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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.

Paddy Power Genius “Head of Mischief,” Ken Robertson Calls It a Day

Ken Robertson to leave Paddy Power

Ken Robertson, Paddy Power’s maverick advertising chief, or “Head of Mischief,” to give him his official title, is moving on. During a 19-year stint at the company, he dreamed some of the most controversial and memorable campaigns in advertising history. Always topical, irreverent, thoroughly un-PC, and quite often summarily banned by advertising watchdogs, Robertson’s ideas…Read More

Proposed Entry Fee at Philippines Casinos Would Suppress Gaming Revenue, PAGCOR Says

Philippines casinos PAGCOR entry fee

Casinos in the Philippines might soon begin charging guests PHP3,000 ($61) to enter, as one lawmaker believes an admission fee would help fight problem gambling. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, however, rejected the notion, saying that such a rule would devastate the country’s surging casino entertainment industry. “It will have a negative effect,” PAGCOR…Read More

Colorado Casino Exec Provides Nevada Regulators Perfect Answer on Recreational Pot

recreational marijuana Nevada Gaming

Marijuana isn’t all fun and games in the eyes of the Nevada Gaming Commission. Though Nevada voters legalized recreational pot in last fall’s November election, the five-member regulatory panel has publicly warned gaming companies to continue treating the drug as an illegal substance. With the first sales of recreational marijuana in Nevada scheduled to begin…Read More

Dismissed MGM Resorts Lawsuit Against Connecticut Upheld by Appeals Court

MGM Resorts Connecticut casino

MGM Resorts was not placed at a competitive disadvantage in trying to build a casino in Connecticut on non-tribal land. That’s according to the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, which upheld a state judge’s earlier dismissal of the case filed against Connecticut. MGM, which is nearing completion on its $950 million casino…Read More

OJ Simpson Granted July Parole Hearing in Palace Station Robbery Incarceration

OJ Simpson parole hearing granted

After spending more than eight years in a Nevada state prison, O.J. Simpson may be close to being released. The famed football star has a hearing July 20 and if granted, the 69-year old could be a free man by Oct. 1. Simpson was sentenced on Oct. 3, 2008 to serve a minimum of nine and…Read More

Former Employee Blows Whistle on “Scam” Skins Gambling Sites

Whistle-blower outs CS:GO case-opening sites.

Skins gambling “case-opening” sites regularly scam their customers with “inherently dishonest and deceptive” practices. That’s the claim of a one-time coder of several such sites who revealed his former employers’ tactics to esports journalist Richard Lewis, at RLewisReports.com, on condition of anonymity this week. Case-opening sites are perhaps the simplest form of skins gambling and…Read More

Grand Lisboa Palace Construction Halted in Macau Following Worker’s Fatal Fall

Grand Lisboa Palace construction death

Grand Lisboa Palace will likely have to push back its planned March 1, 2018 opening after construction was ordered to stop following yet another death on the property site. Over the weekend, a 47-year-old construction worker fell some 33 feet to his death. It marks the second death since the $3.8 billion casino resort build…Read More

Federal Trade Commission Moves to Block DraftKings-FanDuel Merger

FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles (left) and DraftKings CEO Jason Robins (right)

The US government took first steps toward quashing a proposed merger between daily fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel, contending the transaction would create an illegal monopoly that controls 90 percent of the DFS market. On Friday, the Federal Trade Commission, in conjunction with the Offices of the Attorneys General of California and Washington DC,…Read More

Former Mohegan Sun Pocono Exec Sentenced to 32 Months for Bogus Loyalty Card Scheme

Robert Pellegrini sentenced to 32 months Mohegan Sun Pocono

A former executive at the Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has been sentenced to 32 months for his role in a scheme that involved the casino’s slot machines and creating bogus loyalty rewards. Robert Pellegrini was VP of player development for the Mohegan Sun when he and two others concocted a scheme to bilk…Read More

Long Shot off Tee and in Sports Books, Brooks Koepka, Wins US Open

US Open 2017

Usually it is the golf course that brings players to its knees in a US Open, but 40-1 long shot, Brooks Koepka, decided to reverse conventional thinking. The 27-year-old muscled his way to his first major championship, Sunday, winning by four strokes and tying a record in relation to par at 16-under. But as much…Read More

Macau Declares Its Casinos Safe for Visitors, “Low Risk” for Major Attacks

Macau casinos security Paulo Chan

Casinos in Macau face little threat of being targeted by a terroristic group or rogue gunman or faction. That’s according to Paulo Chan, director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ). The chief gaming regulator in  Macau asked its six major casino companies to submit detailed security reports, outlining their plans and protocols for…Read More

$43 Million Slots Jackpot Malfunction Lawsuit Challenges Casino’s Refusal to Pay

slots jackpot malfunction Resorts World

Katrina Bookman hit a slots jackpot last fall at Resorts World in Queens, New York, with her screen displaying that she had won $42.9 million. Or at least she thought. When the New York resident went to cash out her lucky ticket, casino personnel informed her the win was erroneous, and that the slot machine…Read More

Battle for Gettysburg Gambling Ends, as Racino Developer Surrenders Position

Gettysburg casino plan canceled

A proposal from a Pennsylvania businessman to build a “racino” in historic Gettysburg has been snuffed out, easing concerns of historical societies and area residents who vehemently opposed turning the sacred Civil War battlefield into a gambling destination. On Thursday, David LeVan announced he would not seek a horse racing and gaming license from the…Read More

British Columbia Casinos Alleged to Have Been Used to Launder Millions by Criminal Gang

Kevin Hackett British Colombia money laundering

In British Columbia, casinos were allegedly used by a criminal gang to clean up millions in drug money by “laundering” the money via gambling, police there say. Authorities have now arrested nine people they believe to be part of an illegal racket that laundered millions in drug money through the province’s casinos. A year-long investigation…Read More

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Again Strikes Casino Ballot Proposal

Leslie Rutledge Arkansas casino ballot

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R) has rejected a casino ballot referendum proposal authored by state citizen Barry Emigh of Hot Springs. Emigh has repeatedly presented her with casino authorization proposals, and she’s met his tenacity in striking the documents as consistently as he submits them. It’s at least the fourth time Rutledge has vetoed his…Read More