Samantha Beckett

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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.

1079 stories by Samantha Beckett

DOJ to Release $33.5 Million in AP/UB Online Poker Player Paybacks

The final financial fallout from online poker’s Black Friday in 2011 is starting to settle, with former players at Absolute Poker (AP) and Ultimate Bet (UB) set to receive $33,500,000 in account refunds. According to, the Department of Justice’s Money Laundering...

Samantha Beckett August 21, 2017
Frank Fertitta 520 Park Avenue penthouse

Gaming and Sports Magnate Frank Fertitta Buys $70 Million NYC Two-Story Penthouse

Station Casinos and Red Rock Resorts Chairman and CEO Frank Fertitta is New York City's newest premium coop owner. The news came to light after property records revealed that he's the mystery buyer of one of two duplex Manhattan penthouses at the...

Samantha Beckett August 20, 2017
No cannibalization of Philippine casino market, say Morgan Stanley

Philippine Casino Market Will Not Suffer Cannibalization, Says Analyst

The Philippine casino market is a long way off saturation, according to Morgan Stanley, and the Okada Manila’s entrance to the sector will not give rise to any market cannibalisation. In short, there’s plenty of room for everyone. The sector is benefitting...

Samantha Beckett August 19, 2017
Jack Entertainment fined $200,000 by Ohio regulator

Jack Entertainment Fined $200,000 in Ohio over Lax Security

The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) announced this week it had issued a rare fine for non-compliance, to Jack Entertainment, owner of the Jack Cleveland and Jack Cincinnati casinos and the Jack Thistledown racino in the state. The operator has accepted a...

Samantha Beckett August 18, 2017
bollards Las Vegas Strip

Installation of Las Vegas Strip Bollards on Fast Track After Latest Terror Blitz in Spain

Following Thursday's deadly terror attacks in Barcelona, bollards (embedded steel posts that protect pedestrian walkways), scheduled to be installed this fall on the Las Vegas Strip between Tropicana Avenue and north to Spring Mountain Road/Sands Avenue, are being pushed for even earlier...

Samantha Beckett August 18, 2017
Las Vegas Raiders stadium FAA

LV Raiders Stadium Construction (Almost) Ready for Takeoff on FAA Safety Approval

The Las Vegas Raiders hope to begin playing in their new $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat home stadium along the Strip in 2020, but that timeline could suffer a setback if plans don't pass muster with the Federal Aviation Administration, which just issued its...

Samantha Beckett August 17, 2017
Las Vegas World Cup 2026

With Stadium Coming, Las Vegas Eyed as Potential Host City for 2026 World Cup

Las Vegas is one of 44 cities meriting a look as a prospective host city for the 2026 World Cup, according to soccer officials tasked with scouting locations across North America for inclusion in an official multinational bid. The United Bid Committee...

Samantha Beckett August 16, 2017
MGM Resorts GameSense problem gambling

MGM Resorts Won’t Make the Fun Stop for Those Using GameSense

MGM Resorts will soon offer guests access to GameSense, a program that purports to put the power back into players' hands when it comes to how much and for how long they can gamble. To be set up in casino kiosks to...

Samantha Beckett August 16, 2017
Minnesota charitable gambling

Minnesota Charitable Gambling Delivers More Money to Government Than Nonprofits

Revenue from charitable gambling in Minnesota is growing for a seventh consecutive year, but associated taxes and fees might cost more than what's ultimately left for the nonprofit beneficiaries. Revenues from charitable gambling in Minnesota are on pace to eclipse the $1.7...

Samantha Beckett August 15, 2017
Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to cyber malware charges

Marcus Hutchins Pleads Not Guilty in Milwaukee to Malware Creation Charges, Following FBI Las Vegas Arrest

Marcus Hutchins has found out the hard way that what happens in Vegas definitely does not stay in Vegas. After being arrested by FBI agents on August 2nd while waiting for a flight out of McCarran International to go back home to...

Samantha Beckett August 15, 2017