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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 jimmyandthemagicphone.com editorial team.

Melbourne Crown Casino High Rollers Return, VIP Revenue Surging, Year-on-Year Overall Still Lagging

Melbourne Crown Casino high rollers returning

It’s a welcome sight for officials at the Melbourne Crown Casino: their biggest bettors, many of whom hadn’t been seen in months, are finally filtering back through the doors of Australia’s flagship casino.   Revenues from Crown Resorts’ VIP program in Melbourne surged to $262 million AUD ($205 million USD) in the last six months of…Read More

Investor Concern over Vegas Sports Betting Mutual Fund ‘Radio Silence’

Sports betting mutual funds

Investors in one of Nevada’s first ever sports betting mutual funds are becoming increasingly concerned about their money, according to a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week. They say that Reno-based Matt Stuart of Bettor Investments has gone AWOL with their cash and refuses to answer their correspondence. Sports betting mutual funds were…Read More

Connecticut Commercial vs. Tribal Gaming: Battle Continues in State General Assembly with New Bill

Connecticut casino East Windsor MGM

The Connecticut General Assembly has voted in favor of a public hearing to discuss a competitive bidding process bill that could lead to casino expansion. On Thursday, the General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee voted 18-6 to hold the event in the coming weeks. The legislation to be discussed would allow commercial operators to…Read More

Seneca Nation Dispute: Niagara County Urges New York State Legislature to Resolve Compact Discord

Niagara County Seneca casino New York

The ongoing gaming compact dispute with the Seneca Nation of Indians has become problematic, and Niagara County officials are calling on the New York Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) to swiftly find a solution to the conflict. Next month will mark one year since the tribe stopped revenue sharing payments to the state. The…Read More

Platinum Sports Book Boss Gets Two Years, Multimillion Dollar Fine for Role in Illegal Credit Betting Op

Platinum Sports Book

David Hair, a leading member of the upper-echelon management group that ran Platinum Sports Book, was sentenced on Wednesday. The judge sentenced Hair on Wednesday to two years in prison and fined him $3 million. Platinum was an illegal online credit betting operation (meaning no money was passed in either direction online, but rather via…Read More

Judge Declares Mistrial in Joey Merlino ‘Mob Boss’ Case

Joey Merlino case declared mistrial

It looks like alleged Mob boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino may have beaten the rap. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Manhattan called off the dapper celebrity gangster’s latest racketeering trial when the jury failed to reach a decision after nearly 30 hours of deliberations. “Thank God for the jury,” Merlino told the press after…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Wins Fourth Pennsylvania Satellite Casino Auction, Selects Location Near Ohio Border

Las Vegas Sands Pennsylvania satellite

Las Vegas Sands could soon have as many gaming floors in Pennsylvania as it does in Nevada. The parent company to The Venetian and Palazzo won the fourth of 10 satellite casino auctions in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, with the winning bid totaling $9.9 million. Sands selected a 15-mile radius in Mercer County, which sits in…Read More

Maryland Live Takes It Outside for Dwindling Demographic: Gamblers Who Smoke

Maryland Live casino smoking gaming area

Maryland Live saw its gross gaming revenues (GGR) plummet in 2017 when the MGM National Harbor came to town. Now the casino is turning to gambling smokers, hoping to turn the tables back in its favor. In a state where indoor smoking hasn’t been allowed anywhere indoors for the past 10 years, Maryland Live saw…Read More

New Wynn Resorts CEO Says Growth Will Continue After Steve Wynn Exit, Japan Casino Still on Radar

Wynn Resorts Matt Maddox

Wynn Resorts new CEO Matt Maddox said in his first major address to employees on Monday that the company’s casino development projects in Las Vegas, Boston, and Macau will continue, and emphasized that the operator remains committed to obtaining an integrated resort license in Japan. Maddox, who replaced founder Steve Wynn on February 6 after…Read More

NBA Commissioner Pushes for Fee on Sports Betting Amid Mixed Signals

Adam Silver NBA

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is still advocating an integrity fee from states that pass sports betting legislation, but seemed to contradict earlier statements on what to call those payments. A month ago he classified it as an integrity fee. Saturday he called it a royalty. Silver was holding his annual State of the NBA press…Read More

Saipan Imperial Pacific Casino Blasts Investigative News Story for Claiming Corruption

Imperial Pacific Bloomberg article

Imperial Pacific, developer of the Grand Mariana Casino Hotel & Resort on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, has slammed a recent Bloomberg article that accused the company of turning the island “into a back door to the US financial system” as fake news. Most Profitable Casino on Earth Located 1,600 miles…Read More

GVC Offloads Turkish Business for Free to Clear Regulatory Path for Ladbrokes Takeover

GVC offloads Turkish business

Online gambling giant GVC just gave away a quarter of its business for free. GVC’s Turkish operations, which represent roughly 25 percent of the company’s profits, were something of a sticking point in its $4.3 billion Ladbrokes takeover, as online gambling is illegal in Turkey. GVC CEO Kenny Alexander said in November that his company would…Read More

Public Split Over Wynn Boston Harbor Future, Poll Finds

Wynn Boston Harbor poll

The jury on Wynn Boston Harbor’s future is still out. That’s according to a new poll that suggests area residents have rather strong, yet contrasting opinions, on what to do with the $2.4 billion megaresort in the wake of billionaire Steve Wynn’s sexual allegation scandal. A poll released Friday by MassINC polling group in conjunction…Read More

US Senator Grills FTC and Games Regulator Over Loot Boxes

US Senator Maggie Hassan on loot boxes

US Senator Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire) is concerned about the potentially harmful effects of loot boxes in video gaming and wants to know what the Federal Trade Commission is going to do about it. This week, the former governor of New Hampshire told four FTC nominees the she had written to the video games industry…Read More

MLB Presents Missouri with Sports Betting Bill

MLB sportsbetting

MLB, until recently a staunch opponent of regulated sports wagering in the US, has drafted its very own sports betting bill, which it presented this week to the Missouri legislature for consideration. Both MLB and the NBA are plaintiffs in the Christie v NCAA case, in which they oppose New Jersey’s battle for the right to…Read More