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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.

Pennsylvania Satellite Casinos Latest Gambling Ploy Floated by State Lawmakers, Small Cities Targeted

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Authorizing 10 Pennsylvania satellite casinos is the most recent potential money grab state lawmakers are considering in their efforts to bridge a $2.2 billion spending gap. Governor Tom Wolf (D) has allowed a $32 billion budget approved by the Republican-controlled legislature to pass and become law without his signature. The financial blueprint, however, is severely…Read More

Massachussets Governor Signs Budget Bill that Allows Casinos to Serve Booze until 4 am

Massachusetts casino drinking hours

Last call? Not so fast in future Massachusetts casinos, which recently had their drinking hours extended with a quick signature from the governor. But before anything officially takes effect, some lawmakers are calling for the measure to be put on ice. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a budget on Monday that allows two planned casinos…Read More

Three Wimbledon Matches Investigated For Possible Corruption

Wimbledon matches investigated for corruption just days after Federer win

Three Wimbledon 2017 matches are under investigation for possible match-fixing, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) announced this week. The London-based agency said two matches in the qualifying event and one from the main draw had been flagged after regulators and bookmakers reported suspicious betting patterns surrounding the matches. The specific matches, and the players involved,…Read More

2017 WSOP Main Event Final Table: All You Need to Know

World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table

The final table of the World Series of Poker’s Main Event was set in the early hours of Tuesday morning. In the third largest WSOP main event in history, four Americans, two Brits, two Frenchmen and an Argentinian survived from a field of 7,221 and will return on Thursday to the Rio in Las Vegas,…Read More

Late Kirk Kerkorian’s Investment Firm Sells Mandarin Oriental Condo at Discounted Price

Kirk Kerkorian Mandarin Oriental

Las Vegas pioneer Kirk Kerkorian died at the age of 98 in 2015, and as directed by his will, Tracinda Corp, his investment firm, has since been slowly walking away from the city that made him a billionaire. In addition to recently selling down its stake in MGM Resorts, the company Kerkorian founded, Tracinda recently…Read More

Philippines Introduces AML Controls for Casinos in Response to Fed Bank Heist

Duterte signs off new AML laws

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte this week enacted legislation that will impose new anti-money-laundering directives (AML) on a previously very relaxed area of the regulated casino sector. The country was left red-faced by the federal reserve cyber-heist, which focused the world’s attention on its devil-may-care attitude to international AML protocols. On February 5, hackers flooded the…Read More

Absolute Poker’s Scott Tom Takes $300,000 Plea Deal as DOJ Closes Books on 10th of 11 Black Friday Defendants

Scott Tom plea deal

Scott Tom, founder of disgraced online poker site Absolute Poker and former Black Friday fugitive, has accepted a $300,000 plea deal with federal prosecutors. Tom, who turned himself in to US authorities in February after nearly six years living in exile in Barbados, will plead guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of being an accessory…Read More

Casino and Restaurant Mogul Tilman Fertitta to Buy Houston Rockets?

Tilman Fertitta

The Houston Rockets is for sale and restaurant and casino mogul Tilman Fertitta might be buying, if the price is right. Leslie Alexander’s decision to sell is said to have blindsided not just the rest of the NFL but everyone at the Rockets too. Alexander, a former New York lawyer and financier, bought the franchise…Read More

New Daily Fantasy Sports Product Further Blurs Line Between DFS and Sports Betting

daily fantasy sports FastPick Resorts

Atlantic City’s first daily fantasy sports (DFS) platform is taking a new approach to the online contests. Offered by Resorts Digital Gaming, FastPick puts a unique spin on the traditional games by pitting the gambler against the casino, not other players. The concept’s goal is to eliminate sharks who are thought to be winning the…Read More

No Goa? India’s Newest Floating Casino Runs Into Sand Bank, Crew Members Rescued

Goa’s MV Lucky 7 floating casino gets stuck on sandbank

Goa, India’s controversial new floating casino, MV Lucky 7, failed to live up to its name on Sunday night when it ran aground on a sandbank off Miramar Beach during rough weather. According to Indian media, the local coast guard was forced to rescue four crew members, one of whom was injured, while the other…Read More

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