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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.

Genting Plans $937 Million Malaysian Casino Upgrade

Since opening in 1971, Genting Highlands – now known as Resorts World Genting – has been the only legal place to engage in land-based gambling in all of Malaysia. But the massive resort is aging, and the Genting Group thinks it’s about time to give the popular resort a makeover. Resorts World Facelift That’s why…Read More

Archbishop of Canterbury Says Church Can Invest in Gambling and Porn

The Archbishop of Canterbury was recently left blushing with embarrassment after it was found that the Church of England had bankrolled Wonga, one of those payday loan firms that are known for resulting in more debt than they solve. With their sky-high interest fees and annoyingly catchy advertisement jingles, their M.O. is to lure in…Read More

Ohio Man Sues Hollywood Casino for Giving Him Winnings in Cash

Sometimes it’s hard to determine who is stupider: the thieves or the victim they’ve robbed. The following story might be a photo finish situation, but you decide. Cash and Carry It seems 29-year-old David Hayes, a gambler at the Hollywood Casino Columbus, in Ohio, was lucky enough to win $35,800 on October 21, 2012; but…Read More

Lottery Winner Harry Black Doesn’t Have Any Money For You

While most of us ignore emails from unknown sources that tell us we’ve won a huge lump sum, there are still unsuspecting people out there who can become victims of such scams and hand out their hard-earned money to these con artists. Harry Black Win Evoked In a recent report by CTV News, it appears…Read More

Boston Could Try to Block Wynn Everett Casino Plan

After the town of Everett approved a casino project plan by developer Steve Wynn, many observers believed he had the upper hand in gaining the Greater Boston-area casino license – one of three regional licenses that will be awarded by the state of Massachusetts. But it turns out that geographical quirks may make Wynn’s prospects…Read More

Details of “Can’t Lose” Promotion Don’t Sit Well with Revel Customers

Revel in Atlantic City was designed as a Las Vegas-style resort on the city’s famous Boardwalk; but a rocky start caused the casino to file for bankruptcy just ten months after it opened – one of the most disastrous starts for a casino in recent memory. Summer “Refunds” That’s why Revel designed special summer promotions,…Read More

Poker Pros’ Venetian Boycott Over Adelson’s Online Views a Bust

With the Las Vegas Sands Corporation’s Venetian Casino Deep Stack Extravaganza wrapping up for the summer, some notable poker pros possibly picked an odd time to try to make a statement to Sands CEO and very vocal online gambling opponent Sheldon Adelson this week. Boycott Ignored Despite a planned five-day boycott of the large and…Read More

Full Tilt U.S. Reimbursements Could Take Another Two Years

If you’ve been waiting for your Full Tilt money since April 15, 2011 – the day the Feds froze all assets for the three major U.S. online poker sites – and hope to get your money back, you might want to cool your jets; there’s still a myriad of loopholes for the courts and reimbursement…Read More

Sri Lanka Casinos Cause Controversy as Area Draws More Gamblers

Sri Lanka is hoping that the addition of larger casinos to their burgeoning gambling industry could help make them a new hot spot for gamblers in the region. However, there’s plenty of opposition to the plan – and not just from religious leaders who oppose gambling on moral grounds. Sri Lanka has long had small…Read More

Citing Money Laundering, Feds Still Trying to Regulate Online Gambling

Feds continue to scramble to create a national regulatory framework for online gambling, despite the fact that Nevada, New Jersey (and soon, several more states) are already in full throttle Internet gambling mode on their own. Even law enforcement seems to realize it’s a rather belated effort, as noted by Chuck Canterbury, who heads up…Read More

Bally Technologies Purchases SHFL Entertainment for $1.3 Billion

Bally Technologies and Shuffle Master have long been two of the biggest casino technology suppliers in the industry. Now, thanks to a massive merger, the two companies will be working under the same banner. Best Buy Bally Technologies has agreed to the acquisition of SHFL Entertainment – the company once known as Shuffle Master –…Read More

Filipino Authorities Want Gambling Tycoon Okada Charged

A joint fact-finding panel between the Filipino National Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice has recommended that charges be filed against Japanese gambling magnate Kazuo Okada, as well as more than 25 other individuals and 10 “juridical entities” in relation to the operation of Okada’s casino property in the Philippines. No Dummies The charges…Read More

2012 WSOP Main Event Winner Greg Merson Busts in 167th Place

It won’t be a repeat of last year’s $8.5 million first-place win for poker player Greg Merson; he busted 167th from this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event this weekend for a mere $42,990 this time. Still, many say it was an impressive back-to-back finish for the 25-year-old from Maryland to go so far…Read More

Kevin Costner’s 1,000-Acre Deadwood, SD Listing Up for Grabs

If you’ve ever wanted to open your own casino while having a piece of both American and Hollywood history, now’s your chance: actor Kevin Costner has put 1,000 acres he owns just outside of Deadwood, South Dakota (where the infamous Wild Bill Hickok “Dead Man’s Hand” shooting took place in 1876) up for sale. Prepped…Read More

Florida Bill to Ban Internet Cafes Inadvertently Bans All Computers

Like many other states, Florida has been struggling with the emergence of “Internet cafes” that were really fronts for gambling. These sweepstakes parlors have been able to skirt local gambling laws by giving patrons a service for their money – say, time on the Internet on one of their computers – while the real draw…Read More