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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676 stories by Ed Silverstein

Texas Legislature To Once Again Consider Bills To Clarify Eight-Liner Rules

Soon, many eight-liner gaming machines may be illegal in Texas, according to recently proposed legislation. Exceptions would be made if individual towns, precincts, or counties vote to approve them. An eight liner resembles a slot machine. Depending on the type, a player...

Ed Silverstein February 9, 2021

Motown Star Mary Wilson Remembered for Las Vegas Shows, Her Supreme Legacy

Mary Wilson, the longest-performing member of The Supremes who later lived and appeared in the Las Vegas Valley, has died. She was 76. Wilson appeared at such venues as the Copa Room in the Sands Casino, as well as the Smith Center...

Ed Silverstein February 9, 2021

Texas Proposals on Sports Betting, Casinos Not Moving Forward, Top Politician Claims

A Texas bill to pave the way for commercial gaming properties and a related proposal to allow sports wagers will not be enacted by the legislature any time soon,  Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) said on Tuesday. The often-discussed gaming legislation would...

Ed Silverstein February 9, 2021

Indonesian Christian Gamblers Caned 40 Times Under Sharia Law

Two alleged gamblers were each given 40 lashes on the back with a cane Monday in Indonesia’s Aceh province, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). The pair were also accused of drinking alcohol. The sentence was imposed in public by a masked Sharia...

Ed Silverstein February 8, 2021

Casino Suicides Often Linked to Problem Gambling, Depression, Psychologist Warns

A rash of recent suicides at US gaming properties are not surprising, given some of the risk factors, according to a Tennessee psychologist who follows problem gambling. Dr. James P. Whelan, who directs the Institute for Gambling Education and Research at the...

Ed Silverstein February 8, 2021

Senators Likely to Avoid Gambling in Questioning Merrick Garland for Top DOJ Job

Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland will likely not get grilled about gaming law during upcoming Senate confirmation hearings, legal analysts predict. But they add that President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Justice (DOJ) overall is a bit of an...

Ed Silverstein February 8, 2021

Bellagio to Renovate Hotel Rooms, Eyeing Las Vegas Recovery in 2021

Bellagio’s new colorful room upgrade will provide “comfort” to attract players and travelers to the Las Vegas Strip gaming property as the COVID-19 pandemic hopefully winds down, according to casino sector analyst the Rev. Richard McGowan. The hotel hopes that the upgraded...

Ed Silverstein February 8, 2021

Justice Department May Follow Wire Act Appeal Ruling with Minor Action, Lawyers Say

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) controversial appeal of the Wire Act may end with last month's ruling by the First Circuit, according to gaming attorneys. They believe the DOJ will conform to January's decision on the Wire Act with only a little...

Ed Silverstein February 5, 2021

Mandalay Bay Conspiracy Theory Could Lead to Congresswoman Greene’s Ouster, Expert Confirms

US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) recently revealed conspiracy theories could lead to her expulsion from Congress. She has claimed gun control supporters were somehow behind the deadly 2017 Mandalay Bay mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. Many Democrats want to...

Ed Silverstein February 2, 2021

Online Sports Betting Moves Ahead in Argentina’s Neuquen Province

Argentina’s Casino Magic online sportsbook will launch within a few months in the nation’s Neuquen Province. The sportsbook will likely go live in Neuquen during the first four months of 2021. Eventually, the company wants to expand into other regions in Latin...

Ed Silverstein January 29, 2021