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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.

State and Seminoles at Impasse, Efforts to Expand Florida Gambling Collapse

Florida gambling compromise Seminoles

Legislation in Florida that seemed to be moving swiftly toward a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s gambling landscape came to a screeching halt on Tuesday. With differences between the House and Senate gaming bills too great to find common ground before the Legislature’s close on May 5, gambling in the state will see no changes, at…Read More

Macau Will Return to 2013 Peak, Says Lawrence Ho

Lawrence Ho Bullish on Macau

Lawrence Ho is upbeat about Macau. In an interview this week with Bloomberg TV, the Melco International chairman and CEO described himself as “extremely bullish” on the enclave’s prospects, adding that he believed the economy would return to its 2013 peak within a matter of years. His words came as the gambling hub reported its…Read More

Poland Expands Online Gambling Blacklist, Squeezing out Legit Operators

Poland gambling laws and taxes.

Poland’s list of unacceptable online gambling operators is getting longer. So is the list of companies exiting the market in the face of a punishing new tax structure that makes applying for a license undesirable. The Ministry of Finance in Poland added a host of new names to its Illegal Domains Register on Friday, including notable…Read More

US Solicitor General Rumored to Advise Supreme Court to Deny New Jersey Sports Betting Appeal

solicitor general New Jersey sports betting

The Office of the US Solicitor General is rumored be readying to advise the United States Supreme Court to deny New Jersey’s sports betting appeal. Acting US Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall, who is serving in the position until President Donald Trump’s nominee Noel Francisco is confirmed by Congress, is tasked with advising the country’s high court…Read More

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte and President Donald Trump to Meet, While Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval Can’t Get Face Time

Rodrigo Duterte Donald Trump invite

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has been called the “Donald Trump of the East” by certain media outlets, and now the two controversial leaders are set to meet face-to-face in Washington, DC. President Trump and Duterte spoke at length during a phone call on Saturday, with the main topic being the importance of strengthening the alliance between…Read More

Bay Area Native Tom Hanks Upset Over Oakland Raiders’ Move to Las Vegas

Tom Hanks Oakland Raiders Las Vegas

Celebrated A-lister Tom Hanks is one of America’s most cherished Hollywood talents. He’s entertained moviegoers for decades, but when it comes to his own entertainment, Hanks says he won’t be tuning in for Raiders football games once the franchise relocates to Las Vegas. There’s no crying in baseball, as Hanks’ character Jimmy Dugan so memorably said in…Read More

English Premier League’s Joey Barton Banned from Soccer for Gambling Offenses

Joey Barton banned from soccer for gambling

English Premier League star and Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has been banned from soccer for 18 months after admitting gambling on games. At 34, already long-in-the-tooth for a soccer player, the ban handed down by English soccer’s governing body, the FA, on Wednesday is likely to end his career. Barton, a controversial and divisive figure…Read More

March Madness Scores Slam Dunk for Nevada Casinos, Gaming Revenue Jumps 7.5 Percent

March Madness Nevada casino revenue

March Madness dished Nevada casinos a strong monthly revenue performance, as betting on the men’s NCAA basketball tournament reached new highs and provided sportsbooks with a record take. Statewide, Nevada’s casinos collected $991 million in gaming win during March, a 7.5 percent increase on the same month in 2016. The Strip saw its bottom line…Read More

Florida Gambling Expansion Negotiations Underway, House Prepared to Compromise

Florida House prepared to compromise on gambling expansion

Florida has been ranked 41st out of 50 in a new survey on the America’s most “gambling addicted” states, making it one of the “least addicted” in the country. This was music to the ears of the Orlando Sentinel this week, which has at last found a reason to feel positive about being Floridian, while…Read More

Carl Icahn Seeking Property Tax Refunds for His Atlantic City Resorts

Carl Icahn Atlantic City property tax appeal

Billionaire Carl Icahn wants to pay less tax on his Atlantic City properties. That likely won’t sit well with local officials in New Jersey, nor the thousands of workers who were laid off as a result of his closing of the Trump Taj Mahal last fall. Icahn challenging the valued assessments of the Tropicana, shuttered…Read More

Mohegan Sun Limo Driver Who Crashed Vehicle Denied Sovereign Immunity by US Supreme Court

Mohegan Sun limo driver no immunity rules US Supreme Court

A Mohegan Sun limo driver involved in a crash on I-95 outside the Mohegan tribe’s sovereign lands may not claim sovereign immunity, the US Supreme Court ruled this week. Driver William Clarke allegedly plowed into the back of another car while ferrying customers from the Connecticut casino to their homes almost four years ago. The…Read More

Philippines Online Gaming Operators No Longer Welcomed Inside State-Sponsored Economic Zones

Philippines online gaming PAGCOR PEZA Duterte

Philippines online gambling companies that are currently occupying millions of square feet of office space in the country’s state-sponsored economic zones will no longer be welcomed. This week, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Charito Plaza issued an advisory to building owners that they shouldn’t accept new leases from iGaming operators, and must not…Read More

Irish Criminals Launder Money Through Bookmakers in Absence of Regulator

Irish criminals launder money through bookies, says Collins

The Republic of Ireland’s lack of a bona fide gambling regulator is allowing criminals to launder and hide funds through bookmakers. That’s the verdict of Fianna Fail politician Niall Collins, TD for Limerick county, who declared this week that money-laundering had become a “serious problem” in Ireland and that the absence of a regulatory body…Read More

Niagara Fallsview Casino Theatre Proposal Would Block Views of Falls

Niagara Fallsview Casino theatre proposal

The Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort puts slots and table games just steps from the most famous falls in North America, but a proposed 5,000-seat theatre being considered by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission (OLG) is being panned by city officials and neighboring hotels. Owned by the OLG, the Niagara Fallsview Casino sits just north…Read More

Melco-Hard Rock’s Cyprus Casino Awaits Lift Off, Full Approval Imminent

Melco-Hard Rock proposed Euro Casino, Cyprus

A Melco-Hard Rock consortium is set to bring casinos to the Republic of Cyprus. On Friday, Cyprus’ Tourism Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis announced the evaluation process was complete, and, pending ratification by the country’s cabinet, work will soon begin on the construction of a $550 million “Euro Casino” resort in the city of Limassol. It will…Read More