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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.

Florida Gambling Amendment Likely to Reach Ballot in November

Florida gambling constitutional amendment

Groups attempting to push a constitutional amendment to give voters control over gambling expansion in Florida have nearly collected enough signatures to put their proposal on the state ballot this November. The Voter Control of Gambling in Florida initiative had collected over 725,000 valid signatures, close to the 766,200 it would need to submit by…Read More

CES Room Demand Pushes MGM Resorts to Reopen Mandalay Bay 32nd Floor, as Convention Center Expansion Continues

MGM Resorts Las Vegas Convention Center

MGM Resorts properties up and down the Strip are filled to capacity this week, as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Las Vegas’ largest annual convention, begins its four-day trade show. With 180,000 expected convention attendees and rooms in high demand, CES has prompted MGM to reopen sections of Mandalay Bay’s 32nd floor. Several floors had…Read More

Oprah Winfrey 2020 Presidential Odds Shorten, Following Golden Globes Speech

Oprah Winfrey 2020 odds

Could presidential candidate Oprah Winfrey be a thing in 2020? Before President Donald Trump disrupted all conventional political thinking while paving his own path to the White House, the notion of a former high-profile television personality and billionaire businessperson holding the most powerful office in the world might have seemed a bit of a stretch….Read More

Divisional Playoff Point Spreads Show Conference Disparities

Nick Foles

Sports books think that New England and Pittsburgh will meet in the AFC Championship and the point spreads in this weekend’s divisional playoff games reflect that. They are both large favorites to advance to the game to see which team will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. The NFC divisional games are much tighter…Read More

Powerball, Mega Millions Jackpots Hit, Combined Winnings Exceed $1 Billion, Winners Still Incognito

Powerball Mega Millions lottery

The odds of winning the Powerball are one in 292.2 million, while for Mega Millions. they are one in 302.5 million. The odds of both jackpots being hit in a span of 24 hours aren’t clear, but certainly, they’re very, very long. Lottery players, of course, are happy to test their luck against such seemingly impossible…Read More

Opening of Jeju Shinhwa World Casino Delayed Yet Again

Jeju casino delay

The casino at the Jeju Shinhwa World resort on South Korea’s Jeju Island has pushed back its opening date yet again, with officials this time citing a delay in the transfer of a casino license from another gaming facility. The casino, which was to be operated by Hong Kong’s Landing International Development, was originally announced…Read More

$1.3 Million Westgate SuperContest Scooped by Briceton Branch Sr., Father of High School Football Star

Westgate SuperContest 2017 Million Dollar winner

39-year-old Briceton Branch Sr. lived up to his own teenage son’s expectations when he beat out more than 2,700 other sports bettors over the course of the NFL season to win the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest, walking away with the grand prize of $1,327,284. Branch, who won under the entry name of “Grannys Boy,” finished…Read More

Police Say Employee Staged Robberies at South Dakota Casino

Staged casino robbery

When the Jackpot Casino Too in Rapid City, South Dakota was robbed twice in December, the initial thought was that it had just been an unlucky month for the house. But now police say that the robberies were actually an inside job that were staged by one of the casino’s employees. Police have charged Carlos…Read More

Lucky Dragon Shutters Casino Floor, Asian-Themed Resort Plans ‘Repositioning’

Lucky Dragon casino closes

The Lucky Dragon hasn’t been spewing the hot revenue fire its investors hoped for since it opened its doors a year ago last month. In mid-December, reports surfaced that the 203-room boutique hotel and 27,500-square-foot casino floor were struggling. Yesterday, those rumors were confirmed when gaming at the Lucky Dragon was suspended, and most of…Read More

Casino Proposed at Vietnam’s Laguna Lang Co Beach Resort

Laguna Lang Co casino

Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has recommended to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc that permission be granted for the development of a casino at the Laguna Lăng Cô beach resort. According to a report in the Vietnam Investment Review, an unnamed investor is interested in opening a casino at the resort by…Read More

Poker’s Top Female Pro Vanessa Selbst Steps Back from PokerStars Endorsement Deal and the Game Itself

Vanessa Selbst leaving poker

Vanessa Selbst, who’s won three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and made nearly $12 million as one of the top poker tournament players in the world, surprised fans and fellow players by announcing on New Year’s Eve that she’s retiring from the game. The most successful women’s player gave several reasons on an in-depth…Read More

South Korea Casino Kangwon Land Ordered to Reduce Operating Hours, Mass Gaming Tables

South Korea casino Kangwon Land

Kangwon Land, the only South Korea casino where citizens are allowed to gamble, has been ordered by the country’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) to cut its hours and number of mass tables. In a filing with the Korea Stock Exchange, Kangwon Land says the federal agency has directed the resort to reduce…Read More

Ceiling Collapse at Resorts World Sentosa Injures Four

Resorts World Sentosa

Four individuals working at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore were injured when part of a ceiling board collapsed on Tuesday morning. The ceiling board, located in an area leading to the mezzanine gaming area of the casino, injured three renovation workers and a security officer. According to a spokesperson for the resort, the collapse fell…Read More

Anti-Gambling Advocate Wins $25,000 in Illinois Sweepstakes

Gilroy Illinois gambling sweepstakes

When anti-gambling activist Kathy Gilroy won $25,000 by playing a sweepstakes at a gambling café in Illinois, she saw it as a fortunate windfall, if one that was a bit ironic. But some in Illinois instead saw a case of hypocrisy from someone who had long worked to prevent the spread of gambling throughout the…Read More

New Chinese Cash Rules Unlikely to Slow Macau’s Growth

Macau Chinese cash rules

A new limit on the amount of money that can be withdrawn annually from mainland Chinese bank accounts while outside of the country could be seen as a threat to Macau’s casino industry, but experts largely say the impact on the territory should be minimal, if it is felt at all. As of January 1,…Read More