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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.

Deal for Sinatra’s Cal Neva Resort Back On, Oracle Founder Larry Ellison to Pay $35.8 Million

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The famed Cal Neva Resort and Casino, which straddles the California and Nevada border on Lake Tahoe’s north shore, is about to get another owner who needs little introduction. Oracle founder Larry Ellison, whose fortune is estimated to be worth more than $50 billion, which makes him the planet’s seventh wealthiest person, is paying $35.8…Read More

Arizona Tohono O’odham Nation Breaks Ground on $400 Million Casino After Eight-Year Delay

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The Arizona casino for the Tohono O’odham Nation is finally underway. It took eight years and buckets full of cash for lawyers to fend off opponents, but its Desert Diamond West Valley casino is going up at last. Located in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, the $400 million venue will offer a 75,000-square-foot gaming area to include…Read More

Del Lago Casino Wants Credit for Local Unemployment Dip, Resort’s Hotel Receives Tax Breaks

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The del Lago Resort and Casino in Upstate New York says it’s to credit for the local dip in the unemployment rate. The New York Department of Labor recently revealed that the statewide unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in October, but in Seneca County, home to the del Lago property, that number was just 3.9…Read More

Australian Lottery Giant Tatts Gets Shareholder Approval for Tabcorp Merger

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Australia’s largest gaming company, Tabcorp Holdings, is just one court appearance away from completing an $11.3 billion merger with lottery operator Tatts Group. Tatts’ shareholders overwhelmingly agreed to the takeover on Tuesday, voting 99 percent in favor of the move. Just a 75 percent vote in favor was required for approval. The only detail that…Read More

More Revel Atlantic City Sale Rumors Emerge, Owner Glenn Straub Continues to Deflect

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Revel Atlantic City, the $2.4 billion Boardwalk resort that’s been shuttered since 2014, will reopen in May 2018 under new ownership and presumably a new identity. That’s according to Moody’s Investors Service, which said this week it’s received financial documents from a Denver-based real estate firm named AC Ocean Walk LLC that show it’s buying…Read More

Bitcoin Gamblers See Earnings Grow, as Digital Currency Jumps on Futures Exchange

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In one of the craziest days for cybercurrency trading in history, the price of a single bitcoin jumped from $16,700 to $16,748 in a matter of seconds on Monday. The decentralized digital currency has been fluctuating wildly over the last 12 months, with each single bitcoin worth over 2,000 percent more today than it was…Read More

Seminole Tribe Warns Florida Legislators That DFS Bill May Violate Compact

Seminole Florida DFS Bill

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has sent a letter to members of the Florida legislature, warning them that a bill to legalize daily fantasy sports (DFS) without regulation would violate the compact between the tribe and the state. The Seminoles operate several casinos throughout Florida, and do so under a compact that gives the tribe…Read More

Over 200 Pennsylvania Towns Tell Casinos They’re Not Welcome

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) is hearing loud and clear from townships and municipalities across the Commonwealth that they are vehemently against permitting casinos to be built in their backyards. Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed a far-reaching gambling expansion package in late October that authorizes up to 10 so-called “mini casinos” in rural areas…Read More

Former Wynn Boston Harbor Land Owners Seek Additional $40 Million in Court

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Wynn Boston Harbor, which is actually in Everett, Massachusetts, is being built on roughly 33 acres of land that Wynn Resorts bought for $35 million in 2013. The seller was FBT Everett Reality, a group of investors who had acquired the contaminated acreage just four years earlier for $8 million. In two lawsuits filed in…Read More

Al Franken Resigns Amid Serial Sexual Misconduct Allegations, as Betting Markets Predicted

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Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) says some of the accusations of sexual misconduct made by eight women are untrue, but regardless, the former Saturday Night Live star is resigning from Congress in the coming weeks. Franken’s fall began with former Poker After Dark and National Heads-Up Poker Championship host Leann Tweeden, who revealed last month that the senator had…Read More

MGM CEO Jim Murren Stumping for Bridgeport, Connecticut Casino Support, But Tribes Push Back

MGM CEO Jim Murren Bridgeport Connecticut casino push

Three months ago, MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren announced that his company was planning to build a major resort casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut. On Tuesday, Murren spoke at the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s annual dinner in an effort to build legislative and community support for that proposal. In his comments, Murren noted that Connecticut lawmakers…Read More

Dover Downs Racing Towards NYSE Delisting, as Northeast Gaming Expansion Hurts Delaware Casino

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Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment (DDE), parent company to the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Dover Downs Raceway, has been notified by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) that the company is in jeopardy of being delisted due to its stock price routinely trading below the minimum $1.00. In a release to investors, Dover…Read More

Macau Government Reviewing All Aspects of Gaming Industry Ahead of Licensing Renewal Period

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The Macau government will soon need to decide the future of the enclave’s gaming industry, and to help assist in that critical decision-making process, administration officials have commissioned a study to examine all facets of the market to reach a recommendation on just how big of a role casinos should play in the local economy….Read More

New Jersey Online Gambling Sites Could Soon Accept International Players Should New Bill Become Law

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New Jersey online gambling and poker networks would be permitted to welcome international players in markets where internet casinos are legal should a recently introduced bill one day become law. State Senator Ray Lesniak (D-District 20) introduced Senate Bill 3536 on the final day in November. The legislation would remove the physical requirement that players…Read More

PhilWeb Allowed Back in Business, as Philippines Reissues Electronic Gaming License

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Gaming technology provider PhilWeb is once again fully licensed by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to provide cafes with electronic gaming systems. It’s a welcome turnaround for the company founded by billionaire Robert Ongpin, who began drawing heat from iron-fisted President Rodrigo Duterte. PhilWeb, which once owned and operated nearly 300 e-gaming cafes…Read More