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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.

Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner, Frequent Las Vegas Visitor and Former Casino Owner, Dead at 91

Hugh Hefner dead at 91

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has gone to that great lingerie party in the sky. The multimillionaire who brought to life the soft-core, meticulously photoshopped genre of impossibly beautiful women died Wednesday at his Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, according to the lifestyle and entertainment company he founded in 1953. The “American Icon,” as Playboy referenced…Read More

Iowa Gaming Operators Warn of Cedar Rapids Casino Impact

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett

Iowa’s existing casino operators urged the state’s Racing and Gaming Commission not to award a license to any of three proposals for a casino in Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s second biggest city, at a hearing on Tuesday. Their least favorite project of the three appears to Peninsula Pacific and Cedar Rapids Development’s bid to build a…Read More

MGM National Harbor Corrects Grave Error, Digs Up and Moves 400-Year-Old Colonists

MGM National Harbor cemetery

Maryland’s $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor is gently kicking out some unwanted stiffs, but not the kind who haven’t paid their casino credit line. Nope, these deadbeats are actually, well, dead. Just steps from the sleek and modern 23-story hotel tower sits a centuries-old graveyard on a grassy knoll, surrounded by fencing and protected around…Read More

Major Iowa Lottery Snafu: Thousands of Past Winners’ Social Security Numbers Get Released

Terry Rich Iowa Lottery snafu

Iowa Lottery officials are red-faced, and have apologized after accidentally releasing 2,967 social security numbers of winners from 2011 to a college professor doing lottery research that covered the past 30 years. Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, an assistant journalism instructor at Grand Valley State University outside of Grand Rapids in Michigan requested the information for a…Read More

Raiders Negotiating Oakland Coliseum Lease Extension, as Las Vegas Stadium Suffers Setbacks

Oakland Raiders Las Vegas stadium

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis is ready to move his NFL franchise to Las Vegas, but before that can happen, the team of course needs somewhere to play. With the typical red tape getting in the way, it now appears unlikely that the $1.9 billion domed stadium near the Strip will be ready in time…Read More

Resorts World Catskills Feeling Generous, Buys Town $3 Million Water Tank

Resorts World Catskills New York

Resorts World Catskills won’t open until next spring, but the Upstate New York property is already stepping up in the local community and becoming a valued asset to the region. Monticello, the town where the $1.2 billion casino resort is being built, revealed this week that owners of Resort World have donated $3 million to…Read More

Barbuda: Would Really Help Relief Efforts if US Paid Its $273M Online Gambling Debt

Barbuda, devastated by Hurricane Irma

If the United States wants to help the hurricane-ravaged island of Barbuda, it could do so by paying a $273 million debt over online gambling that started accruing in 2007. Antigua and Barbuda has called on the US to pay money that the World Trade Organization says it owes. Ronald Sanders, the dual-island nation’s ambassador…Read More

South Korea’s $1.8 Billion Shinhwa World Casino on Jeju Island to Open in December

Jeju Shinhwa World official opening December

Jeju Shinhwa World, the $1.8 billion integrated resort currently under construction on the South Korean holiday island of Jeju, has announced that its “official opening” will take place on December 8. The casino rolled out an initial phase soft opening in April, with the launch of a 344-units of luxury accommodation, known as Somerset Jeju…Read More

MGM Resorts Ups Connecticut Ante with PR Blitz for Bridgeport Casino

The MGM Bridgeport, a proposed casino in southwestern Connecticut, is beginning to look less like “a stunt” and more like casino hardball, as MGM Resorts has unleashed a marketing blitz to win local hearts and minds for their unlikely casino project. According to the Connecticut Post, the casino giant instigated a PR bombardment that involves…Read More

Atlantic City Strip Club Stakes Its Pole in Former Trump Taj Mahal, New Owner Hard Rock Files Suit

Atlantic city strip club Score Hard Rock

Atlantic City strip club Scores says when Hard Rock is finished with its $500 million reimagining of the former Trump Taj Mahal, it has the legal right to reopen inside the resort. The gentlemen’s club makes that claim that it still holds a valid lease agreement with the shuttered Taj that should allow it to…Read More

Comedian Kevin Hart, Las Vegas Headliner and PokerStars Ambassador, Extricates Himself From Extortion Attempt, Claims He Has ‘Target on His Back’

Kevin Hart extortion Las Vegas

Comedian Kevin Hart, a PokerStars ambassador and Las Vegas performing mainstay, is fighting back against an alleged extortion attempt by a person who obtained video of the actor behaving inappropriately with a woman in a hotel suite in Sin City. What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas, and for the married Hart, whose…Read More

Pennsylvania Senate to Crack Down on Illegal Gambling as Legislature Considers Gaming Expansion

Pennsylvania Senate illegal gambling

Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee Chairman Chuck McIlhinney (R-District 10) says business owners allowing illegal gambling operations to take place at their establishments will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. That is, of course, assuming the state legislature, which is currently mulling multiple gambling expansion measures, one being to allow slots…Read More

Aussie Court Shoots Down $8.8 Billion Tabcorp-Tatts Merger

David Attenborough, Tabcorp CEO

The long-planned merger between Tabcorp and Tatts, Australia’s two biggest gambling firms, could be off, as a federal court on Wednesday squelched regulatory approval of the $8.8 billion deal following a judicial review. At the very best, it represents an enormous setback for the merger which Tabcorp had hoped could be finalized in the last…Read More

Atlantic City Tourism Report Provides Plenty of Optimism for Casinos

Atlantic City tourism statistics

Atlantic City tourism statistics indicate that the region’s seven remaining casinos are benefiting from the October closure of the Trump Taj Mahal. But they aren’t just poaching from the shuttered resort, but also generating new visitations to the beachfront town. According to the Atlantic City Tourism Performance Indicators report published by Stockton University’s Lloyd D….Read More

$10 Million Megabucks Jackpot Hit at Henderson Casino by New Local

Megabucks jackpot Fiesta Henderson

A Megabucks jackpot totaling $10,192,522.80 was hit at the Fiesta Henderson Hotel and Casino over the weekend by a man who only recently moved to the state of Nevada. Roger, who withheld his last name while talking to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, told the newspaper that he relocated to Henderson from Virginia just a couple…Read More