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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.

Gambling Study That Asked Participants to Cuddle Live Crocodiles Wins ‘Ig Nobel’ Prize 

Crocodile-based gambling research wins Ig Noble award

How would embracing a live crocodile seconds before hitting the blackjack tables affect your ability to execute optimal strategy? That’s (sort of) the question a team of researchers at Central Queensland University (CQU) grappled with back in 2010, and at long last their research has been recognized this week with an “Ig Nobel Prize.” Ig…Read More

Sioux Falls Police Catch Casino Robbers Looking to Fund Meth Deal with Stolen Loot

Crown Casino Sioux Falls South Dakota robbery

Two men’s plan to rob casinos in Sioux Falls, South Dakota so they could buy methamphetamine in California, then return to the Midwest and sell the drugs, didn’t pan out very well. The two allegedly carried out three armed casino thefts, but both were in jail 10 days later, before they could travel to the…Read More

Remaining Atlantic City Casinos See Revenues Increase in August

Atlantic City casinos revenue

Atlantic City casinos saw their revenues jump in August to $244.8 million, a 5.5 percent premium on the same month last year. The seven remaining floors ended a solid summer, and are now two percent ahead of 2016’s total take through eight months of the year. June, July, and August is a critical period for…Read More

Australia Considers Regulating Online Poker as Internet Gambling Ban Takes Effect

Sen. Mitch Fifield, Australian Communications Minister

Online poker became illegal in Australia on Wednesday, as the country’s Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill became a fully enforceable law. But a new proposal floated this week is offering aggrieved online poker players fresh hope for a fix. Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said on Tuesday that the government is “favorably disposed” to the idea of…Read More

Cleveland Indians Win 21st Consecutive Game to Break AL Record, Tie MLB Mark

Cleveland Indians winning streak

The Cleveland Indians continued their impressive winning streak, capturing their 21st consecutive baseball game Wednesday to break the American League record set by the Oakland Athletics in 2002. They also tied the Major League Baseball record set by the 1935 Chicago Cubs. If the team can defeat the Kansas City Royals at home Thursday night,…Read More

State-Run Casino in South Korea Admits to Scale of Its Own Corruption

Kangwon Land Casino in South Korea

  The largest casino in South Korea, Kangwon Land, has admitted to committing acts of nepotism on an industrial scale. The mea culpa appears to be an effort to show the state-owned casino’s new commitment to transparency, after it was rocked by a corruption scandal that led to the criminal indictment of its CEO. According…Read More

Cambodia Spurred by US State Dept. Rebuff to Overhaul Casino Regulations

Nagaworld Casino in Cambodia

Cambodia is the latest nation to introduce tighter regulations for its casino industry, in part to attract new investment from international operators. The move follows a US State Department report that described the country’s casino sector as “unregulated or under-regulated,” a designation that would likely keep away American casino interests. While there has been talk…Read More

Not Quite Area 51, But Area 15 Will Bring Sci-Fi Entertainment to Las Vegas

Area 15 Las Vegas Area 51

Area 15 hopes to one day attract sci-fi and comic book fans to a yet-to-be-constructed 146,000-square-foot entertainment facility just steps off the Las Vegas Strip. Proposed by New York real estate development company Fisher Brothers, the venue’s blueprint calls for multiple arenas that allow sci-fi fans to immerse themselves in popular movies including the apocalyptic…Read More

Junket Operators, Casino Boss Cleared in $101M Bangladeshi Cyber Bank Heist

Maia Deguito to be charged over Bangladeshi bank heist

Philippine prosecutors investigating last year’s notorious Bangladeshi bank heist have dismissed all charges against casino boss Kim Wong and junket operator Weikang Xu. But late last week they recommended the filing of charges against Maia Deguito, a former branch manager at Philippine bank RCBC, for her alleged role in the theft of $101 million from…Read More

Casino eSports Conference Skipped by Strip Operators, Nevada Expands eSports Betting

eSports conference Luxor Strip casinos

Last week’s Casino eSports Conference (CEC) held at the Westgate failed to entice representatives from the nearby Strip resorts to take in a series of discussions on the emerging industry. The two-day conference aimed to bring together leaders from gambling and eSports to formulate strategies to integrate the video gaming competitions onto casino floors. But…Read More

MGM Japan to Open in 2025, CEO Jim Murren Hints

MGM Japan CEO Jim Murren

MGM Japan, an integrated casino resort that could cost as much as $10 billion, will open sometime around 2025. That’s the word according to CEO Jim Murren, at least, who provided details on the licensing process and timeframe for his company’s resort should MGM be receive one of two available gaming licenses from the Asian…Read More

OJ Simpson Signed Photo From Botched Palace Station Robbery Attempt Now for Sale

OJ Simpson memoribilia for sale

Even as former football hero OJ Simpson waits for his parole date in October, a Planet Hollywood memorabilia store owner on the Las Vegas Strip says it has a signed collectible picture of Simpson that the Hall of Famer tried to reclaim in the infamous 2007 robbery at Palace Station. The 8-x-10 inch photo of…Read More

Court Blocks NFL’s Suspension of Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott suspension

The Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott will suit up when his team hosts the New York Giants on Sunday night, after a federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas granted his request on Friday for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction blocking the NFL’s six-game suspension. The 22-year-old star running back’s lawyers and the…Read More

Starbucks Digital VP Kelly Smith Perks Up for Parallel MGM Opportunity

Kelly Smith Starbucks MGM Resorts

Seattle’s Kelly Smith, former entrepreneur and Starbucks digital global expansion honcho, is now officially a has-bean. Instead, Smith will be taking his knowledge of the digital realm into the gaming world, becoming senior vp and chief digital officer for casino operator MGM Resorts International. Smith will be tasked with developing digital technologies to make guests…Read More

DraftKings, Fan Duel Settle with Massachusetts for $2.6 Million Over Mystery Violations

Maura Healey has game when dealing with DFS.

FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings will pay $1.3 million each to resolve unspecified historic violations of “consumer issues” in Massachusetts. The resolution comes after an investigation from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey into both companies’ consumer practices “in the early stages of this new industry,” according to a statement from the AG’s office released on Thursday. But…Read More