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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.

Father Sues California Lottery Over Denied $5 Million After Underage Son Bought Winning Ticket

Man Sues California lottery

An aggrieved Long Beach resident who had a $5 million lottery win whisked from under his nose on a rather glaring technicality is suing the California Lottery Commission and the gas station that sold the “winning” ticket to his 16-year-old son. That’s right, Ward Thomas sent his 16-year-old son to buy the ticket, an act…Read More

Ontario to Auction Off Greater Toronto Casino Market, Caesars and Genting in Running

Caesars, Genting, Brookfield bidding for Toronto casino market

Ontario is getting ready to privatize its Greater Toronto casino operations, with the view that a commercial operator will be better placed to develop its three state-owned properties to fulfill their market potential. Within the next few weeks, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation will choose between Caesars Entertainment, Malaysia’s Genting Group and Canada’s Brookfield…Read More

Odds of Japan Passing a Casino Bill Lengthen, as Shinzo Abe’s Approval Rating Plummets

Japan casino bill Shinzo Abe

The Japan casino bill currently being drafted by the country’s National Diet might be losing support, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ongoing scandals continue to plummet his approval rating. Gambling expansion already spawns mixed feelings among the general public, but lawmakers in Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) have largely been committed to his…Read More

Bettors Cash in on Jordan Spieth’s British Open Victory

Jordan Spieth British Open

Picking Jordan Spieth to win the 146th British Open was a very profitable proposition for people who put money down on the champion. Spieth not only paid off well for those who chose him before the tournament began, but throughout the event as well. The 23 year old began the event 14-1, co-favored with World…Read More

Scott Blumstein Wins $8.15M at World Series of Poker Main Event with Three-Outer on River

Scott Blumstein wins 2017 WSOP Main Event for $8.15M

Scott Blumstein, a 25-year-old medium stakes poker pro from New Jersey, decided to play his first World Series of Poker tournament a few weeks ago, the 2017 Main Event. It turned out to be a pretty good decision, as late into Saturday night, Blumstein survived an original field of over 7,200 entrants to take home…Read More

Delaware Brick-and-Mortar Casino Sector Advisory Board Holds State’s Fate, While Keeping Cards Close

Delaware racinos creak under weight of competition

The Delaware land-based casino sector has been hit hard by increased competition from new markets in neighboring states, as the newer and shinier casinos of Pennsylvania and Maryland outperform its three struggling, and highly taxed, racinos. The sector, which comprises Harrington Raceway, Dover Downs, and Delaware Park, peaked in 2006, the year Pennsylvania began issuing…Read More

MGM Resorts Added to S&P 500, Company Should Benefit From Increased Trading

MGM Resorts S&P 500

MGM Resorts International will become the newest member of the revered S&P 500 prior to the open of trading on Wednesday, July 26. The stock’s addition to the Standard and Poor’s index will presumably increase trading activity on the Nevada-based casino and hospitality conglomerate. The S&P 500 is a preferred US index, one that rivals…Read More

Pennsylvania Satellite Casinos Latest Gambling Ploy Floated by State Lawmakers, Small Cities Targeted

Pennsylvania satellite casinos York

Authorizing 10 Pennsylvania satellite casinos is the most recent potential money grab state lawmakers are considering in their efforts to bridge a $2.2 billion spending gap. Governor Tom Wolf (D) has allowed a $32 billion budget approved by the Republican-controlled legislature to pass and become law without his signature. The financial blueprint, however, is severely…Read More

Massachussets Governor Signs Budget Bill that Allows Casinos to Serve Booze until 4 am

Massachusetts casino drinking hours

Last call? Not so fast in future Massachusetts casinos, which recently had their drinking hours extended with a quick signature from the governor. But before anything officially takes effect, some lawmakers are calling for the measure to be put on ice. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a budget on Monday that allows two planned casinos…Read More

Three Wimbledon Matches Investigated For Possible Corruption

Wimbledon matches investigated for corruption just days after Federer win

Three Wimbledon 2017 matches are under investigation for possible match-fixing, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) announced this week. The London-based agency said two matches in the qualifying event and one from the main draw had been flagged after regulators and bookmakers reported suspicious betting patterns surrounding the matches. The specific matches, and the players involved,…Read More

2017 WSOP Main Event Final Table: All You Need to Know

World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table

The final table of the World Series of Poker’s Main Event was set in the early hours of Tuesday morning. In the third largest WSOP main event in history, four Americans, two Brits, two Frenchmen and an Argentinian survived from a field of 7,221 and will return on Thursday to the Rio in Las Vegas,…Read More

Late Kirk Kerkorian’s Investment Firm Sells Mandarin Oriental Condo at Discounted Price

Kirk Kerkorian Mandarin Oriental

Las Vegas pioneer Kirk Kerkorian died at the age of 98 in 2015, and as directed by his will, Tracinda Corp, his investment firm, has since been slowly walking away from the city that made him a billionaire. In addition to recently selling down its stake in MGM Resorts, the company Kerkorian founded, Tracinda recently…Read More

Philippines Introduces AML Controls for Casinos in Response to Fed Bank Heist

Duterte signs off new AML laws

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte this week enacted legislation that will impose new anti-money-laundering directives (AML) on a previously very relaxed area of the regulated casino sector. The country was left red-faced by the federal reserve cyber-heist, which focused the world’s attention on its devil-may-care attitude to international AML protocols. On February 5, hackers flooded the…Read More

Absolute Poker’s Scott Tom Takes $300,000 Plea Deal as DOJ Closes Books on 10th of 11 Black Friday Defendants

Scott Tom plea deal

Scott Tom, founder of disgraced online poker site Absolute Poker and former Black Friday fugitive, has accepted a $300,000 plea deal with federal prosecutors. Tom, who turned himself in to US authorities in February after nearly six years living in exile in Barbados, will plead guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of being an accessory…Read More

Casino and Restaurant Mogul Tilman Fertitta to Buy Houston Rockets?

Tilman Fertitta

The Houston Rockets is for sale and restaurant and casino mogul Tilman Fertitta might be buying, if the price is right. Leslie Alexander’s decision to sell is said to have blindsided not just the rest of the NFL but everyone at the Rockets too. Alexander, a former New York lawyer and financier, bought the franchise…Read More