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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.

Caesars Asset Transfers Under Fire from Debt Holders

Caesars

In the last few months, there’s been more shuffling in the Caesars board room than at their blackjack tables. Assets have been moved between entities and debt has been restructured in an effort to keep the company healthy for the long run. But it seems as though some of the involved parties think Caesars has…Read More

Feinstein Lends Surprise Support to Federal Online Gambling Ban

Senator Dianne Feinstein California federal online gambling

When Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced their bills that would ban most online gambling to Congress, they were all but certain to get some support from fellow Republicans. After all, the bills had been written by the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, a group bankrolled by major GOP donor Sheldon…Read More

Maryland MGM National Harbor Close to Breaking Ground

MGM National Harbor Maryland

Let it not be said that MGM Resorts sits around and knits doilies;  the Nevada-based gaming giant announced it will start work on its new Maryland casino imminently – just four months after the state granted it a license to build the $925 million resort in Prince George’s County, and only 11 miles from the…Read More

Table Games Beat Out Baccarat as Nevada Revenues Drop for February

Nevada gaming revenues February gaming revenues Macau baccarat

It’s hard to beat a record – and once you do, it’s even harder to do it a second time. That was the problem facing the state of Nevada in February, as they had set an all-time record in baccarat revenue in the same month last year, leading to the highest revenues the state had…Read More

Caesars to Close Harrah’s Tunica in Mississippi

Tunica Harrah's Tunica Caesars

Harrah’s Tunica – the largest casino resort between Las Vegas and Atlantic City – is to close in early summer, Caesars Entertainment announced this week; the action will leave 1,300 of their casino employees jobless. Caesars has attempted to sell the underperforming casino for the last three years; however, the sheer size of the property…Read More

Putin Considers Crimea for Russian Gambling Zone

Crimea gambling zone Russia Vladimir Putin

It could be said that Russian President Vladimir Putin made a big gamble when he chose to annex Crimea from Ukraine, but there may be yet more gambling to come in the troubled region. According to apparently reliable sources for Bloomberg News, Russian officials are considering creating a gambling zone in Crimea in order to…Read More

Democratic Governors Call Gambling Control Act $20 Billion Mistake

Democratic Governors Association federal online gambling bills

A federal ban on online gambling would have “a severe and disastrous impact on state governments,” Congressional Democrats said this week, adding that the proposed Gambling Control Act 2014 was “unworkable” and “must be defeated.” In a strongly worded letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Speaker of…Read More

Ultimate Gaming Touts Advances in Regulation at iGaming Summit

Tom Breitling Ultimate Gaming iGaming Conference North America

It was some stirring words from the IGaming North America Summit in Las Vegas last week, as Ultimate Gaming execs took to the stage to declare that regulated online gambling in the US represents “victory”. Speaking to an audience at Planet Hollywood, Ultimate Chairman Tom Breitling and CEO Tobin Prior hailed their first year of…Read More

Yahoo Jumps Into Social Gaming with Yahoo Games Network

Yahoo Games Network

US web portal and search engine Yahoo has announced its intention to climb aboard the giant social gaming juggernaut. Yahoo’s new platform – the Yahoo Games Network – will allow third-party social games developers to access its enormous distribution network, estimated to reach some 800 million potential gamers, with 400 million of those with access…Read More

Increased Tax on FOBTs Hits UK Bookmakers Where It Hurts

Fixed-odds betting terminals FOBTs UK tax hikes

Fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have been a highly controversial issue for the UK’s bookmakers, who have put tens of thousands of the machines in their betting shops. Most of that controversy has been over whether FOBTs contribute to the creation of problem gamblers and aid and abet players’ propensities to lose too much money too…Read More

Empire Resorts Reveals Plans for Potential Catskills Casino

Empire Resorts Concord Resort New York State gambling

Empire Resorts already has a hand in the New York gambling scene; after all, they currently run the slots parlor at the Monticello racetrack, which has proven to be a popular (if small) operation. But the company is now thinking bigger, as they have unveiled their plan to build a major casino resort in the…Read More

Rhode Island Faces Competition from Impending Massachusetts Gaming

Twin River Casino Massachusetts Rhode Island

Gamblers and state officials in Massachusetts are starting to getting excited; after all, in the next few months, licenses will be awarded to up to three casino operators in different regions of the state to join the slots parlor in Plainville, and that’s going to mean a lot of new revenue for the state. It…Read More

Caesars Interactive the Bright Spot for Parent Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Interactive Caesars Entertainment

Everyone knows that online and mobile gambling are the biggest growth areas in the gaming industry. But now, companies are starting to see the fruits of their marketing efforts as these segments show up on their balance sheets. Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE) posted a 52 percent increase in revenues in 2013, becoming one of the…Read More

That Was the Week That Was for Bitcoins and Satoshi Nakamoto

Satoshi Nakamoto Bitcoin Newsweek MtGox

From the time it was introduced back in 2009, Bitcoin has always been a bit of an unusual story: from massive price fluctuations to connections with black market sites like Silk Road, there’s always been something new to talk about. But even by the historical standards of this digital currency, we’ve come off a busy…Read More

Junior Middleweight Champ Molina Jailed Before MGM Garden Fight Night

Carlos Molina Jermall Charlo MGM Grand Garden Arena

UPDATE March 8, 2014:  Carlos Molina was not released from Clark County Detention Center on Friday, and the Saturday MGM Grand Garden Arena fight was cancelled. It appears the primary reason was because technically Molina is considered an illegal alien and was wanted by immigration officials, despite having lived in the U.S. since age four….Read More