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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.

Macau Casinos Comped Fewer Rooms in 2015, as VIP Crackdown Blocked High Roller Arrivals

Macau casinos comp rooms food beverage

Macau casinos reported expenditures of MOP8.8 billion ($1.1 billion) from complimentary guestrooms and free food and beverage service in 2015. That represents a 12.9 percent decline from 2014, the special gaming enclave’s final year before Chinese President Xi Jinping initiated his anti-corruption crusade. Over $700 million was spent by casinos on comped hotel rooms, which…Read More

California Amendment Would Legalize Sports Betting … if New Jersey Pulls off SCOTUS Win

Adam Gray sportsbetting

California is looking to capitalize on sports betting if New Jersey wins a case currently pending in the US Supreme Court. Governmental Organization Committee Chair Adam Gray introduced a state constitutional amendment that would authorize sports betting in California should the Supreme Court rule in favor of New Jersey, which is challenging a law that…Read More

Oddsmakers Get It Right: OJ Simpson Granted Parole, Claims He’s Lived a ‘Conflict-Free Life’

OJ Simpson parole release

Disgraced football star O.J. Simpson will be released from northern Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center this fall, nine years after he was sentenced to prison on kidnapping and robbery charges for a 2007 incident that took place in Las Vegas at the Palace Station casino. Some in the general public might be shocked to discover that…Read More

Tribal Gaming Growth Hurts Laughlin and Reno, But Vegas Still Bulletproof, Says Analyst

Tribal gaming growth in California, Arizona, no threat to Vegas

The National Indian Gaming Commission reported this week that America’s tribal gaming operators collectively generated $31.2 billion in gross gaming revenue, a 4.4 percent increase over 2015. The biggest growth, year over year, for tribal gaming nationwide was the Sacramento, California region, with an increase of 6.3 percent to $8.4 billion. Meanwhile, the Phoenix region…Read More

OJ Simpson Parole Odds Favor the Juice Getting Loose

OJ Simpson parole odds

If OJ Simpson’s parole odds are correct at online sportsbook Bovada, he will be released from Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center as early as October 1. “Will OJ Simpson be granted parole in 2017?” is the question posed to bettors on the internet sportsbook. “Yes” is the heavy favorite at -300, with the underdog “No” at…Read More

Man on Bail for Manslaughter Wins $101K in WSOP Main Event

Paul Senat at the WSOP

Paul Senat, a 37-year-old Floridian who won $101,444 for his 70th place finish in the Main Event of the 2017 World Series of Poker on Sunday, was on bail for killing the father of a Florida State football player with an AK47 at the time. Senat was arrested on a charge of manslaughter on April…Read More

India “Serious” About Tapping $50 Billion Sports Betting Market

India’s federal government is taking serious steps towards legalizing sports betting, according to reports. A “ministry official” who spoke anonymously to the Indian Express, a respected English-language daily broadsheet newspaper, said the Sports Ministry has initiated a consultation process with stakeholders that could see a framework of regulation established in two years’ time. Responding to…Read More

British Open Odds Favor Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, Lefty Left Out of Top 10

British Open odds Dustin Johnson

The British Open tees off on Thursday at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, and it’s a familiar cast that’s receiving top billing at Las Vegas sportsbooks. For the third consecutive major, Dustin Johnson, the world’s top ranked player, comes with the shortest odds. But at 12-1, he’s somewhat long compared to his lines at the…Read More

Already Gaming-Friendly, Malta Looks to Ease Industry Regulations

Malta Gaming Authority legislation overhaul

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has proposed major reforms to the legal framework surrounding the island country’s gambling industry, with the goal of decreasing unnecessary regulatory burdens. Located in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, Malta is one of the world’s most gambling-friendly nations. A popular remote gaming licensing jurisdiction due to the country’s low…Read More

Venus Williams Poised to Win Sixth Wimbledon Title Despite Adversity

Venus Williams Wimbledon finals

A week before Wimbledon, Venus Williams wasn’t sure she was going to play because of her involvement in a fatal automobile accident. Now she is one victory away from winning her sixth singles title in the Grand Slam event. Saturday the 37-year-old tennis star will face Garbine Muguruza in the finals at Centre Court at…Read More

Pennsylvania’s Sands Bethlehem Admits Allowing Entrance to Underage Gamblers

Sands Bethlehem underage gambling

Sands Bethlehem is cutting another check to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) after the casino resort once again failed to adequately stop underage gamblers from accessing its floor. Las Vegas Sands’ only domestic property not located in Nevada, Sands Bethlehem self-reported 10 incidents to the state. The PGCB subsequently levied a $150,000 fine for…Read More

Gulfport Casino Workers Who Lost Jobs After Hurricane Katrina Schedule Reunion

Gulfport casino workers reunion

Former casino workers who lost more than just their homes and communities during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 are planning a reunion later this month. The gathering set for July 26 at the Biloxi Community Center will reunite former colleagues and friends that were dispersed from their jobs after the Grand Casino Gulfport was forced to…Read More

Google Opens Android’s Play Store to Real-Money Gambling Apps

Google Play to offer online gambling apps on Android.

Google is set to abolish its longstanding ban on real-money gambling apps at its Android Google Play app store, provided operators are licensed in the countries they are targeting. The apps will initially be available only for users in the UK, France and Ireland from the beginning of August, but may be rolled out into…Read More

Chinese Prison Sets 10 Crown Resorts Employees Free, Previously Convicted of ‘Gambling Crimes’

Crown resorts employees released

Chinese authorities released 10 Crown Resorts employees from prison in Shanghai on Wednesday, following their convictions last month for so-called ‘gambling crimes.’ Among those freed were two Australian citizens, Pan Dan and Jerry Xuan. Seventeen Crown staff members and two former employees were charged on June 12 with marketing Crown’s services to high-rollers on the…Read More

Potential Vietnam Gambling Market Has Eyes and Ears of Casino Companies

Vietnam gambling Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Vietnam is readying to liberalize its gambling industry and allow citizens to enter betting venues throughout the country. That has international gaming operators and casino companies keeping close tabs on developments in the Socialist Republic. Last December, a government decree was approved to allow locals to play games of chance inside licensed facilities. The decision…Read More