World's online gaming authority since 1995

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

Wynn Boston Harbor Casino Opening Slated for June 2019

Wynn Boston Harbor June 2019

Mark your calendars: Wynn Boston Harbor will open for play on June 3, 2019. Steve Wynn’s $2.1 billion casino resort received the approval of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) this week, the last step in what’s become a lengthy and tedious legal process. The unanimous decision by the MGC allows Wynn to continue construction on…Read More

Final Hold-Out Caesars Creditor Comes on Board with Bankruptcy Plan

Trilogy Capital accepts Caesars’ restructuring deal

Trilogy Capital Management, the last of Caesars’ hold-out creditors, has agreed to accept reorganization plans for the bankrupt operating unit, CEOC. Trilogy Capital Management holds just $9.4 million of CEOC’s $18 billion debts, but was unhappy with Caesars most recent deal, which offered it 66 cents on the dollar, in line with other creditors in…Read More

UK Government Launches Review that Could Shake Up Betting Industry

Tracey Crouch spearheads UK gambling industry review

The UK government, as promised, launched its review into the country’s betting industry this week, as it puts fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) and gambling advertising on TV and social media under the microscope. Minister for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Tracey Crouch said that the review would seek to strike the right…Read More

Mount Airy Casino Threatens Additional Lawsuits Against Pennsylvania

Mount Airy Casino Pennsylvania local share tax

Mount Airy Casino in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, is fresh off its monumental win in the state’s Supreme Court, and now the resort is flexing its muscles. In late September, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state’s $10 million minimum gambling tax, or two percent of a casino’s gross slots revenue, whichever is greater, was…Read More

DFS Sites Close to Settlement with New York but Are Running Out of Cash

Draft Kings and FanDuel to settle with New York AG Eric Schneiderman

DraftKings and FanDuel are on the cusp of a settlement with New York State over allegations of false advertising and consumer fraud, according to sources who spoke to the New York Times. The final settlement is expected to cost between $8 million and $12 million, according to the NYT.  But the sources also claim that…Read More

DraftKings Clears Millionaire Winner of Sibling Collusion

DraftKings clears papagates of collusion

DraftKings has cleared professional daily fantasy sports player Martin Crowley of collusion with his brother.  Crowley, who plays online as “papagates,” split the $1 million first prize of DraftKing’s flagship Millionaire contest on September 25, 50-50. But within hours of his victory, posters on DFS forums were accusing Crowley and his brother, Tom Crowley, of…Read More

Pennsylvania Senate Could Vote on Online Gambling Monday

Pennsylvania Close to Online Gambling Regulation

Positive noises are coming from the Pennsylvania legislature on the push to regulate online gambling, this week, with one source telling Online Poker Report that the state is the “closest [to regulation] any state has been since New Jersey.” Online gambling has become part of a wider gambling expansion bill in Pennsylvania, which itself has…Read More

Caesars Bankruptcy Plan May Violate the Law, Says Bankruptcy Watchdog 

Caesars bankruptcy plan may violate law, says watchdog

The US government’s bankruptcy watchdog, US Trustee, has expressed concerns over Caesars Entertainment Corp’s bankruptcy reorganization plan and the deal it has reached with most of its junior creditors. The company’s main operating unit, Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. (CEOC), filed for bankruptcy in January 2015 in an attempt to reorganize some $18 billion of its…Read More

New Jersey Horsemen Say No Northern Casinos, No Racing

New Jersey horsemen casino referendum Jeff Gural

New Jersey horsemen have suggested in recent weeks that the casino referendum facing voters next month is crucial to their survival, but now one leader is saying residents should prepare for horse racing’s curtain call. Meadowlands racetrack operator Jeff Gural believes New Jersey residents will vote against Public Question 1, which asks if the state constitution…Read More

Tabcorp and Tatts Merger to Create Aussie Betting Super Power

Tabcorp and Tatts to Merge

Tabcorp and Tatts, Australia’s two biggest homegrown betting companies, have announced their intention to merge. The $11.3 billion ($8.7 billion U.S.) combination will create an Aussie gambling giant, with revenues in excess of $5 billion ($3.8 billion U.S.) and control of over 90 percent of the country’s pari-mutuel betting market.    The merger comes at…Read More

YouTube Star Pleads Not Guilty to Inviting Children to Gamble

Nepenzeth pleads not guilty to gambling offenses

A celebrity esports YouTuber has pled not guilty in a UK court to charges of promoting unlawful gambling. Craig Douglas, known to his 1.3 million subscribers as “Nepenzeth,” and co-defendant Dylan Rigby were charged last month with promoting a lottery and advertising unlawful gambling in relation to the FUT Galaxy site, owned by Rigby. Douglas is…Read More

Amaya and William Hill Merger Negotiations Collapse

Amaya and William Hill merger talks break down

The wheels came off a proposed merger between William Hill and Amaya today, as the UK bookmaker walked away from the deal following objections from its shareholders. On Friday Parvus Capital Management, the company’s biggest shareholder, publicly criticized the proposal as a “waste of time” and a “value-destroying deal,” and urged the board to concentrate…Read More

New York Gaming Location Board Investigated by US Officials

New York Gaming Location Board Andrew Cuomo

The New York Gaming Facility Location Board attracted the peering eyes of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) soon after it awarded Empire Resorts Inc. one of the state’s four upstate casino licenses in late 2014. That’s according to the New York Post, which says an insider with private knowledge revealed that the SEC investigated…Read More

New Jersey Takes Sports Betting Battle to US Supreme Court

New Jersey takes sports betting case to the Supreme Court

New Jersey is taking its fight for sports betting to the highest court in the land. Two petitions, filed last week in the Supreme Court by the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association respectively, each argue that the federal ban on sports betting is a violation of the Tenth Amendment…Read More

Apple Pulls Gambling Apps for Dutch Users

Apple pulls gambling apps for Dutch players

Apple Inc has purged 55 gambling apps from the App Store at the request of Dutch authorities. The Dutch gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), petitioned Apple in May, asking it to deny its citizens access to the apps of a number of companies that were flouting the country’s gambling laws. Among those now unavailable are big…Read More