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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.

Las Vegas in Running to Host 2020 NFL Draft, 2023 Super Bowl

Las Vegas NFL Draft Super Bowl

Las Vegas is on the shortlist to host the 2020 NFL Draft. If America’s gambling capital is selected, the event would coincide with the scheduled arrival of the Raiders franchise in Sin City. Las Vegas is one of five candidate cities for the 2019 and 2020 NFL Draft. The other nominees are Nashville, Cleveland/Canton, Kansas…Read More

Japanese Lawmakers Propose Restricting Casino Visits For Nationals

Lawmakers propose limiting visits to Japanese casinos

Lawmakers in Japan tasked with drawing up a framework of regulation for the country’s future casino market presented a plan on Thursday designed to restrict Japanese nationals’ exposure to gambling. Under the proposal, Japanese citizens and foreigners living in the country would be limited to three visits to casinos in one week and a maximum…Read More

River Rock VIP Manager Arranged Illegal Third-Party Cash Delivery for Gambler

River Rock Casino, British Columbia

Lisa Gao, the former director of VIP guest relations at British Columbia’s River Rock Casino, was deregistered by the Canadian province’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB) for arranging a third-party cash delivery for a high-rolling client. Gao’s actions were in direct violation of anti-money laundering laws (AML). Recent police and GPEB investigations suggest that…Read More

Pennsylvania Mini-Casino Back in Picture for Harley-Davidson Maker Springettsbury, Previously Opted Out

Springettsbury Pennsylvania mini-casino

In the tiny township of Springettsbury, the prospect of a Pennsylvania mini-casino, just a few months after being rejected, is getting a second look. City supervisors have pulled an about-face since nixing the possibility as recently as December. The small town only two weeks ago finalized plans to expand its existing fabrication, paint, and assembly facility…Read More

NCAA College Bracket Preview has Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, and Purdue No. 1 Seeds

Virginia College Basketball

The University of Virginia is the No. 1 ranked team and a member of the NCAA Selection Committee said they, along with Villanova, Xavier and Purdue are the current No. 1 seeds. Committee Chairman Bill Rasmussen released a preview of the top 16 teams on Sunday and said the Cavaliers would get the overall No….Read More

Jurors Hear Closing Arguments at ‘Skinny Joey’ Merlino Mob Boss Trial

"Skinny" Joey Merlino trial

It’s been a colorful week in the trial of alleged Philadelphia Mob boss “Skinny” Joey Merlino, as a jury in Manhattan heard the closing arguments on Tuesday. The celebrity gangster has spent over a decade in prison for illegal gambling, racketeering and extortion – but beat a murder wrap. He says he went straight years…Read More

Seminoles Expected to Offer Compact Proposal Before End of Week

Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen discusses Seminole compact

Florida lawmakers have been locked in negotiations with the powerful Seminole tribal operator this week, as they try to thrash out a new gaming compact. Senator Bill Galvano, leading the negotiations, told The News Service of Florida he believes the Seminoles could come back with a proposed deal this week. “I believe everyone left that…Read More

North Korea Online Gambling ‘Hacker Army’ Defector Describes Squalid Living Conditions

North Korea's hacker army defector reveals all

Being a foot soldier in the North Korea internet hacker army is a thankless job with no rewards, according to a defector from the Hermit Kingdom. Speaking to Bloomberg Business this week, the defector, known only as “Jong,” described his past life as a member of Kim Jong Un’s unit of cybercriminals, who were tasked…Read More

Connecticut Congressional Delegation Seeks Federal Probe of DOI Over Tribal Casino

Connecticut casino East Windsor DOI

Four members of the Connecticut congressional delegation have asked the US Inspector General to investigate the Department of the Interior (DOI) on the agency’s inaction in regards to the state’s proposed gaming compact amendments with its two Native American tribes. The request stems from a legislative effort passed last year and signed into law by…Read More

Fontainebleau to Morph Into The Drew Las Vegas By 2020

Fontainebleau to become Drew Las Vegas

The Drew Las Vegas could be the first new casino resort to rise on the Las Vegas Strip since the Cosmopolitan in 2010, if it beats Resorts World to the punch. Remodeled from the shiny blue wreck of the doomed Fontainebleau, The Drew will open in 2020, developers said Monday, a full 15 years after…Read More

Elaine Wynn Regains Control of Wynn Resort Shares in Aftermath of Ex-Husband’s Resignation

Steve and Elaine Wynn

Elaine Wynn — ex-wife of now-disgraced gaming tycoon Steve Wynn — is getting the last laugh in one of the most antagonistic post-divorce court fights in gaming history. The former couple, who founded Wynn Resorts in 2002 with Japanese pachinko billionaire Kazuo Okada, have been locked in a bitter legal feud over company shares for…Read More

Busy NBA Trade Deadline Shortens Warriors, Rockets Title Odds, Lengthens Cavaliers

NBA trade deadline odds

An unexpectedly busy NBA trade deadline on Thursday has altered title odds in Las Vegas, but sportsbooks believe the inaction of the defending champion Golden State Warriors only further solidifies their position as the favorites to win their third championship in four years. The struggling Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors’ foe that has battled Golden State…Read More

US Supreme Court PASPA Sports Betting Ban Overturn Decision Could Come as Soon as March 5, Experts Believe

Supreme Court sports betting PASPA

American states that have been foaming at the mouth to offer legal sports betting may be getting a decision sooner than they realized. Experts are now predicting that a SCOTUS determination on whether or not to overturn PASPA — the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 — could come as early as thirty days…Read More

Canadian Woman Suing Ex-Boyfriend Over $6.1 Million Lottery Win

Ontario Lotto Couple Lawsuit

A woman in Ontario has filed a statement of claim against her former boyfriend over a lottery jackpot that she says she should have half of. Denise Robertson filed the claim in a Windsor, Ontario court against her ex-boyfriend Maurice Thibeault on Monday. She’s hoping to get half of the C$6.1 million ($4.85 million) prize,…Read More

Poker Players Alliance Director John Pappas Leaving Lobbying Organization, Shepherded Online Poker Through Black Friday to Legalization

John Pappas PPA steps down

Poker Players Alliance (PPA) Executive Director John Pappas is leaving his post after almost a decade as the advocacy group’s top lobbyist. He will be succeeded by current vice president, Rich Muny. Pappas led the PPA, which lobbies for the interests of players and the online poker industry, through a tumultuous decade for the game,…Read More

Connecticut Casino Union Unsurprisingly Endorses MGM Bridgeport Proposal

casino union MGM Bridgeport Connecticut

Connecticut’s Unite Here casino union is speaking out in support of MGM Bridgeport, a proposed $675 million waterfront resort that would employ more than 2,000 people. That should come as little surprise, as the state’s powerful labor coalition is based in nearby New Haven. At a rally Tuesday night, Unite Here Local 35 President Bob…Read More

Las Vegas Resorts Score Big on US News & World Report’s 2018 Best Hotels List

Las Vegas casino resort rankings

Eleven Las Vegas resorts received “Gold Badges” in US News & World Report’s 2018 Best Hotels list, making it one of the best cities in the country for hospitality destinations. The distinction means these properties placed in the top 10 percent of the 2,194 hotels that scored high enough to be included in the rankings. US News…Read More

Lao Casino Kingpin Zhao Wei Denies US Treasury “Criminal Organization” Designation

Lao casino boss Zhou Wei

Notorious Lao casino operator Zhao Wei has publicly denied the the US Treasury Department’s assertion that his business empire constitutes a “transnational criminal organization.” The Chinese national, who owns the Kings Romans Casino in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone (GTSEZ) where Laos, Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) meet, has decried the US allegations as “a…Read More

2018 Super Bowl Most-Bet Game in NFL History With $158.58 Million Handle

2018 Super Bowl Nevada sportsbooks

The 2018 Super Bowl generated a record $158,586,934 handle at Nevada’s 198 sportsbooks, the most money ever placed on a NFL game in state history. But the Philadelphia Eagles upsetting the New England Patriots on Sunday night delivered a financial fumble to many casinos. Of the $158.58 million wagered, sportsbooks kept just $1,170,432. That represents…Read More

Malta Suspends Gaming License Linked to Benedetto Bacchi Mafia Bust

Benedetto Bacchi arrested by Italian police

Italian police have disrupted an illegal gambling operation with links to the Mafia that included an online gambling company owned by the country’s so-called “King of Betting,” Benedetto Bacchi. Bacchi, who was among 31 arrested late last week, had built a network of over 700 illegal betting shops throughout Italy, allegedly under the protection of…Read More

Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Win a Loss for Las Vegas Sportsbooks

Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl LII

The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions for the first time in franchise history. But the Birds’ 41-33 upset of the defending champion New England Patriots was a worst-case scenario for many Las Vegas sportsbooks. As the 2018 Super Bowl kicked off in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the consensus line had the Patriots spotting the Eagles 4.5…Read More

Court Sides with Gaming Industry in Landmark Australian Pokies Case

Australia pokies lawsuit

Crown Resorts and Aristocrat are breathing a sigh of relief after an Australian judge rejected claims by a former gambling addict that one of Aristocrat’s pokies (slot machines) was designed to deceive players. The Federal Court of Australia found that the popular poker machine Dolphin Treasure did not break any laws, despite claims by Shonica…Read More

South Korea Casino Kangwon Land to Reduce Hours After Winter Olympics

Kangwon Land casino Winter Olympics

South Korea casino resort Kangwon Land hopes to benefit from the Winter Olympics being held in nearby PyeongChang later this month. The international sporting spectacle officially begins next Friday, February 9, with the opening ceremonies. Following the conclusion of the Winter Games more than two weeks later on February 25, Kangwon Land will prepare for…Read More

As 2018 Super Bowl Nears, Oddsmakers Confident Patriots Prevail Over Eagles

Super Bowl odds Tom Brady

The 2018 Super Bowl kicks off this Sunday, February 4, at 6:30 pm ET at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Should Las Vegas oddsmakers and NFL experts have it right, when the game concludes, the New England Patriots will hoist the franchise’s sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Las Vegas Super Bowl spread has stabilized,…Read More

DraftKings Will ‘Go After’ Sports Betting, says CEO

DraftKings’ sports betting is on, says Jason Robins

It’s official: a DraftKings’ sports betting platform will happen if the US Supreme Court strikes down the federal ban later this year. CEO Jason Robins dropped the highly anticipated bombshell to the Associated Press on Thursday. DraftKings would “certainly be going after it,” he said. I think the Supreme Court – I’m hopeful – will…Read More