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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.

Professional Poker Players Chime in on Democratic National Convention

Daniel Negreanu professional poker players.

Professional poker players make a living playing a game millions of people love. In between grinding poker games, many of them find some time to give their two cents on politics. The recently completed Democratic National Convention drew some attention from the poker world. For one, the Democrats tend to be liberal on online poker…Read More

Atlantic City Once Again Important Talking Point for Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump Atlantic City Hillary Clinton

Atlantic City is a 17-square-mile beachfront resort town home to less than 40,000 residents, but it’s quickly becoming a key talking point in the 2016 presidential election. Exactly one week after Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president, Hillary Clinton did the same with the Democrats. Trump built up his business background during his…Read More

Pennsylvania Casinos See Their Taxes Increased, Sheldon Adelson’s Sands Bethlehem Suffers Most

Pennsylvania casinos table game taxes Sands Bethlehem

Pennsylvania casinos will soon begin paying higher taxes on revenues generated at their tables. Lawmakers in Harrisburg continue to look for new sources of income to bridge a $1 billion budget gap in the state’s spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, and gambling is enemy #1. The Republican-controlled legislature recently approved increasing taxes on…Read More

Donald Trump’s Atlantic City Record Attacked on Day One of Democratic National Convention

Donald Trump 2016 Michelle Obama Atlantic City

Donald Trump spent a quarter-century owning businesses in Atlantic City. Throughout the course of his campaign, the billionaire Republican Party nominee has repeatedly trumpeted his success in the east coast gambling mecca. “I made a lot of money in Atlantic City and left seven years ago, great timing,” Trump tweeted earlier this month. After a…Read More

Saudis Deny Fatwa Against Pokémon Go Has Been Reissued

Pokemon Go Saudi fatwa denied

Rest easy, Pokémon Go fans in the United Arab Emirates. The Saudi government has quelled the horrific rumor that you might not be able to play the game you love. All is right with the world. The game that has grabbed the minds and bodies of people everywhere, from the Las Vegas Strip to UK bookmakers…Read More

Manny Pacquiao Ending Retirement, Floyd Mayweather Rematch Rumored for 2017

Manny Pacquiao comeback Floyd Mayweather

Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement after beating Timothy Bradley in April, his 58th professional boxing win against just six losses. Three months later, the Filipino boxing great already has the itch to re-enter the ring. The political arena in the United States is offering up plenty of drama and theatrics. But for Pacquiao, who has…Read More

GOP Online Gambling Ban Stance Reversed, Nominee Trump Makes Acceptance Speech

Donald Trump RNC online gambling stance reversal

The GOP online gambling stance may not have been the most compelling issue of a very heated and contentious presidential campaign. But news that the Republican Party has now reversed a previous push to ban Internet gambling at the federal level should nonetheless be welcome to Americans who like to gamble on their laptops and…Read More

RNC Bad for JACK Cleveland Casino Next to Convention, Say Gaming Execs

JACK Cleveland Casino RNC revenues Donald Trump Jr.

You might think the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week would be a boon for local businesses. But according to some casino executives at the neighboring JACK Cleveland Casino (coincidentally owned by Quickens Loans Arena owner Dan Gilbert), that’s not at all the case. The JACK Cleveland Casino plays an integral role in the…Read More

Interpol Arrests Over 4,000 Individuals Involved in Illegal Betting During Euro 2016 Football Tournament

Interpol soccer sports betting arrests Euro 2016

Interpol arrested more than 4,100 individuals and seized some $13.6 million from illegal sports gambling rings during this summer’s 2016 UEFA European Championship (Euro 2016). The international law enforcement agency revealed on July 18 that it carried out two operations during the month-long football tournament. Dubbed “Operation SOGA VI” and “Aces,” the two stings involved…Read More

Brazil Sports Betting Promoted by Interim President, Won’t Come in Time for Olympics

Brazil sports betting Michel Temer

Brazil sports betting is currently confined to unregulated offshore websites catering to the country’s residents. Interim President Michel Temer wants to change that by creating a state-run online sports betting platform. According to Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, Temer’s administration is looking at sports betting as one possible way to help overcome the country’s recent…Read More

Pokémon Go Investors Betting on Nintendo, Gamblers Betting on Lines

Pokémon Go Nintendo app Las Vegas

Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm, and casinos are ready to cash in on the Nintendo app’s runaway success. Based on the popular franchise that debuted in 1996, Pokémon Go features augmented reality (AR) gameplay that challenges users to capture Pokémon and train them for battle. Pokémon appear throughout the world, and players chase the characters through…Read More

Steve Wynn Backs Las Vegas Raiders as Projected Stadium Cost Balloons

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Steve Wynn wants to see NFL football played on Sundays in Las Vegas. TMZ recently caught up with the Wynn Resorts billionaire in Los Angeles who told the celebrity news outlet that he’s working hard to bring the Oakland Raiders franchise to Sin City. “I don’t think any city is better suited for a team,”…Read More

MGM Attacks Connecticut with Defense Bill

MGM Resorts attempts to block Connecticut casino via federal defense bill

MGM Resorts is currently engaged in a legal battle with Connecticut over the state’s plans to authorize a tribal satellite casino just across the border from MGM’s proposed $950 million resort in Massachusetts. The casino giant is suing the State of Connecticut, arguing that the sanctioning of the proposed Indian casino outside sovereign land violates…Read More

North Korea Online Gambling Enterprises Gross Over $800 Million Despite Country’s Strict Anti-Gambling Laws

North Korea online gambling Kim Jong-un

Accessing North Korea online gambling websites from within the borders of the totalitarian dictatorship state is an offense punishable by death. But that isn’t stopping leader Kim Jong-un’s government in Pyongyang from capitalizing off the illegal market. According to Korea Institute of Liberal Democracy Director Yu Dong-yeol, North Korea is operating numerous Internet gambling websites…Read More

Clinton Denounces Trump in Front of Bankrupt Trump Plaza in Atlantic City

Clinton Disses Trump in Atlantic City

Hillary Clinton hit the boardwalk in Atlantic City on Wednesday to denounce what she called Donald Trump’s legacy of “multiple bankruptcies,” “stiffing contractors,” and “hundreds of job losses” in the resort gambling town. The backdrop of the shuttered, bankrupt Trump Plaza served, in the eyes of the Clinton camp, as the perfect metaphor for a…Read More

China Gambling Laws Bypassed By Prediction Betting Markets

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China’s gambling laws are some of the strictest in the world, but like most legal statutes, there’s a loophole for those looking hard enough. China’s Criminal Law states, “Whoever for the purpose of profit gathers people to engage in gambling, runs a gambling house or makes gambling his profession shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment…Read More

E-Sports YouTubers Grilled Over Skin Gambling Videos

Trevor Martin and Tom Casell, YouTubers in Skin Gambling Scandal

The world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) skin gambling is in the spotlight again this week after it emerged that two YouTube e-sports stars had been promoting a betting site on their YouTube channels without clearly declaring they were the owners of the site. Trevor Martin and Tom Cassell, known to their fans as “TmarTn”…Read More

Kevin Durant Joins Golden State Warriors and Realigns 2016-17 NBA Odds

Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry

Kevin Durant is headed west to Golden State. The 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player and the most prized free agent in 2016 is joining the team that eliminated his Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals in May. Though technically LeBron James is also a free agent, it’s largely presumed he’ll resign with his…Read More

Donald Trump Campaign Hires Las Vegas Sands Relative Michael Abboud as Communications Coordinator

Donald Trump campaign Michael Andy Abboud

Donald Trump is preparing his campaign for the final stage in winning the White House in November over Hillary Clinton. This week the Republican nominee announced the hiring of three key positions, and the most notable revelation to the gambling community is the employing of Michael Abboud. Abboud is the nephew of Andy Abboud, the…Read More

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Bill Passed by House Floor

Pennsylvania House Passes Online Gambling

Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives passed legislation yesterday (June 28) that would authorize and regulate online casino, online poker, and DFS. The vote, which was won narrowly, by a majority of 114 to 85, means that Pennsylvania is closer to legalizing online gambling than any state has been since Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey opted to…Read More

Northwest Indiana Casinos Deliver $1.7 Billion in Payments to Local Governments

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Northwest Indiana casinos are playing a vital role in the region’s overall economy. Since the area’s first of four riverboats opened in 1996, the commercial casinos have provided $1.7 billion in revenues to local governments. Casinos are still viewed by many as a sin tax industry, not unlike alcohol and cigarettes. But Northwest Indiana wants…Read More

Valve Sued for Facilitating Underage Gambling

Valve sued for underage gambling

Valve, owner of the Steam online games distribution platform and creator of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) video game series, is being sued for allegedly facilitating unregulated, underage gambling. The suit, filed on behalf of Connecticut resident Michael John McLeod, accuses the video games giant of knowingly permitting an illegal online gambling market to…Read More

USFantasy Sports Approved by Nevada Gaming Commission

USFantasy Sports daily fantasy sports

The USFantasy Sports pari-mutuel betting system developed by Las Vegas gaming veteran Vic Salerno has been approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission. The unanimous vote in support returns daily fantasy sports contests to the Silver State, albeit in a refurbished arrangement. USFantasy will greatly differ from DraftKings and FanDuel, the two DFS market leaders. Instead…Read More

Pennsylvania Online Poker Combined with DFS

Payne Online Gaming Bill Added to DFS in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s bid to regulate online gambling will be attached to the state’s DFS regulation, a fact that poker players are hoping might be enough to carry it over the line. Equally important, the newly combined gambling reforms have avoided the addition of a controversial proposal to expand video gaming terminals (VGT) into bars and restaurants….Read More

Did Brexit Referendum Cause Bitcoin Plunge?

Bitcoin crash blamed on Brexit referendum

Even as the Brexit referendum votes are being tallied, it seems that anticipation and anxiety over the outcome has influenced more than just the stock markets. Cryptocurrency Bitcoin has nosedived almost 25 percent over the last few days, having spiked last week at its highest value in several years. And it’s all Brexit’s fault, apparently….Read More