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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.

Macau Gaming Revenue Benefits From New Resorts’ Fanfare

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Macau gaming revenue in September totaled 18.4 billion patacas ($2.3 billion), a better-than-expected 7.4 percent rise. Following two years of monthly declines, September marks Macau’s second straight year-over-year month in the black. The welcomed financial reversal is perhaps a surprise to some as China’s federal government continues to restrict VIP junket operators bringing the mainland…Read More

Pennsylvania Local Casino Tax Violates State Law, High Court Says

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Casino tax laws in Pennsylvania mandate that venues share at least $10 million in slot revenue each year with their local municipalities. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that directive unconstitutional this week. The Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos brought the legal challenge in August on grounds that casinos are paying fluctuating tax rates…Read More

DraftKings Investigating Collusion Claims Over Winning Brothers’ Score

Draftkings investigations alleged collusion surrounding Millionaire winner

DraftKings has said it is investigating the allegations of collusion surrounding one of the winners of its flagship Fantasy Football Millionaire contest over the weekend. A player with the screenname “papagates” shared the $1 million first prize after scoring joint-best of 257,000 players at the close of the weekend’s NFL action. But no sooner had the…Read More

Boyd Gaming Completes $380 Million Purchase of Aliante Casino Hotel

Boyd Gaming Aliante Casino and Hotel

Boyd Gaming, the Las Vegas casino and hospitality company, has completed its $380 million acquisition of the Aliante Casino and Hotel in North Las Vegas. Boyd is back on the offensive after selling off its 50 percent stake in the Borgata Hotel Casino to MGM Resorts on August 1. Opened in 2008, Aliante is located…Read More

Jeff Guinn, Son of Former Nevada Governor, Accused of Defrauding Late Boyd Gaming President

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Jeff Guinn, son of the late Nevada governor Kenny Guinn, is accused of running a Ponzi scheme that allegedly defrauded investors out of millions. Among those who fell victim to the alleged scam include Donna Ruthe, the wife of the former president of casino operator Boyd Gaming Corp and Chuck Ruthe, who died in 2013,…Read More

Game of War: Fire Age is Not Gambling, Says Federal Judge

Game of War: Fire Age not gambling says judge

A lawsuit against Machine Zone, developers of the popular Game of War: Fire Age, was thrown out of court by a federal judge in Illinois late last week. Judge Robert Dow rejected a claim that the popular smartphone game violates the Illinois Loss Recovery Act and the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act….Read More

Ohio Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Would Effectively Eliminate DFS

Ohio daily fantasy sports Bill Coley

Ohio daily fantasy sports (DFS) remains an unregulated online activity that continues to accept wagers from participants on the outcomes of sporting events. Ohio State Senator Bill Coley (R-District 4) wants to change that reality. On September 26, Coley introduced legislation in Columbus that would restrict DFS operators like DraftKings and FanDuel from taking a…Read More

Gambling Lobbyists Look For Next Harry Reid As Nevada Senator Retires Soon

Gambling lobbyists Nevada Senator Harry Reid

Gambling lobbyists are looking for their next right-hand man. While Americans are pondering who should get their presidential vote in November, the American Gaming Association (AGA) is scouring for a new congressional politician to help charter their movement. The AGA, along with other lobbyists advocating for the advancement of casino-friendly laws, recognize that a giant…Read More

Meadowlands Racetrack Operator Says Casino Critical to Track’s Survival

Meadowlands Racetrack Jeff Gural casino referendum New Jersey

Meadowlands Racetrack operator Jeff Gural is done paying for marketing efforts to bring casinos to northern New Jersey, but the real estate mogul isn’t conceding his verbal efforts to end Atlantic City’s gambling monopoly. Last week, Gural and billionaire partner Paul Fireman, the former CEO of Reebok, announced they were suspending the Our Turn NJ…Read More

Wisconsin Gambling Addict Gets Probation for Delivering Hundreds of Pounds of Marijuana

Wisconsin gambling addict marijuana probation

Wisconsin gambling addict Kongsaden Khammanivong is being given a second chance by a Madison judge. In July of 2015, Khammanivong was indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiring to distribute more than 50 kilograms (100 pounds) of marijuana between January 2014 and his arrest in July of 2015. Khammanivong admitted he turned to delivering…Read More

Liberty Media Thinks Formula One Is Missing Out on Gambling Revenue

Bernie Ecclestone’s F1 looks to maximize gambling potential

Formula One’s new owner, Liberty Media, believes that gambling is a largely untapped revenue stream that offers the sport huge potential. The US mass media company is in the process of purchasing a controlling stake in the global racing business that would value Formula One at $8 billion, and a shake-up is expected. Formula One…Read More

Sands Bethlehem Reportedly Planning Substantial Casino Expansion

Sands Bethlehem casino resort expansion

Sands Bethlehem is looking to expand its horizons. Pennsylvania’s most profitable casino in terms of gross revenue is reportedly in the early stages of spending $40 million to build additional gaming and dining space at its northeastern Pennsylvania resort. Allentown’s The Morning Call newspaper broke the news that Sands Bethlehem has filed plans with the…Read More

Sochi Gambling Zone Created to Offset Hosting 2014 Winter Olympics

Sochi gambling zone Russia Winter Olympics

A special Sochi gambling zone is being created by the Russian Federation to help the city offset the lingering debts incurred from hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed the executive order in late August, and Sochi will be officially allowed to commence gambling activities in the coming months. Since 2009, gambling…Read More

European Teens Gambling Online at Alarming Rate, New Study Concludes

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European teens have found a new vice, and it comes in the form of online gambling. According to a new study published by the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD), teens in Europe are smoking and drinking alcohol at lower rates, but online gambling frequency is on the rise. ESPAD conducts…Read More

Bitcoin Is REAL Money After Major Ruling By Federal Judge

Bitcoin is money, says judge

Bitcoin is real money. That’s the opinion of U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan, who this week rejected the argument of a defendant who had argued that bitcoin did not qualify as “funds” under the federal law. Anthony Murgio is charged with two counts of money-laundering in relation to his operation of Coin.mx, an unlicensed bitcoin…Read More