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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.

Chicago Casino Shot Down in State Senate, but Resuscitation Expected

Chicago casino Illinois budget

A Chicago casino and five other gambling licenses were up for consideration in the Illinois General Assembly, but deliberations were quickly squashed, as legislators in Springfield opted to delay legislation until incoming lawmakers are sworn into office today. Illinois has been enduring a nearly two-year budget stalemate that’s starving public universities and social programs across…Read More

Trump’s AG Pick Jeff Sessions “Shocked” by Regulated Online Gambling

AG nominee Jeff Sessions would “revisit” DOJ interpretation of wire Act

Jeff Sessions, the senator from Alabama and Trump nominee for attorney general, professed himself to be “shocked” this week by a 2011 DOJ legal opinion that paved the way for regulated online gambling in the US. Sessions was answering questions on Tuesday morning during his confirmation hearing, when online gambling opponent Senator Lindsey Graham (R-…Read More

Las Vegas Sportsbooks Lose Big on Clemson’s Stunning Upset Over Alabama

Las Vegas sportsbooks Clemson Deshaun Watson

Las Vegas sportsbooks are on a roll, but it’s not a streak they desire. Fresh off the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs where all four favorites covered the spread, oddsmakers in Nevada are licking their wounds this morning after the Clemson Tigers pulled off a stunning upset of the Alabama Crimson Tide during…Read More

Rappers Chris Brown and Soulja Boy Agree to Box in Las Vegas

Chris Brown Soulja Boy Las Vegas

Rappers Chris Brown and Soulja Boy have verbally agreed on social media to a boxing match in order to settle their beef over a girl. It all began when Soulja Boy, who is primarily known for his 2007 Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit “Crank That,” started “hearting” Instagram photos of Brown’s ex Karrueche Tran. The…Read More

New England Patriots Favored in Las Vegas for Super Bowl LI

New England Patriots odds Super Bowl LI

The New England Patriots have the best odds of the eight remaining teams in the playoffs to win Super Bowl LI. That’s according to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas who believe the Boston squad has not only the easiest path to the big game, but also the best roster. After coach Bill Belichick’s players had…Read More

KISS Casino Ready to Rock and Roll in Oklahoma With Kaw Nation

KISS casino Oklahoma Kaw Nation

A KISS casino will soon allow visitors to rock and roll all night in Oklahoma. Famed members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are teaming up with the Kaw Nation to construct a full-fledged casino on sovereign tribal land in the Sooner State near the Kansas state line along Interstate 35 in the town of Braman….Read More

NFL Television Ratings Score Late-Season Touchdown Following Presidential Election

NFL television ratings Green Bay Packers

NFL television ratings for the 2016 regular season were down on average eight percent, but the last two months provided league officials with plenty of optimism. Roughly 16.5 million viewers tuned in to each NFL game this year, 1.4 million fewer than the 17.9 million that did in 2015. But that figure is actually less…Read More

Senator Ray Lesniak to Run for New Jersey Governor

Lesniak to run for governor of New Jersey

New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak (D-Union), a longtime champion of gambling in the Garden State, is to run for governor, and that could be good news for its chances on legalizing sports betting. “The final decision for me was I could not hold myself back,” Lesniak told NJ.com shortly after filing the official papers, Thursday….Read More

Russia’s First Sochi Casino Opens Thursday With High Hopes

First Casino Opens in Sochi

The Sochi Casino and Resort, the first casino in Russia’s newest dedicated gambling zone, is due to open its doors officially today. Situated in the mountain resort of Gorky Gorod, Sochi, the casino is described by its operator Domain LLC as an “entertainment complex of a global scale” and a “unique concept for Russia in the spirit of the…Read More

NCLGS Gaming Conference Commences Friday in Arizona

NCLGS gaming conference Mark Brnovich

The NCLGS gaming conference holds its annual winter meeting this week in Scottsdale, Arizona, a rather strange host location considering the numerous state lawmakers there who are working to curb gambling expansion. The keynote address will come from Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich during the opening session. Brnovich previously served as the chairman of the…Read More

Barista Wins Record-Breaking Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest

2016 Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest draws record field

A record-breaking Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest has been won by 32-year-old Starbucks barista Damon Graham. To those late to the party, the Super Contest is the biggest NFL handicapping competition in the world, held annually at the Westgate Las Vegas, which also boasts the world’s biggest race and sports book.    The contest began in…Read More

William Hill Leaves Czech Market as Punitive Online Gambling Reforms Come into Force

William Hill Leaves Czech market

William Hill withdrew from the Czech market just as the new year dawned and January 1st ushered in a new online gambling regime. It’s not yet known whether the bookmaker has chosen to pull its operations in order to apply for a license, or whether it is permanently fleeing the harsh taxation imposed by the…Read More

Football Odds on NFL Playoffs and College National Championship Line Up

Football odds NFL playoffs National Championship

Football odds on the NFL playoffs and college National Championship have many believing now is the best time of the year. The holidays might be behind us, but those in Nevada and Las Vegas are ready for one of their most prosperous times on the calendar. The Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs kicks…Read More

Massachusetts Casinos Held at Bay in 2016, But Future Looks Buoyant

Massachusetts casinos 2016 Wynn Boston Harbor

It was a turbulent year for Massachusetts casinos. Legalized in 2011 through the state’s Expanded Gaming Act, five years later only one gambling venue is open for business. Massachusetts’ casino expansion law called for the authorization of three resort casinos in three distinct regions, plus a single slots-only parlor. The Plainridge Park Casino is the…Read More

Gaming Love Matches That Blew Up Big Time in 2016

Packer, Carey, the Wynns and the biggest 2016 gaming love matches

Mariah Carey’s relationship with billionaire casino mogul James Packer was the talk of the town in 2016. They were engaged in early January, and broke their silence on the much-rumored affair a week later, with Carey declaring that the $10-million 35-carat engagement ring the love-struck former Crown chairman had given her was “so heavy I…Read More