Shield From $13 Billion in Lawsuits

Caesars Entertainment Corp CEO Mark Frissora

Caesars Entertainment Corp. has been granted a five-week grace period before it must face numerous lawsuits being brought by creditors looking to sever ties with the once-robust casino company. US Northern District of Illinois Federal Judge Robert Gettleman ruled during an emergency court hearing in Chicago on Tuesday that Caesars can delay facing $13 billion…Read More

Pocono Casinos Enjoying Bountiful 2016 as Revenues Trend Up

Pocono casinos slot machines Mount Airy Mohegan Sun

The two Pocono casinos located in the mountainous northeastern Pennsylvania region are posting higher total revenues across their gambling floors in 2016. Mohegan Sun Pocono and Mount Airy Casino Resort are respectively up 1.62 percent and 2.87 percent through the first six months. Once again it’s the tried-and-true slots responsible for the gaming win increase….Read More

James Packer Sells Crown Resort Shares, Now Owns Less Than 50 Percent

James Packer Mariah Carey Crown Resorts sell off

Australian billionaire James Packer has sold 35 million shares of Crown Resorts for $338 million, in what’s the latest move by the gaming mogul to lessen his involvement with the Australian casino company he founded nearly a decade ago. Consolidated Press Holdings (CPH), Packer’s privately held investment trust, sold the 4.8 percent stake in Crown at…Read More

Alabama Lottery Vote Narrowly Passes State House, Governor Bentley Denies Secret Casino Plans

Alabama lottery bill Governor Robert Bentley

The Alabama lottery bill supported by Governor Robert Bentley (R) narrowly passed the State House of Representatives late Thursday night by a vote of 64-35. The tally of the 99 legislators squeaked by the 63 minimum vote requirement to pass the legislation to the Senate. It was the second poll of the day to move…Read More