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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.

$6.1 Million Chip Heist at Wynn Macau Prompts Call for Casino Employee Gaming Ban

Paulo Martins Chan, DICJ director

The theft of $6.1 million worth of casino chips from the Wynn Macau has renewed calls from the local gaming regulator to ban casino employees from the gaming floor when they’re off duty. Paulo Martins Chan, director of Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, told local media that the crime was an “isolated incident” and…Read More

Captain of Deadly Casino Shuttle Boat Accident Underwent DUI and Substance Abuse Classes in 2014

Florida casino shuttle boat fire

The casino shuttle boat that caught fire on January 15 just moments after departing Port Richey, Florida, was captained by a man who has a lengthy criminal record that includes a DUI conviction. The US Coast Guard says Tropical Breeze Casino shuttle boat Captain Michael Batten, 37, held a valid 100-ton captain’s license, despite the…Read More

Steve Wynn Praises Trump Tax Cuts, Plans to Share $340 Million Savings with Employees

Steve Wynn tax reform Trump

Donald Trump’s recently approved tax cuts have been well-received by many large corporations, with several CEOs announcing bonuses for employees from the savings. Now Steve Wynn has announced he plans to do the same for his Wynn Resorts workers. There were 12,000 US-based employees listed in an SEC filing for the gaming operator in 2016,…Read More

Galaxy Macau Simulated Robbery Hostage Exercise Planned to Prepare Law Enforcement for Better Crisis Response

Macau police prepare for “Operation Wold Capture” at the Galaxy Macau

Authorities will simulate an armed robbery and hostage situation at the Galaxy Macau on Tuesday night, hoping to minimize the chances of a tragedy like the one that hit Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. That mass shooting claimed the lives of 58 people and left hundreds more injured, an event that nobody ever wants…Read More

Las Vegas Casino Operators to Benefit From Continued Macau Growth, Analysts Opine

Las Vegas casino Macau revenue

Las Vegas casino operators invested in Macau are poised to significantly benefit from continued gaming revenue growth in China’s special administrative region where gambling is permitted. Investment services firm Morgan Stanley said in a note last week that it expects gross gaming revenue to hit $43 billion in Macau by 2019. If that forecast comes…Read More

Union Gaming: Goa Casinos Could Generate $1 Billion in Annual Gross Revenue

Goa casinos riverboat revenue

Goa casinos are poised for substantial growth should the Indian state government permit the riverboats to come ashore as expected. In a note issued last week by Union Gaming Securities, a Las Vegas-headquartered investment advisory firm that keeps tabs on gaming markets around the world, Union Managing Director Grant Govertsen said that should land-based operations…Read More

Early Super Bowl Bets Popping Up, Sports Books Sticking with Patriots

Tom Brady

Though there are two games this weekend to decide who will go to Super Bowl LII on Feb. 2 in Minneapolis, MN some online sports books have already posted odds for potential matchups. Much like the rest of the year they are solidly leaning towards the New England Patriots. thinks the defending champions will…Read More

Power to the People: Florida Voters to Decide Whether They Want to Rule State’s Gambling Future

Florida voters casino gambling

In November, Florida voters will be asked through a constitutional ballot referendum if they want the power to dictate the future of gambling in the Sunshine State. The Voter Control of Gambling initiative, a campaign being almost exclusively funded by Disney and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, has successfully acquired the necessary 766,200 valid signatures…Read More

Promoter Says Manny Pacquiao Close to April Fight in Las Vegas

Manny Pacquiao

Most legislators visit with constituents or family when a Congressional session is in recess but Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao might be in the boxing ring. Promoter Bob Arum said Tuesday that he is working with ESPN to bring the fighter to Las Vegas to fight an undisclosed opponent on April 21. Pacquiao hasn’t fought since…Read More

Phil Mickelson Enters First PGA Tour Event of Year as 22-1 Selection

Phil mickelson

It is a tournament he has won twice and Phil Mickelson decided it was the place he wanted to make his 2018 PGA Tour debut. The 47 year old is a 22-1 pick to win the CareerBuilder Challenge for the third time. The event begins on Thursday and is played on three different courses in…Read More

Louisiana Riverboat Casinos May Be Headed Ashore on Gaming Task Force Recommendation for Law Change

Louisiana riverboat casino laws

Fifteen Louisiana riverboat casinos might be invited inland should recommendations proposed today by the state’s Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force be enacted as law later this year. In an effort to remain competitive as land-based gaming expands in neighboring and nearby states, Louisiana lawmakers are mulling whether to amend its 27-year-old riverboat law….Read More

Moody’s Gives Upstate New York Casino Del Lago Credit Rating Cut, Warns of Debt Default Possibilities

del Lago casino credit rating

The del Lago Resort & Casino in Upstate New York has struggled over its first 11 months in operation to come anywhere close to its projected revenues. Now faced with the reality that its gross gaming intake is going to come in around $100 million short for its first year, Moody’s Investors Service is slashing…Read More

New Jersey Congressional Delegation Urges DOJ Not to Reverse Previously Reversed Wire Act Opinion

New Jersey online gambling Wire Act

Members of the New Jersey congressional delegation, including Democratic Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, are calling on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to uphold a 2011 opinion on the Wire Act that will allow their state’s legalized online gambling market to continue unimpeded. A 2011 DOJ opinion said…Read More

Britney Spears Reportedly Doing It Again, 2019 Las Vegas Residency Rumored with MGM Resorts

Britney Spears Las Vegas residency

Britney Spears isn’t ready to leave Las Vegas. Less than two weeks after she closed her four-year residency at Planet Hollywood’s Axis theater on New Year’s Eve, Spears has reportedly signed a deal with MGM Resorts that will bring the superstar back to Las Vegas in 2019. US Weekly is reporting that Spears will perform…Read More

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Warns PAGCOR Officials to Avoid Graft and Corruption

Rodrigo Duterte PAGCOR Philippines

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte warned government gaming regulators and casino operators yesterday that he would give no mercy against individuals who engage in graft or corruption. Speaking at a Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corporation (PAGCOR) event in Manila, the president said that while he appreciates the tax revenue the industry creates, he has zero patience…Read More