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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.

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MGM REIT Pushes to Take Over Caesars Real Estate Trust, Would Create Major Player Among Publicly Traded REITs

For monster casino operators like MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, subsidiaries like REITs are just part of the game. But keeping track of who owns what and understanding what they can do with those… Read More

Gamblers, Oddsmakers Let Out Collective Groan After Vikings Miraculous Victory

Football fans might have cheered at the ending of Sunday’s Minnesota-New Orleans NFC Divisional playoff game, but the outcome elicited a chorus of boos from gamblers and oddsmakers. Most of the bettors who were… Read More

Atlantic City Courting Sporting Events in Anticipation of Operating Sports Books

With the possibility of sports betting becoming legalized in New Jersey Atlantic City is wasting no time luring professional events to the boardwalk. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority announced last Friday that The Professional… Read More

Dramatic Florida Gulf Coast Casino Shuttle Boat Fire Leaves One Dead, 14 Injured

A Florida Gulf Coast shuttle north of Tampa taking patrons to a stationed casino boat in the Gulf of Mexico erupted into wild flames on Sunday evening, forcing patrons to make split second, life-or-death… Read More

Las Vegas October 1 Shooting Site Could Become SWAT Center, MGM Resorts Says

The Las Vegas shooting site where 58 concert goers were killed on October 1, 2017 in cold blood could become a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) command center. That’s according to MGM Resorts, the… Read More

Becky Harris Named Nevada Gaming Control Board Chair, First Woman Appointed to Role

Nevada State Sen. Becky Harris (R-Las Vegas) has decided to accept Gov. Brian Sandoval’s offer to make her the first female chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Harris will take over for AG… Read More

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

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… Read More

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

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… Read More

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

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… Read More

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

Novomatic Finalizes Purchase of Controlling Interest in Ainsworth Game Technology

Austrian 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… Read More

Georgia’s Jake Fromm Early Favorite for 2018 Heisman Trophy

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… Read More

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

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… Read More

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

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… Read More

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

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… Read More

Oakland Raiders Hope To Regain Playoff Form by Spending $100 Million on 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… Read More

Spokane Tribe Opens New Casino in Airway Heights

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… Read More

PGA Tour Players Forced to Undergo Anti-Gambling Program

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… Read More

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

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… Read More

Israeli Government Reaches $6.7 Million Settlement with GBI Racing

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… Read More

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

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… Read More

‘What Happens Here, Stays Here’ Ad Campaign Takes Las Vegas Marketing Back in Time, Literally

“What Happens Here, Stays Here” is now part of the American vernacular, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), stumbling to remarket Sin City after the October 1 massacre at Mandalay Bay,… Read More

Alabama Favorite Against Georgia to Win College Football National Championship

Alabama went from barely getting in to the College Football Playoffs to the favorite to win it all after defeating Clemson, 28-6, in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. The fourth seeded team… Read More

MGM, William Hill Ban Las Vegas Sports Gambler After Interview Reveals Secret to Rigging Games

Self-proclaimed professional sports gambler Robert “Big Rob” Gorodetsky thought he was simply getting a bit of media attention when he sat down with USA Today Sports to discuss the future of sports betting. But… Read More

Patriots Favored to Repeat as Super Bowl Champions as NFL Playoffs Begin Saturday

Not surprisingly the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots are favored to repeat as the playoffs are set to begin on Saturday with four games. The Patriots, who are 2-1 to hoist the… Read More