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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

Fate of Philadelphia Live! Casino Project Still in Limbo as Factions Battle Antitrust Measures

Philadelphia casino Scott Petri

Philadelphia’s Live! Hotel & Casino project remains in legal limbo, as a lawsuit continues to block the venue from license finalization and moving forward to break ground. The main issue is trying to determine whether businessman Watche “Bob” Manoukian, who owns a controlling 86 percent stake in the nearby Parx Casino, is allowed to additionally…Read More

DraftKings, FanDuel Jettison Merger Plans, Back Off From FTC Challenge

DraftKing’s Jason Robins (left) and and FanDuel’s Nigel Eccles

Joint rulers of the daily fantasy sports (DFS) market DraftKings and FanDuel have walked away from a proposed merger of equals, less than a month after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) moved to block the deal on grounds of antitrust “fair competition” issues. The two companies announced the termination of the tie-up on Thursday, just…Read More

TEN Atlantic City Receives $220 Million Offer, But Owner Glenn Straub Knows Nothing About It

TEN Atlantic City Glenn Straub

TEN Atlantic City owner Glenn Straub claims he’s unaware of a $220 million offer to acquire his shuttered Boardwalk resort, despite media reports that a bid has indeed been made. The Press of Atlantic City says an unnamed private equity firm in New York City is trying to purchase the former $2.4 billion Revel Casino,…Read More

New Jersey’s Online Poker Market Hits Rock Bottom

New Jersey online poker hits all-time low.

New Jersey’s online casino operations continued to go from strength to strength in June, but online poker fell off a cliff. According to figures newly released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), while online casino winnings were up over 23 percent in comparison with June 2006, online poker raked in its worst…Read More

Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia Joins Pro-RAWA Chorus

Virginia Senator Mark Warner gets behind RAWA

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) has written to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, requesting that he review the DOJ’s 2011 interpretation of the Wire Act. That’s the legal opinion that the 1961 act applied only to sports betting, not the as-yet-to-exist realities of online poker and internet casinos to which it was applied prior to that…Read More

World Series of Poker Main Event Players Clash Over Texting, Earning Both Suspensions

WSOP Main Event 2017 player fight

The fireworks at the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event were still going on Sunday, July 8th, even with Independence Day well past, when two of the more than 7,200 ultimate players to enter went at it with a verbal joust that landed them both some time outs. Players Tony Bracy and Lazaro…Read More

Caesars Entertainment Restructuring Approved in New Jersey, Plan Eliminates $16 Billion in Debt

Caesars Entertainment restructuring Atlantic City

Caesars Entertainment has received approval from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission (CCC) to restructure its business operations in Atlantic City. The corporate maneuvering will eliminate $16 billion from the parent company’s books and reduce its interest and lease payment liabilities by $807 million. Under the approved reorganization, Caesars Entertainment Operation Company (CEOC), owners of…Read More

Girl Wins California Lottery Twice in One Week

Rosa Dominguez wins lottery twice in a week

Talk about about a lucky break! An American teenager somehow managed to win the state lottery not once but twice this week. Nineteen-year-old Rosa Dominguez was driving home from Arizona when she stopped at a gas station in Paso Robles in her home state of California, and decided to try her hand at a few…Read More

Pennsylvania Gambling Expansion Still on Table, Governor Allows Underfunded Budget to Pass

Pennsylvania gambling expansion Tom Wolf

Expanding Pennsylvania gambling might still be in the cards for the country’s sixth-most populated state, after Governor Tom Wolf (D) allowed an underfunded budget to become law without his signature. The state needs to quickly find $2.2 billion to balance the $32 billion financial plan. With Wolf looking to raise taxes on corporations and the…Read More

Hard Rock International Unveils Plans for Hard Rock Entertainment World in Catalonia, Spain

Hard Rock Entertainment World

Hard Rock International has detailed its plans for Hard Rock Entertainment World, a proposed casino project it has the green light to build in Catalonia, Spain. The $2 billion integrated resort will be located in Vila-seca in Catalonia’s Tarragona province, around 70 miles along the coast from Barcelona. The complex will be built next to…Read More

Student Sues Bet365 for £1,000,000 Over Withheld ‘Winnings’

Bet365 sued by customer over million-dollar win

Bet365 is being sued by a customer who believes the online bookmaker owes her £1,009,960 ($1.3 million) and is welching on a bet. In June last year, Megan McCann, 20, student from Northern Ireland, wagered £24,960 ($32,200) on 12 different horses in four modest races, winning £985,000. But the operator is refusing to pay up…Read More

Floyd Mayweather Asks IRS for Temporary Reprieve on Tax Bill, Says He’ll Be Flush After Conor McGregor Fight

Floyd Mayweather IRS taxes

Floyd Mayweather still hasn’t paid his tax bill from 2015, and last week the boxing great asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for just a little more time in making good with the federal government. In a petition filed on July 5, attorneys for Mayweather say the 49-0 boxer will send in his tax check…Read More

Caesars Entertainment Looks to Expand Hotel Holdings, Remains Confident on Japan, South Korea

Caesars Entertainment Mark Frissora

Caesars Entertainment expects to officially exit bankruptcy in September, and in the interim, the company is developing its future growth plan that is focused on non-gaming investments. Gaming currently makes up about 58 percent of Caesars’ overall income. CEO Mark Frissora wants to change that by growing food and beverage (16 percent) and entertainment (11…Read More

Pennsylvania Slot Machine Revenue Decreases, as State Lawmakers Mull Gambling Expansion

Pennsylvania slot machine gambling expansion

Pennsylvania slot machine win at the state’s 12 land-based casinos fell during the 2016/2017 fiscal year. Meanwhile, lawmakers in the Harrisburg capital are continuing to contemplate expanding gambling and allowing slot machines to be placed inside bars and restaurants, truck stops, and airport terminals. Total gross revenue from slot machines totaled $2.336 billion between July…Read More

SLS Las Vegas, Closing in on New Ownership Deal, Hints at Readoption of Sahara Brand

SLS Las Vegas considers Sahara rebrand

The SLS, which sits on the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip where once stood the legendary Sahara, may be going back in time, at least as far as branding is concerned. The beleaguered casino property, which has already tried a multimillion renovation and bizarre modern art greeting arriving guests from its circular outdoor…Read More