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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

UKGC Unveils Three-Year Strategy for Fair and Safe Gambling

UKGC strategy 2018-2021

The UK Gambling Commission has released a 26-page document that outlines the organizations strategy to make gambling safer and fairer over the next three years. The Gambling Commission outlined five areas of focus, including protecting the interests of consumers, preventing harm to the public, and raising standards in the gambling market. “We exist to safeguard…Read More

Boyd Gaming Updates ‘Do Not Disturb’ Policies, Hotel Rooms to Be Entered After 48 Hours

Boyd Gaming do not disturb policy

Boyd Gaming is further updating its “do not disturb” policies at its 10 Las Vegas hotels. The casino operator says guest rooms will be entered by security personnel every 48 hours, regardless of whether such signs are displayed on occupants’ doors. The policy is in response to the October 1 shooting at MGM Resorts’ Mandalay…Read More

Mississippi Choctaw Considering Fourth Casino, Red Water, with Thursday Vote

Mississippi Choctaw Chief Phylis Anderson Red Water vote

A contentious battle between two factions of the Mississippi Choctaw Nation will come to a head on Thursday, when a referendum vote on a fourth casino, which would be known as Red Water, will be decided by the tribe’s members. Though nearly 11,000 people are eligible to vote, only a third are expected to turn…Read More

Bloomberry Resorts’ Valuation Could Rise with Solaire Casino Land Bid, Say Morgan Stanley Analysts

Enrique Razon Bloomberry Solaire Resort land buy

Enrique Razon’s Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels, Inc. may find itself in a bidding war for the land on which its own Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila stands. Now analysts at Morgan Stanley (MS) say that if Bloomberry ultimately wins that bid, it could add significant value to the company’s stock price, once it owns both…Read More

New York Lawmakers Look for Clever Way to Legalize Sports Betting

New York sports betting Gary Pretlow

New York lawmakers are exploring potential options to form regulations that would allow the state’s horse racetracks, off-track parimutuel betting venues, and non-tribal casinos to operate sportsbooks should there be a change to the current federal ban. The US Supreme Court will soon listen to New Jersey’s appeal that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection…Read More

Wild Weekend in College Football Shakes Up Poll, Playoff Rankings

Miami Hurricanes

The College Playoff Rankings are expected to show two new schools for the four-team postseason to determine the champion after Georgia and Notre Dame were upset over the weekend. Georgia, who was No. 1, lost badly to Auburn on the road, 40-17. They were 2 1/2-point favorites. Notre Dame was a 3 1/2-point pick to…Read More

Australian Politicians Criticized for Accepting Perks From Gambling Companies

Tabcorp suite

Politicians in Australia are coming under criticism by watchdog groups for accepting gifts from gambling companies as they debate legislation on industry reforms. The organizations believe changes should be made to what they see as cozy relationships between government officials and the casinos and betting sites. The latest example they point out was Tuesday’s Melbourne…Read More

Breeders’ Cup Investigating Betting Challenge Results Following Criticism

Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge

The Breeders’ Cup has delayed paying the winners in its annual Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge following allegations that the winner and at least one other player may have cooperated in ways that violate the rules of the tournament based around horse racing. The Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) is the largest live-money handicapping tournament in…Read More

Gov. Christie Appoints New Casino Control Commission Chair, Atlantic County’s Dennis Levinson Not Surprised

Casino Control Commission Matthew Levinson

Matthew Levinson (R) has been ousted from the Casino Control Commission (CCC) after a little more than five years overseeing the agency responsible for licensing Atlantic City’s casinos and key employees. Governor Chris Christie (R) announced the appointment of current New Jersey Parole Board Chairman James Plousis (R) to the CCC role. Levinson was assigned…Read More

Idaho Casino CEO Arrested for Battery after Allegedly Attacking Brother

Idaho casino CEO battery

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel CEO Francis SiJohn was arrested on Tuesday morning on allegations of battery. According to a report in the Spokesman-Review, police say that the victim of the attack was his brother, former Coeur d’Alene tribal police Chief Cody SiJohn. According to court documents, the incident began after the two brothers had…Read More

Matthew Levinson Reportedly Out as New Jersey Casino Control Commission Chair

Matthew Levinson Casino Control Commission

Matthew Levinson, the chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission (CCC) since 2012, reportedly won’t be reappointed to the position. That’s according to ROI, a business news source that covers New Jersey. Levinson’s five-year term was due for renewal in August, but there’s been an unexplained holdup. Founded in conjunction with New Jersey legalizing…Read More

Las Vegas Casinos Changing ‘Do Not Disturb’ Policies in Wake of Shooting

Las Vegas do not disturb

After the October 1 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, one point of speculation was that shooter Stephen Paddock may have been able to more easily prepare his attack by leaving a “do not disturb” sign on his room at the Mandalay Bay, prompting hotel staff not to enter his…Read More

Supreme Court Likely to Rule in Favor of Michigan Tribe in Casino Dispute

Gun Lake Casino case

Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to side against a man attempting to shut down a Michigan tribal casino, based on questions that were asked while the court heard arguments on Tuesday. The case dates back to 2008, when David Patchak sued after the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (also known as the Gun Lake Tribe)…Read More

OJ Simpson Popping Up Around Las Vegas Amid Calls for Station Casinos to Ban Him

OJ Simpson Station Casinos

OJ Simpson was released from prison on parole in October, after serving nine years at Lovelock Correctional Center in the middle of nowhere, Nevada. In his first few weeks back in the free world, the former NFL star and actor has found a new home in suburban Las Vegas, which has some locals angry, but others…Read More

Maine Voters Strongly Reject York County Casino Proposal

Maine voters casino ballot proposal

Maine voters overwhelmingly turned down a ballot question that sought to give businessman Shawn Scott the exclusive rights to build a casino in York County, the southernmost region in the state. With over 90 percent of precincts reporting, Maine voters went against the initiative at a rate of more than 83 percent. It garnered less…Read More