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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.

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