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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.

Prediction Markets and Betting Lines Go Crazy, as First US Presidential Debate Approaches

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Betting lines and prediction markets are in full swing, as the two US presidential candidates get ready to square off against one another at Monday night’s first debate. If you can think of a potential line for just about anything that might happen, chances are an online book somewhere has it. Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump’s…Read More

Antigua Rallies Non-aligned Countries in Online Gambling Battle with America

Antigua president Gaston Browne calls for help in US online gambling dispute

Gaston Browne, president of the tiny twin-island Caribbean nation Antigua and Barbuda, wants to take on the might of the US, and he wants the Developing World to join him. Speaking at a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement of Nations, he called on South American and Central American countries in particular, to support his David…Read More

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Not Yet Sold on Las Vegas Move for Raiders

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said during the second Sunday of the professional football season that a lot still has to happen before the Oakland Raiders could move south to Las Vegas. In Minnesota for the opening of the Vikings’ new facility, Goodell fielded questions from reporters about whether another stadium grand opening should be expected…Read More

David Baazov’s Lawyer Grills AMF, Claims Regulator’s Case Is Full of Holes

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Former Amaya CEO David Baazov’s ongoing insider trading case received a two-day independent administrative hearing this week in Montreal, and it brought up some strange twists and turns, however you look at it. In hearings this week, which none of the accused were required to attend, Baazov’s lawyer Sophie Melchers, questioned AMF investigators for the first…Read More

Duterte Is Using The Philippine Police to Target Illegal Gambling After Drugs War

Duterte and Philippine police promise to target illegal gambling

Philippine National Police (PNP) said this week that having “eliminated” the country’s illegal drug menace “six months ahead of schedule,” it will now turn its attention to illegal gambling. Of course, if the country’s drugs problem has truly been eradicated, the PNP should not take all the credit. It’s had plenty of help from the…Read More

Pro-New Jersey Casino Expansion Ad Highlights “Financial Cost” of Referendum Vote

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Supporters of New Jersey’s northern casino expansion proposal have launched a new TV ad campaign emphasizing the billions of dollars in potential revenue lost to the casino expansion of neighboring states. It highlights the resulting loss of funding for programs aimed at helping senior citizens and the disabled. OUR Turn NJ, the public issue advocacy group…Read More

Carl Icahn Files Closing Paperwork for Trump Taj Mahal

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Carl Icahn wasn’t joking about closing the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. Icahn will be chalking up the “investment” as a $100 million loss. Thousands of jobs will be lost and the livelihoods of many families will be thrust into jeopardy. Members of the Unite Here Local 54 union walked off the job…Read More

Serena Williams Suffers Shocking Loss at US Open

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Serena Williams entered Thursday evening’s semifinal match at the US Open in Queens, New York, as the overall top seed in the women’s tournament. Williams holds 22 Grand Slam singles titles to go along with 14 majors in doubles. Williams had made it to the final match in eight of her last nine Grand Slam…Read More

UK Gambling Commission Comes Out Fighting for In-Play Betting

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The UK Gambling Commission published a paper this week outlining its support of in-play betting. The paper concluded that no regulatory adjustments were necessary, noting that the controls of the current framework were sufficient.      The UKGC stated that in-play betting does not cause unacceptable risks to fairness, but warned that bettors should be sufficiently made aware…Read More

Rodrigo Duterte Backtracks US Comments, Country Continues Illegal Gambling Crackdown

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is walking back comments directed at US President Barack Obama. Just hours after Duterte said he doesn’t answer to anyone “except the Filipino people” and called Obama a “son of a bitch” in his native Tagalog, the Philippines leader issued a quasi-apology through his spokesman. “We look forward to ironing out our differences…Read More

Ted Forrest Wanted by Authorities Over Alleged Bad Checks at Wynn Las Vegas

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Ted Forrest is a wanted man in Las Vegas. The six-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner has been accused of writing bad checks at Wynn Las Vegas in 2012 and 2013. According to authorities, Forrest cashed two checks totaling $215,000. Wynn says the checks bounced due to insufficient funds to cover the transactions….Read More

College Football Sports Betting Returns to Las Vegas Sportsbooks

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College football is back. After months of vacant grid irons, the pigskin gets back in the air and on the ground this weekend. No one is happier than the sports books in Las Vegas. Football attracts more bets in Nevada than any other sport. In 2015, football accounted for 35.61 percent of the Silver State’s…Read More

Macon County, Georgia Says Gambling Raids Have Aided Community Programs

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Macon County in Georgia wants it residents to know that the over $1 million in lawsuit settlements it’s received stemming from a 2014 gambling raid is being well utilized. This week, Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney David Cooke announced how the funds were being spent after his office received an Open Records Act request. Posted…Read More

Irish Olympic Boxers Allegedly Gambled on 2016 Summer Games

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Two Irish Olympic boxers allegedly gambled on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. If the charges are proven, the unidentified athletes would face serious disciplinary sanctions from both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI). Pat Ryan, the president of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA), says there…Read More

Trump Taj Mahal Revised Casino Union Offer Rebuffed by Carl Icahn, as New Jersey Online Outpaces on Land

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At the Trump Taj Mahal, the latest offering bid from casino union Unite Here Local 54 to owner Carl Icahn has fallen on deaf ears in Atlantic City. Bartenders, wait staff, cooks, housekeeping, and other service workers walked off the job on July 1, demanding higher hourly wages and the restoration of health and pension benefits…Read More