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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.

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Take Commanding Leads in Super Tuesday Showdown

Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Super Tuesday

Update March 2, 2016: Since we first published this story, back-of-the-field GOP runner Ben Carson has announced that he sees “no path forward” in his campaign. Although he has not officially ended his run as yet, it’s expected that he may do so when he speaks on Friday at a Washington, D.C. conference. ——- Anyone…Read More

North Jersey Casino Bill Not Sitting Well with Atlantic City Residents and Businesses

Atlantic City Opposes North Jersey Casinos

Opposition to North Jersey casino expansion gathered in Trenton on Monday to denounce lawmakers’ plans to tear up Atlantic City’s longstanding casino monopoly in the state. Atlantic City business owners and concerned residents joined politicians such as State Senator Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) in condemning the New Jersey bill at a public hearing of the Senate…Read More

Donald Trump Getting Better Odds with Sports Books Than with Polls, But Hillary Clinton Looks Like a Winner

Donald Trump Hillary Clinton presidential campaign betting

Donald Trump may be the topic of everybody’s water cooler conversations these days, but if you ask die-hard gamblers, Hillary Clinton is more likely to become our next commander-in chief. According to the latest data at Paddy Power Betfair, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the not-so-surprising favorites to win their party nominations. What is…Read More

Amaya to Launch PokerStarsnj in New Jersey Next Month

Amaya PokerStars NJ New Jersey launch

  Montreal-based Amaya has made the announcement that its PokerStarsnj poker site will officially launch in New Jersey on March 21. And while Garden State poker players are no doubt doing a jig to have their old friend back in their own back yard, the more telling question is how will this US reentry affect…Read More

New Jersey Skill Gaming Slot Machine Hybrids Closer to Regulatory Approval

New Jersey skill-gaming Regulations

New Jersey skill gaming moved one step closer to unleashing on the casino floor this week in Atlantic City. The state’s Division of Gaming and Enforcement (DGE) has published a framework of temporary regulations, as it seeks to attract developers to create video-gaming-slot-hybrids that will appeal to the millennial generation. Millennials, reared on the joys…Read More

Playtech Plans £800 Million Shopping Spree, with Amaya and OpenBet in its Sights

Playtech pursues Amaya and OpenBet

Online gaming giant Playtech is sitting on a £800 million ($1.12 billion) war chest and it wants to go shopping. Following several near misses last year, the software provider is redoubling its efforts to land a major acquisition, and PokerStars’ parent Amaya, says the UK’s Sunday Times, is high on its list. Playtech is known…Read More

Pennsylvania Auditor General Lambastes State Gambling Commission Expenditures, as Governor Guns for More Casino Taxes

Pennsylvania Auditor General gambling control board

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (D) says in his audit of the state’s Gaming Control Board (PGCB) that while the commission has made significant improvements since his previous examination, the group needs to take additional action to reign in unnecessary spending. DePasquale’s primary concern is expenses paid for the travel of board members who took…Read More

New Jersey Sports Betting Case Gets Last-Chance Court Hearing

Ted Olson New Jersey sports betting en banc case

The New Jersey sports betting crusade is at a critical point. Yesterday, its arguments were reheard in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, as the state made its latest, and possibly final, case to be allowed to offer sports betting within its borders. We’ve been here before, and many times New Jersey has been knocked…Read More

Florida Seminoles Gambling Deal with Governor Rick Scott Draws Ire in State Legislature

Florida Seminoles compact Gov. Rick Scott

The Florida Seminoles gambling agreement reached with Governor Rick Scott (R) is laboring its way through the state legislature, but with just four weeks remaining to pass an accord, time is becoming of utmost importance. In December, Scott announced he had reached a momentous 20-year deal with the Seminoles that would guarantee the state $3…Read More

Nevada Gaming Regulator Michonne Ascuaga Resigns Over Alleged Sparks Nugget Improprieties 

Michelle Ascuaga resigns Nevada Gaming Commission

Michonne Ascuaga has resigned from her post on the Nevada Gaming Commission, following the revelation of alleged financial improprieties at the Sparks Nugget, the casino in northern Nevada that she managed for 16 years. The Nugget is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) over allegations that it failed…Read More

Nevada Voters Courted by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Democratic Caucus Will Be Key

Nevada voters Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders

Nevada voters are the center of attention for both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’ campaigns right now, as the two Democratic presidential nominees try to persuade as many last-minute voters to vote for them before this week’s February 23rd caucus. After Clinton’s narrow victory in Iowa, followed by a hefty defeat in New Hampshire, the…Read More

European Commission Nixes Across-the-Board Member Country Online Gambling Synchronicity, Mirroring States’ Rights Issues

European Commission No Europe-wide online gambling legislation

The European Commission (EC) has abandoned the concept of a pan-European regulatory framework for online gambling, accepting that individual member states largely oppose synchronizing their Internet gaming regulations. The move interestingly mirrors similar issues in the US, where states’ rights vs. federal dictates have become an ongoing battle in the iGaming wars. Speaking at last…Read More

Los Angeles Bullet Train Would Ease California to Las Vegas Road Congestion, Expert Asserts, But Will It Ever Get Built?

Las Vegas transportation bullet train

People have been talking about a Los Angeles bullet train into Las Vegas for decades, and now one expert has come out endorsing such a plan over the other option of expanding the 1-15 corridor that stretches from Sin City to the City of Angels. Las Vegas transportation to and from Los Angeles would certainly…Read More

Las Vegas Looks to India for Its Next Big Tourism Base

India, Las Vegas Next Tourism Boom

Is India the new China? As the economic slowdown in the People’s Republic puts the squeeze on the once-burgeoning Chinese middle-class and their ability to travel with money, Las Vegas is looking to new vistas for the next potential visitor boom. Would you ever think that could be India? Well, think again, because India it…Read More

New Hampshire Voters Choose Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in First-in-the-Nation Primary

New Hampshire voters Sanders Trump

New Hampshire voters spoke loud and clear on Tuesday with America’s first presidential primary of the 2016 cycle. What they said is that they aren’t looking for a traditional candidate to be their next president, regardless of party. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, and Republican billionaire businessman Donald Trump, each won their…Read More