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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.

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

M Resort Robbed Three Times at (Fake) Gunpoint, Evangelist Pastor Arrested

Gregory Bolusan Las Vegas pastor M robberies

Gregory Bolusan, a local pastor, has been arrested and charged for allegedly robbing Penn National Gaming’s M Resort casino at the far south end of Las Vegas Boulevard. Bolusan, who was listed as the senior pastor at Grace Bible Church on Monday on the place of worship’s Facebook page (which has since been taken down),…Read More

Longshot Rekindling Wins Melbourne Cup, Makes Man $1 Million

Rekindling, Melbourne Cup

Longshot Rekindling captured one of the world’s richest horse races at Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup in Australia and made one man a millionaire. The annual horserace attracts approximately 90,000 fans to Flemington Racecourse and the two-mile contest has a purse of $6.2 million (AUS). It is known as “The race that stops a nation,” and politicians…Read More

Genting Singapore Sees Surging Earnings and Profits in Third Quarter

Genting Singapore profits

High rollers spent more money than expected at Resorts World Sentosa, helping drive strong earnings and profits in the third quarter for Genting Singapore. Quarterly profits rose 35 percent year-over-year for the operator, thanks largely to stronger volume from VIP and premium mass market gamblers during the quarter. Overall gaming revenues were up 11 percent…Read More

Anne Arundel County Approves PILOT Tax Relief for Maryland Live! Casino

Anne Arundel Maryland Live PILOT

Anne Arundel County Council approved a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) measure last night that will ease Maryland Live’s tax responsibility by $1.2 million a year for 30 years, a total reduction of $36 million. The PILOT was reached by Anne Arundel officials and The Cordish Companies, parent group to the casino, in a…Read More

Las Vegas Sees Plenty of Strip Investments, Thousands of Rooms Renovated, Construction Resuming

Las Vegas Strip resort renovation

Las Vegas is getting a series of makeovers, at least on the inside of the casino resorts that line the Strip. Gaming operators are currently in the process of spending upwards of one billion dollars in room renovation projects that will run through to the end of 2018. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, no…Read More

Macau Gastronomy Recognized by UNESCO, Mirrors Las Vegas as Nongaming Draws Expand

Gordon Ramsay

Macau culinary excellence is now right behind Las Vegas, as both gaming destinations are finding award-winning fine dining is proving to be an effective path to a gambler’s wallet. After the tremendous success Las Vegas has had with those who patronize gaming floors dropping big bucks at celebrity chef eateries, Macau foodies are also now…Read More

Analysts Raise VIP Estimates for Singapore Casinos

Singapore casinos VIP revenue

Brokerage Sanford C. Bernstein has pushed its estimates of 2017 VIP gross gaming revenue at Singapore casinos up by 18 percent, based mostly on the strength of one resort’s impressive performance. In a note published Friday, analysts wrote that they expect VIP revenue for Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa will come to nearly…Read More

Philadelphia Casino Lawsuit Dropped, PA Gambling Expansion Bill Generates $1 Million

Philadelphia casino Pennsylvania gambling

A second Philadelphia casino is cleared for construction, after rival SugarHouse dropped its ongoing lawsuit against Stadium Casino, LLC, that has prevented the Live! Hotel & Casino project in the Stadium District from moving forward. The cease of the legal challenge comes as a result of the massive gambling expansion bill signed into law this…Read More

Duke No. 1 in Associated Press Basketball Poll, Favorite to Win Title

Duke Basketball

The Duke Blue Devils have won five NCAA Basketball Championships in the university’s history and they are ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Basketball poll and favored to win their sixth title. The team lost last year in the second round of the tournament. They also saw four of their starters depart and those…Read More

Astros Win World Series, Among Favorites to Repeat in 2018

Houston Astros win world series

The Houston Astros jumped out to an early lead and were able to keep the Los Angeles Dodgers offense at bay, winning Game 7 by a 5-1 score to earn the first World Series title in franchise history. While the game lacked the thrilling back-and-forth action that punctuated much of the series, there was still…Read More