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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.

Slots Pop-Culture Pioneer, Vegas Visionary and ‘Shuffle Master’ Inducted into Gaming Hall of Fame

John Breeding of Shuffle Master makes Gaming Hall of Fame

The 2017 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is almost upon us and, to celebrate, the American Gaming Association announced this week it has inducted four new members into its Gaming Hall of Fame. The “Class of 2017” comprises John Breeding, the brains behind the automatic card shuffling machine; Joe Kaminkow, the man who injected pop-culture themes…Read More

Impact of Hurricane Maria Could Devastate Puerto Rico Tourism, Casinos for Years

Hurricane Maria damage

The damage Hurricane Maria did to Puerto Rico’s homes and streets were immediately evident after it blew through the island, but the aftereffects it could have casinos and tourism will take months, if not years to assess. The Category 4 storm tore roofs off buildings, pulled trees out of the ground, and flooded homes when…Read More

Paddy Power’s Trump-Designated Oddsmaker Covers Contingencies You Never Imagined

Donald Trump odds Paddy Power

Donald Trump odds at Irish bookmaker Paddy Power cover just about every conceivable happening these days, with a “Head of Trump Betting” at the online operator tasked with setting lines on everything from his relationship with Melania to the measurements of his First Member. Notorious for offering seemingly absurd lines through its novelty division, Paddy…Read More

NFL Bets: Cleveland Browns Favored First Time Since 2015, Injury Reports Help Gamblers

Cleveland Browns NFL odds sports betting

The Cleveland Browns have played 21 regular season games since the last time they were favored in Las Vegas ahead of a matchup. That changes this week, as the Westgate SuperBook and other Nevada and online oddsmakers believe the Dog Pound will come out on top against the Andrew Luck-less Indianapolis Colts. The line is…Read More

Florida’s Mardi Gras Casino Accuses Rival Gulfstream of Looting Players After Hurricane

Mardi Gras Casino and Dog Track, closed indefinitely after Irma

As Floridians pull together in a spirit of communal recovery after Hurricane Irma, clean-up efforts have one casino in the state contending its chief competitor is engaged in dirty business through trying times. While most of Florida’s gaming industry survived the hurricane relatively unscathed, the Mardi Gras Casino in Hollywood was the one gambling venue…Read More

Niagara Falls Will Be ‘Broke by December’ Due to Seneca-New York Casino Dispute

City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster

The Seneca Nation’s casino-rev share payments to the City of Niagara Falls have dried up, and the city will be broke by December, according to an audit published by the state Comptroller’s Office. The audit has urged city officials to “take immediate action to address the city’s fiscal problems” in the absence of the host…Read More

Puerto Rico Casinos Brace for Another Hit, as Cat 4 Hurricane Maria Follows Irma

Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico casinos

Hurricane Maria made a direct hit on Puerto Rico early Wednesday morning and the island’s 21 casinos were affected, but the extent of their damage was not yet known. Initial reports of the Category 4 storm, with winds up to 155 mph, were not encouraging, however. When the tempest hit landfall on the eastern part…Read More

Genting World Dream Casino Ship Plots Maiden Voyage in Asian Gambling Seas

Genting’s World Dream, ready to set sail in November

The World Dream, a mammoth 151,000-ton ocean liner built for Genting Hong Kong, is complete and ready to set sail, adding a major new player to Asia’s casino landscape, or maybe seascape. The 18-story boat left its construction shipyard in Germany in late August, and since then has floated down the River Ems to the…Read More

PGA Tour Tackles Gambling in Golf as Bettors Like Spieth, DJ, Fowler for TOUR Championship

TOUR Championship odds Jordan Spieth

This weekend’s TOUR Championship has a total purse just short of $34 million when payouts from the FedEx Cup Playoffs are factored in. The winner of the tournament will receive $1.575 million, and the final player sitting atop the FedEx Cup point standings will collect the $10 million top prize. Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin…Read More

Kentucky Lawmakers Turn to Casinos to Fix $33 Billion Pension Shortfall Crisis

Kentucky House Minority Caucus Chair Dennis Keene casino bill

Kentucky is facing a pension deficit of alarming proportions. By the latest conservative estimates, the Bluegrass State is some $33 billion short of the funds it needs to pay retired public employees over the next 30 years. And now, two State House Democrats believe that casino expansion should be at least a part of the…Read More

Straub Dismissive of Suitor’s $225 Million Offer for Revel Casino in Atlantic City

Glenn Straub denies knowledge of Revel bid

Revel, Atlantic City has a determined suitor, although its current owner, the eccentric Florida property developer Glenn Straub, is either oblivious or he’s playing it coy. New York-based private investment firm Keating & Associates has announced it has offered $225 million for the property, a small increase on the $220 million it bid earlier in…Read More

Casino Billionaire Tilman Fertitta Borrowing $1.4B to Finance Houston Rockets Purchase

Tilman Fertitta Golden Nugget

Tilman Fertitta, the billionaire owner of Golden Nugget casinos and star of the CNBC series Billion Dollar Buyer, announced last week a senior note offering scheduled to raise $1.415 billion in capital that he’s expected to use to acquire the Houston Rockets NBA franchise. Under the issuing, Fertitta’s privately owned Landry’s Inc. and Golden Nugget…Read More

RV Parking at Casinos a Boon for Travelers Looking to Recharge, Eat and Gamble

regional casinos RV parking

It’s a trend that RV owners are loving: regional casinos across the United States often have ample parking space to accommodate overnight motor homes and travel trailers, and retirees and vacationers are taking full advantage of that fact. With gambling venues now spread from the Atlantic to the Pacific, RVers traversing the country have plenty…Read More

Maine Casino Supporters Promise Thousands of Jobs, Millions in Tax Revenue

Maine casino Shawn Scott

Backers of the Maine casino push to place a gambling venue in York County are hyping the economic impact the facility would have on the entire state. A study conducted by Florida-based consulting firm Evans, Carroll & Associates claims the casino would generate 2,767 construction jobs and 2,165 permanent employment opportunities, $6.1 million in lodging…Read More

Pennsylvania House Adds Non-Specific Gambling Expansion to Budget Plan

Pennsylvania State Rep. Bryan Barbin criticizes House budget plan

Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a long-awaited budget plan on Wednesday night, and gambling expansion, having been left out of earlier drafts, is now part of the deal. However, this doesn’t mean online gambling legalization is a certainty. The provision adding it to the House budget plan doesn’t specify which of several gambling possibilities…Read More