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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.

2018 Super Bowl Odds: Sportsbooks Seem Comfortable Giving Eagles 4.5 Points

Super Bowl odds Patriots Eagles

The 2018 Super Bowl is less than three days away, and oddsmakers in Nevada seem comfortable heading into kickoff with the New England Patriots spotting the Philadelphia Eagles 4.5 points. The spread opened with the underdogs being given as many as 6.5 points, the longest line of any Super Bowl team since 2009. But with…Read More

Delaware Legislature Mulls Tax Relief Plan to Save Its Three Casinos

Brian Bushwater

Delaware casinos are struggling and state lawmakers are debating a bill that would slash taxes in an effort to safeguard their futures. Senator Brian Bushweller (D-Dover) is the primary sponsor of SB 114, which proposes a tiered tax on slots revenues, instead of the blanket 43.5 percent casinos currently pay to the taxman. It would…Read More

Florida Legislature Introduces Two Competing Gambling Bills, More Stalemate Expected

Florida Legislature gambling Seminole compact

The Florida Legislature has been trying to determine its gambling future since the powerful Seminole Tribe’s compact expired in 2015. Two new legislative proposals that seek two entirely different goals might suggest that a conclusion will not be reached anytime soon. In the Florida House, a bill that has been passed by the chamber’s Tourism…Read More

Illinois Smoking Ban Has Not Damaged Casino Revenue, Study Claims

Illinois smoking ban no affect on casino industry revenues

The Illinois smoking ban was one of the first in the US to make commercial casinos completely smoke-free, but it hasn’t impacted their footfall or gambling revenues, according to a new study by the Bureau of Economic Research. But operators of the state’s riverboat casinos, which comprise its commercial casino sector, beg to differ. They…Read More

GGG vs. Alvarez Rematch Scheduled for May 5, Oddsmakers Hope for Different Ending

GGG vs Alvarez boxing odds

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez are coming to blows once again, as the two middleweight superstars are ready to jump back in the ring eight months after their controversial draw. Promoters for the two boxers announced the rematch will go down on May 5, Cinco de Mayo, at a site to be determined. HBO…Read More

Hawaii Illegal Gambling Defendants Sue Prosecutors Over ‘Vindictive’ Charges

Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro

In Hawaii, a sweepstakes machine supplier and a group of arcade owners, who were on the wrong end of the islands’ biggest ever gambling bust, are turning the tables on their accusers. The eight individuals are suing Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro and the City Council of Honolulu on the grounds that they were made…Read More

Macau’s VIP Junket Industry Shrinks for Fifth Consecutive Year

Macau junket industry shrinks again

While Macau’s casino market has well and truly rebounded from the 2014-16 economic slump, the junket industry, once the oil in its cogs, continues to decline. According to new figures from the enclave’s gambling regulator, DICJ, there are currently 109 licensed junkets operating in the market, representing a 13.5 percent fall from 126 a year…Read More

MGM China Stock Takes a Hit as MGM Cotai Opening Delayed Again

MGM Cotai opening delayed until February

MGM Cotai will not open in Macau on January 29, as scheduled, MGM China announced on Thursday. The news that the operator was pushing the date back to sometime “within the month of February” caused its stock to slip by 7 percent on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. According to the South China Morning Post,…Read More

PAGCOR Warns Government Officials to Avoid Casinos, Strict Penalties Announced

PAGCOR Philippines casinos gambling

PAGCOR (Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corporation) is joining forces with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to better regulate the entry of government officials into gambling venues throughout the country. Under a new presidential decree issued by President Rodrigo Duterte, casinos that are found to welcome government workers will face costlier fines and stricter penalties moving…Read More

British Columbia River Rock Casino VIP Director Blackballed Over Money Laundering Breaches

River Rock casino Richmond British Colombia

British Columbia’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch has banned the director of VIP gambler relations at the River Rock Casino in Richmond over repeated AML violations. The regulator confirmed to Canadian media network Postmedia this week that Lisa Gao, whose job it was to oversee the VIP gaming tables and meet and greet high-rollers at…Read More

Super Bowl Prop Bets Get Silly, Cover Everything From Olympic Gold Medals to LeBron James Points

Super Bowl prop bets Patriots Eagles

Super Bowl prop bets have been published at Las Vegas and online sportsbooks, and gamblers looking for the most exotic, perhaps absurd, betting opportunity on the big game are now in luck. The Westgate SuperBook released its prop bet smorgasbord last night, with roughly 400 lines for the taking. While most are dependent on what…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Profits Soar Thanks to Macau Resurgence

Sheldon Adelson Las Vegas Sands

The Las Vegas Sands Corp. announced that their net income rose 137.9 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2017, driving a full year of strong growth for the company. Overall, the firm’s income was up 68 percent for the year, rising to about $2.81 billion compared to $1.67 in the prior year. In the…Read More

Hard Times for City of Niagara Falls as Seneca Tribe Cuts Off Flow of Casino Payments

The Seneca Niagara may dominate the skyline of the City of Niagara Falls, NY, but it won’t be dominating its budget plans in 2018, according to city officials.

The City of Niagara Falls in New York is preparing a worst-case-scenario budget, working under the assumption that the revenue-share payments it usually receives as host community of the Seneca Nation’s Niagara Casino will not be forthcoming in 2018. The Senecas have withheld payments to the state, and by extension the city, for a year…Read More

Verizon Plots Entry into Future US Online Sports Betting Market

Verizon mulls US sports betting venture

Telecoms giant Verizon is gambling on the US Supreme Court legalizing sports betting, according to sources who confided in Bloomberg this week. The anonymous insiders claimed Verizon has been meeting with consultants to discuss the feasibility of entering the online sports betting space, should the opportunity become available in the US. Hopes are high that…Read More

Jack Cleveland and Cincinnati Casinos Building Electronic Gaming ‘Arenas’ Targeting Younger Crowds

Jack Cleveland electronic gaming arena

Jack Cleveland and Jack Cincinnati casinos are making substantial bets on the millennial. This week, Jack Entertainment, parent company to the two Ohio casinos, announced a self-described “revolutionary electronic table games arena” at both properties. The 2,000-square-foot spaces will each feature 28 electronic play stations that offer a variety of games including roulette, craps, blackjack…Read More