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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.

Maryland Casinos Don’t Help Education as Promised, State Comptroller Says

Maryland casinos Comptroller Peter Franchot

Maryland casinos were authorized by voters in 2008 on the grounds that the generated tax revenue from legalizing commercial gambling would be primarily used to fund education programs. But that promise, according to state Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), isn’t being kept. Fifty-eight percent of voters supported the ballot referendum in 2008 to amend the state’s…Read More

Wynn Resorts Confirms Paradise Park Lagoon Project is All-Systems-Go

Steve Wynn’s Paradise Park gets sign off

Steve Wynn’s plan to build a $1.5 billion lagoon complete with white sandy beaches and a new 1,000-room hotel-casino just off the Las Vegas Strip has been signed off by the Wynn Resorts board and has the full go-ahead. Wynn delivered the news himself at an earnings call to discuss strong Q1 earnings, boosted by…Read More

Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush Angling Miami Marlins Takeover, Las Vegas’ MLB Odds Dealt Blow

Derek Jeter Jeb Bush Miami Marlins

Future Cooperstown member Derek Jeter and 2016 presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) are leading a group of investors in buying the Miami Marlins baseball franchise for a reported $1.3 billion. According to theMiami Herald, the group is led by Bush, and the longtime politician will become the Major League Baseball (MLB)…Read More

Texas Casino Cruise Asks Social Media Followers if Company Should Fire Captain Who Struck Jetty

Texas casino cruise Jacks or Better

Texas casino cruise ship Jacks or Better (JOB) made plenty of headlines last week after its one and only gambling vessel struck a jetty marker in the Galveston Bay just a little more than a week after the party boat enjoyed its maiden voyage. The accident didn’t result in injuries, but did startle passengers after…Read More

Atlantic City County Executive Dennis Levinson Opines PILOT Program Needs Amended

Atlantic City Dennis Levinson PILOT taxes

Atlantic City County Executive Dennis Levinson writes in a recent op-ed that the city’s PILOT program, the Payment in Lieu of Taxes for casinos, is hurting local government and residents by allowing the resorts to pay less tax than they would otherwise be on the hook for. Levinson, whose son Matthew is the chairman of…Read More

Martha’s Vineyard Casino Heavily Opposed by Town and Taxpayers

Martha's Vineyard casino Wampanoag

The Martha’s Vineyard casino that received its legal blessing earlier this month is receiving strong opposition from local authorities and residents on the picturesque Massachusetts island. In mid-April, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head won its appeal in a federal Boston courtroom. The ruling gave the Native American group the right to build a casino on…Read More

“Vegas Dave” Arrested on Misdemeanor Battery Charge After Not Guilty Plea in Federal Case

“Vegas” Dave Oancea arrested after arraignment

Life just got a even more complicated for “Vegas” Dave Oancea, the celebrated professional sports bettor, who was indicted last week by a federal grand jury, accused of misuse of Social Security numbers. Oancea was arraigned on Wednesday to pleaded not guilty to charges that he provided casinos with Social Security numbers that either belonged…Read More

Delaware Online Gaming Revenue Plummets, as Market Doesn’t Follow New Jersey’s Lead

Delaware online gaming revenue March

Delaware online gaming revenue came to a screeching halt in March, as internet casinos won just $151,811, a 42 percent drop compared to the same month in 2016. The 42 percent loss translates into over $108,000 less going into the coffers of the three online gaming operators in the First State. Delaware Park, Dover Downs,…Read More

Genting Group Approved for Miami Hotel, as Company Continues Push for Resorts World Approval

Genting Group Resorts World Miami casino

Malaysia-based Genting Group received unanimous support from the Miami-Dade County Commissioners this week to build a 36-story hotel complex atop the Omni bus terminal in Downtown Miami. In exchange for the rights to construct a hotel tower, Genting will pay Miami-Dade $10 million, and also spend $16 million in upgrading the bus station. The deal…Read More

South Korea Casino Resort Blasts Government’s Missile Test Response to North Korea

South Korea casino Paradise City missile tests

The first South Korea casino resort in the country opens this week, but the timing couldn’t be worse, as the government prepares to launch test missiles in response to neighboring North Korea’s recent actions. Paradise City is the first full-fledged integrated resort in the country, and is just minutes from Seoul’s Incheon International Airport. A…Read More

Baha Mar Casino Resort Ready to Open 12 Years After Initially Envisioned

Baha Mar Bahamas Nassau casino resort

Baha Mar is finally ready to welcome guests. After more than a decade of construction delays, bankruptcy drawbacks, and legal disputes, the $4.2 billion, 1,000-acre resort says it’s opening its doors to the general public on April 21. The massive property features three hotel brands, Grand Hyatt, SLS Hotels (which owns SLS Las Vegas), and…Read More

Caesars Interactive Exec Mitch Garber Beat the House for $210 Million in 2016 Compensation

Mitch Garber Caesars Interactive Playtika

Montreal-based Mitch Garber is paying a boatload of taxes this tax season to Canada’s government, but that’s the price one has to pay for making $210 million in a single year. The CEO of Caesars Acquisition Company and Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE), Garber has helped lead the company out of bankruptcy. And his reward for doing…Read More

Seton Hall Poll Shows Nearly One in Two Believe NFL Players and Refs Will Bet on Games in Las Vegas

Seton Hall poll sports betting NFL referees

A Seton Hall poll shows that the NFL’s apprehensions of allowing a franchise to call Las Vegas home are more than warranted. The Seton Hall Sports Poll, conducted under the university’s Stillman School of Business, says a recent survey found that nearly one in two respondents thinks the odds of NFL players and referees betting…Read More

Bellagio in Las Vegas Lights Up with Boutique Roof Blaze, Firefighters Respond Quickly

Bellagio roof fire Clark County

A dramatic-looking Bellagio shops rooftop fire on Thursday night was quickly extinguished by Clark County firefighters, but the incident created chaos along the Las Vegas Strip, causing a traffic shut down for several hours. As many as 77 fire personnel responded with 10 engines to a situation that the assistant fire chief later described as “extremely…Read More

Alabama Gaming Expansion Odds Cut Following Governor Bentley’s Resignation

Alabama gaming Governor Robert Bentley

Alabama gaming expansion efforts face a steeper uphill battle following Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) resignation, a staunch supporter of authorizing a state lottery and reducing gaming restrictions. Amid a public scandal that included allegations of an affair with a senior advisor and the misuse of state funds, Bentley, aka the “Luv Guv,” stepped down from…Read More