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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

Macau Junket Suncity Group Behind $4 Billion Vietnam Casino Resort

Suncity Group Vietnam casino resort

Suncity Group, one of Macau’s most successful junket operators, is taking some of its profits and leading a $4 billion casino resort development project in Vietnam. Along with two investment firms, Suncity is developing a two-mile stretch of coastline in central Vietnam. The 2,400-acre integrated casino resort complex is to feature retail shopping, restaurants, golf…Read More

Gamers Loot Box, Skins Gambling Spend to Hit $50 Billion by 2022, Says Analyst

Clash Royale

A new report by Juniper Research suggests that consumer outlay on loot boxes and skins betting will rise 60 percent — to $50 billion a year by 2022 — and at least $48 billion of that will come strictly from loot boxes. Despite the backlash from the gaming community over the sudden preponderance of loot…Read More

Connecticut Tribes Need Federal Approval for East Windsor Casino, State AG George Jepsen Says

Connecticut tribes East Windsor casino

The Connecticut tribes jointly constructing a satellite casino in East Windsor must obtain federal approval from the US Department of the Interior (DOI) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the state’s attorney general declared this week. At the request of Connecticut House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington), Attorney General George Jepsen opined this week that the…Read More

‘1,001 Vegas Nights’ Author Faces Judge Over $400K Worth of Theft and Forgery Charges

Andjelika Martin

1,001 Vegas Nights, a book whose title is an apparent takeoff of the classic One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, is a romance novel detailing the lustier side of life for Sin City casino executive “Pandora.” But for 46-year-old self-published romance novel writer Andjelika Martin, most of the steam seems to be coming from the hot water…Read More

Venetian Company Picnic Turns Deadly in Las Vegas, Police Say Act of ‘Workplace Violence’

Venetian Las Vegas shooting

A Venetian company picnic in a popular Las Vegas park for locals turned into a murder scene on Sunday, after an employee showed up to the event with a handgun and allegedly shot at least two people. The Las Vegas Metro Police Department has identified Anthony Wrobel, 42, as the shooting suspect. Law enforcement says…Read More

Detroit Casinos Report Record Gross Gaming Revenue, Join Ohio and Maryland in March Success

Detroit casinos March revenue

Detroit casinos collectively won $138.6 million in gross gaming revenue (GGR) in March, their largest monthly take in history. MGM Grand Detroit led the way with $58.1 million, a 7.3 percent increase on March 2017 and the casino’s best monthly performance in its 18-year history. MotorCity was next with $49.3 million in GGR, a more…Read More

Las Vegas Tourists Spent Nearly $35 Billion in 2017, Conventions Set Attendance Record

Las Vegas tourists conventions

Las Vegas tourists accounted for $34.8 billion in 2017 direct spending on travel, hotel stays, dining, entertainment, and gaming. The average visitor paid $824 for their Las Vegas stay. The economic report comes from Applied Analysis, a Nevada-based hospitality and gaming consultant firm hired by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). The findings…Read More

Vegas Golden Knights Win First Playoff Game, City Relishes in Team Success

Vegas Golden Knights NHL odds

The Vegas Golden Knights continue to defy the odds. On Wednesday night, the expansion team in its debut season won its First Round opening game against the Los Angeles Kings in a 1-0 shutout. Vegas finished the NHL regular season with the fifth most points (109), won the Pacific Division, and is the first pro…Read More

Swedish Gambling Monopoly Svenska Spel Not for Sale, Despite Sweeping Market Reforms

Svenska Spel not for sale

Sweden’s state-owned gambling monopoly Svenska Spel will not be privatized, despite the government’s plan to break up the longstanding monopoly by introducing a licensing system that would, for the first time, be open to private operators. The government published its full draft law on gambling on Monday, which has now been submitted to the country’s…Read More

Swiss Politician Claims Casino Bribed Him for Support in ISP Blocking Referendum

Swiss ISP blocking referendum

Swiss member of parliament Marcel Dobler claims he was offered a seat on the board of an unnamed land-based casino, a gesture he interpreted as a bribe for his vote in the country’s forthcoming referendum on blocking online gambling sites. Dobler, who represents the Free Democratic Party (FDP) had voted against the country’s controversial ISP…Read More

Maine Lawmakers Narrowly Reject State Tribal Casino Proposal

Maine casino tribe gambling

Lawmakers in the Maine House of Representatives have voted 73-67 against a proposal from the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians that sought the opinion of the state’s Supreme Judicial Court on whether it should have the right to operate a casino. House Order 58, introduced by the Native American group’s non-voting member Rep. Henry John…Read More

Push to Resurrect Horseracing in Kansas Gathers Pace with Promise of Tax Cuts for Racetracks

Kansas horseracing at the Woodlands

Despite the state’s rich historical ties to the sport, horseracing doesn’t exist in Kansas anymore. But a legislative push to bring its iconic, shuttered racetracks back from the dead is, at least, reaching a steady canter. Kansas legalized parimutuel betting in 1986 – surprisingly late for a state that had been the home to a…Read More

UK National Lottery Profits Rising for Camelot, But Charities Fail to Benefit

National Lottery Camelot charities

Profits are soaring for the UK National Lottery, which has some British politicians wondering why the amount being given to charitable organizations has been dropping in recent years. Some MPs in the UK are asking the Gambling Commission to look into the dwindling returns for charities in the face of record profits for Camelot, the…Read More

Blockchain Committee Chair Earle Hall of Axes Network Selected for Canada Gaming Standards Association

Earle G. Hall elected as first Chairman of the GSA’s Blockchain Committee.

The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) of Canada has chosen Earle Hall, CEO of Quebec-based AXES Network, to chair the organization’s new Blockchain Committee. Hall is a global gaming leader and was appointed to usher the GSA into the new era of blockchain technology. The GSA, celebrating its 20th anniversary, created the Blockchain Committee in early February,…Read More

Lawrence Ho Gets Shared Big-Time, as Banner Year Leads to Big Bonus for Melco Resorts CEO

Melco Resorts Gives CEO $5 million bonus.

Hong Kong mega-mogul Lawrence Ho has been showered with $5.1 million in shares after playing a key role in securing record profits in 2017. Ho consistently ranks in the Forbes Top 50 Richest list, which is saying something among Asia’s uber-billionaires. Casino developer and operator Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd. awarded Ho the reserve shares in…Read More