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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

Aristocrat Leisure Hits Jackpot, Gaming and Slot Manufacturer Earnings Soar 53 Percent

Aristocrat Leisure earnings revenue Trevor Croker

Earnings for Aristocrat Leisure aren’t taking a leisurely stroll on the Australian Securities Exchange, but instead racing towards record profits for the Sydney-based gambling machine manufacturer. Aristocrat revealed this week through its half-year fiscal financial report that its net profits for the six months ending March 31 totaled AUD$249.6 million ($187.4 million). That calculates to a…Read More

Soccer Generates Record £1.4 billion Revenues for UK Bookies

Soccer generates record revenue for UK bookies

Soccer yielded a record £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) in revenues for UK bookmakers in the full year from October 2015 to September 2016, according to figures released this week by the UK Gambling Commission. That resulted in all-time-high profits of £333.4 million ($432 million). The data comes as the sport and its governing body in…Read More

Appeals Court Halts Tribal Bingo and Slots on Martha’s Vineyard

Ron Rappaport, town counsel of Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard

A federal court in Massachusetts this week ordered the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head to halt its plans for opening a small casino on Martha’s Vineyard. The ruling comes just more than a month after the same court gave the tribe the go-ahead. A six-judge panel from the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston…Read More

Rumors Suggest Iconic Bellagio Fountains Could Close

Bellagio Fountains to close rumor.

Rumors suggest the famous Bellagio Fountains may be set to make way for something new, but MGM Resorts has denied the iconic water feature will close. On May 22, the Las Vegas Review-Journal cited a “source” that suggested the future of the famous fountains has been discussed by executives at MGM Resorts. Built by Steve…Read More

Pennsylvania Advances Online Gambling Bill, But Don’t Get Too Excited Yet

Pennsylvania senate chamber

The Pennsylvania Senate approved landmark legislation to legalize online gambling Wednesday. And now the hard part really begins. The measure passed on a bipartisan 38-12 vote. It marked the first time the Senate had advanced any online gambling legislation. But the move that matters to so many in the online gaming industry really was a…Read More

Nevada Seeks to Curb Lavish LVCVA Spending by Hiring Costly Inspector General

LVCVA spending Rossi Ralenkotter

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) receives hundreds of millions of tax dollars each year, but has little financial oversight from the state on how its board members use those funds. Five Democratic lawmakers and one Republican in Carson City want to change that, by creating a new financial regulatory position that would supervise…Read More

Sands Bethlehem Sale to MGM Resorts Reportedly Falls Through

Sands Bethlehem Sheldon Adelson MGM

Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania will remain under the Las Vegas Sands corporate umbrella for the foreseeable future after acquisition talks with MGM Resorts reportedly failed to reach a deal. The news was first reported by The Morning Call, a newspaper that covers the Allentown and Lehigh Valley area in eastern Pennsylvania. MGM was rumored to…Read More

Elvis Presley Private Jet Is for Sale, One Careful Owner, No Time-Wasters

Elvis private jet for sale

What’s the best way to get comped in Vegas? We bet turning up in Elvis Presley’s private jet may be a fast track to some real VIP treatment. In fact, we couldn’t think of a more “baller” way to arrive in town. And now you can, if you have a few million bucks lying around…Read More

Sexton Leaves WPT, Will Join Duthie at Partypoker to Form Friendly Juggernaut

Mike Sexton and John Duthie at partypoker

Hall of Famer Mike Sexton, the voice of the World Poker Tour and for many the voice of poker, is leaving the WPT to take up a new role as chairman of partypoker. Sexton has been with the WPT since Season 1, Episode 1, which aired in 2003. In many ways, he taught the world…Read More

Financing for Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Ahead of Schedule, No Plans to Restrict Mobile Betting

Las Vegas Raiders football stadium

The $1.9 billion Las Vegas Raiders football stadium is scheduled to begin construction later this year, but financing for the mammoth project is already flowing into city coffers. Nevada’s $750 million commitment to bring the NFL franchise to Sin City is funded through a slight increase in the Clark County hotel occupancy tax. For each…Read More

Crown Resorts Looks to Sell Las Vegas Property for $400 Million

Crown Resorts Alon Las Vegas property

Crown Resorts wants to make a deal for its vacant acreage on the Strip just north of Fashion Show Drive in Las Vegas, but only for the right price. In late 2016, Crown announced it was abandoning Alon, a planned 1,100-room casino resort across from Wynn Las Vegas. The Australian hospitality and entertainment conglomerate is…Read More

Esports Cheating Ban Highlights Corruption Problem in Competitive Gaming

Esports player banned for two years

The Esports Integrity Coalition (EIC), a non-profit industry body dedicated to cleaning up esports, has banned a player for two years after he confessed to cheating during the Mettlestate Samsung Galaxy CS:GO Championship earlier this month. It’s the first such ban handed down by the EIC’s disciplinary board since the organization’s formation in the UK…Read More

Illinois Casino Expansion Passes Senate, State Has $14.3 Billion in Bills

Illinois casino expansion Chicago gambling

Illinois casino expansion is one step closer to bringing land-based commercial gambling to the state. This week, the Illinois Senate passed a measure 33-24 that calls for the authorization of up to six casinos. The state presently only allows riverboat gambling and pari-mutuel betting on horse racing. Authored by State Senate Majority Leader Terry Link…Read More

Case for Slots Expansion Bears No Fruit in Florida Supreme Court

Galvano praises Florida Supreme Court on slots expansion

In a unanimous decision, Florida’s Supreme Court has ruled against a statewide expansion of slot machine gambling. To offer more slots in more places will require more than the will of a single county, the court determined. The case had been brought by Gretna Racing, a race track in the small town of Gretna in Gadsden County,…Read More

Always Dreaming Has Obstacles to Overcome for Winning Preakness

Preakness preview

After an impressive victory at the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, Always Dreaming is the horse overwhelmingly favored to win the Preakness on Saturday. But a few of his equine counterparts could present a challenge as he attempts to take down this second leg of the Triple Crown. The 3-year-old colt won the Derby at Churchill Downs by nearly…Read More