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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 Casino.org editorial team.

Lawsuit Claims Prescription Drug Abilify Caused Compulsive Gambling

Abilify compulsive gambling lawsuit

Five individuals in Nevada are suing companies that manufacture and distribute the prescription drug Abilify, saying that the labeling on the medication didn’t adequately warn users that it could cause compulsive behaviors such as gambling. A complaint filed in Washoe County District Court on Wednesday alleges that Japanese drug developer Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. and its…Read More

MGM Resorts Cannot Intervene in Connecticut Tribal Casino Decision: Department of Interior Weighs In

MGM Resorts Connecticut casino DOI

MGM Resorts is a commercial casino operator, and thus has no legal grounds to weigh in on Connecticut tribal gaming matters: that’s the view of the Department of the Interior (DOI). In filings submitted to the US District Court in Washington, DC, this week, DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke said the federal agency opposes MGM Resorts’ “motion for…Read More

FanDuel Plans to Go Public in Reverse Merger with Platinum Eagle

FanDuel to go public with Platinum Eagle Merger

FanDuel is in advanced talks to go public through a reverse merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Platinum Eagle Acquisition Corp, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation who spoke to financial news website Axios this week. SPACs are essentially shell companies with no actual operations, but with a star-studded management team…Read More

Nevada US Congresswoman Dina Titus Urges DOJ to Leave 2011 Wire Act Opinion Alone

Donna Titus DOJ Wire Act

US Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nevada) is calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to preserve the 2011 Wire Act opinion made by the federal agency that essentially allowed individual states to determine their own internet gambling laws. While there’s been no indication from the DOJ that the agency is considering reviewing the seven-year-old decision, parties…Read More

Latest Lawsuit Claims Steve Wynn Pressured Salon Employees to Make Video Denying Assault

Steve Wynn scandal lawsuit

In the days following the Steve Wynn sexual harassment media bombshell, the billionaire allegedly met with certain employees and demanded that they deny the claims in a video recording. A lawsuit filed this week claims the casino mogul and Wynn Resorts founder met with salon employees on or around January 31, which was less than…Read More

East Windsor Connecticut Casino Won’t Open Until Late 2019, and That’s a Win for MGM Resorts

East Windsor casino Kevin Brown

Connecticut’s $300 million East Windsor satellite casino will not open until at least late 2019, and that’s wonderful news for MGM Resorts. On Monday, demolition began on a former movie theater that currently occupies part of a 26-acre site where the casino is to be built. Connecticut’s two Native American tribes, the Mashantucket Pequot and…Read More

MLB’s Rob Manfred Takes Swing at West Virginia Sports Betting Bill

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred disses West Virginia sports betting

Last Friday, West Virginia all but passed a bill that would legalize and regulate sports betting should the US Supreme decide shortly that individual states are free to do so. With the bill sailing through the House by a 77 to 22 vote, it will now head to the governor’s desk, bar a few rudimentary…Read More

Russia Faces Online Gambling Problem as FIFA World Cup Looms

Russia World Cup 2018

The soccer World Cup in Russia this summer is likely to be the most-bet-upon sporting event in human history, as was the Brazilian World Cup before it, and the South African World Cup before that. The rest of the world may be concerned about issues like: allegations of corruption in the FIFA bidding process; doping…Read More

Las Vegas Shooting Victims Restitution Payments Starting to Go Out, But Will It Be Enough for Survivors and Orphans?

Las Vegas shooting fund victims

Money raised for the Las Vegas shooting victims of October 1, 2017 is finally being allocated, more than five months after the fundraising was initiated. Much of the money being directed to decedents’ families and injured survivors is coming from the gaming industry, which collectively donated $17.7 million to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund and…Read More

Wilton Rancheria Tribe Survives Elk Grove Casino Challenge, Judge Tosses Suit

Raymond “Chuckie” Hitchcock, chairman of the Wilton Rancheria

A federal judge on Wednesday tossed a lawsuit that sought to challenge the Wilton Rancheria tribe’s long quest to build a casino in Elk Grove, California. The suit had questioned the legitimacy of a decision to restore the tribe’s lands in Wilton in the dying moments of the Obama administration, just hours before Trump’s inauguration….Read More

Japan Legislature Reportedly Mulling Up to Five Integrated Casino Resorts

Japan legislature Shinzo Abe

The Japan legislature, formally known as the National Diet, isn’t set on only authorizing two or three integrated casino resorts (IRs) as previously thought. According to GGRAsia, powers within the two-house assembly are considering allowing up to five IR projects when the Diet unveils its commercial gambling implementation bill in the coming months. At an…Read More

Macau Casino Revenue Surge Comes to a Screeching Halt, February Win Falls Short of Expectations

Macau casino revenue February

Macau casino revenue rose 5.7 percent last month to $3.02 billion, far less than the seven to 12 percent growth predicted by gaming analysts. The less than six percent gross gaming revenue (GGR) increase is the smallest year-over-year percentage gain since January 2017. After a strong start to the year where gross gaming win surged…Read More

Steve Wynn Hit with Multi-Point Civil Suit from Former Massage Therapist, Allegations Reinforce Those of Other Reported Past Misconduct

Steve Wynn lawsuit

Steve Wynn is facing a civil lawsuit from his former massage therapist that lists a litany of complaints, including assault, battery, breach of contract, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and civil conspiracy. The suit is noted as being for “general and punitive damages in excess of $50,000, and attorneys fees and costs.” According…Read More

Nevada Casino Revenue Tops $1 Billion in January, But Strip Struggles Continue Since October 1 Shooting

Las Vegas Strip January 2018 revenue

Nevada casino revenue totaled $1.015 billion in January, and while that’s a two percent drop compared to the same month in 2017, it marks the first time the state has eclipsed the 10-digit threshold in a year. It’s the 36th time ever that the Silver State’s casinos have surpassed the $1 billion monthly mark. January…Read More

Stars Group Buys Into CrownBet to Enter Australian Sports Betting Market

Rafi Ashkenazi Stars Group CrownBet

The Stars Group announced on Tuesday that it had purchased a 62 percent stake in CrownBet Holdings, giving it the controlling interest in one of the largest bookmakers in Australia. The purchase cost the Stars Group approximately $117.7 million to complete. The purchase was made entirely in cash that was already on the firm’s balance…Read More