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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.

MGM Resort’s CEO James Murren Receives Large Pay Increase

James Murren

Steering MGM Resorts in what the company believes is a positive direction, CEO James Murren was rewarded with a 25 percent increase in his pay package. The company rewarded the 54-year-old executive with a new 5-year-contract in October and the raise was based on enticements in his new deal. “Based on the positive results of…Read More

Florida Supreme Court Approves Voters’ Gambling Constitutional Amendment

Florida gambling

Gambling in Florida is now in the hands of the voters, as the State Supreme Court has said a constitutional amendment on the issue may move forward. The justices voted 4-2 that the amendment’s wording was not misleading and sticks to one subject. Because of the court’s decision, the legislature decided to suspend debate on…Read More

New Cambodian Casino Ignites “Border War” With Thailand

Saitaku Resort and Casino

A new Cambodian casino on the border with Thailand has provoked a bizarre border stand-off between the two countries. Since it’s illegal for the residents of both countries to gamble in casinos, the Saitaku Resort and Casino, which opened several weeks ago at the Chong Sai Taku temporary border crossing in Cambodia’s Ban Kruat district,…Read More

Sheldon Adelson’s $5 Million Trump Donation Provokes Fears of Federal Online Gambling Ban

Jeff Sessions federal online gambling ban rumors

Is US AG Jeff Sessions planning to ban online gambling at a federal level? Rumors, first reported by Gambling Compliance, that Sessions is about to make good on his promise to “revisit” the DOJ’s opinion on online gambling, have been swirling since Monday. The revelation on Tuesday in a Federal Election Commission filing that online…Read More

New England Patriots Visit White House, Trump Happy to See Pals Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick

New England Patriots Donald Trump

The New England Patriots went to Washington this week to celebrate their Super Bowl LI title. President Donald Trump, as is customary, invited the NFL champs to the White House after the Pats overcame seemingly insurmountable odds in coming back from 25 down to win the big game in February. With the Atlanta Falcons up…Read More

Gaming Industry’s Positive Economic Impact Theme of AGA Small Business Jobs Tour

gaming industry small business MGM Springfield

The gaming industry should be more widely recognized for its positive contributions to helping small businesses and ancillary industries in the US grow. That’s according to the American Gaming Association (AGA), the leading casino lobbying group in Washington, DC, that is embarking on a cross-country tour to highlight gaming’s positive economic impact. In a new…Read More

Kalipsel Tribe Sues Federal Government Over Rival Washington Tribal Casino

Kalispel sues feds over Spokane casino

The Kalispel Tribe of Washington State is suing the federal government over its decision to allow the neighboring Spokane tribe to build a casino just two miles from its flagship Northern Quest Casino and Resort. The lawsuit, filed last week, claims the the new casino will jeopardize the operation of Kalispel’s government. The tribe is…Read More

Pacific Consortium’s New Offer for Tatts Could Ignite Bidding War With Tabcorp

Pacific consortium launches new all-cash bid for Harry Boon’s Tatts

Australian betting giants Tabcorp and Tatts’ $8 billion merger could be on the rocks. The consortium of investors known as the Pacific Consortium, which includes private equity firm KKR, the Macquarie Group, and the infrastructure arm of Morgan Stanley, made an all-cash offer of $5.4 billion Tuesday to acquire Tatts. Is it enough to throw…Read More

“Queen of Sorts” Kelly Sun’s $1.14 Million Case Against Foxwoods Rejected by US Supreme Court

Kelly Sun loses case against Foxwoods in Supreme Court

“Kelly” Cheung Yin Sun, the edge-sorter extraordinaire whose reign of terror on the baccarat tables with poker champion Phil Ivey in 2012 yielded millions of dollars in winnings and unleashed several lawsuits, had her case against Foxwoods thrown out by  the US Supreme Court on Monday. Sun, along with two other women,  Long Mei Fang…Read More

Oakland Raiders Reps Expected to Attend Las Vegas Stadium Authority Meeting This Week

Oakland Raiders Las Vegas stadium NFL

The Oakland Raiders are expected to appear before the Las Vegas Stadium Authority (LVSA) to discuss ongoing progress in building the $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat NFL stadium near the Strip. Formed by the passage of Senate Bill 1, the legislation that earmarked $750 million in public funding to build a football stadium, the LVSA meeting on April…Read More

$1.8 Billion Jeju Shinhwa World to Open First Phase on South Korean Resort Island

Jeju Shinhwa World to open first phase

Jeju Shinhwa World, the $1.8 billion integrated resort development on South Korea’s Jeju Island has announced its initial-phase opening next week. The project’s developer eventual operator, Hong Kong-listed real estate firm Landing International, plans to open 344 units of accommodation on April 25. More facilities are expected to be unveiled at Jeju Shinhwa World later…Read More

Facebook Video Killer Steve Stephens Known to Cleveland’s JACK Casino as Big Gambler, Big Loser

Steve Stephens, the man who brutally killed a defenseless elderly man on Easter Sunday and then posted video of the murder on Facebook, has admitted to having a gambling problem and was reportedly recently thrown out of a Cleveland casino. The 37-year-old suspect is now the target of a multi-state manhunt by local, state, and…Read More

Star Trek Video Game Company’s Newest Enterprise

Star Trek gambling

Fans of Star Trek will soon be able to test their skills with a new skill-based video gaming machines and maybe make a little money along the way. Game Co. announced earlier this week that it has entered into an a license agreement with CBS Consumer Products to produce the devices based on the Star…Read More

Call for Japan to Create “Osaka Strip” of Integrated Resorts

Osaka Strip would maximize Japan’s casino potential

Japan may have passed its Integrated Resorts Bill, paving the way for legalized casinos in the country, but the shape the future market will take remains unknown. The country’s politicians are currently in the process of creating a framework of regulation for the casinos, but exactly how many will be authorized, and their locations, remain…Read More

Brazilian Soccer Star Paulinho Sweats Deportation from China Over Porn Star Betting Company Endorsement

Paulinho faces deportation from China

Brazilian soccer ace Paulinho could be deported from China following an ill-advised appearance in an advertisement promoting an illegal betting website with a Japanese porn-star co-star. There are numerous reasons why this could go badly for Paulinho, who left English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur two years ago to join Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande, lured…Read More