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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.

Amaya Slashes 2015 Economic Forecast, Stock Price Tumbles

Amaya CEO David Baazov

Amaya Inc. is cutting its 2015 full-year financial projections for revenues and net earnings, an adjustment that will naturally also lower expectations for per share profits. The parent company to PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker is reducing its year-end revenue projections by 13 percent from statements made at the midpoint of 2015. Back in May,…Read More

Maryland Casino Revenues Increase 9.2 Percent in October 

Horseshoe Baltimore Maryland casino

The Maryland casino industry is flourishing, the state’s Lottery and Gaming Control Commission releasing financial data for last month that proves citizens and nearby residents are enjoying the conveniences of having gambling venues located in the Mid-Atlantic region. Casino revenue statewide totaled $94,760,583 for the month of October, a 9.2 increase year-to-year. The growth represents…Read More

Revel Atlantic City Could Become “Fire Risk” Refugee Camp

Revel to take in 3000 Syrian refugees, says Straub

Glenn Straub, the eccentric Florida real-estate developer who bought the stricken Revel Casino in Atlantic City earlier this year, is offering to turn it into a temporary refugee center. Straub paid $82 million for the $2.4 billion property after the initial winner of the bankruptcy auction, Brookfield Asset Management, pulled out of the deal. However,…Read More

It’s WSOP November Nine Fever Time as Final Table Kicks off (Almost) Live on ESPN This Sunday

WSOP November Nine 2015

The WSOP November Nine are ready to rumble for one of the biggest prizes around if you like money. Yup, the final table of the 46th Annual World Series of Poker will play out on ESPN beginning this Sunday. After almost four months’ hiatus, the final nine players are back to do battle for the…Read More

New York State Introduces Bill to Regulate DFS

New York daily fantasy sports bill introduced

The regulation of daily fantasy sports begins. The states of Illinois and Minnesota introduced bills last week that aim to develop a framework for regulation of the industry, which has so far operated unhindered by the scrutiny of a governing body.      While Nevada has declared that operators must apply for a sports betting…Read More

Political Day Trading Gaining Traction as Presidential Election Heats Up

Marco Rubio political day trading

Political day trading is the act of placing real money on predicting the outcome of everything from the 2016 presidential election to whether Congress will repeal the medical device tax. Prediction market trading dates back to 1999 when two Wall Street futures and options brokers founded Intrade. The ability to place small wagers on candidates…Read More

Illegal Online Gambling Operators Could Face Life Sentences in South Korea

South Korea illegal online gambling

Illegal online gambling in South Korea is rapidly becoming a serious issue facing society and the government has had enough. Late last week Korean officials announced its National Police Agency (NPA) will be cracking down on the forbidden industry starting at the top with the gambling operators. According to law enforcement, online gambling platforms are…Read More

IGaming Entrepreneur Conference Hits London November 9th, We Meet Organizer Michael Caselli

Michael Caselli, iGaming Entrepreneur Conference

For all the challenges it faces, the online gaming industry is experiencing a period of innovation, as new trends and new tech, often pioneered by small but ambitious young companies, emerge to breathe new life into the sector. As increasing regulation and industry compliance across the globe builds the confidence of new investors, there may…Read More

Florida Seminoles Sue Sunshine State Over Blackjack Rights

Seminole Tribe James Billie Florida blackjack rights

Florida’s Seminole Tribe is suing the state over the right to offer blackjack and baccarat at its six casinos. The lawsuit comes just days before tribal gambling venues are supposed to rid their floors of the popular table game. In 2010, state lawmakers and the Seminoles reached a 20-year agreement that authorized slot machines and…Read More

NFL Forced to Defend Anti-Sports Betting Stance Following Games in London

NFL defends anti-sports betting stance after London games

The NFL was facing accusations of hypocrisy this week over its much-publicized incursion into the UK. On Sunday, 84,000 people turned up to London’s Wembley Stadium, usually the reserve of the England soccer team, to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars face off against the Buffalo Bills, hardly prime time viewing for even the most fevered of…Read More

Christian Lusardi Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Chip Scandal

Christian Lusardi prison counterfeit

Christian Lusardi’s royal flush was a royal mistake. On Thursday, a judge sentenced Lusardi to five years in prison and ordered him to pay $463,540 in restitution for bringing millions of dollars worth of counterfeit chips to a tournament at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City in 2014. After getting cold feet during the…Read More

German Online Gambling Plans in Disarray Following Hesse Court Ruling

German online gambling disarray after Hesse ruling

Germany’s online gambling reforms lie in ruins this week. An administrative court in the state of Hesse has upheld a previous ruling that 20 online sports betting licenses issued as part of its 2012 gambling bill are illegitimate. That decision is likely to be final and the licenses are expected shortly to be declared void….Read More

StarsDraft Scaled Back to Four States as Daily Fantasy Sports Questions Mount

StarsDraft daily fantasy sports Amaya

StarsDraft is scaling back its operations in the United States from 45 states to just four. In a press release issued this week, parent company Amaya announced that due to recent developments surrounding daily fantasy sports (DFS) including probes by the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigations, StarsDraft would be taking its platform…Read More

US Appeals Court Agrees to Review New Jersey Sports Betting Case

US appeals court New Jersey sports betting Ray Lesniak Third Circuit

The US appeals court for the Third Circuit has agreed to reconsider a New Jersey sports betting case less than two months after two of its judges upheld a previous ruling preventing the state from legalizing such wagering. In late August, Judges Marjorie Rendell and Maryanne Trump Barry decided New Jersey’s wishes to legalize sports betting…Read More

Nebraska Pro Casino Group Raises $250,000 as Race Begins for Signatures

Nebraska casino push looks for signatures

Keep the Money in Nebraska, the movement pushing for casino expansion in the state, has raised $250,000 to fund an effort to collect thousands of signatures from Nebraskans who support the cause. The group needs to amass ten percent of the state’s registered voters, or around 113,900 people, to initiate a public referendum on casino…Read More