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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

UK Election Implications: FOBTs Could Feel Hung Parliament’s Squeeze

Pull my finger? Jeremy Corbyn and Labour on the fate of FOBTs

Bookmakers in the UK may have slashed the odds on Jeremy Corbyn becoming the country’s next prime minister. But they’re likely not too thrilled about the prospects a “hung parliament” presents their industry. Britain woke up to last week after Friday’s shock election result already a bit nervous about what lay ahead. For bookmakers, at…Read More

Fight Over Details in Mayweather-McGregor Bout Reportedly Done

Mayweather-McGregor fight

If there is this much squabbling, jabbing and jawing in the ring, as there has been outside of it, the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor should be an epic battle. After nearly a year of working out details, it appears a date has been set for the bout. Several media outlets reported that…Read More

Philippines Casino Proposed Entry Fee Aimed at Deterring Attackers Could Deter Business More Often

Casino entry fee Resorts World Manila attack

A plan to impose an entry fee for all casinos in the Philippines would have a detrimental effect on the sector’s thriving mass market, analysts for investment banking group Morgan Stanley said on Monday. The opinion was issued following the introduction of a bill on Friday in the Philippine House of Representatives. Rodolfo Albano III,…Read More

Bacterial Disease Legionnaires Infects Guests at World Series of Poker Host Resort

bacteria disease Legionnaires Rio WSOP

The bacterial disease Legionnaires has been discovered inside a hot water heating system at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Currently hosting the 48th World Series of Poker (WSOP), health officials tested water heaters at the Caesars-owned property after two guests who stayed at the resort on different occasions reported infections. One system was found…Read More

FBI Nabs Russian Mob that Hacked Casino Slots and Stole Five Tons of Chocolate 

Slot hacking chocolate trafficking gang arrested in New York.

A gang of sweet-toothed, casino slot-machine-hacking Russian mobsters was busted by the FBI in New York on Wednesday, its members charged with running a sprawling crime empire. In addition to casino fraud, the outfit allegedly engaged in racketeering, narcotics, firearms offenses and murder-for-hire, as well as the theft and trafficking of over five tons of illegal…Read More

No Shows, Injuries Create Wide Open Field for Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes preview

Instead of a “Who’s Who” of horses entered in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, many handicappers instead are asking “Who’s This?” Several of the marquee horses have either chosen not to enter the race or can’t run because of injury. The first blow to the third leg of the Triple Crown was when Kentucky Derby winner, Always…Read More

Bad Actor Clause Threatens to Stymie Online Poker Legislation in New York

Sen. John Bonacic’s online poker bill

New York state Sen. John Bonacic’s bill to legalize online poker bill was amended this week to include a bad actor clause. To some this seemed a way to make the bill more passable, while others see the amendment as a poison pill. Senate Bill 3898 seeks to legalize online poker in New York by…Read More

Massive Pennsylvania Gambling Expansion Bill Passed by State House, But Not Without Controversy

Pennsylvania gambling expansion

Pennsylvania gambling expansion has been a focal point in Harrisburg for more than a year, but late Wednesday night, the state’s House of Representatives finally took action on the matter. The manner in which they did so, however, is being criticized by some lawmakers. Yesterday morning, House Bill 271 was introduced by State Rep. Jason…Read More

Nationwide Sports Betting Would Be Home Run for ESPN, Odds of Legalization Shortening

sports betting ESPN SportsCenter

Last month, a “discussion draft” to end sports betting prohibition in the United States was introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone (R-New Jersey). The shell bill’s introduction by the longtime congressional lawmaker from the Garden State was in response to Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall’s recommendation to the Supreme Court that they reject an appeal challenging…Read More

Connecticut Legislature Passes East Windsor Tribal Casino Bill at Zero Hour

Uri Clinton MGM Connecticut tribal casino challenge

It’s game on for Connecticut’s contentious third casino. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the state’s House of Representatives voted to approve SB 957, which would authorize construction of the state’s first casino outside tribal lands, in East Windsor, close to the border with Massachusetts. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has indicated he will not…Read More

Macau Government Demands Casino Security Reports After Manila Attack

Macau casino security report

Two government agencies in Macau met over the weekend to discuss ways to secure its sprawling casino floors from violent attacks. Last week’s deadly rampage inside the Resorts World Manila complex sparked the cause for concern. Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) met with the city’s Judiciary Police and representatives from the major casino resorts on Sunday to…Read More

September Alvarez-Golovkin Bout Chooses Las Vegas Over Texas

Alvarez-Golovkin fight

The Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin middleweight boxing match was a contest that fans had been clamoring two years for and it finally has a location. The bout will occur September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The date of the fight was announced shortly after Alvarez won a unanimous 12-round decision over Julio Cesar…Read More

Men and Women Handle Gambling Addiction Differently, Research Finds

Female gambling problems

Both men and women are susceptible to problem gambling. But when addiction hits and the gambler is headed toward rock bottom, the two sexes differ in how they handle the distress. That’s according to a new study published in the Journal of Gambling Studies by researchers at the University of Adelaide, the Australian Gambling Research Centre…Read More

Resorts World Manila Gunman Had Gambling and Employment Issues, Not Linked to Terrorists, Say Philippines Police

Jessie Javier Carlos Resorts World Manila killer

Philippine police have now characterized Resorts World Manila robber Jessie Javier Carlos as a man who had a severe gambling addiction, which pushed him to last week’s robbery at the Genting-owned casino. Conversely, despite the Islamic State claiming to be behind his actions, terrorism was not the motive for that attack, authorities in Manila insist….Read More

MGM Resorts and Caesars Ready to Invest in Atlantic City, Christie Pledges Additional Relief

MGM Jim Murren Chris Christie

MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment are prepared to make further investments in Atlantic City, as the fiscally troubled oceanfront gambling town slowly begins to reverse its dire economic course. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) says the state will be there to help, with new relief programs on the way for the casino companies still…Read More