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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.

Launch of Intralot Free-Play Casino Has Eye on Real-Money Prize

The recent launch of the Intralot free-play casino called deepstackcasino.net  by Intralot USA, a subsidiary of Intralot, (the Greek developer of casino games and payment processing systems), is off and running and tightly focused on the U.S. market. Getting Social The new online casino is placing a heavy emphasis on the social aspects of casino…Read More

Macau Gaming Revenues Through the Roof for March

The economy may still be crawling back on its belly everywhere else, but in Macau, money seems to be falling out of the sky, at least for its lucrative casino industry. A J.P. Morgan analyst estimates that March gross Macau gaming revenues for the world’s most successful gambling destination ever will top out at $3.67…Read More

Chinese Laundry Through the Slots: Money Laundering Alleged for Med Tech Firm

You think you have a gambling problem? How about $116,000 per month on a slots habit? That’s how much Bi Xiaodong, wife of China Medical Technologies (CMT) CEO Wu Xiaodong, is rumored to have pumped into the high roller slot machines at Las Vegas’ upscale Wynn and Bellagio casinos between 2005 and 2010, playing with…Read More

Crown Casino Scam Takes $32 Million

Events at the Crown Casino in Melbourne have led to the famous casino being cheated out of $32 million, the most anyone has ever managed to cheat from the casino since its establishment 19 years ago. Little is known about the number involved in the cheat so far, but reports say that a high roller…Read More

Florida Lt. Governor Resigns Amid Allegations of $300 Million Internet Cafe Scam

Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll is just one of more than 50 people who have been questioned in a massive Internet cafe scam investigation amid allegations that a public relations firm of which she is co-owner did PR for Allied Veterans, which reportedly fronted for the scam.  Although not herself charged with any wrongdoing in…Read More

Baltimore Casino Construction Temporarily On Hold Following Lawsuit

A group of five area citizens have brought construction on Ceasars Horseshoe Casino on Russell Street in south Baltimore to a grinding halt. Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Yolanda Tanner issued a temporary restraining order in light of the lawsuit, halting construction crews which had just begun work on the site this week. The citizen group…Read More

Iowa Hits Wall While Pennsylvania Floors It

Iowa’s recent move to legalize online poker appears to have fallen flat on its face as State Senator Jeff Danielson’s Senate Study Bill 1068, which would have legalized the online card game in the U.S. state, has failed to move forward. “Iowa’s online poker bill did not make it past the committee calendar deadline this…Read More

Canadian Cops Continue to Crash PlatinumSB Operation

This Tuesday March 5th saw a fresh sweep of raids on those involved in the PlatinumSB scandal from the combined forces of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police and local forces. Tuesday’s raid saw the authorities descend on personal residences and financial institutions, arresting a total of 18 individuals in connection to the…Read More

Chang Takes Down WPT Event for More Than a Million

It’s every poker player’s dream: to master a major tournament and take home a seven-figure score. That dream came true for relatively unknown pro Kai Chang this week at World Poker Tour (WPT) Bay 101 Shooting Star’s 2013 event. Not only did Chang win $1,138,350 for defeating a particularly tough and deep-stacked table, he was also…Read More

China Embracing Capitalism, One Casino at a Time

It’s always the same old story with these ex-Communist countries; the minute they get a taste for the joys of evil capitalism, all hell breaks loose and the communal fervor is displaced by all kinds of things that money can buy. Gambling is no exception, as proven by the slow and steady creep of casinos…Read More

It’s No Go Ho for MGM Resorts

Maybe Vietnam will be Asia’s first big bust gambling community; things are certainly not looking cheery for the MGM Ho Tram Strip these days (only for want of a “p” are the jokes on that name not endless). According to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, MGM Resorts International exercised its right to…Read More

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Worried Casinos Would Corrupt Chicago

Yep, you read that title right: in the city known for political scandals second only to possibly New Orleans, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is extremely worried that allowing land-based casinos in Chicago could open the door to the potential for political corruption. We’ll pause here so you can wipe the coffee spit off your computer…Read More

Brick-and-Mortar Poker Rooms Get the Wrecking Ball: Are Poker’s Glory Days Waning?

Ten years ago, following a Cinderella win for a guy with the life-imitates-art last name of Moneymaker, brick-and-mortar poker took off like nobody could ever have predicted, and a serious card game once reserved for hustlers and math geniuses suddenly became everyone’s fairy tale fantasy of their own rags-to-riches story.  You too could win $8…Read More

Just Say “Nyet” to Gambling: Authorities Crack Down on Russian Illegal Gambling

Who doesn’t think of empty bottles of Vodka and smoky backroom card games when you think of Russia? Apparently, not the Russian authorities, who have started a major sting to shut down illegal gambling parlors in several of the country’s key cities, including Moscow, Khimki and Pushkino (you’ve heard of Khimki and Pushkino, right?).  Russian…Read More

Caesars Entertainment Feeling Weathered After 2012

Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the largest land-based gaming operator on earth, has recently announced an unexpectedly modest increase in revenues for 2012 which the firm has put down mainly to the affects of Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy hit the U.S. during late October last year causing around $75 billion worth of damage to the areas it…Read More