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

Stratosphere renovation Golden Entertainment

Stratosphere Undergoing $140 Million Renovation, Analysts Bullish on Golden Entertainment

Renovations at the Stratosphere will soon commence, as new owner Golden Entertainment announced this week during an earnings call that it's going to spend $140 million over three years to refresh the Las Vegas hotel and casino. Golden Entertainment completed its acquisition...

Samantha Beckett March 16, 2018
Penn National Pinnacle Entertainment

Penn National Pinnacle Entertainment Buyout Sparks Second Federal Trade Commission Review, Monopoly Concerns at Stake

Penn National Gaming's $2.8 billion acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment is still scheduled to be completed in the latter half of 2018, but a second request for "additional information and documentary materials" by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) threatens to delay the...

Samantha Beckett March 16, 2018
Governor John Carney open to Delaware casino tax relief

Delaware Governor Gives Assurance on Tax Relief as Casino Bill Put on Ice

Delaware’s proposal to slash tax rates for its three struggling casinos has been put on hold, following assurances from Governor John Carney that his administration is open to changing the tax structure to preserve casino jobs. Carney says he wants to know...

Samantha Beckett March 15, 2018
Atlantic City casino revenue

Atlantic City Casino Revenue Ice Cold in February, Win Drops 6.5 Percent

Atlantic City casinos aren't weathering the cold winter months, as February marked the town's third consecutive gross gaming revenue (GGR) decline. The seven casinos collectively generated total gaming win of $192 million. That's a 6.5 percent loss, or more than $13.3 million,...

Samantha Beckett March 15, 2018
Kansas sports betting bill debated by MBA’s Bryan Seeley

Kansas Casinos Take Aim at MLB and NBA Sports Betting Integrity Fee

Kansas casino operators clashed with Major League Baseball at a hearing of the state House Federal and State Affairs Committee on Tuesday. The committee had met to discuss and hear testimonies on HB 2752, legislation that would legalize sports betting at Kansas’...

Samantha Beckett March 14, 2018
Donald Trump aide John McEntee

Personal Assistant to President Donald Trump Fired for Online Gambling, Tax Issues

John McEntee, described as a "personal assistant" to President Donald Trump, was escorted out of the White House on Monday after being denied permanent security clearance. Senior administration officials told the Wall Street Journal this week that the 27-year-old was denied clearance...

Samantha Beckett March 14, 2018
Warren Buffett March Madness odds

Warren Buffett March Madness Pool Comes With $1M a Year for Life Prize, Derek Stevens Bets $363K

Warren Buffett is once again offering $1 million a year for life to any one of Berkshire Hathaway's 377,000 employees who can correctly predict the first two rounds of NCAA March Madness. The odds are of course strongly in his favor that...

Samantha Beckett March 13, 2018
Hakkasan, MGM Grand

Las Vegas Nightlife Giant Hakkasan Gears Up for Entry into Hotel Business, But Sin City Unlikely Focus

Las Vegas restaurant and nightclub virtuoso Hakkasan Group plans to expand into the boutique hotel industry, but its vision doesn’t include the city in which it's grown its bottle service. Nor does it encompass a future in gaming. Despite controlling half of...

Samantha Beckett March 12, 2018

Tiger Woods Masters Odds Shorter Than Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, and Defending Champion Sergio Garcia

Tiger Woods is now just 10/1 to win next month's Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. The four-time green jacket winner hasn't even played in the tournament since 2015 where he finished T17. But after a strong T2 performance at last weekend's Valspar...

Samantha Beckett March 12, 2018
Shinzo and Akie Abe

Could Shinzo Abe Corruption Scandal Derail Casino Process?

Late last week, the Japanese lawmakers building a framework of regulation for the country’s future casino industry said they would petition the national government to speed up the legislative process. With a mid-April deadline looming, the ruling Liberal Democrat Party (LDP) task-force...

Samantha Beckett March 12, 2018