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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.

South Bend Casino Puts Gambling Next to America’s Most Distinguished Catholic University

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A South Bend casino is cleared for construction, and when the resort is completed, will put gambling less than five miles from the University of Notre Dame campus. On November 17, the United States Department of the Interior (DOI) placed 165.81 acres of land southwest of downtown South Bend, Indiana, into trust for the Pokagon…Read More

What’s on Every Gambler’s Wish List This 2016 Holiday Season?

gambler's wish list 2016 holiday season

The gambler’s wish list for the 2016 holiday season is first and foremost a little bit of luck, but aside from that intangible gift, family and friends are often at a loss as to what to get the gambler in one’s life. Thanksgiving is over and the gift-giving season is here. The perfect present of course…Read More

Rodrigo Duterte to Resuscitate Philweb?

Duterte to license Philweb

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte seems to have decided, in hindsight, that his treatment of online gambling tech giant Philweb and its chairman and owner, Roberto Ongpin, was a little harsh. Sources in the Philippines told the country’s veteran journalist Emile Verado that Duterte now believes he has made a mistake and that Philweb could soon…Read More

Chinese Charge Three Australian Crown Resorts Employees with “Gambling Crimes”

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Three Australian Crown Resorts staff members are looking at the possibility of spending the holidays behind bars in China. In mid-October, the Aussie citizens were detained, along with 15 others in China, on suspicions of committing “gambling crimes.” The Australian Financial Review (AFR), a leading business and financial newspaper in the country, is now reporting…Read More

Las Vegas NFL Stadium Blueprint Rejected in San Diego, Goodell Wants Chargers and Raiders to Stay Put

Las Vegas NFL stadium Raiders Chargers

The potential Las Vegas NFL stadium projected to cost $1.9 billion will be partially funded by raising the hotel occupancy tax in Clark County by 0.88 percent. Nevada will use the additional funds collected to direct $750 million towards constructing the 65,000-seat domed football venue. A similar proposition was presented in San Diego last week,…Read More

Nevada Gaming Policy Committee Says Yes to eSports, No to Daily Fantasy Sports

Nevada Gaming Policy Committee eSports

The Nevada Gaming Policy Committee, led by Governor Brian Sandoval (R), is urging the state’s Gaming Control Board (GCB) to develop regulations to oversee the emerging eSports betting industry. A form of competition primarily using electronic devices and games, eSports has gone from small video game tournaments to an annual market valuation of nearly half…Read More

Donald Trump Cabinet Choices and Presidential Direction Become Latest Prediction Market Wagers

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President-elect Donald Trump’s possible cabinet appointments and how his leadership role and decisions will play out have set off a fresh round of prediction market betting. PredictIt.org, an online market that sells shares on the outcomes of political and financial events, is jointly operated by Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and DC-based political consulting…Read More

Saipan Casino Reporting Major VIP Revenues, But Where Is All the Money Coming From?

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The mystery of how a small, unassuming casino on Saipan, a tiny speck of an island in the middle of nowhere, could be outperforming the biggest resorts of Macau and Las Vegas, has been bugging everyone from Bloomberg to the US Treasury this week. The oddly named Best Sunshine Live casino opened its doors only last…Read More

Plainridge Park Casino Harnesses Horse Racing Back to Life

Plainridge Park Casino harness horse racing

Plainridge Park Casino has given new life to its accompanying horse racetrack since the slots venue opened in June of 2015. The only harness racing facility in Massachusetts, and one of only two tracks remaining with live racing, Plainridge Park Racecourse is seeing both its attendance and revenue skyrocket since gambling was welcomed to the…Read More

Brazil Gambling Bill to Legalize Casinos and Internet Gaming Approved by Senate Committee

Brazil gambling legislation Senate

Brazil gambling legislation has been a topic of consideration in the country’s federal government over the last several years, but today betting remains illegal in South America’s largest country. Gambling has been outlawed in Brazil for the last 70 years, but lawmakers in the National Congress are trying to change that through a wide-reaching gaming…Read More

Election Betting and Polling Both Miss Presidential Outcome 2016 for Equal Epic Fail

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Election betting has been hyped as a more reliable and accurate forecasting model than traditional polling, and that paradigm was again touted in 2016. Numerous pundits opined that they believed studying where bettors were placing actual money on election outcomes was superior science to simply asking the public’s general opinion on candidates. Fox News’ John…Read More

Bangladesh to Retrieve $15 Million from Fed Bank Cyber Heist

Bangladesh to Retrieve Kim Wong’s $15 Million

The Bangladesh Bank will retrieve $15 million of the $81 million stolen earlier this year in a daring cyber heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. On February 5th, hackers flooded the Fed Bank with requests for transfers totaling almost $1 billion from an account owned by the Bangladesh Bank and used by…Read More

Donald Trump Confirmed as 45th US President in America’s Brexit Vote

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Not even Donald Trump could have imagined how the vote countdown would play out on Tuesday night. At 2:40 am ET Wednesday morning, the state of Pennsylvania officially went to the billionaire businessman who had withstood jeers, scandals, and derision throughout the year that led up to his win. The Republican candidate was officially confirmed…Read More

Bellagio Dealer Imprisoned Over $1 Million Craps Scam

Bellagio craps dealer sentenced.

A former Bellagio craps dealer in Las Vegas, who helped con his ex-employer out of over $1 million was sentenced this week to between three and five years in prison. James Cooper Jr., 44, pleaded guilty to one count of theft for his participation in a long-running scam at the dice table. Cooper, along with…Read More

Las Vegas Raiders Move “Pretty Definitive” According to Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones

Las Vegas Raiders Jerry Jones

The Las Vegas Raiders are positioned to become the next franchise in the National Football League (NFL), at least according to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Perhaps the most influential owner in the league, Jones said during his weekly radio broadcast that Vegas has everything going in its favor to relocate an NFL team to…Read More