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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 Casino.org editorial team.

Jack Lam Lambasted by President Duterte, Philippines Revokes Casino License

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Jack Lam is a wanted man in the Philippines, and the Southeast Asian island country is trying to entice the Chinese citizen to return by revoking the casino license at his Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks resort in Clark. Filipino authorities are accusing Lam of operating illegal online gaming websites without the appropriate permits. Lam…Read More

Former FIFA Boss Sepp Blatter Loses Appeal, Six-Year Ban Stands

Sepp Blatter FIFA ban appeal

Sepp Blatter is banned from engaging in any organized soccer-related activities for the next six years, and following the upholding of the ruling this week by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland, the former longtime FIFA boss is finally ready to accept the punishment. The verdict is welcomed news to many soccer…Read More

Rodrigo Duterte’s Gaming Policy: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

Rodrigo Duterte Philippines gambling license

Philippines Rodrigo Duterte is a complicated man. Upon assuming the presidency at the end of June, the Filipino leader wasted no time celebrating and instead announced an all-out attack on gambling. But this week PAGCOR, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, reportedly issued 35 gaming licenses to online operators to market to offshore patrons. Duterte…Read More

College Football Poised to Write Exciting Final Chapter at Las Vegas Sportsbooks

College Football Playoff Selection Committee

The college football regular season comes to a close tonight and tomorrow with six Division I conference championships on tap. By late Saturday night, the all-important College Football Playoff (CFP) picture will hopefully be settled, at least that’s what the Selection Committee is hoping. Alabama (12-0), Ohio State (11-1), Clemson (11-1), and Washington (11-1) currently…Read More

“Welcome to Macau, How Much Money Are You Carrying?” Casinos Face Proposed Stranglehold Regulation

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Macau casinos could suffer the most from a proposed regulation that would require incoming guests to disclose how much cash they have on them when arriving at customs in the Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic. Teledifusão de Macau, a leading television network in the area, is reporting that inbound travelers from international countries,…Read More

Carl Icahn Just Says No, as President-Elect Donald Trump Fires Himself From Trump Organization

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Casino billionaire Carl Icahn may soon be more involved with the Trump brand than the former Taj Mahal owner and current President-elect himself. Donald Trump, who takes office in less than two months at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, plans to step away from the Trump Organization during his time as commander-in-chief. The announcement comes just a…Read More

DFS Market to Double by 2021, Says Analyst

DFS market to double by 2021

The DFS market will be worth $5.3 billion by 2021, up from $2.6 billion this year, according to a new study from Juniper Research. The UK-based analyst, which specializes in the mobile and digital tech sector, said it believes growth will largely be driven by the emergence of new markets over the next five years….Read More

Bermuda Casino Bill to Authorize Island Gambling Passes Without Opposition

Bermuda casino bill Michael Fahy

A Bermuda casino bill has passed through the island territory’s Senate without opposition, a development that brings gambling one step closer to the remote British Overseas Territory. Known for its pink sandy beaches and crystal blue waters, Bermuda is also recognized for its relatively conservative atmosphere. While tourists will find plenty of watering holes, casinos…Read More

South Bend Casino Puts Gambling Next to America’s Most Distinguished Catholic University

South Bend casino Notre Dame

A South Bend casino is cleared for construction, and when the resort is completed, will put gambling less than five miles from the University of Notre Dame campus. On November 17, the United States Department of the Interior (DOI) placed 165.81 acres of land southwest of downtown South Bend, Indiana, into trust for the Pokagon…Read More

What’s on Every Gambler’s Wish List This 2016 Holiday Season?

gambler's wish list 2016 holiday season

The gambler’s wish list for the 2016 holiday season is first and foremost a little bit of luck, but aside from that intangible gift, family and friends are often at a loss as to what to get the gambler in one’s life. Thanksgiving is over and the gift-giving season is here. The perfect present of course…Read More

Rodrigo Duterte to Resuscitate Philweb?

Duterte to license Philweb

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte seems to have decided, in hindsight, that his treatment of online gambling tech giant Philweb and its chairman and owner, Roberto Ongpin, was a little harsh. Sources in the Philippines told the country’s veteran journalist Emile Verado that Duterte now believes he has made a mistake and that Philweb could soon…Read More

Chinese Charge Three Australian Crown Resorts Employees with “Gambling Crimes”

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Three Australian Crown Resorts staff members are looking at the possibility of spending the holidays behind bars in China. In mid-October, the Aussie citizens were detained, along with 15 others in China, on suspicions of committing “gambling crimes.” The Australian Financial Review (AFR), a leading business and financial newspaper in the country, is now reporting…Read More

Las Vegas NFL Stadium Blueprint Rejected in San Diego, Goodell Wants Chargers and Raiders to Stay Put

Las Vegas NFL stadium Raiders Chargers

The potential Las Vegas NFL stadium projected to cost $1.9 billion will be partially funded by raising the hotel occupancy tax in Clark County by 0.88 percent. Nevada will use the additional funds collected to direct $750 million towards constructing the 65,000-seat domed football venue. A similar proposition was presented in San Diego last week,…Read More

Nevada Gaming Policy Committee Says Yes to eSports, No to Daily Fantasy Sports

Nevada Gaming Policy Committee eSports

The Nevada Gaming Policy Committee, led by Governor Brian Sandoval (R), is urging the state’s Gaming Control Board (GCB) to develop regulations to oversee the emerging eSports betting industry. A form of competition primarily using electronic devices and games, eSports has gone from small video game tournaments to an annual market valuation of nearly half…Read More

Donald Trump Cabinet Choices and Presidential Direction Become Latest Prediction Market Wagers

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President-elect Donald Trump’s possible cabinet appointments and how his leadership role and decisions will play out have set off a fresh round of prediction market betting. PredictIt.org, an online market that sells shares on the outcomes of political and financial events, is jointly operated by Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and DC-based political consulting…Read More