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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

Cardmaker Gemaco Refutes Borgata’s Claim That Design Flaw Led to Phil Ivey’s $10M Edge-Sorting Win

Phil Ivey and Kelly Sun on trial

In poker pro Phil Ivey’s ongoing battle with the Borgata casino in Atlantic City over $10 million “won” at the mini-baccarat tables in 2012, it’s become a three-way blame game. In a statement filed in a New Jersey court on Monday, playing card manufacturer Gemaco answered the Borgata’s claim that flawed decks allowed Ivey and…Read More

MGM Buys Back 10 Million Shares From Late Founder Kirk Kerkorian’s Estate

MGM Resorts Kirk Kerkorian

MGM Resorts is acquiring 10 million common shares of its own company from the estate of late billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, the man who founded the gaming and hospitality company in 1986. The deal values each share at $32.75, a one percent discount on the stock’s closing price on September 11, for a total transaction of…Read More

Scotland Named Britain’s Gambling Capital, 68 Percent of Scots Placing Bets

Scots are UK’s biggest gamblers

The Scottish people are Britain’s most avid gamblers, according to figures newly published by the UK Gambling Commission, with over two-thirds of adults saying they had gambled in the past year. Or more specifically, 68 percent of Scottish respondents admitted to having placed a bet in the preceding 12 months, compared with 52 percent in…Read More

MGM Lawsuit to Block Connecticut Satellite Casino Is Dismissed by Federal Appeals Court

MGM Springfield Connecticut casino

Legal efforts by MGM Resorts to block construction of a third casino in Connecticut have suffered a defeat, after the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejected the gaming operator’s rehearing request. MGM argues that Connecticut violated its own state constitution when it signed off on plans in late June to authorize a…Read More

Favorite Rafael Nadal Easily Defeats Kevin Anderson to Win Third US Open, 16th Grand Slam Event

Rafa Nadal

The world’s No. 1 ranked player Rafael Nadal breezed through the finals of the US Open, defeating South African Kevin Anderson on Sunday in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. The tournament’s top seed was also the favorite at sportsbooks with odds ranging from 5-2 to 4-1 before the event began two weeks ago. It was…Read More

College Football Title Odds Scramble After Ohio State Loses to Oklahoma

college football odds Ohio State Oklahoma

College football national championship futures look a lot different this Monday morning than they did heading into the weekend, after #5 Oklahoma pulled off a stunner in upsetting #2 Ohio State on their home turf Saturday night.  The Sooners win in Columbus delivered a headache for oddsmakers that will likely last throughout the season. At Nevada…Read More

MGM National Harbor in Maryland Is Dominating DC Area Casino Landscape

MGM National Harbor Fuels Maryland Casino Growth

The MGM National Harbor in Maryland is barely nine months old. Yet it has come to dominate the region’s casino landscape. According to the latest revenue report released by state gaming authorities, MGM is leading notable growth in Maryland’s casino industry. In August, Maryland’s six casinos yielded a healthy $137.5 million return for the month. That’s…Read More

Louisiana Lawmaker Blames Parkinson’s Meds for Raiding Campaign Funds to Gamble

Jerome "Dee" Richards Lousiana lawmaker gambling

Louisiana lawmaker Jerome “Dee” Richard (I-District 55) has promised to pay back $37,000 he spent from his campaign account on gambling, actions which he has blamed on his Parkinson’s medication. On Wednesday, Richard promised to pay restitution, and indicated he’d reached an agreement with the Board of Ethics that stipulates both repayment and admitting improper…Read More

Weekend College Football Betting Opens with Ohio State as Favorite over Oklahoma

Baker Mayfield and JT Barrett

When Ohio State and Oklahoma kick off in Columbus on Saturday at 7:30 pm ET, two traditional powers will go toe-to-toe under the lights at “The Shoe” in front of 100,000-plus screaming Buckeye fans and a nationwide television audience on ABC. It’s the Buckeyes versus the Sooners, the Big Ten versus the Big 12, scarlet…Read More

Feds Charge Sports Jock Craig Carton for Role in Ticket Scam to Cover Gambling Debts

Craig Carton arrest

The FBI arrested popular New York City sports talk radio personality Craig Carton on Wednesday, alleging he conducted a Ponzi-like ticket fraud scheme to pay off millions of dollars in gambling debts. The 48-year-old Carton and Michael Wright, owner of two Manhattan strip clubs, were charged with securities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy, according to…Read More

Casino Owner Tilman Fertitta Buys NBA’s Houston Rockets for $2.2 Billion

Tilman Fertita Houston Rockets buyer

Seafood restaurant and casino magnate Tilman Fertitta agreed on Monday to shell out 2.2 billion clams for the NBA’s Houston Rockets. The purchase price set a record for professional basketball teams, exceeding the $2 billion that Steve Ballmer paid for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014. It also showed further willingness by major professional sports…Read More

MGM Resorts Sells National Harbor to Itself, Announces Stock Buyback

MGM Resorts National Harbor

MGM Resorts International opened its $1.4 billion National Harbor property last December, and the big casino located about 10 miles from the White House across the Potomac River quickly became the top casino performer in Maryland. Now the Nevada-based casino giant is selling the place, to one of its own companies, as part of an…Read More

“What Happens Here…” Iconic Vegas Marketing Slogan Returns in New TV Ad

What happens here stays here

“What happens here, stays here” is one of the most effective marketing slogans of the last 20 years, and it’s back, in a new TV spot from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). Directed by Roderick Fenske, a former Nevada resident, the first of two new spots designed to lure tourists to Las…Read More

Sheldon Adelson Shows Japan He’s Serious About Las Vegas Sands IR Bid with Personal Visit

Sheldon Adelson Japan Las Vegas Sands

Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson was in Tokyo and Osaka last week to get the inside scoop on Japan’s forthcoming integrated casino resort industry. The billionaire also offered up his company’s expertise on the meetings, incentives, conferences, and events (MICE) industry, telling government officials that Sands was there to help in any way possible….Read More

Heisman Hopes Vanish for Florida State’s Francois After Injury

Heisman hopefuls

The promise of a breakout year for Florida State University quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Deondre Francois was crushed when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the fourth quarter of the Seminoles 24-7 loss to Alabama on Saturday. The signal caller tore his patellar tendon in his left knee and will require surgery. With…Read More