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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

Illinois Video Gambling Terminals Generate More Tax Revenue Than Riverboat Casinos

video gambling terminals Illinois

Video gambling terminals (VGTs) inside Illinois bars and eateries where liquor is served delivered $296 million in tax revenue to state coffers during the most recent fiscal year. That outpaces the state’s 10 riverboat casinos, which generated just $270 million for the Springfield capital. It’s the first time VGTs have produced more income for the…Read More

New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidates Support Casino Expansion

North Jersey casino governor race

The New Jersey gubernatorial race is down to Phil Murphy (D), a former Goldman Sachs executive and US ambassador to Germany, and Kim Guadagno (R), currently second in command serving as the lieutenant governor in Chris Christie’s administration. While the two disagree on nearly every issue facing the Garden State, they concur that Atlantic City’s…Read More

San Francisco Police Break Up Illegal Gambling Storefront, But Find There’s Always Another Waiting to Take Its Place

SFPD raid illegal gambling dens

No matter how hard they try, San Francisco’s finest can’t seem to stay ahead of the city’s illegal gambling operations. Like whackamoles, the more the cops hit them with raids, the faster they pop up elsewhere. San Francisco police have declared war on illegal gambling dens and “thrift shop” Jhec of All Trades on Mission’s…Read More

76ers Continue Esports Push by Adding Supplier as Team Sponsor

Team Dignitas esports

The Philadelphia 76ers may not have enjoyed much success in the last few NBA seasons, but they’ve been at the forefront of the sports world’s embrace of esports. That continued this week, as the franchise signed a deal with gaming accessories supplier HyperX, the first time a gaming supplier has partnered with an NBA team….Read More

‘Match Poker’ Given Observer Status, First Step towards Olympic Inclusion

Ladbrokes Court of Appeal.

Could there be a day when a form of poker is seen in the Olympic Games? The game may have taken its first step on the road to inclusion this month, as an international body that says it works closely with the International Olympic Committee gave it and other lesser-known sports recognition for the first…Read More

Russian Economic Minister Says Bitcoin ‘Worse than Casinos’

Bitcoin in Russia

Russian Economic Development Minister Maksim Oreshkin issued a warning that bitcoin may not be a suitable investment vehicle for most people, comparing investing the digital currency to casino gambling. The comments came during a discussion at the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, the city that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. “If you…Read More

Northern California Wine Country Casinos Offer Shelter Following Firestorm Devastation

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Northern California’s wine country casinos are providing temporary shelter for those recently displaced by the  wildfires that have burned over 36,000 acres in Napa, Sonoma, and Lake counties. Twin Pine Casino in Middletown and Graton Casino in Rohnert Park both became evacuation centers earlier this month, as a dozen large fires simultaneously broke out on October…Read More

Mandalay Bay Security Guard Jesus Campos Breaks His Silence with Ellen DeGeneres Interview, Says He’s Doing Better Each Day

Jesus Campos Las Vegas shooting

Jesus Campos, the Mandalay Bay security guard who was the first to respond to the 32nd floor the night of October 1, is finally opening up publicly, more than two weeks after mass shooter Stephen Paddock killed 58 people in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. The media has been hounding…Read More

Macau VIPs Still Very Important, Represent 58 Percent of Casino Revenue

Macau VIP baccarat casino revenue

The Macau VIP segment continues to account for the biggest chunk of gaming revenue on the region’s casino floors. Despite junkets being included in People’s Republic President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption crusade, with smaller touring companies ceasing operations in recent years, the high roller demographic is still placing more bets than the general mass market population….Read More

NBA Season Begins With Golden State Overwhelming Favorites to Repeat

NBA season

If the oddsmakers are right the Golden State Warriors should have no problem repeating as NBA Champions. They are listed as 5-12 to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy as the regular season begins Tuesday. They opened at 5-12. Cleveland is next at 4-1 with Boston at 10-1 and San Antonio, Houston and Oklahoma City at…Read More

Las Vegas Strip Begins Bollard Installation Project to Protect Pedestrians Against Possible Terror Attacks

Las Vegas Strip security bollards

The Las Vegas Strip sees the kickoff of installation of the first 700 bollards today, Tuesday, following a decision made earlier this year by the Clark County Commission to invest $4 million to install the solid metal sidewalk barriers on the world-famous promenade. A move to bump up Strip pedestrian security came in August, after…Read More

Aaron Rodgers Suffers Broken Collarbone, Could Miss Rest of Season

Aaron Rodgers injures collarbone

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken right collarbone early in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, an injury that could sideline the superstar quarterback for the remainder of the season. The injury occurred on Rodgers’ fourth pass attempt of the game. Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr landed a hit on the two-time NFL…Read More

New Jersey Enters Online Gaming Player Liquidity Compact With Nevada and Delaware, Will Allow for Expanded Play

online poker New Jersey compact

Anyone who’s regularly played online poker in one of the three states where it’s legalized has experienced the problem of inadequate player pools (known as “liquidity”), but that will be at least partially alleviated now that New Jersey is joining Nevada and Delaware in sharing such pools. New Jersey, the internet gambling state with by…Read More

Pennsylvania Sands Bethlehem Has New Investment Suitor, Bid Expected Within 30 Days

Sands Bethlehem possible sale

The Sands Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s largest and most profitable casino, has become the acquisition target of New York investment firm Keating & Associates LLC. The company, which also recently made a bid of $225 million for the former Revel Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, says it will make an offer for the Sands within the…Read More

Puerto Rico Casino Resorts Provide Relief, as President Trump Threatens to Cut Off Aid

Puerto Rico casinos Hurricane Maria

Almost 90 percent of Puerto Rico remained without power this week, more than three full weeks since Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm and the 10th-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record, struck the US territory. Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 20. The powerful cyclonic storm caused catastrophic damage, and resulted in a…Read More