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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.

The Rich Get Richer as George Soros Makes Bank Again (or Could Own One)

George Soros, the Hungarian-American investor and philanthropist, was reported recently to have wagered $1 billion on the foreign exchange market, with the insight that the rates would be cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia. Reports state that from this massive wager came a nice profit of $60 million for investor. Insider Information? The billionaire,…Read More

Strict Punishments Proposed to Curb Turkish Online Gambling

Turkish authorities are not exactly behind the spread of online gambling that many countries around the world are leaning towards, as proposed legislation is looking to curb the trend by introducing stiff fines to Turkish online gamblers in a bid to strengthen their long battle against betting online. Turkey’s war against online gambling has been…Read More

Stanley Ho Extending Macau Casino Empire

The King of Gambling is coming to Cotai. That’s the news out of Macau, as Stanley Ho’s SJM Holdings has won government approval to build a casino on the Cotai strip, the hottest growth area in the region. Cotai New Hot Spot In recent years, Macau has left Las Vegas in the dust when it…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Must Pay Consultant Richard Suen $70 Million in Final Judgment

After two days of jury deliberations, the verdict is in: Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has to fork over $70 million in past due fees and accrued interest to one-time consultant  and Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen for his role in getting LVS into the Macau gaming market at the start of the decade. Second Suit…Read More

O.J. Simpson Back for a New Day in Court in Las Vegas

Claiming his attorney just wanted the half-million dollar defense fee, O.J. Simpson, the fallen football superhero-turned-inmate, asserted at a recent special hearing in Sin City before Judge Linda Bell that he deserves another day in court.  Simpson is asking for a new trial based on what he claims was his attorney Yale Galanter’s negligence in…Read More

As Initial Excitement Dies Down, Complaints Pile Up For UltimatePoker.com

You know how it goes: first, you’re the hero, then you’re the villain. Welcome to Real Life 101, UltimatePoker.com. You’re now in Phase Two of being the first legal online poker site in Nevada. After a bit more than a week among the masses, hundreds of thousands of hands already played, and up to 80…Read More

Kansas Casinos Prove Wizardly in Gaming Revenue Growth

There’s no place like home for gross gaming revenue; at least according to the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) 2012 annual commercial casino market report. While Vegas and Nevada continue to lead the field in pure gaming revenues, the fastest-growing state is: Kansas. Kansas? Yep, Kansas. Who even knew they had casinos in Kansas?  Maybe you…Read More

Man Sues Sportsbet for “Halting” Winning Streak

Australian sportsbetting enthusiast Robert MacMillan, 55,  has filed suit with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal against Sportsbet, claiming they have prevented him from pocketing further winnings, after allegedly reducing his wagering options following a five-week hot streak. MacMillan explained that he first began wagering with Sportsbet back in 2005, and used the site for…Read More

U.S. Gaming Revenues Pass Go and Collect More Than $200

Maybe it’s a sign the recession is receding, or maybe it’s just a reflection of the growth of legal land-based gambling across the U.S., but whatever the reason, the American commercial casino industry took in $37.34 billion in 2012, and that’s a nice 4.8 percent jump from the year prior. It’s also the biggest growth…Read More

Right Hand Could Be Problem for Mayweather September Fight

We hope he has it insured by Lloyd’s of London for a couple trillion bucks: we’re referring to Floyd Mayweather’s right hand, of course.  His punches did some damage to opponent Robert Guerrero in their big WBC welterweight match last week, but Mayweather’s hand also took some damage and it remains to be seen if…Read More

Gambling Execs Living Large as Highest-Paid CEOs for Public Companies

Wanna make the big bucks? Maybe your mom told you to go into law or medicine, but the real money is in gambling. Not as a high-roller; as a casino executive. If you don’t believe us, check out these staggering paychecks recently revealed in the Sweet 16 rankings of CEO pay for public companies that…Read More

Harder to Get into Nevada’s Black Book Than to Win an Oscar

The list is so select, only 33 active names are on it, and the nominees are so sparse, Roderick William Dee II is the first to be recommended for it by the three-member Gaming Control Board (GCB) in four years. But this probably isn’t a nomination that Dee hopes to see cemented; it will mean…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Breaks Ties with PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Following dissatisfaction and an uneasy feeling towards the Las Vegas Sands Corporation’s ongoing legal issues, PricerwaterhouseCoopers has resigned as the official auditor of the casino empire, ending a partnership which spanned 25 years in the industry. No Reason Given The Wall Street Journal reports that PricewaterhouseCoopers recorded no official reason for cutting ties with its…Read More

MGM Resorts Frontrunner for Western Massachusetts Casino Project

It’s a kind of Miss America pageant for Massachusetts casinos, and it’s now down to the finalist round; MGM Resorts International is waiting tearfully with its Springfield, Massachusetts sash on, hoping her name will be called to represent the western part of the state as its only casino project. The announcement came recently that MGM…Read More

Scratching the Surface of $5 Million Alleged Lottery Scam

Online publication Syracuse.com has reported an alleged lottery ticket fraud in New York’s Syracuse area dating back to 2006, that involves two brothers from central New York who claimed a $5 million lottery ticket sold at their family’s convenience store. Subsequently, they have been accused of scamming the winner out of his scratchcard winnings. Now…Read More