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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.

Atlantic City Officials Hope New Resorts Will Return Declining Visitation Rates

Atlantic City casino revenue visitor statistics

If the two new Atlantic City casino resorts expected to open later this year are to be successful, visitor trips to the beachfront town are going to need to change course from 2017. Stockton University’s Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism reports this week that visitor trips to Atlantic City totaled 24.1…Read More

Canelo Alvarez vs. GGG 2 Canceled, Promoters Look for Fresh Meat for Golovkin

Canelo Alvarez GGG Golovkin boxing

The Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin rematch is off. The underdog Canelo withdrew from the fight this week ahead of his scheduled appearance before the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) where he’ll attempt to explain two recent failed drug tests. While training in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico, Alvarez tested positive on February 27…Read More

Duterte’s Environmental Shutdown of Boracay Island a ‘Smokescreen’ for Casino, Alleges Opposition Lawmaker

Philippine opposition claims conspiracy over Boracay casino

Galaxy Entertainment’s construction of a $500 million casino on the paradise summer resort of Boracay Island in the Philippines is due to go ahead, despite the fact the island has been shut down for an environmental clean-up. But at least one opposition politician is claiming conspiracy. Carlos Zarate, of the socialist Bayan Muna party, said…Read More

Three Japan Casino Resorts on Coalition Radar at 30 Percent Blanket Tax

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has always been a stalwart supporter of Japanese casinos

The outlook for Japan casinos is looking positive, but not without some potential blockades. After a stalemate and delays, Japan’s ruling coalition is moving towards compromise at last. A framework of regulation is being drafted in the Diet right now, but time is of the essence, as the bill submission deadline is mid-April, less than…Read More

China Unveils World’s Longest Sea Bridge, Linking Macau to Hong Kong

World’s longest sea bridge

The Chinese government gave the world a sneak peek at the longest sea bridge on the planet this week, connecting Hong Kong to Macau and the neighboring Chinese mainland city of Zhuhai. The project, which uses 420,000 tonnes of steel, cost $15.1 billion and has been nine years in the making. It hopes to promote…Read More

Beginner’s Luck: 18-Year-Old Wins $1K a Week for Life, Internet Gambler Wins $194K

beginner's luck lottery online gambling

A bit of beginner’s luck won two individuals considerable money this month and will make many others wonder why they haven’t been as lucky. In Quebec, Charlie Lagarde celebrated her 18th birthday by purchasing a bottle of sparkling wine and her first-ever lottery ticket. When she scratched off the game, Lagarde discovered she had just…Read More

Who Bit Beyoncé? Online Gambling Sites Taking Bets

Who Bit Beyoncé

The internet is abuzz, with millions of people trying to figure out the answer to one question: who bit Beyoncé? And for those who think they might know the answer, there are plenty of bookmakers who are willing to let you bet on who the mystery biter might be. Before you place any big money…Read More

Suspicious Transactions Plummet at BC Casinos Following Crackdown

British Columbia AG David Eby

Suspicious cash transactions at British Columbia’s casinos have dropped significantly in the wake of tighter controls implemented by the provincial government in January. That’s according to BC Attorney General David Eby, who told a federal committee on Tuesday that suspicious transactions to BC casinos had fallen to CA$200,000 in February from a peak of CA$20…Read More

Nevada Sportsbooks Receive State Approval to Offer NFL Draft Odds

Nevada sportsbooks NFL Draft odds

Nevada sportsbooks will once again be permitted to offer odds on the NFL Draft. On Monday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) signed off on 32 different types of wagers for the 2018 NFL Draft. The three-day event will run April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium, aka “Jerry World,” the home of the Dallas Cowboys. ESPN’s…Read More

UK Gambling Commission Considering Credit Card Ban for Online Gamblers

UKGC online gambling credit cards ban

The UK Gambling Commission is mulling a ban on credit cards for use as a deposit method for online gambling, as per a new online gambling review, published Monday. The regulator says it plans a new consumer protection drive, aimed at making online gambling “safer than ever before.” “We will consider prohibiting or restricting the…Read More

Horseshoe Baltimore Spending Millions of Dollars Buying Nearby Property

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Horseshoe Baltimore is spending millions of dollars in purchasing nearby property, as the Caesars-owned casino looks to create a more appealing entertainment district. The Baltimore Sun reports this week that Caesars recently spent about $8 million in acquiring a vacant warehouse and office building near its Maryland venue. Located southwest of Inner Harbor, Horseshoe Baltimore…Read More

SLS Las Vegas to Undergo $100 Million Renovation, as North Strip Optimism Continues

SLS Las Vegas renovation blob

SLS Las Vegas, the north Strip casino resort that has struggled financially since it was re-envisioned from the Sahara in 2014, is undergoing further changes in what will hopefully reverse the property’s recent fortunes. New owner Alex Meruelo told the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) last week that he’s going to spend $100 million to revitalize…Read More

Sources: Japan Casinos Will Need to File Transaction Reports for Amounts Exceeding $9,500

Japan casino Shinzo Abe IR bill

Japan casinos will be required to file currency transaction reports on customers who deposit and/or withdrawal amounts exceeding ¥1 million ($9,500) in any given 24-hour period. According to government sources talking with The Japan Times, the country’s largest and oldest English-language newspaper, casino patrons will need to complete a document revealing their name, address, and…Read More

Philippine Border Police Placed on Alert for Pachinko Billionaire Kazuo Okada

Kazuo Okada in trouble in the Philippines

The Philippine Department of Justice has ordered border guards at the country’s airports and seaports to be on the lookout for billionaire Japanese gambling magnate Kazuo Okada. Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment (TRLE), the Universal Entertainment subsidiary that runs the Okada Manila resort in the Philippines Entertainment City, has filed a criminal complaint against Okada…Read More

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Budget Finalized at $1.8 Billion

Las Vegas Raiders stadium cost

The Las Vegas Raiders football stadium will cost $1.8 billion to construct. The official price tag doesn’t include a $100 million training facility. At a Las Vegas Stadium Authority (LVSA) meeting this week, the Oakland Raiders and general contractor Mortenson Construction said the $1.8 billion total is guaranteed, meaning they will be on the hook…Read More