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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.

Russia 2018 World Cup Draw Produces Mostly Balanced Matchups for Group Stage

IFA World Cup draw

The official draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup was held in Moscow on Friday, and produced a draw that doesn’t threaten any tournament favorites. Opening odds at sportsbooks responded to the parity by moving little, leaving bettors to guess where they’ll see inevitable big surprises. The draw took place at the State Kremlin Palace,…Read More

Macau Casinos Post 16th Consecutive Monthly Revenue Gain, November Win Totals $2.87 Billion

Macau casinos revenue MGM Cotai

Macau casinos generated gross revenue of 23 billion patacas ($2.87 billion) last month, which represents a 23 percent gain on November 2016 and marks the enclave’s 16th straight month posting a year-over-year percentage increase. The financial statistics outpaced the general consensus growth of 19 percent forecasted by analysts. Accumulated gross revenue through November now stands…Read More

Melco Pledges to Move Headquarters to Japan if it Receives Casino License

Melco Japan casino headquarters

Melco Resorts & Entertainment Chairman Lawrence Ho has vowed to do “whatever it takes” in order to get into the Japanese casino market when it opens. That commitment now includes a pledge to move the company’s headquarters to Japan should it receive a license to operate in the country. That promise came as Ho visited…Read More

As New Jersey Waits Out SCOTUS PASPA Decision, State Gives Virtual Sports Green Light

New Jersey virtual sports betting

New Jersey will have to wait until next year for the Supreme Court’s ultimate decision when it comes to the state’s right to offer legalized sportsbetting in its casinos. Meanwhile, gamblers in the Garden State still can bet on games, but only on competitions that are virtual. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE)…Read More

Bitcoin Frenzy as Cryptocurrency Breaks $10,000 Barrier, Then $11,000, in 24 Hours

Ari Paul, financial analyst

Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has become a popular banking method at many online casinos, has surged in value this week, not only breaking the $10,000 barrier on Tuesday but also hitting $11,000 just hours later on Wednesday. As has nearly always been the case with Bitcoin and other digital currencies, volatility remains high, with the…Read More

New York Giants Bench Eli Manning, Odds Increase

Ben McAdoo, Eli Manning

Eli Manning has been the starting quarterback for the New York Giants since 2004 but had his job unceremoniously taken from him Tuesday afternoon. Coach Ben McAdoo announced backup Geno Smith would be behind center when the team travels to play the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The two-time NFL Super Bowl winning quarterback choked back…Read More

Japan’s Casino Bidding War Might Last Two Years, Analysts Opine

Japan casino bill Shinzo Abe

Japan’s National Diet is expected to unveil is long-awaited commercial gambling bill sometime next month. The general consensus among analysts is that the legislation will authorize two integrated casino resorts in Osaka and Yokohama, with US gambling operators Las Vegas Sands and MGM Resorts the frontrunners to obtain the coveted licenses. But Spectrum Gaming, a…Read More

No Tax Dollars for Carl Icahn to Raze Trump Plaza, NJ Senate’s Stephen Sweeney Wants Billionaire to Fund Demo

Carl Icahn Trump Plaza demolition

The now-shuttered Trump Plaza resort, the last Atlantic City property still bearing President Donald Trump’s surname, will soon be razed by billionaire owner Carl Icahn, but the business mogul wants local tax money to help him pay for the demolition. New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) says no way will that happen. Last week,…Read More

Prince Harry Engaged to Meghan Markle, UK Oddsmakers Run Wild With Betting Lines

Prince Harry engaged marriage odds

Prince Harry has popped the question to longtime girlfriend Meghan Markle, and the American actress and model said “yes” to becoming royalty and joining the House of Windsor. Naturally, UK oddsmakers are celebrating the momentous occasion by offering up a smorgasbord of betting opportunities. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power thinks next March or April is the…Read More

Future Gaming Leaders Get Schooled at Casino Executive Boot Camp in Lake Tahoe

Gaming EDP 2017

The current and future leaders of the global gaming industry descended upon Lake Tahoe last week for the Executive Development Program, a leadership training conference designed to help directors, executives, and government regulators keep pace with today’s fast-changing gambling world. Held this year from Nov. 11-19 at Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino and Resort, the annual…Read More

Miss Universe Odds Favor South Africa, Host Steve Harvey Unlikely to Announce Wrong Winner

Miss Universe odds Steve Harvey

While Americans stuff their faces this Thanksgiving, the Miss Universe Competition returns this weekend to the AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas for the pageant’s 66th edition. And come Sunday night, the betting money is on South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters to be wearing the Miss Universe 2017 crown. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has Nel-Peters…Read More

David Cassidy, ‘Partridge Family’ Teen Idol, Popular Las Vegas Entertainer, Dead at 67

David Cassidy dead at 67

David Cassidy, the Partridge Family superstar who enjoyed a storied career as a musician, actor, and Las Vegas entertainer, died Tuesday after a brief hospitalization. Following reports that he’d been put into an induced coma and was going into organ failure earlier this week, the official cause of death was “complications related to dementia,” his publicist…Read More

Analysts: Pennsylvania Gaming Expansion Won’t Negatively Impact Atlantic City Casinos

Atlantic City revenue Pennsylvania casino

Atlantic City casinos shouldn’t feel the impact of Pennsylvania’s latest gaming expansion bill. So say industry experts, weighing in on the gaming resort town that’s still trying to find its norm in terms of annual revenue following a decade of declines, much of that caused by competition from border states. Fitch Ratings, one of the Big…Read More

Scientific Games Joins Legal Battle with William Hill in Anticipation of US Sports Betting

NYX Scientific Games William Hill

Scientific Games has joined a legal battle against William Hill in a move that’s ostensibly about corporate acquisitions, but which likely has more to do with positioning each of the firms should the United States legalize sports betting in the near future. The legal maneuvering is related to Scientific Games’ proposed acquisition of NYX Gaming….Read More

Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson Breaks Three Ribs in Fall, Misses Venetian Macau Anniversary Celebration

Sheldon Adelson, the top dog at Las Vegas Sands Corp., is recovering after a fall that resulted in three broken ribs for the 84-year-old gaming mogul. The incident occurred while Adelson was riding a ferry from Hong Kong to Macau, while in town to celebrate the anniversary of his own Venetian Macau property. The injury…Read More