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.

1114 stories by Samantha Beckett

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Gunshot Fired at Planet Hollywood, While Las Vegas Orders Bollards to Better Protect Strip

The scene was chaotic at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas early Tuesday morning. An underage male fired a gun inside the Strip resort as Metro Police were trying to take him and another teenager into custody. No one was injured, but it...

Samantha Beckett June 7, 2017
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Passage of Nevada Energy Bill Reveals Limits of Adelson’s Political Clout

Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson is a powerful man. Not only has he been able to grind virtually all online gambling legislation to a halt whenever something starts to move forward, but also he’s been able to use his money and influence to...

Samantha Beckett June 6, 2017
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Maryland Live! Casino Celebrates Five Years by Transitioning Into Resort Destination

Maryland Live! Casino opened its doors back on June 6, 2012, and quickly became the most robust gambling floor in the state. It remained the top dog until MGM opened its $1.4 billion National Harbor resort across the Potomac River from Washington, DC,...

Samantha Beckett June 6, 2017
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Philippines to Privatize Nation’s Gaming Industry, Sell Off State-Run Casinos

The Philippine government is getting out of the casino business, announcing last week plans to sell off state-owned gaming properties. Maybe US President Donald Trump told his Filipino counterpart President Rodrigo Duterte just how difficult it is to run casinos profitably. Even though the...

Samantha Beckett June 5, 2017
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Macau Casino Revenue Soars in May, Biggest Monthly Gain Since 2014

Macau casino revenue hit the jackpot in May, as income at the city's gaming floors totaled 22.7 billion patacas ($2.83 billion). That represents a nearly 24 percent premium on the same month a year ago. May extends Macau's winning streak to 10...

Samantha Beckett June 5, 2017
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Singapore Casinos Find Collecting Debts from High Rollers Difficult

Lending money to big time gamblers is easy for Singapore casinos, but collecting on those debts is time-consuming and difficult. The number of VIP clients who are in debt to casinos is increasing and becoming more of an issue. Bloomberg reported that in...

Samantha Beckett June 3, 2017
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Master Plan for Japan Casinos Expected to be Unveiled in August

Where the two Japan casinos will be built, how they will be taxed, who will be allowed in, and a slew of other regulatory stipulations will be revealed this August by a special commission in the country's National Diet. All eyes of...

Samantha Beckett June 2, 2017
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Kathy Griffin Casino Performance Schedule Takes a Hit After Trump Video Backlash

If you're holding tickets to see Kathy Griffin at any upcoming casino gigs, call in for a refund today. The in-your-face comedienne has had several performances cancelled, following outrage over her now-infamous "severed head" video of President Donald Trump. And that's just...

Samantha Beckett June 1, 2017
Will India be betting on Cricket?

India Studying Potential Impact of Gambling Legalization

India is undertaking a comprehensive study of gambling in its current context, to determine whether or not legalization could be in the best interests of the diverse nation of 1.3 billion people. India's Law Commission, a group charged with thoroughly researching matters subject...

Samantha Beckett May 31, 2017
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From Next Pope to Bond, Paddy Power the Holy Grail of Novelty Betting

Paddy Power is at it again. The Irish bookmaker always offers a slew of eccentric novelty prop bets, but right now, the UK sportsbook is outdoing itself. Bettors overseas can currently place wagers on everything from who will be the next pope,...

Samantha Beckett May 31, 2017