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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.

Councilwoman Withdraws Support for Upstate New York Casino

The proposed New York casino project was endorsed unanimously by the East Greenbush Town Board.

With so many different firms and projects competing for a limited number of casino licenses in upstate New York, it’s going to take some very impressive credentials in order to win out over the competition. That means that any little slip up can cause trouble for a project, and keeping the support of local officials…Read More

INTERPOL Swoops Down in Illegal Gambling Crackdown

INTERPOL chief Jean Michelle Louboutin praises the efforts of Operation SOGA V, which broke up illegal gambling networks across East Asia.

  INTERPOL has announced the arrests of 1,400 people across East Asia; the result of a six-week campaign to break up illegal gambling networks in the region. The operation, code-named Operation SOGA V, was a joint effort between law enforcement from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, and coordinated by INTERPOL, and saw…Read More

Caesars Atlantic City Hit in $181K Heist

More than $180,000 was stolen from Caesars Atlantic City by two unidentified thieves.

Things aren’t great right now in Atlantic City. Casinos are closing, revenues are falling and profits are drying up month after month. It’s a time when resorts are carefully monitoring every dollar that comes in and out of their balance books. In short, it’s about the worst time possible for a six-figure sum to go…Read More

Atlantic City Casino Revenues Up Slightly in June

Atlantic City's gaming industry was once again led by the Borgata in June.

There’s a lot of doom and gloom surrounding Atlantic City these days. At least three casinos have either closed or are set to close this year, with a fourth also potentially closing if a buyer can’t be found. But while those are bad signs for the East Coast gambling hub, that doesn’t mean that there…Read More

Atlantic City Trump Plaza Likely to Close in September

As many as four Atlantic City casinos could close this year, including Trump Plaza.

The casino industry of Atlantic City is currently facing an unprecedented freefall. After years of declining revenues, at least two casinos have already closed or plan to close this year, and another is facing a second bankruptcy in two years. And now, a fourth has said that they also expect to shut down in just…Read More

Bart Tichelman Daughter Charged in Google Executive Overdose

Alix Catherine Tichelman is accused of injecting a Google executive with a heroin overdose in November 2013.

Drugs, prostitution and the death of a major corporate executive sound like the elements of a made-for-TV movie. But in this case, the story is all too real, and also has a surprising connection to the world of gambling. Alix Catherine Tichelman, a model who police say was also a high-end prostitute, has been charged…Read More

European Commission Calls for Online Gambling Health Warnings

If the European Commission has its way, online gambling ads will have to feature health warnings.

These days, everyone is familiar with the ubiquitous warnings found on packages of cigarettes. They’re a little different from country to country, but they remind consumers of the well-known health problems that can occur because of smoking every time they look at a pack. Now, the European Commission wants to see those warnings expanded to…Read More

Casinos Seek Conscious Uncoupling from US Dog Racing

Greyhound racing is a dying sport in America

If you look around the USA, you’ll still see a fair amount of dog racing, at least in those states that haven’t made the practice illegal, following massive criticism of many of the issues surrounding the sport. But at most tracks, greyhounds are now raced only to fulfill a legal obligation that allows the owners…Read More

Betsoft Receives Gaming License Suspension from Alderney

Betsoft, Alderney Gambling Control Commission, AGCC

Digitus, the parent company of Dutch online gaming software provider Betsoft, has had its gaming license suspended with immediate effect, although no one but the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) quite knows why. The AGCC, which regulates online gambling in the jurisdiction of Alderney, explained that it had issued a hearing notice under regulation 90 of…Read More

Daniel Colman Shuns Spotlight After WSOP One Drop $15M Win

Daniel Colman, Big One for One Drop, WSOP 2014, World Series of Poker

The most important poker tournament of the year, traditionally, has always been the World Series of Poker Main Event. But in recent years, a new tournament has taken its place as the most lucrative event with the biggest prize pool. It’s the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop, the charity tournament that attracts…Read More

Online Poker in Russia Tries to Come In Out of the Cold

Russia, online poker, legalization, Vladimir Putin

The government of Russia is actively considering legalizing and regulating online poker, according to Russian business and politics daily Kommersant, thus opening up a potentially huge market which could be worth $145 million annually in fiscal revenue alone. The Russian daily publication says that Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov has instructed the Ministry…Read More

Nevada Casinos See Massive Revenue Spike in May

Floyd Mayweather, May revenues, Nevada, Las Vegas casinos. baccarat

In Las Vegas and other casino hubs, it’s an age-old saying that the house always wins. But just how much the house takes in at the end of the month depends on numerous factors, and Nevada’s casinos have been struggling to grow since the 2008 financial crisis. But based on numbers released for May, it…Read More

Study Finds Monkeys Believe in Following Winning Streaks

Rhesus monkey, monkey study, winning streaks

If you believe that you should always bet on the numbers that are hot at the roulette table, then you might be happy to hear you’re not alone in your belief in the “hot hand” fallacy. New research shows that the belief that random events are following a pattern is far more widespread than previously…Read More

Caesars Showboat Closing Down in Atlantic City

Showboat, Caesars Entertainment, Atlantic City, New Jersey

In a city that seems to be hit by worse financial storms than even Sandy, Atlantic City is seeing yet another land casino hit a reef: Caesars Showboat has announced it will officially close on August 31. According to Caesars Entertainment, the Showboat is showing the worst performance of its four Atlantic City casino entities,…Read More

Bwin.Party Not for Sale, Says Board

Norbert Teufelberger,

Bwin.Party is denying rumors that it is looking for an acquisition, or to sell off some of its assets. The company has been the subject of a flurry of speculation following an article this week by Bloomberg which claimed that it was looking to sell off all or part of its business in order to…Read More