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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.

Glenn Straub Revel Sale On Again or Off Again, as Casino Can’t Even Find Love in Bankruptcy

Glenn Straub Revel sale approved

The Revel casino in Atlantic City will now be sold to Florida investor Glenn Straub, provided someone can actually force him to take control of the property. A bankruptcy judge in Camden, New Jersey approved the $95.4 million sale to Straub, rejecting Straub’s attempt to offer just $87 million for the property instead. Straub announced…Read More

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Calls For Fourth NY State Casino License

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo fourth casino license

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo has written to his state’s Gaming Commission to suggest bidding should be reopened for a fourth casino gaming license, to encompass the Southern Tier area of upstate New York. The area was overlooked by the Gaming Commission panel when three licenses were granted to other regions on December 17. Initially,…Read More

The Top Celebrity Gambling Scandals of 2014

Celebrity gambling stories in 2014

Celebrities like to gamble just like everyone else. In fact, given that they’re usually not short on funds, they’re often found at high-stakes tables or in exclusive games that most of us will never be allowed into. That inevitably leads to the occasional gambling scandal that makes headlines even in the mainstream press. Let’s take…Read More

Vietnamese High Roller Peter Tan Hoang May Have Gambled $1 Billion in Laundered Money

Peter Tan Hoang money laundering

Even before Peter Tan Hoang was murdered in Sydney this September, the 36-year-old gambling “whale” was already the subject of intense speculation. The Vietnamese refugee was known to be a big spender at Australian casinos, particularly the Crown Casino in Melbourne, and was facing charges that he possessed A$1.5 million (US$1.23 million) in cash that…Read More

Genting’s Massive Casino Plan Faces Opposition in New York State

Genting Sterling Forest, artist’s rendition

Genting’s campaign to build a $1.5 billion casino resort in Orange County is proving to be something of a headache for the Malaysian casino giant. Not only is it by far the most expensive of the various proposed casino projects, but it’s also located within the most competitive area of the three upstate regions where…Read More

Amaya Gaming Raided by Financial Investigators in Canada as Stock Plummets

David Baazov Amaya securities raid

Amaya became the hottest online gaming company in the world earlier this year after completing a $4.9 billion takeover of the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt. As you’d expect, securing the rights to two of the world’s largest online poker sites was a major undertaking and, if recent reports are…Read More

Dan Bilzerian Arrested at LAX for Possession of Bomb-Making Materials

Dan Bilzerian arrest explosive materials

Dan Bilzerian was arrested upon arriving at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Tuesday on charges that he possessed the components of an explosive or incendiary device with intent to manufacture one. The charge stemmed from an investigation that began in early November back in Clark County, Nevada, in which the city of Las Vegas…Read More

Nassau OTB Mini-Casino Location a Long Island Mystery

Long Island Nassau County OTB mini-casino

A Long Island “mini-casino” could soon be approved somewhere in Nassau County, but the plan is a controversial one, not least of all because residents are still in the dark as to where the facility would be located. The planned gaming house would be built and operated by Nassau Off-Track Betting (OTB), which would float…Read More

Assemblyman Ralph Caputo Moves to Tighten New Jersey Online Gambling Controls

New Jersey Assemblyman Ralph Caputo

New Jersey Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Essex) would like to see his state’s online gambling licensing regulations get stricter. Caputo, who has been a vocal opponent of online gambling, is pushing forward legislation that would require Internet gambling companies to apply for a full casino license, just like their brick-and-mortar counterparts. The bill, which was approved 7-0…Read More

Betfair New Jersey Online Poker Operations End, Casino Games Remain

Betfair exits New Jersey online poker

Betfair’s poorly performing online poker site has become the second to leave the New Jersey online poker space since the state regulated Internet gaming just over a year ago. Betfair follows Ultimate Gaming out of the market as a result of the wild underachievement of its poker platform; however, unlike Ultimate, which ceased all its…Read More

Yahoo Poker Coming Off US Market Amid Classic Game Elimination

Yahoo Poker game shuts down

Yahoo Poker will be taken off the market at the end of the year, as Yahoo has announced that they will be eliminating a number of their older games at that time. The move comes not long after a strong marketing push for the game, one that prompted speculation that the Internet company might be…Read More

Iipay Nation Hits Back at State of California

Seal of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel

The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel has responded defiantly to a legal challenge from the State of California which is seeking to pull the plug on its online gaming operations. The tribal operator launched its online bingo platform, DesertRoseBingo.com, earlier this month and has vowed that it will follow it up with an online poker…Read More

Foxwoods Looks to Cut Back on Gambling, Diversify Revenues

Foxwoods Felix Rappaport Less Gaming

New Foxwoods CEO Felix Rappaport says that the casino resort plans to cut back a bit on its gambling focus and diversify its offerings is an attempt to survive against an onslaught of new competitors in the region. The idea will be to offer more nightclubs and other attractions that may bring in new customers…Read More

French Tennis Official Given Lifetime Ban for Match Fixing

French tennis official match fixing

French tennis official Morgan Lamri was given a lifetime ban by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) on Tuesday, which found that Lamri had violated four articles of the TIU’s anti-corruption statutes between 2012 and 2013. Lamri, who was a chair umpire that worked on the Futures and Challenger tours that are mainly populated by up-and-coming…Read More

California Files Lawsuit Against Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel

DesertRoseBingo.com, Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel

The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel is facing a federal lawsuit from the State of California over its online gaming activities. The state wants the plug pulled on the go-it-alone tribal operator which earlier this month launched its online bingo service, Desertrosebingo.com. The tribe has also announced its intention to offer online poker to Californians,…Read More