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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

Indiana casino Majestic Star smoking ban

Indiana Casino Says Smoking Ban Would Cost 400 Jobs, $3 Million Annually

Northwest Indiana casino operator Majestic Star is threatening local officials in Gary on the dangers of implementing a smoking ban that would extend to its riverboat gambling floors. In 2012, Indiana enacted a statewide indoor smoking ban, but exemptions were provided for...

Samantha Beckett November 11, 2017
OJ Simpson Cosmopolitan parole odds

OJ Simpson Banned by Cosmopolitan on Las Vegas Strip, Sportsbooks Could Resume Parole Odds

OJ Simpson and a group of friends were removed from a bar inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas sometime around midnight Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. The casino resort did not say why security escorted Simpson off the premises, but those...

Samantha Beckett November 10, 2017
MGM Resorts Jim Murren Las Vegas

MGM Resorts Reports Strong Q3 Revenue, Says Las Vegas Bookings Have Rebounded After Shooting

MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren spoke with investors this week regarding the company's third quarter financial performance, a timeframe that concluded September 30, the day before the October 1 shooting. Murren said net income totaled $149.1 million, which translates to 26 cents...

Samantha Beckett November 9, 2017
R.J. Bell

Brent Musberger Doubts Veracity of RJ Bell’s $14M Mystery World Series Bettor Tale

It was a run of luck that seemed impossible and now some are questioning whether the mystery man who reportedly made $14 million betting on the World Series actually exists. The person who wrote about the anonymous gambler insists that he is...

Samantha Beckett November 8, 2017
Keno wins by a hair in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Towns Split on Votes to Allow Keno, Rochester One-Vote Win Still Under Microscope

New Hampshire voters in ten municipalities went to the polls on Tuesday to determine whether their communities should offer keno as a way to fund full-day public kindergarten programs, returning mixed results across the state. As of Wednesday morning, it appeared that...

Samantha Beckett November 8, 2017
Ladbrokes Coral CEO Jim Mullen

Ladbrokes Coral Fined £2.3 Million for ‘Social Responsibility Failures’ with Problem Gamblers

The UK Gambling Commission has issued a £2.3 million ($3 million) fine against Ladbrokes Coral, after the company failed to stop two customers from gambling and losing about £1.3 million ($1.7 million) in stolen funds. The bets were taken through Gala Interactive...

Samantha Beckett November 7, 2017
Las Vegas visitation shooting impact

Set to Break 2016 Record, Las Vegas Shooting Threatens New Visitation Highs

Las Vegas tallied a record 42.9 million visitors last year, and the city was poised to set a new high in 2017. Visitor arrivals totaled 32.1 million through September, and while that's a 1.1 percent drop, several indicators pointed to October being a...

Samantha Beckett November 6, 2017
Deadwood casino Celebrity Hotel

Deadwood Casino Goes Bankrupt Two Months After Kevin Costner Closes Midnight Star

Deadwood casinos have been struggling in recent years as visitation numbers have declined to South Dakota's Black Hills. More bad news broke last week with the revelation that the Celebrity Hotel and Casino has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Located directly across...

Samantha Beckett November 6, 2017
Maine casino ethics Shawn Scott

Maine Casino Committees Fined Record $500,000 by State Ethics Commission

The groups behind the Maine casino push to place a gambling facility in York County have been fined a record $500,000 by the state's Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. The commission said testimony provided by those who were supposedly running...

Samantha Beckett November 6, 2017
SEC ICO initial coin offering

SEC Warns Celebrities About Promoting Virtual Currencies, Initial Coin Offerings

The US Securities and Exchange Commission issued two advisories this week regarding the promotion of initial coin offerings (ICO) and the dangers of investing in such digital currencies. The first alert came soon after socialite Paris Hilton tweeted a message to her...

Samantha Beckett November 4, 2017