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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.

Atlantic City Strip Club Stakes Its Pole in Former Trump Taj Mahal, New Owner Hard Rock Files Suit

Atlantic city strip club Score Hard Rock

Atlantic City strip club Scores says when Hard Rock is finished with its $500 million reimagining of the former Trump Taj Mahal, it has the legal right to reopen inside the resort. The gentlemen’s club makes that claim that it still holds a valid lease agreement with the shuttered Taj that should allow it to…Read More

Comedian Kevin Hart, Las Vegas Headliner and PokerStars Ambassador, Extricates Himself From Extortion Attempt, Claims He Has ‘Target on His Back’

Kevin Hart extortion Las Vegas

Comedian Kevin Hart, a PokerStars ambassador and Las Vegas performing mainstay, is fighting back against an alleged extortion attempt by a person who obtained video of the actor behaving inappropriately with a woman in a hotel suite in Sin City. What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas, and for the married Hart, whose…Read More

Pennsylvania Senate to Crack Down on Illegal Gambling as Legislature Considers Gaming Expansion

Pennsylvania Senate illegal gambling

Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee Chairman Chuck McIlhinney (R-District 10) says business owners allowing illegal gambling operations to take place at their establishments will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. That is, of course, assuming the state legislature, which is currently mulling multiple gambling expansion measures, one being to allow slots…Read More

Aussie Court Shoots Down $8.8 Billion Tabcorp-Tatts Merger

David Attenborough, Tabcorp CEO

The long-planned merger between Tabcorp and Tatts, Australia’s two biggest gambling firms, could be off, as a federal court on Wednesday squelched regulatory approval of the $8.8 billion deal following a judicial review. At the very best, it represents an enormous setback for the merger which Tabcorp had hoped could be finalized in the last…Read More

Atlantic City Tourism Report Provides Plenty of Optimism for Casinos

Atlantic City tourism statistics

Atlantic City tourism statistics indicate that the region’s seven remaining casinos are benefiting from the October closure of the Trump Taj Mahal. But they aren’t just poaching from the shuttered resort, but also generating new visitations to the beachfront town. According to the Atlantic City Tourism Performance Indicators report published by Stockton University’s Lloyd D….Read More

$10 Million Megabucks Jackpot Hit at Henderson Casino by New Local

Megabucks jackpot Fiesta Henderson

A Megabucks jackpot totaling $10,192,522.80 was hit at the Fiesta Henderson Hotel and Casino over the weekend by a man who only recently moved to the state of Nevada. Roger, who withheld his last name while talking to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, told the newspaper that he relocated to Henderson from Virginia just a couple…Read More

Stephen Hung’s Ultra-Luxury Macau Resort Nears Completion

Stephen Hung The 13 Macau

Flamboyant Hong Kong businessman Stephen Hung is nearing completion on his $1.3 billion hotel resort named The 13. Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes told reporters on Wednesday that the agency is ready to inspect the property once a formal request is filed. The news that the ultra-luxury hotel is…Read More

Gambling Study That Asked Participants to Cuddle Live Crocodiles Wins ‘Ig Nobel’ Prize 

Crocodile-based gambling research wins Ig Noble award

How would embracing a live crocodile seconds before hitting the blackjack tables affect your ability to execute optimal strategy? That’s (sort of) the question a team of researchers at Central Queensland University (CQU) grappled with back in 2010, and at long last their research has been recognized this week with an “Ig Nobel Prize.” Ig…Read More

Sioux Falls Police Catch Casino Robbers Looking to Fund Meth Deal with Stolen Loot

Crown Casino Sioux Falls South Dakota robbery

Two men’s plan to rob casinos in Sioux Falls, South Dakota so they could buy methamphetamine in California, then return to the Midwest and sell the drugs, didn’t pan out very well. The two allegedly carried out three armed casino thefts, but both were in jail 10 days later, before they could travel to the…Read More

Remaining Atlantic City Casinos See Revenues Increase in August

Atlantic City casinos revenue

Atlantic City casinos saw their revenues jump in August to $244.8 million, a 5.5 percent premium on the same month last year. The seven remaining floors ended a solid summer, and are now two percent ahead of 2016’s total take through eight months of the year. June, July, and August is a critical period for…Read More

Australia Considers Regulating Online Poker as Internet Gambling Ban Takes Effect

Sen. Mitch Fifield, Australian Communications Minister

Online poker became illegal in Australia on Wednesday, as the country’s Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill became a fully enforceable law. But a new proposal floated this week is offering aggrieved online poker players fresh hope for a fix. Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said on Tuesday that the government is “favorably disposed” to the idea of…Read More

Cleveland Indians Win 21st Consecutive Game to Break AL Record, Tie MLB Mark

Cleveland Indians winning streak

The Cleveland Indians continued their impressive winning streak, capturing their 21st consecutive baseball game Wednesday to break the American League record set by the Oakland Athletics in 2002. They also tied the Major League Baseball record set by the 1935 Chicago Cubs. If the team can defeat the Kansas City Royals at home Thursday night,…Read More

State-Run Casino in South Korea Admits to Scale of Its Own Corruption

Kangwon Land Casino in South Korea

  The largest casino in South Korea, Kangwon Land, has admitted to committing acts of nepotism on an industrial scale. The mea culpa appears to be an effort to show the state-owned casino’s new commitment to transparency, after it was rocked by a corruption scandal that led to the criminal indictment of its CEO. According…Read More

Cambodia Spurred by US State Dept. Rebuff to Overhaul Casino Regulations

Nagaworld Casino in Cambodia

Cambodia is the latest nation to introduce tighter regulations for its casino industry, in part to attract new investment from international operators. The move follows a US State Department report that described the country’s casino sector as “unregulated or under-regulated,” a designation that would likely keep away American casino interests. While there has been talk…Read More

Not Quite Area 51, But Area 15 Will Bring Sci-Fi Entertainment to Las Vegas

Area 15 Las Vegas Area 51

Area 15 hopes to one day attract sci-fi and comic book fans to a yet-to-be-constructed 146,000-square-foot entertainment facility just steps off the Las Vegas Strip. Proposed by New York real estate development company Fisher Brothers, the venue’s blueprint calls for multiple arenas that allow sci-fi fans to immerse themselves in popular movies including the apocalyptic…Read More