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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.

Swiss Politician Claims Casino Bribed Him for Support in ISP Blocking Referendum

Swiss ISP blocking referendum

Swiss member of parliament Marcel Dobler claims he was offered a seat on the board of an unnamed land-based casino, a gesture he interpreted as a bribe for his vote in the country’s forthcoming referendum on blocking online gambling sites. Dobler, who represents the Free Democratic Party (FDP) had voted against the country’s controversial ISP…Read More

Maine Lawmakers Narrowly Reject State Tribal Casino Proposal

Maine casino tribe gambling

Lawmakers in the Maine House of Representatives have voted 73-67 against a proposal from the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians that sought the opinion of the state’s Supreme Judicial Court on whether it should have the right to operate a casino. House Order 58, introduced by the Native American group’s non-voting member Rep. Henry John…Read More

Push to Resurrect Horseracing in Kansas Gathers Pace with Promise of Tax Cuts for Racetracks

Kansas horseracing at the Woodlands

Despite the state’s rich historical ties to the sport, horseracing doesn’t exist in Kansas anymore. But a legislative push to bring its iconic, shuttered racetracks back from the dead is, at least, reaching a steady canter. Kansas legalized parimutuel betting in 1986 – surprisingly late for a state that had been the home to a…Read More

UK National Lottery Profits Rising for Camelot, But Charities Fail to Benefit

National Lottery Camelot charities

Profits are soaring for the UK National Lottery, which has some British politicians wondering why the amount being given to charitable organizations has been dropping in recent years. Some MPs in the UK are asking the Gambling Commission to look into the dwindling returns for charities in the face of record profits for Camelot, the…Read More

Blockchain Committee Chair Earle Hall of Axes Network Selected for Canada Gaming Standards Association

Earle G. Hall elected as first Chairman of the GSA’s Blockchain Committee.

The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) of Canada has chosen Earle Hall, CEO of Quebec-based AXES Network, to chair the organization’s new Blockchain Committee. Hall is a global gaming leader and was appointed to usher the GSA into the new era of blockchain technology. The GSA, celebrating its 20th anniversary, created the Blockchain Committee in early February,…Read More

Lawrence Ho Gets Shared Big-Time, as Banner Year Leads to Big Bonus for Melco Resorts CEO

Melco Resorts Gives CEO $5 million bonus.

Hong Kong mega-mogul Lawrence Ho has been showered with $5.1 million in shares after playing a key role in securing record profits in 2017. Ho consistently ranks in the Forbes Top 50 Richest list, which is saying something among Asia’s uber-billionaires. Casino developer and operator Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd. awarded Ho the reserve shares in…Read More

Steve Wynn Says He Couldn’t Have Leered at Dancers Because He’s Legally Blind

Steve Wynn blind defamation

When powerful men have been accused of sexual misconduct, they’ve issued a variety of defenses, denials, and apologies in response. But few have been as memorable as the defense presented by former Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn, who says he could not have leered at a Showstoppers dancer because he literally couldn’t see her. Wynn…Read More

Atlantic City Officials Hope New Resorts Will Return Declining Visitation Rates

Atlantic City casino revenue visitor statistics

If the two new Atlantic City casino resorts expected to open later this year are to be successful, visitor trips to the beachfront town are going to need to change course from 2017. Stockton University’s Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism reports this week that visitor trips to Atlantic City totaled 24.1…Read More

Canelo Alvarez vs. GGG 2 Canceled, Promoters Look for Fresh Meat for Golovkin

Canelo Alvarez GGG Golovkin boxing

The Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin rematch is off. The underdog Canelo withdrew from the fight this week ahead of his scheduled appearance before the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) where he’ll attempt to explain two recent failed drug tests. While training in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico, Alvarez tested positive on February 27…Read More

Duterte’s Environmental Shutdown of Boracay Island a ‘Smokescreen’ for Casino, Alleges Opposition Lawmaker

Philippine opposition claims conspiracy over Boracay casino

Galaxy Entertainment’s construction of a $500 million casino on the paradise summer resort of Boracay Island in the Philippines is due to go ahead, despite the fact the island has been shut down for an environmental clean-up. But at least one opposition politician is claiming conspiracy. Carlos Zarate, of the socialist Bayan Muna party, said…Read More

Three Japan Casino Resorts on Coalition Radar at 30 Percent Blanket Tax

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has always been a stalwart supporter of Japanese casinos

The outlook for Japan casinos is looking positive, but not without some potential blockades. After a stalemate and delays, Japan’s ruling coalition is moving towards compromise at last. A framework of regulation is being drafted in the Diet right now, but time is of the essence, as the bill submission deadline is mid-April, less than…Read More

China Unveils World’s Longest Sea Bridge, Linking Macau to Hong Kong

World’s longest sea bridge

The Chinese government gave the world a sneak peek at the longest sea bridge on the planet this week, connecting Hong Kong to Macau and the neighboring Chinese mainland city of Zhuhai. The project, which uses 420,000 tonnes of steel, cost $15.1 billion and has been nine years in the making. It hopes to promote…Read More

Beginner’s Luck: 18-Year-Old Wins $1K a Week for Life, Internet Gambler Wins $194K

beginner's luck lottery online gambling

A bit of beginner’s luck won two individuals considerable money this month and will make many others wonder why they haven’t been as lucky. In Quebec, Charlie Lagarde celebrated her 18th birthday by purchasing a bottle of sparkling wine and her first-ever lottery ticket. When she scratched off the game, Lagarde discovered she had just…Read More

Who Bit Beyoncé? Online Gambling Sites Taking Bets

Who Bit Beyoncé

The internet is abuzz, with millions of people trying to figure out the answer to one question: who bit Beyoncé? And for those who think they might know the answer, there are plenty of bookmakers who are willing to let you bet on who the mystery biter might be. Before you place any big money…Read More

Suspicious Transactions Plummet at BC Casinos Following Crackdown

British Columbia AG David Eby

Suspicious cash transactions at British Columbia’s casinos have dropped significantly in the wake of tighter controls implemented by the provincial government in January. That’s according to BC Attorney General David Eby, who told a federal committee on Tuesday that suspicious transactions to BC casinos had fallen to CA$200,000 in February from a peak of CA$20…Read More