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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.

GGG Says Canelo Alvarez Contaminated Meat Doping Excuse is Baloney, But May 5 Fight Still On

GGG Golovkin Canelo Alvarez fight odds

Gennady GGG Golovkin says he’s ready to get back into the ring with Canelo Alvarez, but only if his opponent is clean and playing by the same rules. In interviews this week, the boxer voiced plenty of concerns. It was revealed earlier this month that Alvarez had failed two random urine tests conducted by the…Read More

Macau Multi-Billionaire Casino Owner Pollyanna Chu Loses Half Her Fortune in Stock Crash

Pollyanna Chu loses half her fortune

Pollyanna Chu, the owner of the Macau’s Golden Resorts group and until very recently Hong Kong’s richest woman, has seen more than half of her $12 billion fortune wiped out by nosediving stock in her Kingston Financial Group. Kingston is the parent company of Golden Resorts, which owns the Casa Real and Grandview casinos in…Read More

Melco Resorts Billionaire Lawrence Ho Says Six Macau Casino Licenses Plenty

Melco Resorts Lawrence Ho

Melco Resorts CEO Lawrence Ho feels six licensed casino operators in Macau is an ideal number unless the enclave wishes to drastically increase gambling revenue. The half-dozen presently authorized gaming operators will see their licenses begin to expire in 2020. SJM Holdings and MGM Resorts will be first to terminate, with Las Vegas Sands, Wynn…Read More

Security Expert Critical of Police Response to Mass Shooting Says Las Vegas Must Stay on High Alert

Las Vegas Metro Police shooting

One of the world’s leading crisis management experts says Las Vegas was shockingly unprepared to more appropriately respond to last fall’s mass shooting that left 58 people dead and hundreds of others severely injured. Larry Barton, a former FBI Academy and US Marshals Service instructor, said this week at the World Game Protection Conference (WGPC)…Read More

South Korean President Sacks 226 Employees at Kangwon Land Casino

South Korean President Moon Jae-in fires Kangwon Land Casino employees

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered the firing of 226 employees of the country’s biggest casino, Kangwon Land. The employees were allegedly hired nepotistically between July 2011 and February 2014, either because of their political connections to members of the previous government administration, or for their personal ties to former CEO Choi Heung-jip. During that…Read More

Stratosphere Undergoing $140 Million Renovation, Analysts Bullish on Golden Entertainment

Stratosphere renovation Golden Entertainment

Renovations at the Stratosphere will soon commence, as new owner Golden Entertainment announced this week during an earnings call that it’s going to spend $140 million over three years to refresh the Las Vegas hotel and casino. Golden Entertainment completed its acquisition of the Stratosphere in October from American Casino & Entertainment. The $850 million…Read More

Penn National Pinnacle Entertainment Buyout Sparks Second Federal Trade Commission Review, Monopoly Concerns at Stake

Penn National Pinnacle Entertainment

Penn National Gaming’s $2.8 billion acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment is still scheduled to be completed in the latter half of 2018, but a second request for “additional information and documentary materials” by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) threatens to delay the takeover process. In filings this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC),…Read More

Delaware Governor Gives Assurance on Tax Relief as Casino Bill Put on Ice

Governor John Carney open to Delaware casino tax relief

Delaware’s proposal to slash tax rates for its three struggling casinos has been put on hold, following assurances from Governor John Carney that his administration is open to changing the tax structure to preserve casino jobs. Carney says he wants to know the exact cost to the state’s coffers before he gets behind the proposal….Read More

Atlantic City Casino Revenue Ice Cold in February, Win Drops 6.5 Percent

Atlantic City casino revenue

Atlantic City casinos aren’t weathering the cold winter months, as February marked the town’s third consecutive gross gaming revenue (GGR) decline. The seven casinos collectively generated total gaming win of $192 million. That’s a 6.5 percent loss, or more than $13.3 million, compared to the same month in 2017. Online gambling continues to grow, as…Read More

Kansas Casinos Take Aim at MLB and NBA Sports Betting Integrity Fee

Kansas sports betting bill debated by MBA’s Bryan Seeley

Kansas casino operators clashed with Major League Baseball at a hearing of the state House Federal and State Affairs Committee on Tuesday. The committee had met to discuss and hear testimonies on HB 2752, legislation that would legalize sports betting at Kansas’ casinos, should the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling make it expedient to do so….Read More

Personal Assistant to President Donald Trump Fired for Online Gambling, Tax Issues

Donald Trump aide John McEntee

John McEntee, described as a “personal assistant” to President Donald Trump, was escorted out of the White House on Monday after being denied permanent security clearance. Senior administration officials told the Wall Street Journal this week that the 27-year-old was denied clearance due to “problems related to online gambling and the mishandling of his taxes,”…Read More

Warren Buffett March Madness Pool Comes With $1M a Year for Life Prize, Derek Stevens Bets $363K

Warren Buffett March Madness odds

Warren Buffett is once again offering $1 million a year for life to any one of Berkshire Hathaway’s 377,000 employees who can correctly predict the first two rounds of NCAA March Madness. The odds are of course strongly in his favor that he’ll keep his cash. To win the top prize, an employee will need…Read More

Las Vegas Nightlife Giant Hakkasan Gears Up for Entry into Hotel Business, But Sin City Unlikely Focus

Hakkasan, MGM Grand

Las Vegas restaurant and nightclub virtuoso Hakkasan Group plans to expand into the boutique hotel industry, but its vision doesn’t include the city in which it’s grown its bottle service. Nor does it encompass a future in gaming. Despite controlling half of the high-end nightlife and day clubs on the Strip, the group told the…Read More

Tiger Woods Masters Odds Shorter Than Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, and Defending Champion Sergio Garcia

Tiger Woods is now just 10/1 to win next month’s Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. The four-time green jacket winner hasn’t even played in the tournament since 2015 where he finished T17. But after a strong T2 performance at last weekend’s Valspar Championship, oddsmakers are shortening his Masters odds in response to a flurry of…Read More

Could Shinzo Abe Corruption Scandal Derail Casino Process?

Shinzo and Akie Abe

Late last week, the Japanese lawmakers building a framework of regulation for the country’s future casino industry said they would petition the national government to speed up the legislative process. With a mid-April deadline looming, the ruling Liberal Democrat Party (LDP) task-force is anxious to get a bill to parliament this month so that it…Read More