Samantha Beckett

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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.

1114 stories by Samantha Beckett

New Hampshire State Senator Lou D’Allesandro

New Hampshire Senator Ready to Quit After 20th Failed Casino Bill

God loves a trier, they say, but after two decades of trying to legalize casino gaming in New Hampshire, even the dogged Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) believes it might be time to call it a day. D’Allesandro’s 20th consecutive casino bill was...

Samantha Beckett March 26, 2018
Deadwood casino February revenue

Deadwood Casino Revenue Falls Seven Percent in February, HBO Movie Could Reignite Interest

Deadwood casinos remain on life support, and February certainly didn't help their prognoses. Data released Monday by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming shows that slot machine win fell 6.3 percent last month, and table game revenue slid 12.4 percent. Combined, casino...

Samantha Beckett March 26, 2018
The IGT Virtual Zone

IGT Teams Up with HTC Vive for ‘Virtual Zone’ VR Casino Gaming Experience

Slot machine giant IGT has teamed up with virtual reality hardware developers HTC Vive to bring a glimpse of the casino games of the future to the gaming floor. HTC is providing the immersive headgear for IGTs Virtual Zone, a virtual reality...

Samantha Beckett March 25, 2018
GVC Ladbrokes deal moves step closer

GVC Ladbrokes Takeover Cleared by UK Competition Regulator

Online gambling giant GVC Holdings has cleared one of the final hurdles in its proposed takeover of UK bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral. The UK competition regulator, the Competitions and Market Authority (CMA), this week approved the merger that would create one of the...

Samantha Beckett March 24, 2018
Louisiana casino law riverboat

Five Louisiana Casino Bills Advance, State Gambling Industry Makeover Looms

Multiple pieces of legislation that would overhaul how Louisiana casinos operate passed out of state committees this week. The two most consequential bills involve allowing the state's 15 riverboat casinos to move ashore, so long as they remain within 1,200 feet of...

Samantha Beckett March 23, 2018
GGG Golovkin Canelo Alvarez fight odds

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

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...

Samantha Beckett March 21, 2018
Pollyanna Chu loses half her fortune

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

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...

Samantha Beckett March 20, 2018
Melco Resorts Lawrence Ho

Melco Resorts Billionaire Lawrence Ho Says Six Macau Casino Licenses Plenty

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...

Samantha Beckett March 20, 2018
Las Vegas Metro Police shooting

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

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...

Samantha Beckett March 19, 2018
South Korean President Moon Jae-in fires Kangwon Land Casino employees

South Korean President Sacks 226 Employees at Kangwon Land Casino

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...

Samantha Beckett March 18, 2018