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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.

Macau Tourism Study Pinpoints Nine Key Non-Gaming Features That Attract Visitors

Macau tourism non-gaming key factors

Macau tourism numbers are up through the first quarter of 2017, and that’s continued good news following a slight bounce in visitor arrivals during the previous year. China’s gambling friendly zone is experiencing a comeback of sorts after President Xi Jinping initiated a corruption crusade in 2014 that targeted VIP touring companies that had been…Read More

Fourth Upstate New York Casino Changes Name to Resorts World Catskills

Montreign Resort Casino changes name to Resorts World Catskills

Upstate New York’s fourth and soon to be biggest casino will be known as Resorts World Catskills. The project, currently under construction in the Catskill Mountains just outside the town of Monticello. It was previously known under the working title of Montreign Resort Casino, until the recent change in name. The $1 billion project is…Read More

LSU Running Back Arrested for Illegal Gambling, Offense Pales Compared to Other Gridiron Stars

LSU running back Lanard Fournette

A redshirt sophomore LSU running back is facing illegal gambling charges for providing a Baton Rouge casino a fake identification to gain access. Lanard Fournette, 20, of Slidell, Louisiana, allegedly gambled at a craps table around 1:30 pm on Monday afternoon. When he went to the cage to cash out, he provided his real identification…Read More

Pennsylvania Casino Tax Deadline Looms, as State Scrambles for Revenue Solution

Pennsylvania casino tax local share

The elimination of a casino tax in Pennsylvania is putting the state in a fiscal bind. With the 2017 session of the General Assembly ending this week, lawmakers must find at least a quick fix to the revenue woes they’ve known about since last fall, when the state Supreme Court ruled elements of the current casino…Read More

Duterte’s Pro China Policy Helps Make Melco Crown Philippines the Hottest Stock in the World

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

Business is booming at Melco Crown’s City of Dreams Manila, thanks to a renewed influx of Chinese tourism. In fact, as Bloomberg pointed out late last week, its operator, Melco Crown Philippines, has been the best-performing casino stock on the market this year, worldwide. Shares in the company have risen 125 percent in 2017, not bad…Read More

Japan IR Casino Plans Ice Out Rural Areas, Angering Smaller Municipalities

Shinzo Abe Japan IR casinos

The Japan integrated resort (IR) casino bidding process is likely to focus on its three biggest cities, coming at the expense of smaller rural towns. And that reality has some municipal governments up in arms, claiming they’re being shut out of what was supposed to be economic manna for the entire Asian island nation. Japan…Read More

Pennsylvania Casinos Set Table Games Record, MGM Still Eyeing Sands Bethlehem

Pennsylvania casinos Sands Bethlehem

Pennsylvania casinos pull in more total gaming revenue than Atlantic City, and nearly a third of what Nevada does each month. And April was yet another strong month for Commonwealth’s 12 gambling destinations. The dozen casinos collected $285.25 million in April, a 1.44 percent increase compared to 2016. Table games were responsible for the bump, as they…Read More

President Donald Trump Impeachment Odds, Once ‘Yuge,’ Lowered Bigly

Donald Trump impeachment odds

President Donald Trump’s odds of becoming the United States’ first commander-in-chief to be removed from the White House via impeachment are still relatively long, but overseas sports books and online prediction markets are slowly reducing their odds on that remote possibility. Fresh off Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, bettors are beginning to put wagers on the still…Read More

Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Bashes Raiders’ Move to Las Vegas

Mark Cuban Oakland Raiders Las Vegas

Mark Cuban is one professional sports franchisee who isn’t in favor of the NFL’s Raiders moving to Las Vegas. Fortunately for Oakland owner Mark Davis, Cuban is in the wrong league for his opinion to carry any weight. The outspoken billionaire said this week that he was confused as to why Davis and the Raiders would have…Read More

Lawmakers Grill Laxalt Over Possible Impropriety on Adelson’s Behalf

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt Testifying to the Legislature

Nevada’s Attorney General Adam Laxalt faced tough questions from state lawmakers on Wednesday. They wanted to know more about a conversation between him and a top state top gaming official at a Reno coffeeshop that some say was intended to benefit casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Laxalt and Gaming Control Board chair AG Burnett appeared before the…Read More

Pippa Middleton’s Wedding Bets Offer Traditional to Sublime

Pippa Middleton’s wedding

While her famous sister, Kate Middleton, got more attention when she married England’s future king, younger sister Pippa Middleton is receiving a fair share of action from betting companies on her Saturday wedding to James Matthews. Paddy Power, Coral and Ladbrokes all are offering proposition bets on the nuptials. The British Tabloids are calling this…Read More

Indiana Casinos Rejoice over New Law Kicking Admissions Tax to Curb

Indiana casinos tax admission riverboat gambling

Indiana casinos are praising state lawmakers for changing the way the state taxes their riverboats. House Bill 1350, introduced in January by State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Hamilton County), eliminates a longstanding $3 admissions tax that casinos have been forced to pay for each patron that steps onto their gambling floor. In its place, HB 1350 debuts a supplemental…Read More

Hard Rock International Wins Right to Build Ottawa Casino

Hard Rock to redevelop Rideau-Carleton Raceway

The Seminole Tribe of Florida, fresh from expanding into New Jersey through the purchase of the Trump Taj Mahal, is set to export its Hard Rock Casino brand even further north, to Canada, specifically the nation’s capital, Ottawa. The Seminoles announced on Tuesday that they had won a bidding process to build a casino complex…Read More

Gaming Regulator’s Secret Recording Exposes Unsavory Effort to Assist Adelson

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt

One of Nevada’s top gaming regulators contacted the FBI after the state’s attorney general, Adam Laxalt, attempted to call in a favor on behalf of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. The Nevada Independent released a transcript on Tuesday of a March 2016 conversation between Gaming Control Board Chair AG Burnett and Laxalt, who at the time was…Read More

G2E Asia Focuses on Resort Experience Beyond Gaming

G2E Asia show floor

As the global gaming industry evolves, and a new generation of gamblers come of age, Asian countries are seeing the benefits of trying to entice more people to resorts, and are using Las Vegas as a blueprint on how to do it. The Global Gaming Expo Asia got underway this week at the Venetian Macao….Read More