Ed Silverstein

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Gaming Law, Tribal Gaming, Crime, Gaming Research----An award-winning journalist with credits ranging from the Associated Press to American Lawyer Media, Ed joined the Casino.org news team in 2019 with decades of legal reporting expertise under his belt. His past reporting and editing assignments include Cowles Business Media, Columbia University Press, the Connecticut Post, and Southern Connecticut Newspapers, Inc. Besides the law and its application to the gaming industry, Ed’s areas of expertise span business, courts, crime, politics, education, and state and local government. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut (where he now lives), and master’s degrees from Harvard and Yale, Ed’s professional awards include recognition from the New England Press Association and New England AP News Executives. Email: ed.silverstein@casino.org

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544 stories by Ed Silverstein

Two Brothers Apprehended at Las Vegas Red Rock Casino for Allegedly Trying to Sell $300K Worth of Meth

Federal agents arrested two brothers at Las Vegas’ Red Rock Resort’s parking garage last week after they allegedly attempted to sell 100 pounds of methamphetamine (meth) for $300,000, KLAS TV, a local station, reported. The brothers allegedly transported the suspected drugs from...

Ed Silverstein October 20, 2020

$7M Sports Betting Software Scheme Leads to Likely Prison Sentence for Alleged Utah Fraudster

A Utah man has pleaded guilty to taking part in an allegedly fraudulent multi-million-dollar athletic wagering software plot via a business identified as Sindakit Software LLC. He now faces a 10-year sentence in prison. Christopher D. Hales, age 39, of Lehi, entered...

Ed Silverstein October 19, 2020

Tokyo Police Continue to Raid Illegal Baccarat Gambling Joints

Late last week, Tokyo police searched an alleged illegal casino and arrested four employees and two baccarat players. Names of the suspects were not immediately known. Nor were charges. Revenue at the alleged casino was about US$66,500 per month, Inside Asian Gaming...

Ed Silverstein October 19, 2020

Massachusetts State Trooper Socialized with Criminals in Vegas, Did Favors for Bookies, Report Claims

Massachusetts State Trooper Paul Higgins remains on the police force after he allegedly did background checks for known bookies and socialized in Las Vegas with reputed criminals, according to The Boston Globe. The police officer went on trips with more than 24...

Ed Silverstein October 18, 2020

Federal Judge Continues Scrutiny of Borgata Execs Who Left for Ocean Casino

A top Borgata marketing executive who departed for the nearby Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City was recently ordered by a federal judge to turn over a personal cell phone for a forensic exam. The employee, William Callahan, previously turned in a...

Ed Silverstein October 17, 2020

Anaheim, California Gambling ‘Slaphouse’ Raid Leads to Dozens of Charges

About 70 people at a suspected gambling operation were detained this week in Anaheim after police raided a storefront and seized over two dozen video gaming machines and electronic gambling tables. California police are continuing to crack down on these types of...

Ed Silverstein October 17, 2020

Las Vegas Hotel Payments to Trump Scrutinized, Nevada Voter Poll Tightens

Conflicting versions have emerged around President Donald Trump getting approximately $21 million during 2016 from a Las Vegas hotel he co-owned with billionaire Phil Ruffin. In one version, Trump's tax records show he earned more than $21 million during his successful Republican...

Ed Silverstein October 13, 2020

Casinos Opt for Sports-Themed Eateries as Pandemic Continues

Gaming properties apparently are favoring informal sports-focused restaurants serving plenty of alcohol rather than upscale venues, according to an industry analyst. Barry Shuster, executive editor of Restaurant Startup & Growth/RestaurantOwner.com, and a clinical associate professor at North Carolina Central University School of...

Ed Silverstein October 10, 2020

Deadly Shootings Continue at Brooklyn, NY Alleged Gambling Joints

New York City police continue to search for an assailant who remains on the loose Friday after opening fire Wednesday night on four players at an alleged illegal gambling den in Brooklyn. One victim died and three others were wounded. The shooting...

Ed Silverstein October 9, 2020

Cambodia’s Initiative to Improve Casino Management Challenged by US Expert

Cambodia’s new gaming legislation, which aims to provide more regulation and curb abuses, may sound good. But a US-based expert questions how much benefit it will provide. The National Assembly approved the bill this week by 114 out of 117 votes, Inside...

Ed Silverstein October 7, 2020