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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.

New Cosmo Penthouse Suites: Technically Free, But Possibly Very Expensive 

Cosmopolitan Opens Boulevard Penthouse Suites

The 21 new Boulevard Penthouse suites at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas boast balconies overlooking the Bellagio Fountains, $56,000 bottles of Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac in the drinks cabinet and all come with a fleet of chauffeured luxury SUV’s at your beck and call. Each interior is unique, created with luxury in mind by…Read More

Malta Allegedly Failing to Aid Italian Prosecution of Online Gambling Site Reportedly Linked to Mafia

Malta mafia Nicola Gratteri

Malta is allegedly dragging its feet in responding to letters from Italian authorities who are seeking judicial assistance. Italy is probing a former gambling website that was previously licensed by the small island country. Italian prosecutor Nicola Gratteri revealed recently that Malta hasn’t replied to “letters of request,” essentially a formal ask from a foreign…Read More

Bill Cosby Bet Hundreds of Thousands Through Illegal Bookies, Claims Son of Mafia Godfather

Bill Cosby bet big in the eighties.

Bill Cosby was an avid sports bettor who squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars betting on the Miami Dolphins in the eighties, according to Chris Colombo, a mafia scion and youngest son of former Mob boss Joseph Colombo. We agree that this may not be the most heinous allegation leveled at the once-beloved comedian recently,…Read More

China Deals Light Hand in Crown Resorts Employees’ Gaming Marketing Sentences

Crown Employees sentenced in China

In China on Monday, 19 Crown Resorts employees were handed down relatively lenient prison terms by Shanghai’s Baoshan district people’s court, having all pleaded guilty to “gambling crimes” performed on behalf of the Australian casino giant. Five of the group, including Crown Vice President of International VIP Operations Jason O’Connor, were given ten month terms, while…Read More

Kenya Ups Its Gambling Tax Rate as Online Betting Booms Across Africa

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta approves gambling tax hike

In an attempt to corral the growth of an industry that has in recent years taken a country by storm, Kenya has imposed a major tax hike on betting companies. On Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a finance bill into law that will levy a 35 percent tax rate on all gambling revenue for bookmakers, casinos,…Read More

UK Online Gambling Operators Could be in Violation of Consumer Law, Says Competitions Watchdog

CMA to clamp down on UK online gambling sector

 The UK’s online gambling sector is bracing itself for a regulatory clampdown, after a probe by the competitions watchdog found many operators to be in possible breach of consumer law. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which has been conducting an investigation in conjunction with the UK Gambling Commission since last October, criticized operators for…Read More

FA Quits Ladbrokes Sponsorship Deal After Player Betting Controversies

Ladbrokes stadium sponsor

The Football Association, English Soccer’s governing body, has severed its four-year sponsorship deal with Ladbrokes after only one season. The FA announced on Thursday that it would be not only cutting short its deal with Ladbrokes, worth some £4 million ($5 million) per year, but also will be banning all commercial sponsorship deals between betting…Read More

Makers of New “Skill Games” Look to Macau for Market Advancement

Blaine Graboyes, CEO of skill-game manufacturer GameCo

After a couple years of buzz about the coming wave of skill games, GameCo, a pioneer in the skill-gaming space, is set to take its slot-video-game hybrids to Macau, the world’s biggest casino market. GameCo’s video-game gaming machines (VGMs) were initially heralded as the greatest innovation in casino gaming since video poker, early field test…Read More

Japan Casinos Look at ID Card Monitoring to Limit Locals’ Gambling Forays

Japanese gamblers casino number monitoring

Japan may not opt for an outright ban on its citizens visiting casinos, instead choosing a policy of monitoring and limiting the frequency of their visits. Having passed the Integrated Resorts Bill in December last year, which paves the way for casinos in the country, Japanese politicians are now engaged in discussions about how to…Read More

DraftKings and Fan Duel Losing Hundreds of Millions, According to Leaked Documents

DraftKings and FanDuel lost hundreds of millions

DraftKings and FanDuel are hemorrhaging money, according to a 106-page merger document circulated by FanDuel to its investors back in January, and leaked to AXIOS this week. AXIOS reports that DraftKings has lost well into eight figures every year since its inception, expect for the year when it lost nine. In 2015, the year the…Read More

Conor McGregor Attracting More Wagers in Las Vegas, But the Money Still on Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor Floyd Mayweather odds

UFC champ Conor McGregor is the heavy underdog in the August 26 boxing match against the GOAT, Floyd Mayweather, but that isn’t stopping bettors from flocking to Las Vegas to put money on the mixed martial arts (MMA) star. Oddsmakers in Nevada say they’ve printed more slips on McGregor than Mayweather, but the majority of…Read More

Florida Judge Makes Dramatic U-turn on Pre-reveal “Slot” Machines

Florida Judge John Cooper changes mind pre-reveal machines

A Florida judge had a complete change of heart about the legality of so-called “pre-reveal” gaming machines this week. In March, Judge John Cooper ruled the machines were “not an illegal slot machine or gambling device” because he felt something couldn’t be considered a game of chance if the outcome was known beforehand. But the…Read More

Universal Entertainment’s Kazuo Okada Ousted from Philippines Casino for Alleged $17 Million Improper Transfer

Kazuo Okada and Steve Wynn

Japanese slots manufacturer and gaming magnate Kazuo Okada was removed as chairman from Manila’s Okada Casino in the Philippines on Monday. It was the second position the 73-year-old billionaire has lost in as many weeks, after allegations that he improperly transferred $17.3 million from chichi casino Tiger Resorts Asia in March of 2015 to Okada Holdings….Read More

Tough Fold: Legal Online Poker Off the Table in New York for 2017

New York online poker Bonacic Pretlow

The State Assembly in New York will not be passing a bill to legalize online poker before the chamber adjourns this Wednesday, June 21. That’s according to the NY Daily News, which spoke to Assemblyman Gary Pretlow (D-Westchester), the prime sponsor of legislation that would’ve made the fourth most populous state in the country the…Read More

UK Genting Casino Attacked by Machete-Wielding Masked Robbers for Second Time in Two Months

Genting Casino Birmingham robbery

Five masked robbers hit a Genting Casino in Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK last week, all brandishing machetes. The criminals took off with an unspecified amount of cash after traumatizing employees and gamblers, who were unsure if the attack was terror-related or not. The robbers made off in a dark BMW sometime shortly after 2 am on…Read More