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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.

Oscars Odds Predict Big Night For “La La Land” at Academy Awards, But Few Thrills

Emma Stone Ryan Gosling La La Land Oscar odds

The Oscars odds at UK and EU sportsbooks predict a big night for “La La Land,” the rom-com drama starring millenial heartthrobs Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Nevada oddsmakers don’t take bets on non-sporting outcomes, but across the pond and beyond, all of the major betting shops and sites are happy to take wagers on…Read More

MGM Resorts Implementing Responsible Gambling Program at North American Casinos

MGM Resorts problem gambling GameSense

MGM Resorts has partnered with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) to implement the Canadian regulator’s responsible gambling program in all of its North American casinos. Considering the Nevada-based company is one of the world’s largest gaming operators and owns over a dozen properties in North America, the agreement is a monumental development in how…Read More

Third Connecticut Casino Announcement Has All Ears Piqued in Northeast

Connecticut casino MGM Springfield

A planned Connecticut casino will reveal its targeted location for construction in the coming days, and the impending announcement has the ears of all vested gaming interests operating in the northeast. The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Native American tribes are working together to bring the Constitution State a third casino venue. The joint venture is in…Read More

Melco Crown Calls Sheldon Adelson’s $10 Billion Bet on Japan, Hard Rock Scrambling for Partners

Melco Crown Lawrence Ho Japan casino resort

Melco Crown Entertainment won’t be intimidated by Las Vegas Sands billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s comments this week that he’s ready to spend up to $10 billion on building a casino in Japan. Hong Kong businessman Lawrence Ho, the billionaire son of Stanley Ho who held a gambling monopoly in Macau for 40 years, told reporters soon…Read More

PokerStars New Jersey Turns $10 into $100,000 for Lucky Spin & Go Winner

PokerStars New Jersey Spin & Go

PokerStars New Jersey recently made one online poker player a lot wealthier. Back on January 29, James Piccolo, a 28-year-old resident of Nevada, was back east visiting his family in Bergen County. The self-described poker professional decided to test his talent on the PokerStars New Jersey platform and sat down at the $10 Sit &…Read More

Pennsylvania Casinos Could Receive Substantial Tax Credits for Local Host Share Payments

Pennsylvania casinos tax credits

Pennsylvania casinos are required to pay $10 million annually to their host communities, or two percent of their yearly gross gaming revenue generated from slots, according to a recent report in The Morning Call, a news site that covers the Lehigh Valley region. No casino in the Keystone State has ever collected $500 million in a single…Read More

UK Gambling Commission Accused of Cover up in “Lottery Rapist” Fiasco 

Tom Watson calls for transparency on “Lottery rapist” report

A prominent British politician has accused the UK Gambling Commission of a “cover up” over how a convicted rapist was able to claim a £2.5 million ($3.11 million) lottery win with an allegedly fraudulent ticket. A Gambling Commission report said that Edward Putnam, who served seven years in the nineties for raping a pregnant teenager,…Read More

Macau Casinos Get Reprieve on Indoor Smoking Ban

Macau government smoking lounges

The Macau government is easing its position on smoking inside casinos, and that’s much-welcomed news to resort operators who are desperately trying to stabilize revenues. The health bureau’s revision is a win for casinos, as patrons would have otherwise been forced to routinely exit the resort to smoke a cigarette or cigar. However, the agency…Read More

Georgia Convenience Store Gambling Raid Puts Three in Jail

convenience store gambling raid Georgia

A convenience store gambling operation has been shutdown after police in Georgia raided the suspected business this week. The Marietta Police Department said in a press release that a two-year surveillance into two Gantts Food grocery stores began as a drug trafficking sting, but transitioned into an illegal gambling and money laundering investigation. After obtaining…Read More

Pete Rose Still Loves Gambling, and Doesn’t Much Care What You Think

Pete Rose sports betting gambling

Gambling cost Pete Rose a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and ruined his personal reputation. Banned from the game since reaching a plea deal with the league in 1989, the all-time hits leader said this week he still loves gambling, and doesn’t much care what others might think. Appearing on the season…Read More

Caesars Q4 Net Loss Eclipses Analysts’ Expectations Ten Times Over 

Fissora’s Caesars posts net losses

Caesars Entertainment Corp’s (CEC) Q4 loss was ten-times worse than analysts’ predictions. Net loss for the period was $435 million, compared to $39 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, mainly due to a $426 million accrual related to the restructuring of its bankrupt operating unit Caesars Operating Corp (CEOC), the company said. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected a net loss…Read More

Russia Proposes UIGEA-Like Legislation to Block Online Gambling

Russia Vladimir Putin UIGEA online gambling

Russia is taking a page out of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), the 2006 United States federal statute that blocked financial institutions from facilitating online transactions related to internet gambling. Russia’s Ministry of Finance unveiled a piece of legislation this week that seeks to implement regulations on banks to curtail the country’s growing…Read More

William Hill’s Largest Shareholder Demands Sale of Gambling Company

William Hill merger buyout Parvus investor

William Hill is once again at the center of merger talks, but this time the company’s largest shareholder wants it to be the target of a takeover. Parvus Asset Management, a London-based hedge fund that controls 14.3 percent of the UK bookmaking and gambling company, is reportedly pushing William Hill to accept a qualified takeover….Read More

Meadowlands Racetrack Still Wants Casino, Upstate New York Venue Wins Big

Meadowlands Racetrack casino Jeff Gural

Meadowlands Racetrack owner Jeff Gural led the charge to end Atlantic City’s monopoly on gambling last year, but the November referendum to amend the state’s constitution was heavily rejected by voters. The result of the tally was that casinos would remain confined to the beachfront town. The referendum cannot be represented to New Jerseyans until November…Read More

Philippines to Plug Money Laundering Holes in Casino Sector

Representative Ben Evardone approves AML controls for Philippine casinos

The Philippines is pushing ahead with plans to tighten anti-money laundering (AML) controls in its casino sector. The country’s casinos, which are lightly regulated by state-run operator-regulator PAGCOR, are currently exempt from the rules of its Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001. But the cyber heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of February last year, drew…Read More