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Katie Barlowe

Katie Barlowe

Katie has forgotten more about slots than most people know. Not only does she follow the latest online happenings and developments, but she also knows her way around offline slots too. She's a collector too and enjoys restoring old slot machines when she's not writing news stories for

New York Sports Betting Bill Appears Dead in State Assembly for 2018

New York sports betting

On the same day that neighboring New Jersey opened its first sportsbooks, a prominent New York politician announced that his fellow legislators were unlikely to support a sports betting bill in 2018. New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) told reporters on Thursday that there probably wasn’t enough support in the Democratic Conference – which…Read More

New Jersey Opens Legal Sports Betting at Monmouth Park and Borgata Casino, Just in Time for FIFA World Cup

New Jersey sports betting Borgata

New Jersey became the third state in the country with a full menu of legal sports betting options on Thursday, as the Monmouth Park Racetrack and the Borgata casino both started taking wagers before noon. Monmouth Park had the honor of taking the first bet at 10:30 am, with the Borgata officially opening their sportsbook…Read More

Caesars Entertainment Goes Conventional: $375 Million Mid-Strip Venue Plans Approved in Las Vegas

Caesars Forum Meeting Center

Caesars Entertainment has gotten on board the convention train with a proposed $375 million, nearly 551,000 square-foot project on the Las Vegas Strip that should be ready to open sometime in 2020. Joining what’s become a bit of a building bonanza, the project will give employment to 1,000 construction workers, and then another 500 full-time…Read More

Quebec Judge Dismisses Insider Trading Case Against David Baazov and Associates

David Baazov charges dismissed

A Quebec judge has dismissed the insider trading case against former Amaya CEO David Baazov, saying that the regulators pursuing the case had repeatedly failed to properly disclose documentation to the defense team during the case. Along with ending the case against Baazov, Justice Salvatore Mascia of the Quebec Court also stayed the insider trading…Read More

Lottery Scams Have Bilked Americans, Canadians Out of $344 Million Since 2015

Lottery scams

North Americans — including both US and Canadian citizens — have lost more than $344 million to lottery scams and other prize-offering hoaxes over the past three years, according to a new study by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The BBB said that between 2015 and 2017, over half a million such swindles had been…Read More

Delaware First US State to Offer Post-SCOTUS PASPA Overturn Sports Betting, Starts Tuesday

Dover Downs

Delaware will become the first American state to offer sports betting since the Supreme Court’s overturn of the federal ban on the activity on May 14. Governor John Carney announced on Thursday that the First State’s three casinos will be launching full-scale sports wagering on Tuesday at 1:30 pm ET. Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel &…Read More

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Sets Temporary Sports Betting Regulations

Pennsylvania sports betting regulations

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) agreed on temporary regulations for the state’s sports betting industry on Wednesday, setting the stage for the Keystone State to take advantage of the recent Supreme Court decision that struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May. The set of temporary rules will allow for…Read More

Stanley Cup Tickets Are Most Expensive on Record, and Prices Are Only Going Up, Up, and Away

Stanley Cup ticket prices

Heading into the Stanley Cup Final, it was obvious that tickets – particularly for the Vegas Golden Knights home games – were going to cost a bundle. But few could have guessed that those buying tickets on the secondary market would be paying record prices, with no sign that those costs will be coming down…Read More

Gambling Addiction Bill Passes Through Lower Chamber of Japanese Legislature

Japan gambling addiction bill

A bill that would put into place measures to prevent gambling addiction has passed through Japan’s House of Representatives, marking a small step towards the eventual passage of a bill that would allow for casinos in the country. The legislation in question doesn’t actually do anything to legalize integrated resorts in the country. But it…Read More

Oh Baby! UK Bookmakers Expecting Plenty of Action for Harry and Meghan Offspring Odds

Duke and Duchess of Sussex baby odds

The wedding has just ended, and the honeymoon is still in full throttle. But fans across the globe are already thinking about when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — aka the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — might have their first royal baby. Bun Already Baking? Bookmakers in the UK are offering a range of…Read More

Sports Betting Integrity Fees Are ‘Extortion’: NJ Senate President Sweeney

Integrity Fees Steve Sweeney

Integrity fees have become the new landmine component in the freshly opened ground on which legal US sports betting is now being created. When professional sports leagues saw the winds shifting in favor of sports betting, they started lobbying state legislatures across the country for integrity fees. But New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester)…Read More

‘Last Developable Piece’ of Central Las Vegas Strip for Sale, Sellers Want $800 Million

Las Vegas Strip

Fancy owning a slice of the Las Vegas Strip? Well, now you can, provided you have deep pockets. Very deep. $800 million deep. Investment group Spectrum Group Management is selling that prime piece of real estate that currently houses Walgreens, Fatburger, the Hawaiian Marketplace, a Travelodge, and a bunch of parking lots. It may not…Read More

Las Vegas Stadium Rumored to Be Included in Four-City Super Bowl Rotation

Las Vegas stadium Super Bowl

The $1.8 billion Las Vegas stadium that will become the home of the NFL Raiders is rumored to also be set for inclusion in a four-city Super Bowl rotation. NFL owners are meeting this week to finalize plans to respectively award Glendale (Arizona) and New Orleans the 2023 and 2024 Super Bowls. But reports have…Read More

No Dice: Harrah’s New Orleans Casino Extension Scrapped

Harrah's New Orleans contract agreement

Harrah’s New Orleans and parent company Caesars Entertainment will need to wait at least another year before seeing their casino contract with the city extended by the Louisiana State Legislature. House Bill 553 sought to extend the state and city’s casino agreement with Harrah’s for 30 years. But lawmakers in the state House and Senate…Read More

Bankrupt Lucky Dragon Casino in Las Vegas Searching for Fresh Blood, Developer Says Chinese Firms Interested

Lucky Dragon Las Vegas casino bankruptcy

The failed Lucky Dragon casino in Las Vegas has been cleared to begin accepting bids from interested buyers. The off-Strip gaming resort  has indicated it’s open to outright buyers, or those willing to partner with current management. A federal bankruptcy court approved the casino’s bid procedures this week, which formally allows parties to enter into…Read More