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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.

Maine’s Governor Paul LePage Slams Casino Proposal

Maine Governor Slams casino proposal designed to benefit Shawn Scott

It’s safe to say Governor of Maine Paul LePage is not a fan of a proposal to build a new casino in the south of the state. Speaking on Bangor radio station WVOM-FM, on which he is a weekly guest, the Republican governor claimed those behind the venture were motivated by “greed” rather than good…Read More

Las Vegas Sportsbooks Still Like Tiger Woods, Olympic Golf Course Considers Permitting Women

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Las Vegas sportsbooks aren’t ready to fold on Tiger Woods. Though the 14-time golf major winner hasn’t played an official PGA Tour event in 17 months, his return this week is highly anticipated by fans and bettors. Woods’ last win came in 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational. His last official tournament was the Wyndham Championship…Read More

$5 Billion in Skins Wagered in 2016 Despite Valve Shutdown

$5 Billion Bet on Skin Gambling in 2017

Skins gambling is still alive and well, despite the Valve Corporation clamping down on the third-party websites that allow players to bet with the virtual in-game items. According to new research by Eilers and Krejcik Gaming and Narus Advisors, some $5 billion-worth of skins were gambled throughout 2015, despite Valve’s efforts to dismantle the industry….Read More

Mafia-Backed Casinos Tried to Kill Me, Claims Edward O Thorp, the Father of Card-counting

Mafia Tried to Kill Card Counter Edward Thorp

Edward O Thorp, the 84-year-old inventor of card-counting, was once the target of a suspected Mob hit. The revelation comes in Thorp’s new autobiography, A Man for All Markets, published this week. In 1964, Thorp believes that Mafia-connected owners of the Dunes were so incensed by his ability to beat them at blackjack, they tried…Read More

Casinos Push Towards Millennials by Booking Hipper Concert Acts

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Move over Cher and Celine. Casinos are chasing the millennial, and in order to get them inside their doors, numerous gambling venues are booking concert acts that appeal to the 20 and 30-somethings. From bringing in the Impractical Jokers, stars of the hit TruTV hidden-camera comedy show, to welcoming not only top 40 musical acts…Read More

Atlantic City Reinvestment Authority Focuses on Casinos Over Urban Development

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The Atlantic City reinvestment board responsible for overseeing the city’s revitalization has spent a considerable amount of its budget on funding projects that benefit the resort town’s casinos. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) is a state-run organization that gained additional power in 2011 when Governor Chris Christie (R) signed a law to create the…Read More

Michigan Sports Betting Bill Introduced to Authorize Odds at Casinos

Michigan sports betting Wolverines

Sports betting legislation is once again lurking the halls of the Michigan State Capitol, as one lawmaker in the Great Lake State continues pursuing the ending of the market’s prohibition. Introduced by State Rep. Robert Kosowski (D-District 16), House Bill 4060 seeks to grant casinos in Michigan with the right to offer odds on sporting…Read More

Ohio Expected to Usher in DFS This Year, Montana Moves on Restricted Version

Former Washington State AG Rob McKenna DFS

Ohio is “likely” to regulate daily fantasy sports (DFS) this year. This news was delivered, oddly enough, at the legislative hearing of a doomed DFS bill in Washington State this week, according to Legal Sports Report (LSR). In Washington, DFS is explicitly illegal, along with all forms of online gaming, not just to operate, but…Read More

FanDuel to Offer Golf, Despite Legal Question Mark

FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles changes mind of daily fantasy golf

FanDuel is to add golf to its DFS menu even though it may be testing the boundaries of legality in the US. The company has been hesitant to offer contests based on golf in the past due to uncertainty in the law. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), which prohibited financial institutions…Read More

Pennsylvania Will Legalize Online Gambling “Sometime in March,” Says Lawmaker

Scavello: Pennsylvania will legalize online gambling by March

As Pennsylvania prepares to receive two online gambling bills, at least one lawmaker believes that the state’s chances of legalizing online gambling are good, and that it will happen soon. “Sometime in March, we’ll have something done and passed in the House and Senate,” said Senator Mario Scavello, chairman of the Senate Community, Economic and…Read More

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska Sues Polling Company Over Casino Petition Failure

Scott Lautenbaugh’s Northstar Sued by Ho-Chunk over Nebraska Casino Campaign

Ho-Chunk Inc, the economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, has launched a $1 million lawsuit against a firm it alleges botched its campaign to get casino gaming legalized in Nebraska. Last year, Ho-Chunk, along with a group of stakeholders in Nebraska’s embattled racing industry, launched a campaign called “Keep the Money in…Read More

Vegas Sportsbooks Take Another Beating During NFL Playoffs, Patriots Remain Super Bowl Favorites

Vegas sportsbooks Aaron Rodgers NFL Playoffs

Las Vegas sportsbooks are in need of a win. Following Clemson’s surprising upset over Alabama during last week’s College Football Playoff National Championship, oddsmakers focused on the NFL Playoffs to hopefully recoup some of their losses. But the Wild Card and now Divisional rounds of pro football have also gone in favor of the betting…Read More

Florida Gets Giant Gambling Reform Bill to Chew On

Bill Galvano’s introduces mammoth gambling reform package

An ambitious new gambling bill, SB 8, presented to the Florida Senate this week by Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), proposes wide-ranging reforms that would include the expansion of slot machines into counties where they have voter approval. It would also permit pari-mutuel venues to run blackjack games, previously a preserve of the Seminole tribe, which…Read More

Georgia Voters Are Pro Casino, says Atlanta Journal-Constitution Poll

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston unsure about casinos despite public support

Georgia’s casino bill is expected to be introduced any day now by State Senator Brandon Reach (R-Alpharetta), reigniting the longstanding debate about legalizing casino gambling in the state. Reach’s bill will propose the authorization of up to five casinos and one new horseracing track. In order to pass this year, it would need the approval…Read More

PGA Tour Commissioner Latest Sports Leader to Consider Sports Betting

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan sports betting

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan is joining the NBA’s Adam Silver in explaining that his sports isn’t necessarily against sports betting and daily fantasy sports (DFS). Monahan oversees golf’s most prestigious tour. He came into the position this month, replacing outgoing Commissioner Tim Finchem who retired after 22 years in the role. Appearing on Golf…Read More