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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.

Crimea Moves Closer to Approving Casino Resort Plans

Crimea Russia casino Yalta

Crimea lies in one of four zones earmarked for gambling, but despite its authorization to build casinos, today no such facilities exist. Crimean Minister of Economic Development Andrei Melnikov says that will change in the coming years. Responsible for spurring economic development, Melnikov explained recently that Crimea has filed all the appropriate paperwork with the federal…Read More

Maryland Casinos Not Named MGM See Revenues Fall Over 12 Percent

Maryland casinos MGM National Harbor

Maryland casinos struggled in September 2017 compared to the same month a year earlier, as their total gaming win plummeted 12.3 percent. Maryland Live! near the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, once the richest gambling floor in the state, generated $46.9 million in earnings, a 13 percent loss on 2016. Caesars’ Baltimore Horseshoe collected $21 million, a…Read More

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Still Among Potential 2026 World Cup Host Venues

Raiders stadium Las Vegas World Cup

The $1.9 billion Las Vegas Raiders stadium that’s expected to soon break ground between Russell Road and Hacienda Avenue just west of I-15 and the Strip is still in the running to host 2026 World Cup matches. The United Bid Committee (UBC), an organization made up of soccer’s governing bodies from the US, Canada, and…Read More

Magic Johnson Addresses G2E on SportsBetting: ‘The Narrative is Changing’

Magic Johnson

Basketball legend and Los Angeles Lakers co-owner “Magic” Johnson stopped just short of directly endorsing legalized sports betting during his keynote address on the final day of the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, but he acknowledged that the “landscape has changed” and that this was a good thing. Johnson addressed the assembled gaming industry…Read More

Alabama AG Sues to Shut Down Charity Bingo Operators Offering Slots

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Alabama Attorney General Steven Marshall has filed numerous lawsuits against charity bingo halls, claiming they’re operating illegal slot machines in violation of the state constitution. In his lawsuits, Marshall asked courts stop via preliminary injunctions what he says are illegal gambling operations and public nuisances. Seventeen counties in Alabama have adopted constitutional amendments to authorize…Read More

Donations Pouring in from Businesses, Celebrities, and Everyday People for Las Vegas Victims, First Responders

Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner

The outpouring of support from the Las Vegas residents, celebrities, and businesses in response to Sunday night’s deadly massacre at the Route 91 Harvest festival was immediate and extensive. More than $14 million has already been pledged to charities helping victims and first responders, and people responded so quickly to requests for blood donations that…Read More

President Donald Trump Arrives in Las Vegas Following Tragedy, Former Casino Owner Meets with Victims and First Responders

President Donald Trump Las Vegas shooting

President Donald Trump visited Las Vegas on Wednesday, less than 72 hours after shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire from his hotel suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay targeting thousands of people attending a nearby outdoor country music concert. A total of 59 people, including Paddock, died in the carnage, the deadliest US…Read More

DraftKings and FanDuel Win Copyright Case Brought by College Football Players

Akeem Daniels DFS lawsuit dismissed

DFS giants DraftKings and FanDuel have won a class action lawsuit, brought by a group of college football players, that posed a potential existential threat to their business model. Former northern Illinois University football players Akeem Daniels, Cameron Stingily and Nicholas Stoner claimed in their filing that the sites had used their names and images…Read More

UK Lottery Website Taken Out by Peak-Time DDoS Attack 

The UK National Lottery hit by DDoS arrack

The UK National Lottery was knocked offline by a DDoS attack on Saturday night, leaving thousands of customers unable to buy tickets for the primary weekly lottery draw. The website was down for around an hour and a half at the absolute peak time for lottery sales. It is not known whether lottery operator, Camelot,…Read More

Mandalay Bay Massacre Won’t Impact Las Vegas Tourism Long-Term, Travel Experts Say

Las Vegas tourism massacre

The Las Vegas tourism industry isn’t expected to suffer any long-term financial consequences as a result of Sunday night’s massacre that killed at least 59 people and injured nearly 500. Numerous gaming and hospitality experts are expressing such forecasts in the wake of the deadliest US mass shooting in the country’s modern history. Industry analysts…Read More

Pennsylvania Budget Deal Reportedly Close, State to Authorize Rural ‘Mini-Casinos’

Pennsylvania budget gaming expansion

The $32 billion Pennsylvania budget that Governor Tom Wolf (D) allowed to pass without his signature in late June is underfunded by $2.2 billion, and it now appears the odds are fairly strong that some sort of gaming expansion measure will be used to partially cover the shortfall. State lawmakers are back in the Harrisburg…Read More

Las Vegas Horror: At Least 58 Killed in Deadliest Mass Shooting in Modern US History

Las Vegas mass murder shooting

At least 58 people are dead in Las Vegas and many hundreds more are injured after a gunman opened fire from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay casino resort. Bullets sprayed down on a country music concert across the Strip at the Route 91 Harvest music festival where superstar Jason Aldean…Read More

Massachusetts MGM Springfield Upgraded to $960 Million Resort, Northampton Gets Promotional Grant

MGM Springfield casino Massachusetts

The MGM Springfield in Massachusetts will cost $10 million more than previously expected, as officials revealed that the price tag for the integrated resort will now total $960 million. Springfield officials accepted updated design documents from MGM on Thursday, which brings the conception process to 95 percent completion. The latest plans cover everything from exterior…Read More

Pennsylvania Casino Revenue Drops During Last Fiscal Year, Poll Claims Residents Want Smoke-Free Gaming

Pennsylvania casino revenue Parx

Pennsylvania casino win was down during the 2016/2017 fiscal year, albeit marginally at just 0.8 percent. The 12 brick-and-mortar casinos collected $3.203 billion from slot machines and table games between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. That marks the Keystone State gambling industry’s second richest take. Pennsylvania is behind only Nevada in terms of…Read More

Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner, Frequent Las Vegas Visitor and Former Casino Owner, Dead at 91

Hugh Hefner dead at 91

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has gone to that great lingerie party in the sky. The multimillionaire who brought to life the soft-core, meticulously photoshopped genre of impossibly beautiful women died Wednesday at his Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, according to the lifestyle and entertainment company he founded in 1953. The “American Icon,” as Playboy referenced…Read More