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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.

Saipan Imperial Pacific Casino Blasts Investigative News Story for Claiming Corruption

Imperial Pacific Bloomberg article

Imperial Pacific, developer of the Grand Mariana Casino Hotel & Resort on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, has slammed a recent Bloomberg article that accused the company of turning the island “into a back door to the US financial system” as fake news. Most Profitable Casino on Earth Located 1,600 miles…Read More

GVC Offloads Turkish Business for Free to Clear Regulatory Path for Ladbrokes Takeover

GVC offloads Turkish business

Online gambling giant GVC just gave away a quarter of its business for free. GVC’s Turkish operations, which represent roughly 25 percent of the company’s profits, were something of a sticking point in its $4.3 billion Ladbrokes takeover, as online gambling is illegal in Turkey. GVC CEO Kenny Alexander said in November that his company would…Read More

Public Split Over Wynn Boston Harbor Future, Poll Finds

Wynn Boston Harbor poll

The jury on Wynn Boston Harbor’s future is still out. That’s according to a new poll that suggests area residents have rather strong, yet contrasting opinions, on what to do with the $2.4 billion megaresort in the wake of billionaire Steve Wynn’s sexual allegation scandal. A poll released Friday by MassINC polling group in conjunction…Read More

US Senator Grills FTC and Games Regulator Over Loot Boxes

US Senator Maggie Hassan on loot boxes

US Senator Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire) is concerned about the potentially harmful effects of loot boxes in video gaming and wants to know what the Federal Trade Commission is going to do about it. This week, the former governor of New Hampshire told four FTC nominees the she had written to the video games industry…Read More

MLB Presents Missouri with Sports Betting Bill

MLB sportsbetting

MLB, until recently a staunch opponent of regulated sports wagering in the US, has drafted its very own sports betting bill, which it presented this week to the Missouri legislature for consideration. Both MLB and the NBA are plaintiffs in the Christie v NCAA case, in which they oppose New Jersey’s battle for the right to…Read More

Atlantic City Casinos Feel the Chill for January with Gaming Revenue Drops of 10 Percent, Blizzard Blamed

Atlantic City casino revenue

Atlantic City casinos saw gross gaming revenue skid 9.9 percent in January due to a severe blizzard that blanketed parts of southern New Jersey last month with up to two feet of snow shortly after the new year arrived. With travel nearly impossible after the January 4th storm, fewer gamblers made their way to the…Read More

GVC Ladbrokes Coral Takeover Could Cost 1,600 Jobs for Acquired Betting Company

im Mullen Ladbrokes Coral CEO job cuts

The GVC Ladbrokes Coral acquisition of one of the oldest and biggest bookmakers in Britain may be phenomenal news for the company buying it, but it could be a brutal blow for many employees of the company being bought out. The Isle of Man-based GVC Holdings, as an ever-growing gaming giant which already owns bwin,…Read More

Wynn Resorts Board, Hoping to Sidestep Liability Issues, Considers Life After Steve Wynn

Wynn Resorts board lawsuits

The board of Wynn Resorts is weighing its options, as the company looks to its future without former chairman and CEO Steve Wynn. The casino mogul stepped down a week ago Tuesday, after a decades-long sex scandal came to a head and rocked the company to its core. The steps taken by the board may…Read More

Dodgers, Astros Tabbed to Win Most Games This Season

Houston Astros

Sports books are predicting that the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros, who met in the 2017 World Series, will win the most games during the regular season. The South Point Casino has the two winning 97 games, while an internet betting site has the pair[s victory total at 96.5. The defending champions captured…Read More

Myanmar Plans to Legalize Casinos Amid UN Ethnic Cleansing Row

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar, formerly Burma, plans to legalize foreigner-only casinos. As reported by English language Burmese outlet Eleven Media, the news came out of the blue on Friday when minister for hotels and tourism, Ohn Maung, was asked in parliament whether the government was opposed to regulating casinos as a means to boost tourism and generate higher…Read More

Nevada Gaming Control Board Internet Tip Line in Overdrive Since Steve Wynn Sex Scandal

Steve Wynn NGCB tip line

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) says its telephones have been ringing off the hook since the Wall Street Journal exposed sexual misconduct claims against Las Vegas billionaire Steve Wynn last month. The flood of calls has led to the gaming regulator launching an online portal where information can be reported. The tip board can…Read More

MGM Cotai Opens at Last with 500 Hotel Rooms for Chinese New Year

MGM Cotai Opens for Business

Finally, MGM Cotai opened its doors on Tuesday – and the brand new $3.4 billion property is already fully booked for Chinese New Year, according to MGM China. Or at least, the 500 hotel rooms that are currently operational will be filled when the festivities get underway this week. It has another 900 currently unavailable….Read More

Virginia Gambling Bill Passes Assembly Committee, Legislation Would Legalize Historical Racing Terminals

Virginia gambling bill historical racing

The Virginia House of Delegates Appropriations Committee has passed House Bill 1609, a gambling measure that would allow the currently shuttered Colonial Downs horse racetrack in New Kent County to incorporate historical wagering machines at the facility. Located about 30 miles east of the Richmond capital, Colonial Downs closed in late 2015 after a license…Read More

US Gross Gaming Revenue Nearly $41.2 Billion in 2017, as Casino Expansion Continues

gross gaming revenue US casinos

Gross gaming revenue at US commercial casinos totaled roughly $41.2 billion last year, according to Reno-based market analyst Ken Adams. In his 2017 Adams Revenue Report, prepared for online gaming media outlet CDC Gaming Reports, the financial analyst says continued casino expansion across the US is responsible for the 3.7 percent year-over-year increase. Adams pointed…Read More

Toxic ‘Third-Hand’ Smoke Lingers in Casinos Long After Bans Are Enacted, Says Study

Casino smoking bans don’t eliminate third-hand smoke for months

Smoking bans may have cleared the perennial fog hanging above the slot machines at your local casino, but a new study by San Diego State University (SDSU) suggests that lung-torturing “third-hand smoke” lingers for months after the bans come into force, and those industrial-strength air ventilation systems don’t appear to make much difference, either. What’s third-hand…Read More