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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.

Atlantic City Council Prepares for Crisis with Microgrids, Casinos Would Benefit

Atlantic City Council microgrid Hurricane Sandy

The Atlantic City Council (ACC) voted unanimously this week to approve a resolution asking the state to fund a study determining whether building a microgrid to power the beachfront town in times of crisis is a merited endeavor. The resolution will petition the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for consideration in the matter. Atlantic…Read More

Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board Meets, but Raiders a No-Show

Las Vegas Stadium Authority Oakland Raiders

The Las Vegas Stadium Authority (LVSA) met this week to continue discussing the potential lease agreement between the $1.9 billion football stadium and the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, but representatives for the team opted to sit on the sidelines and not attend. The nine-member board was formed through the passage of Senate Bill 1, legislation that…Read More

Gambling Addiction Behind New York Animal Shelter Exec’s Theft of $600K From SPCA

gambling addiction SPCA animal shelter

A devastating gambling addiction is being blamed for the actions of an executive director of a New York animal shelter, who stole well over half a million dollars from the nonprofit organization he had been entrusted to oversee. Paul Morgan, 46, of Salina, New York (a suburb of Syracuse), served as the executive director of the…Read More

Paddy Power Betfair Revenues Soar But Merger Costs Hurt Bottom Line

Breon Corcoran reports Paddy Power Betfair Revenue

Paddy Power Betfair on Monday reported revenues were up by 89 percent during its first year as a merged company, despite costs associated with the merger that ultimately dragged down its bottom line. While revenues soared to £1.5 billion ($1.83 billion) in 2016, these figures were tempered by one-off merger-related payments of £116 million ($141…Read More

Maryland Live Back on Top After Taking Wind Out of MGM National Harbor’s Sails

Maryland Live revenue MGM National Harbor

Maryland Live is once again the top casino in the state after the Arundel Mills resort generated more gaming revenue during the month of February than its new rival MGM National Harbor. Collectively, the state’s six casinos pulled in $128.7 million in gross gaming win, Maryland’s second-best all-time performance. The record mark came in December…Read More

New York State Makes $3 Million From DFS in Months Since Regulation

Daniel Barbarisi, Dueling with Kings author

New York State is reaping the benefits of DFS regulation, according to figures newly released by its gaming commission. The state’s first five months of licensed and legal DFS contests brought in $3 million in tax revenue, which will go, in its entirety, into the New York Lottery fund, and be used to fund education…Read More

Nevada Gaming Commission Warns Casinos Not to Get High on Pot Business

Nevada Gaming Commission casino marijuana

The Nevada Gaming Commission isn’t altering its position on marijuana, and wants casinos to know that they aren’t permitted to participate in the cannabis business. Last November, voters in the Silver State approved a ballot question to allow Nevadans over the age of 21 to use marijuana recreationally should they have one ounce or less…Read More

MGM Cheering on Casino Expansion Opposition Group in Connecticut

MGM Springfield Jim Murren Connecticut casino

MGM Resorts is rooting for casino expansion opponents in Connecticut to succeed in blocking a third gambling venue in the small northeastern state. Late last week, the Mohegan and Mashantucket tribes of Connecticut (MMCT) officially signed a development agreement with East Windsor to build a $350 million satellite gambling facility in the town. The project…Read More

More Brits Are Gambling Than Ever Before, Especially On Their Smartphones, Says UKGC

UK Gambling Commission’s Gambling Participation Survey

The UK Gambling Commission published its eagerly-awaited Gambling Participation Survey this week, which, as ever, offers some thought-provoking insights into gambling habits of participants in one of the most mature regulated gambling markets in the world. The datasets, which were gathered through a combination of telephone and online surveys with people ages 16-plus over a…Read More

North Dakota Casino Bill Would Invest State in Commercial Gambling

North Dakota casino bill Standing Rock

A North Dakota casino proposal would put the state into the business of commercial gambling should it become law. Introduced by House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo), Concurrent Resolution 3033 calls for the construction of six state-owned casinos across the Upper Midwestern jurisdiction. The Republican is hoping to place a ballot question before voters during…Read More

Nevada Democratic Party Pushes for State AG Adam Laxalt Ethics Investigation

Nevada AG Adam Laxalt Democratic Ethics Committee push

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt could be investigated by the state’s Commission on Ethics over allegations he attempted to influence the state gaming regulator, with the alleged goal of intervening on behalf of Sheldon Adelson in a high-profile court case. The Silver State’s Democratic Party announced on Tuesday that it had asked the Commission on…Read More

Downtown Las Vegas Continues Hot Streak, Nevada Casinos Top $1 Billion in Revenue

downtown Las Vegas Fremont Street Nevada

Downtown Las Vegas is on a roll, and the district situated north of the famed Strip is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Thanks largely to the Fremont Street Experience, casinos in the downtown area saw their gaming revenues jump more than 32 percent in January compared to the same period in 2016….Read More

Johnny Manziel Pleads His Case to NFL Teams, Odds Favor Comeback

Johnny Manziel odds NFL Cleveland Browns

Johnny Manziel is one of the most famous figures in all of football despite throwing only seven touchdowns in his career. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner was released by the Cleveland Browns a year ago this month, but over the last 12 months, Johnny Football says he’s gotten his life back in order. That apparently…Read More

Did New Jersey Just Legalize an Online Lottery Without Anyone Noticing?

Does Burzichelli’s bill legalize New Jersey online lottery?

New Jersey lottery tickets could soon be available online, thanks to a bill passed in December that appears to have legalized online lottery sales right under our very noses. AB 3094, which was signed into law two weeks ago, flew completely under everyone’s radar because, mainly because it was presented as a bill ostensibly to allow…Read More

South Carolina Casino Legalization Supported by Residents, Georgia Folds on Efforts

South Carolina casino Henry McMaster

The South Carolina casino effort to authorize commercial gambling is now being backed by perhaps the most powerful voice in the state, the voters, as a new poll finds that nearly seven in 10 residents supports legalization. Conducted by Winthrop University, the poll asked respondents whether they would support legislation to allow a limited number…Read More