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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.

GGG vs. Alvarez Ends in Controversial Draw, Delivers Knockout Blow to Nevada Sportsbooks

Gennady GGG Golovkin Canelo Alvarez

For most of Saturday night, Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez delivered at a sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas what boxing purists wanted to see. A marquee clash between two megastars captivated and entertained the 22,358 in attendance, and millions more watching on television. But then it ended after 12 rounds, and a controversial…Read More

Economic Uncertainty Returns to Macau as Beijing Escalates Anti-Corruption Drive

Casinos make up the Macau skyline

Macau’s economic rebound continues, and even appears to be typhoon-proof. But another ill-wind blew past the Cotai strip last week as analysts warned that Beijing had “escalated significantly” its anti-corruption campaign, injecting uncertainty into the casino resort industry in Macau. Analysts for investment research firm Bernstein noted on Thursday that a large increase in “anti-graft…Read More

NFL Ratings Fumble in Week One, Sports Betting Legalization Hyped as Solution

NFL ratings sports betting

NFL ratings were down 13 percent in week one of the regular football season compared to 2016, and supporters of ending sports betting prohibition in all but Nevada are arguing that liberalizing the industry would help stop the declining audience trend. NFL executives are blaming hurricanes Harvey and Irma for their dismal 2017 debut, saying…Read More

Big Bets Placed on Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez Gennady Golovkin boxing

Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez step into the ring at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night in Las Vegas, and sportsbooks in the city and around the state are beginning to take big wagers on the fight’s outcome. Several low six-figure bets have been placed in Sin City on the boxing match, with money relatively…Read More

JP Morgan Chief Calls Bitcoin a ‘Fraud’ That Will Crash Like 17th Century Tulips

Jamie Dimon predicts curtains for Bitcoin

Is Bitcoin a virtual bubble that’s about to burst, or a dependable safe haven that can withstand market turbulence and economic uncertainly? Opinion is unquestionably divided, but the head of one of the world’s biggest banks is emphatic that the digital currency that’s been skyrocketing up is certain to come crashing down. At a Barclay’s…Read More

With Hurricane Irma Now History, Florida Casinos Offer Locals Somewhere to Cool Off

Florida casinos Hurricane Irma

With five million southwest Florida residents still without power following the weekend ravages of Hurricane Irma, the state’s casinos may have a new marketing tool: air conditioning. As triple-digit temps and stultifying humidity cripple repair teams and residents alike, the lure of AC may be greater than even that of winning money. Not that casinos…Read More

Pennsylvania Budget Crisis Keeps Online Gambling Hopes Alive, Michigan Introduces Bill

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf waiting for the House to resolve his budget woes.

The Pennsylvania legislature is back in session this week, as lawmakers reconvene to resume squabbling about an ever-elusive budget agreement that could, eventually, legalize online gambling. Urgency is growing, though, as the state could go broke on Friday for the first time in its history. Treasurer Joe Torsella and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale have warned that…Read More

UK Bookies Stand to Lose £150 Million Per Year in Likely Outcome of FOBT Review

Bookies to take 150 million hit from FOBT review

UK bookmakers will take a £150 million annual hit as a result of the UK’s regulatory review into fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). That’s based on the most likely outcome of the review, which is expected to slash maximum stakes on the machines from £100 per spin to either £20 or £30, according to government sources…Read More

Cleveland Indians Win Streak Hits 20, Tribe Now World Series Favorites in Las Vegas

Cleveland Indians World Series odds

The Cleveland Indians had basically wrapped up their Tuesday night game against the Detroit Tigers after their leadoff hitter Francisco Lindor hit his 30th homerun of the season to take a 1-0 lead. It would be all the Tribe needed, as ace Corey Kluber pitched nine scoreless innings in route to the defending American League…Read More

Typhoon Hato Reveals Shortcomings in Government Attention to Macau Infrastructure

Macau infrastructure Typhoon Hato

The Macau government has been too conservative with its tax revenue when it comes to funding and improving infrastructure throughout the city. Last month’s Typhoon Hato and subsequent Tropical Storm Pakhar exposed the aging city, as bridges, business buildings, and residences in certain parts of the town had no answer for the powerful Category 3…Read More

Philippines to Begin Privatizing PAGCOR Properties in 2018

Philippines to sell off Pagcor casinos, says Dominguez

The Philippine government will begin the sale of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s (PAGCOR) 17 casinos to private operators early next year, but privatization could take several years, the country’s finance minister said this week. As the country’s casino sector booms, driven by an influx of Chinese tourism to the Philippines’s new, foreign-owned integrated resorts,…Read More

New York Takes Battle with Seneca Tribe over Payments, Exclusivity Rights to Arbitration

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

The Seneca Nation’s stand-off with the state of New York over exclusivity terms in the compact between the two is destined to go to arbitration. On Thursday, the state issued an 11-page demand for legally binding arbitration, as mandated by the 2002 agreement that governs their relationship. The Seneca had accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office…Read More

Galaxy Gaming Back in Nevada’s Good Graces Without Ousted CEO Saucier at Helm

Robert Saucier, ex-CEO of Galaxy Gaming

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) unanimously recommended approval of a license for casino games supplier Galaxy Gaming on Thursday, just two months after it was on the verge rejecting Galaxy’s bid over serious concerns about then-Chairman and CEO Robert Saucier, and his “train wreck” of an application. In July, the Las Vegas-based manufacturer of…Read More

CSGO Lotto Skin-Gambling Scam YouTubers Escape FTC Penalties, Despite Deceptive Practices

CSGO Lotto Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell no FTC fine

Two CSGO Lotto skin-betting site owners, who posed as US-based YouTubers blogging about their exploits without declaring that they actually owned the site, were spared fines by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this week. Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell would promote CSGO Lotto with videos bearing titles such as “How to Win $13,000 in…Read More

Casino Workers in Macau Protest Labor Conditions During Typhoon Hato

Galaxy Macau, site of worker protests

About 150 employees at the Galaxy Macau casino protested outside the Cotai Strip resort where they work on Tuesday, protesting work requirements during and after Typhoon Hato, while also demanding other improvements to labor conditions. The uncommon demonstration appears to have been sparked by Hato, a deadly storm that struck Macau in late August. Casino…Read More