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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.

Nevada Gaming Control Board Internet Tip Line in Overdrive Since Steve Wynn Sex Scandal

Steve Wynn NGCB tip line

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) says its telephones have been ringing off the hook since the Wall Street Journal exposed sexual misconduct claims against Las Vegas billionaire Steve Wynn last month. The flood of calls has led to the gaming regulator launching an online portal where information can be reported. The tip board can…Read More

MGM Cotai Opens at Last with 500 Hotel Rooms for Chinese New Year

MGM Cotai Opens for Business

Finally, MGM Cotai opened its doors on Tuesday – and the brand new $3.4 billion property is already fully booked for Chinese New Year, according to MGM China. Or at least, the 500 hotel rooms that are currently operational will be filled when the festivities get underway this week. It has another 900 currently unavailable….Read More

Virginia Gambling Bill Passes Assembly Committee, Legislation Would Legalize Historical Racing Terminals

Virginia gambling bill historical racing

The Virginia House of Delegates Appropriations Committee has passed House Bill 1609, a gambling measure that would allow the currently shuttered Colonial Downs horse racetrack in New Kent County to incorporate historical wagering machines at the facility. Located about 30 miles east of the Richmond capital, Colonial Downs closed in late 2015 after a license…Read More

US Gross Gaming Revenue Nearly $41.2 Billion in 2017, as Casino Expansion Continues

gross gaming revenue US casinos

Gross gaming revenue at US commercial casinos totaled roughly $41.2 billion last year, according to Reno-based market analyst Ken Adams. In his 2017 Adams Revenue Report, prepared for online gaming media outlet CDC Gaming Reports, the financial analyst says continued casino expansion across the US is responsible for the 3.7 percent year-over-year increase. Adams pointed…Read More

Toxic ‘Third-Hand’ Smoke Lingers in Casinos Long After Bans Are Enacted, Says Study

Casino smoking bans don’t eliminate third-hand smoke for months

Smoking bans may have cleared the perennial fog hanging above the slot machines at your local casino, but a new study by San Diego State University (SDSU) suggests that lung-torturing “third-hand smoke” lingers for months after the bans come into force, and those industrial-strength air ventilation systems don’t appear to make much difference, either. What’s third-hand…Read More

Could an Asian Wynn Resorts Buyout Happen? Experts Say It’s Possible, and Steve Wynn Can’t Stop It

Jim Murren Steve Wynn sex scandal

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for Wynn Resorts and its recently dethroned ex-leader, Steve Wynn. But gaming industry analysts think the rollercoaster ride may not have ground to a halt just yet. They believe a company takeover is, in fact, likely, with potential suitors being large conglomerates in Asia, or even competitor MGM Resorts….Read More

Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas to Experience Interactive Multimedia Revamp

Fremont Street Experience Revamp

The Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas is getting a revamp. On Wednesday, Las Vegas City Council agreed a grant of $9.5 million for “floor to ceiling” renovations which will include a large-scale update to the video canopy attraction. The 1,500-foot long, 90-foot wide canopy, suspended 90 feet above the pedestrian thoroughfare, has not…Read More

Mount Airy to Build Satellite Casino in Western Pennsylvania’s Lawrence County

Mount Airy Pennsylvania satellite casino

The parent company to the Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Pocono Mountains submitted a winning bid for the third of 10 satellite casino locations today, with the offer of $21,188,888.88 topping the other sealed submissions. Mount Airy #1 LLC selected a 15-mile radius in Lawrence County centered in New Castle, a city about 50…Read More

DraftKings to Live-Stream EuroLeague Basketball, Dreaming of the Big Leagues

DraftKings’ live-streaming EuroLeague Basketball

DraftKings will shortly begin offering live-streaming of EuroLeague basketball games for customers playing contests with buy-ins of $3 and upwards. The company’s co-founder and chief revenue officer Matt Kalish told the SportsTechie Podcast his week this was the first phase of a shift towards DraftKings’ live-streaming transformation into a “one-stop shop,” where sports fans will…Read More

Lucky Dragon Casino Foreclosure Auction Postponed, Possible Backstage Deals Push Date Back

Lucky Dragon auction postponed

The Las Vegas Lucky Dragon Casino auction was abruptly postponed on Tuesday, even after a crowd of about 30 people showed up. That gathering had been hoping for a shot at taking ownership of the now-shuttered off-Strip property. The auction was to be held outside the Nevada Legal News building, off of Charleston and South…Read More

CEO Steve Wynn Steps Down After Weeks of Sex Scandal Rumors, Stock Price Rebounds on News of Resignation

Steve Wynn resignation scandal

Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn has submitted his resignation to the company he founded, amid an expanding sexual misconduct scandal that was hurting both the company’s stock prices and convention business. The company issued a statement early Tuesday evening confirming Wynn’s departure. The 76-year-old, credited with playing the most significant role in developing…Read More

Hard Rock Atlantic City Signs Partnership with GiG for Future Online Casino

Hard Rock Atlantic City Seals Online Gaming Deal with GiG

The Hard Rock Atlantic City has sealed a deal with the Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) to launch a new online casino for the New Jersey market. According to GiG, CEO Robin Reed knew the casino will have the familiar “sizzle of the Hard Rock music, entertainment and lifestyle brand” of the casino and café chain,…Read More

Resorts World Catskills Opens Thursday, Ahead of Schedule and in Time for Chinese New Year

Resorts World Catskills opening

Resorts World Catskills is opening its $900 million doors this Thursday, February 8, in an effort to attract visitors traveling during the weeklong Chinese New Year holiday. The last of four commercial casinos to open in Upstate New York, Resorts World is the closest of the group to New York City at 90 miles, and also…Read More

Massachusetts Seeks Plan B in Case Wynn Boston Harbor Sunk by Suitability Probe

US Representative Michael Capuano wants Plan B for Wynn Boston Harbor

Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing for a ‘Plan B’ in case state regulators deem Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts unsuitable to be licensed for the Wynn Boston Harbor. The company’s eponymous CEO is facing an investigation by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission over what the Wall Street Journal has called “a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct.” Meanwhile,…Read More

Hollywood Casino Jamul Still Faces Opposition More Than a Year After Opening

Hollywood Casino Jamul San Diego

Over a year on from its grand opening, the Hollywood Casino Jamul, near San Diego, remains as controversial as ever with the local community. Like those small pockets of Japanese soldiers holding out in the jungles of the Pacific Basin, refusing to believe their generals had surrendered, the war is still raging for the largely…Read More