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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

Esports Cheating Ban Highlights Corruption Problem in Competitive Gaming

Esports player banned for two years

The Esports Integrity Coalition (EIC), a non-profit industry body dedicated to cleaning up esports, has banned a player for two years after he confessed to cheating during the Mettlestate Samsung Galaxy CS:GO Championship earlier this month. It’s the first such ban handed down by the EIC’s disciplinary board since the organization’s formation in the UK…Read More

Illinois Casino Expansion Passes Senate, State Has $14.3 Billion in Bills

Illinois casino expansion Chicago gambling

Illinois casino expansion is one step closer to bringing land-based commercial gambling to the state. This week, the Illinois Senate passed a measure 33-24 that calls for the authorization of up to six casinos. The state presently only allows riverboat gambling and pari-mutuel betting on horse racing. Authored by State Senate Majority Leader Terry Link…Read More

Case for Slots Expansion Bears No Fruit in Florida Supreme Court

Galvano praises Florida Supreme Court on slots expansion

In a unanimous decision, Florida’s Supreme Court has ruled against a statewide expansion of slot machine gambling. To offer more slots in more places will require more than the will of a single county, the court determined. The case had been brought by Gretna Racing, a race track in the small town of Gretna in Gadsden County,…Read More

Always Dreaming Has Obstacles to Overcome for Winning Preakness

Preakness preview

After an impressive victory at the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, Always Dreaming is the horse overwhelmingly favored to win the Preakness on Saturday. But a few of his equine counterparts could present a challenge as he attempts to take down this second leg of the Triple Crown. The 3-year-old colt won the Derby at Churchill Downs by nearly…Read More

South Korean Gaming Market Targeted by Australian Slots Manufacturer Aristocrat

Kangwon Land South Korean casino

The budding South Korean gaming market is enticing casino industry companies into rethinking their marketing strategies. Slots manufacturer Aristocrat is the latest, as the Australian game maker is focusing on specialty themes that will appeal to this previously overlooked demographic. At the Global Gaming Expo in Asia this week, the technology provider revealed a new offering that…Read More

Macau Tourism Increasing, AGA President Says Thank US

Macau tourism mass market visitor

Macau tourism is on the rise, and government officials representing China’s special gaming zone predict the trend will continue throughout the year. Macao Government Tourist Office Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia conference this week that the city is bracing for a five percent tourism increase in…Read More

Los Angeles Police Bust Biggest Cockfighting Ring in US History

Police bust biggest cockfighting ring in US

A raid by Los Angeles police Tuesday on a rural property in Val Verde, Los Angeles County, uncovered what authorities believe to be the biggest cockfighting ring in US history. Law enforcement seized 7,000 birds from the 80-acre compound, many of which had injuries consistent with cockfighting. They also retrieved numerous hooked razors, known as…Read More

Korean Pop Star Jung Jin-woo Pops Into Prison for Illegal Gambling

South Korean pop star Jung Jin-woo gambling

Korean pop star Jung Jin-woo was once a promising musician with hundreds of thousands of fans in his home country. He rose to fame on the fifth season of “K-pop Star,” South Korea’s version of “American Idol,” but a weakness for gambling has landed the celebrity behind bars for one year. Jin-woo became a household…Read More

New Jersey’s Frank Pallone Petitions Trump Administration to Support PASPA Review

Frank Pallone New Jersey sports betting PASPA

New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone is continuing his efforts to bring legalized sports gambling to Atlantic City casinos and horse racetracks in the Garden State. In a letter this week to Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall, Pallone (D-District 6) encouraged the third highest-ranking member in the Department of Justice to recommend to the Supreme Court…Read More

World Series of Poker Abandons November Nine Concept

WSOP ditches November Nine

The World Series of Poker is ditching the “November Nine” format. It’s an acknowledgment that today people are consuming and engaging with poker in very different ways than they were nine years ago, when the concept was introduced.    The November Nine first appeared in 2008, designed to give the World Series a reality show…Read More

Skill-Based Gaming Developer Gamblit Raises $25 Million in Financing

skill-based gaming casino Gamblit

Last week, Gamblit Gaming, a real money skill-based gambling platform developer based in Glendale, California, announced that it has raised $25 million in “new growth financing” that will assist in the company’s ongoing expansion. The makers of the Model G interactive gaming table, which are now live in Las Vegas at select MGM and Caesars properties,…Read More

UK Soccer Star Wayne Rooney Reportedly Kicks Away $645,000 in Two-Hour Gambling Spree

Wayne Rooney gambling

If soccer player Wayne Rooney’s goal was to lose a large amount of money in a short time in a casino he seems to have succeeded. The Sun newspaper reported Monday the UK sports star surrendered £500,000 ($645,000) in two hours playing blackjack and roulette. The Manchester United player, who holds the team record for most…Read More

Esports Viewing Figures No Challenge to Mainstream Sports… Not Yet, Says Report

Esports audience not has big as mainstream sports

Suggestions that esports viewing figures are beginning to rival those of traditional mainstream sports are exaggerated, according to a new report by IHS Markit, although that’s not to say they aren’t growing at a rapid pace. IHS Markit found that, worldwide, time dedicated to watching esports was up 19 percent on last year, to over…Read More

Caesars Regains Footing in Atlantic City with Approval of Debt Restructuring Plan

Bally's and Caesars casinos in Atlantic City

The New Jersey Casino Control Commission (CCC) has approved a plan by Caesars to restructure its debt by outsourcing casino operations in two of its three Atlantic City resort properties. Under the arrangement, the Caesars Entertainment Operating Company will essentially split its resorts into two units. Day-to-day operations of the Caesars and Bally’s casino resorts in Atlantic…Read More

McCain Weighs in on Connecticut Casino Fight, Opposing Tribal Satellite

John McCain on casino in Connecticut

Sen. John McCain voiced his opposition to a new casino in Connecticut on Tuesday, saying the proposed project would endanger the state’s revenue-sharing deal with the Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequot tribal operators, ultimately costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars. These tribes, however, contend the opposite, saying the whole purpose of their proposed jointly…Read More