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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.

Cryptocurrencies Pose Regulatory Risk for Casinos in Asia, Says Ex-Police Chief 

Former Hong Kong police chief Steve Vickers

Cryptocurrencies are bad news for Asia’s casinos and gaming companies that flirt with them should expect a regulatory backlash from Beijing and other governments. That’s the lowdown from Steve Vickers, the former commander of the Royal Hong Kong Police criminal intelligence bureau, and now the head of his own specialist risk mitigation, corporate intelligence, security…Read More

Casino Audit Finds Lots of ‘Housewives’ and ‘Students’ Gambling at High Stakes Tables

BC casinos money laundering

Who knew so many high-stakes gamblers made their livings as a “student” or “housewife”? As part of an effort to snuff out money laundering by organized crime, a review of casino finances found that these two occupations made up an unusually large portion of high rollers in British Columbia, leaving BC’s attorney general to question where…Read More

Extreme FOBT Max Bet Reduction Not So Bad, Says Study, But Betting Industry Still Balks

UK Minister for Culture Media and Sport, Nick Hancock

An impending fixed-odds betting terminal max bets crackdown in the UK would not have quite the crippling impact on the bookmaking industry, and by extension, government tax coffers, as has been previously suggested, according to new research. A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) comes as the country’s Department for Culture, Media…Read More

Cyprus Casino Expected to Contribute More Than $800 Million to Eastern Mediterranean Island Economy

Cyprus casino economy

The major casino resort being built on the island nation of Cyprus is expected to add $838 million to the country’s economy each year beginning in 2022. That’s according to Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, who says the project, now known as City of Dreams Mediterranean, is expected to be one of the largest in Europe upon…Read More

Novomatic Finalizes Purchase of Controlling Interest in Ainsworth Game Technology

Ainsworth Novomatic acquisition

Australian casino manufacturer Novomatic has taken a controlling interest in Australian slot machine developer Ainsworth Game Technology, acquiring a 52 percent stake in the company. The takeover comes following a Friday announcement by the two firms that they had received all of the necessary regulatory approvals to complete the acquisition. The relatively complex deal was…Read More

Georgia’s Jake Fromm Early Favorite for 2018 Heisman Trophy

Jake Fromm

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm might have suffered serious disappointment losing College Football’s National Championship game but he can take solace in the fact that he is the early selection to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy. Initial odds have been set and the sophomore has been installed as the 10-1 pick. Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley,…Read More

Penn National Gaming Hits Pennsylvania with Legal Action in Response to Satellite Casino Proliferation

Penn National Gaming Pennsylvania casino expansion lawsuit

Penn National Gaming filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, challenging one of the main features of Pennsylvania’s recent gambling expansion: the introduction of up to 10 satellite casinos throughout the Keystone State. According to the suit, Penn National believes that the new mini-casinos would cause “significant and unique” harm to its Hollywood Casino in Grantville, violating…Read More

18 States Eye Sports Betting Bills in 2018, in Preparation for PASPA Overturn

sports betting PASPA Supreme Court

Sports betting in America could soon drastically change if the US Supreme Court rules in favor of New Jersey’s appeal against the current federal ban. If the high court finds flaws in the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) and allows New Jersey to authorize sportsbooks, a new study concludes that major sports betting…Read More

Atlantic City Revel Casino Sold for $200 Million, Summer Opening Planned

Revel Casino becomes Ocean Resort

It’s yet another take for the once-beleaguered Revel Casino in Atlantic City. Colorado developer Bruce Deifik announced Monday that his company paid $200 million for the shuttered property. He’s convinced he can make it a winner, despite heavy competition from other resorts and a less-than-amazing past for the venue. The CEO and president of Integrated…Read More

Oakland Raiders Hope To Regain Playoff Form by Spending $100 Million on Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden

The Oakland Raiders are hoping that Jon Gruden can bring the team back to Super Bowl contention and are paying him a reported $100 million over 10 years to do so. The franchise, which will be moving to Las Vegas in 2020, made the announcement on Saturday after the ESPN analyst broadcast his last game…Read More

Spokane Tribe Opens New Casino in Airway Heights

Spokane Tribe Casino opens

After several years of legal challenges, the Spokane Tribe will open their new casino in Airway Heights on Monday, a move the tribe hopes will bring much needed economic benefits for their community. Known as the Spokane Tribe Casino, the new facility is an off-reservation gaming venue that has been in the works since at…Read More

PGA Tour Players Forced to Undergo Anti-Gambling Program

PGA Tour gambling policy

The wraparound PGA Tour season got back in full swing this week with the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui, Hawaii. But before players who won an official event in 2017 teed off, all were required to watch an online anti-gambling tutorial. The PGA Tour announced the formation of its Integrity Program last fall, and…Read More

Tiger Woods Hopes to Roar Back From Back Surgery at San Diego Tournament

Tiger Woods

The latest come back for Tiger Woods will take place at the site of his last attempt to return from back surgery and he is hoping it goes better than 2017. The 42 year old has committed to play at the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open the last week of January. Woods put out a…Read More

Israeli Government Reaches $6.7 Million Settlement with GBI Racing

GBI Racing Israel settlement

The Israeli government has agreed to pay a settlement of 23 million shekels ($6.7 million) to GBI Racing following the implementation of a ban on betting on horse racing that came into effect last week. The settlement provides GBI with compensation for the remainder of their contract, which was initially set to expire this coming…Read More

Russia Eases Tax Filing Requirements for Casinos in Effort to Attract New Investment

Russia casino tax Valdimir Putin

Russia no longer requires casinos to withhold taxes from gamblers who win at least R15,000 ($237). The modification is presumably an effort by the federal government to spur new gaming investment, as Russia’s recently liberated commercial market remains stagnant. President Vladimir Putin signed the casino tax law amendment just before the end of 2017. The…Read More