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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.

Detroit Casino Revenues Continue to Fall

Detroit casinos MGM Grand Detroit

Detroit’s financial issues have been covered extensively over the past year. As a result of the city’s bankruptcy, it has also become common knowledge that the city is relying heavily on the revenues from Detroit’s three casinos to help keep it afloat. Unfortunately, it seems like even those reliable revenue streams have been slipping in…Read More

Caesars in Bid for Upstate New York Casino License

Caesars Entertainment New York casino license

Following the recent release of applications for casino licenses in New York State, Caesars Entertainment has thrown its hat (or should that be laurels?) into the ring this week, forking out the $1 million application fee for one of four licenses up for grabs. Should it be successful, Caesars would propose to build a $750…Read More

Delaware Posts Strongest Online Gambling Revenues Yet

Delaware gaming revenue

The raw numbers for Delaware’s online gambling industry will never look impressive when compared to New Jersey’s. Delaware is a far smaller state, after all, and can’t benefit from the same kind of gambling heritage that Atlantic City boasts. But that doesn’t mean that growth in the industry isn’t just as important there, even if…Read More

Caesars Launches Neteller Services for Online Gambling Sites

Optimal Payments Neteller Caesars Interactive Entertainment

One of the biggest limiting factors for regulated Internet gambling in the United States has been payment processing. While the sites licensed in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware are entirely legal for any financial institution to deal with, many banks have still been reluctant to do so. Some have had issues with separating payments at…Read More

Steady Growth Continues for New Jersey Online Gambling

New Jersey online gambling Borgata Atlantic City

Atlantic City casinos aren’t exactly breaking the bank yet when it comes to regulated online gambling in New Jersey. But every month has been an improvement over the one before it, and March once again saw steady and solid growth for the state’s burgeoning industry. In March, New Jersey’s regulated online gambling sites generated a…Read More

Phil Ivey Sued by Borgata Casino for $9.6 Million

Phil Ivey baccarat Borgata edge sorting

If you’re betting on anything with Phil Ivey, you’d better believe that he’s going to do his best to have an edge. But now, some casinos are asking whether or not some of his techniques at the baccarat table are crossing the line into cheating. The Borgata Casino in Atlantic City is suing Ivey in…Read More

Casinos Weigh Compliance vs. Customer Service in FinCEN Crackdown

FinCEN Jennifer Shasky Calvery money laundering

US casinos are balking at the news that they could soon be required to divulge the sources of their high-rollers’ gambling bankrolls. The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is expected to announce that American casinos will soon be brought in line with banks and other businesses to comply with Title 31 of the…Read More

UK Study on FOBTs Due By Easter with Crackdown Possible

FOBTs

With barely a week passing without another debate over their presence in the UK, fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have become one of the most controversial topics in the gambling industry. Now the UK government is planning to review their policies towards the machines, and the potential for a crackdown on the games is becoming higher…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Launches Global Philanthropic Program

Sands Cares Clean the World Sheldon Adelson

While we may not always be the biggest fans of his efforts to stamp out online gambling in the US here at casino.org, we are prepared to admit that Sheldon Adelson may not be all bad. Nope, we haven’t been on grandpa’s hooch again, we’re merely applauding the news that Las Vegas Sands Corp has…Read More

Boston City Councilor Sal Mattina Blasts Wynn for Ignoring Charlestown

Sal Mattina Charleston Everett Wynn Resorts

Another twist in the ongoing Massachusetts casino saga, as Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina hit out at Wynn Resorts last week for being “downright dismissive, disorganized and uncooperative.” LaMattina expressed exasperation during a Casino Commission hearing in which he sought to secure “host community” status for Charlestown. According to the 2011 Massachusetts Casino Act, host…Read More

Springfield Massachusetts Debates MGM Casino Plan One Last Time

MGM Springfield Springfield, Massachusetts

When a city debates whether or not to host a casino, you can feel pretty confident that the same issues will come up time and again. And so it was no surprise that a community meeting on April 1 at the MassMutual Center over the proposed MGM Springfield casino saw many of the same arguments…Read More

Fraternal Order of Police Declares Opposition to Online Gambling Ban

FOP Fraternal Order of Police

If there’s one group of citizens you’d expect to be in favor of law and order, it would have to be police officers. That’s why it may surprise some to hear that the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has come out on the side of regulated online gambling for American Internet players. But that was…Read More

Atari to Enter Social Casino Gaming Market with FlowPlay

Atari social casino games

It gave us the first-ever arcade video game (a space invaders-type thing called “Computer Space”), as well as the simple, two-dimensional joys of “Pong“. It created the first-ever home games consul (on which you could only play “Pong”) and it was – once upon a time – the fastest-growing company in America. And now, one…Read More

Morgan Stanley Estimate of US Online Gambling Market Plummets

Morgan Stanley Fitch Ratings US online gambling projections

Online gambling was a big business in the United States before the government began cracking down on overseas operators. And with regulation slowly coming state-by-state, it could certainly be even bigger in the future. But now, some analysts are saying it’s not quite as big a market as they had previously thought. That’s the news…Read More

Tribal Alliance Wants PokerStars Out of California Online Poker

California Tribal Business Alliance Morongo Band California online poker legislation

The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA) has long been one of the driving forces behind trying to regulate online poker in California. But while they may be fine with having Internet gambling in the state, they won’t be letting PokerStars get a piece of that market, if they have anything to say about it. The…Read More