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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 editorial team.

LV Raiders Stadium Construction (Almost) Ready for Takeoff on FAA Safety Approval

Las Vegas Raiders stadium FAA

The Las Vegas Raiders hope to begin playing in their new $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat home stadium along the Strip in 2020, but that timeline could suffer a setback if plans don’t pass muster with the Federal Aviation Administration, which just issued its first report.  On Wednesday, the FAA gave its initial findings that at 225…Read More

With Stadium Coming, Las Vegas Eyed as Potential Host City for 2026 World Cup

Las Vegas World Cup 2026

Las Vegas is one of 44 cities meriting a look as a prospective host city for the 2026 World Cup, according to soccer officials tasked with scouting locations across North America for inclusion in an official multinational bid. The United Bid Committee (UBC) of the United States, Canada and Mexico on Tuesday sent Requests for…Read More

MGM Resorts Won’t Make the Fun Stop for Those Using GameSense

MGM Resorts GameSense problem gambling

MGM Resorts will soon offer guests access to GameSense, a program that purports to put the power back into players’ hands when it comes to how much and for how long they can gamble. To be set up in casino kiosks to which players would theoretically flock, the gaming operator will soon begin training its…Read More

Minnesota Charitable Gambling Delivers More Money to Government Than Nonprofits

Minnesota charitable gambling

Revenue from charitable gambling in Minnesota is growing for a seventh consecutive year, but associated taxes and fees might cost more than what’s ultimately left for the nonprofit beneficiaries. Revenues from charitable gambling in Minnesota are on pace to eclipse the $1.7 billion risked in the state on bingo, pull tabs, raffles, tip boards, and…Read More

Marcus Hutchins Pleads Not Guilty in Milwaukee to Malware Creation Charges, Following FBI Las Vegas Arrest

Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to cyber malware charges

Marcus Hutchins has found out the hard way that what happens in Vegas definitely does not stay in Vegas. After being arrested by FBI agents on August 2nd while waiting for a flight out of McCarran International to go back home to England, the cybersecurity expert, who’d been in Las Vegas attending two major conferences…Read More

Mega Millions Winning Ticket for $393 Million Sold in Illinois, Powerball Jackpot Soars to $430M

It’s one down and one to go with multimillion dollar US lotteries, after a lucky purchaser in Illinois won $393 million in a Mega Millions drawing on Friday. The Powerball jumped to $430 million after no ticket matching all six numbers was selected on Saturday. The next drawing will be Wednesday. This is the first…Read More

Sands China Welcomes Back VIPs with Updates to Venetian, Plaza Casinos in Macau

Sands China VIP refurbishment

Sands China revealed in its half-year financial report plans to renovate VIP areas inside the Venetian Macau and the Plaza Macau. Slated for completion in 2018, the intent of the makeovers is to “create a new benchmark” for VIP gaming in the world’s richest gambling hub. Sands China, the operating unit of billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s…Read More

Dallas Cowboys Star Ezekiel Elliott Suspended Six Games, Team’s Super Bowl Odds Lengthen

Ezekiel Elliott suspension Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will miss the first six games of the regular season after the NFL handed down a substantial suspension on unproven allegations that he violated the league’s personal conduct policy. Without its superstar back, the Cowboys, always one of the must bet on teams in Las Vegas, will see its…Read More

Nevada Gaming Regulators Give Caesars Go-Ahead on Post-Bankruptcy Plan

Caesars Entertainment Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) on Wednesday approved Caesars Entertainment’s corporate restructuring plans to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While explaining the company’s future, Caesars CEO Mark Frissora promised to deliver new jobs and economic prosperity to the Silver State as part of the deal. The Caesars boss revealed that the corporation plans to…Read More

Nuclear Tensions with North Korea Jeopardize 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang

Winter Olympics PyeongChang South Korea

The Winter Olympics in South Korea are scheduled to commence in less than six months in PyeongChang, just 40 miles south of North Korea. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed this week that it’s actively monitoring the escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea, and new reports that Kim Jong-un’s regime is now…Read More

Florida Seminole Casinos Generating Massive Revenues for Tribe

Seminole Hard Rock Florida casinos

The Seminole Tribe is generating billions of dollars in gaming revenue from its seven casinos in Florida, and by carefully examining revenue sharing payments to the state, one can see just how much the Native American group is pulling in. The tribe isn’t required to publicly disclose revenue at each casino, but the checks it…Read More

Bitcoin Value Hits New High, Investors Confident After Currency Split

Bitcoin valuation Bodog betting

Bitcoin is trading at $3,400 today, yet another record high for the digital currency in what’s shaping up to be its best year since its inception in 2013. The surge is a relief for investors concerned about how the coinage’s split on August 1, in an event known as a “hard fork,” which created a…Read More

Philippines Prison Guards Lose Bonus Money After Prisoners Discovered with Betting Slips and Drugs

Cebu prison Philippines guards

Prison guards at the Philippines’ Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) each lost out on a $200 bonus after they were blamed for inmates possessing betting slips and drugs found in a raid on Tuesday. Local police conducted the operation and found 20 gambling tally sheets, as well as lists of code names, number…Read More

State GOP in Georgia Resurrects Moral Opposition to Casino Possibilities

John Watson, Georgia GOP chair supports gambling

Like many states across the country, Georgia has been considering legislative proposals to legalize various forms of gambling. But unlike many states, proponents in Georgia are facing fierce opposition from a Republican party pushing long-disputed talking points about casino ills. The Georgia GOP state committee passed a resolution over the weekend outlining the “societal costs”…Read More

Britain Finance Boss Scraps Government Review of FOBT Betting Limits

Philip Hammond betting terminals

UK Finance Minister Philip Hammond claims he has stopped a review of high-stakes gambling terminals, on concerns that the country cannot afford to lose vital revenue should lawmakers greatly reduce maximum allowable wagers as proposed. Hammond told the Daily Mail on Friday that such a change would be “financially crippling.” The Department for Culture, Media and Sport…Read More