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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 Casino.org.

More Visitors to Macau Casinos Being Busted for Illegal Smoking in 2018

Macau casino smoking

More people are being fined for smoking in unauthorized areas of Macau casinos this year, even as the overall rate of violations throughout the city has declined sharply. According to data released by Macau’s Health Bureau, there were 1,431 smoking fines issued in casinos during the first 10 months of 2018, an increase of nearly…Read More

Poll Finds Hokkaido Public Strongly Opposed to Integrated Resort in Prefecture

Hokkaido Tomakomai polling IR

According to a poll conducted by the Hokkaido Shinbun newspaper, local residents are staunchly against bringing an integrated resort to the Hokkaido prefecture, though the level of animosity varies depending on where in the area people live. Overall, 65 percent of respondents said they opposed Hokkaido hosting one of the integrated resorts recently approved by…Read More

Missouri Gaming Commission Recommends $50K Fine for Cheating Incidents at Mark Twain Casino

Mark Twain Casino cheating

The Missouri Gaming Commission has recommended that the Mark Twain Casino in LaGrange be fined $50,000 for multiple cheating incidents that took place between December 2016 and August 2017. According to the commission’s preliminary order for disciplinary action, the incidents involved a lack of supervision at table games, which allowed dealers to aid players in…Read More

Canadian Study Finds Social Casino Games Are Popular Among High School Students

Social casino study teens

A new study from a group of Canadian researchers has found that free social casino games are very popular with high school students, with about one in eight having played the games in the recent past. The study, conducted by researchers from Canada’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and published in BMC Public…Read More

UK Lawmakers Angry Over Plan to Delay £2 FOBT Betting Limits Until October 2019

FOBT betting limits delay

According to a report from The Guardian, a plan to cut the maximum bet on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT) is being delayed until October 2019, sparking outrage from some UK lawmakers. The report said that the delay will be included in the budget that will be unveiled next week, after earlier indications that the highest…Read More

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