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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.

Golden Entertainment’s Stratosphere, Arizona Charlie Acquisitions Approved by Nevada Gaming Commission

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The Stratosphere, along with two Arizona Charlie’s resorts, has been officially sold to Golden Entertainment, a company whose holdings are well-known to Nevadans due to its more than 50 taverns under the PT’s brand of pubs and restaurants. The Nevada Gaming Commission unanimously approved Golden Entertainment’s acquisition of the three properties from American Casino and…Read More

San Diego, California Getting Back in the Game, as Six Area Casinos Undergo New Construction

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Six San Diego casinos are getting a collective $1 billion infusion, which will go towards major remodelling, added amenities, and additional hotel rooms for the area. That’s more than half of the county’s 10 gaming venues, and shows that the fight to keep gamblers at home, rather than lose them to Las Vegas, is getting…Read More

LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard Favorites to Win NBA MVP


It’s not a surprise to see Cleveland’s LeBron James as a favorite to win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award, but he has company at the top spot. San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard is also a 4-1 pick to win the award after the conclusion of the 2017-2018 season. Even more startling was that the Spurs…Read More

Pennsylvania Table Games Revenue Up Nearly 10 Percent in September

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According to the latest report from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the state’s 1,252 gaming tables in daily operation (on average) generated $76 million in September, up nearly 10 percent year-over-year. The uptick is a refreshing reprieve from sluggish gaming revenue numbers in the state earlier in the year. Sands Casino in Bethlehem jumped 17…Read More

Tiger Woods Cleared for Full Golf Activity, No Timetable for Return to PGA

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Tiger Woods teased fans over the weekend when he posted a video on his Twitter account showing him hitting a driver at an unnamed golf course. But other than the caption “Making Progress,” he gave no indication when he might return to competitive golf. The winner of 79 PGA Tour events seems in no hurry…Read More

Crown Resorts Accused of Tampering With Slot Machines, Company Rejects Allegations

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Three former Crown Resorts employees working at the company’s Melbourne casino resort in Australia are claiming slot machines were deliberately tampered with in order to manipulate the gambling outcome in the house’s favor. Lawmaker Andrew Wilkie brought the claims before Parliament on behalf of the former Crown workers. Wilkie is demanding that the federal government…Read More

North Korea Decriminalizes Horse Racetrack Gambling, Minimum Age Set at 12

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North Korea has long banned its citizens from gambling, but that changed this week after it was revealed that Kim Jong Un’s government legalized wagering at horse racetracks. Recent sanctions placed on North Korea due to its ongoing nuclear weapons program have further isolated the country. Desperately in need of tax revenue to keep his…Read More

$24.1 Million Winning New York State Lottery Ticket Found Just 48 Hours Before Expiration

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A New York State winning $24.1 million lottery ticket was found stuffed in an old shirt pocket along with dozens of other lotto slips just two days before the ticket was set to expire. On May 24, 2017, with less than 48 hours to spare, Jimmie Smith, a 68-year-old resident of East Orange, New Jersey,…Read More

UK Lawmaker Opens Inquiry into Loot Boxes in Video Games

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A member of parliament in the United Kingdom has opened an inquiry into the practice of including “loot boxes” in video games, further intensifying the growing scrutiny over whether these transactions need to be regulated as gambling. Labour MP Daniel Zeichner, who represents Cambridge, submitted two questions to Karen Bradley, the Secretary of State for…Read More

Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture Delays Unveiling of Grand Casino Plan

Wakayama prefecture delays casino plan

Japan’s Wakayama prefecture will delay the announcement of its “Master Plan” for an integrated resort until March due to the forthcoming general election, the regional government said this week. The prefecture is determined to be a part of a future casino industry, despite the likelihood that a limited number of licenses will be issued which…Read More

Zappos to Cover Las Vegas Shooting Funeral Costs, Victim Fundraising Tops $15 Million

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Online retailer Zappos is offering to pay for the funerals for all 58 victims of the October 1 Las Vegas shooting. In a statement to the Las Vegas Sun, Steven Bautista, who oversees the company’s “Zappos for Good” program, said the company isn’t using its charitable funds to cover immediate memorial services. Instead, Zappos is…Read More

Lawrence Ho’s Melco Resorts Boasts Japanese Relationships in Casino Resort Bid

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Melco Resorts and Entertainment, a casino resort developer headquartered in Hong Kong, is trying to convince lawmakers in Japan that it has long been a close friend of the Asian country. Melco officials are campaigning to land one of two expected integrated casino resort licenses. In a press release issued this week, the corporation explained…Read More

Bettor Racing Loses Spat with NIGC and Tribal Casino, Goes into Liquidation

Bettor Racing Goes Into Liquidation

Bettor Racing Inc, the South-Dakota-based advance deposit wagering (AWD) and off-track betting operator, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy (liquidation) after losing its fight with the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), prompting fears among its customers over the safety of their funds. The company mainly dealt with high-end customers and so the amount of money…Read More

Casino Stocks Stable, But Miss Out on Bullish Wall Street After Las Vegas Shooting

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Publicly traded casino stocks associated with Las Vegas seem to be missing out on a wildly bullish phase for Wall Street. While shares haven’t dropped as much as some analysts predicted in the week following the Oct. 1 Mandalay Bay shooting that left 59 dead (including perpetrator Stephan Paddock), the companies aren’t gaining value either,…Read More

Mandalay Bay Shooting Timeline Changes, as Stephen Paddock Past Testimony Comes to Light

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In a new twist, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo revealed on Monday that the gunfire aimed towards a security guard from inside the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on October 1 preceded the shooting on the crowd below. Gunman Stephen Paddock first discharged some 200 rounds at a hotel security guard who approached his room…Read More