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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

North Korean Online Gambling Operator Reportedly Kim Jong-nam Assassin

North Korean online gambling Ri Jong-chol

North Korean online gambling operator Ri Jong-chol is currently in custody for his alleged participation in the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the oldest son of former Supreme Leader Kim Jong Il and brother of current dictator Kim Jong Un. Jong-chol has been identified as one of the assassins who played a role in the events that…Read More

Idaho Anti-Slot Legislation Fails to Hit the Jackpot

Idaho Rep Tom Loertscher’s anti-gambling bill

A bill in the Idaho legislature seeking to prohibit electronic gaming machines at the state’s tribal casinos received a pounding this week from state AG’s office. Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, tribes have the right to offer class II gaming, defined as bingo and non-”house-banked” card games like poker, without permission from…Read More

Sutton United’s Roly-Poly Pie-Eating Goalie Investigated by Gambling Commission

Sutton’s Wayne Shaw eats pie

Sutton United’s inspirational “giant-killing” run in English soccer’s prestigious FA Cup came to an end on Monday night when they crashed out in the Fifth Round to Arsenal, losing a respectable 0-2 to a team of multi-millionaires ranked 105 places above them. For the semi-professional minnows, languishing near the bottom of the fifth tier, it’s…Read More

Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Prepared to Spend $10 Billion in Japan, Asian Market Seen as Potential Cash Cow

Sheldon Adelson Las Vegas Sands Japan casino

Sheldon Adelson and his Las Vegas Sands (LVS) casino empire says they’re ready to invest up to $10 billion on building a resort in Japan, should the country legalize the market. LVS is known for its famed Venetian and Palazzo properties on the Las Vegas Strip, but the company is much more heavily invested in…Read More

Sorry, Under-21ers: Nevada’s Minimum Gambling Age Not Expected to Decrease

Nevada gambling age Jim Wheeler

Nevada’s minimum gambling age will likely remain at 21, despite Assemblyman Jim Wheeler’s (R-Gardnerville) efforts to slash the entry requirement to just 18. Passed in 1931, Nevada law has mandated that patrons wishing to gamble be at least 21 years old. Assembly Bill 86 would amend that order, but Wheeler seems to be spinning his wheels….Read More

Mohegan Sun CEO Bobby Soper Resigns Amid Financial Investigation

Mohegan Sun Bobby Soper investigation

Mohegan Sun CEO Bobby Soper has resigned from his executive role with the tribal gaming company as an investigation into potential financial regulatory shortcomings continues. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is determining whether “possible operational control deficiencies” were incurred over the last year, and all present signs hint at some sort of supervisory breakdown. The…Read More

Atlantic City Casino Sector Starts Year With A Bang, Thanks to No Storms, Online, and House Luck

Matthew Levinson on Atlantic City casinos financial results, January 2017

Atlantic City’s casinos began the year strongly, up almost eight percent in January on the previous year, continuing a modest upward trend for the sector in 2016. Total win for the casinos came in at $204.7 million, compared to $190.1 million for January 2016. Revenues, meanwhile were up 15.2 percent. To be fair, though, that jump…Read More

Tabcorp Hit with AU$45 Million Fine Over AML Failures

Tabcorp to pay record AML fine

Australian betting giant Tabcorp has agreed to pay a AU$45 million ($34.6 million) penalty for violations of its anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) obligations. It’s by far the highest ever fine imposed for such transgressions by Australian authorities. The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), the country’s financial intelligence agency, said it…Read More

Chicago Cubs Favorite at Sportsbooks to Repeat as World Series Champs

Chicago Cubs odds World Series sportsbook

The Chicago Cubs are the heavy favorite at Nevada sportsbooks to win the 2017 World Series and defend their Major League Baseball (MLB) title. Vegas always like a winner, and when it comes to writing odds on professional sports futures, the oddsmakers tend to favor the team holding the most recent championship trophy. And that…Read More

North Korea Deals a Last Hand to Kim Jong Un’s Casino-Loving Half-Brother, Assassinated in Malaysia

Kim Jong Un Kim Jong-nam North Korea casino

North Korean dictator and anti-gambling hardliner Kim Jong Un’s more fun-loving half-brother Kim Jong-nam was headed to Macau, presumably for a gambling junket, when he was reportedly assassinated on Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia. Though details of the murder are still developing, the latest reports claim two women approached the exiled…Read More

New Jersey Senate Unable to Overturn Christie Veto of Icahn “Punishment” Bill

Chris Christie and Steve Sweeney clash over vetoed Icahn bill.

New Jersey’s Senate unexpectedly failed to to override Governor Chris Christie’s veto of a controversial bill that would strip billionaire Carl Icahn of his gambling license for the Taj Mahal. Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney’s vetoed bill would have disqualified operators for five years from holding a casino license for an Atlantic City property they…Read More

Philippines Wants to Become China’s Hawaii, Macau Revenues Poised for Single-Digit Growth

Philippines casinos gambling Kazuo Okada

A gambling tycoon in the Philippines wants to transform the Southeast Asian island country into a leisure and entertainment resort destination for wealthy citizens of nearby nations. Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada is on a quest to overhaul the Philippines into a marquee vacation hotbed for countries like China, Taiwan, Korea, and even his native Japan. Saying…Read More

Nevada Esports Alliance Aims to Make Vegas Esports Capital of the World

Seth Schorr launches Nevada Esports Alliance

The Nevada Esports Alliance is a new organisation that seeks to make Vegas and Nevada a global hub of competitive video-gaming. Co-founded by Seth Schorr, chairman of the Downtown Grand, whose William Hill sports book took the city’s first ever e-sports bet in November, the non-profit organization will promote the state as the center of…Read More

Raiders Were “Picking Adelson’s Pocket” Over Stadium Deal, Says Spokesman

Mark Davis and Sheldon Adelson have fallen out of Raiders Vegas move

Sheldon Adelson withdrew a $650 million commitment to help build a stadium in Las Vegas for the Oakland Raiders after becoming frustrated with the team’s overreaching demands and mixed signals towards him during negotiations. This is according to Andy Abboud, vice president of government relations and community affairs for LVS. Abboud told the Las Vegas…Read More

Lowering Nevada Gambling Age to 18 Meets With Resistance in Silver State

Nevada industry against lowering gambling age

The Nevada gambling age has been 21 since the state legalized gambling back in 1931, but State Assemblyman Jim Wheeler (R-District 39) wants to lower it to 18. The Deputy Minority Floor Leader introduced Assembly Bill 86 this week, a piece of legislation that would amend the Silver State’s gambling threshold from 21 to 18…Read More