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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.

AGA Seeks Clarity from Feds on Handling Marijuana Money in Casinos

AGA on marijuana

With marijuana now flying off the shelves at Nevada dispensaries, the American Gaming Association is seeking clarity from federal authorities on how casinos should handle a new influx of cannabis-derived cash. AGA president and CEO Geoff Freeman sent a letter last week to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin asking for guidance on how the…Read More

AGA Introduces New Responsible Gaming Standards for Digital Age

Responsible Gaming Education Week 2017

The American Gaming Association kicked off the 20th annual Responsible Gaming Education Week by speaking a new code of conduct for the casino industry. The AGA called on industry leaders to pledge their commitment to consumer protection, transparency, and employee training in our emergent digital age. On Tuesday, AGA president and CEO Geoff Freeman led a roundtable…Read More

Japan Embarking on Countrywide Tour to Explain Casino Policies, Gain Public Support

A government committee is traveling across Japan in hopes of mustering up support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's casino plans. (Image: Embassy of Japan)

The future of the Japanese casino industry will be the topic at nine public hearings later this month, with the goal of presenting the framework for the country’s proposed integrated resorts (IR), and gathering feedback on policies. With 44 percent of Japan’s citizens opposed to legalizing broadbased casino gambling as late as last December (according…Read More

Macau Casino Revenue Tops Expectations, July Marks One-Year Winning Streak

Macau casino revenue July

Macau casino revenue is up for the 12th straight month, with July gross income totaling 22.9 billion patacas ($2.86 billion). That’s a 29 percent premium on the same month in 2016, the biggest monthly gain during the yearlong surge. The median forecast for July from gaming and financial analysts compiled by Bloomberg showed an anticipated…Read More

National Indian Gaming Association Joins Fight to Put PASPA to the Sword

Ernie Stevens, NIGA chair

The National Indian Gaming Association has joined a growing chorus of voices lending support to New Jersey in its battle to repeal the federal law that prohibits states from offering legal sports betting. NIGA now is joining forces with several states, including California, Connecticut, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, and Pennsylvania, that have introduced legislation to…Read More

Is Bitcoin Still a Good Bet? BTC Community Split over Emergence of New “Bitcoin Cash”

Bitcoin soon to morph into bitcoin cash

In what will likely prove to be a pivotal moment in the history of digital currency, Bitcoin will split in two on Tuesday. And the world’s betting markets are trying to make sense of it all. A disagreement within the Bitcoin community has led to a “user-activated hard fork,” which will result in the creation…Read More

Chris Christie and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian Both Take Credit for Town’s Stabilization

Chris Christie Don Guardian Atlantic City

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) wants Garden State residents to know his administration is to thank for Atlantic City’s stabilization, but Mayor Don Guardian, also a Republican, says he deserves the credit. They might share the same party, but Christie and Guardian have endured a strained relationship since the mayor took office in 2014….Read More

FanDuel Quits UK Market Just Weeks Before 2017 EPL Season Kicks Off

FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles

Daily fantasy sports giant FanDuel is pulling out of the UK market, just weeks before the new EPL season is due to start. The company will focus instead on its core US market, a company spokesperson said this week. UK visitors to the FanDuel site were greeted with the following message on Friday: “Unfortunately, we…Read More

North Korean Hackers More Interested in Cash (and Gambling Sites) Than State Secrets

North Korea steals from online gambling sites

North Korea’s notorious state-backed cyber-criminals are more interested in stealing cash than classified state secrets these days, and they will even hack into online gambling and poker websites to achieve their nefarious ends. That’s the verdict from South Korea’s Financial Security Institute (FSI), which analyzed cyber-attacks between 2015 and 2017 and found that, far from…Read More

MGM Revenues Rise But Profits Fall, Boyd Earnings Show Resurgent Locals Market

MGM CEO Jim Murren

MGM Resorts intends to focus on efficiency and profitability in coming months, CEO Jim Murren told investors Thursday, during the company’s earnings call, after reporting Q2 results that showed major revenue increases, but also significant earnings decreases. MGM reported that revenue rose 16.3 percent to $2.64 billion for Q2 2017, much of which was attributed…Read More

Sports Bettor Billy Walters Gets Five Years for Securities Fraud

Billy Walters gets five years.

Celebrated sports bettor Billy Walters was sentenced to five years in prison by a federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday, having been found guilty in April of insider trading. The 71-year-old was judged to have profited from privileged information supplied by the former chairman of Dean Foods, Tom Davis, who testified against his former friend…Read More

Pennsylvania Senate Plans on Mystery Gambling Revenues to Help Plug Budget Hole

Pennsylvania State casino expansion revenue

The Pennsylvania Senate is betting on $200 million in new gambling revenues to help balance the state budget, even though they aren’t exactly sure what type of new gambling they’ll allow to generate that money. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf allowed an underfunded $32 billion budget to pass without his signature earlier this month. Now the…Read More

Wynn Resorts’ Strong Performance Not Strong Enough for Investors

Steve Wynn

Strong performances for Wynn Resorts in Macau and Las Vegas boosted the firm’s Q2 revenues beyond analysts’ expectations, but profits fell just short of projections. In an earnings call Wednesday, Wynn Resorts said revenue was $1.53 billion for the quarter, beating the $1.45 billion predicted by a survey of 13 Wall Street specialists. Meanwhile, profit…Read More

Barbara Sinatra, Frank’s Fourth Wife and Icon of Vintage Vegas, Dies at 90

Barbara Sinatra, 1927-2017

Barbara Sinatra, wife of iconic entertainer Frank Sinatra and one of the last links to vintage Las Vegas, died Tuesday at age 90. She had been in declining health the last few months and died of natural causes, surrounded by family in her home in Rancho Mirage, California. While her third husband was famous for…Read More

Father Sues California Lottery Over Denied $5 Million After Underage Son Bought Winning Ticket

Man Sues California lottery

An aggrieved Long Beach resident who had a $5 million lottery win whisked from under his nose on a rather glaring technicality is suing the California Lottery Commission and the gas station that sold the “winning” ticket to his 16-year-old son. That’s right, Ward Thomas sent his 16-year-old son to buy the ticket, an act…Read More