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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.

Casino and Gaming Industry Most Memorable Moments of 2017: What Made Us Cheer, What Made Us Jeer

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As we push into the New Year, let’s take a final look back at the one just past. 2017 saw some unwelcome changes in the iconic Vegas tourism marketing model, and of course, one of the greatest tragedies of our time, right on the Las Vegas Strip. But there were more highs than lows, including some…Read More

Fallen Sports Heroes: Which Athletes Lost Their Luster in 2017

The world of sports has the potential to create heroes, which is one of the reasons why we love watching athletes compete. But those same great heroes can also take big falls, either on the field or in the world at large, and 2017 saw more than its fair share of athletes who tumbled from their…Read More

Cyber Security in 2017: Who Won, Who Lost, Who Freaked Us Out

Online gambling cyber-security in 2017

Globally, 2017 saw cybersecurity become a key issue across all industries, and online gambling was no exception. Internet operators have long been targets for DDoS attacks, which have become more frequent in recent years, as well as more powerful and more creative, and this year, all hell broke loose. DDoS (distributed denial of service) attackers use…Read More

Daily Fantasy Sports in 2017: How DraftKings, FanDuel, and Everyone Else Rode the Coaster

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In 2017, the daily fantasy sports industry, specifically market leaders DraftKings and FanDuel, experienced a ride as good as any at a major amusement park. Not surprising, the two industry frontrunners that control more than 90 percent of the US market felt the jolts most jarringly. Victories came by way of states taking steps to…Read More

Craziest Casino Robberies of 2017: Who Ultimately Stole the Show

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Casino robberies are almost inevitable: you have a ton of cash, cashier cages that are publicly accessible, and in many gambling towns like Las Vegas, plenty of people who are desperate for dough. Despite casinos having some of the most high-tech surveillance in the world, known as the “eye in the sky” and totally visible…Read More

How SCOTUS Caught New Jersey’s Hail Mary on PASPA in 2017 to Change US Sports Betting

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New Jersey has been trying to legalize sports betting at its horse racetracks and Atlantic City casinos since 2011, and over the last 12 months, those efforts edged much closer to paying off after the US Supreme Court decided to hear the state’s case. During a ballot referendum six years ago, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly…Read More

Gaming Money Battles: Which States Fought It Out with Operators, and Who Won In 2017

Gaming money battles 2017

Florida spectacularly failed to seal the deal with the powerful Seminole tribe on what would’ve been the biggest tribal casino revenue sharing deal in the history of the US in 2017. In 2016, the tribe had agreed on a new compact, thrashed out with Governor Rick Scott, which would have been worth $3 billion to the…Read More

Florida Gambling Battles in 2017: Not All Sunshine By Any Means

Florida’s gambling battles 2017

The Florida gambling landscape witnessed two major political power struggles in 2017. The first was between the State and the influential Seminole tribe; the second between the two polarized chambers of the State legislature. The biggest winners in both battles, were, arguably, the Seminoles. In November 2016, a federal court in Tallahassee delivered the shock…Read More

Casinos Pay Price for Unusually Stormy Year, as Mother Nature Lets Loose in 2017

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Casinos across the US and its territories, as well as in Macau, bore the wrath of Mother Nature over the past 12 months. In the end, it was gambling revenues that took the hit, as numerous Cat 4 and 5 hurricanes and typhoons pummeled both the American and Asian gaming markets in 2017. Casino closures,…Read More

Biggest Sports Scandals of 2017: Football Knees, Golf Clubs, and Baller Bribes

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Sports scandals engulfed not only coaches, players, and fans in 2017, but everyone from President Donald Trump and former Wall Street executives, to league front offices and television networks. It was a turbulent 12 months, and the stakes were high. The sports world didn’t only revolve around championship games and rivalries, but social injustice, drug…Read More

South Point Casino Extends NASCAR Sponsorship of #21 Richard Childress Racing Car

South Point NASCAR

A Las Vegas casino will continue to hold its place in the world of NASCAR, as the South Point Hotel and Casino has extended its sponsorship deal with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) through the 2018 season. This will mark the seventh year in a row in which South Point and RCR have partnered on at…Read More

Former NBA Ref Tim Donaghy, Who Gambled on Games He Refereed, Charged for Threatening Man With Hammer

Tim Donaghy NBA sports betting

Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, who admitted to betting on professional basketball games he officiated, has been charged with felony aggravated assault in Florida after allegedly threatening a man with a hammer. The incident occurred Monday night after Donaghy went to a home where he believed his 19-year-daughter was using illegal drugs. He got…Read More

Tabcorp and Tatts Complete Integration, Look Towards Global Expansion

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The $8.3 billion merger of Tabcorp and Tatts has been completed, resulting in a new gambling giant in Australia that will seek to expand overseas in the years to come. “Tatts is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tabcorp,” the firm announced in a statement on Friday. The final integration of the two companies was a…Read More

Miami Marlins Superstar Trade Leads to Jeter Criticism, World Series Odds Drop

Derek Jeter

As beloved as former New York Yankees Derek Jeter was as a player, he is becoming quickly vilified as one of the owners of the Miami Marlins. The 43 year old has made some controversial trades in the two months since he took over baseball operations and approximately 200 fans let him know about it…Read More

Boyd Gaming Buying Valley Forge Casino Resort, Entering Competitive Pennsylvania Market

Boyd Gaming Valley Forge Casino Resort

Casino operator Boyd Gaming is going to Pennsylvania, as the Las Vegas company announced Wednesday that it will acquire the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia for $280.5 million. The all-cash deal is Boyd’s first entry into the Keystone State in its more than 40-year history. Valley Forge is one of two Category…Read More

Macau Positioned to Break All-Time Casino Win Record in 2019, Analysts Opine

Macau casino win Sands Cotai

Macau casinos won a staggering $45 billion in 2013, but China’s special gaming enclave has since been restrained due to anti-corruption measures implemented by People’s Republic President Xi Jinping. But with the crusade against junkets transporting VIP high rollers to the region easing, and Macau ready to post its first annual growth in four years,…Read More

Sports Betting Leads Way in Danish Gambling Market

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Denmark’s gambling market continues to grow, and all signs indicate that increased interest in sports betting is the reason for this surge. In this week’s quarterly update on revenue figures in the industry, the Danish regulator revealed that third quarter sports betting revenues were up 9 percent year-over-year, bringing in DKK 577 million ($92 million)…Read More

London Casino Playboy Bunny Told to Hop Off After Affair with Married Millionaire Mogul Comes to Light

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25-year-old London Playboy Club casino bunny Victoria Jack lost her job as a croupier there after she broke the cardinal rule of table hopping and fraternized with a wealthy (and she says, unknown to her) married customer. It’s an iron-clad rule at the club, and dealers must agree to abide by it when they work…Read More

Brazil Prepares for Legalized Gambling by Sending Group to Gaming Regulator School in Las Vegas

Brazilian gaming regulation students at UNLV

After Japan, the next big country ready to legalize gambling is Brazil. And in preparation, the country sent a cohort of gaming industry insiders to Las Vegas, where they took a crash course on gaming regulation. Starting last week, five Brazilians attended UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, where the school’s International Center for Gaming Regulation held…Read More

Researchers Reveal Secrets of Libratus Poker AI

Libratus poker AI

Back in January, the Libratus poker AI defeated four top heads-up no limit hold’em specialists, marking the first time that a computer showed it could defeat high-level professional players. Now, the team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University that created the silicon shark have revealed just how they pulled off that feat. In a paper…Read More

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Says Sports Betting Doesn’t Jeopardize NFL Integrity

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s concerns that legalized sports betting jeopardizes the integrity of professional football are misguided. Jones took shots at the league’s most powerful executive last Friday during his ESPN radio show. Goodell, who remains adamantly opposed to allowing casinos outside Nevada to take wagers on the outcomes…Read More

North Jersey Casino Would Bankrupt Upstate New York Resorts, Analyst Opines

North Jersey casino Phil Murphy

The North Jersey casino ballot referendum to end Atlantic City’s gambling monopoly in the state was strongly defeated by voters during the November 2016 election. That was great news for commercial casinos then under construction in Upstate New York, but next fall the question can be represented to Garden State voters. Though outgoing New Jersey…Read More

Philadelphia City Council Votes 17-0 Against Satellite Casino

Philadelphia Pennsylvania satellite casino

The Philadelphia City Council unanimously voted 17-0 against allowing a Category 4 gambling venue, the so-called “mini-casinos,” from being placed within its downtown area. Local officials also voted against allowing qualified diesel truck stops from housing video gaming terminals (VGTs). Council members were quick to explain that they were sending “a strong message” to legislators…Read More

Wynn Resorts Buying New Frontier Site From Crown Resorts for $336 Million

Wynn Resorts Crown Alon purchase

Wynn Resorts has reached a deal to acquire 38 acres of vacant land across Las Vegas Boulevard from its two Strip casino resorts, but the company isn’t showing its cards as to what it plans to do with the property. The seller is Crown Resorts, which had planned to build Alon Las Vegas, a multibillion-dollar…Read More

Las Vegas Shooting Victims GoFundMe Campaign Tops $11.7 Million, Site to Take $585K, Victims Still Empty-Handed

GoFundMe Las Vegas shooting

The GoFundMe account collecting money for victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting on October 1 in front of Mandalay Bay has received more than $11.7 million in donations, a new record for the fundraising platform, but more than two months after the tragedy, not a cent has made its way into any of the…Read More