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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.

Nevada Congresswoman Asks Pence to Consider Online Gaming Facts, Not Fiction

Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus online gaming

Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus (D) has penned a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence asking him to avoid rushing to conclusions or legal judgments when it comes to online gambling. Titus’ request is in direct response to a document signed by 10 Republican state attorneys general sent to the incoming Trump administration in mid-November. The…Read More

Paddy Power Founder Secretly Lobbied Against FOBTS, Contrary to Own Interests

Paddy Power chief Stewart Kenny lobbied against FOBTs

Stewart Kenny, former CEO and co-founder of Paddy Power, fought the introduction of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) to Ireland, contrary to his company’s own interests, according to documents seen by UK newspaper The Times. Despite Paddy Power today owning almost 1,400 FOBTs in roughly 350 betting shops thoughout the UK, and positioned to benefit greatly…Read More

$1 Billion In Lost Value As UK Watchdog Targets Financial Spread Betting

Financial spread betting industry shake-up causes stock to plunge

Shares in the UK’s financial spread betting industry plunged today, with more than $1 billion wiped off the value of market-leader IG Group in a matter of minutes, as the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) promised to crackdown on the lightly regulated industry. The authority believes that too many consumers are being drawn towards spread…Read More

Alabama Crimson Tide Expected to Roll Through College Football Playoff

Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Playoff

The Alabama Crimson Tide is expected to roll through the College Football Playoff (CFP) and successfully defend their National Championship. The CFP Selection Committee revealed their final rankings on Sunday, and those in Columbus, Seattle, Clemson, and State College were on the edges of their seats awaiting the results. But in Tuscaloosa, there was no…Read More

Bring Back RAWA, 10 State AGs Direct Trump Administration via Letter

Mike Pence Us state AGs online gambling ban

Just when you thought RAWA, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, was on its last breath, 10 US state attorneys general are resuscitating the measure that would bring the 1961 Wire Act back to its original interpretation. Donald Trump’s stance on online gambling may not yet be completely clear, but these state AGs are putting…Read More

Antigua Gives US End-of-Year Ultimatum on Online Gambling Dispute

Antigua-US online gaming trade dispute

The tiny Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda has been engaged in a David and Goliath trade war with the United States for the past 15 years over online gambling, and now it appears its patience is finally wearing thin. Whether this will register on the consciousness of its all-powerful neighbor remains to be…Read More

Las Vegas Oddsmakers Still Believe in Tiger Woods, Now Ranked 898th

Las Vegas oddsmakers Tiger Woods

Las Vegas oddsmakers still believe in Tiger Woods. The former golfing great hasn’t played a competitive round in 15 months, but makes his return to the course today at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas. Though there are only 18 players in the Hero World Challenge, an offseason tournament hosted by Woods that benefits the…Read More

Casino Executives Have Strong Presence on Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board

casino executives Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board

Casino executives are expected to make up one-third of the Clark County Stadium Authority Board (SAB) when the nine-person panel is finalized at its first meeting next week. While locals have mixed feelings on bringing a professional NFL franchise to Las Vegas, the majority of casino representatives seem to support the proposal to relocate the…Read More

UK National Online Lottery Hacked

UK online lottery hacked

The UK National Lottery operator, Camelot, admitted today that the personal details of 26,500 online lottery players may have been accessed by hackers. Camelot said it became aware of suspicious activity on the accounts on Sunday during routine security monitoring. While the operator claimed there had been no unauthorized access to core National Lottery systems,…Read More

Online Gambling Now Dominant Sector in UK

Online gambling is UK’s biggest gambling sector

Online gambling is now the largest sector of Britain’s gambling market, according to figures published this week by the UK Gambling Commission. The regulator said that, between April 2015 and March 2016, online gambling operators generated a gross gambling yield (the amount wagered minus winnings paid out) of £4.5 billion ($5.62 billion), representing a 33…Read More

Ladbrokes Coral Looks to Spoil Tabcorp-Tatts Merger Party

Ladbrokes Coral Considers Tabcorp Bid

Is Ladbrokes Coral about to gatecrash the biggest merger in the history of Australia’s gambling industry? The UK betting powerhouse is believed to be preparing a $2 billion-plus bid for Tabcorp, the Australia’s biggest bookmaker, which itself is negotiating a merger with its closest homegrown competitor, Tatts. The problem is, Ladbrokes Coral, which completed its…Read More

Who Spends Thanksgiving in Las Vegas? You Might Be Surprised

Thanksgiving in Las Vegas things to do

Thanksgiving in Las Vegas might not sound like the most ideal destination for the wholesome family holiday. But as may expect, Sin City doesn’t shut down for turkey day and actually provides an assortment of activities and dining options for travelers. While Vegas is a little quieter than normal over Thanksgiving, the reality is that…Read More

Seminole Tribe Finds Ally For New Compact in State Senate President Joe Negron

Seminole Tribe compact Florida Joe Negron

The powerful Seminole Tribe is operating blackjack tables at its six land-based casinos in Florida without an appropriate state gaming compact. That is something incoming State Senate President Joe Negron (R-District 25) hopes to change in early 2017. Shortly after being sworn in as Florida Senate President, Negron told reporters that he’s optimistic a new…Read More

Daily Fantasy Sports Merger Expedites Push for Sports Betting Legalization, AGA Says

daily fantasy sports merger PASPA

The daily fantasy sports (DFS) merger between DraftKings and FanDuel is added reason to legalize sports betting and repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). That’s according to the American Gaming Association (AGA), the Washington-DC based lobbying firm that believes regulated sports betting would provide safeguards for consumers who are already…Read More

Nevada Regulators Reemphasize Stance on Marijuana: Casinos Steer Clear

Nevada Regulators restate marijuana stance

Nevada gaming regulators this week reiterated their stance on cannabis and casinos: licensees must avoid it like the plague. Despite the state’s voters supporting the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use on November 8th, licensees are advised to steer clear of permitting it on their premises or engaging with any legal marijuana businesses, as long…Read More