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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.

2018 Super Bowl Odds: Sportsbooks Seem Comfortable Giving Eagles 4.5 Points

Super Bowl odds Patriots Eagles

The 2018 Super Bowl is less than three days away, and oddsmakers in Nevada seem comfortable heading into kickoff with the New England Patriots spotting the Philadelphia Eagles 4.5 points. The spread opened with the underdogs being given as many as 6.5 points, the longest line of any Super Bowl team since 2009. But with…Read More

Delaware Legislature Mulls Tax Relief Plan to Save Its Three Casinos

Brian Bushwater

Delaware casinos are struggling and state lawmakers are debating a bill that would slash taxes in an effort to safeguard their futures. Senator Brian Bushweller (D-Dover) is the primary sponsor of SB 114, which proposes a tiered tax on slots revenues, instead of the blanket 43.5 percent casinos currently pay to the taxman. It would…Read More

Florida Legislature Introduces Two Competing Gambling Bills, More Stalemate Expected

Florida Legislature gambling Seminole compact

The Florida Legislature has been trying to determine its gambling future since the powerful Seminole Tribe’s compact expired in 2015. Two new legislative proposals that seek two entirely different goals might suggest that a conclusion will not be reached anytime soon. In the Florida House, a bill that has been passed by the chamber’s Tourism…Read More

Illinois Smoking Ban Has Not Damaged Casino Revenue, Study Claims

Illinois smoking ban no affect on casino industry revenues

The Illinois smoking ban was one of the first in the US to make commercial casinos completely smoke-free, but it hasn’t impacted their footfall or gambling revenues, according to a new study by the Bureau of Economic Research. But operators of the state’s riverboat casinos, which comprise its commercial casino sector, beg to differ. They…Read More

GGG vs. Alvarez Rematch Scheduled for May 5, Oddsmakers Hope for Different Ending

GGG vs Alvarez boxing odds

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez are coming to blows once again, as the two middleweight superstars are ready to jump back in the ring eight months after their controversial draw. Promoters for the two boxers announced the rematch will go down on May 5, Cinco de Mayo, at a site to be determined. HBO…Read More

Hawaii Illegal Gambling Defendants Sue Prosecutors Over ‘Vindictive’ Charges

Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro

In Hawaii, a sweepstakes machine supplier and a group of arcade owners, who were on the wrong end of the islands’ biggest ever gambling bust, are turning the tables on their accusers. The eight individuals are suing Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro and the City Council of Honolulu on the grounds that they were made…Read More

Macau’s VIP Junket Industry Shrinks for Fifth Consecutive Year

Macau junket industry shrinks again

While Macau’s casino market has well and truly rebounded from the 2014-16 economic slump, the junket industry, once the oil in its cogs, continues to decline. According to new figures from the enclave’s gambling regulator, DICJ, there are currently 109 licensed junkets operating in the market, representing a 13.5 percent fall from 126 a year…Read More

MGM China Stock Takes a Hit as MGM Cotai Opening Delayed Again

MGM Cotai opening delayed until February

MGM Cotai will not open in Macau on January 29, as scheduled, MGM China announced on Thursday. The news that the operator was pushing the date back to sometime “within the month of February” caused its stock to slip by 7 percent on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. According to the South China Morning Post,…Read More

PAGCOR Warns Government Officials to Avoid Casinos, Strict Penalties Announced

PAGCOR Philippines casinos gambling

PAGCOR (Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corporation) is joining forces with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to better regulate the entry of government officials into gambling venues throughout the country. Under a new presidential decree issued by President Rodrigo Duterte, casinos that are found to welcome government workers will face costlier fines and stricter penalties moving…Read More

British Columbia River Rock Casino VIP Director Blackballed Over Money Laundering Breaches

River Rock casino Richmond British Colombia

British Columbia’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch has banned the director of VIP gambler relations at the River Rock Casino in Richmond over repeated AML violations. The regulator confirmed to Canadian media network Postmedia this week that Lisa Gao, whose job it was to oversee the VIP gaming tables and meet and greet high-rollers at…Read More

Super Bowl Prop Bets Get Silly, Cover Everything From Olympic Gold Medals to LeBron James Points

Super Bowl prop bets Patriots Eagles

Super Bowl prop bets have been published at Las Vegas and online sportsbooks, and gamblers looking for the most exotic, perhaps absurd, betting opportunity on the big game are now in luck. The Westgate SuperBook released its prop bet smorgasbord last night, with roughly 400 lines for the taking. While most are dependent on what…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Profits Soar Thanks to Macau Resurgence

Sheldon Adelson Las Vegas Sands

The Las Vegas Sands Corp. announced that their net income rose 137.9 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2017, driving a full year of strong growth for the company. Overall, the firm’s income was up 68 percent for the year, rising to about $2.81 billion compared to $1.67 in the prior year. In the…Read More

Hard Times for City of Niagara Falls as Seneca Tribe Cuts Off Flow of Casino Payments

The Seneca Niagara may dominate the skyline of the City of Niagara Falls, NY, but it won’t be dominating its budget plans in 2018, according to city officials.

The City of Niagara Falls in New York is preparing a worst-case-scenario budget, working under the assumption that the revenue-share payments it usually receives as host community of the Seneca Nation’s Niagara Casino will not be forthcoming in 2018. The Senecas have withheld payments to the state, and by extension the city, for a year…Read More

Verizon Plots Entry into Future US Online Sports Betting Market

Verizon mulls US sports betting venture

Telecoms giant Verizon is gambling on the US Supreme Court legalizing sports betting, according to sources who confided in Bloomberg this week. The anonymous insiders claimed Verizon has been meeting with consultants to discuss the feasibility of entering the online sports betting space, should the opportunity become available in the US. Hopes are high that…Read More

Jack Cleveland and Cincinnati Casinos Building Electronic Gaming ‘Arenas’ Targeting Younger Crowds

Jack Cleveland electronic gaming arena

Jack Cleveland and Jack Cincinnati casinos are making substantial bets on the millennial. This week, Jack Entertainment, parent company to the two Ohio casinos, announced a self-described “revolutionary electronic table games arena” at both properties. The 2,000-square-foot spaces will each feature 28 electronic play stations that offer a variety of games including roulette, craps, blackjack…Read More

Japan Casinos Take Priority as Diet Opens for 2018, Abe Frames as Key Element to Build Tourism

Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the Diet on Monday with a speech that hinted that passage of Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill (IRIB) will be given high priority. The bill would create a regulatory framework for Japan’s casinos, and Abe said the move toward building them would advance Japan as a “tourism-oriented” country. The legislative…Read More

Eagles Fly Into Super Bowl as Biggest Underdog Since 2009, Patriots Favored by Nearly a Touchdown

Eagles Patriots odds Super Bowl LII

The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots will meet in Super Bowl LII at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4. One team is there for the fourth time in seven years, and looks to defend its ownership of the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Then there’s the Eagles, a team that hasn’t played in the…Read More

PGA Tour Members Tee-Off on ‘Laughable’ Sports Integrity Program

PGA Tour Integrity Program

As the PGA Tour gets back into full swing with complete fields, players are being forced to watch an anti-gambling video prior to teeing off in their first tournament in 2018. Some of their reviews on the video have been less than favorable. The PGA Tour’s Integrity Program, which was announced last fall and officially…Read More

Trout Reels in Largest MLB Salary, Angels Improve World Series Odds

Mike Trout

Mike Trout is finding out it’s nice to be the biggest fish in the pond. The Los Angeles Angels outfielder is now the highest paid player in Major League Baseball and will earn $34 million next season. His team also improved their chances to win the World Series. They opened as a 50-1 selection to…Read More

Wynn Macau VIP Dealer and Uncle in Custody, Implicated in $6.1 Million Chip Heist

Wynn Macau casino heist arrests

Two days after a major theft of more than $6 million in casino chips by a dealer at the Wynn Macau, authorities reportedly have their man in custody. And along with him, an uncle who appears to have tried to benefit from the crime as well. Announcement of the arrests came during a special press…Read More

Florida Casino Boat Entices New Guests with Freebies and Discounts Days After Deadly Fire

Florida casino boat fire Tropical Breeze

The Florida casino boat Tropical Breeze is back open for business less than four days after its shuttle vessel that previously carried patrons from port to the floating casino caught fire and led to the death of one person. The horrific event took place during the casino’s Sunday night departure on Jan. 14. All 50…Read More

Abu Dhabi Favorite Dustin Johnson Stumbles in First Round

Dustin Johnson

He was installed as the 9-2 favorite at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship but a lackluster 72 in the first round put him six shots behind the leaders on Thursday. It was the first round in the last five that he didn’t post an under-par score. Because of his even par in the opening round…Read More

Wynn Macau VIP Dealer in $6.1 Million Casino Chip Heist Still at Large, Police Arrest Three for Releasing Information

Macau casino heist Wynn

The theft of $6.1 million in gaming chips from the Wynn Macau on Tuesday is being attributed by local authorities to a male VIP room dealer at the casino, who remains at large. Judiciary Police have already made other arrests in relation to the robbery, however. Three locals were taken into custody for sharing confidential…Read More

Industry-Backed Fantasy Sports Bill Under Consideration in Nebraska

Nebraska fantasy sports bill

Lawmakers in Nebraska are debating the merits of a bill that would add new regulations to daily fantasy sports sites, a move that is supported by industry leaders such as DraftKings and FanDuel. The bill, introduced by State Senator Tyson Larson (R-O’Neill), would add regulations to sites that are already openly operating within the state….Read More

Las Vegas Mass Shooting Investigation Takes a New Turn, Metro May File Charges

Las Vegas mass shooting charges

Up until recently, the public has been told that Las Vegas mass shooting gunman Stephen Paddock acted alone the night of October 1 when he fired on a huge crowd below from his 32nd story Mandalay Bay suite. But in court this week, lawyers for the city’s Metro Police Department revealed criminal charges could be…Read More