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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.

ESports Scores Slam Dunk With 17-Team NBA Video Gaming League, TNT Eyes Las Vegas for ELEAGUE

eSports NBA 2K TNT ELEAGUE

ESports gamers believe their professional leagues and tournaments are not too unlike that of professional sports organizations, and this week the emerging industry received more credibility in making that claim. In February, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced the formation of the NBA 2K eLeague, and this week professional basketball revealed 17 teams will have…Read More

Sports Bettor Who Placed $50,000 Wager on Golden State Stands to Win $500

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An enthusiastic sports bettor in Las Vegas put $50,000 on the Golden State Warriors besting the Utah Jazz in their Western Conference NBA Playoffs semifinals series. Should the Bay Area team prevail in the best-of-seven matchup, the gambler stands to receive just $500. That’s the reality of taking the huge favorite, and oddsmakers in Las…Read More

Fontainebleau Las Vegas to (Finally) Cover Up Exposed Eyesore on Strip

Carl Icahn's Fontainebleau Las Vegas

The mystery of the Fontainebleau is about to get shrouded in more intrigue. Owner Carl Icahn plans to install a “wrap” around the bottom three floors of the abandoned construction project that serves as an unpleasant reminder of the Great Recession of 2009. Icahn applied for a permit allowing him to cover the abandoned construction…Read More

Las Vegas Raiders Officially Landowners, Future Home Purchased Near Strip

Las Vegas Raiders land sold Russell Road

The Las Vegas Raiders have completed their purchase of 62 acres of land between Russell Road and Hacienda Avenue, just west of Interstate 15 and the famed Strip. The NFL team purchased a total of four parcels for a combined sale price of $77.5 million, or $1.25 million per acre. That’s a substantial premium for…Read More

Tangled Web of Net Neutrality in Danger, Following Federal Court Dismissal

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A net neutrality legal challenge brought by several internet service providers against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been dismissed by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. The case of whether or not to continue federal oversight of internet practices in the US could now be bumped up to the highest court in the land….Read More

Gettysburg Casino Battle Faces Plenty of Opposition From Locals, History Buffs

Gettysburg casino proposal Pennsylvania gaming

A Gettysburg casino proposal is facing strong resistance from locals, history buffs, and even the US National Park Service. Area businessman David LeVan, who owns Battlefield Harley-Davidson, a motorcycle dealership in Gettysburg, wants to build a horse racetrack and casino just three miles from the hallowed ground where the Civil War took a turning point in July…Read More

Atlantic Club Sale and Waterpark Transformation Canceled, as Financing Dries Up

Atlantic Club waterpark Atlantic City

The Atlantic Club is once again back on the market after a deal to sell the resort and turn it into a family entertainment center and waterpark fell through. R&R Development Group, a real estate developer based in nearby Ventnor, New Jersey, an oceanfront community just south of Atlantic City, had reportedly reached a deal…Read More

Maryland Casinos Don’t Help Education as Promised, State Comptroller Says

Maryland casinos Comptroller Peter Franchot

Maryland casinos were authorized by voters in 2008 on the grounds that the generated tax revenue from legalizing commercial gambling would be primarily used to fund education programs. But that promise, according to state Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), isn’t being kept. Fifty-eight percent of voters supported the ballot referendum in 2008 to amend the state’s…Read More

Wynn Resorts Confirms Paradise Park Lagoon Project is All-Systems-Go

Steve Wynn’s Paradise Park gets sign off

Steve Wynn’s plan to build a $1.5 billion lagoon complete with white sandy beaches and a new 1,000-room hotel-casino just off the Las Vegas Strip has been signed off by the Wynn Resorts board and has the full go-ahead. Wynn delivered the news himself at an earnings call to discuss strong Q1 earnings, boosted by…Read More

Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush Angling Miami Marlins Takeover, Las Vegas’ MLB Odds Dealt Blow

Derek Jeter Jeb Bush Miami Marlins

Future Cooperstown member Derek Jeter and 2016 presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) are leading a group of investors in buying the Miami Marlins baseball franchise for a reported $1.3 billion. According to theMiami Herald, the group is led by Bush, and the longtime politician will become the Major League Baseball (MLB)…Read More

Texas Casino Cruise Asks Social Media Followers if Company Should Fire Captain Who Struck Jetty

Texas casino cruise Jacks or Better

Texas casino cruise ship Jacks or Better (JOB) made plenty of headlines last week after its one and only gambling vessel struck a jetty marker in the Galveston Bay just a little more than a week after the party boat enjoyed its maiden voyage. The accident didn’t result in injuries, but did startle passengers after…Read More

Atlantic City County Executive Dennis Levinson Opines PILOT Program Needs Amended

Atlantic City Dennis Levinson PILOT taxes

Atlantic City County Executive Dennis Levinson writes in a recent op-ed that the city’s PILOT program, the Payment in Lieu of Taxes for casinos, is hurting local government and residents by allowing the resorts to pay less tax than they would otherwise be on the hook for. Levinson, whose son Matthew is the chairman of…Read More

Martha’s Vineyard Casino Heavily Opposed by Town and Taxpayers

Martha's Vineyard casino Wampanoag

The Martha’s Vineyard casino that received its legal blessing earlier this month is receiving strong opposition from local authorities and residents on the picturesque Massachusetts island. In mid-April, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head won its appeal in a federal Boston courtroom. The ruling gave the Native American group the right to build a casino on…Read More

“Vegas Dave” Arrested on Misdemeanor Battery Charge After Not Guilty Plea in Federal Case

“Vegas” Dave Oancea arrested after arraignment

Life just got a even more complicated for “Vegas” Dave Oancea, the celebrated professional sports bettor, who was indicted last week by a federal grand jury, accused of misuse of Social Security numbers. Oancea was arraigned on Wednesday to pleaded not guilty to charges that he provided casinos with Social Security numbers that either belonged…Read More

Delaware Online Gaming Revenue Plummets, as Market Doesn’t Follow New Jersey’s Lead

Delaware online gaming revenue March

Delaware online gaming revenue came to a screeching halt in March, as internet casinos won just $151,811, a 42 percent drop compared to the same month in 2016. The 42 percent loss translates into over $108,000 less going into the coffers of the three online gaming operators in the First State. Delaware Park, Dover Downs,…Read More