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Samantha Beckett

Samantha Beckett

Samantha Beckett has a passion for all things techy, as well as a love for gambling. So when online casinos popped up, she was there from the start. She can normally be found testing an online casino's software, looking at the latest game innovations, or tracking down the latest gambling gadget, making Samantha a valuable member of the Casino.org editorial team.

Analyst: Japan Casino Bill Expected in Second Half of 2018, Initial Licensees to Hold Seven-Year Exclusivity

Japan casino bill integrated resort

The long-awaited Japan casino bill being crafted by the country’s legislature shouldn’t be expected until the second half of 2018. Nomura Holdings, a Japanese financial research firm, opined this week that is the earliest the integrated resorts (IR) measure will presumably be made public.   In the meantime, there’s been plenty of speculation as to…Read More

Legislation Round-up: Sports Betting Movement in Louisiana, Illinois, Rhode Island

Chicago State Senator Napoleon Harris backs sports betting

As the global gambling industry awaits a US Supreme Court Ruling that is likely to legalize sports betting in America, legislatures across the country are alive with activity. Close to 20 states have now either passed legislation to legalize sports wagering in the event of a favorable SCOTUS decision, or are actively considering it. One…Read More

Check Your Ticket: $533 Million Mega Millions Winner Yet to Come Forward

Mega Millions Winner

Speculation continues to swirl around the identity of America’s tenth largest lottery jackpot winner, who at the time of writing has not yet come forward. The lucky customer won a $533 million Mega Millions jackpot on Friday night, having purchased a ticket at a Lukoil gas station and convenience store in Riverdale, New Jersey, about 25…Read More

Wynn Boston Harbor Domain Name Grab Hints at Possible Rebranding for Massachusetts Casino

Wynn Resorts Boston Harbor name

Could domain names scooped up by Wynn Boston Harbor executives be further indication that the property, now under construction, may be looking at a new name, one without the taint now associated with Steve Wynn himself? Wynn Boston Harbor President Robert DeSalvio told the state’s regulatory agency that he would have an announcement at a…Read More

Philippine Casinos Generate Nearly $3 Billion in 2017 Gross Gaming Revenue

Philippine casinos revenue PAGCOR

Philippine casinos generated PHP152.55 billion ($2.92 billion) in land-based gross gaming revenue (GGR) during 2017, an increase of 13.8 percent compared the previous year. Private integrated casino resorts in Manila continue to fuel the country’s gaming industry. The four leaders, City of Dreams, Solaire, Resorts World, and Okada, collectively reported GGR of $2.09 billion, a…Read More

$76 Million Expo Center Planned for Downtown Las Vegas

International Market Centers plans new expo center for downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas is getting a brand new multi-million-dollar convention center. International Market Centers plans to build a $76 million, 350,000-square-foot expo center next to its World Market Center on Grand Central Parkway. On Wednesday Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman expressed her approval of the project, which promises a state-of-the art exhibition and meeting space…Read More

Galaxy Entertainment’s Lui Che Woo Makes $12 Billion in Two Years from Stock Surge

Galaxy Entertainment founder Lui Che-Woo

Wynn Resort’s newest major shareholder, Hong Kong-based Galaxy Entertainment, has been riding the wave of Macau’s revival. According to Bloomberg this week, the group’s shares have skyrocketed by around 200 percent over the last seven quarters, placing it among the top four performers on Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index. Galaxy founder Lui Che-Woo’s net worth has…Read More

Nevada Casinos Win $1 Billion in February Thanks to Chinese New Year

Nevada casinos revenue Las Vegas Strip

Nevada casinos collectively won $1,017,914,000 during February, a nearly eight percent premium on the same month in 2017. It’s the second straight month that the industry has surpassed the $1 billion mark, and the first back-to-back 10-digit performance since the ceremonial feat was accomplished in March and April of 2008. February 2018 is the 37th…Read More

Steve Wynn Managers Allegedly Dismissed Sexual Harassment Complaints, Told Workers to ‘Keep it Shut’

Steve Wynn sex scandal harassment

Supervisors and managers working for Steve Wynn allegedly looked the other way and dismissed claims of sexual misconduct made by employees against the Las Vegas visionary. In an expose published this week in The Wall Street Journal, the same media outlet that broke the story in January that the billionaire reportedly sexually assaulted and harassed female…Read More

Golden Nugget Atlantic City Looks to Merge Online and Land-Based Gambling

Golden Nugget Atlantic City online gambling

Golden Nugget Atlantic City is looking to further extend its online gambling prowess in New Jersey by launching a new roulette game that seamlessly joins internet players with gamblers on the brick-and-mortar casino floor. This week, GoldenNuggetCasino.com launched “Live Casino Floor Roulette” where a video feed of a designated roulette table on the casino floor…Read More

New Hampshire Senator Ready to Quit After 20th Failed Casino Bill

New Hampshire State Senator Lou D’Allesandro

God loves a trier, they say, but after two decades of trying to legalize casino gaming in New Hampshire, even the dogged Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) believes it might be time to call it a day. D’Allesandro’s 20th consecutive casino bill was defeated in the Senate by an 11 to 10 vote last week. This…Read More

Deadwood Casino Revenue Falls Seven Percent in February, HBO Movie Could Reignite Interest

Deadwood casino February revenue

Deadwood casinos remain on life support, and February certainly didn’t help their prognoses. Data released Monday by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming shows that slot machine win fell 6.3 percent last month, and table game revenue slid 12.4 percent. Combined, casino operators saw gross gambling revenue drop 6.7 percent. “Deadwood gaming operators still remain…Read More

IGT Teams Up with HTC Vive for ‘Virtual Zone’ VR Casino Gaming Experience

The IGT Virtual Zone

Slot machine giant IGT has teamed up with virtual reality hardware developers HTC Vive to bring a glimpse of the casino games of the future to the gaming floor. HTC is providing the immersive headgear for IGTs Virtual Zone, a virtual reality competition arena that pits casino patrons against one another in a series of…Read More

GVC Ladbrokes Takeover Cleared by UK Competition Regulator

GVC Ladbrokes deal moves step closer

Online gambling giant GVC Holdings has cleared one of the final hurdles in its proposed takeover of UK bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral. The UK competition regulator, the Competitions and Market Authority (CMA), this week approved the merger that would create one of the world’s largest publicly traded betting companies. Competition laws exist to prevent companies from…Read More

Five Louisiana Casino Bills Advance, State Gambling Industry Makeover Looms

Louisiana casino law riverboat

Multiple pieces of legislation that would overhaul how Louisiana casinos operate passed out of state committees this week. The two most consequential bills involve allowing the state’s 15 riverboat casinos to move ashore, so long as they remain within 1,200 feet of their current locations. Additional legislation would remove a 30,000-square-foot floor limit in favor…Read More