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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.

New York Gaming Location Board Investigated by US Officials

New York Gaming Location Board Andrew Cuomo

The New York Gaming Facility Location Board attracted the peering eyes of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) soon after it awarded Empire Resorts Inc. one of the state’s four upstate casino licenses in late 2014. That’s according to the New York Post, which says an insider with private knowledge revealed that the SEC investigated…Read More

New Jersey Takes Sports Betting Battle to US Supreme Court

New Jersey takes sports betting case to the Supreme Court

New Jersey is taking its fight for sports betting to the highest court in the land. Two petitions, filed last week in the Supreme Court by the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association respectively, each argue that the federal ban on sports betting is a violation of the Tenth Amendment…Read More

Apple Pulls Gambling Apps for Dutch Users

Apple pulls gambling apps for Dutch players

Apple Inc has purged 55 gambling apps from the App Store at the request of Dutch authorities. The Dutch gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), petitioned Apple in May, asking it to deny its citizens access to the apps of a number of companies that were flouting the country’s gambling laws. Among those now unavailable are big…Read More

William Hill’s Biggest Shareholder Blasts “Waste of Time” Amaya Merger

Parvus and former William Hill CEO Ralph Topping criticize Amaya merger proposal.

William Hill’s biggest shareholder, Parvus Asset Management, has made it clear that it will not stomach a proposed merger with Canada’s Amaya Inc, the parent company of PokerStars. The hedge fund, which owns a 14.3 per cent stake in the UK bookmaking giant wrote an open letter to William Hill’s board, Thursday, and it did not…Read More

Atlantic City Casino Revenue Busts in September, Internet Gaming Jumps

Atlantic City casino revenue internet gaming

Atlantic City casino revenue was down 3.5 percent at the eight remaining land-based gambling venues during September, but anther strong performance online lessened the overall blow. Gaming at brick-and-mortar casinos totaled $210.4 million during the month, some $7.7 million less than the same period in 2015. That equates to a 3.5 percent reduction in casino…Read More

Casino Ad Spending on New Jersey Referendum Tops $20 Million, Arkansas Ballot Rejected

casino ad spending New Jersey Arkansas

Casino ad spending surrounding gambling expansion in New Jersey has now topped $20 million. In financial records obtained by the Associated Press, groups supporting and opposing the state constitutional referendum facing Garden State voters next month are spending heavily on their respective marketing campaigns. Groups like Trenton’s Bad Bet, an organization looking to defeat gambling…Read More

New South Wales U-turns on Greyhound Racing Ban

New South Wales Premier Baird U-Turns on Greyhound Racing

The Australian state of New South Wales has dramatically reversed a ban on greyhound racing, as the state Premier Mike Baird claimed this week that he’d “got it wrong” and that the sport deserved a “second chance.” The decision to ban the practice was handed down in July in the wake of a government investigation that…Read More

2024 Olympics Odds Improve for Los Angeles as Rome Withdrawals

2024 Olympics Los Angeles Rome withdrawals

The 2024 Olympics is still in need of a host city, and following Rome’s withdrawal this week, Los Angeles is emerging as a favorite for the games. “Today, the game is over,” Italian Olympic Committee President Giovanni Malago told the Associated Press. “The bid committee is officially liquidated as of today. It’s a big wound for…Read More

Elaine Wynn Seeks Whistleblower Protection after Accusing Wynn Resorts of “Securities Law Violations”

Elaine Wynn seeks whistleblower protection from Wynn Resorts

Elaine Wynn, the estranged ex-wife of casino mogul Steve Wynn, has applied for whistleblower protection in relationship to claims she has made of possible securities violations by Wynn Resorts Ltd. According to a report by Bloomberg, Wynn petitioned the Nevada Supreme Court with the request after being refused protection by the Las Vegas trial judge…Read More

Las Vegas Casino Executives Want to Roll the Dice on NFL Stadium

Las Vegas casino executives NFL stadium

Las Vegas casino executives traveled to Carson City this week to express their support for billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s wishes to build a $1.9 billion NFL football stadium. The Nevada Legislature has convened for a special session in the capital in order to discuss the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee’s (SNTIC) recommendation that $750 million in…Read More

Trump Taj Mahal Closes for Good

Trump Taj Closes

The Trump Taj Mahal today became the fifth casino to shutter in Atlantic City in three years. At 6am this morning (Monday, 11 October), the Taj closed its doors for the last time, just hours after its former owner squared off in a US Presidential debate 950 miles away in St Louis, Missouri. Some three-thousand…Read More

Nevada Legislature Convenes to Consider Football Stadium Funding

Nevada Legislature Oakland Raiders Sheldon Adelson

The Nevada Legislature is gathering this week to discuss the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee’s (SNTIC) recommendation that $750 million in hotel occupancy tax revenue be allocated to help a billionaire build an NFL football stadium. In September, SNTIC unanimously suggested to the Nevada Legislature and Governor Brian Sandoval (R) that three-quarters of a billion…Read More

New Jersey Horse Racing Industry Petitions US Supreme Court to Open Barn Door on Sports Betting

New Jersey horse racing sports betting PASPA

The New Jersey horse racing industry is asking the United States Supreme Court to consider overturning previous decisions by lower courts that’s blocking the state’s wishes to legalize sports betting. Thoroughbred horsemen, led by Dennis Drazin who operates the Monmouth Park track in Oceanport, petitioned the high court to review the case on grounds that…Read More

New York Gaming Commission Sued Over Daily Fantasy Sports Legalization

New York Gaming Commission Andrew Cuomo DFS

The New York Gaming Commission and Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) are named as defendants in a new lawsuit filed in Albany questioning the state legislature’s authorization of daily fantasy sports (DFS). Stop Predatory Gambling (SPG), a DC-based lobbying firm working against government-sponsored gaming, says the lawsuit was filed on behalf of four New York residents…Read More

Red Rock Resorts Finalizes Las Vegas Palms Takeover with $312M

red-rock-palms-resort-purchase

Red Rock Resorts, parent of Las Vegas operator Station Casinos, announced this week that its $312.5 million acquisition of the Palms Casino Resort off the Strip was finalized Monday. Red Rock now owns, or has interests in, some 20 casinos properties throughout the Las Vegas area. The move follows a flurry of consolidation within the…Read More