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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

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

Former USC Football Player Pleads Guilty to Running Illegal Gambling Network

Owen Hanson USC gambling drugs

Former USC football player Owen Hanson is looking at 20 years in prison after confessing to running an illegal offshore gambling operation that also sold narcotics and performance-enhancing drugs to athletes. The 34-year-old admitted this week to being the leader of ODOG Enterprises, an alleged violent operation that sold numerous criminal narcotics including cocaine, heroin,…Read More

888poker Leaves Australian Market, Online Poker Under Threat in Oz

Shane Warne’s 888 Quits Australia

888poker has pulled out of the Australian market in anticipation of an imminent change in the country’s gambling laws. An amendment to the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act will shortly clarify that only operators holding a license in Australia will be able to offer its products to Australians. And since the country only licenses sports betting,…Read More

New York, South Carolina Introduce Sports Betting Bills

New York, South Carolina Sports Betting Bills

New York and South Carolina both introduced bills seeking to legalize sports betting this week. In New York, a bill sponsored by Senator Tony Avella (D-19th), and co-sponsored by four of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate, would authorize “gambling on professional sporting events and athletic events sponsored by universities or colleges.” Sports betting would be…Read More

Chicago Casino Shot Down in State Senate, but Resuscitation Expected

Chicago casino Illinois budget

A Chicago casino and five other gambling licenses were up for consideration in the Illinois General Assembly, but deliberations were quickly squashed, as legislators in Springfield opted to delay legislation until incoming lawmakers are sworn into office today. Illinois has been enduring a nearly two-year budget stalemate that’s starving public universities and social programs across…Read More

Trump’s AG Pick Jeff Sessions “Shocked” by Regulated Online Gambling

AG nominee Jeff Sessions would “revisit” DOJ interpretation of wire Act

Jeff Sessions, the senator from Alabama and Trump nominee for attorney general, professed himself to be “shocked” this week by a 2011 DOJ legal opinion that paved the way for regulated online gambling in the US. Sessions was answering questions on Tuesday morning during his confirmation hearing, when online gambling opponent Senator Lindsey Graham (R-…Read More

Las Vegas Sportsbooks Lose Big on Clemson’s Stunning Upset Over Alabama

Las Vegas sportsbooks Clemson Deshaun Watson

Las Vegas sportsbooks are on a roll, but it’s not a streak they desire. Fresh off the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs where all four favorites covered the spread, oddsmakers in Nevada are licking their wounds this morning after the Clemson Tigers pulled off a stunning upset of the Alabama Crimson Tide during…Read More

Rappers Chris Brown and Soulja Boy Agree to Box in Las Vegas

Chris Brown Soulja Boy Las Vegas

Rappers Chris Brown and Soulja Boy have verbally agreed on social media to a boxing match in order to settle their beef over a girl. It all began when Soulja Boy, who is primarily known for his 2007 Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit “Crank That,” started “hearting” Instagram photos of Brown’s ex Karrueche Tran. The…Read More