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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1195 stories by Ed Silverstein

Washington State Casino Child Abandonment Leads to Search by Deputies for Father

Deputies in Washington State continue to look for the father who allegedly abandoned two young children last weekend at 7 Cedars Casino parking lot. The kids are 5 months and 1.5 years old. The father was identified as Travis Michael Parker, 38,...

Ed Silverstein June 18, 2021

Tribal Casino Payments to Connecticut Towns Could Stop Due to Hurtful Team Names

Up to 12 Connecticut towns could lose some slots revenue from the state’s two tribal gaming properties. That's because public schools in these communities continue to use offensive Native American team monikers or mascots. Under recently approved legislation, at issue is “any...

Ed Silverstein June 18, 2021

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Thieves Allegedly Steal Three Luxury Watches, $40K

Three suspected thieves were due in Las Vegas Justice Court today to face charges they allegedly stole $40,000 in cash, three luxury watches, and other pricey items from a guest room Friday at the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The stolen items and...

Ed Silverstein June 16, 2021

Reputed Thai Casino Boss Scrutinized for Role in Alleged Retaliatory Murder

Criminal cases against an ex-gaming operator in Thailand are moving forward in connection with last July’s murder of a bicycle taxi rider and other crimes, according to published reports. The alleged contract killing was believed to be in retaliation for the taxi...

Ed Silverstein June 15, 2021

Montana Casino Robbery Plot, Murder Leads to 65-Year Prison Sentence

A Montana man who decapitated a winning casino player in 2017 was sentenced to 65 years in prison for deliberate homicide. Donald Ray Cherry, 34, was given the prison term Friday in the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings for the killing of...

Ed Silverstein June 14, 2021

Washington State Tribes Move Closer Toward Sports Betting After Commission Vote

Fifteen Washington State tribes are significantly closer to offering athletic wagering following a key vote. Sports betting could be in place by the end of August in time for the beginning of the 2021 NFL season. Last week, the Washington State Gambling...

Ed Silverstein June 13, 2021

Ben Affleck Returns to Las Vegas’s Gaming Tables, Seen at the Wynn

Actor Ben Affleck was spotted at Las Vegas’s Wynn Resort and Casino's high limit room at about 3 am one day this week, according to published reports. He did not let the fact that seven years ago he was banned from another...

Ed Silverstein June 11, 2021

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Suspected Robber Held Without Bail

Details have emerged on Tuesday’s robbery of $5,000 worth of chips at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. A suspect was later arrested at the nearby Waldorf Astoria, and his pockets were filled with the chips. The suspect, identified as Ronald Allison, 51,...

Ed Silverstein June 10, 2021

Live From Las Vegas: It’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ at The Luxor

America’s Got Talent (AGT) Las Vegas Live will begin a residency at the Luxor Hotel & Casino on Nov. 4. It will feature acts from the long-running AGT TV brand. The show will run two times per night, five nights a week,...

Ed Silverstein June 10, 2021

Las Vegas Strip Casino Site of Holdup, Suspect in Custody, Police Reveal

A suspect was apprehended early Tuesday after allegedly robbing a Las Vegas Strip gaming property, according to the Las Vegas Metro Police. The casino was identified as The Cosmopolitan -- and the holdup took place at a casino cage, the Las Vegas...

Ed Silverstein June 8, 2021