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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.

PASPA Repeal Odds Lengthen, Supreme Court Sports Betting Decision Could Come Monday: States’ Rights at Issue

SCOTUS PASPA Sports betting decision 2018

PASPA — the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that has kept all but four grandfathered US states from offering legal sports betting for the past 26 years — could possibly be overturned sometime Monday by the US Supreme Court, if a decision determining whether the federal sports betting ban violates the US Constitution is…Read More

Caesars CEO Mark Frissora Visits Japan, Company Presents Two Integrated Resort Concepts

Caesars Mark Frissora Japan

Caesars Entertainment CEO Mark Frissora is in Japan this week trying to solicit support for his company to land an integrated casino resort license in the island nation. According to Asia Gaming Brief, Frissora, along with other company executives, met Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui and Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura to discuss their casino resort strategy. Caesars…Read More

March Opening Weekend Madness at Las Vegas Sportsbooks

Las Vegas sportsbooks March Madness

Finding a seat at a Las Vegas sportsbook might be difficult this weekend, as March opens up with a busy slate of various sporting events taking place around the Valley. And that’s expected to attract more than 150,000 fans to Sin City. NASCAR will hold three races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the NHL’s Vegas…Read More

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe Fights to Keep Texas Electronic Bingo Venue Open, State Pushes for Shutdown and Fines

Alabama- Coushatta bingo battle

In the long-simmering legal battle between the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and the State of Texas, nobody is backing down. And despite losing a key ruling in February, a judge has now allowed the tribe to appeal that decision, which will affect the future of its Naskila Gaming facility on the tribal reservation north of Houston. On one…Read More

Las Vegas Casino Resort Fees Rise at MGM, Station Properties, as Guests Pick Up Tab for Expected Wage Increases

Jim Murren’s MGM to raise resorts fees

Resort fees, those mysterious charges that casinos slyly add onto your hotel room bill, are going up again in Las Vegas. Beginning Thursday, March 1, certain MGM Resorts and Station Casinos properties will hike up their resort fees, taking a cue from Caesars Entertainment, which raised its own rates at the beginning of February The…Read More

SJM Holdings Net Profit Plunges 16 Percent in 2017, as Macau Market Share Continues to Decline

SJM Holdings revenue Casino Lisboa

SJM Holdings delivered less profit to shareholders in 2017, with the company saying in its year-end financial report that earnings per share fell 15.6 percent. The casino company credits its continuing loss of market share in Macau for the drop. As of December 31, SJM owned 279 VIP gaming tables, 36 less than it did…Read More

Judge Dismisses Casino Owner’s Claim in $3 Million High-Stakes Poker Feud

Leon Tsoukernik case against Jason Kirk dismissed

A Czech casino owner who lost $3 million in a drunken heads-up match to Australian high-stakes poker player Matthew Kirk had his claim thrown out by a Nevada judge on Tuesday. Facing a lawsuit from Kirk, Leon Tsoukernik countersued claiming the Aria Las Vegas had conspired with Kirk to ply him with booze and take…Read More

OK’d in Oklahoma: State’s Sports Betting Bill Clears First Hurdle

Oklahoma sports betting bill clears hurdle

An Oklahoma sports betting bill that would also expand tribal gaming to include non-house-banked table games cleared an important legislative hurdle on Monday evening. The Oklahoma House of Representatives Appropriations and Budget Committee approved HB 3375 by a healthy 18-8 margin. As well as authorizing the table games, the bill would legalize parimutuel sports wagering…Read More

Jeju Shinhwa World Casino Begins Games of Another Kind in South Korea, Just as Winter Olympics Wrap Up

Jeju Shinhwa World casino opens

At the newly opened Jeju Shinhwa World Casino, 300 miles to the south of the Winter Olympics that just finished up in Pyeonchang on Sunday, a whole new set of games are ready to pit opponents against one another. This time, it’s the classic battle of gambler vs. the house, with the latter in this case…Read More

Tiger Woods Masters Odds Shorten Following Strong Performance at Honda Classic

Masters odds Tiger Woods

The Masters odds on Tiger Woods donning his fifth green jacket in April are now at 16/1 at Las Vegas’ Westgate SuperBook. That’s the seventh-shortest line of any player. Following a strong performance at The Honda Classic where Woods finished 12th with rounds of 70-71-69-70, oddsmakers are shortening Tiger’s line as his game seemingly progresses…Read More

Showboat Atlantic City Could Reopen, But as What Still Up in the Air

Showboat Atlantic City Bart Blatstein

New Showboat Atlantic City owner Bart Blatstein has taken the first steps towards obtaining a casino license from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE). But whether or not he’s up to the task of running a venue that had failed in the past is up for discussion. During an interview this week with…Read More

Fitch Ratings Upgrades Macau 2018 GGR Forecast Following Strong January

Fitch Ratings Macau gross gaming revenue

Fitch Ratings now expects Macau gross gaming revenue (GGR) to grow 13 percent in 2018. That’s a two percent increase on earlier forecasts, which called for an 11 percent hike on last year’s $33.2 billion haul. Fitch senior gaming analyst Alex Bumazhny said more luxury room capacity, predominantly on the Cotai Strip, is the leading…Read More

Futuristic Las Vegas Concert Venue MSG Sphere Waits for FAA Clearance for 2020 Takeoff

MSG Las Vegas Sphere

Madison Square Garden and Las Vegas Sands have a proposal to bring a giant futuristic spherical glass arena to the city of Las Vegas, and they’re eager to get the ball rolling, but first they need approval from the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA). Representatives of the two companies told the Clark County Commission on Wednesday…Read More

Shareholder Lawsuits Pile Up Against Wynn Resorts

Wynn Resorts lawsuits

Wynn Resorts’ board could be facing an avalanche of legal action from disgruntled shareholders, angered by its apparent failure to keep the alleged behavior of its disgraced former chairman and CEO in check. Lawsuits were beginning to mount this week, as a class action suit in New York joined two shareholder derivative suits filed in…Read More

Maine Tribes Want Right to Open Casinos Without State Permission

Maine Indian tribes casinos

Indian tribes in Maine are hoping to gain the ability to open casinos in the state without first seeking state approval. In order to do so, they hope to get a legislative order from the Maine House of Representatives that would ask the state’s Supreme Judicial Court whether that is possible under state law. The…Read More