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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.

Miami Beach Pushes Back Against Casinos, Approves Two Ordinances to Block Gambling

Miami Beach casino Florida gambling

Miami Beach is going to make it extremely difficult for a casino to take a foothold in the coastal island city. Late last week in a special meeting, the city commission voted unanimously in favor of two ordinances that would ban all future efforts to get gambling into Miami Beach. Though politicians in Tallahassee failed to…Read More

Dana White Gives Conor McGregor Sunday Deadline for Floyd Mayweather Fight

Dana White UFC Mayweather vs. McGregor

UFC President Dana White is growing tired of dealing with the potential Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight. Appearing this week on CBS Sports Radio’s “The Jim Rome Show,” White told listeners that he’s losing patience in trying to find terms suitable to the two large personalities. The hyped clash has generated tons of press…Read More

Midwest Casino Revenues Dip in April amid Waning Interest in Slots

Greektown casino in Detroit

Monthly revenue reports are in, and casinos in both Detroit and Northwest Indiana saw declines for April compared to the same month last year. Officials say they are hoping this is just a blip not a trend. In April, regional casino customers gambled $668.5 million, down from $698.5 a year ago. Table game play was…Read More

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Deadline Forces Lease Talks to Accelerate

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium

With the Raiders wanting to move into their new stadium by 2020, the first step is negotiating a lease between the team and the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, and has been sped up to meet a self-imposed May 23 deadline. The NFL Owners would like the paperwork completed for the deal in less than two…Read More

Adelson Eyes Rio de Janeiro for $8 Billion Resort, Once Brazil Legalizes Gambling

Sheldon Adelson heads to Brazil to explore casino investment opportunities.

American casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson visited high-ranking officials in Brazil this week, fueling speculation about his plans for an $8 billion casino resort in South America. Gambling is mostly illegal throughout Brazil, but talks about changing the laws have gained momentum, with public officials seeing potential casino investment as a possible solution to the nation’s…Read More

Did Chinese Authorities Launch Massive DDoS Attacks on Hong Kong Online Gambling Sites?

Hong Kong online gambling sites targeted by DDoS attackers

Scores of online gambling websites based in Hong Kong were battered by a wave of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in the week of April, according to US-based Arbor Security, which monitors the web for DDoS attack data. Between April 6 and 13, hackers apparently based in China flooded the bandwidth of countless gambling…Read More

Ex-Amaya Chief Allegedly Tangled in Illegal New York State Governor’s Campaign Donation Scandal

Steven Pigeon helps David Baazov make illegal campaign contribution, allegedly

More trouble is swirling around former Amaya CEO and chairman David Baazov. An FBI complaint, unsealed in a New York federal court on Monday, ostensibly outed Baazov as the person behind an illegal foreign campaign contribution. New York political operative Steven Pigeon appeared before a judge over felony charges for election interference, regarding the 2014…Read More

Crown Resorts Initiates Complete Withdrawal from Macau, Sells Remaining Shares to Melco International

Crown Resorts Sells all Shares in Melco Crown

Crown Resorts will divest itself of its remaining shares in Melco Resorts and Entertainment, the company that was, until last month, known as Melco Crown. The move completes James Packer’s total withdrawal from Macau. The news comes almost exactly one year after Packer’s Crown Resorts made the shock decision to cut its stake in the…Read More

Sports Bettor Billy Walters’ Legal Team Files Appeal on Insider Trading Conviction

Billy Walters insider trading case appeal

It was a bet noted sports gambler Billy Walters said he was surprised he lost, but on Friday he doubled down, instructing his lawyers to file an appeal on his insider trading conviction. His attorneys believe they have a compelling argument for a new trial, saying in court papers that a device authorities called the…Read More

Catholic Priest Pleads Guilty to Fleecing the Flock to Fund Gambling Lifestyle

Monsignor William Dombrow pleads guilty to embezzlement

A Catholic cleric with a penchant for high-stakes gambling and the renowned pop-jazz orchestra Philly Pops has admitted to embezzling over half a million dollars from the Philadelphia priests’ retirement home where, as rector, he undertook administrative duties. A penitent Monsignor William Dombrow confessed to his sins in front of a federal judge on Thursday,…Read More

Thai Lottery Player Attacked by Killer Bees Discovers True Meaning of “Gambling Sting”

Bee swarm Thai lottery player

A superstitious Thai lottery contender, who believed he could mystically divine winning numbers from a giant bees’ nest, is slowly recovering in the hospital, after learning the hard way that there’s no fast track to getting rich. To Bee or Not to Bee The man, from Thailand‘s northeastern province of Khorat, learned that giant bees’…Read More

Alanis Morissette’s Manager Gets Six Years for Stealing Millions, Blames Gambling Addiction

Former Alanis Morissette manager Jonathan Schwartz imprisoned

Alanis Morissette may be reflecting that it’s a little ironic that her business manager, Jonathan Schwartz, a man who was supposed to keep her affairs in order and manage her money, ended up pilfering all her cash and causing havoc. On Wednesday, Schwartz, 47, was sentenced to six years in prison for stealing over $7…Read More

Connecticut Lawmakers Wrestle with Plans for Third Casino in Face of Budget Woes

Connecticut casino East Windsor MGM Springfield

Two competing proposals for casino expansion in Connecticut have lawmakers in Hartford wrestling with which option presents the best odds of helping alleviate state budget concerns. In a meeting earlier this week of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, lawmakers considered arguments from casino interests representing the tribes in Connecticut and outside corporations as…Read More

BGO.com Fined Six Figures for Ad Violations in Landmark UKGC Ruling

BGO.com fined by UKGC

BGO Entertainment became the first online gambling company to be sanctioned and fined under the UK Gambling Commission’s new social responsibility code this week. The online casino operator, which has a strong brand presence in the UK market, thanks to a TV ad campaign fronted by Verne Troyer, best-known as Austin Powers’ “Mini-Me,” was accused…Read More

Hope for Crown Resorts Employees Caged in China, Charges Could be “Low Level”

Jason O’Connor, Crown Resorts’ VP of VIP operations, arrested in China

Fourteen Crown Resorts employees arrested in China, who have languished since October without charges in a grim detention center in Shanghai, have at last been presented with a glimmer of hope. According to the Australian Financial Review, the police investigation into the “gambling-related crimes,” of which the 14 are suspected, is now complete and the…Read More