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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

Atlantic City PILOT Program Flying to Court After Advocacy Group Sues State

Atlantic City PILOT program Seth Grossman

The Atlantic City PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) program allows the city’s seven remaining casinos to collectively deliver $120 million annually to the local government instead of paying fluctuating property taxes on their resorts. However, the legal basis of the structure will be challenged in Atlantic County Superior Court this summer. Liberty and Prosperity, an advocacy group…Read More

South Africa Confiscates Player Winnings in Online Gambling Crackdown

South African Minister Rob Davies

If the intent is to stop online gambling, taxing winnings at 100 percent might do the trick. South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies announced last week that the government had seized R1.25 million ($95,300) from several gamblers prosecuted for illegal online gaming activity. The announcement seemed to add some teeth to a warning…Read More

Illinois Gambling Expansion Bill Moves Forward, but Without a Casino in Springfield

Springfield Illinois casino Abraham Lincoln

It’s looking more and more likely that the state of Illinois will approve a measure to allow non-riverboat casinos in the Land of Lincoln. But it also looks like they will do so without Springfield, the state capital, included among the list of future gambling destinations. Senate Bill 7 passed the Illinois Senate 33-24 last week….Read More

Las Vegas Not Drunk Enough to Make List of Top 20 Booziest Cities

Drinking in Las Vegas

Las Vegas may be thought of as Sin City, but that doesn’t mean the place is awash in booze 24/7. Well, actually, maybe it is. But when it comes to determining the drunkest cities in America, Las Vegas hasn’t got a thing on Midwestern metropolises such as Dubuque, Iowa, Lincoln, Nebraska, or Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A study…Read More

Hard Rock to Roll Dice on Trump Taj Mahal, Upping Renovation Budget to $500 Million

Hard Rock Jim Allen Trump Taj Mahal

Hard Rock International doesn’t like what it sees inside the former Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, which the company purchased in March for $50 million. Billionaire Carl Icahn’s bargain price selloff meant the Hard Rock was acquiring a Boardwalk property for pennies on the dollar, as former casino developer turned US President Donald Trump…Read More

Philippine Casinos Will Soon Be Forced to Abide by Anti-Money Laundering Laws

Philippine casino anti-money laundering

Philippine casinos currently operate without much financial oversight from the federal government, but the odds of that changing in the not too distant future seem strong. The Philippine Senate is expected to soon pass a measure that designates gambling venues as institutions covered by the country’s Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001. Should the legislation pass…Read More

Aristocrat Leisure Hits Jackpot, Gaming and Slot Manufacturer Earnings Soar 53 Percent

Aristocrat Leisure earnings revenue Trevor Croker

Earnings for Aristocrat Leisure aren’t taking a leisurely stroll on the Australian Securities Exchange, but instead racing towards record profits for the Sydney-based gambling machine manufacturer. Aristocrat revealed this week through its half-year fiscal financial report that its net profits for the six months ending March 31 totaled AUD$249.6 million ($187.4 million). That calculates to a…Read More

Soccer Generates Record £1.4 billion Revenues for UK Bookies

Soccer generates record revenue for UK bookies

Soccer yielded a record £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) in revenues for UK bookmakers in the full year from October 2015 to September 2016, according to figures released this week by the UK Gambling Commission. That resulted in all-time-high profits of £333.4 million ($432 million). The data comes as the sport and its governing body in…Read More

Appeals Court Halts Tribal Bingo and Slots on Martha’s Vineyard

Ron Rappaport, town counsel of Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard

A federal court in Massachusetts this week ordered the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head to halt its plans for opening a small casino on Martha’s Vineyard. The ruling comes just more than a month after the same court gave the tribe the go-ahead. A six-judge panel from the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston…Read More

Rumors Suggest Iconic Bellagio Fountains Could Close

Bellagio Fountains to close rumor.

Rumors suggest the famous Bellagio Fountains may be set to make way for something new, but MGM Resorts has denied the iconic water feature will close. On May 22, the Las Vegas Review-Journal cited a “source” that suggested the future of the famous fountains has been discussed by executives at MGM Resorts. Built by Steve…Read More

Pennsylvania Advances Online Gambling Bill, But Don’t Get Too Excited Yet

Pennsylvania senate chamber

The Pennsylvania Senate approved landmark legislation to legalize online gambling Wednesday. And now the hard part really begins. The measure passed on a bipartisan 38-12 vote. It marked the first time the Senate had advanced any online gambling legislation. But the move that matters to so many in the online gaming industry really was a…Read More

Nevada Seeks to Curb Lavish LVCVA Spending by Hiring Costly Inspector General

LVCVA spending Rossi Ralenkotter

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) receives hundreds of millions of tax dollars each year, but has little financial oversight from the state on how its board members use those funds. Five Democratic lawmakers and one Republican in Carson City want to change that, by creating a new financial regulatory position that would supervise…Read More

Sands Bethlehem Sale to MGM Resorts Reportedly Falls Through

Sands Bethlehem Sheldon Adelson MGM

Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania will remain under the Las Vegas Sands corporate umbrella for the foreseeable future after acquisition talks with MGM Resorts reportedly failed to reach a deal. The news was first reported by The Morning Call, a newspaper that covers the Allentown and Lehigh Valley area in eastern Pennsylvania. MGM was rumored to…Read More

Elvis Presley Private Jet Is for Sale, One Careful Owner, No Time-Wasters

Elvis private jet for sale

What’s the best way to get comped in Vegas? We bet turning up in Elvis Presley’s private jet may be a fast track to some real VIP treatment. In fact, we couldn’t think of a more “baller” way to arrive in town. And now you can, if you have a few million bucks lying around…Read More

Sexton Leaves WPT, Will Join Duthie at Partypoker to Form Friendly Juggernaut

Mike Sexton and John Duthie at partypoker

Hall of Famer Mike Sexton, the voice of the World Poker Tour and for many the voice of poker, is leaving the WPT to take up a new role as chairman of partypoker. Sexton has been with the WPT since Season 1, Episode 1, which aired in 2003. In many ways, he taught the world…Read More