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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

Caesars Entertainment Corp. Offers $4 Billion to CEOC Creditors, as Bankruptcy Drama Continues in Chicago

Caesars Entertainment Corp. offers creditors $4 billion

A new Caesars Entertainment Corp. (CEC) reoranization plan from the attorneys for the gaming conglomerate was presented in a Chicago bankruptcy court this week, and this one promises that CEC will offer disgruntled creditors $4 billion to accept the new vision for its stricken main operating unit, Caesars Entertainment Operating Corp (CEOC), thus pulling it out…Read More

Phil Mickelson Forfeits $1 Million Stemming From Insider Trading Case

Phil Mickelson insider trading case forfeiture

Phil Mickelson is short $1 million, after the golf superstar agreed to repay profits stemming from an alleged insider trading scheme to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Preet Bharara, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and famed prosecutor of poker’s “Black Friday” in 2011, announced on May 18 that…Read More

Kentucky Derby Champ Nyquist Heavy Favorite at 141st Preakness Stakes 

Nyquist Preakness Stakes Kentucky Derby

Nyquist is the odds-on favorite to win the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 21. Exactly two weeks after the three-year-old colt won the Kentucky Derby, Nyquist heads into the second leg of the Triple Crown at odds of 3-5 to cross the finish line first….Read More

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Legislation Poised for Budget Inclusion 

Pennsylvania online gambling John Payne

Pennsylvania online gambling is being heralded as a potential saving grace for state lawmakers in Harrisburg looking to overcome a $1.8 billion budget deficit. While some in the state capital are advocating for a sales or income tax increase, House Republicans are looking to Internet casinos as one possible solution to bridge the gap. “It’s…Read More

Draftstars Wants to Grab Australian DFS Audience, Hoping to Piggyback on Aussies’ Love of Sports Betting

Draftstars daily fantasy sports Australia

Australian daily fantasy sports site Draftstars, a joint venture between online bookmaker CrownBet and sports channel conglomerate Fox Sports, recently announced that the new platform is undergoing a promotional marketing drive to tap into the emerging Aussie demographic. Hosted by the turnkey daily fantasy software company DraftDay, Draftstars was launched in early 2016 and currently…Read More

Amaya Q1 Profits Double, Baazov to Step Down from Board

David Baazov to Step Down as Amaya Director

Amaya’s Q1 conference call revealed a company in robust health, despite the recent troubles of its Chairman and CEO, David Baazov. Interim CEO, Rafi Ashkenazi, who is holding the fort while Baazov takes temporary absence to consider insider trading charges against him, said that profit more than doubled in the first quarter of the year…Read More

Questions Arise When Wife of Michigan iPoker Bill Sponsor Is Shown to be Working for Amaya Lobbying Firm

Eileen and Mike Kowall conflict of interest Michigan iPoker

Michigan iPoker has been on track to become a reality ever since State Senator Mike Kowall (R-15th) presented SB 889 to the state’s senate two months ago. But now, a new wrinkle has turned up that could cast a cloud on that potential passage. That’s because Kowell’s wife Eileen works for the lobbying firm that…Read More

Atlantic City Casinos Post Eight Percent Uptick in April, Internet Gaming Up Big

Don Guardian Atlantic City April revenues

Atlantic City casinos were looking up in April, with the region’s eight remaining venues posting $198 million in land-based revenue, and $215 million when including income from Internet gaming. That marks a cumulative 8.1 percent increase compared to April 2015 and sets a new monthly high for 2016. Online casinos performed extraordinarily well, the market…Read More

FIFA 2026 World Cup Bidding Process Overhauled as Soccer Body Continues Repairing Public Image

FIFA 2026 World Cup Gianni Infantino

The FIFA 2026 World Cup bidding process will be a four-phase process that is designed to better vet potential host cities and countries on a series of conditions. The bidding procedure overhaul is the latest change at soccer’s governing body devised to repair its damaged image and improve public perception of its leadership. On Tuesday…Read More

Bernie Sanders Goes After Casino Industry and Donald Trump While Campaigning in Atlantic City

Bernie Sanders Donald Trump Carl Icahn

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (D) paid a visit to Atlantic City on Monday while campaigning in New Jersey, and the Vermont senator had few good things to say about the seaside town. Speaking at Boardwalk Hall, Sanders told his supporters that Atlantic City is the epitome of American greed. “What we’re seeing in Atlantic…Read More

UK Comedian and Gambling Archaeologist Tim FitzHigham on Digging Those Odds: Exclusive Interview

Tim Fitzhigham, the world’s foremost gambling archeologist

Gambling is all about speculating on future events, but to British comedian and adventurer Tim FitzHigham, it’s about digging up the past. Tim’s research has seen him, variously, cross the English Channel in a bath tub, attempt to break the year 1755 land-speed record while strapped to a giant kite, and cook a pudding 30…Read More

Kentucky Derby 2016: Does Anyone Care After Historic 2015?

Kentucky Derby 2016 American Pharoah

The Kentucky Derby opens its gates on Saturday for the 142nd running of America’s most bet-upon horse race. The first leg of the Triple Crown in the US, the Kentucky Derby welcomes more attendees than any other Thoroughbred race in the country and is dubbed “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” for its short…Read More

Atlantic City Casinos Post Highest Operating Profits Since 2010, But Bottom Line Remains Dicey

Don Guardian Chris Christie Atlantic City casinos

It looked so promising: Atlantic City casinos averaged a 17.2 percent gross operating profit across the city’s eight remaining gambling resorts, the highest number since 2010 and a 29 percent increase over 2014. But before you go buying stock in any of the New Jersey gaming resort’s gambling operators, be aware that gauging a business’s…Read More

DraftKings and FanDuel Pull Out of Idaho Following AG Ruling

Idaho AG Lawrence Wasden declares DFS illegal

DraftKings and FanDuel have pulled out of Idaho, following a ruling by State Attorney General Lawrence Wasden that the contests they provide constitute illegal gambling under state law. The move by the two leading DFS companies comes after three months of negotiations, said Wasden in a statement. The agreement was signed willingly by both companies…Read More

Wynn Boston Harbor Land Deal Defendants Acquitted

Charles Lightbody acquited Wynn Boston Harbor land sale case

The Wynn Everett land deal fraud case in Massachusetts ended with the acquittal of all three defendants by a federal jury in Boston on Friday. Charles Lightbody, Anthony Gattineri, and Dustin DeNunzio stood accused of fraudulently profiting from the sale of the contaminated former chemical plant in Everett that is destined to become the $1.6…Read More