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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

Luck o’ The Irish Public Casinos May Become Reality

You might assume – as much as “luck” is associated with all things Irish – that they already have public casino gambling in the land of green; but you’d be wrong. Now the Irish government is moving to change all that with the introduction of the Gambling Control Bill 2013, the first step towards creating…Read More

Caesars Entertainment Raising Capital for Online Spinoff

Caesars Entertainment has been taking steps to prepare itself for online gambling in the United States for years. Now, the company is looking to spin off that branch of the company into its own brand. Fundraising Caesars has submitted a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, announcing that it plans to raise $1.2 billion to start…Read More

Facebook Adds Sports Betting to Its UK Online Casino Offerings

Facebook made waves last year when they began offering real money slot machines and casino games to its UK users. Now, the social networking giant is greatly expanding the number of gambling options its users will have by adding sports betting to all UK users over the age of 18. Paddy Power Teams Up The…Read More

South Korean Businessman Wins IRS Gambling Tax Case

In many nations around the world, gambling winnings aren’t taxed. Others tax winnings only from professional gamblers, or tax gambling winnings at a reduced rate that simply asks for a percentage of net winnings. That’s not the case in the United States, where gambling winnings are taxed (for non-professionals) every time a player wins, and…Read More

Manila, Philippines Mayor to Cops: Enforce Gambling Code or Be Fired

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada says he’s planning on cracking down on virtually all forms of illegal gambling in the Philippine city, and that police who refuse to help with the push will find themselves out of a job. Estrada made the comments during a recent news interview. “We will immediately relieve those officers who are…Read More

Las Vegas Sands CFO Says “Sayonara” with $7.7 Million Stock Cashout

What did you get the last time you were let go from a job? If you were lucky, your co-workers probably took you out to lunch at Applebees and might have bought you a “Good Luck” $10 Starbucks card. But for the outgoing chief financial officer (CFO) at Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the…Read More

PokerStars, Resorts Casino to Partner for NJ Online Gambling License

PokerStars may have been rebuffed in their attempts to purchase a casino in Atlantic City, but that wasn’t going to stop them from getting their online gambling products into  the New Jersey Internet market. The Rational Group (parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker) announced a deal this week that will see it partner…Read More

Grandmother Gives Armed Robber at Ladbrokes A Run for His Money

A 57-year-old grandmother has proudly earned the nickname of “Wonder Woman” among her colleagues at a UK Ladbrokes bookies outlet, after fending off a knife-wielding assailant attempting to rob the branch recently. On the Defensive Margaret Black, the grandma who works as a cleaner at a Ladbrokes bookie’s in Shotts, Lanarkshire, took on the threatening…Read More

Atlantic City’s Borgata Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary

Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino is celebrating its tenth anniversary this week, one that sees the resort stand head and shoulders above its competition as the most successful property in Atlantic City. Since its opening in 2003, Borgata has set out to attract higher-end customers than many of the other Atlantic City casinos, a task it’s been…Read More

It’s Goodbye Betting Kiosks, Hello Mobile Betting for Las Vegas

Nevada’s 84 statewide bars, taverns and eateries that house betting kiosks for their customers convenience in placing wagers on sporting events will be getting visitors shortly, as the state-mandated removal of the machines kicks in this weekend.  Major kiosk provider William Hill be taking them out of about half of those establishments, with other kiosk…Read More

Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil Performer Plummets to Her Death During Show

Besides gambling, entertainment is probably the greatest draw for visitors to Las Vegas; in fact, the city often uses the phrase “Entertainment Capitol of the World” in its descriptions. And Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian-based franchise that is self-described as a “dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment”, certainly dominates the Las Vegas landscape, with up…Read More

Genting To Introduce Resorts World with Chinese Pageantry on LV Strip

With Siegfried and Roy’s white tiger show long dormant, the Mirage’s dolphins a bit ho-hum, and the shark tank at Mandalay Bay long-established , what can Vegas – always known for pushing the theatrical envelope – do for an encore? How about pandas? If China-based Genting Group has their way, pandas will be just part…Read More

UK Cartoon Network Mistakenly Airs Bookmaker Ad

Despite strict rules that govern the airing of gambling ads on television, the Cartoon Network made a huge faux pas recently when it mistakenly aired an ad for UK bookmaker Coral during a broadcast on the children’s television channel. The controversial ad was aired on Turner Broadcasting’s Boomerang channel as well as the Cartoon Network,…Read More

Brits Arrested for Candy and Cookie Gambling in Portuguese Pub

A group of some 30 Brits, including tourists and expats, were questioned by police recently in Portugal after allegedly breaking the strict gambling laws of that country, despite the fact that the first prize in the activities was just a tin of biscuits and a bar of chocolate. Sugar Crackdown Police posed as customers at…Read More

Echo Releases Sydney Casino Plan with Crown Casino Option

The battle over Sydney’s casino marketplace took a dramatic turn this week, as Echo Entertainment unveiled a plan that would feature a $1 billion expansion of their existing Star casino in the city. But while Echo had previously appeared to want a monopoly over the city’s casino industry, their latest plan also includes room for…Read More