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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

Russia’s Primorye Casino Zone Auction Gets No Bids, Is North Korea Crisis to Blame?

Primorye casino auction gets no bidders

Russia’s bid to attract more foreign casino capital to its Primorye special economic zone is falling on deaf ears. A auction launched by the federal government in July that offered up three separate plots of land for casino developers has not resulted in a single bidder, despite the deadline being extended from late August to…Read More

Ex-Amaya Chief David Baazov Sued by Dubai Investment Firm for Alleged Fraud

David Baazov sued by KBC Aldini Capital 

Former Amaya chairman and ex-CEO David Baazov is being sued by the Dubai investment company he once claimed was financing his proposed takeover of the PokerStars parent. Baazov announced his intention to take Amaya private at the beginning of 2016, before a string of insider trader charges forced him to resign from his executive roles…Read More

Canadian Casino River Rock Accused of Serious AML Breaches, But Why Was Report Suppressed?

British Columbia AG David Eby publishes River Rock AML report

The River Rock Casino Resort in British Columbia has been routinely guilty of anti-money laundering (AML) violations but a report highlighting the infractions was either disregarded or buried by the previous provincial government. On Friday, Attorney General David Eby finally published the year-old publicly funded report and appointed a special investigator to examine why it…Read More

Japan Casino Bill Unlikely to Pass National Diet Until 2018

Japan casino bill Shinzo Abe

The Japan casino bill currently being worked on in the National Diet might be delayed by the upcoming snap election that will dissolve the parliament’s lower legislative chamber. On Monday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced there will be an election to replace the 475 members of the House of Representatives. The vote will occur on…Read More

Atlantic City Casino Tax Appeal Settlements Covered Through Municipal Bonds

Atlantic City property tax appeals

Atlantic City reached property tax appeal settlements with numerous casinos last month, and the state government says it’s funding the payments through the issuance of municipal bonds. Bally’s, Caesars, Golden Nugget, Harrah’s, Tropicana, and the former Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza all reached tax deals that totaled $68 million, a staggering sum, but also…Read More

Inventor of Automatic Shuffler Among Casino Visionaries Named to Gaming Hall of Fame

John Breeding of Shuffle Master makes Gaming Hall of Fame

The 2017 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is almost upon us and, to celebrate, the American Gaming Association announced this week it has inducted four new members into its Gaming Hall of Fame. The “Class of 2017” comprises John Breeding, the brains behind the automatic card shuffling machine; Joe Kaminkow, the man who injected pop-culture themes…Read More

Impact of Hurricane Maria Could Devastate Puerto Rico Tourism, Casinos for Years

Hurricane Maria damage

The damage Hurricane Maria did to Puerto Rico’s homes and streets were immediately evident after it blew through the island, but the aftereffects it could have casinos and tourism will take months, if not years to assess. The Category 4 storm tore roofs off buildings, pulled trees out of the ground, and flooded homes when…Read More

Paddy Power’s Trump-Designated Oddsmaker Covers Contingencies You Never Imagined

Donald Trump odds Paddy Power

Donald Trump odds at Irish bookmaker Paddy Power cover just about every conceivable happening these days, with a “Head of Trump Betting” at the online operator tasked with setting lines on everything from his relationship with Melania to the measurements of his First Member. Notorious for offering seemingly absurd lines through its novelty division, Paddy…Read More

NFL Bets: Cleveland Browns Favored First Time Since 2015, Injury Reports Help Gamblers

Cleveland Browns NFL odds sports betting

The Cleveland Browns have played 21 regular season games since the last time they were favored in Las Vegas ahead of a matchup. That changes this week, as the Westgate SuperBook and other Nevada and online oddsmakers believe the Dog Pound will come out on top against the Andrew Luck-less Indianapolis Colts. The line is…Read More

Florida’s Mardi Gras Casino Accuses Rival Gulfstream of Looting Players After Hurricane

Mardi Gras Casino and Dog Track, closed indefinitely after Irma

As Floridians pull together in a spirit of communal recovery after Hurricane Irma, clean-up efforts have one casino in the state contending its chief competitor is engaged in dirty business through trying times. While most of Florida’s gaming industry survived the hurricane relatively unscathed, the Mardi Gras Casino in Hollywood was the one gambling venue…Read More

Niagara Falls Will Be ‘Broke by December’ Due to Seneca-New York Casino Dispute

City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster

The Seneca Nation’s casino-rev share payments to the City of Niagara Falls have dried up, and the city will be broke by December, according to an audit published by the state Comptroller’s Office. The audit has urged city officials to “take immediate action to address the city’s fiscal problems” in the absence of the host…Read More

Puerto Rico Casinos Brace for Another Hit, as Cat 4 Hurricane Maria Follows Irma

Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico casinos

Hurricane Maria made a direct hit on Puerto Rico early Wednesday morning and the island’s 21 casinos were affected, but the extent of their damage was not yet known. Initial reports of the Category 4 storm, with winds up to 155 mph, were not encouraging, however. When the tempest hit landfall on the eastern part…Read More

Genting World Dream Casino Ship Plots Maiden Voyage in Asian Gambling Seas

Genting’s World Dream, ready to set sail in November

The World Dream, a mammoth 151,000-ton ocean liner built for Genting Hong Kong, is complete and ready to set sail, adding a major new player to Asia’s casino landscape, or maybe seascape. The 18-story boat left its construction shipyard in Germany in late August, and since then has floated down the River Ems to the…Read More

PGA Tour Tackles Gambling in Golf as Bettors Like Spieth, DJ, Fowler for TOUR Championship

TOUR Championship odds Jordan Spieth

This weekend’s TOUR Championship has a total purse just short of $34 million when payouts from the FedEx Cup Playoffs are factored in. The winner of the tournament will receive $1.575 million, and the final player sitting atop the FedEx Cup point standings will collect the $10 million top prize. Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin…Read More

Kentucky Lawmakers Turn to Casinos to Fix $33 Billion Pension Shortfall Crisis

Kentucky House Minority Caucus Chair Dennis Keene casino bill

Kentucky is facing a pension deficit of alarming proportions. By the latest conservative estimates, the Bluegrass State is some $33 billion short of the funds it needs to pay retired public employees over the next 30 years. And now, two State House Democrats believe that casino expansion should be at least a part of the…Read More