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.

1079 stories by Samantha Beckett

Gulf Coast casino seafood buffet

Seafood Buffet Prices Leave Gulf Coast Casino Gamblers Feeling Crabby

Gulf Coast casino floors use their well-stocked seafood buffets to lure millions of guests inside their doors each year, with the hopes that the reasonably priced smorgasbords will turn diners into gamblers. Countless guests begin their casino getaway in coastal Mississippi by...

Samantha Beckett September 5, 2017
veterans groups Florida Lottery

Florida Should Share Lottery Revenue with Veterans Groups, Military Orgs Say

Sunshine State veterans groups think they're just as worthy of receiving a portion of the profits generated by the Florida Lottery as public education. And now they've banded together to initiate legislation that will push towards making that belief a reality. William...

Samantha Beckett September 4, 2017
Philip Hammond to support FOBT review

Ladbrokes Coral Criticized for Schmoozing With UK Politicians

As the UK government prepares to publish the results of an all-important regulatory review of the gambling industry next month, Ladbrokes Coral appeared at the top of a list of companies wining and dining the country’s politicians. UK members of parliament are...

Samantha Beckett September 4, 2017
Princess Kate royal family

British Bookmakers Offer Odds, as Kate Middleton and Prince William Announce Third Royal Pregnancy

The former Kate Middleton, aka the Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, is less than three months pregnant with the royal couple's third child, and the announcement already has overseas sports betting shops offering up odds on the upcoming baby's...

Samantha Beckett September 4, 2017
Macau bars entry to journalist in wake of Typhoon Hato

Macau Bars Journalists from Reporting on Typhoon Hato Relief Effort

Macau appears to have tightened controls on journalists entering the enclave to report on the aftermath of Typhoon Hato. At least four Hong Kong-based journalists, including a photographer for the South China Morning Post, have been refused entry by authorities as they...

Samantha Beckett September 2, 2017
Rhode Island casino Twin River Tiverton

Rhode Island Casino Construction Plan Gains Final Approval in Tiverton

The proposed Rhode Island casino in the town of Tiverton was formally approved by local officials this week, clearing the way for construction to begin on the 77,500-square-foot casino that will be accompanied by an 84-room hotel. The Tiverton Planning Board voted...

Samantha Beckett September 1, 2017
MP Tom Watson condemns 888 for failings in corporate responsibility

888 Hit With Record $10M Fine for Letting Problem Gamblers Play

888 Holdings has been fined £7.8 million ($10 million) by the UK Gambling Commission over serious failings of its social responsibility program. The fine, a record amount for the online gambling industry, was imposed after regulators discovered a technical glitch in 888’s...

Samantha Beckett August 31, 2017
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu wants keno

Keno Wars: Mass. Lottery Threatened by New Hampshire’s Tax-Free, Online Games

A border war is looming in New England, as Massachusetts officials try to figure out their best response to an offensive move by neighboring New Hampshire, which intends to go after the region's keno lottery dollars starting in January. New Hampshire Gov....

Samantha Beckett August 30, 2017
Florida crackdown on player designated games.

Florida Launches Crackdown on House-Banked Games at Pari-mutuel Venues

Florida gambling chiefs have launched legal action against two pari-mutuel venues, the Sarasota Kennel Club and Pensacola Greyhound Racing, for their alleged failure to remove so-called “designated player games” from their premises. Meanwhile, many of Florida’s other cardrooms and racetracks are bracing...

Samantha Beckett August 30, 2017
MGM Springfield construction 2018

MGM Springfield on Schedule for September 2018 Opening

MGM Springfield is on pace to become the first integrated resort casino to open in Massachusetts. MGM Resorts, the Nevada-based gaming and hospitality conglomerate, confirmed this week that construction is on schedule at its $950 million property, and the venue is targeting...

Samantha Beckett August 30, 2017