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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 editorial team.

William Hill Takeover Talks Get Heated, as Parties Argue Valuation

William Hill takeover 888 Rank Gareth Davis

For bookmaker William Hill, the takeover offer by 888 Holdings and Rank Group presented earlier this week has once again been rejected by the UK operator. As reported earlier this week, William Hill executives believe the £3.6 billion ($4.7 billion) joint bid by Rank and 888 severely undervalues the company. Following an emergency board meeting…Read More

Russia Steps up Crack Down on Financial Institutions in Fight Against Unlicensed Gambling

Putin’s Russia goes after banks that deal with online gambling companies

Russia this week tightened the screws on banks and payment processors, ordering them to cleanse the names of unlicensed online operators from their client lists. The Izvestia news agency has reported that the Russian media regulator, Roskomnadzor, has written to Russia’s largest bank, Sherbank, as well as payment processors Skrill and Yandex, ordering them to…Read More

California Mayor Anthony Silva Accused of Playing Strip Poker With Minors

Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva California arrest

A northern California mayor is being charged with playing strip poker and providing alcohol to minors at a summer camp in 2015. Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva (R) was arrested Thursday on one felony charge and one misdemeanor relating to the alleged incident. According to the FBI and local law enforcement, investigators seized Silva’s cell phone…Read More

Trump Taj Mahal Strike Will Become Longest Casino Walkout in Atlantic City History Tomorrow

Trump Taj Mahal strike walkout Atlantic City

Trump Taj Mahal union workers in the Unite-HERE Local 54 coalition haven’t been on the job since July 1 when they walked out in protest of what they feel to be inadequate benefits. Tomorrow will mark 35 days and make the strike the longest Atlantic City casino arbitration stalemate in the town’s 38-year gambling history….Read More

Nevada Casino Revenues Strong in June, Poker Rooms Post Best Month Since 2009

Nevada casino revenue up June 2016

Nevada casino revenue totaled $887.4 million statewide in June, a 6.8 percent bump over the same period in 2015. The overall gaming win for fiscal year 2016 in the Silver State came in at $11.1 billion, also a positive gain, albeit a marginal one, at 0.66 percent. The Las Vegas Strip, responsible for the largest…Read More

Summer Olympics Unlikely to Visit Developing World Again Following Rio’s Shortcomings

Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro 2016

The Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro get underway with the Opening Ceremonies this Friday, August 5, but not everyone is ready to celebrate. After months and even years of preparation failures on the part of local organizers, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is understandably frustrated. The promised metro system to ease the heavily congested…Read More

Atlantic City’s Borgata Now Fully Owned by MGM Resorts with Boyd Gaming Buyout Complete

Borgata Hotel Casino MGM Resorts Boyd Gaming buyout

The Borgata Hotel Casino is now officially an MGM Resorts property. The Atlantic City marina casino had been a joint venture between MGM and Boyd Gaming since its opening in 2003, but Boyd recently decided to bow out and sell its 50 percent stake to pay down debt and for “general corporate purposes.” The deal, which…Read More

North Jersey Casino Expansion Ballot Referendum Lacking Support as November Vote Beckons

North Jersey casino referendum Meadowlands Sports Complex

Although North Jersey casinos will be considered by Garden State voters this November, the current opinion tide seems to favor maintaining gambling’s status quo. In addition to deciding between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for president, New Jerseyans will be faced with a referendum on whether Atlantic City’s casino monopoly should end, with gambling being…Read More

Mashpee Wampanoag Casino Rejected by Massachusetts Federal Judge

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino Massachusetts

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe cannot continue building its $1 billion First Light Resort & Casino in Taunton, Massachusetts. In what is a serious setback for the federally recognized Native American tribe, US District Judge William Young ruled in favor of nearby homeowners in the southeast Massachusetts area. In his decision, Young said the US Department…Read More

Lucky Lady Casino Raid Leads to 14 Charges on Illegal Online Gambling Allegations

Lucky Lady Casino raid illegal sports gambling

The Lucky Lady Casino is a small card room located less than 10 miles east of downtown San Diego. Though it’s not much larger than a typical Starbucks, the casino has been bringing in big-time money over the last several years. It caught the attention of federal authorities. This week the FBI and local police…Read More

Maryland Live Casino Sues Soon-To-Be Rival MGM National Harbor Over High-Roller Lists

Maryland Live Casino MGM National Harbor

The Maryland Live Casino southwest of downtown Baltimore in Arundel Mills has brought a lawsuit against its soon-to-be neighbor and rival MGM National Harbor. The litigation claims that the company behind the $1.2 billion property located just 10 miles from the White House obtained its coveted high-roller lists in ill-gotten ways. Maryland Live contends that…Read More

Larry Flynt v. City of Gardena Goes to Infamous Publisher in Casino Tax Squabble

Larry Flynt Gardena casino tax battle

Infamous publisher Larry Flynt won his squabble with the city of Gardena in Southern California this week. The battle was around a disputed economic package for his Hustler and Normandie casinos. Flynt purchased the Normandie, the Golden State’s oldest card club, earlier this month, after its previous owners had run into licensing difficulties. Members of the…Read More

RNC Brings Out Las Vegas Power Brokers for Trump, Cruz Rebuffed by Adelson

RNC Phil Ruffin Donald Trump RNC

At the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Wednesday night, all hell broke loose. Las Vegas power brokers flexed their muscle in support of now-affirmed GOP nominee Donald Trump, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz made an appearance that didn’t sit all that well with one of those power brokers in particular. Billionaire businessman and longtime Trump…Read More

Carl Icahn-Owned Trump Taj Mahal Gives Workers Final Strike Ultimatum, Must Resolve by Monday

Trump Taj Mahal union workers ultimatum

Workers picketing the Trump Taj Mahal have until 5 pm ET on Monday, July 18 to agree to a new healthcare offer, or it’s off the table for good. That’s the word this week from the Atlantic City casino’s owner, Icahn Enterprises. The strike at the Taj has been ongoing since Friday, July 1, when…Read More

RAWA Champion Chaffetz Grills AG Lynch, While Sanders Shocks with Clinton Endorsement

Jason Chaffetz FBI DOJ Loretta Lynch

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was back at it on Capitol Hill this week, as the congressman continues to demand answers about the FBI’s recommendation to the Department of Justice (DOJ) not to prosecute Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton. On July 6, FBI Director James Comey said Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving…Read More