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.

1068 stories by Samantha Beckett

Area 15 Las Vegas Area 51

Not Quite Area 51, But Area 15 Will Bring Sci-Fi Entertainment to Las Vegas

Area 15 hopes to one day attract sci-fi and comic book fans to a yet-to-be-constructed 146,000-square-foot entertainment facility just steps off the Las Vegas Strip. Proposed by New York real estate development company Fisher Brothers, the venue's blueprint calls for multiple arenas...

Samantha Beckett September 12, 2017
Maia Deguito to be charged over Bangladeshi bank heist

Junket Operators, Casino Boss Cleared in $101M Bangladeshi Cyber Bank Heist

Philippine prosecutors investigating last year’s notorious Bangladeshi bank heist have dismissed all charges against casino boss Kim Wong and junket operator Weikang Xu. But late last week they recommended the filing of charges against Maia Deguito, a former branch manager at Philippine...

Samantha Beckett September 11, 2017
eSports conference Luxor Strip casinos

Casino eSports Conference Skipped by Strip Operators, Nevada Expands eSports Betting

Last week's Casino eSports Conference (CEC) held at the Westgate failed to entice representatives from the nearby Strip resorts to take in a series of discussions on the emerging industry. The two-day conference aimed to bring together leaders from gambling and eSports...

Samantha Beckett September 11, 2017
MGM Japan CEO Jim Murren

MGM Japan to Open in 2025, CEO Jim Murren Hints

MGM Japan, an integrated casino resort that could cost as much as $10 billion, will open sometime around 2025. That's the word according to CEO Jim Murren, at least, who provided details on the licensing process and timeframe for his company's resort...

Samantha Beckett September 11, 2017
OJ Simpson memoribilia for sale

OJ Simpson Signed Photo From Botched Palace Station Robbery Attempt Now for Sale

Even as former football hero OJ Simpson waits for his parole date in October, a Planet Hollywood memorabilia store owner on the Las Vegas Strip says it has a signed collectible picture of Simpson that the Hall of Famer tried to reclaim...

Samantha Beckett September 9, 2017
Ezekiel Elliott suspension

Court Blocks NFL’s Suspension of Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

The Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott will suit up when his team hosts the New York Giants on Sunday night, after a federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas granted his request on Friday for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction...

Samantha Beckett September 9, 2017
Kelly Smith Starbucks MGM Resorts

Starbucks Digital VP Kelly Smith Perks Up for Parallel MGM Opportunity

Seattle's Kelly Smith, former entrepreneur and Starbucks digital global expansion honcho, is now officially a has-bean. Instead, Smith will be taking his knowledge of the digital realm into the gaming world, becoming senior vp and chief digital officer for casino operator MGM...

Samantha Beckett September 8, 2017
Maura Healey has game when dealing with DFS.

DraftKings, Fan Duel Settle with Massachusetts for $2.6 Million Over Mystery Violations

FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings will pay $1.3 million each to resolve unspecified historic violations of “consumer issues” in Massachusetts. The resolution comes after an investigation from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey into both companies’ consumer practices “in the early stages of this new...

Samantha Beckett September 8, 2017
Future site of Las Vegas Stadium

Clark County Greenlights Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Construction Plan

The Raiders won’t be competing in Las Vegas until 2020, but the excitement is already in the Sin City air. On Wednesday, the Clark County Commission gave the go-ahead to the NFL franchise to begin building what will be a $1.9 billion...

Samantha Beckett September 7, 2017
Scientific Games IGT licensing agreement

Scientific Games and IGT Announce ‘Cross-Licensing’ Pact, Patent-Sharing

Scientific Games and International Game Technology (IGT) have reached an agreement to share licenses and patents across their two companies. The casino technology and lottery services providers said in a statement that they've signed off on a "patent cross-licensing" contract that allows...

Samantha Beckett September 7, 2017