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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.

Australia Approves New Sweeping Online Gambling Consumer Protections

Alan Tudge spearheads Australia’s new online gambling consumer protection reforms.

The Australian government has agreed to new measures aimed at increasing consumer protection within its licensed online gambling market. Ministers on Thursday reached an in-principle agreement on the reforms, some of which will be implemented as early as July. Included in the 11-measure package is the establishment of a national self-exclusion register, as well as a…Read More

Macau Gaming Revenue Marches Into April with 16 Percent Surge, But Concerns Remain

Macau gaming revenue April

Macau gaming revenue enjoyed yet another strong month, as April numbers climbed 16.3 percent to MOP20.16 billion (US$2.52 billion). The substantial gain is the gaming enclave’s ninth straight monthly year-over-year increase. The reversal of fortune for China’s gaming operators in the Special Administrative Region is a remarkable turnaround. Prior to last August, Macau gaming revenue…Read More

Musician Brandon Flowers Hoping to Make Killer Profit on Old Las Vegas Howard Hughes Home

Brandon Flowers home

Las Vegas native and lead singer of The Killers, Brandon Flowers, has decided to sell his upscale home that was once owned by casino magnate and millionaire, Howard Hughes. The rock band’s front man has apparently made the decision to move out of state with his wife and three sons, and is asking $4.95 million,…Read More

Mobile Slots Jackpot Sets Record, as Mega Moolah Gambler Wins $8.7 Million

mobile slots jackpot online casino Microgaming

The largest mobile slots jackpot in history was hit this week by one lucky gambler playing Microgaming’s aptly named Mega Moolah game. The Isle of Man software developer confirmed the news in a press release, saying an online gambler, who wished to remain anonymous, won €8,012,153.35 ($8.7 million) while spinning on the Tipico network. Based…Read More

Florida Legislature Edges Towards Deal on Gambling Reform

Representative Jose Felix Diaz offers concessions on gambling

The Florida House and Senate appeared to be a step closer to a deal to reform Florida’s gambling landscape, as the second day of negotiations closed on Thursday. This was billed by one gaming consultant as “the standoff at the OK Corral,” or at least what lawmakers call a “heavy lift,” as two chambers, completely…Read More

Macau Casino Cell Phone Ban Still Ignored by Many Gamblers, Profitable Proxy Betting Continues

One year after Macau issued a dictum barring the use of cell phones in the Chinese gambling enclave’s casinos, players continue to access their mobile devices while at the city’s tables, gaming regulators recently told Asian gambling news siteGGRAsia. That continued practice means that “proxy betting,” the practice of one player who is physically in…Read More

Nevada Sparks Casino Hells Angel Slaying Star Witness Recants Testimony, Puts New Trial in Chaos

Gary Rudnick recants testimony

The prosecution’s star witness in the murder of a Hells Angels boss at the Nugget Casino in Sparks, Nevada now claims his testimony was a fabrication, the Associated Press reported this week. Gary “Jabbers” Rudnick’s account of the events of September 23, 2011, when a mass brawl broke out on the casino floor between rival…Read More

Philippines Deports 55 Online Gambling “Economic Criminals” to China

Guo Shengkun praises deportation of online gambling workers from Philippines.

China’s Public Security Ministry has announced that Philippine authorities have deported 55 Chinese nationals that were arrested last week in the Freeport Area of Batan, a special economic zone north of the Philippine capital, Manila. On April 14, Philippine immigration officers swooped on the offices of the Grand Innovasia Concept Corp (GICC), a company devoted…Read More

Net Neutrality Under Siege by FCC Boss, Could Impact Online Gaming

net neutrality FCC Ajit Pai

Net neutrality, the principle that internet providers should allow users access to all content without preference or prejudice, is under attack by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai. While that may be welcomed news to big telecommunications companies, it poses grave concerns for online gambling operators. Net neutrality prohibits internet service providers (ISPs) from…Read More

New Mexico Gaming Compact Dispute Goes in Favor of State, as Judge Rules Against Tribe

New Mexico gaming compact Pojoaque Pueblo

The two-year New Mexico gaming compact dispute between the state and Pueblo of Pojoaque Native American tribe has been settled, at least for the time being. Three federal judges in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled late last week that the tribe must come to terms on a new gaming compact with…Read More

Las Vegas Design Professionals Discuss Changing Sin City Landscape at UNLV

A group of Las Vegas design professionals met at UNLV over the weekend to discuss “Emotional Architecture and Hospitality Design,” with the goal of sharing perspectives on how resorts are evolving in Sin City. Las Vegas has certainly been subjected to numerous makeovers since it was incorporated in 1911. And dating back to the arrival…Read More

Elvis Memorabilia Retained by Westgate Las Vegas Despite Lawsuit From Icon’s Estate

Elvis memorabilia Westgate International Las Vegas

The Elvis memorabilia that was part of an exhibit at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort isn’t being returned to the late icon’s estate in Memphis, Tennessee. “Graceland Presents Elvis” was a short-lived attraction inside the former International Hotel, an off-strip resort that hosted hundreds of performances by the legend. The exhibit opened in April of…Read More

UK Horse Racing Levy Reforms Clear Final Hurdle

UK sports minister Tracey Crouch backs horse racing levy

British horse racing has received a boost from the European Commission, which on Friday gave full approval on the UK government’s reforms of the sport’s central funding system. Under the new system, all bookmakers will be required to pay a ten percent levy on all gross profits derived from betting on British horse racing above…Read More

Philippine DOJ Indicts Branch Manager, Payment Processor on New York Federal Reserve Cyber Heist Charges

Bangladesh Bank heist suspect Maia Deguito indicted

The Philippine Department of Justice (PDOJ) has indicted seven individuals, all allegedly connected to last February’s $101 million heist on the New York Federal Reserve Bank, on money laundering charges. On February 5, 2016, computer hackers flooded the New York Fed with requests to transfer almost $1 billion from an account used by the Bangladeshi Central…Read More

Aussie Sporting Bodies Oppose TV Gambling Ad Ban

Malcolm Speed opposes Aussie TV betting ad bad

Australia’s plan to ban TV gambling advertising during live sporting events was met with resistance from some of the country’s sports bodies this week, who are concerned that grassroots sports will lose vital funding as a result. Betting ads are currently prohibited during children’s viewing hours but there is currently no limit to the volume…Read More