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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 editorial team.

UK Online Gambling Operators Under Investigation by Government Watchdog

UK online gambling operators Gambling Commission

UK online gambling operators are on notice by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for allegedly treating their customers unfairly. The CMA announced this week it has launched a formal investigation into online gambling after the UK Gambling Commission says it fielded numerous complaints from customers claiming they’ve been taken advantage of. The CMA is…Read More

Vegas Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Hedging His Bets on Donald Trump

Sheldon Adelson Trump Clinton 2016 election

Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson has reportedly donated only $10 million of his $100 million pledge to super PACs specifically supporting Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. After Trump’s third and final presidential debate performance, Adelson’s wallet might remain close to his hip. Trump and Hillary Clinton squared off last night for the final time before voters…Read More

MGM National Harbor Not Responsible for Traffic Enforcement Costs

MGM National Harbor traffic Prince George

MGM National Harbor won’t be on the hook for covering costs associated with the increased law enforcement presence and traffic mitigation tasks stemming from the opening of its $1.4 billion casino resort. Last week, residents in Prince George County’s National Harbor and Oxon Hill communities expressed frustrations at a town meeting over the expected increases…Read More

Ralph Caputo to Push for Slots at New Jersey Racetracks

Caputo wants slots at New Jersey racetracks

New Jersey’s northern casino expansion plan may be doomed in the minds of even its most fervent supporters, but one politician from the state’s north, Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28th), believes he has come up with the next best thing: slot machines. Or to be precise, video lottery terminals (VLT’s). But let’s just call them slots…Read More

China Warned Crown Resorts Not To “Whale Hunt,” James Packer “Deeply Concerned”

China Crown Resorts Jason O'Connor

China warned Crown Resorts and other casino companies last year that “whale hunting,” the practice of gambling firms marketing to wealthy individuals, would result in legal recourse from the People’s Republic. Late last week, 18 Crown Resorts employees were detained in China. Strict laws in China prohibit touring companies from organizing travel groups of 10…Read More

Crown Resorts Employees Detained in China on Vague Illegal Gambling Charges

Crown Resorts China detain employees James Packer

Eighteen Crown Resorts employees won’t be reporting to work this morning after they were detained in China on vague and unspecified illegal gambling charges late last week. Among those detained is Jason O’Connor, a Crown Resorts executive who oversees the company’s VIP international operations in Macau. People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping is on…Read More

Skill-Gaming Ready to Roll in Atlantic City

New Jersey DGE approves skill-based games for Atlantic City

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has rubber-stamped skill-based slot machines for deployment on the casino floors of Atlantic City. The machines, known as VGMs and made by New York-based GameCo, have ticked all the regulatory boxes and could be introduced to any of Caesars’ three Atlantic City casinos as early as Monday. The…Read More

Alleged Macau Junket Thief Huang Shan Found After 28 Months on the Run

Macau junket Huang Shan VIP touring operator

Alleged Macau junket thief Huang Shan has been found hiding in Cambodia 28 months after he skipped town with $1.3 billion in ill-gotten funds. WGM, an Asian-focused gambling media outlet, is reporting that the Macau Gaming Information Association (MGIA) confirmed Shan had been captured in the Southeast Asian country. According to reports, Shan is currently in…Read More

Amaya and William Hill in $6 Billion Merger Negotiations

Amaya and William Hill in Talks to Merge

Amaya and William Hill confirmed over the weekend that they are in discussions to merge. Their aim is to create a $6 billion Trans-Atlantic gambling powerhouse with greater scale and diversification. With similar market caps, the two companies described the proposal as a “merger of equals,” although officially it would be classified as a reverse…Read More

Washington State Threatens Valve Corporation Over Skins Gambling, Underage Players at Issue


The Washington State Gambling Commission (WSGC) has ordered Valve, makers of the hit game Counter-Strike Global Offensive, to end the transfer of in-game designer weapons known as skins through its Steam platform. The ability of skins to be transferred to third-party sites has fueled an illegal gambling craze among gamers, many of whom are undoubtedly…Read More

Quebec Financial Regulator Critical of David Baazov Tribunal Non-Presence


Ex-Amaya chief David Baazov’s absence on the final day of a hearing in Montreal on Wednesday spoke volumes, according to the Quebec financial regulator, AMF. The Canadian province’s equivalent of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stateside has charged him with securities fraud. This was an administrative hearing, which Baazov was not legally required to…Read More

Allegations Levied Against Mike Pence: Casino Industry Donated to Campaign Despite State Gaming Ban


Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence has been accused of benefitting from campaign donations from casino companies, despite an Indiana law prohibiting gaming industry donations to state officials. A report in the International Businesses Times also notes that Republican vice-presidential candidate Pence has furthered casino company interests within the state, contrary to his declared socially…Read More

Online Gambling Industry Recoils at Mirai DDoS Attack Threat


Mirai, the and most powerful Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack ever registered, was publicly posted online on Friday, prompting fears within the online gambling community that hackers have a potent new tool to hold them to ransom. The coding for the malware was published anonymously on hacking community website HackForums. Internet gaming companies have…Read More

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern Changes Stance, Calls for Repeal of PASPA

David Stern supports US legal sports betting

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has made a dramatic U-turn in his stance on sports betting, and says he now wants to see it federally legalized. And the man who, while opposing New Jersey’s fight for legalized sports betting in 2012, wrote that the NBA could not be compensated in damages for the “harm that…Read More

Venetian and Palazzo Casinos Accused of Aiding in Money Laundering Scheme

Venetian Palazzo Sheldon Adelson money laundering

The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts are being accused in a Clark County lawsuit of knowingly assisting money laundering, and allowing “shrills” to take out millions of dollars in credit. Xiufei Yang, 59, and Meie Sun, 52, owe the two Las Vegas Sands casinos a total of $6.4 million. The Sheldon Adelson-owned gaming conglomerate recently…Read More