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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671 stories by Ed Silverstein

Fraud, theft at casino

Michigan, Kansas Cases Pending Against Alleged Fraudster at Casinos

A Michigan man was arrested after allegedly defrauding and stealing more than $100,000 from MGM Grand Detroit and other gaming locations. The man allegedly wore disguises and facial coverings to appear as an elderly man to steal the identities of at least...

Ed Silverstein July 24, 2020
smoke free casino

Iowa Tribal Casinos Continue Coronavirus Smoking Ban

Iowa’s tribal gaming properties are likely to remain smoke-free to lessen the risk of transmitting COVID-19 among workers and players. In the last two months, four casinos -- the Blackbird Bend Casino, Meskwaki Bingo Casino, Prairie Flower Casino, and WinnaVegas Casino Resort...

Ed Silverstein July 23, 2020
Nugget Casino Reno

Nevada’s Little Nugget Casino to Permanently Close July 30

Reno’s Little Nugget casino is to shutter late this month because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the venue announcing it will close for good at the end of July. Despite the closing, the property will try to keep a non-restricted gaming license...

Ed Silverstein July 22, 2020
Casino to reopen in September

Tropicana Las Vegas To Reopen on September 1, Safeguards in Place

The Tropicana is among the latest Las Vegas Strip properties to announce a reopening date following months of shuttering. Unfortunately, patrons will have to wait until the fall to gamble. The Penn National Gaming casino is planning to resume limited operations at...

Ed Silverstein July 15, 2020
Lebanon casino could be sold

Lebanon’s Casino Could Get Sold as Nation’s Economy Continues in Freefall

The future of Lebanon’s Casino du Liban is in flux, as the Middle Eastern nation looks to find ways to survive a severe economic downturn. The government may sell its partial share of the gaming property, located about 14 miles north of...

Ed Silverstein July 14, 2020
Nevada governor mask mandate

Nevada Man Charged with Trespassing After He Allegedly Refused to Wear Mask at Hard Rock Casino Bar

A 32-year-old Nevada man was arrested for trespassing early Saturday, July 4, after he allegedly refrained from putting on a facial covering while sitting at a bar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. The man, who lives in Ruhenstroth,...

Ed Silverstein July 5, 2020
Massachusetts casinos reopen

Players Must Feel ‘Safe’ on Gaming Floors as Massachusetts Casinos Start to Reopen, Expert Warns

When Massachusetts’ three gaming properties resume operations later this month after months of closure by the pandemic, the venues must provide players and other guests a climate in which they feel safe, according to a New England professor who specializes in the...

Ed Silverstein July 5, 2020
Haskins Perishes in Michigan

Station Casinos President Richard Haskins Dies Saturday Following Michigan Watercraft Accident

UPDATE: The Emmet County Michigan Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Saturday afternoon boating accident on Little Traverse Bay where a 27-foot powerboat driven by James Moffatt, 77, of Vero Beach, Florida, collided with a jet ski driven by Richard Haskins, 56, of...

Ed Silverstein July 4, 2020
parx casino smoking ban

Several Pennsylvania Casinos Ban Inside Smoking Over Health Concerns

Multiple Pennsylvania gaming properties are now smoke-free after recent directives from state regulators to improve worker and player health. Among them is The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, located in Washington, which announced on social media that smoking was “phased out in the...

Ed Silverstein July 4, 2020
July 4 weekend las vegas strip

The Venetian, Caesars Palace Could Temporarily Shutter as Some Nevada Businesses Disregard Mask Rule

Some Las Vegas casinos could voluntarily temporarily close their doors because of coronavirus worries, following what is promising to be a generally upbeat July 4 weekend for gaming properties and tourism. “We hear some Las Vegas casinos could close temporarily due to...

Ed Silverstein July 4, 2020