World's online gaming authority since 1995

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 Casino.org.

Atlantic City Hopes to Become East Coast Center for Esports Competition

Atlantic City esports

Atlantic City is hoping that it can attract millennials to its casinos by becoming the hub for esports competitions on the East Coast, with several groups looking to build infrastructure that can support tournaments for years to come. Two Atlantic City casinos have already hosted esports tournaments in the last year, and more improvements are…Read More

Chinese Officials Say No Horse Racing or Casino Gaming in Hainan Free Trade Zone

Hainan casino gambling

Chinese officials are now saying that there are no plans to allow any new forms of gambling in the southern province of Hainan, ending speculation that the island might be home to horse racing or casinos. That announcement was made on Tuesday, when the Chinese government released its plan to develop the province into a…Read More

Ontario Government Reaches Agreement to Allow Two Casinos in Toronto Suburbs

Ajax Downs Casino Ontario

The Ontario government has revealed an agreement that will allowed two casinos to coexist in the suburbs east of Toronto, ending a standoff that nearly required the casino at Ajax Downs to close. The deal, announced by Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government, will see the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) rewrite its rules, which…Read More

Galaxy Executive Says US-China Trade War Could Have Impact on Macau Casinos This Fall

Trade War US China

Galaxy Entertainment Group Deputy Chairman Francis Lui Yiu Tung told GGRAsia that the trade war between the United States and China could impact gross gaming revenues (GGR) in Macau this autumn. Francis Lui added his voice to a growing number of analysts and industry insiders who have tried to guess how tariffs and other steps…Read More

Bobby Baldwin — Longtime Las Vegas Casino Executive and Former Poker Pro — Exiting MGM Resorts

Bobby Baldwin leaving MGM

MGM Resorts International announced Thursday that veteran executive Bobby Baldwin will be leaving the company later this year. Baldwin has been the president and CEO of Project CityCenter since 2005, and also serves as the chief customer development officer for MGM. Contribution to Gaming ‘Immeasurable’ Previously, Baldwin had served as the president of the Bellagio…Read More

Typhoon Mangkhut Won’t Do Long-Term Damage to Macau Revenues, But Analysts Predict Impacted GGR

Typhoon Mangkhut Macau revenues

Typhoon Mangkhut may have forced an emergency shutdown of Macau’s casinos for the first time ever, but it won’t be enough to stop the continued growth of revenues in the Chinese gaming enclave. A report from GGRAsia quoted analysts from two different brokerages as forecasting continued growth for casinos in the territory, though that growth…Read More

Tiger Resort Becomes Latest Casino Operator with Plans to Open in Japan

Tiger Resort Japan branch

Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment has become the latest casino operator to announce that it will be opening in Japan, further intensifying the competition for gaming licenses in the country. The announcement was made by Tiger Resort’s parent company Universal Entertainment Corp., which itself is headquartered in Japan. Tiger Resort is based in the Philippines,…Read More

MGM Springfield Underage Gambling Problems Dampen Massachusetts Casino’s Initial High Turnout, COO Blames ‘Porous’ Design

MGM Springfield is surpassing early expectations in terms of the number of people visiting Massachusetts’ first casino resort. But MGM casino executives admit that they’ve had issues with minors finding their way onto the gaming floor, which is not exactly the most comforting news to area residents. MGM Springfield president and COO Michael Mathis told…Read More

New Jersey Sportsbooks Handle More Than $95M in August, Boosting Casino Revenue

New Jersey sportsbooks revenue

New Jersey sportsbooks started to reap serious benefits for casinos and racetracks in August, as gamblers plunked down more than $95 million in sports bets during the month. While most of that money came via retail sales at brick-and-mortar locations, it was also the first month in which some online betting was available, and as…Read More

Cotai Now Responsible for More Than 60 Percent of All Macau Gaming Revenue

Cotai Macau gaming revenue

When casinos first came to Las Vegas, it was Fremont Street that housed most of the resorts, only for the downtown area to later be surpassed by the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip. Now, a similar dynamic is taking place in Macau, where Cotai is increasingly outshining the rest of the city…Read More

More Than 150K Visitors Check Out MGM Springfield Casino During First Three Days of Operation

MGM Springfield opening weekend

It’s far too early to tell just how successful the new MGM Springfield casino resort is going to be long term. But for a few days, at least, the first Las Vegas-style casino to open in Massachusetts seemed to be a massive success. According to MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis, more than 150,000 people came…Read More

Chinese Economic Slowdown Could Threaten Growth of Macau Gaming Industry

Chinese economy Macau GGR

Macau’s rise to the top of the global gaming industry was fueled by visitors from mainland China, from wealthy whales down to mass market gamblers and tourists. That’s why a slowing Chinese economy could be a sign of trouble for Macau in the future. According to reports from analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein and Co,…Read More

Parx Casino Owner Wants Pennsylvania Sports Betting License for Two Locations

Parx Casino sports betting

Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment – the parent company of Parx Casino – has petitioned the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for a sports betting license that would cover two locations, making it the second group to seek such licensing in the state. The decision comes more than a week after Penn National Gaming became the first…Read More

Despite Mounting Skepticism, Genting Says Resorts World Las Vegas Will Open in 2020

Resorts World Las Vegas

The Genting Group has reiterated their plans to open Resorts World Las Vegas by the end of 2020, even as analysts have started to question whether such an early launch date is feasible at this point. The $4 billion Las Vegas resort will feature three towers on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip,…Read More

Stephen Paddock Ammo Supplier Indicted in Nevada Federal Court

Douglas Haig Nevada indictment

Douglas Haig, an Arizona man who sold ammunition to Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock, was indicted in the US District Court of Nevada on Wednesday on one count of manufacturing ammunition without a license. Haig had already been charged with conspiracy to manufacture and sell armor-piercing ammunition without a license in an Arizona federal…Read More