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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 Casino.org.

Liberty Media Thinks Formula One Is Missing Out on Gambling Revenue

Bernie Ecclestone’s F1 looks to maximize gambling potential

Formula One’s new owner, Liberty Media, believes that gambling is a largely untapped revenue stream that offers the sport huge potential. The US mass media company is in the process of purchasing a controlling stake in the global racing business that would value Formula One at $8 billion, and a shake-up is expected. Formula One…Read More

Sands Bethlehem Reportedly Planning Substantial Casino Expansion

Sands Bethlehem casino resort expansion

Sands Bethlehem is looking to expand its horizons. Pennsylvania’s most profitable casino in terms of gross revenue is reportedly in the early stages of spending $40 million to build additional gaming and dining space at its northeastern Pennsylvania resort. Allentown’s The Morning Call newspaper broke the news that Sands Bethlehem has filed plans with the…Read More

Sochi Gambling Zone Created to Offset Hosting 2014 Winter Olympics

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A special Sochi gambling zone is being created by the Russian Federation to help the city offset the lingering debts incurred from hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed the executive order in late August, and Sochi will be officially allowed to commence gambling activities in the coming months. Since 2009, gambling…Read More

European Teens Gambling Online at Alarming Rate, New Study Concludes

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European teens have found a new vice, and it comes in the form of online gambling. According to a new study published by the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD), teens in Europe are smoking and drinking alcohol at lower rates, but online gambling frequency is on the rise. ESPAD conducts…Read More

Bitcoin Is REAL Money After Major Ruling By Federal Judge

Bitcoin is money, says judge

Bitcoin is real money. That’s the opinion of U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan, who this week rejected the argument of a defendant who had argued that bitcoin did not qualify as “funds” under the federal law. Anthony Murgio is charged with two counts of money-laundering in relation to his operation of Coin.mx, an unlicensed bitcoin…Read More

Eldorado Resorts to Acquire Isle of Capri Casinos for $1.7 Billion

Eldorado Isle of Capri acquisition “transformational,” says Gary Carano.

Eldorado Resorts is set to buy Isle of Capri Casinos in a cash and paper deal worth around $1.7 billion. As part of that figure, Reno-based Eldorado will assume $929 million of Capri’s debts. The combined company will now own 20 properties in 10 states and would have generated roughly $1.8 billion in revenue over…Read More

Wynn Angered by Revere Slots Parlor Proposal

Wynn angered by Massachusetts slots parlor vote

Steve Wynn’s troubles in Massachusetts continue as he seeks to expand his empire on the East Coast. After a protracted and occasionally bad-tempered bidding war with Mohegan Sun, Wynn won the bid for the state’s final remaining casino license, defeating various municipal lawsuits in the process. Wynn Resorts is now getting down to the business of transforming…Read More

Caesars Private Equity Backers Must Show their Bank Statements, Rules Bankruptcy Judge

Caesars director Marc Rowan to disclose financial details

Caesars’ junior creditors have successfully forced the casino group’s controlling private equity backers to reveal details of their wealth. The request was granted on Wednesday by the judge presiding over the $18 billion dollar bankruptcy of Caesars’ main operating unit, Caesars Operating Entertainment Corp (CEOC). “These folks are going to have to pony up the…Read More

Potential Las Vegas NFL Stadium Receives $750 Million in Public Funding

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The Las Vegas NFL stadium being proposed by billionaire Sheldon Adelson and Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis received a critical vote in its favor this week. On September 15, the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee (SNTIC) voted unanimously to provide the football stadium project with up to $750 million in public funding. Davis has already…Read More

Candidates’ Foundations Draw Scrutiny as Polls Tighten Between Clinton and Trump

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The presidential candidates’ foundations are quickly becoming an imperative factor in the 2016 election. The Clinton Foundation and the Donald J. Trump Foundation have both come under fire in recent weeks, and opponents on both sides of the aisle are trying to make the claim that the nonprofit’s have been used for either political or…Read More

Japanese Casino Bill Regains Momentum

Japan’s casino bill back on the agenda with support from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan, the Sleeping Giant of casino gaming, is once again considering legalizing casinos, opening up a market that could be the second biggest in the world after Macau, according to analysts. Japan came very close to legalizing casinos in 2014, when it was said that the market could be worth $40 billion a year, although…Read More

Arkansas Legislators Rally Against Casino Referendum

Arkansas casino ballot opposed by 40 lawmakers lead by Rep Greg Leding

Arkansas’ push to legalize casinos faces opposition from a bipartisan group of 40 state lawmakers, many of whom spoke out against the proposal at a news conference this week. State residents are due to vote on the question of whether to legalize casino gaming, thanks to the efforts of the Arkansas Winning Initiative (AWI), which…Read More

Russian Hackers Expose Medical Records of Simone Biles, Williams Sisters, in Effort to Start Doping Scandal

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Russian hackers infiltrated the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) database this week and are now exposing what they found. The hackers publicized the medical records of several prominent US Olympic athletes, including gymnastics all-around gold medal winner Simone Biles and superstar tennis sisters Serena and Venus Williams. The espionage group behind the attack, self-titled the “Fancy…Read More

RAWA Supporters Chaffetz and Adelson Find Common Ground in Politics and Internet Security

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Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz (R) and Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (also definitely a Republican) have some connective tissue when it comes to their views on who they hope becomes the next US president. Each may be focused in slightly different directions, but their six degrees of separation when it comes to their vision…Read More

Caesars Bankruptcy Mediator Quits

Joseph Farnan resigns as Caesars bankruptcy moderator

Caesars’ long-suffering mediator in its chapter 11 bankruptcy case has thrown in the towel. The casino giant is currently embroiled in what one of its own lawyers described as the “largest and most complex bankruptcy in a generation” as it seeks to placate junior bondholders while shaving an $18 billion debt-load down to around $10…Read More