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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.

Ladbrokes Coral Fined £2.3 Million for ‘Social Responsibility Failures’ with Problem Gamblers

Ladbrokes Coral CEO Jim Mullen

The UK Gambling Commission has issued a £2.3 million ($3 million) fine against Ladbrokes Coral, after the company failed to stop two customers from gambling and losing about £1.3 million ($1.7 million) in stolen funds. The bets were taken through Gala Interactive online gambling sites. The two gamblers in question have both been sentenced for…Read More

Set to Break 2016 Record, Las Vegas Shooting Threatens New Visitation Highs

Las Vegas visitation shooting impact

Las Vegas tallied a record 42.9 million visitors last year, and the city was poised to set a new high in 2017. Visitor arrivals totaled 32.1 million through September, and while that’s a 1.1 percent drop, several indicators pointed to October being a strong month. September convention traffic was off almost 25 percent, due to the…Read More

Deadwood Casino Goes Bankrupt Two Months After Kevin Costner Closes Midnight Star

Deadwood casino Celebrity Hotel

Deadwood casinos have been struggling in recent years as visitation numbers have declined to South Dakota’s Black Hills. More bad news broke last week with the revelation that the Celebrity Hotel and Casino has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Located directly across from the saloon where Wild Bill Hickok was shot dead in 1876 while…Read More

Maine Casino Committees Fined Record $500,000 by State Ethics Commission

Maine casino ethics Shawn Scott

The groups behind the Maine casino push to place a gambling facility in York County have been fined a record $500,000 by the state’s Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. The commission said testimony provided by those who were supposedly running the casino movement, known as Horseracing Jobs Fairness, contradicted evidence it discovered in…Read More

SEC Warns Celebrities About Promoting Virtual Currencies, Initial Coin Offerings

SEC ICO initial coin offering

The US Securities and Exchange Commission issued two advisories this week regarding the promotion of initial coin offerings (ICO) and the dangers of investing in such digital currencies. The first alert came soon after socialite Paris Hilton tweeted a message to her followers promoting the ICO of Lydian Coin, a cryptocurrency that can only be…Read More

Sands Cotai Central Rebranding Could Hurt Short Term Revenues

sands cotai central rebranding

While the Sands Cotai Central’s rebranding may be good for business eventually, construction work could hurt the property’s ability to draw gamblers in the meantime. That’s the word from Japanese brokerage firm Nomura, which made the assessment based on plans announced by Las Vegas Sands last week. As reported in October, Sands is looking to…Read More

Chris Ferguson Wins Sixth Bracelet at WSOP Europe, Sparking Bitter Poker Player Backlash

Chris Ferguson WSOP Europe

Chris “Jesus” Ferguson won the €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event at the World Series of Poker Europe on Wednesday, earning the long-time professional poker player his sixth career WSOP bracelet and a whole lot of public grief. As one of the founders of Full Tilt Poker, Ferguson fell out of favor with…Read More

Macau Casinos Post 15th Straight Month of Gains, October Revenue Best in Three Years

Macau casinos October revenue

Macau casinos took full advantage of China’s Golden Week holiday last month, as the country’s special gaming enclave reported its highest gross revenue win in three years. The Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau reported that the region’s casinos won 26.6 billion patacas ($3.3 billion) in October, a 22.1 percent surge on the same month…Read More

‘Demonstration Mode Only’ Brazil Casino Feels the Sting When Police Raid Venue for Switching to Real Money Slots

Winfil Casino Brazil casino raid

An attempt by a Brazil casino to offer the first legal gambling in the South American country came to a crashing halt when police raided the venue on Monday, after it began taking real money bets. The operators had been given “demo mode only” parameters for the property, but took it to the next level….Read More

Ethics Commission Probes Financing for Maine Casino Campaign

Maine casino ethics committee

The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices is investigating whether the campaign behind the proposal to bring a casino to York County hid the source of more than $4 million in funding. The commission ultimately listened to over 10 hours of testimony for attorneys representing several individuals closely tied to the campaign. Groups…Read More

Bureau of Indian Affairs Stays Out of Connecticut Casino Expansion Debate

Bureau of Indian Affairs Connecticut casino

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has missed a deadline to approve or reject a satellite casino project in East Windsor, Connecticut, one that’s being jointly built by the state’s two Native American groups on non-tribal land. The Mashantucket and Mohegan Sun tribes want to build a $300 million gaming venue just 13 miles south…Read More

Jack Lam Charged With Bribery in Philippines, Faces One to Five Years Imprisonment

Jack Lam Philippines bribery charge

Macau gambling tycoon and Chinese citizen Jack Lam quickly fled the Philippines after authorities raided his Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks casino resort in the Clark Freeport Zone in November of 2016 and arrested 1,316 Chinese nationals working illegally. Nearly a year later, the businessman is being charged for allegedly bribing government officials in order…Read More

Game Changer: Pennsylvania Legalizes Online Gambling as Part of Budget Crisis Solution

Pennsylvania gambling expansion Tom Wolf

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law a massive gambling expansion package that in addition to allowing for more casino outposts across the state, also includes provisions to legalize online poker, internet casinos, and daily fantasy sports. The new law is part of a bill to fix the state’s budget. In July, Wolf allowed a…Read More

Macau Coffers Have Collected Over $8.5 Billion in Gaming Taxes in 2017

Macau government gaming tax 2017

The Macau government is benefiting from the return of VIP play to the region’s casino resorts in 2017. Through September, the city’s coffers have taken in MOP 68.64 billion ($8.54 billion) in gaming tax revenue, an increase of 17.5 percent compared to the same nine months in 2016. The surge in taxes is due to…Read More

Queen Elizabeth Knows How to Pick Horse Racing Winners, and She Has £6.7M to Prove It

Queen Elizabeth, champion horse breeder

Who knew the 91-year-old Queen of England, Elizabeth II, was so into gambling? According to a recent data dive by the horse race betting website, the British monarch has amassed quite the stable of winning thoroughbreds over the decades. Her lucrative hobby has done particularly well of late, earning the Queen £558,000 ($736,000) in…Read More