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Casino and Gaming Industry Most Memorable Moments of 2017: What Made Us Cheer, What Made Us Jeer

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As we push into the New Year, let’s take a final look back at the one just past. 2017 saw some unwelcome changes in the iconic Vegas tourism marketing model, and of course, one of the greatest tragedies of our time, right on the Las Vegas Strip. But there were more highs than lows, including some…Read More

Fallen Sports Heroes: Which Athletes Lost Their Luster in 2017

The world of sports has the potential to create heroes, which is one of the reasons why we love watching athletes compete. But those same great heroes can also take big falls, either on the field or in the world at large, and 2017 saw more than its fair share of athletes who tumbled from their…Read More

How SCOTUS Caught New Jersey’s Hail Mary on PASPA in 2017 to Change US Sports Betting

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New Jersey has been trying to legalize sports betting at its horse racetracks and Atlantic City casinos since 2011, and over the last 12 months, those efforts edged much closer to paying off after the US Supreme Court decided to hear the state’s case. During a ballot referendum six years ago, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly…Read More

Las Vegas Hits NFL Jackpot in 2017 with Oakland Raiders Decision to Relocate

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Much to the delight of Las Vegas football fans and city officials, the Oakland Raiders became the second major professional sports team to decide to make the eventual move to southern Nevada this year. The NFL team joined the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights in Southern Nevada, though its road to the Strip was a lot…Read More

How President Donald Trump Kept Sportsbooks and Bettors on Their Toes in 2017

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Love him or hate him, President Donald Trump, who took his place in history as the 45th US president on January 20, 2017, has been a bit of a bonanza for the global gaming industry. Not only are some of his top advisers current and former casino operators themselves, he’s the first American president with…Read More

Splendor of the Old: 2017’s Biggest Sports Superstars Were No Spring Chickens

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Everyone knows that sports are a young person’s game, especially when it comes to the professional level of competition. But in 2017, we all found ourselves in awe of some veteran athletes who defied their ages to score some of the most impressive victories of the year. These men and women may not be truly old,…Read More

Criminal-Minded: Bad Boys Who Made Gaming’s Naughty List in 2017

Craig “NepentheZ” Douglas, a “bad boy” of gaming in 2017

The concept of “bad actors” has been part and parcel to casino and gaming worlds since their inception, and the fight to keep these industries clean can be an ongoing struggle. In 2017, we saw powerful online gaming executives, rising social media stars, and nefarious gamblers having to pay the piper for their efforts to…Read More

Biggest Sports Scandals of 2017: Football Knees, Golf Clubs, and Baller Bribes

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Sports scandals engulfed not only coaches, players, and fans in 2017, but everyone from President Donald Trump and former Wall Street executives, to league front offices and television networks. It was a turbulent 12 months, and the stakes were high. The sports world didn’t only revolve around championship games and rivalries, but social injustice, drug…Read More

MGM CEO Jim Murren Says Aftermath of Shooting Showed Las Vegas as Strong Community

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The October 1 Las Vegas mass shooting was the city’s most horrific day in its history, but MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren says the valley’s response put its strength, unity, and resiliency on full display. Speaking with CNBC this week, Murren said no one in Las Vegas expected tourists to comprehend that the region isn’t…Read More

Former NBA Ref Tim Donaghy, Who Gambled on Games He Refereed, Charged for Threatening Man With Hammer

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Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, who admitted to betting on professional basketball games he officiated, has been charged with felony aggravated assault in Florida after allegedly threatening a man with a hammer. The incident occurred Monday night after Donaghy went to a home where he believed his 19-year-daughter was using illegal drugs. He got…Read More

Tabcorp and Tatts Complete Integration, Look Towards Global Expansion

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The $8.3 billion merger of Tabcorp and Tatts has been completed, resulting in a new gambling giant in Australia that will seek to expand overseas in the years to come. “Tatts is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tabcorp,” the firm announced in a statement on Friday. The final integration of the two companies was a…Read More

Miami Marlins Superstar Trade Leads to Jeter Criticism, World Series Odds Drop

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As beloved as former New York Yankees Derek Jeter was as a player, he is becoming quickly vilified as one of the owners of the Miami Marlins. The 43 year old has made some controversial trades in the two months since he took over baseball operations and approximately 200 fans let him know about it…Read More

X-Bet Ends ProDota Cup Sponsorship Over Match Fixing, Collusion

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Online sportsbook X-bet has announced that they will no longer sponsor the ProDota Cup esports competition following betting irregularities and match fixing in the event. According to reports, the termination of the agreement is permanent, and ends a partnership that began in June 2017. “Match fixing causes a financial loss to the operator,” said Russ…Read More

UFC President Dana White Claims Talks Happening with Floyd Mayweather for MMA Fight

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Floyd Mayweather might be retired from boxing but UFC President Dana White said Wednesday the undefeated pugilist is interested in fighting in Mixed Martial Arts. The 40-year-old athlete quickly shot down White’s claim, but his denial didn’t sound like he was totally adverse to the idea. It began Wednesday when the head of the UFC…Read More

Vegas Golden Knights Shocking Opponents, Oddsmakers in Inaugural Season

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The biggest surprise in sports this year could very well be the play of the NHL’s newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights. The organization made its debut this year and is currently in first place in the Pacific Division with the second best record in the league. Sports books certainly think the team is for…Read More