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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.

Phil Ivey Suggests Borgata Used Booze and Boobs to Target Him

Phil Ivey hits back at the Borgata.

Phil Ivey’s protracted battle with Atlantic City’s Borgata Casino took another turn this week after the poker star claimed the casino tried to manipulate him and cloud his judgment. The $9.6 million session, which took place back in 2011, has since entered into poker folklore, but for Ivey the battle to receive some compensation is…Read More

Pokemon World Championship Nearly Brought Down by Violent Gunmen

Pokemon World Championships Boston shooting spoiled

Violence seems to be everywhere these days: on trains, in movie theaters, and in schools. But at a Pokemon championship? Since 1995, Pokemon has been one of the most successful global franchises in pop culture, and its annual Video Game World Championships is the brand’s marquee event. Held in Boston for 2015, the tournament brings…Read More

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Resigns

Greece snap elections Alexis Tsipras

The Greek financial crisis took on a new twist this week, as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned his post in the wake of criticism from members of his own party. Tsipras is hoping to regain his seat in a snap election, one that is scheduled to be held on September 20. Tsipras announced his decision…Read More

Malta Withdraws Request for Opinion on Definition of Illegal Sports Betting

Malta illegal sports betting FIFA

Malta has backed off its request for the European Court of Justice to issue an opinion on the definition of illegal sports betting used in the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, a definition that the country has found somewhat concerning even while it says it wants to help prevent match…Read More

Plainridge Park Casino Collects $18 Million in First Month

Plainridge Park Casino revenue Massachusetts

Massachusetts may still have a ways to go before it becomes a casino gambling powerhouse, but their first entry into the field is off to a good start. The Plainridge Park Casino, which features only electronic games, brought in $18.1 million in revenue during its first month of operations, though experts cautioned that those numbers…Read More

New Mexican Gaming Laws Close to Approval

Mexico new gaming laws online

When the Mexican Chamber of Deputies approved new gaming laws late last year, it seemed like only a matter of time before the issue was taken up by the nation’s Senate. Despite some delays, the time for that debate appears to be coming, as one prominent official says he believes that the laws will be…Read More

Augur Promises Distributed Sports Betting Platform

Augur blockchain sports betting market

Things augur well for the US sports betting industry, not to mention a new eponymous online prediction betting platform. Sports betting is a hot topic in the United States right now, as sports leagues seem to be warming to the idea and states, New Jersey in particular, are challenging the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports…Read More

James Packer Crown Resorts Chairman Step Down Catches Most By Surprise

James Packer Crown Resorts resignation

Australian billionaire James Packer has resigned as chairman of Crown Resorts amid tumbling financial results. The often blustery businessman, who has been romantically linked with singer Mariah Carey in recent months, will be replaced by Rob Rankin, who is co-chairman with Packer of the Crown Resorts joint venture in Macau, Melco-Crown. We Belong Together Mariah,…Read More

Revenues Up, Profits Down at IGT Since Merger

IGT GTECH merger profits revenues

The merger of International Game Technology (IGT) with GTECH was expected to provide growth for the companies, and so far, that seems to be working out well for the new incarnation of IGT. However, that growth hasn’t been without hiccups, as the new company has seen profits decline in the first full quarter of earnings…Read More

GVC Ups Ante Again in Bid for Bwin.party

GVC, bwin.party, 888, Brian Mattingley

GVC Holdings has increased its offer for bwin.party to £1.03 billion ($1.6 billion), around £100 million ($155 million) higher than its previous bid, made just two weeks ago. The ball is now squarely in 888’s court, as analysts fully expect GVC’s rival to come back with an improved offer of its own. Both of the…Read More

Penn National Almost Officially Approved to Buy Tropicana Las Vegas

Tropicana Las Vegas Penn National

Penn National has moved one step closer to acquiring the Tropicana Las Vegas in a $360 million deal, following a preliminary regulatory green light in Nevada. A.G. Burnett, head of the state’s Gaming Control Board, declared the deal to be for “the good of the state and the Strip,” as he signaled his approval for…Read More

New Bedford Considering Options Following Loss of Casino Project

New Bedford casino resort aftermath

A new casino was supposed to be exactly what the city of New Bedford needed to turn things around. But the southeastern Massachusetts city won’t be getting a new resort, and with that and other projects suddenly evaporating, city officials are upset and uncertain about how to move forward. Along with the casino, there was…Read More

Gaming Industry Wants to See Regulation of Daily Fantasy Sports

Daily fantasy sports regulation gambling

FanDuel and DraftKings have turned daily fantasy sports from a little niche product to the fastest growing segment of the fantasy sports industry. Now, with the valuations of each of those companies reaching $1 billion or more, the gaming industry is starting to take notice, with some believing that the daily fantasy games deserve the…Read More

Malta Suspends Three More Licenses as Mob Gambling Scandal Deepens 

Malta Gaming Authority, ’Ndrangheta gambling, Vincenzo Giuliano, Fenplay Ltd

Malta, Europe’s online gaming hub and one of the best-regarded licensing jurisdictions in the world, has been forced to suspend the licenses of three more operators, at least one of which is suspected of ties to the ’Ndrangheta Calabrian organized crime syndicate. Vincenzo Giuliano, director of Fenplay Ltd, was one of 50 people arrested last…Read More

Alabama Citizens Want Vote on Gambling Expansion

Alabama gambling poll Del Marsh

Alabama voters may not all agree on exactly what form expanded gambling should take in their state, but it seems as though they are mostly on board with at least taking the idea to a vote. According to a new poll released by a group that wants to see gambling legalized in the state, nearly…Read More