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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.

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

GVC Holdings Says 2017 Earnings at ‘Top End’ of Company Forecast

GVC Holdings Ladbrokes Coral

GVC Holdings says in a trading update to investors that its 2017 earnings will be “at the top end of management’s internal expectations.” Following a strong fourth quarter where net gaming revenues rose 21 percent to 279.5 million euros ($333.9 million), GVC says its full-year bottom line is now expected to be upwards of €1…Read More

Cleveland Losing Streak Pushes Sports Books to Raise Odds on Cavs Chances for NBA Title

Dwayne Wade and LeBron James

For a team that is supposed to challenge the Golden State Warriors for the NBA title, Cleveland is not looking like the second best team in the league. The Cavaliers have lost six of its last nine games and despite assurances from coaches and players that this is a temporary bump in the road fans…Read More

Gaming Equipment Manufacturers See (Mostly) Rising Stock Prices in December

Trevor Croker, Aristocrat Technologies

The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Index posted notable gains for the fourth consecutive month, a positive indicator of growth for the multibillion-dollar casino equipment sector. The composite index includes 12 publicly traded gaming equipment manufacturing companies listed on various international stock exchanges, and for December, the AGEM index gained 24.14 points (4.9 percent),…Read More

Gamblers in India Flock to Nearby Nepal Tiger Palace Casino, Close to Countries’ Adjacent Borders

Tiger Palace Resort Nepal luring Indians

Located in a relatively rural area just six miles from the Nepal-India border, Tiger Palace Resort is going after the millions of Indians in the nearby surrounding region who love to wager. Gambling remains predominantly outlawed in India, despite recent discussions regarding a possible easing of laws. Benefitting from that problem now is Nepal’s newly opened…Read More

Villanova No. 1 in AP Poll, Improves Odds to Win NCAA Championship

Villanova Basketball

It was a short absence but Villanova is back atop the AP Men’s basketball poll after a week and they have also seen their odds to win the NCAA Championship decrease. The winners of the title in 2016 have been No. 1 four of the 10 weeks of the season. They dropped from the top…Read More

Martha’s Vineyard Casino Cleared for Construction After Supreme Court Denies Appeal

Martha's Vineyard casino gambling

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head can build a Martha’s Vineyard casino on their sovereign Native American land on the far western tip of the island in Aquinnah. That’s the result of the US Supreme Court deciding today to dismiss an appeal brought by the State of Massachusetts and Town of Aquinnah trying to block…Read More

Arkansas Casino Measure Proposed to Authorize Three Commercial Gambling Venues

Arkansas casinos Asa Hutchinson

Three Arkansas casinos could be cleared for construction as early as November should a proposal being pushed by a citizens’ group find favor with state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and be subsequently approved by voters next fall. “Driving Arkansas Forward” submitted a constitutional amendment to Rutledge’s office last week that seeks to allow three casinos…Read More

OJ Simpson Threatens Cosmopolitan With $100 Million Lawsuit, Attorney Argues ‘Malice and Racial Prejudice’ for Ban

OJ Simpson lawsuit Cosmopolitan

OJ Simpson’s attorney is threatening The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas with a $100 million lawsuit over an incident that took place last November, which led to his client being banned from the casino. On the night of November 8, Simpson and a group of friends were told not to come back to the Strip property….Read More

South Point Casino Owner Michael Gaughan Doubles Worker Bonuses, Credits Trump Tax Reform

South Point casino Michael Gaughan

Workers at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas are among the first employees in the gambling industry to learn that their annual bonuses are increasing, thanks to the recent tax reform bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump at the end of 2017. This week, South Point owner…Read More

Schenectady Casino Revenue Coming Up Short of Expectations

Rivers Casino revenues

The city of Schenectady is likely to face a budget deficit once the 2017 fiscal year comes to a close, due in large part to the significant shortfall in the revenue received from the casino that opened there early last year. According to Mayor Gary McCarthy, the city had projected that they would receive approximately…Read More