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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.

Arkansas Legislators Rally Against Casino Referendum

Arkansas casino ballot opposed by 40 lawmakers lead by Rep Greg Leding

Arkansas’ push to legalize casinos faces opposition from a bipartisan group of 40 state lawmakers, many of whom spoke out against the proposal at a news conference this week. State residents are due to vote on the question of whether to legalize casino gaming, thanks to the efforts of the Arkansas Winning Initiative (AWI), which…Read More

Russian Hackers Expose Medical Records of Simone Biles, Williams Sisters, in Effort to Start Doping Scandal

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Russian hackers infiltrated the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) database this week and are now exposing what they found. The hackers publicized the medical records of several prominent US Olympic athletes, including gymnastics all-around gold medal winner Simone Biles and superstar tennis sisters Serena and Venus Williams. The espionage group behind the attack, self-titled the “Fancy…Read More

RAWA Supporters Chaffetz and Adelson Find Common Ground in Politics and Internet Security

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Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz (R) and Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (also definitely a Republican) have some connective tissue when it comes to their views on who they hope becomes the next US president. Each may be focused in slightly different directions, but their six degrees of separation when it comes to their vision…Read More

Caesars Bankruptcy Mediator Quits

Joseph Farnan resigns as Caesars bankruptcy moderator

Caesars’ long-suffering mediator in its chapter 11 bankruptcy case has thrown in the towel. The casino giant is currently embroiled in what one of its own lawyers described as the “largest and most complex bankruptcy in a generation” as it seeks to placate junior bondholders while shaving an $18 billion debt-load down to around $10…Read More

Sheldon Adelson Still Targeting South Korea for Next Casino

Sheldon Adelson Las Vegas Sands South Korea

Sheldon Adelson still has his eyes set on the untapped market of Busan, South Korea. The Las Vegas Sands Chairman remains rather bearish on the US gambling sector, but the 83-year-old billionaire is bullish on the international casino market. Outside of his Venetian and Palazzo casinos in Las Vegas and the Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania,…Read More

Social Gaming Needs Regulation, Panel at World Regulatory Briefing Says

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Social gaming isn’t exactly gambling, but it’s also not free of similar risks, according to a recent discussion by experts on the topic. Social gaming refers to any sort of online game that incorporates social interaction such as internet multiplayer video games and casino games. The market also includes games that utilize social media elements. FarmVille, the…Read More

Caesars to Launch Skill-Based Gambling Next Month

Caesars to debut skill gaming

Caesars Entertainment may become the first gaming company in the world to introduce new skill-based video gambling machines (VGMs) to their casino floors in California and Vegas this October. That’s if Atlantic City doesn’t get their own video gambling machines first. Last year, both Nevada and Atlantic City altered their gaming laws to permit the…Read More

FOBT’s “Crack Cocaine” Label a Myth, says Conservative Think Tank

FOBTs not “Crack Cocaine,” says Think Tank

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) published a paper this week debunking what it claims are persistent myths surrounding the UK’s controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). IEA is a conservative free-market think tank whose mission statement is to “improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analyzing and expounding the role of…Read More

Quebec Regulator Accuses Ex-Amaya Chief David Baazov of Taking Kickbacks

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It’s been a rough year for David Baazov. The former golden boy and chief executive officer of Canada’s Amaya Inc., was charged by Quebec’s financial regulatory arm, the AMF, of insider trading. Although he has denied all the charges vehemently, he first took a temporary leave, and then finally stepped down, from his executive duties…Read More

Ryan Lochte Receives 10-Month Suspension for Rio Troubles

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Ryan Lochte is banned from competitive swimming for the next 10 months. In a joint statement issued by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Swimming, the sport’s governing bodies says the 12-time Olympic medal winner is receiving the disciplinary measures for violating their code of conduct. Unless you’ve somehow been immune to the incessant media…Read More

Legalized US Sports Betting Market Would Be Worth $11.9 Billion

Legalized sports betting worth $11.9 billion a year

Legalizing sports betting across America would create the world’s largest regulated betting market with annual gross gaming revenues of $11.9 billion, according to a new report from Gambling Compliance. To put that into perspective, Nevada, the only state that offers full-scale legal sports betting generates annual gross gaming revenues of under $300 million. The nationwide market…Read More

Arkansas Casino Ballot Measure Challenged by Opposition Group

Arkansas casino ballot challenged Supreme Court

The Arkansas casino ballot measure going before voters in November asking for their support to approve three land-based casinos is being challenged in a new lawsuit. The Committee to Protect Arkansas’ Values/Stop Casinos Now is requesting that the state’s Supreme Court intervene and remove the referendum from the voting booth on the grounds that the…Read More

Mesquite, Nevada Voters Want Smoke-Free Casinos, But Can Gaming Business Survive?

Mesquite, Nevada casinos smoke-free smoking ban

In Mesquite, Nevada, voters are ready to ban indoor smoking at all places of business. At least, that’s what one new city poll indicates in the small town of fewer than 18,000 residents that sits about 80 miles outside of Las Vegas. According to a poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, a Virginia-based research firm,…Read More

Normandie Casino Owners Ordered to Pay $2.4 Million for Violating Bank Secrecy Act

Normandie Casino $2.4 million fine Bank Secrecy Act

The Normandie Casino in Gardena, California is no more, but its former owners are still on the hook for a $2.4 million penalty. In January, the owners of California’s oldest card club pled guilty to violating the Bank Secrecy Act and admitted to hiring independent gaming promoters to attract high-rollers. The casino also confessed to…Read More

Northern California Gang Probe Leads to Arrest of Police Officer 

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Northern California gang raids being executed by the San Jose Police Department’s (SJPD) investigations unit has led to the arrests of 23 including one law enforcement officer. Dubbed “Operation Gang of Thrones,” the SJPD has been working since last March to infiltrate Vietnamese street gangs involved in illegal drugs and gambling. On August 23, the…Read More