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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.

Macau Casino Revenue Down in July but Tops Earnings Forecasts

Macau casino revenue Sands The Parisian

Macau casino revenue is in the red for the 26th straight month. Revenues for the area’s nearly three dozen casinos totaled $2.22 billion in July, a 4.5 percent drop compared to July 2015. The gambling epicenter of planet Earth hasn’t posted a positive gain since May 2014, and while economists and business media have been…Read More

Quebec Government Sued by Telecoms Association over ISP-Blocking Plan

Quebec online gambling ISP-blocking

Quebec’s plan to order ISPs to block unlicensed online gambling sites is facing a legal challenge from the Canadian Wireless Telecoms Association (CWTA). The filing in the Quebec Superior Court asks for Bill 74, the controversial legislation passed in May that authorizes ISP-blocking, to be declared unconstitutional. Bill 74 has been bombarded with criticism from…Read More

FanDuel to Launch in United Kingdom Next Month

Nigel Eccles and FanDuel return to UK

FanDuel has received a UK license and plans to go live there early August, in readiness for the start of the domestic soccer season. It was, said the daily fantasy sports giant company, the “first step in its international expansion plans.” These are plans that have been incubating for some time; in 2015 the company…Read More

Ladbrokes / Gala Coral Merger Approved but Shops Must be Sacrificed

Ladbrokes and Gala Coral Must Lose 400 Shops Before Merger

The merger of Ladbrokes and Gala Coral can go ahead but the combined company must agree to sell 350 to 400 of its bookmaking shops in the interests of fair competition. That’s the word from the Competition Markets Authority (CMA), the regulatory body that oversees the promotion of competition for the benefit of consumers and the health…Read More

Native American Casino Sector Generates Strongest Revenue Growth in a Decade 

Native American casino post record 2015 revenues

The tribal gaming industry across America recorded its highest ever revenue figures last year, according to the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC). Its earnings of $29.9 billion represents a five percent increase on the previous year and its best growth margin in ten years. In 2015 there were 474 gambling operations owned by 283 separate…Read More

Rank and 888 to Launch Shocking Bid for William Hill

888 and Rank to bid for William Hill

Gambling groups Rank Group and 888 Holdings is to launch a shock double bid for William Hill, Britain’s biggest bookmaker. The two companies announced on Sunday night that they had formed a consortium and were weighing a reverse takeover of the bookmaker that would value William Hill at around £3 billion ($4 billion). It is unclear…Read More

Pennsylvania Casinos Refusing to Buy Into State’s New Liquor Law

Pennsylvania casinos expanded gambling liquor law

Pennsylvania casinos aren’t jumping at the chance to serve alcohol between the hours of 2 and 6 am due to new law’s exorbitant cost. Last month legislators in Harrisburg passed a measure to allow the state’s 12 casinos to dispense booze for an additional four hours each night on the condition that each pays $1…Read More

Rio Terror Plot Foiled by Brazilian Authorities, Vegas Defends Summer Olympics Sports Betting

Rio terror plot Brazil Olympics security

A Rio terror plot planned to be carried out by sympathizers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been intercepted. Brazilian authorities disclosed this week that 10 individuals have been arrested on suspicion of carrying out an attack during the upcoming Olympics. With just 15 days until the opening ceremonies and on…Read More

Skins-betting Rocked by New Controversy, Rigged Games Alleged

Skin gambling site accused of rigging spins

Counter-Strike skin-betting was rocked by fresh controversy this week, as another high-profile esports YouTuber and Twitch personality has been accused of failing to disclose ownership of a site he promoted online, CSGO Shuffle. James “PhantomL0rd” Varga has a reach of 2 million people through the two online platforms. Perhaps even more damning, a hacked Skype…Read More

Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena Sets Stage for RNC Like No Other

RNC Melania Trump

Opening night of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland was reminiscent of how political gatherings may have been in another  time: full of passion, drama, and controversy. This was not your grandmother’s RNC, that’s for sure. From an impassioned speech by former Navy Seal and Purple Heart-decorated Marcus Latrell to former New York City…Read More

Russia Blacklists Skrill and QIWI in Clampdown on Payment Processors 

Russia clamps down on payment processors

Russia has added Skrill and QIWI its blacklist of undesirables, as it seeks to take its clampdown on unlicensed online gambling to the FinTec companies that process transactions. The Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor served cease and desist orders on the two payment companies last week, accusing them of violating Russian gaming laws by processing online…Read More

Aussie Pols Call for $1 Pokie Limits and Ban on TV Gambling Ads

Nick Xenophon calls for pokie and gambling ad reforms

Australia’s pokie machines should be limited to $1 per spin, while gambling advertising during sports broadcasts that could be viewed by minors must be banned, say two influential Australian politicians. Longtime gambling opponents Senator Nick Xenophon and Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie are demanding tighter regulation of Australia’s gambling industry, in a country where there is increasing…Read More

Donald Trump Announces Indiana’s Mike Pence as VP Pick, Governor’s Views on Internet Gambling Conflicting

Donald Trump Mike Pence VP 2016

The morning after a horrific terror attack in Nice, France, in which 84 people watching a Bastille Day celebration were brutally murdered by a truck driver, Donald Trump has officially announced Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his 2016 running mate for the upcoming presidential elections. The Republican nominee had initially said he would delay his VP…Read More

Valve Moves to Shut Down Skins Gambling Industry

Valve to shut down skin gambling, says Erik Johnson

Valve has promised to pull the plug on the video-gaming “skin gambling” industry that has grown up around its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive title, while denying that it has in any way facilitated or profiteered from the gambling craze. The video-game developer, which also owns the Steam distribution platform, has faced a barrage of criticism for…Read More

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Bill Shelved Until Legislature Reconvenes This Fall

Pennsylvania online gambling Sheldon Adelson

Pennsylvania online gambling is being pushed aside in Harrisburg until the fall. That’s the unfortunate outcome for iGambling proponents after lawmakers in the Keystone State labored over gambling expansion legislation for the last several months. At 12:01 am on July 12, Governor Tom Wolf (D) allowed a bipartisan budget plan to become law without his…Read More