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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

Las Vegas sportsbooks March Madness

Las Vegas Oddsmakers Are March Madness’ Big Winners After Two Rounds

Las Vegas oddsmakers are welcoming in spring with open arms. After a run of 12 months that was filled with underdogs overcoming long odds, the NCAA men's basketball tournament is providing casino sportsbooks with the perfect elixir. With the first week of...

Samantha Beckett March 21, 2017
cockfighting gambling ring Detroit

Detroit Cockfighting Gambling Ring Uncovered, Ex-Baltimore Principal Gambled With School Money

An underground cockfighting gambling ring has been uncovered by federal immigration authorities in Detroit, and the bust could lead to the deportation of dozens. The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided an abandoned building in southwest Detroit last weekend that...

Samantha Beckett March 21, 2017
Tiger Woods Masters odds sportsbook

Tiger Woods Has Georgia on the Mind, Plans to Play in Masters

Tiger Woods hopes to be in Augusta, Georgia, early next month for golf's first major of the year. But regardless of whether he's able to recover from an ongoing back injury, oddsmakers in Las Vegas give the 14-time major winner slim chances...

Samantha Beckett March 20, 2017
Ireland casinos winnings gambling law

Ireland Casinos Don’t Have to Pay on Winnings Regardless of Luck of the Irish, Judge Rules

Ireland casinos are not required by law to pay out on a gambler's winnings is the surprising verdict recently reached by a civil court judge. In a legal action brought on by Ireland resident Sayed Mirwais, the plaintiff argued the D1 Casino...

Samantha Beckett March 20, 2017
James Packer’s Crown to be dropped from Melco Crown

Melco Crown to Change Its Name as It Seeks Post-Crown Identity

Melco Crown Entertainment is getting a name change and a complete rebranding. The Asian casino giant will drop the “Crown” from its English moniker and has proposed renaming itself “Melco Resorts & Entertainment,” as the company, much like Mariah Carey, contemplates a...

Samantha Beckett March 18, 2017
Mississippi casino expansion Biloxi Diamondhead

Two New Mississippi Casino Projects Rejected by Gaming Commission, And Not Everyone Is Unhappy About It

Mississippi casino expansion efforts were rejected by the state's Gaming Commission unanimously this week, after the regulators deemed that two proposed sites didn't qualify as suitable for the projects. The three-member panel met privately on Thursday for about 90 minutes, deliberating whether...

Samantha Beckett March 17, 2017
sports betting legalization March Madness

Sports Betting Legalization Scores Slam Dunk Thanks to March Madness

The federal ban on sports betting has once again ben thrust into mainstream news thanks to March Madness, the men's NCAA basketball tournament that attracts billions of dollars in wagers each spring. Since 1992 when the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act...

Samantha Beckett March 16, 2017
West Virginia online gambling Shawn Fluharty

West Virginia Online Gambling Bill Introduced to Generate New Tax Revenue

A West Virginia online gambling bill has been introduced to the state legislature's House of Delegates, but the statute's odds of one day becoming law seem long. Authored by Delegate Shawn Fluharty (D-District 3) and cosponsored by four Democratic lawmakers, House Bill...

Samantha Beckett March 15, 2017
Mississippi daily fantasy sports betting

Mississippi Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Signed Into Law, 12 States Now Embrace DFS

Mississippi daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests are now explicitly legal under state law following Governor Phil Bryant's (R) signing of legislation that authorizes the online games. House Bill 967, first introduced in January by State Rep. Richard Bennett (R-District 120), issues licenses...

Samantha Beckett March 14, 2017
Standing Rock protests North Dakota casino battles

North Dakota State-Run Casinos Possible in Pipeline, Tribal Operators Protest

It hasn't been a great stretch for the Native American tribes of North Dakota. And now relations between the Roughrider State and its tribes have hit rock bottom, thanks to a new push to amend the State Constitution to permit the creation...

Samantha Beckett March 14, 2017