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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.

TSA Employees Caught Gambling at Pittsburgh Airport Get a Time Out

Ever felt like you’d rather eat tins of SPAM from a bucket than have another TSA employee eye your 10 oz. of sunscreen like it was an AK-47? Ever wanted to take a shower after standing with your hands above your head in those puff-blowing machines, imagining you’re Karen Silkwood leaving work from the nuclear…Read More

Electronic Gaming Funding a Failure for New Minnesota Vikings Stadium

When the Minnesota Vikings decided that they needed a new stadium, they wanted to take advantage of public financing if it was available. The state of Minnesota obliged, but decided that rather than take the money from the general fund or create a special tax to raise the money, they would bring electronic gambling machines…Read More

New Jersey Sports Betting Law Defeated Again in Appeals Court Ruling

New Jersey has lost again in its bid to become the first state to introduce legalized sports betting since the federal government cracked down on the practice over 20 years ago. A federal appeals court said that the state law New Jersey has been attempting to put into practice is trumped by a federal law…Read More

Full Tilt Poker Claims Process Begins

Just a month after the Garden City Group posted an update letting Americans with outstanding account balances at Full Tilt Poker (FTP) know that the remission process would be starting soon, another official update has been issued stating that those who had filed as potential victims in the case would be receiving emails telling them…Read More

Gambling Industry Criticizes First Draft of Florida Pari-Mutuel Rules

In an attempt to reform the state’s gambling industry, Florida is working on several fronts towards clarifying and changing many of the rules that govern betting in the Sunshine State. One area of attention is on pari-mutuel wagering: the betting that goes on at the state’s race tracks and jai-alai frontons throughout the state. But…Read More

Well-Known Vietnamese Singer Kim Tu Long Gamble Wrong Time

Bizarre as it may seem to us in the West, proceedings have been initiated against well-known Vietnamese Cai Luong (folk opera) singer Kim Tu Long, after the entertainer was found gambling by police in Tra On District in the Mekong Delta, Vinh Long Province. Just plain ol’ playing cards and dice – and what would…Read More

Florida Gambling Laws Going Under the Knife

Gambling is big business in Florida, and that’s unlikely to change any time soon. But in a state with many competing interests and a complex legal framework for gaming, there are plenty of disagreements about just how gambling should work in the Sunshine State. That’s why Florida is likely to revisit their gambling laws before…Read More

Vegas Newsletter Warns Readers of Possible Caesars Bankruptcy

It’s no secret that Caesars Entertainment has had some financial problems in recent years. Now, a newsletter publisher who writes for Las Vegas visitors is recommending that gamblers and tourists not stay at hotels or play in casinos owned by Caesars, saying that he believes a bankruptcy filing could be possible in the near future….Read More

Russian Casino Chimp Mascot Successfully Rehabilitated at Safari Park

While animal cruelty is still, sadly, all around us, we don’t expect to find it in a casino. And yet, here is the story of John, a former mascot at Space – one of Russia’s leading casinos- who was forced to become a nicotine and alcohol-addicted chimp for customers’ “entertainment”. But it’s not all bad news for…Read More

Senator McCain Seen Playing iPhone Poker During Syria Senate Hearings

Who among us hasn’t sat bored during a company meeting, stealthily gaming on a mobile app under the board room table and hoping no one notices we’re not paying the slightest attention to anything any of the suits are saying? Exactly. So would we expect our politicians – not famous of late for keeping their…Read More

Fox Sports 1 TV Channel to Include Handicapping Hints for Viewers

The horse racing industry may have seen better days, but its biggest days are still huge events in the United States. The Kentucky Derby and the other Triple Crown races attract both massive crowds and huge television audiences, turning them into national events. Other major race days like the Breeders Cup are also subject to…Read More

Brit Soccer Union CEO GordonTaylor May Have to Eat His Words, and Hat

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the head of one of British soccer’s biggest player unions could be fighting for his job over the fact that he has built up large gambling debts from betting on soccer matches. The paper reports that Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, has lost…Read More

Massive Southern Dog Fighting Ring Bust Reveals Drugs and Stolen Pets

It’s been six years since football player Michael Vick rocked the country and the NFL with the discovery that he ran an interstate dog fighting ring, and had personally tortured over 70 dogs – mostly pit bulls – for not performing up to his expectations. Indicted on federal and state charges for the five-year, Virginia-based…Read More

Arkansas Gambling Arcade Bust Yields $500K

A total of 15 locations were busted throughout Arkansas last week as the result of a three-month undercover operation. Most of the venues were located in Pine Bluff, though locations in Hot Springs and Little Rock were also involved in the raid. Sweepstakes Parlors Masquerade as Arcades The bust was related to venues that were…Read More

Atlantic City Can’t Get No Respect, Based on 2nd Quarter Earnings

Once upon a time, in a seaside town in New Jersey, someone decided that turning it into the Las Vegas of the East would be a good idea. Whoever that person was, probably didn’t have very good instincts; Atlantic City has had nothing but trials since setting up gambling  some 37 years ago. And the…Read More