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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.

Atlantic City Casinos Enter 2018 with Operator Confidence in Full Throttle

Atlantic City casino gaming outlook

It’s a new year, and Atlantic City casino operators are hoping for an even better one in 2018. Fresh off the town’s second consecutive annual gaming win, invested companies are hopeful that the trend will continue up and down the Boardwalk and into the Marina District. After enduring nine years of declines between 2007 and…Read More

Pennsylvania Joins the US Online Gaming Fray in 2017, as We Look Back on the Highs and Lows of the Internet Push

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf legalizes online gambling

On October 30, 2017, Pennsylvania became the fourth US state to legalize online gambling and the first since 2013, when New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware took that unprecedented leap. Pennsylvania’s push to make internet gambling legal had been in the cards for some time and there had been lots of pressure in Harrisburg to get…Read More

How Politics and Gaming Met Up in 2017: Trump, Immigration Status, and Betting Limits Take Center Stage

Politics and gaming in 2017 Donald Trump

When politics met gaming in 2017, the intensity hit from all sides of the fence. And when Donald Trump officially became the 45th President of the United States in January, becoming the first former casino owner ever to hold the office, there was no doubt that politics and gaming would be deeply intertwined all year and…Read More

Achieving Immortality: Which Gaming Icons Left Their Mark in 2017 Through Charity, Politics, and Sports

gaming icons Sheldon Adelson Las Vegas

From powermongers like Sheldon Adelson to the billionaire Fertitta brothers, 2017 saw some gutsy and passionate moves by the gaming industry’s most illustrious movers and shakers. Whether it was millions of dollars in donations in times of crisis and natural disaster, political influencing in DC through campaign contributions, or multibillion-dollar deals towards professional sports teams,…Read More

Las Vegas Switches Gears for 2017 Marketing Strategies: Courting Millenials, Skirting Tragedy

Las Vegas marketing in 2017

It was a changing year in 2017, as Dr. Phil would say, for Las Vegas and the city’s tried-and-true iconic marketing strategies. Hoping to lure more millennials and ultimately to bounce back from one of the worst tragedies since the MGM fire in 1981 that killed 85 people, Sin City finished out the year still…Read More

Splendor of the Old: 2017’s Biggest Sports Superstars Were No Spring Chickens

2017 sports superstars

Everyone knows that sports are a young person’s game, especially when it comes to the professional level of competition. But in 2017, we all found ourselves in awe of some veteran athletes who defied their ages to score some of the most impressive victories of the year. These men and women may not be truly old,…Read More

GVC Holdings Moves to High Street with Ladbrokes Coral Acquisition, Purchase Price Could Reach $5.35 Billion

GVC Holdings Ladbrokes Coral

Gambling firm GVC Holdings entered into an agreement with British bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral on Friday that could see as much as $5.35 billion change hands. The takeover’s final price won’t be determined until late January, when a fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT) review by the UK’s Department for Culture, Media, and Sport will decide on…Read More

China Reinstates Group Travel Ban on South Korea, Gaming Operators on Edge

China travel ban South Korea

China’s ban on group travel to South Korea has reappeared this week, despite the countries pledging to end their diplomatic tensions in late October. The dispute stems from South Korea installing its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in response to North Korea’s ongoing missile testing. China opposed the installation of the defense weapons,…Read More

Select Few Pennsylvania Towns Finally Rolling Out Welcome Mat for Satellite Casino Bids

Pennsylvania satellite casino gambling

A couple Pennsylvania municipalities are beginning to embrace the idea of allowing a so-called “mini casino” in their communities. But some of the candidate towns throwing their locales into the satellite pool are perhaps too remote to attract a multimillion-dollar investment from one of the state’s 10 qualified bidders. Opting In, or Opting Out A…Read More

Controversial Rules Cost NFL Teams Victories, Bettors Money

Jesse James

It was an expensive football game for two teams and countless bettors on Sunday. Two rules affected the outcome and cost the Steelers and the Raiders possible victories. It also influenced the total points and the spread and some of the people that wagered on the games got a bad beat. Both teams were playoff…Read More

Lottoland Launches Bitcoin Lottery With 1,000-Coin Jackpot

bitcoin lottery Lottoland

Lottoland says its bitcoin lottery game is the first licensed random draw format offering up the cryptocurrency as a jackpot. Licensed in the gaming-friendly British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, Lottoland held its first Bitcoin Lotto yesterday at 8:30 pm GMT (3:30 pm ET). The game is a standard 6/49 numeric draw where players must correctly…Read More

Lady Gaga Nearing Las Vegas Residency Deal With MGM Resorts

Lady Gaga Las Vegas residency

Superstar Lady Gaga is reportedly ready to sign with MGM Resorts for a 36-show Las Vegas residency at the company’s rebranded Monte Carlo. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the deal will pay her around $400,000 per performance, for a total compensation of $14.4 million. The residency will kick off sometime late next year. Online…Read More

California Casinos Renovate to Compete with Las Vegas for Resort Customers

Pechanga casino gaming floor

In a decades-old battle between California and Nevada, several tribal California casinos have undertaken multimillion-dollar construction or renovation projects to rival Las Vegas venues and keep their best customers from venturing across the border for their gambling entertainment. The Pechanga, Viejas, Pala, and Sycuan casinos in southern California all have renovation projects underway that will…Read More

Penn National Acquires Regional Casino Rival Pinnacle Entertainment for $2.8 Billion

Penn National Gaming Pinnacle Entertainment

Penn National Gaming has completed its speculated acquisition of regional casino operator and rival Pinnacle Entertainment. The Pennsylvania-based corporation announced today the purchase price is $2.8 billion, and when completed, will expand Penn National’s portfolio to 41 properties in 20 jurisdictions. Reports surfaced in early October that Penn National was looking to acquire Pinnacle. It’s…Read More

Las Vegas Hosts Counterterrorism Debate as City Confronts Security Challenges

counterterrorism Las Vegas shooting

Las Vegas is no stranger to security issues, and the city is certainly on heightened alert following the October 1 mass shooting that left 58 people dead and over 500 others injured. Those concerns were again on display Monday, when the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) hosted a debate on the changing role of…Read More