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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.

Bet365 and Paysafe Deny Illegal China Ops

Bet365, Paysafe deny breaking Chinese law

Bet365 and Paysafe have strenuously denied engaging in illegal gambling operations in China. The denials come following the publication of a note by US firm Spotlight Research, which accused Bet365 of “operating a business that appears to facilitate and engage in illegal gambling.” Spotlight, which disclosed a potential short interest benefiting from any weakness in…Read More

Remaining Atlantic City Casinos Post Three Percent Win in November

Atlantic City casinos Carl Icahn

Atlantic City casinos pulled in $197.2 million in November, a three percent gain on the same month in 2015. However, the headline is slightly deceiving as the three percent gain subtracts the now-defunct Trump Taj Mahal’s 2015 November earnings of $12.8 million. Trump Taj Mahal closed its doors on October 10. When Taj is included, total…Read More

Baazov Attorney Demands Release of Insider Trading Details 

Baazov Lawyer Wants More Disclosure from AMF

The lawyer for former Amaya boss David Baazov urged the Quebec securities regulator, AMF, this week to reveal more details of its case against their client. Sophie Melchers, of Norton Rose Fulbright, representing Baazov, said the AMF had failed to lay out the “factual basis” for charges against her client and complained it still refuses…Read More

Crown Resorts Sells $1.2 Billion Stake in Macau, Pulls Out of Alon Vegas Project

Crown Sells Macau shares, pulls out of Vegas

James Packer’s Crown Resorts has made a dramatic U-turn on its global expansion strategy, suddenly and unexpectedly retreating from both Las Vegas and Macau, the two biggest gambling hubs in the world. Crown dropped the bombshell during an earnings call on Thursday. The company announced that not only will it sell $1.2 billion worth of…Read More

Japan Passes Casino Bill, Opening Up Potential $40 Billion Market

Japan passes casino bill.

Japan, the sleeping giant of casino gaming, has awoken. In the early hours of Thursday morning, lawmakers in the upper house of the Japanese parliament passed the Integrated Resorts Promotion bill, paving the way for full scale casino resorts in the country. Japan has not officially legalized casino gaming today, but this will now almost…Read More

Casino Gamblers’ Spending Prognosis Expected to Bump by 3.5 Percent Through 2020

casino consumer spending Steve Wynn

Casino consumer spending is ready for takeoff. According to a study titled “Gambling: United States” conducted by Freedonia Focus Reports, an Ohio-based market analytics firm, gambling will grow in the United States at an annual rate of 3.5 percent through 2020. Due to increased consumer spending, domestic casinos should see their revenues and bottom lines…Read More

MGM Boss Jim Murren, Former Opponent, Says He’ll Work with Trump on Gaming Issues

Jim Murren sports betting Donald Trump

MGM CEO Jim Murren is in Washington, DC, this week for the grand opening of his company’s $1.4 billion National Harbor resort. The gaming executive stopped by the National Press Club earlier this month in the nation’s capital for a luncheon, and as is typically the case in DC, politics became an item of discussion….Read More

New Online Gambling Ban Bill Introduced to US House

Representative Michael Fitzpatrick introduces RAWA like bill

Pennsylvania Republican Representative Michael Fitzpatrick has introduced legislation to the US House that would ban online gambling at a federal level. The “RAWA-esque” bill HR 6453 appeared on Capitol Hill last week, December 7, and is co-sponsored by Representative Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) and longstanding online gaming opponent, Representative Charles Dent (R-Pennsylvania). The language of the bill may be different…Read More

GVC Prepared Bid for Ladbrokes-Coral but Talks Have Broken Down, Say Sources

Kenny Alexander’s GVC prepared bid for Ladbrokes-Coral

Reports late Friday that GVC had prepared a £3.2 billion ($4 billion) reverse takeover bid for Ladbrokes-Coral were followed almost as quickly over the weekend by suggestions that negotiations had collapsed. According to sources close to the UK’s Financial Times, GVC was said to have put together an ambitious bid, similar to last year’s acquisition…Read More

MGM National Harbor Asks Non-Reservation Guests to Stay Away

MGM National Harbor opens

MGM National Harbor had no problem attracting plenty of guests during its opening weekend. The $1.4 billion resort some 10 miles southeast of Washington, DC, was filled to capacity, forcing MGM to ask non-reservation guests to steer clear of the venue. The resort opened on Thursday night at 10:30 pm, and troves of gamblers and…Read More

Nevada Regulators Look to Extend Account Wagering Across the Casino Floor 

AG Burnett to discuss expanding wagering accounts with fellow regulators

Nevada regulators are considering expanding the use of wagering accounts at land-based casinos to cover more forms of gambling, not just sports betting and a smattering of online games, as is currently the case. The proposed changes would permit players to bet on slots, video poker and bingo using their casino accounts. The proposal has…Read More

Beijing ATM Restriction in Macau Causes Casino Stock Plunge

Macau ATM restrictions cause casino stock cascade

Just in case Macau was getting too comfortable with the idea of an economic revival, Beijing announced on Thursday that the withdrawal limit at ATM machines in the enclave would be slashed by 50 percent, effective from Saturday. The announcement caused the stock of US casino companies with presence in Macau to tumble. Shares in…Read More

Pennsylvania Senator’s Attack on Online Gambling and DFS May Have Helped Stall Regulation Push

Senator Tomlinson Online Gaming Letter

Pennsylvania ran out of time to legalize online casino gaming and online poker on November 30, when the state’s legislative session came to an end. There were times, though, when it really seemed like it might happen this year. In early summer, the state’s online gambling bill became attached to a broader gambling expansion package…Read More

Poker Players Win Civil Forfeiture Case against Iowa Police

William “Bart” Davis (left) and John Newmerzhycky Receive Damages from Iowa

Two California poker players have won their longstanding battle with the state of Iowa after they had their bankrolls confiscated during a warrantless search by two state troopers in 2013. William “Bart” Davis and John Newmerzhycky claimed that $100,020 was seized unlawfully from the trunk of their car under the controversial civil forfeiture scheme, which…Read More

Say Bye-bye to Baazov, Shareholder Urges Amaya

Jason Ader Urges Amaya to Ditch Baazov

Activist Investor Jason Ader, who owns one percent of Amaya Inc. through his company SpringOwl Asset Management, has called on the PokerStars parent to forget about David Baazov. Baazov, the former chairman and CEO of Amaya, launched a $4.1 billion bid to take the company private several weeks ago. But in a letter to the…Read More