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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.

Frank Sinatra’s Former Cal Neva Lodge & Casino Sold to Oracle Founder Larry Ellison

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Frank Sinatra’s famed Cal Neva Lodge & Casino, which has sat vacant since 2013, has been sold out of bankruptcy court to Oracle founder Larry Ellison for $35.8 million. The tech billionaire, estimated to be worth over $60 billion, was the sole bidder for the Lake Tahoe resort that straddles the Nevada and California border….Read More

Say ‘Hello’ to New Adele Las Vegas Residency Rumors

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Adele is about to hit the jackpot in Las Vegas. That’s if, and it’s a big if, the rumors swirling that the English singer-songwriter is being courted by a major Strip casino conglomerate are true. According to The Sun, a tabloid that has the largest daily circulation of any newspaper in the United Kingdom, Wynn…Read More

Steve Wynn Reportedly Assisted China in Deportation Effort, Hand Delivered Letter From Beijing to President Trump

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Casino billionaire Steve Wynn allegedly aided the Chinese government in trying to convince President Donald Trump to deport one of its citizens supposedly living in the United States. In an investigative report by The Wall Street Journal deemed “worthy of a spy thriller,” the media outlet claims Wynn became China’s messenger in relaying a letter…Read More

MGM Resorts Pushes Forward on Connecticut Casino, Asks Bridgeport Locals for Support

MGM Resorts Connecticut casino

MGM Resorts is aiding in the Springfield, Massachusetts, revitalization process by way of its $960 million investment in constructing an integrated casino resort that will create thousands of jobs and generate new wealth for the local area. And this week, MGM revealed that it’s also still willing to lend support to another town in desperate…Read More

Crown Resorts Refutes Allegations of Slot Machine Tampering, but Still Gives Up on Japan

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Crown Resorts is responding publicly to claims brought to Parliament by federal lawmaker Andrew Wilkie that the company tampered with slot machines to make terminals continually generate bets, and force gamblers into specific betting patterns by disabling buttons to alter wagering options. Wilkie revealed last week that the whistleblowers are former Crown employees at its…Read More

Golden Entertainment’s Stratosphere, Arizona Charlie Acquisitions Approved by Nevada Gaming Commission

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The Stratosphere, along with two Arizona Charlie’s resorts, has been officially sold to Golden Entertainment, a company whose holdings are well-known to Nevadans due to its more than 50 taverns under the PT’s brand of pubs and restaurants. The Nevada Gaming Commission unanimously approved Golden Entertainment’s acquisition of the three properties from American Casino and…Read More

San Diego, California Getting Back in the Game, as Six Area Casinos Undergo New Construction

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Six San Diego casinos are getting a collective $1 billion infusion, which will go towards major remodelling, added amenities, and additional hotel rooms for the area. That’s more than half of the county’s 10 gaming venues, and shows that the fight to keep gamblers at home, rather than lose them to Las Vegas, is getting…Read More

LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard Favorites to Win NBA MVP


It’s not a surprise to see Cleveland’s LeBron James as a favorite to win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award, but he has company at the top spot. San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard is also a 4-1 pick to win the award after the conclusion of the 2017-2018 season. Even more startling was that the Spurs…Read More

Pennsylvania Table Games Revenue Up Nearly 10 Percent in September

Table games in Pennsylvania

According to the latest report from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the state’s 1,252 gaming tables in daily operation (on average) generated $76 million in September, up nearly 10 percent year-over-year. The uptick is a refreshing reprieve from sluggish gaming revenue numbers in the state earlier in the year. Sands Casino in Bethlehem jumped 17…Read More

Tiger Woods Cleared for Full Golf Activity, No Timetable for Return to PGA

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Tiger Woods teased fans over the weekend when he posted a video on his Twitter account showing him hitting a driver at an unnamed golf course. But other than the caption “Making Progress,” he gave no indication when he might return to competitive golf. The winner of 79 PGA Tour events seems in no hurry…Read More

Crown Resorts Accused of Tampering With Slot Machines, Company Rejects Allegations

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Three former Crown Resorts employees working at the company’s Melbourne casino resort in Australia are claiming slot machines were deliberately tampered with in order to manipulate the gambling outcome in the house’s favor. Lawmaker Andrew Wilkie brought the claims before Parliament on behalf of the former Crown workers. Wilkie is demanding that the federal government…Read More

North Korea Decriminalizes Horse Racetrack Gambling, Minimum Age Set at 12

North Korea horse racing

North Korea has long banned its citizens from gambling, but that changed this week after it was revealed that Kim Jong Un’s government legalized wagering at horse racetracks. Recent sanctions placed on North Korea due to its ongoing nuclear weapons program have further isolated the country. Desperately in need of tax revenue to keep his…Read More

$24.1 Million Winning New York State Lottery Ticket Found Just 48 Hours Before Expiration

New York lottery ticket found

A New York State winning $24.1 million lottery ticket was found stuffed in an old shirt pocket along with dozens of other lotto slips just two days before the ticket was set to expire. On May 24, 2017, with less than 48 hours to spare, Jimmie Smith, a 68-year-old resident of East Orange, New Jersey,…Read More

UK Lawmaker Opens Inquiry into Loot Boxes in Video Games

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A member of parliament in the United Kingdom has opened an inquiry into the practice of including “loot boxes” in video games, further intensifying the growing scrutiny over whether these transactions need to be regulated as gambling. Labour MP Daniel Zeichner, who represents Cambridge, submitted two questions to Karen Bradley, the Secretary of State for…Read More

Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture Delays Unveiling of Grand Casino Plan

Wakayama prefecture delays casino plan

Japan’s Wakayama prefecture will delay the announcement of its “Master Plan” for an integrated resort until March due to the forthcoming general election, the regional government said this week. The prefecture is determined to be a part of a future casino industry, despite the likelihood that a limited number of licenses will be issued which…Read More