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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.

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

Ontario to Auction Off Greater Toronto Casino Market, Caesars and Genting in Running

Caesars, Genting, Brookfield bidding for Toronto casino market

Ontario is getting ready to privatize its Greater Toronto casino operations, with the view that a commercial operator will be better placed to develop its three state-owned properties to fulfill their market potential. Within the next few weeks, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation will choose between Caesars Entertainment, Malaysia’s Genting Group and Canada’s Brookfield…Read More

Odds of Japan Passing a Casino Bill Lengthen, as Shinzo Abe’s Approval Rating Plummets

Japan casino bill Shinzo Abe

The Japan casino bill currently being drafted by the country’s National Diet might be losing support, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ongoing scandals continue to plummet his approval rating. Gambling expansion already spawns mixed feelings among the general public, but lawmakers in Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) have largely been committed to his…Read More

Bettors Cash in on Jordan Spieth’s British Open Victory

Jordan Spieth British Open

Picking Jordan Spieth to win the 146th British Open was a very profitable proposition for people who put money down on the champion. Spieth not only paid off well for those who chose him before the tournament began, but throughout the event as well. The 23 year old began the event 14-1, co-favored with World…Read More

Scott Blumstein Wins $8.15M at World Series of Poker Main Event with Three-Outer on River

Scott Blumstein wins 2017 WSOP Main Event for $8.15M

Scott Blumstein, a 25-year-old medium stakes poker pro from New Jersey, decided to play his first World Series of Poker tournament a few weeks ago, the 2017 Main Event. It turned out to be a pretty good decision, as late into Saturday night, Blumstein survived an original field of over 7,200 entrants to take home…Read More

Delaware Brick-and-Mortar Casino Sector Advisory Board Holds State’s Fate, While Keeping Cards Close

Delaware racinos creak under weight of competition

The Delaware land-based casino sector has been hit hard by increased competition from new markets in neighboring states, as the newer and shinier casinos of Pennsylvania and Maryland outperform its three struggling, and highly taxed, racinos. The sector, which comprises Harrington Raceway, Dover Downs, and Delaware Park, peaked in 2006, the year Pennsylvania began issuing…Read More

MGM Resorts Added to S&P 500, Company Should Benefit From Increased Trading

MGM Resorts S&P 500

MGM Resorts International will become the newest member of the revered S&P 500 prior to the open of trading on Wednesday, July 26. The stock’s addition to the Standard and Poor’s index will presumably increase trading activity on the Nevada-based casino and hospitality conglomerate. The S&P 500 is a preferred US index, one that rivals…Read More

Pennsylvania Satellite Casinos Latest Gambling Ploy Floated by State Lawmakers, Small Cities Targeted

Pennsylvania satellite casinos York

Authorizing 10 Pennsylvania satellite casinos is the most recent potential money grab state lawmakers are considering in their efforts to bridge a $2.2 billion spending gap. Governor Tom Wolf (D) has allowed a $32 billion budget approved by the Republican-controlled legislature to pass and become law without his signature. The financial blueprint, however, is severely…Read More

Massachussets Governor Signs Budget Bill that Allows Casinos to Serve Booze until 4 am

Massachusetts casino drinking hours

Last call? Not so fast in future Massachusetts casinos, which recently had their drinking hours extended with a quick signature from the governor. But before anything officially takes effect, some lawmakers are calling for the measure to be put on ice. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a budget on Monday that allows two planned casinos…Read More