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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.

Paddy Power Betfair Accuses Betting Industry of FOBT Scare Tactics

Paddy Power Betfair CEO Peter Jackson on FOBTs

Peter Jackson, the newly appointed CEO of Paddy Power Betfair, has suggested the rest of the betting industry is employing “scare stories” over the impact of impending FOBT regulations on the retail betting sector. “The FOBT issue needs to be dealt with,” he said at an earnings call this week, “…and dealt with once and…Read More

Nevada Black Book Might Receive First New Member Since 2015

Nevada Black Book Las Vegas casinos

The Nevada Black Book could get its first new member in nearly three years by way of a two-time convicted felon who has a hankering for ripping off elderly women inside casinos. On Thursday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) unanimously approved the nomination of Joseph Whit Moody for consideration of inclusion to its List…Read More

Paddy Power Goes Ballistic with Odds on Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un Nuclear De-escalation Talks

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

News that US President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un to talk nuclear de-escalation has global pundits in a quandary. Is North Korea sincere? Is Trump walking into a political trap? Can a scrappy New York billionaire and former real estate developer broker lasting peace and save…Read More

Resorts World New York City Female Employees Allege Casino Doing Little to Prevent Harassment and Assault

Resorts World New York City harassment

Resorts World New York City, the Genting-owned casino in Queens, is accused in a lawsuit of failing to protect female workers from various forms of harassment and assault. According to the New York Daily News, bartender Tuwanna “Trish” Anderson said she was the victim of a violent assault by a male coworker that left her…Read More

Florida Parimutuels Plan to Match Seminole Cash in Slots Deal with State

Florida parimutuels

A consortium of Florida parimutuels is seeking to challenge the Seminoles tribe’s stranglehold on casino gaming in the state by offering lawmakers the one thing guaranteed to make them sit up and take notice: cold, hard cash. According to industry insiders who spoke to Florida Politics early Wednesday, the group is working on a plan…Read More

Despite Ongoing Chaos, Wynn Resorts Boosting Annual Dividends, as State of Oregon Files Latest Lawsuit

Wynn Resorts Matt Maddox CEO

Wynn Resorts will be upping its annual dividend from $2 to $3 per share over the next 12 months: that’s the word from new CEO Matt Maddox. Good Year, Despite a Bad Year Via a recorded audio clip posted Wednesday on the Wynn Resorts investor website, Maddox flaunted strong recent financials, revealing that despite the company’s…Read More

Disgraced Mohegan Sun Casino Exec Allegedly Rigged Easter Egg Hunt

Robert Pellegrini Easter egg scam

Robert Pellegrini, the former VP of Player Development at Mohegan Sun Pocono imprisoned last year for fraud and money laundering, is facing an unusual new accusation: tampering with Easter Egg hunts. In December, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) hit Mohegan Sun Pocono with an unprecedented $1 million fine, largely for the casino’s failure to…Read More

Tourists Warned of Bali Card Game Scam After Man Loses Life Savings

Tourists visiting Bali have been urged to beware of confidence tricksters bearing decks of cards, after one man lost his life savings after being duped into believing he held an unbeatable hand in a bogus high-stakes card game. The man, a 66-year-old from Perth in Western Australia, was suckered into parting with $200,000, having been…Read More

Maryland Casinos Keep Winning, February Gaming Revenue Increases Six Percent

Maryland casinos gross revenue MGM

Maryland casinos saw gross gaming revenue (GGR) climb 6.1 percent in February to $136.57 million, an increase of more than $7.85 million compared to the same month in 2017. February is just the second full month that GGR can be compared for all six casinos, as MGM Resorts opened its $1.4 billion National Harbor in…Read More

Sportsbetting Site CrownBet Nabs William Hill Australia for $234 Million

CrownBet CEO Matthew Tripp

Online sportsbetting site CrownBet has beaten out Sportsbet in the race to acquire William Hill’s Australian division. The deal, worth AU$300 million (US$234 million), was announced by Hill in a filing to the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning. The deal will cement CrownBet’s position as the third-largest operator in the market, behind Sportsbet and…Read More

Phil Mickelson Masters Odds Shorten After WGC-Mexico Win, Tiger Commits to Valspar, Arnold Palmer

Phil Mickelson Masters odds

Phil Mickelson is now at 18/1 to win the 2018 Masters and don his fourth green jacket after winning the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship on Sunday. Mickelson’s breakthrough in Mexico City where he shot -16 and won in a one-hole playoff over Justin Thomas have bettors believing Phil’s chances of winning in early April are…Read More

Churchill Downs to Acquire Two Eldorado Resorts Casinos

Churchill Downs to acquire Presque Isle Downs & Casino

Eldorado Resorts has announced a deal to sell two of its properties to Churchill Downs Inc, the parent company of the famous Kentucky racetrack. Churchill Downs will acquire Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, Pennsylvania, and Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg in Mississippi for $178.9 million and $50.6 million, respectively. Both Eldorado and Churchill Downs…Read More

Alabama Lottery Bill Clears Senate Committee but Needs Miracle

Senator Paul Sandford Alabama lottery bill

Alabama’s Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would establish a lottery in a state where opportunities to gamble are thin. Despite movement this week, the bill remains a long shot. In Alabama, lottery bills rise and fall like tumbleweed spinning across the Black Belt Prairie. Alabama is one of only…Read More

Steve Wynn Scandal Spurs Nevada Gaming Regulator to Review Licensee Workplace Sexual Harassment Standards

Nevada Gaming Review Board Chairwoman Becky Harris

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) is sharpening its guidelines to more effectively combat sexual harassment in the workplace within the state’s casino sector. The move comes as lawsuits pile up against former CEO of Wynn Resorts Steve Wynn, who’s been accused of decades-long sexual harassment of his own casino resort female employees, as well…Read More

Wynn Boston Harbor Rebranding Call from Massachusetts AG, Also Questions Casino’s Gaming License Suitability

Wynn Boston Harbor name

The Wynn Boston Harbor casino resort project should lose the name of the company’s disgraced billionaire founder in the wake of the numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations being made against him. What’s in a Name? That’s the viewpoint of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who this week demanded the casino resort be rebranded, and…Read More