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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

Skins-betting Rocked by New Controversy, Rigged Games Alleged

Skin gambling site accused of rigging spins

Counter-Strike skin-betting was rocked by fresh controversy this week, as another high-profile esports YouTuber and Twitch personality has been accused of failing to disclose ownership of a site he promoted online, CSGO Shuffle. James “PhantomL0rd” Varga has a reach of 2 million people through the two online platforms. Perhaps even more damning, a hacked Skype…Read More

Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena Sets Stage for RNC Like No Other

RNC Melania Trump

Opening night of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland was reminiscent of how political gatherings may have been in another  time: full of passion, drama, and controversy. This was not your grandmother’s RNC, that’s for sure. From an impassioned speech by former Navy Seal and Purple Heart-decorated Marcus Latrell to former New York City…Read More

Russia Blacklists Skrill and QIWI in Clampdown on Payment Processors 

Russia clamps down on payment processors

Russia has added Skrill and QIWI its blacklist of undesirables, as it seeks to take its clampdown on unlicensed online gambling to the FinTec companies that process transactions. The Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor served cease and desist orders on the two payment companies last week, accusing them of violating Russian gaming laws by processing online…Read More

Aussie Pols Call for $1 Pokie Limits and Ban on TV Gambling Ads

Nick Xenophon calls for pokie and gambling ad reforms

Australia’s pokie machines should be limited to $1 per spin, while gambling advertising during sports broadcasts that could be viewed by minors must be banned, say two influential Australian politicians. Longtime gambling opponents Senator Nick Xenophon and Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie are demanding tighter regulation of Australia’s gambling industry, in a country where there is increasing…Read More

Donald Trump Announces Indiana’s Mike Pence as VP Pick, Governor’s Views on Internet Gambling Conflicting

Donald Trump Mike Pence VP 2016

The morning after a horrific terror attack in Nice, France, in which 84 people watching a Bastille Day celebration were brutally murdered by a truck driver, Donald Trump has officially announced Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his 2016 running mate for the upcoming presidential elections. The Republican nominee had initially said he would delay his VP…Read More

Valve Moves to Shut Down Skins Gambling Industry

Valve to shut down skin gambling, says Erik Johnson

Valve has promised to pull the plug on the video-gaming “skin gambling” industry that has grown up around its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive title, while denying that it has in any way facilitated or profiteered from the gambling craze. The video-game developer, which also owns the Steam distribution platform, has faced a barrage of criticism for…Read More

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Bill Shelved Until Legislature Reconvenes This Fall

Pennsylvania online gambling Sheldon Adelson

Pennsylvania online gambling is being pushed aside in Harrisburg until the fall. That’s the unfortunate outcome for iGambling proponents after lawmakers in the Keystone State labored over gambling expansion legislation for the last several months. At 12:01 am on July 12, Governor Tom Wolf (D) allowed a bipartisan budget plan to become law without his…Read More

25-year-old Iowa Casino Industry in Good Health, says Regulator

Iowa’s casino report growth

Iowa’s casino industry is 25 years-old this year, and it marked the occasion with an annual report this week that pointed to signs of growth and market stability. The state’s 19 state-licensed operations posted a modest increase of $21.6 million in the 2016 fiscal year, with total revenue of $1.437 billion, according to report published…Read More

UFC Sold for an Eye-Gouging $4 Billion

UFC Sold for $4 Billion

The Ultimate Fighting Championship, which Station Casinos’ Fertitta brothers took from a fringe organization once described by John McCain as “human cockfighting,” to a global sports empire, has been sold by the brothers for $4 billion. The championships new owner is US talent agency WME-IMG, which has been backed in the deal by private equity…Read More

Nebraska Close to Vote on Casino Gambling

Nebraska casino expansion likely to go to ballot.

Nebraska could soon be voting on whether to legalize casino gaming within its borders after a pro-casino action group delivered 310,000 signatures in support of a referendum to the state legislature this week. The group, known as “Keep the Money in Nebraska,” needed the signatures of ten percent of the state’s registered voters to take…Read More

Rep. Jason Chaffetz Grills FBI’s Comey, as State Dept. Resumes Internal Clinton Audit

Jason Chaffetz James Comey FBI hearing

United States Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said he was a “kid in a candy store” on July 7, as he chaired the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee’s hearing with FBI Director James Comey. The meeting focused on Comey’s recommendation on Tuesday to the Department of Justice (DOJ) that charges not be brought against Hillary…Read More

New York Daily Fantasy Sports Agreement Deadline Pushed Back as Governor Cuomo Delays Legalization

New York daily fantasy sports Andrew Cuomo

New York daily fantasy sports (DFS) has been passed by the state’s legislature, but residents in the Empire State still can’t legally play. That’s because Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) still hasn’t called for the bill to his desk, even though it was approved back on June 18. Once Cuomo calls for the DFS bill authored…Read More

E-Sports Integrity Coalition Promises to Clean Up Competitive Gaming

Esports Integrity Coalition to sniff out match-fixer like Lee Seung Hyun

The E-sports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) launched in the UK this week, a non-profit industry body with one dedicated mission: keeping E-sports clean. ESIC said it aims to become recognized “the guardian of the integrity of E-Sports,” with a particular emphasis on cheating, match-fixing and gray market gambling in competitive video gaming. “The Coalition will take…Read More

Brits Blew £12.6 Billion on Gambling Last Year

UK gambling industry takes 12.6 billion in record year

If there’s one thing Brexit has shown us, it’s that Britons don’t mind taking risks, which is perhaps why they gambled away a record £12.6 billion ($16.7 billion) last year on games of chance. A new report published by the UK Gambling Commission reveals that gross gambling yield across the entire UK gambling industry (ie,…Read More

New Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Wastes No Time Attacking Online Gambling

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte online gambling

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte was sworn into the country’s highest office on June 30, and the unconventional politician wasted no time in setting the tone for his administration. On his first official day in office, the 71-year-old delivered a calculated speech inside the Malacañang Palace before visiting a slum in Manila where he quickly switched…Read More