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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

California Shuts Down 500 Club Cardroom for Holding Insufficient Funds to Cover Chips in Play

500 Club, Clovis shut down

The 500 Club cardroom in Clovis, California was served with an emergency closure order this week, after the Bureau of Gambling Control (BGC) found that it had insufficient funds to cover all its chips in circulation. The state said the liability of in-use chips “substantially exceeded the balances of the Clovis 500 Club’s chip liability…Read More

Impact of Elvis Presley on Las Vegas Still Strong, Even 40 Years After His Death

Elvis Presley legacy 40 years after his death

Though it’s been four decades since iconic entertainer Elvis Presley died, his legacy in Sin City, the town with which his memory is inexorably intertwined, is still alive, well, and kicking booty. The King is a veritable industry niche of his own in Las Vegas, via hundreds of impersonators, endless souvenir shop chatkes, and of…Read More

Glenn Straub Under Investigation in Florida on Fraudulent Lien Claims Made by Ex-GF Half His Age

Glenn Straub fraudulent lien

TEN Atlantic City owner Glenn Straub is under investigation for allegedly placing fraudulent liens on property belonging to a woman who claims to be his ex-girlfriend despite being more than half his age. In court papers filed this week in Palm Beach County, 33-year-old Jessica Nicodemo says two liens have been unlawfully placed on property…Read More

Esports Events Prove Profitable for Casinos, But Millennials Still Not Gambling

Casinos profit from esports refreshments sales

Casino operators have taken esports to their hearts over the past 18 months, as they seek to engage with the so-called millennial generation and futureproof their industry against the apathy young people hold for slots and blackjack. But this tentative relationship is in its infancy and the casino industry is still cautiously sizing up the…Read More

Trump Bid to Operate Sydney Casino Was Killed by Alleged ‘Mafia Connections’

Donald Trump knocked back on Sydney casino over alleged mob ties

US President Donald Trump was denied the chance to operate in Sydney, Australia’s first casino in the eighties because a report by the New South Wales Police Board concluded he had “Mafia connections,” according to newly released documents obtained by The Australian newspaper on Tuesday. In 1987, Trump and the Queensland-based Kern Corporation were one…Read More

Blackjack Too Mathematically Challenging? New Format Simplifies Game

blackjack Easy Jack UNLV gaming innovation

Blackjack is the most popular table game in American casinos, due at least in part to its basic structure of trying to beat the dealer’s hand without going over 21, and because of its low house edge. But a student at UNLV’s Center for Gaming Innovation (CGI) is trying to disrupt how the card game…Read More

Spoiler Alert: Game of Thrones Leaks Kill Entertainment Betting Markets

Game of Thrones leaks ruin betting markets

Game of Thrones Season 7 has suffered more leaks than Stannis Baratheon’s fleet at the Battle of the Blackwater, thanks to unknown hackers only too willing to spill the beans. If you’re just dying to know this season’s plot in advance, countless forums can provide the information you crave. This is, of course, agonizing for…Read More

Turkey Arrests Fugitive Online Gambling Kingpin

Veysel Sahin, illegal online gambling operator, arrested in Turkey

Turkish police have arrested the suspected head of an illegal online gambling operation who had been six months on the run. Alleged ambling kingpin Veysel Sahin was taken into custody in the city of Sivas in central Turkey after he left his hiding place in Lebanon to visit his sick father. Sahin had been sought…Read More

Maloof Brothers Place $880,000 on Floyd Mayweather Against Conor McGregor

Maloof brothers Floyd Mayweather fight

Gavin and Joe Maloof are thought to have recently made the largest bet on the August 26 Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor fight, with two tickets placed at the South Point Casino sportsbook totaling $880,000. The Maloofs are backing the favorite and their friend Mayweather at -550, meaning they stand to make a $160,000 profit…Read More

Bitcoin Gamblers Hit Jackpot as BTC Value Climbs Past $4,000

Bitcoin cryptocurrency on the rise

The value of a single bitcoin surged past $4,000 on Saturday, and continued to climb on Monday, reaching $4,300 at the time of publication. This new all-time high is amazing news for users of bitcoin casino sites, because it means they’ve been winning in their sleep. In fact, someone who invested $100 to buy about…Read More

Sam Nazarian’s SBE Entertainment Merger with Hakkasan Group Not a Dead Deal, SLS Sale Could Be Cause of Holdup

Sam Nazarian SLS Las Vegas

Privately held by Iranian-American businessman Sam Nazarian, SBE Entertainment had announced in March that it was partnering with Hakkasan Group, a luxury hospitality company best known in Las Vegas for its nightclub inside the MGM Grand. The merger was expected to be completed by the end of May, but here we are in August, and…Read More

Seven Years In, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Ready for $100 Million Overhaul

Chandelier Bar $100 million makeover Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

As executives at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas get ready to spend more than $100 million in renovations to 2,895 of the property’s 3,027 rooms, they must be taking stock of how different the economic climate is in 2017. When the $3.9 billion property opened on December 15, 2010, it was at the height of…Read More

NFL Anticipating Legalized Gambling, Hires Full-Time Refs to Improve Officiating

NFL referees full time

In an effort to improve the game and with an eye on the possible legalization of sports gambling nationwide, the NFL announced Wednesday that it will hire up to 24 full-time referees. The NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) confirmed the news and said between 21 and 24 officials from its current roster of 124 who already…Read More

Partnership Approved for Development of Three Toronto-Area Casinos

Woodbine Racetrack and future casino

Two Canadian companies won a bidding process to expand a Toronto-area race track into a full-fledged casino, as part of a plan to modernize gambling options in Ontario. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has selected Great Canadian Gaming and Brookfield Business Partners to operate a trio of facilities, including the Woodbine Racetrack. OLG…Read More

Proposed Second Philadelphia Casino Receives Blessing of State Gaming Board

Philadelphia casino Live! Pennsylvania

The long-delayed second Philadelphia casino is one step closer to breaking ground after the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) voted unanimously that the financial backers behind the proposed resort are in full compliance with the state’s Gaming Act. The issue at hand is whether businessman Bob Manoukian, who owns a controlling 86 percent stake in…Read More