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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.

Sheldon Adelson Tops 2017 Casino Billionaires List

Adelson number 20 on Forbes Billionaires List

Sheldon Adelson is once again the gambling industry’s top billionaire, according to the 2017 Forbes Billionaires List, published this week, as he has been for some time. The Las Vegas Sands Corp Chairman and CEO is, in fact, the 20th richest person on the planet, with an estimated net worth of $30.4 billion. The Forbes Billionaires List…Read More

Chinese Government Could Become Part Owner of Australian Casino

Chinese government Gold Coast casino

The Chinese government might soon become invested directly in the business of gambling in international markets should a proposed $3 billion casino resort in Queensland, Australia, be permitted to move forward. In December, ASF Group Limited, a company that aims to partner business between Australia and China, submitted a bid to the Queensland government to…Read More

Las Vegas Oddsmakers Are March Madness’ Big Winners After Two Rounds

Las Vegas sportsbooks March Madness

Las Vegas oddsmakers are welcoming in spring with open arms. After a run of 12 months that was filled with underdogs overcoming long odds, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is providing casino sportsbooks with the perfect elixir. With the first week of March Madness in the books, it was the oddsmakers in Nevada that played…Read More

Detroit Cockfighting Gambling Ring Uncovered, Ex-Baltimore Principal Gambled With School Money

cockfighting gambling ring Detroit

An underground cockfighting gambling ring has been uncovered by federal immigration authorities in Detroit, and the bust could lead to the deportation of dozens. The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided an abandoned building in southwest Detroit last weekend that turned up gambling evidence and around 100 gamecock birds. Around 50 people were…Read More

Tiger Woods Has Georgia on the Mind, Plans to Play in Masters

Tiger Woods Masters odds sportsbook

Tiger Woods hopes to be in Augusta, Georgia, early next month for golf’s first major of the year. But regardless of whether he’s able to recover from an ongoing back injury, oddsmakers in Las Vegas give the 14-time major winner slim chances of taking the coveted green jacket. The Westgate SuperBook puts the golfing great at…Read More

Ireland Casinos Don’t Have to Pay on Winnings Regardless of Luck of the Irish, Judge Rules

Ireland casinos winnings gambling law

Ireland casinos are not required by law to pay out on a gambler’s winnings is the surprising verdict recently reached by a civil court judge. In a legal action brought on by Ireland resident Sayed Mirwais, the plaintiff argued the D1 Casino in Dublin refused to payout on his winnings in full. On the night…Read More

Melco Crown to Change Its Name as It Seeks Post-Crown Identity

James Packer’s Crown to be dropped from Melco Crown

Melco Crown Entertainment is getting a name change and a complete rebranding. The Asian casino giant will drop the “Crown” from its English moniker and has proposed renaming itself “Melco Resorts & Entertainment,” as the company, much like Mariah Carey, contemplates a life without James Packer. Packer and Crown chose to reduce investment exposure to…Read More

Two New Mississippi Casino Projects Rejected by Gaming Commission, And Not Everyone Is Unhappy About It

Mississippi casino expansion Biloxi Diamondhead

Mississippi casino expansion efforts were rejected by the state’s Gaming Commission unanimously this week, after the regulators deemed that two proposed sites didn’t qualify as suitable for the projects. The three-member panel met privately on Thursday for about 90 minutes, deliberating whether to approve two new casinos in Biloxi and Diamondhead. When they emerged, Mississippi…Read More

Sports Betting Legalization Scores Slam Dunk Thanks to March Madness

sports betting legalization March Madness

The federal ban on sports betting has once again ben thrust into mainstream news thanks to March Madness, the men’s NCAA basketball tournament that attracts billions of dollars in wagers each spring. Since 1992 when the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was passed in Congress, Americans have been barred from placing financial wagers…Read More

West Virginia Online Gambling Bill Introduced to Generate New Tax Revenue

West Virginia online gambling Shawn Fluharty

A West Virginia online gambling bill has been introduced to the state legislature’s House of Delegates, but the statute’s odds of one day becoming law seem long. Authored by Delegate Shawn Fluharty (D-District 3) and cosponsored by four Democratic lawmakers, House Bill 3067 calls for the commencement of internet gambling in the Mountain State. The…Read More

Mississippi Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Signed Into Law, 12 States Now Embrace DFS

Mississippi daily fantasy sports betting

Mississippi daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests are now explicitly legal under state law following Governor Phil Bryant’s (R) signing of legislation that authorizes the online games. House Bill 967, first introduced in January by State Rep. Richard Bennett (R-District 120), issues licenses to qualified operators at the minimal cost of just $5,000 for a three-year…Read More

North Dakota State-Run Casinos Possible in Pipeline, Tribal Operators Protest

Standing Rock protests North Dakota casino battles

It hasn’t been a great stretch for the Native American tribes of North Dakota. And now relations between the Roughrider State and its tribes have hit rock bottom, thanks to a new push to amend the State Constitution to permit the creation of state-owned casinos outside of tribal lands. It’s a proposal that, if realized,…Read More

Phil Mickelson Could Testify in Sports Bettor Billy Walters’ Insider-Trading Trial

Phil Mickelson insider trading Billy Walters

Phil Mickelson is known as a risk-taker on the golf course, but his penchant for hazardous opportunity extends beyond the game that’s made him a millionaire 300 times over. Few golfers are more loved in America than “Lefty,” but outside the ropes, Mickelson runs with a crowd that doesn’t necessarily adhere to the same well-mannered ways….Read More

Pennsylvania Online Gaming Forces at Loggerheads, New US AG Jeff Sessions Causing Concern

Tom Murt Pennsylvania online gaming

As Pennsylvania’s lawmakers discussed the efficacy of legalizing and regulating online gaming at a joint Senate hearing in Harrisburg last week, counter legislation was being prepared that aimed to scuttle any such ambitions. On Friday, five state representatives introduced HB 801, which would amend the state’s gambling law to include a provision ensuring that “the…Read More

Vegas NASCAR Race Provides Last-Lap Drama and Physical Confrontation

NASCAR Las Vegas Kyle Busch

The Vegas NASCAR event on Sunday was a yawner of a race throughout much of the 400 miles, but a last-lap incident between hometown boy Kyle Busch and Joey Logano provided plenty of excitement that ended up in the two drivers exchanging blows. The Kobalt 400, Las Vegas’ annual NASCAR race, was deemed a dreadfully…Read More