Ed Silverstein

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Ed Silverstein is a senior reporter covering gambling law and crime news for Casino.org. Ed is an award-winning journalist with credits ranging from the Associated Press to American Lawyer Media. Ed joined the Casino.org news team in 2019 after decades of experience in legal reporting.

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, politics, education, and state and local government.

Ed holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and master’s degrees from Harvard and Yale. His professional awards include recognition from the New England Press Association and New England AP News Executives.

Ed currently resides in Connecticut, where he enjoys photography and bowling in his spare time.

Contact Ed at ed.silverstein@casino.org.

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1199 stories by Ed Silverstein

Florida’s Seminole Classic Casino To Reopen After Air System Ruptures, 26 Injured

Hollywood, Fla.’s Seminole Classic Casino saw 26 people injured at Monday morning from the rupture of an air system, local officials said. The gaming property also was damaged. The casino was shuttered following the 9:50 AM incident. The gaming floor was scheduled...

Ed Silverstein September 13, 2021

Iowa’s Riverside Casino Site of Domestic Violence Incident

A domestic abuse case recently erupted at Iowa’s Riverside Casino and Golf Resort. During an altercation, a man allegedly struck a woman after getting into a dispute at the gaming property’s entrance. Lucas Benjamin Leonhard, 36, of Davenport, Iowa was charged with...

Ed Silverstein September 13, 2021

Pennsylvania’s Hollywood Casino Cleans Up After Half-Naked Man Poops in Flowerbeds

A 49-year-old Fitchburg, Mass. man was arrested this week for indecent exposure and public drunkenness. That's after a Pennsylvania state trooper spotted him defecating in a flowerbed outside of Hollywood Casino York. The unnamed man was seen squatting outside of the Springettsbury...

Ed Silverstein September 10, 2021

Nevada Casino-Bound Travelers Could Face Airport Delays From New Driver’s Licenses

Redesigned Nevada driver’s licenses could lead to delays at the state’s airports when passengers present them for identification. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents may have to inspect them manually, instead of the license’s barcode getting scanned. “The barcode on the back changed...

Ed Silverstein September 10, 2021

Maryland Live! Casino Attempted Murder Leads to 30-Year Sentence for Repeat Convict

A 28-year-old man is heading to prison for 30 years after getting convicted for last year’s attempted murder of another man in a parking lot at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland. Alonta Johnson of Baltimore was sentenced recently by Anne Arundel County...

Ed Silverstein September 9, 2021

California Man Allegedly Swings Bottle at Casino Guard, Headbutts Police Officer

A man is facing multiple charges following an assault of a Bankers Casino security guard and the headbutting of a Salinas, Calif. police officer over Labor Day weekend, according to local news reports. Alvin Harrison, 47, attacked the guard in the Salinas...

Ed Silverstein September 8, 2021

NYC Cops Investigate Shooting of Gambler As He Leaves Illegal Gaming Den

New York City police are continuing to search for two hooded bandits -- one of whom shot and possibly robbed a third man who had just left an illegal gambling den. The 25-year-old victim had a bag of cash in his hand...

Ed Silverstein September 7, 2021

Japan’s Ex-Casino Regulator Akimoto Sentenced To Four Years For Bribery Scandal

Japanese lawmaker and former casino regulator Tsukasa Akimoto was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison and was ordered to pay fines in connection with a highly-publicized bribery scandal, according to news reports. Akimoto, 49, was convicted of accepting about 7.6 million...

Ed Silverstein September 7, 2021

New Jersey Lottery Is Form of Gambling, Ticket Purchases By Minors Illegal

The New Jersey Lottery’s (NJL) initiative to prevent underage gambling has kicked off in the Garden State. Some say the campaign is needed because of the increasing number of minors who are either playing the lottery or gambling. In response, officials have...

Ed Silverstein September 6, 2021

Elderly California Man Could Face Life in Prison for Fatal DUI Near Casino

An 86-year-old man is facing between 23 years and life in prison after he was convicted Wednesday of murder and other charges. The case stems from a 2019 pedestrian death outside of Palm Springs, Calif.’s Agua Caliente Casino. Leroy Silva of Palm...

Ed Silverstein September 3, 2021