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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.

Scientific Games and IGT Announce ‘Cross-Licensing’ Pact, Patent-Sharing

Scientific Games IGT licensing agreement

Scientific Games and International Game Technology (IGT) have reached an agreement to share licenses and patents across their two companies. The casino technology and lottery services providers said in a statement that they’ve signed off on a “patent cross-licensing” contract that allows them to use “patented game features from each other’s portfolios, as well as…Read More

Seafood Buffet Prices Leave Gulf Coast Casino Gamblers Feeling Crabby

Gulf Coast casino seafood buffet

Gulf Coast casino floors use their well-stocked seafood buffets to lure millions of guests inside their doors each year, with the hopes that the reasonably priced smorgasbords will turn diners into gamblers. Countless guests begin their casino getaway in coastal Mississippi by downing a pound (or more) of Dungeness crab, but as harvest numbers decrease…Read More

Florida Should Share Lottery Revenue with Veterans Groups, Military Orgs Say

veterans groups Florida Lottery

Sunshine State veterans groups think they’re just as worthy of receiving a portion of the profits generated by the Florida Lottery as public education. And now they’ve banded together to initiate legislation that will push towards making that belief a reality. William Helmich, a lobbyist in the state capital of Tallahassee working on behalf of the…Read More

Ladbrokes Coral Criticized for Schmoozing With UK Politicians

Philip Hammond to support FOBT review

As the UK government prepares to publish the results of an all-important regulatory review of the gambling industry next month, Ladbrokes Coral appeared at the top of a list of companies wining and dining the country’s politicians. UK members of parliament are required to declare publically gifts of hospitality worth £300 ($389) or more, and,…Read More

British Bookmakers Offer Odds, as Kate Middleton and Prince William Announce Third Royal Pregnancy

Princess Kate royal family

The former Kate Middleton, aka the Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, is less than three months pregnant with the royal couple’s third child, and the announcement already has overseas sports betting shops offering up odds on the upcoming baby’s sex and name possibilities. Early Monday morning, the Duchess and Prince William (also…Read More

Macau Bars Journalists from Reporting on Typhoon Hato Relief Effort

Macau bars entry to journalist in wake of Typhoon Hato

Macau appears to have tightened controls on journalists entering the enclave to report on the aftermath of Typhoon Hato. At least four Hong Kong-based journalists, including a photographer for the South China Morning Post, have been refused entry by authorities as they arrived to cover the relief effort on the grounds that they posed “a…Read More

Rhode Island Casino Construction Plan Gains Final Approval in Tiverton

Rhode Island casino Twin River Tiverton

The proposed Rhode Island casino in the town of Tiverton was formally approved by local officials this week, clearing the way for construction to begin on the 77,500-square-foot casino that will be accompanied by an 84-room hotel. The Tiverton Planning Board voted 6-1 with two abstentions on the construction blueprint. The Twin River casino will…Read More

888 Hit With Record $10M Fine for Letting Problem Gamblers Play

MP Tom Watson condemns 888 for failings in corporate responsibility

888 Holdings has been fined £7.8 million ($10 million) by the UK Gambling Commission over serious failings of its social responsibility program. The fine, a record amount for the online gambling industry, was imposed after regulators discovered a technical glitch in 888’s system that allowed thousands of self-excluded gamblers to continue to play. The UKGC…Read More

Keno Wars: Mass. Lottery Threatened by New Hampshire’s Tax-Free, Online Games

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu wants keno

A border war is looming in New England, as Massachusetts officials try to figure out their best response to an offensive move by neighboring New Hampshire, which intends to go after the region’s keno lottery dollars starting in January. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill in July that seeks to fund early education…Read More

Florida Launches Crackdown on House-Banked Games at Pari-mutuel Venues

Florida crackdown on player designated games.

Florida gambling chiefs have launched legal action against two pari-mutuel venues, the Sarasota Kennel Club and Pensacola Greyhound Racing, for their alleged failure to remove so-called “designated player games” from their premises. Meanwhile, many of Florida’s other cardrooms and racetracks are bracing themselves for similar action, as the state moves to crack down on the…Read More

MGM Springfield on Schedule for September 2018 Opening

MGM Springfield construction 2018

MGM Springfield is on pace to become the first integrated resort casino to open in Massachusetts. MGM Resorts, the Nevada-based gaming and hospitality conglomerate, confirmed this week that construction is on schedule at its $950 million property, and the venue is targeting an opening date in September of 2018. The bones of the complex have…Read More

Holland Casino Groningen Levelled by Fire, Asbestos Found in Rubble

Holland Casino Groningen destroyed by fire

Groningen’s Holland Casino has been utterly destroyed by a fire that engulfed the building around 7am on Sunday morning and raged for much of the day in the Netherland’s largest northern city. No one died in the incident but local residents living in the surrounding streets were evacuated, as nearly 150 firefighters battled to control…Read More

Indiana Charitable Casino Grosses $4.6 Million, Donates Just $17,000

charitable casino Indiana FOE

A charitable casino operated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) Lodge No. 3512 has been shut down by the Indiana Gaming Commission as a result of an ongoing criminal investigation. State officials said the gaming licenses have been suspended due to the organization “committing conduct prejudicial to public confidence in the Commission.” While the…Read More

Second Severe Storm Hits Macau, Hampering Casino Cleanup in Wake of Hato

Army helps with Macau cleanup

As Macau battled to recover from the aftermath of Typhoon Hato, the fiercest storm to hit the area since 1968, the gambling enclave got battered by another severe storm Sunday night. Emergency workers were still struggling to repair the damage from Wednesday’s maximum category 10 typhoon when “Pakhar,” a category 8 severe tropical storm, struck….Read More

Pennsylvania Casinos Are Handing Out Less Free Slot Play

Pennsylvania casinos free slot play

Pennsylvania casinos were a tad more conservative during the most recent fiscal year when it came to divvying out free slot credit to patrons, and that might hint that gambling demographics are changing. Pennsylvania’s 12 land-based floors aren’t alone in giving out less free spins, as casinos in West Virginia did the same. The revelations…Read More