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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.

Evenly Matched Super Bowl Promises Excitement for Bettors and Books

Superbowl LVIII

For a long time – especially in the 1980s and into the 1990s – the major complaint about the Super Bowl was that the games rarely managed to be super. Mismatches and blowouts were common, and there was little last-minute drama: either for fans, or those who had put down bets on either team. For…Read More

Poker Blogger Jay Newnum Gets Probation After Foxwoods Tip Box Theft

Jay Newnum poker blogger Foxwoods Casino

When you’re a poker blogger/reporter hired to cover a good-sized tournament at  a major land casino, probably making a move on the dealer’s tip box is not your best decision ever. Apparently, not everyone grasps that reality, and now from the “what were you thinking” files comes news that 41-year-old probably-not-anymore poker blogger Jay Newnum…Read More

Possible Mob Ties to Chinese Illegal Gambling Den Explosion

illegal gambling in China hillside explosion

At least 15 were killed in a major explosion in the Guizhou Province in southern China – and many more pretty shaken up – following a blast that occurred late afternoon earlier this week at a hillside illegal gambling den, tucked away on a remote mountain slope where it was hidden from view. Explosion Suspected to…Read More

New Jersey Online Gambling Pays Off Bigtime for Lobbyists and Lawyers

Lobbyists Lawyers New Jersey online gaming

Everyone knows that when it comes to gambling, the house always wins. In the case of online gambling in New Jersey, it seems that the lobbyists and lawyers do pretty well for themselves, too. Support Services Make Bank According to disclosures posted by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, the online gambling industry has…Read More

Big Banks Refuse to Process Legal Online Gambling Transactions

Online gambling credit card transactions JP Morgan Chase

Everything seemed so hunky dory: Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey all got legal online gambling – or at least poker, in Nevada’s case – up and running in 2013, and except for a few issues with geo-location snafus, overall, the sites in all three states have been running pretty smoothly. Except for one fairly major…Read More

University of Texas El Paso Boots Basketball Players for Gambling

UTEP Miners illegal sportsbetting NCAA

If you’re a college sports fan, you probably don’t think much about the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) when it comes to teams. Sure, you’ve probably heard of UTEP, but you’re not too worried when your favorite team suits up to play them, and you won’t be picking them to win a national…Read More

Internet Sensation Auburn Fan Mark Skiba Just Misses with 500-1 Shot

Auburn fan Mark Skiba

The Auburn Tigers almost pulled off one of the most unlikely national championships in the history of college football this week. But for one man with a massive payday on the line, “almost” simply wasn’t close enough. Mark Skiba is now something of an Internet phenom, after he posted a picture of the $100, 500-1…Read More

New Players in American Gaming Association Set to Lobby Congress Hard

American Gaming Association AGA online gambling legislation

It’s a new year, and the winds of change continue to blow, in Washington, D.C. especially. And the casino industry’s most prominent trade association – which is a low-key way of saying “lobbying group” – is arming for battle, it appears, by bringing in some new senior staff to make their case to lawmakers, a…Read More

Middle Class Tourism Expands as VIP Market Slows in Macau

Macau Chinese tourists

Macau – now recognized as the #1 gambling revenue locale in the world – has had another record year, with a $45 billion intake in 2013, a number that represents an 18.6 percent jump from the year prior. And despite the fact that Las Vegas’ improvements from the year before were actually a bit higher…Read More

Gambling Joining Wine and Love as Major Italian Pastimes

Italy gambling Pavia

For centuries, Italy has been known for its beauty and culture. Travelers from throughout Europe and around the world would come to the nation to vacation on the beaches of Tuscany, to enjoy fine Italian food, and to experience cultural landmarks that date back to the Roman Empire. Of course, you can still do all…Read More

Canadian Lottery Winner Donating Entire Jackpot to Charity

Tom Crist Canadian lottery winner

Even if you don’t play the lottery very often, we’re sure that you’ve imagined what you would do if you were to win a big jackpot. We’ve all come up with answers to that question on our own: what we’d buy, how we’d invest, and with which of our friends and family we’d share our…Read More

Revere and Mohegan Sun Strike Casino Deal in Massachusetts

Revere Mohegan Sun Suffolk Downs

There’s no guarantee that Suffolk Downs and the Mohegan Sun will be able to build a casino in the city of Revere, Massachusetts. In fact, the whole project still seems like a long shot to just about everyone who isn’t directly involved in promoting it. But should the city and the companies involved beat the…Read More

Fertitta and Wynn Joining American Gaming Association for 2014

Frank Fertitta III Station Casinos American Gaming Association

Take your seats and get ready for some head-whipping interplay between power players: the American Gaming Association (AGA) – the Washington, D.C.-based primary lobbying arm for the major casino conglomerates in America – has some new constituents. It should make for an interesting year ahead as these casinos’ executives determine the course for gambling in…Read More

Foxwoods Eyes Fall River Massachusetts for Casino Do Over

Foxwoods Fall River Massachusetts Lizzie Borden

Foxwoods may have been rejected once in Massachusetts, but you know what they say: if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s the tactic being considered by Foxwoods, as they’re bouncing back from their first defeat in Milford in a referendum by considering moving to a new community and trying their luck again….Read More

Paddy Power Backs Dennis Rodman Trips to North Korea

Dennis Rodman Paddy Power Kim Jong-Un

Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea, again. Yes, it’s the same old story: an odd former NBA star heading to a rogue nation led by a strange man who Rodman calls his friend. It’s a match so bizarre that it almost makes perfect sense. Hooping It Up in North Korea Rodman has made a handful…Read More