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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.

Further Expansion For IveyPoker Instructional Site

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Following Phil Ivey’s end of October announcement that he planned to launch an online tutorial site dedicated to teaching people the “right way” to play poker, Ivey has been working hard to gather together a team of professional poker players who would come together to form the dedicated Team Ivey. Since the announcement of the…Read More

Nevada Gambling Revenues Slowly But Surely Making a Comeback

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Still reeling from an ailing economy that hit the Las Vegas Strip particularly hard, Nevada gambling is nonetheless slowly making a comeback, according to various gaming analysts who assess the state’s annual gambling coffers.  For the third year in a row, the Silver State posted sizable revenue increases from the year prior, with 2012’s final…Read More

Gambling On Citi Field: Mets Owners Aim To Open A New York Casino

Just as New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators hash out discussions over whether or not to legalize state-sanctioned casinos in the Empire State, it appears that the New York Mets may soon have a casino neighbor of their own, albeit an Indian-run one.  According to recent stories in The New York Post, Mets…Read More

Record Results For 888 Holdings

888 Holdings

Online gaming giant 888 Holdings has posted record revenues for the fourth-quarter and the year as a whole thanks to an exceedingly high demand for the company’s mobile services to its large number of members. “We are experiencing a significant increase in customer recruitment from mobile platforms and, given our focus and commitment to investment…Read More

MGM Resorts Working to Make Toronto Casino a Reality

MGM Resorts has thrown their hat into the rapidly developing ring for a casino in Toronto, announcing a 50/50 partnership with Canadian developer Cadillac Fairview. Their proposal would see a casino and hotel brought to Exhibition Place, a large entertainment and business complex on Toronto’s waterfront. “In Cadillac Fairview we are partnering with the industry…Read More

MGM And Penn Do Battle For Western Massachusetts Casino Site

Western Massachusetts Casino

It’s the battle of the gaming giants in Western Massachusetts, as casino behemoth MGM Resorts International and competitor Penn National Gaming vie for a single available casino license in Springfield, a city still reeling from the aftermath of the 2011 tornado that left much of its core in a shambles.  Knowing that revitalization would be…Read More

Lifetime Achievement Award For Innovative Lottery Gaming Marketer

The 2013 Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Gaming Research Institute has been awarded to industry creative Jimmy O’Brien. O’Brien, the Strategic Marketing Vice-President of Scientific Games Corporation, the American lottery technology provider, is already a veteran of the lottery industry after 33 years working in the lottery gaming sector. The veteran’s original…Read More

EU Action Plan on Online Gambling Criticized in Letter to Commissioner

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Three prominent trade groups of the European gaming industry have expressed their concerns with the recently unveiled EU Action Plan on Online Gambling in a letter to EU Internal Markets and Services Commissioner, Michel Barnier. That plan was unveiled in October of last year, the culmination of three years of work with the stated aim…Read More

Excitement Builds As 2013 Aussie Millions Continues

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Following Brian Payne’s leading performance on Day 1a of the 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Main Event, which saw him finish the day with 299,900 chips, it was Frank Rusnak who shone brightly and came out victorious after Day 1b of the tournament’s Main Event. Payne beat out the competition on Day 1a with aggressive…Read More

Young Gun Takes Down Beau Rivage Million Dollar Heater

Tyler Reiman

Tyler Reiman, a 24-year-old poker pro from Morton, Illinois, beat out 254 players to win January’s 2013 Beau Rivage Million Dollar Heater Main Event in Biloxi, Mississippi. His second major live poker title (his previous win was at the 2007 Heartland Poker Tour No Limit Hold’em Championship Event), Reiman walked away with more than $185,000…Read More

Signs Point to No for Online Gaming in New Jersey

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While there’s been no definitive word one way or the other concerning New Jersey’s pending online gaming bill before Governor Chris Christie, it would appear that the odds are currently stacked against it. In a radio interview touching on a wide range of Garden State related topics, Gov. Christie declared that he had yet to…Read More

WSOP Choctaw 2013 Main Event: Jeff Fielder Wins

Jeff Fielder scooped a $312,080 prize after finishing with all the chips on Day 3 of the 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw Durant Main Event. Fielder entered day three of the tournament as the chip leader and was able to outlast 15 other players throughout the day.  Those initial 15 players eventually dwindled…Read More

Nevada Gaming Officials Return from Meetings with Counterparts in Macau

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The three heads of the Gaming Control Board of Nevada were in Macau last week for a series of meetings with officials and law enforcement in the world’s largest gaming district. The trip was an attempt by the Nevada officials to re-establish relationships with their Macau counterparts at the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau of…Read More

Participants Announced for National Heads Up Poker Championship

National Heads Up Championship

Officials from Caesars Entertainment and the organisers of the National Heads Up Poker Championship have announced the field of players for this year’s tournament, which sees the winner of the tournament’s inaugural year confirmed to participate in the final 32. Phil Hellmuth’s former status as champion of the tournament left little doubt that he would…Read More

French Online Poker Regulators Consider Softening Eligibility Rules

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The French online poker industry saw a decline in revenue in 2012, with cash games being the main culprit for the decline, as they fell 5%. Tournament games on the other hand actually rose 21%, but as tournaments make up a small portion of the overall revenue, it wasn’t enough to overcome the decline in…Read More

High Road for the PokerStars UK and Ireland Poker Tour

PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour

The UK and Ireland Poker Tour heads to the highlands for this year’s first event as the festivities take place in the bonny Scottish city of Edinburgh at the lavish Balmoral Hotel. Situated in the Edinburgh hotspot of Princes Street , the five-star hotel is a prime location for participants and spectators to enjoy all…Read More

American Public’s Support For Sports Betting Grows, As Pro Teams Fight It

More men than women, and more Americans overall than ever before, believe that sports betting should be legalized in states where it is currently prohibited, according to a new study conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University.  For the first time ever, 51 percent of the American public now support legalizing sports betting in all 50 U.S….Read More

Pinnacle Entertainment Set To Buy Ameristar

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Adding to its casino properties located primarily in the South and Midwest, Pinnacle Entertainment has agreed to purchase Ameristar Casinos for $869 million, according to Pinnacle’s executives.  Included in the major deal would be $1.9 billion in debt that Pinnacle would agree to assume from the also primarily Midwest-based casino conglomerate. It’s unclear how the…Read More

New Jersey One Step Closer to Legalizing Online Casino Gambling

New Jersey’s State Senate has overwhelmingly approved proposed legislation that would allow its state’s residents to play casino games online, as long as the servers involved were located within New Jersey state lines.  The pending measure, known as S1565, now awaits a yay or nay from Governor Chris Christie, who has 45 days to decide…Read More

Illegal Casino Raided in Australia

The days of illegal gaming houses dotting our modern urban landscapes are now mostly at an end thanks to the proliferation of legal casinos and online gaming. This makes the recent raid of just such an operation in Sydney Australia quite intriguing, being the first such raid of an illegal casino in the city in…Read More

Caesars Casino Acquires Licence to Operate Online Poker Site in Nevada

Caesars Interactive Entertainment, formerly branded as Harrah’s, became the 12th company to receive a licence to operate an online poker room for Nevada residents last week, courtesy the state of Nevada. Caesars plans to partner with 888 Holdings for their Nevada poker room, though 888 Holdings is still waiting for their own licence to be…Read More

Macau Gaming Out-earns Sin City For Record Year in 2012

Macau’s red-hot casino industry trumped Las Vegas for a record earning year in 2012, with a staggering $38 billion in gaming revenue at year’s end.  In December 2012, the Chinese Special Administrative Region’s 35 casinos brought in a single-month record high of $3.5 billion in gaming revenues, a sum that represents more than half of…Read More

Gaming Stocks No Gamble As Year-End Values Soar

Gaming stocks proved a solid financial investment as the year drew to a close, based on the findings of major industry evaluation company Applied Analysis. The trend decipherer determined that the majority of gaming stock investments showed substantial gains in their average daily prices at year’s end, overcoming uncertainties created by a wavering Congress as…Read More