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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.

Las Vegas Shooting Motive Remains a Mystery, as Newly Released Search Warrants Reveal Few New Details

Las Vegas shooting motive

It’s been 150 days since the Las Vegas shooting took the lives of 58 victims, and yet there’s still no motive as to what drove gunman Stephen Paddock. Newly released FBI search warrant records reveal few details, despite the roughly 500-page disclosure. A federal judge had ordered that non-confidential investigate documents be released, as requested…Read More

DraftKings Hires Sportsbook Exec Ahead of US Supreme Court Decision on Christie v. NCAA

DraftKings sports betting PASPA

DraftKings is preparing its company for life after the US Supreme Court potentially repeals the current federal ban on sports betting. The daily fantasy sports (DFS) provider announced this week that it has hired its first “Head of Sportsbook,” with Sean Hurley the man appointed to the position. Hurley comes to the DraftKings from London-based…Read More

Horseshoe Southern Indiana Riverboat Casino Shut Down Due to Road Flooding, State Losing $255,000 a Day in Taxes

Horseshoe Southern Indiana closed due to flooding

The Horseshoe Southern Indiana riverboat casino, known locally as “The Boat,” has been closed since last Thursday, due to dangerously high water levels on the Ohio River. And it’s hitting state coffers hard, as the Hoosier State makes 35 percent in tax intake off the gaming venue’s profits. The casino is losing $731,113 per day,…Read More

Hard Rock Atlantic City Promises 200 Nights of Live Music in Year One

Hard Rock Atlantic City live music

Hard Rock Atlantic City is planning to live up to its name and become the town’s premiere music venue. The music-themed Boardwalk casino resort is undergoing a more than $500 million renovation to strip the building’s Indian décor left over from its former days as the Trump Taj Mahal. When it opens this summer, Hard…Read More

Lottoland Threatens UK Government with Legal Action in Euro Millions Row

Lottoland threatens to sue UK government

A coalition representing secondary lottery companies led by industry leader Lottoland has threatened to sue the UK government over its ban on betting on the outcomes of the EuroMillions Lottery. The coalition, which calls itself the Lotto Betting Group, has sent a “letter before claim” to culture minister Matt Hancock, asserting the ban is an…Read More

Melbourne Crown Casino High Rollers Return, VIP Revenue Surging, Year-on-Year Overall Still Lagging

Melbourne Crown Casino high rollers returning

It’s a welcome sight for officials at the Melbourne Crown Casino: their biggest bettors, many of whom hadn’t been seen in months, are finally filtering back through the doors of Australia’s flagship casino.   Revenues from Crown Resorts’ VIP program in Melbourne surged to $262 million AUD ($205 million USD) in the last six months of…Read More

Investor Concern over Vegas Sports Betting Mutual Fund ‘Radio Silence’

Sports betting mutual funds

Investors in one of Nevada’s first ever sports betting mutual funds are becoming increasingly concerned about their money, according to a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week. They say that Reno-based Matt Stuart of Bettor Investments has gone AWOL with their cash and refuses to answer their correspondence. Sports betting mutual funds were…Read More

Connecticut Commercial vs. Tribal Gaming: Battle Continues in State General Assembly with New Bill

Connecticut casino East Windsor MGM

The Connecticut General Assembly has voted in favor of a public hearing to discuss a competitive bidding process bill that could lead to casino expansion. On Thursday, the General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee voted 18-6 to hold the event in the coming weeks. The legislation to be discussed would allow commercial operators to…Read More

Seneca Nation Dispute: Niagara County Urges New York State Legislature to Resolve Compact Discord

Niagara County Seneca casino New York

The ongoing gaming compact dispute with the Seneca Nation of Indians has become problematic, and Niagara County officials are calling on the New York Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) to swiftly find a solution to the conflict. Next month will mark one year since the tribe stopped revenue sharing payments to the state. The…Read More

Platinum Sports Book Boss Gets Two Years, Multimillion Dollar Fine for Role in Illegal Credit Betting Op

Platinum Sports Book

David Hair, a leading member of the upper-echelon management group that ran Platinum Sports Book, was sentenced on Wednesday. The judge sentenced Hair on Wednesday to two years in prison and fined him $3 million. Platinum was an illegal online credit betting operation (meaning no money was passed in either direction online, but rather via…Read More

Judge Declares Mistrial in Joey Merlino ‘Mob Boss’ Case

Joey Merlino case declared mistrial

It looks like alleged Mob boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino may have beaten the rap. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Manhattan called off the dapper celebrity gangster’s latest racketeering trial when the jury failed to reach a decision after nearly 30 hours of deliberations. “Thank God for the jury,” Merlino told the press after…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Wins Fourth Pennsylvania Satellite Casino Auction, Selects Location Near Ohio Border

Las Vegas Sands Pennsylvania satellite

Las Vegas Sands could soon have as many gaming floors in Pennsylvania as it does in Nevada. The parent company to The Venetian and Palazzo won the fourth of 10 satellite casino auctions in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, with the winning bid totaling $9.9 million. Sands selected a 15-mile radius in Mercer County, which sits in…Read More

Maryland Live Takes It Outside for Dwindling Demographic: Gamblers Who Smoke

Maryland Live casino smoking gaming area

Maryland Live saw its gross gaming revenues (GGR) plummet in 2017 when the MGM National Harbor came to town. Now the casino is turning to gambling smokers, hoping to turn the tables back in its favor. In a state where indoor smoking hasn’t been allowed anywhere indoors for the past 10 years, Maryland Live saw…Read More

New Wynn Resorts CEO Says Growth Will Continue After Steve Wynn Exit, Japan Casino Still on Radar

Wynn Resorts Matt Maddox

Wynn Resorts new CEO Matt Maddox said in his first major address to employees on Monday that the company’s casino development projects in Las Vegas, Boston, and Macau will continue, and emphasized that the operator remains committed to obtaining an integrated resort license in Japan. Maddox, who replaced founder Steve Wynn on February 6 after…Read More

NBA Commissioner Pushes for Fee on Sports Betting Amid Mixed Signals

Adam Silver NBA

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is still advocating an integrity fee from states that pass sports betting legislation, but seemed to contradict earlier statements on what to call those payments. A month ago he classified it as an integrity fee. Saturday he called it a royalty. Silver was holding his annual State of the NBA press…Read More